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We chose the property because we wanted a quiet place where we could simply relax with a book. The conservatory and the outdoor terrace delivered in spades! We are keen walkers and the town has two excellent walks. The first by the Methodist Church starting in the centre of town, leads past the castle and down into Flatts woods. The second starts at the accommodation and follows the river to the ancient abbey ruins. Lots of other walks are available and a short car drive to visit High Force waterfall is recommended. We enjoyed lunch and a tour round the Bowes Museum, a beautiful building that would not look out of place in the French countryside. The silver swan animated automaton impressed Mark Twain when he saw it and we certainly agreed. The property has been fitted out to a high standard and we were comfortable with the arrangements.
It was just a short break for 4 nights. We were looking for some easy, short walks and there were some lovely walks from the cottage itself. There were also some lovely walks just a short drive away, we went to Aysgarth Falls and this was well worth the visit. The village was a short walk away and had 3 nice pubs, and crucially all were dog friendly. Rose was very helpful and welcoming.