Anvil Cottage, just a few minutes from Masham, is a delightful bolthole with a fire-warmed open-plan living area and kitchen and 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, hiking along the scenic Nidderdale trails or visiting the nearby historic cathedral cities of Ripon and York, known for their lively café culture.
Set amidst the rolling countryside of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Anvil Cottage offers a welcome dose of authentic rural life. A multitude of scenic walks and mountain bike trails are found right on the doorstep, leading to local attractions and beauty spots.
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.
For all its sense of blissful isolation, the cottage is just 10 minutes’ drive from the quaint town of Masham, which boasts two award-winning butchers, a grocer, bakery and a monthly farmer’s market (on the 1st Sunday of the month), making it a great spot to stock up on local produce for your stay.