In the historical parts of town, around the market place, are many narrow streets and wynds linking small courtyards and cul-de- sacs which are from Georgian times and earlier. One such street is College Lane with the houses tight against the roadway. At a twist in the lane sits a splendid two storey brick building dating back to the 18th century with the ground floor once a home of the Masham Women's Institute. The residence also forms one side of an adjacent quadrangle known as The Courtyard where Lynnian, is on the top floor and accessed from an external stairway which gives entry to the main hallway serving all the rooms.
Immediately on the left is a tiled shower room with washbasin and toilet. Further to the left is an open plan lounge with adjacent modern kitchen separated by an island dining area. The lounge has an electric flame wall fireplace and views down College Lane and into The Courtyard. To the right of the hallway is a double bedroom with a wall mounted television and walk-in wardrobe.
This is a modern and stylish apartment and though quite compact provides a degree of space and comfort that belies its small proportions. There is an element of panache in the fixtures and furnishings illustrated by the black kitchen tiles and worktops in stark contrast to the white units. In the lounge there are also the splashes of bright red from the leather settee, easy chair and curtains against a warm cream background. A cosy haven for two only a stone's throw from the market place and a short drive from the Yorkshire Dales, Ripon City and the Nidderdale Area of outstanding Natural Beauty, it's all to hand.
Duvets, pillows, linen and towels all provided. Gas central heating and electricity included.
2 Colour televisions, Freeview, DVD, radio, CD, hob, oven, microwave oven, fridge, automatic washer, dishwasher, shaver point, hairdryer. Off-road parking.
Pubs, shops, bus route nearby.
Sorry, not suitable for pets. Strictly non smoking.
Price £274 - £428 per week.
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.