Well I got lost trying to find this one, which tells you something about its remoteness. Actually it's not that difficult, I was being a bit dim. In truth it's only a couple of miles from the throbbing heart of Pateley Bridge and there's no traffic noise apart from the odd tractor trundling by. There's plenty of other noise, mostly wildlife. The countryside can be deafening.
Anyhoo. The Lodge is a handsome 200 year old house sitting in a big, south facing, mature garden which demands much sitting and gazing at the view with a glass in ones hand. There's even a babbling brook.
The original glass conservatory is the way in; first up, the fab kitchen with aga, stone butler sink, scrubbed farmhouse table and vintage weighing scales - a place to sit, chat, eat, drink.
And then ..
The entire house is riddled with rooms reached by secret staircases - I lost count of them, leading eventually to four lovely bedrooms (one tumbles into another) a quirky bathroom here, a view over the hills through a low window there - it's quite magical - kids will adore it. For the grown-ups there's a huge but cosy sitting room with a monster wood stove and squishy sofas. A gothic beamed dining room beyond the kitchen is warmed by another stove and dripping with candles - it's not hard to imagine a winter dinner party winding long into the night.
The owner's lived here for years and couldn't bring himself to sell when his job took him South, so expect a place that feels as though he's just popped out for a pint of milk - home from home, if your home is an historic house full of ephemera that's taken decades to collect. It's charming, eclectic, full of love.
How Much: From 650 per week
Kids Stuff: They'll love you for it. And it's safe. Apart from the babbling brook if you've got toddlers. Just put inflatable arm bands on them for a week.
Well Placed: Nidderdale is stunning and there are plenty of walks from the door - just strike out. You can stroll sections of the Nidderdale Way, ride a bike, hire a horse - all locally. Have fun scrambling over nearby Brimham Rocks, drive down to sublime Bolton Abbey (and have a cuppa in the cute cafe) after a walk along the Strid. There's a fab walk in Appletreewick by the river, and a pint in the gas-lit Craven Arms is a must.
Good Grub: Chuck a brick and it'll land on a good place to eat. If you're feeling flush, the Yorke Arms in Ramsgill is an absolute must - we can guarantee it'll be the best food you've had for some time. The Red Lion at Burnsall is an atmospheric old pub in one of Yorkshire's most idyllic villages and the food might surprise you. In Grassington there's Five the Square and if you can't be arsed to make breakfast, the Old School Room in Hebden's the place to head for (they do brill afternoon teas too.) Linton in Craven is worth a visit for many reasons, the Fountaine Inn being one of them.
West Lane, Bewerley, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, HG3 5BNTel 0844 736 6276
Part of Stay North Yorkshire
Review by Mandy, 13 June 2013blog comments powered by Disqus