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Orchard Cottage

(Ref. 956843)

Lothersdale near Skipton, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely clean and cosy cottage home from home !"

    Lovely pub just up the road and very dog friendly! We will return next year ! Thank you for our lovely stay . Andrew & Shanette Biggins.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Nov 2023

  • "The cottage was amazing."

    Just the right size for a group of five people. The front room with a log burner was just lovely to sit in in the evening. The kitchen table was great to sit around for breakfast in the morning and playing some games. It had everything we needed and more. It was really clean. It was a really lovely touch to have some bread, milk, eggs, wine and logs there for us. The location is beautiful. We loved that we could walk our little dog in the morning over the fields nearby. It’s not far to Brontë country. You can visit the parsonage where the Brontë sisters lived and the church their father was parson at nearby. This was the high light for me. We drove through the Misty moors to get to it. The Hare and Hound local pub which is a short walk from the cottage was a lovely place to go for drinks and food. The staff were so friendly. We had a great stay and will definitely love to come back in the future.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Great local pub with unbelievable food and service. Lots of beautiful places to visit. Strongly recommend. Will be back for sure!!!!

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a gorgeous location, perfect for exploring the local areas."

    Very well equipped, spacious yet cosy and comfortable. Loved the extra touches such as the handmade cookies and super welcome basket and the polaroid photos. Only small piece of constructive feedback is the towel provided was very small and only 1 each which meant I needed to wash them a few times in the week. I was thankful for the washing machine.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2023

  • "Really lovely place , would use again when in area"

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Jun 2023

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage and in a great location for dog walks"

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Apr 2023

  • "A lovely stay."

    Cottage everything that we could have wanted from start to finish.

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Apr 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay cottage was very homely and a home from home"

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Dec 2022

  • "Orchard Cottage is set in the lovely quiet village of Lothersdale."

    It was spotless and welcomed us warmly on a chilly November evening. We were greeted with a lovely welcome pack, eggs, wine, bread, milk etc, a very kind thought. There were only three of us sharing, with a potential for 6 guests. The twin room upstairs with convenient, fully featured bathroom was ideal for my elderly father in law, and adjacent to the upstairs lounge. The locals were so welcoming and enjoyed a chat. The nearby Hare and Hounds was ideal, quiet weekdays, busy weekends, with excellent food and banter. Owner Louise responded quickly to all our queries. The location is a good base for lots of attractions and countryside. The cottage had plenty of space. My only suggestion is that the downstairs en suite would benefit from a couple of simple (floating) shelves above the loo as there is nowhere to store toiletries when showering/shaving etc. Thoroughly enjoyed our break.

    Reviewed by Barry4.7Nov 2022

  • "Ideal place to visit to visit Yorkshire."

    Dales enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Edwin5.0Oct 2022

  • "Cottage was great, lovely location."

    Local pub very friendly and good food. Owners very accommodating and responded quickly to messages. Fantastic stay in the cottage. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Caitlin5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, ideal for holiday makers with a dog, large kitchen diner , lounge and main bedroom ."

    The local pub being about 100 yards away serving great food by very friendly staff was ideal.

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2022

  • "Had a very pleasant stay in this comfortable, well appointed house."

    Many thoughtful treats to greet us on arrival with dogs made most welcome. Met all our needs for a last minute visit. Communication was very good and reassuring. Don't miss the "Hare and Hounds" within an easy stroll, great food, drink and true Yorkshire conviviality (best to book for Sunday lunch)

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a nice stay at the cottage, which is located in a very nice valley, a little to the south of Skipton."

    The cottage is definitely one of the larger and more comfortable ones that we have stayed in and I would recommend it if you are looking for a 3-bedroom cottage. The Hare and Hounds pub, which is very close to the cottage does excellent food and there are some sive walks around the village.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Aug 2022

  • "We loved Orchard Cottage."

    It was very well equipped, comfortable, and served as a great base for exploring the Dales. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2022

  • "Really nice cottage in a quiet village but loads to do nearby for all ages Lothersdale is a pretty village, with great walks up into the hills from your front door."

    Whilst near to the pub, there are no issues with noise. We found loads to see and do all within a reasonable drive of the village (Skipton 4 miles away) – seem to specialise in lovely bakeries and cafes in this area! The cottage is absolutely fine; we appreciated arriving to find fresh milk, home baked bread and banana cake, and a bottle of wine. Having downstairs bedrooms in the heat is so nice.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2022

  • "Sadly it wasn't as clean as we would expect, the fridge hadn't been cleaned and had crumbs on the shelves, the freezer had previous occupants left overs still in it so limited space, the toilet seats are badly marked and need replacing and there were an excessive amount of spiders and cobwebs which had clearly been overlooked and some cobwebs had obviously been there a while."

    Also, I had to chase up my bond, I do feel this should be refunded straight away without having to ask for it and without a delay.

    Reviewed by Jayne3.4Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Orchard Cottage."

    The cottage itself had absolutely everything you need, we have never stayed at a cottage that is so well catered for everyday living!! Lothersdale is a pretty, quiet village and the cottage is just a few doors down from a very lovely pub. All in all, a lovely location for a holiday.

    Reviewed by D4.4Jun 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful property."

    Can’t fault it at all. Fantastic location. Excellent facilities. Wonderful and helpful owner. Pub is amazing too.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and good location for exploring the local towns and villages, with Lothersdale being just 4 miles from Skipton."

    Nice touch to arrive to fresh milk in the fridge, home baked bread and pupcakes for our dogs.

    Reviewed by Toni5.0Mar 2022

  • "Can’t fault Orchard Cottage."

    Beautifully presented, well equipped, clean and comfortable and in a fabulous area. Lovely welcome pack and very helpful owner. Great, dog-friendly, pub almost next door. Fantastic.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely place good for extended family groups."

    Slight niggle with overcomplicated cooker and TV controls. Lothersdale is great in fine weather but can be challenging in snow, very steep hills to access. but in most seasons lovely walks and access to Penine Way.

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Feb 2022

  • "Cute & quirky cottage in a beautiful Yorkshire village."

    We stayed over Christmas and the owners had put out a Christmas tree and kindly left a bottle of wine, chocolates & fresh bread. Spacious accommodation and light & bright. There had been a problem with the dishwasher and the owners responded immediately and sent out a plumber to resolve it on Christmas Eve which was very much appreciated. The only note would say is if you have a small dog they may be able to squeeze in between the railings in front gate but that was because out cockerpoo saw another pooch and squeezed through. To summarise a lovely cottage, in a lovely village run by a lovely owner.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Dec 2021

  • "A fantastic spot in a lovely village."

    The owner had cgood communication and left a lovely welcome pack. The cottage was warm and welcoming. We have already recommended the stay to family members for the future!

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely village location."

    Pub near serving good food. Scenery amazing

    Reviewed by Denise4.7Sep 2021

  • "Cottage was very charming , location was brilliant ,overall very happy with our stay , would highly recommend this cottage and location ."

    Reviewed by Debbie4.1Sep 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Orchard Cottage."

    The location was perfect for us, with many walks on our doorstep and a lovely pub within 50 yards. The cottage was homely and cosy, and there was a lovely, light and airy lounge area where we called all sit and enjoy the views. Lovely welcome package. We would highly recommend Orchard Cottage and we'd love to return in the winter and make use of the log burner. Thanks for a great holiday!

    Reviewed by Jessica4.4Aug 2021

  • "Lovely little touches of homemade bread, eggs, milk and wine left."

    Communication with owner was good. Great cottage, beautiful location. Great break away

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2021

  • "The holiday cottage is vastly overpriced."

    It is damp and smells. I had to wash all the towels and febreeze the beds. My sons pillow was disgusting had a huge dirty stain. The bathrooms are so old and tired. My friends stayed at a house across the road which was immaculate and half the price. I didn’t complain until I got home as 1, we would of needed to move out to make the house up to standard and 2, didn’t want the hassle when it was our one family holiday this year and we were trying to catch up with family and friends that we haven’t seen for 2 years. I’m highly disappointed and would not recommend this Cottage.

    Reviewed by Lindsay1.9Jul 2021

  • "Cottage was clean, tidy and generally well equipped."

    Downstairs has a slightly musty smell but that is to be expected from a stone cottage (& it rains in Yorkshire!). Some other reviews have commented on lack of cleanliness but we found it to be very clean so ignore them! Spacious and nicely furnished situated in a beautiful village with lovely walks. We requested extra bed linen when we arrived (as we had an extra person with us on top of our booking) which the owner delivered within half an hour. We had a problem with hot water which was also dealt with immediately so cannot fault her attentiveness. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Tim3.8Jul 2021

  • "Very friendly hosts with great recommendations"

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2021

  • "Although the weather was lousy the cottage was lovely and situated next door but one to a lovely public house ."

    The owners left lots of little extras a beautiful home made loaf fresh eggs a bottle of wine plus treats for the dog . The log burner had all the stuff required even down to the matches but with the underfloor heating only lit it a couple of times , there was puzzles for the girls knitting equipment had been left and even a Polaroid camera to leave a picture of your stay . It was very clean and plenty of room for our party of 4 adults 2 children and our dog who loved the many of lovely walks all on our doorstep

    Reviewed by Lindsey4.7Oct 2020

  • "So dirty everywhere, we spent two hours cleaning when we arrived."

    Mould on ceiling. Couldn’t even see out of the windows, they obviously hadn’t been cleaned in months, if not years. We even wiped leftover food off the worktops. Really tired all around. Told the caretaker, they did nothing, just blamed Sykes cleaners.

    Reviewed by Andrew1.3Oct 2020

  • "This is our second family visit to the cottage and we were once again pleased with the cleanliness and location."

    Also the pup cakes , loaf of bread and bottle of wine are a lovely touch. We had contact with the owner and were very pleased with the response we will definitely return and would recommend the cottage for a relaxing break. Mrs Sellars Derbyshire

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2020

  • "Cottage was well equipped and had almost everything we needed."

    Local village had great supply of fresh eggs and pub was great! Lovely weather - we were very lucky!

    Reviewed by Emma4.1Sep 2020

  • "Very comfortable cottage surrounded by beautiful countryside and close to a welcoming pub serving excellent food."

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Sep 2020

  • "Really lovely cottage in a quiet location."

    Cottage was as we expected from the listing. There were some cobwebs in the property so unable to give full marks for cleanliness although very comfortable and plenty of room for all of us. Good range of utensils and equipment. Lovely welcome basket and pup cakes provided by the owner on arrival was a lovely touch. Lots of walks available from the doorstep and handy local pub very close by.

    Reviewed by Louise4.4Dec 2019

  • "Maybe the bathrooms could do with updating but otherwise very clean."

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Sep 2019

  • "Cottage is in a lovely location, very dog friendly and comfortable."

    The only criticisms I had was that some of the cups/ crockery was chipped, the bedroom smelt damp and it wasn’t as clean as I would have expected. Cobwebs in the living room and marks on all the glass doors from previous dogs. Apart from that the bed was extremely comfortable, the cottage itself very spacious and well presented, I would go back again for another visit.

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7Sep 2019

  • "A real treat in a village without a village shop, however there is a splendid community park for the children Meals were no problem with The Hare & Hounds next door but one Plus plenty of walks off road up, back and beyond !"

    breathtaking A welcome pack was provided and appreciated

    Reviewed by Roy3.8Jul 2019

  • "Beautiful place to stay."

    Outstanding and the owner very accommodating

    Reviewed by Donna5.0May 2019

  • "The location of the Cottage is great and the cottage space is good for six."

    Crockery and cooking utensils could benefit from replacements. Cottage was rather dusty in a £150 security deposit in case of Cottage requiring a deep clean is excessive.

    Reviewed by Gail4.1Feb 2019

  • "Location was perfect, plenty of room In the property for friends sharing, very warm, and perfect for dogs."

    Can't wait to go back hopefully in the summer

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Feb 2019

  • "Excellent location."

    Will be better when the pub restaurant opens. Lovely home with all comforts. Didn't want to leave....... Brilliant start to the year and can't recommend enough!

    Reviewed by Cathy4.7Dec 2018

  • "Thank you for an absolutely lovely stay, the cottage was decorated complete with Christmas tree for our stay and we were left a welcome bundle of eggs, wine etc."

    The cottage was warm and the sitting room was very cosy. Only has a slight issue when running both showers the upstairs one stopped working and wouldn't come back on.

    Reviewed by Michael3.8Dec 2018

  • "A wonderful, warm, well equipped cottage in a great location."

    Orchard Cottage has everything you need for a great break - comfortable bedrooms, well equipped kitchen, wood burning stove and wifi. We were also greeted by a fantastic welcome back. There's a good pub a hop and a skip away. Great location for visiting Skipton and the Dales.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Oct 2018

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in ideal location for walking and visiting the area."

    Comfortable and spacious accomodation and very well equipped. A great welcome pack greeted us too. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Sep 2018

  • "Orchard Cottage is a lovely tranquil place to be."

    The quality of the furnishings is notable and comfort is enhanced by easy to access heating, as needed. We would thoroughly recommend this cottage for walkers, families or people just coming to visit the area. There is an abundance of things to do and a great pub 2 minutes away.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Sep 2018

  • "Would recommend this cottage to anyone a most enjoyable holiday !"

    Reviewed by Christine4.7May 2018

  • "The cottage is exactly as described, and very comfortable."

    It is in a very rural location, and a car is essential. Narrow country lanes, that could be difficult in the snow if you don't have a 4-wheel drive. The village pub has been refurbished, and they hope to be able to serve food by the springtime.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Dec 2017

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  • Over two floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor single with pull-out stacker bed
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • First floor sitting room with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available
  • Roadside parking
  • Patio garden
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles
  • Pub 5 mins walk
  • Please note this property has a good housekeeping bond of £150.00 to be paid 7 days prior to arrival

The property

This idyllic semi-detached cottage with traditional stonework is set in the quiet village of Lothersdale on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales countryside.

This spacious contemporary hidden gem is an ideal spot for families and groups of friends to enjoy the rugged surroundings.

The master bedroom is situated on the ground floor with a modern en-suite.

Next door is a single bedroom with an optional pull-out bed, perfect for younger members of the family.

The kitchen diner is on the ground floor with a cloakroom.

To make the most of the warm summer evenings, the ground floor opens up onto a superb private patio area at the back of the property.

This is an ideal space for guests to exercise pets, play with their children or enjoy a relaxing glass of wine together as the sun sets.

Head upstairs to the light-filled lounge area to enjoy the stunning views from the property.

On the first floor is the twin bedroom located next to the house bathroom offering a little more privacy from the rest of the cottage.

The layout of the property offers guests plenty of flexibility for sleeping arrangements.

If guests don't fancy cooking during their stay, the village boasts a great pub just a short walk from the property.

The lovely town of Skipton is also just a short drive away, making this property the perfect holiday base for exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

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About the location


Cowling 3 miles; Skipton 5 miles.

The charming village of Lothersdale nestles in a peaceful valley in the Pennine Hills, just five miles from the market town of Skipton. It was, at one time, home to Charlotte Bronte who modelled Gateshead Hall in Jane Eyre on Stone Gappe House where she was governess. Today many visitors passing through the village are walkers, on their way along the Pennine Way on the stretch from Cowling to Gargrave. There is a village pub which serves food and an excellent range of amenities are available in Skipton just a short drive away. Also close by is Haworth, and the Bronte’s home, as well as the famous Worth Valley Steam Railway.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas