Nell Tom Cottage

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Nell Tom is a 5 star luxury cottage set high on the hillside with breathtaking views of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is located just above the village of Low Row, in walking distance of the Punch Bowl Inn gastro pub.

The cottage is exceptionally spacious, and has been refurbished to the very highest standards of comfort. This makes it ideal for gatherings of families and friends.

Nell Tom sleeps 8. There are 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. 2 are ensuite master bedrooms. The bedrooms can be arranged as 4 superking sized doubles or 2 doubles and 2 twins. The beds are super comfortable, large and we supply quality cotton bedlinen and towels.

Downstairs there is a huge kitchen diner with a breakfast bar and sofa as well as seating for 10, a utility which doubles as a boot room and 2 spacious sitting rooms. All the rooms upstairs and downstairs enjoy the amazing views.  It is cosy and warm with underfloor heating and a woodburner. Logs are provided.

The large, enclosed south facing patio has plenty of seating and a table for al fresco dining. There are steps down to an extensive flat lawn which is surrounded by stone walls, with views of the heather clad hills and sheep grazing. We provide sun loungers, a barbecue and outdoor toys.

The cottage is remote and secluded. It is approached by a twisty road to the hamlet of Blades and then by a private gravel road. There is plenty of parking as well as bike storage.

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.

Nell Tom would appeal to families, walkers, cyclists, lovers of the countryside and those who want to escape to relax and seek peace. There are wonderful walks/mountain bike trails straight from the door. Hire bikes and follow the route of the Tour de France, go bird watching, admire the hay meadows which explode with colour in June and the purple heather moorland in August or spend hours counting shooting stars in the unpolluted night sky where the milky way is usually visible.

Children are well provided for with high chair, cot, stair gates, toys, books and games. They can enjoy the safe enclosed patio and garden or the freedom of roaming the fields and moors surrounding the cottage, splashing in the stream, flying kites, or spotting our wild black rabbit.

Sorry no dogs or stag/hen parties.

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 comfy 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 2019

Low 3/4 nights £795 7 days £950
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 £1550
Christmas no short breaks 7 days £1850

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


Availability and Booking

Please don’t hesitate to contact us direct to find out if the week you require is free and  book the cottage.

Guest Comments

November 2018

Nell Tom is in a beautiful location, with amazing views. We were treated to stunning sunrises and sunsets, almost all week.
Everything you could wish for is provided by the owner. I found the lighting tips on switches a bonus, as so much thought has been put into the lighting, but, would have taken me forever to work out.
Good quality logs made the log fire so easy to get going . I now have to own a Dyson cordless vacuum as it made keeping the downstairs floors tidy no chore at all!!!
Many thanks to the owners for sharing, and the housekeeper for a sparkling home.

October 2018.
We had a wonderful family holiday at Nell Tom- 6 adults and 2 young children . The house was spotless and had a well stocked kitchen with every possible utensil you may wish to use.
Louise, the owner , was so helpful and really went out of her way to ensure that we had a great holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for her.
The drive up to the property was challenging to begin with but we were aware of this right from the outset so by the end of the holiday our drivers tackled the 3 point turn with ease.
We are looking at our family diaries for another holiday at Nell Tom next year!!!

June 2018
We spent a week at this fantastic cottage with our adult children and a partner. The cottage is beautiful and so relaxing. It sits away from everything – you wake up to sheep and birdsong.
The facilities were first class. We all loved the plumbed in freezer with chilled water and ice cubes (whole or crushed).
For me the highlight was the log burner, which we lit on two evenings
We met some lovely people out and about and would recommend this to everyone

 Easter 2018

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 2017

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 2017

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 16

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

Phone number at the cottage.  01748 886065

Directions to Nell Tom – Low Row from the East

From the A1: From the south take the Bedale turn off and come through Leyburn and Reeth to Low Row. From the north, turn off at 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. Take the road up the hill, it is very steep and twisty. At the tight hair pin bend you will need to do a three point turn. Keep going up the hill until you get to a small hamlet (Blades) and keep on the tarmac road with stone walls each side of you, follow this road until you get to a house on the left and the walls end. There are 2 small white stones and a track down the hill on the left by this house. Follow the 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 Tom– 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 follow the directions above.

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 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 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  

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