***Just Launched February 2019!***
Welcome to The Pear Tree, a handsome 18th Century Georgian town house set in the heart of Middleham, one of Yorkshire's prettiest villages. This beautiful Grade II listed 3-storey property has 4 generous bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, 3 of which are en-suite. It's the perfect choice for families and groups of friends looking to explore this gorgeous corner of the Dales.
Some parts of this stunning property date right back to the 1600s; over the course of its life the building has been a private residence (once home to a colourful and controversial 19th Century jockey), a shop and even a pub. Today, its current owners have transformed it into a generous and welcoming holiday home, with every modern comfort provided. All the true character of the building remains, with a host of original features like fireplaces, sash windows and wooden beams having been lovingly restored.
Step inside to find an entrance lobby which still has the original bell pull used to summon attention. Make your way into the spacious lounge boasting oak floorboards, an original bay window and a large open fire resting under an inglenook fireplace. Light it up and settle down in front of the warm glow; time to switch off and re-charge. Take your pick from two comfy sofas or two handsome armchairs to curl up on, plenty of room for the whole family.
Your evening entertainment is provided on a large TV with Freeview, Netflix and BT Freeview. A DVD player is also provided. Perfect if you enjoy snuggling up together for a family movie. A base sound amplifier gives that home cinema effect and Wi-Fi is also available.
The Pear Tree boasts a second lounge / family room on the top floor of the house, perfect for giving everyone their own space. This room has a large L shaped sofa to stretch out on and another large TV with all the above channel options. There's also a DVD player with DVDs for all ages, a table football machine, lots of board games and a large library of books to keep the whole family entertained.
Let's make our way back down to discover the gorgeous kitchen, an elegant mix of grey units, black granite worktops and sleek black slate floor. You'll find all the usual mod cons including a hob, two electric ovens, full size fridge/freezer and a dishwasher. The cupboards are well stocked with all the crockery, pots, pans and utensils you'll need to rustle up a hearty family dinner. We're particularly fond of the chunky farmhouse table, just the spot for a morning coffee or late-night chat over wine and cheese. A selection of cookbooks allows you to try something different this holiday. A separate utility room is home to a washing machine and dryer, very handy for storing and cleaning muddy walking clothes.
Downstairs is also home to a handy loo.
In addition to the farmhouse table there's a large formal dining room, a gorgeous room with its own large open inglenook fireplace. Original hooks hanging from the ceiling hark back to when this old building was once a pub. Settle down to eat at the fabulous bespoke dining table handmade in Yorkshire from reclaimed wood and metal. Comfy chairs gather round seating 8 people comfortably. A lovely French cupboard houses those all-important champagne, wine, beer and whisky glasses.
All of the bedrooms in The Pear Tree are first or second floor. On the first floor is bedroom 1 home to a fabulous king-size French bed. A period fireplace lends character whilst a wall-mounted TV provides 21st Century entertainment. This room also boasts a walk-in wardrobe / dressing area and a beautiful en-suite shower room. Bedroom 2 is set to the rear of the building and also offers a king-size French bed, original fireplace, TV and en-suite shower room.
The final bedroom on this floor is a lovely twin room with two full size single beds. The beds can be zipped together to offer one super king-size bed if requested. It also has a TV so guests young or old can chill out for a bit in their PJs over morning telly. This room is not en-suite however the house bathroom is just next door. Offering a bath with a shower over-head, it's perfect for washing little ones or indulging in a long hot soak yourself.
Bedroom 4 is set at the top of the house, a generous room with a zip & link bed offering a twin or double set-up. It will be configured as a super king as standard so please ask if you would prefer two singles. A further TV is provided in here and it also has an en-suite shower room. So every bedroom effectively has access to its own facilities.
The Pear Tree is set in the heart of beautiful Middleham so outside space is limited to an attractive rear patio garden. Home to various outdoor furniture and a pear tree (of course), this is a pleasant space in which to while away an afternoon over a G & T. And if you're looking for space to stretch the legs, the stunning Wensleydale countryside with miles of public footpaths and cycle routes are all around.
The Pear Tree is set on the market square in Middleham in Wensleydale, one of Yorkshire's loveliest towns. 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 led 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 - the perfect location for a holiday cottage!
Near the cottage is a charming tearooms if you fancy a treat at elevenses, and for dinner you can opt for pub grub at the Richard III traditional pub or perhaps some Italian food at the renowned White Swan. You can order a take-out pizza from here too. The Dante Arms is also good and there is an excellent little fish and chip shop. There's also a village store and a couple of bric-a-brac shops to mooch around. 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.
In the opposite direction 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 Pear Tree. 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 area's 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 from the cottage.