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Craven Forge

Bradley near Skipton, Yorkshire Dales - South (Ref. 905978)



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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "The noise from the road is dreadful."

    We left a day early so we could go home to catch up on sleep. Whilst there are two sets of double glazed windows in each opening it does little to stop the road noise as the bedroom is in the roof space and so noise enters from that. There is also a cushion to push into one of the window openings to stop car lights entering the room and making it like a disco as they float across the ceiling. Why the bedrooms were not built on the rear of the property is a mystery. The cleanliness of items was not up to our standard. The shower curtain in particular needs throwing away as it smelled fusty. The pots and pans and cups etc were dirty. On the plus side it is a great location for getting to places (we took a bus ride to Hebden Bridge).

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2021


    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "Impeccably clean and well kept modern wing of a larger property."

    Immediately behind is the gorgeous Leeds to Liverpool canal (that you can walk or cycle for miles along in either direction) and a lock / gate with a memorial to a Polish flight crew. Walks along the canal and up and over to Bradley and the very cosy and friendly Slater's Arms were fabulous. This is a wonderful location to reach many fabulous attractions and towns; we visited the following: Skipton (lovely old town with canal and boats for hire); Harrogate (Betty's is a must); Grassington; Malham Tarn and Malham Cove; Ribblehead Viaduct; York, where you can easily spend a day - use park and ride - it's easy; walked up to Lund's Tower (about 12 miles round trip): the very local village of Cononly is a short walk and lovely. The owner was responsive and friendly when we asked any questions and everything was easy. There is parking. We even had some pleasant surprises with some very nice little extras provided by the owner. Thanks. It did not bother us, but it does front onto a very busy road, which is noisy. The property is triple glazed so you can shut the noise out but that makes it quite warm in the summer. It is wise to turn left and then turn round down the road rather than try to turn right (I managed twice). Environmentally could be slightly improved: we couldn't recycle more than cans and glass and for some reason the cistern filled up with hot water, which seemed a little wasteful of energy and of little value. Downstairs is cosy and the kitchen a little small but was adequate for our needs for a week. there is a fridge, oven and two rings for cooking and all crockery and cutlery is on hand - we didn't need anything. Upstairs is spacious and airy and well decorated and maintained. One large bedroom has a double bed and the other a single but with plenty of room and storage space. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay - thank you.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2021

  • "The cottage was a beautiful, it was modern and well equiped."

    The location was ideal for exploring the area both on foot along the Leeds and Liverpool camel and by car

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2021

  • "In the advertisement it needs to be pointed out that there are a lot of steps to the door of the property."

    Inside the property first class accommodation, but also a further 13 steps to bathroom and bedrooms. There is no wheelchair access to the property.

    Reviewed by GaryOct 2020

  • "It was not a “holiday” - arrived at Property at approx 5 p."

    M. 06/10/20 and vacated at 07.00hrs following morning after a sleepless night - I found the bed to be very uncomfortable. Could not possibly spend another night in the place.

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2020

  • "The photo of the place shows only the back yard and not the main entrance ."

    The house is on the road what makes it too noice .surrounded by greens I expected a peaceful place, and it wasnt the picture ends up being misleading. And never told me here I had to collect the keys . I had to made a phone call asking that . I wouldn’t imagine they will left it inside with the door opened. Comfort it’s ok and clean. They left a bottle of wine and flowers . Beautiful gesture . Which is not beautiful is the collection of different hangers from different shops.

    Reviewed by MarcelaSep 2019

  • "Lovely cottage and beautiful views."

    The place is almost perfect, very clean and spacious. Kitchen is full with accessories and the two bedrooms are more than enough for a small family. Beautiful views at the back on the Leeds Liverpool canal. The only slight issue is the proximity to the A629, during the night can be a little noisy.

    Reviewed by MassimilianoAug 2019

  • "Craven Lodge initially appeared to be ideal for us."

    Nice area, scenery etc. Biggest drawback was the ‘A’ trunk road with fast moving heavy traffic immediately adjacent the property, and no footpath. It was necessary to turn left onto said road because a blind bend obscures the view for turning right. We constantly had to drive extra mileage just to turn round! We were not impressed, in particular with the bathroom. 1) very poor lighting. 2) no electric shaver point. 3) the shower was quite smart, but it was in the bath and with no grab handle it was quite nerve racking! The mattress on the single bed was very poor, only suitable for a child. The two ‘dining chairs’ were, in fact metal garden chairs (not at all comfortable).

    Reviewed by MarionJun 2019

  • "Lovely little find."

    Me, my partner and my 18 month old stayed for a few nights, the host was very welcoming, the room could not be faulted and the area was so peaceful with a canal right at the back door. We arrived to a bottle of wine, flowers, a colouring book and colours for my toddler which he enjoyed and I thought was a lovely touch, maps of various walks, leaflets of attractions and places to visit all laid out on the table and even recommendations on places to eat. The travel cot was already set up in the bedroom and there was tea, coffee and milk ready in the kitchen for the morning. We knew about the canal before arriving but for me this was the best thing, literally as we stepped out of the door in the back garden we could follow it for miles. The views were stunning and the greenery was endless. 10 minutes walk to the local pub with a welcoming atmosphere and 2 miles to the stunning markets in Skipton which is a must for anyone visiting this area. We took a recommendation from the host to visit Malham cove as we were on a walking mini break and this place was simply stunning, only 20 minutes drive away. Will certainly be returning

    Reviewed by KimberleyMay 2019

  • "Although there were some positives in this accommodation, it was in a lovely location on the canal side, was toasty warm, and there was a nice bottle of wine waiting for us."

    However, the pictures on the site made the accommodation look very modern and well furnished. I didn't feel it was. For instance, the chairs at the dining table consisted of 2 wrought iron outdoor chairs, and a dining chair, which were really uncomfortable. I have never stayed anywhere where the dining table had outdoor chairs. The sofa was also pretty uncomfortable. In the bedroom there was a magnificent round window which had an amazing view, but the solution to light and noise coming in was a large round piece of foam in a cover which was meant to be stuffed into the window each night. What would be the problem with just installing a blind in the space? It would have been much better. The TV channel were very basic, and although SKY was installed there was no viewing card so we only had 5 basic channels. The location was hard to find. I propose a map would be sent to customers beforehand. I'm from this area and I couldn't find it from the postal code using my GPS / Sat Nav. Also, there was parking but getting out of the drive into the busy road was very tricky as the accommodation is on a sharp bend in the road. The accommodation would very easily be so much better, and possibly command higher rental. It needs a mirror to help you get out of the drive; a blind in the bedroom; better TV; and a few hundred pounds spent at Ikea for furnishings.

    Reviewed by MichelleNov 2018

  • "Great place to stay and explore yorkshire , just needs 2 more blinds 1 at the side by the back door facing a public footpath and 1 at the back facing the canal for privacy plus a few loose slabs on the steps need sorting out , getting out on the main road can be a problem if you are not a confident driver but i found it ok ."

    We would return .

    Reviewed by GrahamAug 2018

  • "This cottage is on a very busy road and it is very noisy."

    Getting on and off the drive was very difficult. You had to turn left to loop round to go right as the road was so busy.

    Reviewed by GeorgeJul 2018

  • "My Colleague who stayed requested to go back for a further 2 weeks."

    He said that it was clean, good location and the owner was very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by RebeccaJul 2018

  • "A wonderful break in a fantastic part of the country."

    An ideal base to explore Skipton and surrounding area. The house is on a busy road but the views, the canal and location made up for it. Would return in the future.

    Reviewed by KathrynMay 2018

  • "The central heating was on a timer operated from the owners side of the property with no other form of heating in the cottage that we could turn on as required."

    No oven cloth which presented a risk getting things out of the oven. No mention was made that the exit from the property was on a bend and therefore was difficult at times exiting. Other than that it was a lovely location and we very much enjoyed the area and would go back to the same cottage again. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the fishing in the canal but would add that we did contact the local fishing association and the secretary was was extremely helpful when he purchased the permit even providing bait for him to use, my husband also had a rod licence which he obtained prior to travelling and would recommend anyone wanting to fish do so.

    Oct 2016

  • "Excellent property, very well equipped, comfortable and owners consider all needs of visitors, including provision of milk, wine and flowers."

    As stated in the description of the property, it is situated on a very busy main road, therefore, it is noisy, both during the day and night. However, the proximity to local places of interest is excellent and its situation on the tow path of the Leeds / Liverpool canal is delightful and the scenery is breathtaking.

    Reviewed by AnthonyJul 2016

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  • Over first and second floors
  • Two second floor bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x single
  • Second floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio with furniture
  • Shared use of owner’s gym by prior arrangement
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops 2 miles, pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: First floor is accessed from ground floor level at the rear of the property
  • Note: Canal next to property, children to be supervised at all times
  • Note: Property next to an A road, some noise maybe heard.

The property

Skipton 3.5 miles.

A two-storey wing of the owner’s three-storey modern house, located in the Aire Valley, just two miles from the ever popular market town of Skipton.

This comfortable Skipton cottage enjoys an enviable location overlooking the Aire Valley and a lovely stretch of the Leeds to Liverpool canal.

Styled and furnished in a contemporary style, this cottage near Skipton features a first floor open plan living area, which can be accessed at ground floor level and boasts great views of the surrounding Dales countryside.

The second floor of this Aire Valley cottage comprises a spacious master bedroom with feature round window, a single bedroom and a delightful bathroom.

With the added benefit of the use of the owner’s fully equipped gym, this is a Dales holiday cottage to enjoy throughout the seasons.

Outside your Skipton holiday cottage is a patio area leading up onto the canal bank, which is ideal for both cycling and walking to the likes of Bradley, Skipton and Farnhill.

Well-known as The Gateway to the Dales, Skipton has a bustling high street, which won an award in 2008 for being the best shopping street in Britain and Ireland, and the town has also been voted the best place in Britain to live.

Skipton offers a wide selection of restaurants and tea rooms, whilst the traditional market sells fresh produce throughout the year including local cheeses, fish, meats and fresh vegetables.

This is an ideal Skipton cottage for a small family or a couple on a romantic retreat.

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About the location


Grassington 9 miles; Harrogate 20 miles.

Known as “The Gateway to the Dales”, Skipton is well placed for visiting all that the Dales has to offer, whilst York, the Lake District and the West Coast are also within easy motoring distance. This lovely market town has much to interest the enthusiastic visitor, boasting an ancient castle open to the public, a beautiful old parish church and a colourful market occupying the cobbled setts each side of the high street. In 2014, The Sunday Times named Skipton as Britain's "best place to live" and two years later placed it among the nine best towns in Yorkshire and the North-East. Steam railways with regular excursions are available at Embsay and Bolton Abbey, and the Leeds to Liverpool Canal passes through Skipton with the 1 mile long Foulridge Tunnel and the 5-rise locks at Bingley within a short travel. Golf, swimming, squash, tennis and snooker are all available locally and the excellent public transport means the car can be left at home!

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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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