- Country House
- Swimming Pool
- Baby equipment
- Internet Access
- Log Fire
- Sauna or Steam Room
- Golf nearby
- Horse Riding
This magnificent detached country estate, with a private heated swimming pool, sleeps up to 16 guests and is set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, in stunning countryside amongst sweeping valleys and dramatic open moorland.
Oughtershaw Hall rests amongst quiet woodlands 1000 feet above sea level, in the small hamlet that shares its name. Originally transformed from a medieval farmhouse, where Charles I is rumoured to have stayed, it then became a shooting lodge in the 1850s. Footpaths trail from the doorstep through the valley, where you’ll find plenty of pretty spots along the river, perfect for picnics. Beautifully-styled throughout, this house is oozing history, 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. Shop 5.5 miles, pub 4 miles.
Oughtershaw is in the 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 of this magnificent Dale. Much of Upper Wharfedale is National Trust owned – an indication of the beauty of its countryside, with dry stone walls and barns, important flower-rich hay meadows and valleyside woodland. 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 centre and restaurant. To the south lie Buckden, Kettlewell, and the pretty market towns of Grassington and Skipton.
Detailed directions provided on booking
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 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. The cosy library is a lovely spot to sit and listen to the babbling beck, whilst the snug which is set off the kitchen, houses another stove.
The centrepiece of the house is the vast L-shaped, open plan kitchen, with 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 (10m x 3.5m) with its windows at water height, underwater lighting, a shower room and a beamed ceiling. Rangemaster electric range oven with induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwashers, 6 x TVs with FreeSat, Blu-ray DVD, 3 x Sony audio systems, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs.
Access to the gardens is through the impressive original entrance hall. The house 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. Relax on the patio with its extensive views; in autumn, the ground is carpeted with gold.
Conditions of Rental
Fuel, power and fuel for fires inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent (please bring own pool towels). Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Off road parking for 8 cars. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Children to be supervised at all times. No stag/hen parties or similar. This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of
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