Enjoy exploring the Yorkshire Dales, wandering around Masham, relaxing in the garden by the river. Our cottage has exposed stone, lots of old beams and feels comfortable and spacious. It's perfect whether you want to retreat from the world or explore. We provide plenty of information & ideas to help you make the most of your time here.
The cottage is part of a building that dates back to 1704, and which was a former corn mill. The cottage is quirky and has a sense of history with flagged stone floors (carpet in the lounge), and beautiful wooden beams in the bedrooms. The cottage sleeps 4 people very comfortably, 6 if you want to add two children and use a sofa bed in the lounge - but it will be "cosy". The cottage is simply but comfortably furnished.
Outside, the garden overlooks the river and you can still see the old mill race. It's a very peaceful, hidden spot and yet only two minutes' walk into Masham market square with its independent shops, cafes and pubs.
Inside the cottage there are plenty of books, games to play and jigsaws. This is an ideal place to come to relax, recuperate and feel re-inspired. You can choose to be quiet and contemplative, indulge your artistic streak, go out for bracing walks in awe-inspiring countryside or while away the hours in one of Masham’s excellent pubs.
Guests can park next to the cottage and store cycles etc at the side. They can enjoy sitting in the garden (there are two so there's always somewhere to sit in peace), and paddling/swimming in the river.
We live right next door so we're generally (often away in summer months) on hand if you need anything but will otherwise leave you in peace. The garden is shared between ourselves (myself, husband teenage daughter & 3 spaniels) and our guests but it's large with an area to the front and back so there's always a quiet corner somewhere.
Interaction with guests
The cottage is completely self-contained with its own front door. We live next door so we're there (except when on holiday...) when needed or for suggestions on what to do, but we give guests plenty of space so they can enjoy staying here without having to speak to us if they don't want to!
Other things to note
PLEASE NOTE: We only take bookings for THREEE nights or more over bank holiday weekends and FOUR nights or more during the second half of JULY and all of AUGUST. We regret we cannot take a booking just for August Bank Holiday - we would prefer to take one week bookings only over that period.
We've got masses of information about the local area and Yorkshire Dales, books and lists of suggested places to visit.
We do have wifi internet but with such an old property and thick walls, can't guarantee it 100% all the time! It's good enough for us to work from home but beware occasional gremlins!
We live next door to the cottage and have three springer spaniels. They are often outside in the garden and are very friendly. We appreciate that not everyone likes dogs so if you ask us to try to keep them away from you we will try to do so but they are usually outside in the summer and we can't guarantee they won't escape and want to greet you... If you dislike dogs please say so when making your enquiry.
The house is old and comfortably, but simply, furnished. If you're looking for the latest flashy bathroom or very shiny stainless steel kitchen, this isn't the place to find it! Think rustic rather than hi-tech.
Sorry but no smoking in or near the cottage - we have sensitive lungs!
We hope that guests will enjoy the cottage as if it was their home: feeling comfortable and at home in it, taking care of it and leaving it reasonably clean and tidy when they leave.