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Thornton Rust near Aysgarth, Yorkshire Dales - South (Ref. 21078)

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  • Sleeps 12

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "A beautiful comfortable well equipt house in fabulous gardens in a beautiful village … so quiet & peaceful … an ideal base for visiting Middleham Aysgarth Falls Hawes & Bolton Castle … fabulous walks around the village & stunning scenery !"

    ! Would recommend food at Wheatsheaf Carpenby There were 8 adults & 1 one dog & we had a fantastic weekend break … wouldnt hesitate to rebook at Pinehurst

    Reviewed by ElaineSep 2021

  • "We had an amazing time and felt really at home in our cosy and warm house."

    9 adults fitted in perfectly and the location was superb.

    Reviewed by YasminJul 2021

  • "This house was absolutely perfect."

    Large, comfortable and very clean. Fully equipped kitchen with everything you could possibly need. The views were outstanding. The back garden was quite steeply sloped but plenty of flat areas to sit and for children to play Great communication with the owner Mel and bond refunded in full very quickly. Recommend the Wensleydale dairy ice cream cafe about a mile or so out of the village. Amazing ice creams but also toasties, cakes etc.

    Reviewed by JosephineJun 2021

  • "Lovely house and location and the views from the garden will stay with me for a long time!"

    Would go back.

    Reviewed by ChristianMay 2021

  • "Needs to be recycling facilities at the house."

    I feel that it’s very irresponsible not to provide this. Twin beds mattress’s were very uncomfortable but the other beds were all great. Lots space in the house, had everything you could need. Fantastic garden with amazing views!

    Thank you for your feedback. Our environment is very important to us, which is why we use Yorwaste. Yorwaste allow our guests to dispose of all their rubbish into the large bin at the front of the drive, without having to sort it before their weekly collection. All recyclables such as paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metal being put through our Materials Recycling Facility. They are then taken by bulk transport by accredited companies to licensed facilities where they are transformed back into new products and reused. Any material that can't be recycled is taken to a state-of-the-art Energy from Waste treatment facility in North Yorkshire. Here, the waste is converted into energy, producing enough electricity to power thousands of homes across York and North Yorks. We hope this helps with your concerns, and look forward to you visiting the Dales again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AliceMay 2021

  • "Pinehurst is set in a beautiful location and is an extremely well maintained property."

    It made an ideal space for a family holiday. The owners are very helpful and prompt. A perfect recipe for a memorable trip!! Thank you!

    Reviewed by AlpaSep 2020

  • "Lovely holiday house and had everything you needed and in a gorgeous location, village was lovely."

    Ideal for our family holiday, plenty of space for everyone.

    Reviewed by SheranSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a fabulous location."

    Reviewed by RoseAug 2020

  • "Great stay in a lovely house."

    The village was beautiful and the villagers all very friendly, plus great location for walks straight from the door or a short drive away. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by DanielleAug 2020

  • "The property is in a beautiful location with stunning views- the perfect place to stay to walk the 3 peaks!"

    The house itself is cosy, clean and a really great size! it was perfect for a winter break and we have all agreed it will be just as nice to come back in summer! Spot on! Thankyou!

    Reviewed by HayleyMar 2020

  • "A good stay overall for my fortieth birthday gathering with 8 friends."

    One main toilet didn’t flush and plumber couldn’t fix it so most used the downstairs one. Beds could do with mattress protectors. One fire chimney blocked but plenty of wood for us to use on the other kitchen log burner. House was very clean and very well equipped , especially the kitchen and nice bottle of wine to welcome us. Lovely surroundings and peaceful. Disappointed with lack of communication after we left to discuss the issues we had.

    Thank you for your feedback. The plumber repaired the toilet on Monday when he had sourced the part, but as you mentioned you still had the use of the toilet in bedroom One and the downstairs toilet. We have replaced the bed frames & mattresses is Bedroom Three & Four and added new mattress protectors/Toppers. Not sure why the chimney seemed blocked as we had both chimneys professionally swept in late 2019. We were in constant communication throughout your stay and you agreed an acceptable reimbursement and that you looked forward to staying again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AmyMar 2020

  • "What A Magical Place to Spend The new Year We enjoyed an amazing family holiday at Pinehurst over the New Year with all our children (all now adults) and grandson - 9 people and 2 dogs in total."

    What can I say…well the house was exactly as described, though even better in real life than the photos showed. It was easy to find and well signposted at the end of the village in a beautifully quiet location with amazing views and wonderfully clean and well maintained gardens. The house itself was perfect for our large family needs with enough bedrooms, bathrooms and living space for us all, so that we were not “on top of each other” and all had space to relax and do “our own thing” whilst enough living and dining space to come together in the evenings for some precious family time. As the cook in the house, I particularly found the extensive and well equipped kitchen/dining area perfect for our needs with enough space to be able to easily prepare a roast New Years Day dinner for us all. The fridge/freezer, I might add, was like a Tardis and was large enough for us all to do a “big shop” at the beginning of our stay, and I kept finding drawers etc with food in them throughout the week. Even though it was late December/January and it is a large house, we never needed to light either of the 2 fires as the house was lovely and warm…much as we wanted to. Loads of great features and lovely finishing touches, one being the large dog/walking friendly reception area which lead into the kitchen which meant it was easy to remove muddy boots and clean the dogs after a days walking, and the most AMAZING Christmas welcome basket I’ve ever seen, red wine, white wine, cheese, biscuits, jams, pickles etc – absolutely lovely - Need to book over the festive season again :-) The owners Mel and Tony communicated everything to us well in advance so that we had a most amazing time – and we will certainly return – thanks again Mark & Julie Chatterton, family and dogs xx

    Reviewed by MarkDec 2019

  • "A perfect location and house for a relaxing and very enjoyable weekend with friends."

    Reviewed by RachelNov 2019

  • "It would help greatly if the house had a "Pinehurst" sign at the roadside!"

    The view shown on the website cannot be seen until one is halfway down the drive! We were very annoyed to find dog excrement in the back garden; this meant we could not allow two young children to play there! Otherwise, the property was as described & we enjoyed our stay.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are in the process of having a new house sign supplied and fitted to wall at the front of the property. The wonderful views across the Dales are mainly from the back of the house as you can clearly see from the photos on the website. Our apologies for the dog excrement in the garden, even though we allow dogs we work very hard to keep our gardens clean off dog mess as we are a family friendly property. We were pleased to hear you and your family thoroughly enjoyed your stay at Pinehurst and we were so glad to be able to return 'Rufus' the bear to you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KennethNov 2019

  • "This is a wonderful house with the most fantastic views."

    We’ve stayed here twice and will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2019

  • "The house is nicer in real life than it looks in the photos."

    The sloping garden is beautiful and would be fantastic in the summer.

    Reviewed by BenOct 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our week at Pinehurst."

    Location was perfect and lovely views. The property was well maintained and very clean and comfortable. The owner was lovely to deal with. Overall a hassle free experience and a wonderful holiday - thank you.

    Reviewed by AngelaAug 2019

  • "The view from the garden is fabulous."

    The house met all our expectations and I can’t really say more than we will be back.

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2019

  • "A very comfortable house which had everything we needed, apart from the lack of another bathroom for the amount of folk it caters for."

    We did have problems with the toilet off and on and it was a bit of an inconvenience having this toilet out of order in the only bathroom in the house! Gorgeous views from the property and pleasant grounds. Would certainly book again. Bedding and towels WHITE no greyness!

    Thank you for your feedback, the third bathroom is something we are looking at for the future. Being a Bank Holiday, we were unable to get the plumber there until the Tuesday, but by then the en-suite push button flush on the toilet had released itself. The other Two toilets were in full working order throughout. We are very glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at Pinehurst. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JuliaMay 2019

  • "Website photos don’t do this property justice - it’s a modern, light and beautiful property."

    We loved it. Very well equipped and perfect setting.

