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



Updated: 25-Oct-2016
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 our red squirrel and 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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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 the area they wanted to settle in. Regrets? None.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage. The kitchen, though compact, has everything we needed and excellent quality equipment too! We valued the space within the cottage, particularly the large bedrooms. (The room with the double bed has an amazing view.) The peaceful location suited us and the easy access to walks, without using the car, [was] a real bonus. Curlews, snipe drumming, wistful calls of the golden plover all added to a good stay. Thank you.

The Lucks, Sussex, June 2014

A home from home (but better!) The warmth, humour and attention to detail is such a rarity theses days! Chapel Farm is the perfect way to forget that the world moves way too fast. Thank you for a perfect break.

Jane and Malcolm, Buckinghamshire, May 2014

We have really enjoyed our stay. The cottage has been lovely and warm to come home to each evening. Home from home comforts, fantastic scenery, lovely and tranquil, just what we needed as completely exhausted from our working lives. Great to watch the birds and hear the sounds of the curlews. Out walking and exploring every day. Cottage has lots of character with all the mod cons! Many, many thanks.

The Ross Family, Norfolk, April 2014

Fantastic post-Christmas break - just what we needed. Excellent walks and mountain bike rides done with plenty more left to do. Lovely cottage very spacious, comfortable and clean. Well-equipped. Showers lovely and powerful.. Thank you. Rick, Diana and Jenny, Sheffield, December 2013

Wonderful holiday, the cottage is ideal, very warm and well-equipped. It's a great base with good walks from the house or just down the road in Reeth and surrounding area. The Bridge at Grinton serves lovely meals. Stella and David, Leamington Spa, May 2013

Lovely cottage in such a beautiful part of the country. We had a peaceful and very comfortable stay. The wood-burning stoves were an absolute god send. . . beautiful wildlife. Natalie and Alec, Wimbledon, Apr 2013
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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: Aug 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

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 continuing to live in the adjacent annex from where they will help you as much as you need, but they 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 quiet. Listen to the quiet.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Newcastle at 99 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : DFDS North Shields at 93 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Barnard Castle at 22 Kilometres Nearest Train : Darlington at 49 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A1(M) at 33 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 3 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


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn Half Term
21 Oct 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
28 Oct 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
16 Dec 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
23 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
New Year 2016 to 2017
30 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
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 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

£75 deposit confirms booking, balance due no later than 4 weeks before occupancy.

Payment by BACs transfer or cleared cheque is preferred option. For payment by PayPal, please add 3.5% to cover fee.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Satellite / Cable

Location Type

  • river
  • rural


  • 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


  • 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
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • 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.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • 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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