The Bield to sleep 6 plus 2 dogs is a charming detached, dales cottage towards the eastern end of the village overlooking the narrow green. The cottage has recently been refurbished to the high standard it now presents.
Access is through a walled border garden, with patio area, to a small entrance porch at the front of the cottage. The porch gives access to a cosy lounge with inset wood-burning stove with classic pine surround and mantel, traditional open beamed ceiling and support post. Through the lounge is a dining room with space for family eating and the benefit of a picture window looking towards the green. This in turn leads to a modern, compact but well equipped kitchen with quarry tiled floor and a utility room with laundry facilities, freezer and adjacent toilet.
An open tread pine staircase rises from the dining room to a landing serving three bedrooms, one with a king-size bed, one double and one twin and a bathroom with bath, sprinkler shower, washbasin and toilet.
There is a small, secure garden to the rear of the cottage which can be reached from the road by a wide pathway or by an external door in the utility room. The larger front garden is a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the sunshine.
The Bield is a dales cottage of character and distinctive charm which over the years has developed into a family home rather than a small cottage. Much of the original and often quirky features have been retained but it has been decorated and furnished with style, simplicity and modernity sympathetic to its heritage and has all the needs of contemporary life.
Price £404 - £723
Thornton Rust sits at the rocky edge of an escarpment running along the lower slopes of the stately Addlebrough, one of the most prominent and recognisable skyline features in mid-Wensleydale. The lofty position on the escarpment gives splendid views over upper and mid-Wensleydale and the plateau it forms is fertile meadowland but soon meets the steeper slopes of pasture rising to the peat moor in the shadow of Addlebrough. A sleepy backwater with little through traffic and linked by minor roads to the A684 at Worton near Bainbridge to the west and Aysgarth to the east. A picturesque village formed around two straggling greens with a charming diversity of stone houses typical of the Yorkshire Dales.
The Wensleydale Harriers, formed in 1833 kennelled their hounds in purpose built brick kennels on the hillside just behind Thornton Rust for two periods during the last century. The site of the kennels is still known as the Kennel Field and is a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve and is a fine example of an upland flowering meadow and also supports some relatively rare mammals. It is an easy walk from Thornton Rust up a wide farm track but for those more intrepid there is the footpath route to Addlebrough with some of the best dales views from its summit.