About The Old Reading Room
Introducing The Old Reading Room, a truly fabulous luxury holiday cottage set in the heart of a pretty village in Wensleydale. This gorgeous property has the wow factor from the moment you open the door and with one of Yorkshire's finest restaurants just a stone's throw away the location is pretty amazing too. But it's when you spot the hot tub and beautiful garden through the huge folding doors that you know you've found somewhere very special.
This historic old building once housed an army of jockeys who trained at the stables in nearby Middleham. It's recently been subject to an outstanding refurbishment which has brought this home into the 21st Century. The ground floor is one large open plan space boasting warm wooden floors (heated of course) and a striking two-way wood-burner. There's a cosy snug on one side, perfect for that post-dinner glass of red, and a spacious lounge area on the other.
The kitchen / dining area sits at the far end, a perfectly formed space featuring a bespoke kitchen with all the latest mod-cons. Besides the sleek grey and black marble work-tops you'll find a dishwasher, induction hob, eye-level oven / microwave and glassware cabinet. Everything you could need to rustle up something delicious on holiday. There's also a handy separate utility area which houses a washing machine and dryer, with plenty of room for muddy boots if you have been out walking. The downstairs cloakroom resides here too.
Heading back over to the lounge, there's a large comfortable sofa waiting for you to curl up on and a separate comfy chair. Plenty to keep you entertained each evening with a Flat screen TV, DVD Player and Wi-Fi included. Light up the wood-burner and indulge yourself with a movie day or settle down to that box-set everyone's been talking about.
And so to bed? Make your way up the stunning glass stair-case to discover two very generous en suite bedrooms. The master bedroom is a bright and spacious room with bags of light pouring in from the skylights and window looking out over the garden. The super-king size bed can be set up as two singles if required giving you total flexibility. The en suite bathroom is akin to a 5 star hotel and has a bath ready for that long evening soak. The second bedroom has a king size bed and looks out towards the village and village green beside the cottage. The luxurious en suite wet room has a monsoon shower, slate tiles and oak flooring to enjoy.
When you can drag yourself away from the interiors then throw open those folding doors and take in the garden. This beautifully landscaped and private space boasts a charming sheltered patio area leading up to a lawned elevated garden with Penhill sitting in the background. The hot tub sits waiting to be discovered, a pleasure whatever the time of year, and chic out-door furniture provides that perfect excuse for dinner al fresco in the warmer months. A wonderful way to end the day at this unique Yorkshire retreat.
This property includes ample off-road parking for several cars.
Please note this property requires payment of a security deposit.
The Old Reading Room is set in the heart of West Witton, one of Wensleydale's prettiest villages. Just across the road is the famous Wensleydale Heifer, repeatedly recognised as one of Yorkshire's finest restaurants. So if you don't fancy cooking one evening just mosey over for dinner. The village also has a good pub The Fox & Hounds, a charming little village store, tearooms and post office, all just seconds from your door. Next door to the cottage is the village green and pond, a peaceful spot and rather nice for a picnic. Across the dale you can see Bolton Castle on the horizon, a fantastic day out for all ages..
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. You can strike out literally from the doorstep up over Penhill and beyond, or take one of the other many walking routes in Wensleydale including making your way down past the stunning Jervaulx Abbey, just a few miles down the road. Our concierge will be more than happy to recommend some walks and cycle routes for you if required.
Middleham, one of Yorkshire's loveliest villages is just a few miles away. Famous for its castle (once home to Richard III) it's also home to several race-horse trainers; you will see and hear the horses being lead through the village up to the gallops every day. And to top it off there is a lovely collection of pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops. We love it so much it features in our Top 10 Prettiest Yorkshire Villages. Just a few miles out of the village is the fantastic attraction The Forbidden Corner. Regularly voted the best family attraction in Yorkshire, it's also well worth a look even if there are no children in your party.
Nearby you'll find 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 the biggest auction centre outside of London if you fancy picking up a bargain. The nearby historic town of Richmond is similar in many ways, and has a lovely setting along the River Swale.
There are lots of other pretty villages and stunning natural sights all within close range of The Old Reading Room. 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.
And when you need to refuel stop at one of the areas many excellent gastro pubs. As well as the Wensleydale Heifer in the village there's the Blue Lion at East Witton and The Sandpiper Inn at Leyburn and many more, all within a short drive of the cottage.