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Castle Hill Cottage

(Ref. 928299)

Middleham, Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Loved our stay Castle Hill Cottage, Great location, Brilliant waking up to the Horses passing by."

    Kitchen was brilliant Everything there you need and more. Bedrooms and Bathroom all nice and fresh. i think it could be a cold place come Winter but has a great stove there . We had a couple of issues with Cleanliness which i spoke to the owner about, so hopefully this is in hand, But all in all a great Base for some time away. Would recommend

    Reviewed by Sean4.4Sep 2023

  • "Our stay was absolutely wonderful."

    The facilities were all that we needed and we only made use of the rooms we required. Things to improve (this is what i would do). 1. Replace/remove chipped crockery 2. Have a deep clean ... we all know how quickly cobwebs appear so get the cleaning team to whiz an extendable duster around. 3. Defrost freezer and turn the temperature level to save your costs. 4. Replace blown light bulbs 5. Think about the long term health of your beautiful cottage. A Sustain/Maintain program to attend to rotting windows, gutters, facilities (I fixed the loo seat for you but had no tools to sort the loose taps), check the roof tiles for security as evidence of leaks. This is not to pick but to give constructive feedback to the owner to ensure this beautiful building is maintained for decades to come. We would rebook and stay again it was so comfy. The people in the village made us really welcome and we are so lucky to have found your gem in the Dale's.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Jul 2023

  • "A lovely cottage, full of character, really clean and with all the amenities you need for a memorable break in Middleham."

    Beds were super comfortable. Steps between rooms were a bit of a trip hazard for me, so needed to be careful, but as it is a very old property not unexpected. Right next to the tea rooms which happened to be closed that week, but it looked nice. Lovely to see the racehorses trotting though the village on the way to the gallops. Some nice walk suggestions supplied by the owners along with a welcome basket. Owners were very helpful, thank you.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Jun 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful situation."

    Very well appointed. Clean and comfortable. Modern facilities, but without losing the historical context of the property.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jun 2023

  • "Wonderful stay at this cottage."

    Great location and very well equipped with some thoughtful touches.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0May 2023

  • "Second visit to this property, quirky layout on different levels."

    Luckily, lovely weather, only downside no garden to sit outside. Some lovely days out whilst we were hear, will definitely book again!

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0May 2023

  • "Well appointed and well maintained."

    Low door frames and steps into and out of lounge to dining room and kitchen are a hazard for anyone of medium height and upwards. Access to bathroom for the front bedroom not too convenient especially at night, but otherwise the property is very comfortable. Located in the heart of Middleham which has good amenities and the town of Leyburn close-by. Lovely countryside surrounding and would book again.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.4Apr 2023

  • "Lovely property - stayed here for a second time as it’s well located for the Dales, Lakes and surrounding areas."

    Short walk out the back past the castle which is right next door, plenty of pubs in Middleham with our favourite being Richard III. The fish and chip shop is a few doors down and made an easy option for dinner. Property was warm even whilst it was -6 outside, with a wood burning stove and electric heating. Only feedback point would be a suggestion for some sharper knifes in the kitchen! An easy fix hopefully! Would happily stay in the cottage again….

    Reviewed by James4.7Mar 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay in the cottage"

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic property."

    Has everything there you could possibly need. Extremely comfortable beds. Perfect location, very picturesque place to stay with 3 pubs, castle, village stores and a fish and chip shop with a minutes walk. Lots of grand buildings to see. Plenty of beautiful places nearby to visit. Racing yards everywhere so we watched the horses going past every morning from our window.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Sep 2022

  • "Castle Hill Cottage is really lovely."

    The owners have thought of everything. The welcome hamper was a lovely touch. We would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jul 2022

  • "The cottage was beautifully furnished and equipped."

    Every need was catered for and a lovely touch with the welcome goodies. Ideally placed to visit the many villages of the Dales. The only disappointment was the coffee shop next door was being remodelled into a B & B which would have been somewhere we would have visited daily. After many years of renting cottage throughout the UK this was by far the nicest appointed. A real credit to the owners.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7May 2022

  • "The double bedroom closest to the bathroom was very hot at night & the window didn't open."

    The mattress wasn't very comfortable. The building work at the tearoom was very noisy some mornings. Everything else was great. The cottage was very cosy & clean. The welcome basket, coffee, tea etc were very welcome, thoughtful touches.

