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Riverside hamlet by meadows, pasture, moor and woods. Garden, parking, free WiFi

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Spacious, well-equipped house. 2 en-suite bedrooms with views over river, pasture and moor. Walk, bike or drive from the door. Come, breathe clean air; listen to the quiet.

Whaw is the northernmost hamlet in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Prettily set, by a river and SSI (Special Scientific Interest) meadows, below moor, pasture and woods. It is a haven from the hurley-burley of urban life. Guests love its peace and tranquility, away from noise and crowds. You can walk or bike from the door, leaving your cars secure in a gated yard. Or just sit in the garden and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of nature - and, perhaps visits from a hedgehog or, occasionally, a red squirrel or roe deer. Walkers, birdwatchers, botanists and photographers love it here and with no light pollution, the night sky can be stunning. When is best to come? Winter is magical, walking through fresh snow on a clear, full moon-lit night. Spring echoes to the haunting call of curlew, lapwing and black grouse, heralding the lambing season. In May and June meadows are a blaze of golden yellow and buzzing bees. Summer brings the country fairs of old England. Experience autumnal light and colour and appreciate JMW Turner's artistic inspiration. Come - rest, recharge, recover.

We very much regret that we don't accept dogs - our own is perfectly friendly with people but he's not sociable with other dogs. Sorry.

Those wanting to bring young children - we suggest neither house nor furnishings are suited to very young children; please contact us for further detail.

Finally, we are comparatively remote. Your mobile 'phone may not work and, although complementary Wi-Fi is provided, internet connection its speed and bandwidth isn't suitable for gaming or streaming movies.

More Details

Property Manager
Joyce Best
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Joyce Best

Joyce and Chris are both Yorkshire born and bred. Joyce was born and spent her childhood on a remote, moor top farm, above Little Beck near Whitby. Chris spent his childhood around Wakefield. They lived most of their working lives in the south of England or abroad - in Germany, the far east and in Canada. After 4 years in London, they both welcomed a job move to Preston in Lancashire which, they felt, gave them good access to the great National Parks. But they found the Peak and the Lake District frustratingly busy and outrageously expensive. Cue a day walk to Arkengarthdale and they were hooked. Three months later they spent 3 weeks camping and walking the Dales; they knew, then, that this was where they wanted to settle in. Regrets? None.

Joyce Best purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Joyce Best chose Arkengarthdale

Joyce and Chris 'discovered' the Yorkshire Dales National Park in June 1995; 15 months later they moved into their own Nirvana at Chapel Farm establishing a tea room and B&B which proved popular and enduring. However, they found themselves increasingly tied to the comfort and enjoyment of their guests and they had less and less time of their own to enjoy this stunning region. After much consideration, and a reluctance to live anywhere else, they decided to convert the B&B into self-catering accommodation. They continue living in the adjacent annex. They're close enough to help if necessary but will not intrude on your privacy.

This is a place for all seasons - somewhere you really can rest, recover and recharge body and soul in true peace and harmony. Listen to the quiet.

What makes this cottage unique

Chapel Farm is, by self-catering standards, a substantial cottage for 4. The cottage is thought to be more than 200 years old and was, in the late 19th Century, 2 discrete cottages accommodating lead miners and their families.

Whaw is a quiet hamlet of 10 dwellings, sitting astride a small river, the Arkle Beck. It is very quiet, save for the sounds of nature and during lambing and haytime.

It really is a wonderful spot for those with an interest in birds, wild plants, photography and the lead mining industry. It is well-situated as a base from which to explore other Dales within the National Park or for day visits further afield. It's somewhere to enjoy your own company.

There are excellent hostelries, some enjoying national renown, within 5 miles - the nearest is the CB Inn, 1.5 miles away, an acclaimed gastro pub. A short walk down the road takes you to The Red Lion Inn - a proper pub, run by the same family for more than 40 years. The Red Lion is rumoured to be amongst the most filmed hostelries of Yorkshire. A few miles t'other way is the famous Tan Hill Inn, set at 1,732 feet above sea level - making it the highest pub in the UK.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for an absolutely amazing week away from it all. A home from home amidst the most beautiful scenery. We will be back again soon! [written 28 Oct 16]
Oct 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Arkengarthdale in Richmondshire District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Both bedrooms are en-suite with power shower, wash-hand basin and WC. Each has a clock-radio. Both are centrally centrally heated and have towel/bathroom radiators. The double en-suite is windowless, the twin's has a window. Hot water bottles provided
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - Double - 4' 6" (1.4 metre) double bed, firm base, kicking board. Touch bedside lamps. Window seat. Bedroom 2 - Twin - two x 30" (0.75 metre) antique beds on springs. Both bedrooms overlook garden, river and up toward the high moor.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • caving
Notes on accommodation: Lights in kitchen and corridors are operated by sensor. Fires will be laid and, in winter, usually lit before guests arrive. Pillows and duvets are goose down; Non-allogenic bedding can be provided on request. Wi-Fi is delivered via satellite which is usually fast enough to browse, deal with email and short video clips. If usage gets close to our monthly allowance, the company throttles back our speed. It is not suitable for gaming or downloading movies. Except for the space 150 yards away, on the other side of the river and between our neighbours' houses, or for a few hundred yards on the top of the moor, there is no mobile 'phone coverage in Whaw but a signal can be picked up on the road about 3 miles away from Whaw. Outside: The south-facing garden, high-walled garden is a real sun-trap. It is laid to lawn with flower-bed borders. A bird cherry dominates the garden and provides a refuge for the many visiting birds. There are stone tables and old pews. A bunker houses fuel the cottage's solid fuel supply. An area sufficient for 2 cars to park is allocated in the yard. Guests are asked to close drive and garden gates as soon as they finish using them (keeps sheep and cattle out). Utility Room: At the foot of the stairs, in the old dairy (ideal for storing beer and wine!), is the utility room with washer-drier, chest freezer, iron and board, washing basket, Dyson cleaner, cleaning materials and utensils and plenty of open shelf storage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is provided and beds made up prior to guests' arrival. Each guest is provided with bath and hand towels. Tea towels and cleaning cloths and materials are provided. Fresh linen and towels are left for guests staying longer than a week. Other: The spacious Dining Room, with its beamed ceiling, wooden floor, 'clippie' rugs, and beautiful fireplace is a refuge in which to pore over maps, books or to watch birds on the feeders. Six can sit in comfort at the table. CD player/iPod/iPhone Dock.


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Riverside hamlet by meadows, pasture, moor and woods. Garden, parking, free WiFi
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 26 reviews

No real problems

  • 4 of 5

Not ideal locaction for winter stay, limited daylight hours for walking, access roads and footpaths can be icy. But the cottage facilities are first class, the "library" was brilliant, maps, local information, and fiction, though lighting stoves is an ac

cquired skill, and "sensor" lighting can sometimes leave you in the dark. The cottage is in a wonderful location for birdwatching, no traffic noise or light pollution on clear nights, good access and roomy car parking, we would definitely visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure dealing with you from the first and we’re so pleased you enjoyed the cottage, the area and your stay. A particularly big thank you for leaving the cottage is such good condition on departure - very much appreciated. We’d be delighted to welcome you back at any time in the future. Thank you.
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Lovely,spacious characterful cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a great week here in this cosy well equipped roomy and interesting cottage.There were four of us and we all enjoyed having a large bedroom with our own en suite and another seperate bathroom.Both downstairs rooms are pleasant with a lovely big dining table and chairs and two comfy sofas.There are televisions and woodburners in both rooms(burning coal ) The kitchen is a little tight on space and only has a very small fridge which was a bit of a problem for us as we like to cook fresh and eat at 'home' and the supermarkets are about 40 minutes away.There is a large freezer in the utility room which some may find useful , but we would have preferred a large fridge freezer there.This in no way affected our holiday as other than that the kitchen was lovely and very well equipped.The location,views, garden were fabulous, we thoroughly enjoyed watching the great variety of birds on the feeders and the stars at night.We enjoyed walking and mountain biking ,some tracks from the doorstep.There are absolutely loads of interesting and useful books and maps .Chris and Joyce are great hosts, everywhere was cosy,clean and comfortable on arrival and we were greeted with a warm welcome from Chris in spite of the drizzly rain and him recovering from a cold.They left us to our enjoy our stay making it clear they were available if needed and we enjoyed some interesting chats with Chris when we met in passing.We enjoyed some delicious homemade biscuits and tea and coffee was provided.We have stayed in a lot of places and this is one of the best.We hope to be back in the future and will highly recommend.Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautifull Dales cottage

  • 5 of 5

This place is most peoples idea of a typical Dales cottage, extremely well appointed, really olde world, beautifull quiet location, stream cum river when they've had plenty of rain, plenty of wildlife. will definitely go again which is unusual for us. Last but not least the perfect hosts Joyce & Paul.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

Not to be missed if you are looking for an excellent standard of accommodation, unrivalled scenery within the Yorkeshire moors and friendly and obliging hosts. Thank you Chris and Joyce and if we ever get back to the UK we will be on your doorstep again. For people reading this, Just Go There!!

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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As good as it gets!

  • 5 of 5

A few miles outside the village of Reeth ; remote but not too remote. All the comforts of home and the perfect hosts, Chris and Joyce.

