Pott Hall Cottage

Healey near Masham, Yorkshire Dales - South (Ref. 2190)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

  • ModestlyAmazing
    July 2017
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    “The pros outweigh the cons!”
    My girlfriend and I had been wanting to get away from the daily stresses of life for a week and find a remote cottage somewhere in the middle of nowhere. ...
    My girlfriend and I had been wanting to get away from the daily stresses of life for a week and find a remote cottage somewhere in the middle of nowhere. We were first looking at Scotland, but deciding it was too pricey and far away (fuel is extortionate these days) we decided to look to something closer by. Spending hours upon hours trying to find the right place for us both I stumbled across this little gem; not wanting to pay a booking fee I spoke to Helen (the owner) directly and got a great price for a weeks stay. Before I knew it I was bungling the kids and misses into the car and headed up North, just over an hour n half's drive later we arrived. The front door to the cottage was unlocked and our key placed on the table, unfortunately with the cottage being in the middle of the field you will encounter a lot of flies. Like, a lot. There were a good eight of them flying around the living room when we entered, but a can of fly spray soon sorted them out. In the kitchen I discovered that Helen had left us with a loaf of home made bread and half a Victoria sponge cake, both of which were a nice surprise and very delicious! Here are the pro's and con's from my visit: Pros: - The area, it's huge, plenty of space for the kids to play. The view is amazing, the reservoir looks beautiful. Also had an explore of the surrounding what look like abandoned barn buildings around the cottage. - The bath, I love me a good sized bath and I have to admit I had a bath every night I was there. - Plenty of books, board games and a small selection of DVDs to choose from to keep you occupied while you're there. As well as Freeview TV. - Bread and cake! <3 - The house in general, very spacious, comfortable beds, excellent kitchen, front room is very welcoming. - The night sky, when it goes dark it goes DARK. If you don't turn your outside light on you can barely see anything as there are no street lights; this is great when there are no clouds in the sky because the stars look amazing, I think I stood out there for an hour just looking up. (Then it got cloudy so I came in.) - A couple of great walking trails. - Closest shop is a 13 minute drive away. - The kids, being kids managed to leave some items behind; Helen had messaged me to let me know and said she would very kindly post the items back to us. - Communication overall, any issue I had was dealt with swiftly by Helen. Excellent service. Cons: - Closest pub is about 5-10 minutes drive away but the prices for food are extortionate. Alright if there's two of you, but if there's five of you and everything on the menu is £15-£25, no thanks. - Spoiled milk smell in the kitchen due to the previous tenants of the cottage and them failing to clean it properly. Reported this to Helen though and the day after she'd nipped in with some bicarbonate soda, that coupled with a good bleaching from the misses and a scented candle, the smell disappeared completely by the end of the week. - Flies; seriously, either bring some fly spray with you or buy some when you get there because they are VERY annoying. No fault of the owners of the cottage by any means, but you are located next to a field with a lot of sheep and flies like to hang around sheep. You don't want them crawling over everything when they get in, once all the flies in the house were killed when I got there, it was very easy to manage afterwards and is no way a put off. I left my fly spray for the next visitors. (You're welcome). - The tower on the hill; we made the mistake of thinking that tower was closer than it actually was. It's not just at the top of the hill, oh no. We wanted to see it up close and see what it was, so we decided to go and have a look. Four and a half hours later we came back covered in grass, mud and a thirst like no other after battling through six foot high brambles and falling over dips in the ground. Still, we all felt like we achieved something that day. - Leaving; I didn't want to leave. I could have stayed there forever. As you can see, all the cons had nothing to do with the physical cottage or had any major impact on my stay what-so-ever. I loved my week, Helen has been very courteous and I should like to think I'll be coming back next year.


  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

Pott Hall Farm

Masham 4 miles. A delightful barn and farmhouse conversion, situated on a working cattle and sheep farm, in a peaceful hamlet, 4 miles from Masham. Occupying an elevated position to enjoy superb views over Leighton Reservoir, these charming properties have been renovated to a high standard to provide spacious, well equipped accommodation. Nestled between Nidderdale and Wensleydale, the surrounding area affords an abundance of pretty footpaths and fascinating wildlife, whilst the colourful, twice weekly market at Masham, and the elegant spa town of Harrogate, are not to be missed.

The property

A charming, semi-detached, stone-built farmhouse, offering spacious and stylish accommodation, featuring a delightful sitting room and a pretty garden boasting lovely valley views.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 2189 to accommodate up to 10 people.


Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin & WC. Fitted kitchen with breakfast bar. Shared utility room. Sitting room with dining area and woodburner-effect gas fire.


  • Oil central heating with gas fire in sitting room
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, TV, DVD, radio/CD player, small selection of books/games
  • Freezer, washing machine & tumble dryer in shared utility room
  • Fuel & power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Cot & highchair
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed lawned garden with garden furniture & BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets & no smoking
  • Shop 6 miles, pub 4 miles
  • Note: This property is situated on a working cattle/sheep farm.

About the location


Ripon 9 miles; Bedale 6 miles; Northallerton 14 miles.

The historic little market town of Masham is situated in the lower reaches of pretty Wensleydale alongside the River Ure. Set in gently rolling farmland, the town boasts a huge market square, where a Wednesday market has been joined by a popular Saturday market. There are lots of walks around the area, including a 10-mile walk along the Ure, arguably one of the best in the UK. The town boasts a good range of crafts, galleries, shops, restaurants and pubs and has become best known perhaps as the home of two breweries Theakstons of Old Peculiar fame and the Black Sheep Brewery, which now brews 11 million pints of beer a year! The popular towns of Ripon, Thirsk, Northallerton, Richmond 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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