The Hay Barn (HAYB01)
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Many small streams and becks, with their sources on the low flanks of the Pennines eventually converge to form the River Laver. Here sits Grewelthorpe, a pretty village with a central green, pond and pub. Just outside the village in elevated verdant countryside between the high western hills and the Vale of York is Thorpe House and its associated barns and farm buildings. The Hay Barn is a recent and innovative barn conversion adjacent to the main house with its own walled garden.
Entry from the garden is to a stunning, spacious and very well equipped fitted kitchen and dining area with stone flagged floor, beamed ceiling and log burning stove on a raised hearth backed by a Victorian fireplace. Off the kitchen is a large, comfortable lounge with beamed ceiling and polished wood floor. Through the lounge is a bedroom with twin beds which views out over surrounding fields towards Kirkby Malzeard.
An open pine stairway rises from the kitchen to a small landing serving an interesting double bedroom with a skylight, to watch the night stars, as well as windows to take in the views and a beautiful shower room with large shower and sprinkler, washbasin and toilet.
The Hay Barn has been meticulously and lovingly converted with attention to detail and a desire to uphold tradition yet provide modern comfort. The exposure of original features such as stained beams, exposed stonework and natural woodwork embellish the rich character of this unusual home. The cottage stands amid tranquil rolling countryside in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on a working farm with easy access, even on foot, to local villages and their facilities. It is within a short drive to Masham, Ripon, Bedale, Harrogate and of course the Yorkshire Dales National Park plus a multitude of other renowned holiday attractions.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
Northern England region
The concept of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty was first considered in the late 1940's along with the formation of the National Parks. Unfortunately it took until 1994 before the Nidderdale area was given its rightful designation but the landscape is still as majestic now as it was then. The designation is only given to 'precious landscapes with distinctive character and natural beauty' which need to be protected and sustained for future generations.
The Nidderdale AONB is one of only 35 in England and covers an area of 233 square miles in North Yorkshire. To the north and west it bounds the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the high Pennine fells and to the south it follows the River Wharfe to pass north of Ilkley and Otley. To the east it skirts the townships of Masham and Ripon but includes the World Heritage Sites of Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey.
It is a varied landscape centred on Nidderdale which runs from the remote moorland of Great Whernside in the Pennines to the rich pastoral land on the edge of the Vale of York.
Wonder at the natural rock features as diverse as the cave formations at Stump Cross Caverns, the fantastic shapes of Brimham Rocks and deep narrows of How Stean Gorge as well as the many crags and rocky escarpments. Enjoy the eleven reservoirs which form large artificial lakes that support tumults of water fowl and other wild life as well as providing leisure through fishing and water-sports. Idle by upland streams and clear waterfalls. Follow some of the extensive footpaths which lead through dale and vale linking secluded villages, continue through broadleaf woodland or traverse the wild moors bringing the landscape and its nature closer with every step. In the evenings enjoy the good food, good ale and general banter in a local pub or enjoy one of the many superb restaurants to be found close at hand.
On the western edge of the Vale of York downstream from the 'Gateway' town of Masham the river Ure turns southeast gently slipping away from the fading Pennine hills. Minor tributaries with their becks and gills still cut deep into the distant heights and merge into greater flows to part the sloping Pennine flanks and form an area of lesser rolling valleys which was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1994. The River Laver is one such tributary flowing on its sinuous path over 10 miles to join the River Skell on the outskirts of the small historic city of Ripon. From the high pastures on the nearby Pennines the Laver flows through undulating meadows, occasional cornfields, woodland, isolated farms and small villages linked by winding lanes.
Kirkby Malzeard is the principal village of the area with its own pubs, shops and a garage but there are many other attractive villages to explore such as Grewelthorpe, Grantley, Winksley and Galphay.
The Pennine beauty of Nidderdale, the country Mansion of Grantley Hall, and the woodlands of Hackfall are on the doorstep. The National Trust World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and the associated Studley Royal and Studley Park are only a few miles away as are the fantastic and often grotesque shapes of Brimham Rocks, a natural geological formation which covers over 50 acres of heather moorland. Ripon, Harrogate and York are all within easy driving distance as are the western dales of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
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