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Duck Cottage

Melsonby, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 1020656)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful Cottage, wonderfully equipped and stylishly furnished."

    Excellent base for touring both the Dales and the Moors. HIGHLY recommended!

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2022

  • "We thought Duck cottage was lovely…very peaceful and with a beautiful secure garden which is hard to find in holiday lets for small dogs."

    That made a big difference and would encourage me to book the property again. The cottage was very clean and well finished with lovely character features. The owners replied to any queries we had very quickly. Overall we really enjoyed our time and I’d recommend it to anyone. If asked for any slight negatives, no cleaning cloths were provided to wipe surfaces and we forgot to pick these up in the local supermarket. I also thought it was unusual to be asked to strip the beds before we left. We’ve never had to do that in holiday cottages before and it was just an extra thing to do whilst trying to get packed up. These are just small things though. Overall its a beautiful property in a very peaceful and picturesque village and we hope to return.

    Reviewed by EstelleJul 2022

  • "This was a beautiful cottage in a lovely, peaceful village."

    The cottage had everything we needed, and more, and provided the perfect place for us to base ourselves in whilst exploring the area. Overall, the cottage was beautifully clean and comfortable; however I did give the microwave a quick once over before I was happy to use it and the pot provided in the main bathroom to keep toothbrushes in had some stale water in the bottom so I just moved it out of the way.

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2022

  • "Although sleeping accommodation was fine for 6 people, it would have been a squash for 6 adults to comfortably sit in the living room."

    A lovely cottage and great contact with the owners. Well positioned to visit numerous attractions and towns in the area. A very friendly village. It would have been really helpful to have an ordnance survey map of the area to help with finding foot path routes for the dog walk.

    Reviewed by DarrenJun 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage."

    Very clean. Very well appointed. Could not fault it.

    Reviewed by JasonJun 2022

  • "The cottage exceeded our expectations."

    It was comfortable, well equipped and had plenty of space. The garden was really attractive and provided a secluded, relaxing place to enjoy the sunshine and birdsong.

    Reviewed by XeniaMay 2022

  • "Best cottage we have ever stayed in, has everything you could possibly need, the welcome pack is such a lovely idea."

    The cottage has been renovated to a fantastic standard, didn't want to leave. Would highly recommend and would definately love to stay again.

    Reviewed by VictoriaApr 2022

  • "We were very happy with our stay at Duck cottage."

    The cottage was very comfortable and had everything that we needed including a lovely welcome pack which included a bottle of wine which was very enjoyable. The village was lovely and there was a pub within a few hundred metres of the cottage. Would certainly recommend Duck cottage.

    Reviewed by TonyApr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely village, handy for touring around Yorkshire or just chilling out ."

    Only downside was the narrow road outside the cottage. I have a small car , was parked up on the gravel off road and still got my car dented and scratched along the wheel arch and door by someone squeezing past.Not that they let me know . Just be careful of this and maybe park along at end of road .

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2022

  • "We had a little problem with a water leek , the owner was quick to sort it , it was no one fault just one of those things."

    Cottage was lovley

    Reviewed by JudithFeb 2022

  • "The property had wood worm the beams in bedroom was dropping wood on to us in ..."

    The property had wood worm the beams in bedroom was dropping wood on to us in bed meaning we had to sleep on the sofa the out building seats were moldey heater didn’t work wasn’t clean to our standard on arrival then after leaving accused of smoking in the property which is absolutely rubbish because we had candles they assume we were smoking we would not recommend anyone after this

    Thankyou for your feedback and we are sorry that you felt inclined to post this after staying in Duck Cottage. We hope that anyone reading this will make their own judgement based on the overall feedback on the quality of Duck Cottage. We want ALL of our guests to enjoy their stay at this property and request NO SMOKING to avoid the unpleasant and VERY distinctive stale odour which remains and can spoil the experience for future guests. The house is a Grade 2 listed property. All the wood beams have been treated and retained to keep the character of the property which we know many guests have enjoyed and hope many more will continue to enjoy. In relation to the infra-red heater in the external den, we have checked and this is working fine. It is an external covered area which is expected to be used more to enjoy long summer evenings rather than in the middle of winter. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JaneJan 2022

  • "Duck Cottage is absolutely beautiful and we had a lovely stay."

    The owners were super quick at communication and nothing was too much trouble. We would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by LauraDec 2021

  • "Such an amazing cottage, very clean, well equipped, great location ( the lane it’s on is a bit tight tho) the outside chill out barn is fantastic, heating in there too."

    Bedrooms are roomy, en suite lovely, bathroom very roomy

    Reviewed by ColinNov 2021

  • "Lovely cottage."

    One of the best we have stayed in. Renovated to high standard. Warm and cozy. We had a great time, walked almost everyday in the stunning Yorkshire Dales. Loved the Fish and Chip van on the Thursday evening. Loved the outdoor space as did our Labrador puppy. We will definitely return to Duck Cottage soon.

    Reviewed by TimothyOct 2021

  • "High spec cottage."

    Very comfortable. In a lovely village with easy access to main roads and Richmond.

    Reviewed by ColetteOct 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, very clean and comfortable, had everything we needed."

    Welcome pack was a nice touch. Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by AmandaSep 2021

  • "Great cottage,Dog safe lovely little village."

    Only Downside had to travel to get to any restaurants and shops across A66.Nice friendly pub in the Village but no food .

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2021

  • "Lovely house, brilliant pub."

    So friendly and nice. Really nice dog walks through the fields.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2021

  • "Lovely stay in this cottage - although as the name suggests a few bumps on the head due to the low door height."

    Comfy beds and good quality towels. Plenty of equipment in the kitchen and the wine cooler came in handy. Outdoor space super, although we did keep our dog on his lead due to being able to get onto the outdoor shed roof. Village very friendly and a lovely park for the kids.

    Reviewed by JaneJul 2021

  • "Best cottage we have stayed in ideally situated in a pretty village easy to ..."

    Best cottage we have stayed in ideally situated in a pretty village easy to access all areas of the dalesand moors beautiful ateaysprvyaculst scenery

    Reviewed by VerityJul 2021

  • "Duck Cottage has been renovated to an extremely high standard & was cleaned thoroughly before our arrival."

    Comfortable beds & sofas and all crockery & utensils thought of. Melsonby is an ideal base for exploring the area. The parking in front of the house is okay as long as you pull in as close to the property as possible or you’ll block the road for other residents. The local pub, The Black Bull is a nice place & the locals are really friendly.

    Reviewed by DebbieJun 2021

  • "You listed King Size Bed with en-suite which is one of the reasons i booked the cottage, we ended up with small double bed with en-suite."

    My family are tall and ended up hitting their heads on small doorways and openings constantly throughout the stay, this should have been in description. No shops nearby, had to travel across busy roads to shops. Will not be visiting Melonsby again.

    Reviewed by MargiJun 2021

  • "The cottage is beautiful, the village is friendly, the local pub is the cleanest i have ever seen."

    Lovely area lovely people, cant wait to go back.

    Reviewed by JacquiJun 2021

  • "Beautifully renovated and comfortable cottage in a quiet village with easy access to Richmond, Barnard Castle and the coast."

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2021

  • "This was a great cottage."

    A local shop would have added to it but know the circumstances of that. Lovely area and could not fault

    Reviewed by SallyMay 2021

  • "Duck cottage was so lovely!"

    The whole house was beautifully decorated and furnished. Comfortable sofas in the living room and spacious. Well equipped kitchen, with a lovely welcoming hamper, and even butter and milk in the fridge. Such a lovely touch. Also doggy treats and a dog bed, bowls and food mat where provided. Spacious dinning room. All bedrooms where beautifully furnished and very comfortable beds, with plenty of pillows. The bathroom was very nice, with a lovely large shower and slipper bath. Lovely garden, especially good for dogs, secure and plenty of room. The summer house was nice to relax in, with a heater and comfy seating. Everything was spotless and we felt very welcome. If you are looking for a relaxing break in a comfortable, stylish cottage, then Duck cottage is perfect for you. Highly recommend, and would definetly stay here again.

    Reviewed by MichaelApr 2021

  • "Wow what an amazing cottage!"

    Totally exceeded our expectations and the welcome basket was a lovely touch. The cottage was spotless, very cosy and our dog loved zoomies in the beautiful garden. We did some great walks in the area and Richmond was a lovely day out. We will 100% return later this year. Thank you!

    Reviewed by VanessaApr 2021

  • "The Cottage was simply stunning and I could live in it!"

    Home comforts with a little welcome pack was wonderful plus the village was so quiet and all residents very friendly. I would book again in this stunning and homely cottage.

    Reviewed by AdrianDec 2020

  • "Best cottage we have ever stayed in, so cosy and had everything you needed!"

    Reviewed by LyndsayOct 2020

  • "Fantastic place better than we ever expected."

    The black bull pub well worth a visit loads of places to visit not to far away. Dog friendly nearly every where we went too

    Reviewed by Richard GrantSep 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x King-size with en-suite shower room, 1 x double and 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Downstairs cloakroom with WC and Basin
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, wine cooler, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Starter kit for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • 1 x Roadside parking outside house, addition parking available nearby
  • Electric car charging point available at extra charge
  • Enclosed rear courtyard with seating, huge stone shed with seating, secure bike storage and steps up to elevated lawn
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.6 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Travel cot available on request

The property

This charming, newly renovated, Grade II listed, terraced cottage rests in the village of Melsonby and is within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines, Lake District and Nidderdale AONB.

Duck Cottage is a fantastic blend of character features and contemporary styling, offering a delightful holiday home for a family or group of six wanting to explore the outstanding countryside and host of attractions that are easily accessible from the property.

Step into the stone cottage's entrance hall, where you will find a convenient cloakroom, and head towards the homely sitting room, with character wooden beams, soft grey carpets, lovely wooden doors, a choice of sofas and an armchair to relax onto while enjoying watching a film on the TV, while the charming woodburning stove heats up the room and adds to the cosy feel of the space.

The dining room offers a dining table with a mix of chairs and a charming corner church pew, comfortably seating the whole group and offering an ideal space to enjoy meals and discuss plans for the remainder of your stay, as well as a charming stable door that opens up onto the courtyard garden.

The contemporary kitchen is fully-equipped with all of the necessary appliances to support your culinary requirements, and even offers a wine cooler, so you can chill a bottle of fizz and celebrate in style of an evening.

Upstairs is a spacious king-sized bedroom, spacious and comfortable double bedroom and twin room, with wooden beamed ceilings and ample storage space, while the master bedroom offers a convenient en-suite shower room and the remaining bedrooms are served by the stylish family bathroom, with elegant roll top bath and separate walk-in shower.

Outside, you will find roadside parking and there is an electric charging point for electric vehicles, while to the rear of the property, you will discover a large courtyard garden with a stone shed providing an alternative covered seating area, also containing enough storage for bikes, as well as an elevated garden accessed up a set of steps, providing plenty of space to stretch your legs and enjoy your tranquil setting.

The cottage is in the heart of Melsonby village, with a lovely real ale pub and old church, as well as footpaths and bridleways in every direction and fishing facilities.

The market town of Richmond is under six miles away, situated along the River Swale, with its elevated castle offering panoramic river views, a waterfall, The Green Howards Museum and the ancient woodlands of the National Trust's Hudswell Woods, on the fringes of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Explore the unspoilt countryside, diverse wildlife habitats, scenic dales and quaint villages of the national park, as well as the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO Global Geopark, a stunning nature reserve and picturesque landscape of heather-clad moorland, woodland, dales and peatlands, with attractions such as the 14th century Raby Castle and walking and cycling trails at Hamsterley Forest.

Locally, there are many biking trails, some of which are covered in the Tour de Yoorkshire.

You are within driving distance of the Lake District national Park, as well as the North York Moors and North Yorkshire Coast, while the Nidderdale AONB is within easy reach.

Duck Cottage is well-placed for discovering incredible scenic countryside in the surrounding national parks and AONBs.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Richmond 6 miles.

The attractive and peaceful Dales village of Melsonby is situated in lovely rolling countryside, just a few miles to the north of the popular market town of Richmond. The village itself has a lovely old church, a real ale pub. There are two pubs serving food in nearby Gilling West and a further pub in Middleton Tyas.. There are footpaths and bridleways in every direction and fishing is available nearby. Nearby Richmond grew up around its castle set high above the River Swale with panoramic river views. Within Richmond, narrow streets and alleys radiate from the cobbled Market Place (which has a weekly market and monthly farmers’ market) and there are numerous pubs and restaurants to enjoy. The Georgian Theatre is one of the oldest surviving theatres in the country with visitors enjoying its regular productions all year round. An ideal location for exploring all of Swaledale, Teesdale and the Yorkshire Dales.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

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