School House ref: UK11203

Gunnerside, near Reeth, Swaledale

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  • Barbecue 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Luxury Collection 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


This stone-built, Grade II listed, detached former school house is situated in the secluded village of Gunnerside, just 5 miles from Reeth in the Swaledale Valley. It is an ideal cottage for a family or a group of friends to get together and enjoy a perfect break. This unique property dates back to the 17th century and has high quality fixtures and fittings, contemporary furnishings, exposed beams throughout and lovely views across the valley to the surrounding Yorkshire Dales countryside.

It seamlessly combines many of the original features, such as the stone-built bread oven, exposed stone floor and the lovely old beams with modern and luxurious styling. A real home from home, there is a beautiful farmhouse-style kitchen, a living room with cosy wood burner which leads off the kitchen and there is a snug, again with wood burner to sit and relax by. Also on the ground floor is a handy bedroom with single bed and single pull-out bed, as well as a shower room.

An open staircase leads off the kitchen to the master bedroom with its old beams and en-suite with corner bath. Upstairs, two of the bedrooms boast fabulous views whilst the third double bedroom includes a lovely en-suite shower. The main bathroom has a luxurious feel, with a gorgeous double-ended slipper bath and separate shower cubicle. The views of the River Swale can be enjoyed from the south-side windows of the house, and the south-facing garden provides all day sunshine in the summer. Relax on the patio and enjoy a refreshing drink or maybe dine al fresco using the Weber barbecue.

The village of Gunnerside is a typical Dales village with traditional stone-built cottages set around the river bridge, an old working smithy and, of course, the local pub which provides local ales and great food, along with a lovely meeting place for the locals and holidaymakers to all mix and create a very special atmosphere. The cottage is situated in a prime location for touring around the area, especially visiting places in Upper Swaledale from Healaugh to Tan Hill, including Angram, Ivelet, Feetham, Keld, Low Row, Muker, Satron Reeth and Thwaite. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living room: With wood burner, beams and slate floor.
Snug: With wood burner, 42" Smart TV, DVD player and bluetooth stereo speaker.
Kitchen/dining room: Farmhouse style with oil range, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, drinks fridge, dishwasher, beams and slate floor.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: With single bed and pull-out single bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.
Open stairs to...

First floor

Bedroom 2: With kingsize sleigh bed, 23" Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with corner bath and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With zip and link kingsize bed (can be 2ft 6in twin beds on request), beams, wooden floor and en-suite with corner bath and toilet.
Bedroom 4: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 5: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
Bathroom: With double-ended slipper bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burners included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.


Small enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and Weber BBQ. 2 small dogs welcome. Private parking for 2 cars; additional on road parking. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    3.0 miles
  • Distance
    6.0 miles
  • Restaurant
    150 yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    150 yards
  • Railway station distance
    33.0 miles
  • Lake
    9.5 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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