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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.

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Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2018

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 Melbecks

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 4.590909 based on 23 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: 05-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - so pleased you had a good time!
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A perfect weekend away. Spacious & quirky cottage in a unique location

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely long weekend break. We are a family of 4 Mum dad & 2 teenage girls. Plenty of space to all relax in. The large kitchen means we can also spend time together cooking & eating.

All the beds & pillows were excellent and we were grateful for the electric blankets as our stay was well out of season.

We arrived late in the evening and Kate had kindly left a light on to guide us. She also lit the gas fire which made for a warm welcome.

Regarding the steep drive up to the cottage mentioned on other reviews. I would recommend you just go for it. We had a small Audi A1 packed to the roof and made it comfortably. Yes the first corner is a bit steep but this only adds to the feel that High Bents is a special destination not just another holiday cottage. Make the effort and you will be well rewarded

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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ABSOULTY love this place. AMAZING views and the cottage is so cosy

  • 5 of 5

Well where to start , booked this as a surprise for better half suprise birthday but she had no idea about the other 4adults and 2kids and 4dogs including ours. Was amazing to have the family together and in such a cosy little cottage (not so little). The food in the local pub was amazing , cant wait to book up for the summer .

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Eddy - so pleased you had a good time and we look forward to your return next summer!!
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Awesome view. Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very homely cottage with everything you could possibly need. The view really makes it but being able to take the dog for a long walk in beautiful landscape right on the door step just makes it perfect. Owners very helpful. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you had a good stay and look forward to welcoming you back again! Kate
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Spectacular views in a very traditional house.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful traditional house in a stunning location. It was just the four of us so huge amounts of space. The view on its own is worth choosing this house for. The kitchen etc are well equipped but there were also local pubs with decent food. One word of warning the hill up to house is steep and some rear wheel drive/long wheel base cars will have difficulty getting up there - we left ours in the village and this made for an enjoyable but surprising strenuous daily trip up and down - it probably just made a beer in the village all the more enjoyable. The owners were very friendly and helpful when the booking was made and although we didn't really need any contact with them while staying, I have no doubt Kate would have gone out of her way to help. Great stay

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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High Life at High Bents

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely holiday in this great property. Very comfortable and well equipped for the five of us. Stunning views, great walks from the house, perfect escape from the hurly burly of normal life. The owner responded quickly to any emails we sent. The only reason we haven't given the property 5 stars is because we don't think we were sufficiently warned of the challenge involved in getting to it. When we arrived with a car full on a rainy afternoon, the car could not get up the hill to the house. At this point we were very lucky to meet some very helpful neighbours who ferried us and our luggage up to the property in vehicles obviously more used to the terrain. We have a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso, which eventually did make the journey to the house regularly, but only when the passengers got out to allow it round the first hairpin bend. Not really a problem once we got used to it and it all added to the getting away from it all charm of this property. We had a wonderful time and would look forward to staying here again. We are more likely to change our car than our choice of holiday property!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from 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

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring 2018
21 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Whitsun Week
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2018
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October Half Term
20 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2018
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year 2018
29 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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