The Art House
Imagine if you could step inside a painting? Here is your chance, courtesy of Yorkshire landscape artist, Kitty North
The surrounding landscape is just as arresting – a beautiful old village deep, deep in the Dales
The idea behind The Art House is that you can live inside a painting. Decorated with original artworks by the successful Yorkshire artist Kitty North, it’s both a comfortable stone cottage and a vibrant wonderland, one where there’s always something on hand to gaze at or stir your imagination.
Sheep stare here. Hares leap there. Also depicted are birds and fish alongside classic local scenery – bumpy hills, iconic Ribblehead Viaduct and the surrounding village of Arncliffe – letting you continue experiencing the Dales even after returning home from days spent exploring.
There’s little hint of such quirkiness from the outside. One of 20 listed stone buildings arranged around Arncliffe’s quaint green, The Art House has a white-painted traditional facade and, partly terraced, a large, lawned back garden. Enclosed by typical stone walls, this gazes far across the valley of Littondale below a vast expanse of sky.
Inside, however, creativity and colour reign. Yet so too does a distinct sense of homeliness. That’s true of the beamed, open-plan living and dining space, warmed by an open fire, and of the snug kitchen whose own round table enables more casual breakfasts.
There’s one double bedroom on the ground floor, accompanied by a bathroom with a tub and shower over, then two king-sized sleeping quarters upstairs, one of them en-suite.
Set up for al-fresco dining or drinks, a patio at the property’s front looks onto that green. Visible too is Arncliffe’s classic-style Falcon Inn, which might seem familiar – it doubled as The Woolpack when the longstanding TV series Emmerdale was filmed here. More recently, the pub and wider, oh-so-pretty village featured in the recent adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small. Another highlight is Kitty’s own Prospect Gallery, to which you might like to arrange a visit.
Beside its beauty, Arncliffe boasts a superlative southern Dales location. Here you’re just south of cheese-making Wensleydale and its Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves waterfalls. You’re just west of Nidderdale, where wild, wondrous moorland holds sway. To the east is that Ribblehead Viaduct, on the famous Settle-Carlisle railway line. Journey south and you’ll come to ever-popular Skipton with its weekly market and famous high street.
Closer by, walks to mighty Malham Cove or gentler River Skirfare rambles begin close to the cottage; look out for deer and falcons. More adventurous tracks over the fells to the likes of Pen-y-Ghent and The Three Peaks are all within easy reach too, as are designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites at Malham and Buckden.
You’ll never forget the Dales — and nor this one-off base within them.
Front entrance door to open-plan living and dining area with sofa, armchair, Smart TV with Freeview and an open fire (with an initial supply of logs provided). Dining table with seating for up to six.
Separate kitchen with electric oven and hob, fridge with ice-box, microwave and dishwasher. Breakfast table and chairs.
Boot room with additional freezer and hanging space for walking gear. Please note there is no washing machine available.
Ground floor bedroom with a double bed suitable for one adult or two children
Ground floor family bathroom with bath and shower over, WC and basin.
Stairs to first floor - please note that, due to the age of this Grade II listed property, the steps have a steep incline.
Bedroom one - master bedroom - with king size bed, chest of drawers, bedside tables and hanging hooks.
En-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, WC and basin.
Bedroom two with king size bed, bedside tables, chest of drawers and hanging hooks.
There is an attractive lawned garden to the rear of the house which is fully enclosed for the safety of children. There is a terraced patio for dining with garden furniture provided.
To the front of the property is a small patio area overlooking the village green.
Parking & EV Charging
Free on street parking is available to the front of the property and around the village green.
We kindly ask that you do not use mains electric at this property to charge electric cars. The nearest car charging points are the Yorkshire Dales National Park car parks in Kettlewell and Grassington.
Babies & Children
Children are welcome at The Art House.
Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian Cotton bed linen. Bath and hand towels are provided for guests along with basic toiletries.
One hairdryer is supplied.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available and mobile coverage is reasonable on most networks.
There is central heating throughout the Art House and there is also an open fire in the sitting room with an initial supply of logs provided.
On occasion a window cleaner or gardener may attend the property to carry out their usual round. Where possible this is on change over day. Please be assured they will always keep disruption to a minimum.
Arncliffe is in an established conservation area within the idyllic location of Littondale with a charming village green surrounded by traditional stone-built cottages and farm buildings. Just a couple of paces from the cottage is The Falcon Inn, which was once the famous Woolpack pub that featured in Emmerdale, and where beer is still served in jugs direct from the cask.
This area of Littondale is teaming with traditional Dales’ pubs and cafes as well as deli's, Michelin star fine dining restaurants and award-winning butchers. It is the perfect location for people who love the great outdoors with a plethora of stunning walks accessed right from the doorstep of The Art House.
Situated just 8 miles north of Arncliffe is Grassington recognised as ‘The Beating Heart of the Yorkshire Dales’. Bustling with art galleries, crafts and open studios as well as friendly cafés, and restaurants which are all set against a backdrop of the beautiful rolling hills.
Less than half an hour’s drive and you can be in the wonderful market town of Skipton which is home to many excellent pubs, restaurants and shops as well as the lively market which is held weekly. Why not explore the 900-year-old perfectly preserved Medieval castle or take a trip on a narrowboat down the Thanet canal?
Also within a short driving distance is the dramatic Yorkshire town of Settle, which is located at the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is surrounded by dramatic peaks like Pen-y-Ghent and waterfalls such as Stainforth Force. Here you you can take a ride on the Settle & Carlisle railway line, which is England's most scenic railway, as it wends its way through the dramatic landscape of the National Park and enjoy the panoramas of rolling hills, lush green valleys and stone-built barns dotted around the edges of the moorland.
Arncliffe and the surrounding area provide walks for people of all abilities from a 15-minute lap of the village to the Yorkshire Three Peaks and everything in between. Proudly boasting Pen-Y-Ghent at its head, Littondale offers mountain peaks, beautiful river valleys, attractive villages with country inns, ruined abbeys and some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK. The National Park is a centre for potholing and caving, has mountain bike routes and offers plenty of opportunity to study its rich wildlife.
Trout fishing is a popular pastime in the Arncliffe area. The river Skirfare boasts some of the most idyllic places in the country to cast a line for brown trout, grayling and coarse fish. There are also opportunities for less experienced anglers at Kilnsey Park Estate, just 10 minutes’ drive from The Art House, at their springwater-fed family fun lakes.
Don’t worry if fishing is not for you as Kilnsey Park offers so much more with a reserve of wildflowers, red squirrel enclosure, butterfly gardens, farm animals and children’s play area. Alternatively, just relax in the Café by the Lake and just take in the stunning views of Upper Wharfedale, Great Whernside and the towering Crag which inspired painter JMW Turner whilst indulging in the unique pink fish & chips.
Go stargazing at Buckden, an official dark sky location, where the human eye can see approximately 2,500 stars without any visual aid, this compared to perhaps only 100 from a town or city. A superb dark sky is one of the things that make the Yorkshire Dales National Park so special. With large areas completely free from local light pollution, it’s a fantastic place to start your stargazing adventure. On a clear night you could see as many as 2,000 stars. In most places it is possible to see the Milky Way as well as the planets, meteors – and not forgetting the Moon. You might even catch the Northern Lights when activity and conditions are right, as well as the International Space Station travelling at 17,000mph overhead.
Half an hour from Arncliffe and you can be in the beautiful setting of Bolton Abbey beside the River Wharfe, which is one of the most visited monastic sites in Yorkshire. The Augustinian priory was founded in 1154 and continued until the dissolution in 1539. There is an extensive network of footpaths around the estate where you can try and navigate the 60 steppingstones across the River Wharfe!
The charming market town of Skipton is just 15 miles south of Arncliffe and, as the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, is endlessly rich both in history and outstanding natural beauty. With its famous 900 year old castle, romantic ruined priory and historic cobbled High Street, Skipton offers visitors endless options for a day trip. The Leeds-Liverpool Canal, the longest in the UK, runs through the town and here you can enjoy a serene boat trip, passing the occasional duck, and enjoying the stunning Yorkshire countryside as it rolls by.
For shopping, museums, theatre and galleries, you can’t do better than an excursion to the handsome spa town of Harrogate, which is under an hour away from The Art House. With thriving streets crammed with eateries and shops and an eclectic cultural scene it surely has something for everyone. Famous for its cream teas, Turkish baths, and plentiful spas, it's not surprising that everyone from Charles Dickens to European royalty have all flocked to Harrogate to enjoy the waters.
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- Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
- Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
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