New Year Celebrations 2022

See in the New Year in the glorious setting of Bramble Cottage in the Dales. Hot toddy’s, roaring log fires and a champagne toast on us.

We offer a four night stay with a complimentary bottle of champagne for just £400 Arrive late afternoon Thursday 30 December 2021 and depart late morning 03 January 2022

Blow away the cobwebs with a New Years Day walk in the countryside from the doorstep.

The Yorkshire Dales meets Devon

Freda May, Gillies mother and grandmother to Mark, Neil and Claire sadly died in 1969 so unfortunately missed the joys of Bramble Cottage and The Dales.

However, as an accomplished artist her memory lives on with us at the cottage. We have just had two of her watercolours reframed. Having always been on display in the Lounge the reframing has enhanced her work depicting the River Dart at Dartmeet, Devon and now strategically grouped they look resplendent by the fireplace.  

Freda May Messer 1903-1969

What can you expect from us

A key safe gives you complete flexibility to choose your arrival time although after 3pm please. This allows the cleaners to prepare the Cottage for your stay.

The Key-safe code will be emailed to you in the week prior to your stay.

Our Housekeeper Dawn lives in the next village and can be contacted during your stay if you have any problems. Her details are in the Welcome Folder in the Lounge.

After your booking is confirmed we will send a link to our online guest book which gives you lots of information about the cottage, useful local information and an insight to the surrounding area plus particular places to visit.

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What you will find in the cottage

We provide a starter pack which includes rolls of toilet paper in the bathroom and downstairs loo plus hand soap. Rubbish bags in the bins, basic cleaning products such as cloths and detergents.

Milk is in the fridge. Wine, starter tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits are in the kitchen.

We leave a few dishwasher and washing machine tabs to get you started.

In the kitchen we provide basic spices such as salt and pepper and other commonly used spices. There are also a number of oils and often other condiments left by previous guests.

We leave a full basket of logs and a full coal scuttle. If you top up, we ask you add £5 per load to the honesty box.

We can add to these basics should you have any special requests or are arriving late. Please just ask in advance of your stay.

Bed linen and towels,

The beds have been freshly made up for your stay and there are towels for each guest, we provide a bath and hand towel each. Please use the towels in the house only.

You will also find,

Iron and ironing board

Clothes line and pegs

Basic cleaning materials and utensils

Glorious Winter Views

Vibrant blue sky morning with fluffy clouds
2020 Blue skies in mid December over Bramble Cottage Hetton

Despite the winter Covid lockdown the stunning views over the fields from the cottage remain. Through rain, sun and snow they continue to excite and captivate.

Coonlands Hill, Craven forms the backdrop.

A frosty Boxing Day

Brave the often chilly and snowy Christmas weather here in Hetton and have a winter wonderland walk out to the Black Hill Plantation and Ben Spinney back left in the far distance. Complete the tour with a warming stop off drink in The Angel village pub before settling down in front of a roaring fire back at the cottage.

A typical snowy January 2021 in The Yorkshire Dales
Snow dusted fields by mid January

And now brighter, longer days as we move into February. Easter is looming and hopefully an easing of lockdown restrictions so why not enjoy your 2021 Staycation here in Hetton. Check rates and availability here.

Sunshine making an appearance on this February afternoon with the Dales sheep enjoying the warmth
A brighter February 2021 afternoon

Painting underway

It is now January 2021 and we have finally started on the redecoration having booked this job in back in July of last year.
Everything has been been wrapped, labelled, boxed and covered and off we go.

We asked Debbie from DSG Interiors ( Cracoe ) to undertake the work.

We have used Matt emulsions and water based white satin finish for the woodwork with paints mixed and supplied by Jacs and Merritt and Fryers of Skipton.

The kitchen is in Dulux Heritage Roman White with a wipeable finish.

The downstairs loo is Dulux Mossy Stone.

The Dining Room is Crown Heritage Belgrave Mill.

We kept the stairs and landing wallpaper below the dado and married it up with Farrow and Ball The Cromarty with a satin finish in the same colour for the woodwork.

The Main bedroom is much the same as before but refreshed with Dulux Mellow Heather.

We used a Farrow and Ball Lime White in the Bathroom which complements the new flooring beautifully. The Twin Bedroom changed to Crowns Lakehouse which offsets the Laura Ashley Summer Palace curtains perfectly and finally the Second Double Bedroom was treated to contrasting walls in Little Green Mirage II and Lemon Tree.

Now all we need is lockdown to finish and our guests can start to enjoy Bramble Cottage again.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas !

Christmas tree decorated with baubles and lights in the lounge ready for your presents at a Bramble Cottage Christmas.
Festive Bramble Cottage

We have just been up to Bramble Cottage to make preparations for our 2020 festive guests.

We have wonderful views, a log fire, dining room for the festive lunch or you could take advantage of the Michelin starred The Angel just a short walk from us in the village. We are full this year but you could look ahead to next year.

Festive decorations in Hetton, Skipton

This is our early December view across the fields but I am sure it will not be long for the Yorkshire Dales snow sets in but not to worry, a warming log fire, full central heating and a super cosy cottage will keep you toasty for a festive break with us.

Bedroom vista 05 December 2020

Be our guests for Christmas and New Year 2021 from £811 for the Christmas week.

Room with a view

Rylstone Cross and the War Memorial.

View to Rylstone Cross

Most days you get a fine view from the twin bedroom across to the cross on the ridge high up on the fell.

The original Rylstone Cross was built out of wood in 1815 to mark the Treaty of Paris that ended the Napoleonic Wars. Having been replaced several times the current stone version was built in 1995.

Further north along the ridge is the obelsik, a War Memorial dedicated to the local men who died fighting in the First World War. Their names are carved in to the Yorkshire stone.

Thanks to the many paths and tracks on the fell there are a variety of ways to reach the landmarks. One of the popular routes is up from Cracoe to the War Memorial across to Rylstone Cross and back down to Rylstone. It is a fantastic circular walk of approximately six miles which climbs and descends the approximate 370 metres (1,200 feet) to the ridge.

You could start the walk right from the cottage. Past Angel Inn take a left onto ‘Fairy Lane’ the bridle way to Rylstone, crossing Hetton Beck and then heading towards the railway line and onto The Duck Pond at Rylstone.

Cross over and take the lane up towards St Peters Church, continue straight ahead at the church, ignoring the route off to the right which is your return path.
At the farm, head through the gateway, just to the right of the farmyard, and walk along the track to the left of the pond. You now follow this track for three quarters of a mile. It soon becomes a walled lane.

The track curves back to the B6265 but just before you get to the road, turn right on to Back Lane which is a pretty lane into Cracoe. Follow it through the village and round a 90° right turn.

Turn left at the next junction and after 100 yards, arrive at a ‘T’ junction where you are faced with an information board about Barden Moor and Barden Fell Access Areas. Turn right here.

Follow this walled lane past two distinct copses of trees. 100 yards or so after the second, the walled lane ends at a series of sheep pens. Go through the farm gate on the left.

A faint path starts, following the wall and as you progress starts to very gradually move away from it. There are a couple of places where you might be tempted by tracks going off to the right but my advice would be to ignore these.

This is where describing a route becomes difficult. You may notice what I can only describe as a “knobbly bit” of hillside ahead of you, with a number of deep gullies/furrows leading in its direction.If you go right and uphill here, you should see a reasonable way up.

Not far above this, follow faint quad bike marks uphill. As an aiming point, if you look up the hill you should be able to see what at first glance looks like a ruin but is actually a rocky outcrop. You are aiming to pass just to the right of this.

Once you get to this outcrop, just continue uphill and you will soon see the wall which runs along the ridge. Turn right at the wall.

At the war memorial you need to climb over the wall via the ladder stile, then, turn right to follow the wall all the way along the ridge to head south towards Rylstone Cross.

When you reach Rylstone Cross if you want a closer look and to see the view, there is another ladder stile but otherwise, follow the wall down until you meet a clear path at a ‘T’ junction, just by a gate. Turn right, through the gate.

As you go through a depression, the track becomes wider and the correct route is now crystal clear.

Follow the track down to another ‘T’ junction by a three way fingerpost. Turn right here for ”Rylstone” and you make your way back down to the church.

Thank you to for the route guidance.


Grassington, a small market town and just 10 minutes down the road from Bramble Cottage Hetton is a delightful place to visit throughout the year.

A cobbled market square, shops offering local foods, gifts and arts and crafts plus cafés, restaurants and hotels, are all set against a backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales. 

Visit The Fish Shop in Garrs Lane, take a peek in The Grassington Folk Museum overlooking the square which re-tells the history of the area with displays showing interesting artefacts.

Browse the independent shops and pop into Grassington House for a break. More than just an hotel you can stop off here for local speciality ales, a glass of wine or handpicked spirits from small local suppliers all of which can be enjoyed from the bar sitting on the terrace overlooking the Village Square.

Grassington is situated on the Dales Way trail. You can learn more at The Grassington National Park Centre which is situated just outside the village the centre provides local information, parking, toilets and a picnic area.

A short walk from here takes you down to the River Wharfe, where you can see Linton Falls and enjoy a walk alongside the river. 

Two of the notable events hosted every year are,

The Grassington 1940s Weekend. 
18-20 September 2020. Music, period costumes, vintage cars. And dancing in the square.

The Dickensian Festival.

Entertainer at the Dickensian Festival

Every year Grassington is transported back to the time of Dickens, with shopkeepers, villagers and visitors dressed in Victorian costume. 

There is a full entertainment programme over two weekends, with bands, buskers and Victorian street entertainers and for the children, a chance to meet Santa in his grotto and to take part in a torchlit nativity procession.

As the centre of Grassington is pedestrianised during the Festival, a Park & Ride system operates. This is based a mile from the centre of the Village and is well sign posted from every incoming road with bright yellow signs.

The Park & Ride is £10.00 per car.


The Angel

Image of Angel Inn logo

Our award winning local in the village is the critically acclaimed Angel Inn.Just moments away from the cottage you can pop in just for a drink or you can indulge yourself in the most fantastic dining experience.Pricing perhaps not for the feint hearted ! Here is an idea of menus in early 2020

Sample menus


Delightful creation