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Bracken Beck

Garsdale, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1053302)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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13 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is in a nice location at the heart of the Dales and it is a very nicely renovated old barn."

    The facilities include anything one would need in terms appliances. So far so good, but there is a big but : the water supply. We stayed previously in various cottages across the UK with private water supply, but we have never had water that was so filthy. Not only is it dark with peat (as flagged by the owner on the cottage description, to be fair) but it contains solid bits as well. You cannot use it even when boiled for tea or coffee, so one needs to bring a clean water supply. The water is also low in pressure which causes problems with the electric shower that tends to cut out. Very hard to get the temperature right and it doesn't last long. So quite an ordeal to have a shower (not that one would wish for a bath full of muddy water). So while the cottage itself is really nice the water issues leave more than a bit of an aftertaste. I would strongly suggest Sykes cottages and the owner to sort this out (surely additional filters can be installed!). Sorry we couldn't be more positive as we enjoyed our stay otherwise. Some other minor things: not enough toilet paper (a single already started roll), no washing up liquid, no hand wash, no wood supply for the wood burner.

    Reviewed by KlausDec 2021

  • "A very roomy cottage for two bedrooms."

    Greta part of the Dales to be based in, so much to experience within a relatively small radius. Highlight of the week? Being able to observe red squirrels and loads of woodland birds in the garden!

    Reviewed by AmandaSep 2021

  • "Lovely property in a gorgeous area, perfect as a base for touring around."

    Lovely to see red squirrels within the garden and beautiful views from the property. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 2021

  • "The place fails to meet basic standards of stay."

    With bathroom and kitchen facilities and cleanliness is poor, and furniture in bad condition. This could be a beautiful remote cottage if they listened to previous feedback or put some attention into the rental. We arrived home from holiday we literally felt we'd returned to a Palace. So far we are still awaiting any acknowledgement from the owner about the state of the property and the cleaning of the cottage. This cottage could have been a pleasant stay as the location etc was ideal. There are no doorstep walks and huge gas cylinder in the garden, but you could forget about those things if the inside was given more attention.

    Reviewed by JavedAug 2021

  • "A lovely cottage, with cosy bedrooms, comfortable lounge area and spacious kitchen."

    It was a shame we couldn't use the garden because of the overgrown grass and the small bed in the second bedroom was uncomfortable. Otherwise, we really enjoyed our stay. Thank you!

    Reviewed by EmebetAug 2021

  • "The house was nice and comfortable but the back garden was not inviting at all, grass was very very high."

    There was nothing there to do outside and there was a big pile of garbage. There's not much to do in the surrounding area and with the small and poor garden it makes even worse.

    Reviewed by MaciejJul 2021

  • "Although this is a lovely cottage in a beautiful location a few things let it down."

    There was no welcome pack at all, in fact there was not even any toilet roll ! There seems to be no information booklet about using the sat tv, heating and washing machine, after a few hours we mastered them but some people might struggle. The biggest disappointment was the lawn has not been cut in months so with the grass several feet high is unusable.

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2021

  • "The cottage is really lovely and the surrounding is breath taking."

    Only problem I had was the mosquitos and midges so people need to take bit precaution.

    Reviewed by SaikatJun 2021

  • "The cottage was good and comfortable, we had a lovely stay."

    The only comment is that it would be good if there was information about waste disposal. There were bins, but the bins were full and no indication of the collection day. Since we could not leave the recyclables at the cottage, we would have found it useful to have a map/ information about recycling points in the area. It would be useful if this could be communicated to the owners.

    Reviewed by MarykeJun 2021

  • "I would like to make a complaint and if possible speak to a manager."

    I booked this cottage as a break for my family members after not being able to do anything due to covid and the herrendous past year we have had. But only to find that we have paid £986 for a place that hadnt been cleaned properly before we arrived the freezer was full so we could not put the food we bought in there. Spider webs everywhere, flimsy beds and a tiny television but worst of all the water that came out of the taps was dark yellow which is disgusting leaving you not knowing if you are cleaning yourself with the water or making yourself more dirty. The toilet water was always dark yellow as if there was a constant flow of urine in there. It just really kept putting a negative on our break. After the year we have had £986 is not a small amount to pay for a 3 night stay so as you can imagine we are extremely unhappy with what we have recieved in return. I would like for a manager or somebody to contact me.

