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Fern House

Kettlewell, Yorkshire Dales - South (Ref. 922718)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 12

  • Bedrooms 7

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay, thank you!"

    It may be me, but I spent half an hour trying - and failing - to boil a pan of water on first the Aga and then the stove alongside it. We had a bit of difficulty 'clearing' one of the key safes. We would have preferred to be able to arrive at 4pm, and leave at 10am. But these are minor quibbles. Overall, the house was a great place for our annual Family Gathering. The countryside was amazing, the village shop was very handy, and The Racehorses pub very accommodating. (They made some of us a lovely meal, when we asked on the off-chance towards the end of the day, as the kitchen was about to close.) We left the house reasonably clean (we hope), but would like to say thank you to the cleaners for doing a good job before and after our stay.

    Reviewed by RobJul 2022

  • "Beautiful, comfortable house that feels like a real home."

    Everything we could want for a break with extended family and doggos. Kettlewell is a pretty village, with a couple of lovely pubs on the doorstep, lots to do and see in the vicinity.

    Reviewed by JoanneJun 2022

  • "The Property was first class it had everything you needed in there, and it was lovely and clean."

    Would happily go back there.

    Reviewed by TerenceFeb 2022

  • "Fern House is a fine property in a fine location."

    It is let down by a few things: Uncomfortable mattresses and old and tired bedding leading to some pretty poor nights sleep. Truly dreadful food preparation utensils for example there is not a sharp knife available (many knifes all blunt) making cooking really challenging. Kettlewell is lovely and a great base to explore the Dales.

    Thank you for your feedback. We do apologise that you found issues at the property. We normally stay at the property for two weeks every year and therefore notice if things are amiss - but we haven't been able to do this since Oct 2019. Last week (w/c 1 Nov) we replaced three mattresses and some kitchen equipment, bed linen and towels. We are in the process of addressing the knife sharpening asap. Thank you again for your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jeremy JohnOct 2021

  • "Lovely house in a very pretty village with beautiful countryside."

    Enjoyed a long weekend with family.

    Reviewed by CatherineSep 2021

  • "Staircase really needed some attention re cleaning."

    Cooking facilities not the best as the 2 hob rings are small and the aga is not responsive . They are only real negatives . Lovely big house in great position .

    Reviewed by IanSep 2021

  • "I would like to comment on the fact that of the 7 bedrooms 2 are in the so-alled annexe."

    These were not easy to use since they can accessed only by going through one of 5 bedrooms or entering the back door to the annexe.The occupants of that access bedroom were unhappy. Therefore I claim that it is not a proper 7 bedrooms house and the cost of the rental was far too much. It can only seriously be rated as a 5 beds house and I will not be using it again - unfortunately - unless the price is reduced.

    Reviewed by KennethAug 2021

  • "Perfect home in a Beautiful location."

    We will definitely be back to Fern Cottage very soon.

    Reviewed by EmmaMay 2021

  • "The house is large and the communal areas spacious, which is great for a large group."

    The main kitchen is well stocked. This is a great base for large groups and is in the centre of the village. There is only off road parking for one car and a tiny car or motorcycle, not two cars. The house was superficially clean but there was dirt and dust under some of the beds, including orange peel, socks and a watch. Given we were required to arrive late and depart early to allow for deep cleaning, the cleaning standard was less than one would expect in ‘normal’ times. If you use this property I suggest you come prepared to clean it thoroughly on arrival, so you feel comfortable touching surfaces, bathroom facilities and door handles etc

    Reviewed by JoannaAug 2020

  • "The Cottage was perfect for my family get together on my 80th Birthday."

    Everyone was impressed. Perfect location, well equipped; clean, warm and plenty of room for 11 people and two dogs. Nothing negative to say.

    Reviewed by MaureenJan 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Warm, cosy and well-furnished. Great location between three friendly good pubs with lovely food. Cottage spacious and annex provided great extra living space.

