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Laurel Bank Cottage

(Ref. 803)

Embsay near Skipton, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 13 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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60 Customer Reviews

  • "Enjoyed the weekend at Laurel Bank spacious and practical for our group"

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Apr 2024

  • "Lovely property with lovely owners."

    Plenty of space for everyone and good outdoor space too. We stayed with 6 adults and 5 children from 3-11, and it was an ideal holiday cottage at a reasonable price. Thanks so much for our stay- we may be back next year!

    Reviewed by Kirstie5.0Mar 2024

  • "Second time we have stayed at the property and yet again we weren’t disappointed."

    Quiet and tucked away with easy access to Skipton via taxi or walk if you’re up to it. Owners are on hand and contactable if required but generally leave you to enjoy your stay. Everything we needed was in the property and we would book again.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Nov 2023

  • "Lovely spacious property in a nice village location, few small issues loose ..."

    Lovely spacious property in a nice village location, few small issues loose toilet seats used soap bars in bathrooms instead of hand wash, had to clean kitchen window sill as lot of dead flies, but overall lovely property

    Reviewed by Darren4.4Oct 2023

  • "Very well equipped house, especially the kitchen had plenty of pots pans and dishes, and tea towels."

    We were a group of 9, and we had plenty of space. The property was clean and in a lovely area to do lots of nice walks and exploring.

    Reviewed by Miriam4.4Jul 2023

  • "Nice house, nice area."

    Ideal for travelling around visiting the sites. The insides of the house are starting to look tired with furnishings really needing updating. The outside table and chairs on a raised wooden patio are starting to rot and the flooring is now unstable. (Also the outside steps up to to the living room). You must be very careful where you stand. Overall, this did not spoil our enjoyment of our 7 day stay.

    Reviewed by Bryan2.8May 2023

  • "This is a spacious and comfortable house owned by really nice and helpful people."

    The surrounding area has plenty of things to do as well as the lovelyt countryside.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Apr 2023

  • "Had a great stay and was exactly what we wanted."

    The owner was very friendly and helpful. The only things I would say is that the shower went hot and cold every couple of minutes and it was very cold due to the owner having full control over the heating.

    Reviewed by Emily4.1Mar 2023

  • "We had a fabulous stay at Laurel Bank."

    There were 10 of us staying for my Mums 80th Birthday celebration over a four day period. The location was ideal with a lovely view. The cottage was spacious & well equipped. Handy for Skipton a 5 min drive or a good walk. The local pub is a 5 min walk & we got a very warm welcome. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Jan 2023

  • "Could just do a few maintenance bits doing, kitchen blind was broken, cupboard door doesn’t close properly in one of the downstairs rooms, but they are minor bits that would not stop us staying here again."

    Communication with Sally was great, very close to Skipton, local pubs in walking distance. The only slight disappointment was the cleanliness, it felt like it had been tidied rather than cleaned.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4Dec 2022

  • "A fabulous place to stay, a great base if visiting Skipton and Bolton Abbey."

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Dec 2022

  • "Had a great time at the cottage."

    It was perfect for what we needed, and everything was well set-up. Also a great location for walks etc. only thing that could've been improved was that it wasn't very clear on the Sykes communication how we were supposed to collect the keys. Would definitely stay again!

    Reviewed by Molly5.0Nov 2022

  • "Great property and as described."

    Great communication

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great cottage, we love the location, nice walk into skipton."

    Very clean and excellent amenities, slight issue with the heating, but Jonathan the owner sorted straight away. Couple of lovely pubs in the village (check opening time, whether food being served beforehand) and a local shop. Great for families or adult group, lovely gardens and views. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Shelagh5.0Sep 2022

  • "Was very good, clean, spacious, great location."

    Ideal for our family gettogether (grandparents and two families with four young children between us).

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2022

  • "Well big enough to accommodate a large group."

    The added extras (which were greatly appreciated) such as hand soap in every room, ample kitchen equipment were slightly marred by the presence of animal hair all over, even down the back of furniture and on the rugs. Obviously not been vacuumed or swept before we arrived. Broken uncomfortable bed in family room and musty smelling bedroom furniture that prevented us from using them to store our clothes. Broken toilet seat downstairs, plus sink plug didn't hold water. Broken door handle on upstairs bunk room. Bits of TLC needed in all areas from wear and tear and then it would be perfect

    Reviewed by Sally3.1Aug 2022

  • "House was clean and comfortable."

