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The Carriage House

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Middleham is a pretty little town in the heart of Wensleydale with a lovely Georgian market square at its centre.  It claims to be the smallest town in Yorkshire, but it is a giant in the world of horse racing with its many professional stables earning it the nickname ‘The Newmarket of the North’.

The Grade II listed Carriage House is one of Middleham’s hidden gems, just off the market square sitting alongside the owner’s home, the majestic Middleham Grange. The Carriage House is truly a beautiful cottage, family friendly with a lovely, private enclosed garden.

Enter through the tall iron gates and across the cobbles and you are greeted with this beautiful old stone turreted Carriage House. Following a full renovation overseen by the owner, Helen, the cottage boasts stunning interiors with wonderful gardens and a glimpse of Middleham Castle all adding to the charm and elegance of this country retreat.

Helen has taken great care to retain the character of the cottage without compromising on any of the conveniences of modern living.

We think you’re going to love The Carriage House as much as we do, it is centrally located in the town but privately situated and has everything you need and more for a beautiful escape. It is captivating, a magical place, a real treat.

On Good Friday the racing stables in Middleham are hosting their annual open day with lots of activities happening around the town. Find out more here.

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Step into the kitchen and you immediately get that wow factor feeling and a hint of what is still to come as you continue your journey into this haven of luxury. The fabulous handmade kitchen is a bright open-plan space painted in exquisite Farrow & Ball colours and has quality Silestone worktops.  There is an induction hob for easy and safe use, an inbuilt microwave and eye-level oven.  Integrated dishwasher and washer-dryer can also be found hidden behind the kitchen cupboards. With a generous dining table this is the perfect spot to sit and chat over a leisurely breakfast and with everything you need for cooking up a tasty supper in this beautiful space, it’s just perfect.

Sitting Room

The sitting room is spacious and well laid out with large comfy sofas and an inglenook with wood burner, perfect for snuggling up with a good book and a glass of wine or enjoy a movie night on the large smart TV.  On warmer days throw open the French doors and sit on the terrace of the large and private walled garden and enjoy the pleasure of the surroundings. With large table and chairs and a BBQ, al-fresco dining under the stars may be in order on the balmy evenings.


Working your way upstairs to the spacious landing and the two en suite bedrooms, feel the luxury of the super soft carpet under your toes. The Middleham Suite is located at the front of The Carriage House with views over the rooftops of Middleham and down to the Market Square where in the mornings you can see the racehorses passing by on their way to the Gallops. Beautiful soft furnishings and sumptuous bed linens adorn the super-king zip link bed which can also be set up as two singles. There’s a handy TV for late night movies or catching up on the morning news. The en-suite has the finest of fittings including a bath, shower over, WC and is finished in polished marble. Fluffy towels, robes and luxury hand soap is all provided.

The Garden Suite is equally impressive with stunning views out over the gardens to the castle. This spacious king-sized room is elegantly proportioned with a spacious en-suite boasting a walk-in marble shower. Once again, the attention to detail in the decor and furnishings is exquisite making it a wonderful place to relax after a day out exploring the Dales.


Step outside into the South and West facing walled garden and be transported to an idyllic country haven, an array of scents from the many flowers and shrubs it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy alfresco feasts or a sun-downer at the end of a warm summers day.

Good to know

Private off road parking at the cottage

The owner lives in The Grange next to the cottage

General Store in the village


1 x Travel Cot and Highchair on request

Supermarket in Leyburn 2 miles

Log burner including logs

Walking and cycling from the door

Cycle storage available

Hair dryer


Luxury bed linen and towels

Outdoor dining area

Outdoor furniture

Private Walled Garden

Safe, contactless check in





  • Leyburn 2 mile
  • Hawes 18 miles
  • Grassington 22 miles
  • Settle 40 miles
  • Kirkby Lonsdale 40 miles
  • Kendal 45 miles
  • Skipton 30 miles
  • Ripon 18 miles
  • Harrogate 30 miles
  • York 43 miles
  • Whitby 65 miles

In the village of Middleham

  • Middleham Castle – childhood home of Richard III
  • 15 professional racing stables, visits an be arranged
  • The Gallops – on the edge of village you can watch the jockeys training the horses
  • The Wensleydale Hotel & Restaurant
  • 2 pubs
  • Tearoom
  • Antique shop

Restaurants, pubs and cafes nearby

  • Blue Lion East Witton 2 miles
  • The Wensleydale Heifer at West Witton 5 miles

Leyburn – 2 miles

  • Supermarket
  • Independent shops
  • Pubs
  • Cafes
  • Restaurants

Hawes – 18 miles

  • Pubs
  • Tearooms
  • Convenience stores
  • Independent shops
  • Wensleydale creamery – see the cheese being made

Activities close by

  • Cycling and walking from the door
  • Wensleydale Railway
  • Settle-Carlisle Railway
  • Ribblehead Viaduct
  • Semerwater
  • Forbidden Corner
  • Bolton Castle
  • Richmond Castle and falls
  • Ingleton Falls
  • White Scar Cave
  • Yorkshire 3 Peaks – Ingleborough, Pen y Ghent, Whernside
  • Wensleydale Creamery
  • Dales Countryside Museum
  • Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre
  • Malham Cove & National Park Centre
  • Hawes National Park Centre
  • Reeth National Park Centre
  • Grassington National Park Centre (All Creatures Great and Small T.V. series filmed here)
  • Black Sheep Brewery Masham
  • Nearest Spa – Swinton Park


The Middleham Suite

Spacious bedroom with super king bed that can be arranged as two twin beds.


Complete with bath, shower over and WC. Tiled in luxurious polished marble.

The Garden Suite

Another generous bedroom with super king bed and views over the walled gardens.


The en-suite is again tiled with polished marble and features a large walk in shower, along with sink and WC.


Middleham is set in beautiful countryside where Coverdale and Wensleydale meet. Famous for its twelfth century castle, Middleham Castle has the largest castle keep in the North of England and best known for being the childhood home of Richard III. You’ll also see stunning views of Wensleydale from the viewing platform in the castle

Middleham has a strong history with horse racing for over 200 years, you’ll often see beautiful racehorses crossing the market square on their way to the gallops where you can see them power across the countryside, an exhilarating sight! There are many famous racing yards based in and around Middleham and if you fancy having a look behind the scenes head there at Easter when eleven yards come together for their annual open day. A must for any racing or equestrian enthusiast.



  • Leyburn 2 mile
  • Hawes 18 miles
  • Grassington 22 miles
  • Settle 40 miles
  • Kirkby Lonsdale 40 miles
  • Kendal 45 miles
  • Skipton 30 miles
  • Ripon 18 miles
  • Harrogate 30 miles
  • York 43 miles
  • Whitby 65 miles


  • Darlington Mainline station – 24 miles, London Kings Cross 2.5 hours
  • Durham Tees Valley Airport – 26 miles
  • Leeds Bradford Airport 51 miles


We love to hear back from our guests to find out their experience with Beautiful Escapes.

February 2024

What a fabulous cottage! It was very comfortable and had everything we could have wished for. The cottage was spotless and both the bathrooms were luxurious. Having a log fire and wood provided was a welcome added luxury. The garden was fabulous and would be great in Spring/Summer as there was complete privacy. This was probably the best cottage we’ve ever stayed in.

We were able to park our car up when we arrived on the Monday and not move it again until we left on the Friday. There were so many great walks from the door of the cottage which also incorporated some very welcoming pubs for our lunch stops.

Booking was very straightforward and I would definitely book with you again. If all your cottages are to the same standard of The Carriage House we’ll be very happy to keep using you.

Julie & Nichol

January 2024

The Carriage House is the best self-catering property we’ve stayed in. It is stylish, comfortable, spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The garden is beautiful and we would love to return and see it in summer.
Kind regards

October 2023

We had the most wonderful time at The Carriage House in Middleham. The property was so beautiful and decorated to a very high standard. The kitchen was equipped amazingly well with great appliances. Bedrooms and bathroom were incredible, comfy beds and brilliant water pressure. Beautiful garden with seating. Couldn’t be happier


Best regards


September 2023

We loved the Carriage House in Middleham it is very comfortable and beautifully decorated and the kitchen is very well equipped for cooking. The village is so pretty with a few pubs and tea shop, the village of Leyburn is a short drive and has everything you need. We thought the area was perfect – scenic with lovely villages and bigger towns such as Richmond on the doorstep, the area is fabulous for walking. We went to Harrogate one day and did a walking / tasting tour which was fun. We would definitely return as we had a wonderful time and loved the property.
Best wishes

August 2023

We loved the carriage house, the garden, the wonderful showers/beds/towels/furnishings and had a lovely week there
We would love to return and we would defnitely book with Beautiful Escapes again.
Ben and family
July 2023
I just wanted to say what a fantastic week we had staying at The Carriage House, it really was gorgeous and so comfortable.
Our favourite place to eat was Rustique in Richmond. Lovely food and very good value.
Thank you for your help and hopefully I will be in touch again to discover more places to stay and go back to Middleham.
Best wishes,
April 2023
We had a wonderful stay at the Carriage House in Middleham. The cottage is one of the most comfortable cottages we have stayed in. Everything is designed for comfort and convenience, making guests feel very welcome and relaxed. Beautifully decorated and designed it makes for a wonderful stay. The garden is amazing, a real sun trap for evening apéritif’s. We loved listening to the crows (or are they rooks?) and the church bells.
Middleham is a lovely village, the local shop is well stocked for essentials and there are plenty of places to eat and drink. It is a really convenient location from which to explore the Dales and beyond and of course seeing the horses come by each day and being able to walk to the Gallops is the icing on the cake. A truly excellent introduction to the beauty and hospitality of Yorkshire.
Easy, professional booking service, very informative directions and advice. This is the first time we have booked with Beautiful Escapes but if this is a typical standard then we would certainly want to book with you again.  (Shame you only cover Yorkshire!)
Thank you for making our week away so special, very happy for you to share my review.

June 2023

We had a really enjoyable week at the Carriage House in Middleham last week.  The house was lovely and the garden was beautiful, although the weather was quite chilly for June and we were glad we had taken warm clothes!  The house was well equipped, and everything we needed was provided – we were glad of the easy parking too, as this is something we find can be quite stressful on holiday.

There was plenty to see in the immediate area: Middleham itself was interesting with the castle ruins to visit, and we saw the racehorses going up to the gallops every day.  There were places to eat of all kinds in the village, and a useful convenience store within two minutes of the property.  It was a short drive to Jervaulx Abbey, which was well worth a visit, and we loved Bolton Castle which was less than half an hour away and was a fascinating mix of ruins and furnished rooms.

Booking with Beautiful Escapes was very easy, and if we visit the area again we would certainly look at the properties you offer first.


Thank you,


Alsion and family

August 202

We have been visiting lots of places and staying in lots of houses, this is by far the nicest place we have stayed in, love the house and garden and also the village of Middleham.

Paul & Irene

August 2022

What a wonderful week we have had, returning here at the end of a day to a completely beautiful house and garden – Thank you!

Becky & David, Norfolk

July 2022

One of our most favourite places to stay, ever! Lovely village, beautiful house and garden. We loved it here!

Tracy & Chris

July 2022

We had a fantastic stay in what is a beautiful cottage. A great location for visiting lots of different places.

Rosie & Dave, Somerset

June 2022

Enjoyed our week in this “Beautiful Escape”, peaceful garden, very comfortable accommodation in a very historic building.

Great walks and pleasant cycles together with friendly pubs and great places to eat made this a memorable stay.

Pat & Graham, St. Andrews

May 2022

Amazing house, we had a wonderful week, thank you!

Sharon & Pauline – California USA

April 2022

Absolutely lovely in every respect, cannot recommend highly enough!

Thank you very much

Oliver, Nichola, Hugo and Arthur

April 2022

We have had the most wonderful time, everything was perfect  -Thank you!

Jacky, John & Edward

March 2022

We had an amazing Mother’s Day weekend at The Carriage House. A stunning property with a sun trap garden. The area is a great place to visit lots to do and explore in the Yorkshire Dales. Highly recommend the fish and chip shop!

Matthew, Denice, Pauline and Grace

March 2022

We’ve had a great week in this peaceful and comfortable house. The Yorkshire Dales are stunning and with very friendly folk. Great walks particularly Aysgarth Falls, and Bolton Castle and Leyburn Shawl to Wensley. Middleham fish and chips – best taste and value!

Denise & Gordon

March 2022

Fabulous week! Walks around Fountains Abbey well worth a visit. Hawes, Richmond & Masham all pretty little towns to visit too. Beautiful 5 mile walks all around the area. A walk up to the Gallops to see the horses training is a real treat and not to be missed!

We enjoyed good pubs and restaurants: The Wensleydale in the village, Blue Lion at East Witton, The Saddle Room, Wensleydale Heifer and many more!

What a place, it was a wonderful holiday, highly recommend.

Louise, John, Kevin & Jill

March 2022

Beautiful cottage – loved the decor and the fabulous kitchen! Wonderful weekend – Thank you so much!

Becky, Lee, Karen & Steve

February 2022

Greatly enjoyed the tranquility and comfort of this beautiful cottage! Outstanding in every way!

Thank you Geoff, Gaby & Loukas – London

Jan – Feb 2022

A very comfortable house in the perfect central location. We have had a very relaxing week, Thank you for everything.

Dave & Sarah

Chris, Steve, Denise & Richard, July 2021

Really enjoyed 4 days of good weather and scenery. Great accommodation.

Richard & Lynnette, July 2021

Loved sitting in the beautiful garden listening to the birds chirping! Lovely walks amd local pub lunches, such a beautiful, well equipped cottage. Thank you for a really relaxing stay.

Ann & Graham, June 2021

Great stay in a lovely house – enjoyed Swaledale so much.

Jill & Paul, June 2021

What a stunning place, everything so relaxing after a bad year of lockdown and health issues. We all loved it here completely relaxed. It was great to show my daughters the area. We had a very warm and sunny week. Sitting out in the beautiful garden for most meals. Thank you Helen & Richard.

George & Eileen, June 2021

Thank you Helen & Richard for a super holiday. Loved the house, especially loved the beautiful garden. Thanks to the lovely weather we ate every meal outside in the garden – not what we expected to do! Look forward to coming back in October.

Tracy & Billy, May 2021

Hidden jewel in excellent location! Well equipped and very comfortable. Stunning garden!

Ann & Graham – June 2021

We had an outstanding stay at The Carriage House and really enjoyed our time in Yorkshire. The welcome pack was an added bonus, much appreciated.

We will be recommending your cottages at Beautiful Escapes, and the excellent service we received, thank you.

April 2021

Post lockdown getaway – Perfect location, stunning property. Plenty of walking, biking and sunshine – looking forward to returning. Really impressed with this part of Yorkshire.

Sarah, Michael, Daisy & Poppy

April 2021

What a wonderful house, so comfortable, well equipped and beautifully furnished. The garden is splendid, we hope to see it in the summer. Lovely surrounding area and Middleham is a delightful village.

Thank you for a lovely stay.

Susan & Tony, London

“A fantastic stay in this beautiful cottage. Everything we needed was provided in a luxurious way. This really is a hidden gem in a glorious village, we feel very lucky to have stayed here. From the welcome pack to the super comfortable beds, everything has been designed to ensure a lovely holiday.”

We hope to be back, Linda & Andy.

“We loved The Carriage House!

You website was easy to use and is beautifully presented; it gave me confidence in the quality of the properties.

The Carriage House is stunning; it is of a very high standard throughout. We particularly enjoyed that is was private and tranquil, whilst still in the town. The quality of everything was excellent.

I would certainly recommend BE & would not hesitate to use you again, if travelling to Yorkshire. I was impressed with your communication and the way you reacted to the situation regarding Covid-19. ”

Sarah July 2020

Christmas 2019 – “Spent a lovely Christmas week here at The Carriage House. The village looked so festive but the real highlight was returning to such a cosy home after our winter exploring. The well equipped kitchen had everything for Christmas baking and the wood-burner was just perfect. Thank you for everything, including the Christmas tree!” Lyndsey & Andre.

“We had a lovely weekend at The Carriage House and really appreciated the break. The house was very comfortable and quiet, whilst having great amenities and walks right on the doorstep. We felt very welcome and the house was equipped with pretty much everything we needed.
We’ll certainly recommend Beautiful Escapes to our family and friends and hope to come back to Yorkshire ourselves before too long. The website and booking process were very efficient and friendly – thank you!”

With best wishes
Alex August 2020

“We had a wonderful escape way from it all, such a beautiful cottage with lots of homely comforts.” Alex & Ellie August 2020

“Our first trip away post Covid 19 lockdown, a beautiful cottage in an ideal location for our first time in the Dales. We enjoyed lots of walks and spent hours in the tranquil garden listening to the birds and the clock chiming. ” David, Sarah & Alice August 2020.

“We have just had a wonderful few days at The Carriage House. The cottage was absolutely beautiful, spotlessly clean and renovated to a very high standard – wish we could have stayed longer! Middleham and the Dales were also very beautiful. Thank you for everything and hope to be back in the Dales sometime in the future.”

Susan & family, July 2020.