Sitting on the northwest fringe of the town, one of the main routes into Masham, the houses line one side of The Avenue overlooking the River Ure near Burn Bridge. Here you will find River Cottage, a stone built end terraced cottage with walks from the doorstep. The Avenue is tree-lined with mature limes that were planted in 1875 to mark the opening of the railway, which later closed in 1963. Separating The Avenue from the river is open parkland known locally as The Shooting Holme which has adjacent playing fields and tennis courts. With the market place only walking minutes away it is very convenient for all the town has to offer.
The cottage has a low walled garden to the front which links to the secure rear patio area and garden with secure bicycle store and gate to the drive. Access to the cottage is either from the front or the rear but for parking convenience it is better to use the rear entrance which is reached via Avenue Bank, a residential cul-de-sac running parallel to The Avenue.
Entry from the patio is to an open plan living space with stylish, well-equipped kitchen; dining area with over-head lighting and comfortable lounge area which views across the Holme to the river. There is a front entrance porch off the lounge area which leads to the front garden and The Avenue and to the side of the lounge is a small hallway which leads to a cloakroom with toilet and hand basin.
A stairway rises from the lounge to a landing which gives way to four bedrooms and a bathroom with bath, washbasin and toilet. The main bedroom has king-size bed and en-suite shower room, two bedrooms have double beds and the fourth bedroom has a single bed.
The cottage has been stylishly designed and is perfect for families or friends to getaway and enjoy The Dales together.
Price £433 – £761
In the last reaches of the Pennines the river Ure twists and turns with the undulating landscape. The river is now so full and wide that bridging is difficult and sites of crossings are route centres, around which important local settlements were founded. One such settlement is the small market town of Masham, a ‘Gateway to The Dales’. An ancient market town since 1393 with one of the largest market places in the north of England, now faced by stylish Georgian buildings which surround the central market cross.
The once famed annual sheep sales, where over 80,000 head would be sold in just three days still continues to this day during September, albeit on a much smaller scale, as does one of the North’s largest steam rallies in July. Now most famous for the Theakston’s and Black Sheep breweries, both owned by the Theakston family who first started brewing in 1827 and warmly welcome visitors to watch them ply their crafts and sample the rewards of their labour.
The town is embraced by the river and surrounding slopes and sits picturesquely with the tall spire of Saint Mary’s church visible from miles around. Pretty riverside walks with parkland and playing fields on the doorstep, the nearby stately grounds of Swinton Castle with its delicious restaurant, the fun-park at Lightwater Valley and the not so distant attractions of Ripon, Harrogate and York offer enjoyment and excitement for all.