Welcome to Lilac Cottage, a charming 2-bedroom stone cottage set in a pretty little village between the historic market towns of Richmond and Barnard Castle. Recently refurbished to a high standard, its chocolate box exterior leads to an immaculate cosy interior, just perfect for couples and families alike. And those who enjoy walking or cycling can do so from the doorstep. Gorgeous views of the peaceful countryside setting too...
Step inside to find an open plan living space home to the living room and dining area. At the heart of the room is a wood-burning stove, ready and waiting for you each evening after a day's walking or sightseeing. Light up the fire and settle down on one of two comfy sofas, it's time to relax. For your evening entertainment you'll find a Freeview TV with DVD Player and a good selection of DVDs. Wi-Fi is provided as well as games / books for offline fun.
This rooms leads into the kitchen at the rear of the cottage. Featuring pale grey shaker-style units you'll find everything you'll need to rustle up dinner. All the normal mod cons are provided including a dishwasher, fridge with ice-box and a washing machine, essential if you have children running about in muddy fields! There is also a downstairs toilet / washroom.
One of the things we love about this cottage is the serving hatch from the kitchen through into the living room. It's one of those little quirky touches that give the cottage its cosy appeal.
The dining table sits in the main living area, a lovely spot for eating whatever the time of day. Plenty of room for up to four people. Pick up your ingredients at the award-winning farm shop and deli just a few minutes away by car and settle down to a feast of Yorkshire's finest produce.
There are two bedrooms in Lilac Cottage, the first of which can be found downstairs. This sweet twin room comes complete with two full size single beds. Make your way upstairs to find the beautiful master bedroom boasting a king-size bed. Double aspect windows up here afford stunning countryside views of rolling fields to the east and across the village church to distant fells to the west.
The family bathroom is also upstairs and sits opposite the master bedroom. There's a fabulous free-standing bath to sink into each evening, and a walk-in shower for the morning.
Outside Lilac Cottage you'll find a compact lawned garden to the front surrounded by a stone wall. To the rear is a decked area with a bistro table and chairs which looks out across the fields. The perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee with the sun on your face.
Lilac Cottage is set in the picturesque and peaceful village of Hutton Magna surrounded by open countryside. It is a relaxing and calming spot to hide away or explore by walking, cycling or driving. It has a great location set at the northern tip of the Yorkshire Dales, between the historic market towns of Barnard Castle (7 miles) and Richmond (10 miles). There's several walking / cycling routes close by so no need to jump in the car.
Barnard Castle is a historic market town which takes its name from the castle around which it grew. Featured in the Guardian's 10 of the UK's best small towns in 2016, it hosts the Bowes Museum, nearby Eggleston Gardens and a host of shops selling antiques, designer clothes, jewellery, accessories, vintage and retro items and local crafts.
Richmond sits on the River Swale with impressive waterfalls just a few hundred metres from the cobbled town square. It is home to the famous Station (food, film and art under one roof), the Georgian Theatre as well as Richmond Castle. From Richmond, head up towards Reeth and on towards Hawes in Wensleydale for a true taste of this magnificent countryside. Stop at the Wensleydale Heiffer for lunch before heading back to the comfort of your luxury Yorkshire cottage.
The possibilities for walking and cycling from Lilac Cottage are endless with a good selection of maps and route suggestions provided by the owners, themselves keen walkers. From the front door, you can follow scenic footpaths to explore local villages and pubs around the Rivers Tees and Greta or catch a clear night for some amazing stargazing. Drive for 30/45 minutes to explore Swaledale and Teesdale, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Teesdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty including the Pennine Way and High Force, the largest waterfall in England.
The country roads surrounding the property are popular with cyclists: National Cycle Network route 165 passes within one mile of the village.
Within an hour's drive are the Yorkshire coast and the historic cathedral cities of York and Durham. Further south, you'll find the pretty market town of Northallerton where handsome Georgian houses line the long main street. The wonderful Betty's Tearooms is here as is a fantastic local deli, Lewis & Cooper's Food Emporium and of course the quintessentially Yorkshire department store of Barkers.
To take in the North York Moors head further south still and brave it up Sutton Bank, the view from the top said by some to be the finest in all of England. The gorgeous market town of Helmsley makes for the perfect pit-stop and if you feel like something special for lunch make your way to the Star Inn at Harome.