Beautiful setting, glorious views, traditional.
Myself and three children have just had the most enjoyable 6 nights in glorious Swaledale. We were blessed with the weather, glorious sunshine, yep in April! Excellent walking conditions and visibility to appreciate this most stunning example of unspoilt Yorkshire Dales. Swaledale in my opinion is the epitome of the Dales, no 21st century, no mobile signal, no cash machines, no petrol stations, not much in the way of provisions, but, a plethera of great grub, child friendly and pet friendly pubs. And walks of all difficulties from the doorstep, or not too far away.
High Bents is a lovely, traditional cosy house set high, and I mean high, above Gunnerside affording the most panoramic of views. We had breakfast, ok in fleeces over our pyjamas (this is still April), and our dinner on the flagged patio which has sunshine all day long. Our Collie had a free rein to roam about on the moor behind the house, or the fields in front. My children had a ball rolling down the fields with the dog close behind. Watch the rabbits frolicking in the early morning hue. Truly exsquisite.
Everything you could possibly need for a champion holiday is there in the cottage. It is warm, superbly comfy beds in roomy bedrooms all with views to die for.
It has to be said that the approach to the house is not for the feint-hearted. I am a confident driver but I must admit I drove up the first time with some trepidation. Steeeeeep and I mean steeeeeep and hair pin bends doesn't come close. I had concerns about the ability of my car to make it, not 4 wheel drive, needless to say. But it and we did make it and the location is worth the heart-in-the-mouth-hope-no-one's-coming-the-other-way-drive.
I loved it, no mobile phones constantly bleeping (offsprings not so happy) but Brucie bonus, Sky tv and 24/7 Tom and Jerry to compensate. As well as good grub in the pubs (Muker one especially good-can't mind it's name tho') if you buy the local produce, try Reeth and Leyburn, you'll enjoy great home cuisine too.
Would I come again. definitely, maybe with a valium prescription for that first ascent, but definitely.
Families with Young Children
Helpful votes: 12/12
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