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Middle Mistal

Harrogate, Yorkshire Dales - South (Ref. 1001687)



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32 Customer Reviews

  • "This was our second holiday at Middle MIstal."

    It feels like a home away from home, which is everything we could ask.

    Thankyou Mr & Mrs Romeril, it was so lovely to see you both again and thankyou for your very kind comments Property Owner

    Reviewed by AngelaOct 2021

  • "Wonderful property."

    Everything has been thought of. Beautiful cottage and stunning location. Great owners on hand. Superb comfortable beds. Couldn't ask for more. Thoroughly recommend Middle Mistal. A brilliant base for exploring the whole area and very handy for Harrogate.

    We are so pleased that you enjoyed the cottage and thank you for your lovely comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CaSep 2021

  • "Stunning property and fabulous location!"

    Everything you could wish for in a holiday cottage. From the attention to detail, equipment, furnishings and decor, Middle Mistal is beautiful throughout!

    So pleased you enjoyed your time at the cottage and thank you for your kind feedback. We hope to welcome you again in the near future. Best wishes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2021

  • "We have stayed in numerous cottages over the years and this is by far the best."

    The cottage is very much like a home from home. Everything has been thought of. The location and views are so stunning. So glad we found it!

    Thank you for your kind feedback, it means such a lot to us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KeithAug 2021

  • "We were at Middle Mistal with friends for a week and we all agreed that we have never stayed in such an excellent level of comfort in a holiday rental they have certainly thought of everything."

    Great setting to get around. The owners are close by and nothing is too much effort even left a homemade cake for our arrival - sometimes it’s the smallest touch that makes the difference.

    It was lovely to ready your kind words. We were happy to hear you had such a lovely stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2021

  • "Wonderful holiday."

    Middle Mistal was an amazing base...very comfortable with all the amenities we needed. We will definitely be returning.

    Thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back to Middle Mistal. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HannahJul 2021

  • "It was a really beautiful cottage."

    Everything in it was of a high standard and spotlessly clean. The views were amazing and the family John, Sue and Christina were so kind and helpful. We had a great holiday and would love to go again.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BarbaraJul 2021

  • "First class cottage just perfect ideal for a visit to this part of Yorkshire."

    Reviewed by RolandJun 2021

  • "Middle Mistal is beautiful in every way - so good we re-booked to return."

    Thank your lovely review of Middle Mistal. We look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AngelaJun 2021

  • "The cottage is lovely, well equipped, very peaceful, with great views."

    We enjoyed the local walk to the Crags and bluebell woods, so that we could have a car free day. Went to Harlow Carr twice, once for the gardens and then again just to have brunch at Betty's tea rooms. Recommend both

    So pleased you enjoyed the cottage and was nice to meet you. hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChristineMay 2021

  • "Beautiful rural location and very comfortable accommodation"

    Thank you for your lovely comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SandraMay 2021

  • "Our stay at Middle Mistal was outstanding, the photos don't do it justice at all and the property is even nicer than it appears."

    The cottage is beautiful, comfortable and very well furnished. On arriving the first thing that struck us was that everything was pristine - everything felt clean and new, which made us feel instantly at ease. Sue and John have furnished the cottage beautifully - it feels like a real home from home with everything you could need. They also left us a homemade cake, which was delicious! We met Sue on our last day and she was very friendly and welcoming too. We'd highly recommend the cottage to anyone looking for a peaceful country retreat!

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. Your feedback is very much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NickApr 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage to relax and unwind in."

    Enjoy the views with a piece of cake and a cup of lovely cup of Yorkshire tea kindly left by the owner Susan. The cottage itself has everything you need from the well set out kitchen/utility room to the relaxing lounge to enjoy your evenings and to wake up in the morning after a good nights sleep. We would definitely recommend a stay here to make lovely memories you will never forget

    Lovely to meet you, thank you for the lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2020

  • "Absolutely fabulous cottage everything you need was there and all excellent quality, we was left Victoria sponge Cake it was yummy and a lovely thought to greet us on arrival."

    What lovely feedback, thank you so much for taking the time to respond. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2020

  • "The cottage and views where fantastic couldn’t have asked for anything more it ..."

    The cottage and views where fantastic couldn’t have asked for anything more it was a lovely break away during current times

    Thank you for taking the time to leave such lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2020

  • "Middle Mistal is absolutely spotless, the decor is appropriate to its environment and very tasteful."

    We found nothing wanting. The beds were very comfortable with good quality duvets and pillows, an unusual blessing topped with beautiful crisp white bedding. The owners were very friendly whilst leaving us to enjoy our holiday. The views from the property were stunning and we were able to enjoy various walks from the location. This is probably the best property that we have ever stayed in and we will certainly try to return.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to give us such lovely feedback. It was a pleasure to meet you and hope to again in the near future. Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by DawnSep 2020

  • "Fabulous luxury cottage on a friendly working sheep farm near Harrogate"

    Glad you had a lovely stay hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by SueAug 2020

  • "We loved everything about the cottage and its amazing location."

    Would definitely go back!

    Thank you for the amazing feedback, was great to meet you and look forward to you visiting again soon. Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by JillAug 2020

  • "Stayed in this beautiful cottage for a week to get away from it all!"

    And we certainly did. Set on a working farm next to the owners who are always on hand if there are any problems. Beautiful countryside views and so peaceful. The cottage has very high quality furnishings and everything has been thought of. You don't need to bring much except your clothing, your toiletries and yourselves!! All kitchen equipment is provided, all cloths, tea towels and cleaning materials. There is an iron, laundry facilities with washing liquid and softener, umbrella, BBQ with tools, fly swat, sewing kit, all the little things you may not even have thought of yet have been thought of already. There is a tower fan in both bedrooms if you are too hot and hot water bottles if you are too cold. Perfect!! Thank you to Sue who made us a gorgeous cake and gave us a box of teabags and 6 lovely fresh eggs too. The whole family are so lovely but you have plenty of space and privacy at the same time. You are very near to Otley, Harrogate, Ilkley, and plenty of little stores, petrol garages and pubs & restaurants in the area to explore. There are attractions to visit as well of course but we stayed out the way of those in this current situation. What a lovely and relaxing holiday we had. Thank you very much to Sue and John for making it a special break for my Birthday, and for the Birthday card. A lovely surprise too.

    Thank you your feedback, so pleased you had such a lovely time and thank you for your amazing feedback. Hope to welcome you back again. Many thanks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2020

  • "Middle Mistal is one of the best holiday cottages we’ve ever stayed in."

    Luxury fittings and accessories, spotlessly clean, fantastic showers and comfy beds. Everything you could need in the kitchen was provided as well as a delicious homemade cake and some eggs and teabags on arrival. Our hosts could not have been more helpful and friendly.

    Lovely to meet you all. we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the furnishings within the property. Hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LizAug 2020

  • "A fantastic cottage, beautifully clean and in a stunning part of the country."

    We had a lovely week!

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by TimAug 2020

  • "Absolutely loved Middle Mistal!"

    We will definitely be back! Stunning views, beautiful cottage and everyone was so friendly. Middle Mistal had everything you could think of and more! So clean and comfortable. Definitely will be recommending to family and friends and Sue’s cake is not to be missed!

    Great to meet you during your holiday, pleasure to have you stay at the Middle Mistal and lovely to read your comments. Hope to see you again soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by MichelleJul 2020

  • "The property is superb, luxurious , every need met with thoughtful detail."

    Beautiful location with amazing views.

    Lovely to meet you both, Thank you for your lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by IreneJul 2020

  • "You could not wish to find a more perfect cottage."

    Set in beautiful countryside with amazing views, Middle Mistal surpasses all expectations. This beautiful cottage is equipped with everything you could possibly need for a relaxing break. Everything is of exceptional standard. Comfortable beds, crisp white linen, luxurious thick towels – better than you will find in any hotel! If we could give Middle Mistal more than 5 stars we would do! John and Sue are very welcoming and on hand if needed. Having stayed in other cottages in the area, Middle Mistal is head and shoulder above the rest. We stayed for 3 weeks and did not want to leave! We will be back.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback, it was lovely to meet you Property Owner

    Reviewed by LouiseJan 2020

  • "It is a fabulous cottage very well equipped with the thickest towels I have very ..."

    It is a fabulous cottage very well equipped with the thickest towels I have very seen ,& the bedding is better than most hotels, well everything in the cottage is too Avery high standard , & the log burner is great , plus the lamb chop we bought off John the farmer were delicious very tasty will definitely return

    We really appreciate you taking the time to give us your kind feedback. Thank you, John & Sue. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DerekNov 2019

  • "A truly lovely cottage."

    Very well appointed with high quality furniture and equipment. John and Sue and very friendly and helpful hosts. We all had a most enjoyable break.

    Thank you so much for your very kind comments it means such a lot to us . Lovely to meet you both John & Sue Property Owner

    Reviewed by AndrewNov 2019

  • "It's a lovely cottage, beautifully decorated and equipped with everything one could need."

    The location is beautiful & the views stunning. Really quiet & out of the way. It was perfect.

    Thank you so much for your kind feedback, it was so lovely to meet you both. Kind regards, John & Sue. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KayNov 2019

  • "Absolutely fabulous place."

    Excellent quality furnishings .beautiful views Top Notch in every way .we will definitely be back next year. Calm relaxing place . Attention to every detail and we could want for nothing. We highly recommend this cottage if you want to get away from it all and spend quality time in a high spec accommodation

    Thank you Mr & Mrs Owens for your lovely feedback Kind Regards John and Sue Property Owner

    Reviewed by ThomasNov 2019

  • "A wonderful cottage with exceptional facilities and everything thought of for a relaxing holiday."

    Beautiful setting and luxury for a great break near the Dales and Harrogate.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. Looking forward to seeing you next year. John and Sue Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenOct 2019

  • "One of the best holiday cottages we have visited."

    Everything thoughtfully provided, spacious, very well equipped, quiet, lovely views.

    Thank you for taking the time to fill in the feedback form. We appreciate your feedback and are happy you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back shortly. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KateOct 2019

  • "We were very impressed with the standard of the barn conversion & how well it had been kitted out with high quality furnishing & fittings."

    More like a 5 star hotel then a self cater cottage. Spent a lot of time just looking out of the widows to the patch work of dry stone walled fields with sheep & cattle grazing & the red kites high above. we did both cycling & walking straight from the cottage. Wished we had booked 2 weeks instead of the 1. John Sue & family who run the farm are very friendly & are there if needed.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at Middle Mistal. We look forward to welcoming your back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by StephenOct 2019

  • "Middle Mistal what a fantastic property having just been tastefully refurbished to a very high standard by John and Sue the owners who were a pleasure to meet as nothing was to much trouble for them to make your stay here a sheer delight."

    There are many towns within a short distance that offer good shopping and food whether it be a restaurant or public house I'm sure your tastes will be catered for,as would be the cyclist or walker with lovely scenic views when travelling through this part of Yorkshire. D&J Freeman.

    Reviewed by DerekSep 2019

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The property

Ideal for two couples, Middle Mistal is tucked away in the village of Stainburn, near to the market town of Otley and the picturesque town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and is within close reach to the dramatic Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Situated on the owner's working farm, this charming property is complete with traditional wooden beam detailing throughout and offers a welcoming, cosy base to return to after fun-filled days out.

The cottage hosts a bright and contemporary kitchen which enjoys natural lighting and ample appliances to fulfill all your culinary needs, including an electric oven and hobs, a fridge/freezer, kettle, dishwasher, and appealing wooden dining seating for four where you can gather to enjoy hearty home-cooked meals.

Adjoining to this is a convenient utility room complete with a washing machine, tumble dryer, and a microwave.

Beyond the kitchen area is a spacious, quaintly decorated sitting room which features plentiful leather sofas to sink into, a Smart TV and DVD player, and a character warming woodburning stove to light for a cosy ambiance.

After a busy day, you can look forward to retreating to the two superb king-size bedrooms on the first floor; both bedrooms boast superb countryside views, elegant decor and lavish en-suite bathrooms complete with marble-style detailing, a walk-in shower, a WC, hand basin, towel rail and a bath in which you can indulge in an unwinding soak.

Guests will be delighted by the property's private outdoor area which includes a shed ideal for bike storage, a BBQ and a marvellous lawned area, coupled with a patio with outdoor seating which overlooks the grand panoramic countryside views that encompass the home.

Those feeling energetic can enjoy the village's excellent bike trails, or for a more laid back day out, visit Harewood House, an exquisite Grade I listed building which houses an exotic bird garden.

Wander Armscliffe Crag, a superb area ideal for rock climbing and walking among spectacular views across the Wharfe Valley.

Why not visit the nearby town of Otley, with its street market, award-winning bakeries and butchers, high street chains and eateries.

Take a tranquil stroll in the Riverside Park which runs along the River Wharfe, or head to the wooded hillside, rocks and moorland of Chevin Forest Park which provides tremendous views of the town and the beautiful countryside that surrounds Otley.

Within a 20-minute drive is the larger town of Harrogate, where you can relax in the Turkish Baths, explore around the colourful Valley Gardens or visit Royal Pump Room museum which explores Harrogate’s story as a spa town.

Middle Mistal is also within close proximity to RHS Harlow Carr, Skipton, Yorkshire Dales, Ilkley, York, Ripon, Fountains Abbey, and Bolton Abbey.

Enjoy a refreshing and memorable break with loved ones at Middle Mistal in this brilliant region of North Yorkshire.


  • 2 x king-size be with en-suite bathrooms with a bath, walk-in-shower, WC, hand basin, and towel rail
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with a woodburning stove
  • Utility room
  • Oil central heating
  • Ground floor under-floor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hobs, fridge freezer, microwave, kettle, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, Smart TV, DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power is included in the rent
  • Fresh bed linen and towels are included in the rent
  • Off road parking
  • Private courtyard area with a storage shed and BBQ, a patio area with outdoor seating, and a large lawned area
  • Sorry, no pets are allowed and no smoking
  • Pub 3.8 miles, Shops 5.2 miles
  • Note: Children over 12 years old only

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Skipton 21 miles; York 21 miles.

The attractive spa town of Harrogate is famous for its acres of immaculate gardens, open spaces, elegant architecture and broad tree-lined boulevards. Once one of the most fashionable spas in Europe, the town continues to draw visitors from far and wide to its excellent shopping and restaurants and renowned conference centre. The countryside around Harrogate is outstandingly beautiful with Nidderdale and the Yorkshire Dales to the west and the North York Moors to the east. Close by there are many major attractions including Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden (National Trust) and the historic houses of Norton Conyers and Newby Hall & Gardens. However many visitors will be more than happy to enjoy a day in the town itself - walking in the Valley Gardens followed by afternoon tea at Bettys, the town's world-famous tea rooms.

Region Information

Note: Children over 12 years old only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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