A family-friendly farmhouse cottage far from the beaten track in glorious Yorkshire countryside.
Slow down to a relaxing rural pace amid the glorious Dales
It’s hard to decide whether Anvil Cottage suits couples or families best, so well does this farm annexe work for both.
Couples absolutely relish the enormous master suite, which occupies the entire top floor. Larger than some London flats, this contains an armchair, a super-king double bed and a spectacular, freestanding bath accompanied by heated towel rails. Then there are its uninterrupted views: all the way east to the Kilburn White Horse hill figure. Equally romantic is its capacious en-suite, featuring a walk-in-shower, and the log burner that warms the open-plan living area downstairs.
But that huge suite also amply rewards exhausted parents, while a second, equally cosy ground-floor bedroom has two queen-sized beds ready for kids, or perhaps grandparents of limited mobility. Dogs are welcome and kids can hare around the generous lawn outside as adults sit and sip something cool on a sunny patio. Despite the owners’ adjoining farmhouse, there’s perfect privacy here.
Every guest, meanwhile, should purr at the creeper-covered stone exterior, and the original wood beam overhanging a restful sitting area. Local artwork is displayed above the dining table, while patterned granite counters line a compact kitchen. It all adds up to a delightful, luxurious bolthole.
The surrounding countryside is just as dreamy as you venture out from Anvil Cottage past the enormous sycamore tree with its charming swing. As rolling pastures and hedgerows head off towards hilltops and heather-clad moors, it’s easy to see why this portion of Lower Wensleydale is part of the wider Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as being adjacent to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Within walking distance is Hackfall, an ancient wood beloved by Judi Dench. And if it’ll do for a Dame…
Just a few minutes’ drive away is the delightful market town of Masham (pronounced “mass-em”), famed for family-run breweries, steam engines and an annual autumn sheep fair. It is also home to artists, authors and craftsmen, and boasts historic links to creative greats such as JMW Turner and Lewis Carroll.
Thanks to Anvil Cottage’s position, you can easily go cycling or hiking along scenic Nidderdale trails, or set off on horseback – with the owners happy to provide stabling for an extra fee .
Foodies are in luck as well. Not only do artisan shops off Masham’s massive Market Square sell prized local meats, cheeses and sweets, but both the town’s Theakston’s and Black Sheep breweries offer guided tours. Farm shops also abound, and you’re near the Wensleydale creamery. Fountains Abbey’s breath-taking ruins and the child-pleasing Aysgarth Falls are within easy reach, with the dramatic Brimham Rocks also close by for curious young explorers!
Alternatively, simply stay right where you are and enjoy that the best country luxury of all — peace and quiet.
Open-plan kitchen and living area with sofa, armchairs, TV with Freeview and wood burning stove (logs provided). Compact kitchen with electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge with ice-box, microwave and dishwasher. Please note there is no washing machine available.
Dining table with seating for four. Door to garden.
Bedroom two with two queen size beds, built-in wardrobe, bedside tables and TV. Suitable for two adults or four children.
En suite shower room with walk-in shower, WC and basin.
Bedroom one - master bedroom with zip and link beds which can be configured as 3' twins or 6' super king double, free-standing bath and towel rail, two chests of drawers, TV and stunning views over open countryside.
En suite shower room with walk-in shower, WC and basin.
There is a large patio with outdoor furniture for guests' private use and a gas BBQ also available on request. Guests are also welcome to use the large lawned areas at the front and side of the cottage.
There is ample parking to the front of the property.
Electric Vehicle Charging
For safety reasons, we do not permit electric vehicle or hybrid car charging at this property. If you’re travelling by EV, discover your nearest electric vehicle charging point here.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer to stay at a cottage fitted with an on-site charging point browse our collection of electric car escapes using the EV Charging Point filter.
Babies & children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request. A selection of toys is also available.
Dogs & Other Pets
One dog is welcome at a charge of £25. Dogs must be clean and dry before access into the wider property and should be kept off the furniture.
It is important to note that there is no private enclosed garden space and dogs must be kept on a lead in the immediate grounds and across wider farmland.
For guests who wish to bring their own horses, the farm has stabling and a pasture available. Additional charges apply.
For more details please contact us and we will put you in touch with the owners.
Guest toiletries are provided. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available and mobile coverage is reasonable on most networks.
The property has oil central heating throughout. There is a wood burning stove in the sitting room with logs provided.
The cottage is adjacent to the owner's farmhouse. The owners are on hand if required to help guests get the best from their stay. Equally the owners are very respectful of guests' privacy and use the rear entrance of their own house when guests are staying.
Set amidst the rolling countryside of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Anvil Cottage offers a welcome dose of authentic rural life. A multitude of scenic walks and mountain bike trails are found right on the doorstep, leading to local attractions and beauty spots.
For all its sense of blissful isolation, the cottage is just 10 minutes’ drive from the quaint town of Masham, which boasts two award-winning butchers, a grocer, bakery and a monthly farmer’s market (on the 1st Sunday of the month), making it a great spot to stock up on local produce for your stay. For more extensive shopping, there are Marks & Spencer and Booths supermarkets a little further away in the historic cathedral city of Ripon and a Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s in Harrogate.
This wouldn’t be a holiday without the occasional meal out and, fortunately, there’s no shortage of excellent local gastropubs and restaurants in the area. For the finest Yorkshire dining, book a table at the Michelin-star Black Swan at Oldstead or enjoy chef Tommy Banks’ delicious food in the comfort of Anvil Cottage, by ordering one of his three- or five-course food boxes to be delivered to your doorstep, oven-ready!
Closer to home, the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden make for a wonderful day trip, encompassing the ruins of a 12th-century Cistercian abbey, an Elizabethan Mansion and a medieval deer park. Children are well catered for here too with a superb play area that incorporates a sustainable ‘playscape’, zip wires, scramble nets as well as a fun den building area.
Set amidst the rolling countryside of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty, Anvil Cottage offers a welcome dose of authentic rural life. A multitude of scenic walks are found right on the doorstep, leading to local attractions and beauty spots such as Hackfall Woods and the Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park which comprises 45 acres of woodland, landscaped gardens and an arboretum, all dotted with diverse sculptures. The Himalayan Gardens, which typically open from April through November, are particularly celebrated for their dazzling spring display of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias and autumn foliage.
Oakdale Golf Club is a delightful 18-hole course on the outskirts of Harrogate which is set in 100 acres of peaceful North Yorkshire countryside and offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Masham Golf Club is even closer and offers 9 holes of golf on an attractive course that sits in mature parkland, with the central feature of the River Burn always an interesting hazard to contend with.
Finally, this wouldn’t be Yorkshire without a little flutter on the horses: spend a morning at Middleham Castle & Gallops watching racehorses being trained by one of several local yards, head to nearby Ripon or Thirsk for an afternoon race meeting or glam up for a flat meeting at York's legendary racecourse.
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"Magnificent stay, beautiful cottage and the owners are so welcoming and very hospitable. We will certainly visit again."Ms Cowe
"We had a delightful stay at Anvil Cottage. The hosts are exceptional - extremely welcoming, generous & helpful. And the cottage is beautifully presented with many thoughtful touches. The owners should be very proud of what they offer to their guests. We’d be extremely happy to return again."Mr & Mrs Spink
"Thanks for arranging an excellent cottage. It was comfortable, well equipped. Good and varied walks from the doorstep. Excellent views over typical Nidderdale landscape from the cottage and the terrace where we enjoyed breakfast most mornings. The owners were very welcoming and generous hosts."Mr Lowe
- One dog is welcome with a charge of £25.
- Typical arrival day: Friday or Monday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The sunny terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding Yorkshire Dales countryside; a perfect spot for breakfast. "Lauraine, Crabtree & Crabtree