Oh boy is this place a bit special. And it defines 'remote'. Pass through Grassington and keep going towards Hawes. Roads get narrower, the landscape gets wilder. Just when you think you've slipped into An American Werewolf in London territory Nethergill hoves into view. A stately, handsome farmhouse, it sits at the head of Langstrothdale at the start of the River Wharfe.
Fiona and Chris Clark farm 388 acres; there are rare breed White Shorthorn cattle, Dalesbred ewes, ponies and sheepdogs and an elusive otter. As if he hasn't got his hands full Chris runs farm trails which take in different habitats including fells, deciduous and coniferous woodlands, rivers and becks. Claim to fame: the farm buildings were once occupied by a Mr Woodd, cousin by marriage to naturalist Charles Darwin! Oh, and there's a Fortnum & Mason association; at one time the Clarks bred rare breed pigs and sold the meat to the iconic grocery store.
But you want to know about the accommodation. It's in a carefully converted barn, and just in case you're thinking 'Hm. Remote Victorian farmhouse = draughts and polyester sheets' think again. On three levels, the Hayloft is contemporary, stylish and luxurious with the kind of kitchen you want to spend serious time in. Bright bedrooms have cast iron frames with sprung mattresses, goose down quilts and White Room linen. Bathrooms are similarly immaculate. Views from most windows over the wild hills are jaw dropping.
If you want to take advantage of Fiona's fabulous breakfasts they run a cosy B&B in another part of the building, so you get to tuck in to home made lemon curd, bread, home grown meat and fresh eggs. Awsome flapjack too.
So. Remote - yes. But if it's total quiet (other than birdsong) you're after, plus huge, unpolluted skies, abundant wildlife and brilliant walks over rugged moorland and fell, this is the spot.
How Much: From 570 per week (sleeps 6)
Kid's Stuff: Children over 9 welcome
Well Placed: The stunning hamlet of Halton Gill is nearby – the location of the recently filmed Woman in Black. Semer Water is an ancient Quaker settlement and there’s a lovely circular walk round the lake. Pretty Dales villages Kettlewell, Grassington, Starbotton & Cray are all short drives.
Good Grub: There are some great pubs - you've got to get in the car but they're worth the trip. The Queens Arms at Litton is one of our faves at the mo, and the No 5 The Square in Grassington, the White Lion at Cray's good too. The Falcon at Arncliffe hasn't changed for a hundred years, so drop in if it's a time-warp boozer you're after (although you'll get no more than a pint and a pie!)
Oughtershaw, Buckden, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 5JSTel 01756 761126
Part of Stay North Yorkshire
Review by Mandy, 13 May 2013blog comments powered by Disqus