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Bolton Abbey 5 miles; Skipton 9 miles.
The old Spa town of Ilkley is the pivotal town of Wharfedale, undoubtedly the most popular of all the Yorkshire Dales. The area offers some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery in the land. For the walker it gives unrivalled tramping ground. High up on the moors next to the white-walled cottage of White Wells (where once donkeys carried gout-ridden gentlemen to be doused in the icy-cold moorland spring) visitors will see a carefully landscaped Victorian scene including two semi-artificial lakes and the river Wharfe meandering through the centre of the town. Ilkley still has a Victorian and Edwardian feel to it. Splendid shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés adorn the tree-lined streets. Bettys, without doubt the finest tea shop in Yorkshire, and therefore the world, is situated on The Grove. Lovely parkland, boating on the river and family picnic areas provide pleasure for all. It is the starting point of the 84 mile-long 'Dales Way' walk, which is breathtakingly beautiful! Nearby Bolton Abbey is one of the region's most scenic areas and the walk along the river to the 'Strid' is a must. Ilkley Moor is the subject of Yorkshire's unofficial anthem “On Ilkla Moor Baht at”.
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Ilkley 2 miles. An outstanding, stone-built wing of a traditional Yorkshire farmhouse, in a wonderful rural location, two miles from the Victorian town of Ilkley. From the magnificent country surroundings, to the high quality fixtures and fittings, this Yorkshire Dales cottage is perfect for a romantic holiday. A fine Yorkshire Dales cottage of character and charm, there is an open plan living area with a first-class kitchen, a cosy sitting area with lovely views across the Wharfedale Valley to Ilkley Moor and a small dining area. Two beautiful bedrooms with exposed stonework and beams, a lovely modern bathroom and a delightful patio area with views across open countryside make this a luxurious Yorkshire Dales cottage of real distinction. There are excellent walks from the doorstep, including the not-to-be-missed Beamsley Beacon, while Ilkley offers a good range of pubs (including the famous Bettys tea room), other eateries, a wealth of historic buildings and Ilkley Pool and Lido, an outdoor swimming pool, of which only a handful remain in the country, and is set only 25 minutes from the spa town of Harrogate. There's also a lovely golf course which winds its way across two islands on the River Wharfe. Nearby are Skipton and historic Bolton Abbey, while Malham and Grassington offer beautiful limestone scenery. This superb Yorkshire Dales cottage is a great base for discovering all the area has to offer.
Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double (zip/link, can be made up as a twin on request), 1 x twin (zip/link, can be made up as a super king-size double on request). Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric woodburner-effect stove.
Oil fired central heating with electric stove in sitting room. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Sky, DVD, CD. All fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Storage available for bikes and equipment. Small patio with furniture and BBQ. Off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shops and pubs 2 miles. Note: Grazing and stabling available.
Previous visitors' comments about Leyfield Barn:
We had a wonderful, relaxing holiday in this gorgeous cottage. In a beautiful and peaceful situation, away from it all, but still close enough to Ilkley. We will definitely return!
Mrs York, Tunbridge Wells, April 2013
I particularly liked the location and the lovely couple who owned it who were very helpful with travel and advice on where to go eat. The cleanliness of the property was outstanding!
Miss Parr, Leeds, March 2013
The cottage was lovely and the owner was very friendly and helpful. We would highly recommend to anyone and hope to go back.
Swift, Doncaster, November 2012
Very relaxing - nice accommodation and comfortable bedrooms. Adequate heating, even in winter. Good space and owners were very pleasant but not obtrusive. Cant wait to return in February if available. Instructions to property were excellent!
Mrs Innes, Helmsdale, November 2012