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The Dower House Cottage

(Ref. 947662)

Kirklington, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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60 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely weekend at the Dower House Cottage we could not fault the property it was warm comfortable and everything we required was there."

    We didn't meet the owners but there again we didn't need to because everything was spot on the cottage is in a good location and the Black Horse pub opposite the property is ideal for eating out or just having a quiet drink . Everyone in the pub was very friendly and welcoming the landlady was very helpful the food and service was excellent couldn't of had a better time. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2023

  • "Clean, warm, and comfortable."

    We had everything we needed. Great spot for a family holiday with lots to do within an hours drive. Friendly and obliging owners.

    Reviewed by Matt4.4Oct 2023

  • "Very nice property with all we need for our stay."

    Very comfortable beds.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful area of North Yorkshire."

    A couple of small niggles which the owner quickly sorted out. Cottage was comfortable and clean. A good base for visiting the Dales and York. Hope to return one day.

    Reviewed by Glynis5.0Oct 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at The Dower House."

    Very comfortable beds and in a beautiful location. The use of the tennis court was a great touch and we tried the pub opposite for drinks which was lovely. The location was great for plenty of attractions nearby including The Forbidden Corner and Brimham Rocks. Also enjoyed a trip to Masham and ice cream at Brymor.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Oct 2023

  • "Really loved our stay in Dower House Cottage."

    The design and layout of the cottage is lovely and the furnishings are really nice. Enjoyed our stay so much in this relaxing cottage booked already for next year. The lovely pub that is so close is an added bonus, which does lovely food and both the owners and locals are very friendly.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage, very clean, well presented and with everything we needed."

    Location was brilliant, with an excellent pub serving great food opposite. Very helpful and friendly owners. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Sep 2023

  • "Whilst the property was comfortable, there were a few cleanliness issues."

    I had to remove a large mass of human hair from the bath plughole before I could take a bath & was unable to use the rubber non-slip bath mat due to the excessive amount of black mould on the reverse. The bedroom with en suite shower had a continuous stale smell of stagnant water akin to a plumbing problem. Overall we enjoyed the stay & location, although a welcome pack of a pint of milk & packet of biscuits for instance, would have been most welcome.

    Reviewed by Karen3.8Aug 2023

  • "We all enjoyed our stay in this quiet setting and our hosts were friendly and helpful."

    Hope that we can return again.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great cottage in a lovely village."

    Pub, serving delicious food, on the door step. Ideally located for exploring North Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by Joel5.0Jul 2023

  • "Comfortable accomodation."

    Good communication from owner. Well equipped. Great location. Would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by Annette4.7Jun 2023

  • "Lovely, comfortable cottage."

    Peaceful location. Friendly and helpful owner. Excellent pub across the road. Look forward to visiting again!

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    Spotlessly clean. Beds very comfy, sofas were comfy too. Lots of good information about local areas and places to eat. Would definitely go back again.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay - location was lovely, beds super comfy and the cottage was beautifully clean."

    It was exactly what we wanted!

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a peacefull location very clean and well presented."

    Nice pub opposite. We shall return, thank you for a great stay

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Mar 2023

  • "An excellent cottage, it is highly recommended"

    Reviewed by Dave4.7Dec 2022

  • "Lovely well equipped property in an excellent, quiet, village location."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely house - for us the bathrooms were a real plus."

    Location fantastic- easy access to Ripon, York and some really pretty villages. We loved the friendliness of everyone we met!

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Oct 2022

  • "First class holiday cottage."

    Spacious accommodation, two en-suites were a bonus. The cottage was well designed, although we found the lounge area a little dark. The location is great for exploring this lovely part of Yorkshire and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this peaceful village.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2022

  • "A well appointed, warm and spacious holiday cottage with comfortable beds in a very pleasant and quiet village well placed for visiting the area."

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely cottage and very comfortable inside."

    Everything you need for a week and lots of interesting places to see nearby. The outside area could be improved, maybe some more comfortable furniture and some plants? But a nice private courtyard to enjoy and a real suntrap.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Aug 2022



    Reviewed by Jean5.0Jul 2022

  • "Just a marvelous and comfortable cottage, nicely located between Moors and dales."

    Thank you for having us. Third time's a charm :-). After needing to postpone our holidays for two years we were finally able to make the trip. Thanks to the owner and Sykes we were able to amend our reservation!

    Reviewed by Maarten4.7Jul 2022

  • "Wonderful stay."

    Lovely cottage in a real English village. Clean and bright. Welcoming host. We had a great stay.

    Reviewed by Henk5.0Jun 2022

  • "The cottage is conveniently located for easy access to a range of towns and attractive villages/countryside."

    The accommodation is excellent and fully met our needs. It is well maintained, comfortable and warm. The proximity to the friendly village pub is a real bonus. We had to make some changes to our booking and the owner Toby could not have been more helpful. We intend to return as there is so much to like about the cottage and the area

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Mar 2022

  • "The cottage was perfect for my stay."

    It was warm, comfortable and well equipped. It was an added bonus to have a Christmas tree up for the Christmas week.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Dec 2021

  • "The reviews were spot on with this property."

    The photos do not do the place justice, and the beds are extremely comfortable--I literally didn't want to get out of bed each day! We enjoyed the owner's welcome guide and the location of this listing is perfect for going anywhere in the Moors, the Dales, or down to York. The Wifi was better than in many other places I've stayed. I would stay here again and recommend it to my friends.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Nov 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a quiet village with a great pub close by."

    The Dower house was ideal for us as two couples with both bedrooms having en-suite. I would definitely book again if looking in the area.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely quiet cottage in a lovely village, everything that we needed for our stay ..."

    Lovely quiet cottage in a lovely village, everything that we needed for our stay was included, centrally placed for visiting surrounding towns would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage and owners, Sykes have done it again."

    Never had a bad cottage

    Reviewed by P5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with high quality decor and furnishings and very clean."

    Really comfy beds (though duvets too hot for summer use). Owners friendly/helpful but not intrusive. Enjoyed using the tennis court. Great location - really quiet on edge of small village but very accessible (close to A1(M) but couldn't hear it at all, village accessed by decent roads). Close to lots of places to visit, lovely walks and bike rides - we stayed a week but could easily have filled two weeks with different places. Plenty of good pubs nearby including a great one literally over the road. Probably one of the best cottages we've ever stayed in (and we've stayed in a lot).

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2021

  • "Our first experience of living in a converted barn."

    .....the living room was dark and lacked any outlook. The bedrooms had limited head room and roof lights that restricted views.

    Reviewed by Christopher3.4Jun 2021

  • "It is a lovely comfortable place to stay."

    Beautiful surroundings and the owner made us feel very welcome when we met him on the day we arrived. The local public house is a very welcoming place too. Such a relaxing tranquil place. Didn't want to come home. Would go and visit again.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage is as beautiful as the pictures."

    Very clean, warm and well equipped. My girls didn’t want to leave, they had the best time and said they are the comfiest beds ever. The pub was lovely and friendly with delicious food. We would love to come again in the future but hopefully for longer next time to enjoy the cottage for more than a weekend. Many thanks for having us.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Dec 2020

  • "We have stayed in many different holiday properties over the years, and this lovely little cottage was in our opinion the best."

    Spotlessly clean, well equipped, cosy and comfortable, we couldn't have asked for anything more. We had a very indifferent week weather wise ranging from sun and showers, to unrelenting torrential rain, but nothing spoiled our enjoyment of the wonderful scenery and walks around the area. The lovely, friendly owners of the property - Anna, and Toby - bent over backwards to provide us with information on all the best places to visit, as well as the best places to eat ranging from their recommended, budget affordable, to the more expensive gastro dining experiences. This was such a help, as we had not visited this area before, and it was very handy to have some information to refer to. The highlights of the week were Brimham Rocks - wow what a place - an absolute must for all those who love walking in amongst ancient rocks with spectacular views. Fountains Abbey, and water gardens, and Hackfall. Delicious food, local ales, and cider served from the friendly Black Horse Pub, just a few yards away. They even offer a Take Away service for those who prefer to eat at home. We should have, had our holiday in May, but because of Covoid 19, it was sadly cancelled. However Sykes were brilliant and re-booked us at the first opportunity which was in October. We can thoroughly recommend their company, and have booked with them on several other occasions, but we have to say this year - despite the difficulties they faced because of the virus - they pulled out all the stops to keep us up to date. We would certainly recommend both them, and the lovely gem of a holiday let - The Dower House Cottage, as well as Toby, and Anna, who did us proud.

    Reviewed by Les5.0Oct 2020

  • "This cottage can be highly recommended , very clean , comfortable and quiet."

    It is situated in an ideal location for touring the area on both sides of North Yorkshire. The owners are very friendly without being intrusive. The pub opposite was quiet at all times. The staff in the pub were very attentive and excellent service was provided to a very tasty home cooked meal. The landlady was very welcoming as also was the pub dog Lotty .

    Reviewed by J5.0Sep 2020

  • "This was the perfect place for us."

    The cottage was well set out and equipped, clean and beautiful. Having the pub just over the road was great - they were very friendly and welcoming and we ate there a couple of times. The location is ideal - especially for us to be close to family in the area - but the area generally has a lot to recommend it for a holiday. I'm pretty sure we'll be back.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2020

  • "Lovely conversion with everything you might need for a weeks stay."

    Good quality furnishings and nice en suites.Very friendly pub over the road and others within walking distance or short drive.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 2020

  • "A really lovely cottage what was super nice was that both bedrooms were the same size so one couple and their kid didn’t feel like they had a less comfortable experience than the other."

    It was great for our friend’s 15 week old and our 23month old as the living space downstairs was large and really comfy too so we could lay the little one down and let our toddler run around and to his hearts content. We were just sad we had such a short stay and that it was winter as the patio garden outside and the village would for sure be lovely in the summer. Thanks to the owners we had a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Dec 2019

  • "Having stayed in many cottages over the years at last we have found the one that had everything you could possibly want."

    If you are thinking of renting this property don't hesitate you will not be disappointed

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Nov 2019

  • "Friendly owner, in lovely village, pub opposite nice, quick access to A1 so can quickly get to other places."

    While staying we found a great theme part called Ligthwater valley which is only 15 minute drive away

    Reviewed by Haimon5.0Oct 2019

  • "One of the nicest cottages we have stayed in."

    Very well equipped, warm and cosy and very clean. Local pub really lovely and friendly and food was really tasty. Location was nice and central but had a lovely remote village feel to it. Owners very helpful and we would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Oct 2019

  • "Absolutely fabulous location we particularly loved the pub a few steps from the cottage!"

    Wonderful welcome from the owners, can recommend their sunday lunch. We had dinner their a couple of times and each time the food was freshly cooked using local products, the food is excellent. The owners gave us a lovely welcome and also gave lots of info of where to visit. We are both keen road cyclists and we found, when we arrived, the UCI World Cycling Competition was on for the whole week so we were able to watch several of the races. Outstanding! We had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday and would definitely, recommend Dower Cottage. There is also so much to do and see. North Yorkshire is a wonderful area of the UK and the scenery is breathtaking!

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2019

  • "Location was very convenient for access to main roads."

    This meant we could explore different parts of the county easily. The owners were very welcoming and helpful with local recommendations. Comfortable beds, great shower and handy washing machine/dryer plus a decent sized fridge/freezer which you don’t always get in holiday accommodation. Overall a good set up with a pub and village green opposite for kids to have a kick about.

    Reviewed by P & L5.0Aug 2019

  • "A lovely, comfortable, well-equipped cottage excellently situated for exploring the Dales and the Moors."

    My mother and I had a lovely time, and the bed was extremely comfortable, which was good as the weather encouraged me to stay in it! The pub was great too. Will certainly stay again next time we visit Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by Tessa5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage is amazing."

    Beautifully presented and cosy. Owner lives next door and was friendly and welcoming. Ideally situated for Fountains Abbey, Himalayan Gardens and Thorpe Perrow. It was relaxing to sit out in the little courtyard garden. Couldnt fault this property.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0May 2019

  • "We had a fantastic time at the cottage, it was beautiful."

    Very clean and the facilities were great. It was better than the pictures. Would definitely recommend and there is loads to do in the area.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Mar 2019

  • "The Dower House Cottage was a perfect base to explore Yorkshire."

    The cottage itself was very comfortable, immaculately clean, nicely decorated and met all of our needs perfectly. The cottage is situated in a lovely little village, with easy access to the road network which made it very convenient for days out exploring.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Feb 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect for our needs."

    The owners were friendly and helpful. The pub close by was an excellent place to eat, and the owners were very friendly. Local villagers made us welcome too. Would have stayed longer but cottage was booked already.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Oct 2018

  • "A very well refurbished cottage exactly as shown on the website, fully met our expectations, ideally positioned for the Dales and North York Moors."

    Although positioned only 1 mile from the motorway Kirklington is a lovely tranquil village and the cottage is not affected by any road noise

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Aug 2018

  • "Lovely clean cottage."

    Furnished to a high standard. Ideal location. Could do with a wider selection of books, Dvds and board games to make the stay more enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Matthew4.7Aug 2018

  • "Very nice, clean cottage in small village near motorway so it is easy to get around."

    Would suggest making small garden somewhat greener

    Reviewed by Hans4.4Aug 2018

  • "The owner was more than helpful and even offered to buy a coffee maker when I asked if there was one!"

    ! He always replied promptly to e mails when I sought information just before the let.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Jul 2018

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the cottage and the area was so lovely and very clean every where."

    5.0Jun 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, great location, owner very friendly and helpful."

    Many attractions near by and a fantastic pub across the road serving great food.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2018

  • "The cottage was superb, immaculately clean and with every facility you would need for an away from home stay."

    Reviewed by William5.0Apr 2018

  • "The cottage was by far the cleanest and the nicest and the most comfortable we have stayed in so far (& we have stayed in a lot!"

    ) The owner Toby was extremely helpful and friendly and gave us lots of ideas for areas and places to visit.It is ideally situated between the Dales & the N York moors National parks and is very easy to access,and with a local traditional family village pub almost on the doorstep what more could anyone want! All told we had the most wonderful week ,the only downside was that we had to leave it so soon!...we will definitely be back! Thank you Toby & Anna for giving up this beautiful space for others to enjoy. We hope you go from strength to strength.

    Reviewed by Joy5.0Mar 2018

  • "Really friendly owners and locals."

    Had a wonderful time with our two little boys. Comfortable, clean, beautiful place to stay. Will definitely be returning :)

    Reviewed by Stacey5.0Feb 2018

  • "The property is very clean and comfortable and easy to access either the North York Moors or Yorkshire Dales, also you can visit lots of Market Towns and Abbeys in this area, so lots of interesting things to do as well as nice local walks and villages to see."

    Also would recommend a trip on the North Yorkshire Railway at Pickering The owners are a very nice and helpful family, but not in any way intrusive, there if you need them and helpful with local information. The Pub across the road, which has just been taken over with a very nice couple is well worth a visit, and means you can have a nice meal out on your doorstep. The village is pretty and although no shops it is easy to get to Thirsk which has Tesco and also fuel. Masham is near as well a lovely market town with local shops and pubs and a co-op. We would definitely return to this property. We spent a lovely two weeks in October.

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.6Oct 2017

  • "The cottage was well furnished and well decorated, the standard of furniture was good and the beds were excellent."

    The outdoor space was very private and table and chairs provided. On all this was an excellent property

    Reviewed by Peter4.8Aug 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super-king size double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC, 1 x twin room (zip/link can be made into super-king on request) with en-suite shower room with basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and W/C
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with steam, flame effect wood burning stove. Electric Charging Port available.
  • Modern Oil fired heating system
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, DVD, WIFI
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Rear Enclosed Garden Patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 1 minute walk, shop 4 miles
  • Cot and Highchair available.The owner’s private tennis court is available by arrangement, please bring your own racquets and balls

The property

Carthorpe 2 miles, Nosterfield 3 miles.

A stylish cottage situated overlooking the village green in Kirklington, a quiet and un-spoilt village within this pretty part of North Yorkshire.

Well-furnished to provide comfortable accommodation, this cottage ideal for a small group of friends or family wanting to experience the sublime Yorkshire countryside.

The cottage is positioned mid-way between the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks, making it an ideal base to explore both.

Upon entering the cottage you walk through a spacious hall into a contemporary open plan kitchen area with well-equipped kitchen units providing you with all the amenities you need to serve meals in the dining area, or on warmer evenings you can open the French doors and enjoy a meal on the patio.

The sitting room lies beyond with a steam effect wood burning stove and a smart TV.

There is also a W/C on the ground floor, just off the hall.

The first floor of the cottage offers two double bedrooms.

The main bedroom has a king-size bed with a modern en-suite bathroom.

The second bedroom is a twin room (which can be combined into a king size bed upon request) which also has an en-suite shower room.

To the front of the cottage is a private parking area and to the rear is a delightful patio area within a private garden, where you can sit back with a refreshing drink after a day exploring.

The pretty village of Kirklington has a charming pub, The Black Horse, which is only 100m around the corner from the cottage and has excellent local ales and home cooked food.

Nearby is the town of Bedale, with a fantastic range of shops, restaurant and cafes.

Also, the charming market town of Masham is close by as well as the city of Ripon with its cobbled streets and famous cathedral.

There is plenty to keep you busy throughout the year.

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About the location


  • Bedale 6 miles
  • Masham 7 miles
  • Thirsk Railway Station 9 miles

The pretty village of Kirklington lies east of Masham and south of Bedale, mid-way between Yorkshire’s two famous National Parks, the Dales and the Moors. There are some pretty walks from the cottage, around the rolling arable fields that surround the village. Kirklington is a well laid out village with a huge village green surrounded by lovely older houses as well as a church and village pub. Across the fields (1/2 mile) is Camp Hill Adventure Park, and within easy reach is the historic, market town of Masham, which is situated on the River Ure. Set in gently rolling farmland, the town boasts a huge market square, where a Wednesday market has recently been joined by a popular Saturday market. Masham boasts a range of crafts, galleries, shops, restaurants and pubs, and is the home to the Black Sheep Brewery, which now brews 11 million pints of beer a year! The cathedral city of Ripon is a short drive away. West Tanfield with its two competing pubs is about a 10 minute drive - one has been voted the best beer garden in the UK, overlooking the River Ure. Gardeners will enjoy the Thorp Perrow Arboretum and the gardens at Constable Burton, and don't miss the weird and wonderful "Forbidden Corner" near Middleham! Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens (a World Heritage Site) is about a 20 minute drive and you can enjoy one of the largest and best preserved monasteries in England or walk the seven bridges walk – a must. Ideally placed for exploring all of the famous Dales of the Yorkshire Dales National Park or the North York Moors National Park. The city of York is less than an hour away and Harrogate is about 40 minutes’ drive.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas