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Laykin Cottage, Low Row Near Richmond In The Yorkshire Dales

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Low Row, Richmond, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, England - Private, Quiet Location With Stunning Moorland Views And Great For Walking Or Relaxing

Laykin is a 4 bedroom traditional stone cottage which sleeps 7. 3 luxury bathrooms. Big kitchen diner, sitting room, wood burning stove and underfloor heating.

There is a boot room for drying and storing walking gear.

A small terraced garden which faces south has stunning views and there is plenty of parking and storage area in the shed for bikes. The garden has big drops so not suitable for small children to play ball games.

The perfect get away, peaceful and remote. Situated in an elevated position above the village of Low Row in Swaledale in North Yorkshire with superb views of hay meadows, the river Swale and moorland. However there is a great gastro pub in walking distance and shops in the nearby village of Reeth 4 miles away. For more information check out our site

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Access is by track which is steep in parts and inaccessible in snow/ice.

Refurbished to a very high standard and very warm and modern inside. Family friendly with high chair, cot and toys, and ideal as a base for exploring the Dales. Lovely walks from the door and great mountain biking.

Sorry no dogs. No smoking. Not suitable for stag or hen nights or for wheelchairs.

This is a family friendly get away.

More Details

Louise Baltesz
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2018

About Louise Baltesz

We are a family who love the Dales and have been visiting Swaledale since our children were tiny. They have grown up as dual nationals (We live in the South West!) and have both now left home, but continue to love to visit Swaledale for every holiday.

We love the peace and quiet, the walking and the birds and wildlife.

We had the opportunity to buy Laykin in 2005 and Nell Tom in 2012 and have enjoyed both renovation projects and the chance to spend time there ourselves as well as letting the properties out.

Louise Baltesz purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Louise Baltesz chose Richmond

We have been on holiday in Swaledale every year for 20 years and we had been toying with the idea of buying a holiday home which we could use regularly and then rent out to help pay some bills.

We love Swaledale in all its moods, from tranquil summer days when the meadows are a riot of colourful flowers and the hills are alive with the calls of Curlew, lapwing and grouse, the vivid purple of the heather in August, the splendour of the Autumn leaves and finally the snow of winter.

When we found Laykin, we fell in love with its stunning views of the dale. It was a long but enjoyable project doing it up. We finished it in 2009.

It is easy to get to Laykin from either the A1 or M6. We think Swaledale has some of the best walking in the country without the crowds of the Lake District.

What makes this cottage unique

Laykin has stunning views and plenty of space outside and inside to sit and look at them.

It sits on its own approached by its own private road and has plenty of parking.

It has its own garden and patio to sit and enjoy the views or have a BBQ. There is week of walks from the back door.

The house has underfloor heating throughout the ground floor and in all the bathrooms.

3 of the bedrooms have super king-size beds which can be split into twins.

There is a log burner in the sitting room. A rayburn and an electric fan oven and hob in the kitchen. The house has broadband, wifi, and free view on the TV.

There is a dedicated boot room to dry wet kit and a utility room with a washing machine and dryer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have just had 3 perfect days up at your beautiful cottage. We wanted to pass on our congratulations to you for all you have done to make it so lovely. I can only imagine the blood, sweat and tears it must have taken – but so worth it! You really have amazing taste – the soft furnishings are bang on. It is the quality of finish which really stands out though. The floors, bathrooms, windows – well just everything! The cottage was also beautifully clean (gorgeous smelling bedlinen!) and we really appreciated the tea tray and fudge, etc. Well done to whoever does the house-keeping!

We were all extremely impressed with the little touches – for example the torches everywhere, the information files, the before and after book. This kind of attention to detail is really appreciated. We spent the whole weekend marvelling at everything!

We have been going to Swaledale for years and we are now enjoying introducing it to our two young children (box of toys was a winner for them!
Mar 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Richmond in Melbecks

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please bring slippers. We prefer no shoes to be worn inside like in Japan!
  • Please keep all gates shut to stop livestock getting in the garden.
  • Our rubbish is not collected, but taken in the housekeeper's car. Please seal bags. Recycling essential.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom one and two- romantic double ended bath with shower over. Thermostatic controls. Vanity sink and loo. Mixer taps, heated towel rail, underfloor heating and romantic lighting. Shower room - 90cm square tray. Heated towel rail.Under floor heating.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Bed splits into twin beds as needed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Twin room can be made into a double room but it will be cosy
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with super kingsize bed and fabulous views Bedroom 2 with super kingsize bed which can also be split into 2 twins also fabulous views- space for cot Bedroom 3 with twin beds and large warderobe Bedroom 4 a single with a desk
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: We provide toys and children's books and have high chair, stair gates and travel cot. Children most welcome. There are drops from the garden wall so children need to be supervised outside. Outside: Patio, garden, barbecue, outdoor furniture, peace and quiet, lovely views. Plenty of parking. Amazing views. Good chance to see wildlife. No neighbours. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble drier, belfast sink, hoover and cleaning equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen Towels and linen provided. Welcome pack. Other: Boot and drying room with lots of hanging space and heated towel rail.


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Laykin Cottage, Low Row Near Richmond In The Yorkshire Dales
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Views amazing.

  • 5 of 5

Laykin Cottage was even better than expectation. I have never had a better view. The cottage was clean and comfortable. Everything had been thought of and provided. The owners were extremely helpful and pleasant. The beds were very comfortable and one could lie in bed and look at the view. Heaven! I would definitely return and would certainly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to compose a review. Delighted you loved the cottage so much and had a great holiday. There's nothing better than relaxing in bed and seeing the whole of Swaledale, and it's fields, sheep and barns.
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Idyllic English Christmas at Laykin Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The house is lovely, very well-equipped and suitable for families. The views are stunning: hills, sheep, pheasants, plenty of rabbits and a beautiful horizon. We had rain, sunshine and snow, all in one week, which was fantastic. The week flew by, we would have loved to go on more hikes. A perfect place for a family retreat.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. You were the perfect guests. It was great to meet you and your family. The snow made your stay rather more exciting than planned, but you made the most of it. Hope you will return soon and be able to get out and do some longer walks in the sunshine.
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  • 5 of 5

The owners Louise and Jonathan have created a proper home from home. Laykin does not feel like a holiday house, it feels like a home. It is well equipped, with lovely beds and bedding, thick carpets, the mmmmm underfloor heating and the water pressure and temperature is enough to warm even the coldest of days. The views are just amazing. If you like quiet this is the place for you. You can only just see the road (if you look over the wall) and can only hear the River Swale below and the birds flying around the valley sides (and maybe the odd sheep or three). The Tesco delivery man was even able to find us and get up the drive (while a bit steep in places, it is in no way a problem getting up)! You don't feel you have to just use it as a base to see the Dales from, you are right in the Dales and don't need to go anywhere to feel you've had a great holiday. This is definitely a place we will be returning to!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ben for your review. We are so glad you had a relaxing and happy holiday in the Dales and that you have already booked to return next year.
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Taunton, England

Wonderful, very well equipped place to stay

  • 5 of 5

An immaculate cottage, very well equipped with plenty of space. Fantastic views over the dale. Lovely to be able to go for walks from the cottage and not have to drive anywhere. A wildlife paradise with the grouse, curlew, lapwing and black rabbits.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Cottage

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful cottage Laykin is! It really has been refurbished to a very high standard - we have stayed in many holiday cottages and this is up there with the best of them. The view from all of the windows and the garden is quite superb. The cottage was exceptionally clean and had everything we could possibly have wished for. We would recommend to anyone. We will be back one day!!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review. We agree with you but are totally biased about the view. Our housekeepers will be delighted that you appreciated all their hard work. Come back soon!
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Very clean house with most incredible view ever!

  • 5 of 5

The house is well kept, well stocked, very comfy and homely, and- most importantly- in the most incredible location in the country. Delicious chocolates provided on arrival, along other things!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you liked the hamper chocolates- we are excited about finding this fabulous local chocolatier in Richmond and providing the chocolate buttons in our customised jars. Our housekeepers are so hard working and thorough. They will be delighted with your review. Come back and stay soon.
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Nearest Airport
68 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Low Row The Punch Bowl Inn
Nearest Ferry
115 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Low Row The Punch Bowl Inn
Nearest Ski
1 Metres
From the door in winter
Nearest Beach
75 Miles
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Riding, walking, bird watching, cycling, caving, photography.


There is a small sandy beach within 5 minutes of the house on the banks of the river Swale.


Best airports are Leeds Bradford or Newcastle- both around an hour and a half's drive.


Reeth 4 miles

Leyburn 9 miles

Hawes 15 miles

Richmond and Catterick 17 miles

Kirby Stephen 21 miles

Darlington 35 miles

Northallerton 30 miles

Further Details:

Reeth (4 miles) has 2 shops, a bakery, petrol station and garage, cashpoint machine, tearooms, ice cream parlour, newsagents, book shop and pottery as well as restaurants, pubs and cafes also a market on Fridays.

Leyburn (9miles) has supermarkets and delicatessens, pie shops, banks, walking/outdoor shops, restaurants and market on Fridays also newsagents and bookshop, sewing shop, sweetie shop.

Hawes has local shops, walking shops, antique shops, the creamery where Wensleydale is made, post office and gift shops, wonderful old fashioned sweetie shop, restaurants and pubs and a cattle market.

Richmond has Co-op supermarket, shops and all the usual amenities of a market town plus, museum and castle and waterfalls also a cinema.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Richmond, North Yorkshire

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
14 Apr 2018 - 4 May 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early May Bank Holiday
5 May 2018 - 11 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Bird Watching Heaven
12 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Half Term
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Hay meadow time
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Indian Summer
1 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October half term
20 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Nov 2018 - 19 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
20 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Wednesday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please call us to make a booking. Booking is not secure until receipt of a deposit of one third of the value of the booking. Payment in full 6 weeks before the holiday.

Contrary to what Owner's Direct state, if you cancel your booking 30 days or less before your booking, you will lose your deposit and unless we can relet, we will have to keep the remainder of your holiday booking amount. If we can relet the week, we will refund you the value of your holiday, if we can sell it for the same price- if not, the value of what we have let it for, minus an admin fee of £50.
For short breaks we only accept full payment as they are usually only possible at the last minute.

Changeover Day:
Saturday from 4pm. Departure by 10am.
More flexibility on short breaks in low season. Short breaks can be taken within a month of booking. If the dates you need are not available we can suggest another similar cottage very nearby. Do get in touch!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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