Sarah Bray has put her heart and soul into this delightful self-catering Yorkshire cottage for two (plus your canine chums) in sleepy Kirkby Malzeard, just a spit from Ripon. It's a dinky 18th century former farmworker's home, graciously renovated with loads of features (the comfy sitting room is beamed) and a wood burning stove belts out warmth. The spotless Shaker-esque kitchen's got everything you need - including a welcome bottle of wine and one of Sarah's famous lemon drizzle cakes - and a neatly gravelled courtyard at the back is a real sun trap - perfect for kicking back at the end of the day with a glass of something chilled. Up a short set of coir-clad stairs, a really good sized bedroom with super-comfy King size wrought iron bed and White Company linen - and check out the rather glamourous bathroom with its free-standing roll-top bath and separate (huge) shower. There's WiFi, a DAB radio and tons of local info; Sarah's love of Nidderdale is infectious and she's more than happy to point you to unmissable walks and views. Forget scratchy nylon carpets and lino in the kitchen, that's self-catering old school. Dog-friendly cottages have just got cool!
How Much: 3 nights from 265, a week from 495
Kid's stuff: Ashknott's a treat for two (plus your dogs of course)
Well Placed: Ripon and Harrogate are half an hour's drive - go for total luxury at the Turkish Baths followed by afternoon tea at Bettys. Nearby Pateley Bridge is a cute market town and a number of exhilarating walks start from here. Gouthwaite Reservoir and How Stean Gorge are must-sees.
Good Grub: You're spoilt for choice. The Blue Lion at East Witton is a perfect pub in a perfect village. Get good pub grub at the Galphay Inn and Grantley Arms, both just 10 minutes drive away. But if you want to properly spoil yourself, Michelin-starred Frances Atkin's the Yorke Arms in Ramsgill is one of our favourite restaurants of all time.
Sarah has another lovely old cottage in nearby Bewerley; if you can't make your mind up which one to book, Sarah will help!
Main Street, Kirkby Malzeard, Ripon, Yorkshire HG4 3SE
Part of Stay North Yorkshire
Review by Mandy, 2 September 2012blog comments powered by Disqus