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The Old Smithy

nr Skipton, Yorkshire

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Tucked away in a peaceful corner of the tiny village of Buckden, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, The Old Smithy is a small single storey building located close to the tumbling stream of Buckden Beck. A snug hideaway for two, the cottage is a perfect base for exploring this spectacular part of the Dales. Especially popular with walkers, this is a great place to get away from it all and enjoy the glorious surrounding countryside. Also nearby are the popular villages of Kettlewell, famed for the Calendar Girls film, and Grassington, well known for its summer festival and winter Dickensian weekends.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen, sitting/dining room and double bedroom separated by a wall partition (some exposed stone walls and roof beams) and bathroom.
Visitor notes

Heating: Electric heating included.

Garden: Small shrub area to front of cottage with patio seating area.

Parking: Parking for one car directly in front of the cottage. Additional parking in the village car park, pay and display.

Television/signal: Please note there is no television as there is no reception.

Accessibility: The bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor but the cottage may not be suitable for wheelchair users.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
Yes, 1
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Pub nearby
  • Romantic
  • Single storey
  • Telephone
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

Yorkshire & North East England
Visitors walking to Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland © Arnhel de Serra

In England's spectacular North East, Yorkshire and Northumberland are both counties that offer something for everyone. Yorkshire is world renowned for the beauty of its countryside and its scenery, reaching from the Dales in the west to the Moors in the east. There are also historic towns and cities, a spectacular coastline, much of which is in the care of the Trust, and some of the most magnificent historic houses in the country. The cathedral city of York, where the Trust has two holiday apartments, has a huge variety on offer to visitors - from magnificent York Minster to the medieval Shambles, an area steeped in history and now rich in gift and antique shops alongside fashionable boutiques. Northumberland too abounds in magnificent scenery with wide open stretches of moorland and a long and dramatic coastline. Steeped in history, protecting the border with Scotland since the days when Hadrian's army built the famous Wall, the county also has a wonderful collection of historic houses and castles including Cragside, Wallington and Lindisfarne, all of which are in the care of the Trust. The Trust now has cottages close to Hadrian's Wall itself and in many other spectacular locations including Alnwick and Fountains Abbey, a World Heritage Site.

Yorkshire Dales
The east end of Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire, a Cistercian community of monks from the twelfth century until the Dissolution in 1539. It is the largest monastic ruin in the country, and a World Heritage Site.  © Andrew Butler

Yorkshire is, not surprisingly, England's most popular holiday destination, as this vast county offers something for everyone. The beautiful countryside of the Dales and Moors, a dramatic and unspoilt coastline, a wealth of historic towns and cities, spectacular ancient ruins, and some of the most magnificent houses in the country. The National Trust owns over 24,000 acres of coast and countryside across the county as well as some splendid historic properties. These include Beningbrough Hall, East Riddlesden Hall, Nunnington Hall and the spectacular Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

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  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Upper Wharfedale
Upper Wharfedale Area of classic Yorkshire Dales countryside
Malham Tarn Estate
Malham Tarn Estate High moorland landscape with dramatic limestone features
Braithwaite Hall
Braithwaite Hall 17th-century farmhouse in beautiful Coverdale
Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks Dramatic moorland rock formations
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site. Cistercian abbey, elegant Georgian water garden and medieval deer park
East Riddlesden Hall
East Riddlesden Hall 17th-century West Riding manor house with formal and wild gardens, duckpond and grounds

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Christine Kershaw
    • February 2015
    • Cheshire
    Made special:

    Cosy and compact. Some reminders of its previous life as a smithy in the iron work in the cottage. Cottage was comfortable and very clean. Welcome tray and flowers appreciated. Lovely area and cottage location was good - near centre of the village and round the corner from the local pub which served food and welcomed dogs.

  • Anonymous
    • February 2015
    • ------------
    Perfect for 2!

    It was very nice to have a personal note from the care-taker to welcome us and to have some biscuits and a pint of milk waiting in the fridge. This cottage was the first one we booked for our anniversary so it was amazing to book it again for our anniversary. The location is very pretty, peaceful and relaxing. Perfect for 2.

  • Melissa Merritt
    • December 2014
    • London
    Made special:

    The location- outstanding! The artwork from Fred who had owned the property before. We loved our stay at the Old Smithy. We were impressed with the well stocked kitchen and we cooked at home for a lot of the meals. We loved the welcome basket. The place was very clean and comfortable.

  • Abigail & Giles
    • London
    We have had a lovely stay

    We have had a lovely stay in “The Old Smithy” – thank you for such a cosy and welcoming cottage. We can recommend the walk from Buckden – Cray – Yockenthwaite – Hubberholme and lunch at the George in Hubberholme was very good. Goredale Scar and Malham Tarn and Cove are a must – did a fabulous 9 mile walk with a somewhat scary scramble up Goredale Scar – not for the faint hearted! A really good trip, in a lovely part of the country. Thank you National Trust.

  • Pete & Sue
    • Doncaster, Sth Yorkshire
    We needed to recharge our batteries

    We needed to recharge our batteries after another long haul. The Smithy was to die for only wish I could afford to buy it – food and drink abound and nothing to beat it anywhere – we will be back in September or October for another recharge. Now sorry to say back home to 3 teenagers and a life of toil

  • Simon & Shelley
    Super little cottage

    Super little cottage, cozy and warm. great walking right from the doorstep. Very well equipt even managed a full roast dinner with Yorkshire puds! If you need a break from the rat race this is the place

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