A light-filled rural escape ensconced in the achingly pretty Yorkshire Dales – where oystercatchers and star-studded skies await.
This ‘upside down’ former Coach House takes full advantage of the heart-stopping views over Roundhill Reservoir and the soft green hills surrounding it.
Nestled high in the moors near the pretty market town of Masham, this contemporary coach house conversion occupies a scenic spot overlooking the smooth waters of Roundhill Reservoir, where a patchwork of fields and gently sloping hills stretch out as far as the eye can see.
More cosmopolitan than rustic coach house, the interiors here are chic, while keeping comfort and cosiness front and centre. Arranged in a upside-down living arrangement to maximise the light and the gorgeous views, you’ll find the kitchen and the living room on the first floor where traditional timber beams criss-cross cavernous ceilings and plenty of light streams in through large Velux windows. Nestled under these statement beams, you’ll find sleek navy cabinets, a plush electric range and a contemporary kitchen table and chairs, while in the sitting room traditional tartan sofas are balanced against a modern fireplace, beautiful coffee table and a smart TV.
French doors lead from the sitting room onto an elevated terrace where romantic country views over the rolling pastoral landscape and the impressive reservoir can be enjoyed. Complete with outside seating and a barbecue it’s an ideal spot for an evening sundowner watching the reservoir move through various shades of silver as the sun dips over the horizon.
State-of-the-art appliances, comfort beyond belief and a clever layout that is choreographed around entertaining and dining en famille or with friends characterise Roundhill Coach House, which has benefitted from generous renovation. The owners’ recent overhaul saw them carve out a separate utility room - where soggy walking socks and muddy trousers can be easily washed and tumble dried following long romps across the moors – and adding beautiful bathrooms with contemporary stand-alone bathtubs, powerful rainfall showers and uplit mirrors.
Located on the ground floor, the three bedrooms are dressed in neutral hues, deep, fluffy carpets and thick curtains. Most impressive is a capacious en-suite master bedroom with a sumptuous superking bed, striking modern lighting and a snuggly sheepskin rug. Another spacious double and a bee-themed bunk room, with one single bed playfully elevated over two further singles, completes the sleeping quarters.
Outside, a pretty flower-strewn garden and the owners own lawned area (accessed via the courtyard) is a particularly tranquil spot for soaking in the bucolic Yorkshire views, when not gazing into the reservoir over a morning brew from the terrace. But the real beauty of this stylish bolthole is the map scribbles of stunning Yorkshire Dales walks from its doorstep such as leisurely ambles around the reservoirs of Leighton and Roundhill and trails through the beautiful Hackfall Woods, while walks on Masham Moor standout for hair-raising views of the Upper Nidderdale and the Vale of York.
The historic market town of Masham with its restaurants, pubs, galleries and celebrated local breweries - located just six miles away – is well worth an explore, while further afield an abundance of abbeys and castles (from Fountains Abbey to Middleham Castle) provide plenty of day tripping material, as do charming towns such as Pateley Bridge, where quintessential Yorkshire tea houses, antiques stores and bakeries selling parkins and fat rascals can be found.
Entrance area with bench seating and coat hooks available.
Master bedroom with super-king bed, fitted wardrobe with hanging space, chest of drawers and dressing table. Ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, separate freestanding bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with king-size bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Bedroom three with three bunk beds (two with reduced head height) and chest of drawers.
Family Bathroom with separate bath and walk in shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Staircase to first floor.
Open plan dining kitchen area. Extensively equipped, high-spec kitchen with an electric range cooker, microwave, large fridge with freezer, dishwasher, toaster, electric kettle and cafetiere.
Dining table and chairs.
Separate utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board and sink as well as additional storage.
Cloakroom with basin and WC.
Lounge area with a 3-seater sofa, 4-seater sofa, separate armchair, coffee table and state of the art, modern flame, electric fire. Smart TV with Freeview channels and streaming services available.
Door leading to terrace with exterior lighting.
Roundhill Coach House has a large terrace, with exterior lighting, overlooking the reservoir and the surrounding countryside. Access is from the lounge and the terrace is furnished with a BBQ and a large exterior table with seating for up to eight.
There is a side garden available for guests through a gate from the courtyard area in front of the property.
There is ample parking for two cars.
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.
Babies & Children
A highchair and cot can be provided on request. Please note that linen for the cot is not provided.
Sorry, dogs are not permitted at Roundhill Coach House.
Guest toiletries are provided. A hairdryer is available in all bedrooms.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available; however, mobile coverage in this rural location cannot be guaranteed on all networks.
Central heating is available throughout the property. There is a state of the art, modern flame, electric fire available in the lounge.
The cottage is to the rear of the owner’s property across a central courtyard. 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.
This property benefits from ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms which may be suitable for guests with restricted mobility, however, please note that the living and dining areas are on the first floor.
Roundhill Coach House is set in an elevated position overlooking Roundhill Reservoir in the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park with views of the Arnagill Tower opposite, you couldn’t be any closer to nature. 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 six miles from the quaint town of Masham, which boasts two award-winning butchers, a grocer, bakery, small supermarket 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 which is fifteen miles from the cottage.
Leyburn and Pateley Bridge are also both within a half hour drive, making it an ideal base from which to explore all the Yorkshire Dales National Park has to offer.
The Victorian spa town of Harrogate is also within an hour’s drive where you can explore the rich and eclectic arts and culture scene, with many galleries both private and public showing a range of works in various mediums and styles.
Roundhill Coach House is set in the Yorkshire Dales, one of Britain’s most extraordinary places, with mile upon mile of sheep-dotted heather moorland and lush valleys punctuated by charming villages and market towns. The rolling hills and wandering dales of this celebrated living landscape include two protected areas, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wildlife is abundant here with pheasant, grouse, lapwing, curlew, owls, partridge and oyster-catchers all regular visitors to the area and those who enjoy star-gazing will love the location of Roundhill Coach House which boasts some of the darkest skies in England.
Walks abound from the doorstep where you can enjoy a ramble on the moors above Roundhill Reservoir and visit the hidden folly of Arnagill Tower, the trig point on Sandy Hill and the huge sighting tower above Arnagill Crags. Alternatively, a short trip over Ilton Moor will bring you to the Druid's Temple, one of the finest follies in Yorkshire.
Numerous local attractions and beauty spots are within a 20 minute drive 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.
The World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden also makes 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.
Children of all ages will love the quirky Forbidden Corner (30 minutes from Roundhill) , a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and follies set within a four-acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales. There is a barrage of tricky challenges which may include the occasional spray of water! You can spot pagan tree men, haybale dogs, gargoyles and even a huge pyramid made of translucent glass. This is definitely a day out with a genuine difference. Another option is Lightwater Valley, a fun-packed adventure park for all the family offering numerous rides and attractions ranging from traditional funfair style carousels to exhilarating flying swings and a rollercoaster.
Golfers certainly won’t be disappointed with a gentle 9-holes available at nearby Masham Golf Course or more challenging 18-hole courses such as Bedale just half an hour’s drive. Here at the Golfing Gateway to the Dales, the course winds through a former deer park, with wide, tree-lined fairways and offers long range views of the Wensleydale Hills.
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 all within an hour of Roundhill Coach House.
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The Yorkshire Dales National Park is the home of the three peaks and mile upon mile of picturesque footpaths, alongside outstanding scenery, unspoilt countryside, diverse wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage.Find Out More
"Our stay at Roundhill Coach House was fabulous. Peace and quiet if you wanted it but not far from villages and bigger towns with attraction if you wanted to venture further a field all within striking distance.
The house itself is like home from home. The decor is very high end yet comfy. The beds are comfortable. The kitchen and utility is well equipped , towels provided as are tea towels and if you need anything just ask Amanda or Richard who the ultimate hosts without being intrusive.
The bathrooms are beautiful and relaxing. The master suite is what you would expect and the pictures don’t do the property justice. It has that wow factor as soon as you walk in.
There are plenty of walks to do if you are that way inclined , if not just relax on the balcony where you can just watch the world go by. It’s so lovely with great hosts we have booked again. We would highly recommend this property for your next holiday and of course the Yorkshire Dales are stunning."Chris & Linda
"We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our weeks summer break in your fabulous Coach House. It really is finished to a very high standard. We had everything we needed, and more! Our girls loved meeting the chickens and collecting eggs with the owner who, along with her husband, were perfect hosts. Days out for us included trips to Masham to visit the local art galleries, breweries, and eateries. We also visited the chocolate factory in Leyburn, Brimham Rocks and took a wonderful walk around Roundhill reservoir. Thank you for an amazing stay, we’d love to come back and visit you again soon. We would thoroughly recommend Roundhill Coach House for a luxurious stay in the Yorkshire countryside. 5 Stars! The welcome pack was gratefully received, thanks again."The Wain Guests
"We had a great stay in the Roundhill Coach House, the property owners were extremely responsive and thoughtful throughout our stay, including a lovely welcome hamper. The house is in absolutely pristine condition, and the location is great - in the Yorkshire Dales overlooking a reservoir in a very peaceful and rural setting. We managed to do lots of day trips for walks and sight-seeing across the Dales and beyond. Thank you for our stay in this lovely property."The Thomas Guests
We have had a lovely restful weeks stay at Roundhill Coach House. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay .
The owners made us feel very welcome, nothing was too much trouble. They have put a lot of effort and thought into its completion and it’s furnishings. The property was very comfortable indeed and furnished to a very good standard.
We wish them all the very best and say a big Thank You to them both. Thank you to The Crabtree&Crabtree Team for yet again excellent service. You are so good at what you do, so “keep up the good work!".Smith
- Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Sipping tea on the terrace listening to the chirping of the birds as the reservoir moves through various shades of silver in the morning light."Lauraine - Crabtree and Crabtree