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Keld Manse; Cosy 'Get Away From It All' Cottage in the Yorkshire Dales Nat Park

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Keld, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England - Surrounded By Stunning Scenery, A Perfect Base For Walking, Cycling And Touring The Dales


The Manse is a spacious 2 storey house with a small front garden and rear paved patio which enjoys glorious views of Upper Swaledale. It is decorated and equipped to a high standard with central heating and open fires. Comprising of a lounge, dining room, 3 bedrooms, a kitchen / breakfast room, bathroom, downstairs WC. Guest comfort is a priority at Manse and we are constantly looking at ways to improve and enhance our guest experience.

Built as a minister's residence, the Manse has generously proportioned reception rooms providing spacious living accommodation. The sitting room, with open fire and original Victorian fire surround, is the perfect place to relax after a day outdoors exploring the dales. The windows in both the dining room and sitting room are south facing, looking up the village and are the perfect vantage point from which to observe the comings and goings of daily rural life. Watch lambs gambol & play during lambing time in late spring or see hay being made in the summer. Be amazed at the skills of the sheepdogs as they drive a heft of sheep through the village - for such a small place there's always something interesting to observe in Keld.

At the rear of the Manse is the working kitchen and well equipped prep kitchen / breakfast room with windows overlooking the bottom of the village and Keld woods. With its flagged floor and traditional range the breakfast room is a lovely place to start the day and mull over what might be in store as the day unfolds.

Upstairs the Manse has three good sized bedrooms; one king-size, one double and one twin bedded room and a large shower room. There is a further toilet & hand basin downstairs where you will also find a large walk-in cupboard that houses the central heating boiler which acts as a very effective drying room for those days when the weather catches you out.

The Manse was fully restored in 2009 and has the benefit of full central heating both under-floor and radiators, and open coal fires making it a warm, cosy and comfortable home. A Grade II listed property, many original features including beamed ceilings, stone flagged floors, window seats and fireplaces have been retained making the Manse an idyllic dales retreat but with all modern conveniences for a perfect cottage holiday including WiFi internet coverage and Freeview Television and DVD.

Outside the Manse has gardens at the front and the rear with flower borders, patio areas and outdoor furniture. There is parking for two cars and secure cycle storage adjacent to the cottage.

Keld is a tiny hamlet nestled at the very top of Swaledale. The surrounding scenery is simply stunning with many walks straight from the cottage door. Keld lies on the crossroad of two very popular long distance walks; the Coast to Coast and Pennine Way. The area is a walker's paradise; popular walks including the scenic Keld to Muker route. Local walks take in farmland, limestone crags, woodland, beautiful old dales farm walls and buildings, and the landscape and sites of the once-thriving lead mining industry. Keld is a quiet, peaceful village but boasts a tearoom, a small hotel (Keld Lodge) with excellent restaurant and The Keld Resource Centre where you can pick up leaflets, listen to audio recordings and find out more about the village and surrounding area both past and present.

More Details

Helen Guy
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Helen Guy

The Keld Manse is owned by the United Reformed Church, when it was no longer required as a place of residence by the Church it was taken over by the Keld Resource Centre and refurbished to provide holiday accommodation. The Manse is managed and maintained by a dedicated team of local people within the village.

We have been delighted by how well received the Manse has been during its six years of operation and are pleased to be able to offer it as accommodation in this particularly beautiful part of the United Kingdom.

Helen Guy purchased this cottage in 1949

Why Helen Guy chose Muker

As a location to visit either on holiday or for work, visitors relish Keld for its peace, tranquillity and with no mobile phone coverage Keld provides a chance to completely relax and escape from the “hectic bustle” of town and modern life. Others value it for the opportunity to cycle and walk. Yet others just enjoy the scenery and the remoteness from their normal lives. Come try it for yourself; you'll see what we mean!

What makes this cottage unique

Stunning scenery

Remote and quiet location

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fantastic house! Love Swaledale! We had a great holiday - hot sunshine, stunning waterfalls, walks to Muker, dog loved swimming in river, stunning scenery. Hope to visit again!

The Manse is a beautiful place in an amazing setting. It was a wonderfully relaxing break. The cottage is very well equipped and is beautifully clean.......

As always, a perfectly relaxing time at the Manse.............Lovely house, everything we needed, fabulous location..........
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Muker in Richmondshire District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • A large upstairs shower room features a spacious shower cubicle, toilet, hand basin, and heated towel rail. This room has a beautiful view of the Dale! The property also has a toilet and washbasin downstairs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1. The master bedroom has a king-size bed with pocket sprung mattress. Bedroom 2. The twin room is particularly spacious. Bedroom 3. Double bed at the rear of the cottage. All rooms have comfortable beds with duvets and quality linen.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
Notes on accommodation: Changeover day is preferably Saturday although this can be flexible during low seasons. One well behaved pet welcome. Please contact the owner for clarity. Outside: Garden seat in front garden. Rear paved area with table and chairs to sit / dine outside overlooking a maintained vegetable garden and with beautiful views down the dale. Outside store containing firewood and coal. Rear access gate to village. The Manse is attached to the village church which holds fortnightly services in the afternoon. Utility Room: Combines as useful drying room with drying rack. Contains ironing board, iron, vacuum cleaner and washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included in the price. The property is cleaned at every changeover. Other: Dining room has a large refectory table to seat up to eight, feature dressed-stone open fireplace. Hard wood flooring and beamed ceiling. Breakfast room has a table to seat four, a decorative kitchen range, a pine dresser and heated stone floor.


