Renovated 18th century stone Cottage situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Cottage occupies a delightful woodland and riverside setting yet is only 500 meters from the top of Skipton High Street.
Skipton is a pleasant small market town, 'The Gateway to the Dales', situated at the southern end of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Cottage is an ideal base for walking and cycling and the town offers many attractions including a good selection of cafes, shops, restaurants, pubs and leisure facilities...
The cottage consists of a large (8 x 8 meter square) ground floor area with open plan living accommodation including a fully fitted kitchen, a dining and a living area with satellite TV.
On the second floor there are two bedrooms and a bathroom plus a second showeroom and second WC on the ground floor.
The cottage sleeps four
Full Central heating plus a wood burning stove,
We stayed for a week in July, the cottage was in a beautiful location and right next to Skipton Woods in the shadows of the castle. Easy access to the woods, canal path with a gentle walk into Skipton and plenty of things to see and do.
Facilities very good, clean and comfortable. First class decorations and plenty of natural daylight. The owners are very knowledgable about the area and the history of the buildings, nothing too much trouble. Excellent selection of local information available in the cottage on arrival to give 'food for thought' regarding places to visit.
Great choice of restaurants and pubs to enjoy in Skipton with a wide selection of foods available for those who do not want to self cater. Try the Narrow Boat pub as the selection of real ales superb and the food fantastic. Dined there on two occasions and was very impressed. Excellent value for money, do try the Belly Pork....delicious. If you want to order a take away to be delivered to the cottage, make sure you have the post code to hand........as we found out!!!!
This is a great base for exploring the Dales and the beautiful scenery all around. Day trips to Grassington, Ripon, Harrogate, Malham Cove and many other beautiful destinations are easily accessible by public transport or car.
Good value for money and a very pleasant location. Extremely recommendable.
We have never stayed in such a relaxing cottage as this! Rental properties can sometimes be a little cramped but not this one. It's extremely spacious and the roof lights and numerous windows give a great feeling of airiness. Yet at the same time it is warm and cosy with everything you need including a very comfortable bed. We would have preferred to have had the shower in the bathroom on the gallery level but hey, the one downstairs had lots of hot water and excellent power.
I have never known a place so quiet: there is no traffic outside and even early morning birdsong did not penetrate the thick walls. The woods are literally outside the cottage and from there you can walk right out into the countryside, so there is no need for a car.Jill was very helpful when we arrived but then left us to our own devices which is exactly as it should be. We knew she was just the other side of the path had we needed her.
The only thing missing was a wifi connection but to be honest to be free of emails etc turned out to be a bonus and when we did want to use the internet to investigate bus times etc it was possible to get a phone connection.
We really hope we can go back at some point in the future for a longer stay.
We booked for a long weekend stay for a family wedding. The cottage was a great base for our mini-break. a little tricky to find at first, but the neighbours were very helpful with directions. Jill was a fabulous host and we had everything we needed.
I'm sure we will be back again. Just one 'niggle' - the cottage is on a busy footpath into the woods, so blinds on the other windows might deter the 'nosey parkers' walking their dogs.
A group of four friends, we stayed in this property for a weekend while visiting Skipton to attend Yarndale.
We were very impressed when we arrived at the property. It has a lovely large open plan downstairs & two cute bedrooms upstairs on the mezzanine level.
The cottage was spotlessly clean and we found the kitchen to be very well supplied, with plenty of cutlery/crockery & pans etc..It was also nice that the kitchen is open plan, meaning whoever is doing the cooking doesn't feel isolated & can join in the conversation.
The location of the cottage was perfect, with a very pretty short walk down to the town along the canal. It's also right next to the entrance into Skipton Woods, although we didn't have chance to explore that ourselves, it seemed very popular with lots of dog walkers passing the cottage on their way into the woods.
Although the path alongside the cottage is quite busy, it never feels intrusive as the windows are set below adult head height, so passers by can't really look into the property. This by no means the property is dark however, as there are lots of windows and skylights which let in lots of natural light, making the property feel very airy.
The property was well suited to a group of friends sharing as it has the two bathrooms, but I would also recommend it for families. In fact I hope to take mine back to visit in the future as I know my 5 year old daughter would love it & there is so much to see & do in the local area.
My only note on that would be that if you have small children who are very sensitive to noise at bedtime, the open nature of the bedrooms may not suit your needs as you do get the noise from downstairs filtering up through the curtains.
Skipton itself is a lovely town, with plenty of choices for food & drink. Whilst there, in addition to taking in Yarndale (a must for any keen crafter) we also enjoyed a boat trip on the Sunday morning.
We had one very slight issue, which was a lack of a sheet for the sofa bed downstairs, although in the owners defense I must stress that we had not requested one prior to arrival and I'm sure one would have been provided if we had. Just thought it was worth mentioning so you can ask for one ahead of your visit if you are planning on using any of the sofa beds.
In summary, we had a wonderful weekend in this idyllic cottage and I can't wait to get back there again. I would highly recommend it to anyone planning a trip to Skipton.
The property was in an excellent position with it's own private car parking space, located in Skipton woods - accessable via a private road and alternatively by using a delightful tow path running alongside a canal branch line behind Skipton Castle. The town itself was only 10 minute walk away at the most to the top of the main high street. Also Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets are both only a couple of minutes drive away in the town itself for ones self catering needs. The layout, cleanliness and facilities of the accomodation were all excellent, offering a spacious and bright open plan layout on the ground floor - consisting of the main lounge with satellite tv, dining area, kitchen and shower room off the main hallway entrance - the second floor having the two double bedrooms and bathroom, accessed via a wide central stairway. Overall the building's exterior, interior, decor and fittings were of a high specification and good taste - at the same time being full of character.
The owners were friendly, helpful with our requests and knowledgable about the local area, living nearby offering excellent service.
It was a peaceful location to unwind from our hectic day to day working lives and spent most of the week simply exploring Skipton iteslf, the castle, walking the canals and feeding the ducks! The local tea rooms, pubs and restaraunts which we visited were all excellent and very good quality, many sourcing food locally - so far we have not had a bad experience yet! Would not recommend any in particular as would be an injustice to the rest and is all a matter of personal taste anyway. However will say if you are looking for a good quality fish and chip meal then a visit to Bizzie Lizzies is a must. Also the little Fox ice cream tug boat moored on the central canal area does lovely ice cream cones!
Spent a couple of days out locally, travelling on the Embsay to Bolton Abbey steam railway and then a walk to the beautiful setting of Bolton Abbey. Also called at the nearby Kilnsey Park and Trout Farm - a fascinating experience with or without kids. Leeds is only a short train journey away and Howarth with the Bronte museum is also recommended.
Have visited Skipton several times in the past staying at good quality local hotels and this was our first self catering break there. We are now converted and would recommend this property, and if we are lucky enough would like to spend many future holidays there!
Thank you to the owners for everything
Great location a short walk into Skipton. Ideally placed for visiting the Dales. We had good weather which obviously helps. Cottage very clean and owners very helpful with tips on where to go. The boys loved Malham Cove where we saw the peregrine falcon chicks. Also loved the junior fishing at Kilnsey Park. We caught five trout so a very rewarding day out. Would recommend Bizzie Lizzies in Skipton for great fish and chips. The boys loved the local traditional sweet shop.
Cottage location: Skipton Woods, behind Skipton Castle - one of the finest examples of its kind in the north...
Other Attractions: Pennine Boat Trips & Cruisers - see Skipton and sourounding countryside from a different perspective from the Leeds/Liverpool Canal...
Railway access - a day trip on the Settle-Carlisle line over Ribblehead Viaduct makes a memorable day out...
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway is 2 Km from Skipton.
The Worth Valley Steam Railway (Keithley - Howarth) is 15 minutes from Skipton by train, explore Howarth by steam train, the birthplace of the Bronte Sisters...
Bolton Abbey Estate, woodland, riverside & moorland footpaths, picnic sites, nature trails, cafes, shops in the Yorkshire Dales National Park....
Malham Tarn and Farm Park at 15 Km from Skipton, Malham has a breeding Peregrene Falcon site....
Kilnsey Park & Trout fishery at 15 Km, from Skipton nature trail with red squirrels, estate shop and tea room.