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Cartmel Cottage

(Ref. 929525)

Middleham, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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56 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was warm, comfortable and well equipped."

    There was a dog crate which we found very useful. The location near the centre was ideal with plenty of walks close by for the dogs and pubs for refreshments. You cannot park outside the cottage however there is access at the rear for off loading/loading your luggage. We had no problem parking in the square which is 2mins away. Definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by MichaelNov 2023

  • "The property itself was good for our stay, there was a nice roomy lounge and well stocked kitchen."

    The bedrooms were a good size and bathroom was clean. Our only problem was for the dogs. The front garden isn't an ideal place for them to toilet, and isn't what I would list as an enclosed garden for dogs. However if uou are prepared to go down the back lane in your pyjamas with a torch and your dogs on a lead we managed very well.

    Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that you were disappointed with the front garden for the dogs. It is enclosed, and we recognise that some owners might prefer to padlock the gate closed, which is why we supply the padlock and key. We are already looking at ways to make the front garden more secure and appreciate your comments. I am glad your liked the interior. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SharonSep 2023

  • "An enjoyable stay in a clean and well prepared cottage."

    Middleham is an excellent base for visiting the Dales.

    Thank you. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CliveMay 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely village."

    The cottage was really well equipped and comfortable. We had a really good time and felt really at home in the property.

    Thank you. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LisaApr 2023

  • "The two of us plus our dog really enjoyed our stay at the cosy stone-built Cartmel Cottage."

    We generally parked (free) on the central cobbled square of the small town, a very short walk from the cottage - just watch for the traffic as only a narrow footpath space at points. Lovely to see the horses going past in the morning !

    Thank you for your feedback. One of our regular guests sensibly suggested using the back door to go to and from the cottage, which offers better foot space! We are so glad you liked it. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clive RonaldApr 2023

  • "We loved the cottage very much , clean and homely , however would suggest the following changes."

    1. The bed mat in the entrance smelt strongly of dogs and had hair over it. It would have been nice to be able to hang out coats in the entrance hall . We couldn’t as the smell of the dogs went into them and also the living room if we left the door adjoining open. Suggest a box outside to store it in. 2. Neither bedroom window opened, even though it’s chilly outside it would have been nice to have them open slightly at night. We ended up opening the landing window but then had to keep the bedroom door open.

    Dear Mr W. Thank you for your feedback. I am very sorry that the mat had some hair on it and was in the hall. Whilst we are very much a dog friendly cottage, we realise that not all visitors have pets, so will ensure we have a separate "dog free" door mat and also have a storage box to lock the dog crate and bed in. Your comment about the windows is useful to know as we have recently had them painted. We will look into that and thank you once again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlanFeb 2023

  • "We had a great stay in the central location of the cottage."

    There were wonderful walks and cycling all around the area. Jervaulx abbey and the ice-cream parlour were well worth the visit. (11 miles round trip).

    So pleased you enjoyed it. Brymor always worth a visit! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen DavidFeb 2023

  • "Lovley cottage, cosy warm and well equipped for human and furry guests."

    Very welcoming area and fabulous walks on the doorstep. Owners and sykes very helpful.

    We are so glad you enjoyed it. Apologies for my late response in acknowledgement. We love the walks there too. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MargaretJan 2023

  • "We recently spent a week at Cartmel cottage."

    It is the third time we have been, needless to say, we love it there. The cottage is clean and well maintained, with everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay. We were contacted by the owner the week before we went, to inform us that there had been a flood in the kitchen due to a faulty washing machine resulting in damage to the laminate flooring. We still went to Cartmel, it was only a minor inconvenience and the owner offered us a partial refund as compensation. We also made use of the brand new washing machine that had been installed. The shower in the bathroom is virtually new easy to use, and has good water pressure. Towels are provided, (and there are plenty of them). The main road at the front of the cottage is perhaps a little busier than previous visits but it was peak tourist season whilst we were there. Instead of stepping out of the front gate straight onto the road, we made use of the back door and cut through the little alley way. It is virtually the same distance to the village square. The horses which pass several times a day on their way to and from the gallops are a major draw for us. The only improvement that we feel could be made to the cottage, is possibly the provision of a little more comfortable seating in the living room. Fortunately, the weather was great and we were able to spend most of our time outside. As I've said, we love it there and most certainly will return.

    Apologies for the delay in my response. Thank you for the excellent suggestion of using the back door (and safer with the traffic too). We will investigate some different seating - perhaps a rocking chair in the sitting room. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BernardAug 2022

  • "We have just returned home from what was meant to be a stay from 27 June to 30 June."

    Firstly, the mattress was full of stains. We resorted to sleeping on the top of the duvet with one of the spare duvet covers over us as a sheet. Secondly the property was on the road edge - no mention of this in the description. We got there on the Monday afternoon and as it was nice and sunny we sat in the garden. Quite frankly it was like sitting on the edge of the M62 - there was a constant flow of heavy traffic meaning we couldnt even hear each other as we spoke. Once you stepped out of the gate you were directly onto the road. Extremely disappointed to say the least. I would appreciate your comments.

    I am so sorry that you were disappointed in your stay. We would have been pleased to hear your feedback when you arrived, and we would have tried to help immediately. Our cottage is cleaned meticulously between changeover and each bed has clean mattress protectors and pillow protectors at every changeover. We will, of course, get this checked immediately. We had previously mentioned the problem with the flooring and offered a chance to cancel the booking and offered a partial refund, which we will, of course, honour. We don't like our guests to be unhappy with their stay and I will be in touch personally too. We have noticed an increase in traffic flow during the summer months - obviously farm traffic and the horses go past, but as The Dales have got busier, so has the traffic. We do mention in the details that the front garden is adjacent to the road and we will make sure that this is clearer in the details. Thank you for the feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenJun 2022

  • "Property was fine but need good clean floor had a lot dog hairs and few cobwebs around"

    Thank you for the feedback. As you'll be aware, the floor is being replaced shortly, but we will check for any additional cleaning requirements. Best wishes and thanks Emma Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoyJun 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage, very well equipped and extremely clean."

    Beds were really comfortable and all instructions provided by the owner were precise and easy to understand. In a great location. Would definitely return here

    Thank you. So glad you enjoyed it. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2022

  • "Nice property with great walks from your doorstep."

    Very comfortable and nice layout.

    Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2022

  • "A lovely cozy cottage in a great location."

    Spotlessly clean with everything you need. Great to see the horses trotting by tge end if the garden on their way to the gallops a couple of times a day.

    Thank you. We're so glad you enjoyed it. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulineMar 2022

  • "A lovely stay in this cosy cottage."

    Ideal for watching the horses in a morning ride out onto the gallops. The cottage itself is very dog friendly and our sprocker loved it there. All essential items provided. Useful back access for loading and unloading. A very comprehensive information leaflet provided by the owners. Will definitely book again.

    Dear Mrs H We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Our Springer Spaniels love it too! Property Owner

    Reviewed by PhyllisJan 2022

  • "Cartmel is a lovely little cottage, well situated right in the middle of Middleham, the drawback was the early morning traffic as well as parking would have been difficult if the hotel behind was operationnal."

    Cartmel was very dog friendly with neearby walks without taking the car, this helped as there is no yard or garden with the cottage. The cottage was warm and comfortable with local amenities just a few yards away as well as easy access to further afield shops etc.

    Dear Miss R Thank you for your feedback, which we appreciate - I wish we could get a designated parking space! There is no back garden, but there is, of course, the front garden for dogs, but we recognise that owners may want to keep dogs on leads. I am glad you were warm and comfortable. Property Owner

    Reviewed by IsabelleDec 2021

  • "Shower not too good."

    Not enough logs.

    Dear Miss W Thank you for your rating. I am sorry that there were not enough logs - we supply a net of logs and a net of kindling as a "starter pack". Given the time of year, we recognise shops may have been closed, so will take that on board. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DebraDec 2021

  • "Clean well equipped cottage which provided everything we needed for an enjoyable week in Middleham."

    Only minor criticism - could have done with a higher level of lighting in the living room

    Reviewed by CharlesOct 2021

  • "Two cottages are close together and have similar name."

    This caused confusion after a very long drive. We would have liked a more comfortable sofa. But everything else was fine.

    Reviewed by SheilaJul 2021

  • "Lovely wee cottage, ideal for us."

    All facilities you need and 4 pubs in village if you want to go out. Middleham is a beautiful village and busy with horses, a stable/gallop tour is worth arranging with an informative guide.

    Reviewed by BrianJun 2021

  • "Great place to visit, cottage excellent, would return"

    Reviewed by PhilipJun 2021

  • "The house is as advertised but was smaller than anticipated (our fault, not theirs) and was too small for us."

    Also there was a lot of road noise - motorbikes (bank holiday weekend) and tractors (grass cutting) - again, not the owners fault and we should have anticipated how busy the road would be. Perfectly pleasant house but not for us. The surrounding area however is beautiful and lots to do.

    Reviewed by KateMay 2021

  • "Cottage was small but well equipped and the owners were very helpful when we struggled with the wi-fi."

    It was necessary to move the kitchen table in order to sit at it - not very convenient. In order to read in the evening another standard light is needed - cottage quite dark. The steps leading up to the cottage are hard to negotiate when carrying luggage but we are in our eighties!

    Reviewed by PamelaMay 2021

  • "We'd been to Cartmel Cottage before so knew what to expect."

    It's a lovely cottage in a lovely area, as long as you don't mind parking in the nearby square (I don't). One big improvement is that the old settee has been replaced with a better one.

    Reviewed by JamieSep 2020

  • "Lovely little cottage in excellent location with everything you might need!"

    Would defiantly recommend and will definitely stay again One thing to point out the directions given use the white swan pub this is now called the tack room Cottage is only 50 yards or so from it Thanks for a lovely stay

    Reviewed by GeorgeSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you need for a visit to Yorkshire."

    Cosy and clean with lovely little seating area outside to watch the world go past.

    Reviewed by MargaretJul 2020

  • "From start to finish we enjoyed every minute, cottage was fab and excellent location."

    Loved the Richard 111 pub food lovely and everyone very friendly. Would definitely return in the summer

    Reviewed by JulieJan 2020

  • "Local amenities very close and local people very welcoming and friendly, ..."

    Local amenities very close and local people very welcoming and friendly, everything about the break was relaxing, definitely return again and use sykes to do so

    Reviewed by RobertJan 2020

  • "Just loved this cottage."

    Everyting was there for the comfort of myself and the dogs. This was a warm cosy cottage and I felt at home right from the start. Middleham is a lovely town and the surrounding area just perfect for me. Riverside walks and lovely countryside - albeit a tad muddy at this particular time. I intend to come back and explore further when things dry up a bit! My thanks to the owners for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by ElizabethDec 2019

  • "Cartmel cottage, was fantastic."

    Lovely friendly village. The cottage itself was lovely, modern facilities and authentic interior, and exterior. We would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by PamelaOct 2019

  • "Carmel Cottage was a lovely place and very cosy."

    Just what we wanted and great watching the Racehorses going by the front gate each morning was well worth setting the alarm clock for.

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2019

  • "We stayed at this cottage last year and found it ideal for our purposes so booked it again this year."

    Our only reservation is that for some reason the owners have put an armchair and settee in the lounge and have also left the old black settee and tub chair. Given the lounge is small and the cottage only sleeps four at a pinch we couldn’t understand the need to clutter the lounge with so much seating as it left very little room for the foldaway table and chairs and we felt it spoilt whole enjoyment of the lounge. Otherwise the cottage was very nice and the weather was perfect.

    Reviewed by TaniaSep 2019

  • "Lovely cosy cottage right in the heart of the village."

    Beautiful outlook onto the church and lots to do nearby. The regular church bells and horses added to the atmosphere but didn’t disturb us at all, our little one loved the horses. Small and compact but everything we needed when using this cottage as a base. Lots of walks nearby for the dog as well.

    Reviewed by EmilyAug 2019

  • "Clearer directions for finding the place since there are two Cartmell cottages!"

    Otherwise superior accommodation for the value with priceless view of horses and riders. Nice communication with owners as well.

    Reviewed by MaimuAug 2019

  • "Parking on the street outside the cottage was pretty much impossible however the town square was only 100 yards away with ample free parking."

    Reviewed by MikeJun 2019

  • "My wife and I had a lovely week in the cottage, nice and clean and comfortable."

    Middleham is a lovely village

    Reviewed by TrevorJun 2019

  • "Parking was worst than we thought it would be and the people in the hotel were not helpful with regards parking."

    sofa very uncomfortable having used sykes cottages in the past have always been use to a small welcome pack this is not a necessity, but always found it a nice touch so a little disappointed

    Reviewed by DebbieMay 2019

  • "Cartmel Cottage is a lovely cottage and one we would stay in again it’s a great base for the Dales and horse lovers."

    Cyclists will love the area. The facilities are first class in many ways it felt like home

    Reviewed by JonathanApr 2019

  • "A pretty comfortable cottage in a lovely village with friendly, warm people who welcome visitors."

    Lovely walks around and has the added interest of the race horses trotting by each morning. Well worth a visit, highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2019

  • "Lovely cottage and location, but the settee is worn out and uncomfortable."

    The boiler also trips out occasionally and requires resetting. Both were issues when we visited last year and the owner wrote in the introduction that the settee was in the process of being replaced and the boiler fixed but neither were any better this time. We would definitely stay at Cartmel again but only if these issues were addressed.

    Reviewed by JamieJan 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very cosy and everything there we needed."

    Would definitely go back again.

    Reviewed by ChristineDec 2018

  • "Lovely place to spend a relaxing long weekend"

    Reviewed by RobertDec 2018

  • "Great pubs in easy reach from a lovely home from home cottage."

    Comfortable beds very clean and lovely decorated rooms. Brilliant walks close by too, the River Cover to Cover bridge very enjoyable for dogs who like swimming

    Reviewed by MaureenOct 2018

  • "Cartmel Cottage is delightfully furnished and clean."

    The beds are very comfortable with crisp cotton bedding and quilts. The cottage is situated in the heart of Middleham with shops and pubs close to hand. The latter provide interesting food especially pleasing we're their vegetarian choices. Of course the true delight are the racehorses from Mark Johnson's stable that pass in front of the cottage a few times every morning. There's a little garden at the front of the cottage to relax in and listen to the church chimes. A good selection of visitor nformation is provided. Although there is no parking outside the cottage, it isn't a problem as the square is close by. I would happily stay at Cartmel Cottage again if I returned to the Dales.

    Reviewed by PamelaAug 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely Middleham is lovely."

    It should be noted that the only practical parking is in the quite small market square which can get full. Cartmel Cottage was very clean and had all the facilities we required. The owners sent us a very helpful email before we went with a wealth of information about the cottage and the area. It's a minor gripe but we didn't find the settee very comfy.

    Reviewed by JamieJun 2018

  • "Traffic is sometimes quite heavy."

    Be careful stepping out of the gate!

    Reviewed by IanJun 2018

  • "Excellent location if you like horses, start their riding from 0630 each morning, riding out passed the cottage."

    Lovely area for walks

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2018

  • "Was a really great cottage in a lovely village."

    If you’re into history and race horses then Middleham will suit you to a T. A few times each morning dozens of race horses leave their stables next door making their way to the gallops which is also a great location for walking and running for humans too. Our only negatives was the cleanliness of the cottage, the cleaner doesn’t seem to know how to clean pan and vacuum the sides of the sofa oh and the knives in the block are blunt, making chopping up veg quite an experience. One key point to note is that this cottage is on the main road, can be especially noisy at the weekend with noisy motorbikes. We only ate out one evening, would recommend the Richard III on the square, not the smartest pub in the word but they do know how to cook! We would recommend this cottage, the owner will go out of their way to assist with your planning. For the negatives, the positives outweigh the negatives. We would definitely recommend this cottage and the location.

    Reviewed by SimonMay 2018

  • "Clean and cosy cottage in the lovely village of Middleham."

    Close to all village amenities, dog friendly pubs serving good food. Lovely local walks. Nice to see the racehorses pass each morning on their way to the Gallops. Would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by JaneApr 2018

  • "We loved staying at Cartmel Cottage, everything about it was perfect."

    Reviewed by CApr 2018

  • "Cartmel Cottage was adorable except for the subdued lighting."

    It was also situated within very easy reach of the village center and it was clean and we'll stocked with everything you could wish for.

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2017

  • "A very cosy and well equipped cottage."

    I would love to go back!

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2017

  • "Smashing comfortable dog friendly cottage, had all we needed, village very nice, pubs even better"

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2017

  • "Lovely warm comfortable cottage , several good pubs in middleham that are dog friendly."

    many walks in surrounding area .

    Reviewed by WendyFeb 2017

  • "We had a problem but the owner was brilliant"

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2016

  • "It was our 2nd holiday in Middleham, although our first time at Cartmel Cottage."

    It was everything we had expected, very clean, cosy and well equipped. Loved the fact could see the race horses go by each morning from our bed!! The owner was very helpful with a couple of queries I had and there was plenty of information of what do do and where to go as well as instructions for all the equipment in the cottage. A lovely holiday - thanks.

    Reviewed by SallyAug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: one double, and one single with an additional pull-out bed
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with wood-burning stove.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, Blu-ray DVD, CD/digital radio/MP3 player with iPhone Lightning dock, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Gravelled garden with patio and furniture
  • Roadside parking may be available opposite property, plus roadside parking in the main square approx 50 yards away
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 min walk
  • Note: The property is located on a main road

The property

Cartmel Cottage is charming, stone-built, end-terrace cottage, just off the main square in the historic Wensleydale town of Middleham, 2.5 miles from Leyburn.

Dating from circa 1850, the cottage features an open plan living area with exposed ceiling beams, a wood-burning stove, a modern, well-equipped kitchen and an open staircase leading to the two bedrooms.

Outside, there is a small front garden (adjacent to road) with a seating area, from which guests can watch racehorses trot past each day from the nearby stables. The amenities of Middleham are close-at-hand, including excellent traditional pubs and local eateries.

Known as “the Windsor of the North”, Middleham is nestled between the rivers Ure and Cover.

Its Georgian and Victorian building are dominated by a 12th century castle, which was owned by the “Kingmaker” Earl of Warwick during the Wars of the Roses.

In 1471 it became the principal northern residence of England's last Plantagenet king, Richard III, following his marriage to Warwick’s youngest daughter, Anne Neville.

Wonderful walking can be enjoyed from the doorstep, and market towns such as Richmond, Leyburn, Masham, famous for the Theakston's and Black Sheep breweries, and Hawes, the home of Wensleydale cheese, are within easy reach. Please note that Middleham is a working rural town with farm traffic and horses on the roads from early in the morning, Middleham is also a tourist destination so there can be expected tourist traffic in high seasons.

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About the location


  • Leyburn 2.5 miles
  • Richmond 12 miles

The attractive Wensleydale town of Middleham is renowned for its history and race horses. Much of the history is bound up with its Norman castle, which dates from 1190 and has a castle keep second in size only to the Tower of London. The horses are a great sight as they make their way to the gallops every morning. The pretty market square is partially cobbled and offers a range of shops, pubs and places to eat. The bustling market town of Leyburn is just a short drive away offering a variety of great shops and pubs, or why not take some time to explore The Forbidden Corner, a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and surprises set amidst 4 acres of grounds, providing a fun day out for all the family? All in all a superb base for exploring Wensleydale and all within easy driving distance of York, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales and Heritage Coast.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas