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Richmond, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 249)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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74 Customer Reviews

  • "Friendly owners on hand if you need them."

    Kindly provided us with some goodies on our arrival. Comfortable beds and settees. Bus handy for Richmond. We enjoyed our stay so much we have already booked for 2022.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "This was our 3rd stay in this bungalow and we have enjoyed a most comfortable and relaxing holiday on each occasion."

    Although on a main road, the bungalow is quiet and peaceful, being set back with it's own patio and garden area. The bungalow has a spacious lounge and is very comfortable to enjoy a quiet evening in if the weather is inclement. We will be staying again!

    Reviewed by TJul 2021

  • "What a fab find."

    Lovely accommodation within walking distance of Richmond town Centre. Next to a public footpath which lead to Easby Abbey (beautiful). Lovely friendly owners. We will definitely be back

    Reviewed by ChristineJun 2021

  • "A really lovely bungalow in the perfect setting."

    Beautiful views from garden, lovely to watch the visiting wildlife. Easy to find,, easy reach of lots of lovely places to visit. If really had to find a negative the step at front door and patio door were steep, but this was only an issue down to the mobility issues of one our party, and the bungalow does not claim to be step free. This in no way spoilt our stay and wouldn't stop us returning.

    Reviewed by NancyJun 2021

  • "Thornlea is a great cottage very well situated just outside Richmond giving easy access to the whole area."

    You have great views as you sit in the garden having your morning cup of tea.

    Reviewed by AnnMay 2021

  • "Everything was perfect."

    Hosts really good and lovely welcome tray with tea, coffee, delicious biscuits and wine on arrival. Bungalow very comfortable and watching the wild life from the patio doors was wonderful. Superb location to walk or go by car into Richmond. Beautiful walks from the bungalow. A really lovely stay. Pat and Ron were there if you needed anything, but we didn't. Great, we will be back when all Covid restrictions are lifted as there was so much to do in the area which we couldn't do due to current restrictions.

    Reviewed by JoanApr 2021

  • "Great property, well looked after in excellent location to Richmond."

    Beautiful garden at rear. Fortunately we had a lovely week of weather, however in bad weather there is nowhere to put wet coats or shoes as entrance is directly into carpeted lounge area, this was not an issue for us but could be to others. Also the pillows were rather worn and need replacing. On the whole good value for money in a great area.

    Reviewed by LindaApr 2021

  • "We have found the cottage is very comfortable clean and welcoming."

    It is very close to Richmond and close to the motorway for visiting other areas. The owners are very helpful and are happy to give information for the local area .

    Reviewed by AnnOct 2020

  • "A lovely welcome from the Owners on arrival."

    Bungalow was relaxing and just right for a week of walking in the Dales, close to Richmond and walks straight from the door.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2020

  • "We had a wonderful time at the cottage the garden was wonderful to sit in at daytime and evening."

    The cottage gave a home from home feel . The directions from Ron & Pat the owners were very easy to follow. If like my husband Iain and I and like flyfishing it is perfect as there are plenty of place’s nearby. We will be going back.

    Reviewed by AnnAug 2020

  • "Just what the doctor ordered Chill time in a lovely relaxing bungalow."

    Reviewed by GeoffreyOct 2019

  • "Third visit to this cottage."

    Made to feel welcome. Ideal base for touring the Dales. Particularly enjoyed our visit to Eden Camp. Plenty places to eat locally for gluten intolerance.

    Reviewed by DeborahOct 2019

  • "Pat and her husband were welcoming and friendly."

    We knew they were there for us if we had any unmet needs.

    Reviewed by RayleenSep 2019

  • "Great little cottage could not ask for more."

    Pat and Ron lovely couple. First time in Richmond look forward to my next visit would stay here again.

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2019

  • "The owners were first class as was the property ."

    Just being able to walk from the property to the centre of town .we could catch a bus to all parts of the dales .

    Reviewed by JamesJun 2019

  • "This property is in a great location."

    Near enough to all that Richmond has to offer but far enough away from the hustle and bustle. Lovely secluded garden, a real suntrap. Very friendly owners, leaving a tray of tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits as well as a bottle of wine and bottle of fresh milk in the fridge, they even popped in on our last day to wish us a safe journey home. Hopefully we will be back for our 4th visit very soon.

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2019

  • "Good priced cottage with a good location 3rd time at cottage"

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay here."

    When we arrived here was a welcome tray of tea, coffee and biscuits and a pint of fresh milk in the fridge. What a lovely touch. The cottage was perfect for us and very homely. Lovely and warm and had everything we needed. THere was also DVDs to watch and a games cupboard. Fantastic views from the back garden and fields across the road as located right on the edge of the town. Perfect base for visiting Richmond and surrounding area. There is a little public pathway that goes right down the side of the bungalow which takes you on a picturesque walk to Easby Abbey. Well worthy a visit.

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2018

  • "Lovely little cottage and the owners have thought of just about everything, including a welcome pack consisting of wine, biscuits, tea, coffee, sugar and milk."

    My only recommendation would be for the addition of black out curtains/blinds at the bedroom windows as there is a streetlight opposite which can make the room a little light but that is only my personal opinion and apart from that it was perfect and we can't wait to go back again and again.

    Reviewed by MargaretOct 2018

  • "Windows need cleaning patio doors filthy spoiled the bird watching"

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2018

  • "This is the 5th time that we have stayed in this cottage, and we have enjoyed our stay each time, We would happily recommend staying there."

    Reviewed by SylviaSep 2018

  • "The location suited us as it was close to Richmond but away from the built up area."

    Views from Thornlea were of countryside and rabbits played in the back garden .Access to the Dales was easy so we made full use of the opportunity to enjoy visiting several.

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2018

  • "Very warm welcome - very comfortable - very spacious for 2 people - location was ideal for us."

    Very minor problem was wifi only available <20% of the time - if you are a news junkie like us, it's a problem. But VERY minor in the overall scheme of things.

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2018

  • "This bungalow is situated just as you enter Richmond from Scotch Corner at the end of a row of semi-detached houses."

    Ideally situated as you can walk into town or get a local bus which stops nearby. Also well situated for lovely trips to lots of different areas. Parking is easy and on the premises. As it is on the main road you can hear traffic but, with the windows closed and with the excellent double glazing it wasn't a problem. The views from the garden at the back are lovely and it was nice to watch the birds and squirrels from the patio doors. It would be pleasant sitting out there during the better weather. We were very warm and comfortable and the bungalow is well equipped including a hairdryer and lots of storage. The kitchen is small and I wouldn't care to make a meal for four people in it but Richmond and the Dales have such nice eating places cooking wasn't on the agenda! The owners are friendly and helpful if you need them. Wi-Fi is unreliable as the owners told us. The only safe way to get into and out of the bath for older people is to hang onto the shower fitting. I would like to see a non-slip mat in the bath and a grab rail. We would be happy to go back to Thornlea.

    Reviewed by MavisMar 2018

  • "Very comfortable and handy for the town with the buses running every 20 mins and easy to get to the Dales"

    Reviewed by DaphneSep 2017

  • "Fantastic location within walking distance of the historic centre of Richmond."

    Very good access to the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. Made an excellent base for our family holiday.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2017

  • "Comfortable accommodation, ideally situated for exploring the area."

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2016

  • "A lovely bungalow, warm cosy and it was spotless."

    Could not ask for anything more. The owners must be so proud of having such an excellent property.

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2015

  • "Fantastic location with lovely garden, a home from home with everything we needed."

    The owners were very friendly and informative about the area.

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2015

  • "Owners very friendly and helpful."

    Great starting place for touring The Dales. Tourist info free guided walk round Richmond and Dales trail leaflets were both excellent.

    Mrs NewingJul 2014

  • "As we had previously stayed at Thornlea before, we knew exactly what to expect of the cottage, and we were over the moon to be able to book it at quite short notice when most of the year is fully booked."

    The owners live next door but never make you feel as if Big Brother is watching you. A very enjoyable and stress-free break; we will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Leslie ColinMay 2013

  • "Excellent all round thanks to great owners."

    Thanks very much!

    Reviewed by MarkMay 2013

  • "Great bungalow in a fantastic location."

    Owners very helpful and welcoming. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by NigelNov 2012

  • "One of the easiest holiday cottages I have booked."

    From first booking with yourselves, the experience was a pleasure. The owners were very friendly, living next door, nothing too much trouble for them, they were there if you needed them but not intrusive at all. A welcome pack was in the cottage to start the holiday which included a bottle of wine. It was a very enjoyable holiday, and a cottage I would use again.

    Reviewed by LynnSep 2012

  • "A comfortable and warm cottage."

    Appreciated this for Autumn break. Short drive into Richmond.

    Mrs CushlowOct 2011

  • "Friendly owners and a comfortable cottage made our break a thoroughly enjoyable one."

    We will return with pleasure to this lovely location!

    Reviewed by Leslie ColinOct 2011

  • "Thornlea is in a very convenient location for touring and close to Richmond and all the facilities."

    We received a good welcome from the owners. There are some lovely pubs and restaurants within close proximity, and a number of country walks close at hand. Very cosy and relaxing.

    Reviewed by SpencerSep 2011

  • "Very cosy cottage, well equipped."

    , comfortable and within walking distance of the town. Ideally situated for exploring the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2011

  • "Very comfortable accommodation."

    Good location and welcome pack from the owners. This was very much appreciated. We had a great week even though the weather not brilliant but no problem.

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2011

  • "Our first visit to Richmond, a lovely town in a beautiful setting and a good hub for exploring in all directions."

    People very friendly. A good selection of places to eat.

    Reviewed by RaymondJun 2010

  • "Very peaceful, relaxing, in a lovely environment, with a nice view and the owners next door, were very welcoming and helpful."

    Reviewed by RosMay 2010

  • "Comfortable cottage with lovely views."

    Owners very helpful. Supplied some welcome essentials and recommended local walks.

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2009

  • "This cottage is ideally situated on the very edge of Richmond and perfect to use as a base from which to have days out around North Yorkshire."

    The owners are very friendly & welcoming and the cottage is of an excellent standard. We thoroughly enjoyed our weeks break and would not hesitate to return on another break.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2009

  • "The owners were very hospitable."

    Milk, biscuits and a bottle of wine were left for us. Lots of places to see and visit. The owners thought of everything. Had information leaflets of places to go and places to eat- very impressive!

    Reviewed by JenniferJun 2009

  • "Good location."

    Well thought out and appointed property.

    Reviewed by AnthonyMay 2009

  • "The location, and the warmth and 'cosiness' of the cottage was top class."

    The owners living next door were there if we needed any thing and the welcome tray when we arrived after a long journey was very welcome. We look forward to returning to this property when we visit this area again.

    Reviewed by GordonApr 2009

  • "Extremely helpful owner."

    Good welcome tray. We would go again.

    Reviewed by JSep 2008

  • "'The Station' in Richmond well worth a visit - good cafe, bakery, brewery, cheese making etc."

    Reviewed by Margaret & IanSep 2008

  • "Owners very helpful."

    Good view from the lounge. Welcome tray with tea etc. was very good.

    Aug 2008

  • "The owners were extremely kind and nothing seemed too much trouble."

    Reviewed by RJun 2008

  • "Very nice rural view."

    Also, it is ideally placed for visiting many places of interest and natural beauty.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2008

  • "Richmond was an interesting town with plenty to do and see around."

    Lovely little villages all round about. Plenty of leaflets with ideas in the cottage along with games to keep children amused at nights.

    Reviewed by DawnAug 2007

  • "It felt like a home not just a house."

    The owners were very pleasant and welcoming.

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2007

  • "Great family garden with excellent views."

    Mrs PlattsJul 2007

  • "Very private and attractive garden."

    Lots to see and do within 20 mile radius. Very suitable for disabled visitors.

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2007

  • "The friendly personal service from the owners who lived adjacent to the bungalow (a welcome note, bottle of Cava for our wedding celebrations, milk in the fridge, tea, coffee, sugar, filter papers, washing up liquid, paper towels, washing powder, bin bags and a personal visit to make sure we arrived ok)."

    We felt the bungalow offered general warmth & comfort on arrival.

    Reviewed by PaulaFeb 2007

  • "As on our last visit, we liked the cosy cottage and its excellent position."

    The owners were most helpful & friendly.

    Reviewed by TonyDec 2006

  • "Very accessible and easy to find."

    A great base for touring the North of England.

    Reviewed by RogerAug 2006

  • "Property was centrally located."

    Plenty of places to visit within easy access. The garden was private with a lovely outlook.

    Reviewed by KathleenJun 2006

  • "A very compfortable cottage, we were made very welcome."

    Reviewed by RonaldMay 2006

  • "Excellent property in convenient location."

    Will book again.

    Reviewed by JimApr 2006

  • "We received a lovely warm welcome."

    As always we appreciated being able to make a cup of tea on arrival, thanks to owners leaving tea/coffee/milk etc. for guests. Its rare to find owners who go the extra mile to ensure the comfort of their guests.

    Reviewed by MarilynApr 2006

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay at Thornlea."

    The cottage was well equipped, warm, clean and generally excellent! The owners were the perfect hosts and we would definitely stay at again and recommend this property.

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2006

  • "A warm friendly welcome from the owners together with flowers on the table, milk in the fridge and a bottle of wine and black sheep beer on the table!"

    (as well as the more usual tea, coffee and sugar). Fantastic view from the sitting room across the vale, and a suntrap to sit in when one wished, in a colourful garden. Unobtrusive help available when required.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2005

  • "The Bungalow was the right size, well furnished & well equipped with a good garden and spectacular views over the valley."

    Reviewed by CharlesJun 2005

  • "The cottage was extremely comfortable, owners were friendly and helpful."

    We especially appreciated finding tea, coffee and milk on arrival. The fresh flowers were an nice touch. Beds were clean and comfortable, and lounge spacious. One of the nicest places we have ever stayed and I would certainly recommend it.

    Reviewed by MarilynApr 2005

  • "Good, convenient base for a walking/touring holiday."

    Short distance to town centre for shopping etc, but in a quiet location on the edge of residential a area. Overall situation excellent.

    Reviewed by JimApr 2005

  • "Great location."

    Wonderful Weather !!!

    Reviewed by MatthewSep 2004

  • "The garden was very pretty and totally enclosed so safe for children."

    Reviewed by JanetAug 2004

  • "The cottage was well placed for touring the area and was very well equipped."

    Richmond town centre was a reasonable walking distance away. The footpath next to the cottage provided a pleasant walk to Easby Abbey. The traffic from the main road was never intrusive. The garden was very pleasant for sitting in and at night was visited by bats.

    Reviewed by MarionJul 2004

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here."

    It was so nice to just be able to relax and enjoy the garden and the views beyond.

    Reviewed by FJun 2004

  • "Level walk to the shop and countryside walks from the door."

    Garden attracts lots of birds.

    Reviewed by LanaFeb 2004

  • "The bungalow was very well equipped and everything worked!"

    The owners live just next door and we were told if we needed anything just to knock on their door and ask.We had a lovely weekend break although we would have liked to stay longer,in fact I could have lived in that little bungalow.

    Reviewed by RobertFeb 2004

  • "Richmond was a lovely town - and a great centre for exploring the rest of North Yorkshire"

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2002

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The property

A modern detached bungalow situated on the fringe of the market town of Richmond, named Great Town of the Year 2009 by the Academy of Urbanism.

The cottage offers very comfortable, well-equipped accommodation in a superb location for discovering this beautiful region and visitors will receive a very warm welcome from the owners who live next dorr.

Richmond offers a Norman castle, Georgian Theatre, museums and beautiful riverside walks.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with quadrant shower cubicle and shower, W/C and basin
  • Modern fitted kitchen
  • Delightful sitting room with patio doors, pleasant views and dining area.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, automatic washer, TV with Freeview, DVD player, CD/radio/cassette player, WiFi
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Sun trap garden area with patio and garden furniture owners do have access, but ensure you are left in private
  • Off road parking
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Richmond town centre is 1 mile (bus stop adjacent to cottage), shop 5 mins walk, pubs 1 mile.

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About the location


Barnard Castle 10 miles; Leyburn 12 miles.

Situated at the entrance to Swaledale, the ancient market town of Richmond stands on a prominent hilltop site to the north of the River Swale. Its cobbled streets and narrow alleys or 'wynds' enshrine over nine centuries of busy history and unique character. The town grew up around its castle, a Norman fortress dating back to 1071, famously situated high above the river - indeed the name Richmond is derived from 'Riche-mont' meaning 'strong hill'. Today there are wonderful walks to be enjoyed such as the Castle Walk - a dramatic terrace walk beneath the castle walls - or alternatively walk alongside the River Swale where there are parks, safe paddling areas and small waterfalls to enjoy. Within the town, narrow streets and alleys radiate from the cobbled Market Place (which has a weekly market and monthly farmers’ market) and there are numerous shops, pubs and restaurants to enjoy. The town flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries and the resulting elegant Georgian architecture lines many of the old streets. The Georgian Theatre is one of the oldest surviving theatres in the country with visitors enjoying its regular productions all year round.

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