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Cissy's Cottage A Cosy 18th Century Stone Built cottage, Nestled Under The Fell

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Traditional 2 Bedroomed Cottage, Sleeps 4 With Beamed Ceilings And Open Fire.

Built in the 1700’s Cissy’s Cottage is a delightful little stone built cottage of quiet outstanding character that never fails to embrace you as you walk through the door. A traditional dales cottage that still retains the best of its original 18th century features. With its open fire and beamed ceilings, a warm and cosy atmosphere welcomes you.

Originally built as a shepherds cottage, its’ charm is quiet unique. In the main downstairs room with its flagged floors you’ll find the open fire, that together with the storage heaters provide the warmth that is held in by the thick cottage walls and low ceilings. In this room is a sitting area with comfortable sofas, kick off your boots and relax. Beneath the side window is your dining table, eat your breakfast as you look out across the pasture and up the hill side, planning your days walk.

From the sitting room you will find a quiet unusual semi-circular kitchen which was added onto the cottage at some point. The flag floor continues into the kitchen and stone has also been used to make the crescent shaped shelves and worktops to fit the curving walls of the kitchen. Washing up in the Belfast sink, if you choose not to use the dishwasher, isn’t such a task as you look out of the window for another view of the fell. There is also a drier just in case you get caught in one of those dales showers!

Upstairs in the two bedrooms you can see the beauty of the old pine walls and sit in the deep window sills, watching the world go by. Any tall people visiting will soon realise that the ceiling height upstairs is just a little over 6 feet.

The double room has an iron and brass bedstead, while the other room sleeps two in single beds. There is also a travel cot if one is needed. All linen is provided except for the cot, with extra blankets in the wardrobe in case they are needed.

The country style bathroom is clean and simple with plenty of hot water for a relaxing bath after a day’s walking or sightseeing.

Outside there is a small garden at the front, raised up from the road, with a sun trap sitting area to grab the last of the evening sun. To the side of the garden is the coal shed with its grass covered roof, (please don’t climb on this, a cow once did and had to be let out through the door a little shocked!) A door in the wall will lead you through to the long back garden/paddock and the base of the hills.

Whether it’s walking straight from the cottage door through the fields, along the rivers or up the hill and onto the moors with just the grouse and sheep, or exploring the dale, looking at the spectacular scenery, stopping off at various tea rooms on the way. For the fishermen amongst us there is also the chance to spend an hour or two trying to catch the elusive monster of the River Ure! as the cottage comes with the right to fly fish on several of the local waters, please ask for a permit.

Cissy’s Cottage is an ideal place to relax and unwind, take in the slower life of the dales.

More Details

Belinda Metcalfe
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2018

About Belinda Metcalfe

We are a farming family, who farm in the Vale of York. Now our children and grand children, enjoy the cottage and the Dales as much as we do.

Belinda Metcalfe purchased this cottage in 1979

Why Belinda Metcalfe chose Hawes

Cissy's Cottage has been in our family for over 100 years. The last person to live there before we took over was an old lady called Cissy, hence its name, It was always known as Cissy's Cottage.

One of the oldest in the village, it was originally built as a shepherds dwelling, if only those thick stone walls could talk, the stories they could tell.

What makes this cottage unique

The open fire, beamed ceilings, flagged floors, cupboards in the wall, the stairs with a twist, low ceilings, original pine bedroom walls, a kitchen with curved round walls and crescent shaped stone shelves and work surfaces, the grass roofed coal house, the open views of the fields and fells A totally unique cottage in a beautiful land where the way of life is dictated by the natural elements, the weather and above all the hills.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Hawes in High Abbotside

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • Linen provided except for the cot, please bring your own. Electric blankets and extra bedding available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering


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Cissy's Cottage A Cosy 18th Century Stone Built cottage, Nestled Under The Fell
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A lovely cottage in a beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely week at Cissy's Cottage. The cottage itself is quaint, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. The outside space both at the front and back of the property was perfect for our young children to explore and we were greeted by birdsong and the sound of sheep each morning. Hardraw itself was also perfect for our children with plenty of paddling during hot days in the river and a short walk to the waterfall. Thank you Belinda for a lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds like you’ve made some great memories and had a lovely time. Thank you for posting your review. Belinda
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Perfect getaway in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales

  • 5 of 5

Fabulously cosy and relaxing cottage, perfect to unwind in. Near to a lot of local walking as well as tourist attractions such as the delightful Aysgarth Falls and Hardraw Force and of course, the Pennine Way.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
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The right place in the environment.

  • 5 of 5

We love it!