    Reviewed by ClaireJan 2020

  • "We hired this house in 2018 but we were disappointed this year as it wasn't as clean and there was no Christmas tree."

    The toilet in the annex had been used and not flushed, there was a significant amount of dust in the bedrooms and the electric cooker was very greasy

    Thank you for your comments. We value all and any feedback. We have undertaken actions every year to upgrade and refurbish Fern House to make it a comfortable as possible. This feedback is very put out of character for the property. We look forward to you holidaying again with us in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LesleyDec 2019

  • "Only minor complaint was the mattress on the single bed in the annexe was very uncomfortable and needs replacing."

    Everything else was excellent and can highly recommend the property. Amazing location, very well equipped.

    Reviewed by DawnOct 2019

  • "Fantastic large house, perfect for our group of 8 pals, with great pubs in the village and local area."

    Outstanding location with superb views down the valley and lots of walking options.

    Reviewed by JonSep 2019

  • "Great house , well stocked with kitchen utensils , master bedroom bed a let down very squeaky and uncomfortable , lucky we had spare single beds for 3 days, great base for walking etc."

    Reviewed by KevinAug 2019

  • "Despite the weather - lots of rain !"

    - the town and surrounding countryside were very attractive and we will be back . Fern House was very comfortable and especially suitably for a big family.

    Reviewed by CatherineAug 2019

  • "The house was very well equipped and having the second kitchen in the annex was really useful."

    We were a group of 7 friends in our fifties on a walking break and having the 7 bedrooms was really useful. Some were smaller than others but the bedding was all of a high quality and we all slept well. The broken pane of glass in the door to the garden has still not been repaired and the mould in the shower in the en-suite to the main bedroom is unacceptable. This could easily be rectified between lets and spoils what is generally a magnificent cottage, in fact the best we have stayed in together. The parking space is really only suitable for one large car and there was very limited on road parking nearby. There is however a reasonably priced pay any display car park nearby. The Bluebell pub is brilliant and the food is excellent. Fern House is a great holiday destination for large groups and families in a stunning part of Yorkshire...the house is really geared up for people that want to do their own cooking, with lots of space for everyone.

    Thank you so much for your feedback. We are happy to say that the doors have now been replaced with new double glazed doors, the seating has also been replaced. We have also had a new dishwasher and a programme of re-decoration. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2019

  • "We had a great time staying at Fern house, Lots of hot water, the house was very warm and the washer and dryer came in very handy."

    There were some things that need addressing at this property as it is advertised for families. ( note the description of the house states that if you need any child equipment you have to contact the owner directly, actually all of the child equipment is supplied at the house so that need changing on the description) The garden doors in the main downstairs room had a large crack in it that was taped up, as we had 2 toddlers with us we pushed a small sofa against the doors so they could not get to the glass to look out into the garden. No child locks on kitchen cupboards, no stair gate, which would have been helpful as the gap between spindles on the whole staircase were big enough for a child to fall through. under 5's should not be left unattended. The sofa's in the main room were grubby on the arms and could do with a clean, there was mould on the rainfall showerhead in the main bedroom and along the bottom shower screen in the annex which is easily sorted. Also the supplies for washing up etc were very frugal ( 1 j cloth in the main kitchen!!) That's not a problem as long as in the description you are requested to bring your own. However we had a lovely time and would probably go back, you get a lot of house for your money.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are happy to say that the property has been updated with new seating, a new dishwasher and the living room doors have been replaced with new double glazed doors. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GrahamMay 2019

  • "Beautiful spacious house in a stunning village."

    Two dog friendly pubs with good food and plenty of walks from the village

    Reviewed by JoanneApr 2019

  • "Six adults, five children and one small dog had a fantastic Easter break in this excellent house."

    The house is great, location perfect and an excellent base to explore the surrounding area. Highly recommended!!

    Reviewed by NeilApr 2019

  • "The cottage was Ideal for our group , 6 of us , some liked walking , others couldn't ."

    While some walked others went to the pub, great idea . Food was excellent in the pubs , so was the beers. The cottage was only 50 yards from 2 pubs. Everybody is really friendly, and make you welcome . The cottage had all you needed, after a days walking or travelling , back to freshen up then into the pub. I would recommend this cottage to anyone who likes the outdoor life and enjoys beautiful scenery and a good pint to complete the day. Ray Lomax

    Reviewed by RaymondMar 2019

  • "Beautiful house, very cosy when the fire is lit."

    Loved the kitchen very warm and well equipped with everything you could possibly need. Dining room a bit cold and dark could do with an update. Spent 3 nights here with 8 girlfriends for my 60th birthday. Had an amazing weekend and would definitely recommend staying st Fern House we loved it Village friendly and cosy pubs

    Reviewed by DianeMar 2019

  • "We spent three nights at Fern House over New Year."

    The information about the house doesn’t do it justice as we were absolutely delighted with both the house and the location. If you’re looking for a large house within a stones throw of great pubs and walks then this is the place for you, Being picky, the only downside was the aga, but that’s a personal choice and we just weren’t used to cooking with it. There is a smaller cooker you can use as a back up. Also there’s a bedroom which you have to walk through to get to the annexe, but you have got an alternate entrance outside so it’s definitely not a deal breaker. All the people in our party were really pleased with our choice. We would revisit Fern House and would recommend you do.

    Reviewed by KatrinaDec 2018

  • "Our party of 10 adults stayed here on our Xmas break."

    Thoroughly loved it. The house is absolutely beautiful. A big wow factor! - extremely clean, comfortable, well equipped and stylish. Superbly placed in this idyllic Dales village. The odd negative feedback I read previous to staying there, clearly can’t have been staying in the same holiday home I did! - highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JennyDec 2018

  • "The property itself exceeded our expectations."

    We were very pleased to note that shortcomings highlighted in previous reviews had been effectively remedied e.g. glassware and the wi fi signal. Fern House was very well prepared for our arrival and we had a wonderful week staying there. The accommodation was extremely comfortable and in a fabulous location.

    Reviewed by AndrewNov 2018

  • "Fern Cottage is a fantastic place."

    The facilities are all excellent and the lounge and dining area both well furnished, comfy and cosy. It's the second time we've stayed there in 2 years and will definitely be back for another week next year, as well love staying there so much!

    Reviewed by MatthewSep 2018

  • "The house was very conveniently situated with many walks from the doorstep."

    There were three great pubs in the village with 2 of them dog friendly and the other serving more restaurant style food. The village shop had a good selection of food and the Spar at Threshfield had a great butchers as well as the usual foods. The house itself was excellent, very clean and the beds very comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked with pots and pans etc. Cooking on the aga was an experience but using that and the normal facilities added to the experience.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2018

  • "We had a fabulous holiday in a tremendous property in a superb location with all the amenities and accessories you would ever need."

    I would highly recommend the property.

    Reviewed by PhilipAug 2018

  • "Fabulous family holiday home."

    We spent the week following our daughters wedding at The Game Keepers Inn in Threshfield. Such a comfortable home. Plenty of room for everyone. Our 4 grandchildren wanted to stay 'forever'. My only recommendation would be for some plastic/melamine/unbreakable plates bowls and cups for young children.

    Reviewed by CarolAug 2018

  • "The house was lovely and perfect for our requirements."

    I contacted Sykes prior to going due to concern re negative reviews re the state of the property. This was acted on and the problems were resolved

    Reviewed by ShelaghJun 2018

  • "The house itself was brilliant and just as listed."

    Spotless, all the rooms were presented with quality furnishings and tastefully decorated. Kitchens well equipped, the big dining room a real bonus to get everyone together. Garden to the rear great for a quiet lounge about. The location in Kettlewell is a superb centre for walking or exploring the dales by car and with three pubs within about 200 yards (plus the little village store) it lacked for nothing. Especially recommend the Kings Head for food !

    Reviewed by NeilMay 2018

  • "Yes. The cottage was, overall, satisfactory but there were 2 main problems."

    The first was that on arrival the cleaning firm had left but the rubbish bin in the kitchen was not emptied. It was full of food waste, most of which was not in a plastic bin liner. Our first job was to clear away the previous person's old food.Then, the beds were badly made up. Our master room double bed had no lower sheet but rather a single valence cover instead.Another bed had no lower sheet. Some rooms (2) had no towels.Fortunately Frank (who looks after in general) came the next day and found the sheets and towels. The cleaning company need a rocket. The second problem may be why the first could occur. This house is potentially superb but shows every sign of being unloved. The folder with the information is old, creased, battered and clearly rarely revised. The kitchen equipment is poor. The wine glasses are tiny. We brought our own because a previous remark on the net had commented upon the poor glasses but clearly the owners doesn't care much. We asked for use of a high chair but none was available. Frank, the next day, loaned us his! We enjoyed our stay because Kettlewell is so good and our family just mucks in. However, the property in terms of care, and the owners in terms of lack of interest, were disappointments. Gerry Jarvis.

    Dear Dr Jarvis, thank you very much for your candid feedback. We love Fern House and want our guests to enjoy staying there. We are also concerned with some of the issues that have arisen recently and have immediately set about resolving them. We now have new cleaners and are very confident this will solve all cleaning and linen related issues. We have blocked out time this month to replenish all the stocks, including glasses and do other refurbishments. I hope with all of these changes we may welcome you and your family/friends back to the lovely Fern House at some time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ElizabethApr 2018

  • "Fern House is a wonderful property in a great location which is let down by some of the finer details."

    In general the property is tired and could do with a refresh - in particular the bathrooms which have poor ventilation and evidence of mould. The aga in the property needs servicing or repairing as it never got up to cooking temperature which made preparing Christmas dinner for a large party almost impossible and spoilt the Christmas experience. The living room has the only TV without a blu ray or DVD player and the Wi-fi is temperamental at best - not ideal with teenagers in the party. Location fantastic - property slightly disappointing.

    Reviewed by JamesDec 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage, ideal for a large party."

    We had the whole cottage for a family birthday weekend - 7 adults and 5 children. The children loved having their own living room (“den”) in the annexe.Plenty of space but cosy. Lovely real fire and a very warm aga in the well equipped kitchen! Perfect location , peaceful and beautiful. We were spoilt for choice what to do to eat- cooking and all eating in the large dining room in the cottage or going to One of the lovely family friendly pubs just a few steps from the front door. We had a great weekend, thank you!

    Reviewed by JuliaNov 2017

  • "Set in the heart of Kettlewell, so you only have to walk out the door to reach the shop, pubs and bus stop."

    Stunning scenery and a lovely area for walking. Big comfortable house, well equipped and with plenty of bathrooms for a large group.

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2017

  • "Amazing weekend in fern house, special thanks for putting the Christmas tree up the kids were so pleased."

    Amazing house for a crowd of people.

    Reviewed by LisaDec 2016

  • "Yes, the house was fantastic, beds so comfortable and high quality."

    Kitchen fab with every utensil etc we could wish for. Décor was fabulous throughout. We only have a few small notes for consideration. No TVs working in the bedrooms which wasn't great considering size of party and children who often want to disappear to their own room for time out. Wifi was almost non existent and again with some teenagers not ideal. We had little to no signal in property and when one of our party ended up in hospital with pneumonia it made it very difficult to provide updates from the hospital (Airdale) to rest of family in Kettlewell. I would strongly suggest the owners considered getting a 'home' phone installed which took incoming calls only ...this would have been so helpful to us, I hope no other guests have issues like this but you never know and communication is key in such circumstances. Finally please know we were exceptionally happy and this is not meant to be negative. Lovely lovely house and location. Thank you x

    Reviewed by ElgaOct 2016

  • "The WiFi connection at Fern House is very poor and the toilet and taps in the second upstairs bathroom are not functioning very well."

    Apart from these items it was a brilliant place to stay.

    Reviewed by SimonSep 2016

  • "We had a fantastic family break and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, the holiday house was just perfect!"

    Reviewed by TinaSep 2016

  • "Everything was just perfect,"

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2016

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  • Main House: Five bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double with TV (zip/link, can be twin on request), 2 x king-size double with TV (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC), 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area (seats 4)
  • Utility
  • Dining room (seats 8)
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • The bedrooms are located up one flight of stairs
  • This may not be suitable for guests with mobility concerns. Annexe: Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Main house: Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Oil-fired AGA, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer with drinks dispenser, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 5 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Annexe: Oil central heating (same system as main house) with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Whole house: Fuel, power and starter pack for stoves inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and two highchairs available on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars, roadside parking available outside property
  • Enclosed garden and patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 1 min walk
  • Note: Annexe approximately five yards from main house entrance
  • Accessed via own door, or through the king-size bedroom with en-suite
  • The door between the annexe and the bedroom can be kept locked
  • Note: Property across the road from unfenced beck, children to be supervised when outside

The property

This superb, wonderfully-styled country house, with a date stone reading 1657, is situated overlooking Kettlewell Beck in the village of Kettlewell, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

This outstanding Dales cottage was the blacksmiths to the Racehorses Coaching Inn, and the nearby Bluebell Inn was used as its stables.

Now, this impressive, stone-built property is split into a main house and an annexe, combining to provide seven delightful bedrooms, two dining kitchens, a separate dining room, three bathrooms and three reception rooms.

There is also a useful utility room where you can store walking boots and equipment, plus enclosed gardens are situated to the front and back.

With no expense spared during the property’s renovation, Fern House has been thoughtfully converted to provide superb facilities, modern styling and elegant furnishings, while retaining the immense character and charm of the original dwelling.

The main part of the house features a spacious sitting room with a woodburning stove and patio doors to the enclosed rear garden, while the kitchen has a lovely warming AGA, a small dining area and a TV.

There is a separate dining room, with the addition of a pull-out table, and five well-laid out bedrooms, the master of which houses a king-size bed and modern en-suite.

The annexe is attached to the main house, and can be accessed through a lockable door via the master bedroom, or its own entrance.

It is ideal for members of the group who like a little privacy from time to time, and enjoys a lovely, cosy sitting room with a woodburning stove of its own, plus a modern kitchen diner, two lovely bedrooms and a bathroom.

In a most enviable location, with wonderful views of the surrounding fells, the property overlooks the village hall in Kettlewell, where the opening scenes from the much-loved film Calendar Girls were filmed.

The village holds a charm all its own, full of beautiful, old stone buildings and Kettlewell Beck meandering through the centre, on its way to join the River Wharfe.

Fern House is in a fabulous location for a group of friends or family to get together, home to three of the finest, award-winning pubs in the Yorkshire Dales.

With outstanding views and walks in every direction, this is one not to be missed!

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About the location


Grassington 7 miles; Skipton 14 miles.

Nestling at the foot of Great Whernside, near the head of Upper Wharfedale, this idyllic village makes the perfect place from which to explore the wonderful scenery and pretty villages of this magnificent Dale. Much of Upper Wharfedale is National Trust owned - an indication of the beauty of its classic countryside, with dry-stone walls and barns, important flower-rich hay meadows and valley side woodland. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best walking and mountain biking areas in the Dales, with The Dales Way passing nearby. The village itself lying on the banks of the River Wharfe is a real delight with traditional built stone cottages, three pubs, a Post Office, speciality shops and a hotel. No surprise that the hit movie Calendar Girls was filmed here and in other locations throughout the area. An excellent base for enjoying the famous Dales, historic market towns, caves and waterfalls of this magical area.

Region Information

The bedrooms are located up one flight of stairs. This may not be
suitable for guests with mobility concerns.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas