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Redmire Waterfall in Wensleydale looking glorious in the Autumn
Redmire Waterfall in Wensleydale looking glorious in the Autumn

Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Wensleydale

The Cream of the Yorkshire Dales. Wensleydale is a beautiful location in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, dotted with attractive Yorkshire cottages to rent, picturesque views and full of opportunity. The region’s fertile farmland is well known for producing superb food (including the creamy, crumbly Wensleydale cheese made famous worldwide by Wallace and Grommit) and the area has plenty more to offer visitors of all ages, especially those who want to experience traditional English rural life first hand. Read more

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54.316110, -2.077961

Urlay Nook is a luxurious 5 Star Gold holiday retreat in the pretty Yorkshire village of Askrigg, famed for being the primary film location for All Creatures Great and Small. With a south facing garden and views to the meadows beyond, and the village amenities closeby, Urlay Nook is perfect for walking and exploring the Yorkshire Dales. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £995

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 5 Star Gold

54.314984, -2.082510

Minnie's Cottage is a charming Grade II listed holiday home with stunning views across Wensleydale and only a two minute walk from the restaurants, pubs and shops in the Yorkshire village of Askrigg. The perfect place for a relaxing holiday within the Yorkshire Dales. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£395 to £575

2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star Gold

54.308605, -1.825158

Welcoming and cosy, Wensleydale House is a great choice if you are looking for somewhere for a large gathering of friends or family. Perfect placed in the thriving Dales market town of Leyburn, this lovely holiday rental sleeps up to 10 guests and is strolling distance to shops, eateries and the many amenities of this vibrant historic Yorkshire town.

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1350
Short breaks from £165 per night

10  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.227516, -1.704813

A delightful romantic dog-friendly cottage for two oozing character and charm in the pretty rural village of Fearby, just a mile and within walking distance of the popular market town of Masham with its great pubs, shops and two famous breweries. Perfect for exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park and a good choice for those who like walking. Log burner for cosy nights.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £850
Short breaks from £78 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

54.298678, -2.171219

Immerse yourself in the glory of Wensleydale from the cottage, garden or whilst out and about exploring miles of tracks and trails by cycling or walking straight from the front door. A peaceful setting, Overdale holiday cottage is perfect for walkers, bird watchers and those wanting to relax, and is just one mile from the thriving market town of Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales.

Weekly guide price:
£380 to £560

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.290567, -2.003866

Old Carthouse is a dog friendly holiday cottage nestled within the Yorkshire Dales National Park providing a perfect romantic retreat. Enjoy walks from the front door, explore local market towns and villages like nearby Wensleydale, Hawes and Leyburn or simply lie back and relax in the bubbling hot tub. Perfect for a self-catering holiday at any time of the year, this cosy barn conversion is located in the little village of Aysgarth and is an ideal base to explore this magical part of North Yorkshire. 

Weekly guide price:
£300 to £400
Short breaks from £60 per night

2+1  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.296893, -1.790986

2 Stable Cottages offers comfortable and affordable self-catering accommodation in the village of Spennithorne in Lower Wensleydale on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and within easy reach of the North York Moors.

Weekly guide price:
£370 to £500

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Cottage Holidays in Wensleydale

Many visitors arrive in Wensleydale having heard about the spectacular scenery. The region’s excellent footpaths, which include the Pennine Way, provide an easy way for visitors to immerse themselves in the landscape, enjoying views of the River Ure and the valley. The area has several waterfalls including Aysgarth, which has the highest drop of any single waterfall in England, Redmire Force and Hardraw Force. Cotter Force has a buggy and wheelchair-friendly path to make it accessible for everyone. The Red Squirrel Trail at Widdale, only a few miles away, is also a popular choice.

Cycling is another fantastic way to explore and there is a bike shop in Hawes where visitors can hire road and mountain bikes for a full or half-day. Yorkshire’s sweeping roads and far-reaching views make it ideal for touring by bicycle - so much so that the Tour de France used the area for the first stage of the 2014 competition. Alternatively, tackle the “Tan Hill Toughie” route and reward your efforts with a cold drink at the highest pub in England, the Tan Hill Inn.

Lake Semerwater is another favourite beauty spot with a choice of paths as well as the opportunity to fish, sail and canoe. Close by, the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) provides plenty more ways to enjoy being outdoors.

Hearty appetites are a pleasure to satisfy with the wonderful food and drink that is so widely available. A visit to the Wensleydale Creamery is a must not only for the shop but also for the cafe and restaurant which serve a seasonal menu inspired by the best of the Dales. The main market town in Wensleydale is Hawes and there is a good choice of places to shop, eat and drink. While you’re there, spend some time learning about the area’s history in the Dales Countryside Museum.

Local attractions include the Grade II listed Aysgarth Edwardian Garden, Jervaulx Abbey, and the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct. The magic of The Forbidden Corner appeals to children, while even the most cynical teenager will find it hard not to be impressed by the size of Middleham Castle, home to Richard III, and Bolton Castle.

Wensleydale is beautiful at any time of the year, with something for everyone no matter what their age or interest. Whether you’re a couple on a romantic week touring historic houses and gardens, an active family in search of outdoor adventure, or a gastronome planning to gorge yourself on the local delicacies, a holiday here is one to savour.