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The Round House

(Ref. 904812)

Middleham, Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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60 Customer Reviews

  • "Nice cottage with patio/outside space and it has everything you need, we enjoyed are stay very much"

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2024

  • "The property is a very snug little apartment for 2, but with everything you could need."

    It is also set in a lovely garden with great views. The real plus is the welcome from Rodger & Hilary. They are very friendly and have lots of useful tips for places to visit, to eat and to drink

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Nov 2023

  • "The property was just as advertised, and the location was excellent for touring the Dale's."

    Our stay was made more pleasant because the weather was very kind to us because early October was so much better than the second half. My wife and I love meeting people and the owners were great. Roger was my kinda guy He made us welcome and went out his way to make our stay memorable. Simeon of Wakefield

    Reviewed by Simeon E5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2023

  • "We loved the place It was a perfect base to explore the beauty of North Yorkshire and Middleham itself has lovely pubs and if you love horse racing like myself you can see them walking past the window!"


    Reviewed by Craig5.0Sep 2023

  • "The Round House is a perfectly located getaway for two, right in the heart of the lovely town of Middleham yet tucked away in a quiet corner in beautiful grounds with its own private patio."

    Roger was a great host, giving us information about the local area; the best places to eat and drink - of which there are many - and walks in the stunning northern Dales. He responded immediately to a slight issue with the property and could not have been more helpful. We had a very enjoyable stay and can highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2023

  • "Great charming accommodation ideal for a couple."

    Owner Rodger extremely informative and helpful with lots of information on pubs, places to visit etc. Shower and toaster a bit temperamental but added to the charm. Could be in the middle of the countryside even though it is in the village. Some nice pubs, our favourite was the Black Bull, about 50 meters from the cottage. The only thing which could be improved was a skylight in the bedroom which did not have a blind so the room was light by 5AM. However, this does mean you can get up early to watch the race horses train on the Gallops above the village.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1Jul 2023

  • "My second stay at this quirky, compact and comfortable cottage, set within the gardens of the owners property."

    It offers everything you need, the location in the middle of Middleham is perfect for enjoying the facilities of the town, the Castle and some fantastic walking without the need of a car. You are however within a short drive of some stunning countryside, pretty towns & villages and interesting Houses & Gardens. Rodger & Hilary are very welcoming hosts and I would thoroughly recommend a stay in The Round House.

    Reviewed by Michaela5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely, comfortable cabin with a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside."

    Hosts were very friendly. Had an amazing week and would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Emilia5.0Jun 2023

  • "This property is ideally situated for visiting all the attractions in the surrounding area, and exploring the magnificent dales on walks of every level of difficulty should you wish."

    The proprietors had thought of everything with regard to requirements and comfort, and nothing was too much trouble. We had an enjoyable week and the opportunity to really wind down and chill..

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Apr 2023

  • "Roger welcoming and attentive."

    Always happy to suggest walks and various venues of interest to visit and places to eat. We loved our stay in Middleham and the Roundhouse was perfectly situated. The welcoming bottle of wine was an added bonus.

    Reviewed by Philip4.4Apr 2023

  • "Couldn't fault anything regarding our stay at the roundhouse!"

    It was a lovely break!

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Mar 2023

  • "A very pleasant and enjoyable stay at this lovely and compact cottage."

    Everything we needed was catered for and Roger was so helpful providing maps for our walking days. The bottle of wine was very welcome and Roger even provided a low alcohol beer alternative for myself. Nothing was too much trouble. Would definitely recommend and would book again.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Feb 2023

  • "Excellent holiday cottage for two on the edge of the village with rural outlook."

    Well equipped, clean and professional. Plentiful supply of logs to supplement the radiator heating. Roger is a very amiable host, lots of sound advice, he’s on hand if you need him but, leaves you to get on with enjoying your holiday. Good choice if pubs and walks on the doorstep. Limited light pollution if you enjoy a starry night. There’s a lot to like about the house and the area. Recommend.

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0Nov 2022

  • "The cottage was superb, every need catered for."

    The host, Rodger, was extremely welcoming and very helpful.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with amazing views over the fields."

    Was a bonus being able to feed apples to the sheep. It is in the middle of the village but once you get through the gate you are in the middle of the countryside. Roger was the perfect host with lots of information about the area. Would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Sidney5.0Oct 2022

  • "Had a lovely week,very welcoming when you arrive and a lovely bottle of wine,cottage was really cozy with everything you need,clean and tidy on arrival."

