2 Swallowholm Cottages ref: UK10930

Arkengarthdale, near Reeth, Swaledale

4 Stars



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  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Stairgate 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Green Scheme 
  • Parking - On Site 


Tucked away from the world in a tranquil setting with the most amazing views over the river and dale. This Grade II listed cottage oozes character and charm. Upside down in nature, taking in the fabulous views from the first floor living area window. The cottage is perfectly equipped, with quality furnishings and fittings offering home from home comfort. You’ll be tempted to sit at the window seat with a book to relax and unwind! The upper floor is open plan, light and airy and the living area has a gorgeous wood burner to keep you warm on chilly nights, a large TV with Freesat to give variety of entertainment and a DVD player to catch up on some of the classics! A well equipped gloss kitchen makes an excellent place to rustle up breakfast or supper while friends and family gather round the table – this is a great social space. Downstairs are two comfortable bedrooms, both front facing and taking advantage of the views.
Arkengarthdale is a great destination, being just 4 miles from Reeth and within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Approached along a short farm track and surrounded by the most fabulous scenery, this is a perfect accommodation for couples wanting to enjoy that special, romantic break, with the 18th century inn just a short stroll away serving good local ales, wines and excellent food. Alternatively, visit the highest pub in England - the Tan Hill Inn, just 8 miles further along the road.
Swaledale is increasingly popular with cyclists following the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014 and the annual Tour De Yorkshire. Just a few miles down the road is a bike centre providing cycle hire for those who need it. The Swale Trail runs from Reeth to Keld and is ideal for families. This area is a walker’s paradise as the varied landscape provides miles of walks, both low-level, gentle strolls along the river and more challenging high-level walks. With high mountains and valleys lined with streams, there are endless footpaths around the most spectacular scenery.
Nearby Reeth, approximately 4 miles away has two village stores, craft shops, pubs and tea rooms. Historic Richmond with its Georgian theatre, Norman Castle and beautiful riverside walks is just a short drive away. Here you will find a bustling market town, with cobbled alleyways lined with galleries, eclectic shops and tea rooms. In the opposite direction is Barnard Castle, with its market, antique shops and famous Bowes Museum. Take a drive into Wensleydale and visit the market towns of Hawes and Leyburn, with a host of attractions located in the surrounding area. The Forbidden Corner in Middleham is only 16 miles away and a great day out for families. Picturesque Aysgarth Falls and Bolton Castle are along the way, with many other pretty picture postcard villages to discover as you pass through. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Step to entrance.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over P-shaped bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

First floor

Open plan living space: With beams.
Living area:
With wood burner, 38’’ Freesat TV and DVD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area:
With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Economy 7 heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Welcome pack.


Courtyard with sitting-out area (shared with other properties on-site). Private parking for 1 car; additional on road parking. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    3.0 miles
  • Distance
    16 miles
  • Restaurant
    100 yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    100 yards
  • Railway station distance
    29.5 miles
  • Lake
    13 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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