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West End Cottage is a beautifully furnished Grade II listed holiday cottage that is possibly one of Askrigg's oldest cottages. It is located right in the heart of the village opposite the church and has a delightful large walled garden (south facing) with meadows and hills behind, providing a real feel of being in the countryside, as indeed it is. It also has the added benefit of being just a stones throw from the pubs, restaurants and shops.
The cottage has lots of original character with planked doors/floors, stone flags and ceiling beams throughout. The owners have beautifully restored the cottage in an understated yet exceptionally tasteful manner, achieving a feeling of luxury with features such as the hand built kitchen with Rayburn and wonderful king-size master bedroom with massive beams. Yet it has not lost any of its former character which will impress you as soon as you arrive.
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
Additional information: Oil/fire fuel included in the price (firelighters, matches and kindling provided upon arrival). A tea tray greets you upon arrival. Unfortunately no pets and no smokers. Please be aware that there are occasional steps inside which may make the cottage not suitable for people with limited mobility. On-street parking available. Garden with garden furniture and charcoal barbeque. Towel hire is available or alternatively please bring your own. There are no stair gates so please note that the cottage is not suitable for very young children.
The owner offers a selection of different holiday cottages in and around the area. If this cottage does not offer exactly what you require, click through to the owner's website for full details on all holiday cottages.
Star Rating: 4 Star Gold
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| Fri, 13 Apr 2018 for 3 nights, £315
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