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The Bothy

(Ref. 992138)

Arncliffe, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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57 Customer Reviews

  • "Love our visits to the Bothy and the Dales."

    The Bothy is like a home from home. Ideal location for walking and enjoying the scenery., as well as just sitting in the beautifull garden and relaxing. Carol and Mike are friendly hosts who make you feel most welcome.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0May 2024

  • "Fantastic stay yet again."

    Love the Bothy and the surrounding Dales. Always made to feel so welcome by Mike and Carol.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0May 2024

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at The Bothy this year, it was our second visit and the standards were immaculate just as we remembered."

    We will definitely be visiting again Paul & Sally

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2024

  • "We have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending The Bothy."

    It is a magnificent little cottage, and a credit to the owners (Carol and Mike). We were incredibly impressed by the high standard of refurbishment and housekeeping throughout. The moment you walk in, you can tell that Carol and Mike take great pride in ensuring guests are well looked after. If this was a hotel room, it would be up there with the best that we've stayed in. Carol and Mike are also attentive hosts. On the day we were driving up, a massive storm followed us all the way from London. Carol messaged us during the day to make sure we were ok. At one point during our stay, the shower stopped working. Even though Carol and Mike were on holiday themselves, Carol was very responsive to our messages. She told us what to do, and then checked in to make sure it was working again. Another review suggests that there should be an anti-slip mat in the shower. We can confirm that there is one, which shows that Carol and Mike take feedback seriously. The Bothy has a TV with access to all the regular channels. You can also connect your laptop to it using an HDMI lead should you wish to curl up in bed and watch a film of your own. (The lead isn't supplied, and we're not suggesting it should be. We brought our own.) Carol and Mike have also compiled a folder with user manuals for the various appliances in The Bothy so you're not left trying to work things out for yourself. At the back of the manual, there are travel guides. Little things like this say great things about hosts. Arncliffe is a beautiful village, a universe away from our life in London. The landscape is perfect for hikes and mindfulness walks. On our first day, we explored the local area across the river by St Oswald's Church. We spent our second day hiking in Malham (Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn and Malham Cove). Other days, we visited Skipton's market and castle, Aysgarth Falls, Ribblehead Viaduct, the Wensleydale Creamery, and White Scar Cave. Also, we did a day trip to the Lake District to hike over Catbells by Derwentwater. I suggest driving via Buttertubs Pass and Keld - some of the most beautiful landscapes you will ever see! No wonder they say Yorkshire is God's own country! Finally, this is just our advice to visitors. Stay away from the Falcon Inn. It's a miserable place run by an oafish family lacking in basic customer service skills. Its opening hours aren't even regular, and it looks like its been in need of a damn good clean for several years now. We visited a couple of times, and its patrons are international travellers. It really says something about a pub when locals are hardly to be seen. There are plenty of delightful pubs in neighbouring villages for lunches, dinners and wider choice of drinks. This was our first time using Sykes Cottage, and we will definitely be using this site again. Thank you, Carol and Mike, for making our trip something to remember.

    Reviewed by Gabriel5.0Oct 2023

  • "I found the Bothy easily, directions were good."

    The property was spotless and very well laid out. I was very comfortable during my stay. Sadly the weather was dreadful so I took the decision to leave early which is no reflection on the property, just an unlucky week.

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Sep 2023

  • "Brilliant stay in a beautifull little Bothy in the Dales."

    Could not wish for anything more!!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful."

    Stunning setting. Spotlessly clean. The bed was so comfortable. A real gem.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely location."

    Pace and tranquil surroundings. Fantastic scenery with fabulous walks. Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Burnsall and Kettlewell to name a few all within easy reach of the Bothy.

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage for 2!"

    We could not fault anything about the cottage. We couldn't have asked for anything more! It was cosy, comfortable and relaxing! We had our own private patio area which was lovely! Excellent location to explore the Dales. Would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jul 2023

  • "Third visit and again did not disapoint, cozy little cottage, great access to the Dales."

    Carol and Mike very welcoming. Really didnt want to leave

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0May 2023

  • "Wonderful retreat and really good base for walking and exploring South Yorkshire dales!"

    Well equipped cottage in lovely setting.

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Mar 2023

  • "Booked again for May '23 so very happy with The Bothy, extremely comfortable and warm."

    Ideally situated for walking and cycling.

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2022

  • "Amazing property Stunning location Absolutely perfect for peace and ..."

    Amazing property Stunning location Absolutely perfect for peace and quiet Great walks all around Had a great time

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Nov 2022

  • "Amazing little bolt hole with great facilities and done to a very high standard with every little detail having been thought through from high spec easy to use electrical s down to such clever use of space and pretty well chosen decor and furnishings."

    Its very obvious the owners work hard to clean and maintain both inside and out and we loved our week here so much it is now a happy place for us that we will certainly be returning to as soon as we can.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Aug 2022

  • "Amazing property It has everything you need for an amazing week’s holiday Everything you need for a quiet peaceful holiday Stunning location Everything you want for a a great holiday Great walks from your door step We will be back !"

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2022

  • "A cosy little bothy ideal for 2 equiped to a very high standard,we highly recommend this place."

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Apr 2022

  • "We loved the Bothy and had a great time walking and driving in glorious scenery and in beautiful weather."

    The only comments we can make are that it would have been nice to have a teapot and a non-slip mat in the shower. Thanks for a lovely holiday

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Mar 2022

  • "Brilliant, loved it."

    Cozy, warm with everything you need in a small but pefect package. Lovely building. lovely location. Ideally situated to explore the Dales. Would love to return.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2021

  • "Ideal location in a special setting with the bothy providing all our needs for a wonderful stay."

    Fantastic area with so much to offer due to the landscape, amenities and the people. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Sep 2021

  • "Says off road parking, but disappointed to learn we couldn't park close to The Bothy, had to park quite a distance away."

    Owners kept their outdoor seating in the entrance to the accommodation, otherwise we could have parked very close to The Bothy.

    Thank you for your feedback .The property is described as having village parking and not off road parking. It was approximately 20 yards to the entrance to The Bothy Property Owner

    Reviewed by C4.4Aug 2021

  • "A fabulous holiday in a wonderful location."

    We would definitely stay in the Bothy again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2021

  • "My stay at The Bothy was excellent in every way; beautiful walks on the doorstep."

    easily accessible for Malham and Grassington. This holiday was a trip down memory lane for me and I loved every minute back in my home county. I am already planning my return in the winter where I will appreciate the beautiful scenery in a different season.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2021

  • "The Bothy was in a stunning setting within a beautiful garden."

    It was immaculately presented and has everything you need for a holiday. The patio was perfect for al fresco dining and luckily we had a perfect week of weather to take advantage of it. There are some beautiful walks straight from the doorstep with Kettlewell situated in the next valley. The owners Michael and Carol were extremely friendly and nothing was too much trouble, even offering me the use of their bikes when they heard I was a cyclist. Although the Bothy is situated at the rear of their house in the far end of the garden, it felt completely private. We would definitely recommend it without hesitation and look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jun 2021

  • "This was our return visit and met all of our requirements once again."

    The hosts were vey attentive and provided derails of the local amenities and places to visit. Will recommend to all friends

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Bothy is too small."

    Just a box.

    Reviewed by Nora2.5May 2021

  • "Fantastic place to visit, the Bothy was perfect, clean, warm, welcoming, the area had character and charm."

    Scenery was stunning. Loved our week away despite the rain at times our spirits were not dampened!!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0May 2021

  • "The Bothy was absolutely perfect as a base from which to explore the Dales Attention to detail, and quality furnishings make for an extremely comfortable stay in a delightful village Surrounded by beautiful views in ever direction, sitting in the private patio area, was so relaxing Thoroughly recommend a stay at the Bothy, first class."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Apr 2021

  • "Small cottage but has everything you need Good information about the cottage in advance and timely reminder emails."

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Apr 2021

  • "The Bothy is idyllic, quite petite but one of the nicest places I have stayed in terms of location & and dwelling."

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Apr 2021

  • "The Bothy is easily as good, if not better, than it appears on the website - it is equipped to a very high standard - compact but effective."

    The off-road parking would be a tight squeeze for many cars but there is plenty of parking nearby in the village. It's nice and peaceful with garden to one side and fields to the other and the village itself is a quiet backwater of the Dales (except, maybe, on summer weekends). There are also places to sit outside, weather permitting! As is typical the Sykes location map does not show the exact location of the cottage - it's only accurate to village level - so rely on the owners instructions to find it.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2020

  • "16-19th Oct."

    Weather was perfect and autumnal. Friendly welcome to this charming cosy accommodation, spotlessly clean, tidy and comfortable. So quiet and peaceful. Set in stunning scenery and plenty of superb walks from the doorstep. We spent 3 nights/days if much needed tranquility. Highly recommended The Bothy for escape and relaxation. Only one thing I'd change... I would prefer a small oven in place of the dishwasher, but we knew it had no oven beforehand so shopped accordingly. We know all to well the effort in creating an RHS show garden so it was a fun treat to actually live in one for a few days without the hard work making it, thank you Michael and Carol.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Oct 2020

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at The Bothy, Arncliffe and again it was an excellent holiday."

    The Bothy is spotlessly clean and has everything needed for a most enjoyable stay. The owners are extremely friendly and have a wealthy of knowledge of the local area. The cottage is well placed for walks from the door and for visiting the local area. Sykes cottages however have not been helpful during Covid, they did not respond to any emails I sent them regarding my holiday and having looked at their social media platform it appears this is not an isolated case.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Sep 2020

  • "Superb holiday cottage comfortable and extremely well appointed a lovely break"

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2020

  • "When we walked through the gates and saw the Bothy, it was like a breath of fresh air, a hidden find."

    Everything from then on got better and we experienced one of of our best holidays. Our hosts were there with information, help and friendliness

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Aug 2020

  • "The Bothy resides in a very beautiful garden, in a very beautiful village." was a space where I could quite happily spend a great deal of time relaxing...when not exploring the fabulous countryside that is, though on that note a wonderful space to come home and put your feet up in. A very well appointed property, the Bothy had everything that we needed, and was wonderfully cosy and comfortable. Excellent local pub just across the street, what more could you need! We have already raved about it to friends and would definitely come back...I might bring the bike next time.

    Reviewed by Dominic5.0Aug 2020

  • "Location of cottage was superb."

    Owners extremely friendly and helpful. Could not have asked for a better holiday.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2020

  • "Our stay at the Bothy was fabulous, it was clean, well organised and in a beautiful garden."

    The owners had provided everything for a wonderful stay. We will definitely book a return visit.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jul 2020

  • "The Property was clean, immaculate and really tastefully kitted out."

    Lovely location as well

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Jan 2020

  • "On arrival at The Bothy we were greeted in a friendly and welcoming manner."

    We found it to be fitted out to an extremely high standard, ultra clean and comfortable. Lovely personal touches went to make our christmas stay extra enjoyable. All in all, the Bothy and its setting is one of the best places we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Bob5.0Dec 2019

  • "Friendly hosts cottage immaculately clean all very high quality interiors."

    Beautiful location and bed so comfy . The weather was awful on my visit but can’t change weather. Will have to return to see the wonderful garden in full bloom a lot of work and thought has gone into making this cottage perfect.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Dec 2019

  • "The property was as charming as it looks in the picture."

    It is very well equipped and spotlessly clean. Michael, the host, was very friendly on arrival and made it clear we could seek him out for assistance should we need it. We were then left alone, which was perfect. Worth noting that the pub opposite (as of end November 2019) does not serve food on Tuesdays and Sunday evenings. The cooking facilities in The Bothy were perfectly adequate for a stove-top kind of a meal.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Nov 2019

  • "The bothy was the cleanest and most comfortable property we have stayed in for a long time, it had every thing we needed."

    It was exactly as stated on your site. The owners Michael and Carol were very welcoming but not intrusive, but were very approachable if needed them. The weather was very hit and miss but we had a holiday that was so relaxing. There a few walks directly from Arncliffe and lots just a short drive away. There is a good bus service from Grassington to several places. The Falcon Inn across the green is a great place to have a good meal. staff and locals very friendly. All in all we had a really nice holiday.

    Reviewed by R5.0Sep 2019

  • "Friendly, helpful owners, off road parking."

    Very good condition.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Sep 2019

  • "The area l visited was so beautiful and perfect for a walking holiday."

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Aug 2019

  • "In the heart of the Dales the Bothy in Arncliffe is perfect for setting out in any direction whether hiking or touring."

    Great location with a local pub serving food and the Bothy itself is well furnished with very good quality furniture, equipment and has excellent wifi. Carol and Michael are great hosts without intruding and mine host at the Falcon is very friendly.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely very well equipped cottage, excellent location in gorgeous Yorkshire Dales village with walks direct from the door."

    Hosts Michael and Carol very hospitable with a wealth of knowledge of the local area. Would definitely revisit.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jul 2019

  • "I realised 'The Bothy' was small but it was all a single person needed."

    The place was very comfortable and cosy, the bed gorgeous and the owners, who lived on site, were very helpful and friendly. The large shower cubicle was also very welcome. The one omission was the lack of any freezer storage at all. It is usual to have a bit in the fridge but this was lacking. Hence I have marked down 'facilities'. Also a small measuring jug would have been very useful - I resorted to using the coffee percolator! I thought having a dishwasher in such a small kitchen was a waste of very limited space. Needless to say it wasn't used. I would certainly recommend this property and would consider using it again if visiting the Yorkshire Dales again.

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Jun 2019

  • "Small but perfectly formed!"

    Everything you need in a compact but comfortable cottage. Quiet village with country walks right on the doorstep. Ideal for cycling with routes easy or strenuous. Certainly worth another stay.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7May 2019

  • "The Bothy is set in an idyllic location ."

    The surrounding countryside is breathtaking, Facilities in The Bothy were first class, both and Mjchael and Carol were very friendly and helpful Villagers jn The Falcon were typically friendly Northern folk and good company at the bar!

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage is set in outstanding countryside and it is a great attribute to Michael and Carol who have lovingly created a fantastic place to stay and enjoy while exploring the wonderful views of this great county."

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2019

  • "Had a great time."

    V comfortable and well equipped property, beautifully and thoughtfully finished. Excellent location. Helpful and friendly hosts.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Mar 2019

  • "The Bothy is a beautifully decorated cottage in a perfect location for exploring the Yorkshire Dales."

    The cottage is well equipped and the owners were very welcoming. We would not hesitate in staying there again if we ever returned to Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2019

  • "Very clean and comfortable."

    Very warm and able to control heating as it was freezing outside. Small but well laid out. Lovely garden area which I’m sure will be beautiful later in the year. Friendly pub in walking distance across the green. Good base for walks and exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Madeline5.0Jan 2019

  • "An absolutely stunning location with fantastic walks from the doorstep."

    The road from Malham must count as one of the most scenic drives in the world! The Bothy was equipped to a very high standard and was spotlessly clean. We will be back! Simon & Anna

    Reviewed by Szymon5.0Dec 2018

  • "Perfect location for getting out and about, but also had everything you require if you decide to stay in."

    The cottage was clean and modern, yet it had a countryside feel. The location meant it was quiet (no noisy neighbours) which is my usual bugbear, but not in this case. I will definitely return one day and recommend not only The Bothy, but Sykes Cottages because this is my second cottage from Sykes and they have both been excellent.

    Reviewed by Glen5.0Dec 2018

  • "A great little place, that had all we needed for our stay."

    It’s peaceful location made it an idyllic getaway in a lovely location that allowed us to explore the Yorkshire Dales, even in November. We would highly recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Nov 2018

  • "Excellent stay in a beautiful place with lovely surroundings , the owner did everything possible to ensure a perfect holiday , we stayed for ten days but could have stayed forever."

    Cannot say enough how delightful this cottage is.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Oct 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Open-plan living area with king-size double bed, kitchen area, dining area and sitting area
  • En-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric Two ring hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, slow cooker, but no oven,TV with Freeview, radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample parking available in the village
  • Private patio area with furniture
  • Shared garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 7 miles and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Friday changeover
  • Note: Check in is from 4pm

The property

A stone built, ground floor detached cottage located in the owner’s grounds, in the famous Dales village of Arncliffe, the original setting for Emmerdale Farm.

The cottage itself boasts its own history, based on having been part of an award-winning garden at the Chelsea Flower show just a few years ago.

An ideal location for a romantic break or a great base just to get away from it all and enjoy the beautiful surroundings in this walker’s paradise.

The biking is also excellent and The Bothy provides a secure bike area.

With beautiful modern styling throughout, the owners have gone to great lengths to provide a luxurious and well thought out holiday home of considerable merit and style.

Small and cute best describes the open-plan L shaped layout with a modern kitchen greeting guests at the main entrance.

Walk into the living area where there is a king-size bed at the centre of the room, two comfortable easy chairs and a small dining area.

Cosy throughout with high ceilings, a lovely oak floor, contemporary lighting and the added benefit of lovely views of the surrounding gardens.

A superb en-suite facility with walk-in shower unit provides the icing on the cake for this lovely little holiday home.

Immediately outside the main entrance door is a patio area enclosed by a traditional dry-stone wall and is a great place to sit, enjoy dining al-fresco and take in some of the surrounding fells.

To the front and side of the cottage are mature gardens and the stone bench was enjoyed by the Queen when she visited the exhibition at the Chelsea flower show.

The village itself is in an idyllic location, with a large green to the centre of the village surrounded by traditional stone-built cottages and farm buildings and was the original film set for Emmerdale.

A two-minute walk will take you to the village pub, which was the famous Woolpack pub that featured in the soap and you can still get a pitcher of Ale to enjoy.

Arncliffe is a real jewel in the crown for the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is an excellent base if you are looking to experience the most idyllic scenery and best walking and cycling opportunities in the Yorkshire Dales.

The walks to Malham and Kettlewell are highly recommended, as well as visiting nearby Grassington and the ever popular Skipton with its weekly market and famous high street.

Get away from it all and enjoy Dales life at its very best.

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About the location


Malham 8.6 miles; Skipton 15.1 miles.

A beautiful, well-known village in the civil parish of Littondale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. You may recognise this delightful village, especially if you're a TV soaps fan as Arncliffe was the original setting for Emmerdale, with the Falcon Inn pub acting as the Woolpack in the show. The River Skirfare runs through the village and is rife for fishing. As well as having some incredible natural scenery, the area is also a haven for walkers and cyclists with seemingly endless trails right on your doorstep. A fantastic, scenic walk up a narrow, country path takes you to the stunning Malham, the perfect place for scenery. Skipton is the nearest sizeable town, with charming buildings and a good range of shops and places to eat.

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