A farmhouse cottage with bucolic charm and an off the beaten track rural setting amidst the rolling Yorkshire countryside.
Enjoy the country life in this pastoral bolthole set in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
“Full of oak, beech, sycamore, ash and 18th-century lime trees, one of my favourite woods is Hackfall, near Ripon in North Yorkshire,” says Dame Judy Dench of Hackfall Wood, which is within walking distance from Anvil Cottage and historically linked with nearby Fountains Abbey. It’s high praise but you don’t have to be a national treasure to appreciate the beauty of this part of ‘God’s Own Country’, Yorkshire’s Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with its heather-clad moors, rolling pastures and dense woodland.
Located in Yorkshire’s Lower Wensleydale region, the delightful market town of Masham (pronounced Massam) is famed for its family-run breweries, steam engines and annual sheep fair. It is also home to artists, authors and craftsmen and boasts established links to creative greats such as JW Turner and Lewis Carroll.
Anvil Cottage, just a few minutes from Masham, is a delightful bolthole that oozes authentic charm from its fire-warmed open-plan living area and kitchen to its two cosy bedrooms. Thanks to its position, adjoining the owner’s farmhouse, you can kick off your mornings with a slap-up breakfast of free-range eggs and home-baked bread fresh from the farm before exploring Masham, cycling or hiking along the scenic Nidderdale trails or visiting the nearby historic cathedral cities of Ripon and York, known for their lively café culture.
Alternatively, enjoy the good life by staying right where you are, and gather eggs from the orchard opposite the cottage. Sunny afternoons can be spent relaxing on the cottage’s south-facing terrace or generous lawn while rainy ones can be whiled away by the log burner or, best of all, soaking in the spectacular freestanding slipper bath in the master bedroom, which spans the entire top floor. Boasting far-reaching views east, all the way to the 228ft-high limestone White Horse hill figure above Kilburn, the sumptuous master bedroom blends country cottage charm with that bath as well as a large en-suite shower room. The second bedroom, located on the ground floor, features two queen-size beds and an en-suite shower room, making it ideal for those seeking stair-free accommodation.
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. 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. Guests are welcome to use the large lawned areas at the front and side of the cottage and also have access to the orchard to collect eggs.
There is ample parking to the front of the property.
Babies & children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request. A selection of toys is also available.
Sorry, dogs are not allowed at Anvil Cottage.
Wi-Fi & Mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available and mobile coverage is reasonable on most networks.
Guest toiletries are provided. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
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.
But this wouldn’t be a holiday without the occasional meal out and, fortunately, there’s no shortage of excellent local gastropubs and restaurants. For the finest Yorkshire dining, book a table at the Michelin-star Black Swan Oldstead (and, perhaps, a taxi for the half hour drive there) 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! The White Bear at Masham is a fantastic local gastro pub, serving seasonal and local produce, while nearby Swinton Park is the spot for lavish afternoon teas, served in a historic castle amidst glorious parkland. The opulent Grantley Hall hotel and wellness retreat, just 15 minutes from the cottage, is the perfect spot for a special meal at celebrity chef Shaun Rankin’s restaurant, an indulgent afternoon tea or a pampering day in the spa.
Being able to explore the natural beauty of your surroundings on foot or by bicycle is a major attraction of Anvil Cottage’s rural setting. Favourite spots within walking and/or cycling distance include 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.
Other natural attractions likely to tempt guests away from the home comforts of Anvil Cottage (particularly those with adventurous young children in tow) include the dramatic Brimham Rocks formation known locally as ‘Nature’s Natural Playground’ and some of the Yorkshire Dales’ picturesque waterfalls, such as the thundering triple waterfalls of Aysgarth Falls and Cauldron Falls near Leyburn, about 30 minutes’ drive away. Closer to home, the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and adjoining 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.
Those with an interest in history and a penchant for tearooms will delight in exploring England’s third smallest city, the ancient city of Ripon historic Jervaulx Abbey, Newby Hall and Ripley Castle. For a more cosmopolitan experience, the Victorian spa town of Harrogate (half an hour’s drive from Anvil Cottage), encircled by its famous 'Stray' or '200 acres' of horseshoe shaped grassland, blends historic sites and museums with Turkish baths spas, fantastic shopping and a host of vibrant bars and restaurants. And of course, when in Harrogate, one must take tea at the storied Betty’s Tearooms, which first opened in 1919 and whose entrepreneurial owner went on to create the household name in tea, Taylors of Harrogate. While visiting Harrogate, don’t miss the RHS Garden Harlow Carr, situated just outside the city, which spans 58 acres of diverse gardens, nature walks, woodland and streams with a host of attractions from wildlife workshops to flower festivals.
If you’re after some quintessential Yorkshire market town life, head for the delightful Pateley Bridge, a 20-minute drive from Anvil Cottage. With a main street dotted with cafés, small shops, an acclaimed butcher’s, a delicatessen and The Oldest Sweet Shop in the World (as per the Guinness Book of World Records, which dates the shop to 1827), it’s a charming spot for pottering and stocking up on local delicacies.
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. And if you do visit Thirsk, be sure to call in at the World of James Herriot, the former home and veterinary practice of the beloved author and probably the world’s most famous vet.
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"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."
- Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
- Typical arrival day: Friday or Monday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Situated next to the owner's farmhouse, Anvil Cottage offers a first-hand glimpse into the good life. Enjoy fresh eggs straight from the friendly hens that roam freely in the orchard."Julie Jones, Crabtree & Crabtree