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The Arches

Cottage Location : Muker
Sleeps (max): 6 people
3 bedrooms

From as little as
for 7 nights


Key features

  • Free Wifi
  • Night storage heaters
  • Cot
  • Ideal for cycling / walking
  • Washing machine
  • Electric included
  • Open Fire
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Shortbreaks
  • Initial Supply of Coal
  • Peaceful village location
  • Rural
  • Dogs Welcome
  • DVD player
  • Road parking
  • Secure Bike Storage
  • Freeview
  • Pub Nearby
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Highchair
  • Initial supply of fuel
  • Electric hob

Accommodation Description

The Arches is a popular, detached, holiday cottage nestled within the peace and tranquillity of the pretty village of Muker in Swaledale, perfect for families or a group of friends whom enjoy walking and cycling in the beautiful Dales countryside.

The Arches is a remarkable 17th-century hay barn and forge which has been transformed into a spacious and comfortable family-sized cottage for six people and two well behaved dogs. The cottage is situated in a prominent position within the village with hillside views from it’s distinctive windows. Recent redecorations carefully introduce modern decor which compliments the original features such as the exposed beams and open fire. The cottage also benefits from home from home comforts such as economy 7 central heating and free WiFi.

This holiday cottage is ideally situated for exploring Upper Swaledale, which is packed with landmarks of the lead mining era and beautiful waterfalls. The tiny village of Muker is the walking and cycling centre of wild and rugged upper Swaledale – Wainwright’s favourite Dale and where the Pennine Way and Coast to Coast walks cross. There are a variety of walks straight from the door, from peaceful walks through the traditionally farmed local hay meadows, famed for their wild flowers. To more challenging walks exploring Swinner Gill, Kisdon Force, Oxnop Gap, Rogan’s Seat and Great Shunner Fell to name a few.

The village is nestled at the foot of Kisdon Hill, on the route of both the 2014 Tour de Yorkshire, and The Swale Trail – an unsurfaced path which runs from Keld to Grinton. The Trail is ideal for families with young children wanting to ride together or for those wishing to walk a flatter route due to limited mobility or perhaps have a buggy. Secure bike storage is available at the cottage if you are bringing your own bike alternatively bike hire is available locally from the Dales Bike Centre in Fremington.

After a day exploring you will be glad to know that the local pub, The Farmers Arms, is only a short 50 yards walk from the cottage. As a traditional Dales pub, it is enjoyed by locals and tourists. It is extremely popular and has a great atmosphere – especially on a summer’s day. In the village you can also enjoy a cake and a cuppa from the teashop and purchase essentials from the village store both also just yards away.

The market towns of Richmond, Leyburn and Hawes, and attractions, including the famous Aysgarth Falls, The Bowes Museum and Bolton Castle are all within a short, glorious drive away.

Parking is available on a first come first served basis within the village either on the road for free or in the carpark which you shall need to pay for if you choose to use the car park. Often you shall be able to park one car directly outside the cottage.

To ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible, included in the rental fee is – all bed linen, towels and electric.  Also the initial supply of coal for the open fire.


This property sleeps a maximum of 6 people and has 3 bedrooms.
Ground floor:

Living room with open fire, freesat TV, DVD player and beams. Kitchen / Dining room with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine, beams and tiled floor.

First floor:

Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed. Bedroom 2: With double bed. Bedroom 3: With twin beds. Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.


Secure bike storage

What's included:

Economy 7 central heating, an open fire with initial supply of coal, electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player, WiFi. Stairgate, Cot (please bring your own cot linen). Bed linen and towels included in rent. Secure bike storage. Two well-behaved dog’s welcome. Sorry, no smoking.

Booking Information

  • The Arches is available for week bookings Friday to Friday.
  • We can accept short break bookings in low and winter Seasons. Short breaks are either weekend breaks (3 nights, Friday to Monday) or mid-week breaks (4 nights, Monday – Friday)
  • If you wish to book a short break in high, upper mid or mid-seasons we can do this around four weeks in advance of your arrival date (click short breaks in the Yorkshire Dalesfor more information).
  • By making a booking through Holiday Home Yorkshire you have read and are accepting our Booking Conditions.


Can’t see the duration you require? We can at times accommodate alternative lengths of stays if available, please either email or call us on 01748 900420 for availability or to book.



The lovely village of Muker is nestled in the hills between Gunnerside and Thwaite in the most beautiful Dale -Swaledale, North Yorkshire.  The River Swale runs parallel to the village, with Kisden Hill offering a spectacular backdrop. Historically Muker was home to a thriving agriculture and mining economy and the centre for hand knitting. However today it is a hub for tourists and holiday makers, who stay in the local holiday cottages or use it as a base for the starting points for the popular walks in the area. ...

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(17 customer reviews)

17 reviews for The Arches

  1. David

    A beautiful, well equipped cottage in traditional style, especially for families. Lovely location and wonderful pub with amazing food right next door. Our only (slight) criticism is that the sofas in the lounge were a little uncomfortable. Not so bad that we would not like to return. Thank you for a great holiday

  2. Linda

    This is a lovely spacious cottage which had everything we required. It is in a very beautiful area of Swaledale and has the advantage of an excellent pub next door and easy access to lots of small villages close by.

  3. Sian

    The Arches is a beautiful cottage in a lovely village. We loved exploring Swaledale and Muker is a great base – it’s really quiet and slightly off the beaten track. The house is really pretty with comfy beds and a good shower – it’s basically everything you need! We’ll definitely be staying there again.

  4. Ernie

    Lovely area and great walks. Good location for a visit

  5. Steven

    We had a super family reunion in Muker thanks in no small part to the perfect accommodation. Clean, comfortable, connected and sharp knives in the kitchen… a rarity. Stunning countryside for long walks with an excellent pub nearby.

  6. Gillian

    Very cosy and comfortable cottage with all of the facilities you would need to self- cater or just relax and unwind. The only warning we would give is to book very far in advance to be able to eat out for several miles as most dales pubs were closed Monday and Tuesday and they had been fully booked for weeks so we had to eat takeaways . We did manage delicious cheese and chutney from the Wensleydale creamery which is well worth a visit. But really disappointing not to enjoy the local pub which looked lovely and inviting .

  7. John

    A great stay in a lovely property, very homely and comfortable. The location in Swaledale is stunning, with lots of walks straight from the door, a great pub that does fabulous food and a lovely teashop.

  8. Julie

    Perfect location for us for hiking. Good cooking facilities and the option of the pub in the village. We had a perfect stay.

  9. Jess

    Great location and amazing scenery on your doorstep

  10. Paul

    A beautiful and remote area, which was great for walks in the Yorkshire Dales. The house was very comfortable and well kept. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  11. Chris

    Great location, very authentic Yorkshire Dales cottage! Lovely fire, all the fuel provided. Had a nice couple of days.

  12. Ben

    Can’t recommend this cottage enough for a stay in the yorkshire dales. Muker is a very small quaint village with only the sounds of tractors to distract from the peace and quiet and animal calls. There is a small village shop to provide the basics, with a large tesco around 40 minutes away. We found it created a great base to explore the dales by car and foot with beautiful walks starting just outside the door. The cottage itself provided everything we needed for the four of us to have a relaxed stay and set us up for the week. It is obviously a very old building so there isn’t an abundance of plug sockets, but an extension lead was provided downstairs. The view from the bedroom window in the morning is something truly special. Thank you for a great stay 🙂

  13. Janet

    Nice cottage in a beautiful location. Owner was helpful with any issues. Would recommend

  14. Wendy

    Great location for walking, well equipped cottage, value for money.
    My friends and I have had a fantastic weekend staying at the Arches. Great location for walking and even managed a swim in the river. Very well equipped, would recommend to friends.

  15. Lynda – Anne

    Lovely cottage in a fantastic area. Highly recommend a trip to the Farmer’s Arms where the beer, food and service is outstanding.

  16. Emma

    Excellent stay in a cottage that manages to be cozy and spacious at the same time, in the perfect location. 2 mins walk to the pub, the tea room, the village shop and craft center and the beginning of the walking trails that go in every direction for as long as you wish. The beds were comfortable, the shower had lots of very hot water and the kitchen was well stocked for cooking. I would highly recommend this cottage and this village. We loved every minute of it.

  17. Jane

    We have had a wonderful week in The Arches. Such a perfectly located cosy comfortable cottage. Muker is a gorgeous village and this is the perfect place to enjoy it. The coal fire was a treat on cold nights and we enjoyed sitting on the sunny doorstep in the afternoons. Very well equipped with everything you might need. We will definitely come back.

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