Thistle Cottage ref: UK2540

Carlton-in-Coverdale, Wensleydale & Area

4 Stars



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  • Barbecue 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Open Fire 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Stairgate 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


This charming whitewashed cottage, is large and spacious and quirky by nature. It offers, comfortable accommodation with great outside space. Thistle Cottage is well suited for a group gathering and is the perfect place for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and nearby towns of Leyburn and Middleham. It has a good combination of sleeping arrangements, a spacious living room and an additional den with comfortable seating and games, perfect for the family to spread out. There is comfortable conservatory furniture in the front sun lounge that looks out onto the garden, a relaxing space to sit on an evening and watch the sun go down. It ideally suits the needs of all age ranges.

Perfectly located for outdoor enthusiasts with several fabulous walks within easy access from the cottage. For cyclists, the cottage comes with garage storage. For older children, there is a playing field adjacent to the village community hall, approximately 50 yards away, an ideal open space for ball games. To the front of the property is a raised south facing patio, a veranda with bench to sit and enjoy a quiet moment or spread out in the garden and enjoy al fresco dining with the barbecue, the perfect spot to sit and relax after a day of exploring. Alternatively the village pub is a stone’s throw away serving hand pull ales and locally sourced homemade food, and is a welcome meeting place for locals and visitors alike.

Situated in the attractive and traditional old village of Carlton-in-Coverdale, one of the Yorkshire Dales best kept secrets. From its elevated position it looks out across the fields towards the hills beyond, and the River Cover runs through the valley below. Carlton sits beneath Roova Crags to the south and Penhill to the north. Nearby attractions include the Forbidden Corner, a great day out for all the family with its adventure gardens and restaurant. The bustling market town of Leyburn is 6 miles away, with an array of restaurants, cafés, pubs and two supermarkets. The village of Middleham, 4 miles, also boasts several pubs, restaurants and a well-stocked local shop. It is a lovely village renowned for its famous racing stables, ’The Gallops’, and its Norman castle which dates back to 1190. Head further up into Wensleydale to the market town of Hawes calling en-route to take in the spectacular site of Aysgarth Falls. Beach 51¼ miles. Shop 4 miles, pub 50 yards and restaurant 3 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

2 steps to entrance.
Living room 1: With open fire and 42" Freeview Smart TV.
Living room 2.
Kitchen/dining room:
With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and beams.
Den/games room: With seating and games.
Utility/boot room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Separate toilet.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With zip and link kingsize bed (can be 2ft 6in twin beds on request).
Bedroom 3: With double bed.
Bedroom 4: With single bed.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Stairgate.


Small enclosed lawned and terraced garden, patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars; additional on road parking. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    4 miles
  • Distance
    6 miles
  • Restaurant
    3 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    50 yards
  • Railway station distance
    23.0 miles
  • Lake
    8 miles

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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