High Bands Cottage in Wensleydale

So today I wanted to share my first review and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to review the accommodation we stayed in for our first family holiday. We stayed High Bands Cottage a five bed self catering holiday home which was perfect as there was fifteen of us, the cottage was set in the beautiful Yorkshire dales half a mile from Gayle and a mile from the market town Hawes. For years my family have visited the beautiful country side in the North Yorkshire Dales and so we have stayed in a number of locations and accommodations, but I have to say that this was by far my favourite. 

This cottage was fully furnished with an open fire and is well equipped throughout including gardens, patios, outdoor furniture, a barbecue and even has a pretty herb garden something we didn't realise until two nights before we were due to leave. There are five bedrooms - Bedroom 1 has a king sized bed and an en-suite shower room, bedroom 2 has a double bed, bedroom 3 has a king sized bed, bedroom 4 has 2 single beds bedroom 5 has two zip and link beds, there is a double sofa bed in the lounge area. My favourite room had to be the kitchen. I know I am such a geek but I have love the idea of a big kitchen that is fully equipped where all the family can sit and eat together. This cottage kitchen is more than ample...Just look at the size of that table and chairs!!!

This was our room. As we arrived first we decided to call first dibs on the best room so we decided to get the king sized bed with the en-suite so we wouldn't have to use the main bathroom. Haha. We didn't fancy waiting for the bathroom or shower in the morning after all we were on holiday with fifteen people. I immediately fell in the love with the white (very heavy) vintage bed and oh my it was so comfortable, I wish I could have stayed in it longer - I had to forget that with my early riser! The only negative comments I could say about this room is that the cupboard had an odd smell to it but I see this as an opportunity to not bother unpacking my case - making the packing for home easy! Our daughter didn't seem to take well to staying in the room with all the dark beams all over the room, it was a little scary.

This was the main bathroom and seeing as we arrived in good time and a few hours before anyone else, we took advantage of a big bubble bath. It was perfect. Then after I had a long soak in the tub I had a little visitor who decided to jump in. Our daughter loved the big tub and even liked to use the shower head that was attached to the taps and thought it was highly hilarious when she sprayed me with freezing cold water!

I do have to say that this is probably one of the largest accommodations that I have ever stayed in and it was more than ample for a large family. With beautiful surrounding walks and the local town full of gift ships, bakeries, pubs, and restaurants and only a walk away. So if you are looking for somewhere for a family getaway in the beautiful countryside then look no further than this quaint and charming cottage in the North Yorkshire Dales.


  1. Great review. I've been wondering about holidaying in the UK and this looks lovely. I like the idea of staying in a cottage in the countryside. :)

  2. This was a really fab cottage especially as there were so many of us! I love taking holidays in the UK there are so many beautiful places. x

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