Crake Holme sleeps four guests in two bedrooms and is located in the heart of the small village of Muker, within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The village is surrounded by beautiful hay meadows with many not being cut until late in the season, allowing the many flowers and herbs to bloom and drop seeds. The local fields are dry stone walled with narrow stiles, making the many footpaths a delight to walk.
Spectacular waterfalls can be seen near to Keld on the river Swale and there is a natural pool where you can enjoy swimming seven fields away from the village (care must be taken in stormy weather, for the river can rise and flood very rapidly!)
The Farmers Arms is located in the village and serves good food and ale, making it ideal for lunch or an evening meal. Muker has a village store and café, craft shop and gallery, along with the famous Swaledale Woollens. There is also a Yorkshire Dales National Park Information Point at the Village store. Other nearby villages offering places to eat are Gunnerside and Thwaite, along with Tan Hill Inn at over 1700ft - the highest pub in the country!
Agriculture was the basis of the economy in the village until the late 18th century and early 19th century when the importance of lead mining took over. Knitting was also another significant industry associated and still evident in the cottages in the village today. Since then farming has taken over, along with tourism and the village is popular with walkers offering a great number of fantastic public footpaths to explore. There are walks of all levels to suit all abilities and if you visit during the spring then Crake Holme is just a short walk away from the spectacular meadows that Upper Swaledale is famous for.
A short car journey via the spectacular Buttertubs Pass, takes you to the small market town of Hawes, famous for its Wensleydale cheese. In the other direction you have the picturesque village of Reeth boasting pubs, teashops, restaurants, local village stores and a weekly market. The splendid Georgian market town of Richmond is a little further on with its castle, river, shops, pubs and restaurants. Leyburn is another vibrant Dales market town, worthy of the fifteen mile drive taking you over a choice of routes across the moors.
Swaledale and Wensleydale are both a hive of activity throughout the year with the Reeth and Muker shows in August and September; Hazelbrow Organic Farm with its visitor centre, cafe, farmshop animal handling sessions and seasonal demonstrations; The Dales Festival of Food and Drink in May at Leyburn and Swaledale's music and art festival to name just a few.
A little further afield to the west you have the vale of Eden, Kirkby Stephen and Brough with the Lake District beyond and to the north is Teesdale and Barnard Castle (Bowes Museum).
Carol Waggett joined Independent Cottages in September 2011
Outside: There is a south facing patio garden with lovely views across the village.
Additional information: The price includes all electricity and bed linen. The cottage is strictly no smoking and pets are not allowed. Safe street parking is available next to the cottage. There is no mobile phone signal in the village making it an ideal get away from it all (the Orange network at time works but is not reliable). The cottage is fitted with night storage heating. Bike hire can be arrange at the Dales Mountain Bike Centre in Grinton.
The postcode for the property is DL11 6QH