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Wayside Cottage

(Ref. 1076292)

Starbotton, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "Wayside cottage is the best property we have stayed in and we have been to an awful lot, the standard of the cottage and everything in it was first class, beautiful fixture and fittings cannot find any faults with the cottage."

    We will most certainly be visiting again.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Mar 2024

  • "Stunning property, every luxury detail for such a comfortable and cosy stay."

    Facilities are excellent, location gorgeous. 3rd time staying here and we love it. Cannot wait to come and stay again. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Feb 2024

  • "Another wonderful stay at this amazing cottage."

    So clean and cozy and cannot fault it one bit. Arrived to find plenty of fire wood for the log burner and the under floor heating already on. Yet another warm welcome from the pub across the road (Fox and Hounds). Will be booking again for next year.

    Reviewed by William5.0Dec 2023

  • "This is a lovely cottage, obviously renovated and equipped to a high standard but unfortunately it requires some maintenance."

    When we arrived and for about 24 hours afterwards, there was a strong smell of heating oil in the first bedroom, we also found mould on the bedroom wall and around the window too. In the bathroom there had obviously once been an extractor fan as the hole was covered over, but this had caused significant mould in the shower tray and on the shower head, which my husband had to clean before use. The shower door wasn’t attached at the bottom and was only sliding on the top runners, so banged together as you moved it. There also seems to be quite an alarming leak with peeled paint on the kitchen ceiling which looks to be coming from the same bathroom. We also found only one battery in the TV remote, a flickering lightbulb in the sitting room and rather more cobwebs that we would have expected. We found it quite difficult walking round from the parking area to the door of the cottage, as it was a blind bend where traffic seemed to come around rather quickly. If possible the cottage would benefit from a gate through from the side of the patio doors to the parking. Although not specifically cottage related, we also found out the day before arriving that the Fox and Hounds was closed for a pre Christmas break. This was disappointing as been close to the pub was one of the reasons we booked Wayside Cottage, we also tried Cecilias Pizzas (menu in cottage information) but it was also closed until 1st December. As a said at the start of this review, you can tell this cottage has been very well renovated to a high standard with nice quality furnishings and fittings but is sadly let down by a lack of maintenance.

    Reviewed by Tracy3.4Nov 2023

  • "Exceptionally high standard of accommodation."

    Very well renonovated cottage in beautiful location with opening bifold from kitchen onto patio and hill views. Very comfortable with every modern convenience. Excellent location for walking in Dales and great pubs close by. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our week at Wayside Cottage despite wet weather, all our needs met, convenient for getting about yet felt like we were in the heart of the Dales countryside."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2023

  • "All adults thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this clean, spacious and comfortable cottage …."

    .especially the well equipped kitchen/diner with the large bi fold doors leading out into the garden. However, the shower room inside the main bedroom is in much need of re grouting and the shower head cleaning as the fan doesn’t seem effective enough. A small worry but not one which could not spoil a perfect walking holiday were the tight parking facilities for two cars and the dangerous corner leading from the side door round to the parking area , particularly on a weekend when the motor bikes come roaring through.

    Reviewed by Eileen4.7Sep 2023

  • "A superb cottage for the money."

    Everything we needed was there perhaps the addition of some local maps would have made it perfect. It was comfortable well appointed and in a great location with a couple of easily accessible walks from the house. The village pub is directly across the road and it served amazing food and had a great local beer selection.

    Reviewed by Graeme5.0Jul 2023

  • "Such a wonderful stay in this very comfortable well equipped cottage."

    The owners have thought of everything their visitors would need to make this a perfect break away. It is set in a very picturesque village within a great walking area, with many walks from the door and not far from the many attractions on offer in this beautiful part of Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage with everything you need, lovely garden to sit and enjoy the view in a lovely quite village, Fox and Hound pub services lovely food and a warm welcome, booking is advised as it gets very busy."

    For anyone visiting would advise you to take a pint of milk with you which we did not as in all previous cottages we have stayed in have had a welcome pack, and there is no shop in the village.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely very clean and everything that you could need in a very ..."

    The cottage was lovely very clean and everything that you could need in a very peaceful location would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jun 2023

  • "Wayside Cottage was an absolutely beautiful property to stay in, in a stunning location."

