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Cartwheel Cottage is a delightful cottage standing on the corner of a narrow and quiet wynd linking the two main thoroughfares through the market town of Hawes in upper Wensleydale. A semi-detached, traditional stone built cottage with an adjoining garage in the heart of the town which is an ideal base for a couples or families to explore the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and all its splendours or to travel even further afield. For those who are keen fell-walkers there are hillsides aplenty on the doorstep and the Yorkshire Three Peaks only 30 minutes away.
Entry to the cottage from the wynd is to a large open plan living space with original ceiling beams and support posts, a feature fireplace with stone hearth and lintel and a large window seat to watch the world go by. To the left of the room is a well-equipped, fitted kitchen and dining area including an oak table and chairs and to the right is a snug and comfortable lounge with leather sofa and reclining leather chairs. An open balustrade stairway rises from the lounge to a landing serving a cosy double bedroom, a light and airy bunkroom, which is ideal for children, and a bathroom with bath and electric shower head, wash basin and toilet.
Cartwheel Cottage was originally renovated in 2006 but has recently been thoughtfully refurbished to highlight many of the charming and original features. These bring character to a cosy cottage with tasteful decoration and comfortable yet stylish furnishings that together provide a truly lovely cottage for a couple or family of four in the heart of Hawes. Perfectly located to walk the local fells or the Pennine Way, cycle the Tour de Yorkshire and Grand Depart routes and of course try the famous Wensleydale Cheese and local beers.
Price £313 - £550
Hawes sits close to the banks of the meandering river Ure, almost at the head of Wensleydale. This town for all seasons is a traditional dales market town, small in size but with a large character. The town has grown and developed over the past 300 years creating narrow wynds and side streets around the market place that are a delight to explore. The town is popular with tourists and in spite of its rugged appearance is noted for the welcome and warmth provided by the pubs, restaurants and shops that satisfy every visitor’s need.
A general market and cattle mart are still held every Tuesday and The Auction Mart is always worth visit when a sale is on. There are many visitor attractions in Hawes, you can learn about life in the dales at The Dales Countryside Museum, the traditional craft of rope making at Outhwaite Ropemakers and of course cheese making at The Wensleydale Creamery, if bringing children there’s the public park for some fun, or St Margaret’s Church for a quiet moment in time. The red squirrel is making a comeback on a nearby nature reserve, call in to Hawes National Park Centre for viewing information. You can also go on a geocaching hunt through the town and out into the countryside, ask about hire of GPS equipment at the centre. There are interesting independent shops including two antique shops stuffed with treasures, Flares and Graces clothes shop and try White’s too for a great selection of shoes plus many other things to tempt, two walking shops, the list goes on.
Hawes is surrounded by beautiful meadowland, pasture and rising fellsides that provide breath-taking walks by river and stream and is also an ideal base for longer excursions throughout the Dales, Cumbria and The Lakes. There’s nothing else for it but to make a visit, mix with the locals, walk the hills and just explore.