    Reviewed by Lorraine4.4May 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage had a fabulous time in this characterful and warm cottage would recommend to anyone."

    Lovely area perfect base to explore the area.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Mar 2022

  • "You never really know what you are going to get until you arrive and open the door."

    What a lovely cottage in a fantastic location.A castle at the top of the road (50 metres) the horses parading past your window every morning and the locals warm and friendly. The cottage is well equipped with plenty of space ,two large adjoining bedrooms that can closed off if couples are occupying ,then the rear bedrooms access to the bathroom is down a set of stairs off your bedroom across the ground floor and up the main stairs,we didn’t find this a problem at all. Internet access was in and out but what the hell we are on holiday. We departed castle hill a fortnight ago ,wish I was back .Its really lovely a gem.A fantastic cottage in a great place.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Sep 2021

  • "A lovely historic cottage which was comfortable, got very cold and drafty in the ..."

    A lovely historic cottage which was comfortable, got very cold and drafty in the evenings though so would have been preferable to have storage heaters on

    Reviewed by Lorraine3.8Aug 2021

  • "What’s not to like about a 500 year old beamed cottage with a castle outside the front door, modernised inside, all mod cons, and in a fantastic area to explore."

    Totally recommend

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was very very comfortable and a treasured base to go back to at the end of each day."

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Jul 2021

  • "We have been to Middleham many times and stayed in different cottages over the years, Castle Hill Cottage was chosen for its location right by the castle and nearness to the shop and pubs."

    Lovely cottage with everything you need BUT please be aware of the steps up and down to the different rooms - this might not be suitable for the elderly. The sitting room was comfortable but quite dark due to the small window. We were four Facebook friends ages ranging from 58 to 85 so it was quite awkward when we realised that the two double bedrooms were interconnecting and you had to walk through the one to get to and from the bathroom….. no privacy for the person in the one nearest the bathroom! It was like sleeping in a corridor at times

    We are glad you enjoyed Castle hill cottage and being so close to the historic castle it is a unique position. The cottage is very old and characterful, this includes a secret door between the upstairs bedrooms which many families and children enjoy, But if privacy is required the door can be locked both sides and each bedroom has its own access by different staircases. I hope you discovered this before the end of your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dianne4.1Jul 2021

  • "This is a lovely cottage which is fully kitted out with everything you need."

    We did not realise that you had to go through one bedroom to get to another but since there was only the 2 of us that wasn’t a problem.

    Ms Pow we are glad you enjoyed your stay at Castle hill cottage and there was everything you required. The cottage is very old and characterful, this includes a secret door between the upstairs bedrooms which many families and children enjoy, But if privacy is required the door can be locked both sides and each bedroom has its own access by different staircases. We look forward to seeing you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kaye3.8Jun 2021

  • "Amazing cottage, exceptionally clean and well equipped."

    Superb location over the road from a shop and within 2 mins walk of three lovely pubs and a castle! Owner was very quick to respond with queries and offered some great tips for local walks etc.

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Apr 2021

  • "Great cottage, great location."

    struggled with the temperature in the bedrooms being too hot due to the night storage heaters churning out heat at night and very heavy duvets so sleep quality not great. Very well equipped cottage we had everything we could need. Would benefit as there is no garden from a bench outside the house to have a coffee and watch the world go by !

    Reviewed by Bridget4.7Apr 2021

  • "Beautiful, well equipped cottage in a brilliant location."

    Reviewed by Estelle5.0Oct 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our week at Castle Hill Cottage."

    It's a lovely old cottage, beautifully furnished and decorated - the owners have impeccable taste. It's spacious, clean, cosy and well-equipped. We appreciated the welcome pack of Jaffa cakes, cheese sticks and wine. It was useful having a general store almost opposite the cottage and we loved watching all the race horses pass by. Would definitely recommend Castle hill cottage and hope to be back sometime.

    Reviewed by Bridget5.0Aug 2020

  • "We enjoyed a great week in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales."

    The cottage was well located with towns such as Hawes and Richmond within easy reach, along with some stunning walks on the doorstep. The cottage was well equipped and really comfortable, particularly the beds.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2020

  • "A fabulous cottage."

    All decorated for Christmas. Very well equipped. Log burner was wonderful. The cottage is on a lovely setting. I would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Dec 2019

  • "I had a wonderful time at this beautiful location with my wife, 2yr old and mother in law."

    As it is in a small town there were a few little small town particulars to be aware of such as best times to get a car park close to the cottage etc, however these were all explained to me by Lawrence when I called him a few days prior to our arrival. As to the cottage itself, it was within a stones throw of the castle and the small town shop so ideally placed. The interior of the cottage was all very pleasant and tastefully modernised whilst still retaining the character of the original building. Should I find myself back in this area I will certainly look at booking this place again if availability permits.

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Oct 2019

  • "A lovely cottage with excellent facilities although the dial on the grill is a bit hard to see."

    We stayed when it was great weather so the cold ground floor rooms weren't a problem. (To be expected in an old cottage). We never lit the fire which would resolve theses issues. We loved listening and watching the steady stream of race horses passing the cottage on a morning. 2 min walk to the castle and a tearoom next door (we used their outside tables in the morning for breakfast to watch the horses).

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Aug 2019

  • "One of the loveliest cottages we have ever stayed in, renovated to an excellent standard and so clean!"

    Absolutely perfect cottage in a lovely village - a castle literally behind the cottage and race horses being exercised through the village every morning. A real rural retreat with easy access to places of interest and great food. The perfect getaway from busy London life!

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage with great history in a nice little village."

    Tour de Yorkshire went right past the door -great. WiFi in cottage very poor and intermittent and without a mobile phone signal. Had a good holiday regardless of rain.

    Reviewed by William4.4May 2019

  • "This is the second occasion we have used Sykes Cottages Ltd and we will certainly be looking to book our next holiday with them."

    Castle Hill Cottage certainly exceeded our expectations - beautiful cottage with everything and more. The hamper was a really nice surprise there was even milk and butter in the fridge - these touches go a long way - thank you.

    Reviewed by Dee5.0Apr 2019

  • "Another perfect week at Castlehill Cottage, our third visit."

    Clean, comfortable & cozy as always. The cottage is decorated to a high standard & all interior products very good, bedding, towels, cutlery... Lovely new bathroom tiles, new toaster (as promised) by Lawrence the owner who is very helpful & approachable should you need his assistance. Will be booking shortly for our annual visit next year. Thankyou to to Sykes, Lawrence & the very good ladies who look after the cottage & it’s cleanliness & make it so welcoming.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Mar 2019

  • "I have got to say this was the nicest cottage we have stayed in."

    Immediately warm and welcoming, superb facilities and fantastic location to explore the area. In addition the village has everything in walking distance including a well stocked shop and pubs serving delicious food and the best pint of ale we have had for a long time. Myself, my husband and three daughters had a perfect week away!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2018

  • "Any problems we contacted owner straight away"

    Reviewed by Eileen4.7Sep 2018

  • "As a group of older people we like to spend our evenings cooking and dining."

    The cottage was well equipped for cooking but sadly lacking in a few basics for dining; there was only one knife fork and spoon per person - with one left over (difficult when one is serving a four course meal!) no serving dishes or serving spoons, no bread knife, no jugs other than a measuring jug, five odd red wine glasses and no white wine glasses other than two small champagne flutes. While we understand that most people will probably eat out while at the cottage 'fully equipped' should mean just that. The broken window which we found on arrival took three phone calls to satisfy the Sykes staff but when Mr Burton became involved was quickly dealt with. The cottage was tastefully decorated and furnished and spotlessly clean.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Sep 2018

  • "Very nice cottage with a number of rooms to spread out in, or settle in cosy in the main room in front of the fire, according to preference."

    Village shop, fish & chip shop tea room & three pubs are a stones throw away, as is Middleham castle. Racehorses regularly trot by on their way to the gallops. Very good base for exploring the Dales.

    Reviewed by Edwin4.7Aug 2018

  • "Castle Hill cottage is probably the nicest cottage we have stayed in."

    It is beautifully finished, with everything you need for a trouble free holiday. The owners have thought of everything and the location is perfect.

    Reviewed by Darren4.7Aug 2018

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage."

    A delightful base for our holiday.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Aug 2018

  • "A lovely location, with great places to eat within walking distance."

    The cottage was very comfortable, and we all slept really well. Loved the sound of the horses hooves in the morning.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2018

  • "Everything up to spec, as stated in cottage description, beds wonderful, enjoyed a good nights sleep, cottage nice a cozy, spotlessly clean."

    Enjoyed the stay at Castle Hill Cottage. Beautiful area.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2018

  • "We had the most amazing time at this cottage it was just exquisite and steeped in history you could almost feel it as soon as you entered."

    The attention to detail in the restoration of this cottage is just superb and each room has been designed and thought about. It was absolutely stunning, everything to hand and more besides. We all loved watching the racehorses go past each morning up to the gallops too. All in all a wonderful cottage which is faultless in a superb setting, a lovely village to stay and I would without any doubt recommend Castle Hill cottage we were just sorry our stay had to end. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2018

  • "Amazing. Exactly the same as last year but felt more ‘home from home’ as second visit."

    Will certainly be returning same week next year, had correspondence with the owner Lawrence showing our appreciation & enjoyment of holiday/break. Only tiny minor, as expressed last year, see last years email: need 4/6 slice toaster as toasting 2 slices only at one time difficult when 5 adults eating together. Fantastic Holiday!! Other holidays & breaks booked throughout year but cannot wait to return, thankyou,thankyou, thankyou... Sykes helpful at all times

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Mar 2018

  • "We were very lucky to spend 3 nights in this beautiful cottage over the Christmas period!"

    Just what we wanted for a chilled out Christmas in such a amazing part of the country. The cottage is lovely, so much better than it even looks on the photos. All the added touches were great, the Christmas decorations and even our table for decorated for us for Christmas Day! Totally unexpected but very much appreciated! We had such a magical time! Just a couple minor points to be aware of, if you are taking a dog with you there is no yard to let them out so it means more walks for toilet trips. There were no large serving plates and the pans had seen better days. Only minor things though, would definitely recommend this lovely cottage!

    Reviewed by Claire4.8Dec 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage in a Perfect location, we have already rebooked for next year."

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Nov 2017

  • "No back or front garden or courtyard for dog to use."

    Reviewed by Brenda4.2Aug 2017

  • "Everything was catered for in this cottage."

    Great location with local amenities a couple of minutes walk away. Location was also very good for a start point of exploring other areas in the dales

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Mar 2017

  • "Fabulous cottage the owners have thought of everything for a great stay."

    Very cosy cottage, beautifully decorated with great little touches (Neom candles!) with 4 great pubs all less than a minutes walk away, a castle next door (home of Richard III) great walks from your doorstep and the amazing sound of racehorses clip clipping up the cobbled road every morning in their way to the gallops! A truly great break thank you we would love to return!

    5.0Nov 2016

  • "Beautiful cottage, full of character and comfort."

    Lovely extra details such as a welcome hamper and bathroom sets, but other extras need more regular checking - felt a little 'end of season', eg. scented candles around the house mostly finished and not replaced which was a shame as they're a lovely luxury touch. Overall though, a lovely experience and setting.

    Reviewed by Debbie4.8Aug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Electric storage heaters with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Sky movies, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking on cobbles outside cottage
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • No Garden or Patio area
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 min walk
  • Please note: From 2022, this property will have an occupancy of 4

The property

This outstanding, Grade II listed, end-terraced cottage is in the delightful market town of Middleham. Set within a stones throw of King Richards castle, which can be seen as you approach the front door, this cottage has been renovated with great style. Set over two floors, the charm and character of the building is shown through the original features such as exposed beams and stone floors. On the ground floor you will find a spacious and airy dining room, a characterful, well-equipped kitchen and an extremely cosy sitting room with woodburning stove, ideal for relaxing in front of after a day out enjoying what this wonderful part of the country has to offer! The master bedroom on the first floor has a real romantic and luxurious feel with its high ceiling, exposed beams and king-size bed.

This floor also provides a spacious double room and a charming bathroom. Middlehams amenities are on the doorstep, with local eateries and a variety of excellent old pubs nearby. Taking a stroll up the hill to the 12th century castle is a must, where you can pay a small fee to enter and relive the castles illustrious history. Also adding to Middlehams charm are the many stables in and around the town, and you will occasionally hear the sound of horses galloping past the cottage. Three miles away is the Forbidden Corner at Leyburn, a 4-acre garden with a labyrinth of tunnels, follies and other surprises. Just a short drive away is Hawes, where you can visit the Dales Countryside Museum and The Wensleydale Creamery with other nearby attractions including Jervaulx Abbey and Aysgarth Falls. With the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District just waiting to be discovered further afield, this charming Middleham cottage is perfect for families looking for that well-earned break!

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

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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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Note: Strictly only 1 dog in the property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas