River View in Great Ayton is a very aptly named holiday cottage. With an elevated spot on Great Ayton’s lovely high street, you can look out at the River Leven – it runs right through the village.
Here at Gorgeous Cottages, we have always thought Great Ayton is one of Yorkshire’s prettiest villages. It’s no wonder owners Emma and Matt decided to transform this property from a former solicitor’s office into a beautiful holiday home.
Here are some of our favourite things about River View:
1. Watch the world go by
There’s something very relaxing about being near the river. Just listening to the flow of the water and watching the ducks can help stress melt away. That’s why we love the bench at the front of River View. You can sit with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and watch the gentle pace of village life.
2. Take a hike up Roseberry Topping
The walk up Roseberry Topping was recently named one of Britain’s favourite walks and the views from the summit are pretty spectacular. We particularly like that you can choose how challenging you want to go. A circular walk from Great Ayton to Roseberry Topping will take about five hours and also takes in nearby Captain Cooks Monument.
For a shorter walk, you can head to The Kings Head Inn at the base of the 1000-foot peak and do the 30-minute climb to the top. You can reward yourself with a drink and bite to eat in the pub when you get back.
There’s also beautiful woodland surrounding Roseberry Topping if you don’t feel up to the climb. Depending on the time of year you may see spring bluebells or a riot of autumn colours.
3. Enjoy village life
The village of Great Ayton is small but perfectly formed. As well as some lovely riverside walks there is a selection of shops and cafes to visit. Stokesley Butchers is a couple of doors down and Suggitt’s Ice Cream Shop is a couple of doors up from River View, so you won’t have far to walk for some tasty treats.
Great Ayton was the childhood home of Captain Cook and the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum is located in the village. You’ll also find a monument on one of the village greens (Great Ayton has two – High Green and Low Green).
There’s a couple of nice bistro’s to try for food, Whinstone View and Joplins, along with The Royal Oak which serves good pub grub.
4. Dogs and children welcome!
River View is a dog-friendly holiday cottage in Great Ayton that allows up to two dogs. We like the fact that what looks like the front door leads you either down a passageway to the back yard or to the actual front door of the property.
This means there’s no need to worry about muddy dogs – you can take them directly into the back yard where there is a handy hose.
Children are also more than welcome at this two-bedroom cottage and a travel cot and high chair is available for babies and toddlers.
There’s a handy utility room with both washing and drying machines which leads on to a downstairs cloakroom. Parents of small children will find this very useful indeed.
5. Stylish surroundings with original features
Emma and Matt have completely renovated River View and there’s been great attention to detail throughout. We particularly love the original picture of Roseberry Topping that was specially painted for the cottage by local artist Shaun Richardson.
The open-plan living space is light and bright and everything is top-quality including the stylish breakfast bar, wood flooring and handsome coffee table made by Matt himself. The kitchen is fully equipped too and has everything you could possibly need to create dishes using some of the local Yorkshire produce you can purchase in and around Great Ayton.
There are original features throughout – the snug and master bedroom both have original fireplaces as focal points and the exposed brick wall and beams in the second bedroom are a really nice touch.
The snug on the first landing is the perfect place for a peaceful afternoon catching up on some reading, while the views from the top of the house are particularly lovely.
You can really take in the stunning surroundings of the North York Moors.
River View is a dog-friendly holiday cottage in Great Ayton. It can sleep up to four people and is available to book through Gorgeous Cottages.