    Thanks for your feedback which we always welcome. Please take a look at the new photos that Sykes have now put updated on their website. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DanielMay 2019

  • "Lovely well equipped house with wonderful view."

    Good walks on well signed paths straight from the house Nearest pub serving food 2+ miles.

    Reviewed by AngelaApr 2019

  • "Stayed for a 2 night break with friends."

    House was spotless, facilities and layout of the house suited us very well and accommodated all our needs. View and location is stunning. Highly recommended! Communication with owner is excellent.

    Reviewed by ClaireDec 2018

  • "The house was lovely with a well equipped kitchen and with a large dining table ..."

    The house was lovely with a well equipped kitchen and with a large dining table which we could all sit around for meals/drinks etc, enough room for all of our party,9 plus a small dog, the location was super with lovely views across Wensleydale and easy access to all the local walks and amenities

    Reviewed by GOct 2018

  • "Absolutely stunning cottage, more than we’d hoped for."

    Well equipped throughout and plenty of information and recommendations to keep us busy

    Thank you very much for your feedback. The property boiler runs on oil and the smell was due to the oil leak in a pipe, which carries oil to the boiler, outside the property. Thank you very much for pointing it out, it is fixed now. I always provide my guests all my contact details so that they can contact me if they have any issues with my property, so that the issues can be resolved quickly and my guests can enjoy their stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GraceAug 2018

  • "Beautiful house- ideal for a large group or extended family."

    Plenty of room for us all and everything we needed. Thornton Rust is a lovely little village and close to Asygarth falls and Hawks. Lots of lovely walks close by. We would recommend Pinehurst- comfortable and a lovely holiday home.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2018

  • "We booked the week at Pinehurst as a family get away to celebrate my Dad's 90th birthday."

    .we used to holiday in The Dales as kids and the week brought back many happy memories The house was amazing and had everything we could have wanted and more. The gardens and views were fabulous and everyone including the 2 dogs were totally chilled out.. We absolutely loved it and will definitely return Many thanks

    Reviewed by HeatherJun 2018

  • "The Cottage and garden alike more than met with our requirements, we had a family celebration with family coming from parts of the UK and France."

    We also had our dog with us. Of course the walks were superb but equally was brilliant that he had space to explore the garden safe and secure while we were relaxing and catching up. The location meant that some family members were able to stay nearby and we could walk to meet up with them. We all said we would like to do it again and stay in the cottage. So thank you Mel it was brilliant AND the weather was even kind to us.

    Reviewed by KimMay 2018

  • "Superb house, very well maintained, owner was great, the location was beautiful - I would wholly recommend staying at Pinehurst, it's the perfect place to stay and get away from it all."

    Reviewed by OliverMay 2018

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    Beautiful location, superbly equipped with excellent communication with the owners. Would absolutely recommend

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2018

  • "Lovely house, well equipped."

    Nice attention to detail - made for a very easy, comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by BrianApr 2018

  • "Absolutely amazing!"

    We visited the cottage for my Dad's 70th Birthday. There were 8 of us aged 70 to 18. We stayed 26th-30th March. The cottage was perfect, it exceeded expectation. Prior to visiting, the owner Gill contacted us and was so helpful with local information. Whilst there we had every weather going but the scenery was always amazing especially the view from the back patio area. The cottage was well equipped with everything you could need. Although there are plenty of excellent pubs and restaurants near by we ate in because we had all the facilities and played games most evenings. Everything in the house was top quality so I fully appreciate why the owner requires a bond. The cottage is so welcoming and you immediately feel at home. I would highly recommend this property to anyone - the perfect retreat. Plus my dad was over joyed with his present and the chance for the family to spend quality time together.

    Reviewed by MariaMar 2018

  • "The house was fantastic, it had everything we needed for our family get together."

    It was spacious, comfortable, clean and very well equipped. The house is in a lovely garden and has amazing views of the surrounding area. It was the perfect spot for exploring the Dales, with lots of local walks and places to visit nearby.

    Reviewed by RobertFeb 2018

  • "What an amazing property."

