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High Head

(Ref. 975668)

Keld near Muker, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely, warm, cosy cottage, described very well by all the previous reviews."

    We would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2024

  • "Had a great week, cottage finished to a very high standard."

    Would definitely use again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 2024

  • "This is a lovely cottage, in a beautiful area, with walks straight from the door."

    However, we found one issue - the cottage was cold. It had storage heaters and we were unable to adjust the temperature. The duvet was also fairly thin and there were no blankets or throws to use. Shame, as other than that, it was perfect.

    Reviewed by Dianne4.4Jan 2024

  • "High Head is a fantastic two person cottage, it’s extremely clean with a fabulous, modern bathroom, the whole cottage is warm and comfortable."

    The owners Stuart and Doris who live in the village are on hand if you need anything so if you like being in the upper Yorkshire Dales then High Head is the place to stay.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2023

  • "High Head, well what do you say, I think all the other reviews say it all, everything you could wish for, a home from home with everything you could need for your stay."

    No need to say more as you will see !!,100% recommend High Head as a great base for your holiday in Swaledale

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2023

  • "It would be hard to find a better equipped, well maintained and clean property."

    The owners have put a lot of effort and thought to making a stay in this lovely property very comfortable and relaxing. Top marks!

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2023

  • "An absolutely beautifully restored little house where everything is comfortable and works!"

    A real delight to stay there

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2023

  • "This property is finished to a very high standard."

    Was one of the cleanest we,ve stayed at and in a fantastic setting.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jun 2023

  • "The perfect little cottage, clearly a lot of thought , design and energy has gone into its interior."

    Reviewed by Clive5.0May 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely and well-maintained cottage."

    The location is perfect for exploring Keld and Swaledale, and our hosts made us feel very welcome. We'd definitely return.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2023

  • "High Head is of high quality in every respect."

    It is warm, cosy and welcoming. It is situated in the most beautiful part of Swaledale and all walks are breathtaking. Doris kindly made us a delicious lemon drizzle cake which we enjoyed with our picnic every day and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We would highly recommend and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Apr 2023

  • "Absolutely loved my stay at High Head!"

    The owners have truly thought of everything to make your visit & the cottage as comfortable as possible. Keld is a very special place with amazing scenery & walks the moment you step outside!

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is a lovely comfortable cottage in a great location for walking."

    Very helpful and friendly owners. We would return. Thank you!

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, very well equipped."

    Everything we needed for a peaceful , relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Feb 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in quite location ideal for relaxing."

    Upgraded to a fantastic standard but keeing the cottage vibes.Has everything you require. Will definitely visit again hopefully for longer as weekend too short.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Nov 2022

  • "A really nice and well finished cottage, only downside would be there is no ..."

    A really nice and well finished cottage, only downside would be there is no outside space which would be a shame in summer

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Oct 2022

  • "We found the cottage to be very nicely presented and suited us very well for our short break away."

    Keld is a very good centre for walks straight out the door or a short drive away. We very much appreciated the lemon drizzle Doris gave us - thank you.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautifully appointed cottage and spotlessly clean."

    Great location for several local walks all result accessible from the cottage. It's quite a distance from any shops so luckily we arrived with plenty of supplies. It's a shame it didn't have anywhere outside to sit w with no back garden and the front is straight out into the road. Parking outside the cottage is on the roadside making it essential that you park as close to the cottage as possible as there is a lot of farm traffic throughout the day.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage in idyllic surroundings"

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Apr 2022

  • "Very cosy cottage, spotlessly clean, equipped and furnished to a very high standard."

    It was easy to find thanks to good communication from the owners. Keld is a very friendly village and a great base for exploring Swaledale. We enjoyed walks to Muker and over to Tan Hill. Best to do some research re opening times for shops and pubs locally and book ahead for meals. Would love to return.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Mar 2022

  • "Thank you for a lovely, warm & very comfortable stay."

    Such a great cottage & the location couldn't be better!

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Jan 2022

  • "The cottage was perfect for us."

    A really cosy, comfortable cottage. Couldn't fault anything and wouldn't hesitate to return or recommend to friends.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Dec 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage had everything requested Cleanliness spot on ,log fire ..."

    A beautiful cottage had everything requested Cleanliness spot on ,log fire ,comfort , great walks, waterfalls ,drives and scenery ,drizzle cake well what can I say

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Oct 2021

  • "High head is a beautiful cottage warm very clean a cosy place to stay we will be back"

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2021

  • "This is our second visit and a wonderful, well equiped cottage in an amazing area."

    The great weather was a bonus.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Sep 2021

  • "The cottage was clean,tidy,well equipped and comfortable."

    Ideal base for a walking or driving tour of the Dales.The owners,Stuart and Doris live around the corner and were very helpful.They even gave us a cake.Lovely touch. Would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0Sep 2021

  • "Wonderful comfortable accommodation."

    Everything is top quality and the hosts who live in Keld were super friendly. They left a bottle of red and white wine for us to kick start our holiday and then delivered a freshly baked lemon drizzle cake mid week. Delicious. Don’t hesitate to book you will not be disappointed . We also sampled one of Doris’s home made chicken curries which was wonderful.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2021

  • "It was in an amazing setting with panoramic scenery, quiet and peaceful, the cottage had everything you could want"

    Reviewed by Katrina5.0Jul 2021

  • "Having stayed in the North Yorkshire this cottage exceeded our expectations, the quality & facilities were exceptional."

    Will deffinatly return. Location is ideal for walking or just for tacking it easy in the beautiful contryside right on your doorstep.

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Jun 2021

  • "Wonderful welcome from hosts Stuart & Doris."

    Cake was delicious! Cottage certainly has everything you need. Cosy & quiet. Superbly situated for walking Upper Swaledale without needing to use the car. Spectacular scenery.

    Reviewed by Penelope5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage and owners."

    Reviewed by John Robert5.0Oct 2020

  • "This cottage is superb."

    A real home from home. Cosy and warm and finished to a very high standard. The owners Stuart and Doris live just round the corner and are such a nice couple, nothing too much trouble. Doris made us a yummy chocolate cake, which was much appreciated. Just a stones throw away from the Pennine way with all round beautiful scenery. Would love to go back under better circumstances due to Covid 19, as we would have loved to visit Ravenseat Farm which is close by too, but obviously is closed to the public.Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage very clean and tidy ,owner Doris came to see us and brought a lovely lemon drizzle cake,beautiful countryside all round most beautiful can't be beaten anywhere."

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Sep 2020

  • "Nicely equipped cottage, cozy and warm, tastefully renovated."

    Wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again.

    Reviewed by Penelope4.7Sep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage very well equipped ."

    We enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Aug 2020

  • "The holiday cottage is lovely with everything we required."

    I loved the free standing bath! We brought our own cushions as these were not supplied due to the Covid. The country side was unbelievably green with hills all around. We did miss having a little garden but were able to go in the Community Garden just across the way. We had Wifi in the accommodation but obviously not when out and about. It's a fantastic place for walks and I had a bracing swim at the bottom of a waterfall!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Aug 2020

  • "Absolutely adore this cottage!"

    ! It has everything you could need: comfortable bed & sofas after long days of walking, a fully kitted out kitchen (great for COVID times when eating out is more difficult) & a lovely free standing bath & shower for some relaxation. The small village of Keld takes you right into the Yorkshire Dales & is perfect for exploring. Lots of walks start from Keld to the surrounding areas & villages where you can grab a bite to eat in some great pubs/cafes. You are a short drive from some stunning locations such as Aysgarth Falls & Hardraw Force which are definitely worth a visit. The owners Stuart & Doris are lovely & are happy to help if required. Perfect cottage, perfect location & for us, a perfect holiday! Would love to return again one day!

    Reviewed by Jade5.0Aug 2020

  • "Everything about this cottage was quality, from the Denby crockery, to the bespoke solid oak kitchen units!"

    The view from the front windows I could never tire of, and such as the wood-burning stove, 'sink-into' sofa was a sure fire method of sending you to sleep! Stuart & Doris live around the corner and couldn't be nicer; Doris even brought us a beautiful, homemade Lemon drizzle cake on our arrival to welcome us! The bed was exceptionally comfortable (oak of course), and with a great shower, roll top bath, the bathroom was quality. We've stayed in a few cottages all along Swaledale; this is small, one bedroomed, but this was all we wanted, and coupled with the fact this had close access to great walks with views, this is one of the best.

    Reviewed by Dereck5.0Mar 2020

  • "Definitely not High Head is just as advertised and is perfect for a very ..."

    Definitely not High Head is just as advertised and is perfect for a very relaxing home from home break with superb facilities and hosts

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Feb 2020

  • "High Held is a lovely cottage perfectly located for some fantastic walks."

    Stuart and Doris (the owners, who also live in the village) are lovely, and were very accommodating during our stay. I would certainly recommend Keld if you fancy a bit of peace and quiet in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Dec 2019

  • "Well equipped warm and cosy, just as described."

    Thanks to our hosts for their warm welcome.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage was in a beautiful tranquil setting, it was finished to a high standard."

    The owners had thought of every detail of what a holiday cottage should have and Doris even popped in to say hello and baked us a cake. 4 Stars from me. You can walk straight from the front door on the Pennine Way or down the dale to Muker and beyond, this walk is one of the prettiest you will ever see. A great cottage in a great location.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Oct 2019

  • "From the minute we walked through the door our expectations were exceeded - the quality of the furnishings and utensils were exceptional."

    Doris brought a fresh baked lemon drizzle cake round for us on Sunday evening and asked if all was ok - they have the B&B round the corner! The weather was too kind to us that we didn't have the need to light the log burner, however, there was kindling and logs provided should we have required them. Loved it!

    Reviewed by Faye5.0Sep 2019

  • "Perfect location for walking, cosy and well maintained, everything needed for our stay."

    Freezer compartment a little small if taking frozen sticks though. Overall a great cottage.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Aug 2019

  • "Very well equipped cottage."

    A great base to explore a wonderful area.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2019

  • "High Head was perfect for us, lovely quality cottage, nicely decorated and furnished."

    The bed was as comfortable as home and the bathroom was gorgeous. What a pleasure to have a lie-in in the beautiful sunlit bedroom listening to the birds and sheep on the hillside, plus there was fantastic walking from the door. Do take what you need for the first day though, there’s not much in the way of shops but the lovely unspoiled village was one of the best things about staying at High Head.

    Reviewed by Sally4.7May 2019

  • "The cottage was very nice but the area far too remote, too far from any shopping"

    Reviewed by Gary3.1Apr 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage in a lovely village would definitely recommend"

    Reviewed by Shelley5.0Feb 2019

  • "We booked the cottage for a 'Get away from it all' Christmas break and we weren't disappointed."

    The house had been trimmed up for Christmas and the tree was lovely so it all looked very festive when we arrived. The heaters make the cottage very cosy and we didn't need to light the fire. The quality of the kitchen and bathroom fittings is excellent and the smart tv kept us busy too. We used the local bus to go to Richmond on Christmas Eve and had a lovely festive day in town. For the rest of the week we went on a few short walks. It was lovely to come back to the cosy cottage and the huge bath at the end of the day. Really enjoyed it!

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Dec 2018

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and very warm, we actually had to turn off some of the storage heaters even when the outside temperature dropped to -2c."

    The location was perfect for walking, with a beautiful walk starting right outside the door. Our host Steve and Doris were very welcoming and came to check we had everything we needed, they are really nice people. I would not hesitate to recommend this cottage and we look forward to going back again soon.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Dec 2018

  • "High Head cottage is in a fantastic location for walking and perfectly suited to a couple."

    It is decorated to high standard and well appointed.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Oct 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely with some beautiful walks on the doorstep."

    we were very happy with the area it was scenic and was a very friendly place.

    Reviewed by Irene5.0Oct 2018

  • "Lovely comfortable warm cottage, beautiful location if you want peace and quiet."

    Had a lovely week exploring

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Sep 2018

  • "This cottage was fabulous!"

    It was beautiful, clean, comfortable, warm and with great facilities. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would certainly enjoy staying again. Booking with Sykes was very quick and easy, and I would certainly book again. My only complaint is that Sykes did not give me the full information of how to collect the key on arrival. I was just told to call the owner to collect it but when you get into the village there is absolutely no phone signal, and isn’t for miles. We managed to track down the owner in the viallage and sort the key, which worked out fine for us, but had he not have been there we would have been stuck until he got back.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Sep 2018

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  • 1 x double with en-suite free standing bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast bar
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Roadside parking in front of the cottage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Note: Property can only accept 7 day bookings between 01st April and 30th September due to restrictions with cleaning company

The property

This stone-built terraced cottage is wonderfully located in the centre of Keld, three miles from the village of Muker in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Full of immense character; combining many of the original features with a delightful mix of contemporary furnishings, this Yorkshire cottage creates the perfect blend of old and new – a holiday home of some merit.

With parking immediately outside, guests enter through the front door to a well-presented kitchen with a breakfast bar, providing a great place to relax and indulge in some home cooking.

The sitting room is spacious for two guests and includes a cosy woodburning stove set in the inglenook, a warm space to enjoy after a challenging walk across the dramatic Swaledale countryside.

Upstairs there is a bright and airy double adjoining a quality en-suite with freestanding bath and separate shower unit.

Outside is a small sitting area on the roadside, providing an ideal spot to sit and talk to the friendly locals and remove the walking boots before indulging in a rewarding glass of wine.

A friendly village pub is within a ten-minute walk, a must stop on the way home from a venturesome day out, to relax and unwind taking in the spectacular views.

Nearby Muker provides a popular public house as well as a convenience store for your daily essentials.

High Head is surrounded by spectacular Swaledale countryside providing an abundance of walking trails for all levels, a holiday destination to get away from it all and enjoy a romantic break.

Nearby Reeth and Leyburn are ever popular Dales villages well worth a visit whilst further afield the likes of Richmond and Barnard Castle provide excellent shopping and sightseeing opportunities.

Discover the true Yorkshire Dales from this superb retreat.

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About the location


Thwaite 1 mile; Reeth 8.9 miles; Richmond 25.5 miles

Muker is a village and civil parish at the western end of Swaledale, one of the Yorkshire Dales, in North Yorkshire, England. It is situated within the district of Richmondshire. From the late 19th century, Muker witnessed an increasing number of visitors and holiday makers, and today the village boasts many walking opportunities, with a selection of public footpaths in Upper Swaledale. Muker also hosts a village shop, as well as an art gallery, craft shop and a café within the old school building. Originally the Vicarage, the Muker village tea shop was built in 1680 and retains much of its 'Olde worlde charm' today. A Park Information Point for the Yorkshire Dales National Park can be found at the Muker Village shop. The village has one church; the Parish Church of Saint Mary, a Grade II* listed building. The River Swale runs parallel to the village, with Kisden Hill offering a charming backdrop.

Note: Property can only accept 7 day bookings between 01st April and 30th September due to restrictions with cleaning company.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas