"High Smarber" is a spacious, stone built Dales self-catering holiday cottage. Located in Swaledale, the heart of "Herriot Country" in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, it faces south, high above the River Swale, with superb views.
The holiday cottage has central heating, 3 bedrooms, a cozy lounge (or living room) with a large working fireplace, and a beautifully updated kitchen with all modern conveniences. High Smarber sleeps six in one king size bed and four single beds. The cottage also has a contemporary washing machine and dryer for the use of guests. The bathroom has been renovated to a high standard with a modern power shower as well as a large, old fashioned bathtub.
High Smarber is not only a holiday cottage but is also used by its owners for summer and occasional winter vacations. The cottage is, therefore, an inviting place to stay that has many personal touches. The cottage also has an impressive range of local guidebooks about Yorkshire that are available for the use of guests.
The countryside provides an endless variety of matchlessly beautiful views, as well as incomparable walking. Lovely market towns with excellent shopping and convivial pubs, plus a variety of outstanding restaurants, are all within easy driving distance. York, Durham, Hadrian's Wall, Ripon, Harrogate, Fountains Abbey, Rievlaux Abbey, the North York Moors and the Lake District are some of the many points of historic interest and scenic beauty within a day's trip by car.
Virtual Tour of High Smarber
Utilities and linen are included in the rental price for the cottage.
Children are welcome.
Sorry, no pets of any kind are allowed.
High Smarber has free wifi. Although the internet service is only DSL, the owners have had no difficulty in streaming shows from the BBC iplayer, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. The television has a hdmi connector.
There is a payphone because the only cellular services that work at High Smarber are Orange and EE and even they usually only work outside, which can be quite inconvenient in the pelting cold rain.
Map of Blades
This is a map of the hamlet that you pass through on your way from the Punch Bowl and Low Row to High Smarber. It was created by Colin Day. You can see more of Colin's work at colinday.co.uk/maps. He has done 24 maps of the various villages and hamlets of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, 60 of Wensleydale, etc. You get the idea. They are wonderful browsing if you know the village or hamlet and want to know what every house or cottage is named.
High Smarber Contact Information
Francis & Barbara Facciolo 307 President Street Brooklyn, N.Y. 11231 U.S.A. U.K. telephone: 01748 327 878 U.S.A. telephone: 718-596-3949 U.S.A. facsimile: 718-928-6514
"Back again for our annual Autumn break at High Smarber (our 10th visit!). Another great holiday with mild, dry weather and lovely walks each day. House warm and cosy and enjoyed the comfy sofa and chairs - thank-you. We'll be back again soon." Tina, Neil, Rebecca and Charlotte Parsonson, Bath.
"Another very enjoyable week here at High Smarber - peace and quiet and great walks. No better holiday." Chris and Margaret English, Leicester.
"Recommended by the Prindl family (August), we have walked locally from the cottage - averaged 10 miles per day in cool and very windy but relatively dry weather. Cottage warm and quiet. Have thoroughly enjoyed the location and fabulous walks - last in Swaledale 30 years ago, but will be back." John and Angela Hermitage, West Sussex.
"Absolutely the most perfect holiday. My mother used to own Bents, just across the valley, and it truly feels like coming home, only now with my own children! The children have loved the freedom to roam alone over the moors and down the river. I don't want to go home. Thank-you." The Prindl family, Lostwithiel.
"Enjoyed scenery, weather OK. Rooms are nice. Overall it was a great holiday." Isobel Turton, age 12 and a half. "I love all the animals and walks, also the cottage." Joseph Turton, age 10 and a quarter. "I had a great time. The cottage great." Imogen Turton, age 10 and a quarter. The Turtons, East Sussex.
"A lovely place to stay at High Smarber, with such delightful scenery. We enjoyed many walks in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. The walk to Great Shunner Fell was exhilarating. Ales at King's Head in Gunnerside very good. Punch Bowl meal was excellent. Thank-you." The Caddy family, West Sussex.
"Great location, views and birds. Nice and quiet. Weather sunny and hot to begin with and then Snow!!! Snow in June, hills white over - you needed to be here to believe it. Poor chicks!!" Mr and Mrs Lumber, Tideswell, Derbyshire.