This delightful Grade II listed cottage (dating back to 1834) sits next to the village church in the heart of Askrigg and affords superb views over Wensleydale, whilst being conveniently located just a short stroll from the pubs, shops and restaurants. Minnie's Cottage has been restored to a high standard whilst retaining original beams on the ceilings, stone shelves and a fantastic inglenook fireplace housing a multi-fuel stove. There is a completely private and secluded walled garden at the rear of the cottage for enjoying a glass of wine at the end of an exciting day exploring the Dales.
Askrigg nestles beneath the picturesque fells of Askrigg Common and Ellerkin close to the top of Wensleydale. Its main street is lined with attractive stone cottages and houses and it has a charming old market square with cobbles complete with an original iron bull ring, pump, market cross and an attractive 15th Century church (St Oswalds) at its heart.
Used as a film set on many occasions in 'All Creatures Great and Small', visitors to Askrigg may recognise this small village as fictitious 'Darrowby', home to James Herriot and his veterinary practice. Cringley House in the main street was known as ‘Skeldale House’ in the BBC series and the Kings Arms doubled up as the ‘Drovers Arms’.
The villages has some small shops for stocking up on provisions including a good village store, delicatessen, local farm that sells eggs, milk and cream, a newsagents and a choice of three pubs, The Crown Inn, the famous Kings Arms (with The Silks Restaurant) and The White Rose, all providing bar meals.
Many visit the Yorkshire Dales for a walking holiday and Askrigg is an excellent choice for those with a passion for this popular activity that the Dales is famed for. The village sits between Leyburn and Hawes and offers an excellent choice of walks with something to suit all energy levels including walks that take in waterfalls such as Mill Gill Force and Whitfield Force, along with famous Aysgarth Falls a little further away. There are also plenty of attractions for all ages locally including caves such as Ingleborough Caves for its incredible limestone scenery; White Scar Cave in Ingleton (Britain's longest show cave); Bolton Castle at Leyburn (where Mary Queen of Scots was once imprisoned) offering a great range of events and activities and Skipton Castle, one of the country's finest medieval castles, to name just a few.
Whether you are looking for a base from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales, seeking a walking holiday or simply want to relax amongst spectacular scenery, Askrigg is an excellent choice at any time of the year.
Ken & Sue Williamson joined Independent Cottages in February 2007
Minnie's Cottage sleeps two and is an ideal romantic retreat for couples with a king-size bedroom (with fantastic views over Wensleydale); comfy sitting/dining room with beamed ceiling (dotted with horse brasses), flat screen television (with Sky), DVD/CD and wonderful inglenook fireplace housing a multifuel stove. The kitchen is split level and very well equipped with painted units, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, microwave, fridge, freezer and electric fan oven/ceramic hob. There is also a ground floor shower room with wash basin and WC.
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Star Rating: 4 Star Gold
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