This delightful property is set just over 2 miles from Thornton Watlass, a sleepy and pretty little village on the cusp of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are some lovely walks right from the door.
Thornton Watlass is set around a large village green where, during the Theakston Nidderdale League cricket season, you can go watch teams play and there's a nice village pub which has served as a filming location for TV and films including the BBCs 'All Creatures Great & Small', ITV's 'Heartbeat' and 'Wuthering Heights'.
Nearby you'll find Masham (4.5 miles), a thriving market town where handsome old Georgian buildings gather politely around a cobbled square. The square is one of the largest and finest in England famous for its sheep sale which once hosted as many as 70,000 sheep, although numbers no longer reach that high. The popular Masham Sheep Fair is held in September each year and commemorates these times past. There are lots of delights to discover in the town including a fine dining restaurant, a host of lovely cafes, a top-notch wine shop and several independent butchers. If you enjoy a tipple or two, it's also home to two award-winning breweries, while a nine-hole golf course awaits for those who enjoy a few rounds.
Heading over the high ground of Nidderdale and down into Pateley Bridge (18 miles), a very popular, bustling market town or take a trip to the cathedral city of Ripon (20 miles) with its vibrant Thursday market. You could also visit the wonderful Jervaulx Abbey, only 3 miles away.
Take the 7-mile drive over to Middleham, one of Yorkshire's loveliest towns. Famous for its castle (once the childhood home of Richard III), it's also known as the 'Newmarket of the North'. To top it off, there is a lovely collection of pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops.
Or how about a morning visiting the charming market town of Leyburn? This town is only 7 miles away and is an archetypical slice of Dales country life. You'll find traditional shops, pubs and cafes all gathered around the handsome town square which hosts a busy market every Friday. Leyburn is also home to Tennants Auctioneers, the biggest auction centre outside of London, a great visit if you fancy picking up a bargain. Discover its newly opened cafe and restaurant serving excellent food, along with its gift shop and galleries.
The nearby historic town of Richmond (12 miles) is similar in many ways and is in a lovely setting along the River Swale. Highlights include Richmond Castle, the historic Georgian Theatre Royal and The Station (a lovely old building housing a cinema, art gallery and brewery).
There are lots of other pretty villages and stunning natural sights all within close range of this holiday cottage. Aysgarth Falls and Bolton Castle are both less than 15 miles away while the gorgeous villages of West Burton and Askrigg are within 20 miles driving distance, so there’s lots of choice for things to do if you want to get out and about. If walking is your thing, the Yorkshire Dales are something of a walker's paradise. There are plenty of options for cycling too in Tour De France country and when you need to refuel, stop at one of the areas many excellent gastro pubs.