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Swift Cottage

(Ref. 952610)

Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (30)
  • lovely (21)
  • comfortable (17)
  • well (16)
  • location (16)
  • views (14)

39 Customer Reviews

  • "The holiday accommodation was exceptionally comfortable and very tastefully decorated."

    The village of Pateley Bridge and the surrounding countryside were very impressive to us. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Apr 2024

  • "What a lovely cottage set in a beautiful place with a amazing view from the back garden."

    The cottage was lovely, comfy and cosy with everything you need including the bottle of wine and the lemon drizzle cake on arrival. X

    Reviewed by Bryan5.0Mar 2024

  • "Swift Cottage was one of the best locations we had ever stayed at."

    It was a delightful cottage with all the facilities and comforts required. It is located within less than a few minutes walk to one of the most beautiful villages in the dales. Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale is a beautiful location with houses built in Yorkshire stone and set on the banks of the bubbling River Nidd as it tumbles through dales and hills of emerald green. Apart from its delightful little shops and pubs it also plays host to the oldest traditional sweet shop in the country. The jewel of Yorkshire, York City, is within an hours reach as is Harrogate and the famous Fountains Abbey. The owner of the cottage was delightful to talk too as was the lovely chocolate cake and wine we arrived too. Despite the the September rain, an occupational hazard of any Autumn break, we still had a wonderful holiday in the dales and found plenty to entertain us on our holiday.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent! Easy to lay our hands on everything."

    Everything worked! Rooms clean and comfortable. Nice little verandah and great views, and very convenient for the village. Stairs a little steep but hand rail secure. Would thoroughly recommend it.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a great setting."

    It had everything we needed for a comfortable and enjoyable holiday. The wine and cake on arrival along with Tea, Coffee and Milk was much appreciated.The narrow lane to the property was a challenge, but not a problem if taken slowly and carefully. Overall a really enjoyable stay in Pateley Bridge.

    Reviewed by Mike4.4Aug 2023

  • "Swift Cottage was lovely warm and comfortable, very well equipped and spotless."

    Lovely location and the outdoor seating provided opportunity to enjoy and relax, overlooking the views of Pateley. A lovely welcoming bottle of wine and cake, which was very much enjoyed. A perfect spot to walk to Local Public House, ammenties and doorstep to many local walks, leaving the car at the door.

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Jul 2023

  • "Very well equipped and comfortable."

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Jun 2023

  • "The owner and/or Sykes should provide a warning as to the narrowness of the lane up to Swift Cottage."

    The entrance to the lane is so narrow we clattered our wing mirror off one wall.

    Thank you for giving the cottage full marks as to the accuracy of our listing, comfort and cleanliness. As explained when we spoke to you before your visit, the lane is narrow but visitors are rewarded by the fantastic views arising from the elevation and some guests do prefer to use the alternative parking we suggest at the bottom of the lane. We were very sorry to hear of your accident - this is the first accident we have heard of for any visitors to any of the cottages in Prospect View and we have never had a similar incident in the last 16 years. We were pleased you enjoyed the visit overall. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eric4.7May 2023

  • "Very restricted access to the property."

    Parking difficult when other properties habitted.

    We are sorry that you found this difficult. We rely on the other cottages to park sensitively and have mentioned this to them. Thank you for the nice feedback you left in the cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valerie3.8Apr 2023

  • "Very friendly owner - a lovely locally made cake and wine were most welcome."

    A perfect base for exploring the area. Smart, comfortable decor throughout. The views were terrific. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a comfortable and relaxing stay at the cottage."

    It was lovely to be welcomed with cake and wine. The views from the sitting room are of Pateley Bridge and surrounding countryside. It’s very central for walking into the town and incredibly quiet, no road noise. The cottage has everything you need, comfortable bed and sofas, good internet connectivity and clean and tidy. It’s worth noting the bathroom is downstairs but we didn’t find the stone stairs a problem. As many have said parking and access can be an issue. The small lane to the cottage has a tight left turn and very little manoeuvrability between two walls one high one low. I wouldn’t want to take a car wider than a golf up the lane. Parking was tight but manageable. There are some lovely walks from the cottage and the location is ideal for visiting Harrogate, Fountains Abbey, Skipton and Ripon. Overall we had a great stay.

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, very comfortable and well equipped."

    The lane up to it is very narrow; we had a couple of inches spare on either side. Tight to manoeuvre in the parking area too. Beautiful area, amazing walks, and Pateley Bridge is a delightful place to stay in. Local shops have all the basics and some luxuries too. Plenty to see and do nearby. We wished we’d booked two weeks, not one.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage, really well appointed."

    Fantastic views from the patio and ideally situated for walking and visiting other local attractions.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Apr 2022

  • "This was the best equipped cottage we have ever stayed in, from the wine and cake on arrival to the kitchen with everything we needed to properly self cater."

    Pateley Bridge is a lovely town with excellent local shops and the surrounding Dales are beautiful with walks of all types and lengths. A visit first to Brimham Rocks and then to the Himalayan Garden on a sunny day was the highlight of our week.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2021

  • "Swift Cottage is hidden away up a narrow lane, but in a way that is good because it is quiet."

    It is only a short 200 yard walk to the pub and about the same distance via the short-cut footpath to the large Nisa supermarket and filling station and bread shop. So, a very well located cottage. Pateley's high street is only a 7 minute walk away. Well blessed with excellent tea/coffee shops and other facilities. One of the friendliest little towns we have stayed near. The cottage is well appointed with really good kitchen equipment. It is all there if you are self-catering. Gas hobs. Owner and cleaner were outstanding. Very helpful and friendly. Bottle of wine and cake at arrival time was a very generous welcome present. You do not have to drive, there are a large number of walks from the cottage and Pateley. But, the old railway line to Wath and back along the road is worth doing. Also How Stean gorge, Brimham Rocks and Cornerstones Cut are also well worth checking out, but the weather was against us to do anything more.

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0Oct 2021

  • "Nice warm greetings with a quality home made cake, a bottle of wine and the usual bits and bobs."

    The house is very well appointed with beddng and towels from John Lewis (not your usual Dunn Elm). The views from the house are stunning as well as the location. We voted with our feet as this is is the second time here. The owner provides great support with a comprehensive package of information. Just book, you're not going to be disapointed.

    Reviewed by Alec5.0Sep 2021

  • "We loved our stay in Swift cottage, lovely and clean, with an excellent shower."

    Great facilities, everything you need for a self catering cottage. Views are exceptional from garden. Nidderdale is a wonderful place for a holiday. I loved the Himalayan Gardens, walks in stunning scenery. Even a little rain did not ruin our holiday

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Jul 2021

  • "Enjoyed sitting on patio, taking in the view."

    Good location for access to local shops. Good location as a start of several enjoyable walks. Overall a brilliant holiday.

    Reviewed by Grahame5.0Jun 2021

  • "We have stayed at Swift Cottage a few times in recent years and always thoroughly enjoyed the comfort and facilities provided, and the lovely views to the rear."

    As I mentioned a few years ago in a previous review, the only problems could apply to those with large or wider than average cars. The road prior to the left turn to the lane to the cottage is often congested with parked cars which can make accessibility difficult, especially when driving out to the main road. The uphill lane itself is very narrow and great care has to be taken to avoid damaging your car. I mention these points but would still recommend the cottage to others. We intend booking again in the future.

    Reviewed by Alex4.7May 2021

  • "We were very comfortable in the cottage which is very well fitted out and equipped."

    It is a lovely location. A good centre to walk from or to visit other places. The only downside is the access road is extremely narrow and there is no warning of that.

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Oct 2020

  • "Great property with with lots of charm."

    Location is ideal for walking. Only downside is downstairs bathroom and steep stone staircase if you have a mobility problem. Otherwise perfect!

    Reviewed by Alec5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely - it was very clean and comfortable and had everything that we could possibly need."

    The view from the patio was very picturesque. The owner was very helpful and recommended lots of places to visit, eat, walk etc If we are in the area again we would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Aug 2020

  • "A wonderful cottage with brilliant amenities- more than you could ask for!"

    So much thought has gone into this cottage and it made a lovely week’s stay. The area is wonderful too.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Aug 2019

  • "Great location close to great walks, pubs and restaurants."

    Cottage really lovely with great views. Accommodation very comfortable and well equipped with well thought out extras like DVDs, maps and guides of walks. A little gem.

    Reviewed by Susanna5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was in a lovely location and really well furnished."

    Garden to sit in, and enjoy morning coffee. Easy to walk from the cottage and we barely used the car. Lots of lovely pubs and restaurants, but also well equipped to cook at home.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Jun 2019

  • "A truly comfortable cottage with all mod cons."

    Home from home. Stunning views. Village shops and pub within walking distance. A perfect base for both walking and day trips exploring the Dales. You do need to be able to manage steep stone stairs to the comfortable bedrooms upstairs. Also if you need the toilet in the night the bathroom is down those same steep stairs. There is a very narrow lane to drive up in order to reach the cottage and parking place. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday there and would return.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0May 2019

  • "This is our second time at this cottage and thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    The property is very well furnished and equipped,and very comfortable with good views down the valley. It is in an excellent location for local walks. The only slight drawbacks are the steep stairs to the bedrooms which could be a problem for the infirm, and the narrow road to the property for those with wide vehicles. These however did not spoil our stay and we would definitely recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by Alex4.7May 2019

  • "We had a great stay in Swift Cottage."

    The cottage was well equipped, cosy, clean and in a great location within easy walking distance of the local town, shops and amenities. Walks starting from your door too. Probably the best cottage we stayed in.

    Reviewed by Monique5.0Oct 2018

  • "We had a wonderful week in Swift cottage."

    The cottage is well equipped and very cosy. The cottage location is peaceful with fantastic views over Pateley Bridge and the surrounding area. The location makes it easy to visit Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks. Both places a must see. A lovely welcome of cake and wine was indeed a treat. My only negative comment is that it would be helpful to have a supply of toilet rolls available for guests rather than just one!

    Reviewed by Elaine4.7Oct 2018

  • "Very comfortable and well appointed cottage."

    Nidderdale is a lovely and peaceful place. Pately Bridge has everything one needs for a weeks holiday.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Sep 2018

  • "The cottage was beautifully furnished and we'll equipped and in a brilliant location."

    The owner gave us usefully information about the local area and we were delighted to have cake and wine on arrival.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Aug 2018

  • "Cannot fault the beautiful cottage, the cleanliness, all the little extras for home comfort."

    The location is beautiful. The local shops & restaurants are just a couple of minutes walk from the door, but the cottage is set back enough to be seculded & quiet. Pateley Bridge itself is a lovely little town & the walks all around the surrounding fells are stunning & well worth doing. All in all a fabulous holiday for me & my brother. We hope to return. Many thanks

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage was ideally situated close to the facilities of Pateley Bridge but in a peaceful location overlooking the town."

    Beds and sitting areas were comfortable, which was good as we were walking the Nidderdale Way and were in need of a rest each evening! We'd have liked a freezer, as there's an excellent butcher in Pateley Bridge and we could have frozen meat to bring home. Also parking is quite tight at the back - might be a problem if visitors have a big car. But very minor quibbles.

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Jun 2018

  • "Had very nice week, the cottage was ideally situated for local shops and restaurants and walks."

    Try the chicken sausages from Weatherhead butchers on the High St. Will return for another holiday

    Reviewed by Barrie5.0May 2018

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the week at Swift Cottage, which was very comfortable and well equipped."

    Good location for local walks. The only potential problem, which could affect those with larger vehicles, was the very narrow approach road up the hill to the cottage. Care has to be taken. This however did not detract from a lovely week in the cottage. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by Alex5.0May 2018

  • "Steep narrow vehicle access."

    Steep stone staircase. Bedrooms upstairs with bathroom down stairs. Not suitable for the infirm.

    Reviewed by Allan4.1Apr 2018

  • "Ive never stayed anywhere that has felt so much like home."

    The cottage was so well equipped, it had all the essentials and so many little touches which made our stay so comfortable. I would say this has been my favourite holiday and the cottage is one of the main parts of it. Would definately recommend to anyone and i have no doubt we will be coming back.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Mar 2018

  • "Lovely cottage , tastefully decorated and with everything you could possibly need for a holiday!"

    Very thoughtful touches throughout the house .Arriving in the evening to a freshly baked cake and bottle of wine was a lovely surprise! Superb views and a short walk in to Pately Bridge. The owner was extremely helpful too when I called her. A lovely week here , and the open fire was a lovely touch too. Would highly recommend and hope to return for another holiday too.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Nov 2017

  • "We just spent a week at Swift Cottage in Pateley bridge."

    The cottage was lovely ,cake and wine on arrival. The cottage was warm and inviting and had everything we needed for our stay and had gorgeous views over Pateley bridge. Swift cottage is a ideal based for local lovely walks hope to return soon .

    Reviewed by J5.0Oct 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Gas central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Front lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 5 mins walk, pub 1 mins walk
  • Please note: Internal stone staircase is steep
  • Please note: no infants or children under 5 allowed at this property

The property

Pateley Bridge 0.3 miles.

This lovely Victorian, stone-built mid-terrace cottage is situated on the outskirts of the popular town of Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale, ten miles from Grassington.

With lovely views over the town, this stylish property is ideal for a family, couples or group of friends looking to explore this scenic part of the Yorkshire Dales.

The owners have lovingly furnished the cottage throughout to provide a first-class property.

The sitting room has comfortable sofas in front of a warming open fire, ideal for curling up on after a busy day of exploring.

The kitchen is very well-appointed for cooking up delicious meals which can be enjoyed around the dining table, or on sunny days step outside onto the patio and enjoy dining alfresco as you soak up the stunning views over the town and to the dales beyond.

Also on the ground floor is a contemporary bathroom with a small utility room next to it.

Upstairs, via the original stone staircase, there are two delightful bedrooms; a double and a twin.

The charming twin room also enjoys views over the village.

A short stroll from the property, across the river, is the delightful Pateley Bridge with its range of traditional pubs, restaurants and gift shops.

For a special occasion why not head to The Yorke Arms, an 18th century coaching house situated in the beautiful Nidderdale Valley which boasts a Michelin starred restaurant?

Alternatively you may wish to walk along the river to the Sportman's Arms for an early evening drink.

Lace up those walking boots and discover the Nidderdale Way, which can be accessed from the doorstep, or the fascinating Brimham Rocks.

Alternatively visit the majestic Fountains Abbey, a World Heritage Site.

Cyclists can enjoy revisiting the 2014 Tour de France route which passed nearby or explore the quieter roads of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The picturesque village of Grassington is within driving distance as are the towns of Skipton and Harrogate.

A wonderful cottage in a well-located area.

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About the location


Grassington 10.5 miles; Ripon 11.8 miles; Harrogate 14.5 miles.

Pateley Bridge, voted Great Britain's Best Village High Street in 2016, is a charming Dales town nestled in the steep-sided valley of the River Nidd. Quaint little alleys and yards off the steep main street house many interesting shops offering a wide range of unusual gifts and mementos, plenty of places to eat and drink, two award-winning butchers, a fishmongers, a bakery and the oldest sweet shop in England. Pateley Bridge is well known for its prize-winning floral displays, whilst the nearby leisure centre incorporates a swimming pool and the riverside park with children's play area is not to be missed. Also worth a visit are the town’s Craft Workshops and the award-winning Nidderdale Museum - a lively collection of displays illustrating all aspects of Dales life in the past. Up and downstream, the Nidd Valley offers excellent opportunities for walking, cycling and birdwatching.

Please note: no infants or children under 5 allowed at this property.