    We spent a week here over the New Year break with family and it exceeded all our expectations. The house itself provided everything we could possibly need, as well as a beautiful Christmas Tree and hamper full of festive treats and a couple of bottles of wine!! Everywhere was extremely spotless. All the rooms were tastefully decorated and it felt like home in a very short time. Set in a small village, not far from Aysgarth Falls and other local towns. The gardens were massive and the children enjoyed investigating them. The view on our first morning (with the snow) was like a picture postcard. All of us would definitely recommend this property - there were 6 adults and 6 children in our party and it suited us perfectly.

    Reviewed by SteveDec 2017

  • "We had a fantastic Christmas week in the cottage as a group of 8 adult friends, 3 children and one baby."

    Not everyone could make the full week, so the arrivals and departures over the week were staggered, but the location and parking area was perfect for this. We had 4 cars parked on the property but there would still be room for a couple more. What a fabulous cottage, so well equipped with everything you could ever need for a home from home. The kitchen is well equipped with crockery, glasses and cooking equipment and we successfully cooked several meals. Beds were comfortable There are lots of added extras like DVDs, board games and we had a lovely hamper waiting for us on arrival with some games and tasty treats. The cottage is clean, well presented and with tasteful decor. Wifi is an added extra, and surprisingly the 4G mobile signal was good for those of us that needed to keep in touch. We visited some lovely places nearby, The Forbidden Corner (only open Sundays in winter) is a great attraction fun for kids (and big kids) of all ages, Aysgarth falls are beautiful with a lovely tea room by the bridge, and also the Green Dragon (lovely pie lunch) at Hardraw where you can visit Hardraw Force - England's largest single drop waterfall. There's so much more to see and do and we have discussed coming back one summer! Well done to the owners and team on such a great holiday home. None of us wanted to leave when it was time to go home.

    Reviewed by RebeccaDec 2017

  • "Only one problem we found."

    Into the utility room then up a small, very small step to the extra bit of utitlity into the toilet. There was a small step which most of us seemed to trip up or down. Think it could do with the yellow and black tape or painting in some bright color.

    Reviewed by EileenNov 2017

  • "Beautiful property, everything you could possibly need is provided in the very well stocked kitchen and is perfect for an extended family get together."

    Would highly recommend the house.

    Reviewed by SerenaNov 2017

  • "This was a lovely extended family holiday."

    Pinehurst is set in a beautiful village which has spectacular views. The cottage is spacious and is of a very high standard. Would certainly recommend and consider re booking.

    Reviewed by NigelOct 2017

  • "Pinehurst was the ideal cottage for my wife and I to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary with all our family, a beautiful house in beautiful setting."

    Reviewed by KenSep 2017

  • "Lovely house."

    Perfect for a group of 9. Absolutely fantastic views from the back garden and perfect location for visiting the Dales.

    Reviewed by TonyJun 2017

  • "The photos of the property didn't do it justice, it was very relaxed and spacious for 10 adults with stunning views, especially in the evening with the hillside across the valley lit up by the evening sun."

    Reviewed by ChristopherMay 2017

  • "Awesome house just perfect for the family to attend my daughters wedding at Askrigg Church and then at Bolton Castle."

    Extremely well equipped and so comfortable. Beautiful location with exceptional views.

    Reviewed by GlendaMar 2017

  • "Lovely house - a home from home that well suited 9 adults."

    We'll be booking again!

    Reviewed by HelenMar 2017

  • "Cannot praise this beautiful home enough!"

    We spent a fantastic long weekend here for my partner's birthday and couldn't have been happier; extremely comfortable, clean and fantastic location. The photos for this property really don't do it justice, it is a stunning house and we couldn't have asked for more. Thank you so much for making this event even more special!

    Reviewed by KatieSep 2016

  • "Amazing house fabulous countryside and outstanding holiday."

    Everything you could wish for and more. Certainly will be booking again as soon as we can .thank you Mel Morris

    Reviewed by DorathySep 2016

  • "What can we say?"

    The cottage, gardens, and views were amazing. Our only problem was having to leave Pinehurst. We had only been at the property for 24 hours before we decided we wanted to go again next year. All of the locals we bumped into were really friendly and the location was great for exploring North Yorkshire Dales.

    Reviewed by CathAug 2016

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  • Five bedrooms: 4 bed room upstairs: 1 x super king-size bed and 2'6" single with side rails(children bed) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1x double, 1 x 4' double, 1 x ground floor king-size double with pull-out stacker children bed
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen with breakfast bar, dining area and adjoining snug
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner in kitchen/snug and open fire in the sitting room
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games, CDs and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner and open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair
  • Off road parking for 6 cars
  • Front lawned garden and rear garden extending down the hillside with patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 4 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: This cottage can sleep a maximum of 10 adults and 2 children
  • Note: No hen or stag parties. Note: Please do not park on the grass verges in the village of Thornton Rust

The property

An outstanding detached house, in a beautiful peaceful location on the edge of the pretty village of Thornton Rust, just two miles from Aysgarth.

Offering country living at its finest, this Wensleydale cottage has been lovingly renovated by the owners to provide a first-class holiday home, ideal for a family or group of friends to get away from it all.

Full of character and charm throughout, this Aysgarth cottage boasts a superb open plan farmhouse style kitchen with adjoining snug and a warm and cosy woodburner located in the centre of the two rooms and is a fabulous feature.

A separate sitting room is stylish and comfortable and features a lovely open fire, ideal for those cold winter nights.

Completing the ground floor accommodation in this lovely Aysgarth cottage is a convenient bedroom and a modern cloakroom.

The upstairs accommodation boasts a spacious master bedroom with modern en-suite facility and a feature window boasting fabulous views across the valley.

There is also a spacious bedroom with twin bed, two doubles and a ground floor king-size double with a child stacker bed, all complemented with a well-equipped bathroom.

The majority of the rooms have delightful views of the spacious gardens and the beautiful Wensleydale countryside.

Outside, a large garden built on the hillside provides an ideal area for playing with the children and enjoying a summer barbecue.

The area provides an array of interesting walks and excellent biking opportunities, and is ideally placed for exploring this beautiful corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Wensleydale is one of the most beautiful of the Yorkshire Dales and there are fabulous walks from the doorstep to Aysgarth and the lovely falls.

This is a great location, from the castles at Bolton and Middleham, to nearby Hawes with its famous cheese factory and lovely market.

This truly is a Wensleydale cottage with everything to ensure that you have a relaxing break in this quiet and unspoilt corner of the county.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Aysgarth 2 miles; Hawes 7 miles.

The idyllic village of Thornton Rust is situated high on the south side of the Wensleydale, just two miles from Aysgarth and three miles from Bainbridge. Thornton Rust is a quiet and peaceful backwater, approached from either side by a winding country lane which opens out unexpectedly to a pretty village of wide, grass verges, stone cottages and panoramic views of Wensleydale. The area is a walker's paradise and includes the well known tourist attractions of Aysgarth Falls and the impressive Bolton Castle which dates back to 1379. Aysgarth Falls have attracted visitors for over 200 years, famously Ruskin, Turner and Wordsworth all visited and enthused about the 'falls' outstanding beauty. In the 19th century nearby Aysgarth was a staging post and many a traveller would make their way down to view the falls from the bridge. Today, many will recognise the Upper Falls from the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. In the nearby Freeholders' Wood, where the ancient art of coppicing is still carried out and visitors will find hazel, ash and wild cherry, among others. The woodland is carpeted with wildflowers in spring and is home to over 120 species. An excellent holiday location for walkers, offering a great base from which to explore both Wensleydale and Swaledale, with beauty spots in the area including Aysgarth Falls, Semerwater, castles at both Bolton and Middleham and of course, Hardraw Force - England's highest single drop waterfall at 99ft! There are also lots of interesting market towns and villages to visit, including Hawes, Leyburn and Bainbridge, to name but a few.

Region Information

Note: This cottage can sleep a maximum of 10 adults and 2 children.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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