Thursday 28 March 2019

Woodside Cottage - Malham, Yorkshire Dales

Hi there everyone 😀

As you may be aware, we are just back from our first week's holiday of 2019. We stayed in a cosy traditional stone cottage in the tiny village of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with plans to get out and do a bit of 'proper' walking, as well as exploring a bit further afield, whilst hoping to fit in in some cosy chill out time too.
We normally prefer a cottage in the midst of the countryside so it was quite a change for us to be in the heart of the village and we were both interested to see how we got on.

When did we visit?
15-22 March 2019

How many does it sleep?
4 - in two roomy double bedrooms, one of which can be made up as a twin if needed

How much was it?

Who did we book with?
Sykes Holiday Cottages

First impressions ...
The cottage was in a lovely spot, backing on to Malham Beck with, what felt like our own personal ancient clapper bridge leading to The Lister Arms, well within walking distance.

There was good off road parking to the side of the cottage and we entered via a back doorway leading into a small stone flagged porch area, which would be great for taking off wet boots and coats.

The porch leads through to the downstairs living area, which is all open plan ...

There was some serious lime green going on, which isn't really our thing, but it did all kind of work well together and it grew on us throughout the course of the week.

The kitchen area is at the back of the cottage and had a stone flagged floor ...
There was plenty of empty storage space to house our own provisions and a nice big fridge freezer.

The dining room is also across the back of the cottage.

At the front is a very spacious lounge area with two huge very comfy looking sofas set around an open fire which was all laid ready to light ...

The stairs lead off from the lounge and upstairs there are two very spacious bedrooms, one at the back and one at the front, both with huge comfy looking beds ...

There were fab views out of the back bedroom window, across to The Lister Arms and the hills beyond ...
The front bedroom had a huge ensuite shower room with a double size shower ...
... and there was a family bathroom, with a separate shower cubicle and a big roll top bath next to the rear bedroom ...

Our likes over the course of our stay ...
  • Coming in and out of the cottage by the back door ... it was just so easy to dump all the wet boots and coats in the porch and not traipse muddy boots throughout
  • The squishy sofas ... they were so big and comfy, lovely to curl up on for a night in front of the TV after a good day out walking or exploring
  • The heating ... worked really well and was easy to regulate, both up and down
  • The big powerful shower in the en suite
  • The nice big fluffy bath sheets
  • The Wifi ... which was totally reliable throughout the course of our stay
  • The huge comfy beds, which were a real treat to snuggle down into
  • The view out of the back bedroom window ... in all weathers, we spent a good while watching the rain and the Beck get seemingly higher and higher
  • The location was perfect ... we had plenty of walks right from the back door, with no need to get the car out, it was nice and quiet, though I'm sure it would be busier in the summer months and The Lister Arms fast became a firm favourite
  • The log fire ... we only lit it the once but Martin said it was one of the easiest to light that we've come across and it burned lovely with no messing about whatsoever ...

What would make it better?
  • For us, a downstairs toilet would be lovely, but we can see that there just wouldn't be room for this
  • More storage in the front bedroom would have been useful as we ended up having to use the drawers in the back room, but we managed ok
Would we recommend this cottage to our friends and family ?
Most definitely ... it was good value, in a brilliant spot and very comfortable

Would we stay in this cottage again?
I think we most definitely will. We fell in love with the cottage and Malham. We loved having so many walks on the doorstep and having The Lister Arms so close was a real treat and made a real change for us.



  1. very pretty house and views

  2. It was beautiful Elena. I wish we were back there now 😃


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