An elegantly renovated Grade II listed home set in the midst of the Yorkshire Dales, Heatherdene is the essence of heart-warming Yorkshire country living.
Set amidst scenic pastoral land within the sweeping Yorkshire Dales National Park, Heatherdene is every nature lover’s dream.
Hewn from warm York stone, Heatherdene is a Grade II listed former mine manager’s home set in Swaldedale, in the northern Yorkshire Dales. Expect some curious looks from the local sheep, who graze freely on the common land that envelopes the welcoming cottage, as you soak up the sweeping views of Alfred Wainwright’s beloved Dales from its south-facing terrace or the inviting sitting room, complete with capacious sofas and a wood-burning stove.
For all its history and authentic country charm, Heatherdene is every inch a contemporary property: the kitchen, with its beamed ceiling and flagstone floors, boasts an electric AGA and all the gadgets aspiring chefs could wish for; underfloor heating in the sitting room ensures a toasty welcome even before you stoke the fire; the dining room is a convivial spot to toast the day; the utility and boot room, accessed via a rear entrance, confine laundry, muddy boots and wet coats; while the spacious bedrooms - two with king size beds plus a twin - boast country views as well as Hypnos mattresses to guarantee blissfully comfy nights.
From vintage rugs and bespoke blinds to antique dressers and posies of freshly-picked wildflowers in the bedrooms, Heatherdene is the epitome of stylish, authentic country living. Keen walkers will take particular delight in its location, on Wainwright’s ‘Coast to Coast’ trail, near the Pennine Way and with walking trails spreading out in virtually every direction from the doorstep, while cyclists will want to tackle the local mountain bike trails and famous Buttertubs Pass, described by Jeremy Clarkson as “England’s only truly spectacular road.”
Whether you’re here to walk, cycle, indulge your creative side or simply sit back and relax, be sure to take some time to pack the provided picnic hamper, cool box and rug for lunches al fresco, treat yourself to a BBQ on the terrace and stroll down to the neighbourhood gastropub, the acclaimed Punch Bowl Inn, for delicious seasonal, local food and a spot of local gossip.
Sitting room with wood burning stove, TV with DVD player and Freeview, a three-seater sofa, a two-seater sofa, armchair and coffee table.
Dining room with table seating six and dresser.
Fully-equipped kitchen (two steps down) with electric AGA, large fridge, under-counter freezer, dishwasher, microwave and kitchen table and chairs.
Utility/boot room with Belfast sink, washing machine, seating and storage - a picnic hamper, rug, cool box are available for guest use.
Cloakroom with WC and basin.
Landing with writing desk and chair.
Family bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and basin.
Two steps up:
Bedroom one - master bedroom - with king size bed, built in wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables and chair.
En-suite bathroom (two steps down) with walk-in shower, WC and basin.
Bedroom two (one step down) with king size bed, wardrobe, dressing table, bedside tables and two chairs.
Bedroom three with twin beds, hanging space and chest of drawers.
There is a walled/fenced patio area to the front with garden furniture and a charcoal barbecue (charcoal is not provided). Heatherdene is located on common land with free roaming, grazing livestock.
There is parking for two cars to the side of the property. Guests should be aware that cars are parked adjacent to the common grazing ground with livestock roaming freely and are left at guests own risk. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
Babies & Children
Due to the nature of the property, it is only suitable for children over the age of 12 years old.
Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
Bed linen and towels are provided. Hollowfibre bedding is provided. There are hairdryers provided in bedrooms one and two.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available but the connection can be slow due to the rural location. Mobile coverage can also be patchy.
Heatherdene has a wood burning stove in the sitting room with an initial supply of logs provided. There is underfloor heating in the sitting room, dining room and cloakroom. The kitchen has an AGA. There are radiators in the kitchen, utility/boot room, hallway and upstairs.
Please note, the property is semi-detached. The house adjoining Heatherdene is a holiday home and only used by the owners from time to time.
Access - Important
Access to Heatherdene is via a steep and narrow single track road with a couple of tight bends. There are places where other vehicles can pass, although they are not marked. Upon reaching the top of the hill turn right on to a farm track. Caution is necessary if your vehicle is particularly low-based.
