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Throstle Nest Barn
|Overlooking the Swale, downdale, this outstanding cottage has been marvellously renovated with a feel for luxurious comfort and style. Throstle Nest Barn is a detached barn conversion in a rural setting, yet easy to reach, and with amazing views across Swaledale. A beautiful, newly fitted kitchen retains its old-fashioned charm with beamed ceiling and a flagged stone floor. The upstairs living room has a cosy outlook over the private field, with lovely meadow flowers. Underfloor heating in the bathrooms and a multi-fuel stove in the living room (along with oil central heating) make Throstle Nest Barn an inviting and hugely comfortable retreat after a day's walking over the nearby hills. The rear door opens onto a patio with bench to admire the hillside outlook, a garden table and chairs overlook the stunning view downdale and a bench perched on the hillside from which the whole of Swaledale is spread out in front of you (or so it seems!). With all modern conveniences, and a king sized sleigh bed to sink into, you'll spend a fantastic first holiday in Swaledale here - and return year after year, your luxurious treat to yourself!
Up to two well-behaved medium-sized dogs welcome!
Sorry, no smoking. Sleeps 4. Free wifi!
Week bookings for Throstle Nest Barn run from Saturday to Saturday (reserve online or give us a call to book). Winter short breaks are available (see FAQs) - please ring 01748 886366 to book a short break. Please see FAQs for information regarding car access in poor weather.
Throstle Nest Barn is reached along a single track road, a couple of miles from Low Row, Gunnerside and Muker. In a rural setting, the cottage is nevertheless easily accessible from the road, with plenty of parking. Please see FAQs for information about car access in wintry weather.
Swaledale has many footpaths and interesting walks, from gentle rambles through Gunnerside meadows, to more demanding hilltop hikes, making the most of the spectacular views in this most beautiful part of Yorkshire. Hazel Brow Organic Farm is found in Low Row, where children can see lambs and other animals close up, along with the Punch Bowl Inn (with the same owners as the CB Inn in Arkengarthdale), a gastropub serving good food and ales (and amazing bar furniture made by the Mouseman). Gunnerside has Ghyllfoot Tearoom, which is open for good food through the day and an excellent bistro on Wednesday and Saturday evenings (booking required), as well as takeaway curry on Mondays. The mobile fish and chip van calls in Gunnerside every Friday, from 7pm (earlier in Low Row). Muker, 3 miles, has home-cooked food at Muker Tearoom and excellent food at the Farmer's Arms pub, and a craft shop/gallery, as well as Swaledale Woollens, selling items knitted locally from Swaledale sheep wool.
There are a wealth of places to visit throughout Swaledale, including the Kearton Country Hotel in Thwaite, various pubs, shops (including Swaledale Outdoors for hiking equipment) and tearooms in Reeth, the Bridge Inn at Grinton, bike hire at Fremington, Dales Countryside Museum and the Ropemaker's in Hawes in Wensleydale and plenty of natural attractions, along with lead mining ruins, to be found on a day's walking.
Hazel Brow Organic Farm can provide a welcome hamper for your arrival (Low Row) and Ghyllfoot Tearoom frozen "bistro-style" meals - see FAQs. Supermarkets in Leyburn, Richmond and Barnard Castle and Hawes has a few good food shops, including the Good Life on the little industrial estate.
The only mobile reception around Gunnerside area is Orange (and even that is variable), and no mobile reception updale past Satron. There are recycling facilities at Keld, Muker, Reeth, Langthwaite and bigger towns. Free wifi at Throstle Nest Barn.
Week bookings run from Saturday to Saturday (reserve online or give us a call on 01748 886366).
Winter short breaks are available (see FAQs for particular details re Throstle Nest Barn). Please ring us to make a short break booking, or for a price for a different number of nights.
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Notes and Additional Information
Mar 13..."Our third visit to TNB and hoping to book a fourth. Highlights: jumping in deep snowdrifts. Visiting White Scar Caves. Watching the bunnies. Gayle Mill. Thanks." Jill, Tim and Lewis, Tynmouth.
Mar 13..."3rd visit and still as magical. Quite a lot of snow, so did not go far." Jenny and Andrew, E Yorks.
