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Pony Cube Cottage

(Ref. 969891)

Middleham, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "On the whole we enjoyed our stay."

    Negatives: there was dog poo tied up and left in the yard, along with a whole shed full of (I assume) the previous occupier’s rubbish. There was a glass found under the bed. When picking up puzzle pieces from the rug in the living room, they were covered in hairs (dog and human) leaving us to wonder whether only a very basic clean was done prior to our arrival. There was a few days of parking wars with the neighbour who was leaving passive aggressive notes about moving her planters. These were positioned in an awkward way so we could only just reverse our estate car in. After moving one mere centimetres to be inline with her house, we returned to a note demanding that we DO NOT move her planters. It made getting in the house difficult and as a family on holiday, we are bound to have luggage, shopping and children in tow, meaning parking in the town wasn’t a practical option. On the whole though, it was a good base to return to and had all the equipment we needed for a week’s stay. This is our second visit to Middleham and we will be back, although wouldn’t stay here again just based on the housekeeping and parking.

    Hi Lisa Thank you for raising this. I'm really sorry the cottage didn't fully meet your expectations. We have rectified the issues you mention and will be checking the back garden very carefully from now on. I'm sorry you couldn't park your car in front of the house without moving the neighbour's pots. We do advise guests to use the parking bays across the road or in the main square 50 yards away if they find the space a little too tight. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa3.4May 2024

  • "Beautiful, well maintained, comfortable property in a great location."

    Couldn’t fault it and will be returning.

    Thank you so much, Dee. We look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dee5.0Mar 2024

  • "The cottage is lovely."

    The coffee, tea provided was good, but some milk. could have been in the fridge. One toilet roll , for a week is a bit miserly.. Although parking is possible in front of cottage it is quite awkward and can be parked on by other people. This cottage would not be suitable for us, again ..

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.1Sep 2023

  • "It's a small cottage with a steep staircase."

    Safe parking outside the cottage is virtually impossible (unless you have a very small car) as space is very limited. As we are in our 70s we returned to the cottage mid afternoon to relax and read. The extreme traffic noise made this difficult as the stream of heavy tractors and lorries continued all day and was very intrusive. It's such a shame as the cottage is in a good position for the places we visited but we wouldn't return.

    Reviewed by Hazel3.8Sep 2023

  • "A lovely, super clean little cottage in the heart of Middleham."

    Really handy for so many places, almost the centre of a hub, and the horses going by in the morning were a sight to behold. The shower room was excellent, but the lack of anywhere to hang clothes was a major problem. One hook on the back of the main bedroom door is simply not enough, though there was a cupboard to store folded items. It was also quite noisy there, with huge tractors going by from 6am until bedtime non stop, hopefully it was just harvest time, but there is still a lot of other traffic thundering by all day, and with no pavements outside to walk on made it a bit tricky at times. I don't want to sound negative about the cottage as it was really sweet, quite old and the cottage is nice, but the noise and the lack of hanging space was a problem for us. The village has three pubs, the Richard III has a curry night which was fab with a great atmosphere and the 'Cover Bridge' pub a mile away has a garden next to the river, the gammon and chips was a massive portion and very tasty. The three antique shops and the castle are all worth a look too. If you like lots of atmosphere and a busy place then this is perfect, if you want peace and quiet then not so as it is a busy and vibrant working town after all.

    Thank you, Annette. We've added a small wardrobe to the second bedroom to address the hanging space issue. Your assessment of Middleham is spot on. It is indeed a bustling little town full of atmosphere and activity. We have noise cancelling secondary glazing to the cottage, which is very effective at cutting out the farm traffic. Sometimes, though, if the glazing is not fully closed, you may still hear the tractors. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Annette4.7Sep 2023

  • "Have stayed at the cottage before for three nights."

    This time was for seven and we had a great time. Became a home from home. The facilities are excellent and had fun playing some of the games provided when we had spare time to fill. It's a good base to explore the Yorkshire Dale's and further afield.

    Ah that's lovely, John. Thankyou so much and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2023

  • "Pony Cube Cottage was just as lovely as advertised - clean, comfortable with everything one needs for a great stay."

    information about areas to visit, places to eat and walks very useful. a DVD player was listed as being in property, there was not one, but this was not a problem at all.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Jun 2023

  • "Cottage was lovely and exactly as described on website."

    A small welcome pack would have been a nice touch, as most holiday home owners do provide these. There is a beautiful open fire and a small amount of fuel as a starter pack would have been appreciated.

