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Beckside Cottage

(Ref. 1075157)

Cowling near Skipton, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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61 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful property with lots of extra touches to make you feel super welcome-Jo and Ian are really friendly."

    Such relaxing surroundings and hot tub was totally amazing. We loved feeding the alpacas -Thanks for an amazing stay, would love to return.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Mar 2024

  • "Just a fabulous place, genuinely warm welcome lovely welcome gifts."

    Great location just too short a stay!!

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely cottage with an homely feel and everything you could want, spotlessly clean, very secluded and private, great place to relax especially in the hot tub."

    Jo met us on arrival and arranged some food for us to feed the alpacas which was a nice touch, Jo and Ian also visited us as we left to check everything had been as we wanted and if they could improve in any areas, overall a highly recommended place to stay.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Mar 2024

  • "Wonderful cottage which is cosy yet surprisingly spacious!"

    After a warm welcome we were shown around to the private garden (with hot tub ready and waiting) and into the cosy, spotless cottage. Lots of lovely welcome gifts and just about everything you could need for a very comfortable, relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by Lynsey5.0Mar 2024

  • "Beautiful cottage in beautiful location."

    Perfect in every way and lovely touches by the owners…can’t recommend this highly enough.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Feb 2024

  • "Thank you for a beautiful and restful holiday."

    So many delightful, unexpected and generous touches in addition to an already wonderful place to stay. Despite the dreadful weather, we never lit the woodburner as the property was so well insulated we were toasty and warm. Lovely times in the hot tub under the moon and the alpacas were endlessly fascinating. So kind of you to decorate for Christmas, too. Thank you. Would love to know where you got the gold looking pen from! Turkish Delight was divine and we loved it all. Thank you and all good wishes.

    Reviewed by Leah5.0Dec 2023

  • "Probably the best cottage we've ever stayed in."

    Everything from the furnishings, the towels, the crockery and the decor oozed quality. It was very warm, very clean, very comfortable, and had everything we needed for our stay. The location was picture perfect, the hot tub was luxurious, and the bed was by far the comfiest I've ever slept in. I could not fault anything about our stay except that I wish we could have stayed for longer!!

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Nov 2023

  • "Absolutely perfect retreat."

    Extremely well presented and very clean, warm and comfortable with all the 'mod cons' you could ask for. High evidence of attention to detail, and all the little extras were well received. Lovely location, not overlooked at all and we able to enjoy music, fizz and bubbles in the hot tub without any chance of disturbing or being disturbed by anyone. Really enjoyed our 4 night stay in spite of the wind and rain associated with some stormy weather! Well done Jo and Ian Already planning to return. Peter and Jane

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2023

  • "A wonderful cottage with great facilities, beautiful area and fantastic hosts."

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Oct 2023

  • "The most amazing cottage finished to be highest standard."

    The perfect property in a perfect location. The alpacas were an added bonus and gives the cottage that something extra. Jo and Ian couldn’t have been more hospitable and we can’t wait to re book.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2023

  • "Not sure where to start with this property and the hosts (and the Alpacas)."

    All were absolutely amazing and we'll start by saying this won't be our last visit. Exactly as seen in the photos and descriptions and all immaculate. We were met by Jo who was just so lovely throughout the stay and provided everything we needed to make it a perfect week. If you want a peaceful time away in complete luxury accompanied by the odd Alpaca (who you also get to feed if your happy with animals) then this should be the choice for you. Not to far from colne or skipton but it was our choice to do absolutely nothing, even arranged a tesco delivery at one stage. Walked to the back lane end tavern a couple of times (30 mins) but was worth it for the food and service. Was also lovely to meet Ian on the last day who was just as lovely. Overall, could not fault this property and would recommend to everyone.

    Reviewed by Vincent5.0Aug 2023

  • "We have just spent a week in Beckside Cottage and we can honestly say it was absolutely perfect; from the very warm and so friendly welcome from the owners Jo and Ian on our arrival to the farewell chat with Jo as we were leaving."

    The cottage is beautiful, set in the most ideallic, peaceful setting. Once inside the cottage it is so apparent the care and attention given to the cleanliness and contents..furnishings, bed linen, towels etc, is second to none; the quality outstanding. We were greeted with a lovely welcome gift of prosecco and chocolates; which were very much appreciated. The kitchen is very well equipped with everything you need; again excellent quality. The outside area has an excellent range of patio furniture and lovely hot tub. It is a perfect sun trap. Feet away from the cottage is a field with lovely, friendly alpacas (which we had the pleasure of feeding) owned by Jo and Ian. All in all Beckside Cottage, its surroundings and especially the owners should be very highly commended. We will wholeheartedly recommend this beautiful holiday home to friends and family and to anyone looking for quality time away. Thank you Jo and Ian for our amazing stay. We both wish you all the very best in everything that you do.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Aug 2023

  • "First class."

    Lovely location, welcome and beautiful cottage. So comfortable and spotless. Perfect for couples. Jo and Ian have got it spot on.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Aug 2023

  • "A perfect cottage."

    An ideal place to relax and unwind. Spotlessly clean, comfortable and everything was of a high standard. Jo and Ian were so welcoming and provided some extra treats to help us celebrate our silver anniversary. We wouldn’t hesitate to return.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jul 2023

  • "Beautifully situated cottage, set amongst rolling hills and easy access to good points of interest for days out such as Malham Cove and Tarn; Skipton and Haworth; Grassington, Burnsall and Bolton Abbey."

    The cottage is immaculate, well equipped and beautifully furnished. It is so tranquil and day to day cares are forgotten, either sitting inside or relaxing in the hot tub. The owners, Ian and Jo, are very welcoming and will provide any assistance. Good pubs locally for meals out. Perfect for a mini break.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2023

  • "Was impressed from the moment I saw the pictures on here and I loved every minute there."

    Jo. Ian and their daughter were so lovely. They made me feel relaxed and welcome. They well organized, very professional. Caring, helpful and supportive. I have started to save up to go for another amazing stay at their beautiful cottage. Loved the setting around the cottage. You feel like you're in the Yorkshire dales or the Yorkshire Moors with the fields and surroundings. A very peaceful and private place to come for some privacy. Enjoyed the complimentary treat's. Chocolates crisps orange juice bottled water. Biscuits cups of tea and coffee. Loved the hot tub outside. and the bath in the bedroom. Unfortunately I struggled getting any hot water in the bathroom shower. Am old school used to having a bath so that's probably why I struggled with getting myself some hot water in the shower. Have another go at my next stay. Much better than a hotel.

    Reviewed by Mohammed Yousaf5.0Jun 2023

  • "An especially welcoming and idyllic cottage in a beautiful setting and very tastefully decorated and well equipped."

    Nothing is too much trouble for the hosts, with a wonderful welcome pack and extra special touches. We have no hesitation in recommending Beckside Cottage.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and surroundings , ideal location quietly situated, but close enough to visit attractions."

    Owners really friendly and provided any info we needed. Hope to return again.

    Reviewed by Glennis5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was outstanding, everything that you need the location was lovely and peaceful but not to far to visit surrounding areas Jo and ian were there to welcome you they were there if you needed them, would recommend the cottage, will definitely go again."

    Reviewed by Colleen5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fantastic few nights away."

    Everything was perfect, all the added extras were a lovely surprise.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely and comfortable accommodation, great area and Ian and Jo were so friendly and really helpful."

    Highly recommended for a break away.

    Reviewed by William5.0May 2023

  • "An excellent cottage, location, hosts and accessibility."

    Everything you needed including the hot tub. Plenty of space and lots of things to do in the area We will be going back

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Apr 2023

  • "Could not have been better, I can honestly that Jo & Ian have absolutely nailed it on the cottage, decor, fixtures and fittings, kerb appeal, everything is impeccable, beautiful house in quiet surroundings, fantastic interior and outside space is unbelievable, sitting in the hot tub with a glass of fizz and talking to the resident alpacas is quite an experience!"

    The hosts are super friendly, helpful and informative yet totally inobtrusive, happy just to let you enjoy the cottage and all that it brings. We would not hesitate to recommend Beckside cottage and are already planning our next visit. Steve & Cat.

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Apr 2023

  • "This was an outstanding accommodation."

    We had a very special Christmas , due to the owners special little touches that made a bad year for us much easier to enjoy a Christmas we were very worried about due to the loss of my mum & mother-in-law . Sykes made booking very easy. The views and surrounding area are stunning . The Alpacas were gorgeous and I now want to go back and take one for a little walk . Thankyou so much to Jo & Ian . See you again very soon I hope .

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Dec 2022

  • "The cottage was absolutely pristine, clean and warm when we arrived."

    There was Prosecco waiting for us, which we had very quickly, and fresh milk and orange juice in the fridge. Hot tub was perfect whilst we had a few mimosas too There was taxi and food deliveries available too which we didn’t take advantage as we didn’t think there would be and planned without :) I can’t think of anything negative to say, it was just a really nice, quiet, relaxing place to stay for a long weekend. The whole place was really comforting and the owners were very friendly too. Definitely shortlisted for our next holiday!

    Reviewed by Nathan5.0Nov 2022

  • "Wonderful in short!"

    The cottage is well equipped, spacious and flawless and the owners are wonderful: warm, friendly , generous and they are so committed to you having a great time, such as the welcome pack, a pre built log fire and free replenishment of logs. The alpacas are lovely too. Good walks in Wharfedale are also nearby. Definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely and peaceful, the cottage was very clean and hot tub was wonderful."

    . Jo and Ian were on hand if needed.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Oct 2022

  • "Best cottage we have stayed in."

    The location was was perfect just far enough out to be quiet & peaceful, but not too far from really lovely places to visit. The facilities were really lovely. There was everything you could ever need. The owners were great, they were there to welcome you & explain how everything worked & were things were & places to visit. Always available if you have any questions.There was a lovely welcome pack. Also wine & chocolates for my partners birthday. The cottage itself was very warm & comfortable with really nice comfortable furniture. Everything in the cottage was top quality & a pleasure to use. Including the outside area lovely furniture, hot tub & bbq

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2022

  • "An amazing cottage with lovely views, really relaxing and enjoyable stay."

    Cottage is a credit to owners Jo and Ian, who are brilliant hosts there if you need them but not intrusive. Great outside space and hot tub overlooking the fields and alpacas who are really friendly. Enjoyed cosy nights in front of log burner. Can’t fault this cottage and would not hesitate to recommend.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2022

  • "We loved this cottage so luxurious, packed with everything you could possibly need , perfect for a nice chilled get away , loved watching the alpacas through the kitchen window ."

    Would definitely return .

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Sep 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage with everything you could need ."

    The little extras added by Jo and Ian were greatly appreciated e.g welcome pack n chocs for our anniversary . The cottage is very clean n smells lovely when you walk in . Hosts were very friendly but not intrusive . Would highly recommend this cottage , photos do not do it justice, it is stunning ! We will be back !

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Aug 2022

  • "Jo and Ian you have a little gem there and the service you gave us was outstanding."

    Nothing too much for you or a bother. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Vicki5.0Aug 2022

  • "Perfect all round."

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very relaxing. Jo & Ian very welcoming. Welcome pack was greatly appreciated. Would definately recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very welcoming owners."

    Loved the hot tub and the welcome goodies. We could of had hot rails to dry towels though .

    Thank you for your feedback Leona. It was so lovely to meet you both and we are very pleased you both enjoyed your stay with us at Beckside Cottage. We apologise we do not have heated radiators which would enable you to keep towels warm, dry towels etc, however we do provide a clothes airier in the cottage which can be used inside or outside the cottage to dry towels/ washing. Are ultimate aim is to ensure that all our guests have a wonderful stay with us. As soon as we saw your review we endeavoured to address your concerns by offering clean towels and robes. We are happy that overall you would love to return to our cottage and looking forward to you both staying with us again. kind regards Jo & Ian Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leona4.7May 2022

  • "This was our second visit to Beckside and it was lovely to be back."

    We have no hesitations in 5* feedback. We had a lovely welcome pack to greet us for our anniversary. The place is spotlessly clean and well equipped with quality utilities. Amazing hosts who friendly and welcoming. We was very sad to leave

    Reviewed by Roy5.0May 2022

  • "Amazing place , we had a fantastic stay drinking and eating much to much !"

    ! Jo and Ian are such good hosts recommending places to eat and to go . Hot tub is such a treat after a busy day . A really lovely cosy comfy cottage can’t wait to stay again .

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely cottage, great for a relaxing break,set in a ideal location for venturing the surrounding areas of the beautiful Yorkshire Dale's."


    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Apr 2022

  • "This is a wonderful cottage spacious yet cosy and a lovely romantic retreat."

    Furniture and fittings are all of the highest standard. The hottub is a great addition and bathrobes and slippers make the trip between tub and cottage far more comfortable on a chilly evening. Host are very friendly, left lovely welcome gifts and then bought more when they knew we were celebrating our Ruby anniversary. This is truly a gem of a property which we hope to return to.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Mar 2022

  • "A wonderful few days in an idyllic, beautifully equipped and presented cottage with everything we could possibly need for total relaxation after energetic days walking in this lovely area."

    The hosts, Jo and Ian were delightful, friendly and helpful whilst not being in the slightest intrusive. We loved the peace and tranquillity and the luxury of relaxing in the hot tub with the Alpacas gazing on as we soaked away the aches of the day!!!! The goodies on arrival, including prosecco, beer and chocolates (and other non essentials !!) were a lovely touch and much appreciated. Many thanks, we look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beckside is an idyllic and beautiful Cottage, we had a peaceful and relaxing week."

    The cottage is finished to a high standard and has everything you could need. The Owners, Jo and Ian are friendly and welcoming. The personal touches really made our holiday, gown and slippers, welcome pack, welcome messages, prosecco and chocolates, even a few beers too. The hot tub...just amazing and a brilliant upgrade, especially after a busy day walking and exploring. Such a fantastic little haven. How to see you again soon.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Mar 2022

  • "Very nice place to go if you like walking or just want to relax in comfort"

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2022

  • "The cottage is immaculately clean and warm."

    There was a storm that weekend but we still managed to enjoy the hot tub in the sleet. The owners, Jo and Ian, while never being obtrusive, are on hand to supply more logs for the woodburner etc.

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had the most amazing relaxing week at Beckside cottage."

    The new owners have upgraded many of the facilities adding to the charm of this fantastic cottage. It is decorated and furnished to a very high standard offering everything and more for a self catering holiday. We enjoyed the welcome pack including the very thoughtful personalised birthday balloon. It was lovely to meet Jo and Ian hearing about their exciting plans for the future at Beckside.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Jan 2022

  • "Has a fantastic break at Beckside Cottage."

    Even better than the photos, couldnt have been more to our taste. Really lovely time and the owners were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Dec 2021

  • "Magical gem found in the Yorkshire countryside with a comfortable and relaxing feeling."

    Jo & Ian had even decorated a Christmas tree in the cottage and extra little touches which made it more special. Their knowledge of the area helped us during our stay. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Dec 2021

  • "This cottage was so much more than listed."

    Very clean, warm and comfortable! Had everything we needed and more. Nothing was to much trouble from the owners who were such nice people! When we arrived they had been over to the cottage to pop the heating and lights on. We loved the little touches they had done, started our break with a big smile!

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Nov 2021

  • "Thanks so much Jo and Ian ."

    You made us so welcome. The cottage is really very special and that is down to you. Had some lovely days out , the hot tub and the bath were really relaxing at the end of the day. We even adopted a family of ducks. We will definitely be back in the future

    Reviewed by Carl5.0Oct 2021

  • "Perfect hosts."

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Very well appointed & hosts were excellent, always looking to make the holiday as special as possible. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, well equipped and in a peaceful location."

    The hosts who live nearby were excellent, nothing too much trouble and very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Sep 2021

  • "What a fantastic cottage!"

    Jo and Ian are so lovely - friendly, helpful and available for anything you'll need without imposing on guest's privacy. Since taking over ownership 3 months ago they have done an amazing job updating the cottage, the fixtures and fittings are top quality, along with the updated outdoor furniture and the most amazing hot tub, which we were lucky enough to be the first guests to use. Jo and Ian's new alpacas were also great fun to feed and caused lots of laughs with their inquisitive ways. The location is perfect, beautiful and peaceful, with plenty of walking routes nearby and easy access to supermarkets in nearby Colne, while Skipton and Harrogate are within easy reach too. We can't wait for an opportunity to go back, thank you Jo and Ian!

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Aug 2021

  • "An amazing property and amazing hosts who have gone out of their way to make the cottage perfect."

    Very helpful and definitely not intrusive. A perfect balance. We hope to come again soon.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2021

  • "Amazing time at beckside cottage, beautiful location and everything you could need in cottage!"

    Hosts were lovely and nothing to much trouble little touches made it even more special! Would recommend

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Jul 2021

  • "Superb cottage , fabulous find!"

    Lovely hosts determined to provide the best experience for guests!! Would definitely recommend .. hope to get back sometime

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2021

  • "Gorgeous cottage in a lovely quiet rural location, lots of walks and places to visit within easy distance."

    Cottage had everything for a relaxing stay and was decorated and presented to a high spec throughout - lovely welcome pack and molton brown toiletries. Hosts Jo and Ian are really welcoming and on hand if you need anything. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Jul 2021

  • "The pictures don't even do this stunning little cottage any justice what so ever!"

    Walked into a very clean an cosy place! Absolutely everything you need is there. Jo is so lovely an super helpful! Area is secluded so had complete privacy during our stay. We are already looking forward till we know we can book again. The little gestures made all the difference. Prosecco an beer on arrival, Toweling robes an slippers for the hottub provided and tea coffee am biscuits too! Highly recommended an thankyou!

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Jul 2021

  • "Jo and Ian did all they could to ensure we had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday."

    Without being intrusive, they were friendly and on hand should we need anything. The outdoor space was perfect for al fresco dining and the hot tub was lovely and relaxing to return to after a long walk. The location was secluded, which we liked, but there were so many places to visit within a short driving distance. We would have loved to have stayed a little longer.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Jun 2021

  • "Fabulous tranquil location with stunning views of the Yorkshire dales."

    Cottage is luxuriously equipped with everything needed for a break away. Stunning walks all in vicinity of cottage. Local town Skipton is a short drive away with local amenities with plenty of coffee shops/pubs. The canal area is worth a visit. Communication with hosts is excellent. Always on hand. Can’t wait to book our next visit.

    Reviewed by Shara5.0Jun 2021

  • "We could not have chosen better for our week in Yorkshire."

    Jo and Ian had not long taken over the cottage and have made some recent upgrades - everything was of the highest quality. They were the perfect hosts and very helpful. The cottage is beautiful and provides everything you require and is immaculate and clean throughout. The new upgraded outdoor furniture was much appreciated and the hot tub was perfect after our days out. Beckside Cottage is an ideal base for touring the beautiful Dales - a car is required if you want to venture further afield such as Malham Cove, Aysgarth Falls or the Ingleborough waterfall trail. The cottage is in a very peaceful and relaxing location, surrounded by fields. We can’t thank Jo and Ian enough for a very enjoyable stay and look forward to returning once Jo’s spa is up and running.

    Reviewed by Laurence5.0May 2021

  • "We were so lucky to have visited just as Jo and Ian took over the cottage."

    The cottage is amazing and all the furnishings and utensils are of the highest quality, it really is a home away from home only better! The location is beautiful although remote so most outings will require a car unless you feel like exploring the local footpaths but with the likes of Bolton Abbey and Malham cove only a short drive away this really isn’t a problem. Can’t thank Jo and Ian enough for making this such a special place and hope to be able to visit again once Jo’s spa is up and running.

    May 2021

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  • This property was awarded a 2023 Sykes Star for scoring consistently perfect feedback from guests
  • Single-storey
  • One king-size double bedroom with freestanding bath and en-suite rainfall shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen with breakfast bar, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Bespoke double doors leading to rear patio area and hot tub.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, built-in eye-level microwave, fridge, separate freezer, washing machine, slimline dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Additional fuel available to purchase from owner
  • Bed linen, towels and bathrobes inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio with furniture, two loungers, an egg chair, barbecue and hot tub with LED lights and bluetooth music feature
  • Guests can sit and enjoy the views of the chickens, sheep and cows in the surrounding areas,also feel free to feed the alpacas if you wish, (owner will provide seeds for this purpose)
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking or vaping
  • Shop 4.6 miles, pub 1.6 miles
  • Note: Bookings must only start on a Friday for 7 nights.

The property

Cowling 1.8 miles.

This beautiful, detached, stone-built stable conversion is set in the grounds of a 375-year old listed farmhouse in scenic countryside, just a mile from Cowling and eight miles from the market town of Skipton.

A recent conversion, this first-class cottage is beautifully appointed throughout, creating a lovely, romantic retreat, ideal for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and discover the beauty of this outstanding area.

Situated solely over the ground floor, this lovely cottage offers an open plan living space with a cosy sitting area with woodburning stove, a dining area and a modern, well-equipped kitchen.

After a day of adventure, here you can ease into your evening; get the woodburning stove roaring and sink into the sumptuous sofa before finding a good film.

The main bedroom is spacious and features a king-size Victorian brass bedstead, a romantic freestanding bath and a superb en-suite facility with rainfall shower and modern mood lighting.

Stylish throughout, every care has been taken by the owners to provide a truly outstanding holiday home.

With almost too many features to mention, the sumptuous furnishings, the oak floor, the handmade windows and doors, the lovely cathedral ceiling, old beams and much, much more, which all help to make your stay a truly memorable one.

Outside, a spacious patio area and dry stone walling provide the backdrop for a luxurious hot tub with a music system and waterfall feature, where guests can sit and enjoy the views of the chickens, sheep and cows in the surrounding areas,also feel free to feed the alpacas if you wish, (owner will provide seeds for this purpose) whilst relaxing after a hard day’s walking in the scenic countryside which occupies all sides of this premier cottage.

Cowling village provides a local pub and the nearby towns and villages provide good eateries and are well worth a visit, including Skipton, Ilkley and ancient Bolton Abbey, while glorious Malham and Grassington offer beautiful, limestone scenery just a short drive away.

For the more energetic, the bike riding and walking opportunities to be found in the surrounding area are excellent.

Beckside Cottage is a wonderful romantic retreat for discovering all that the Dales has to offer.

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About the location


Skipton 7 miles.

The ancient village of Cowling sits across a hillside in the Pennine Hills, just seven miles from the market town of Skipton. A thriving village, built along a main high street with stone-built, terraced houses set alongside the mills of a bygone age. The village was once sparsely populated, the bulk of the population living in Ickornshaw and Middleton, and before that on Cowling Hill, close to water sources they depended on, and the main roads of the day - now used as back roads by locals to avoid the modern day traffic. In the early days, agriculture was the main occupation, with corn being grown and ground within the village. When canal transport boomed, corn became cheaper to buy from elsewhere and so the mills in Cowling turned from grinding corn to weaving during the Industrial Revolution. The village inn was once part of a farmhouse on Cowling Hill, but was sold as changes to the structure of the village began. The son of the landlord later opened the Bay Horse Hotel on the new road, which still stands as a main feature of village life. The nearby Quaker village of Lothersdale 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's the large retail outlet of Boundary Mills, just six miles away, a must for lovers of shoping, and Skipton, known as 'The Gateway to the Dales' is nearby. Skipton is a lovely old market town with much to interest the enthusiastic visitor, boasting an ancient castle open to the public, a beautiful old parish church and a colourful market occupying the cobbled setts each side of the high street. In 2008 the Academy of Urbanism voted Skipton High Street the best shopping spot in Britain, and The Copper Dragon Brewery, opened in 2002 is highly rated in the CAMRA listings. Steam railways with regular excursions are available at Embsay and Bolton Abbey, and the Leeds to Liverpool Canal passes through Skipton with the one mile long Foulridge Tunnel and the 5-rise locks at Bingley within a short distance away. In 2014 the area hosted the first leg of the Tour De France, bringing in many visitors from far and wide to this wonderful area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas