Cottontail Cottage ref: CC218118

Thorns near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

4 Stars



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  • Woodburning Stove 
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Nestling amidst open countryside in the picturesque hamlet of Thorns, just a few minutes’ walk from Hawes this Grade II Listed 16th Century farmhouse enjoys extensive views of the woods and fells of Upper Wensleydale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Cottontail Cottage is accessed via a short farm road and oozes charm and character reminiscent of its era with many interesting features including oak beamed ceilings, flagstone floors, sneck doors and stone mullion windows. A truly delightful country retreat with wood burning stove and a welcoming ambience the cottage is full of atmosphere, complemented with a contrasting blend of quality furnishings to a very good standard where you can relax and enjoy a restful holiday. The secluded patio is ideal for relaxing after a day walking and touring the stunning Yorkshire Dales or for dining alfresco on warm sunny days. Excellent walks start from the door, with the Pennine Way passing close by. Hardraw Force (England’s highest unbroken waterfall) along with Aysgarth Falls is nearby or enjoy a leisurely drive across the "Buttertubs Pass" into beautiful Swaledale. Hawes has a good choice of shops, pubs, tea rooms, bistro, Ropemakers Centre along with the famous Wensleydale Creamery and Visitor Centre.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Property has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With wood burning stove, Freeview TV, DVD and radio.
Kitchen/diner: With dining table, induction hob and electric oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, kettle, toaster and washing machine.

First floor

Bedroom: With double bed and Freeview TV.
Bedroom 2: With king size bed and Freeview TV.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


All power, bed linen and towels included. Starter pack of fuel provided for the log burner. Wifi available.


Patio with table, chairs and BBQ. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. No children under 12 years old.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    0.5 Mile
  • Distance
    0.5 Mile
  • Restaurant
    0.5 Mile
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    0.5 Mile
  • Railway station distance
    4.0 miles
  • Lake

About the local area

It's given its name to one of Britain's finest cheeses, but Wensleydale has so much more to offer. This is the valley of the River Ure, part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and a popular destination for walkers and hikers.

As well as the rolling landscape of the valley itself, Wensleydale is overlooked by the distinctive flat- topped hill of Addlebrough, above the village of Bainbridge and Penhill, which stands guard over Leyburn. Wensleydale's dramatic scenery is dotted with ancient towns and villages, offering a great range of shops, pubs and tea rooms.

Hawes, at the head of the valley, is the centre of the famous cheese-making industry as well as rope- making, while Hardraw is home to Hardraw Force, one of the highest waterfalls in England.

At Aysgarth, the River Ure tumbles down a limestone staircase at the beauty spot known as Aysgarth Falls.

There are many other fascinating towns and villages in the valley; hidden treasures abound as the Ure flows eastwards. Middleham, with its castle, was the childhood home of Richard III while at West Burton, you can visit the famous Cat Pottery.

Although a walker's paradise, tired feet can let the train take the strain with a trip on the Wensleydale Railway. Heritage steam and diesel trains run along 17 miles of line between Redmire and Leeming Bar at the eastern end of the dale.

Don't forget the famous Buttertubs Pass, a great walk that leads from Hawes and Hardraw, over a high moorland pass and down to neighbouring Swaledale.

Things to do nearby

Upper Wharfedale

Along the Upper Wharfe Valley the characteristic drystone walls and barns of the Dales, important flower-rich hay meadows, beautiful riverside and valleyside woodland combine to create a wonderful place to relax and explore the great outdoors.

Wensleydale Creamery

Receiving over 270,000 visitors each year, the Wensleydale Creamery Visitors Centre incorporates a museum, viewing gallery, specialist cheese shop and fully licensed restaurant.

Pennine Bridleway - Horse Riding

The Pennine Bridleway is a new 350 mile long National Trail in the North of England.


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.

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 Wharfe - Day Tickets
River Wharfe - Day Tickets

Some great fishing venues including Burnsall, Ilkley and Grassington. Day tickets available.

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 thriving market town of Hawes located in the heart of Wensleydale is a typical Yorkshire Dales town full of character and charm.

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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