|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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.
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
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
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!
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.
High Bents has some of the best views available in the Dales. The cottage itself is warm, comfortable and well equipped. The owners responded quickly to requests and we had a fabulous week. Thank you!
Plus: location and views are amazing, and the walks around Gunnerside were superb; local pub was delightful.
Minus: needs some minor attention to gate and path, headroom tight if you are over 6 feet in some rooms, bedroom to toilet route needs care up and down steep stairway.
Very nice stay with fantastic views down the dale , sheep and rabbits right by the patio area and great walks straight from the door.The track up is a bit scary the first bend a steep left hand hairpin keep over tight to the right hand side and you will be ok but when you arrive it is all worth it , we had a lovely time
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