Simple but warm, cosy cottage in a small village in a beautiful rural setting. From the doorway there are enough marvelous walks in the hills. It was our 3rd time here in lambingtime. For us the most beautiful time, even though it can be cold and wet. Then again, the fireplace is a warm welcome every day.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, I'm so pleased you had a great time. The Dales are beautiful in all weathers and all seasons, you just need extra coats! So glad that Cissy's provided a warm place to rest and unwind after your days exploring. This year Spring has been a long time coming, but fingers crossed for us all and the lambs, it is now here!
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A quirkey little cottage in stunning location

  • 5 of 5

March 2018

We have just returned from 9 days stay in "Cissys Cottage". We arrived in a blizzard, which continued for 3 days, but we were cosy and warm with the lovely coal fire!!Thankyou for the ready supply of coal, a great bonus, and much appreciated! This quirkey little cottage is not for everyone, but if you read the "warts and all" leaflet, you should know that you are about to stay in a 17th century "shepherds dwelling" with thick walls, tiny windows, flagstone floors and masses of charm! The surrounding area is stunningly beautiful, with walks right from your front (and only) door. Out two dogs loved it too! We will definately return, in fact we are visiting again at the end of April. Thankyou Belinda for sharing your little cottage with us. See you next month!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi,hopefully for your next visit, the sun will be shinning and the Dale will come alive with the sounds of Spring! Thank-you for your great review.
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Cosy, comfortable, character cottage

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cissy’s Cottage in Hardraw. From the moment we stepped through the door we felt a real ambience. The lounge was cosy especially in the evenings with the open fire. The beds were extra comfy and so peaceful outside.

We couldn’t fault the cottage in any way and would definitely recommend it to everyone. Hardraw is a pretty hamlet and was an ideal base for us to explore the surrounding countryside, towns and villages.

Belinda the owner has done a fantastic job with the cottage with the in keeping of its 18th century charm.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for your review, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I think you experienced the Dale in all weathers, a different picture each day! but come the evening, close the door and light the fire, even if there is a blizzard outside it's always cosy inside! Belinda
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A cosy cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

In a great location for exploring the Dales. The owners had built a fire in the fireplace ready for us to light and it was soon cosy. Everything you need for a stay including a parking space right outside.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review, l'm glad you had a great time and were cozy and warm in front of the fire after a day out exploring!
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Nearest Airport
62 Kilometres
Leeds Bradford
Car: necessary

Beautiful Wensleydale, a lush green valley with a patchwork of fields and isolated barns which are bound by grey stone walls. The River Ure rises above Hawes at the head of the dale is fed by many streams and becks as it pursues its course through the dale, whilst winding roads on either side of the river link together a chain of unspoilt villages, affording breathtaking views as well as access to the heather moors and the neighbouring Dales of Swaledale, Dent Dale, Coverdale to name but a few.

The Dales offer attractions for people of all ages, particularly rich in picturesque walks across the fells and grouse moors, over the limestone crags and scars. For the hardy there is the Pennine Way, that passes through Hard raw village, whilst the less dedicated rambler may stroll through the meadows to discover the many delights from the spectacular 100 foot drop of Hardraw Scar (Englands Highest waterfall) to the delightful series of falls at Aysgarth and Keld.

During the summer there are sheepdog demonstrations organised by a local farmer. For those wanting to find out more about the rich history of the area there are countryside museums in the local towns with the closest being in Hawes.

Hawes is the market town for the upper dale and still holds a market each week on Tuesdays. It is also the home of the celebrated Wensledale cheese, visitors can tour the creamery. Take a stroll in the lovely old town with its cobbled street, narrow paths, nestled under the hills that surround it.

Driving down the dale you will find the neighbouring village of Askrigg, the 'Darrowby' of the James Herriot films, Castle Bolton, that once imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots, Middleham, home of many racehorse stables and also Middleham Castle.

A little further afield you will find the delights of Richmond, with its market square, castle, and wonderful Georgian Theatre, the market towns of Leyburn, Bedale, Northallerton,and Skipton all unique and still holding weekly markets.Whilst the City of York, or Harrogate are well worth a visit if the weather really turns.

For those with an interest in historical buildings there are castles, abbeys, country houses, stone circles, towers all for the exploring, all with a story to tell.

A few suggestions,

Castles - Richmond, Bolton, Skipton, Kendal, Middleham.

Abbeys - Bolton, Easby, Rievaulx, Fountains, Jervaulx.

Museums - Hawes, Aysgarth, Bowes, Kendal. Richmond, Reeth, York.

Golf - Richmond, Bedale, Catterick, Appleby, Northallerton

Race Courses - Catterick, Ripon, York, Wetherby

Swimming, - Richmond, Northallerton

Caves - White Scar, Ingleton.

Market Days,

Monday - Darlington, Skipton, Kirkby Stephen.

Tuesday - Hawes, Bedale.

Wednesday - Northallerton, Skipton, Kendal, Sedbergh.

Thursday - Ripon, Kirkby Lonsdale

Friday - Leyburn, Skipton.

Saturday - Northallerton, Skipton, Richmond, Kendal.

So much to do, so many places to see!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Hawes, North Yorkshire

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
14 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Aug 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October half term
27 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
November & December
3 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
22 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
29 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Through the months of January, February, November and December, short breaks from 2 nights can be booked. Please contact me for prices and availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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