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Millstone Cottage

Thornton Watlass near Masham, Yorkshire Dales - South (Ref. 4152)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent place to stay."

    Well equipped cottage with everything you need for a stay. Cosy and comfortable and felt safe and secure when there for a few days on my own. Pretty village setting with friendly local pub with very good food. Well situated to explore the local area.

    Reviewed by JacquiMar 2022

  • "Very adequate for our 3 day stay."

    Reviewed by RichardJan 2022

  • "Lovely property very clean and comfortable."

    The owners were lovely and very accommodating. Lovely pub on doorstep delicious food.

    Reviewed by LynnJan 2022

  • "Hosts friendly and helpful."

    Lovely Village setting

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2021

  • "Nice cottage in a lovely quiet village and an ideal base to visit the Dales."

    Everything you could need is provided and Leanne was a very good host. However my marks would’ve been top across the board had the oven worked and it was eventually sorted Tuesday. We also weren’t aware that the local TV mast had a fire so we were without any channels for a couple of days also Leanne had to swap broadband as we were getting no signal. To Leanne’s credit once she knew about the TV and broadband issue she sorted straight away I was a bit more disappointed that the oven took longer to sort. My daughter is a vegan so it’s not quite so easy finding pubs and restaurants so we had planned to do a lot of cooking. Just a small gripe not a lot of kitchen workspace and the bathroom door sticks on the floor so you have to lift it to close. It was probably one of those weeks where everything goes wrong at the same time, it didn’t spoil our holiday and would definitely recommend staying there.

    Reviewed by DarrinAug 2021

  • "It is a lovely warm cosy cottage, in a very pretty village."

    Well situated for exploring. We enjoyed a warm welcome from Leanne. We loved seeing the horses and meeting the dogs.

    Reviewed by LydiaOct 2020

  • "Excellent facility and the owners were extremely pleasant."

    Great local pub close by with lovely food and superb Theakston's.

    Reviewed by KeithSep 2020

  • "The holiday cottage was fantastic and in a nice quiet village , cottage owners very friendly & made us very welcome ."

    The cottage is in ideal location to see the sites etc for days out .

    Reviewed by HowardAug 2020

  • "Excellent stay, very welcoming owners."

    Working stables on the property and children loved seeing the horses. Dog friendly. Charming village, pub 1 min walk away with good food. Nothing to fault, thanks !

    Reviewed by AlanJul 2020

  • "Absolutely lovely holiday cottage."

    The owners are wonderful and welcoming the cottage itself is lovely. We had a brilliant time and would recommend it to anyone

    Reviewed by CathJul 2020

  • "We had a fantastic time."

    The cottage was lovely and the location was excellent for visiting the places we wanted to go. The owners couldn’t have been more welcoming and friendly and we’ll definitely be returning. I’d recommend it to anyone they’d have a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by CathJul 2019

  • "Property is a converted garage attached to owners house."

    Very clean modern and comfortable. Situated in a great location, so much to do and see in the area. Dog friendly pub was fantastic. However, as per previous reviews, there is no enclosed outside space for us to sit peaceful and to let the dog out. Didn't realise when booking how close proximity we would be to a very busy stable yard. People, family, horses vehicles and owners dog constantly backwards and forwards, and our dog constantly barking at them. Not the quiet relaxing break in the Dales we were hoping for. We felt as if we were intruding in the owners busy day.

    Reviewed by ValMay 2019

  • "Really enjoyed our break."

    Family friendly and welcoming. Village really beautiful. Third visit.

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2019

  • "Nice clean, well appointed cottage although the upstairs floorboards were very creaky and noisy."

    Excellent bathroom and shower. A little strange that it was a shared entrance and the owners and family had to walk past the french windows of the lounge and were able to look in on us as the children often did. The village pub was close and for its remoteness ( the village) had a very good menu and the food was well cooked. Not much in the way of dog walks but plenty of poo bins around the village. Good access to places of interest, overall a very pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by AlanMar 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and clean and a real home from home perfect for our first holiday as a family of four."

    The owners are so welcoming and couldn't of been nicer. We will definitely return again. Thank you for a lovely weeks holiday.

    Reviewed by LauraMar 2019

  • "Thornton wattless is a beautiful village and it is within distance if many places to visit nearby."

    Bedale a is a couple of miles away which has everything you need shops pubs and restaurants. The Buck Inn in the village itself is a great place the food is excellent and the hosts and staff are very welcoming and friendly and we had many meals and great evenings in there. The cottage has everything you need, but for me due to the shared entrance and some shared facilities it's not private enough . Also as they run a business from the cottage other people are on the premises which I didn't like again a privacy issue.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2018

  • "Comfortable cottage in a lovely village location."

