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High Bents In Gunnerside, Swaledale

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Former miners cottages with superb views over Swaledale - sleeps 8

High Bents is an attractive cottage, tastefully furnished and decorated and equipped to a high standard in a wonderful setting high on the hill over the village of Gunnerside with fabulous panoramic views of Swaledale. It is an ideal base for cycling and walking holidays deep in Yorkshire Tour de France and 'James Herriot' country and makes a superb weekend break and a great base for family and friends get-togethers! Great pubs nearby in Gunnerside, Low Row and Muker. (Good News!!! The King's Head in Gunnerside re-opened last October under new management 😀).

The cottage which was converted from two adjacent lead-miners cottages several years ago, contains a new and well equipped large kitchen with gas range and stove; a comfortable sitting room with gas stove; bathroom with bath and shower. A second WC is provided in a utility/cloakroom; two staircases leading up to three bedrooms – one king-size double bed, one triple family room and one single room.

Outside there is a store for 4-5 bikes and to the front a large flagged patio with picnic bench and BBQ facilities and the fabulous outlook over the dale.

Undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best, views in Swaledale.

High Bents was bought by the current owners in 1969 when it was two separate cottages, one completely uninhabitable. There was no water, no electricity, no drainage, no loos other than the rather dismal one outside! Water was brought in by the bucket from the spring down the road and candles and calor gas lamps were used.

With the use of a calor gas stove (and many other camping supplies) Bents was known as the stone tent. Over the years much refurbishment was undertaken – the second cottage was “re-built” and generated electricity, heating, telephone and several supplies of mains/spring water put in. Bents now has mains water and electricity, its own septic tank, LPG gas supply, wi-fi and Satellite TV!

Please note High Bents is located on a hill 300 feet above Gunnerside and is reached through an electronic gate up a winding single track road, with some tight bends. Some visitors can find the road daunting - and some cars - mostly long wheel base or low slung cars will not like it! Front wheel and 4W drive cars like it best! Please ask if in doubt.

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 July, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner


Thanks for letting us stay in your cottage in Gunnerside, we had a fantastic week of walking. Everything was really excellent, and such a wonderful location. There were no problem other than the gas fire in the kitchen failed to stay lit, it stayed on for about 30 seconds and then clicked off for no reason. We will definately stay again.

Many thanks - Nick

Owner response: Really glad you had good time - stove has been serviced and works ok now! Something weird with the pilot light sensor apparently! Kate
Nov 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Richmond in Richmondshire District

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • Shower over the bath in the main bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed , Family
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Family
  • A double sofa bed is available in the lounge
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • caves
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • caving
Ipod station for iPod or iPhone available


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High Bents In Gunnerside, Swaledale
average rating of 4.529412 based on 18 reviews

Amazing cottage, stunning views, fab location

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful cottage in every way. Clean, cosy, quaint, fantastic views, beautiful location. What more can you ask for. We will return

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - so pleased you had a good time!
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An amazing location to visit the Dales

  • 4 of 5

Excellent location, the most beautiful views and great walk opportunities around. The house is basic but nice. One thing to be aware: in my opinion, the house can accommodate 6 people but not 8 (the sofa bed is old, rusty and tiny: not for sleeping on and certainly not for 2 adults). Otherwise I recommend High Bents.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Magoli - you were great guests! Sorry we did not meet your expectations re the sofa bed. It IS a double but as it is rather old we are going to replace it with a new, hopefully bigger (!) double soon. Hope to see you again!
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Charming rustic cottage in a fantastic location with amazing views

  • 4 of 5

We stopped here for 3 nights with a family of 6 and had a fantastic time despite Storm Doris doing its best to blow us from the hillside! The cottage itself is in a fantastic location up a narrow track from Gunnerside. The track needs a little care, but nothing to worry about - the biggest challenge being where to turn round (tip: keep going past the cottage) and where to park. There is space outside the cottage, but it was pretty boggy with all the rain.

The location is superb with amazing views out across the valley and sheep sitting outside your front door. We just left the cars parked all 4 days and walked from the house, as you've got such a headstart up the fell. The beds were very comfortable and linen was perfectly laundered making for a very cosy nights sleep.

The cottage definitely has a rustic charm to it, meaning low beams and lintels. If you're tall you'll soon learn to duck, and you might need to fold yourself to get under the shower. But it's all worth it - everyone in our party enjoyed themselves, and it was nice to be bunkered down on a night with the gales quietly howling behind the thick stone walls.

The pub in Gunnerside is small but very nice. We had a meal there one night and thoroughly enjoyed it, good quality yorkshire food with decent portions and reasonably priced. We also walked a couple of miles across the fells to the Punch Bowl in Feetham for lunch and back along the river which was a really nice walk (but watch out for the psychotic pony by the river!). Also, Mukar is a pleasant 3 mile walk away, again with a very nice pub.

The high location and rustic feel might not be for everyone - but we definitely loved it and would happily recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Location

  • 4 of 5

The owner is excellent at responding to questions and cannot be faulted.

The property is in a wonderful location, overlooking the village of Gunnerside with wonderful views of Swaledale. Walks literally on your doorstep. The first bend will be a challenge to those drivers who are not confident of steep tight turns, but our Land Rover took it in its stride as you would expect, but being a long wheel base it was tight, but no scrapes to body work.

The property is decorated to a good standard, but some damp patches are showing - but when you consider their location they can be overlooked. It is well equipped: decent lounge, the bed was comfortable, main heating is storage hearers, but also has two gas fires (look like wood burning type), one in lounge the other in a spacious kitchen, which has a small range cooker (LPG), dishwasher, with two fridges, but no freezer box in either or a separate freezer which would have been nice.

We wish we could have opened the windows, especially in the kitchen and living room, but minor a inconvenience. What let it down most was the chipped china and scratched non stick pans, but as we visited at end of September, I suppose some damage could be expected, but nearly all the plates and mugs were chipped. However, these can be replaced.

There is a television and wifi for those who need it and a telephone for emergencies. But no mobile signal - a wonderful bonus to get away from it all.

The cottage is quaint, but is starting to show signs of being a popular holiday cottage so be aware

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mick - so glad you had a good time. You are right - the summer has been very busy and there has been some wear and tear on the property. We have now replaced all the crockery with new plates and bowls and mugs etc - so no more chips! We are also tackling some of those damp patches - a legacy I am afraid of the wet summer we have had and Bents high location on the side of the hill. Getting everything ready for Christmas and New Year and then a big spring clean and redecorate in the Spring! Hope you can come again!
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  • 5 of 5

I am lucky to have had the chance to travel all over the world and quite a lot in the UK. High Bents is one of only 2 places that I have ever been to that I truly felt relaxed. The house is at the top of quite a challenging little road but if you take your time you will be fine. The house sits high up on the moor and gives you stunning views of the river valley below. It is lovely and warm and extremely well equipped with everything you could possibly need and as a keen walker with 2 Springer Spaniels, you couldn't position the house as a better base to explore. The arrangements for accessing the property were straightforward enough and communication with the owner Kate was good. We enjoyed a pint and bowl of chips at the pub in the village, which was spaniel friendly and very welcoming. I took comfort from the stone flagged floors as I didn't feel guilty about their wet paws! I thoroughly recommend this cottage as an amazing, relaxing and convenient place to stay. have already re-booked for next year and I can't wait!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful time in Yorkshire

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful cottage in an unsurpassed location. A myriad of walks start from just outside the front door. The accommodation was very clean, well appointed and contained everything a family could want. The road up was steep but perfectly do-able, even in our 7-seat S-Max. The bedrooms were a delight - beautiful crisp white sheets. The area is incredibly beautiful and the view from the terrace entices one to explore the Dales still further. The owner was also contactable and very helpful. A fantastic week - we feel very lucky to have stumbled upon this opportunity. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
King's Head, Gunnerside
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Car: necessary

Gunnerside village is a character village with an excellent tea room and Bistro together with various visitor attractions. Two miles away up the dale is the village of Muker, another character village. It has an excellent pub, village store, tea-room and Swaledale woolens shop. Reeth 6 miles down the dale is a larger village with a number of small shops and a growing reputation as a craft center. Over the Buttertubs pass into Wensleydale are the villages of Hawes, famous for Wensleydale cheese. The towns of Richmond and Leyburn are each 30 minutes drive and further afield there is Harrogate and the City of York – each approximately one and a half hours drive. To the west the Lakes and Cumbria are within easy driving distance of one hour.

Other Activities: Popular for pot holing and exploring the old lead minings


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Richmond, North Yorkshire

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2017
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Winter 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas and New Year 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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