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New for 2018, Cosy 'home from home' cottage for four in West Scrafton, Coverdale

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

In the peaceful hamlet of West Scrafton, in beautiful Coverdale, stone built Barn End Cottage has been cleverly converted from a traditional cart house barn. With beamed ceilings throughout and an open fire, this cosy and comfortable cottage will provide you with a home from home whilst you explore the picturesque local area. Ideal for a family or two couples. The open plan ground floor provides discrete living, dining and kitchen areas. Upstairs the two bedrooms each benefit from their own en-suite facilities; the double bedroom with an en-suite shower room with toilet; and the twin room with an en-suite bathroom with toilet. Bed linen included; towels not included but towel hire available. There is a semi-enclosed patio with furniture to sit out to the front of the cottage.

The modern, fitted, farmhouse-style kitchen is at the heart of the cottage; but with equipment such as a slow cooker and health grill you can spend as much or as little time in there as you wish. The smart TV accesses Freeview and free digital channels and there is free, unlimited, Wi-Fi broadband provided. The bookshelves are packed with novels, maps and books about the local area, as well as DVDs and games to entertain families and friends alike. Sorry no smoking and we regret we are unable to take dogs.

The scenic beauty of Coverdale offers superb walks to suit everyone from serious hikers to those looking for a gentle stroll. Linking Wensleysdale’s wide basin and rugged Upper Wharfedale, Coverdale is one of the least discovered Yorkshire Dales. Carlton (1 mile) and Middleham (4 miles) have a good choice of pubs and Middleham has shops; whilst the attractive market town of Leyburn is 6 miles away. At Middleham and on the moors above it you can see race horses being trained every day and you can visit a choice of training stables by arrangement. The Forbidden Corner, which provides great fun for all the family, lies between Carlton and Middleham.

Owning Barn End Cottage for the last four years has been a dream come true for our family. Until 2018 we have advertised on a different website and have seen many satisfied guests return year on year.

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Claire and Stephen Seddon
Member since: 2018
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Claire and Stephen Seddon

We had taken holidays in the Yorkshire Dales, every year since 1991; camping, youth hostelling and staying in holiday cottages, before we had the opportunity to buy Barn End Cottage in February 2014. Whilst we still live and work in Northamptonshire, we spend as much time as we can, especially in the winter, at the cottage, relaxing, walking and still, after all these years, discovering new places to explore.

Claire and Stephen Seddon purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Claire and Stephen Seddon chose Hawes

After so many holidays in the dales we were looking for somewhere peaceful and slightly off the beaten tourist track but within easy reach, by car, of our favourite haunts in Wharfdale, Wensleydale and Swaledale. We did not know Coverdale well before we saw Barn End Cottage, but on that day in September 2013, our whole family knew instantly that we had found exactly what we were looking for.

West Scrafton is a delightful hamlet, once a thriving mining village, but still with four working farms. The Great Gill rushes down through the village to join the River Cover, and the old track still leads up, under the imposing Roova Crags, to the remains of the mine, with breath taking views along the way of the whole of Coverdale from Great Whernside across to Wensleydale and beyond. West Scrafton is where ‘James Herriott’ holidayed all his adult life; he loved it, we love it and so will you.

What makes this cottage unique

Barn End cottage is tucked away in the heart of West Scrafton. It is a home from home for us, and we hope, for our guests too. We loved the fact that the ground floor is open plan, allowing ‘the cook’ to remain in the heart of the family. It is a clever barn conversion providing all modern living requirements (including en-suites to both bedrooms) whilst retaining a traditional cottage atmosphere. There is dedicated parking for one car in the former farm yard shared with the adjoining cottage and by Culverham Farmhouse (no longer a working farm). Please note that commercial or additional vehicles must be parked in the adjoining lane and not in the farm yard.

Guestbook comments from the owner from recent guests:

5th Visit! Never change this cottage – it’s perfect!! Hopefully back next year. Pat, Frank and Phil, (May 2017)

A very cosy, well equipped cottage. Wonderful location. Peter and Janet, (June 2017)

Our first visit to the Dales and we’ve had a wonderful time, what a beautiful part of the country. The cottage is cosy and welcoming and we’ve loved staying here. The girls especially liked the selection of games! Hopefully we’ll be back! Andy, Nicky, Scarlett and Eden (October 2017)

We have spent a lovely week in Barn End Cottage. We managed to walk, read, explore, play the violin, star gaze, watch a few films, meet a few locals, spend Halloween in Carlton – all in all, a wonderful break. Great power shower and comfortable beds. Barn End Cottage and the setting in West Scrafton were ideal. Thank you. Highlights included walking Kettlewell to Starbottom, exploring the waterfall in West Scrafton and walking with sheep! Emily and Benedict (October 2017).

Another fabulous stay at Barn End. We love coming here. No matter the weather, the scenery is breath-taking. Very enjoyable day pottering around the shops in Hawes. Mulled wine, roaring fire and mince pies – what better way to get in the Christmas mood? Thank you. Shona and Claire (December 2017)


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Hawes in Carlton Town

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Dedicated parking for one car only. Sorry no commercial vehicles. Additional/commercial vehicles can be parked in the adjoining lane.
  • The person making the booking must be at least 18 years of age.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Double Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , En-suite shower room attached
    Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , En-suite bathroom attached
  • Built in wardrobes, Chests of drawers, Bedside tables, telephone in the double bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking


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Nearest Airport
36 Miles
Durham Tyne Tees
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Foresters Arms, Carlton-in-Coverdale
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Akebar Park
Nearest Train
22 Miles
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
A1(M) - Junction 51
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Foresters Arms, Carlton-in-Coverdale
Car: necessary

The delightful village of Carlton-in-Coverdale with its mile long village street is a mile away; you can walk down to the River Cover and up again, or it is just a couple of minutes by car. Carlton has a lovely community owned pub, The Foresters’ Arms, which does superb meals.

The larger village of Middleham with its castle, 4 extremely good pubs and a range of shops including a well-stocked grocers and a fish and chip shop is 4 miles away. The attractive market town of Leyburn is a couple of miles further on and offers everything you need, including an arts centre with cinema. Market day is Friday. Masham is also well worth a visit being home to the Black Sheep and Theakston Breweries both of which have visitor centres. Market Day is Saturday. Richmond with its huge market place and imposing castle and Hawes with its cobbled lanes, the Wensleydale Creamery and the Dales Countryside Museum are both about 16 miles away. Market Day in Richmond is Saturday and in Hawes it is Tuesday. The cathedral cities of Ripon, Durham and York are further afield but are all within easy reach.

There is plenty to entertain families within 20 miles of the cottage. The Forbidden Corner, a garden with a difference, is on the doorstep. There are castles in Middleham, at Castle Bolton, Richmond and at Barnard Castle. There are ruined Abbeys set in beautiful grounds at Jervaulx, Fountains, Easby and Egglestone. There are fantastic gardens to explore at Thorp Perrow, Harlow Carr, Constable Burton, Studley Royal and Parcevall Hall.

There are cinemas in Leyburn (limited days), at the former Richmond station and in Ripon and swimming pools at Catterick and Richmond. The Wensleydale railway runs regular services from Redmire to Leeming Bar. The Masham Riding and Pony Treking Centre has been popular with many of our guests.

Since the Tour de France in 2014 cycling is big business in the Dales and bikes of all shapes and sizes can be hired from a number of locations in Wensleydale and Swaledale.

The nearest mainline railway station is at Northallerton, about 20 miles away and you can catch a bus outside the station for Bedale and then change for Leyburn. However there is no public transport in Coverdale itself so a car is essential.

Coast/Beach: Whitby (68 miles) and Scarborough (71 miles) are an enjoyable 1.5 to 2 hours drive away over the North Yorkshire Moors


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.