- Off road parking
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Games Room
Reviews & Ratings
37 Customer Reviews
"Beautiful cottage, well maintained, fully equipped, and comfortable."
Lovely Christmas/new year treats to greet us, thank you. Wonderful views from the cottage. Great away from it all place to stay with lovely walks on your doorstep. Highly recommend.
"Absolutely spot on."
Not a bad word to say. Would definitely book again.
"Comfortable farmhouse in a beautiful peaceful location"
"Hi. We had a absolutely fantastic time staying at your beautiful cottage."
No negatives to be given at all. 100% perfect Would love to come again in the future BIG thanks
"The track to the cottage takes a bit of negotiating and if you have a heavily laden or low car beware of the cattle grid as it sticks up and catches the bottom of the car."
Also dont forget to take milk tea and coffee, as its quite a distance to the nearest shop. The property is next to a farm, so be prepared for some farmyard odours. The house is lovely, and the views are amazing. If you are a stargazer it is perfect, totally dark skies make for some fantastic views. We were visited by plenty of wildlife, pheasants were in the garden every day, and a weasel appeared occasionally. Don't miss the falls in the village, the children loved it there.
"Incredibly beautiful property."
It felt very special and private. Very kid friendly inside and in the garden as it is enclosed by a wall. Highchair and travel cot were provided but I would recommend bringing your own travel cot if possible as the one provided is very old and un-sturdy. I would recommend the owners obtain a new one. We wish towels and bath mats would have been provided as it would have made the stay more convenient. We will definitely come back, very cozy stay. I would recommended hiking down along the river as it’s gorgeous scenery and wildlife.
Hello Alison, A long time since your stay and glad you had an enjoyable holiday. We have now replaced the travel cot, the old one had been little used over the years with no adverse comment before. You should have been provided with bath mats as we provide these but we have not provided towels since we opened in 2004. Hope to see you back at Cowstonegill in the future. John and Margaret Property Owner
"Beautiful cottage in a lovely quiet setting, in great condition, properly and lovingly maintained and deserves respect accordingly."
Lots of walks locally and indoor entertainment for families in bad weather. Plenty of appliances, we were very well catered for, with nothing left out. Local tradespeople were very helpful and friendly too. We very much appreciated our stay, and look forward to being able to stay again at some point soon.
"Situated in a beautiful setting, Cowstonegill was perfect for a 3 generation family holiday."
The house was cosy and warm (underfloor heating was a lovely surprise) in not the best of weather and bedrooms, living space etc were very comfortable. The kitchen was exceptionally well equipped - everything you could possibly want - and we spent a lot of time sitting round the kitchen table as it was so homely. The garden was very child proof and our 3 year old granddaughter loved playing out on the extensive lawn area. One word of warning - there were no phone signal or WiFi which may not be suitable for all - it didn’t worry us. There is a landline phone in the farmhouse. I would thoroughly recommend this property for anyone looking for somewhere off grid. The village of West Birton is within easy reach and Leyburn is a short drive away.
"The setting is idyllic and the house was a haven of peace for us all after the hustle and bustle leading upto Christmas."
We could have reduced our packing by at least a half as everything was already there waiting for us. Such a well equipped property!
"This is a well kitted out cottage in lovely countryside."
"We had a lovely time at Cowstonegill, it's a lovely comfortable house with everything we needed in fantastic surroundings."
So peaceful, walks from the door, wonderful stream to play in, delightful.
"We had a wonderful stay in this glorious cottage and would love to come again."
The setting is superb and wonderfully peaceful, the cottage is comfortable, well-appointed and full of character.
"Lovely cottage in a grea tocation."
Walks from the door and in wonderful setting with gentle strolls to the river within the grounds. Weather was great all week. No internet or phone signal makes it even more relaxing. Well appointed and feels like a family home. The wine, chocolates and welcome post card were much appreciated. Hopefully we will return.
"We have stayed at cowstonegill many times and are always satisfied with this property , however on looking to book the property in 2022 we were shocked to find how much you have increased your prices and feel you are like many companies taking advantage of the current situation re covid 19 ,i can not see any reason for this great price increase ."
"This is a lovely cottage in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales."
It ticked all our boxes in terms of solitude and peace and quiet. The view of the valley is amazing and we particularly loved walking around the grounds everyday, especially after it had rained and the beck and gill were in full flow. We walked to West Burton most days - a slightly different route each time, and again the views are great. I understand that there are plenty of other walks in and around the valley but we didn’t want to travel too far. The kitchen and lounge were cosy and our bed comfy so we were able to fully relax. We even enjoyed a few games of table tennis! We hope to stay here again in the future, maybe with a few friends next time.
"Beautiful spacious house in a remote, charming valley, with stunning views across the valley from all the front windows."
The house is very old but modernised to a high standard. It is well equipped, with a full range of kitchen utensils. The weather was chilly but the house was warm and cosy, with underfloor heating on the ground floor and radiators upstairs. The extensive private grounds follow a rushing stream down a steep valley side to an extensive stretch of Walden Beck. Great for exploring with the kids. We walked the Walden valley, and explored further afield by car - the scenery is just breathtaking. There is no Wi-Fi! There is no mobile signal in or near the house! Important to know, but in the end we came to consider this a plus point for a proper get-away-from-it-all location. There is a landline (payphone) and we were able to make use of this.
"Just back from a wonderful week at Cowstonegill House."
The house was very warm with lovely underfloor heating which was very welcome on returning from a day out. The kitchen is well equipped and the washer/dryer is very a very helpful addition for wet muddy clothes. The views are gorgeous even when the rain is coming down the valley.
"Very comfortable,warm and lots of room."
Well laid out accommodation. Good information about location and directions.Very well equipped. Wonderful area. Nice welcome from the owners who were very helpful.
"Cowstonegill was an ideal getaway for the family."
Greatly enjoyed the outdoor space, table tennis, access to the river, exceptionally well equipped kitchen, excellent barbecue (recommend the village butcher). The owners have been really helpful, and we've booked again for next year already.
"This was probably the most enjoyable UK holiday I have had with my family."
Literally within 10 minutes of arriving we said we will be back. A really exceptional cottage and location. If you want a break from everything this is the place to go.
Lovely cottage in the tradional style. Everything we could ask for.
"Pictues didnt do it credit Only downside Clearer sign needed nearer the house"
"Charming old farm house, great location for exploring."
We found the house very comfortable and clean. Our week started off being a little cold but the house was lovely and warm and the wood burner just topped it off. The view is breathtaking you couldn’t go past a window without a pause to admire the surroundings. I’d highly recommend this property.
"We had an absolutely brilliant stay at Cowstonegill."
Homely, well equipped country retreat - unexpectedly spacious and toasty warm with underfloor heating. The walks from the door across the Yorkshire countryside were spectacular. We especially enjoyed the walk from the house into west burton and managed to do it with two four years olds and two year olds in tow with (very few) melt downs! The house, the countryside, the surrounding villages and pubs really made this a Christmas to remember. We will definitely be back!
"The only reason I haven’t rated Sykes higher is because we were charged two booking fees for one two week holiday."
Prior to confirming our booking, I phoned you and questioned this, but you were immovable, and I now know this is in the ‘small print’ However, we only received cleaning services for one week, and having checked with the cottage owners, we know that they were not aware that you charged two booking fees for one holiday. As we paid nearly two thousand pounds for the holiday, we feel strongly that , at least as a gesture of goodwill, you should have waived the second booking fee. We have used Sykes on numerous occasions as we take a cottage holiday at least once a year, but are now considering using other companies
"It's difficult to decide which were the best bits to this holiday- the house was marvellous, so comfortable and spacious."
(It was extremely well equipped with six types of wine glasses!) The surroundings were so beautiful, we didn't miss the internet at all. One of the best holidays we have had.
"Great location for peace, quiet and the wild life."
Scenery is stunning. A really comfortable and well equipped cottage. The owners have thought of your every need, we were still discovering things on the last day!
"We are four friends who rent a cottage each year for a week in a different part of the country."
We all agreed that Cowstonegill was woke of the loveliest homes. The peace, situation , views, wildlife were just amazing.
"This house is simply the perfect place from which to enjoy Wensleydale."
The March weather this year was quite challenging, but the house is a wonderful refuge and we were still able to do many walks right from the cottage. The owners were very helpful in making sure our visit was not impaired by the winter storm and the house was, as always, just what we needed and wanted.
"A wonderful cottage, well equipped and beautifully furnished."
In a lovely, quiet dale with great walks from the door and nearby. Provision of a pay phone was very helpful and considerate. One of the best cottages we've ever been to.
"Thouroughly enjoyed our holiday, beautiful secluded location, lovely cottage full of character, very well equipped and comfortable."
A lovely touch to leave us a bottle of wine and box of after eights
"Beautiful, peaceful secluded cottage with awesome scenery and absolutely ..."
Beautiful, peaceful secluded cottage with awesome scenery and absolutely everything you could possibly want, epic walks from the door and the local pub was extremely welcoming and friendly and we didn't want to leave:-)
"We had a lovely stay over Christmas; the cottage was amazing, well equipped and we enjoyed the beautiful scenery and peace and quiet."
Would definitely recommend a stay here.
"It was lovely to be back at Cowstonegill - the property is so comfortable and beautifully located."
Such a relaxing place to be. John the owner is very attentive and communication is very good.
"The owners have thought of everything to make a stay in this cottage a brilliant experience."
The facilities are superb and apart from taking your own towels, there is nothing else needed as everything, and more, is provided. It is a lovely touch to leave a note and welcome pack on kitchen table, which makes you feel that the owners appreciate your custom, too. Cottage is spotlessly clean, decorated and furnished very tastefully and the views from each window are fabulous. If you want a break away from the world, in a setting that is quite magical, then this is the place to go. Already arranging to return next year!
"The owners of this property were very friendly contacted us a week before we were due to leave reference instructions concerning cottage as they would be away."
Cottage nice and warm when we arrived , could go on but comments in visitors book and the number of guests who have returned over and over again for there holiday says it all.
"A beautifully characterful cottage offering complete peace and seclusion."
- Four bedrooms: 2 x doubles with kingsize bateau beds, 1 x twin, 1 x single
- Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
- Additional shower room with shower, basin and WC
- Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
- Modern, well-equipped kitchen with dining area
- Separate dining room with period range with open fire
- Sitting room with woodburning stove in feature fireplace
- Storeroom for bikes, boots etc.
- Oil central heating with underfloor heating on the ground floor and woodburning stove and open fire
- Range cooker with gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, video, DVD player, CD player
- Fuel, power and starter pack for fires inc. in rent
- Bed linen included in rent please note towels are not included
- Cot and highchair available
- Payphone (Limited mobile signal, No WiFi)
- Large enclosed lawned garden with BBQ
- Separate barn with table tennis, table football and dart board
- Off road parking for four cars
- Sorry, no pets and no smoking
- Shop and pub 3 miles
- Note: The property is accessed via a 250 yard private unmetalled road, shared with farm.
West Burton 3 miles. A magnificent, detached listed farmhouse, with panoramic views over seventeen acres of private grounds, with its own babbling brook, in the picturesque Walden Valley, 3 miles from the village of West Burton.
Full of immense character and charm, with a range cooker, exposed beams and antique furnishings, underfloor heating and fires in the sitting and dining rooms make this property a fabulous cosy retreat.
Enjoy beautiful walks through the grounds, down the valley to West Burton, or go on a sightseeing tour of the famous Dales villages of Buckden, Kettlewell, Hawes and Leyburn to name but a few.
An ideal base for a traditional Dales holiday.
About the location
Leyburn 7 miles; Hawes 10 miles.
Nestling in a hollow of the little-known Walden Valley, West Burton is a jewel not to be overlooked. This pretty and ancient village in the heart of Wensleydale is situated in truly beautiful countryside, with old stone cottages surrounding the famous broad village green. A walker’s paradise, with wonderful Dales countryside, magnificent views and the small, but spectacular Cauldron Falls still delighting visitors since the days when the great artist, J M W Turner, captured its magic. A traditional village pub overlooks the green along with a well-stocked village shop with a cafe and a butcher’s, while there is an excellent range of amenities in the nearby market towns of Hawes and Leyburn. A mile from the famous and impressive Aysgarth Falls. A delightful Dales base.