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Duck Cottage

Melsonby, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 1020656)

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • “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

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

    - Mrs May, July 2021

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.


  • 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

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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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