- We booked this cottage as a surprise Golden Wedding gift for our parents. They were thrilled with everything about the cottage and would love to stay again.
Published on: 22 May 2017
With a view to die for and a cosy country-cottage vibe, this gorgeous Grade II listed cottage in Swaledale is rather special. It’s the perfect option for those who love to just sit and look at stunning countryside, and those who like to get the walking boots on and strike out from the doorstep. Welcome to the scrumptious Aygill Farm Cottage…
We have a real soft spot for this pretty cottage. Set on a hillside in beautiful Swaledale everything about it is just delightful, from the original stone fire-place in the sitting room to the classic styling and fabulous terrace.
It oozes character from every room, you can just imagine it as a place where children’s books were written many years ago. That’s not to say it’s stuck in the past – far from it. You’ll find every contemporary creature comfort here too, from Wi-Fi and an LCD TV with Freeview to underfloor heating and remote control lighting.
At the heart of Aygill Farm Cottage is the open plan living space. Dominated by a majestic inglenook stone fireplace and warm living-flame fire, it’s the perfect place to curl up with that book you’ve been meaning to read for months. The kitchen sits alongside and is fully stocked with everything you could need to cook and dine in during your stay. With the teacups, saucers and traditional knives and forks there is a comforting traditional elegance about the place. There’s also a dishwasher and a washing machine available. And if you haven’t made it to the shops that day, the owner can supply bottles of wine and even a luxury breakfast hamper if you fancy…
Indulge in a long and lazy cooked breakfast then mosey over to the comfy sofas beside the fire to discover what’s in the Sunday papers this week. Or sit a while inside one of the deep set windows seats sipping a cup of tea and enjoying one of the owner’s homemade scones. No need to change out of the PJs just yet…
And so to bed. The handsome bedroom has a King-size bed which can be changed into 2 single beds if required. Set in calm Farrow and Ball colours the ambience in here is peaceful and relaxing. High ceilings with exposed wooden beams frame this lovely room and fill it full of character. The bedroom has an en suite with a bath and a large walk in shower. There is also a large walk in wardrobe with plenty of coat hangers and storage space.
Outside the cottage you’ll find a sheltered terrace with the most incredible uninterrupted views of Kisdon Hill. The fields are simply stunning in the summer (Swaledale is famous for its wild-flower meadows) and we have been told the local goats which roam these fields can be very entertaining.
Aygill Cottage is a truly romantic find, a place every couple should visit at least once…
Set on the borders of Arkengarthdale and Swaledale, Aygill Farm Cottage has a breath-taking location. The views from the cottage are truly stunning. Sit back and enjoy it from the window seats in the lounge and see what wildlife you can spot while you’re there. The scenery all around is real picture-postcard stuff, with ancient old dry stone barns peppering the dramatic hills and valleys. May sees the annual Swaledale Festival, two weeks of amazing music, art, walking and culture and the delightful Muker show in September is another calendar highlight.
What makes this such a special location is that you are surrounded by breath-taking scenery on all sides and can be walking in the hills within minutes, yet you have the comfort of village life just a few miles away in Muker. Muker has a charming tea-room, a gorgeous little village store, the Swaledale Woollens shop, a Craft Shop / Art Gallery and a fantastic local pub, The Farmers Arms. With its open fire and great pub food, you’ll have to drag yourself away! Nearby Reeth is also one of the Dales most popular villages with lots of cafes, shops and even an ice-cream parlour for the kids. Hawes is the nearest town to Aygill Farm Cottage and is a great option for a day out. You’ll find the Wensleydale Creamery here, home to the famous cheese, the Dales Countryside Museum & Ropemakers and lots more lovely shops, cafes and pubs.
This area of the Dales is also particularly renowned for its spectacular wild flower meadows in the Spring. People come from all over the world to see the fields come alive with every colour under the rainbow, a unique phenomenon due to the fact that the local farmers don’t use chemicals on the fields. But every season has its charm, from the lush green summers to the dramatic and beautiful winters. And with no street light pollution for miles around the stars at night are dazzling.
It’s a true walker’s paradise here and there are some beautiful walks literally from your doorstep. The circular walk from Muker over Kisdon Hill to Keld is featured as one of the Ramblers Top 50 walks in the UK and the famous Coast to Coast route passes nearby.
And of course this is supreme cycling country, with the recent Tour De France passing through in 2014. Why not challenge yourself to take on the mighty Buttertubs Pass, just a few miles away.
We also recommend taking a tour of the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Dales Trail, a circular route which takes you through some of the most dramatic scenery in the UK. This land of Viking place-names, waterfalls, rivers and ravines is like nowhere else on the planet – don’t forget to take the camera. And on the way up you can stop for lunch at The Tan Hill (highest Pub in Great Britain) or head on round to the fantastic CB Inn – a real foodies pub with amazing views.