    Lots of space for all of us. We were visiting the area and attending a wedding locally so perfect position

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Great accommodation and well located for us working in Skipton."

    Reviewed by Stacey5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a week's stay at Laurel Bank Cottage and had a lovely time."

    There were 5 of us, a toddler and an infant and there was plenty of room for all of us. The cottage was spotless when we arrived and everything we needed was there. There were stairgates at the top and bottom of the staircase, a cot and highchair, so these came in very useful for our toddler. The only thing that wasn't included was bathroom towels but we were advised several times to bring our own so this wasn't an issue. It was a bonus to us that after booking the cottage we realised that there was a station around the corner with steam trains and we had a lovely ride to Bolton Abbey and back. Skipton and Harrogate aren't too far and were well worth a visit too. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this cottage.

    Reviewed by Jenny4.7Jul 2022

  • "A very nice house with access to The Dales and many places of interest."

    It is close to Skipton for railways and supermarkets. No big problems and the little ones were sorted very quickly.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2022

  • "A fantastic week's stay."

    Comfortable and homely. Thank you....

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2022

  • "There is everything you need in the cottage."

    I would only suggest the out door table and chairs get a bit of a makeover. Thanks

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely stay at Laurel Bank Cottage , just needs a little TLC , but overall we really enjoyed our break there"

    Reviewed by Jenny4.4May 2022

  • "A certain amount of the furniture was dated and the lack of ability to control the central heating yourself was not made clear."

    For some guests they were cold in the property and the the central heating came on late in the morning and in the evening- this was controlled by the owners who reside next door. I would have expected to have the choice of when to turn heating on. The accommodation was spacious but has no rear garden. The front garden is vast however. I did not like the fact you were instructed to load the dishwasher the night before and strip all bedding from each room. I feel this should not be part of your holiday- I’ve never had to do this before

    Reviewed by Scott2.8Apr 2022

  • "Spotlessly clean."

    Excellent facilities - very well equipped. Fabulous views. In a really good location to go to Skipton, walking etc. We think you under sold yourself in the advert. Accommodation was far better than we expected. Thank you very much

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely house in a lovely setting."

    Very well equipped for every need. Will be back next year

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had an excellent stay and found the accommodation to be really comfortable with plenty of space for our group of 9."

    The owner was easy to communicate with and responded quickly to any questions that we had. Highly recommended!!

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Jan 2022

  • "Great venue, lovely location, friendly and supportive hosts - thank you!"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Dec 2021

  • "We have stayed at Laurel Bank many times and have thoroughly enjoyed every stay."

    We have already booked again for next year and can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7Dec 2021

  • "Laural Bank Cottage was very impressive."

    Perfect location, beautiful cottage, masses of space, perfectly clean, everything we could have wanted and would definitely consider this property again. Superb walks in all directions.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2021

  • "What a fabulous place for families."

    So well set up and everything you need in a great spot. Lovely pubs nearby and great park too. very near Skipton and loads of things to do in the area

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2021

  • "Brilliant trip and a lovely house ideally situated close to lots of local attractions."

    Had plenty of room for the 4 adults and 1 child in the property and plenty of room both inside and out for our 2 year old to play freely. Stair gates already installed were ideal and the general cleanliness of the house was good. However a note to the owners I would advise ensuring that the property is being cleaned thoroughly as there was a large amount of dust clearly visible under the sofas, that appeared to have been there for some time due to the amount, various cobwebs and dust behind the chair around the floor lamps clearly visible, dirt and a stain on the floor under the sitting room rug and an empty packet of cigarette papers in between the cushion and arm of a small sofa and several used cigarette ends outside the kitchen door. Despite this all in all was a very enjoyable trip and would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Jul 2021

  • "Large and spacious house as described."

    Prices go up a lot in school holidays. We had great weather but despite that house cold at times. No heating controls in the house - if you want the heating on you have to text the owners. Thanks for the nice touch of a coffee machine and capsules. Very close to two great village pubs within 5 minutes walking distance. Our favourite was the Elms tree inn who were very friendly and had a good menu. For activities we’d recommend nearby Bolton abbey and burnsall (great river walk and beach). It’s a shame for the owners that a housing estate is being built opposite the entrance to property which could be noisy in the day but no problem in the evenings or at night.

    Reviewed by Gavin3.1May 2021

  • "This is a large property that has five good sized bedrooms."

    We were a group of five motorcyclists who used it as a base for daily ride outs to the amazing local countryside. With two local pubs in the village and the town two to three miles away we had everything we needed. The owners who live in the main house were very welcoming and answered any questions we had and were keen to make sure we were happy and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Mark4.4May 2021

  • "It was nice to get away for a break due to the Covid situation."

    Everything was very clean and all the facilities were there that you needed. Handy for walking and just relaxing in a nice setting.

    Reviewed by David4.4Sep 2020

  • "Laurel Bank Cottage was a perfect place to have a family weekend together."

    The cottage was well equipped with everything we needed and was in a very good location.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Mar 2020

  • "Fantastic house for a family group with space to get together for games and chats, as well as being able to retreat for a bit of space."

    The kitchen particularly was very well appointed and spacious for making meals and having fun preparing, eating and relaxing after them. It worked brilliantly for our family!

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Dec 2019

  • "Wifi could be better but otherwise a very nice place to stay"

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Dec 2019

  • "All 11 ladies had a super time, wished weather has been better as garden was so inviting."

    Everyone comfortable and felt at home.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Nov 2019

  • "This is the fourth time I have stayed here and no doubt will return again next year."

    Owners are extremely helpful especially when things need repairing.

    Reviewed by Eunice4.7Sep 2019

  • "Booking with Sykes was easy."

    The house was clean and had all the crockery, glassware and cooking utensils you could possibly need. The garden was very nice and we managed a bbq whilst there. There was more than enough room for everyone. It is in a nice quiet location and within easy walking distance to 2 pubs. It is possible to walk to Skipton but there a a few hills so we either drove, got a taxi and did use the bus one day. Would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jul 2019

  • "Perfect location for a family break."

    Lovely big house with lots of space indoors and outside for us to spread out.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jul 2019

  • "An excellent cottage for a large group with plenty of beds and space."

    The cottage is very well equipped and comfortable. Just one issue to note - the downstairs toilet has a crack in the wooden seat and the upstairs toilet seat hinge is broken. Overall we had a great time, with excellent weather and the location was quiet and perfectly situated for access to walks and pubs.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2019

  • "Excellent property."

    13 adults, brothers, sisters, cousins and partners and we were very comfortable. Kitchen has all necessities, including, dishwasher and washing machine and plenty of crockery! Enough hot water to ensure 13 adults had showers and baths whenever needed and the property was more than warm enough for the beginning of May. Good internet connection. Quiet and delightful setting, peaceful and very scenic. Unfortunately we were unable to explore the local areas because we were only there for the weekend. We did go Gorge Walking however, and can recommend! The steam railway was also a success. We had a very well behaved dog who was made welcome and we loved the bed provided in the kitchen - thank you! Great communication (we were able to stay just a little longer than the 10am check out, because there were no other bookings, which made a real difference to our weekend, we were able to have a chilled breakfast). Thanks for your flexibility!

    Reviewed by Tania5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage catered extremely well for our family party of 12."

    Very comfortable in every way, seating and beds. Lots of space outside to just sit an enjoy the scenery and quietness. On the doorstep of Skipton if you want more, market, cafes, pubs, etc. Couldn't better it. Would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Mar 2019

  • "Book8ng was so easy."

    I first went to book on line but wasnt sure of skmething so called. The team are very friendly and although I was told I would get a call the day after to check I had paid ok on the link that was sent, I didnt. Fortunately the payment went through ok. There was 11 of us 8 adults and teenager and 3 kids. From being in the property 5 minutes I said how good it wouls be to claim squatters rights and stay forever (joking of course). Although the living room furniture was quite old it was still sufficient, spacious and very homely. All the facilities you needed was there apart from a mop so unfortunately we had no choice but to leave floors a little dirty. The shops, pubs and steam train are all in walk8ng distance and although uphill coming back was still not a bad walk. The only issue we found was that there was a cupboard full of games most of which were broken or empty or missing jigsaw pieces so if you have kids you need to make sure you take some games as the only one able to play was chess and even that had pieces missing. Apart from that everyth8ng was great and we had a lovely weekend.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Mar 2019

  • "Comfortable property with everything we could need."

    Great location with stunning view across the valley.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Mar 2019

  • "Great family house clean, spacious, very well equipped kitchen (loved the extra toaster for our extended family of 13"

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Nov 2018

  • "The house is lovely and well situated for Skipton and surrounding areas."

    Plenty of space for everyone and all mod cons available in the house to cater for all. Relaxing and quiet area, lovely views and only a short walk to the shop and pub.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Nov 2018

  • "This was my third stay at this property and have booked again for next year."

    It is central for lots of activities. Nice little local shop and both pubs have an excellent menu. Owners very friendly, helpful and very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Eunice5.0Sep 2018

  • "A lovely big house in a superb location."

    We had a fantastic week here, thank you!

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Jul 2018

  • "The house is in a lovely location, ideal for large parties and family gatherings."

    This was our second Christmas and we hope to return for future Christmases.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Dec 2017

  • "This is our 4th time at Laurel Bank Cottage and it has never disappointed us."

    We love the space is provides. Embsay is lovely and within reach of many places to visit.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Nov 2017

  • "The property was nicer than the photographs portrayed it on your website."

    More photographs would be a good idea and possibly better quality.

    Reviewed by R4.6Nov 2017

  • "Very child friendly."

    Ages ranged from 2 to 73. Suitable for all. Any problem (only 1) was soon sorted. We ha a superb holiday.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jul 2017

  • "Stunning cottage in the most beautiful location , had everything we could ..."

    Stunning cottage in the most beautiful location , had everything we could possibly need and was very suitable for my 16 month old son

    Reviewed by Stacy4.8May 2017

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Spacious accommodation. Good location. Well equipped. Clean. Would recommend ideal for large family holiday/breaks.

    Reviewed by Elizabth5.0Apr 2017

  • "This our 3rd stay at Laurel Bank Cottage and we have loved each visit."

    The area is stunning, Skipton is a beautiful town with everything you need. Cannot recommend it enough.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Nov 2016

  • "A large impressive looking property with plenty of off road parking."

    Only issues were central heating failed to come on in the morning and evening when things were a little chilly and the tap hot water temperature was on the cool side of hot. I am sure these were just temporary issues that will be resolved. A minor issue, although there is a good selection of DVD's, the DVD player did not work due to the lead connecting to the TV being missing, and the TV in the kitchen did not receive programs, suspect a problem with the aerial. Overall though, the property is very clean and comfortable and offered what we required. Lovely location, access to a couple of nice village pubs serving food, handy for the Yorkshire Dales and we really enjoyed our stay!

    Reviewed by Donald4.2Sep 2016

  • "A fabulous base for visiting the Dales and meeting up with family and friends."

    A well equipped, spacious, comfortable house in lovely grounds.

    Reviewed by Bekah4.6Aug 2016

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  • Five bedrooms (all with basins): 2 x ground floor family rooms each with a double and single bed
  • Three first floor bedrooms: 1 x double with single day bed, 1 x twin and 1 x adult bunks
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Additional ground floor basin and WC
  • First floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Spacious first floor sitting room with pleasant Dales views
  • Well-equipped kitchen with separate dining area on ground floor
  • Inner hallway.
  • Gas central heating with gas fire in sitting room
  • Gas range cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs, video, DVD player, WiFi
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent, towels are not provided
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking
  • Private patio areas and shared use of mature south-facing gardens
  • One small well-behaved dog welcome ( owner may consider an additional dog upon request)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: No stag/hen parties, or similar.

The property

Laurel Bank Cottage is situated on the fringes of the rural village of Embsay and offers lovely views over fields towards Embsay Crag.

The cottage is a stone-built addition to the owners' splendid Victorian property and shares its extensive mature gardens and grounds.

The accommodation is spacious, well equipped and comfortable, and makes an ideal retreat for a large group of family or friends at any time of the year.

All the amenities of the market town of Skipton are close by and the popular Wharfedale villages of Bolton Abbey, Burnsall and Grassington are within easy reach.

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About the location


Skipton 1.5 miles.

This quiet Dales village is of ancient origin, with a stone circle dating back to the Bronze Age and having been the site of a monastic settlement in the 12th Century. Today it is popular with walkers and steam railway enthusiasts who come to enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside and the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, with its award-winning authentic station buildings and steam trains. The Old Mill in the village centre boasts a needlecraft centre and coffee shop, whilst all the amenities and attractions of the lively bustling market town of Skipton are close at hand. Nearby are lots of popular places to visit, including Bolton Abbey, Kilnsey and Grassington making this an ideal location for a wonderful Dales holiday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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