Intake Cottage Swaledale

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Intake Cottage

“ Beautiful cottage in a stunning location with amazing views with the River Swale at the bottom of the garden. If you are looking for some quiet relaxation and a place to get away from it all then this is definitely the place for you. Beautiful walks nearby and a lovely cosy coal fire to enjoy in the evenings. Spotlessly clean and very well equipped- would definitely recommend. ”

27 Oct - 31 Oct 2020


“ If you like cosy, original and tasteful features plus amazing views, total peace and quiet, then this is the place for you. The cottage was as described on the sites but in reality being actually there was far more delightful. ”

5 Sep - 12 Sep 2020


“ Great views. Fab garden. Comfy beds. The pictures don't do it justice. Dorothy was very friendly and helpful. We wanted a break away from it all, so we weren't too disappointed by the lack of mobile reception, but it's something to be aware of. We were pleasantly surprised to find there was a freezer as we didn't see it in the list of amenities. ”

28 Jul - 1 Aug 2020


“ The cottage is very cosy and well equipped in a great location in Swaledale. The open fire was particularly special - the pictures don't do it justice! ”

13 Jul - 18 Jul 2020


“ The cottage is full of character and very quaint. It is also really well equipped. The location is outstanding, wonderfully relaxing. Private note ”

15 Feb - 18 Feb 2020


“ A really nice cottage! Very homely, quiet and cosy, in a beautiful location. ”

7 Feb - 10 Feb 2020


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“ Lovely location, well equipped kitchen, very cosy. Lots of great cycling and walking from the cottage. We had a great week, thank you ”

12 Oct - 19 Oct 2019


“ We had a very enjoyable stay at Intake Cottage. Dorothy was very helpful and friendly. The Cottage is very cosy and the kitchen is well-equipped. There's also a surprisingly effective coal fire for cold evenings. We had excellent weather for the whole week which meant we walked almost every day though we had planned to spend some time reading and relaxing in the cottage. We would definitely go again as one would never tire of the view. ”

14 May - 21 May 2019


“ Cottage is comfortable and cosy and the coal fire is lovely on an evening. You couldn't ask for a nicer outlook as from the back garden you can sit in the sun and look out over the fields and the river swale. There are lots of walks that you can do directly from the cottage and many others are close at hand. We had a meal and an evening at the kings head in gunnerside which was tasty and all were very welcoming. We would highly recommend Intake cottage and certainly we will be visiting again ”

11 Apr - 14 Apr 2019


“ A perfect Dales retreat. Spectacular views across the valley and a cosy little bolthole. Dorothy was a brilliant host and took the time to meet us and make sure we were settled in. Very comfortable bed and exceptionally quiet at night - so we both slept well. ”

5 Apr - 8 Apr 2019


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“ Dorothy's cottage is in a great location with fantastic views over the valley. The property was very well equipped with everything we needed to make our stay comfortable; there was an open coal fire which we sat around in the evenings and watched TV. The cottage is a great location for walking, we did two walks, one from Muker to Keld via Kisdon and the other from Gunnerside up to the old lead mines. There are loads of places to eat out in local villages and there is The Punchbowl just down the road in Low Row. We had a delicious meal there on our first evening. Dorothy is a great host and was waiting for us when we arrived to show us around and give us loads of useful information. I am sure we will be back! ”

27 Oct - 30 Oct 2018


“ Dear Dorothy, We enjoyed very much your lovely house, the in the evening and to see all the beautiful things you have collected here. I loved to read your books about this beautiful landscape especially "While the Bells Ring" which brought us nearer how living was here. Thanks for all. ”

Claudia, Giuseppe, Orlando and Valentino, Germany
July 16th 2017


“ I came back to Yorkshire to show my partner the beautiful countryside I was born in. We couldn't have found a nicer place to stay. The cottage is so cosy, PERFECT. " A home away from home." Thank you Dorothy for letting us stay here. ”

Shirley and Hennie, Holland
June 30th 2017


“ We have enjoyed our week in Swaledale hugely. Lovely to stay in Intake Cottage, it had everything we needed. All best wishes and thanks. ”

Andrew and Elspeth, Newcastle
May 27th 2017


“ Amazing cottage, cosy and warm. Fallen in love with the Yorkshire Dales, we have been all over, this is lovely, don't wish to leave. "SPECIAL" we will be back. ”

