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Christmas Cottage

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 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. The Kings Head Pub will take its rightful place at the heart of village life once again when it reopens in September 2014 after extensive renovation and refurbishment.

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
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
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 Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided
Access Parking
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

Northern England 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 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.

We are delighted that the Kings Head pub in Gunnerside is re-opening soon! We can't wait to see the improvements and try the new menus, not to mention the local ales! 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).

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30 Aug 2014


"Charming cottage in scenic setting"

Comfortable and well equipped cottage in a very beautiful location. Very warm, with comfortable beds and it is great to have wi fi access. Several walks right on ones doorstep and beautiful drives to … More

16 Aug 2014


"Lovely Cottage"

Well, where do I start about Swaledale, a beautiful, wild, remote and unspoilt corner of Yorkshire. A place that we have visited for many years and a place that we have had some wonderful holidays and… More

29 Jul 2014


"Well appointed and comfortable cottage ideal for a walking holiday. No Pub!"

This cottage is in an excellent spot for those who want to walk. Literally outside the door several walks over the Dales begin. The cottage itself is comfortable and has everything you need. Ruth the … More

Thank you for your great comments on our Cottage and the area. The Kings Head Pub in Gunnerside closed in November 2012 and we do make this clear on our Holiday Lettings listing and specifically mentioned this in email correspondence with you prior to you booking your holiday. The pub has been sold and renovation work was visibly well underway at the time of your stay, so it's a shame you did not mention this for the benefit of future visitors. The Pub is due to reopen this autumn - hooray! I'm sorry the Ghyllfoot was not open - the opening times we give are correct to the best of our knowledge and the Bistro is open Wednesday & Saturday evenings according to the latest information on their website. We absolutely agree that the Farmers Arms is a great pub. The Punch Bowl is a more upmarket dining pub and we have always enjoyed the food there for a special occasion or treat.

4 May 2014


"Cosy, warm and welcoming"

The cottage was a very pleasant surprise!
The TLC put into the renovation and decoration felt like a warm and welcoming blanket and made our holuday in the Yorkshire Dales to a huge succes.
We are already looking forward to our next stay.

27 Apr 2014


"Gorgeous cosy cottage, well situated in a quiet village within easy reach of walks"

We loved our time in Christmas Cottage. It is a lovely warm cottage, well appointed and with great walks nearby. It is a shame that the village pub was closed (it is for sale and has been for over a y… More

27 Aug 2013


"Wonderful Gunnerside cottage"

We had such a lovely week at Christmas Cottage, Gunnerside. The cottage is charming and peaceful surrounded by picture postcard scenery. Wonderful for walks or daytrips to Ripon, Skipton and Durham. I was very sad to leave.

17 Jun 2013


"A gem in a beautiful location"

We booked this cottage as we felt for what we wanted to do during our stay it would be the perfect location. It turned out to be just that. Not having visited the Yorkshire Dales before we were very g… More

8 Jun 2013


"wonderful cottage/location"

Spent the week at christmas cottage,rented many cottages over the yearsand have to say this is probably one of the best we have stayed in.The finish and facilities are excellent and its in an idyllic … More

2 Jun 2013


"Cosy cottage in an idyllic location :)"

We stayed for a week last November and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were not disappointed when we arrived to the cottage. It was very clean and well equipped and has WIFI and Sky plus which meant w… More

6 Mar 2013


"Beautiful Swaledale"

Had a wonderful week at Christmas Cottage. Swaledale is a beautiful area for walking and the cottage was great to come home to at the end of the day. The cottage is warm and well equipped with the add… More

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