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Hilltop Cottage, Dalton - visitors Reviews 2014

2nd January 2014
Thank you for letting us see in the New Year at your cottage. It was everything the website promised - just don't mention the weather! The roaring fire was superb!
Steve and Tracey, Grimsby

26th April 2014
Comfortable and warm holiday retreat, great open fire - thanks Sue and Richard for a lovely house. Eating out - Fox Hall fish 'n' chips. Mainsgill fram shop cafe, Bay Tree at Ravensworth, White Swan at Gilling West. Picnics at Low Green and other reservoirs, Hamsterley Forest organised parking areas and £5 for drive on Bank Holiday. Upper Swaledale lovely. Drives - all roads over moors and in dales give fabulous views and worth doing in both directions. Lots to explore in this beautiful countryside, suits walkers and non-walkers.
Nora and Eugene, Derbyshire

17th May 2014
We have had a lovely stay, thank you. Cottage very clean, well equipeed and lovely location. Our first time to the Dales and it certainly won't be our last. It is well worth travelling all over - the views are spectacular - we even braved it to Tan Hill. Loved Aysgarth Falls and the town of Hawes. We covered most of Wensleydale and Swaledale and wasn't disappointed with any of it. Richard was/is a lovely local town and well worth exploring, felt slightly disappointed with Barnard Castle but Bowes Museum definitely worth visiting especially if you have a wet day. Our weather mixed - beautiful sunshine to wind and rain but no different than expected.
We loved the cottage and open fire which was used on our damp evenings.
Len and Jan, Hertfordshire

7th June 2014
We have thoroughly enjoyed our week at Hilltop. Had a very relaxed and chilled out time. The cottage has been very comfortable and perfect for our requirements.
Had a good Sunday lunch at the Shoulder of Mutton, Kirby Hill and an excellent birthday meal at the Hack and Spade, Whaston, not cheap but worth it (only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday).
Kiplin Hall is worth a visit, nice stately home and gardens. This is our second visit and we won't wait leave it as long until the next, shame to be going home, really love it here. Thanks for everything.
Sandra and Keith, Northumberland.

14th June 2014
Very comfortable and spacious cottage, surrounded by lovely countryside, liked Richmond and Barnard Castle.Would recommend Shoulder of Mutton at Kirby Hill just over 2 miles away, but not open for food on Monday and Tuesday. Thanks for a very enjoyable week.
Jonathan and Carol, Essex

21st June 2014
This is our second visit to Hilltop, with a 6 year gap, it was good to be back. We have enjoyed the peace and quiet. Watching birds and rabbits has been a real treat for city dwellers.
We have enjoyed a visit to Kiplin Hall. The staff were excellent and the lunch was good.
The weather has been good, and that is always a blessing.
We hope to return and rather sooner than later.
Paul and Anita, Bradford

28th June 2014
Enjoyed our stay. Cottage as we expected - comfortable and well finished with everything we needed. A fantastic base from which to explore the Dales and further North - all new to us. We will be back!
Sue and Mike, Lincolnshire



20th April 2013
Excellent cottage. Had an excellent time here, peaceful. Weather has been mixed but good for time of year. Recommend Fox hall Inn (A66)for fish & chips in their restaurant, and Sunday Lunch at Bay Tree.  Look forward to coming again.
Doug and Sandra, Oakham, Rutland

27th April 2013
Warm cosy cottage. A lovely week, lived up to our expectations. Had a great week relaxing.
Sid and Sue, Hull

18th May 2013
Beautiful cottage. Very cosy and comfortable. Everything here that you need. We have enjoyed exploring the Dales and have had a wonderful week. Very relaxing and peaceful. The shoulder of Mutton is excellent. Good food and friendly people. We hope to be back sometime.
Wendy and Doug, Little Easton, Essex

25th May 2013
Lovely location. Had a great week. Weather was unexpectedly good.
Malcolm and Elaine, Berks.

1st June 2013
Lovely cottage, very cosy, comfortable and especially clean - loved the flowers. We were lucky with the weather being warm and sunny day by day!! Enjoyed exploring the Dales, trip to Thirsk to see The James Herriot experience is well worth a visit. Visit Tan Hill - highest Pub in England and on a lovely day the views are amazing. Barnard Castle is the best place for supermarket - Morrisons situated in the town. Fox Hall Inn for food was very good and also Motel at Smallways. A very enjoyable stay in a lovely peaceful village - actually heard the cuckoo twice!!
Dave and Val, Ludlow.

29th June 2013
Enjoyed the peace, the bird song and the walks. And the bees have enjoyed the clover on the lawn! Easy access to plenty of wonderful Yorkshire/County Durham/Cumbrian countryside. Lovely stay - pleasant cottage.
Ann and Roger, Kingsclere.

6th July 2013
Had very nice stay. Cottage is lovely. Very peaceful. Weather has been great.
Steve and Carol, Kent

13th July 2013
Second stay just as good as first time. Weather very hot, if anything a bit too much.
David and Janet, Norfolk

20th July 2013
Spent a very enjoyable relaxing week in this lovely comfortable cottage and touring around the beautiful countryside in glorious weather.
Colin and Margaret, Co. Down

3rd August 2013
Once again we have had a wonderful stay at Hilltop. Once again we are going home wanting more of this lovely village and beautiful countryside which flows in every direction. This cottage has everything that you need for a very welcoming and comfortable stay.
Dulcie and John, West Sussex

17th August 2013
We had a great week in Yorkshire. Hilltop Cottage has been a lovely place to stay. Very peaceful and relaxing, shame it was too hot to get the fire going.
Jake and Gina, Alcester

21st September 2013
"Our beautiful cottage" - well it seems like it (17th consecutive year!). We've said many times before how we love the peace and tranquility here - but needed it more so this time after a "bit of a year". The cottage is so lovely and we appreciate everyone looking after it. Thank you sue and richard - see you next year.
Jane and Geoff, Derbyshire

28th September 2013
We have really enjoyed our time here, thank you. With a mix of relaxing, sightseeing and hunting for family roots we have had a very interesting visit. Hilltop Cottage has been a haven. Bowes and Beamish museums are a must-see. Still not cool enough for the fire unfortunately.
Jenny and Max, Bungendore, NSW Australia


Hilltop Cottage, Dalton – Visitors Reviews 2012
30th March 2012
Hilltop Cottage is beautiful both inside and out.
There is a wonderful peaceful atmosphere all around. Just what we needed at this time in our life. Sadly we are unable to enjoy the wonderful walks due to my husband’s illness but the visual beauty is stunning.  The cottage is immaculate and the hospitality is excellent.
Thank you for your kindness and welcoming us into this special place, a gem of tranquillity!
Alan and Hilda, Beverley

19th – 26th May 2012
We have had a very cosy and comfortable stay at Hilltop Cottage. Quite cold to begin with but as the week progressed it got hotter. A most enjoyable week visiting places we visited with our three children over twenty years ago, plus others. Anyone wanting a snack lunch visit “Nest” in Barnard Castle.
Many thanks for the use of your cottage.
Sue and David,  E. Yorkshire

2nd – 9th June 2012
Such a pleasant comfortable stay in Hilltop Cottage which has so obviously been decorated and furnished with a lot of love.  With pretty awful weather outside we’ve been very cosy indoors.
Lots of historical sites around, we’ve loved the Castles and Abbeys – Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley, Richmond and Middleham Castles all worth a visit and Barnard Castle town, a charming little shopping area.
We’ll be taking rainy but happy memories of Yorkshire back home to Cape Town, S. Africa
Many thanks Sheila and Peter

9th – 16th June 2012
A really lovely cottage, very comfortable and warm,  We have had a lovely holiday and have been so lucky with the weather, hardly any rain.
Many thanks Peter and Sue, Wymondham

16th – 23rd June 2012
What a delightful cottage! Certainly deserving of its rating. Our week had mixed weather but we got out and about every day. The country ride was beautiful. Some of the things we enjoyed: Fountains Abbey, Wensleydale Railway, Aysgarth Falls, Raby Castle and the pub in Ravensworth  which must qualify for the best (size included) fish and chips in Yorkshire, perhaps even Britain!
Carole and Alan, Wellington, New Zealand

30th June – 7th July 2012
Back here to our “home from home” again. As always the cottage is immaculate and for us is a 5star not 4star rating. I think this is the worst week of weather we have ever had (but then there’s been no summer!) – but it doesn’t matter as we can just perfectly chill out.
Many thanks, as always Sue and Richard
Jane and Geoff, Derbyshire

7th – 14th July 2012
Had a very enjoyable week. Echo everything that has been said about the cottage with the addition about the smashing towels (nice and big). If it should rain! a great day out The Bowes Museum. Worth a visit to Flatts Woods in Barnard Castle, then after your walk call in for a bite to eat at the Nest café.
Paul and Glenys, Leeds

14th – 21st July 2012
We have enjoyed the peace and quiet in this excellent cottage. Not really July weather but it hasn’t stopped us going out and about enjoying ourselves.
Thank you very much for everything
Maud and Trevor, Beverely

18th - 29th August 2012
This is our first experience of "Hill Top Cottage" and we're so glad we found it on the website and that you'd had a cancellation! It is such a tranquill place, so comfortable and welcoming - lovely to come back to after a day out (specially when overcome by a rain-storm on the moors!.  We have enjoyed our stay here and in the village - such friendly people in Dalton.  In fact, when we were on our way home via Leeds, at the weekend, we just couldn't go, so turned round and came back - (expect you've heard of these strange folk who drive the wrong way up/down a motorway!). Its a real tonic to stay here. 
Thank you Richard and Sue for this lovely place; for all the maps/books/DVDs/info. We've loved the surrounding countryside - some good walks, beautiful scenery, castles, art/craft shops/galleries, tea-rooms and delicious local ice-cream!
And "Hill Top" is so well-equipped. Thank you for all the attention to detail to make us so comfy. We loved all the bird/wildlife - its a stunning area.
John and Kate, Wigston

1st September 2012
A warm welcome to a lovely comfortable cottage, weather dry and sunny everyday. Visitied all the places we had on our list, Kiplin Hall well worth a visit.  The Farm Shop serves very good food and lots to take away, a bit of a shock to see a camel! but all very interesting.
Thank you
Marian and Robert, Newark

15th - 22nd September 2012
Beautiful cottage. Very comforable and warm, in stunning countryside.  Although unable to do any of the walks, we have visited all the places we wished to see and make Middleham Castle well worth a visit, and had a lovely day at Barnard Castle. A very relaxing and peaceful break.
Thank you Sue and Richard
Peter and Jean, Bridlington




11 – 18 June 2011
Cottage was very comfortable and peaceful. Enjoyed the history of N. Yorkshire and beautiful countryside. Venturing further afield, Ullswater was pure enjoyment.
Jean and Roger, Kent

2 – 9 July 2011
Beautiful cottage, very comfortable and well placed in lovely countryside and for trips further afield.  Very relaxing.
Fred and Val, Essex

30 July – 6th August 2011
Lovely and comfortable cottage, nice area. Bowes Museum worth a visit. Peaceful, quiet, relaxing holiday.
Brian and Mary, North Berwick

6 – 13 August 2011
Lovely cottage, clean and comfortable, nice to return to after a day out. Welcoming with peace and quiet. Drive over Butter Tubs and Tan Hill well worth it, Views fantastic but make sure its good visibility.  So many places to see, we’ll have to return.
Mick and Amanda, Leics.

19th August 2011
What a delightful cottage – so peaceful and comfortable.  The ideal place to do some writing.  I will feature the cottage in several short stories.  I have been to many cottages but this one provides the right atmosphere for writing.  Thanks for the hospitality.  I will certainly be back.
Laurence, Newcastle

20 – 27 August 2011
Can understand why so many people come back. The cottage provided a peaceful haven in which to relax and re-charge our batteries.  A fantastic location, beautiful scenery and lots of interesting places to visit – Barnard Castle, High Force, Raby Castle, Richmond.  We would love to come back. Many thanks.
Any and Linda, Ely, Cambs.

17 – 24 September 2011
Most comfortable and pleasant cottage; delightful surroundings. A most enjoyable week.
Harry and Melanie, North Walham, Norfolk

3 – 7 October 2011
Arrived in glorious sunshine. Through lovely countryside. Lovely cottage well equipped. Visited Barnard Castle, then into Teesdale to High Force and Low Force waterfalls. Nature at its best. Cooler Tuesday but still sunny. Explored Richmond and surrounding area.  All in all a lovely few days in peaceful surroundings.
Margaret and Jim, Chesterfield

22 - 29th December 2011
What a cottage!! What a Christmas!! Absolutely perfect, a great getaway. This cottage had everything we needed and a lot more. I'm sure we will be back. Very central to lots of places, yet lots of lovely walks locally.
We would highly recommend the Oak Tree Inn at Hutton Magna, absolutely fantastic meal, with the service to match.
Sue was very welcoming, very helpful before and during our stay. Endless supplys of wood and coal for the very warming open fire, we can't wait to get back to it another year.
Andy and Becky, Hull



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