Hilltop House in Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire
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From: €2,145 weekly 12
Hilltop House Self-Catering
Holiday home Hilltop House is a detached farmhouse with annexe near the village of Starbotton in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The main house sleeps eight people and has four double bedroms (one with en-suite shower, a family bathroom and ground floor bathroom. The annexe sleeps four people and has one double and one twin both with en-suite shower. Also in the main house are a fitted kitchen with dining area, scullery, pantry, dining room with woodburning fire, sitting room with open fire, snug and music room/library. Outside is off road parking for six cars and gardens with hot tub, patio and furniture together with large paddock and 14 acres of grazing land. Situated in the heart of the National Park, Hilltop House is a lovely family home and a great base to tour this part of the country.
Accomodation Details Main house: Four bedrooms: 2 x super king-size double, 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC. Ground floor bathroom with bath, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area (seats 10), scullery and pantry. Dining room with woodburning stove (seats 12). Sitting room (seats 9) with open fire. Drawing room. Music room/library.
Annexe: Two ground floor bedrooms with access to a Jack and Jill en-suite shower, basin and WC; with kitchenette, electric cooker and fridge : 1 x king-size, 1 x twin.
Area Nestling in the Upper Wharfedale valley between Kettlewell and Buckden, this idyllic National Park village makes the perfect place from which to explore the wonderful scenery and pretty villages of this magnificent Dale. Much of Upper Wharfedale is National Trust owned - an indication of the beauty of its classic countryside, with dry-stone walls and barns, important flower-rich hay meadows and valley side woodland. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best walking areas in the Dales, with The Dales Way passing nearby, good access to Buckden Pike and gentle walks along the riverbanks. The village itself comprises a cluster of stone built cottages and houses with, at its centre, the wonderful 'Fox and Hounds' pub serving great ales and fine food.
Region From heather-clad moors and limestone scars, to market towns and the steady pace of country life - the sublime Dales await you! Where else in Britain is it as satisfying to sit and do nothing as it is to explore the numerous pursuits on offer?
This is undoubtedly a beautiful home in a stunning location. On arrival we were very impressed with both the property and the beautiful surroundings. Sadly, our stay was short-lived and essentially ruined by Storm Arwen which led to power outages at the property. The caretaker came to check on us the morning after we arrived, but we were informed there was nothing he could do in order to relight the Aga (which would have given us heating and cooking facilities). We then ''camped' at Hilltop hoping for the power to return, but to no avail, and so reluctantly, we left the house days earlier than we planned. We contacted both Sykes and the owners but were given short shrift by both. Sykes Cottages essentially washed their hands of us whilst the owners showed a distinct lack of compassion and refused to refund any of our money. They claimed they would try and recoup some of the money from their insurers, but almost seven months later, we have heard nothing. Just hope that if you do chose this property, nothing goes wrong and no natural disasters befall you!
Lovely cottage, enjoyed family meals in the kitchen and dining room, granddaughters loved the hot tub.. Plenty of space would definitely go again
Great place to stay with beautiful grounds and views, I would highly recommend to a big group with children.. Brilliant facilities and very comfy beds!
Mrs Cleary, December 2019
The house was just perfect for a relaxing break..
Fantastic place.. The house is amazing. Would 100% recommend and will certainly be returning. Shame you can’t take dogs.
Wonderful house.. Well equipped. Lovely setting. A real treat for us. Thank you.
We were a party of twelve including four children.. There was space for family time or time alone indoors or out. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday exploring the house, grounds and surroundings.
Hilltop House is a lovely place to spend a holiday in the Dales.. It is comfortable, beautifully maintained, and actually exceeds the photographs. Highly recommended.
We were a family party of eleven, currently living on three continents, and we agreed that only one word was needed to describe our holiday together at Hilltop: Superb! The house itself, and its position on the hill above Starbotton, is spacious and tranquil, and both the quality and quantity of the furnishings and equipment could not be better. We enjoyed a near-perfect week (who minds a few hungry midges?) and cannot recommend Hilltop too highly .
Excellent house in a beautiful location..
Our second visit to the wonderful and welcoming house.. Full of character throughout a really fabulous retreat, excellent local pub a short walk away.
We were caught out by how wintry and hilly the drive was from Scotland.. I realise this is our own fault for not planning better, but it may be useful information to pass on to future winter guests coming from the north. It is possible to avoid high level, single track roads by going via Skipton, but on our way there using the most direct route, we had the combination of snow, ice and fog making the drive quite treacherous.
Such an amazing place in a great location.. Really helpful owners made sure there was never any worries.
What a beautiful cottage! I booked this lovely home for 12 of my family, including two children, for 1 week in December. It was impeccably clean and the beds were the comfiest we have ever slept on! The living room was very cosy and we kept the log fire going all week. The host was kind enough to decorate the house with Christmas trees which we appreciated and the hot tub was clean and warm for our arrival! The location was great for walking and wildlife. The only thing that would improve this house would be putting the larger television in the larger living room, with more sofas/armchairs to accommodate all 12 guests. Otherwise a perfect stay and would definitely recommend! 5 stars!
We stayed at the lovely Hilltop House for a surprise retirement family get together.
Couldn't have chosen a lovelier house, a more stunning location or more helpful owners. The house is stylishly presented and of great quality, gardens and grounds are a delight and walks literally from the door are wonderful. We hired the services of Duncan Collinge from locally based White Rose Catering who came in and prepared us an amazing meal.What a way to celebrate ! All three generations loved the whole experience and we cant wait to find an excuse to come back as a weekend was just not long enough. Don't hesitate just book this real gem of a place.
Hilltop House is an amazing place.. The internet pictures don't do it justice at all. It exceeded our expectations and we had the most amazing time. With three generations sharing the house for a retirement get together it couldn't have been better. Excellently equipped and stylishly furnished. Super comfy beds, hot tub , gorgeous gardens ( kids loved the rope swing) views from virtually every window. I could go on and on ! House keeper was very helpful and the owners attentive and informative throughout and went the extra mile. The pub in Starbotton operates very part time but a gentle ( and very pleasant) walk down the river to Kettlewell takes you to several pubs all of which were very welcoming. Would we come back ? ..... without a doubt, and very likely will one day . If you want a celebratory dinner,as we did, but don't want to cook, speak to Duncan at White Rose Catering.We renewed an old business friendship with him and he cooked us a wonderful meal at the house, truly special. Don't hesitate to book this gorgeous place,you wont be disappointed.
A wonderful property in a beautiful area, the house feels like a home and is very welcoming.. Excellent local pub a short walk away
We loved the house, a perfect location to stay to visit the dales.. The house itself had everything you need for a relaxing holiday. The hot tub was used everyday, after a days trekking it was lovely to relax in to soothe our tired muscles.
Lovely house in lovely location.. Could do with ordinary cooker as Arga is restrictive. Warn people to watch their heads on low doors.
Only one large pan which could restrict cooking for large numbers.
Hilltop is smart, spacious, clean and homely. As a large family mixed with grandparents, siblings, pre schoolers and a baby, it was a perfect base for us. We all made full use of the hot tub and its extensive views. The annex rooms were brilliant as it meant that some of us could be away from the noisier members of the household. The huge enclosed garden was perfect for the children to run around and fly a kite. It's also really well placed for exploring the river, with lovely picnic/Rock-hopping sites to find, especially up at yockenthwaite which is a short drive away. The local pub was friendly and welcoming too. A very enjoyable trip. The owners were excellent in terms of contact and making sure all was well but there really wasn't anything of issue in the house at all.
Hilltop House is very special, lovely property with excellent accommodation in a beautiful setting.. Very attentive owners too. Thank you for a great week.
We could not have asked for a better cottage, it was perfect!
Stunning property in an idyllic location. The house is immaculately presented throughout and all the bedrooms are equally beautiful which is very important when you are in a large group as nobody wants to get the sub standard room!!
The house is within easy walking distance to pubs and village shop and the scenery is breath taking.
What a lovely house! Would highly recommend. Stayed here as with 9 others. Bedrooms are spacious. Sitting room is very cozy. Dining room and kitchen are fab and not to mention the hot tub outside amongst the beautiful view. The house was very clean and tidy. House is well equipped and some things are very thoughtful.
Thank you for a great stay.
Would definitely stay here again.
This house is in one of the most beautiful places in the world and we were excited to spend Christmas there. Unfortunately the beauty of the location - and the actual house - were not matched by either the maintenance of the property or, more importantly, the level of hospitality offered by the owner. There were numerous problems, including a hot tub full of old smelly water from the previous guests, mouse droppings and mould in the bathroom and the Aga not working properly (we had to call out the engineer to repair it), broken light fittings, damp firewood... But the owner (hundreds of miles away in London) failed spectacularly to remedy any problems or even to apologise for them. In fact, when we complained at the end of our stay she accused us of having broken things but quickly had to retract as she had no grounds for the accusation. We've had family Christmas in other big houses for the best part of a decade and we've never had this kind of basic lack of hospitality and grace. A real shame that such a lovely house is being run in this way.
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