A great opportunity to get away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, David and Ingrid, we very much enjoyed your company and were delighted you liked the cottage and the Dales so much. Trust you had a good journey home. It's been a very interesting year in both our countries as our respective Governments have changed. We've seen a beneficial upsurge in 'staycationing' with Brits opting for home rather than overseas holidays. Having said that, I'm off to visit family in Oregon and Alaska in a few weeks' time. That said, it'd be great to see you both again if ever you get back to the UK - even if it's just a flying visit for a brew and a biscuit. Thanks you again for your kind words. With our very Best wishes Joyce and Chris.
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Why haven't we been here before?

  • 4 of 5

Our first visit to the Yorkshire dales was spent at Chapel Farm Cottage in Whaw. No, we hadn't heard of it either! But what a place to recharge your batteries, to enjoy amazing scenery, to discover timeless villages, to walk the hills and dales, to enjoy good food and drink and, above all, to enjoy peace and quiet!

The two bedroomed cottage was all we'd hoped for - comfortable and well-equipped. A downstairs toilet would have been welcomed but the exercise did us good! A car is essential if you want to explore the area - but we'd do it again!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
99 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
93 Kilometres
DFDS North Shields
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Barnard Castle
Nearest Train
49 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
33 Kilometres
Car: necessary



Durham Tees Valley - 35½m/57km

Newcastle - 62m/99km

Leeds-Bradford - 72m/115km

Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster - 103m/165km

Manchester International - 106m/170km

Birmingham International Airport - 184m/295km

Luton International Airport - 235m/375km

Stansted Airport - 236m/377km

Heathrow Airport - 265m/424km

Gatwick Airport - 304m/486km

Ferry Ports:

DFDS North Shields - 58m/93km

P&O Kingston upon Hull - 125/200km

Portsmouth - 315m/504km

Dover - 327m/523km


Reeth - 5m/8km

Barnard Castle - 11m/18km

Leyburn - 13m/21km

Bainbridge - 15m/24lm

Richmond - 16m/26km

Hawes - 18m/29km

Darlington - 30½m/49km

Sedbergh - 32½/52km

Kettlewell - 33m/53km

Ripon - 33m/53km

Durham - 37½/60km

Penrith - 39m/62km

Grassington - 40m/64km

Settle - 41m/66km

Kendal - 42½m/68km

Harrogate - 46m/74km

Skipton - 48m/77km

Newcastle - 56m/90km

Carlisle - 57½/92km

York - 67½/108km

Leeds - 82½/132km

Glasgow - 155m/248km

Edinburgh -156m/250km

London - 257m/411km

Further Details:

Banks - Barnard Castle, Leyburn, Richmond and Northallerton

Restaurants/Gastro Pubs:

CB Inn, Arkengarthdale

Punch Bowl, Low Row

Blagraves, Barnard Castle

The Sandpiper, Leyburn

Blue Lion, East Witton

Spice Island, Barnard Castle

Betty's Tea Rooms, Northallerton

Pubs With Good Grub:

Tan Hill Inn, Arkengarthdale

The Buck Inn, Reeth

The King's Head, Reeth

The Bridge, Grinton

The Farmer's Arms, Muker

The Cover Bridge Inn, near Middleham

The Richard III, Middleham

The Foresters, Carlton-in-Coverdale

Supermarkets and Stores:

Morrisons and Co-Op, Barnard Castle

Campbells and Co-Op, Leyburn

Warnes and Co-Op, Richmond

Tesco - Catterick

Co-Op, Morrisons and Tesco, Northallerton


Sunday - Catterick Race Course

Wednesday - Barnard Castle

Friday - Reeth and Leyburn

Saturday - Richmond

Farmers' Markets:

Barnard Castle - first Saturday of the month

Richmond - third Saturday of the month

Leyburn - fourth Saturday of the month

Northallerton - fourth Wednesday of the month


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Arkengarthdale, Yorkshire

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Early Summer 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2018
13 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Summer 2018
31 Aug 2018 - 13 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Autumn 2018
14 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn Half Term 2018
19 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter End 2018
2 Nov 2018 - 19 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas & New Year 2018/19
20 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Thursday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

Letter detailing access and administrative matters will be posted or emailed to you about a week before occupancy.

Changeover Day:
Friday is our preferred day, but we can usually be flexible.

Notes on prices:

5% if booking for 2 or more consecutive weeks or if booking more than 4 calendar months in advance

15% last-minute - if booked within 3 weeks of occupancy May to September inclusive.


(No Other Discounts for Short Breaks)

2 Days - 35% off full price
3 Days - 25%off full price
4 Days - 20% off full price
5 Days - 15% off full price
6 Days - 5% off full price

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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