Fern House

What to Expect

This superb stone cottage and annexe sit in the heart of Kettlewell, a Yorkshire Dales village ideal for a larger group of friends and family with one or two well-behaved dogs to explore the National Park.

Its central location means the village and all its amenities are right on your doorstep, and you can enjoy quiet drinks and meals outside in the back patio and garden.

Explore Upper Wharfedale, owned mainly by the National Trust and home to unspoilt meadows and woods, hugging the River Wharfe with its miles of paths, trails and water activities to enjoy. Visit the historic sites all around and get a feel for real Dales life.

At A Glance

Dales location
Historic building
Enclose garden
Cottage + annexe
Alfresco dining patio
Log burner


Oil fired aga
Cot and high chairs
2 x off road parking
Shops + pubs 1 min walk

About Fern House

The main part of Fern House sleeps nine in five bedrooms, one super king-size double or twin with TV, two king-size doubles with TV (one en-suite with shower, basin and WC), one twin and one single. Annexe sleeping three in two bedrooms, one double and one single.

The main house has a bathroom with a bath, separate shower, wash hand basin and WC; the annexe has a bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Both main and annexe have kitchens with dining areas and sitting rooms with wood-burning stoves.

Both parts have access to the patio, front and rear gardens; parking is off-road and available on the street on a first-come, first-served basis.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Kettlewell

The house and annexe sit next to Kettlewell Beck, which runs through the village. This was a blacksmith’s forge and cottage, which serviced the coaching inn, and still retains a feel of its importance to the village. If it seems familiar, that could be because Kettlewell is the setting for the film Calendar Girls. There are two pubs within a very short walk and shops and eateries to stock up with local goods and relax. Follow the beck through the village with the dog /s leading the way, and you’ll soon be at the River Wharfe, with lots of lovely wooded banks to explore.

Alternatively, follow the signposted path to the northeast from the village and climb Great Whernside, one of the Dales’ 30 peaks and quite an easy ascent. Admire the views all around, from Upper Wharfedale north into the heart of the National Park, down to Skipton in the south. A short drive eastwards takes you to Nidderdale AONB, a managed nature reserve with wild moorland and miles of paths to follow. At the eastern edge of the AONB is dog-friendly Fountains Abbey, a medieval monastery with superb 18th-century gardens.

Slightly further east is the cathedral city of Ripon, well worth a day out on its own. As well as the cathedral, explore the teddy bear exhibition at Newby Hall and Gardens, the family favourites, thrills and spills at Lightwater Valley Theme Park, the Druid’s Temple and the Workhouse Museum. Enjoy the superb local produce and goods from the Tuesday and Saturday markets to get everything you need for your holiday and some reminders to take home.

Last Word

This cottage and annexe give flexibility for a group of between nine and twelve people, plus two canine companions, to stay in great comfort in a fantastic setting. The original buildings feel a fundamental part of the village, which they have been since the 17th century you’re you’re sure to forget modern stresses. With front and rear gardens, there’s lots of clean Daleside air to breathe, and you can enjoy drinks and meals in the privacy of your back garden at any time.
Explore the beck and Kettlewell village, stopping off at one of the pubs or cafes to relax and take in the atmosphere. Take the dogs down to the river, and let them sniff their way through the woods to their hearts’ content. Try a climb up Great Whernside at your own pace, and admire the breathtaking views all around. For culture and history, try Fountains Abbey and Ripon, both dog friendly and with plenty to interest people of all ages.

However you choose to spend the days, you can come home at night to an authentic Dales cottage, enjoy a chat by the fire and be sure of a great night’s sleep, ready to do it all again in the morning.
Fern House
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