Lovely open plan cottage with 2 bedrooms, both ensuite
Claire and Stephen Seddon
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)
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
This was a great cottage in a small hamlet, with no noise but the bleating of sheep. It was nice to be somewhere that provided basic items like kitchen rolls, loo rolls, washing machine soap, and some tea & coffee etc. There was a huge array of walking guides and maps, and the area was perfect for walks in the dales countryside.There was nothing to fault; the beds were comfortable, the setting good, and the website photos and description accurate.
Lovely cottage in peaceful village in the midst of wonderful countryside
It was a real pleasure to come back to the cottage for a second visit - and I look forward to coming again. Thank you very much Claire and Stephen for our very happy stay.
A restful and relaxing place in which to stay.
This is one of the best properties we have stayed in - really comfortable and we felt at home right away in the beautiful setting. We could find nothing about which to complain. A big thank you to Claire and Stephen.
Lovely stay beautiful property and beautifully looked after thankyou
So pleased that you liked Barn End Cottage. Thank you for taking the time to review it. It is always good to hear that all the hard work is appreciated! Best wishes, Claire and Stephen
perfect cottage to visit the Yorkshire Dales !
lovely little cottage
This cottage has everything it needs for a pleasant stay - even more.
We felt very comfortable during our 1 week-stay (4 people).
Everything is very well kept and when we come back to this lovely area
Barn End Cottage is an opption for us to stay.
Thank you Claire and Stephen !
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. Please be aware that most of the roads in Coverdale, like many in the remoter parts of the Yorkshire Dales, are single track with passing places.
Coast/Beach: Whitby (68 miles) and Scarborough (71 miles) are an enjoyable 1.5 to 2 hours drive away over the North Yorkshire Moors