    Garden area was so relaxing.the area is very quite most suited to those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.would definitely recommend. The owner of the property Roger is a lovely guy nothing is a bother for him

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Oct 2022

  • "A little gem of a cottage set in wonderful gardens with delightful views."

    Well appointed with everything you could need for relaxing holiday. Middleham is an ideal place for exploring the Dales. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Sep 2022

  • "Very nice place and a great welcome from the owner."

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely feel to the cottage as soon as we walked in owners Very nice and helpfull ..."

    Lovely feel to the cottage as soon as we walked in owners Very nice and helpfull with information about places Rodgers recommendations were spot on

    Reviewed by Glenn5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely quaint cottage in a stunning location."

    It really is a nice place to sit with a drink of an evening and relax. The view of hills, the sound of sheep and the occasional clip clop of horse shoes walking past outside. Very idyllic. Rodger and Hilary were great hosts and keep a very smart and tidy Roundhouse. A little idea they have is a book inside where guests can share experiences of places to eat, visit, see etc in the area which is a very handy tool. Apologies we didn't write anything but we didn't have a pen, oops. Middleham itself is an extremely friendly and pretty place within easy reach of so many great destinations to visit and places to walk. Perfect place to stay to explore.

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Jun 2022

  • "Had a great time at the round house, central to were we wanted to visit."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2022

  • "Comfortable accommodation with plenty of equipment catering etc nice position quiet yet near to village facilities."

    Our host Rodger was very helpful with lots of information when asked. Would definitely recommend this accommodation

    Reviewed by Norman5.0May 2022

  • "We had a great stay at the Roundhouse."

    It is a lovely location and a cosy well equipped property with friendly helpful owners. Would recommend it as a great place to stay if exploring the Dales or just relaxing. Plenty of things nearby and/or only a few miles drive away.

    Reviewed by William5.0Apr 2022

  • "Just perfect for us, great location, cosy comfortable accommodation, couldn't fault it, will definately return."

    Reviewed by Jayne4.7Mar 2022

  • "Just spent a relaxing first time in the Dales and we will be back in the summer to sample the delights of Roger and Hilary's very quirky roundhouse."

    Roger couldn't have been more pleasant and helpful from the outset and we were made to feel at home right away. The views and the sunsets and sunrises are incredible and storms Dudley and Eunice decided to give us a miss which was nice of them so no dramas at all for the whole week. Middleham is a small village dwarfed by the Castle which looms above it. The Black Bull, The Richard 3rd and the Dante are 3 Inns all within yards of each other and although quiet at this time of year it is not hard to imagine summer nights sat outside with the very friendly locals...and to top it off a Chippy with Fish and chips to die for nestled in between them. Horses are the name of the game here and the village is surrounded by riding stables of several top trainers and horses being taken out to the gallops are a regular and pleasant distraction from the tractors. 5 minutes away is Leyburn...yet another pleasant village with more stores for local shopping. Who needs Spain when we have little gems like this on our doorstep? We certainly don't.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2022

  • "A new toaster is urgently needed There was a draught coming from the front ..."

    A new toaster is urgently needed There was a draught coming from the front door Shame there was no freezer compartment in the fridge

    It is very important that our valued visitors enjoy their holiday with us. On arrival, whilst being welcomed to the Cottage, all of our guests are asked to inform us immediately of an concerns or requirements they may have during their stay. This support is also outlined in our information pack. It is therefore somewhat disappointing, that having been in general conversation, several times, with the guest during her stay, that no mention was made of the above comments, notification of which would have allowed to respond to her concerns at the time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Antonina3.4Oct 2021

  • "We had an extremely comfortable and cosy week in the Round House."

    Rodger and Hilary are great hosts and have thought of everything. The cottage has everything you could need and is unique and special. Middleham is a great village and you are well placed to visit all that North Yorkshire has to offer. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2021

  • "A very comfortable cosy cottage."

    The owner made us very welcome and indeed helped with our luggage when we arrived. It is set in a beautiful area and is a good centre for walking and visiting the Dales.

    Reviewed by Rodney5.0Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in an idyllic location hosts very friendly and helpful lovely ..."

    Beautiful cottage in an idyllic location hosts very friendly and helpful lovely friendly village great location for exploring

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely and Rodger and Hilary were exceptional hosts; very friendly and very knowledgeable of the area."

    They helped us in with our luggage and they were always on call. The bottle of wine was very acceptable. Will certainly book again if we are in the area and have no hesitation in recommending to friends and family. Sue & Colin

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely host."

    Very comfortable property and a great area to visit.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0May 2021

  • "Very welcoming host, great accommodation will definitely be returning."

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage was compact but all needs catered for."

    Location ideal for exploring both the Dale's, Moors and slightly further afield the coast. Hosts were charming and did everything to ensure a comfortable stay, I would recommend this cottage for a holiday in North Yorkshire

    Reviewed by Michaela5.0Apr 2021

  • "Hi We stopped at the roundhouse during lockdown week ."

    Our holiday was reduced by 3 nights as we left wednesday morning in line with goverment restrictions. We haven't been offered any compensation from you which is disappointing . Thanks

    Reviewed by Keith3.8Oct 2020

  • "Nothing went wrong, it was just that the instructions about parking my vehicle were misleading."

    On arrival in Middleham I left my vehicle in the square and walked in under the archway as instructed in order to ascertain that I would have enough turning space for my vehicle, which is rather large, and naturally I expected that this would be where I was to park my vehicle for the duration of my stay. My host then explained that I had to drive down the main road and follow him as he was on foot. In all fairness, he did say that I was welcome to park in this lovely area with its trees and plentiful parking but it would then involve a walk down to the property, not convenient if one were carrying heavy bags. He then stopped in the road opposite the cottage and stood pointing to a small parking space at the end of a lay-by where several vehicles were already parked. This was to be where I was to park. Fortunately, I only experienced difficulty in finding this space empty once during my stay, but I would point out that it was a public car parking area and not a private allocated space as inferred in the property details and having to park there, whilst convenient for the cottage, was not as I had been led to believe from the details that had been supplied to me.

    The property has it's own parking space. However the weather on your arrival was showery and the owner wanted you to park closer to the cottage to ensure a quick transfer of your luggage. The parking space you were offered was an alternative and the owner assisted in carrying your bags into the cottage to help. You were informed that you were welcome to park your car in the designated parking area if you wished. As noted in the property details the cottage benefits from a private off road parking area, which has unrestricted availability for guests staying in The Roundhouse. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Veronica3.1Oct 2020

  • "Lovely welcome and some local information on hostelries, area and places of interest."

    Lovely secluded spot and very bright and clean property.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2020

  • "Such a lovely location Roger and Hilary were the perfect hosts."

    Beautiful roundhouse. And a bottle of commentary Red wine was a perfect touch. Everything was perfectly on point.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Sep 2020

  • "I would recommend this delightfully cosy cottage to anyone."

    The owner was very welcoming and made us feel at home straight away. The cottage has everything you need and the location is excellent for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Sep 2020

  • "The accommodation was great, location excellent."

    Hosts very helpful.

    Reviewed by Adele5.0Aug 2020

  • "Perfect accommodation for 2."

    Had everything we needed. Great location. All very clean. Friendly welcoming host.

    Reviewed by Karl5.0Aug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage with kind and welcoming hosts."

    We had a brilliant time

    Reviewed by Philippa5.0Jul 2020

  • "What a fabulous cottage."

    The layout and design are inspired, and everything was beautifully clean. Hosts were very helpful and informative. The round house is conveniently located for a wide area, with lots to see and do. The icing on the cake was the lovely comfortable bed!

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage with very helpful owners, they gave us 3 suggested routes for days out."

    All 3 were brilliant, taking in the lovely scenery plus local attractions & towns on the way. The cottage itself is well equipped, comfortable, clean & has a private patio overlooking the garden & fields. Shop, coffee shop, fish & chip shop (very good) & pubs all within a short stroll.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage is small, but extremely well fitted out with all the things necessary for an enjoyable holiday."

    We did not meet Hilary one of the owners, but Roger her husband made an effort to meet us and was very helpful, giving us lots of information about the area. One evening he even gave us a lift for us to walk back home via a pub. All in all a great experience.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2019

  • "We arrived very late on the Saturday evening, but the owners made nothing of it and texted information ahead to make it easy to park."

    They were very helpful in terms of advising places to visit and even prepared to offer lifts in the area to support walks back to the village. When our vehicle developed a problem, they contacted the local garage for us and the service there was excellent. The accommodation itself was very comfortable with a lovely seating area outside which we enjoyed in the good weather.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Jun 2019

  • "Great base for touring Yorkshire Dales with excellent local pubs/dining a short walk away."

    The Round House is perfect for 2 people - comfortable and with everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0May 2019

  • "Every thing was excellent."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2019

  • "What a wonderful find in a lovely setting, walking great 2 walks straight from cottage."

    Plenty of places to eat in village. Brilliant to see horses racing on gallops and returning to village each day. Owners could not have done more and always had time to talk in spite of being extremely busy. Will definitely return. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Feb 2019

  • "This was a break over christmas which we have never done before, from the moment we met the owners we knew this was a winner, he help us with our baggage then proceeded to advise us on the area bearing in mind it was xmas week and somethings were already closed up."

