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The Summer Palace

(Ref. 904813)

Middleham, Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

Reviews & Ratings

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Sumner Palace, the was more than we expected and everything we needed, Rodger was a brilliant host and very helpful we certainly didn't expect him to be the porter aswell, but after a long drive in some dreadful weather coming up the A1M even a hail storm at one point it was a delight to find a warm welcome."

    ..Middleham is a beautiful little town with enough places to eat and grab essential is was also a great base for exploring North Yorkshire..we did a number of beautiful walks with fantastic views and that rain we saw on the way up only added to the waterfall walks which were amazing..we will return xD&Tx

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2024

  • "We were well looked after by Rodger & Hillary who provided good advice and sound knowledge of the area."

    Rodger was particularly helpful and communications throughout was excellent. The cottage was a 'no frills' but very adequate base, situated in a delightful, small, countryside town, with great views, (particularly stunning in the snow). It was within easy reach of many local and nearby attractions, all making our stay memorable and leaving us with wanting to return.

    Reviewed by Philip John4.4Nov 2023

  • "Everything you needed for a week away, the only let down was, the bathroom needed a deep clean."

    Reviewed by Glenda3.8Oct 2023

  • "One of the best I have rented for holiday attention to detail and helpfulness of ..."

    One of the best I have rented for holiday attention to detail and helpfulness of owner excellent the only property I would give a ten out of ten to

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2023

  • "The summer palace is an excellent place to stay for two people, fully equipped with excellent views over the countryside and right on the centre of the horsey village of Middleham."


    Reviewed by Fred5.0Aug 2023

  • "Really great holiday , great hospitality pity about the weather, we will return lovely village"

    Reviewed by Anne5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in beautiful surroundings in an area with spectacular scenery , lovely villages and towns and loads to do."

    If you want a peaceful and serene place to stay you won't do better. Middleham with 4 hotels within 200 yards of the cottage , a wonderful castle, 2 teashops , walks straight from village and the spectacle all morning of racehorses trotting through on their way to the gallops is a memorable place to stay

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Apr 2023

  • "Well fitted and equipped cottage with a lovely open outlook, in a very quiet position but only a very short walk to several places to eat."

    Set in the small town in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales it’s a great place to tour the area. We would recommend this cottage which is ideal for 2 people.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a lovely week in a very comfortable cottage."

    It was exactly as described, and with great views. The log burner was a very welcome addition and we made good use of it, making the cottage very cosy. Rodger the owner was extremely helpful with luggage etc. and very knowledgeable on the area and places to visit. All in all a good and relaxing week was had and couldn’t fault the accommodation whatsoever.

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely property in beautiful surroundings."

    Rodger, the owner, made us very welcome and provided us with useful information regarding walking , eating out and places to visit. The cottage is perfect to get away from it all, cosy log fires, the sheep in the field outside, friendly pubs right on your doorstep and seeing the racehorses going through the village on their way to and from the gallops each day., all this and a castle too.

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Oct 2022

  • "We found the cottage clean & in a delightful setting."

    The owner was very helpful & we appreciated him ringing to allow us in before the stated time of 5pm & giving us help with our luggage. However we were not aware that parking was not near to the cottage but through garden paths. My husband has difficulty walking so found this a bit daunting especially when the paths were wet. We would recommend The Summer Palace to a fiitter , younger couple . It was lovely sitting out on the patio watching the sheep grazing beyond the fence.

    Reviewed by Pamela4.4Sep 2022

  • "Mr and Mrs Murray are lovely people who go out of their way to ensure you have the best possible holiday, we needed a break from the City life and we certainly found it here, the cottage was perfect for us not one negative,beautiful."

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful location, very clean and comfortable."

    Hosts very friendly and helpful. Will definitely return. Audrey and Jeff.

    Reviewed by Audrey5.0May 2022

  • "Property owner was on hand to help with unloading and transferring my belongings to and from the cottage as the parking is not immediate to the property."

    Reviewed by Linda4.4Apr 2022

  • "Excellent property, lovely position with view."

    Fully equipped, comfortable, warm with the log burner. Great area with walking on doorstep and 3 very good pubs.

    Reviewed by Will /Julia5.0Feb 2022

  • "A wonderful cottage in a peaceful location."

    The owners were lovely and very helpful. Plenty of walks from the cottage and the village had everything you need with great pubs and delicious food. We will definitely be back it was perfect thank you for a fabulous time.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Oct 2021

  • "The privacy of our cottage was just what we needed as vulnerable 75 year olds during this pandemic."

    We're grateful for this holiday.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jul 2021

  • "Very obliging hosts, offering advice on walks etc."

    where to visit and where we could enjoy a nice meal.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2021

  • "Beautiful spot for relaxing and enjoying the Yorkshire countryside in an interesting location with local shop and good selection of pubs nearby."

    Very friendly and helpful owners on hand.

    Reviewed by Don5.0Apr 2021

  • "A friendly welcome from Rodger and Hillary."

    Beautiful surroundings and cosy accommodation. The beautiful Dales in all their glory.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage had everything we needed and had a delightful view."

    The owners were very helpful. An excellent stay. We will go again.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Sep 2020

  • "Hillary & Rodger are a lovely friendly couple who will do everything that they can to ensure that you enjoy a stay in their property."

    The cottage is wonderfully cosy and very well equipped. We do a lot of self catering holidays and this is the best equipped place we have stayed. The views are lovely and there is plenty of good walking from the property. You do not have to travel far if you want a bit more hustle and bustle - Leyburn is 4-5 minutes in the car if you want a larger selection of food and drinks from what is available in the local stores at Middleham. When you read the visitor book, there are lots of repeat holiday makers and it is easy to see why. The cottage is lovely, there was a pile of logs ready from the log burner and Hillary and Rodger can give you lots of local knowledge and advice.

    Reviewed by Abigail5.0Dec 2019

  • "Warm comfortable cottage."

    Everything we needed for our stay. Lovely outside space which is a bonus in the centre of Middleham. Will definitely book again

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Nov 2019

  • "The detail said off road parking which was true however it wasnt right outside the property it was through the owners garden down a slope and steps."

    We said from the start we had alot of medical equipment as my husband does home dialysis. I was concerned when I got there that I wouldn't cope getting the equiptment to the property The owner Hilary took us down to show us the cottage and her husband completely emptied the car for us . You dont see that sort or service and kindness these days they were unbelievable. We were expecting a medical delivery of several heavy boxes also and that had already arrived and he had carried all of those down for us as well . We couldn't thank them enough.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Sep 2019

  • "Ideal place for a quiet break."

    very cosy, comfortable accommodation. would have liked a small freezer compartment in fridge,other than that all was great.

    Reviewed by Derek4.7Aug 2019

  • "Accommodation lived up to its billing and it's not hard to see why it's so well reviewed."

    Great location in Middleham - local amenities to hand yet quiet and relaxing. The owners are a lovely couple; never intrusive but always on hand for advice and recommendations. We will no doubt return to take in more of the wonderful local walks and villages. Can't think of a better place to unwind and recharge the batteries.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0May 2019

  • "This is our second visit to The Summer Palace and we hope it won't be our last."

    It is a lovely, cosy cottage right in the middle of Middleham. The cottage is extremely well equipped with everything you could possibly want or need. Middleham is a good base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales but is also a great place to wander around and enjoy the local area and pubs which serve excellent meals. The owners, Rodger and Hilary are brilliant hosts and are a mine of information of what is available to do/see locally. I cannot recommend this property and Middleham highly enough.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2018

  • "Middleham is a lovely village to stay in."

    We woke to the sound of horses' hooves as they exercised on the local roads.

    Reviewed by Roy4.7Jul 2018

  • "Just perfect, views,people, accommodation,wildlife,things to do, great place to relax, no complaints atall ."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2018



    Reviewed by Peter4.7May 2018

  • "The Summer Palace in Middleham is a very comfortable and well equipped cottage in a peaceful location with scenic views."

    Would thoroughly recommend for anybody looking for a relaxing break and within such a very short stroll to the village for essentials and a meal and a drink in one of the 4 pubs! Top marks!

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Apr 2018

  • "We had a wonderful stay at The Summer Palace."

    We were greeted by 3 gorgeous lambs and Roger! Everything you need to make sure your stay is comfortable is provided. The grounds are lovely and the location ideal, with such friendly owners offering advise on where to eat, visit etc., should you need it. We would not hesitate to return.

    Reviewed by Deb5.0Apr 2018

  • "The owners of the property were superb, everybody we met were friendly and welcoming."

    The cottage was perfect for two people. Fully recommended!

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Mar 2018

  • "A very pleasant experience staying at The Summer Palace."

    The owners are a delight and very helpful for any questions we had. Parking was easy and available with one allocated space. We really enjoyed this quiet location and enjoyed the views of the garden "field" and vegetable garden. We enjoyed seeing pheasants in the garden and the tranquility of the grounds. Middleham has a wonderful choice of pubs and around the town within a mile, and an easy drive to Leyburn. However, there is a general shop within walking distance from the cottage. Middleham is a great place to walk around and explore by foot. Internet is fast and reliable in the cottage, so you can explore on line or use one of the many helpful guide books/maps in the cottage itself, and there are books in the cottage if you left yours at home! Thank you again to our wonderful hosts for making our stay a delight.

    Reviewed by Nikki5.0Nov 2017

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in a delightful village with a very good selection of pubs and eateries in a stunning part of the country."

    Plenty of great attractions within a short drive, or lovely walks straight from the cottage, we had a truly relaxing week.

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Jun 2017

  • "Fantastic hosts and Yorkshire"

    Reviewed by Graham4.6May 2017

  • "The location was fantastic."

    Beautiful setting with great facilities. Lovely owners on site for help with anything as well as advice on places to visit/eat etc. A brilliant holiday.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2017

  • "The Summer palace is a wonderful cottage and the owners Mr and Mrs Murray are very friendly and helpful."

    Very child friendly as well with a cot if required for no extra cost. The cottage is set in a lovely open location in a walled garden with great views in all directions. Outdoor space is there with enough room for a table and chairs for morning tea and bacon sandwiches before you set out for the day. Close to local pubs too. Definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Mar 2017

  • "We had a very relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings with a very helpful host."

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Feb 2017

  • "Roger was very helpful on check in and we enjoyed our stay in the Summer Palace and in Middleham we will return."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2016

  • "A lovely and peaceful retreat, close to pubs and shops."

    A perfect location for visiting the area. The cottage was warm, cosy and a perfect home from home. Hosts Hilary and Rodger met us when we arrived, Rodger helped with our luggage whilst Hilary showed us the ropes....thanks for the lovely wine too!

    Reviewed by Robert4.8Nov 2016

  • "We keep returning to this lovely set of cottages."

    Everything is always clean, tidy and welcoming. The owners Roger and Hilary are brilliant and we always know they are available if we need anything. Middleham itself is a great little place - plenty of choice for quality food, a village shop, racehorses galore and of course the stunning castle (it snowed during our recent holiday - the castle looked like something from a fairytale, and the woodburner was brilliant for warming up cold toes!) Thank you for another wonderful time.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Nov 2016

  • "Beautiful setting in the lovely village of Middleham, which had several local pubs and a convenience shop."

    The cottage was a lovely place to spend the week with all the amenities you needed for a perfect week.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2016

  • "This is a very nice property, however it would benefit from some drawer space for clothing and odds and ends."

    Garden is fabulous.

    Reviewed by Pamala4.8Sep 2016

  • "Cooking pans could be better, 2 people need smaller pans!"

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.4Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One king-size double bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Property heating: Electric, other heating sources: Central Heating, Woodburning Stove
  • 1 oven of type: electric
  • Hobs
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • TV TV
  • Dvd Player
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • 0 Highchair
  • Parking
  • 1 x Garden
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop within 0.1 miles
  • Pub within 0.1 miles
  • Note: Short break bookings must start or end on a Saturday

The property

A quite outstanding stone-built, detached cottage set in a beautiful walled garden just below King Richard’s castle in Middleham.

Set out over the ground floor, this Middleham cottage is a real delight, providing excellent accommodation with beautiful views of open fields and woodland.

Furnished to a high standard throughout, this Middleham cottage features an open plan living area with a modern well-equipped kitchen, dining area and beautiful sitting area with solid oak flooring and a cosy woodburning stove.

There is also a ground floor master bedroom with en-suite facilities and a TV, and like the rest of this Middleham cottage, is furnished in a modern and contemporary style.

Outside, there is a fabulous patio area with outstanding views across the walled gardens and the adjoining pasture, an ideal spot to sit and relax, drink a little wine and discuss the adventures of the day.

Enjoy exploring the lovely grounds or take a lovely stroll around the village and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of this famous horse racing town.

The nearby walk onto Penn Hill is a must, where the horses training on the gallops provide a wonderful insight to the world of horse racing.

Middleham’s amenities are on the doorstep, with local eateries, an 11th century castle and excellent old pubs.

Just a short drive away is Hawes, where guests to this Middleham cottage can visit the Dales Countryside Museum, Jervaulx Abbey, Wensleydale Creamery and Aysgarth Falls.

Three miles away is the Forbidden Corner at Leyburn, a 4 acre garden with a labyrinth of tunnels, follies and other surprises.

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

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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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas