Just returned from 5 days at Moughton Cottage and it was nowhere near long enough!
As soon as you enter Austwick you know you are in for a great holiday, it's a fabulous base for a break and the weather was absolutely glorious for the 5 days we were there.
As you drive up to the cottage it exceeds expectations. As we opened the wooden gates to park our car we were stunned into silence by the beautiful hidden garden behind which is a real suntrap.
We wandered around the house in awe at the tasteful furnishings. Modern but yet in keeping with the traditional cottage theme. How wonderful of Kate the owner to have pictures of her family dotted around who have loved in the cottage with information for you on who they are and where the pictures where taken, definitely makes it more homely.
Theres a wood burner for those cool nights(not needed for us) and the cottage never got warm at all so was lovely and cool at the end of a very sunny day.
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a downstairs loo really spoilt us!
The area around Austwick is simply breathtaking, we went on a walk to Clapham across the fields and up to the Norber Erratics which was tiresome but so breathtaking. Also just down the road is a playground and a little further along an idyllic beck for you to paddle in or take a picnic.
I can't think of a more perfect base.
Kate was a great help, she answered my emails more or less immediately even though she was on holiday abroad herself at the time!
We will definitely be coming back.
I can't recommend this place high enough. The cottage is beautiful and the owners have provided everything you could need, and more, for a comfortable stay. We stayed here for a week with 3 children aged 6-10 and they had a lovely time. Everywhere in the Dales is easily reachable and the sun even shone for us.
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We loved everything about this cottage. Every room has a glorious view. The garden catches the sun and is a great place to eat. Pub and shop on the doorstep. Super walks from the door. We plan to return.
Kate is very efficient and quick to respond to any queries. The cottage and garden welcome you in with open arms and have the comfort /style/facilities that make the stay really memorable. We were chiefly walking and visiting friends and although we did picnic.... the local Pubs also saw a lot of us too. The best walks in our view are 2-3 hours in the morning.....pit stop.....1-2 hours in the afternoon. In that category the choice is endless and we were so lucky with the weather which also prompted a couple of goodly Pimms sessions under the parasol in the garden after a strenuous day.
Top tip would be the use of Austwick Taxi service. One man band ,Nick, drove us to Simonestone Hall [near Hawes] for a special birthday celebration. The whole day could not have been bettered. The drive is stunning and the food excellent. The view from the terrace not bad either!
What's not to like about Moughton Cottage! It's perfect for a short or long stay in the dales or lakes. The cottage is in a small village, the GameCock pub is two minutes walk away perfect.
The cottage it's self is decorated modern and tastefully done too. The log burner is so easy to use, every night we light the fire. The kitchen is equipped with everything needed. Plenty of cutlery, cups, plates etc so no need to have the dishwasher on too often.
The bedrooms are beautiful, the super king bed was enormous, pillows just right.
Bathrooms all good and the downstairs loo was handy.
The garden is lovely and there was plenty of room of room for parking four motorbikes within the secure gates.
We all loved the cottage and will be back no question!