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Location Icon Leyburn, Yorkshire Dales
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The Reading House

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Sleeps 6
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3 Bedrooms
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1 Bathrooms
Charming and full of character, this cottage was once a church and now offers a fantastic Yorkshire Dales retreat for a family or friends to enjoy beautiful countryside and leisurely walks to the village pub.
Lovingly restored by its owner, this cottage is part of a former church and is full of original character. Nestling in the typical Dales village of Carlton in Coverdale, the cottage enjoys incredible views of the countryside. It also provides a great base from which to discover the Yorkshire Dales. Beautiful walks can be explored in every direction and the village pub is a fantastic place to reward yourself with a hearty meal afterwards. The cottage is ideal for a family group with children, or friends who want to meet up and relax. For larger parties, you can also book this cottage with The Old Chapel next door.

Why we love this

  • Idyllic Yorkshire Dales village location with stunning countryside views
  • A hot tub can be booked as an extra for the ultimate outdoor relaxation
  • Can be booked with the cottage next door if you need more bedrooms

Key Features

Countryside views Countryside views
Enclosed garden Enclosed garden
Wood burner Wood burner
Parking Parking
Pub within walking distance Pub within walking distance
BBQ - charcoal BBQ - charcoal
Children welcome Children welcome
Enclosed patio Enclosed patio
Farmhouse kitchen Farmhouse kitchen
Historical building Historical building
Period features Period features
Self check-in Self check-in
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Exceptional Service

Our award-winning Guest Services team will not only help you find your dream holiday but will support you through every step of your stay.

There’s no mistaking you’re in a lovely old building, thanks to the sympathetic renovation that has preserved the church windows, pitch pine beams and high ceilings. However, the modern decor is streamlined to provide a very soothing ambience.

Step through a solid pine door, which is the original door of the church that has been restored, and into the entrance hall with its flagged floor. There is plenty of space to hang coats and store muddy walking boots.

Just off the entrance hall is a utility room with storage cupboards, a sink, a washing machine and tumble dryer. There is also a downstairs cloakroom with WC.

The lounge is very spacious and the feature church windows let plenty of light in. It’s a place to get really cosy on the large corner sofa or in the armchair and watch a film on the Smart TV. There’s a modern wood burner to add an extra blast of heat on chilly evenings, while the views across the dale are captivating.

The kitchen/dining room is the ideal space for socialising together and having fun. It has a farmhouse style with granite worktops but with a modern twist. Perch on one of the stools at the kitchen island and keep the chef of your group company before gathering around the dining table to enjoy dinner all together. Fully-fitted, the kitchen has an electric oven and hob, a built-in microwave, a fridge/freezer, a cafetiere and a dishwasher. There are also views of the dale and a wall-mounted Smart TV.

Upstairs, the landing is flooded with natural light from the skylights and there are three bedrooms. Each one has a king-size bed, all of which are zip and link so can be set up as two single beds on request if preferred. Each bedroom also has wardrobe and drawer space, as well as a TV.

There is also a family bathroom with a bath and a separate shower.

Outside, to the rear, is a stone wall enclosed patio area which is private. There’s also the option to pre-book a hot tub – please contact our Guest Services team for more information.

Need more space? Book this cottage with The Old Chapel next door. Together, the two cottages sleep up to 12 guests in 6 bedrooms.

The door will be open for your arrival with the key in the door and the owners will greet you.

We plant a tree for every booking we make to help offset some of the carbon emissions generated by our stays.

Check-in: from 16:00
Check-out: by 10:00

Deposit: Bookings are subject to a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the booking value plus applicable booking fees with the balance payable 60 days before the date of travel.

Accidental Damage Deposit: To maintain the highest standards in our properties, guests will need to pay a refundable Accidental Damage Deposit of £200 prior to their stay. An advance payment as detailed in the booking summary can be made to waive this requirement.

  • No smoking
  • No parties and events
  • Please keep noise to a minimum
  • No pets allowed

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The neighbourhood

Carlton is a typical Dales village and the history of the area is perfectly captured with unique events such as the annual Forester’s Day that celebrates the foresters who planted trees throughout Coverdale. The Forester’s Arms is a short walk from the cottage and offers hearty pub food and local ales, a roaring fire in the winter and entertainment such as quizzes.

Middleham is the next village, which has a store for any essentials you might need, pubs and restaurants. Middleham also has a castle, the childhood home of Richard III, which is worth a visit.
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