We were just coming to the end of an idyllic weekend at Rosella Cottage in Rosedale Abbey, a picture-postcard village tucked away in a lush green valley in the North York Moors.
The sun was shining, the moors were gleaming and Rosella Cottage was delightful. There are more, but here are just five things to love about this charming Yorkshire holiday cottage.
1. That boutique hotel vibe
The owners of Rosella Cottage wanted to create the ambience of a boutique hotel upstairs, with a plush bedroom and a large stylish en-suite. And I have to say getting ready up here was a pleasure with the large monsoon shower, the nice toiletries and the grand double height ceiling in the bedroom. It all felt very luxurious and a bit of a treat.
2. Graze on the Green
Nope, not talking about the sheep who often wander down onto the village green here, I’m referring to the excellent little deli/café (licenced) which looks out onto the village green. Graze on the Green is just a stone’s throw from Rosella Cottage and over the course of the last two days, we ate here three times! A testament to the good food, the warm welcome and view from the tea garden.
3. Spectacular scenery
Five roads branch out from the village green in Rosedale Abbey taking you in every direction. Each and every one - I know because we tried it - delivers utterly spectacular views of the North York Moors countryside. It’s just jaw-droppingly beautiful here. We particularly loved the panoramic scene from the top of Chimney Bank, a punishing vertical climb taken on by only the most ambitious of walkers and cyclists. We did it in the car and that was hard enough!
4. Winding down
The pace of life here is so refreshingly slow, you can’t help but adjust your own rhythm accordingly. On Saturday afternoon we spent three hours just lying under the shade of a huge tree on the green. Without an iPad in sight, the girls were able to amuse themselves collecting sticks, acorns and insects. We were barely interrupted by them. And with the sound of birdsong as the only distraction, I can’t remember another time when I so enjoyed just being in the present.
Sunday was equally pleasant. A stroll around the village before tootling over to neighbouring village Hutton-Le-Hole for a splash around in the stream.
5. Small but perfectly formed
Rosella Cottage has one bedroom and it has been essentially designed for couples to enjoy as a country retreat. But clever management of space allowed us as a family of four to enjoy it too. There is a sofa bed in the lounge and the spacious master bedroom is more than big enough for a travel cot. There are plenty of attractions in the village for adults and children alike with the tea rooms, the decent pubs and the walks. You can happily hide away in the village for days, without even thinking about getting in the car…
Rosella Cottage, Rosedale Abbey – tell me more
Rosella Cottage is a one-bedroom holiday cottage in the heart of the North York Moors. Surrounded by spectacular scenery on all sides, this dog-friendly cottage is perfect for walkers, cyclists and anyone who just enjoys the Yorkshire countryside.
Rosella Cottage is available to book for holidays and short breaks throughout the year. To check availability and book just click on the link.
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