Lovely cottage but unwelcoming village
We rented Angler's Cottage for 4 nights and were there as a family of 5. It was extremely comfortable with many thoughtful amenities for forgetful self-catering holiday-goers. It is a 5-bedroom cottage and there is plenty of room, all the beds are comfortable and large. The decor was also very homey and cosy, making for a lovely getaway, with a real fireplace and centuries' old decor still in place (it was built in the 1700s).
Unfortunately, our holiday was marred - and cut short - by the unwelcoming attitude of the village, particularly a council member who is a neighbour (and should know better given the amount of income the cottage brings to the community). To make a long story short, she ensured that one of our cars was impounded by the police at 2am, and fabricated a story about seeing suspicious youths in the area. She later approached us at the cottage and was unapologetic and belligerent.
There was clearly no need for this - it is well known as a holiday cottage and must often have a variety of cars parked near it (ours was a Porsche Cayenne and we had an 8-year-old with us - hardly suspicious looking). It was our son's BMW that was reported - why the police impounded it without speaking to us is also a mystery, other than the council member must have pushed quite hard for it). Once we spoke with the police ourselves, they not only issued a formal apology to us the next day (once by the PC and once again by his sergeant), they even paid the fee to have the car released (£400!). The council member, unfortunately, remained nasty and unpleasant.
All in all, the visit left a bad taste in our mouth, but certainly not because of the cottage. It happens to be an extremely small village and we felt very uncomfortable after the incident and the council member's unfriendliness, so cut the holiday short and left a day early.
Angler's Cottage dealt with our early departure very professionally and I am thoroughly impressed with the cottage and its owners. If it weren't such an awful experience with the town council member, we would probably return.
The nearby trout farm in Kilnsey is within walking distance and is a delightful place for families who enjoy the outdoors and mums who enjoy a coffee in the cafe while the family is fishing.
Booked Angles Cottage for a weekend for 7 adult family members to visit Grassington Dickensian Festival Skipton Christmas Market and this was a great location.
There's comfortable parking for a couple of cars around the house and we found the the Tennant's Arms twenty or so yards down the road didn?t complain about the odd car being left there.
The cottage itself was charming and well equipped with almost everything you could want for a comfortable stay. All the bedrooms were comfortable clean and spacious. The very comfortable lounge with it's log burning stove was a great gathering place.
The kitchen is fully equipped with most requirements including a decent coffee machine, the only criticism of the kitchen could be the size of the cooker, if you where cooking a meal for ten it would be a push. The rest of the downstairs consists of a decent sized dining room and the aforementioned lounge and a number of service rooms including a drying room with the boiler, a wash room that houses two extra fridges as well as the laundry items. Also on the ground floor you have a toilet.
On the 1st floor you have the five bedrooms, one bathroom with a rolled top bath, equipped with a very poor shower, and toilet. A second bathroom with a much more reasonable over bath shower is at the far end of the corridor along with a separate toilet.
All in all a great hideaway in a lovely part of the country.
However I must make a note of number faults that truthfully would not cost a fortune to correct and would further improve the experience of the stay.
Strangely most of the bedrooms have no locks on the doors with several of them having no catches at all and the bathroom and toilet doors have hook and eye catches in stead of bolts or locks, quite strange and leads to most of the doors being left slightly ajar when occupied.
For a house that can accommodate ten guests you only have one effective shower as the one over the roll topped bath is only just adequate to rinse your hair but definitely not for showering.
Also the WiFi is just about usable but crashes if several people try using it together.
Is this a place I?d visit again, definitely, but several points do been addressing if prices are to be justified.
Lovely cottage lots of nooks and crannies. Had a great family gathering. Nice and clean. Only criticism is oven a bit on the small side when cooking for 10 people and a table protector for the dining room table would help. Would recommend and definitely visit again.
Discover the Dales from a delightful cottage.
Our week stay in Anglers cottage was great from the off. We were a family of ten for 4 nights. The five bedrooms are all different, very good sizes, comfortable and had, in the main, plenty of wardrobe/drawer space, with hairdryers in each room. It is a very spacious quirky cottage (it used to be a public house) and the size was great for all of us. Plenty of fridge space to take supplies as there are extra ones in the utility room. Ten of us sat comfortably for an evening meal at the dining table. The modern kitchen and sitting room were also very comfortable. Plenty of crockery/cutlery/glasses. There are 3 toilets and 2 bathrooms. The house was clean and warm with a welcome feeling on arrival. A wood burning stove is available for winter nights, with an honesty box if wood is used. It has fabulous views to the front, but it is on a busy main road, which didn't bother us when we were in bed, and we were out during the day visiting all the fabulous Dales beauty spots. Plenty of walks to go on. Fishing and a short walk is just along the road at Kilnsey Fish Farm, worth a visit! Having a pub next door was a bonus for us (no designated driver needed). The Tennants Arms is great and serves good food too, it has an lovely outdoor garden, which is the only thing missing from the cottage and there is very little space at the rear to achieve one. I wouldn't miss that in winter but in summer months, I am not so sure. It was a lovely week spent with family and I would thoroughly recommend it.
The Cottage was very well equipped, spacious and comfortable. There was an impressive standard of cleanliness. Our weekend went too fast, no one was in a rush to leave. Having such a lovely pub yards away was very convenient.