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Review of Cottage in the Dales, Yorkshire Dales National Park

Posted by Richard Hammond at 02:20 on Friday 25 March 2011

“It is the most beautiful village in England”, James Herriot said of West Burton, Wensleydale, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. And staying at the Cottage in the Dales, our writer Richard Hammond is inclined to agree.The glorious location of the Cottage in the Dales photo: Diane HowarthThe glorious location of the Cottage in the Dales photo: Diane Howarth

The Setting
Cottage in the Dales – are two very characterful Grade II listed self-catering cottages, The Byre and Inglenook, in the most delightful village of West Burton in Wensleydale. This is proper old fashioned England. A village with a beautiful traditional green complete with a lovely old pub where you can stay for a few days walking in the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Dales confident that you don’t need to go terribly far to find amazing views or the delights of country life – returning to your well furnished and charming cottage complete with Inglenook fireplace right near an amazing traditional pub on a green. Holiday sorted!

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Cottage in the Dales

The Rooms
Both the cottages are Grade II listed but the tradition has been sensitively preserved and perfectly married with the award winning green sensibility implemented – tastefully done, warm and peaceful. The Byre sleeps two (plus a cot) and Inglenook sleeps up to five and both are fully equipped for self-catering holidays. Both have a private garden, are quiet at night and have beautiful views across the Yorkshire Dales.

Comfy double bed at the Cottage in the Dales photo: Diane HowarthComfy double bed at the Cottage in the Dales photo: Diane HowarthThe Food
Locally made meals and food can be delivered to the cottage to await your arrival (you can be confident you are getting the best local ingredients at the same time as supporting the local community).  Both cottages have fully equipped kitchens and a patio area outside for you to enjoy meals al fresco or for a barbeque. The Fox and Hounds is a traditional Dales pub on the green providing a very warm welcome, offering a selection of local cask ales. You can also partake of sizeable portions of basic home-cooked food. On the green there is also a butchers, a village shop and a tea room so if the local ales don’t tempt you, perhaps a sausage or a cream tea will.

The Activities
Walk the Yorkshire Dales National Park from the back door or cycle the hills. In the village explore the large green and the 'West Burton Cauldron' - a violent waterfall which flows downstream into the River Ure. This is perfect country for striding out or cycling and from the high fells to the riverside meadows, there's a stunning view round almost every corner and Yorkshire hospitality aplenty. Wensleydale is a lush sweeping valley, stuffed full of wooded knolls and hidden waterfalls (often referred to as 'waterfall country'; notably home to both Aysgarth Falls and Hardraw Force). Nearby Hawes, known by the locals as the “capital of Upper Wensleydale”, is a busy market town with tearooms, potteries, and dairies making Grommit’s favourite Wensleydale. Pop in to an antique shop or the Dales Countryside Museum and National Park Centre here.

Comfortable shared living room in the Cottage in the Dales photo: Diane HawesComfortable shared living room in the Cottage in the Dales photo: Diane HawesThe Green
With a 5 stars rating by Visit Britain and as active members of GTBS (winning a gold and also being lauded as one of the top 5 green self-catering holiday cottages in the UK) the owners have sensitively renovated the cottages and made them as environmentally friendly as possible given the constraints of their Grade II listing and their location in a conservation area. The back boiler is situated behind the open fire helping to heat the water supply, with the fire itself being fuelled by wood from fallen trees and old newspapers. Champions of the local community, guests are encouraged to recycle, support the village shops and use public transport as much as possible. The owners have endless enthusiasm about supporting the environment and about the Dales in general. In 2009 Inglenook was awarded the enjoyEngland Gold Award as supporters of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust for many years. (The scheme involves planting a tree for returning customers and has supported the creation of new native woodlands through-out the area.) and the Sunday Times named Cottage in the Dales as one of their ‘top 50 cool cottages’

How to get there by Public Transport:
Nearest train station is Northallerton on the east coast main line (between Darlington and York). A bus service operates from Northallerton (Route 156/157 www.northyorkstravel.info/ richmondshire.php for timetable) which takes just over an hour directly to West Burton. Both cottages are just a few metres from the bus stop. West Burton is on the bus route through Wensleydale between Hawes and Leyburn. Cycle hire is available from Hawes.

Top Tip
Cottage in the Dales is a very smart, professionally run, self-catering business with very high green credentials in a breathtakingly beautiful part of the world. It is the perfect holiday for cyclists, walkers and families. But don’t forget to go to the pub.

Verdict
You get the best of both worlds here, these cottages exude charm and traditional character - you can look out of period mullioned windows next to the inglenook open fire under a wealth of exposed beams without compromising on modern facilities like free wireless Broadband Internet access.

Street view of Cottage in the Dales photo: Diane HowarthStreet view of Cottage in the Dales photo: Diane Howarth

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Cottage in the Dales

>> For other things to do and see in the area, see the Greentraveller's Guide to The Dales

Posted by Richard Hammond

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