Buddy’s Cottage ref: UK2312

Melsonby, near Richmond, Swaledale

4 Stars



Local area

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Pets allowed
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  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Parking - On Site 


This beautifully decorated two bedroomed cottage in Melsonby is the former church caretaker’s cottage dating back to the 1850s. Set over two floors it is ideal for exploring the wonderful surrounding area. The cottage is the perfect base from which to go cycling and mountain biking in the Yorkshire Dales with some wonderful areas to explore - Buddy’s Cottage also has a separate stone outbuilding with a rack to store up to four bikes. The Dales Bike Centre is in nearby Fremington, which is the Trail Head for mountain biking so you can park up, grab a brew and bacon sandwich, pick up a route map and hire a bike then get out and hit the trails. The Yorkshire Dales have also been voted number 2 in Cycling Weekly’s Top 10 Places to Ride in the UK so there is plenty for the road rider too including tracing the tracks of the 2014 Tour de France.
With literally hundreds of walking routes in the area from the Coast to Coast to a gentle stroll along the River Swale from Richmond Castle to Easby Abbey, there is something for all abilities. The beautiful, quiet village of Melsonby is in a wonderful location. It sits midway between the North Yorkshire Coast and the Lake District National Park making both areas accessible by car. There are many quaint Yorkshire villages, historic abbeys and a patchwork of fields and countryside to explore.
The market town of Richmond is just 5 miles away with its increasingly popular restaurants, gastro pubs and live music scene as well as the castle, The Station entertainment venue and weekly market. There is so much to do in the area whether it’s a day at the races or stepping back in time to Beamish Living Museum for a taste of living history. The cathedral city of Durham is just over half an hour away as are the market towns of Thirsk and Northallerton. Beach 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub serving food 200 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Step to entrance.
Living room: With electric coal-effect fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and wooden floor.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and wooden floor.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With single bed and pull-out single bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included.


Small terrace with garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: No children under 6 years except babies under 18 months. There are 4 steps in the garden.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    2 miles
  • Distance
    5 miles
  • Restaurant
    200 yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    200 yards
  • Railway station distance
    10 miles
  • Lake
    3 miles

About the local area

The valley of the River Swale begins in the west close, to Nine Standards Rigg, the strange collection of nine stone cairns built on the ridge of the Yorkshire and Cumbria border and runs eastwards to the historic town of Richmond.

Although one of the more remote valleys, it has a wealth of villages and hamlets to visit and explore and is a great favourite with fell walkers.

Indeed, Alfred Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast walk passes along Swaledale, but for those who don't want to make that full journey, there is plenty of peace and beauty to be had here.

This is also James Herriot country and fans of TV's All Creatures Great and Small might well recognise nearby Arkengarthdale from the show's title shots. The valley was also formerly the centre of the local lead-mining industry.

Along Swaledale lie the villages of Muker, where a Bronze Age burial was discovered and Gunnerside, a centre for the traditional dry-stone walls and stone-built barns and houses that are such a distinctive feature of the Yorkshire Dales.

Reeth, known as the capital of Swaledale, is the starting point for many of the most popular Dales walks and has three pubs!

Running parallel with Swaledale, to the south, is Wensleydale and the two are joined by the dramatic Buttertubs Pass, a high moorland road that passes crags and waterfall as it leads from one dale to the other.

Things to do nearby


Reeth, in the heart of Swaledale is a honey pot for locals and tourists. It lies where two of North Yorkshire's finest dales meet.

Arkle Moor Riding Centre
Arkle Moor Riding Centre

A small riding centre just outside the dales village of Reeth.

Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle, on a cliff above the River Swale near the town of Richmond is believed to be one of the oldest stone-built castles surviving today. The most impressive and best preserved area of the castle is the Great Keep, which stands over 100 feet tall.

Bolton Castle

Completed in 1399, Bolton Castle has a rich past including connections with Richard III and Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned here in 1568 under orders from Elizabeth I. Open all year round.

River Bain
River Bain

Bainbridge is the only place that you can get day tickets for the River Bain with it being such a short river - the shortest in England at about two miles!

The Swaledale Museum
The Swaledale Museum

The Swaledale Museum is run by volunteers where displays of local heritage from Swaledale and Arkengarthdale can be viewed.

The Forbidden Corner

A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

River Ure - Day Tickets
River Ure - Day Tickets

Great fishing venues include Bainbridge, Hawes and Aysgarth. Day tickets available

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Monday 25 June 2018 7 nights £ 594.00
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Tuesday 26 June 2018 7 nights £ 594.00
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Wednesday 27 June 2018 7 nights £ 594.00
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Thursday 28 June 2018 7 nights £ 598.00
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Friday 29 June 2018 7 nights £ 598.00
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Saturday 30 June 2018 7 nights £ 598.00
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