    Reviewed by MohamedMay 2021

  • "Wonderful place to stay, comfortable and cared for and providing me with exactly what I needed."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by HelenMay 2021

  • "Firstly the cottage was lovely and was everything we booked and expected."

    Reviewed by MarkApr 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, beautiful location - perfectly placed equidistant between Hawes and Sedbergh."

    Loads of day trip options, dependent on how far you want to drive. We were only there for 3 days but wanted to stay far longer! I appreciate the cottage beside a road but didn’t in anyway take from our enjoyment, I wouldn’t hesitate to return. Have a great time to the next lucky visitors to Bracken Beck!

    Reviewed by AilsaApr 2021

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The property

This stunning semi-detached, stone-built cottage dates back to 1724 and is situated in Garsdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Being in the heart of the delightful Dales and within easy reach of the Lake District, Bracken Beck is ideal for friends or families looking to explore this wonderful area.

Built on a hillside, Bracken Beck offers entrances at both the ground floor level and first floor, with the ground floor entrance leading into a stone-flagged hallway, perfect for leaving your muddy boots and coats after a day of exploring.

The two well-appointed bedrooms are downstairs, both beautifully furnished with hand-made oak furniture and comprising a king-size room and a family room with a double and a single bed.

Completing the ground floor is the shower room for you to freshen up in, along with a handy utility room, home to a washing machine, freezer, iron, ironing board and airer.

Travel up the open-tread spiral staircase leading up to the first floor to find the open-plan living space, with its A-framed ceiling and feature stone wall, this sociable area offers the perfect way to relax together with your group.

The kitchen is well equipped with all you need for your self-catered holiday, and meals can be enjoyed together around the dining table as you discuss the day's adventures.

There is a warming woodburning stove to relax in front of on chillier days, whilst in warmer weather the double doors open out to the lawned garden area affording lovely views over the local fells, with regular visits from the local wildlife including red squirrels, woodpeckers and nuthatches too.

Set off on an adventure from your doorstep or take a short scenic car journey to reach plenty more options with nearby landmarks to incorporate into a walk including Arten Gill Viaduct, Hardraw Force Waterfall, Kisdon and Currack Force and Pendragon Castle.

Train enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the historic Garsdale railway station just up the road, on which runs the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway; hop on here and delight in a magnificent and scenic journey through the stunning Dales landscape passing over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, a marvel of Victorian engineering with 24 arches.

Enjoy a drink at the local Moorcock Inn two miles from the cottage, with walkers always welcome, so you can delight in a well-deserved pint on the way back from a ramble.

A short drive will take you to the ancient market towns of both Sedburgh, Hawes and Dent with their traditional pubs, shops and cafés to discover.

Also within easy reach of the Lake District and the town of Kendal, perfect for walkers.

Hawes is also home to the Dales Countryside Museum offering exhibits on rural life and home to an outdoor steam train.

Enjoy a wonderful stay in the Yorkshire Dales at Bracken Beck.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size, 1 x ground-floor family room with a double and single
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Ground-floor utility room
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden with outside seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 7.5 miles and pub 2.1 miles
  • Note: There is an open tread spiral staircase, may not be suitable for those with limited mobility and children should be supervised
  • Note: This property is situated on the main A684, some associated road noise to be expected
  • Please note property is on a private water supply and water appears discoloured.

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About the location


Sedbergh 7 miles; Hawes 9 miles.

Garsdale is a small hamlet of stone cottages and farmhouses, nestled together with a village hall, church and chapel, resting at the foot of the dale alongside the meandering river Clough between Sedbergh and Hawes. Sheep graze on either side of the dale in this tranquil valley which is perfectly situated for days out in the Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District. The nearest market towns are Sedbergh, 7 miles to the west, and Hawes, 9 miles to the east, both of which retain their ancient character and traditions and are well situated for shops, banks and traditional pubs. With wonderful walks through the dale from the doorstep, and the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park surrounding you, this is an idyllic and peaceful setting for your holiday.

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