North Wales Couple
- Churchby was perfect, comfortable, very well equipped in a quiet village location.
Published on: 06 January 2019
Welcome to Churchby Cottage, a gorgeous Grade II listed stone cottage set in the heart of a pretty Yorkshire Dales Village. With its chocolate-box exteriors, elegant country style and fantastic location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this charming cottage offers an exquisite escape to one of Yorkshire's loveliest locations?.
We are a little bit in love with Churchby Cottage and it's not hard to see why. Dating back to the 1700s, right from the off this cottage exudes character and warmth with its double frontage and climbers either side. Step inside to discover a cosy welcoming lounge complete with exposed beams and an original stone fireplace home to a wood-burning stove. Light up the burner and curl up on the fabulous tartan sofa with a good book and a glass of wine, time to unwind!
Settle down to a movie on the SMART TV (Netflix included) or just have a good old catch up by the fire. A BOSE Bluetooth speaker provides the background music and a selection of games and books offers traditional entertainment.
Downstairs is also home to the spacious kitchen / dining area. The kitchen features ivory shaker-style units and all the usual mod cons including an induction hob, fridge and dishwasher. A further utility room houses a washer/dryer and freezer. The dining table has a pleasant aspect right by the window so you can look out on village life over lunch.
There are two bedrooms in Churchby Cottage, both of which are set upstairs. The first is a beautiful master bedroom offering a king-size French-style bed, exposed beams overhead and further views out towards the village. It's an elegant and peaceful room, just the place to catch up on some well-earned rest.
Next door you'll find the second bedroom, a very sweet single room echoing that same country style with its antique drawers and white wood-panelling. The bathroom is also upstairs and comes complete with a bath to sink into each evening, great if you've been hiking across the Dales all day. There's also a shower overhead.
Outside the cottage you'll discover a pleasant and private walled garden which includes a patio table and chairs. It's the perfect setting for an afternoon G & T while you decide what's for dinner tonight. As the name suggests, Churchby Cottage is set beside the village church so you can keep the time according to the church bells every hour.
Churchby only allows a maximum of 3 people at the cottage including infants.
Churchby Cottage has a beautiful location right in the heart of Kirkby Malzeard, one of the Yorkshire Dales' prettiest villages with its stone cottages and handsome church. There's a village pub just a stone's throw away as well as a village shop, butchers and antique shop.
The village is set in the rolling green countryside of Nidderdale, close to the ancient City of Ripon. It's an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering the peace and tranquillity of the Yorkshire Dales countryside with the delights of cosmopolitan Harrogate less than half an hour away. With miles of stunning walks and mountain bike trails literally 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 Michelin-Starred Yorke Arms and fantastic Timble Inn only half an hour away by car. Nearby Ripon offers more options for eats as well as boasting a Thursday market, Cathedral, numerous coffee shops, pubs, restaurants and a nice collection of independent shops to explore.
This area of Yorkshire has enough historical sites to keep you busy for a week with Ripley Castle, Newby Hall and Norton Conyers. And of course, the world famous Fountains Abbey and the adjoining Studley Royal Water Garden are both close by. Three miles west of Ripon, 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. There's also Ripon Cathedral. Smaller than its close neighbour, York Minster, Ripon Cathedral is still an awe inspiring site. In addition, every night for at least 450 years, the Ripon Hornblower has sounded the curfew at 9.00pm from all 4 sides of the obelisk in the market place, come rain or shine, followed by a 15 minutes history of the ceremony and the city is not to be missed!
If you are partial to a flutter, Ripon Race Ground has around 15 meets from April to early September. Known as 'Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse' it has a distinct atmosphere harking back to a bygone era - traditional tea-rooms and bandstands sit alongside the champagne bar.
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 butchersm,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.
There are bags of local attractions and stunning natural sights within easy driving distance including the much-loved Brimham Rocks, just a few miles from the cottage. So lots of options for day trips!