“Superb Festive getaway!”
Oughtershaw Hall is a great house to create memories to last a lifetime , the age and scale gives it the immediate impression of living in a grand old house in splendid isolation ...
Oughtershaw Hall is a great house to create memories to last a lifetime , the age and scale gives it the immediate impression of living in a grand old house in splendid isolation .
On our arrival the scene was set by Ben he had the lights being on in every room, the fires all lit and a lovely Christmas tree to give the perfect start to our family holiday and the rest was down to us.
We all loved living in the Yorkshire Dales for a week, which we imagined would seem a huge amount of time to occupy ourselves with 4 small children, but the time went so quickly it didn't seem long enough and we will certainly be back to do all the things we didn't manage to fit in.
We loved the warm hospitality at the local pubs especially The George which was only 5 miles down the road, and The White Lion a similar distance. we spent a lot of time just enjoying the house and gardens with the beautiful walk along the beck.
The pool housed in an old farm building is an example of how the house manages to keep its integrity whilst offering modern day facilities, likewise the old scullery which is now the laundry was an absolute treasure.
We liked the house because, although the huge living kitchen was a great hub, there were several other rooms to retreat to for a bit of quiet time, each with a log fire and lots of comfy sofas .
The well equipped kitchen was ideal for a family joint effort catering experience, which can be a challenge, but with the nearest shop being 6 miles away it was even more fun to see hoe inventive we could be on the non shopping days.
Ilkley is about 45 minutes away and a lovely drive, the shops reflect the needs of people living in lovely country homes and dressing to suit. However the best bit of the day was arriving back at our holiday house and sitting in front of the fire with a glass of wine.
One bit of advice it to allow plenty of time for your journey to the house as the road from Hawes or Ilkely is so beautiful you won't want to rush it and it takes longer than you expect, the drive is a bit tricky but the arrival is a moment you will never forget.