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Cissy's Cottage dates from the 1700s and still retains many of its original features, including thick stone walls, an open fireplace, and exposed beams. Built more than 300 years ago as a shepherds house the cottage has some delightful quirks that give it a wonderfully unique character. If you love wonky walls and stairs with a bend at the bottom, then you will love Cissy's Cottage, which sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms and is in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The cottage is ideal for visitors who want a genuinely rural escape. It is set in a small village, back from a road which has little passing traffic, and as there is no light pollution, the stargazing conditions are incredible. There is a south facing front garden and a large garden at the back, beyond which are fields and the moors that make this beautiful landscape so special. The village of Hardraw has a church and a pub and there is a good variety of shops, a supermarket and other amenities 2 miles away in Hawes. There are small shops and cafes in surrounding villages, including Askrigg and Middleham, famous for its castle and racing stables. The market towns of Leyburn, Richmond, Bedale and Northallerton are all within an hour's drive, with their plentiful pubs, restaurants, cafes and other businesses.
Despite the wealth of attractions, it is not only the independent shops, excellent pubs, country houses and castles that draw people to Wensleydale but the breathtaking scenery. There are moors and meadows, hills and streams and wondrous sights like Hardraw Force, with access through the village pub, which boasts the status as the highest single-drop waterfall in England. It is possible to experience four seasons in one day in the Yorkshire Dales, so it doesn't matter what time of year you visit, it's always beautiful! Walking and hiking are the popular activities, you can walk straight from the cottage onto the Pennine Way, mountain biking and cycling are both fantastic alternatives, so feel free to bring your bike.
There are so many reasons to stay at Cissy's Cottage, which is why so many visitors return for a holiday here year after year. It is a wonderful place to unplug yourself from the noise and stress of your daily life, and relax in a peacefully beautiful environment.
Belinda Metcalfe joined Independent Cottages in March 2019
In some ways, Cissy's Cottage has changed very little over the centuries. The thick stone walls built to withstand Yorkshire weather still keep guests feeling warm and cosy even on the coldest of winter nights, especially when a fire is burning brightly in the fireplace (although modern heating means this is more for ambience than necessity). Some walls are wonky, some are pine boarding, some ceilings are low, the floors are flagged - it's all part of the cottage's unique period charm.
Outside: A low wall marks the boundary of the elevated front garden where guests can sit and appreciate the light on long summer evenings. There is a front patio area to catch the sun. A large rear garden with another flagged area and picnic table for you to just sit and enjoy the view of the fields and fells beyond. A coal shed next to the cottage with it’s grass roof, stores fuel for the fire.
Additional Information: Short breaks are possible from November to March. Utilities, linen and towels are provided. Smokers are welcome but please smoke outside. Dogs are welcome by prior arrangement.
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Spring is springing! the grass is growing and the lambs are bouncing, with the sunny days we’ve had it’s a wonderful time to be in the Dales.
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