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The Smithy

(Ref. 974006)

Keld near Muker, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "Loved our stay in this cottage, great if your looking for peace and quiet in a lovely setting."

    Loved the cake !!!

    Reviewed by Dean4.4Oct 2023

  • "It was bright and spacious and had every facility that you could think of."

    Overall it was excellent

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is a terrific property that has been finished by the owner in a comfortable, personable style with many amenities."

    You can feel the generous spirit of the owners in the little things provided and the immaculate condition of the property. We were delighted by our choice and heartily recommend this house for anyone desiring to explore the area. The many great walks that start from your front door will amaze you! National trails and local footpaths are both great.

    Reviewed by Kimberly5.0Aug 2023

  • "We stayed at The Smithy for 4 days and we felt very welcome."

    Stuart introduced himself and said if there was any problems he was only next door.The cottage was clean and well presented.We would highly recommend this cottage for it's location and peaceful surroundings.

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a peaceful location with walks from the doorstep."

    The Smithy is very well equiped,nicely decorated and very cosy, and has great views of the surrounding countryside. Doris made us feel very welcome and her lemon drizzle cake was amazing.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0May 2023

  • "The Smithy is the best cottage we have stayed in."

    It is well located for walks in the Dales and driving distance to many other lovely attractions and villages. It is two storeys high and the upper storey has beautiful rural views from a comfortable living room. The bed was very comfortable. Hot water was well supplied and could be boosted by the coal/wood burner. The whole cottage is beautifully renovated, warm and cosy and spotlessly clean. It has excellent cooking utensils. The friendly owners live a few yards away and gave us full privacy. We rate it with the highest stars possible.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0May 2023

  • "We have stayed there twice and plan on returning next year so that tells you how much we like The Smithy."

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with all the home comforts you need."

    Surrounding area has fabulous walks and waterfalls.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful, character cottage in Swaledale."

    Well equipped kitchen. Multifuel burner on ground floor made for a cosy feel. Availability of open fire in the first floor lounge would have encouraged us to use the more comfortable seating there. Views were limited. Parking in courtyard for one car only. Very tight for any vehicle over mid size. Good position for walks from the cottage. Very friendly host.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Nov 2022

  • "A lovely little cottage in a beautiful location."

    Keld is so quiet and peaceful. It is also an excellent starting point for exploring the Dales. When we are back in this area we will certainly stay here again. Oh and Doris, the lemon drizzle cake was delicious! Thank you.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage , lovely owner , everything anyone could need was there!"

    Ideal for walkers.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Oct 2022

  • "This is by far the best cottage we stayed in."

    Two weeks of happyness. We cannot wait to come back.

    Reviewed by Bert5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a fabulous time in The Smithy in Keld and would 100% recommend."

    We wanted a cottage that was secluded, quiet, well-equipped and comfortable and The Smithy ticked all of our boxes and then some. We had a variety of walks from the front door; Lapwing, Oystercatchers and House Martins viewed from the upper floor and let’s not forget the sheep outside the bottom floor windows! Doris - the owner - was lovely. She introduced herself on our first evening and presented us with a homemade lemon drizzle cake. We’ll certainly be returning, if only for the cake!

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay in the beautiful cottage ."

    . everything was perfect for us . We enjoyed all the seasons in one week while we were there making it a truly wonderful experience. The hosts were very welcoming but not obtrusive at any point . We will be back again for sure .

    Reviewed by Doreen5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely property, thanks."

    Really enjoyed the fireplace and big table. Second lounge is a bonus too! Shame the pub was closed until march but that's not your fault

    Reviewed by Oliver5.0Dec 2021

  • "Storm Arwen resulted in there being no power at the property from Friday night."

    Mercifully, the cottage had a multi-fuel stove which provided hot water and heated one of the radiators. The owners provided plenty of candles, kindling .coal and logs. So we enjoyed our stay but obviously we could not use the electric cooker, kettle, toaster, dishwasher etc. but appreciate this was no one's fault and was an unprecedented situation.

    Reviewed by Dorothy4.4Nov 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our week at The Smithy in the lovely village of Keld."

    It provided everything you needed in a holiday cottage, clean, comfortable and well equipped. There are also a lot of homely touches that add to the property. The owners are very helpful and hospitable. The local area provided some wonderful walking. We would happily return to this property.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2021

  • "Keld is a wonderful location and the Smithy made it even nicer."

    The Smithy is well equipped and very clean. Stuart and Doris are wonderful hosts. Very friendly and conscientious. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. We will be back to stay at the Smithy.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jul 2021

  • "The property and location were exceptional."

    The Smithy was immaculate in presentation with all the comforts of home. Many thanks to the owners who live next door, Stuart and Doris who were good hosts who frequently interacted and made a point of saying hello. A really lovely experience for my family and I.

    Reviewed by Matt5.0Jul 2021

  • "Very central location for Upper Swaledale."

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Jun 2021

  • "Keld is a small isolated village and really best suited walkers"

    Reviewed by Neville5.0May 2021

  • "The Smithy is a lovely house, spacious, warm, spotlessly clean and well equipped."

    The multi fuel burner is very efficient. Parking is great, just outside the front door. The owners Stuart and Doris were very friendly and helpful. The home made lemon drizzle cake was delicious. We intend to return.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0May 2021

  • "As it was a cool April , 2 of the storage heaters are not up to modern spec and gave very little heat ,and the downstairs is cold when the wood burner is not flashed up There were not enough glasses ."

    There was plenty champagne , wine and beer glasses but no tumblers ,which I found rather odd . Must be a COVID thing I was reassured by the owner that the heaters are going to be updated .

    Reviewed by Steve4.1Apr 2021

  • "Wonderful cottage with very friendly, helpful owners."

    Everything thought of to make it a wonderful stay. Exceptionally clean and comfortable with beautiful views, and in our favourite location. We loved the sheep and lambs coming right up to the cottage window - and Doris' heavenly lemon drizzle cake ! Thank you - highly recommend! Rachael and Steve :)

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Apr 2021

  • "What a lovely cottage."

    The location was absolutely beautiful, with fantastic walks from the door. The cottage was wonderful. Warm, clean, cosy, with beautiful views. Everything provided that we needed. Lovely, friendly owners. Will definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Erica5.0Apr 2021

  • "The Smithy is a well maintained and clean property."

    The cottage has all the facilities you will need and is nicely located for walks in the area.

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Oct 2020

  • "The Smithy is a brilliant place to stay very clean and has everything you'll ever need very spacious and warm."

    . This place is a credit to the owners Stuart and Doris and Doris's lemon drizzle cake is absolutely beautiful. There are plenty of walks and waterfalls in the area its lovely..

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Oct 2020

  • "The Smithy is a lovely cottage."

    It has everything you could possibly want in a cottage. We had a really lovely, relaxing holiday. Hope to visit again.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Oct 2020

  • "Very spacious,well presented property in a lovely,peaceful setting."

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely house, loads of room."

    Close to lots of waterfalls and walking routes. No local shop so come prepared or you need to drive elsewhere. Very friendly host.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage in the heart of keld."

    Very warm and cosy with log fire. Had heaps of snow so very picturesque. Cottage well equipped. If you want to experience the dales this is the area that signifies yorkshire countryside. We have stayed before, need to stay in summer now. Regards to Stuart and Doris

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Feb 2020

  • "Excellent cottage with everything we needed for a lovely stay."

    The owners were extremely helpful and did everything they could to make us feel welcome. Beautiful countryside, great pub in Muker, very enjoyable pre-Christmas break. Would highly recommend The Smithy.

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Dec 2019

  • "Stuart and Doris are absolutely fantastic, the cottage is perfect, we have booked to go back in Jan."

    Highly recommend The Smithy.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Nov 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage, would 100% recommend both the cottage and Sykes."

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Sep 2019

  • "We had a lovely week in this roomy but cosy cottage."

    The views are wonderful and the lovely owners so hospitable and helpful. We have used Sykes cottages many time for booking our holidays and always had a great experience!

    Reviewed by Anna4.7Sep 2019

  • "We all had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday at the Smithy and the sheep coming up ..."

    We all had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday at the Smithy and the sheep coming up to look in the window was comical a most relaxing week thanks

    Reviewed by T5.0Sep 2019

  • "The owners live close by and were friendly and helpful but not intrusive."

    Very peaceful location and it felt like home away from home. Beautiful area (Keld), would highly recommend. Only negative is there was no garden.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0May 2019

  • "The Smithy was a great place to stay!"

    Lots of space, beautifully and really thoughtfully furnished (comfy beds, big bin, extremely well equipped kitchen, lots of maps and guide books...). Stuart and Doris were friendly and helpful, and the walks from the door were many and varied with spectacular scenery.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Apr 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Smithy and would recommend it to anyone and hopefully make a return visit ourselves sometime soon."

    A cloakroom would have been preferable to the ground floor shower cubicle. Tell Stuart I wasn’t impressed with the deluxe edition of Scrabble as Rosie gave me a right trashing,beating me by 143 points!! Wonderful trip otherwise!

    Reviewed by Colin4.4Mar 2019

  • "The Smithy in Keld was a perfect place to spend a month on our trip home to England from Canada."

    The cottage was perfect in everyway, great practical layout, very clean, and comfortably furnished. The water is hot and plentiful and the large shower on the main floor was nice for our mum, who celebrated her 90th birthday here. Our hosts Stuart and Doris were fantastic, warm, friendly and helpful. We will definately return again on our next trip back to England and recommend to anyone looking for a convenient cozy cottage for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Mar 2019

  • "Lovely homely clean cottage in a beautiful location."


    Reviewed by Keri4.4Oct 2018

  • "Keld is an very remote location but de cottage was very comfortable and cosy."

    Everything we needed was present and even more than that. Ideal place for people who want to go walking (for many miles !) in an breathtaking landscape.

    Reviewed by Hendrik5.0Aug 2018

  • "Many lovely walks straight from the front door, magnificent setting, very cosy cottage, a perfect holiday."

    Reviewed by Angela4.7Jun 2018

  • "Keld is a superb choice for those who want peace and quiet combined with the opportunity to do some serious walking."

    Just what we were looking for! Its remoteness may make it less attractive as a base to tour the Dales.

    Reviewed by Shirley3.8Apr 2018

  • "It was a wonderful cottage: spacious, warm, comfortable and quiet."

    We needed a quiet place to relax in, and this was perfect.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Mar 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x ground floor zip link super king (which can also be made up as as twin) with en-suite shower only
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with comfortable seating and woodburning stove
  • First floor sitting room.
  • Electric storage heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 10 minute walk, shop 3 miles.

The property

Muker 3 miles.

A wonderful stone cottage benefiting from a stunning rural location, three miles from the village of Muker in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Providing homely accommodation for four, The Smithy is a fine choice to base a getaway enjoying the incredible features of the Yorkshire Dales.

Be instantly charmed upon arrival; a spacious and well-equipped kitchen/diner boasts rustic stone floors, a stunning woodburning stove and a typical country-cottage layout, offering a selection of spots to dine with your loved ones with soothing countryside views to accompany you.

The ground floor also houses a delightful twin bedroom, which benefits from its own classy en-suite shower.

A fresh wooden staircase takes you to the first floor, where you will find an exquisite, period bathroom featuring a freestanding bath and stunning tiling.

This floor uniquely hosts a sitting room, elevated by triple aspect windows.

This bright and airy spot provides a wonderful location to socialise with your loved ones after a day of thrilling activities.

The accommodation concludes in style with an elegant king-size bedroom.

A friendly village pub is within walking distance, a cosy spot to unwind with a deserved drink at the end of the day.

Nearby Muker provides a popular pub as well as a convenience store for your daily essentials.

The Smithy comes surrounded by fabulous destinations and attractions to make your stay one to remember; fascinating towns nearby include Richmond and Kirkby Stephen.

Make the most of the encompassing countryside, ideal for ramblers, cyclists and wildlife spotters.

Enjoy The Smithy for a much-needed break at any time of year.

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About the location


Thwaite 1 mile; Reeth 8.9 miles; Richmond 25.5 miles

Muker is a village and civil parish at the western end of Swaledale, one of the Yorkshire Dales, in North Yorkshire, England. It is situated within the district of Richmondshire. From the late 19th century, Muker witnessed an increasing number of visitors and holiday makers, and today the village boasts many walking opportunities, with a selection of public footpaths in Upper Swaledale. Muker also hosts a village shop, a pub - The Farmers Arms, as well as an art gallery, craft shop and a café within the old school building. Originally the Vicarage, the Muker village tea shop was built in 1680 and retains much of its 'Olde worlde charm' today. A Park Information Point for the Yorkshire Dales National Park can be found at the Muker Village shop. The village has one church; the Parish Church of Saint Mary, a Grade II* listed building. The River Swale runs parallel to the village, with Kisden Hill offering a charming backdrop.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas