Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

Originally two properties and at one time incorporating a stable and hayloft, Christmas Cottage has been refurbished and redecorated to a high standard and offers a cosy lounge with beamed ceiling and log-burning stove, two good sized bedrooms, a spacious dining kitchen and a shower room. The second bedroom may be used as either a double or a twin room as it has both a double and a single bed. The cottage accommodates 4 people very comfortably and guests enjoy free WiFi and Sky+. Well-behaved pets are welcome and are sure to enjoy some lovely walks.

Gunnerside boasts a popular pub, the Kings Head, serving excellent food and local ales, a licensed tea room/bistro, also offering take away meals, as well as a working smithy/museum. A mobile fish and chip van visits the village on Friday evenings. .

There are numerous walks from the door – whether you are in the mood for a gentle riverside stroll or a 'grand day out' on the breezy fells.

Swaledale is becoming increasingly popular with cyclists and in July 2014 the first stage of the Tour de France passed through the village, so why not come and take on the challenges of the 'Grand Départ' yourselves!

By car you can visit any number of picturesque villages, bustling market towns or scenic beauty-spots and take your pick from Yorkshire's famous (or lesser known) visitor attractions ranging from museums, historic houses, churches and industrial archaeology sites to waterfalls, caverns, open-farms and gardens.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 10 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Durham Teeside 64 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (2), Single beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

• Electric storage heaters in lounge, kitchen and bedrooms & fan heater in shower room

• Free Wi-Fi

• All electricity plus logs and kindling for the stove included

• Sky TV with Sky+

• DVD player with ipod dock

• Selection of DVDs, CDs, books and games

• Information dossier, tourist information leaflets, maps, walking guides etc

Further details outdoors

'Bistro set' comprising a small round table and 2 outdoor chairs may be placed on the paved area in front of the door; parking area in front of the cottage for one car; log-store; ring in wall by front door for tethering of dogs, securing of bicycles etc. The property is south-facing.

Further details

• No smoking

• Well-behaved pets are welcome but must not be allowed on furniture or in the bedrooms

• We consider the property suitable for young children under parental supervision. Note steep stairs.

• The owner will provide detailed information about the property and full booking terms and conditions

• The owner will supply arrival/key collection information

• A comprehensive dossier of practical and visitor information as well as a plentiful supply of tourist information leaflets is provided at the property

The Yorkshire region

Renowned for its great natural beauty, the diversity of its wildlife habitats, its rich cultural heritage and its fantastic opportunities for outdoor recreation, the Yorkshire Dales was designated a National Park in 1954.

The landscape includes some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, from the crags and pavements of Malhamdale to the stunning show cavesof Stump Cross. Stone-built villages nestle in the valley bottoms amongst traditional farming landscapes of field barns, drystone walls and flower-rich hay meadows while expansive heather moorland clads the fells rising between the dales, each one having its own distinct character. Spectacular waterfalls and ancient broadleaved woodland contrast with the scattered and atmospheric remains of former mine workings which recall the area's rich industrial heritage.

If you can tear yourself away from glorious Swaledale, day-trips by car give the visitor access to any number of picturesque villages, bustling market towns and scenic beauty spots. Take your pick from Yorkshire's famous (or lesser known) visitor attractions. A selective check-list might include Fountains Abbey, the world of James Herriot, Newby Hall and Gardens, the 'Living Museum of the North' at Beamish and even, for a grand day out, the County's historic capital of York.


Gunnerside is the gateway to upper Swaledale, a picturesque ensemble of grey stone cottages with the beck gurgling through the village to join the glorious river Swale. The newly refurbished Kings Head Pub in the heart of the village provides a focal point for locals and holidaymakers alike and serves good food and Black Sheep ales. The also village boasts a popular licensed café which also hosts Bistro nights and quizzes and even provides tasty takeaway meals. There is also a working Smithy. There are numerous walks from the door – whether you are in the mood for a gentle riverside stroll or a challenging hike over the breezy fells. Or if you prefer to explore from the saddle - bike hire and pony-trekking are both on hand.

The Farmers Arms at Muker a couple of miles or so up the dale is another lovely traditional family pub serving great food and 2 miles in the other direction there is the Punch Bowl at Low Row which has a well-reputed restaurant.

Local attractions:

• Hazel Brow open farm 2 miles away in Low Row

• Swaledale Museum in Reeth (6 miles)

• Wensleydale Creamery, Dales Countryside Museum and Ropemaking in Hawes (11 miles)

• Aysgarth Falls beauty spot and riverside walks (10.5 miles)

• Bolton Castle, one of the country's best preserved medieval castles (12 miles)

• The great Norman fortress of Richmond Castle on its rocky crag above the Swale

• The amazingly quirky and not-to-be-missed Forbidden Corner, a labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and follies in a four-acre garden near Leyburn (18 miles)

• Black Sheep Brewery in Masham (25 miles).