The Firs is a fabulously private rural retreat situated at the very top of Upper Swaledale, nestled in a valley bottom at the foot of Sleddale, beside the river Swale and surrounded by 5 acres of its own meadows and pastures.
Accessed by a private road (3 gates to open) this delightful, traditional yet substantial Dales farmhouse dates back to at least the seventeenth century and retains many of its original features, stone flagged floors, beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls and a traditional black Yorkshire range.
With six bedrooms, two with king size half testers, a double, a single, a triple sleeper bunk and a small room with a standard bunk there's plenty of space for big families.
Furnished sympathetically, entirely in keeping with a property of its age there are a host of unusual antiques and curios from a bygone era which all add to the feeling that you are taking a step back in time though comfort and practicality have not been sacrificed.
There is nothing quite like an evening sitting beside an open fire but to ensure that modern needs are catered for there is also central heating throughout the property, heated towel rails and a constant supply of hot water. There is a family bathroom upstairs with bath and overhead shower and a downstairs WC and separate wet room.
A well equipped kitchen with Rangemaster and scrubbed top table evokes a real feel of country living. There's two traditional stone shelved dairys filled with an array of kitchenalia, from pots and pans, dough bowls and blue & white porcelain to milk churns, a back can and even a working double cheese press.
Mod cons include a microwave, American fridge freezer and toaster. The back kitchen serves as a utility room with washer and tumble drier for those not wanting to dry their clothes the old fashioned way on the flake hanging from the beams above the black range.
There's a television in the living room with sound bar attached making it easy to play music from Bluetooth enabled devices.
A delightfully comfortable sitting room with yet another window seat, a sofa and chaise longue means that there's ample room for visitors wishing to have quiet time. Although with a full size pump pipe organ there's a chance that you (or someone in your family) will shatter the peace by showing some musical prowess.
There's far too many features to list but you can expect an eclectic mix of the old coupled with the slightly eccentric.
With acres of space for you to enjoy, whether it be just pottering about in the fields, enjoying a barbecue on the lawn or just kicking back, relaxing and watching the children play there could be no more of a peaceful place to take time out to enjoy the fresh air and peace and quiet. No matter what the weather does you'll have stunning views of some of the finest of Yorkshires countryside, drystone walls, barns dotted throughout the fields and swathes of heather moorland .
As is the case in many rural areas we are a notspot, there is no mobile coverage and no internet access whatsoever !!!! A blessing or a curse ? To overcome this we have a landline and honesty box. A 15 minute drive towards Kirkby Stephen will get you into a mobile signal and WIFI is available in many of the cafes and pubs in the area.
FIRS IS A UNIQUE PROPERTY COMPLETE WITH WONKY WALLS AND TIMEWORN FLAGSTONES. A PLACE FULL OF CHARACTER RATHER THAN A PERFECT SHOW HOME.
Whether you want to explore the Dales or just enjoy the peace and quiet off the beaten track, The Firs will not disappoint.
A perfect place for birdwatchers with countless opportunities to catch sight of lapwings, curlews, black grouse and at dusk a family of barn owls. Even if astronomy isn't your thing you can't fail to be wowed by the wonderfully dark night skies with no light pollution to spoil the starry heavens.
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Well behaved pets welcome.
Short Break (3 nights): £525
Week Long Stay: £1100.
For more details on how to make a reservation please ring 01748 886387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org