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Fern Cottage

Fearby near Masham, Yorkshire Dales - South (Ref. 963223)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Very comfortable and very well equipped."

    We enjoyed our stay and will certainly return to this very scenic area.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2022

  • "The cottage is in a lovely quiet village."

    The property was clean and comfortable. For future guests may be worth noting the stairs are very steep and narrow and the parking space outside is suitable for a small /mid size car.

    Reviewed by SandraOct 2021

  • "Very nice comfortable cottage, situated in a lovely area."

    Reviewed by KimSep 2021

  • "Fern Cottage is a wonderful place to stay, a beautiful cottage where everything is thought of."

    Ideal for charging your batteries. Rush hour is wonderful in Fearby as it consists of Tractors, horses and a few chickens which roam around. Thirsk is a must, Ripon, York, Harrogate are all place that are perfect to visit. As a special treat or occasion The Ivy is wonderful. Thank you we shall be retuning. Christina. West Sussex

    Reviewed by ChristinaJul 2021

  • "Excellent accommodation facilities and cleanliness Very satisfied Will rebook Thank you"

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2021

  • "Very helpful and thorough instructions from Carla, the owner."

    The cottage was very clean and the kitchen very well equipped which was doubly important given the Covid restrictions on eating out. Fearby is in an ideal spot for touring the region and the village itself is beautiful.

    Reviewed by AnneApr 2021

  • "Fern Cottage is a very comfortable and cosy cottage."

    Fearby is a small and quiet village, perfectly situated for walkers. Masham, a few miles away, is a delightful town with a Co-Op, good cafes, and a first class fish and chip shop. A week was not long enough to enjoy this area properly.

    Reviewed by SimonApr 2021

  • "Cottage was ice cold when we arrived, probably due to us being the first there in months, but really it should have been warmed for us arriving."

    Mentioned underfloor heating to bathroom, however we were told not to use this due to it causing too much condensation, this should be removed from description on website. Highlight was the beautiful garden. Welcome pack was a lovely touch. Local pub is only open weekends at the minute.

    Reviewed by TerryApr 2021

  • "The cottage is equipped to a very high standard in every respect and is tastefully decorated."

    A pleasant surprise was the welcome pack that included milk, biscuits and wine plus six newly laid eggs from the owner's hens. WIFI is good and reliable. I strongly recommend Fen Cottage.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely with helpful owners and I would thoroughly recommend a holiday there"

    Reviewed by PennySep 2020

  • "Fern cottage is a delightful little cottage, very well equipped with everything that you could possibly need."

    The owner left us some lovely welcome gifts that we enjoyed very much. The cottage is ideally placed to explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and there are many interesting places to visit in the surrounding area despite Covid restrictions. We had a lovely week and would love to stay here again sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by SharonSep 2020

  • "Wonderful stone cottage with all the modern amenities without losing the character."

    Instructions left by Carla (owner) were thorough and the welcome pack was excellent. Lovely relaxing stay. The Black Swan wasn't bad either.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2020

  • "This is a beautiful little cottage."

    ... as is the village of Fearby. Everything that we needed was in the cottage. There wasn’t one thing that we needed and couldn’t find. Perfect location for York, Leeds. Scarborough.... Whitby.... and can mention so many more places. We didn’t want to leave. The owner is so lovely.... wine and milk in the fridge on arrival and fresh eggs from her girls for breakfast. If you need a break away I cannot recommend Fern Cottage enough.

    Reviewed by HayleyJul 2020

  • "A really lovely cottage in a great location too."

    Small but well equipped - spotlessly clean also. You can tell from the guest book that this has been a much appreciated holiday cottage for a long time and it is easy to see why.

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2019

  • "We enjoyed everything about the holiday, the places we visited, the scenery, the ..."

    We enjoyed everything about the holiday, the places we visited, the scenery, the people, n the weather was really good to us, this is our first time in a cottage in the dales and we would highly recommend it to anyone, we will be booking again Thankyou Lisa, Roy

    Reviewed by LisaSep 2019

  • "Fern cottage was the best cottage holiday we ever had."

    In terms of location, we couldn't fault it! The cottage itself was the cleanest, most comfortable, well thought out, best we've ever stayed in! I can't praise the owner enough for the attention to detail and comfort she has put in to Fern Cottage. Would not hesitate to recommend to anyone wishing to visit God's own country!

    Reviewed by JaniceAug 2019

  • "Perfect. Everything was thought of to make our holiday perfect and then some."

    There were the little touches too such as a pint of milk so we could have a cup of tea on arrival, the bottle of wine chilling in the fridge, and the half a dozen free range eggs from her own chickens. All with a card to welcome us. Such a thoughtful touch. Would highly recommend Sykes Cottages and Fern Cottage in Yorkshire with its beautiful surroundings and a gentle pace. Perfect for relaxing or as a base for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by ChristinaAug 2019

  • "Fern Cottage was a last minute booking, facilitated after we raised concerns- well before due departure date- about increasingly awful reviews of our original booking."

    When the most recent reviews continued to deteriorate, with a bit of pressure from our end, the owner of property 1 agreed on a cancellation, and a new booking took us to Yorkshire.All the telephone advisers we spoke to during this period were excellent. We were surprised that Sykes had not satisfactorily addressed concerns of previous guests at Property 1, as their first appearance with Google claims "All properties inspected", but we were also relieved- and grateful-to be able to make a fresh booking. Fern Cottage was delightful, as was Fearby, the blessedly peaceful and pretty village where the cottage is set. The thoughtful owner had done everything possible to ensure contented house guests. Fern Cottage was well up to the standards we've come to expect from Sykes. We would not hesitate to use them again .

    Reviewed by AilsaJul 2019

  • "A very well equipped cottage with all facilities available."

    Very impressed with the provision of a ipad/tablet charging point. The goodies left for us were most acceptable. The cottage is very well situated to make exploring the North Yorkshire Dales easy.

    Reviewed by FrankJun 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, located in a quiet village with easy access to the dales."

    Good communication with the owner. Excellent facilities, with many extras much appreciated.

    Reviewed by DawnMay 2019

  • "This is the second time I’ve stayed at Fern Cottage and it won’t be the last."

    Cannot fault it in any way and the location in Fearby is excellent.

    Reviewed by IanApr 2019

  • "The Cottage was all it said in the blurb, it was in a lovely village and close to a decent Pub."

    One thing not mentioned was the narrow stairs which could be a problem for older people and for getting large cases upstairs.

    Reviewed by KeithOct 2018

  • "Lovely location , cottage was nice & comfortable."

    Pleasent rear garden with seating area . Pub just up the road that did food , Co-op super market & petrol station just outside Masham. Masham is a nice little market town with parking . All in all a pleasent holiday .

    Reviewed by RosemarySep 2018

  • "Fern cottage was an excellent place to stay."

    Good facilities and in a lovely location.

    Reviewed by IanSep 2018

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in a fab location."

    We loved the little courtyard garden.

    Reviewed by NadiaAug 2018

  • "The cottage was well maintained, comfy and cosy."

    It was really nice to see the care and attention to detail walking into a lovely clean cottage which was welcoming in itself but the personal touches by Carla were really the icing on the cake. The cottage was located in a quiet village in beautiful surroundings perfect for a relaxing holiday. The information booklet was clear and easy to read and the leaflets about local attractions were very helpful. Carla was readily available and invited contact should we require any help which was nice to know. We had a wonderful holiday thank you to all who made it possible.

    Reviewed by DianeAug 2018

  • "A dishwasher would have been more useful than a washing machine here."

    Bathrobes were mentioned in reviews, but not present. A chair in the bedroom for putting clothes on would have been useful Lovely views from the shower!! The bathroom fan stayed on for far too long after switching it off, leading to lots of noise at bedtime

    Reviewed by RoseAug 2018

  • "YES, I spent 40 years on the road travelling, selling everything from food, toys, I finished my work at 60 years old selling computer products, traveled from the top of Scotland to Lands end YOU MAY SAY WHAT AM I GETTING AT."

    I SAY the Fern Cottage me and my wife stayed at is in one off the most beautiful unspoiled parts of the UK YORKSHIRE, THEY CALL IT GODS COUNTRY,THEY ARE CORRECT. My advise to anyone who is fortunate to stay at Fern Cottage is this.Take the unmarked side roads , you wont get lost , but you will pass beautiful villages, and just slow down and take in the glorious views.You will arrive back home with great memories. WALTER & CHRISTINE MORRIS LYTHAM ST ANNES>

    Reviewed by WalterJul 2018

  • "The holiday cottage was clean and tidy and well equipped."

    There was however an issue with access to the bedroom areas via the staircase, which was very narrow and had a low headroom. It would be advantageous for Sykes to ensure that restricted access, low headroom and any other restrictions that may apply to their potential customers, are highlighted in their brochures, as not knowing about such restrictions could spoil a holiday!!

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2018

  • "Particularly loved the towelling robes just like I use at home."

    Reviewed by AvrilJun 2018

  • "Great little village and very peaceful"

    Reviewed by TomJun 2018

  • "The owner went out of her way to make us feel welcome."

    Wine, tea,coffee,milk,eggs, biscuits,chocolates, flowers all left out for us. The cottage was extremely clean & comfortable. A very attractive garden to sit out where the only sound was the birds. Complete heaven! It was so convenient to drive to other attractive places.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2018

  • "The owner had supplied everything a guest would need and want."

    ..lovely, comfortable furnishings and linens, quality equipment with every detail covered to an impeccable standard. The cottage is situated in the small, friendly village of Fearby with Masham nearby for shopping and petrol. It felt like home! My husband and I can't stop talking about our wonderful experience there.

    Reviewed by JaneMay 2018

  • "We had a very good week here and enjoyed the surrounding countryside and towns near and far."

    Reviewed by ValApr 2018

  • "A cosy, clean and well equipped cottage in a lovely village"

    Reviewed by SteveMar 2018

  • "Lovely little cottage in great location."

    Owner goes extra mile to make you feel welcome. Weather cold when we visited but property lovely and warm.

    Reviewed by SarahMar 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely and a lot of thought went into the small details that really make the stay."

    The cottage is well-equipped, well maintained and kept spotless. The location is beautiful, peaceful and close enough to Masham's facilities to ensure most people's needs and wants can easily be met. The only small criticism - and it is nit-picking - is that the double bed could be firmer, two people in it roll together. As for Sykes, mostly OK, except that when I rang up with a query, the agent dug out an old booking and it took a second call to sort it out (to be fair, the agent was very apologetic). But the website, booking and payment all worked well, and I wouldn't be averse to booking via Sykes again.

    Reviewed by PaulDec 2017

  • "Great cottage in a great location and everything we needed for a relaxing break."

    Pub on the doorstep, amenities of small town only 2 miles away and walks from the doorstep. Conveniently situated for exploring the Dales and surrounding area. The owner had gone out of the way for a welcoming arrival....Christmas tree lights on, tea and coffee available and wine and chocolates in the fridge. Hope to return!

    Reviewed by GillDec 2017

  • "Good location for exploring the lower Dales and the towns to the east."

    The area around Masham and Leyburn does offer a number of attractions with lovely scenery. An ideal base for a holiday in the Yorkshire Dales.

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen, towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Adults over 18 only please.

The property

A charming end of terrace cottage, set in a most enviable location on the edge of the village green in the pretty village of Fearby, just two miles from Masham.

Boasting immense character and charm throughout, this is one of our premier Yorkshire Dales cottages and is perfect for a romantic break, or a small family wanting to spend quality time together in this popular, unspoilt area.

From the moment you enter the cottage there is real quality and warmth to the accommodation, creating the feeling that the owners have really gone out of their way to provide a first-class holiday home.

The main living space is a delight, with a warm and cosy woodburning stove set into a beautiful fire surround, quality furnishings and those little extra touches that create a lovely home-from-home atmosphere.

The pretty kitchen is well equipped, and leads out into a lovely cottage garden.

Upstairs, two delightful bedrooms with original character in the shape of old beams and original open fireplace are further complemented by a modern bathroom with a wonderful walk-in shower.

Nearby, the amenities of Masham include its wonderful twice-weekly market, the Theakston and Black Sheep Visitor Centres, Vennell’s award-winning restaurant, plus a great range of traditional old pubs with lots of warmth and good old fashioned Yorkshire welcome.

The market towns of Richmond, Leyburn, Skipton and Hawes are all within a short drive, as are the beautiful Fountains and Jervaulx Abbeys.

Spend a day shopping in nearby Ripon or bustling Harrogate, whilst a trip to York is surely not to be missed, with its famous York Minster and ‘Shambles’.

With lovely views of the surrounding countryside, good walks from the doorstep and a short walk to an excellent local pub, what more could you need for a relaxing break in the Yorkshire Dales?

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About the location


Masham 2 miles; Ripon 7 miles; Leyburn 12 miles; Thirsk 17 miles.

This small, picturesque Dales village is situated just two miles from Masham in the midst of some of Yorkshire's most beautiful scenery. It comprises a scattering of dwellings and farmsteads, set round a spacious village green, offering an excellent local pub serving fine ales and excellent cuisine. Fearby is ideally situated for exploring all of Yorkshire's splendid countryside, with the Yorkshire Dales to the west and the North York Moors and Yorkshire Coast to the east. In and around the village are a good selection of walks along footpaths and bridleways. Nearby, the historic little market town of Masham is situated in the lower reaches of pretty Wensleydale, alongside the River Ure. Set in pretty, rolling farmland, the town boasts a huge market square where a Wednesday market has recently been joined by a popular Saturday market. There are lots of walks around the area, including a recently re-opened ten mile walk along the Ure, arguably one of the best walks in the UK. The town boasts a good range of crafts, galleries, shops, restaurants and pubs and has become best known as the home of two breweries; Theakstons of Old Peculiar fame, and more recently the Black Sheep Brewery, which now brews 11 million pints of beer a year! The popular towns of Ripon and Harrogate are an easy drive away. With so much to see and do in the area, this is a great place for a holiday in all seasons.

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Note: Adults over 18 only please.