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Orchard Cottage

East Witton, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 1007194)



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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Nice cottage in a very good location."

    Living room is very comfortable. Kitchen is well equipped. Not 5 ticks by my experience but more like a 4. One problem we had was that the shower, as mentioned by previous guests, was very poor bordering on non functional and needs attention; hence the low rating on facilities. Some people may not have a problem with it but I wouldn’t re-book on that basis alone.

    Reviewed by ChristopherNov 2021

  • "The cottages was very good,but the electric shower and the mixer tap shower were completely useless,I love a shower first thing in the morning and this completely spoiled things."

    Ready for a good shower when we got home.

    We are very sorry that the shower unit and mixer did not meet your expectations. Our water comes from a natural spring and therefore it does not have the same pressure as the mains. We have spoken to our plumber and arranged to install an independent pressurized system which will rectify the problem. We very much hope this might convince you to return at some point in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DerekNov 2021

  • "A superb, comfortable, peaceful and well appointed cottage in a beautiful location."

    Definitely 5 star, in our opinion! Sophie and Paddy, the owners, were particularly welcoming and we loved Dave and the other family animals being around. Lots of gorgeous walking in the immediate locality. We will definitely be returning to Orchard Cottage!

    Reviewed by DianeSep 2021

  • "An excellent cottage."

    The owners who live close by are friendly and helpful but keep in the background. The cottage has nearly everything you could want and the owners are generous with wine etc on arrival, a basket of wood for the fire, charcoal for the barbq, more than one toilet roll (ha, ha!). I would highly recommend this place. The only thing against I can think of is that the directions, particularly from the North, are almost impossible to follow. Fortunately the postcode put in to the sat nav took us to the gate (unusual in rural areas). Excellent

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    Very comfortable with all amenities one needs and lots of space. Particularly enjoyed Dave the horse and the chickens running around! We had a great week of walking in the local area.

    Reviewed by Lisa-marieAug 2021

  • "Very comfortable house, particularly the sitting room."

    It was good to have a separate tv room. Lovely comfortable beds.

    Reviewed by TessaJul 2021

  • "Orchard Cottage is beautifully presented and we received a warm welcome from Sophie and Paddy."

    The cottage is really well equipped and was very clean. Dave the horse wandering past was a highlight as were the chickens and two dogs. Enclosed garden and snug were perfect for our dog. We would love to return.

    Reviewed by LucyJul 2021

  • "The cottage was comfortable and well-equipped with a beautiful little garden."

    We so enjoyed watching the birds and animals - chickens, dogs, doves and the one-and- only Dave the Wonderhorse ! Our hosts were friendly and helpful and we felt very welcome and relaxed.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2021

  • "The owners were very friendly and helpful."

    The cottage is peaceful and cosy. It was lovely to see the wildlife, and the hens and Dave the horse. Lovely walk to Jervaulx Abbey, and well placed for touring the Dales.

    Reviewed by LyndaApr 2021

  • "The location of the Cottage was absolutely perfect for what we wanted."

    Peace and quiet in the Countryside, with various walks for us and the dog just out of the Farmyard gate. Countless other walks a short ride away. Cover Bridge Inn excellent for Yorkshire Ham and Eggs, washed down with a good Timmy Taylors. The cottage’s facilities were second to none, the best we’ve ever had over the years. Cleanliness was of a high standard. The log burner was gorgeous in the evening, together with the Bose music system. The icing on the cake were the hosts. The genuinely friendly and helpful Paddy and Sophie, plus Dave the Horse. (Unlike Mr Edd, he didn’t speak but looked like he could if he wanted...). Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2021

  • "We booked this cottage last minute and we’re blown away at how amazing the cottage and surroundings were."

    It had everything we needed and more. The owners were extremely welcoming and we all loved seeing Dave the wonder horse walking past the kitchen whilst we were having our breakfast. We would highly recommend a stay at Orchard Cottage and are looking forward to another stay soon.

    Reviewed by StuartDec 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful countryside."

    Spotlessly clean and really comfortable. Very nice welcome pack and good information sheets (not so much as to be overwhelming). Would certainly return.

    Reviewed by MargaretDec 2020

  • "Orchard Cottage was lovely and very comfortable."

    Being of an older age group we felt it was a little to isolated for us. We had to travel to the local towns for lunches etc, instead of just being able to walk into town. But that is probably partly due to us in not doing enough research. We did enjoy ourselves though and would recommend Orchard Cottage if you are looking for peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by CaroleSep 2020

  • "Orchard Cottage was beautifully presented, comfortable and exceptionally clean."

    Our hosts were charming and the little welcome basket of treats was a lovely touch. Perfectly situated for exploring the Dales and its proximity to Jervaulx Abbey was an unexpected delight.

    Reviewed by MarySep 2020

  • "We had a wonderful time at Orchard Cottage."

    Sophie and Paddy were welcoming and friendly. It is a beautiful location and the cottage is comfortable and cosy. The location is gorgeous and very convenient for exploring the area. We are already planning our return trip. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by AlexanderSep 2020

  • "Third visit and again the experience was exemplary."

    Our hosts were fantastic as usual and the property is perfect for us. We had an amazing holiday and we will be visiting again next year.

    Reviewed by PhillipAug 2020

  • "The cottage is really cosy and tastefully decoratedand very well equipped."

    The beds are so comfy The owners are very friendly and the basket of wine and doggy treats was very appreciated. The walk to the Abbey is lovely and turn right to walk to a lovely bridge over the river ure.

    Reviewed by LeanneAug 2020

  • "We have just had a fantastic stay at Orchard cottage as a family of 5."

    It’s the ultimate getaway place, set in a lovely part of the world. The welcome wines and hamper were a real treat. The beds are super comfy...best yet! We enjoyed walking different parts of the local area such as the abbey, Brymor ice cream and Leyburn shawl. The Netflix was also brilliant for the lazy, rainy day. The kitchen was very well equipped for us to cook family meals each night.We loved watching Dave, the chickens, doves etc. Sophie and family were very welcoming and helpful. Thanks again.

    Reviewed by SuzannahJul 2020

  • "One of the nicest holidays cottages we've ever stayed in."

    Every possible comfort you can think of is covered, including a lovely hamper on arrival. Lots of space with luxurious bedding. Even the dog had a bed provided Wonderful place to relax and in the heart of walking country. It's a 20minute walk to Jervalux Abbey. And of course the absolute highlight for the children...Dave the horse...

    Reviewed by ChristopherJul 2020

  • "We had such a lovely week at Orchard Cottage."

    The weather was dreadful, but it didn’t matter because the cottage was so comfortable and had everything we needed - we loved every minute! The girls loved the board games and vast array of videos to watch and we loved switching off to the outside world and enjoying the peace and quiet - bliss! The owners were there if we needed anything but gave us our privacy too - the welcome pack was a lovely thought and my husband enjoyed the coffees each morning. I think the highlight of our trip was seeing Dave the horse each morning from our bedroom window. Our girls has a great time at the ice-cream place (5 mins drive) one afternoon and our dog loved the abbey walk from the cottage. Would love to come back in the future.

    Reviewed by RachelFeb 2020

  • "I would just like to say a big thankyou."

    The cottage was beautiful and clean. The owners are very lovely people and our family had the best Christmas experience ever. 5 stars throughout. Warm regards Robert Barraclough Ps. Dave the horse is amazing

    Reviewed by RobertDec 2019

  • "What a lovely cottage."

    . celebrated my 40th birthday just before Christmas at Orchard Cottage. couldn't of asked for a better place and location. Will be rebooking again in the near future

    Reviewed by GaryDec 2019

  • "Great location Cottage clean,spacious and well furnished."

    Owners put us at ease and where a few concerns arose they were resolved straight away.Excellent for our dog dougle.We went for a quiet,restful break in lovely countryside setting in a well looked-after home with caring owners and we got it.Ps.Loved the Brymor ice cream sundae..

    Reviewed by KeithNov 2019

  • "A beautiful, clean and well finished cottage in an fantastic location."

    The owners were very friendly and so too are the farm animals and the beautiful horse. So pleased we found this cottage that we have already rebooked for next year!

    Reviewed by PhillipOct 2019

  • "If a score of 11 out of 10 were possible, Orchard Cottage would have it!"

    Very clean and well kept, beautifully decorated and all that we needed and more for a relaxing time away. Dave, the friendliest horse we have ever come across, the chickens and dogs were all a bonus. The cottage owners were very welcoming and helpful. Looking forward to returning there.

    Reviewed by KatherineOct 2019

  • "We loved our stay Orchard Cottage for my 30th birthday, Paddy and Sophie were so kind to leave us a bottle of rose and prosecco to celebrate!"

    It was a lovely personal touch along with a little hamper and some milk to get us started! The house was beautifully presented and was extremely clean, we had all the facilities we needed. We were even left a little dog towel, bowl and bed for our frenchie Bruce just in case we needed them which was lovely. Having Dave the horse hang his head over the gate and the chickens pop into the garden to say hello just made us feel like we were on our very own farm! I highly recommend a stay here, we definitely hope to return.

    Reviewed by JenniferOct 2019

  • "A beautifully presented and spotlessly clean cottage, ideally located for exploring the dales."

    The pretty and secure garden was ideal for Boris ( our 18 month boxer dog) to explore and play in. We all made friends with Dave the horse and the free roaming chickens and would like to thank Sophie and Patrick for providing a lovely country break in picturesque surroundings.

    Reviewed by CarlAug 2019

  • "We have been to many cottages over the years and I can safely say Orchard Cottage is the best we have stayed in."

    The cottage was extremely clean, well maintained, well equipped and tastefully furnished and was in an excellent location. There were many attractions nearby and walks too. There is a secure garden which was ideal for our dog Molly. The cottage was attached to the owners house, they showed such kindness and hospitality. The welcome pack was second to none, wine, milk and chilled water in the fridge. Also, biscuits, tea bags,herbal tea, ground and instant coffee. We will most certainly visit again. Rita and Gerald Humphries August 17th, 2019

    Reviewed by RitaAug 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very quiet and peaceful."

    It was well equipped with lots of nice touches and spotlessly clean. The owners horse, Dave, was free to roam around the farm and the kids loved it when he came up to the gate. The garden was enclosed which was ideal for the dog, and it was nice to sit outside each day and enjoy the sunshine. Jervaulx Abbey was an easy 20 minute stroll from the cottage, perfect for a short walk followed by cake at the tearoom! We had a great week at Orchard Cottage.

    Reviewed by KathrynAug 2019

  • "Excellent accommodation , everything you could need."

    Stunning location.

    Reviewed by OliviaJul 2019

  • "This cosy cottage is an idyllic holiday destination in this beautiful and tranquil area of the Yorkshire Dales."

    The cottage has been very tastefully decorated with a well equipped kitchen, and the beautiful, enclosed garden was perfect for our dog and provides the ideal setting for a relaxing break. It's a great location for country walks and for exploring the towns and villages of the Dales with their many cafes and quality pub food. A visit to Jervaulx Abbey Tearooms is a must! Thank you to the owners for their very kind hospitality.

    Reviewed by RMay 2019

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The property

Nestled at the edge of the spectacular Yorkshire Dales National Park is the idyllic, stone-built Orchard Cottage.

In a quiet rural location, this cottage is within striking distance of deep valleys, heather moorland and a number of historical sites, this heart-warming base promises to be a relaxing getaway for you and your loved ones.

Rest your shoes at the door, before being charmed by the contemporary interior, with its own private garden complete with all the necessities for a week-long break.

The cottage comes with three stylish bedrooms, comprising of two king-size double bedrooms and a bunk bedroom to ensure a flexible sleeping arrangement to suit your group.

After a long walk along the dales, choose to indulge with a warming soak within the bath tub or enjoy a refreshing shower before heading to bed.

On the ground-floor, you will be delighted to find a well-appointed kitchen, housing all the necessities to fulfil your culinary needs.

Plus a neighboring WC and utility room with clothes washing machine and deep freeze.

After dinner, choose to either unwind in front of the woodburning fire within the sitting room or tune into the TV within the snug room to truly unwind of an evening.

If you don't feel like cooking one evening, venture to the small village of East Witton where you will find the popular Blue Lion pub or a mile further on the hugely popular Coverbridge Inn.

Historic Jervaulx Abbey and Jervaulx tea rooms are within walking distance as well as an abundance of other more lengthy walks.

Positioned close to the Tour de Yorkshire route there are many places to cycle.

Other nearby attractions include the Brymor Ice Cream Parlour which has a small farm shop for basic supplies, Middleham Castle, Fountains Abbey and Newby Hall and gardens close to Ripon and the historic market towns of Masham, Bedale and Leyburn.

Orchard Cottage is a charming base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales.


  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms; 2 x king-size bedroom (zip/link beds, can be made into twins on request), 1 x bunk bedroom
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug
  • Cloakroom/utility
  • Oil central heating and woodburning stove
  • Dishwasher, fridge, electric oven and hob, microwave, washer/dryer, freezer, Bluetooth speaker, TV, Netflix and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Lawn garden with seating and barbecue
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • 1 dog allowed
  • Shop within 1.8 miles and pub within 3 miles
  • Note: This property has a private water supply
  • Note: Please confirm your zip/link bed arrangements 7 days prior to your arrival with the owner

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About the location


Middleham 3 miles; Leyburn 6 miles.

The pretty and ancient Wensleydale village of East Witton is situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, between Jervaulx Abbey and Middleham, the area famous for its race horse training. A traditional old village made up of stone-built cottages and farmhouses, with a wonderful village green running the entire length of the main high street. To the west of the village lies some of the most beautiful countryside in the Dales with the hidden gem of Coverdale, one of the most beautiful, but relatively one of the more isolated, of the Yorkshire Dales. Coverham at the eastern end of the dale is dominated by Middleham Moor, Penhill and Flamstone Pin. The village boasts an award-winning pub, The Blue Lion, a gourmet pub awarded The Good Pub Guide Inn of the Year 2014. The village which is catalogued in the Doomsday Book, was originally sited along what is now Lowthorpe, which leads to the old church (St Martin in the Field), and acquired a town charter in 1307. The Earl of Ailesbury, owner of the Jervaux Estate, rebuilt most of East Witton in the early 19th century, with the houses and gardens in the same places as they were in 1627 according to an old estate map. Jervaulx Abbey was founded in 1156 and was once a great Cistercian Monastery. The Abbey now stands as a charming and atmospheric ruin, open all year round for visitors, with lovely tea rooms. Middleham with its Norman Castle, famous racing stables and pretty old market square surrounded by delightful shops, pubs and restaurants, and the picturesque Aysgarth Falls, are just a short drive away. A superb base for a walking holiday, for enjoying the delights of Wensleydale, or for touring the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors or the Lake District.

Region Information

Note: Please confirm your zip/link bed arrangements 7 days prior to your arrival with the owner
Please note : the property only accepts bookings for a minimum of 3 nights

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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