Diane and Kevin, Suffolk
April 20th 2017


“ 1st visit in 1954, most years since. Still so wonderful. Most grateful thanks to Dorothy and Nigel. ”

Stephen and Joyce Lloyd , Dorking, Surrey.
January 19th 2017


“ Thank you for the use of Intake Cottage. It was really lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I will recommend Intake to anyone wishing to visit the Yorkshire Dales. ”

Mr.& Mrs. Alan B.
June 18th 2016


“ Bruce and I have had a wonderful stay in your cottage which is an absolute delight. It had everything we needed , warm and comfortable and stunning views. We especially enjoyed your summerhouse . We have returned feeling very much restored. ”

Alison and Bruce A.
May 27th 2016


“ We have had a lovely time in the cottage albeit for the weather but the cosy fire more than made up for it plus delightful scenery. The cottage is beautiful and the real fire and scenery just made our weekend. Michael thought the fish and chips from the Dales van were the best he had ever tasted and we shall definitely put you on our tick list for a return visit. Cannot think of one possible thing we would have liked to change except the weather. Also thank you for the lovely warm welcome upon our arrival. ”

Tricia and Michael W.
April 29th 2016


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“ Really enjoyed my stay here in a whole variety of weather that showed all the different colours of Swaledale . Loved the flowers and birds and all the delightful lambs. I hope to come back. ”

Alison from South Oxfordshire
May 2015


“ Lovely stay in a lovely cottage. Amazing flowers and so many bluebells in a small wood. Many birds including a kingfisher. ”

Walters family from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
May 2015


“ Enjoyed lovely few days in your quaint and cosy cottage, even saw a woodcock in your garden. Amazing views and wonderful walks. Thank you, I'm sure we'll be back to this gorgeous dale. ”

Sue and John,from Sheffield
June 2015


“ We have had such a wonderful time here in this lovely cottage, set in such a tranquil site with the river so near as well . Enjoyed the wild life and beautiful wild flower meadows, all in such amazing sunshine. Ate our meals in Summerhouse, delightful . Thank you Nigel and Dorothy for making us so welcome . We hope to return again and next time catch a trout. ”

Jane and Mike from Surrey
June 2015


“ Thank you for a warm welcome. We are just so happy to be back and have enjoyed our two week stay. Hope to come back sometime in the future. ”

Lina and Allan, from Denmark
July 2015


“ Had an absolutely stunning week. The cottage is fabulous and totally spotless . The view is breathtaking . Loved the fish and chip van, ate on the patio and watched the sun go down. Much more to say but until next time thank you Dorothy and Nigel ”

Andrew and Lisa, Notts
April 2015


“ Excellent New Year with lovely coal fire. Brilliant walks. Enjoyed fish and chip van on Fri and a few good pints of Black Sheep. Cottage is lovely, thank you, we hope to come back. ”

Rachel and Mick from London
January 2015


“ Thank you Dorothy for our stay at Intake Cottage. It's been truly delightful. We shall have to return in the summer. ”

Jeanette of Standish
December 2014


“ We had a great time in this lovely cottage. Typical English and we love it. Also stunning view and perfect place to stay. ”

Bart and Mirjam Klop, Netherlands
June 2013


“ The cottage is so pretty, love the paintings. Have never slept so well, fresh air, long walks, good food, peace and quiet, perfect holiday. ”

Margaret and Douglas, West Lothian
June 2013


“ We had a lovely stay at Intake Cottage. We liked the cosy interior. Did some wonderful walks around Mucker, Gunnerside and Keld. Many thanks for the literally warm welcome. ”

The Tijs Family, The Netherlands
May 2013


“ Thank you for the ideal retreat for a relaxing break. Intake Cottage has everything we wished for and more. ”

Steve and Helen, Crewe
March 2013


“ Really enjoyed our stay at Intake Cottage, especially the 'real' fire. The views are wonderful and the birds on the feeders entertained us as we sipped wine! Thank you for an enjoyable week in Swaledale.”

Cyril and Frances, Chester
June 2012


“ Lovely cottage with everything you could possibly want or need. Fab views, comfortable bed, great fire. Tenth visit to the Dales, definitely not the last. Many thanks. ”

Gill and Peter, Suffolk
March 2012


“ We had a wonderful stay in your beautiful cottage. Idyllic views, fabulous walks, Lovely local produce and roaring fire. What more could you want? We'll be back but next time for longer so that we can really enjoy all the area has to offer. A wonderful homely cottage. Perfect. ”

Paul and Marie
Feb 2012


“ Beautiful cottage amongst stunning scenery, brilliant local pubs too. We have had a fabulous few days and are definitely hoping to return. Many thanks. ”

Andy and Margie
Nov 2011


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“ Truly relaxing stay in a cosy and well equipped cottage. Loved the morning views and would recommend the Waterfalls walk at Ingleton for beginners. ”

Liam and Sally
Nov 2011


“ A true reflection of a Dales cottage. We fell in love with the fire, the location is perfect. ”

Melvyn and Beryl
Oct 2011


“ Loved walking in Swaledale, loved eating in the pubs and trying all the ales. Loved being snug when it was wet and wild outside. ”

Valerie and Alec
Oct 2011


“ Perfect in every way, what a wonderful place! We did not want to leave and will definitely be returning. Thank you. ”

Peter and Rebecca, Cumbria
Oct 2011


“ Ideal - Exceeded all expectations, beautiful location and much to see and do. Perfect accommodation. Sincere thanks. ”

John and Jenny
Oct 2011


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Swallows Byre

“ A wonderful cottage with a fantastic view across into the dale. We had lots of walks and bike rides directly from the house, and cosy evenings by the log burning stove. It couldn't have been better, would highly recommend this place. ”

24 Oct - 31 Oct 2020


“ Scenic views and cosy on the inside, beautiful area outside. Good communication and recommended host. ”

9 Oct - 12 Oct 2020


“ This is a brilliant little place for two with amazing views of the countryside directly from the bedroom and rear of the byre. Dorothy was a great host and we had everything that we needed for a relaxing break in the Dales. The kitchen is also very well equipped and there is a beautiful balcony where we enjoyed some meals while admiring the fantastic views. ”

8 Aug - 12 Aug 2020


“ Swallows Byre is exceptional. Beautiful views, garden and interior. We had a wonderful time in the barn and enjoyed the wonderful garden and views as well as such a beautiful and comfortable interior. Punch Bowl was a lovely walk away and delicious food. ”

23 Jul - 26 Jul 2020


“ Perfect location for mini break- great access to walks and swale trail cycle route ”

13 Jul - 16 Jul 2020


“ This is a lovely place to stay in a charming spot. Swaledale is a unique place well worth the time to explore and Dorothy's place is an excellent base from which to do so. It is cosy and comfortable and has magnificent views. Dorothy is a thoughtful host who made one feel quite at home. ”

6 Jul - 9 Jul 2020


“ Gorgeous place full of charm and elegant country style. Warm welcoming host. Stunning views! Comfy bed and lovely wood burner. ”

18 Feb - 21 Feb 2020


“ A delightful little place overlooking the Dales and the river Swale. Dorothy was a responsive and helpful host and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Perfect for those looking to get away for a peaceful break. ”

31 Jul - 7 Aug 2020


“ Back again for another week. Many thanks. ”

Ken and Ann, Wales
June 2017


“ What a lovely cottage , fabulous views, comfy bed, perfect! Thank you Dorothy for accommodating me at such short notice, a kindness very much appreciated. ”

May 2017


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“ Our 5th visit to Swallows Byre. Had a fantastic time walking from the door. Beautiful walking over the tops to Gunnerside and back 7.5 miles. Everything about Swallows Byre is perfect as always. It's a home from home. ”

Andrew and Lisa, Worksop
May 2017


“ We've stayed in Swaledale many times but never in such a delightful cottage with such amazing views, such comfortable accommodation and all we needed for a relaxing break. Thank you for allowing us to use Swallows Byre. ”

Mike and Angela, Suffolk
April 2017


“ Had a lovely long weekend break. Swallows Byre is "wonderfully" quirky and so tastefully furnished. Everything you could want or need, of course the views are stunning. The whole area spoils you for choice of amazing vistas. Hoards of daffodils too! Enjoyed afternoons in the Summerhouse, lovely and warm in there while the air outside is quite chilly. Hope to come back again. Dorothy thank you for your time and attention. ”

Sheila and David
April 2017


“ A warm and cosy cottage for our short winter break. Weather poor but it was lovely to return to a warm place and get the fire going. We enjoyed watching the activity on the bird feeders, particularly the long tailed tits of which there were many. We topped up the fat balls before we left. We must come back at a warmer time of year. ”

Steve and Marisa. Coventry
Jan 29th 2017


“ What a lovely little cottage. Fab views, very cosy, really enjoyed our stay. It was lovely to meet you both Dorothy and Nigel and thank you for making my wife's birthday so special. Hope to visit again. ”

Graham and Sandra P.
March 2016


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“ We absolutely loved our stay at Swallows Byre. What an amazing little place to escape to for a few days. The views are fantastic and the fire and the underfloor heating make it delightfully cosy. An idyllic cottage with the added bonus of great wifi connection which was perfect for a night in watching a movie on Netflix. We are very grateful to Dorothy and Nigel for this beautiful place. ”

Will and Miriam, York.
March 2016


“Very much enjoyed a memorable weekend in this charming cottage, in particular wonderful views, by fire for the evenings, beautifully presented, comfortable accommodation. Great walks (e.g. Muker to Keld - "a classic Swaledale walk"), great food at Punch Bow Inn (best lamb!), bird watching from byre, the sun house and, of course the Friday evening fish and chip van. All this plus some beautiful clear sky, sunny warm weather! We would love to return. Many thanks. ”

Neil and Annie, Edinburgh
April 2015, Easter


“Dear Dorothy and Nigel. Thank you both for your kind, warm welcome. We have had a wonderful, relaxing break in your beautiful cottage. A sparrow hawk paid us a visit, you'll be glad to know it went away hungry! Thank you again. ”

Lesley and Arnold
March 2015


“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Swallows Byre. Very relaxing, beautiful views and all types of weather, sunshine, rain, sleet and snow. We would love to come again in the spring or summer. Thank you for recommending the mobile fish and chip van on our first night. Happy holidays. ”

Debbie and Paul Hutton, Essex
February 2015


“After holidaying here for over 20 years we have really enjoyed showing my sister this beautiful part of the world. Book us in for the same week next year please Dorothy! ”

Anne and Ken Lawrence
July 2014


“Friendly welcome; cosy and spotless cottage, overlooking picturesque scenery; many pretty and interesting market towns; lovely walks; and the piece d'resistance (well, it was the Tour de France!) the best fish ever from the mobile chippy. ”

Jane Buxton
July 2014


“Amazing cottage - the views from every window are amazing and the summerhouse is a pocket of tranquillity. Fabulous, Many thanks. Bonus, the Tour de France went straight past the cottage! ”

Rachel, Nathan and Maia, Norwich
July 2014


“ Amazing cottage - well appointed and equipped - view stunning. Made for a super relaxed week. Enjoy the Tour de France!! ”

June 2014


“ Beautiful cottage, fantastic views. Had a wonderful relaxed week. ”

Lena, Clevedon, North Somerset
June 2014


“ Thank you so much for this lovely place we have really enjoyed our week. We appreciated the position and view of course but also the many personal touches which makes Swallows Byre such a restful place to stay and your welcome and generosity which helped us feel so at home. We hope to be able to visit again. ”

Alan and Anne
July 2013


“ We have had a wonderful time at this cottage. Our trips out over the moors were lovely. The birds on the roof terrace were a joy to watch, particularly the woodpeckers. Many thanks to Dorothy and William. ”

Margaret and Ivan, Derbyshire
June 2013


“ Perfect place to stay. Wonderful views, great walks. The cottage itself was very clean. Very cosy with the fire. The cottage has an ambiance that makes you feel at home. Fascinated with the birds, watching their behaviour. ”

Pat and Tony, Cambridge
May 2013


“ Have spent two weeks here at Swallows Byre and enjoyed every minute. Facilities are first class. Nice and cosy with the burning stove. Would recommend a stay here. ”

M & F Craven, Troon
June 2012


“ Good fishing, excellent accommodation. See you next year! ”

Ken and Ann
July 2012


“ The good standard of the cottage makes for a relaxing stay, with outstanding views of Swaledale. ”

Mel and Beryl
August 2012


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