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Town Head Farm

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Malham, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay at the Farmhouse."

    Plenty of space for a group of friends and the beds and bathrooms were all lovely and clean. Very quiet location yet an easy walk to Malham Cove and into the village. It was very comfortable. Thankyou to the owner who allowed us a later checkout as we were doing a marathon walk for Macmillan.

    Reviewed by Catrina5.0Jun 2023

  • "A fabulous location with stunning views from the property and walking distance into the village centre."

    The property was spacious, clean and welcoming with lots of character. It was easy to relax. The beds were comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped. There was adequate parking for us all.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Jun 2023

  • "Quite outstanding."

    Spacious, comfortable and beautifully located at the heart of the best limestone landscape in the country. Three good places to eat within a few minutes walk.

    Reviewed by Doug5.0Apr 2023

  • "Wonderful! Beautiful cottage in the heart of amalgam."

    Well equipped, clean and very comfortable. Perfect for our family celebration. The owner has left wine and snacks as a welcome plus tea, coffee, sugar and milk. So thoughtful- thank you! We will 100% recommend this cottage and hopefully stay again.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Nov 2022

  • "Excellent location within easy reach of sites and pubs."

    Ample off road parking which is at a premium in Malham. Happy with the cottage on the whole which was well equipped. However, we couldn't find the BBQ which was listed which was a nuisance as we had taken food for that. Also, frying pan needs to be replaced as not non-stick. Would agree with previous occupants, 9am check out is a bit too early, 10am would be acceptable. Otherwise, very happy with the cottage.

    Reviewed by Sylvia3.8Sep 2022

  • "Overall everything was exactly as we expect."

    The location is great for walking, confortable place to stay for a family size booking. It was perfect for our trip. We only have two complaints really and that is firstly the check out time, which we were aware of before hand, but was still not very convenient, especially at such a high cost for two nights. It means you can't set yourself up for the day (with their being 7 of us) with breakfast and shower and packing before leaving without getting up at the crack of dawn. Considering the late check in time, you would think 11 or even 10am wouldn't be that big of a stretch and would give guests a better experience. Secondly and finally, the plug socket in the living room near the TV is in a dangerous condition and I would suggest it needs urgent attention. The plug socket crackles when turned on and doesn't maintain consistent connection. It's potentially both a fire and shock hazard.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Jul 2022

  • "Key broke in the lock on leaving."

    Owner superb when contacted and sorted it out...second key would have been useful as there were 4 of us and we were not all out together...on the lightest of notes.....need a new can opener!!

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Mar 2022

  • "This house gets a 5 star rating on all fronts from us - but anyone expecting 5* hotel standards should think again."

    This is a BRILLIANT base for walking the Dales - convenient, everything works, it's warm, it enables sociabiity for a larger group, vey workable kitchen. Yes it could do with a make-over in terms of decor and furniture, but for goodness sake... and yes, the controls for the heating are a bit fiddly, but again... for goodness sake!! My one moan is with the Sykes system not the cottage. I don't think it reasonable to have a party of 5 out by 9.00am. It puts a damper on the night before and effectively reduces a 'three night' stay to a tight two day stay. Departure time of 10.00 wd be reasonable. That said the lady in charge was kind enough to text me earlier than the in-time to let me know it was all ready. Another star for that!!!!

    Reviewed by Jullian William5.0Nov 2021

  • "Great location and a lovely house and garden."

    Great to have WiFi this year!

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was in a great location."

    It was cosy, comfortable and plenty of space. The only improvement I would suggest is for the fridge space to be larger.

    Reviewed by Brenda3.8Jul 2021

  • "The cottage could do with a lick of paint and a deep clean"

    Reviewed by Carole2.5Jul 2021

  • "The house was lovely, perfectly situated in Malham with gorgeous walks straight from the front door."

    Well equipped and comfortable and with excellent wifi and mobile signal too. We enjoyed eating in the garden at the picnic tables with incredible views over the Dales. The kitchen was a little limited for a party of 6 who loved cooking (could do with larger fridge space and more casserole dishes/large saucepans etc) but we managed perfectly well. A special thank you to Pam, who was so helpful when our car broke down and we needed to leave bags in storage at the property for an extra day. We would heartily recommend Town Head Farm and hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by Maria4.7Jul 2021

  • "Lovely quirky farmhouse."

    Great original features. Fantastic location. Loved the wildlife - particularly seeing rabbits again- one making itself at home in the garden. Would return.

    Reviewed by Shirley4.7Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was tired and run down - tv didn’t work properly, no controller for the DVD player."

    .. it was quite dirty and just generally unloved. This wasn’t cheap either... When we arrived we were greeted by a bottle of wine which was nice but all that was undone by the fact the heating nor water hadn’t been put on and with elderly folk we had to put it on and leave for the pub returning an hour later. The house was Damp - the radiator in the kitchen didn’t work - the furniture smelt of damp too To the people that own the cottage - if you can’t be bothered please don’t take peoples money as it is unfair ? Malham is beautiful and this is perfectly located to get out and about. - not for young kids as there is nothing to do without a properly working tv or working DVD and no phone signal or internet - there is no WiFi at all - if you go, take lots of toys and puzzles but I would seriously think about going unless you are just using it as a hub for walking - if you are the hostels would be far cheaper and offer more I’ve used Sykes for years but I’m really disappointed- I never leave reviews but I feel I should here to warn other away

    Reviewed by Gary1.6Oct 2020

  • "Excellent position for walking and strolling to the pubs which served lovely food and friendly staff."

    Would definitely recommend and will be returning again.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Oct 2020

  • "Couldn't ask for a more perfect location!"

    Beautiful cosy cottage and a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by Abigail5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great location for walking."

    Just a few minutes walk to 3 good pubs/restaurants serving great food. Footpath to Malham Cove just across the road. The only problem we found is there is no phone signal or internet in the cottage. Also no hairdryer.

    Reviewed by Janette4.7Sep 2020

  • "In general the house was OK but there were problems and I certainly would have been unhappy if the weather was inclement as the place clearly has a damp problem."

    The over was not very clean, many of the pots and pans, crockery and glasses had to be washed before use as they were not very clean. It was not as child friendly as we hoped, the stairgate was not secure and the children quickly worked out you only had to flip the latch to escape. The garden was great for the children but the gate was broken and we had to barricade it to avoid escape I also had to cut back lots of stinging nettles so the children did not hurt themselves as they played. Dinning room chairs had some tacks sticking out of the side of the seats which caught on clothes and little ones. The downstairs shower room had a terrible condensation problem, even letting the extractor run on did not clear it. The shower door did not fit properly and left puddles on the floor. I would not recommend this particular property, a disappointment as Sykes have not disappointed before. We did have a good stay but the weather was brilliant so did not spend a great deal of time indoors.

    Reviewed by Christine2.5Aug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, perfect location."

    Great for walking straight from the house, and an ideal location for exploring further afield.

    Reviewed by Miriam5.0Jul 2020

  • "Absolutely fantastic cottage, no WI-FI so brilliant for relaxing and talking."

    This place is an ample size for 8 people, would of liked more bathrooms and wood burners but this does not spoil the experience. The cottage is located at the beginning of the walk way to Malham cove and would be ideal for walkers. I loved this place and did not want to leave.I will be returning hopefully soon.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Nov 2019

  • "Hi we all thoroughly enjoyed our week here."

    Although the beds are needing the mattresses changing as they were a bit uncomfortable, hard and we could feel the springs. It's a quaint cottage placed in an ideal position to do all the local walks to Mallham Cove, Mallham Tarn and the two waterfalls, We were very lucky with the weather as it was sunny and warm all week. The two pubs served very nice food and drinks. We only had to use the car once to go to Settle to go to the supermarket for food. We will definately come back in the future.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Sep 2019

  • "We had a most enjoyable stay, it is a perfect base for a holiday in Malhamdale, actually in the village but easy access to all surrounding areas."

    Only drawback the phone network is not good so maybe Wi-fi could be considered.

    Reviewed by Margaret4.4Jul 2019

  • "Absolutely gorgeous cottage would definitely stay again."

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0May 2019

  • "Third visit to this property as a group of 8."

    Well appointed and clean. Brilliant for 8 people, plenty of space. Good pubs close by as well as plenty to do and see if you like the outdoors. We will keep going back many times. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2019

  • "Great house - very clean, very spacious, perfect for families with young children, the built in baby gate at the top of the stairs was an excellent touch, meant the two children could be let loose upstairs!"

    All equipment you would expect and more, comfy sofas, great views from the living room, lovely spacious dining room. Great location, minutes away from an excellent family friendly pub serving lovely food. Lots of exploring and walks straight from the front door!

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Mar 2019

  • "Perfect weather helped."

    Cottage in a fabulous location close to pubs. Facilities perfectly adequate for 8 people.

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.7Feb 2019

  • "Excellent venue for walking in the area and for large get togethers."

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Oct 2018

  • "A beautiful house with plenty of character."

    Perfectly situated within easy strolling distance for both Malham Cove in one direction and the village hostelries in the other. A tawny owl roosting in the large horse chestnut tree next door. Inside, comfortable sofas, quirky floor levels and a nice selection of antique furniture. We would certainly book again if up that way.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2018

  • "The cottage was very old and quirky with leaning floors which made the holiday special."

    The garden is in need of some work.

    Reviewed by David4.7May 2018

  • "I've got to say a lovely, lovely cottage."

    Very spacious and a great base for Malham and surrounding areas. I'd use again. Additionally the holiday was a real treat. It's a small thing ( and only a small thing as made aware from owner) however there was no gas central heating available for the weekend we arrived and the upstairs rooms were pretty unusable as so cold. Trust me I'm from Scotland - I know cold!!!! So until gas man arrived on Sunday we had no real heating in a big cold property. As I say Pamela ( owner) made us aware of it in advance by writing a note to explain and completely outwith her control which I appreciate. I totally understood but not really my concern for a property rental advertising GCH. That said was great after that concern. Probably only thing missing is Sky TV and internet but I like my electronics and appreciate dales is a little traditional which is equally important/ nice

    Reviewed by C3.8Apr 2018

  • "Lovely break for a surprise 65th birthday for my husband."

    Worked out very very and what a surprise for him. Thank you to Pam for the bottle of red wine and easter egg hunt basket, very thoughtful. We were there over the Easter holiday, weather could have been better but didnt keep us in. Also would like to thank Colin the shepherd for his information about the area and the farm and for showing us the new lambs. Grandchildren really loved it too and we will be back, hopefully next week but this time it will be for a week

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Mar 2018

  • "We had a lovely stay with our family."

    A really spacious comfortable property and such a beautiful location. Lots of great walks and plenty of wildlife. Enjoyed a meal at the Lister Arms. Minor thing. Would benefit from more wine glasses and tumblers in the property and also had to take our own tea towels.

    Reviewed by Karen4.6Dec 2017

  • "Lovely property."

    Will be recommending it to friends and family

    Reviewed by Camille5.0Jan 2017

  • "Spent a weekend here as a group of 8."

    It was perfect. Great location. Parked the car when we got here and didn't have to use it again. Well equipped cottage. Had everything we needed. Lots of space. A great bonus was having no wifi and patchy phone signal as it meant we weren't all on our devices all weekend. Ate at The Buck Inn one night which was good and a 5 min walk away. Walked up Malham Tarn and Cove which was great. Having the cottage right at the end of the walk was even better. Would def recommend.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Nov 2016

  • "A lovely cosy cottage that met the needs of 6 adults well."

    The fact that there were two double and two twin bedrooms was a real draw as there were two couples and two single people in the party. The kitchen was well equipped, the bathrooms were fine and the living accommodation was lovely. The location was excellent with three lovely pubs and a couple of shops to potter about in, the walking in the immediate vicinity was great.

    Reviewed by Lee4.6Oct 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 2 x double, 2 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Spacious sitting room with electric woodburner-effect stove.
  • LPG central heating with electric stove in sitting room
  • Electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, DVD, CD, books/DVDs
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Stairgate
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Gardens with furniture and BBQ
  • Outside storeroom for bikes/hiking equipment etc
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 5 mins walk.

The property

A fabulous detached Grade II listed farmhouse on the outskirts of Malham, just a few minutes' walk from the famous Malham Cove.

Beautifully restored, this impressive Malham cottage combines original features with modern comforts to offer first-class accommodation in a stunning location, in the very heart of the Dales National Park.

A particularly fine Malham cottage, Town Head Farm offers a spacious sitting room with feature windows, a dining room, modern kitchen, lovely bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The garden at this Malham cottage is ideal for dining alfresco and taking in the views.

Perfect for family groups, the accommodation at this Malham cottage is ideally placed to enjoy the many attractions of the Yorkshire Dales at their finest, including two excellent pubs serving fine traditional beers and good food within walking distance.

The area offers an abundance of walking trails, Malham Tarn, The Cove and Janet's Foss - a spectacular waterfall.

A superb Malham cottage base, full of character, charm and those extra touches that make a memorable holiday.

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About the location


Settle 7 miles; Skipton 12 miles.

Situated at the head of Malhamdale amidst superb open limestone countryside, the picturesque village of Malham is a magnet for visitors to the Dales who come to see one of Britain's most impressive natural features - Malham Cove. 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 moors and limestone pavements to Malham Tarn - the Pennines' highest natural lake. The village itself has pubs and tea rooms and a National Park Centre. Mountain bike hire can be arranged locally. There is excellent walking in all directions, making Malham a great base for a Dales holiday.

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