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Keld Manse; Cosy 'Get Away From It All' Cottage in the Yorkshire Dales Nat Park
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Comfortable, well equipped, excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house with great outdoor space.

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
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  • 5 of 5

Great place to relax in

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, Quirky and Historic

  • 4 of 5

We are a family with 2 small children, and had a fantastic week in The Manse. The house is quirky, but beautiful and very comfortably furnished. We loved the sense of it being part of the history of the village.

The village is stunningly located, and very peaceful (don't go for the nightlife...)

The walking straight from the front door of the house is unbeatable - whether you are experienced hikers, or have a 3 year old in tow as we did. The kids loved exploring all the waterfalls around the village.

We had very mixed weather when we stayed, but found plenty to occupy us in the area on the wetter days. Would recommend Gayle Mill, Castle Bolton, Settle/Carlisle railway etc.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Muddy family. So glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Manse and that you found the area so enchanting. It sounds as if your children had a great time too with a great deal of freedom and boundless quantities of fresh air. I hope you have all gone home relaxed and refreshed. You will be warmly welcomed if you choose to holiday at the Manse in Keld-in-Swaledale again.
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Car: necessary

Keld in Upper Swaledale is well known to many as the most attractive and unspoilt of all the dales in North Yorkshire. Keld is the ideal location for exploring the dales with Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale an approximate 20 minute drive away. Cumbria to the west is a mere 30 minute drive with the Lake District easily accessible for a day out.


Nearest airports are Durham Tees Valley (48 miles), Leeds (84 miles), Newcastle (84 miles), Manchester (110 miles), London Heathrow (260 miles).

Nearest railway stations are at Kirkby Stephen (10 miles) and Darlington (40 miles).

Use of a car is highly recommended if you want to travel in the area. A local voluntary Dales bus service visits Keld twice daily.

Cycling is also viable for the fit and healthy!


Richmond (23 miles), Kirkby Stephen (10 miles), Reeth (13 miles), Barnard Castle (23 miles), Darlington (40 miles), Lake District - Keswick (54 miles).

Further Details:

Keld has a local tea room & camping shop (Rukin's Farm - Easter until end September) and a bar and excellent restaurant at Keld Lodge. Guided walks & events are organised by The Keld Countryside & Heritage Centre from April - September visit The UK's highest pub at Tan Hill lies 4 miles away. Eating and drinking nearby (Kearton Country Hotel, Thwaite, Farmer's Arms and the Tea Shop, Muker, the Punch Bowl, Low Row, and a range of others in the villages further down Swaledale and at Hawes, Wensleydale.

Nearest main shops are at Hawes (7 miles) and Kirby Stephen (12 miles). Both towns feature post office, banks, butcher's, baker's, supermarket etc. There is a camping shop in Keld village (Rukins farm) and a small village store in Muker.

Good walking is a particular attraction of the area - Keld lies at the crossroads of the Pennine Way and Coast-Coast Walk with these and other walks such as the Corpse Way to explore. Outdoors equipment can be purchased in Hawes, Richmond, Barnard Castle and throughout the Lake District.

Excellent cycling routes both on- and off-road are available directly from Keld; recently highlighted by the visit of the 2014 Tour de France to the vicinity.

Keld Countryside and Heritage Centre tells the story of the village history and culture including hill farming, local people, vernacular architecture, wildlife conservation and the history of the chapel buildings. For information about a programme of events run by the Centre throughout the summer please visit

For the experienced, a number of disused lead mines lie along the length of Swaledale with associated industrial archaeology.

A range of Arts and Crafts shops can be found in Muker, Reeth, Richmond and Hawes.

The annual Swaledale Festival is held during end May / beginning June. Regular musical events are held throughout the year at Tan Hill Inn. A wide range of musical, arts and other cultural events are held throughout Swaledale during the year.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
For booking, please contact Helen Guy - telephone on +44-(0)7790-401476 or by Email "". We request a deposit of 25% of the total booking fee to secure the booking and require full payment 4 weeks prior to your arrival at the Manse.

You may visit our website for further information.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is preferably Saturday although this becomes completely flexible out of high season.

Notes on prices:
Please contact Helen Guy for prices for long weekends and short breaks - 07790-401476..

Owner'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.