Welcome to The Dove Cote at Arbour Hill, a stunning and unique retreat set within the grounds of a beautiful and historic estate in Wensleydale. Subject to recent and outstanding renovation, this gorgeous Grade II listed building has been transformed into a luxury bijou country retreat every bit as relaxing as its name and designed specifically for couples.
The Dovecote has an incredibly romantic history. It’s said that the former Earl of the estate had 4 Palladian style model farms built at all 4 points of the compass from his castle so that his Italian wife would feel at home. The Dovecote forms part of one of these stunning Georgian farms and affords its own wonderful views of the castle, estate and Wensleydale beyond.
The superb renovation of this luxury Yorkshire Dales cottage has taken great care to retain the elegant character of the building as well as introducing the latest green technology. A Biomass boiler and solar panels on a building nearby combine to provide clean heat and hot water to this listed building. The renovation has also made excellent use of the space.
Downstairs you’ll find a cosy living area complete with a bespoke kitchen and breakfast bar dining area. The hand-crafted kitchen boasts warm oak floors and chunky wooden worktop as well as a top of the range BOSCH combination over, microwave and hob. Inside the hand-painted cupboards you’ll find porcelain plates and cups as well as Denby pans to cook with. The wooden breakfast bar is perfectly proportioned for two. Pull up a stool and enjoy some freshly laid eggs from the resident hens for breakfast. It’s also the perfect spot for a few glasses of bubbly before heading out for dinner.
Downstairs is also home to a luxurious wet room designed for two. Step in to find Travertine tiles from floor to ceiling, underfloor heating, a monsoon shower head and a heated LED mirror – feels like a 5 Star Hotel in here. Complimentary toiletries and fluffy Egyptian cotton towels are included too for that luxury ambiance.
Make your way up the stairs to the classically-styled bedroom. Take in the specular views of the nearby castle through the round window and from the Juliet balcony a view of the newly commissioned formal parterre gardens in the grounds. Throw open the curtains each morning and take in some of the most romantic vistas in Yorkshire. The bedroom has a double oak bed dressed in the finest Egyptian Cotton bed linen and comes complete with a sumptuous pocket-sprung mattress. There’s a SMART LCD TV up here for those chilled evenings watching movies in your PJs. With hi-speed Wi-Fi provided you can stream movies direct to your TV to enjoy.
Set within the grounds of a larger estate, The Dove Cote has much to enjoy outside as well as in. Take a turn around the fully walled garden; enjoy the mature trees and elegant Georgian architecture as well as a beautiful Parterre formal garden. Grab a blanket and strike out to find your favourite picnic spot. For those long lazy lunches over a bottle or two there’s a sheltered private dining area complete with top quality outdoor furniture. Uninterrupted views in all directions, sunsets and romantic evening lighting combine to create something really quite magical in this little corner of Yorkshire.
The perfect holiday cottage for couples in the