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PERFECT cottage to enjoy stunning Swaledale, gorgeous winter Dales walks from do

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage near Gunnerside, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, England - Beautifully Restored, Traditional Dales Cottage with Garden, Peaceful Location With Stunning Views

Luxury pet free cottage in hamlet of Spring End, 1.5miles from Gunnerside. This spacious 2 bed cottage has been beautifully restored to retain all the character of a Dales cottage with central heating and modern facilities you want for a comfortable holiday. With 2 large double bedrooms, Bed1 with king size bed and additional single bed and Bed2 with a super king bed which can be made up as a twin, it offers options for couples or families. The beautiful living room with leather sofa has TV, DVD, Freeview, WiFi and iPod docking station - perfect for winter evenings in front of the cosy stove. Whilst the luxury kitchen with flagged floor and farmhouse table is great for a family dinner or cup of tea after a day on the hills. Gorgeous photos of the area taken by the owner are in all the rooms. The beautifully kept garden is lovely for sitting out, and has a swing, and climbing frame. All linen and towels provided. Private parking for 3 cars. This property is not suitable for smokers or pets

Sarah Wilson
Member since: 2012
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Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2018

About Sarah Wilson

Sarah and Gordon have been the proud owners of Joe House for the past 10 years during which time we have lovingly restored this beautiful property. Much of the work has been done ourselves, with Gordon learning the skills of lime plastering amongst others. When more technical skills were required we have used the great local craftsmen of Swaledale - who have never let us down!

We live in West Yorkshire with our daughter, Ella who loves the cottage, especially the park in Reeth and throwing stones into the river Swale.

We hope people will fall in love with both Swaledale and Joe House as we did - it is a stunning location.

Sarah Wilson purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Sarah Wilson chose Melbecks

We have always loved Swaledale - it is a very special place. Joe House allows us to enjoy the area from a fabulous location with all the comforts of home but surrounded by the true character of the Dales. We visit Joe House regularly with our family and friends and so we make sure it is equipped with everything we might need for our stay - which means it will be perfect for you too. We have a high proportion of repeat guests, who continually tell us how wonderful Joe House is and has become to them and their families.

What makes this cottage unique

Joe House is a unique property which has foundations dating from the 15th century but includes refurbishment done through the centuries, including plenty of Victorian character - anyone with an interest in the architecture of the Dales will find plenty to talk about.

The refurbishment work we have done and the furnishings give a perfect mix of old and new - so you can feel the character but enjoy the comfort of modern facilities.

We have filled the house with books and maps to help you explore the area, as well as toys for the kids when you want to stay nearby.

We are also happy to give guidance on local walks and attractions to help you plan your stay.

It is perfectly located in a secluded spot but gives great access to other areas in the Dales and is walkable to the local pub.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful house. Everything you could wish for & more! We will definitely stay again & will highly recommend to friends & family – J&G, May 2012

Where do we start?! What a beautiful cottage in such a gorgeous location. The cottage is so well equipped and thoughtfully so. Thank you Sarah for the suggestions for outings – we especially liked the playground at Reeth – surely the most picturesque park in the country! Thanks – we’ll be back. - Tess & family, Sept 2012

Thanks for fantastic week. Everything exceeded expectations - Joe House & Swaledale - we'll be back for sure, Rachel - March 2013

Booked cottage only days before we arrived, but proved to be a real gem! A lovely cottage & well equipped & we loved the wildlife on the doorstep! - Diane - Aug 2013

Had the most relaxing couple of days - fab cottage - couldn't have wanted for more! Enjoyed the caves/walking at Ingleton & visited Hawes. Nice to get back to the cottage with a glass of wine & the fire :-) Simon - April 2014

A wonderful 3 nights spent here at the beautiful Joe House! Our little boy is just over 2 years old and he has loved playing in the garden & saying "baa" at the sheep! All in all a great short break & we are leaving with lovely memories & a very happy young man! Emma - July 2014

What a fantastic cottage! You really do feel like you are in the Dales here. My 5 year old son loved the seat in the window. He says it is the best cottage he has stayed in. He loved the toys in the cupboard - Kathryn - March 2015
May 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Melbecks in Richmondshire District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Beautifully decorated family bathroom with power shower, heated towel rail, feature fireplace and fabulous views from the loo. Washing machine and tumble dryer available in bathroom cupboard.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is spacious and has a king sized bed and a single bed (on request there is another pull out single for a sixth person) Bedroom 2 has a zip 'n' link bed which can be made up as 2 x 3ft twins or a super king-size, and a fitted wardrobe
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
Notes on accommodation: Changeover Friday to Friday, prices for long weekends available on request. Basket of logs and coal provided for stove. Free Wifi available. Flexible changeover dates available out of school holidays and for Christmas & New Year Outside: Beautifully kept private garden with views to the countryside and plenty of local wildlife - birds, pheasants, rabbits and if you are lucky our resident hedgehog. Outdoor furniture is kept in the store for your use along with a selection of outdoor toys. The store can be used to put bikes or other outdoor items. There is a swing and climbing frame in the garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Luxury linen and towels are included - the property is cleaned at the end of the stay. For stays longer than one week an additional clean can be requested for an extra fee. Other: The externally accessed lockable store houses the outside furniture, and a selection of toys and games, and is perfect for storing bikes or prams


