Rowan House is a spacious and warm family holiday home set in a peaceful little village on the cusp of Wensleydale. Sleeping up to 8 people comfortably you will love the generous living areas, secluded private garden and gorgeous uninterrupted views of the Yorkshire countryside. With a pub within a short stroll, this lovely property is the perfect option for family get-togethers and special celebrations…
Approaching this handsome stone-built house you immediately appreciate that this is a solid and welcoming family holiday home. Step inside to discover a generous and comfortable interior that lends itself perfectly to larger groups. Downstairs the heart of the home is the beautiful open plan kitchen and garden room dining area. Heated flagstone flooring runs all the way through connecting the space in a pleasing way.
The traditional kitchen offers heaps of work surface and has very well equipped cupboards and a lovely big dresser stocked with everything you’ll need to rustle up a hearty family dinner. There’s a TV in here with a breakfast bar for perching on with a glass of bubbly. An electric AGA keeps everything toasty (Mary Berry’s AGA cookbook is a welcome addition!) with an additional combi microwave/oven and dishwasher provided for your convenience. A separate utility houses the washing machine and dryer.
Dining in the garden room is a real pleasure with views out across the garden and countryside beyond. French windows at the end of the room lead out onto a stone patio in the garden. There is ample room for 8 people to dine at the large table, and at the other end of the room, you’ll find a cosy snug area complete with candles and board games – perfect for a spot of after-dinner relaxing. There’s an iPod Dock and sound system in here so you can dine to your favourite music.
Further internal French doors lead into the spacious sitting room. Boasting an open fire to curl up by and a choice of comfy sofas and easy chairs, visit here for a lazy Sunday afternoon watching a movie together. There’s a large TV with Freeview in here along with a DVD player if you’ve brought some of the kid’s favourites. Wi-Fi is provided and there’s also a piano to tinkle on for some traditional entertainment! If the kids need their own space from the adults (or vice-versa) there’s an additional games room at the front of the house which comes complete with a TV, DVD Player, PlayStation games console and games with bean bags to chill on. There’s also a handy downstairs shower room and WC off the entrance hall.
All of the bedrooms in Rowan House are upstairs. The spacious master bedroom sits to the front of the house and features a king-size bed and views towards the village. This room also boasts a generous en-suite shower room. The second bedroom is another spacious double room, this time with glorious views out across the garden, paddock and countryside beyond. The third room is a charming twin with 2 full-size beds, and finally, you’ll find the fourth bedroom at the rear of the house; a sweet room with a trundle bed which can be set up to sleep 2 adults very comfortably. The house bathroom is also up here, another large room complete with a bath and shower overhead.
One of the loveliest things about Rowan House is its beautiful mature garden. In addition to a sheltered patio with plenty of garden furniture, you’ll also discover a pleasant lawned garden with a further mini-terrace at the rear of the garden. This spot is just perfect for that afternoon G & T with its gorgeous views of the paddock and rolling green Yorkshire scenery beyond. A Weber BBQ is available for those balmy summer evenings too and the kids will love the tree swing at the back of the garden.
The owners 3 acres of paddock and fields to the rear are available for guests to use, perfect if you need the kids to blow off a bit of steam. You may even have a visit from the owner’s friendly horses coming to say hello over the fence! The large garage provides plenty of secure storage for bikes etc and there is off-road parking for up to 4 cars.
Rowan House is set in a sleepy little village close to the town of Bedale on the cusp of Wensleydale. There’s a nice village pub just a short stroll away which offers decent pub grub, with lots of nice gastro pubs within easy driving distance. There’s also a Deer Park a short walk from the house, a lovely walk where you can see Deer roaming freely in the park for most of the year.
Beyond the village, the attractive town of Bedale is worth a visit. Stop for a coffee before making your way around the town’s antique shops. There’s also a swimming pool here, a great rainy day option, if you have little ones with you and nearby Catterick Garrison, has a cinema too. In the opposite direction, you’ll find the charming market town of Leyburn. Leyburn is an archetypical slice of Dales market town 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 the biggest auction centre outside of London if you fancy picking up a bargain. The nearby historic town of Richmond is similar in many ways and has a lovely setting along the River Swale.
There are lots of other pretty villages and stunning natural sights all within close range of Rowan House. Aysgarth Falls and Bolton Castle are just a few miles away and the gorgeous villages of West Burton and Askrigg are within easy driving distance, so lots of choices 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 with many beautiful walks from your doorstep. And there are plenty of options for cycling too in Tour De France country. Our concierge will be more than happy to recommend some walks and cycle routes for you if required.
And when you need to refuel stop at one of the areas many excellent gastropubs. Our favourites include the Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton, the Blue Lion at East Witton, Vennells in Masham and of course the Wyvill Arms just along the road.