    We loved it!

    Reviewed by Keith5.0May 2023

  • "Wayside Cottage was fitted out to a very high standard and was extremely comfortable."

    The location provided us with everything we required namely peace and quiet with glorious views and walking opportunities galore from the doorstep. The pub opposite served excellent food and staff were really friendly & helpful.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Apr 2023

  • "What a find - a beautiful cottage in a stunning location."

    Central to most places of interest with the added bonus of being opposite a great pub serving lovely food with friendly staff. We enjoyed the home from home feeling, comfortable beds & the peaceful garden setting. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Mar 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage."

    Spotlessly cleaned and well maintained throughout. A great base to explore the Yorkshire Dales and beyond.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely well appointed cottage - had everything we need for a great stay - we will hopefully be back again !"


    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Mar 2023

  • "We loved Wayside Cottage."

    Everything we could have needed was there, and more. It was really comfortable, clean and warm, perfectly positioned for walking, and getting around the dales. We went to the Fox & Hounds regularly, which was really welcoming.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Feb 2023

  • "Another lovely comfortable stay at Wayside Cottage."

    Beautifully decorated and furnished, ample storage, gorgeous bathrooms, huge kitchen diner, cosy living room. Underfloor heating downstairs is so luxurious. Kitchen very well equipped, pretty dining area with lots of natural light and a great view of the hills. Utility room a bonus for drying walking clothes. Both bathrooms have underfloor heating, large walk in showers and fluffy towels. Huge beds are so comfortable. Really cannot fault this property. Everything contributes to comfort and relaxation. A very special place.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Feb 2023

  • "Warm, clean, spacious, comfortable, generous supply of logs and kindling for fire which was needed as it was a chilly few days in January ."

    Super location with plenty of accessible paths up and down Wharfedale, on both sides of the river valley. Would highly recommend. Ideal for two couples. Thought it was listed for six but I may be wrong. Need to let the owners know their vacuum sounded like a jet engine so could not use. Think it needed a bag or something. Could not access House from parking area although there was a door.

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Jan 2023

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    Warm and well equipped with everything you need. Very comfy beds. Great location for exploring the dales. Parking a plus. Spotless. Will book again and recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Jan 2023

  • "This must be the best cottage we have every stayed in."

    Immaculately clean, with fantastic decor and first rate appliances. Kitchen and bathrooms have the wow factor, with both bedrooms having beautiful furniture and very comfortable beds. Good quality furniture in living room with a large TV and very effective log burner. Stayed over New Year and ate at local pub, the Fox and Hounds which we cannot recommend highly enough for both the food and friendliness of staff. The cottage is so popular that when we went in to book for next New Year's Eve, someone had already beaten us to it! Never mind, we'll try for the following year. The property on the Sykes website is classed as 4 star, but would definitely give it a 5+ star.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Dec 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage and in a glorious location."

    It is has lovely, modern fitments and fittings as well as the welcoming, warm underfloor heating. Also, we appreciated the trouble taken by the owners to rectify a very minor matter. The pub is a friendly place and the food there is delicious. I certainly hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by Vivienne5.0Dec 2022

  • "Cottage superb, kitchen had everything needed to cook our xmas dinner."

    Heating great made good use of log fire. overall excellent.

    Reviewed by Hazel4.7Dec 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely weekend in this gorgeous cosy cottage."

    This cottage has everything you need to make your stay a memorable one. We woke up to snow on Saturday morning which made the village even more picturesque. My 2 girls enjoyed snowball fights in the back garden!!!! The local pub makes you feel very welcome and food is lovely. We will definitely be booking again next year!!

    Reviewed by Billy5.0Dec 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation and location."

    Couldn’t have wished for more. Will definitely book again in the future. Well recommended.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Oct 2022

  • "This is a beautiful cottage, really well designed, well equipped and comfortable."

    Great walks from the door and a brilliant pub just over the road. We loved it so much we’re coming back next year!

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very clean and modern inside. Very enjoyable stay. Great pub across the road (The Fox and Hounds) which had good food and beer and a warm welcome form the staff and the locals. Ideal location for exploring the Yorkshire Dales. Walks direct from the cottage. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Sep 2022

  • "The standard of this property is exceptional."

    Spacious, well appointed, and efficient. It was truly a pleasure to stay there. The countryside around is magnificent.

    Reviewed by Krysia5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very comfortable and clean cottage."

    Everything we needed was here. Would love to stay here again and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Alda4.7Sep 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage with everything that we needed for a comfortable and relaxing week holiday."

    Loved the light airy kitchen design with outside area, spacious bedroom, great hot shower and comfortable lounge that kept lovely and cool in the heatwave! The pub opposite is an added bonus if you want to eat out too.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Aug 2022

  • "Wayside Cottage is perfect in every way, we were bowled over by the incredibly high standard throughout the cottage."

    It's location is ideal for exploring Wharfdale and the surrounding areas. The owners have gone to great lengths to ensure every detail is perfect. We will be back. Malcolm and Rachel

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Jun 2022

  • "Delightful cottage in a beautiful area of the Dales."

    Wayside have everything we could wish for in a holiday cottage. It has been fitted out to a very high standard and would thoroughly recommend it to future holiday makers.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great cottage in a perfect location."

    Well appointed with everything that you could possibly need for a week. The food at the Fox and Hounds across the road was good and the locals made us feel welcome.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Apr 2022

  • "A very comfortable, well equipped cottage."

    All fixtures and fittings were of a high quality; the cottage was cosy and warm. Good off road parking, but a bit tricky to drive or walk out onto the road. The outdoor seating area was lovely too, it would be nice to come back in summer. A very enjoyable two night break. Wish we could have stayed longer.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Feb 2022

  • "Characterful property with a modern stylish interior."

    Really cannot fault this cottage. Even more impressive than the lovely photos in the website listing. Everything you could need for a comfortable and restful stay. The kitchen really was divine, spacious and modern and superbly equipped. Living room was cosy but roomy with massive comfy sofas and a toasty log burner. Underfloor heating in all rooms was super luxurious and the bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms were gorgeous, lots of tasteful practical storage. Lovely design details everywhere. Perfect place for a Winter stay and certain it will be perfect too for the warmer months with the bifold doors and pretty terrace garden. We didn’t want to leave. The pub across the road ( 2 mins walk! ) was so cosy and welcoming with great food and drink choices. The village is so picturesque and charming. Location stunning with lots of choices for walking in the area. Cannot recommend highly enough. Already planning a return. Top marks to the owners for a beautiful property.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Feb 2022

  • "Fabulous is the best word to describe this 5 star accommodation."

    It was beautifully decorated throughout and was in an excellent location for walking in the Dales. We would love to come back in the summer to take advantage of the lovely garden.

    Reviewed by Cate5.0Jan 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage, finished to a high standard in an ideal location with easy access to walks and the pub!"

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2021

  • "We stayed here for the weekend and wish we could have stayed longer!"

    The cottage was beautiful and so clean and location was lovely, couldn’t have asked for more. The landlady of the Fox and Hounds made us feel so welcome. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by William5.0Dec 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay here for the week."

    We had a lovely week, the cottage was beautiful in a lovely area. The pub across the road did lovely food it was just a shame they were closed a few days after for refurbishment. We will defiantly be staying there again!

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Nov 2021

  • "The cottage was very spacious, clean and had all the equipment needed for a self catering stay."

    Plenty of utensils in the very modern kitchen. Bed was very comfy and nice large bath for long soaks and nice fluffy towels. It was in a lovely village right across from a good country pub that does great food. We would have a left comments at the cottage but there wasn't a guest book to complete and it's always nice to read other comments and suggestions from other guests. Also there were no instructions for some of the items such as the dishwasher, heating (although the property was nice and warm), the amazon speaker. However we did manage to work these out however.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    Well stocked, cosy, clean. Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Oct 2021

  • "It's a really comfortable, well appointed base for visiting The Dales."

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Oct 2021

  • "Lovely house and very modern kitchen, well stocked with all sorts of items."

    Two quibbles - instructions for heating and cooler job would have been helpful.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Oct 2021

  • "This is a gem of a cottage!"

    It is beautifully furnished and finished, with everything we needed. The kitchen has more than enough crockery and cutlery with great appliances made cooking easy. The beds are comfortable and having two en-suite bathrooms is a bonus. Parking is secure and off road and the outside courtyard is a genuine sun trap! We really enjoyed coming back to the cottage each evening. In terms of location, there are lots of lovely walks from the front door - and there's a pub which does food across the road! We really couldn't have asked for anything more. Thank you!!

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage but a vacuum cleaner would br good."

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2021

  • "Amazing area."

    Perfect for walking

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Aug 2021

  • "When booking we noticed there were no reviews, this became clear as we were the first people to stay in the newly renovated wayside cottage."

    It was the perfect location and beautiful inside with everything needed for a comfortable stay. Andy was very helpful and made us very welcome and was at the end of the phone if we needed anything. The whole cottage has been done to a very high standard , we had everything we needed. Definitely be staying here again, highly recommend ❤️

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Aug 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom/utility with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating with underfloor heating throughout and woodburning stove
  • Double electric ovens and electric hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Enclosed rear patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.8 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: There is a step down in the kitchen, please take care
  • Note: Friday changeover day for week long bookings, can also accept short breaks between Friday-Monday or Monday-Friday
  • Minimum of Three night stays at this property only

The property

Resting in the delightful hamlet of Starbotton, halfway between Kettlewell and Buckden, is this lovely stone-built house, Wayside Cottage.

The traditional exterior is home to tasteful furnishings with a contemporary twist; Wayside Cottage additionally boasts amazing views of the surrounding hills of Wharfedale and makes for a lovely setting for a group of four.

An in-demand off-road space greets you on arrival, after parking up be sure to take in your stunning rural location and those charming views of Starbotton.

Wayside Cottage’s interior has been finished to a very high standard whilst still preserving its original features and you will notice this as you enter the sitting room, with its exposed beams and fireplace accompanied by plush leather seating, a large TV and a woodburning stove.

Continue through to an impressive, bespoke kitchen; a space showcasing contemporary fittings and a plethora of appliances for you to make delicious dishes with.

After rustling up a lovely meal, enjoy it at the nearby dining table; the table rests in a bright and airy space with a skylight allowing the passage of light to fall directly on it, making for a fabulous dining and socialising venue. The dining area features bi-folding doors that open out to an additional secluded outdoor dining spot on the sunny patio; why not dine alfresco amongst those spectacular views?

After dinner, head upstairs to find two inviting double bedrooms, both showcase vaulted ceilings adorned with exposed oak beams, giving them a rustic feel, whilst also providing you with ample storage for your things. Both rooms also feature exceptional en-suites, one boasts a double walk-in shower and the other will spoil you with a separate bath and shower.

Being in the picturesque village of Starbotton means you have the fabulous Fox & Hounds Inn situated across the road from the property, for those evenings when you don’t feel like cooking; additionally you can find a wealth of circular walking trails leading from Wayside Cottage throughout upper Wharfedale, including easy access to Buckden Pike, Great Whernside and The Dales Way.

The villages of Kettlewell and Buckden are less than two miles away and host the rest of your amenities, including a selection of cafes, traditional inns and village shops.

For a day immersed in culture, make your way to Hawes and visit its galleries, from Stacey Moore to the Chapel Gallery, learn of the National Park’s history at the Dales Countryside Museum and enjoy a quirky tour around the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre.

Spend the day in Skipton where fantastic attractions for all the family await, including the fantastic Raven Tree Top Adventure, the green space of Aireville Park where you can relish an idyllic picnic, and the historic Skipton Castle.

There is so much more to see and do in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, why not visit Malham and navigate the intriguing Malham Cove or visit Bolton Abbey where the perfect family day out awaits.

Create amazing memories with your loved ones from the charming setting of Wayside Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Kettlewell & Buckden 2 miles; Grassington 12 miles.

Nestling in the Upper Wharfedale Valley between Kettlewell and Buckden, this idyllic National Park 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 valleyside woodland. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best walking areas in the Dales, with The Dales Way passing nearby, good access to Buckden Pike and gentle walks along the riverbanks. The village itself comprises a cluster of stone-built cottages and houses with, at its centre, the wonderful 'Fox and Hounds' pub serving great ales and fine food. No surprise that the hit movie 'Calendar Girls' was filmed nearby 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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas