|Minimum Stay||2 - 6 nights|
Please contact us before booking. Granville House in Bell Busk is a popular location for gatherings of families and friends. We have amazing views from all windows. It is along the old drovers track cycle route 68 and is a good starting point for the Pennine Way. We are on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in Malhamdale and not far from the AONB of the Forest of Bowland. A paradise for nature lovers. There are otters in the River Aire and Otterburn Beck. Spot the kingfishers too. In the evening watch out for bats and owls or study the night sky without light pollution and be mindful of the hares, rabbits, deer or badgers as you drive along. We provide bird seed for your bird table too.
This is farming country and England at its best. Depending on the time of year, we either have spring lambs being born in the field opposite or gambling and pronking around in full view. After that the same field is often used for birthing calves up until mid autumn.
Bell Busk is nowadays a sleepy ancient hamlet, but it used to be the main terminus for the Dales when we had a railway station and silk mill. Before that the Romans were here walking up and down our lane. It is as tranquil or bustling as you want it to be. The countryside is beautiful and uncrowded but good facilities are within easy reach. There are lots of things to do round here with walks and cycle trails straight from the door.
You can shop till you drop in Skipton, Settle, Clitheroe or Ilkley or wander round the picturesque villages of Grassington, Malham, Haworth and Kirkby Lonsdale. We have masses of neatly laid out leaflets for every occasion on a special book case. You will find everything you need for a relaxing short break or month long holiday. There are games, DVDs, books, magazines, IPOD dock, 6MB WIFI and a TV with some satellite channels. There is a piano with sheet music and guitar. The hand built bespoke wooden kitchen is a cooks dream with good quality equipment, an Aga ( so always warm and cosy on arrival) and an Aga easy recipe book. The kitchen is a great sociable place.
The bedrooms are spacious and furnished luxuriously.The bath is big enough for 2. We even have central heating and a log burner.
Just 1.5 miles away you will find fly fishing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, an off roading experience or falconry. The nearest bar there has 2 big open fires, choice of restaurants and amazing views. Evening meals are also available in Bell Busk if you book in advance or try the fantastic gastro pubs nearby or the award winning Indian restaurant in Gargrave.
The garden is large at the back with table and chairs, we provide picnic blankets too, but there is an unfenced pond and an unfenced drop so children must be supervised at all times. Malham Cove can be seen from the back garden. The garden at the front is small and safe with table and chairs. There is off road parking for 3 cars. Granville House is 15 mins drive from the ancient town of Skipton, 'Gateway to the Dales', with medieval castle, 4 day market, canal, many shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs. Easy access by road and rail - Skipton railway station has direct services from London Kings Cross. The local village of Gargrave has a well stocked Co-Op store. Hellifield, Aireton and Cracoe sell local produce. Settle, Malham and Grassington are also very close. Nearby places to visit include; Malham Cove, Gordale Scar, Ingleborough, Pen Y Ghent, Whernside, Pendle Hill and The Pennine Way, The Trough of Bowland, Forest of Bowland, Gisburn Forest, Settle Carlisle Railway, Embsay and Keighley Steam Railways, Bolton Abbey, Skipton Castle, Grassington, Hawes, Haworth, Clitheroe, Ilkley, Harrogate, Saltaire, Leeds and York.
We are a working professional couple, who love country life. We often work from home.
Our hobbies are varied and include many outdoor pursuits and gardening.
Jeanne Hine purchased this cottage in 2010
We meant to downsize when our children fledged but we fell in love with Granville House because of the views.
Once you are here, you will feel completely relaxed and quite far away but in reality Bell Busk is very easy to access just 1 mile from the A65, it is not cut off and does not take hours to reach along winding lanes. It's a little gem.
Our special features would include the views, the very large well stocked garden and the light aspect. If the sun is shining, it will shine on Granville House.
Indoors, there is a luxurious amount of space, a log burner, piano and guitar, a wonderful bespoke kitchen and a roll top bath. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness too.
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014
What a lovely house! It's obvious from all the reviews on here that this house is fantastic, and it lives up to that billing and more!
There are amazing views, big comfy beds, fab furnishings, a big tele, fab walks from the doorstep, a locally crafted kitchen, boot/drying room, big garden, cozy aga, wood burner etc. Absolutely everything has been thought of and been provided by the owners, who live next door. They are friendly and welcoming, but unobtrusive.
I don't think you could get a better house in the Dales. Could not recommend highly enough.
We really enjoyed our stay we are sad to be leaving the hosts we're very welcoming and helpful the cottage is very homely and comfortable well looked after property we would love to come back. Would recomend this place to everyone.
Granville House is beautiful. I stayed there with five friends a couple of weeks ago, and we had a lovely weekend. The house is spacious, full of light and very clean. It's tastefully decorated throughout - the owners clearly care about the small details. The kitchen is well equipped, and we soon got used to cooking on the Aga. It was lovely to relax in the living room on Sunday morning with the winter sunshine streaming through the window. I highly recommend this property.
Granville House is comfortable, clean,well maintained and equiped. The position is ideally suited
for touring the The North Yorks. National Park(walking distance to Malam), The Forest of Bowland and the Lakes.
The owners who live in the adjacent house are very helpul and friendly without being obtrusive. The property is
well equiped and gardens well maintained. A lot of thought has gone into making this a comfortable holiday home.
A very enjoyable relaxing holiday within striking distance of good pubs and restaurants.
If you are looking for an exceptionally good property to stay in, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, then you need look no further than Granville House. We really could not fault the property - everything was of the highest quality and this was greatly appreciated by all 6 adults who shared this break. Although the master bedroom has the advantage of the en suite all the bedrooms are absolutely beautiful, so there is no problem if, like us, you are trying to share the cost between you. Nobody will feel they have to 'make do' with an inferior room at Granville House - such a thing just does not exist there! We spent 4 very pleasant nights introducing relatives, visiting from Australia, to the area. Having never set foot in the Dales before they wanted to stay 'somewhere close enough to be able to get to other places'. In the event we never drove more than a few miles from the property and enjoyed a couple of very pleasant walks directly from the house. Our Australian brother-in-law is returning home with a map of the Dales so that he can plan his next visit - a very active senior citizen he wants to hire a bike next time and also walk more of the Pennine Way! All thoughts of being able to escape to the much busier Lake District appear to have been forgotten!
If you are slightly less active there are plenty of places of interest to visit close-by, we particularly enjoyed Grassington. There are pubs offering food as well as liquid refreshment but if, like us, you prefer to self cater most of the time then rest assured all the pots and pans you might possibly need are available at Granville House. Incidentally, I had never used an Aga to cook with before but once I had read the instructions I did not have a problem.
One of the things we all particularly liked was the amount of information, in the Welcome Pack at the house, about the history of the property and also the local area. The owners have clearly gone to considerable trouble to collate this for their visitors. In addition there is a wealth of information about things to do further afield. It's a bit like having a tourist information centre all to yourselves - you can sit round the dining table with a cup of tea whilst perusing the brochures and maps and discussing what you might like to do next!
I hope this review helps to answer some of the questions other people might have when considering renting the property. I would not hesitate to recommend it to friends and family.
An immaculate farmhouse that has plenty of room plus lovely gardens. The owners clearly have an eye for detail and provide lots of little touches that help make your stay feel special. Cooking with the aga was a new and pleasurable experience. We were also extremely lucky with the weather which always helps. Some fantastic walks nearby. We had a perfect September break in Granville House.
We hired the cottage for our entire family and it was perfect for all. Large well fitted out rooms with a homely rural and modern feel. Everything we could ever need was provided including lots of information on the local area and evening entertainment like games and dvds etc. The views from cottage were stunning and the location close to the pennine trail, malhamdale, Gargrave and Skipton was perfect. Really easy to get to from the main roads yet quiet and peaceful. The Owners were on hand and very helpful also. We all hope to return here again next year. I can't recommend this cottage enough.
The Walker Family
A car is recommended. Gargrave is a 2 mile walk where there is a train station.
Skipton Station is about 7 miles.
Leeds Bradford Airport is about 45 mins away.
Our grid reference is 390 796 E. 456219 N.
Gargrave is a 2 mile walk, 3 miles in the car.
Skipton and Settle are 7 miles.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Minimum of 2 nights in the low season and 3 nights during the rest of the year, unless booking last minute. Folks can arrive after 4pm and need to be packed up and heading off by 10am on day of departure. This is sometimes negotiable out of season.
We cannot accommodate any pets.
There is an absolute ban on smoking indoors.
Changeover day is flexible.
Arrival is after 3pm
Departure is before 10am
Notes on prices:
Short stays welcome, per night price varies - please enquire. We shall send you a quote, then a cancellation policy and booking contract before any money is accepted. An initial deposit within 2 days of reservation is required. The balance is payable 4 weeks before arrival. There is sometimes a discount for 2 people such as late bookings.
Price includes: cleaning, WIFI, bedding, bathroom and kitchen towels and kindling.
We are happy to talk on the phone.