Meet Duxey Cottage, a gorgeous chocolate-box cottage set in the heart of stunning Wensleydale. Beautiful inside and out with an idyllic cottage garden, this exquisite property offers that quintessential English country escape. With lots of great attractions nearby as well as some of the best gastro pubs in Yorkshire, we think Duxey Cottage is pretty much perfect!
Subject to a complete refurbishment recently, Duxey Cottage has been transformed into a warm and welcoming holiday home. From the moment you walk through the door you can tell this is a home which is dearly loved. Its understated elegance gives it a luxurious yet cosy appeal with lots of original period features lending bags of character. Little touches like fresh flowers and a generous welcome hamper make you feel immediately at home.
At the heart of the home is the charming lounge complete with a wood-burner sitting under a large Yorkshire stone plinth. Light up the fire and take your pick from the sofa or comfy easy chair by the window. Pop open a bottle of something good, snuggle down and have a good old catch up. If you feel like some entertainment there's a 40" TV with BT YouView and a DVD player. Wi-Fi is also included.
Next door you'll find the kitchen leading to the dining room. The kitchen boasts a period quarry-tiled floor and comes well equipped with all the utensils and equipment you'll need to rustle up something delicious. You'll find a ceramic hob and oven, dishwasher, fridge with ice-box and a microwave. Pop along to the excellent butchers at Masham for some top quality local produce including their famous sausages for a hearty Yorkshire breakfast!
Mosey over into the dining room. This gorgeous space features an original black range fireplace and Yorkshire flagstones floors underfoot. Settle down to eat at the lovely circular oak table, made for those long lazy holiday lunches.
Both bedrooms and the bathroom are upstairs in Duxey Cottage. The master bedroom affords views to the front and rear with double aspect windows letting in lots of light. There's a super-king size bed to relax on while you indulge with morning telly on the 32'' TV. The second bedroom is a very sweet single room with a full size single bed.
Both bedrooms have access to a Jack 'n Jill style bathroom. There's a good-sized walk-in shower and several Edwardian features & fittings give it a sumptuous traditional feel. Soft fluffy bathrobes are provided as well as complimentary toiletries.
Let's explore outside the cottage. To the rear of Duxey there's a pretty courtyard, a wisteria-covered old stone barn and a mature cottage garden with uninterrupted views of the Wensleydale countryside. Patio furniture is provided for dining al fresco and the lawn is just calling out for a picnic blanket and bottle of fizz. A charcoal BBQ is also provided for those balmy summer evenings. Sheer bliss!
We think Duxey Cottage is just the most perfect picture-postcard Wensleydale holiday cottage, but why don't you come see for yourself!
Children over the age of 12 years are welcome.
Duxey Cottage is set close to Thornton Watlass, a sleepy and pretty little village on the cusp of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are some lovely walks right from the door, and even more choice a short drive away.
Thornton Watlass is set around a large village green where during the Theakston Nidderdale League cricket season you can go watch the cricket. There's a nice village pub which serves local cask ales and traditional pub fayre. It has been used many times as a location for television and film including the BBCs 'All Creatures Great & Small', ITV's 'Heartbeat' and 'Wuthering Heights'. Most recently it featured on 'The Thirteenth Tale' with Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Coleman.
Nearby you'll find Masham, a thriving market town where handsome old Georgian buildings gather politely around a cobbled square. The square is one of the largest and finest in England famous for its sheep sale where in the past as many as 70,000 sheep were sold here every year! The popular Masham Sheep Fair is held in September each year and commemorates these times. There are lots of delights to discover in the town including an excellent fine dining restaurant, a host of lovely cafes, a top-notch wine shop and several very good butchers. And if you enjoy a tipple or two, it's also home to two award-winning breweries, Theakstons and Black Sheep. Both have visitor centres where you can take brewery tours, sample their ales, enjoy excellent food and perhaps take a few bottles home for later too! A lovely 9 hole golf course awaits if you enjoy a round of golf.
Heading West will take you over the high ground of Nidderdale and down into Pateley Bridge, a very popular and bustling market town and to the South the Cathedral City of Ripon with its vibrant Thursday market. A few miles in the opposite direction takes you further up into Wensleydale with the wonderful Jervaulx Abbey and Brymor ice-cream parlour just a short drive away.
Duxey Cottage is also just a short drive to Middleham, one of Yorkshire's loveliest towns. Famous for its castle (once the childhood home of Richard III) it's also a centre of race horse training and known as the 'Newmarket of the North'. 14 stables are open to the public every Good Friday and you can also arrange tours for some on request. If you are there early on most days of the week you can see the horses being ridden through the town up to the gallops every morning. And to top it off there is a lovely collection of pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops.
Or how about a morning visiting 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 Tennants Auctioneers, the biggest auction centre outside of London if you fancy picking up a bargain. Discover its newly opened cafe & restaurant serving excellent food along with its gift shop and galleries.
The nearby historic town of Richmond is similar in many ways, and has a lovely setting along the River Swale. Highlights include Richmond Castle, the historic Georgian Theatre Royal and The Station (a lovely old building housing a cinema, art gallery and brewery).
Enjoy a relaxing Spa Day in Swinton Estate's fabulous new Country Club & Spa (opening summer 2017). Facilities include 8 treatment rooms, an indoor pool, gym and Terrace restaurant.
There are lots of other pretty villages and stunning natural sights all within close range of Duxey Cottage. Aysgarth Falls and Bolton Castle are just a few miles away and the gorgeous villages of West Burton and Askrigg are within easy driving distance, so lots of choice for things to do if you want to get out and about. 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 Tour De France country. Our concierge will be more than happy to recommend some walks and cycle routes for you if required.
And when you need to refuel stop at one of the areas many excellent gastro pubs. Our favourites include the Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton and the Blue Lion at East Witton, all within a short drive of the cottage.