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Schoolmaster Pasture Family Cottage in Hurst, North Yorkshire

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sleeps 10
5 rooms
1 bathroom

Schoolmaster Pasture Family Cottage description

Holiday home
Schoolmaster Pasture is a detached farmhouse situated in a rural location near to the village of Hurst, just six miles from Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales. The cottage has five bedrooms (one double, two twins, one family room and one small single) and a family bathroom, which makes it suitable for ten people. The cottage also contains a fitted kitchen, a dining room, a games room and a sitting room with an open fire. Outside the cottage is off road parking on grass, bike storage and an enclosed front garden with outdoor furniture. Set amidst unspoilt, open moorland on a traditional Dales working farm with magnificent views over Arkengarthdale and Swaledale, Schoolmaster Pasture is a truly wonderful holiday cottage.

The small, scattered hamlet of Hurst is situated high in the breathtaking moorland that lies between the stunning hills of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. The popular village of Reeth is close by, as is the historical market town of Richmond. Set at the heart of Dales farming community, this settlement is well served by a number of local amenities and is full of excellent walking and cycling routes. The area as a whole is also well known for its famous Swaledale sheep. Also within easy reach is the small town of Reeth, dominated by its large village green, and supplied by its good range of shops, pubs and restaurants.

From heather-clad moors and limestone scars, to market towns and the steady pace of country life - the sublime Dales await you! Where else in Britain is it as satisfying to sit and do nothing as it is to explore the numerous pursuits on offer?

Oil central heating with oil AGA and open fire. AGA cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, video, DVD, CD, WiFi, selection of books/children's games, suggested route cards for walking & cycling & games room with medium sized pool/snooker table. All fuel & power inc. in rent. Bed linen inc. in rent. Cot & highchair. Ample parking on grass. Secure outbuilding for bike storage. Pressure washer available for bike cleaning. Enclosed front garden with furniture. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shops & pubs 6 miles (Reeth), supermarkets can deliver by arrangement. Private natural spring water supply. Note: Swaledale Music Festival 24th May to 6th June 2015. Note: Check-in time 4pm.


  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Snooker
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • On a farm
  • Rural location

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Dr Sherman
April 2016
A real taste of country living in an active sheep ranching area. A nice mix of of old moor living with just the right amount of modern comforts.
Mr Benton
May 2016
Nice warm house with comfortable and cosy log/coal fire in the lounge. The property was very spacious and had all the comforts of home. There were great walks right from the doorstep.
Dr Harrison
July 2016
Schoolmaster Pasture is in an excellent location, and is a really lovely cottage. There was all amenities we could want. AGA was really fun to use, and a different cooking experience - plus the kitchen was always nice and warm. We would definitely stay again.
Mr Jenkins
November 2015
Cannot recommend highly enough. If you are outdoors people and love walking and cycling it is perfect. Personally and as a group we couldn't fault it.
Mrs Chowdhury
April 2016
Schoolmaster Pasture is a lovely cottage, warm and cosy. Beautiful setting in remote countryside, well equipped.
Dr Hollier-Cox
March 2016
Schoolmaster pasture is a wonderful, warm and large farmhouse. Beautifully remote with excellent walking and running from the door. Would highly recommend to anybody looking for an active yet peaceful holiday. The AGA was brilliant, and the information file was one of the most comprehensive I've encountered. Loved the fact that there were local walks and maps enclosed. Excellent for a group gathering, with large bedrooms and a beautiful shared bathroom. Not on the website but there is a separate toilet downstairs.
Mr Nicholson
May 2015
The location was great, and the friendliness of the owners was superb. The cottage is comfortable, warm and well equipped, we will definitely return.
Mrs Burstow
August 2015
Beautiful spacious cottage with friendly owners Sitting around an open fire Cooking on an Aga for the first time
Mrs Evans
November 2015
There were 10 of us across 3 generations holidaying together so the spaciousness of the property and its comparative isolation were much appreciated. The children could go off and play in one room while something else happened elsewhere. The environment of the property is beautiful and on fine days the sunset and sunrise were glorious.
Mr White
April 2015
The property is spacious and well equipped. The Aga is a fantastic feature for both warmth and cooking facilities and is the heart of the welcoming family kitchen. The whole house is comfortable and the quality of the bedding is excellent. The owners of the property are friendly and accommodating and they made sure that our children had the best holiday - inviting them to see and pet the newborn lambs on their farm! The location of the property is perfect for outdoor lovers, with bridleways and footpaths being immediately accessible. Lots to see and do in the local area also. A great place to relax and unwind, we highly recommend Schoolmaster Pasture!
Mrs Goddard
October 2014
We love the peace and seclusion of Schoolmaster Pasture and it's homeliness. We loved it all.
Mrs Connell
April 2015
This is our 2nd year there as a family (6 of us last year and 7 this year with our new addition!). In a fantastic location. The house feels like our second home, it is comfortable, warm and we love the Aga and coal fire. Walks form the door are great and you can relax and forget all life's worries.
Mrs Fitzgerald
November 2013
Lovely farmhouse, with wonderful views of the Moor.
Mrs Connell
May 2014
Loved the location and the peace. Also, the owners were extremely helpful and friendly, would love to go back again. The cottage was all that we expected and more. We left feeling relaxed and that we'd had a fantastic holiday.
Mrs Parkin
July 2014
The setting was lovely, very remote and surrounded by moor, curlews and oystercatchers. It worked well with friends for company. Farmer and family very friendly.
Mrs Walker
April 2014
Rooms in house very spacious. Loved the kitchen with the AGA. Views spectacular. All in all a great house in a lovely location.
Mr Carter
July 2013
The location was beautiful and peaceful.
Ms Hoskison
May 2013
Lovely cottage in lovely surroundings. Very friendly owners - perfect getaway to relax and enjoy the Yorkshire Moors.
Miss Attwood
April 2013
If you like a (very) rural location with traditional log burning fire and fab aga (best eggs I swear), not too mention new born lambs and snow to boot (not always available admittedly), great walks and beautiful views then this is your place.
Mr Allen
December 2011
Great location, nice and remote; perfect for a couple days away.
Mrs Shank
November 2011
Excellent remote setting with no distractions from the beautiful location. The owners were incredibly welcoming. It was wonderful that the fire was laid on for our arrival. The bedrooms were roomy with wonderful window seats with views over the moors from all rooms. Excellent kitchen equipment, and lovely dining room with a library. A lovely relaxing, non-fussy home. We would love to visit again!
Mr Driver
January 2012
Friendly owners, very helpful, remote location with great views.
Ms Upton
July 2011
Relaxing peace and quiet of the place. Excellent to have all of the family under one roof.
Mr Khambalia
October 2011
We loved every part of the holiday! The remoteness of the cottage was excellent with great views. The walks around the farm are excellent and some of the sites are unmissable. The owners were very helpful and made us very welcome. The local honey is also unmissable. We are hoping to go back very soon!
Miss Bottrill
October 2011
I'm just writing to thank you for our lovely holiday (ref 37601) at Schoolmaster Pasture. The house, the area, everything - breathtaking! To wake up to that view each day? What a life! Everything was ready for us, the house very clean welcoming, comfortable warm. We learnt to use the Aga with ease ( the owner was on call if needed). We were very lucky with the weather so late in the year, but had everything we needed to hand. We've been hiring cottages for more than 30 years now, I'd definitely recommend this one along with your agency. Thanks!
Mrs Cook
April 2011
The remoteness of the location of the property. It was a fantastic setting in a beautiful part of the English country side. Access to all the local produce, farmed locally too.
Mrs Cassidy
January 2012
It was a lovely welcoming house, a real cosy home from home. The lady who owns it is so friendly and accommodating. The aga and real fire made it really special, cooking on it was such a treat for me as I am keen cook. we loved the peace and tranquility and the children loved the play room and playing hide and seek in the big house. We will be back!!!
Mrs Brennan
July 2011
I liked the friendly welcome and care of the owners. I like the location, although remote it was not isolated. Everything one needed for a great family holiday.
Ms Rae
January 2011
The pool table, aga and views from the windows made this a special holiday for everyone.
Mr Keen
June 2011
We enjoyed a wonderful week at Schoolmaster Pasture. The Aga in the kitchen gave the whole place a warm and cosy feeling, we couldn't wait to get indoors. The owners and her family did everything to make us feel welcome. We would happily recommend, and we will go back to this lovely house again.
Mr Maw
August 2010
The cottage was in a lovely remote setting with great views. The owners were great, they made us so welcome. We had three generations on this holiday and it suited all our needs. Many thanks.
Mrs Taylor
October 2010
A beautiful secluded spot. We loved the AGA and the open fire. We loved the pool table.
Mrs Bridge
May 2011
We had a wonderful holiday at Schoolmaster Pasture. This was our second visit and we're positive it won't be our last! If you want remote, peace and tranquillity this is the place for you! We loved the comfortable, welcoming farmhouse and the fact you can enjoy so many wonderful walks straight from the doorstep, you rarely meet another person! The owners are lovely, friendly people, attentive to anything you might need. A big thank you to them and thank you also to Sykes Cottages for the professional service you provide.
Mr Hill
May 2010
Arriving at the gate and seeing the house in its brilliant location on the hill, followed by coming into the AGA-warmed kitchen for a cup of tea after a long walk!
Ms Ellis
September 2009
Beautiful, wild and secluded location. Very comfortable house with everything you need.
Miss Winrow
October 2009
The house was everything we wanted/expected. A perfect house in an amazing setting, the views were breathless. Coal fire, aga cooker, 12 course Greek meal cooked, house full of friends, what more could we ask for? The owner very friendly and helpful. This will take some beating to beat the weekend we had there. Wouldn't of changed a thing. Thank you, we will definitely be back in the future.
Miss Cameron
November 2010
It was the most perfect holiday I could imagine. The owners and their son are the nicest people and the house was fantastic.
Mr Ward
March 2010
Great walks from the door, plenty of space to roam.
Mr Mrs Muir
November 2009
The AGA was fab, there was lots of space, no mobile signal, no internet, very peaceful!!
Mr Baghurst
March 2010
This place is remote with a capital 'R'. The views are extensive and quite dramatic and the house is spacious, warm and comfortable. The peace and quiet were wonderful. The more adventurous members of the party had plenty to challenge them whilst, for others the house itself was a pleasure to simply occupy and do almost nothing.
Ms Kewan
April 2009
The free-standing bath tub was beautiful!
Mrs Giles
August 2009
Plenty of house space for 10 adults. Pool table a bonus!
Miss Parkinson
June 2009
The spaciousness and remoteness were particularly wonderful. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The real treat was coming back to the AGA-warmed kitchen after our long walks, especially after getting caught in a hailstorm!!
Mrs Craig
June 2009
Great location very cosy welcoming property - AGA in the kitchen open fire with wood/coal in the living room were lovely. Very good range of facilities for all ages. A good selection of books, games, toys videos meant children were happy parents could relax.
Mr Whillis
February 2009
A very warm and welcoming house in a beautiful location. The ideal place for a complete break.
Mr Ross
March 2009
Great location!
Miss Rawlinson
June 2009
Beautiful setting. High standard. Friendly locals!
Mrs Fletcher
April 2009
Schoolmaster Pasture was all that it promised; a comfortable, very well-equipped, spacious home in an outstanding location. There was a good supply of childrens and adults books and videos along with toys and games for younger children. The older children loved the pool table and a nice big bag of lego. There was plenty of coal and logs for the open fire. The surrounding countryside is so beautiful with walks of different lengths starting from the cottage. Children will love the freedom to roam and explore. The owners were extremely helpful and friendly. The cottage easily accommodates two families. We will definitely be visiting again!
Mr Little
May 2008
This cottage was very remote. If you do not want to be bothered by people or traffic then this is the cottage to stay in.
Mr Gornall
November 2008
Schoolmaster Pasture was a wonderful property and felt like a much loved home rather than a soulless rental property. The owner could not have been more helpful and welcoming. We will be returning.
Mr Riordan
March 2008
The location was superb! The house large and comfortable.
Mr Hardcastle
April 2008
The remoteness and the location was stunning. Ideal for walking and a quiet family holiday.
Mr Mineard
October 2008
The location of the property was fantastic, with breathtaking views.
Mr Kerr
April 2008
This was a return to a property which we had stopped at last November. The whole week was as expected - wonderful and relaxing.
Mr Mrs Earl
April 2008
The grandchildren loved waking up to see the farmer feeding the animals.
January 2009
We had a great time, in a very cosy property with amazing views. We enjoyed our New Year very much, a perfect break away. Once again thanks for a great Sykes holiday - we use your company all the time, as we get real value for money.
Ms Duffy
July 2008
The views from most of the rooms were magnificent, as were the views during the drive to the property. The house was very comfortable, the location was unspoilt and very peaceful, with lots of local wildlife (domestic and wild). We had a very enjoyable week.
Mr Mrs Keegan
April 2007
The cottage was absolutely lovely. The peace and tranquillity was wonderful especially at night. We all enjoyed sitting round the open fire in the evening. The Aga in the kitchen was a warm welcome when we arrived.
Miss Burns
November 2007
The location of the farmhouse, its interior, very tasteful furnishings and ambience. Loved the open fire and the aga and the views. If you need to get away from it all, then this is the place.
Mr Kerr
December 2007
A wonderful location and exactly what we were looking for after a hectic year. We will certainly be returning.
Ms Grimes
December 2007
I loved the location - the views across open moorland were spectacular and the remoteness made it perfect for a get-away-from-it-all birthday celebration with friends. The accommodation was also perfect for the eight of us with enough space to not feel on top of each other. We all loved the kitchen, always warm and welcoming - and in November/December that was particularly valuable!! Of course the Aga made the kitchen even more of a delight but the open fire in the living room was also a favourite.
Miss Skilling
July 2007
A really great property and welcoming owners. Couldn't have wished for a nicer place.
Mr Lenihan
October 2006
Fantastic - a wonderful suprise.
Mrs White
October 2006
The isolation was wonderful. There was plenty of room within the cottage for everyone to have their own space. The kitchen was the hub of the cottage.
Mr Payne
May 2006
Very friendly owners. Suitable for all ages.
Mr Mrs Tye
January 2007
The accommodation was first class. The AGA is unique, and cooked breakfasts are a breeze to make and a pleasure to eat - the bacon seems so much crispier than at home! The views around the cottage are out of this world, and the silence at night time is unnerving at first, until you get used to it. Fantastic. It's the second time we've been, and certainly not the last.
Miss Johnson
August 2006
It is in a very secluded location which is safe for children to play outside. The farmhouse is very welcoming, particularly the Aga in the kitchen, which draws the family towards spending time together in there. An ideal location for walking. Very friendly family, very welcoming and helpful. Nice to see a working farm.
Mr Mrs Clark
August 2007
Excellent cottage, very peaceful. Aga brilliant to cook on. Sheep friendly, kids loved the freedom.
Mrs Futers
November 2006
Definitely a place to get away from it all! Lots of space. The kitchen was very homely.
Mrs Kaylor
October 2005
What a lovely place in a superb location. We all enjoyed the weekend including the children.
Mrs Futers
August 2006
The fact that there was no mobile phone signal was a big bonus! The isolation was superb and looking out of the house at night into total darkness with only a few specks of light from neighbouring farms was a wonderful experience. The house was superb with plenty of room for six children to disappear into the many separate rooms and cooking on the Aga was a lesson in patience to say the least! I will carry the memories of this holiday with me for a long time - it was very special.
Mrs Farrer
November 2005
Ideal for families!
Mr Pringle
November 2005
This was our second visit to Schoolmaster Pasture this year so we clearly enjoy it. The house is great for a family and our 2 young sons had a great time.
Mr Lord
October 2005
Breathtaking and enchanting, magical and mysterious. A week to remember. Memories to cherish.
Mr Dee
October 2005
A beautiful house, with a beautiful location. We had a wonderful week. Thank you.
Miss Broad
May 2005
The cottage was delightful, well equipped, and very spacious. It provides an excellent base for exploring the surrounding countryside and is great to return to after a hard days walk. We will definately be returning next year.
Mr Jones
October 2005
Mrs Bridge
May 2005
We had a wonderful stay. This is the ideal place for peace and quiet. Lots of great walks straight from the door. Farmhouse warm and comfortable. The owners were very welcoming and friendly. The lambs an absolute delight to watch. The aga was a dream, great bath and shower. Log fire great in the evening. We are definately going back next year! First time we have used Sykes Cottages...very impressed all round. Will definately recommend and use you again. Thank you.
Mrs Hale
April 2005
The concern and attention of the owners was much appreciated.
Mr Wilken
March 2005
The house was very spacious but homely at the same time. The decor, linen etc was fresh. The owners were helpful in getting us up the track to the house in their Landrover because of the snow on Friday!, and were available if we needed them throughout the weekend. Please pass on our thanks to the owners.
Mrs Loftus
April 2005
Excellent access to countryside, walks and wildlife. The kitchen, in particular, with the aga was a great feature. The house is spacious and has a very welcoming atmosphere.
Mrs Timson
April 2005
There was so much to do, whether it be walking for miles from the cottage. Playing in the beck or flying the kite. Our young son enjoyed the variety of games and reading material. It was just great having an open fire. The owners were great too. Very friendly. Thankyou.
Miss Nolan
October 2005
Thank you for a really lovely holiday. You made us feel very welcome.
Mrs Bodian
December 2004
Beautiful Aga.Beautiful comfortable farmhouse - idyllic setting, only sheep grouse for neighbours!
Mr Billings
December 2004
The Aga in the kitchen proved a centre for the house made it feel like a real home. The family owners were friendly and helpful. Exceptional value.
Mr Andrews
December 2004
So peaceful, quiet and remote. An absolute gem if you want to get away from it all. The aga was wonderful.
Mr Kerry
December 2004
The cottage is in a beautiful remote spot and was very comfortably furnished and warm, clean and welcoming. This is the best property we have stayed in in Yorkshire in the 10 years that we have been coming. The Sykes staff were very helpful and it was a very smooth booking process - we would certainly book through you again.
Mrs Roux
December 2004
The cottage was fantastic and felt like home after a few minutes, the garden was superb for the children and the owners were very welcoming. We had a wonderful time.
Mrs Polley
December 2004
Perfect house for a large group. Excellent walks cycling from doorstep. Not in any guide books but clearly marked on O.S. map
Mr Flynn
December 2004
Great remote farmhouse with fantastic views, situated right on some of the Dales greatest mountain bike routes. Very helpful and friendly owners. Kids loved all the animals and huge amount of toys
Mrs Irons
December 2004
This was a wonderful place to get out of it and relax, the beck at the bottom of the hill lovely for the children, who paddled and explored everyday. We had two families and there was enough room for the children and adults to get away from each other. We all thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and have already recommended it to friends.
Ms Leiper
February 2005
A lovely, warm welcome from owners.
February 2016
If you want a complete get away with friends or family this is the property. Excellent directions provided by the owners. Lovely and clean, well equipped large cottage. Only reason this property didn't get a five from us is that the oven struggled to cater for ten people (too small and didn't retain its heat), the lounge didn't comfortably seat all of us at once and shower was on the snug size! Please don't let this put you off, we managed very well, just ate late and spread out round the house. Large dining table provided for games/card nights and even the little sloping pool table with dodgy cues provided the teens with some entertainment. Great walks from the property, if not a little remote! We walked into Reeth over the moor directly from the property via Hurst (about 4.5 miles, took an hour and half). Visits out to Hawes, Hardraw, Aysgarth, Richmond, Tan Hill all within good distance. Would definitely book again, just maybe plan to eat out more or take a slow cooker with us.
Shirley M
November 2015
We wanted a place that was big enough to accommodate a group of family and friends, and Schoolmaster Pasture was the perfect place to get together, share meals around the dining table, gather in the kitchen to prepare meals and/or chat. We had a few sunny days, although the weather was mostly cool and overcast while we were there: the heat from the aga and the central heating was enough to keep us cosy so we didn't have to light either of the fires. None of us had used an aga before, but it was just about big enough to make hearty meals for 6 to 8 people. It was handy to have the toaster and microwave. The kitchen is well-equipped, except that there seemed to be a shortage of lids for the several casserole dishes in the cupboard! (We managed with lids from the saucepans).The house is a wonderful building - large, roomy and solid and with an interesting layout. The beds were the best we've slept in! All of our guests remarked on how exceptionally comfortable they were. The directions received from the owners were spot on, and we found the house without any problems (some of our visitors used satnav and had no difficulty finding their way). It is very much off the beaten track, which is one of its attractions for us. The surrounding countryside is delightfully scenic, calm and remote. We enjoyed the company of sheep, cattle and red grouse. The owners were perfect - helpful without being invasive. We had a wonderful stay and we intend to return!
January 2015
There were eight of us staying for the new year period, all friends and yes we returned as friends. We had a fantastic time at schoolmasters pasture we settled in just fine. It is very remote but we loved it. We took everything we needed plus more. We went for long walks each day and came home to lovely food. The only problem we had was the aga, when you are not used to it this became an issue and wished we had got another small cooker as a back up as cooking a meal for eight in such a small aga oven was a problem. Other than that the whole week was fantastic and we would return again. The setting of the cottage was brilliant you looked onto open pasture which was so lovely to wake up to. Many thanks for allowing us stay we wish you well for the future. Gareth and maggie Roberts plus friends. X
May 2014
Once we eventually managed to find schoolmaster pasture, in the middle of nowhere, a group of 10 of us had a great weekend. Local road closures didn't help with trying to get there! The property is a farmhouse accessed down a long farm track from a gate, making you feel very self contained and reclusive. The nice aga in the kitchen did indeed bring everyone together in that room, the living room with fire next door was also lovely on an evening. Bedrooms are all comfortable and adequate, albeit low ceilinged. Enjoyed a long walk to the village of Reeth from Schoolmaster Pasture. Would stay again in a group of good friends, and would recommend to others.
December 2011
Great location. Literally middle of nowhere so for walks, biking etc it's 1st class - lke nothing you can convey in text!! Shops long way off but if you don't mind that then you are fine Feels like you are on a working farm so no massive modern comforts which is fine as long as you know beforehand. Just a good solid property with lots of space in and out, log fire, Arga etc
October 2011
This was our first attempt at renting a house for the whole family and it was lovely. Even though the weather was a bit damp, the farmhouse was cosy, the aga made heavenly food and the views were amazing. Our hosts were really helpful and we had a really relaxing holiday. Thank-you!
February 2011
Bringing together my partners' and my children to celebrate an early Christmas for the first time was somewhat of a gamble. Being in the beautiful setting of the snowbound Schoolmaster Pasture cottage with it's spacious yet cosy interior gave a perfect environment for everyone to enjoy each others company and also have their own space. Everyone loved the arga as a central gathering point in the kitchen and the pool table was the finishing touch to ensure the 5 teenage boys had common ground to get to know each other and have fun away from the adults. The owners were attentive to our every need without being invasive and we felt very much at home.The children are asking if we can do it again next year.
January 2011
its a great place to stay in the middle of no where just sheep for compny it was fantasic the kids loved it seeing sheep and wild birds great walks but still being able to go in to a town for shops with in 30min drive willl hope to go back year after year. the owners are very nice and welcoming there when ever you need them. every thing is there ready for you toys for kids well equiped kitchen, board games and books for older kids a1 star if needed a rating couldnt be happyier with the place
November 2010
We had a great week. the age range in our group was 10-80yrs. We all loved the house and the setting. It was great for the children and the older members enjoyed the garden and views. The owners were lovely and made us all feel very much at home. thank you so much for a great week.
February 2010
This is the second time we have visited School Master Pasture and we had another great weekend. The house is warm and welcoming especially on wild and windy weekends! The location is fantastic for getting away from it all and provides some great walks right on the doorstep. The area is breathtaking, I could not recomend this property highly enough.
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