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PERFECT cottage to enjoy stunning Swaledale, gorgeous winter Dales walks from do
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Fabulous place

  • 4 of 5

Loved our stay at the cottage despite worries about the snow. We managed in the end and the snow made it feel even cosier with the log burner fired up. Would definitely recommend this place

Thanks again - Darren and Deb

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage and well stocked

  • 5 of 5

We were really impressed with Joe cottage. It is bigger than it looks. Very cosy yet plenty of space for 4 adults and a toddler. Well stocked with kitchen items, games, books and toys. We really enjoyed our stay out in the quiet location. The Farmers Arms were very welcoming after a wet walk! A good weekend.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful property with features and all the modern equipment to make your life easier.

  • 5 of 5

We all loved the property! The location was fantastic! Perfect for those who want to run away from it all! A really well equiped cottage with plenty of thingsto entertain everyone! We were shocked to realise how close to nature it was.Children were thrilled to see the rabits and we were enjoying the peace. Wonderful one and I already want to go back!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little peace of tranquility from our busy lives

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Joe House. A beautiful traditional cottage in wonderful surroundings. We will definitely go back when time allows. I would without hesitation highly recommend this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent cottage for experiencing the Dales

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with Joe House and Swaledale on our recent trip to the Yorkshire Dales. The cottage is full of character but comfortably updated: the farm kitchen with its big dining table is perfect for family life. The stove in the lounge makes for cosy evenings. The kids really enjoyed the vintage-style "Travel around England" board game. The cottage has an impressive collection of books and DVDs--the best I have ever seen in a holiday rental-including walking guides that were very helpful for entering into the experience of the landscape. I happened to pick up "James Herriot's Yorkshire" and it was special to read aloud with the family about the places we were seeing on our walks. Of course, you don't have to read about the Dales to appreciate them. Just walking out the door and down the road gives a splendid view up and down the Dale, a view that's always changing with the weather and light conditions. I couldn't imagine tiring of it. There is much to explore in this area: Richmond Castle is a fun explore. It's also an easy drive to Wensleydale: one of our favorite discoveries was the dramatic Askrigg road across Oxnap moor. This place is for anyone longing for a walking getaway in a remote, peaceful, beautiful, rustic landscape.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage in lovely location.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderfully well equipped and comfortable cottage just over a mile from Gunnerside.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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From A1 north take Catterick junction, follow the tank road to B6270 for Reeth.

From A1 south take Richmond junction and drive through Richmond onto B6270 for Reeth.

Follow B6270 through Gunnerside and take left turn over cattle grid. Follow the single track lane for approx 3/4 mile, before next cattle grid, turn left onto rough gravel track. Keep left at bottom towards wooden gate into grass parking area.

(30-40 minutes drive from A1)


1.5 miles from the village of Gunnerside, Swaledale.

Muker 3 kms, Reeth 11 kms, Richmond 25 kms.

Hawes, a pretty market town in Wensleydale 16 kms.

Further Details:

Upper Swaledale is the most northerly of the Yorkshire Dales and is spectacular and unspoilt. It is renowned by photographers for the field barns and meadow flowers in June. And is full of the historic sites of Yorkshires lead mining past. It is a wonderful place to relax and to tour by foot, bike or car. There are many pubs and tearooms in the local villages. Nearby Muker has a craft shop and art gallery too. The market towns of Richmond, Leyburn, Hawes and Kirkby Stephen are all within 30 minutes drive.

The Coast to Coast footpath and the Pennine way cross each other on the north side of the valley from Joe House.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Changeover £50

Booking Notes:
Please call or email to ask about short week bookings or ask any further questions.
25% non refundable deposit will be taken at the time of booking - the booking will be confirmed once the deposit has been received.
Balance is due 8 weeks before your stay.
We recommend you have holiday insurance in place as soon as possible in order to cover you for unforeseen problems with your holiday.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday to Friday (long weekends are available on request).
Access to the property is 3pm on the day of arrival and departure by 10am on the final day - early arrival or late departure possible, please ask.
Flexible Xmas 2014 dates

Notes on prices:
Prices for weekend or mid-week breaks are available on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.