    The cottage itself is a gem, a bottle of wine on arrival, very warm with a wood burner and electric radiators, dishwasher, oven, toaster etc, we would love to visit again in the summer months as the general area is really lovely, a nice little touch was a small Christmas tree to make it more seasonal, thanks to the owners we had a great time. Gordon & Jeanette,Norwich

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Dec 2018

  • "Absolutely lovely people who own the property."

    Very helpful with where to go what to do. Ideally placed to visit the beautiful surrounding countryside. Place ideally situated for local amenities, pub & grub etc. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Dec 2018

  • "Lovely quaint town we stopped in plenty to see and do"

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Nov 2018

  • "Feel so lucky to have discovered this little gem."

    Your accommodation and grounds are so idyllic. Thank You Mr and Mrs Murray, would love to visit again.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Jul 2018

  • "Enjoyed the peacefulness of middleham,the outlook from the roundhouse patio was so serene,also the owner Roger is the perfect host,made us feel very welcome."

    Reviewed by Edward4.7Jun 2018

  • "Amazing holiday accommodation, the owners Rodger and Hilary Murray couldn't have ..."

    Amazing holiday accommodation, the owners Rodger and Hilary Murray couldn't have been more helpful, so much to see and do in the area, we will be going back

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Apr 2018

  • "Very good holiday cottage in excellent location for all village amenities four great pubs used them all plus very good local shop/off licence the cottage was nice and cosy just right for two guests and very friendly owners, wood burner needed for cold nights though, but no complaints all in all a excellent holiday experience."

    Reviewed by M C4.4Mar 2018

  • "Excellent cottage in superb location, very close to local pubs and places to eat."

    Good base for touring the Dales. Friendly and helpful hosts and locals. Look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Apr 2017

  • "The owners were friendly and there to meet us and explain the property."

    The location is stunning. A quiet gem of a place.

    Reviewed by Helen4.8Apr 2017

  • "Lots of lovely pubs and places to go nearby - quiet and peaceful woken by ..."

    Lots of lovely pubs and places to go nearby - quiet and peaceful woken by horses some morning on way to training very nice lovely

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2016

  • "Lovely cottage in a secret garden behind gated wall."

    Lovely hosts who were welcoming and helpful. Lots of walks, pubs and rhings to do and see nearby. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend!

    Reviewed by Paul4.8Nov 2016

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  • One double bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, shared use of freezer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Power inc. in rent
  • Logs only inc. in rent for stove from start of October to end of March this year
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Small patio area with furniture and shared use of the walled gardens
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 1 min walk
  • Note: Only logs are provided for the stove from October to March
  • Firelighters and kindling can be purchased locally
  • Outside of these months guests must provide their own logs, firelighters and kindling
  • Note: No children under 18 years including infants. Note: Logs will be provided between November 2020 - March 2021
  • Note: Short break bookings must start or end on a Saturday

The property

A most unusual and unique, stone-built roundhouse, set in a beautiful walled garden just below King Richard’s castle in the ever popular Dales village of Middleham.

With outstanding views of the surrounding area, this lovingly restored Middleham cottage provides a perfect retreat for couples and those seeking a romantic break in a perfect little round castle.

Furnished to a high standard throughout and retaining many of the original features, including a woodburning stove, beams and the original turreted windows, these features all add to the immense charm of this Dales cottage.

This cottage in Middleham features an open plan living area with a modern well-equipped kitchen, dining area and sitting area, all set up to provide a warm and cosy holiday home.

The first floor boasts a galleried bedroom with stylish furnishings, two turreted windows overlooking the garden and a lovely en-suite shower room.

Enjoy sitting out in the walled garden or taking a lovely stroll around the village.

Guests can also enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of this famous horse racing town, or take a walk onto Penn Hill and watch the horses training on the gallops.

The amenities of Middleham are on the doorstep, including excellent old pubs and local eateries, as well as a castle dating back to the 11th century.

Hawes, with its Dales Countryside Museum, Wensleydale Creamery, Aysgarth Falls and Jervaulx Abbey is just a short drive away.

The Forbidden Corner at Leyburn, just three miles away, is an extraordinary 4 acre garden containing a labyrinth of tunnels, follies and other surprises.

With the Northern Dales and the Lake District waiting to be discovered further afield, this charming Middleham cottage has that little touch of magic!

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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: No children under 18 years including infants.
Note: Short breaks must be booked between Saturday to Saturday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas