Nell Tom Cottage

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Nell Tom Cottage is located in a elevated position with breathtaking views of Swaledale. It is exceptionally spacious and has been refurbished to the very highest standards. Everything is brand new and designed for comfort. It sleeps 8. There are 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

There is a huge kitchen diner and 2 sitting rooms. The utility room doubles as a coat and boot room.

There is a large south facing patio and steps down to an extensive lawn. Walls shelter the garden from the prevailing wind and there is plenty of seating to enjoy the spectacular scenery. A BBQ is provided and sun loungers and outdoor furniture. There is plenty of parking. The cottage is child friendly. Sorry no dogs.

Rooms & Facilities

Nell Tom sleeps 8 people in 4 bedrooms with comfortable super king sized beds in 3 rooms.
Bedroom 4 is set up as a twin. With enough notice bedroom 4 can be a double and bedroom 3 can be set up as a twin. There is Eygptian cotton bed linen and carpets in all bedrooms. There are amazing views from every room. There is plenty of storage and hanging space.

The master ensuite bathroom has a bath and a shower, the other ensuite has a shower over the bath. There is also a family bathroom with shower over the bath, and a cloakroom downstairs with a further shower. The bathrooms all have big double-ended baths with thermostatic controlled taps, mood lighting, under floor heating and heated towel rails.

The enormous kitchen diner is L shaped and has a sofa as well as large dining table and peninsula with bar stools. It is designed around cooking and entertaining and has a 5 ring hob and 2 ovens, an American fridge freezer, microwave, dishwasher, TV, and all modern kitchen equipment. The kitchen is on the east side of the house, so is sunny in the morning, and has many windows with views down the dale, and due south.

The big L shaped sitting room on the western side, has the evening sun and views on all 3 sides in the part that juts out into the garden. French windows open out onto the garden from this part of the room. There are 3 sofas and TV, DVD and log burner with big stone fireplace. There is a smaller sitting room in the centre of the house, which has a big squashy sofa in an L shape. It is more informal and also has a TV and DVD. The windows face south and north.

By the front door there is a coat and boot storage area. There is more boot and coat storage in the utility room, which has a large sink and units. The house is heated by ground source pumps, and the machines to make this work are housed in the utility. Heating is under floor downstairs, and radiators upstairs.

The downstairs shower has a washing machine and tumble drier.


Ground floor

Ground floor and Garden

First Floor

Tariff 2017

Low 3/4 nights £850 7 days £995
Medium 3/4 nights £895 7 days £1150
Upper Medium no short breaks 7 days £1250
Premium no short breaks 7 days £1350
High no short breaks 7 days £1600
Christmas no short breaks 7 days £1800

Dates 2017

2nd Jan – 16th Feb Low
13th Feb – 23rd Feb (Half-term) Medium
24th Feb – 6th April Low
3rd April – 20th Apr (Easter) Premium
21st April – 27th Apr Medium
24th Apr – 4th May (May Day) Premium
5th May – 25th May Upper Medium
22nd May – 1st June (Whit) Premium
2nd June – 29th June Upper Medium
26th June – 31st Aug High
1st Sept – 19th Oct Upper Medium
16th Oct – 26th Oct (Half-term) Premium
27th Oct- 17th Dec Low
18th Dec – 4th Jan Christmas/New Year

Short Breaks

You can book a short break in low season (min 3 nights)

Short break holidays can only be booked within 8 weeks of the start date.

Please get in touch for more information.

Tariff 2018

Low 3/4 nights £995 7 days £1295
Medium 3/4 nights £1095 7 days £1395
Upper Medium no short breaks 7 days £1495
Premium no short breaks 7 days £1595
High no short breaks 7 days £1695
Christmas no short breaks 7 days £1995

Dates 2018

5th Jan – 8th Feb Low
9th Feb – 22nd Feb (Half-term) Medium
23rd Feb – 22nd March Low
23rd March – 12th Apr (Easter) Premium
13th April -3rd May Medium
4th May – 10th May (May Day) Premium
11th May- 24th May Upper Medium
25th May – 31st May (Summer Half Term) Premium
1st June – 28th June Upper Medium
29th June – 30th Aug High
31st Aug – 18th Oct Upper Medium
19th Oct – 1st Nov (Half-term) Premium
2nd Nov- 19th Dec Low
20th Dec – 3rd Jan Christmas/New Year

Availability and Booking

Please note that this calendar is the one we use on Owner’s Direct. This ensures that both sites keep the same diary, and we don’t get any clashes, however we have noticed that it takes a little while to update when we make changes to it. Please check availablity with us as well just to avoid disappointment.

Guest Comments

 Easter 2017

You will all know this, but this has been our third stay… Our fondness for both Nell Tom and Laykin together with the surrounding environment continues to grow, and we are so grateful with the opportunity to stay in such wonderfully appointed properties.  The blend of beautiful properties, stunning landscapes and second to none service from Louise and Jonathan always provides us with a magical stay and one which we wish would not end.  On this occasion, we were able to bring our very best friends and their parents, and all stayed at Laykin.  Not only were we able to share great memories throughout Swaledale  but we also shared so many good times socialising at both Nell Tom and Laykin.  Nell Tom was perfect for our Easter Sunday feast.  Serving 13 around the table it is hard to believe that we were the first ever connected guests across both cottages.  They lend themselves perfectly to a balanced group holiday of togetherness and independence.  I have said too much but I could say more but we leave with such fond memories, heavy hearts and also excitement because we have booked to stay again in the Autumn.


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!

H and D June 2016

We’ve just returned from a few days in Swaledale staying at Nell Tom, which feels like staying at the home of friends who have done everything they possibly could to make you feel welcome, comfortable and happy – a real luxury holiday home while keeping most of the character of the original 300 year old house.
We were a bit nervous about the access to the house up a steep, narrow road to the hamlet and then along a gravel track. The first time was definitely an adventure but actually we managed it fine, even with the sun in our eyes. And after that we drove up and down quite happily (in a non 4 wheel drive Golf), the owners’ directions are very thorough and practical and you just need to drive carefully and positively.
Having got to the top, the tranquility and the views down and across the dale are breathtaking. Inside the house, because the owners spend their holidays here too, there really is everything you need. The beds are super comfortable, the showers and bathrooms are amazing, the kitchen is really well equipped and the sitting rooms are cosy. Everything is spotless and there’s a great welcome pack. We particularly enjoyed the ice on tap and cursed ourselves for not having brought the makings for margaritas while the ground source heating made everything toasty warm. I can’t think of anywhere better to spend your holiday.

Lisa and Robin,Chester Nov 15

I had the very great pleasure of taking the family over to Swaledale last weekend to experience the delights of Nell Tom, an exceptional 4-bedroom property set high on the hillside in the Yorkshire Dales.
It was spectacular and we were so lucky with the weather.
Huge commendations to your house-keeper as the property was immaculate!
With uninterrupted views of Swaledale’s epic landscape with its trademark meadows and dry-stone walls, standing on the terrace of this stunning property is a truly humbling experience. But the views are just part of what makes Nell Tom such a perfect family holiday home. Stylish interiors and owners who go the extra mile for their guests are another. The Punch Bowl is one of Yorkshire’s best known Inns and is within walking distance of Nell Tom. We ate there twice, and both times the food was superb. It has a lovely welcoming atmosphere, the perfect local in fact. The friendly staff was the icing on the cake, with one of them offering to drive us back up the hill that evening.

Christina Brion. Gorgeous Cottages. October 15

We have just spent a wonderful weekend at Nell Tom – delightfully named after the first inhabitants way back in the 18th century. It sits just below Turnip house….

Louise and Jonathan have done everything they can to make this a very special and luxurious house – oak furniture, oak doors and skirtings (pegged in the old way); spacious bathrooms, incredibly comfortable beds and pillows, cosy spaces with comfy sofas, large and airy shared spaces and glorious views from every window.

The views could not be bettered – even in bad weather they make you take a deep breath and relax. We saw curlews, grouse, lapwings and pheasant and I have doubled the number of birds I can name! Binoculars would be very useful.

Reeth is nearby and a delight and I must mention the Garden House Pottery. Ray Davies makes wonderful mugs and jugs in a very clean understated design as well as his rather special damson cheese in a hand thrown pot (destined to be my sugar bowl very soon).

It is fascinating to still see evidence on the hillside of the lead mining industry which employed many in the neighbourhood in days gone by. This does nothing to mar the huge landscapes but just makes you realise how tough life must have been.

Buttertubs pass and its limestone potholes was another highlight – not just because of its name, but because of the hairpin bends revealing yet more far ranging views up and down the valley – it is worth stopping to take it all in. The road takes you to Hawes (another picturesque village) and the Wensleydale creamery.

So all in all a very special treat to stay in such a wonderful house in such a beautiful place. We will certainly be going back.

Liz and Geoff R. Clevedon August 15.

We have just had a lovely stay at Nell Tom. The house is set around 100 metres above the valley floor – follow the directions carefully, it’s easy to think you’ve gone wrong – with stunning views to east, south and west across Swaledale. The house itself is superb with spacious kitchen and sitting rooms (yes, two) and luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms, everything you could wish for and more. All brand new. There is good walking and cycling (as challenging as you like) from the door with plenty more nearby and lots of other activities within a few miles. We’ll be back.

Anne & Philip.” Bromley Kent.

Nell Tom is amazing and is a credit to you both, you have fantastic vision.

Gary Sadler June 15

Map and Directions

Nell Tom
Low Row
North Yorkshire
DL11 6PT

01748 886065

Directions to Nell Tom – 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. In Low Row take the first turning on your right after the Punch Bowl Inn, there is a Church next to the pub and the road is to the left of this. Take the road up the hill, it is steep and has hair pin bends in it, keep going up the hill until you get to a small hamlet (Blades) keep on the tarmac road with stone walls each side of you, follow this road until you get to a barn on the left and the wall on the left ends. There is a track down the hill on the left by this barn. Take this track down, you will get to Turnip House on your left after about 150 metres, from here you will see Nell Tom below you, follow the track down to Nell Tom, about 100 metres.

Directions to Nell – Low Row from the West
Go through, Muker, and Gunnerside and into Low Row, head to Punch Bowl Inn which will be on your left. Go into the car park and turn around. Then retrace your way, take the first right up the hill. It is steep and has a hair pin bend in it which will require a 3 point turn. Keep going up the hill until you get to a small hamlet (Blades). Keep on the tarmac road with stone walls each side of you, follow this road until you get to a barn on the left and the wall on the left ends. There is a track down the hill on the left by this barn. Take this track down, you will get to Turnip House on your left after about 150 metres, from here you will see Nell Tom below you, follow the track down to Nell Tom, about 100 metres.
The track is fine for most cars but please take it slowly if you don’t have much ground clearance.

Please note that if you end up in an open grassy field, you have missed the turning to the track. The track is stony, not tarmac and has a line of telegraph poles down it.

Making a booking.

Please email or phone to make a provisional booking which we will hold for 7 days.

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 cheque or pay by BACS.  (We ask for one third of the booking as a deposit)

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

Linen and towels are provided.

Children welcome. Sorry no dogs.

Owner’s Phone: 0117 9744913 or 07767 883926

Nell Tom, Low Row, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6PT  01748 886065

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