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Salter Rake Gate Cottage

(Ref. 905529)

Walsden near Todmorden, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 7 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "A stunning property, beautifully furnished and comfortable."

    Spotlessly clean throughout and everything you could need inside. The owners were friendly and on hand if needed. A lovely location and a great base for exploring the local area. No negatives at all - we would return in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Feb 2024

  • "Really comfortable and homely cottage."

    Equipped with everything you need. Beds really comfy! Was great to have the log burner for the chilly evenings too. Lovely and quiet with great views. Only slight issue was lack of immediate/accessible outside space to let the dog out. Would stay again definitely.

    Hi Helen, sorry I am late replying to your feedback we have been away on a long trip. We note your comment about the lack of areas for exercising your dog. Did you find the meadow which is immediately at the back of the cottage, there is a gate just to the right of the backdoor which leads up into over an acre of shared meadow. This is well secured, with substantial stone walls to two boundaries and hedges supplemented by stock proof fencing on the remainder. Dogs would be able to run around here off the lead without bothering livestock. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, even more spacious than we expected."

    Great walks from the door. Really well equipped and a great stay overall.

    thank you for your kind comments, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a nice quiet rural location."

    Lots to do and places to visit around the local areas. It was great meeting Franklin the owners dog, he was so friendly and lovable. Penny and Nigel are perfect hosts and lovely friendly people, we loved our stay at the cottage and look forward to returning again.

    Thankyou for your lovely comments, we hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at your cottage."

    There was plenty of room for the 7 of us and 2 dogs. The only thing I will say to future guests is that the drive way is very very tight. I have a Vivaro and was just able to park. The Wi-Fi is very hit and miss too, but that’s to be expected being in the hills. As for the property, it was spacious and the kitchen was well equipped. The cleanliness wasn’t too bad but it could have been better. There was thick dust on the head board and dishes left in the dishwasher and the oven when we arrived. The cleaner should be thoroughly checking areas like this. The beds were comfy, however, the zip and link bed ideally should be a proper zip and link so you don’t have the edge of two single mattresses in your back/side, or get a good quality mattress topper. That was very uncomfortable. Thank you both, it was a lovely week.

    Thank you for your comments, we appreciate the feedback. Since your visit we have installed a new router which I hope will improve the Wi-Fi reception. The cleaner will be asked to ensure the oven and dishwasher are done, these are normally done but it appears on this occasion it was missed, our apologies. We acknowledge your point about the zip and link mattress. We struggled to find zip and link for the narrower mattresses when we upgraded them a few years ago, and have worked out a way of sorting this but its will need to be done when we have a quiet time as it is a time consuming job. In the mean time I will invest in a good quality mattress topper as you suggest. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Annabel3.8Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in idyllic location."

    Very comfortable and spacious for our party of 4 adults plus dog.

    Reviewed by Dee4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely country cottage."

    Beautifully and thoughtfully updated, lots of room and very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was in a lovely quiet little hamlet."

    We were met by the owner who was really friendly and let us know that they were about if we had a problems. The cottage was roomy, comfortable and very well maintained with lots of information about the house and the local area. We had a minor issue with the oven which was quickly resolved by the owner. This is a lovely place to stay with walks right on your doorstep. I would recommend staying here and we would definitely rebook!

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Apr 2023

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage with plenty of space and a warm cosy feel."

    Many thanks to Jenny for letting us stay for what was a very memorable birthday weekend with friends.

    Reviewed by Aaron4.7Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at this beautiful and interesting property." complaints...everything we needed was provided and was very tastefully decorated and fitted out. Thank you

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Comfortable, clean and very well equipped with everything we needed Nigel and Penny were excellent hosts, right from engaging with us before we arrived to making sure we had everything we needed during our stay. Would recommend.

    Thank you for you lovely feedback . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2022

  • "Possitives: - The views of the surrounding were beautiful - The house looked charming - The house was very spacious Negatives: - The cleaning was very poor."

    - Wifi was insufficient for multiple devices - When using the shower, flushing the toilet or any other use of water at the same time left the person under the shower with almost no water

    We are sorry that the cleaning was not up to standard, as we mentioned earlier, normally I check the property between guests but as we were away ourselves this was not possible on this occasion. We have looked at ways in which the cleaning can be improved in future. The wi-fi connection is poor to this hamlet, we struggle ourselves, and we have tried to maximise the band width we can get but there is only a limited amount we can do in this location. We will look into the issues that you had with the water pressure, thankyou for mentioning it, its very useful to have this feedback as we are unaware of these issues when we are doing routine maintenance. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael2.2Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at Salter Rake Gate Cottage."

    We would highly recommend the property as it’s easy to access, well equipped and has spacious rooms and comfortable beds. The owners were on hand to assist with minor issues with the heating and were incredibly friendly. No issues with the tight drive up to the cottage on a single track road or with parking up a steep hill next to the property as with a little patience the car can be turned around quick enough. There are lovely walks nearby to beautiful reservoirs for all abilities and I would highly recommend visiting Healey Dell Nature Reserve for the waterfalls. We would love to stay again in the future.

    Reviewed by Hayley4.4May 2022

  • "Great cottage and friendly owners"

    Reviewed by William5.0May 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage with lots of room."

    Everything you need. in an amazing location for walking. Great having the log burner. Only 2 criticisms I’d have were it could do with a thorough clean Ie the dishwasher was quite grubby round all the controls and some surfaces dirty. Also there was no welcome essentials pack - not even any milk in fridge! For me just lacked a bit of that warm welcome. Overall nice place, plenty of room and fantastic location!

    Thanks for your feed back Sarah, I note your comments about the dishwasher and I will ask our cleaners to make sure this is looked at more carefully. We haven't provided a welcome pack during COVID as we have tried to minimise contact, this is something we can look at reinstating now as things start to get back to normal. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4Mar 2022

  • "We had a great weekend."

    The cottage is comfortable, clean and well maintained and equipped, with easy access to the moors and valleys.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great quiet location"

    Reviewed by William4.7Sep 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage and location."

    We were a 2 family party of 7 and we enjoyed lots of space with 2 good bathrooms, lots of seating and a kitchen well equipped for us all. Having the owners on hand was great and they made sure we had everything we needed and offered advice on where to go.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.1Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location."

    Excellent facilities at the cottage, it had everything you need and lots of space. There were a few hairs in the bathroom but the house was clean overall. Would be nice to have a little garden space in the meadow area and the WI-Fi router could do with upgrading. Also some people might be put off by the steep hill and parking situation, as it didn’t mention this in the booking description. We really enjoyed our stay though, and would highly recommend Salter Rake Cottage. The owners were very friendly too and our dog was happy.

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Jul 2021

  • "Brilliant holiday, no complaints"

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Oct 2020

  • "Fantastic location for walking and cycling."

    Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall are great places to visit only a short drive away. The canal towpath is great for cycling and the Pennine Bridleway literally passes through the hamlet. The cottage is spacious with ample facilities for a family group. Yes the road to the cottage is steep - always good to learn a new skill!!

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Sep 2020

  • "Good cottage in a rural setting but close to whatever you need and want."

    Road up to cottage is narrow and steep and parking access is narrow if you have a big car. That said we really enjoyed our break with regular walks with dog along the canal.

    Reviewed by William4.7Sep 2020

  • "The cottage is in the most beautiful location, you can stroll in the hills or by the canal."

    The cottage was dog friendly and our 2 retrievers were perfectly settled. It was a beautiful home from home with everything we needed. We will definitely be back again soon.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage is lovely and well-kept, clean, comfortable and well equipped, with plenty of space for 5 adults and a medium sized dog."

    Penny and Nigel are lovely, and available if needed. We found the WiFi was very intermittent and phone signal very poor, especially inside the house due to the really thick stone walls, which did have the bonus of keeping the house cool. We spent the evenings watching bats from the house. There are lots of walking trails, but they are hard-going and probably not suitable for people with mobility issues or small children. Access to the cottage is via a long single-track, steep and windy road, with quite a few blind spots and few passing places. This is walkable but going down is far easier than coming back up as it is very steep! There is another walking track which straighter but steeper and would be more difficult after wet weather. It took us at least 10 minutes to walk down both tracks, and the local shop would probably take a further 10 minutes (or more) to walk to, but there are shops within a 10 minute drive, and the pubs would probably be about half hour walk from the cottage. We managed to pre-book an Asda grocery delivery for groceries but the driver did have difficulties finding the property as the postcode covers a very large area! Remember to take essentials like milk with you until you can get to a shop. The Gordon Riggs garden centre is a nice visit but only allows dogs in if they are put in a trolley - not suitable for our dog!! And the Waterfall tearooms and giftshop doesn't allow dogs at all, and currently doesn't sell gifts! We had a marvelous meal at the Shepherds Rest in Lumbutts, which was a short drive away, and allowed dogs in the covered outside area. The food was incredible and made better by the government's Eat out to Help out scheme. Drives to Blackpool, Liverpool and Leeds were just over 1 hour away from the cottage. Overall we had a lovely, peaceful stay in beautiful countryside surroundings.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Aug 2020

  • "We had a great time, the house was bigger than we thought it would be which gave us all lots of space."

    Everything we needed was to hand and a lovely selection of walks on the door step.

    Reviewed by Ellie5.0Mar 2020

  • "We loved every minute."

    The cottage was finished to a very high standard. Thank you

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Feb 2020

  • "Salter Rake Gate Cottage exceeded our expectations, it has been renovated to a high standard and was warm and welcoming."

    Penny and her family were excellent and really have covered all the bases. The location is stunning with various circular walks right on the doorstep. We also ventured further afield using the local railway station only 5mins away.

    Reviewed by Phillippa5.0Jan 2020

  • "Salter Rake Gate Cottage is a lovely home from home with plenty of space and a good location in a quiet and scenic setting."

    The cottage was very clean indeed, very comfortable and also very practical for our two dogs. I worked in Manchester during the week and it is an easy commute to Victoria. I did get the opportunity for some stunning reservoir walks (inc. the 3 reservoir circuit above the cottage on the moors). My friends wanted to access shops and rambles locally and there is plenty to choose from. I would be really happy to stay here again.

    Reviewed by Royston5.0Nov 2019

  • "Salter Rake Gate cottage is a lovely ( dog friendly) family house in a quiet hamlet up a fairly steep hill."

    The decor and furnishings are of a high standard and the kitchen well equipped. Very comfortable beds too. Fantastic access to walks from the door. Although the house is quite remote it’s in easy reach by car of pubs, food shops and some great takeaways. The owner’s communication and information on walks and the local area are excellent. Highly recommend and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Sep 2019

  • "We very much booked this cottage because of the convenience of the location, being close to family in Littleborough."

    It is a delightful cottage and we are very likely to book it again when needing to stay for any period of time. The location is wonderful, the house is a delight to stay in and the facilities really good. We did light the fire and that helped to make the cottage nice and warm of an evening as it was still quite chilly at the end of March. My feedback on the kitchen would be that the oven could do with a good clean! it was by no means really dirty but it was cleaner when we left than when we arrived. Many thanks for the use of the cottage.

    Reviewed by Janet A5.0Mar 2019

  • "Only problem was loss of water pressure at times, in the shower and taps."

    But minor, would definitely stay again. Thanks for the use of your lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Feb 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in lovely location."

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Jan 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, comfortable and well equipped."

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Dec 2018

  • "A lovely place to stay and ideally placed for exploring the area and nearby towns."

    The cottage is huge and very comfortable. We loved it and wished we could have stayed longer.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Sep 2018

  • "A beautiful property in a lovely location."

    The owners were friendly & helpful, and the cottage was a warm, well-equipped, comfortable home-from-home from which is was easy to explore the area. We would happily visit again & would recommend the property and area to friends and family alike.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2018

  • "Lovely holiday at the cottage."

    We were blessed with beautiful weather during our stay and the cottage was nice and cool and a welcome relief from the heat. The only feedback I have is the WiFi has been limited. The teenagers in our family would use the daily allowance before breakfast. Once we realised this and disconnected their gadgets we found it worked no problem, Thanks

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Jul 2018

  • "Excellent holiday cottage with everything one would want."

    Good central location for visiting National Trust properties.

    Reviewed by Les4.4Jul 2018

  • "The road leading to the property is exceedingly steep and narrow."

    There is no garden and access to the hills above property very steep. The house is very spacious and comfortable, the t.v. works by satalilite and was difficult to get on at times. Mobile phone reception is also intermittent. Good property and area for keen walkers, but probably a little steep for older folk. Owners very nice, friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Carol4.1Jun 2018

  • "This cottage is in the most spectacular countryside with both high peak and canal walks right on the doorstep."

    The owners were very pleasant and their dog even left a tennis ball on the back step for our dog to play with! Definitely merits a revisit.

    Reviewed by Helen4.1May 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, extremely well equipped and very detailed notes about the house and the area."

    It was so much bigger than it looked in the photographs, but still felt cosy. Plenty of extra bedding available, lots of choice of books and dvds and very generous free supply of firewood and coal. The driveway is very narrow and steep, but great fun, especially when you meet sheep and rabbits on the way up!

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Apr 2018

  • "It was in a beautiful location and ideal for ramblers and dog owners like us."

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Feb 2018

  • "The cottage was beautifully presented and spotlessly clean."

    We all enjoyed a wonderful family holiday and it was so relaxing to come back to the cottage in the evening. The owners were so helpful if any information was needed.

    Reviewed by Paul4.8Oct 2017

  • "A lovely cottage and we were all very comfortable but as described very hilly and as such difficult for us "oldies" to walk the dogs nearby."

    We loved the area and the cottage and would recommend the cottage for the more agile

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.8Sep 2017

  • "Lovely cottage in convenient location, owners friendly, facilities great and very clean."

    Would visit again. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Aug 2017

  • "Fab location and property."

    If you have a 4x4 or large car you'll need to be careful getting about as the roads are tight and narrow in places. Great house very comfy and modern.

    Reviewed by Keely5.0Apr 2017

  • "Very easy going owners and the cottage was much better than we thought it was going to be from the pictures."

    Rained all the time we were there and Brighton somehow managed to lose to Leeds but the cottage was great

    Reviewed by John4.4Mar 2017

  • "Wonderful cottage in a relaxing, peaceful location."

    Reviewed by Sally Ann5.0Sep 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x king-size double with single sofa bed, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent, fuel for stove on honesty box basis
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike and equipment storage
  • Side patio with furniture
  • Shared access to 1 acre meadow with unfenced pond
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 8 mins walk
  • Note: The cottage overlooks the owner's private mature gardens
  • Note: Access to the property is up a steep, narrow drive, parking may be tight for very large cars
  • Note: Meadow not suitable for young children due to unfenced pond
  • NOTE: The owner has a car charging facility for electric cars at £15 per charge- please ask the owner for further details on arrival.

The property

Todmorden 2 miles.

A first class, detached cottage set high on the moorland, next to the owner's home, near the South Pennines village of Walsden, close to the market town of Todmorden.

Lovingly restored, this cottage is full of character, seamlessly combining its original features including exposed stonework and old beams with contemporary fixtures and fittings.

Situated in a beautiful area, this holiday home is the perfect base for friends and families to explore the South Pennines and the surrounding fells and valleys of the Brontë Moors.

Upstairs offers a stylish, king-size double bedroom with single sofa bed, and picturesque views of the wild meadows and moorland.

There is also another king-size double room and a twin room, modern family bathroom and a shower room.

Prepare mouth-watering, home-cooked meals in the shaker-style kitchen and gather around the dining table to plan your adventures from this cottage near Todmorden.

After a day walking across the glorious South Pennine Moors, or after spending time visiting some of the scenes where the drama series Happy Valley was filmed, retire to the spacious sitting room, featuring lovely wooden flooring, comfy seating, and a second dining area.

Curl up by the cosy woodburning stove and catch up on some reading, the perfect way to escape the cold on winter nights.

Outside, this cottage overlooks the owner's delightful, mature gardens; sit out on the patio and enjoy alfresco dining as you take in the stunning views.

Take the dogs for their morning walks across the adjoining meadow, or hop on your bike and retrace the route the 2014 Tour de France took as they raced through the spectacular South Pennines countryside.

The moorland around the cottage hosts an abundance of wildlife, a real birdwatchers dream.

Explore the many walking routes criss-crossed across the Brontë Moors, including the nearby Pennine Way, and the Mary Towneley Loop, forming part of the Pennine Bridleway.

The town of Todmorden hosts a market five days a week, and boasts a delightful selection of shops, pubs and cafés, often serving food locally produced in and around this ‘Incredible Edible’ town.

Hebden Bridge is an easy drive away with its upbeat nightlife, fabulous curiosity shops, market held five days a week and the Hebden Bridge Picture House Cinema, serving tea and scones during the intervals!

Visit the village of Heptonstall, with its two historic pubs, or explore the home of the Brontë sisters in nearby Haworth, while the bustling town of Skipton is also an easy drive away, which is just waiting to be discovered.

This cottage is an excellent base for a family break, escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life and exploring the South Pennine Moors, at any time of year.

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About the location


Hebden Bridge 4.5 miles.

Todmorden is a market town in the area of Calderdale, just under 5 miles from the popular destination of Hebden Bridge, in the middle of wonderful scenery provided by the three valleys which surround it, and which offer great opportunities for walking, cycling, riding and bird watching. Todmorden has a rich industrial history, and today offers a fine selection of cafes, shops and pubs. Just a few miles away, Hebden Bridge is a quirky town with a relaxed air, and further amenities. From here it is easy to head over the moors to Haworth where the splendid Parsonage Museum commemorates the famous Bronte family who lived there. The area is also a must for steam railway enthusiasts who will enjoy the thriving Worth Valley Railway. A charming blend of town and country living.

Note : Property is enquires only 14 nights from booking day.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas