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The Gamekeeper

Pateley Bridge , Yorkshire Dales
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Internet access
Family friendly
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Character cottage with unique upside-down design
  • Accessed via a bridleway for a private and secluded setting
  • Set on a sporting estate within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Elevated garden for al fresco BBQ's with spectacular views
  • Plenty of exciting trails to explore on your doorstep
  • Rustic cottage set within peaceful countryside
Property code: G0145

Studded within the Nidderdale Hills, this wonderful 230-year-old cottage is brimming with old world charm, offering breathtaking views of the North Yorkshire countryside.

At over 230 years old, this delightful cosy character cottage nestles perfectly in the hills of Nidderdale. Set in an elevated position above the popular village of Pateley Bridge, its original features and contemporary comforts combine to create an elegant and unique country cottage.

Set over 3 floors, this romantic Yorkshire cottage has a magical appeal with its upside-down layout, thick stone walls and quirky little touches. Step inside the porch and into a rustic contemporary kitchen complete with wood-panelled walls and heated original flagstone floors. Vintage units and chunky wooden worktops combine to create a warm ambience, and an old sewing machine provides a home to mood lighting in the corner. In the kitchen, you'll find a washing machine and separate tumble dryer as well as heaps of storage under the stairs. There's a range cooker and large fridge-freezer too, with cupboards stocked with everything you need.

The lounge is on the first floor, a cosy and relaxing room with lovely views out to the front of the cottage. There's plenty of comfortable seating in here and the room has a pleasing Celtic-gatehouse style with tartan curtains and arched windows. There's an LCD TV, DVD player & Wi-Fi for those chilled evenings in as well as lots of books to keep you entertained offline. A warm flame-effect gas fire keeps everything nice and toasty.

Make your way up to the second floor to find the master bedroom. Set in the eaves of the house, this charming room has bags of character. There's a king-size bed to look forward to each evening and a curtained balcony giving the room a romantic feel. Head back down to the lounge and up another few steps to find the second bedroom. This room has a double-sized bunk bed so can comfortably sleep 2 adults and 2 children. There are handy little reading lights on the bottom and top bunk if you enjoy a good read in bed. The house bathroom sits next door to this room, a spacious and elegant room complete with a bath for those candlelit soaks and a shower handle for convenience.

The property looks out onto a babbling brook at the front and has private gardens to the rear of the cottage. Make your way up the garden steps to find a flat lawned area at the top, complete with a garden swing on a tree. With its elevated position, the views from this garden are simply stunning. You'll find a BBQ for guests use up here as well as picnic blankets to use in the cottage. We can't think of a nicer spot for a long lazy lunch over a bottle of wine or two. As the cottage sits within a shooting estate the garden is often home to pheasant and partridge as well as other local wildlife. Wild deer are common here – if you are lucky, you might spot one during your stay.

Please note the steps in the garden are quite steep in parts and care should be taken walking up.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size and 1 double-sized bunk bed 
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Range cooker and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble drier
  • Private garden with BBQ and swing
  • Gas-effect fire
  • Underfloor heating in kitchen
  • Off-road parking available for 1 car
  • Wi-Fi included
  • TV/DVD in lounge
  • Highchair available
  • Children - please note there are walls with drops around the exterior of the property and a stream at the foot of the garden and children must be supervised at all times
  • 2 dogs welcome - please note the cottage is set within the grounds of a shooting estate beside farms with livestock and therefore dogs must be kept on a lead at all times
  • 2 miles to village pub and shop
  • Please note garden steps are quite steep
  • Take care with reduced head height in the second bedroom
  • Accessed via narrow bridleway

The cottage has an amazing location. Approached via a long and quiet bridleway, it offers the peace and tranquillity of the Yorkshire Dales countryside, with the delights of Yorkshire village life just two miles away. With miles of stunning walks and mountain bike trails literally from the doorstep, the cottage is heaven for lovers of all things outdoors. Heading behind the cottage takes you higher up into the Nidderdale moorlands with some magnificent cross-country walking. If you prefer a more gentle stroll, making your way back along the bridle path also offers some fantastic panoramic views of Nidderdale and Pateley Bridge below.

Pateley Bridge itself is a charming little market town very typical of this area of Yorkshire. The main street is peppered with cafes, restaurants, local stores and quality butchers, everything you need to stock up for your stay. You'll also find the self-proclaimed 'Oldest Sweet Shop in England' here dating back to the early 1800s - little has changed inside since then.

Pateley Bridge sits at the heart of the breathtaking Nidderdale landscape, itself an area of outstanding natural beauty and immediately adjacent to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are bags of local attractions and stunning natural sights within easy driving distance and with Harrogate less than 15 miles away, there's lots of choice for day trips.

Nidderdale is perhaps the most luscious landscape in the Dales, with its lakes, ancient broadleaf woodlands, single arch barns and neat patchwork of stone edged fields that sit beneath open moorland stretching as far as the eye can see.

The Coldstone Cut is just a short walk away; a wonderful viewing point and art sculpture it affords the best vista of Nidderdale and the surrounding area. Across the dale, Brimham Rocks is an extensive enclave of bizarrely formed rocks that cast an interesting silhouette on the landscape and have been a favourite playground for generations of children.

Further up the dale, How Stean Gorge is a deep limestone ravine with the river Nidd at its base, criss-crossed by a vertiginous path and a number of dramatic pedestrian bridges. Stump Cross Caverns sits atop the hill between Nidderdale and Wharfedale, whose extensive passages, formed millions of years ago, feature the remains of Wolverine and Bison.

This property is personally managed by Marion.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 11 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Andrew 5th July 2019

Beautiful cottage in a stunningly beautiful location Great for walking and exploring the dales!

Reviewed by Victoria 27th May 2019

The property was small and perfectly formed. It has everything you could possibly need including phone washer tumble dryer fridge freezer and lots of kitchen utensils. The bedding was super clean and fresh and the cottage was immaculately clean. The long lane to the cottage is very narrow, so care needs to be taken when traveling to and from the coRead morettage The location is remote and beautiful. The dog loved it. Hide

Reviewed by Charlotte 6th January 2019

We found the cottage easily by following the instructions carefully. The road is narrow but not any problem at all, there are passing places. We stayed for 6 days, 4 of which with our daughter, her husband and 4 month old baby, and dog. We found everything welcoming, cosy and easy to manage. The kitchen was well equipped and the 4 of us plus high cRead morehair cooked and ate in the kitchen without problem. Just make sure you balance your cup / glass properly on the kitchen table.The situation of the cottage is outstanding - both for walking - straight out of the door - or exploring further by car. No light pollution meant star gazing was perfect.It is a delightful place and I hope that we will go again soon and stay longer. Hide

Reviewed by Fiona 20th December 2018

Lovely cottage, unfortunately phone line and wifi was down throughout our stay. when we arrived the owner was staying next door and said phone had been down for couple of days. this wasn't a huge issue to us but perhaps wouldn't have been good if we had been informed before we arrived so we were aware.

Reviewed by Roger 29th September 2018

Nice cottage but the welcome pack of provisions was disappointing. Tea and coffee obviously left over from previous occupants ( just a few spoons of coffee and a few tea bags. We never did find the eggs. This is not a major issue but why say something is provided when it is just token amount??We hadRead more some chilly mornings but were unable to turn on the bathroom radiator.E

Response from Gorgeous Cottages:

Hi Roger, thank you for your review. The guest information provided to our Gorgeous Guests does state that a Welcome Hamper isnt guaranteed and some items are subject to change. However I have spoken with the owner who appreciates your feedback and is looking into any possible issues with the welcome hamper. The owner wasnt aware that the radiator wasnt working and this has now been repaired. We hope to welcome you back for another stay sometime if the future. Take care, Marion Hide

Reviewed by Confirmed guest 18th September 2018

The cottage is well furnished and equipped, and beautifully clean/decorated. Some food and welcome treats were supplied though some basics were lacking (teabags, kitchen roll). We were not able to get the bathroom radiator or the fire in the sitting room working, but decided it wasn't cold enough toRead more make a fuss.As a party of just two adults and two dogs we found the kitchen small and cramped. Beware the impractical table surface! Access to the cottage is difficult - we felt unable to go out in the car in the evenings because the drive back along the long, stone-wall edged, very narrow lane, in the dark, with very few passing places, was just too daunting. On the other hand, it is very quiet, and there are good walks from the door. It's a two mile walk into Pately Bridge. Calling the hillside behind the cottage "a garden" is pushing it! It's a near vertical slope with a few (dangerous) steps set into it. There is a flattish strip of grass and a bench at the top, but no views to write home about. Maybe in winter when the leaves are off the trees?

Response from Gorgeous Cottages:

Hi there,Thank you for taking the time to complete a review, we do appreciate feedback from our Gorgeous Guests and your comments have been passed to the owner. The cottage is certainly located off the beaten track, tranquillity being a major part of its charm. The access road is wide enough to accommodate a full-sized oil tanker when supplies are topped up and theres a series of strategically located passing places, so access should not present a problem for a normal car at any time of day or night. Many of our guests have said how much they appreciated the secluded and totally private garden, which enjoys an elevated south facing aspect with a rope swing under the bough of an old oak tree. The access is steep and the steps have taken some wear over the past few years, they will be refurbished this autumn. We do ask if guests have any problems to contact the owner so that things can be put right immediately wherever possible and this could have been done for the heating. I appreciate that you may not have wanted to do this. Yorkshire has so much to offer we do hope that you visit again soon. Take careMaureen Hide

Reviewed by Confirmed guest 3rd August 2018

Really enjoyed this place. My son and I had a great time. Very peaceful and Pateley Bridge was fantastic for children. We will definitely be back. Very special memories.

Reviewed by Gloria 19th June 2018

Lovely cottage in wonderful location with walks straight from your door. What was a great idea was the gate at the top of the stairs to stop any wet dogs coming up. Would thoroughly recommend this cottage

Reviewed by Shelley 13th June 2018

We loved our stay. It wasn't walkable for us to get to Pately sadly due to the terrain and my mum's arthritis, but it is a lovely location and very quiet.

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