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
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
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.
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
4.7 based on 7 holidaymaker reviews
a charming and beautiful cottage set in wonderful countryside.the property was clean and well maintained and had all the equipment you would need for a long or short stay. only stayed for 2 nights but did go to the local pub the kings head in gunnerside for a meal which was very nice,and reasonably priced. sarah the owner gave us all the the directions to the property and there was a information pack when we arrived which had everything you needed to know about the cottage and the surrounding area.would recommend this place to my family and friends and will hopefully come back soon.
Joe House is a lovely cottage, well equipped and tastefully done. Our girls loved the swing outside although it needs to be reset as it was quite wobbly and about to pull out of ground completely.
It's a very cozy place and we enjoyed our stay. The stairs are very steep. Our four year olds feel a couple of times but we're fine.
All in all a great stay. Thanks.
Clean, cozy and well equiped.
The cottage is tucked away about a mile outside Gunnerside down a single track road.
We found it clean and very well equiped.
Quite a few things we brought with us were already provided. The cans of lager left in the fridge were much appreciated.
The cooker / microwave and hob are modern and work well.
The heating system works well and kept the place warm and comfortable.
WiFi / broadband was surprisingly fast for a rurual location.
There is a good selection of books, DVDs, games & childrens toys for days when the weather is not so good.
My only real negative was the vehiclular access to the cottage:-
The track leading from the road to the cottage is quite steep and heavily rutted.
In it's current state, this is really only suitable for 4WD or vehicles with a high ground clearance.
I risked it a couple of times but I was worried about my car grounding or damaging the front spoiler.
Eventually I decided to play safe and left the car at the top of the track which made it difficult when there were heavy items to carry.
The parking area at the bottom of the track is described as gravel but is actually grass which can become muddy in wet weather.
Care is also needed when negotiating the uneven flag stone path leading to the front door. This is very slippery when wet.
Just a couple of other minor niggles:-
The TV signal feeding the CRT TV / set top box was poor (probably down to the location of the antenna).This caused the picture and sound to freeze every few seconds.
We were warned in advance that there was a problem with fridge section of the fridge/freezer. It initially appeared to be ok but we later discovered the thermostat was faulty which meant items left in the fridge came out frozen. There is a second fridge in the kitchen that worked ok.
Lovely cottage in beautiful location
The cottage is excellent and as described, well maintained and clean. The owner was very helpful - instructions on how to get there and using the cottage were all clear. I would certainly recommend it to friends. The bedrooms are very comfortable and the bathroom was of a good size, nice, clean and with a great view across the Dale from the loo! The kitchen is large and very well equipped - we cooked every evening and didn't lack for anything. Nice big table too. The stairs are a little quirky (stone and quite steep) but it is an old cottage and all part of the charm. The Broadband worked well - I was amazed it had even reached the house given its location. We did several fabulous walks in Swaldale and across the fells - all from the door. Many more we could have done so looking forward to going back. The Kings Head in Gunnerside is well placed for a stop off on the way home and has a range of good beers - its about a mile away on the other side of the Swale. We didn't try the food - but it had a reasonable looking menu. The Farmers arms in Muker (next village along) and the tea room there were also good and all very hospitable.
Located away from main tourists spots and very peaceful surrounging With curlews and other birds providng back ground sounds. Cottage furnished to a high standard with an excellent kitchen. Loverly bathroom and great view from toilet with a phone signal. EE works best. Great wifi. Super king sized bed another king wow. slippers essental as flags cold downstairs. Track to cottage needs careful navigation. It is .rutted at top and sworn at bottom. Must go slowly.
Clearly lot of care been put into it house feels like home.
Superbly located home away from home.
This was our 5th visit to Joe House, and certainly won't be out last. The cottage is located in a very quiet location, with outstanding views of Swaledale, yet within easy reach of civilisation when needed. It is clean, looked after, and well appointed, with a modern fully equipped large kitchen / dining room, cosy front room with multi-fuel stove, two large bedrooms, with room for a child travel cot, and a powerful shower in the bathroom. For those needing their technology fix, there's WiFi, a TV with DVD player, and a phone signal in some rooms and outside. There is also a selection of infant toys, and a slide / climbing frame, and a swing.
The owner is a lovely person, very helpful, and thoughtful.
After staying in several other cottages near by, I would recommend Joe House over and above all of them.
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
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.
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.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
28 Oct 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Xmas & New Year
22 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Jan 2017 - 16 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Feb half term
17 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Spring 2017
24 Feb 2017 - 5 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Additional pricing information
Please call or email to make a booking enquiry 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 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
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“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.”
- Away From It All
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils
- Freezer ...
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Video Library
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible ...
- bird watching
- scenic drives
Sports & Adventure Activities
- 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
- Bedroom 2
- 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
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- 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