Anvil Cottage is a beautiful stone cottage 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, Anvil Cottage 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 two striking tartan 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 kitchen has everything you'll need to rustle up dinner. We love the solid granite work-top with its peachy hue giving the whole area a sense of style and substance. You'll find 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 in Anvil Cottage. The smaller of which is on the ground floor and is ideal for children or those with reduced mobility. 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 watching TV in your PJs, and this room also features a spacious en suite shower room.
The stunning master bedroom is set on the first floor, another room with incredibly generous proportions and includes a huge en suite shower room. It has a super-king sized bed (which can be configured as two singles) and a fabulous free-standing bath set in the corner. Draw yourself a bath and 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 the White Horse at Kilburn.
Outside you'll find a lovely large patio within the grounds complete with patio furniture so you can enjoy lunch al fresco. 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 (hence the name Anvil Cottage), sheepdogs being trained and sample some properly free range (and freshly laid eggs)! A true taste of the countryside.
Please note: Dogs are not permitted inside Anvil Cottage however you would be very welcome to use the owner's purpose built stone kennels by prior arrangement.
Anvil Cottage is horse-friendly and guests are very welcome to keep a horse in the owner's stables and paddocks.
This cottage requires a payment of a security deposit
Anvil Cottage has a beautiful location tucked away in the heart of rural Nidderdale. The delightful Hackfall Woods, a favourite of Dame Judy Dench, are within walking distance of the cottage. And close by you have the fabulous Himalayan Gardens to explore, one of Yorkshire's least known outdoor attractions, only open in Spring and Autumn but if you are lucky enough to be staying at Anvil Cottage it is certainly not to be missed
The cottage is set in the rolling green countryside of Nidderdale, close to the ancient City of Ripon (it's 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 less than half an hour 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, including The Black Swan at Oldstead and the Yorke Arms.
There are bags of local attractions and stunning natural sights within easy driving distance including the much-loved Brimham Rocks which is just a few miles from Anvil Cottage. 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 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, Newby Hall and Jervaulx Abbey all with tearooms in which to relax after strolling round the stunning grounds. There's also Ripon Cathedral, which though smaller than its close neighbour York Minster, is still an awe-inspiring site.
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 a few 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.