Mar 13..."After picking up supplies in Sedbergh, we arrived at a wonderful, warm and cosy cottage. We have stayed in lots of cottages in the Dales and this is definitely one of the best - great location, well-equipped and very comfortable - it is certainly one of the warmest. We appreciated the comments about keeping warm - not all cottage owners are so generous. We have had a wonderful week here with walking every day from the door - we were snowed in most of the time - thank goodness for those Sedbergh supplies!" Hazel and David George, Widnes.
Jan 13..."Wonderful! - A well-needed break to escape from reality! Arriving during snow was interesting - thank heavens we have snow tyres! Our walks were wonderful in the virgin snow (field perfect for grandson sledging!) and we had such fun before settling back down in front of the fire! We consider the Farmer's Arms in Muker our local and I think your spring water is quite the nicest I've ever tasted!" Helen and Ian Goodwin, York,
Jan 13..."We have had a really relaxing and wonderful stay here in Throstle Nest Barn. In spite of the weather, we enjoyed exploring this beautiful part of Yorkshire and coming back at the end of our day and lighting the fire and just being together. Our lives are all too busy, too often, so to just get away from it all was just what the doctor ordered - a fab tonic for the family - thank-you." The Price family, Weybourne.
Dec 12..."Even though it rained almost every day, we got a walk in the breaks. Muker is closest pub for decent real ale, Low Row good for food. Walk from Crackpot to Summer Lodge and beyond is good for views." Paul, Gail and Lily the dog, Hull.
Dec 12..."We loved the rural location and the view down the valley. The cottage is lovely and well kitted out. Bed very comfortable and the walking is fantastic round here, you'll never run out of choice. Looked very beautiful with the frost and snow." Jeanella and Nick, Mersea Island, Essex.
Nov 12..."A really good week's holiday in Swaledale. Weather has been wild, but Throstle Nest Barn is warm, cosy and very well-equipped. Bella has enjoyed exploring the field and the little seat up the top is a good place to contemplate the meaning of life!!" Ian, Jackie and Bella from Bures, Suffolk.
Nov 12..."Our 2nd visit and we still agree that this must be the best holiday cottage in the UK! We have had a wonderful holiday and, should it stay as a holiday cottage, we will undoubtedly return. It's even quieter here than in our own village in Glos, and the dog has spent many a happy hour bunny watching." Nigel and Debs Benatar, Glos.
Nov 12..."Great autumn break, less than an hour's drive from home, but one of the best holiday cottages we have stayed in. Would like to come back again if it stays as a holiday cottage." The extended Enzor family, Darlington.
Oct 12..."First time to Swaledale and what a find! Such beautiful scenery and comfortable, cosy house." Jill and Joe Pirton, Herts.
Oct 12..."Second visit and still as beautiful and relaxing. Many lovely walks, pubs, views - thoroughly enjoyable!" Catherine and Stuart, Chelmsford.
Sept 12..."What a beautiful cottage! We loved all the rustic nick-nacks, how cosy the cottage is (underfloor heating for the winter!) and the fact that we had Sky movies as the weather was appalling and we were flooded in for several days. It says a lot in Throstle Nest Barn's favour that we still had a wonderful honeymoon! We had a perfect honeymoon, hope everyone else has a lovely stay too." Lucy and Kat, Manchester.
Sept 12..."Throstle Nest Barn is perfect, with all the home comforts. The underfloor heating in the bathrooms is just lush. Molly was in her element in the enclosed meadow/garden and we loved throwing her ball from the bench at the top. The views from there are fab. All in all we loved our week here and would 100% recommend it." Jo, Tim and Molly, Hereford.
Sept 12..."Fantastic holiday in an immaculate, cosy cottage. Excellent walking every day directly from the door!" Matt and Angela, Beds.
Sept 12..."Wonderful stay in comfortable, cosy cottage." The Poveys, Herefordshire.
Aug 12..."We have had a comfortable, cosy and peaceful week. Swaledale is a truly unspoilt and beautiful place." Mr and Mrs Titchmarsh, Northants.
Aug 12..."We all agree that this has been one of the most relaxing and enjoyable of our family holidays. It was a delight to come back each day to this wonderful, comfortable cottage, put our feet up and watch Team GB win another Gold!" Mel, Gary, Alex and Kit, Essex.
Aug 12..."Our 2nd time here, everything fantastic as usual! We'll be back (again!!)." The Dray family, Devon.
July 12..."Our second visit to Yorkshire - we loved it - again! Stunning scenery on our doorstep! We loved the house, with all its luxury and all the animals around the house." Marc and Carolien, the Netherlands.
Jun 12..."We have thoroughly enjoyed our week here - beautifully appointed cottage in a superb setting. As we are here from Oz, we really appreciated the wifi. Thank-you - would love to come back again one day!" Joan and Kevin Lowndes, Adelaide.
Jun 12..."Our third stay at TNB. Another wonderful relaxing week walking in Swaledale, admiring the spectacular scenery, birds and wildlife. Thank-you once again." Larraine and Steve, Offenham.
Jun 12..."Throstle Nest Barn is simply perfect! We've had a wonderful holiday, enjoying stunning scenery, fabulous walks and outstanding hospitality frome the locals." Paul and Michelle, Oxon.
Jun 12..."Wonderful holiday in a beautiful location. We really enjoyed staying in this comfortable and very well-equipped cottage." The Robinson family from Wilts.
May 12..."Swaledale at its best. Absolutely wonderful. Breathtaking views from the barn. Very comfortable. Really good holiday. Thank-you!" Barbara, Shrewsbury, Valerie, Warwickshire.
May 12..."Another lovely holiday in this very comfortable barn - a true haven in the hills." The Harrisons from Tunbridge Wells.
May 12..."Both of us feeling much better for our stay. A most enjoyable week in this cottage with its great views. The dog had the best ever holiday!" Geoff and Val, E Sussex.
May 12..."What a beautiful cottage, so glad we found it. We had a lovely, peaceful weekend, just wish it had been a longer stay. Will be booking again very soon." Jane, Lincoln.
April 12..."Around our fifth visit to Swaledale and Arkengarthdale and this by far the best cottage we have come across - thank-you." Mr and Mrs Allenson, Worcester.
April 12..."Yet another lovely week, despite the hail! Thanks again, let's hope we can return again." Jill, Tim and Lewi, Tynemouth.
March 12..."Unbelievable weather for March, t-shirts and shorts all week. Sorry to see the Barn is up for sale; do hope it remains as a holiday let. If we had the spare cash, we'd buy it!" Sheila and David, Darlington.
March 12..."Another great week at TNB. To all who visit after us - have a lovely time!" Jenny and Andrew Taylor, E Yorks.
March 12..."What a fabulous place to stay, we've had such a brilliant time!" Tarek, Sophie and baby Emily.
March 12..."Another fantastic week here!" Kevin and Frances, Herts.
Feb 12..."We have had a super week at beautiful Throstle Nest Barn - everything has been perfect. The location is perfect and the barn beautifully furnished and equipped - comfy bed and good shower. Thank-you for allowing us to share your lovely home - can't wait to return!" Christine and Mark, Suffolk.
Feb 12..."Last year: 4 words - (Heaven on a stick). This year: 1 word - FAB-U-LOUS!" Andy, Jo, Anna and Olly, Cambridge.
Jan 12..."Our second visit to TNB in weather somewhat different to the summer. A very wet, windy, New Year week with snow and sunshine thrown in. All in all a perfect place to see in 2012, going home relaxed and refreshed - if a little damp!" Peter and Jude, Crouch End, London.
Dec 11..."Christmas in Swaledale has been a relaxing and rewarding experience.TNB is very welcoming and easy to settle into. Highlights of the week include the stunning scenery, walks in Keld, Muker and terrific meals at the Farmer's Arms in Muker. Going home recharged and ready to take on 2012. Thank-you." Julia and Adam, Chelmsford, Essex.
Dec 11..."Perfect peace at TNB, avoiding all the manic Christmas preparations. Lovely, homely cottage. Thank-you." The Threlfall-Prideaux family, Ryall, Dorset.
Nov 11..."Our second visit to TNB and for 10 days - amazing, our favourite holiday home and will say again, the best! Just a wonderful conversion, location, peace and tranquillity. Thank-you to the owners for sharing it." Larraine and Steve Knight, Offenham.
Nov 11..."Had a lovely week in this very well-appointed and comfortable cottage. It is so well located for walks." Richard and Pat, Rennington, Northumberland.
Nov 11..."Impressive. It makes a pleasant change not to be saying things like, "It's very nice, really" or "It must be hard to maintain". Paul and Paul and Puppy.
Oct 11..."We've had a great time, the cottage is beautifully finished and equipped. Many thanks." Andrew, Lesley and Sylvie Needham.
Oct 11..."Lovely cottage, everything we need is here, very relaxing. Great conversion, we like the way it's been done." Peter and Karen Charleton, Oxenhope.
Oct 11..."Superb place! Totally relaxing week!" Catherine and Stuart, Chelmsford.
Oct 11..."This is a beautiful, well-equipped cottage, really appreciated the homely and cosy feel. The Sky, movies and wifi were great, although the "outdoors" was our reason for visiting, our highlights: the view from the bench at the top of the meadow, the lovely pubs, the peace, quiet, complete darkness, fresh air, sunshine and balmy evenings, many thanks." Keith and Maria, Ramsgate, Kent.
Sept 11..."We have had a fantastic week, fresh air, long walks, Yorkshire food and ale, friendly locals. The wood stove is really cosy." James, Harefield, West London.
Sept 11..."Very well-appointed, lovely place, marvellous walking in all directions. Thanks." The Rosses, Leeds.
Sept 11..."What a fantastic location, we love the countryside here. One of the most beautiful places in all of the UK." The Ammans, London, Chicago.
Aug 11..."A lovely place to stay in the most beautiful place in the UK! We will be back..." Peter and Jude, Crouch End, London.
Aug 11..."We agree with everyone else!! The Barn is great and we shall return, easily the best cottage in the Dales and Moors." Cheryl, John and James Dray, Ottery, Devon.
July 11..."What a fantastic cottage in a fantastic location! Really well-appointed and had everything that we needed for the week. Thanks, Cat Hole Cottages, we'll be back!" Ryan and Jamie, Okehampton.
July 11..."Well-appointed cottage in a great location. Had a relaxing week that was over in no time." Cameron and Jeanette.
July 11..."Stayed for a short break at the end of March this year and couldn't wait to come back. Certainly one of the best cottages we have stayed at in the UK. Very well-equipped." David and Sheila Bowlby, Darlington.
July 11..."Fantastic!" Paul and Jo, Oxford.
June 11..."Lovely, cosy cottage with great views. This cottage is a gem, many thanks." Chris and Jean Smith, Basingstoke.
June 11..."Loved the barn and the weather for the last 3 days." The Player family, Australia.
May 11..."We've had a lovely time here at TNB. A nicely converted adn well-appointed barn with stunning views - easily the best we've encountered in our 15+ years of holidaying throughout the Dales. Only downside was the weather - but I guess you can't have everything! Hope to be back again some day." The Harrison family, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
May 11...Despite the varied weather, we have spent a wonderful fortnight at TNB. We would definitely recommend it to friends - fab location, very clean and well-equipped. Thank-you for sharing your cottage." Val and Emma, Yeovil, Somerset.
April 11..."What a find! A fantastic cottage in a wonderful location. A great holiday, thank-you." Jill, Tim and Lewis, Tynemouth.
April 11..."Our fifth year in the Yorkshire Dales and the best holiday yet. Besides this wonderful cottage, we have enjoyed a whole week of the most fantastic weather! Back soon." Alexanders, Newark.
April 11..."What a fabulous cottage set in a stunning location. I have walked along this lane for over 20 years and always loved it. Do hope to be back again!" Pat and Audrey.
April 11..."We must wholeheartedly agree with everything already said about the many delights of the Barn - we absolutely loved it - and especially appreciated the wifi. Balm for the soul indeed!" Terry and Hilary Reilly, Southerndown, Vale of Glamorgan.
March 11..."Beautifully appointed cottage in a stunning location. Attention to detail makes this a very homely cottage. Ideal for walkers, birdwatchers, photographers and dog-friendly. I shall have no hesitation in submitting a review to Alastair Sawday's Special Escapes. Well worth the visit and hope to be back soon." David, Sheila and James.
March 11...""Wow" - what a location and cottage - our first words on arrival. We have done a walk every day and Nellie has been as happy as a "pig in muck", so we have booked for 2012." Jenny, Andrew and Nellie.
March 11..."Once again we have had a wonderful time in our home from home!! TNB is beautiful, make no mistake about it!! We will be back, God willing." Damien and Amanda.
March 11..."What a lovely cottage in a stunning location. We loved it from the moment we opened the door! It's been lovingly restored and is so warm and welcoming - the best we've ever been to. Can't wait to come back again." Rob and Jenny, Jo and Kev, Kirkbymoorside.
March 11..."What a wonderful week we have had at TNB. It's difficult to add anything new to what has already been said - though I note no-one has yet mentioned the wonderfully thick and fluffy white towels! This place is one of the best self-catering we've ever stayed in, warm, cosy, spotlessly clean, marvellously equipped and a real sanctuary in which to relax at the end of a hard day's walking. Swaledale has so much to offer and it's a most welcome opportunity to recharge the batteries and totally relax in its peace and tranquillity." Marie and Andy, Warwickshire.
Feb 11..."Four words: heaven on a stick!" Andy, Jo, Anna, Olly and Nelson the dog, Cambridge.
Feb 11..."Thank-you for a wonderful holiday barn - it is exceptional and I know we will return." Catherine and Robin Dunn.Jan 11..."Another amazing week in Swaledale. After a whiteout at Nateby, we had to detour via A66 (60 miles) before eventually arriving at 18.40. But what a welcome! The lights were on, the heating going strong and the path gritted - thank you so much. We were and still are completely overawed with Throstle Nest Barn. We have stayed in so many different cottages in the UK, but this is the best by far. Not just for the amazing views, but the little touches - the candles, maps, books, lay-out, the brilliant range-master, the coal stove and a secure garden - not enough superlatives to describe it really. Monday - rush hour - 1 tractor and 1 small gritting tractor. We can recommend the Farmer's Arms at Muker, recently been taken over by a young couple, the food is excellent and well-priced. Many walks around here, but whatever walk you choose, you will be rewarded with wonderful memories. Our only regret is that the snow came 5 days too early - to be snowed in at Throstle Nest Barn would be wonderful!" Larraine and Steve Knight, with Sienna, Offenham, Worcs.
New Year 11..."We arrived on a dark, foggy night, after a day of thaw...it was more than 24 hours before we fully 'thaw' the view up the dale and down the river. What a fine view it is. We had a fab New Year's Eve, much laughing, eating and making merry - Throstle Nest was the perfect place for such a small, cosy, immensely fun and memorable party. I want to steal the stove, haha.Heated floors in the bathrooms are bliss. Library and mags really interesting. Seat at the top of the field - a great spot, even in the biting cold. the run up from Isles Bridge via Crackpot is hard but rewarding. Gusting winds and earthquake rumbled the barn on our last evening, but we were still warm and happy indoors. Content. Can't say better than that!" Jen, Paula, Lee, Claire and Michael, Darlington and Gateshead.
Christmas 10..."What can we say that hasn't already been said? WOW! WHITE! WONDERFUL! WALKS! WEDDING! Yes, we got married on 23rd December in Leyburn - after sliding off the road 200 yds from here, being rescued by Steve up the road, who took us in his Land Rover - posh frocks and wellies, but some great pictures. It would be churlish to be critical of anything at Throstle Nest BUT... I think you should all be warned that when a cottage has been built on the hard shoulder of a major freeway like the Crackpot to Gunnerside Highway, rush hour can be a real nightmare if you're not expecting it. We've been lucky, because it's only happened twice (we think it was the same tractor both times). Complete, utter bliss - we'll certainly be back." Tony, Lindsay, Nathan, Fran and Kizzy (who enjoyed the rabbit chasing).
Dec 10..."SNOW, SNOW, SNOW! Our second visit to this wonderful cottage. The weather was consistently cold, but the cottage was very cosy with the coal burner stocked up to keep us warm. A lovely week and one which will be remembered forever! Must go and dig car out of the snow to go home, many thanks." Philip and Gill, Felbrigg, Norwich.
Nov 10..."We have loved every minute here in this beautiful cottage - stunning views! This week has offered wind, rain, sunshine and even a bit of snow - amazing to see the view changing and to come back to a cosy fire after a long day walking in the cold. We have had a fabulous time and will definitely be back!! Thank-you." Carnie and Joel, Warrington, Cheshire.
Nov 10..."Thanks for a great four nights in a very cosy cottage. Hope we'll be back one day! Off to Lakes for another 7 nights, hope cottage is as nice as this one, many thanks." Nigel and Deb, and Nettle the dog, Cheltenham.
Nov 10..."The cottage is very tasteful, an absolute gem! Very warm and cosy, even when it was blowing a gale outside. Food good at the King's Head, Gunnerside, dog-friendly, so worth a trip. Also, the Farmer's Arms in Muker, food really good and another dog-friendly pub, hurrah! The week's holiday has flown by, even though we did have some very wet weather. Wish I could pick this cottage up and take it home with us!" Jenn, Jay and Keera the dog.
Oct 10..."We have been to the Dales many times, so knew what to expect from this beautiful region. We have never had a cosier, better-equipped cottage. We loved walking in onto a stone floor (none of that 'mind the carpet' with boots, however clean). The silver birches are/will be lovely, we all enjoyed the stove. By the end of the week some of us can even work Sky TV! A well-laid-out, comfortable cottage." Graham and Alison Ralph, Gerard and Isabel Wakeman, York.
Oct 10..."A lovely, fresh week - had two frosty mornings! Would recommend walk into Reeth, lovely views. Fantastic holiday, many thanks!" Kevin, Frances and Storm, Royston, Herts.
Oct 10..."Hi again! Our second visit in 4 months to this wonderful peaceful setting. Two fantastic 8 mile walks in the sunshine! Never tire of the Dales scenery, pubs, stone walls and being at one with nature. Should have moved here 30 years ago - still trying! Walk all around the UK, but the Dales is home from home. See you again next year to do the many other walks we still haven't completed. Been coming here for donkey's years, but only just discovered the fantastic food in the White House Tea Shop in Reeth. What a treat!" Rosie, Rusty, Vera and Finn the dog, Denmead, Hants.
Oct 10..."First impressions - more than we were expecting (wow), thank-you so much.Thursday visited by Mum and Dad. Very impressed, they want to come now! Friday (last day) and we were very sad, didn't want to leave the cottage, but had a small ride to Reeth and pottered round . Dinner booked at the Punch Bowl this evening and back for a last night. We won't forget this place in a hurry - you have given us much more than we were expecting in a wonderful location where we have been greeted by everyone with warmth. We will be back with friends and family if we don't sell up and move up. Best honeymoon that anyone could have wished for. Thank-you so much from the bottom of our hearts- a memory that will last our lives together." The Thompsons, Dewsbury (newlyweds on honeymoon).
Sept 10..."We had a lovely time in this beautiful part of the country. The gentle welcoming Dales was explored by car and foot and the weather was kind. Enjoyed lunch and dinner at the Kearton Country Hotel - what a gem." Sue Thomas, Rosemary Parry, Brisbane, Australia.
Sept 10..."A perfect short break - superb accommodation, stunning location and glorious weather... what more could we ask for? A LONGER BREAK NEXT TIME!!"
Aug 10.."Lovely cottage, warm and cosy and such amazing views. We've had a great time and some wonderful walks. The walk from Keld to Swinnergill is fantastic, lovely in the sunshine today. Reeth Show was fantastic, we had a lovely day there and would recommend similar shows (Muker Show 1st Sept). Punch Bowl at Low Row has great food (at a price and you need to book). Village shops in Reeth are really well-stocked and Campbells at Leyburn is lovely. So many walks I want to do, we'll have to return to Swaledale."
Aug 10..."We have enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage - the best we have ever stayed in. So tranquil and peaceful. We have enjoyed walking every day, despite getting wet most days! We were very interested in the Old Gang lead mine works above Arkengarthdale. We ended our week with a very good meal at the Punch Bowl."
July 10..." A most charming cottage furbished with excellent taste and every attention to detail. Have appreciated some good, honest food at the Copper Kettle, Reeth, the Farmer's Arms, Muker, the King's Head, Gunnerside; and would recommend when anyone wants to go a bit more upmarket, the Ghyllfoot Tearooms and Bistro, Gunnerside, the Punch Bowl, Low Row, and its twin sister, the CB Inn in Arkengarthdale. A perfect end to a day's walking would be to relax by the fire browsing through the very helpful selection of books on the area (we were only sorry that the weather didn't lend itself to making use of the lovely garden furniture!)."
July 10.."Wonderful, beautiful, tranquil, relaxing, peaceful... A thousand words could not express the location of this beautiful sanctuary, waking up to that view every jmorning is a tonic for life's hustle and bustle. Loads of wildlife, I even saw a mole in the garden!!! The Barn is wonderful, I love all of the nick-nacks, it makes it so homely. I just wish I had booked two weeks!!! Little pub in Redmire, if you're that way, does the best sunday lunch outside of my kitchen."
July 10..."Beautiful cottage, wonderful location and views. The Dales are ideal for walking (even if the weather isn't that good)."
July 10..."Amazing cottage! Wonderful holiday! Didn't want to leave! Will definitely be back..."
June 10.."One word - superb!"
June 10..."What a fantastic cottage and location for our first visit to the Dales. Throstle Nest is the best cottage we've stayed in anywhere in the UK! The attention to detail has to be commended. Poppy, our goldie, has loved teh freedom to roam in teh meadow and chase the rabbits! Thoroughly enjoyed our week and we'll be back!" Many thanks.
June 10.."Wonderful "barn" - beautifully restored with love/thought/detail. Great walks, loads of wildlife, very beautiful valley. We will be back."
June 10..."We have had a fantastic week at this wonderful barn conversion. Woke one morning to find sheep gathered on the steps up to the bedroom! No better way to start the day than having breakfast outside on the bench while watching the sun rise (most mornings!), lambs, cockerels and curlews provide the accompanying music! Toughh to decide which walk to do, though - need far more time here - a truly great spot to rejuvenate body and mind - brilliant!"
May 10..." We have to concur with previous comments - the worst thing about Throstle Nest Barn is leaving it! The stunning location; the sound of the curlew all around; much wildlife at the door and the barn conversion itself is superb (probably the best we have seen in the 28 years of coming to the Dales). After the stresses of work and home life it is "Sheer, Idyllic Tranquillity"."
May 10.."What a perfect way to spend our honeymoon! A beautiful barn in a stunning location with the most amazing views! Fantastic walks and great places to eat! We'll definitely have to come back, maybe for our 1st anniversary, as there are so many other footpaths to discover!!! Swaledale is a pleasure to visit and be part of, not looking forward to returning to the hustle and bustle of normal life and rush hour traffic!!! Many, many thanks again for a wonderful honeymoon!!!."
May 10..."There is one major problem with Throstle Nest Barn - we have to give it back at the end of the week! It has been an absolute pleasure to stay in your charming, cosy and comfortable home and I hope we will be back soon to do all the other walks we planned, but didn't quite get to. Many thanks indeed."
May 10..."We have had a wonderful week in "Throstle Nest Barn". A relaxing time in a warm and very pleasant cottage. The walks from the door different every day and the views spectacular! To escape from "Election Fever" was a bonus. Enjoy the local area - leave the car parked for the week! We go home happy."
April 10.."We don't want to go home! What a gorgeous cottage, so tastefully done!! We wanted for nothing whilst being here, everything we could possibly have wanted was here... Fantastic location - breathtaking... Hazel Brow Farm definitely worth a visit - truly fabulous for the children (6 and 9). Thank-you so much for one of the best short breaks we've ever had!"
April 10.."A wonderful discovery with a beautiful cottage in a fantastic location and with incredible views. It is always the sign of a good holiday when you wish you were here another week! Perfect place to spend Easter. Have fun!"
March 10.."Outstanding barn conversion in a fantastic peaceful location. We found the barn very well-equipped and all first class fixtures and fittings. If you are lucky to have a clear sky in the evening, the view of the stars is spectacular!"
Feb 10..."Cosy cottage, tastefully done, more than expected and extremely well-equipped. Bit too snowy for mountain biking, but fab winter walking. Thank-you! Enjoy your stay."
Jan 10..."Thank-you so much for letting us stay in your lovely, well-equipped cottage. The wood-burner is excellent once we got it going, and very cosy."
Jan 10.."Beautiful cottage. Exceeded expectations. Great location for wintry walks with t'spaniel. Highly recommend Punch Bowl Inn at Low Row. Hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did."
Jan 10..."Lovely cottage. Fantastically well-equipped kitchen. Lovely pretty touches throughout. Really enjoyed our stay. Thank-you and Happy 2010! PS A wonderful special place to bring in the New Year!"