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North Yorkshire Cottages

May 5, 2017
North Yorkshire holiday

Monkend Cottage is one of those dream holiday cottages that tick all the boxes for that perfect cottage break. Set within the grounds of a grand Georgian farmhouse, this beautiful 3-bedroom Yorkshire Cottage boasts an elegant interior and extensive grounds which include a tennis court, heated outdoor pool and peaceful riverside walks.

Driving up to Monkend Cottage you have an inherent sense of the grandeur of the location. Set adjacent to the main house, this handsome cottage is like something from a film with its chocolate box good looks and period style.
Walk inside and find a cosy entrance hall-cum-snug where you can pull up a chair and warm yourself by the wood burning stove. All the more inviting when the heated flagstone flooring underfoot starts to shine in the flames. To the left you’ll find a generous downstairs cloakroom with WC and sink.

Step through to the large sitting room, a gorgeous space filled with light from double aspect windows and high ceilings. Oak floors and a natural colour palette complete the elegant look. There is another open fire in this room, perfect for curling up in front of every evening while you catch a movie or chill with family and friends.

Logs are included on a complimentary basis. For your entertainment there is a large Flat screen Smart TV & DVD Player as well as Wi-Fi throughout.

The kitchen is also a generous size, plenty of room to gather around with a glass of something cold. The country cottage look is continued with shaker style cream units, chunky wooden worktops and oak floors. A separate utility area provides additional space and houses a large freezer, washing machine and dryer.

All of the bedrooms in this luxury cottage are upstairs. The first is a twin with separate beds, the second a double or twin (with zip and link beds) Both of these bedrooms feature original fireplaces and views out to the cottage grounds. They share a family bathroom which has a large bath to sink into and a shower overhead.

The master bedroom is found at the end of the landing. This charming bedroom is en suite and boasts a large walk-in shower.

Outside the cottage there is a lovely lawned garden which is overlooked by the sitting room and kitchen. Surrounded by mature trees and shrubs this is a very pleasant and private spot to enjoy the warmer months outside. To the rear of the cottage looking out towards the river you’ll find a stone patio with outdoor furniture and BBQ. With its sheltered aspect it’s perfect for al fresco dining.

Local Area

Monkend Cottage has a great location set within the grounds of a beautiful manor house in the village of Croft in North Yorkshire. On the grounds you’ll find ample space to explore with stunning mature gardens housing trees over 200 years old. And if you’re feeling energetic you are welcome to use the tennis court and heated outdoor swimming pool.

The village of Croft is a sweet little place set on the river Tees. One of its main claims to fame is that Lewis Carroll was a resident here for several years from 1843 to 1850. His father the Revd Charles Dodgson was Rector of Croft and Archdeacon of Richmond from 1843 to 1868. You’ll find references to him in the street names with Carroll Place, Alice Way. It’s rumoured he is buried in the churchyard here too. The gravestones of his mother and father are in the Churchyard of Croft Church.

Within a short walk of the cottage there’s an eclectic village pub The Comet and a charming old hotel and tea-rooms to discover. And for your paper every day a little village shop too. It’s possible to strike out from the cottage doorstep and take a walk along the riverside. There are lots of off-road options for a ramble, perfect if you need to take the dog out for a walk.

Monkend Cottage is set between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, and with less than an hour’s drive to the coast and the City of York, it’s an ideal basecamp from which to strike out and discover these unique Yorkshire locations. And if you’re a bit of a foodie there’s several excellent dining pubs in the area, including the fantastic Black Bull at Moulton, The Bay Horse at Hurworth and the Shoulder of Mutton at Middleton Tyas.

The cottage is just a few miles away from the pretty market town of Northallerton where handsome Georgian houses line the long main street. The wonderful Betty’s Tearooms is here as is a fantastic local deli, Lewis & Cooper’s Food Emporium and of course the quintessentially Yorkshire department store of Barkers. A few miles in the other direction takes you to the charming town of Yarm set on the banks of the River Tees. Yarm is a cosmopolitan little place, with a host of great shops, cafés bars and restaurants. There’s also an excellent gastro-pub and world class Spa at Hurworth, a pretty village just a few miles from Monkend Cottage.

Richmond, an historic market town with much to offer the discerning holiday-maker, is also just a few miles away. Explore the cobbled market square or head up towards Richmond Castle for a slice of Yorkshire history. Just a short drive through Richmond takes you into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales proper. Head up towards Reeth and on towards Hawes in Wensleydale for a true taste of this magnificent countryside. Stop at the Wensleydale Heiffer for lunch before heading back to the comfort of your large luxury Yorkshire cottage.

To take in the North York Moors head in the opposite direction and brave it up Sutton Bank, the view from the top said by some to be the finest in all of England. The gorgeous market town of Helmsley makes for the perfect pit-stop and if you feel like something special for lunch make your way to the Star Inn at Harome.

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