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Laykin is a luxury cottage set high on the hillside above the village of Low Row, and is approached by a private road. It has been likened to an eagle’s nest, as the fields slope steeply down from the sunny south-facing patio, giving uninterrupted and breathtaking views of the beautiful Swaledale scenery. You can enjoy the feeling of remoteness and peace, but are within half a mile’s walk of the award winning local gastro pub The Punchbowl Inn.

It sleeps 7 and has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. There is a large kitchen diner, a sitting room with woodburning stove as well as a large coat and boot room. It is cosy and warm and all the furniture is new and modern.

The garden is small sunny and enclosed, with a south facing terrace, high retaining walls and breathtaking views. There is plenty of parking.

Laykin is perfect for families and groups of friends. Walkers, birdwatchers, stargazers (Enjoy the dark night sky), botanists, cyclists and those needing a total break in a quiet location. It’s the perfect escape.

We welcome children. We supply toys and games as well as high chair, cot and stair gates.

The nearest shops are in Reeth, 4 miles away. The market towns of Richmond, Leyburn and Hawes with their shops and attractions are 30 minutes away.

Sorry no stag/hen parties and no dogs.

Rooms & Facilities

Laykin sleeps 7 people in 4 bedrooms with comfortable beds. The mattresses are pocket sprung with Egyptian cotton bed linen and there are carpets in all bedrooms. The master bedroom is always a double, and there is a further double which, with enough notice can be made into a twin if necessary, a twin room and a single room. There are amazing views from every room.

View 3D panoramas of the bedrooms

There are 2 family bathrooms, and a cloakroom downstairs with a further shower. The bathrooms all have big double-ended baths with thermostatic controlled taps, mood lighting, and showers over the bath. The bathrooms have under floor heating and heated towel rails.

View 3D panoramas of the Bathroom

The large kitchen diner is square and has an island with bar stools and 2 tub chairs as well as large dining table. It is designed around cooking and entertaining and has a ceramic hob, a Rayburn and fan oven. There is an American fridge freezer, microwave, dishwasher, hifi, and all modern kitchen equipment. The kitchen faces south with a door straight onto the patio.

View 3D panoramas of the Kitchen

The sitting room, has the evening sun and 2 sofas. There is a TV, DVD and log burner with big stone fireplace, board games, books, a selection of DVDs and maps

View 3D panorama of the Sitting room

By the front door there is a coat and boot storage area. There is more boot and coat storage in the boot room. Heating is under floor with additional radiators.

The downstairs cloakroom with shower has a washing machine and tumble drier.

We have equipment for babies-high chair, travel cot and 2 stair gates and some toys, books and DVDs.

Laykin is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Outside there is plenty of parking and an enclosed garden- young children need to be supervised due to drops off walls. There is a barbecue and outdoor table and plenty of seating.

Access is by private road which is steep in parts and not accessible when there is snow or ice.

View 3D panoramas of the Exterior

Ground floor

First floor


Laykin Tariff 2019

Low 3/4 nights £595 7 days £745
Medium 3/4 nights £695 7 days £895
Upper Medium no short breaks 7 days £995
Premium no short breaks 7 days £1195
High no short breaks 7 days £1395
Christmas no short breaks 7 days £1395

Dates 2019

5th Jan – 16th Feb Low
16th Feb – 23rd Feb (Half-term) Medium
23rd Feb – 6th April Low
6th April – 27th Apr (Easter) Premium
27th April -4th May Medium
4th May – 11th May (May Day) Premium
11th May- 25th May Upper Medium
25th May – 1st June (Summer Half Term) Premium
1st June – 20th July Upper Medium
20th June – 31st Aug High
31st Aug – 19th Oct Upper Medium
19th Oct – 2nd Nov (Half-term) Premium
2nd Nov- 21st Dec Low
21st Dec – 4th Jan Christmas/New Year


WE WILL ACCEPT SHORT BREAKS.  £750 for a long weekend.

WE HAVE REDUCED PRICES BY 20% for weekly bookings.



Availability and Booking

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to book direct.

email us or call 0117 9744913.

Guest Comments


Christmas 2018

What a lovely place to spend Christmas with the family.  Warm and cosy with stunning views.  The standard was very high throughout and we had everything we needed.  We would thoroughly recommend.  We were glad it didn’t snow.

November 2018 

THANK YOU!   What a lovely place to stay.  The cottage was warm, welcoming and cosy, well appointed and practically laid out and helpfully explained.  Delighted to have had the opportunity to stay here.  We’d love to return and explore the Dales further another time.

June 2018

Laykin is heavenly.  We sat and admired the view from the terrace for hours, watching the Dale below.  The flower meadows were at their best and we had glorious sunshine.  We couldn’t fault the cottage.  Thank you for a special stay.


Christmas 2017

Idyllic English Christmas at Laykin Cottage
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The house is lovely, very well-equipped and suitable for families. The views are stunning: hills, sheep, pheasants, plenty of rabbits and a beautiful horizon. We had rain, sunshine and snow, all in one week, which was fantastic. The week flew by, we would have loved to go on more hikes. A perfect place for a family retreat.

August 2017

The owners Louise and Jonathan have created a proper home from home. Laykin does not feel like a holiday house, it feels like a home. It is well equipped, with lovely beds and bedding, thick carpets, the mmmmm underfloor heating and the water pressure and temperature is enough to warm even the coldest of days. The views are just amazing. If you like quiet this is the place for you. You can only just see the road (if you look over the wall) and can only hear the River Swale below and the birds flying around the valley sides (and maybe the odd sheep or three). The Tesco delivery man was even able to find us and get up the drive (while a bit steep in places, it is in no way a problem getting up)! You don’t feel you have to just use it as a base to see the Dales from, you are right in the Dales and don’t need to go anywhere to feel you’ve had a great holiday. This is definitely a place we will be returning to!

June 2017

A superb cottage in stunning countryside. The cottage was obviously a labour of love (as detailed in the lovely book which charts its transformation from a tired old house to a beautiful holiday cottage) and credit should be given to the owners for their vision and hard work. Everything there is of the finest quality and nothing has been forgotten, making it a place that you would want to re-visit. It is remote but that is part of its appeal and it gave us the ideal opportunity to un-wind.

May 2017

Wonderful cottage situated in an excellent location for walking straight from the house and accessing other nearby walks plus visiting nearby attractions e.g Wensleydale Creamery/Aysgarth Falls etc. Relaxing cottage with beautiful views. The property has plenty of space and bathrooms, a very useful boot room and a well appointed kitchen. Extremely comfortable beds. Able to warm yourselves up and dry clothing out after a day’s walking in the cold and wet. Would be very happy to visit again.

Easter 2017

Hello Louise and John,  We would like to thank you for letting us have
Laykin cottage  for Easter. We had a magical time with our family and
friends. We had a lovely shared meal on Easter Sunday prepared half in
Laykin and half in Nell Tom, which came together perfectly. We were lucky to
be surrounded by lambs which entertained us day after day. Our grandchildren had  such fun with their friends and spent a lot of time playing outside with a complete absence of electrical devices!!!!! I was really sad to leave and would have liked a few more days. Our daughter and son in law loved Swaledale, which is why we took them. We hope we can return. My memory of coming down the fields in the dark at 10.30pm Easter Sunday night, helped by my teenage grandson,  following his father who was wearing  flashing pink bunny ears will keep me smiling forever!


April 2017

We had such a wonderful stay at Laykin and it is an amazing holiday home with the best views ever and very well equipped too. The home was incredibly clean and indeed the housekeepers did a brilliant job.
We are pleased they were delighted with the tip – a well deserved one as they work very hard at ensuring the place is spotlessly clean which is greatly appreciated.
We very much look forward to returning to beautiful Laykin and taking in the delights of the Yorkshire Dales.
Thank you very much for a wonderful stay.


January 2017

Once again a lovely relaxing break in such a beautiful welcoming home from home. With been coming a few years now and find it astonishing her everything in the house still feels brand-new! Credit to the housekeeping!

November 2016

We have visited lots of cottages in different locations and we can genuinely say that Laykin is the best one we have stayed in. The kitchen has everything you could possibly need especially as we like to cater for ourselves. The drive up to the cottage is easy once you have done it once and shouldn’t put people off. Looking forward to coming back.

October 2016.

We have had a truly amazing week, but we can’t believe how fast it has gone. We have made an addition to your comments book reflecting on how brilliant our time has been.

We are all feeling quite low this morning and there have been tears but I’m telling myself and the family that we’ll soon be back.

We are all ever so grateful for the opportunity of staying here. You and Jonathan have created something quite magical and we simply love it.

Sept 2016

Thank you so much for restoring this wonderful house in this idyllic location. This and the wonderful weather this past week have helped make our stay exceptional. Highlights have been the endless changing views from the terrace, the entertaining grouse on the moor, , the amount of medieval history that surrounds us, and the sheer fact that we have been lucky enough to experience this beautiful place.
D T and F, Eastbourne Sussex

H and D June 2016
The Stay in Swaledale properties raise the bar to a new standard. The quality and finish of their two immaculately renovated properties is utterly remarkable and probably unique in this area. We have stayed in both Laykin and Nell Tom and we wouldn’t go anywhere else now. Aside from the breathtaking views, which in our opinion are unbeatable, the accommodation is absolutely perfect – no expense has been spared and no detail has been overlooked. The beds and bathrooms are of the highest standard – everything works and bedding/towels top quality. The kitchens are incredibly well equipped – beautiful crockery and everything you could ever need. The welcome hampers are very generous and stocked with high-end products. Living areas are cosy, warm and comfortable. The properties are never anything but spotlessly clean on arrival and the owners are so thoughtful with the extras and details – for example a pair of binoculars for spotting the wildlife and birds (plenty of oyster catchers, curlews and lapwings) maps (with waterproof cases!), information about local attractions, useful hooks everywhere and plenty of storage for coats, muddy boots and family paraphernalia. We have had some of our best family times here and our children look forward to returning each year. Nell Tom in particular is great for children with a lovely lower lawned area big enough for games. Whatever the weather, you will never tire of the views and if you are lucky (as we have generally been) you will have plenty of sunshine and be able to get out and do some of the best walking Yorkshire has to offer – from the front door. I could go on at length and cannot recommend this property highly enough. My advice would be to stop looking anywhere else and book here!

January 2016

10 out of 10


Sheffield GB Family
We had the best time staying in Laykin cottage. There is nothing that could be improved about the quality of the accommodation, the care and attention to detail taken in providing instructions and recommendations for things to do and the generosity of the welcome pack. The layout of the cottage makes it perfect for 6/7 people, with a large kitchen diner to eat, drink and play games in and a cosy living room to curl up in front of the wood burning stove. There are a huge amount of games, books and dvds provided if you don’t want to venture out, but you’d be hard pressed not to, giving the spectacular scenery that surrounds Laykin. Of all the self catering places I have stayed in, Laykin cottage is easily amongst the best, if not the best, and we would all love to return.

What a special place.  We have stayed at many holiday cottages, but none can compare- everything we needed and more.

 27th to 30th of November 2015
This beautiful house has to be experienced to be believed! No pictures or website does it justice. Wind and rain all weekend but they had no effect on our super cosy retreat! Stunning views to wake up to and a glorious night sky to go to bed under.
House is just brilliant wish we could stay longer but as Arnie said “We’ll be back!”
Thanks very much for sharing your wonderful house.

November 14-21 2015
What an amazing week we have had! Very windy, very wet, but this cottage is so very comfortable it doesn’t matter if it’s bad weather. The views are so stunning. We have been coming to the Yorkshire Dales and Swaledale in particular for many years and this beautiful cottage is the best we have ever stayed in. So well appointed, a lovely welcome pack,the bathrooms and showers top-notch, comfortable beds, lovely cosy lounge, super wood burner. The kitchen is absolutely magnificent! We would love a kitchen like this with  views that change with the weather conditions. Couldn’t see what the problem was with the track, everything so clearly explained with the directions supplied by Louise and Jonathan and no dramas! When we arrived the cottage was beautifully warm, very clean very welcoming. Thank you very much to all concerned we’ll definitely be back!

June 2015

The view from the front of the cottage is probably the best of any cottage with Stadon-and that’s a lot! Well worth the drive at the track, which is easy when you get the hang of it. Wildlife is provided ample entertainment, especially the families of swallows and housemartins.
Really good food look no further than the punchbowl. If you eat there on your first night to me probably not bother go anywhere else. If you like a good walk don’t miss the gonocide Gill and Valley from me could killed. The weather has been kind to us, hopefully it will be for you to enjoy.
K and K Bristol

May 2015

We have truly had the most relaxing, amazing week in your beautiful cottage! The decor, beds and added extras have made for a much needed get away for us all. The views are spectacular and the children have enjoyed walking down to the swings in the trees at the bottom of the field near the ford. Definitely a place we will all return to!

Family gathering June 2014

We had a superb week in the cottage.  Beautiful weather (Sun and 25C), magnificent views, good BBQs, cycling in the hills, walking along the river Swale.

Dutch Family July 2014

Our second visit, and yet again, first rate.  Weather has been mixed, mostly cool and breezy, but Thursday was glorious.  BBQ on the terrace while watching the hay baling, with swallows darting overhead.  In the mornings we’ve been treated to a display by the house martins- chirping away and clinging onto the window recess.  Unforgettable.  A very special place.  We hope to return again.

W Family July 2014

Fantastic House. Great facilities. Wonderful Views. Kitchen out of this world- warm, cosy, like a big living room. Relaxing place to stay. Everything is top quality. We all had a great time.
Smith Family Jan 2014.

Well deserving of the Gold Star
D and K. Jan. 2014.

It has exceeded all our expectations. We will definitely be back.
Godfrey family. March 2014.

We have had a fantastic week at Laykin which is really home from home, very tastefully and thoughtfully furnished and equipped.
K and J. April 2014.

Thank you for allowing us the use of your lovely house and to enjoy the magnificent views from all aspects. It’s hard to convey in words! The access gets easier, both by car and on foot, as the week goes on! We have not ventured far as nowhere is better than here! Especially in the stunning weather we have had. Would love to return.
Mr and Mrs B. July 2013.

We have had an absolutely brilliant week here. Have been rather too lazy just sitting soaking up the wonderful views from the cottage. An extremely relaxing holiday. Laykin is one of the best if not the best holiday cottages we have ever stayed in, we felt at home as soon as we had arrived. Spent hours just watching the swallows dart around in front of the house (they’ve even flown into the kitchen door a couple of times, thankfully escaping in a second or two). We would love to return and use our walking boots more.
Thank you!
W Family July 2013.

Initially we had difficulty negotiating the steep track and hairpin bend, however Laykin, the views, superb comfort of the house more than make up for the track. Absolutely loved it here, if we ever have the opportunity to visit Swaledale again we would definitely stay here. Loved the helpful brochures books maps and all the labels on everything etc.
F Family. July 2013.

It was so lovely being here, and we didn’t really want to leave. We really love this cottage lots and there was a lovely view too. We’re very sad to leave, thank you such a lovely holiday.
Miss H. June 2013.

Our 4 th stay was just as special as our first. Laykin never disappoints! Once again already planning our return visit. A special thank you for keeping Laykin so pristine and sharing it with us. Looking forward to our next visit!
D Family. June 2013.

We can’t stay away! This is our third visit – only seven months since the last one! Even in the rain this place is beautiful and the Swale a sight to behold. Had another fabulous week and everything still great at Laykin, we will return!
Mr and Mrs L. May 2013.

What a comfortable house, with a spectacular view! We enjoyed every minute of it, helped by the kind weather (dry and plenty of sunshine). Did some long walks right outside the cottage but also in Wensleydale Arkengarthdale and near the Ribblehead viaduct, we can recommend the local pub the Punch Bowl Inn which had nice food and good ales!
Visitors from the Netherlands April 13.

Had a great weekend. The cottage and views are beautiful, although the drive to it is a little scary at first! The cottage is really well equipped and our 18 month old son loved the toys and books. We will definitely be back!
November 2012.

This is our first visit and we loved it! The beds were comfy, the views were amazing and the area was very nice, and the locals friendly. The house is lovely, and we wanted to stay another week! Thank you for letting us stay.
Mr and Mrs A. October 2012.

Just the best holiday ever, you can’t beat it! A house to be proud of.
Mr and Mrs H. August 2012.

What an amazing holiday cottage!! I don’t think we have ever stayed in a place quite so lovely. It was really interesting to see the photo book of the transformation at Laykin-a massive undertaking! The views are spectacular and something that we will definitely come back for-Swaledale takes a lot of beating! The kids also had a great time here. We managed quite a few walks with them and enjoyed immersing ourselves in nature. We most definitely intend to return here for some peace and quiet and would like to thank you for a very relaxing space to take shelter in.
U Family. July 2012.

Map and Directions
Low Row,
Near Reeth,
North Yorkshire
DL11 6PT

Phone number at the cottage (01748) 886298.

Directions to Laykin – Low Row from the East
From the A1: turn off at Scotch Corner or Catterick Bridge to Richmond. In Richmond take the B6270 through Reeth and continue to Low Row. Pass the Punch Bowl pub on your right and travel through the village about a third of a mile. Look for a barn with green tatty doors on your right. Take the track which starts by the barn and goes up behind the row of cottages- called Brown Hills, straight on for approx 1/3 mile passing through a shallow ford up to Laykin.

There is a stone with Laykin 1/3 mile on your right just as you pass the back of the cottages.

Directions to Laykin – Low Row from the West
From the M6 North

Take M6 South – exit junction 40 and follow the A66 signed to Scotch Corner. Turn off on to A685 to Kirby Stephen. From Kirby Stephen take the B6270 through Nateby signed to Reeth.

From the M6 South –Scenic route through Wensleydale and over Buttertubs pass.

Take the M6 North – exit junction 34 and follow the A683 and A687 to Ingleton. From Ingleton take the B6255 to Hawes. In Hawes follow A684 for a short way signed to Sedbergh, then turn right to Hardraw, go through Hardraw then take the left turn to Simonstone. Go past Simonstone Hall and continue on this road over the Buttertubs Pass and turn right on to the B6270 signed to Reeth.

From the M6 South – Scenic route from the top of Swaledale.

Take the M6 North – exit junction 38 and follow A685 to Kirby Stephen. From Kirby Stephen take the B6270 through Nateby signed to Reeth.


Go through, Muker, and Gunnerside and as you enter Low Row look out for a brown sign on your right for Hazel Brow Farm Visitor Centre, approx 20 yards beyond this on the left is the entrance of the road leading to Laykin. It is between a small cottage with a small white conservatory and a barn with green wooden doors.


It is a very sharp turn left to get onto our track- sometimes it is easier to carry on past the turn, go into the village and turn around in the Punchbowl Inn car park.

Once you are on our track…keep straight on through a wood and water splash and keep going, as you take the sharp bend keep to the left hand side as this is less steep. Laykin is at the end of this track
Please note that the road to the Cottage is a stony track and is steep in parts. It features a hairpin bend. Those who would be nervous driving in the Alps or on Buttertubs Pass, would also feel nervous here. It is possible to drive up in an ordinary car, and most people manage fine. You may be alarmed on your first drive up. It is perfectly safe and all manner of vehicles have arrived with no harm.

There is parking both to the side of the cottage and beyond the cottage straight ahead of you. Please do not block the top gate.
Please read our detailed Directions to Laykin Cottage PDF

Please note that Satnav will take you to the village of Blades from which there is no access to Laykin!


Making a booking.

Please email or phone us to make a provisional booking which we will hold for 7 days.  Contact Louise or Jonathan at home on 0117 9744913 or Louise mobile 07767 883926.

On confirmation that the cottage is available, we will send you our booking form and terms and conditions. Fill out the booking form and return it with your deposit.  (We ask for one third)

This should be sent to reach us within 7 days. The balance of your holiday must be received 6 weeks before your holiday starts.

Laykin, Low Row, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6PT

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