    Thanks for your feedback, Wendy. I'm so pleased you like the cottage. We do normally leave teas, coffees, milk and a starter pack of logs for the fire. It was an oversight on our part if they weren't there. My apologies. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy3.8Nov 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our holiday in Pony Cube cottage."

    It was a very lovely little cottage in the beautiful village of Middleham. There was loads to do round about. Lovely little cafe in the middle of Middleham , which had just opened. The castle was beautiful too.

    Reviewed by Marian5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage we had a really lovely stay."

    The village was so lovely and welcoming like stepping back in time and the horses trotting through were a real treat. We were grateful for the little welcome sheet that was sent prior to our stay and we utilised it so much covering most of the recommendations. This was really helpful as we haven't been to the area before and there are so many hidden gems. The choice of places to eat was fab in middleham and leyburn and the convenience of the pub at the end of the road was really nice after a day's walking they also make a lovely cup of tea! We loved leyburn and would recommend the black swan for a Hearty pub lunch, and the little cake shop 'Tiers and Sprinkles' does the best scones with clotted cream and jam. Our dog loved the open fire in the evening and this was so lovely on an autumn evening with a glass of wine. I would recommend this cottage to anyone, it's a great base to explore Yorkshire, the people are so friendly everywhere we went from the pubs, chippy, and attractions we had a proper yorkshire welcome.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Sep 2022

  • "We had a great weekend at Pony Cube Cottage."

    It was comfortable and all facilities were excellent. Was also in an ideal location in the town just off the square and walking distance from everything. Will probably return again sometime.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "Perhaps some more knives in cutlery drawer"

    Thanks for the 100% feedback and for letting us know some of the knives were missing. We've now replaced them. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Timothy5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very pleasant stay perfect location for exploring the dales and great location in middleham ."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely house Great location Unfortunately the outside bin was full on arrival ..."

    Lovely house Great location Unfortunately the outside bin was full on arrival and not emptied during our week perhaps something that could be mentioned to the cleaner

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Aug 2021

  • "Great position only a hundred yards from square."

    Black Bull best Pub, followed by Richard III If you love horses great seeing them each day in village and gallops. Cottage could do with a bigger TV,some clothing space and drainage in bathroom sorted

    Reviewed by Ryan3.4Jun 2021

  • "This is a cottage of two halves, upstairs is superb and akin to a first class hotel, with a beautiful bathroom and superb shower with lots of hot water and large fluffy white towels."

    The bed was extremely comfortable with pristine white linen. There were however dog hairs on the upstairs carpets. Downstairs the kitchen was fine however the sitting room was dowdy with very little natural light which was not helped by the dark furnishings. The smart tv isn’t - it is a portable size tv with a Chromecast dongle which is not very successful so we resorted to watching television on our individual iPads. The biggest issue was the relentless barking of the two dogs next door: this went on from early morning. It was also clearly obvious that the owners of the dogs did not like having a holiday rental next door. We also found parking an issue however we do have a very big car so this probably wouldn’t be an issue for everyone.

    Thank you so much for the feedback. I'm delighted you liked the upstairs so much. You are the second person to mention the size of the TV recently so we've got a new, larger Smart TV to install as soon as we can. The rest of the living room is exactly as shown in the photos. I'm sorry if you were worried about the neighbours; we've always had a perfectly cordial relationship with them but I understand they were actually in the process of moving out that week, so perhaps they and the dogs were a little more stressed than usual. Thank you again for leaving a review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy3.1May 2021

  • "This cottage is lovely , perfect for a week in the dales , loved the horses going up to the gallops every morning ."

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2020

  • "Beautiful and well equipped cottage in a very convenient location on the edge of the village."

    Great area for walking and historical sites.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2019

  • "The location was perfect and the cottage had everything you could need for a perfect holiday."

    The owners were very nice and always available to sort any problems you may have.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2019

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Pony Cube Cottage, it was a lovely place, small but comfortable and had everything that was needed."

    The cottage was very clean and the provision of hand soap in the kitchen and bathroom was appreciated. We would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Jul 2019

  • "Reading earlier comments please note that with the secondary glazing in place the front bedroom was quite and we were not disturbed by any traffic."

    You should consider the steepness of the stairs if you have mobility issues, each step is higher than normal.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2019

  • "Very cozy and very comfortable."

    Nice that you van use the fire place. Middleham is a nice little town which is a good start to explore the beautifull area.

    Reviewed by Cor5.0May 2019

  • "What a super holiday we had in Pony Cube cottage."

    A wonderful find, tastefully decorated, very clean, comfortable and the owners provided all the info we needed and tea coffee and biscuits to welcome us . Situated very close to Middleham square there is ample parking. One review had mentioned small landing and steep stairs, form my perspective the landing was ample and my 92 year old mother managed the stairs perfectly well as there is a sturdy handrail! So glad we stayed here.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0May 2019

  • "Here's the good bits and the areas for improvement - Good bits, loved the open fire for those cooler nights, and supply of kindling, wood, and logs - the local shop wasn't dear to replenish supplies; enjoyed the sun trap rear courtyard; kitchen was well equipped and the supply of basics, like washing up liquid/brush-sponges/cleaning sprays/cling film, salt & pepper, tea & coffee etc was excellent."

    beds very comfy, & wifi was good. Areas for improvement - TV was v small; front bedroom was very noisy from traffic early morning (5am onwards) - fast revving vehicles early doors - window looks like it previously had a double glazing panel fitted which needs repairing/replacing - must have been broken as only one of the two sliding internal window panels remains, which has no effect at all - disturbed sleep every night sadly. The rear court yard could have done with a good sweep and brush up (clumps of moss fallen from the roof for example), and a couple of sun loungers in the small shed wouldn't go amiss - after a days walking, it would have been nice to relax more comfortably in the suntrap courtyard; The bathroom sink would have been a fail on Four in a Bed - there was a reddish coloured stain/mould around the sink pop up plug. Also, it is a pet/dog friendly venue, which is great - a medium sized plastic tub for a dog bath for use in the rear courtyard, could have been left in the under the stairs cupboard, for use in case of need - not always easy to keep a dog clean on wet days -just a thought, not a complaint.

    Thank you for your feedback. To explain the bedroom window - we were having new, extra sound-proof secondary glazing fitted on your arrival day and unfortunately they cracked a pane as they were installing it. I'm sorry you didn't get the benefit. The glazing is now fully installed. I am pleased you got to enjoy the courtyard in the sunshine and that you liked the extras we try to provide. I will pass on your comments about the plughole to our cleaners. They are 5* award-winners so will be horrified to hear it. Thanks for your other suggestions - very useful food for thought. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judith4.1May 2019

  • "Loveley cottage."

    I've stayed in the pony cube cottage for a month. It felt like home.

    Reviewed by Bea5.0Apr 2019

  • "One toilet roll is insufficient for a week."

    So are two dishwasher tablets. All clothes hanging options were on hooks behind doors, no wardrobes in either bedroom. Minor criticisms of an otherwise satisfactory cottage.

    Reviewed by Sydney4.7Apr 2019

  • "The location and cleaniness of the cottage."

    The social aspect of the village. Very good base for visiting different places.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Mar 2019

  • "Just returned from a weeks stay in Pony Cube Cottage."

    Not our first visit to Middleham, but our first time in this particular cottage. We love everything about this little town, it's so friendly, with a few shops and enough places to eat and drink. The racehorses are a great attraction and it was lovely to see and hear them again. There was a real buzz around the town this week due to the Cheltenham Gold Cup event. The cottage is lovely, everything you need is supplied. Welcome pack of goodies, comfortable bed and the thickest fluffiest towels ever, after a powerful shower. Favourite bit, the open fire. Loved it.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Mar 2019

  • "Pony Cube is a beautiful cottage in a great location."

    We got a lovely and unexpected welcome gift on arrival and had everything we needed to make a cup of tea and light a roaring fire. The cottage is well equipped and tastefully decorated. We’d definitely book again! Thanks for having us.

    Reviewed by Estelle4.7Oct 2018

  • "Firstly the parking situation was difficult especially on an incline and busy road we unpacked right by the front steps and parked across the road on left downhill rest of the week."

    Busy road extremely noisy you mention the Horses only wish it had been just horses they were amazing to see and riders very polite how they cope with the through traffic I can’t think. The back kitchen and bedroom modern windows much less noise. The size of property especially the small landing and steep stairs should be mentioned we did not think it suitable for less able or young children (despite your past customer quote on the site) the only addition should be a Microwave! Who needs to warm breakfast milk in a saucepan! The town pub restaurants were very good the walk to the Gallops was lovely we have been to the Dales many times but never Middleham if only it was restful and relaxing we would go again. Most certainly Yorkshire has so much beautiful scenery to offer. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Carol3.4Oct 2018

  • "We felt that the cottage was inadequate for four adults as the dining table was too small to accomodate them - in our case there were only two of us, so the facilities were adequate."

    Also, I felt that the number of marketing e-mails that I received were excessive and if I continue to receive so many, I shall mark them as "spam" .

    Reviewed by Martin3.8Oct 2018

  • "The road outside the cottage is very busy and it was quite noisy on an evening sometimes, also only a few sheets of toilet roll when we arrived and no tea towels so nothing to dry crockery etc."

    Otherwise very nicely furnished and comfortable.

    Dear Mrs Stockill, We're so sorry about that. We normally leave guests with plenty of loo roll and tea towels as well as a welcome pack, nice soap, tea and coffee etc. Unfortunately the mix up regarding arrival times meant our cleaner couldn't do a last check of the house before you settled in and so wasn't aware you were missing some essentials. I understand she invited you to call her if you needed anything but I also appreciate you wouldn't have known that's what we normally provide. I do hope that didn't put too much of a damper on your stay and that you enjoyed the village and the cottage overall. Kind regards Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by Virginia3.4Sep 2018

  • "Absolutely loved our stay in the stunning Pony Cube cottage."

    Finished to the highest standards with everything you need. Stylish and cozy with a wonderful vibe. Gorgeous village location, we'll definitely return!

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jun 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size, this property will no longer have twin beds from Mid January 2024 - the twin room will then become a small double
  • Shower room with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Oil central heating, open fire with unfixed fire guard
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher, washing machine, Smart TV with smart TV box, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Plenty of free on-street parking Enclosed rear courtyard with furniture
  • Secure bike storage
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 minute walk
  • Note: Suitable for babes in arms, this property is not recommended for families with children under five. Note: Middleham is a bustling working village so guests can expect to hear some farm traffic
  • Note: This property comes with a good housekeeping bond of £100
  • Note : From 2024 the two single beds are being removed and replaced with a small double (4ft wide).

The property

Pony Cube Cottage is a charming and cosy two-bedroom stone terrace cottage in the gorgeous village of Middleham.

It is the perfect bolthole for couples, friends and families with older children from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire.

The cottage is close to the heart of the village, a stone’s throw from the medieval castle, racing stables and bustling square.

Step off the main street and feel instantly at home as you enter the immaculate sitting room, furnished with original artworks, a snuggly sofa, armchair and a beautiful cast iron fireplace.

There’s a Smart TV box, DVD player, Wifi and tonnes of books and games to keep you entertained.

The compact kitchen/diner is bright and airy and well equipped with electric hob, double oven and dishwasher.

The drop-leaf table provides a relaxed space to gather for mealtimes.

Leading out from the kitchen is a delightful, sheltered, south-facing courtyard with bistro table and chairs for four.

It’s the perfect spot for a quiet morning coffee while listening to the birds or to soak up the sun with an ice-cold drink in hand.

The area is fully enclosed and has a secure outhouse for bicycles, upon request.

Both bedrooms are on the first floor.

To the front, the double room enjoys a king-sized bed and original built-in cupboard.

The window seat is the ideal spot to watch the racehorses clatter up the road in the morning.

To the rear is the second bedroom with twin beds and glimpses of the Yorkshire countryside beyond.

Also on the first floor is the shared luxurious shower room.

Step out of Pony Cube’s front door and enjoy walks galore through spectacular countryside to spellbinding ruins and tranquil rivers.

After a satisfying day exploring, relax by the cottage’s open fire or treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of Middleham’s superb pubs, only a few minutes’ walk away.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Leyburn 2.5 miles; Richmond 12 miles.

The attractive Wensleydale town of Middleham is renowned for its history and race horses. Much of the history is bound up with its Norman castle, which dates from 1190 and has a castle keep second in size only to the Tower of London. The horses are a great sight as they make their way to the gallops every morning. The pretty market square is partially cobbled and offers a range of shops, pubs and places to eat. The bustling market town of Leyburn is just a short drive away offering a variety of great shops and pubs, or why not take some time to explore The Forbidden Corner, a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and surprises set amidst 4 acres of grounds, providing a fun day out for all the family? All in all a superb base for exploring Wensleydale and all within easy driving distance of York, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales and Heritage Coast.

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Note: Unfortunately this property is not suitable for children under 5 years old.
Note: This property comes with a good housekeeping bond of £100.
Note: This property is not available for 4 adults however, can accommodate a family of 4.

PLEASE NOTE: This property will no longer have twin beds from Mid January 2024 - the twin room will then become a small double.

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