If you fancy an long Ilkley weekend without actually staying in town, this is the perfect place. Nesfield is an achingly pretty village a couple of miles up the valley, full of quiet pathways and lovely old houses, one of which is whitewashed 18th century Rose Cottage, so named as you might have guessed after the roses round the door. Not a cliché, the real deal.
Inside, beams and open fires, squishy sofas and some rather nice pieces of old furniture (the Coopers are local antique restorers) and two comfy double bedrooms, one of which has a king size bed and vintage wash stand. But the thing you notice as you walk through the door is the view out of the other side of the house. The well-stocked galley kitchen looks out across the private south facing patio to the River Wharfe noodling through the glorious valley and the hills beyond, a view that seems to go on for ever. It’s a stunner.
It’s easy to imagine yourself sitting on said patio with a glass of something chilled on a soft summer evening gazing endlessly at the vista. The birdlife is abundant, and with any number of walks from the door this really is the ideal spot to base yourself for the best of both worlds: cruising round the posh Ilkley shops one day, embracing your inner bumpkin the next.
How Much? £250 for three nights, £500 per week.
Kids’ stuff? Kids welcome: check with Jane before you book.
Well Placed? Head for Bolton Abbey for a great day out: walk along the stunning Strid – best in autumn but lovely any time of year.
Good Grub? Lots of choice in Ilkley to suit most wallets: the Ilkley Vaults for interesting pub grub, Betty’s for an elegant cuppa and fat rascal and The Box Tree for a Michelin star experience. The Burlington at Bolton Abbey is a proper treat. Addingham is just up the road: you'll find a warm welcome and good value food in the recently refurbed village pub, the Fleece, and great cakes and coffee at Frewins Cafe.
Rose Cottage, Nesfield, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0BSTel 01943 608020
Part of Stay West Yorkshire
Review by Mandy, 9 March 2012blog comments powered by Disqus