Please note that the flagstone path leading to the property is part of the common ground which surrounds the property and does not belong to the owner. Guests should take care as it is uneven in places.
Nestled amongst the rugged beauty of Swaledale, famous for its heather moorland, wildflower meadows and waterfalls, Heatherdene is the perfect base for exploring the unspoilt wilderness of the Yorkshire Dales.
Heatherdene’s spectacular location offers the best of both worlds; gloriously off the beaten track and yet there is an award-winning pub within walking distance and the charming village of Reeth is only four miles away. Nestled amidst spectacular scenery, Reeth provides excellent local amenities. The vast expanse of the Village Green is ideal for picnics concluded in style with an ice cream from The Parlour.
For more extensive amenities, Richmond, known for its impressive Norman castle, vast cobbled market place and elegant Georgian architecture is about a 30 minute drive.
Other local gems in neighbouring Wensleydale include the charming town of Leyburn, with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, an array of unusual independent shops, cafés and pubs as well as a weekly market and regular antique auctions.
Likewise, Middleham, nicknamed the ‘Windsor of the North’, was once home to Richard III and now boasts pretty cobbled market squares, cafes and galleries as well as a rich horse racing heritage.
The Yorkshire Dales is a walker’s paradise with everything from gentle riverside rambles to energetic hikes across spectacular moorland on offer.
Cyclists are equally well catered for with an impressive array of on and off-road routes in the area including the Swale Trail, a picturesque ride up Swaledale on easy going trails that shadow the River Swale.
For the more daring types, the Yorkshire Dales are made up of some of England’s finest limestone scenery, making it a popular destination for caving and potholing.
If you prefer to explore the scenery from atop four legs, there are a number of pony trekking options in the area to cater for all abilities.
The area hosts a number of events throughout the year, including national hunt and flat race fixtures at Catterick, the Tour de Yorkshire in May and the annual Swaledale Festival of music and arts which takes place in early summer at quirky venues ranging from tiny chapels to heritage sites.
For a dash of culture, head to the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, Britain’s oldest working theatre in its original form, hosting a thriving community playhouse and a living theatre museum with the oldest surviving set of scenery in Britain dating back to the early 1800s.
Also close by is the charming Swaledale Museum in Reeth, which covers an extraordinary walk through local history from pre-historic fossils to lead mining, farming, local crafts and a handmade toy train from the 1950s.
For historians of any age, the area will not disappoint, some of the many highlights include the Norman castle at Richmond with ghost walks for the brave, Bolton Castle near Leyburn, one of England best preserved medieval castles, Middleham Castle, the childhood home of Richard III and the architectural and horticultural delights of Kiplin Hall near Richmond.
Children of all ages will love the quirky Forbidden Corner, a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and follies near Middleham or a trip on the scenic Wensleydale Railway, an authentic heritage railway running from Leeming Bar in the Vale of Mowbray to Redmire. Closer to home, enjoy a walk with a difference with a friendly alpaca from Hazel Brow at Low Row amongst the glorious scenery of Swaledale.
The majestic scenery of the Yorkshire Dales has inspired many a famous artist and writer and is an ideal destination for those who enjoy painting, photography, writing, wildlife or are simply looking for some relaxing and restorative time spent enjoying the serenity and beauty of the natural surroundings.
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"The week we spent at Heatherdene in September was just wonderful. The situation of the property was quite simply stunning and the surrounding sheep, cattle and wildlife were delightful, they provided the only sounds we could hear. From sunrise in the morning the views during the day and dark skies at night were to die for. As for the property where do you start? The house was beautiful, elegant, comfortable and had been appointed to a very high standard. There was literally nothing that hadn’t been thought of and everything was of the highest quality. The Aga kept everywhere beautifully warm. A more than generous ‘Welcome Basket’ was waiting on our arrival. Beautiful Yorkshire fayre, much appreciated and enjoyed. The bookshelves were wonderful, we couldn’t read fast enough and local walks to enjoy. One to return to most definitely."Mr & Mrs Mann
"We had a fabulous stay, very much enjoying the house and its location. The house has been thoughtfully equipped and is most comfortable."Ms Green
- Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
- Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Immerse yourself in the endless views of Swaledale from the kitchen, dining room, patio, bedrooms, bathroom..."Julie, Crabtree & Crabtree