2 Bedroom (Sleeps 4) Holiday Cottage Gunnerside

Christmas Cottage, Gunnerside - a delightful cottage in a pretty Swaledale village. Walking country par excellence.

At a glance: Child Friendly, Pet Friendly, Wifi, Parking.

Cottage ref : P199618
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Owner : Ruth and Trevor Hawkes

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  • Property Type Holiday Cottage
  • Location Gunnerside
  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms 1
  • Minimum nights stay7
  • Low season price per week£395
  • High season price per week£550
  • Average price per week£460
  • 🌈 NHS Discount upto 5%
  • Customer rating 5.0 / 5 ( 12 reviews )
  • Please contact the owner directly to confirm the price and availability

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Normally 7 nights with Saturday check-in (please enquire for other start dates or durations)

Covid-alert cleaning by owners

Christmas Cottage is a cosy characterful bolt-hole in the Dales. The lounge has beams, a delightful stone fireplace, comfortable seating and a log-burning stove. The dining-kitchen is spacious and well equipped. There are two charmingly appointed bedrooms, a double and a twin, plus a modern shower room. Up to two well-behaved dogs allowed, depending on size and breed.

The village of Gunnerside is a picturesque huddle of grey stone cottages with a beck gurgling through the village to join the Swale. Discover beautiful walks on the doorstep, through some of Swaledale’s most spectacular scenery.

Front of property: bench for sitting out and watching the world go by; parking area in front of the cottage for one car; ring in wall by front door for tethering of dogs, securing of bicycles etc. The property is south-facing.
Ground floor: access from front of property to
• dining kitchen with electric cooker and hob, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, larder fridge, pine dining table and chairs; alcove with boot cupboard, coat rail and hooks, first aid kit, fire blanket and fire extinguisher; iron and table-top ironing board; range of kitchen floor and wall units. Ceramic tiled floor. Two electric storage heaters. Beamed ceiling. Window to front. Stairs to first floor.
• lounge (up 3 steps from kitchen) with leather suite, solid oak coffee tables, character fireplace with log-burning stove, TV with Freeview channels, DVD player, CD player. Selection of DVDs, CDs, books and games. A reference pack offering a practical guide to the cottage amenities plus information about local attractions and facilities. Maps and tourist information leaflets. Solid wood floor. Electric storage heater. Cosy lighting controlled by dimmer switch, two table lamps. Beamed ceiling. Two windows to front.
First floor: access via wooden staircase (not open-tread) from kitchen to carpeted landing area with doors to
• bedroom 1 (up 3 steps) with double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, sofa and bedside cabinets, fitted carpet, hairdryer. Electric storage heater. Two windows to front.
• bedroom 2 with two single beds, hanging and shelving unit, fitted carpet. Electric storage heater. Window to front with window seat.
• shower room – fully tiled, with white ceramic basin in vanity unit, electric shower, electric heated towel rail.

Bed linen, personal towels, tea towels and kitchen towels
Hand sanitiser, virucidal cleaning products
Electricity for cooking, hot water and heating (electric storage heaters in all rooms except shower room which has a heated towel rail)
Starter pack of logs and kindling for the stove (further supplies available to purchase from your host)
10% Discount at Wensleydale Garden Centre in Leyburn

Self check-in using key safe
Arrival from 5pm. Departure by 10am
Cottage is cleaned and sanitised between stays using proven antiviral products
Risk assessment and cleaning checklist are left in the property for our guests’ reassurance
Smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detector
No smoking
Pets are not allowed in bedrooms or on furniture
Bikes must not be brought into the property
Guests must follow the pre-departure instructions provided ( bagging up of bedlinen, setting dishwasher etc)
Guests must be prepared to vacate the property immediately if tested positive for COVID-19
All adult guests will be required to supply contact information to support NHS Test and Trace
Availability of local amenities and attractions cannot be guaranteed
All bookings are subject to the owners' Terms & Conditions

The village boasts a family-friendly pub, and an excellent licensed tea room/bistro. Gunnerside is right at the heart of some of Swaledale’s most spectacular scenery and there are numerous walks from the door – whether you are in the mood for a gentle riverside stroll or a ‘grand day out’ on the breezy fells. Or if you prefer to explore from the saddle - bike hire and pony-trekking are both on hand. By car you can visit any number of picturesque villages, bustling market towns or scenic beauty-spots and take your pick from Yorkshire’s famous (or lesser known) visitor attractions ranging from, museums, historic houses, churches and industrial archaeology sites to waterfalls, caverns, open-farms and gardens.

Swaledale Museum in Reeth (6 miles), Wensleydale Creamery, Dales Countryside Museum and Ropemaking in Hawes (11 miles); Aysgarth Falls beauty spot and riverside walks (10.5 miles); Bolton Castle, one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles, near Leyburn (12 miles); explore the great Norman fortress of Richmond Castle on its rocky crag above the Swale or follow in Turner’s footsteps along the Round Howe Nature Trails (Richmond, 16 miles); the amazingly quirky and not-to-be-missed Forbidden Corner, a labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and follies in a four-acre garden near Leyburn (18 miles); Kiplin Hall country house and gardens near Scorton, Richmond (23 miles); the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham (25 miles).


The location is perfect

By Marta on 22-Jun-2021

We had a great time at Christmas Cottage. It is a lovely, cosy place with anything you might need. The owners put lots of thought into it and it shows they want to share this special place with others. We are family with two boys (11 and 7) and we all really enjoyed our holiday in Swaledale. The location is perfect. The walkers will be spoilt with choice, so many walks right from your doorstep. The cycling in the area is challenging but the Swale trail from Gunnerside to Reeth is family friendly (our 7 year old has managed it, a child needs to be able to change gears). Wildflowers were amazing at the beginning of June, meadows covered in buttercups, woodland in wild garlic. All around it was just stunningly beautiful! Gunnerside has an excellent pub and a cafe- both serving delicious food. You basically don’t have to use the car once you arrive if you don’t want to! Ruth is very friendly and approachable, she lives few houses away if needed. We hope we can come back soon! Highly recommended!

5 of of 5

A real home from home surrounded by stunning landscape

By Mandy on 19-Jun-2021

It is a beautiful, picturesque, very well appointed cottage - a real home from home. We were able to settle in straight away and relax. The surrounding landscape is stunning and the walking opportunities are great for all levels of fitness. It's well situated too - plenty of castles, abbeys and pretty little villages to visit. A visit to the local wildflower meadows and the walk from Muker to Keld is an absolute must at this time of year - a great way to round off a really wonderful week. Huge thanks to Ruth and Trevor.

5 of of 5

Cosy character cottage

By Aonghus on 03-May-2021

The start of many great walks in Swaledale. A cosy character cottage with all mod cons.

5 of of 5

Lovely cottage in a great location

By Sofia on 25-Apr-2021

Lovely cottage in a great location with access to lots of walks without needing to drive everyday. Bonus the local pub. Ruth was very responsive and welcoming.

5 of of 5

Jewel of a village

By Gillian on 18-Apr-2021

Simple, cosy, clean and comfortable, this so the perfect place to base yourself for walks around this jewel of a village. Everything is easy - all the amenities and check in.

5 of of 5

A perfect Yorkshre Dales Cottage

By Fiona on 18-Oct-2020

Christmas Cottage is absolutely perfectly located in the gorgeous village of Gunnerside. The cottage itself is a perfect Yorkshire Dales cottage and Ruth the host has thought of everything to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Thoughtful touches like yummy biscuits on arrival and plenty of logs for the woodburner and a dishwasher, really set this cottage apart from others we have stayed in. You can park right outside the front door and there are plenty of games, books and dvds to keep you entertained if you're having a night in or it's a couple of steps over the road to the great village pub. We thoroughly recommend Christmas Cottage if you're looking to stay in the Swaledale area of the Yorkshire Dales.

5 of of 5

We loved everything about Christmas Cottage

By William on 18-Aug-2020

Swaledale is a wonderful dale (the best dale) and Gunnerside is a wonderful village (the best in Swaledale) with wonderful walking from the door. The cottage is very clean and very Covid safe. It has everything you need. It is extremely comfortable and quiet with parking in front. We enjoyed a couple of long walks from the door, from Muker, from Hawes, from Richmond and from Reeth. We enjoyed a walk around Ribblehead viaduct and then a trip on the Settle-Carlisle railway the next day. We loved fish and chips on Friday from the van. We loved everything about Christmas Cottage.

5 of of 5

Gorgeous Cottage in Picturesque Location

By Michelle on 17-Feb-2020

A gorgeous cottage in a picturesque location with everything that is needed to make a comfortable and fabulous break from home. Hosts are extremely friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend.

5 of of 5

Fantastic Hidden Gem

By Katharine on 11-Feb-2020

We had a fantastic stay at Christmas Cottage.Some great walks to be had: Muker-Keld, Reeth River Walk and Gunnerside Gill (from frount door)one not to miss.The cottage has everything you need and is so clean and tidy. We had such a relaxing stay and Ruth helped us out with tips all finishing touches added to a great experience.A very quiet villiage, cottage with a cosy feel.We will definitely be returning to this fantastic hidden gem, thank you Ruth for letting us use your beautiful cottage.

5 of of 5

Clean, Cosy Cottage

By Vicki on 02-Jan-2020

A very clean cosy cottage with all the basics needed for a stay away from home - washing up liquid, dish washer tablets, washing machine soap, paper towels, loo rolls, oil, salt and pepper, tea, coffee and sugar! The fire starter pack was more generous than other cottages we've stayed on and wood burner was really effective. Lovely comfortable settee and chairs in the lounge and comfortable beds upstairs. We would really recommend a stay at this cottage.

5 of of 5

We highly recommend this lovely cottage!

By Natalie on 27-Oct-2019

The cottage has a very cosy atmosphere with warmly decorated, tidy rooms. There were board-games, books, DVDs, TV, wood-burning fire in the living room, perfect for rainy days. The rooms have a great balance of enough items to make it homely without overcrowding and feeling like you're intruding in someone's home. The kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances that would make it an ideal place to stay for a week, we were there for just a few nights so made the most of the great local pubs. Ruth provided a great booklet of local information that you might expect (pubs, shops etc.) through to items you wouldn't think of until you need them, such as doctors and vets services. The little touches like the welcome package we received made us feel very welcomed. We visited to do some road cycling and it was a great location for this, some good medium to long rides available from Gunnerside, including no. 46 in the 100 best climbs in the UK practically on the doorstop and Buttertubs just up the road. I will definitely be making a return visit as I was so impressed with the cottage and the Dales. We HIGHLY recommend this lovely cottage!

5 of of 5

An Absolute Winner!

By Julie on 22-Oct-2019

Christmas Cottage is the perfect getaway if you want to explore the Dales. Brilliantly appointed, with everything you could possibly want, it is spotlessly clean and gorgeously fitted out - the photos don't do it justice. Perfect location for walking. Super thoughtful host. We don't often go back to the same places again, but this one is an absolute winner!

5 of of 5
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Children Welcome Pets Welcome
Refrigerator Hob Oven
Microwave Dishwasher Toaster
Dining seats Dining room Internet
Fireplace Wood stove Heating
Linens provided Washing machine Parking
Living room Hairdryer Ironing board
Television Satellite/cable Dvds
Video library Music library Games
Adventure Away from it all Family
Sports activities Tourist attractions
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