    Not very private though as the entrance is shared by the owners. We would have liked some secure outdoor space for the dogs to wander about in but there is a nearby village green. Good base for exploring the dales.

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2018

  • "The owners were very welcoming and had excellent advice for our daily journeys into the Dales and York."

    I must admit as well, that as well as the cottage being in a prime location, the village was delightful and so quiet

    Reviewed by RonaldAug 2018

  • "As always sykes cottages did us proud, lovely cottage ,lovely area, nice owners, good base to see Yorkshire from."

    Reviewed by AllanJul 2018

  • "Comfortable cottage, although lacking slightly in facilities with no dishwasher and shared washing machine and dryer with the owners."

    The kitchen area was quite small and limited. We would have preferred more private outside space, especially with two dogs. The cottage however was in a great location for exploring and the village was beautiful. Lovely local pub within very short walking distance.

    Reviewed by JanetMay 2018

  • "Mr and Mrs Hanity are great people and very friendly"

    Reviewed by SteveApr 2018

  • "Millstone cottage is in a perfect rural village location with an excellent pub The Buck Inn on the doorstep."

    The town of Bedale is a short drive or an hours walk away with plenty of shops, pubs and amenities, Masham is also nearby. Millstone Cottage is dog friendly although dogs need to be kept on a lead near the horses which are stabled in the yard behind the cottage. The cottage was ideal for our party of four adults and two dogs to spend New Year, inside it was modern and very well equipped, we even had a Christmas tree! The friendly owners were on hand if needed as they live in the attached cottage.

    Reviewed by KatieDec 2017

  • "Lovely country location, however limited local amenities."

    Village pub, the Buck Inn, was nice and serves very nice food. The local people are very friendly and the couple who own the cottage are very nice and approachable.

    Reviewed by DMar 2017

  • "Fabulous cottage, very well equipped, cosy, very clean and in an excellent location."

    Leanne and Niall are very friendly hosts and it was lovely waking up and seeing the horses and Ben the dog. Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by TraceyNov 2016

  • "We had a wonderful 3 nights, The owners were very friendly but not over bearing."

    The cottage was warm and spotless and had everything and more that we could possibly need, The Buck Inn was good all round with lovely food.

    Reviewed by PatriciaOct 2016

  • "This is the ideal property for total relaxation as the setting is quite beautiful."

    In what I would call a quintessentially English Village setting. The hustle and bustle of normal everyday life seemed left behind as you entered the village something we were looking for when selecting a property to stay in. Local amenities for general groceries are a few minutes drive away and the Local Pub do excellent meals. Plenty to see and do in the area.

    Reviewed by AmandaOct 2016

  • "Lovely owners, really friendly."

    Very welcoming local pub with excellent food and friendly locals.

    Reviewed by DianneOct 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be a double on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Entrance hall and utility room (shared with owner).
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer (in shared utility room), plasma screen TV, DVD, radio/CD, WiFi, books/games
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Small patio area
  • Shared garden in the stable courtyard with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Cycle storage available
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome (must be kept on a lead due to the proximity of horses)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1 minute walk
  • Note: Owners house is adjoining the property, accessed via a shared porch
  • Note: Horses are tended to on site.

The property

A wing of the owner's farmhouse on a smallholding for retired racehorses, in the pretty village of Thornton Watlass, 4 miles from Masham.

This delightful Masham cottage, a short stroll from Thornton Watlass' village green and popular village pub, has been carefully renovated to offer comfortable accommodation in a charming location.

Set out in an open plan style, with contemporary furnishings, this Masham cottage has a modern bathroom, two lovely bedrooms and a spacious living area with doors to a small patio area.

From the garden of this Masham cottage, guests can enjoy views of the Hambleton Hills and gaze across the owner's grounds to the old racehorses enjoying their well-earned retirement.

This is a perfect location to enjoy rural life, with walks and bridleways directly from the doorstep, Fountains Abbey nearby, and a little further afield, Studley Royal Water Gardens.

A lovely Masham cottage in an ideal location for a varied and enjoyable holiday, at any time of year.

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About the location


Masham 4 miles; Bedale 3 miles.

The pretty village of Thornton Watlass lies north of Masham and south of Bedale at the entrance to Wensleydale and the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park. At the centre of the village is the triangular village green, with its trees, cricket pitch and children's playground, surrounded by houses, some of which are built from local stone. Thornton Watlass Church dates from the 11th century and the village also has a public house called the Buck Inn. The nearby historic little market town of Masham is situated alongside the River Ure. Set in gently 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 reopened 10 mile walk along the Ure, arguably one of the best walks in the UK. The town boasts a range of crafts, galleries, shops, restaurants and pubs, and is the home to 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 base in all seasons.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas