Anvil Cottage, just a few minutes from Masham, is a delightful bolthole that oozes authentic charm from its fire-warmed open-plan living area and kitchen to its two cosy bedrooms. Thanks to its position, adjoining the owner’s farmhouse, you can kick off your mornings with a slap-up breakfast of free-range eggs and home-baked bread fresh from the farm before exploring Masham, cycling or hiking along the scenic Nidderdale trails or visiting the nearby historic cathedral cities of Ripon and York, known for their lively café culture.
Alternatively, enjoy the good life by staying right where you are, and gather eggs from the orchard opposite the cottage. Sunny afternoons can be spent relaxing on the cottage’s south-facing terrace or generous lawn while rainy ones can be whiled away by the log burner or, best of all, soaking in the spectacular freestanding slipper bath in the master bedroom, which spans the entire top floor. Boasting far-reaching views east, all the way to the 228ft-high limestone White Horse hill figure above Kilburn, the sumptuous master bedroom blends country cottage charm with that bath as well as a large en-suite shower room. The second bedroom, located on the ground floor, features two queen-size beds and an en-suite shower room, making it ideal for those seeking stair-free accommodation.
Located in Yorkshire’s Lower Wensleydale region, the delightful market town of Masham (pronounced Massam) is famed for its family-run breweries, steam engines and annual sheep fair. It is also home to artists, authors and craftsmen and boasts established links to creative greats such as JW Turner and Lewis Carroll.
Enjoy the country life in this pastoral bolthole set in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.