This magnificent detached country estate, with its own private heated swimming pool, is set in stunning countryside amongst sweeping valleys and dramatic open moorland in the very heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Originally transformed from a medieval farmhouse, where Charles I is rumoured to have stayed, to a shooting lodge in the 1850s, Oughtershaw Hall rests amongst quiet woodlands 1000ft above sea level, in the small hamlet that shares its name.
Beautifully-styled throughout, a wealth of fascinating history awaits you, with the original guest book dating back to the mid 18th century and impressive original features including intricate stained glass windows, external stonework and a set of servants’ bells.
Enter through an impressive stone loggia via the former servants’ entrance into a labyrinth of winding passageways with fabulous stone-flagged floors.
Four separate seating areas provide havens of peace and quiet.
Sit and relax in front of a roaring open fire in the drawing room, or chat about your day’s adventures by the wonderful woodburning stove in the sitting room.
Here you will find stunning stained glass windows showing the families’ coats of arms, an historical oak table inscribed by a previous owner, Charles Woodd in 1876, and a carved wooden panel in the wall which hides the original peep hole, a wonderful way of checking who is at the front door!
The cosy library is a lovely spot to sit and listen to the babbling beck as it trails down the valley, whilst the snug which is set off the kitchen, houses another stove and is a sociable space to catch up with the rest of the party.
The centrepiece of the house is undoubtedly the vast L-shaped, open plan kitchen, featuring a spacious breakfast bar, a dining table which seats the entire party, built-in window seating as well as the snug.
Opposite is the old pantry, now a spacious utility, and there’s also a separate boot room, where the 8-seater sauna is situated; whilst kids of all ages can head to the basement games room, the perfect place to hide away on rainy days.
Two sets of stairs access the first floor, where there are seven impeccably-designed bedrooms, many featuring old character fireplaces, window seats and luxurious en-suites, whilst the ground floor bedroom has an en-suite shower room making it the perfect choice for anyone with limited mobility.
Just a few steps from the main house is the superb indoor heated swimming pool, which boasts beautiful bespoke windows at water height, underwater lighting, a shower room and a lofty roof adorned with beams.
Access to the gardens is through the impressive original entrance hall with ceiling rose, brass chandelier and even more seating.
The property overlooks Oughtershaw Beck, and guests can follow the brook down a romantic ghyll through a thicket of vibrant green as it hurries to meet the River Wharfe.
Camouflaged footpaths trail from the doorstep through the valley, where pheasants potter on the hillside, and where you’ll find plenty of pretty spots, perfect for picnics, set along the river.
Return to the property and relax on the patio with its extensive views; in autumn, the ground is carpeted with gold, yet throughout the year, guests will feel as ‘welcome as the flowers in spring’ as the stone inscription on the hall’s wall proudly suggests.
Oughtershaw Hall is an exceptional estate offering excellent holiday accommodation with everything you could wish for.
1 x master suite with super king-size double with TV, dressing room and en-suite freestanding bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC,
1 x super king-size double with TV and en-suite wet room with shower, basin and WC,
1 x super-king size double (zip/link, can be twin on request),
1 x ground floor super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC,
4 x king-size double.
Two bathrooms with freestanding bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC.
Shower room with shower, basin and WC.
Kitchen with breakfast bar (seats 5), dining area (seats 16), window seat (seats 8) and snug (seats 5) with woodburning stove.
Sitting room (seats 11) with dining table (seats 8) and woodburning stove.
Drawing room (seats 10) with open fire.
Library (seats 3).
Basement games room with table football.
Sauna (seats 8).
Heated indoor swimming pool (10.5m x 3.5m) with changing area, shower, basin and WC.
Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £500.
About the location
Buckden 4 miles; Hawes 6 miles.
Oughtershaw is in the very heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A small hamlet located between its more famous neighbours of Buckden and Hawes, Oughtershaw shares the valley with the likes of Deepdale, Yockenthwaite and Hubberholme. This idyllic Yorkshire Dales hamlet makes the perfect place from which to explore the wonderful scenery and pretty villages of this magnificent Dale. Much of Upper Wharfedale is National Trust owned – an indication of the beauty of its classic countryside, with dry stone walls and barns, important flower-rich hay meadows and valleyside woodland. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best walking areas in the Dales, with The Dales Way passing right through the hamlet. Nearby Hawes is one of the most popular market towns in the Yorkshire Dales, home to the famous Wallace & Gromit Wensleydale cheese with its working factory, museum, visitor’s centre and restaurant. To the south lies Buckden, Kettlewell, where the Calendar Girls was filmed, and the not-to-be missed market towns of Grassington and Skipton.