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The Old Reading Room

West Witton , Yorkshire Dales
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Hot tub
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Luxury holiday cottage set in the heart of Wensleydale
  • Beautiful garden with hot tub accessed via folding doors
  • Just across the road from one of Yorkshire's finest restaurants
  • Refurbished to an exceptionally high standard
  • Close to pretty villages such as West Witton and Middleham
  • Welcome hamper filled with locally sourced produce on arrival
Property code: G0152

This historic building once housed jockeys who trained at nearby stables but has since undergone a complete transformation and now has the wow factor from the moment you open the door.

Introducing a truly fabulous luxury holiday cottage set in the heart of a pretty village in Wensleydale. This gorgeous property has the wow factor from the moment you open the door, and with one of Yorkshire's finest restaurants in the area, the location is pretty amazing too. But it's when you spot the hot tub and beautiful garden through the huge folding doors that you know you've found somewhere very special. This historic old building once housed an army of jockeys who trained at the stables in nearby Middleham. The ground floor is one large open-plan space boasting warm wooden floors (heated of course) and a striking two-way wood burner. There's a cosy snug on one side, perfect for that post-dinner glass of red, and a spacious lounge area on the other.

The kitchen/dining area sits at the far end, a perfectly formed space featuring a bespoke kitchen with all the latest mod cons. Besides the sleek grey and black marble worktops, you'll find a dishwasher, induction hob, eye-level oven/microwave and glassware cabinet - everything you could need to rustle up something delicious on holiday. There's also a handy separate utility area which houses a washing machine and dryer, with plenty of room for muddy boots if you have been out walking. The downstairs cloakroom resides here too. Heading back over to the lounge, there's a large comfortable sofa waiting for you to curl up on and a separate comfy chair. Plenty to keep you entertained each evening with a TV, DVD player and Wi-Fi included. Light up the wood burner and indulge yourself with a movie day or settle down to that box set everyone's been talking about.

And so to bed? Make your way up the stunning glass staircase to discover two very generous en-suite bedrooms. The master bedroom is a bright and spacious room with bags of light pouring in from the skylights and window, looking out over the garden. The super king-size bed can be set up as two singles if required giving you total flexibility. The en-suite bathroom offers a boutique hotel-style feel and has a bath ready for that long evening soak. The second bedroom has a king-size bed and looks out towards the village and village green beside the cottage. The luxurious en-suite wet room has a monsoon shower, slate tiles and oak flooring to enjoy.

When you can drag yourself away from the beautiful interiors, throw open those folding doors and take in the garden. This beautifully landscaped and private space boasts a charming sheltered patio area leading up to a lawned elevated garden with Penhill sitting in the background. The hot tub sits waiting to be discovered, a pleasure whatever the time of year, and chic outdoor furniture provides that perfect excuse for dinner alfresco in the warmer months. A wonderful way to end the day at this unique Yorkshire retreat.

This property includes ample off-road parking for several cars.

Please note there is a refundable £250 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 super king-size that can be made up as two singles on request, 1 king-size
  • 3 bathrooms – 1 en-suite with bath and shower, 1 en-suite wet room with monsoon shower, 1 cloakroom with WC
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave
  • Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Wood burner - logs and kindling are provided
  • Underfloor heating
  • Ample off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets
  • Welcome hamper on arrival
  • Shop and pub within 2 miles
  • LCD TV, DVD player, MP3 docking station
  • Hot tub - bath robes, slippers and towels provided
  • BBQ - please bring your own charcoal

The property is set in the heart of West Witton, one of Wensleydale's prettiest villages. Just across the road is the famous Wensleydale Heifer, repeatedly recognised as one of Yorkshire's finest restaurants. So if you don't fancy cooking one evening, just mosey over for dinner. The village also has a good pub, a charming little village store, tea rooms and post office, all under half a mile from your door. Next to the cottage is the village green and pond, a peaceful spot and rather a nice area for a picnic. Across the dale, you can see Bolton Castle on the horizon, which makes a fantastic day out for all ages.

If walking is your thing, the Yorkshire Dales are something of a walker's paradise. And there are plenty of options for cycling too in this Tour De France country. You can strike out literally from the doorstep up over Penhill and beyond, or take one of the other many walking routes in Wensleydale including making your way down past the stunning Jervaulx Abbey, 8 miles from the property.

Middleham, one of Yorkshire's loveliest villages is just 5 miles away. Famous for its castle (once home to Richard III) it's also home to several racehorse trainers; you will see and hear the horses being led through the village up to the gallops every day. And to top it off there is a lovely collection of pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops. Just 3 miles out of the village is the fantastic attraction The Forbidden Corner. Regularly voted the best family attraction in Yorkshire, it's also well worth a look even if there are no children in your party.

Within 5 miles, you'll find the charming market town of Leyburn. Leyburn is an archetypical slice of Dales market town life. You'll find traditional shops, pubs and cafes all gathered around the handsome town square, which hosts a busy market every Friday. Leyburn is also home to the biggest auction centre outside of London if you fancy picking up a bargain. The nearby historic town of Richmond is similar in many ways and has a lovely setting along the River Swale.

There are lots of other pretty villages and stunning natural sights all within close range. Aysgarth Falls (5 miles) and Bolton Castle (8 miles) and the gorgeous villages of West Burton (4 miles) and Askrigg (10 miles) are within easy driving distance, so there’s lots of choice for things to do if you want to get out and about.

This property is personally managed by Marion.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 22 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Hilary 12th July 2019

Super cottage in lovely location in Yorkshire Dales. There is no where quite like the Old Reading Room. It is a superb luxury cottage with a brilliant hot tub. All makes for a great relaxing holiday.

Reviewed by Judith 1st July 2019

Fabulous cottage. Beautifully presented. Lovely care and detail. Very clean and stylish. Short of nothing. Best welcome hamper ever!! Right opposite the Wensleydale Heifer where we went twice. Fab. Will return.

Reviewed by Peter 6th May 2019

Lovely cottage, really beautifully presented. Spacious bedrooms and bathrooms and the hot tub in the garden was a real treat after days out.

Reviewed by Joe 16th February 2019

A wonderful little gem of a place just in the boundary of the national park. When we got there the hot tub was prewarmed ready to go, the fire was set up and a hamper of goodies was there for us. Probably one of the best welcomes we have had outside of top end hotels. The facilities are wonderful and the whole family had a great time, we will be baRead moreck. Hide

Reviewed by Michael 2nd January 2019

We love The Old Reading Room. This was our second visit and will hopefully not be our last. As before the proximity to the Wensleydale Heifer was a bonus but the start of the show is definitely the property itself which is one of the nicest we have stayed in.

Reviewed by Sue 12th December 2018

A fabulous cottage that we absolutely loved, everything we expected having stayed at Wykewood before ( owned by the same owners). We went expecting to have to fuel the hot tub but found it was now electric which is a bonus.The Wensleydale Heifer is literally across the road from the cottage and worth a visit.They even ensured that the Christmas deRead morecorations were up in the cottage, as requested, nothing is too much trouble. Hide

Reviewed by Tim 11th December 2018

Lovely cottage. Our second visit and would certainly look at booking again

Reviewed by Hilary 13th November 2018

Second stay at this lovely cottage. Theres nowhere to beat it.Wish the owners would renovate a cottage in the Lake district,as we love both the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales.The hot tub on these dark evenings, is just amazing ,sat under the stars.Many thanks to all, who look after this property.

Reviewed by JANICE 6th November 2018

The Old Reading Room is perfect for a break in the Yorkshire Dales. The property is beautifully appointed and all you could wish for is catered for. The welcome hamper was a particular delight. We had a Sunday lunch at the Wensleydale Heifer which is opposite the cottage and would recommend this to anyone staying at the cottage. We also enjoyed theRead more hot tub in the lovely garden. We enjoyed it so much that we are already booking another weekend away next year. Hide

Reviewed by Leanne 3rd November 2018

Amazing cottage set in a beautiful area. We will definitely be coming back.

Reviewed by Frank 21st October 2018

A perfect cottage in a great location for exploring the dales.

Reviewed by Robert 22nd September 2018

an outstanding property

Reviewed by Gill 29th August 2018

We absolutely loved The Old Reading Room. So clean and beautifully presented. Lots to do in the local area. We hope to return soon. Thank you.

Reviewed by Laura 24th August 2018

We absolutely love our trip to the old reading room will be visiting again!

Reviewed by Gary 21st July 2018

Loved the Reading rooms, decor and detail in the finnish are of a very high quality. Excellent location for exploring the dales some very nice gastro pubs only a short drive away with the Wensleydale Heiffer only a stones throw away, a faultless seafood restaurant.The welcome hamper was made up of local produce, the cottage comes very well equippedRead more. The hot tub was easy to use and a great way to finnish and reflect on the days activities. We loved the Reading rooms and will book again thoroughly recommended, Hide

Reviewed by Florence 3rd July 2018

A beautiful holiday home in a fantastic location. We were blessed with gorgeous sunny weather for the whole weekend which made our stay even more special. We loved the attention to detail - the fluffy bath robes, the toiletries, the hamper. And everything was immaculately clean. It was such a pleasure opening the bi-folding doors and dining outsideRead more. We also loved the walk up the fields behind the cottage each evening - just magical. And of course the Wensleydale Heifer opposite, what more could you ask for! Hide

Reviewed by Anne & Jeff 10th June 2018

Beautiful location and posh fit out. The cottage was very clean and the welcome pack was lovely. We didn't use the hot tub but otherwise enjoyed the garden which would have benefitted from some regular light weeding. We struggled with the indoor lighting which wasn't good enough for both of us to read at the snug end and felt that the positioning oRead moref the fire and staircase in the middle of the ground floor didn't quite work, it was very original but didn't make the best use of space. Overall a lovely cottage. Hide

Reviewed by Margie 14th May 2018

Excellent accommodation - only one slight quibble - we do a lot of our own cooking due to my husband's dietary restrictions which is why we prefer self-catering accommodation when we visit the UK - the kitchen equipment could do with a bit of a review - a dirty small wobbly non-stick frypan and quite dirty oven trays doesn't really go with the wondRead moreerfully high spec of everything else. You need a cook thinking of meals for 4 taking a look at what you are offering in the way of pots and pans. But that is minor! Loved the place! Hide

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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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