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Dating back to the 17th Century, Higher Scarcliffe is a traditional long house which has been transformed into a simply stunning luxury holiday cottage. Nestling in the south-western foothills of the Yorkshire Dales with its elevated position in the hills above Skipton, the views of the Yorkshire countryside and the Dales beyond are truly breath-taking. With the choice of two grand sitting rooms, a formal dining room, a mezzanine level and three generous bedrooms, come and experience the luxury of space in one of Yorkshire's finest holiday cottages.
Before you open the door to Higher Scarcliffe you know you have discovered a very special place. The views on the way up here are spectacular, and on reaching the cottage you find it's placed perfectly to enjoy them. But the views of the Yorkshire Dales are just one reason to fall in love with Higher Scarcliffe. Step inside to discover an interior perfectly pitched between the traditional and the contemporary, where modern art and classic style combine effortlessly to create a luxurious but comfortable feel.
In the first of the grand sitting rooms you'll find a huge stone fireplace reaching up to the top of the double height ceiling, a large picture window offering those amazing views and a stylish mezzanine level accessed via chunky wooden stairs. There is a sofa-bed up here which can be hidden away with behind wooden screens to effectively create a fourth bedroom space if required. There is a fantastic sense of space in this large room, a true luxury in modern times. The second of the two sitting rooms, with its rusty red walls and old stone hearth, is equally charming. It's cosy and warm, the perfect choice for later in the evening when you feel like curling up in front of the TV or relaxing with after-dinner drinks.
Next door is the formal dining room, a grand and peaceful room with calming shades of green. Expect many wonderful candle-lit evenings gathered around the large antique table. The kitchen of this luxury Yorkshire Dales cottage sits beside the dining room and has a less formal dining table, perfect for breakfast or lunch. There are also two downstairs Cloakrooms, one of which has a very handy OS map of the area on the walls for you to study.
Upstairs along the luxuriously long landing are three beautiful bedrooms, all of which can be made up as doubles or twins. The first is a lovely large bedroom featuring open beams in the ceiling and an en suite bathroom complete with a bath and shower. The remaining two bedrooms share a family bathroom at the end of the landing. All of the bedrooms have a very classic, comfortable and stylish feel with antique furniture, exquisite cotton bedding and stylish use of fabrics for dashes of colour. As with downstairs, there are several pieces of contemporary art on the walls including some beautiful images of Higher Scarcliffe itself.
Continuing outside, there is a sheltered patio area with outdoor furniture, a wonderful place to sit and gaze at those stunning views. And in the summer months we defy anyone to find a better spot for lunch in the whole of the Yorkshire Dales. There is also a BBQ available and a glamorous fire pit next to the holiday cottage. Enjoy a spot of traditional story-telling and songs by the fire each evening, and when you feel the need to indulge in more contemporary entertainment, Higher Scarcliffe also features Wi-Fi and a full SKY TV package.
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Higher Scarcliffe is set at the foot of the Yorkshire Dales near Skipton. There are miles of peaceful uninterrupted walking from the doorstep, including a very pleasant thirty minute stroll to the local country Inn, The Bull at Broughton. This gorgeous country pub serves excellent food and was recently awarded 'Best Bar Team' in the Great British Pub awards. The fabulous Angel Inn at Hetton is also nearby and well worth the short drive. Sunday lunch here is particularly good.
With a holiday at Higher Scarcliffe you can choose to enjoy the luxury of peace and quiet or opt for something a little more adventurous. The Broughton Hall Estate the cottage is set on can organise various activities for you from cycling to fly fishing. There are miles of off-route mountain bike trails to follow literally from the door-step.
If you want to venture off the grounds Higher Scarcliffe is ideally placed to explore the historic market town of Skipton and the exquisite Yorkshire Dales beyond. It's a true walker's paradise here and you are very close to the famous Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside. In fact you can see two of the peaks from the cottage. For more info on various walks in and around the Dales take a look at www.walkingenglishman/dales or www.daleswalks.co.uk/walks.
If you're more of a roamer than a rambler try a stroll around the grounds of nearby Bolton Abbey. These striking ruins provide the backdrop to a particularly beautiful part of the Dales and are well worth a visit. Top it off with dinner in the Michelin-starred Burlington restaurant found in the Devonshire Arms close to the Abbey.
This area of the Yorkshire Dales is home to many charming villages and towns worth exploring. The pretty cobbled streets of Grassington are less than half an hour's drive away, with the village of Kettlewell just a little further. Take the high ground up and across to Wensleydale where you will discover the picture post-card village of West Burton and the beautiful Aysgarth Falls? There is just so much to see and do here.