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Monkey Puzzle Cottage

(Ref. 1109760)

Sedbergh, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "Delightful cottage - we loved the spacious open plan upstairs kitchen dining living area."

    Lovely sunny seating area & garden. We definitely hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0May 2024

  • "Property not cleaned to Sykes usuall standards."

    Toaster tray was full off crumbs from many holidays before. Toilet seat was filthy at the back where the seat and lid join . However, this was nothing when we were text to say while we were present, on holiday, there was a surveyor coming round to value the property whilst we had all our valuables in the cottage. Have used Sykes holidays afew times will think twice now.

    Reviewed by Mark1.9May 2024

  • "Thanks for a lovely relaxing sanctuary from the weather!"

    We enjoyed a trip to Kendal-great charity shops & amazing wholesome veggie food at Baba Ganouch. Also managed to get up the fells for a big stomp over to Cautley Spout. The path is so steep! Hope to come back to stay again sometime. Johni and Miles (Devon).

    Johni And MilesJan 2024

  • "We have had a very relaxing stay in this gorgeous cottage."

    We were delighted with the lovely Christmas tree and other decoratios - add a suitable festive touch to the cottage. The cottage is very comfortable and well equipped - we didn't want to leave. The weather hasn't been great, but we managed walks by the river/golf coure and exploring the grounds of Sedbergh school. Can recommend Smootts Duo for friendly service and very reasonably priced, tasty food. Also had a good meal at the Dalesman and drinks at the Black Bull. Thank you for an excellent stay!

    Margriet, Dvid, Amalia And Fenke (Liverpool)Jan 2024

  • "Beautiful cottage!"

    Its been ages since me, mum, dad and my big brother have been able to spend some quality time together and this was the perfect setting! It will stay in my memory always! We were not expecting so many thoughtful festive touches and were absolutely thrilled with the Christmas tree We also had a lovely chat with the charming homeowner who was stopping by to leave some Proscecco! Couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome; we were truely taken care of! Also, what a gorgeous area! I battled some we and windy runs through the village and spend an embarassing amount of money at the bookshop - extensive punk history collection! I learnt to speak sheep language and had some interesting conversation with loval livestock. Thank you for a lovely festive stay!

    Dec 2023

  • "Outstanding!"

    Perfect location for western Yorkshire Dale's & Lake District, property is finished to a very high standard. Huge fridge freezer & fantastic bike shed! Very nice touches. Excellent literature in cottage for local walks & activities. Building work next door was no problem at all, in fact I got the opportunity to look round the development and drool over the excellent workmanship!! Will definitely book this cottage again. 10 out of 10

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Sep 2023

  • "Very comfortable and cosy, Easy access to Sedburgh and surrounding areas."

    Would highly recommend this cottage .

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Very comfortable and furnished to a very high standard. Convenient location to visit lots of sights. Locality of the Spar and the Town was great. The info sheets on local walks were really useful.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0May 2023

  • "A quality conversion with high ceilings and beams makes this cottage very appealing inside and out."

    Spacious open plan living and dining upstairs with views over the fells. A well appointed kitchen with some essential cooking provisions, utensils and equipment to prepare meals. Downstairs has a bathroom and 3 bedrooms with plenty of storage, the rear bedroom opens into a high walled courtyard patio with seating for 2. Out the front is a small garden with picnic table and parking for 2 cars and large shed for bike storage. There is direct Access to walking footpaths from from the property and a footpath along the road into town, which is about a 10 -15 min walk. There are pubs, butchers, cafes and grocers with a small Spar supermarket, I would suggest shopping before you come as the selection is limited and expensive. Things to note, the TV is not connected by an aerial, it is all app based so you will need to log in to each service. The USB slots are not accessible so you cannot connect your fire stick or similar device. There is a hairdryer which was not noted in the listing. The listing mentioned scaffolding on the neighbouring property; it is worth noting, as you look at the picture of the cottage the scaffolding covers the left side of the cottage from the front door. Obscuring views from the kitchen, downstairs bedroom and the upstairs cloakroom window. one day we went back to spend the afternoon at the cottage and were met with booming music; machinery noise and dust so we went back out. We may have been unlucky on that occasion but be aware there is building work next door. Im sure once it has completed the listing will be updated.

    Reviewed by James4.4May 2023

  • "Beautifully decorated and well stocked cottage."

    We really enjoyed our time at monkey puzzle cottage which is in a great location for visiting both the Yorkshire dales and the Lake District. Recommended.

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Apr 2023

  • "We loved this holiday house!"

    Beautiful cottage with everything we needed, thank you. Enjoyed lots of trips out to National Trust (Hill Top Sizergh) and English Heritage (Bobbin Mill) plus some long walks on the WinderFell, Whitbarrow and Skiddaw. Had some nice food at the Haddock Paddack and the The Snooty Fox in Kirkby Lonsdale. Thanks Kerry, Dan, Lyla and Milo.

    The BannersApr 2023

  • "We has a great week, the cottage is well equipped with everything we needed."

    We would recomment The Chip Shop and Red Lion good meals at both. Lots of lovely walks following the Dales Way.

    The Elliot FamilyApr 2023

  • "Cottage was fantastic."

    Fully equipped, very clean, warm and comfortable. Nice walk into the village for all amenities. Excellent pubs and cafes for food but also enjoyed cooking several times in the cottage kitchen. Only minor was not being able to get normal TV - still no idea how that works! Will definitely book again and highly recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0Mar 2023

  • "Fabulous cottage, so well equipped a real home from home."

    Easy walk into village. Fantastic food at the Dalesman, lovely breakfast at the Smatis Duo and excellent lunch at the Black Bill. - great weekend with family. Will come again!

    Geanorr, Brian, Simon And HannahMar 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay at this first class cottage."

    We liked the quality of the cottage and appreciated the christmas decorations. The Black Bull and The Dalesman are worth a visit.

    John, Yumi, Tom And KimikoJan 2023

  • "We have had a lovely relaxing time, staying in this wonderful cottage."

    I'm sure we will return. Can recommend The Dalesman for great food and excellent service.

    Karen And John NoltinghamDec 2022

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay - it was super to see you in your beautiful part of the world."

    Looking forward to come back :) .

    Mel And David WellingtonDec 2022

  • "Thank you, we had a lovely peaceful stay in this beautiful cottage, had everything we needed for a weekend away and much needed catch up with friends!"

    Louise, Louisa, Sarah And TashNov 2022

  • "Thank you for a very comfortable stay in your beautiful cottage."

    Alot of thought has gone into making your guest feel thought of - Thank you!

    The Quinn FamilyOct 2022

  • "“We stayed at Monkey Puzzle Cottage for a week in September."

    The overall impression was of a very well designed conversion and high-end finishing and fittings throughout. The first floor is open plan with a high vaulted ceiling , generous well-equipped kitchen with ample ingredients for cooking and wide views south across sheep fields to Fells. The double aspect lounge with the extra view up Winder Fell has plenty of space for family relaxing, and the dining area with a large table, plenty of room for 6, across service tops from the kitchen. Makes lunch or dinner a pleasure as well as a convenience for the cook and the hungry ramblers. The bedrooms and bathroom on the ground floor are all well equipped and good sizes. They open onto the hall which leads to the front door and garden. While there we could see how easy it was to drive to surrounding areas, Kendal and Windermere one way, a bit further south to Morecambe Bay, or into the stunning Yorkshire Dales - Garsdale, Dent and Howgill Fells. Kirkby Lonsdale a busy market town well worth a visit and great choice of cafes for lunch. Our week went by much too quickly, our hosts Charlotte and Iain so helpful with their delightful cottage, and we shall certainly go back again.

    Liz And GeoffSep 2022

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  • Three ground-floor bedrooms: 1 x king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x king-size, 1 x single
  • Ground-floor bathroom with free-standing bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail, and WC
  • First-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher.
  • Central heating
  • Log burner
  • Smart TV, WiFi, piano
  • Fuel, power included in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed front garden with lawn, patio, furniture, and secure bike storage for six bikes, enclosed rear courtyard with furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.6 miles, River Rawthey 0.8 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am

The property

Resting on the outskirts of Sedbergh, a market town in Cumbria is Monkey Puzzle Cottage, a pretty dwelling, welcoming five guests.

Enjoying a countryside setting, nestled within the Yorkshire Dales National Park & with easy access to the Lake District National Park.

Offering both contemporary and charming features throughout, this reverse-level property is the ideal base for a family or group of friends, looking for tranquillity.

Enter the stone-fronted dwelling and climb the stairs up to the social hub of Monkey Puzzle Cottage, where you can prepare meals in the well-equipped kitchen, dine around the dining table, whilst enveloped by beamed ceilings and a delightful piano.

If you'd prefer to dine or unwind outside, choose from the enclosed front garden, dotted with blooms, planters and a striking Monkey Puzzle Tree, and the rear courtyard, designed for alfresco affairs.

Return indoors to locate the ground-floor bathroom, where you can refresh ahead of an evening out, or for simply completing your nightly routine.

You'll also find the three inviting bedrooms on the ground-floor, including a king-size (zip/link, king size bed or 2 small singles ), a king-size, and a single, offering flexibility for your group.

Once you're ready to explore your surroundings, head into the town to stock up on the essentials and for a bite to eat before joining the footpath alongside the cottage to walk or cycle in the Howgill Fells, shortly reaching Howgill ice cream farm for a delicious treat.

Farfield Mill is a recommended stop off, an old wool mill with both traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, preserving the textile heritage of the local area.

Travelling towards Kendal, enjoy a tour of the local museum or castle, ahead of discovering Miller Bridge, whilst Lake Windermere and its plethora of attractions are a little further afield.

Taking advantage of your position within the National Park, fill your itinerary with nature-filled hot spots, including Ingleborough Cave and White Scar Cave, both offering guided underground tours, or perhaps follow your own path towards Whernside and its summit, overlooking the county.

The Lake District National Park is only a short drive away, worth packing your walking boots for.

Both Dent and Kirkby Lonsdale are charming areas to pass through, steep in history and culture, dotted with museums, galleries, and picturesque walking trails.

Enjoy all of this, and more, at Monkey Puzzle Cottage.

Note. The property next door is being renovated, the external work is complete, scaffold has been removed the remaining work is internal, the workmen are considerate of holidaymakers and do not work in the evening or at the weekend.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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About the location


Kendal 11.5 miles; Kirkby Lonsdale 11.8 miles, Hawes 15.8 miles.

The attractive old market town of Sedbergh (pronounced Sed-Ber), with its old-world atmosphere, is not only set in the magnificent western dales of the Yorkshire Dales National Park but is also close to the rugged eastern fells of the Lake District. The town, with its narrow streets, little shops, traditional pubs, famous school dating back to 1525 and its 12th century church, has been a thriving community for hundreds of years, with a market dating from the 13th Century. Leading from Sedbergh is Dentdale, the jewel of the Yorkshire Dales with its rolling hills and dry-stone walls, stretching 14 miles from the windswept moors below Whernside to the confluence of the Rivers Dee and Rawthey. At the centre of the dale is Dent, with its cobbled streets, which has existed since Norman times and nearby Dent railway station is on the renowned Settle-Carlisle railway line. There are three golf courses nearby, as well as tennis, riding, and fishing, and the area is a paradise for walkers, ramblers, runners, and cyclists. This, together with the tranquillity of the surrounding valleys, the two National Parks and it being England's book town, makes an ideal year-round holiday destination.

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Note. The property next door is being renovated, the external work is complete, scaffold has been removed the remaining work is internal, the workmen are considerate of holidaymakers and do not work in the evening or at the weekend.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas