We’ve been using Airbnb for a couple of years now and we love it. It’s so easy to find unusual, quality places to stay. I love the process of building your guest profile so that places you’ll be staying know what you’re like, and the fact that reviews work both ways – the guests get comments as well as the hosts.
Last weekend we stayed in a cottage in delicious Nidderdale, a rolling, green valley close to Harrogate in the North Yorkshire Dales. The cottage was part of a thoughtfully converted set of buildings, nestled in its own wide, simply arranged gardens. Check out the cottage listing on Airbnb here.
Peacocks, guinea fowl and chickens trundled slowly about, the latter providing fresh eggs for our stay. There’s something mesmerising about peacocks, isn’t there? I had morning coffee outside, in the pale Yorkshire sunshine each day, taking in the changing season, almost watching the leaves change. I went for a run, I almost felt propelled along by the sweetness of the air!
The cottage itself was perfect, especially for a family stay (we were parents, grandparents and toddler). The social lounge and dining area was ideal for lolling about on a multitude of comfortable furniture. The kitchen was unobtrusive and perfectly stocked. I loved the little touches – there were candles for dinner, an amazing selection of books to snatch up when you had a spare ten minutes, and, for an old building, it was impeccably warm and cosy. The wooden toy box and presence of both fast WiFi and CBeebies made things very easy too.
Upstairs, the beds were comfortable, the curtains were blackout, and the shower was powerful. All you need, really!
We visited Fountains Abbey and I was blown away by its size and general beauty, Betty’s of Harrogate where tea came in silver teapots and macarons became Tibbs’ best friend. We even found an excellent, clean, fun soft play called Butterfingers to take up some rainy day hours.
Yes, it’s a four-hour drive from Bristol and therefore worthy of a longer weekend. But the Dales are so different from our landscape in the South West, and there’s nothing more comforting than a big slice of Yorkshire warmth as the weather changes.