Romantic, rustic-chic cottage in Yorkshire Dales National Park, with stunning walks from the door
2 + child
As you slowly wind your way down the stone track that leads to this hidden retreat, you’ll feel the countryside calm creep over you. Sheep bleat, birds sing… and apart from that it’s utterly peaceful. The 16thC cottage is one of a trio on an old farm, with beautifully restored wooden beams and flagstone floors. Views stretch for miles, all dry-stone walls and a patchwork of emerald and golden fields; for a 360, simply climb the nearby fell and let your eyes feast. Being here is all about unwinding: light the logburner and read, nap in the super-kingsize bed and fill the outdoor tub with bubble bath before you jump in for a starlit soak. Night skies are amazing. The Yorkshire Dales National Park offers breathtaking walking, or you can zip over to the Lake District to cruise across idyllic Ullswater. Dogs are so welcome they get their own hamper, and the Fat Lamb pub, where the food’s fantastic, is just 5 fields away (10 mins’ walk). Seriously: what else could you want?
The cottage dates back to the 16thC, and has been sensitively restored. Heating and hot water come from a woodchip biomass boiler, and the furniture is handmade from old wood or upcycled antiques. Full recycling. Welcome hamper of local produce.
- Walk up Wild Boar Fell (from the doorstep) for 360-degree views of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, Lake District fells and the Eden Valley.
- Go wild swimming – nearby Uldale Force was swam in by Matt Baker on Secret Britain. It’s a challenge to get there (and in!) but so worth it.
- You’re on the edge of the Lake District. Debbie recommends a trip on the Ullswater Steamers to soak up the staggering beauty of the area, a quieter option than visiting Windermere and even more beautiful (45 minutes’ drive).
- Cumbria Wildlife Smardale Gill Nature Reserve is very pretty; walk along a disused railway line and across an amazing viaduct to admire an abundance of wildlife
- Ride the Settle to Carlisle railway; England’s most scenic railway. Jump on at Kirkby Stephen (4 miles away), off at Settle, have lunch at Ye Olde Naked Man Cafe and wander round the historic market town, then ride back again
- Shop for excellent seasonal produce to cook on the Aga (easier than you’d imagine). There are farm shops all around, as well as the Wensleydale Cheese Shop at Hawes (‘More cheese, Grommit?’)