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Fountains Cottage

(Ref. 906437)

Kirkby Malham, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is lovely, as is the location - apart from the weather it was a nice stay."

    (NB: The drive is one vehicle wide with a drop to the river one side - thankfully we didn't meet anything coming the other way all week!) As other reviewers have pointed out it does get very hot thanks to the Aga, which apparently is left on 24/7 (unless we missed a trick there??), and we had to leave the kitchen door open a lot when downstairs, and couldn't really use the dining table (it's open plan for that bit!) - and this wasn't even a really hot week! I'm sure it's lovely and cosy in autumn or winter though!! We also discovered that the Aga also makes the utensils and plates a little too warm, and food kept in the cupboard doesn't do too well - I'd suggest the fridge for anything perishable, even cake! ;-) Anyone staying in the height of summer might want to pack a couple of desk fans for the bedrooms - we noticed comments in the visitor books from years ago suggesting they'd be a good addition, but we couldn't find any. A floor fan in the lounge would have helped a bit as well!! (Whether it was us older ladies just being a bit weedy or not, we both found the windows couldn't be opened very wide!) We did love it, but probably wouldn't book it in the hot season again! It was a bigger struggle to keep cool than we anticipated. There's a lovely walk to Malham right from the doorstep, though be warned - there's no shade along the route once past the buildings! I'm not sure we'd have made it in a heatwave!! But it's an easy stroll, mostly flat, no really difficult bits even if you have dodgy old knees and the stiles weren't too hard to get over.

    Reviewed by Helen3.4Jun 2023

  • "Property needs a deep clean."

    Windows inside and out dirty. Chest of drawers in main bedroom dirty, would not put clothes in. No HD channels on TV. Aga needed a clean. A stable door would have been useful as kitchen gets hot.

    Reviewed by David4.1May 2023

  • "The cottage was in a lovely location."

    It was very comfortable and the Aga and central heating kept it nice and warm so we didn't have to use the open fire. The kitchen was very well equipped and had all the necessary pans and utensils. The cottage was clean throughout, and the underfloor heating was appreciated in the bathroom.

    Reviewed by Virginia5.0Apr 2023

  • "Fountains Cottage is a fabulous cottage in an amazing position."

    In Autumn the Aga made the cottage lovely and cosy, but would be a problem in warmer weather. There is no other way to cook other than the Aga, although the Mary Berry Aga book that was in the kitchen was excellent. While the cottage was clean on the surface the sockets were covered on thick dust and other similar issues. There were also a few maintenance issues, one which was sorted well. The cottages was basically well equipped but there wasn't any scissors, washing up liquid, dishcloth etc. The cottage is great with a lot of wonderful walks from the door and with a little bit more care over maintenance and housekeeping it could be perfect.

    Reviewed by Carol3.1Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, as described."

    Very warm and cosy with electric Aga. Fantastic location to explore the Dales right from the doorstep.Couple of things had been broken that we reported to owner. Superficially very clean and tidy but needed a deep clean from time to time.

    Reviewed by Debbie4.1Sep 2022

  • "Could not fault the fantastic location or the friendly locals."

    In general, lovely cottage that just needs some love and attention to detail. Dishwasher provided - no tablets. Washing machine provided - very smelly but had I decided to use it, no airer provided. No corkscrew provided. Generally needed a good clean, particularly the kitchen. Bed linen was tired and the pillows were flat as pancakes and very uncomfortable. Generally disappointing which is a shame as with a little effort could be a real gem.

    Reviewed by Lynne1.9Aug 2022

  • "A beautiful luxury cottage in a fabulous location."

    Highly recommended for keen walkers, with walks to and from the door, including the famous Malham Cove and Gordale Scar. Good pubs nearby too.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Aug 2022

  • "Situated in a lovely secluded valley this cottage has everything you need for a successful walking holiday."

    Reviewed by Ernest4.4Jun 2022

  • "The property was set in a lovely area with a small river running through the area, a pleasant footpath walk to Malham which took 20 minutes."

    The Buck Inn was a reasonably priced to eat and good quality. Easy access to Skipton and Settle.

    Reviewed by Peter3.8Jun 2022

  • "A very comfortable stay in a great location for walks and other pleasures, eg Settle to Carlisle railway, Wensleydale cheese experience, Stump Cross Caverns to name but a few."

    Reviewed by Penelope5.0Jun 2022

  • "We stayed at Fountains Cottage many years ago."

    It’s a lovely warm comfortable cottage with everything you could need. It’s situated in a quiet location with walks from the doorstep. It’s conveniently situated for touring the Dales, the Moors and venturing into the Lakes. Cooking on the Aga was new to us, but we had some delicious results. The cottage also has some lovely arty touches and a good selection of DVDs. The food at the Victoria was really good too and within walking distance. Hopefully we will visit again in the future

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Apr 2022

  • "Such a dear cottage, perfectly outfitted and in such a dreamy location."

    We were in easy communication with the owner and enjoyed every moment. We walked everywhere and wished we could stay forever. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Apr 2022

  • "The property was clean and well presented, we particularly liked the Aga which kept the property warm."

    The bedclothes were of good quality. There was everything you could possibly need, for example, brushes, hoover, cleaning materials etc and it was nice to have under-floor heating in the bathroom. We enjoyed the fact we could walk to the local pub, which took about 10 minutes, and also walk to the two pubs and tearoom in Malham, across the fields, which also took about 10 minutes. Access to Malham and other local walks was great, you don't need the car. We visited the Farm Shop and Tearoom at Airton twice. We also visited Settle and Skipton, by car, which were nearby. We would thoroughly recommend this property and location.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Oct 2021

  • "In forty years of cottage holidays Fountains Cottage is probably the best."

    The cottage is so comfortable and well presented, the setting so tranquil. The walks through the grounds, alongside the stream and the mill leat, with views to Malham Cove, are not to be missed. Superb.

    Reviewed by Dek5.0Sep 2021

  • "Ideal location for walking from the cottage, to Malham and various places around."

    Recommend Beck Hall bistro in Malham, including lunch in the garden.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2021

  • "We have been before and loved it, this is our second visit to the property."

    It’s lovely.

    Reviewed by Natasha4.7Aug 2021

  • "This was a lovely cottage."

    Kitchen was a bit warm with the aga as we were fortunate to have a week of fantastic weather

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2021

  • "What a great place to stay, beautiful location, so peaceful."

    Look forward to staying there again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2021

  • "Great place if you like an AGA to cook with."

    We don't. Also it produces unnecessary constant heat to add to global warming.

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.7Jun 2021

  • "Had a wonderful week at Fountains Cottage."

    Such a beautiful cottage and setting.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Apr 2021

  • "Fountains Cottage is everything that its listing says it is, and more."

    A wonderfully appointed cottage, must complement the housekeeper, in a fabulous, quiet, setting. In forty plus years of cottage holidays it is up there with the best.

    Reviewed by Dek5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fountains Cottage was a true delight."

    It had everything we could possibly need inside and the location and view outside were just superb! We would definitely recommend it, and would like to return some day too.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Dec 2019

  • "This stunning cottage is a gem of a find."

    The property is in an idyllic setting and is well equipped. The scenery is simply stunning and the facilities exceptional. The walk to Malham through the private woodland was amazing taking in the river at the front and the millpond behind. The owners couldn't do more to help and answered our emails/phone calls promptly. We wished we could have stayed longer. We have stayed in many holiday lets but this is by far the best in so many ways. We loved it so much we have booked to stay for a week next year. We would highly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Nov 2019

  • "Fountains Cottage is an extremely comfortable and well equipped place to stay, so cosy to return to after a day's walking."

    It is in a lovely setting by the river and walks can be started directly outside the cottage. It is one of the best places we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Sep 2019

  • "Your telephone system leaves everything to be desired, after negotiating the set-up menu, leaving customers hanging with nothing but silence, not even telling them that they are in a que, i'm suprised that you get any bookings at all."

    Reviewed by David3.4Sep 2019

  • "Lovely old cottage with footpaths from the door."

    We had never used an aga before so that was an interesting challenge but there are so many good pubs within a mile that it wouldn’t have mattered if we had failed anyway! Loved it so much have already booked again for next year

    Reviewed by Sharron5.0Jul 2019

  • "This was our second stay at the cottage."

    We came back because it’s such a lovely place in a great location. So quiet and with easy access to short & long walks and great sales pubs. The cottage has everything you need. We’ll come again.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was a perfect way for my parents to have a break away from all the ..."

    The cottage was a perfect way for my parents to have a break away from all the stresses of life and to have a chilled week away

    Reviewed by Declan5.0Jun 2019

  • "What a fantastic cottage, the location is wonderful."

    I did not want to leave

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2019

  • "Fountains Cottage proved to be every bit as good as it’s description and previous holidaymakers comments lead me to believe."

    It was incredibly cosy despite the wild weather outside, the Aga keeping the kitchen constantly toasty. The beds were ultra comfy and we slept well which was great as the cottage is in an ideal position for wonderful drives, walks and shopping venues. Brilliant place which we would like to go back to.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Mar 2019

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

    As soon as we walked through the door we felt at home. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Nov 2018

  • "An excellent holiday cottage in a very beautiful and peaceful location, looking out over a river and a small green hill dotted with sheep."

    While not large, the cottage is very comfortable and warm, and extremely well-equipped. A perfect base for walking and motor trips in the southern Yorkshire Dales.

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2018

  • "The cottage was one of the best we had ever stayed at."

    The location was perfect for us. And Malamdale was stunning. Everything was perfect. 10 out of 10.

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Sep 2018

  • "Very peaceful and quiet in a beautiful location."

    Lovely walking country straight from the door. Excellent holiday especially with the perfect weather.

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage is in a delightful setting although quite remote."

    We really enjoyed walking the mile through the private grounds and fields into Malham where there are several places to eat but no shops. Generally you need to go by car for any requirements. There are lovely walks from the door. The cottage is well equipped and furnished. Cooking on an Aga is quite a challenge, but it was 30 degrees outside! Some people would love it. We will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Sylvia4.7Jun 2018

  • "Could have done with lighter duvets but exceptional location and the cottage was short of nothing."

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Jun 2018

  • "Absolutely fanstastic - we’ll equipped, cosy, lots of instructions on how to use things, and in a great location for exploring the dales."

    A lovely property. We didn’t want to leave. Couldn’t fault it and would recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jun 2018

  • "A lovely cottage, down a very narrow road."

    In quite an isolated place. Would not like to drive far in the dark as roads too narrow. More of a walking holiday, which was ideal for us. Lovely and warm though, and a good bed which was very comfortable. We had a lovely time.

    Reviewed by Eric4.4Jun 2018

  • "The cottage is in a perfect location for walking and the surrounding views are amazing, we are already planning our next visit."

    Reviewed by Jill4.7Apr 2018


    Reviewed by Nigel2.8Apr 2018

  • "This is a beautiful cottage in quite a remote location, but there are other properties nearby, so it doesn't feel too isolated."

    There is an excellent pub (The Lister Arms) 20 minutes' walk/ 5 minutes' drive away, plenty of walks from the doorstep and tourist sites to visit within 20-40 minutes' drive away. There are supermarkets in Skipton and Settle and an amazing farm shop (Keelham) near Skipton. I would really recommend this property for a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Mar 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage in excellent location for walking in and around Malham."

    Very well equipped spacious and warm with open fire. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.6Nov 2017

  • "Lovely cottage with fantastic walks."

    A great base for exploring on foot from the doorstep, and a cosy place to come back to at the end of the day.

    Reviewed by Clemency5.0Oct 2017

  • "Loved the cottage and attention to detail."

    Well equipped and nice homely touches - Owner had thoughfully left milk, biscuits and beer. Area was nice with plenty to do. Really enjoyed our first visit to Yorkshire and we will be back !

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Aug 2017

  • "Have more properties with twin beds so we don't have to pay for places that sleep 4 instead of just 2."

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2017

  • "The cottage is just right."

    This was our second stay and we are planning to come again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Iva5.0May 2017

  • "We loved the cottage and the location was perfect."

    So was the weather!

    Reviewed by H5.0Apr 2017

  • "A well presented Cottage in a peaceful and idyllic location."

    Would definitely return in the future.

    Reviewed by Philip4.8Sep 2016

  • "A fantastic cottage, carefully thought about facilities."

    Very clean and tidy. Could find no faults at all. Superb location for lots of different tourist attractions. Within walking distance to The Victoria Pub in Kirkby Malham or 2 other Pubs in Malham.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Sep 2016

  • "We have just returned from a fantastic holiday in Yorkshire."

    Booking through Sykes Cottages was easy and stress free as always, thank you. The cottage at Kirkby Malham was absolutely wonderful, it exceeded our expectations of holiday homes by a mile! The cottage was very comfortable, luxuriously presented and equipped with great care and attention given to the extra details - flowers, beer and milk left to welcome us on our arrival, DVD's , books and games to fill our time (if needed0, maps and information books, very detailed folder of information about the cottage and the locality to help us get our bearings and enjoy our stay. The visitor gets the impression that the owners of the cottage have enjoyed presenting the property and want those staying there to enjoy it. Thank you so much, we will return!

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Aug 2016

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  • Two double bedrooms
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Gas central heating with open fire and underfloor heating in kitchen and shower room
  • Electric AGA, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games, CDs and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Additional fuel for fire on honesty box basis
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • External wood store
  • Patio with furniture
  • Shared gardens with open pond and access to small woodland
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Due to the open pond, please ensure children are supervised
  • Note: This property does not accept Sunday check-ins

The property

An exclusive and imaginative conversion of Scalegill Mill, originally an historic cotton mill dating back to 1792, with even earlier origins; this delightful stone-built, end-terrace cottage is situated on the banks of the River Aire between the Malhamdale villages of Kirkby Malham and Hanlith.

Styled and furnished by the current owners, this Malhamdale cottage provides a first-class holiday retreat alongside the river and the Pennine Way, perfect for small groups of friends and family exploring this beautiful location.

This Malhamdale cottage offers two delightful bedrooms and a first-class shower room with a marble worktop.

There is a lovely kitchen with a dining area featuring cream, hand-painted wall units and contrasting granite worktop surfaces, a Belfast sink and an AGA, as well as beautiful multi-coloured slate flooring.

Relax and unwind after a day exploring the area in the cosy sitting room, with its roaring open fire and French doors leading out into a shared courtyard.

There is a stone-flagged patio set above the river and the waterfall, an ideal spot for sitting out and enjoying the fabulous views, as you bask in the warm summer sunshine.

This Malhamdale cottage is set amongst several acres of communal gardens, why not take a stroll through the formal grounds and around the original Mill pond, before exploring the small woodland.

Possibly one of the prettiest walks in the Yorkshire Dales, a ten minute walk down the river brings you to Malham itself.

This Malhamdale cottage is centrally located in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park, with wonderful walks leading straight from the doorstep.

Venture through Malham Tarn, along the shores of Malham Cove and discover Janet’s Foss, a spectacular waterfall.

This superb Malhamdale cottage, full of character and charm, is the perfect base for a memorable holiday exploring the Yorkshire Dales!

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About the location


Settle 9 miles; Skipton 10 miles.

The picturesque Dales village of Kirkby Malham is situated in beautiful Malhamdale amidst superb open limestone countryside. The village is made up of the Parish Church, a lovely old village pub, a scattering of dwellings and farmsteads. Kirkby Malham is a great starting point for walkers, with a route along the Pennine Way down to the river and a beautiful walk to Malham, its more famous cousin. More energetic walkers should explore Calton over Calton Moor to Weets Top and Gordale, or head eastwards towards Hetton. Nearby, Malham is a magnet for visitors to the Dales who flock to see Malham Cove, one of Britain's most impressive natural features. The Cove consists of a natural cavern or 'amphitheatre' of limestone rock, stretching 75 metres in height and 300 metres around the perimeter. A steep walk up man-made steps is rewarded with a superb view across the moors and limestone pavements to Malham Tarn, the Pennines' highest natural lake. Kirkby Malham is a wonderful central location with Skipton, Settle, Grassington all within easy reach of this Yorkshire Dales village.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas