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Briar Cottage

From £416 per week
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Briar Cottage, dating from the 18th century, has been renovated to reveal some of its original features and is part of a small, interesting, terrace which sits on the fringe of the cobbles looking out towards the torn ramparts of Middleham Castle. In the quiet, upper market place there are small formal gardens and ancient cobbled areas which compliment the pretty traditional stone cottages.

Entry, at the front of the cottage, is to a bright lounge with Victorian fireplace and a dining room area with slate tiled floor which views out into the flagged courtyard. From the dining area there is a pretty, well equipped, fully fitted, shaker style kitchen and slate floor. To the side of the entrance lounge there is another cosy lounge which has a stone arched fireplace with multi-fuel stove.

A stairway rises from the lounge to a small landing serving three bedrooms and a shower room with electric shower, washbasin and toilet. One bedroom has a double bed, one has twin beds and the other has a single day bed. The double and twin rooms view out over the cobbles towards the castle.

A stable door leads from the dining room to a courtyard with border gardens and a flagged patio area. This courtyard area can also be reached from the market place through a private alleyway, with a door, leading between the adjacent cottages.

Briar Cottage has been renovated to reveal wooden lintels above the windows and stone work. The use of half-glass doors allows natural light to warm and brighten all the rooms. A cosy cottage, full of character, provides a good high standard of accommodation.

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Duvets, pillows, linen and towels all provided.

Electric heating, electric underfloor heating in the lounge with multi-fuel stove, fuel for multi-fuel stove and electricity included.

2 televisions including 1 Smart television, radio, hob, oven, microwave oven, fridge/freezer, automatic washer, shaver point, garden furniture.

Off road parking in front of the cottage.

Telephone, incoming calls only. Free WiFi.

Shops, pubs, restaurants, bus route nearby.

One small dog welcome. Please note dogs are not allowed upstairs or on furniture and are not to be left unattended.

Sorry, not suitable for children under 5 due to open stairs.

Strictly non smoking.



About The Area


Explore the charming cobbled market places of Middleham, home to the largest castle in the North of England. Jervaulx Abbey, The Forbidden Corner and the market towns of Leyburn and Masham are close by for you to explore and enjoy.

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Overall rating 4.8 stars out of 5
By Elizabeth Peniston
4.2 stars out of 5.
On Thursday, 11 Jul 2024
We had a delightful week at Briar cottage. The location was excellent and we had everything we needed. Parking was a bit hit and miss outside as sometimes other cars were parked there when we returned each day but there was always a space near by. Lovely food at the Richard 111 pub and the 3 antique shops were great. Handy shop too. Recommend a visit to the Forbidden corner!
By Robert Scott
4.7 stars out of 5.
On Tuesday, 25 Jun 2024
I would highly recommend staying in briar cottage good location right opposite the castle near to all amenities. Always spotless pet friendly good facilities for use in the cottage comfortable beds I can't recommend this cottage enough stayed there last 4 years and will return next year
By Garry Catchpole
5 stars out of 5.
On Thursday, 18 Apr 2024
Lovely cosy cottage, very well appointed with quality furnishings throughout. Great location for country walks from the door and with local shop, pubs, tearoom and restaurant all a short walk away.
By Justine Hardisty
5 stars out of 5.
On Monday, 08 Jan 2024
This was our second visit to Briar Cottage which is a well appointed impeccably clean property that provides everything you need. The interior is beautiful with lots of references to the village and its history. The view is incredible and we love the fact that on arrival you don’t need to get back in the car until it’s time to come home ! Perfect in every way!
By Ashley Gibbs
5 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 20 Oct 2023
We had a great week in this clean, comfortable, cosy cottage. Middleham is a wonderful place to stay and this cottage is in a fantastic position. It’s well equipped and well maintained. We would definitely come back.
By Geoff Marston
5 stars out of 5.
On Thursday, 12 Oct 2023
Great cosy cottage with everything you need for a holiday in The Dales. Attention to detail is impressive and very comfortable in all areas.
By Jeffrey Tefft
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 07 Oct 2023
Briar Cottage is a lovely place to stay. Directly across the street from Middleham Castle it has everything you need to self cater and is just a short stroll to a few pubs, our favorite being the Richard III. Centrally located to many points of interest. Highly recommend The Forbidden Corner. We enjoyed our morning coffee to the sound of the race horses prancing the streets in front of the cottage each morning. We would book Brian Cottage on any future visits to Middleham and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
By Susan Pigott
5 stars out of 5.
On Monday, 02 Oct 2023
Perfect location and cottage good for walking locally or travelling further afield in Dales. Outside seating lovely on warm evenings
By Roger Vicarage
4.5 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 17 Sep 2023
Briar Cottage is a lovely relaxing place to stay. The cottage is clearly much loved and has been well looked after. Great facilities, very spacious for the two of us , ideally located on a street leading up from the centre of Middleham. Parking was straightforward immediately outside the cottage. there were several great walks directly from the cottage , down towards Coverdale and East Witton or up towards Penhill Beacon. Middleham is a great centre with its historic castle and it is a thriving centre for racehorse training. The village has a general store, tea room , two pubs and a hotel/ restaurant all within a short walk of the cottage.
4.7 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 08 Sep 2023
We stayed in late August 2023. The cottage is very comfortable with excellent facilities and very welcoming. Fabulous locations with excellent local walks and amenities
By Helen Duckworth
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Monday, 31 Jul 2023
Lovely cottage for a break in the Yorkshire Dales. Middleham is an interesting village and the cottage is well equipped and laid out for a lovely short break. We loved the kitchen with everything we need to genuinely self cater. Loads of walks straight from the door and easy access to the beautiful Dales all around. A bit of a gem!
By Owen Burdekin
5 stars out of 5.
On Thursday, 06 Jul 2023
The cottage is delightful, in an outstanding location just below Middleham Castle. Middleham is an excellent place to stay, with its friendly local pubs, shop and chippy, and stunning views all around. It is also handy to be close to Leyburn, where there are more shops, cafes and pubs. The cottage itself is a gem of a place. Really spacious, thoughtfully decorated and extremely comfortable. The little patio out the back is very private and quiet. And the parking outside the front door on the cobbled area is also very good. All in all, a brilliant cottage in a fab place. A tremendous base for walking and sightseeing across Wensleydale.
By Robert Scott
5 stars out of 5.
On Tuesday, 04 Jul 2023
As usual first class stay in briar cottage this is the 5th time staying here and would thourghly recommend staying here all facilities close by friendly people all in all a lovely experience will be booking again in November
By Karen Sivill
5 stars out of 5.
On Tuesday, 30 May 2023
Lovely stay at Briar Cottage weather was fabulous and south facing back yard made the break perfect for us.
By Sally Franks
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Tuesday, 30 May 2023
Beautiful stay at this lovely cottage. The cottage is comfortable and well equipped, in a great location. It had everything we needed including nice outdoor furniture to enjoy the patio garden in the sunshine. Comfortable beds, nice linen and towels and everything you could want in the kitchen, guide books and maps provided too. The cottage was spotless. There is plenty to do in the area, especially if you like walking as we do. Booking administration and information was good. The cottage sleeps 5 and the living areas may feel a bit cramped if you had 5 people, there are 2 living areas but both fairly small in keeping with the style of the cottage. We loved hearing and watching the race horses exercising up the road outside - but they will wake you up early! Aside from that the village is very peaceful. We would definitely return.
By Sue Thompson
5 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 21 May 2023
Lovely little cottage in the centre of a beautiful village. It was very well appointed, beautifully clean and very comfortable. It might be a bit of a squeeze for 5 people but as there was only 2 of us it was perfect. The rear patio was great for catching the sun in late afternoon.
By Margaret Lansdell
4.7 stars out of 5.
On Wednesday, 17 May 2023
We would not keep coming back twice a year after many years if we were not happy. Prime location for our interest.
By Alice Mates
5 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 05 May 2023
We return to this cottage on an annual basis, as it’s in a lovely location opposite Middleham Castle, it’s also spacious, clean, well equipped and nicely furnished. Based just off the road, there is adequate parking outside the cottage and it’s very quiet mainly with horses walking by.
By Stephen Gregory
5 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 27 Nov 2022
We have stayed here many times and at different times of the year. Autumn months are our favourite when we can make use of the lovely open fire. Especially good this time to be able to watch a good selection of films in the evening on the upgraded TV. Spring/summer it's lovely to either sit outside at the back of the cottage in the lovely quiet courtyard or at the front watching the racehorses trotting by with the castle as a backdrop.
By Robert Scott
5 stars out of 5.
On Tuesday, 15 Nov 2022
I would thoroughly recommend Briar cottage and Middleham for a break/ holiday great location good value for money easy to book 1min walk from shop and pubs. Directly opposite Middleham Castle. I have now stayed 3 times at this cottage and can't recommend it highly enough
By Tim Ingram
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Wednesday, 12 Oct 2022
Enjoyed the comfortable accommodations . Everything needed was right there in the cottage. Cottage was warm, lots of hot water. Very quiet neighborhood . Good central location for touring the Dales.
By Rita Phillips
5 stars out of 5.
On Wednesday, 05 Oct 2022
Just love this cottage (our third stay) and location. Great to see the horses every day - really special
By Justine Hardisty
5 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 02 Oct 2022
A beautiful period cottage in a stunning location for walks. The view of the castle and the race horses is wonderful. The interior of the cottage is of a very high specification and truly mirrors the the history of the village where Richard 3rd was born and it’s horse racing history! An amazing experience that we are eager to repeat.
By Ellie Hollidge
5 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 03 Sep 2022
I had a wonderful time at Briar Cottage stunning location just opposite the Castle. The cottage is beautiful I will definitely come back again
By Sarah Warnes
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 13 Aug 2022
We really enjoyed our stay, one of the best cottages we have used, great layout. Parking easy, lots to see in easy reach, pubs, local shop and coffee cafe all good, hope you like horses!!
3.3 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 05 Aug 2022
A lovely location and a cosy cottage. Very quiet and brilliantly situated for The Dales and NYorks. Good local shop and eateries within walking distance. Dog essentials thoughtfully provided.
By Owen Burdekin
5 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 09 Jul 2022
A wonderful cottage in a delightful location. Excellent off road parking outside the front door, great layout snd decor inside and beautiful patio area with table/chaurs/umbrella outside at the back. Everything in good working order. A lovely home from home. Middleham is a brilliant base for exploring Wensleydale and we have loved being here.
By Robert Scott
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 19 Jun 2022
I would thoroughly recommend booking this cottage for a stay in Middleham all amenities easily accessible shop and pubs 2 minute walk right opposite Middleham Castle. Good value for money cottage is kept immaculate facilities are all good rooms and beds really comfortable and clean
By Mike Todd
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Monday, 30 May 2022
Had a great short break in Briar Cottage. Can't fault the location, or the cottage itself. It's on the small side, but perfectly adequate for 3 adults for 3 nights.
By Angela Atkins
5 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 24 Apr 2022
Excellent cottage in an excellent location. We all enjoyed watching the horses going out to the gallops in the morning. The garden area at the back of the cottage was a bonus at this time of year as it is a beautiful suntrap in the afternoons. A good choice of location to share the delights of the Dales with our family.
By Graeme Godson
5 stars out of 5.
On Monday, 03 Jan 2022
A homely cottage in a good position ,home from home you can just park up an forget the world we live in
By John Ferry
4.5 stars out of 5.
On Thursday, 28 Oct 2021
Lovely cottage excellent location very cosy enjoyed our stay as we have also experienced in the past. Superb break!!
By Simon Bell
5 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 26 Sep 2021
Middleham is situated close to Leybrun and Wensleydale and for us made a good base for exploring most of the Dales. There are more central locations but the village with its shop, chippy, and two pubs not to mention a castle that was once home to Richard the third has everything you need. The sound of the local racing stables taking their horses up to be trained on Middleham Low Moor in the mornings adds a lovely feel to the village. The cottage was ideal for myself my wife and our Springer Spaniel. It was clean well maintained and although not the biggest was fine for the three of us. I would recommend a stay in this cottage and the lovely village it is situated in.
By Graeme Werrell
3.2 stars out of 5.
On Tuesday, 07 Sep 2021
Great location and easy access main roads, loved watching the horses. good size bedrooms and plenty space in the living areas. Courtyard garden nice particularly with the sun out.
By Gary Ramsay
4.7 stars out of 5.
On Monday, 23 Aug 2021
This was a lovely cottage in a very good location. I’ve missed the clip-clop of horses’ hooves since we left. We’ve only visited The Dales briefly before and I was very impressed with the scenery and architectural and historic heritage. Wonderful for walks and with some lovely pubs.
By Emma Kinna
5 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 30 Jul 2021
Briar Cottage was perfectly located and was very comfortable, spacious and had everything our family needed for our week away in the Yorkshire Dales including an idyllic little back garden to enjoy the evening sunshine in. The village was stunning, and including a good range of pubs with great food, a well-stocked shop, and plenty of lovely walks on the doorstep including a lovely walk to the river perfect for the kids to go paddling in. We will definitely book again!
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