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.