Welcome to an outstanding 2-bedroom holiday home
There is an open-plan living space downstairs
The lounge has an elegant classic style
There are two armchairs to curl up on after a day exploring Yorkshire
There is also a cosy sofa to choose from
The well-equipped kitchen
Enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning
This modern kitchen has all the usual mod cons
Don't forget your favourite snacks
The dining table seats four people comfortably
Take a sneak peak outside
The stunning master bedroom
A gorgeous free-standing bath
Relax and have a long soak in here reading the newspaper
This room has a fabulous super king-size bed
Enjoy a lazy morning in this spacious bedroom
The en-suite shower room
There are two queen size beds in the second bedroom
There is stylish wooden furniture in this room
This room is ideal for children with the beds sitting side by side
A beautiful stone cottage
Patio furniture is included outside
There is also a lawned area for you to enjoy
There are stunning walks and mountain bike trails right from the doorstep
An amazing view of the surroundings
Which way to go?
The peaceful countryside
Enjoy a hot chocolate in the winter months
Sit down and relax after a day of walking with your family
1 / 29  Welcome to an outstanding 2-bedroom holiday home
2 / 29  There is an open-plan living space downstairs
3 / 29  The lounge has an elegant classic style
4 / 29  There are two armchairs to curl up on after a day exploring Yorkshire
5 / 29  There is also a cosy sofa to choose from
6 / 29  The well-equipped kitchen
7 / 29  Enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning
8 / 29  This modern kitchen has all the usual mod cons
9 / 29  Don't forget your favourite snacks
10 / 29  The dining table seats four people comfortably
11 / 29  Take a sneak peak outside
12 / 29  The stunning master bedroom
13 / 29  A gorgeous free-standing bath
14 / 29  Relax and have a long soak in here reading the newspaper
15 / 29  This room has a fabulous super king-size bed
16 / 29  Enjoy a lazy morning in this spacious bedroom
17 / 29  The en-suite shower room
18 / 29  There are two queen size beds in the second bedroom
19 / 29  There is stylish wooden furniture in this room
20 / 29  This room is ideal for children with the beds sitting side by side
21 / 29  A beautiful stone cottage
22 / 29  Patio furniture is included outside
23 / 29  There is also a lawned area for you to enjoy
24 / 29  There are stunning walks and mountain bike trails right from the doorstep
25 / 29  An amazing view of the surroundings
26 / 29  Which way to go?
27 / 29  The peaceful countryside
28 / 29  Enjoy a hot chocolate in the winter months
29 / 29  Sit down and relax after a day of walking with your family

Anvil Cottage - Nidderdale

Masham, Yorkshire Dales
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Working farm
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A countryside hideaway sleeping up to six guests across two bedrooms
  • Located in the heart of rural Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Pub and shop within 1 mile
  • Beautiful Hackfall Woods within walking distance
  • Close to the ancient city of Ripon, the 3rd smallest city in England
  • No shortage of typically British gastro pubs and restaurants in the area
Property code: G0004

Uncover your own little slice of Yorkshire holiday heaven in this elegant stone cottage situated in the tranquil location of Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

This beautiful stone cottage is set in the heart of rural Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fabulous spacious interiors and stunning countryside on all sides are just some of the reasons to fall in love with this luxury cottage. Perfect for couples and families alike, discover your own little slice of Yorkshire holiday heaven.

Tucked away in the rolling green hills of Nidderdale, this property is an outstanding 2-bedroom holiday home with huge amounts of character and charm. The handsome stone exterior gives way to a generous open-plan living space home to the lounge, kitchen and dining area. The lounge has an elegant classic style with a cosy wood burning stove at its heart and exposed beams overhead.

Light up the fire and take your pick from a cosy sofa or one of two armchairs to curl up on - time to switch off and relax. For your evening entertainment there's an LCD TV complete with Freeview. Wi-Fi is also provided if you want to catch up online.

The compact but well-equipped kitchen has everything you'll need to rustle up dinner. We love the solid granite worktop which gives the whole area a sense of style and substance. You'll find all the usual mod cons including an oven and ceramic hob, a fridge with ice-box, a microwave and a dishwasher. The dining table sits beside the kitchen and will accommodate four people comfortably. Enjoy a long lazy breakfast over the morning papers whilst you decide which of Yorkshire's attractions you're going to visit that day.

There are 2 bedrooms to choose from in this property, the smaller of which is on the ground floor and is ideal for children. This room boasts two queen size beds which sit side by side resting against an exposed stone wall. There's a TV if you fancy a lazy morning in your pyjamas and also a spacious en-suite shower room.

The stunning master bedroom with incredibly generous proportions is set on the first floor. It has a super king-size bed which can be configured as two singles and includes a huge en-suite shower room. In the corner of the master bedroom is a fabulous free-standing bath where you can sink into the bubbles with a glass of something cold. The views from up here are just stunning: on a clear day you can see all the way to Kilburn.

Outside you'll find a lovely large patio within the grounds complete with patio furniture so you can enjoy dining alfresco. There are plenty of lawned areas of grass in front of the cottage too if you want to throw down a picnic blanket. The cottage is right next door to the owner's farmhouse making this location the perfect retreat, complete with friendly horses and chickens. You can watch horses being shod, sheepdogs being trained and sample some properly free range and freshly laid eggs - a true taste of the countryside!


Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 1 bedroom with two queen size beds and 1 super-king bedroom
  • 2 en-suite shower rooms, with a free-standing bath in the master bedroom
  • Kitchen: oven, hob, microwave, fridge with ice compartment, and dishwasher
  • Shop and pub within 1 mile
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • LCD TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Outside patio area and lawn area
  • Resident farm animals
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Horse-friendly. Guests are very welcome to keep a horse in the owner's stables and paddocks. The property is located next door to the owner''s farm and families can watch activities such as horses being shod (hence the name Anvil Cottage) and sheepdogs being trained on the extensive farmland surrounding the property
  • An evening meal can be provided on arrival if required, please request this at the time of booking
  • Dogs are not permitted inside the cottage, however you would be very welcome to use the owner's purpose built stone kennels by prior arrangement
  • Security deposit of £100 payable

This cottage enjoys a beautiful location tucked away in the heart of rural Nidderdale. The delightful Hackfall Woods, a favourite of Dame Judy Dench, are approximately a mile from the cottage. Also close by are the fabulous Himalayan Gardens, (approx 1.5 miles) one of Yorkshire's least known outdoor attractions, only open in spring and autumn but certainly not to be missed.

The cottage is set in the rolling green countryside of Nidderdale, just over 7 miles from the ancient City of Ripon (the 3rd smallest city in England). Nidderdale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering the peace and tranquillity of the Lower Dales countryside with the delights of cosmopolitan Harrogate just over 16 miles away. With miles of stunning walks and mountain bike trails right from the doorstep, the cottage is heaven for lovers of all things outdoors. And for eats you'll find no shortage of excellent gastro pubs and restaurants in the area.

There are plenty of local attractions and stunning natural sights within easy driving distance including the much-loved Brimham Rocks which is just over 10 miles from the property. This collection of dramatic rock formations is known as 'Nature's Natural Playground' and kids will love exploring them!

Fountains Abbey and the adjoining Studley Royal Water Garden are both close by (both just over 7 miles away) and this World Heritage site is deservedly one of the National Trust's most visited locations. As well as the spectacular ruins of a 12th century Cistercian abbey, the grounds are home to an Elizabethan Mansion, a medieval deer park and some of the most romantic vistas in the country. Also not to missed are Ripley Castle (13 miles), Newby Hall (11 miles) and Jervaulx Abbey (9 miles) all with tearooms in which to relax after strolling round the stunning grounds. There's also Ripon Cathedral, (7.5 miles) which though smaller than its close neighbour York Minster, is still an awe-inspiring sight.

If you are partial to a flutter, you may like to spend the morning on the gallops at Middleham watching racehorses be put through their paces by one of several training yards that are based in the village. Fancy spending the afternoon at a race meeting? there's lots of options nearby. Try Ripon, Thirsk, and glamourous York for flat meetings or Catterick and Wetherby if you prefer the jumps.

Harrogate is an absolute must if you're staying here. Encircled by its famous 'Stray' or '200 acres' of horseshoe shaped grassland, the Victorian Spa town of Harrogate has a bright and breezy open air feel and is characterised by its impressive floral displays. And as you would expect of such a bustling upbeat town, Harrogate boasts over 300 bars and restaurants together with all the shops, cinemas, parks and gardens you could ever wish for.

Head just over 10 miles in the opposite direction and you will find Pateley Bridge, a charming little market town very typical of this area of Yorkshire. The main street is peppered with cafes, restaurants, local stores and a quality butchers. Everything you need to stock up for your stay. You'll also find the self-proclaimed 'Oldest Sweet Shop in England' here dating back to the early 1800s - little has changed inside since then.

This property is personally managed by Marion.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 16 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Michael 7th June 2019

The property is very comfortable, and well equipped with good quality furnishing and fittings. The owners are very helpful and friendly. The animals they keep on the farm are a delight. The weather was a little on the wet side whilst we were there but there is plenty to do nearby and we had an excellent holiday.

Reviewed by Suzi 6th May 2019

This holiday cottage is quite superb with all the amenities that one could wish for, the mere fact that it was our second visit to Anvil cottage speaks volumes. The owners are delightful people, very friendly and where nothing is too much of a problem.

Reviewed by Graham 6th March 2019

We had a wonderful relaxing week at Anvil Cottage. The Cottage is beautifully presented with all the facilities you could want. Andy & Lindsay were ideal hosts and made us feel very welcome. We would defiantly recommend Anvil Cottage as a perfect base to explore the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding area.

Reviewed by Steve 19th February 2019

Anvil Cottage was just what we needed for a long weekend, perfectly peaceful and relaxing. The attention to detail has been incredible and the owners make you feel so welcome, delicious home made bread, the most fabulous eggs, jam, butter and milk were left for us (we didnt unpack before taking slices off the warm loaf!). The setting Anvil Cottage Read moreis in is just fabulous and you are surrounded by chickens, horses, cats and dogs. Add to that a stunning hare sitting on the drive one morning, curlews calling in the mist over the fields and stunning Yorkshire countryside what more could you ask for? Perfect. Hide

Reviewed by Ahmed 28th December 2018

We really enjoyed our one week stay in Anvil Cottage. Weve stayed in numerous cottages over the past years and our hosts were the best hosts by far. They are very welcoming and friendly. Youd feel you knew them years ago. The cottage has lovely surroundings if you feel youd rather walk locally. It is also well situated if you want to travel to YorkRead moreshire dales hot spots as well as the close by cities and towns such as York, Harrogate, Ripon and Skipton. The cottage is very cosy and we enjoyed lighting the fire in the evening. The chickens on the door step are a delight in the morning! The cottage is very well equipped with plenty of towels and consumables and our hosts were kind enough to provide the essentials like eggs, milk, butter and bread for our breakfast. They were also kind enough to put up a Cheristmas tree for our Christmas stay. Overall a really pleasant and memorable stay in Yorkshire. Thank you to our kind hosts. We will definitely be visiting again. Hide

Reviewed by Jo 3rd November 2018

Anvil Cottage was exactly what we hoped it would be- cosy, clean, all the home comforts (& some lovely little unexpected treats- thank you) and blissfully quiet in the heart of the countryside, yet within very easy reach of so many attractions that we were spoilt for choice! The log burning stove and friendly chickens were a highlight for both us aRead morend for the children and the beautiful sunny, blue sky days were the cherry on top! A perfect base for exploring this gorgeous part of N Yorks - we hope to return! Hide

Reviewed by Kate 29th September 2018

Anvil Cottage is the perfect example of what a holiday cottage retreat should be- supremely homely , stylish and comfortable. Every guest need anticipated and met. Couldnt be bettered.

Reviewed by Barbara 24th September 2018

Despite the dreadful weather ...we had a thoroughly enjoyable stay at Anvil Cottage ...beautifully decorated and kind and thoughtful owners Lindsey and Andy ...who couldnt have done more to make us feel welcome and happy during our short break ...we will be back , thank you !.

Reviewed by Lynn 20th September 2018

Had a lovely weekend with my parents who loved it as much as we did. The cottage is beautiful, extremely comfortable and we were made to feel very welcome. Perfect in everyway, we will definitely be back to explore more of the beautiful area.

Reviewed by Rhinedd 26th August 2018

First time cottage holiday for us as a family & due to the excellent welcome & comfort at Anvil Cottage it certainly wont be our last. The cottage was spotless & very well presented. The welcome locally sourced hamper was truly appreciated & the homebaked bread was fabulous.We were made to feel that we were amongst friends from our initial meeting Read morewith Lindsey. Hide

Reviewed by Coleen 24th July 2018

This really is a Gorgeous cottage, with lots of character, touches of luxury within a beautiful, peaceful location all within easy drives of nearby villages and bigger towns of Masham, Ripon and Harrogate. Having fabulous weather for the full week was a real treat for our teenage sons, who were able to explore nearby Hackfall Woods, Knaresborough aRead morend Bingham Rocks, which are a must!The owners are very helpful and welcoming, whilst giving you the space and privacy to enjoy the cottage and outdoor area!We had a fantastic holiday and will visit again, thank you! Hide

Reviewed by Alan 21st July 2018

We have been using self catering cottages for over 30 years and this is one of the very best. Absolutely lovely.

Reviewed by Gillian 19th June 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our break - Lindsey and Andy great hosts. Dont miss walking to the Himalayan Garden.

Reviewed by Suzy 23rd May 2018

This is a superb cottage with excellent amenities. Extremely comfortable and beautifully furnished one can tell that a lot of thought has gone into providing those little extra touches that make ones stay memorable. Situated in the most glorious part of the Dales, the cottage has panoramic views of the most lovely countryside, an idyllic hideawayRead more away from the hustle and bustle. Ideally situated also for visiting many of the market towns, abbeys and other places to of interest, I cannot recommend this property highly enough. High praise too must be given to the owners who reside nearby and could not do enough for us with help and advice when necessary and bringing us fresh eggs whenever we wanted them! Hide

Reviewed by Judz 25th April 2018

Fabulous property with fabulous hosts. Would love to stay again!!

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Welcome to an outstanding 2-bedroom holiday home
There is an open-plan living space downstairs
The lounge has an elegant classic style
There are two armchairs to curl up on after a day exploring Yorkshire
There is also a cosy sofa to choose from
The well-equipped kitchen
Enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning
This modern kitchen has all the usual mod cons
Don't forget your favourite snacks
The dining table seats four people comfortably
Take a sneak peak outside
Show 17 moreThe stunning master bedroom


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

With a varied landscape of windswept dales, heather-clad moors and dramatic coast, interspersed with picturesque towns and villages, vibrant cities and a rich historical heritage, Yorkshire is rightly considered one of Britain's premier holiday destinations. Known as 'God's Own County', Yorkshire has nearly one-third of England's National Parkland, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three sections of coastline designated as Heritage Coast.

Offering infinite opportunities for lovers of the great outdoors, the wild expanse of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in North and West Yorkshire is a glorious mix of awe-inspiring scenery, imposing castles, characterful Dales' villages and drystone walls. While to the east, the North York Moors National Park offers atmospheric moorland, fragrant pine forests and charming towns tucked away within steep-sloped valleys. Extending all the way to the Yorkshire Coast, you can even experience a traditional day at the seaside at popular resorts including Whitby, Flamborough and Scarborough. It's a beautiful terrain to explore.

A visit to the historical city of York is a must. Renowned for its medieval architecture, the magnificent York Minster and a myriad of museums, independent shops and exceptional eateries, you will not be disappointed. Then there's the chalk landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds, known to have inspired David Hockney. And with a packed calendar of events and festivals each year, including the Malton Food Festival, the Tour de Yorkshire and the Great Yorkshire Show, there's always something exciting to enjoy.

Our holiday cottages in Yorkshire are handpicked to ensure a luxurious and uniquely memorable experience. From dog-friendly cottages in the country to large family houses by the sea and romantic retreats in the city, we have a holiday in Yorkshire to suit everyone.

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