Station Master's House
Ribblehead, North Yorkshire
Reviewed by Amanda Whittam & Family
We were invited to review a self-catering stay at Station Master's House at Ribblehead on the Settle-Carlisle line and had a fantastic stay.
After receiving helpful emails from the Settle – Carlisle Railway Trust (and useful info on their website www.sandctrust.org.uk/stayatastation) we were armed with contact phone numbers, directions and a post code and were off on our way to the Station Masters House at Ribblehead. Unfortunately as we travelled on Friday evening, we had to endure the M6 traffic jam and were therefore due to arrive later than expected, but a quick call to the owners and they arranged an alternative key collection point for us. The house was easy to find, just head for the Ribblehead viaduct!
We arrived to a warm centrally heated house, with some lovely welcoming touches, such as tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh fruit and flowers. Our first impressions were really good, we liked the neutral decor and the original features really added to the character of the house, particularly the angular windows which were really unique. As we were amongst the first guests to visit the house, we were impressed with how new and clean everything was, particularly the kitchen and bathroom. The kitchen was equipped with everything you would hope for, plus extra touches like a dishwasher, a slow cooker, plenty of cleaning products and a first aid kit. The bathroom offered a toiletries pack and plenty of fresh towels, plus an amazing view over the mountains!
After a goods night’s sleep, we woke to the magnificent views surrounding the property. To the left we could see the Ribblehead viaduct, and my 3 year olds were fascinated watching the trains coming over the viaduct and stopping at the station just outside our window. We also had views of the three Yorkshire Peaks (Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent) and watched the streams and streams of walkers attempting the challenge of climbing all three. The house is in a fabulous location for anyone wanting to walk in this area and even has its own drying room for those wet Yorkshire days (and a washing machine and dryer). The house also has well-kept secure gardens (as well as its own enclosed courtyard), perfect for BBQ's or just enjoying the views. A mere 200metres down the lane from the house is a fantastic little pub with a great menu, although booking is advisable as it gets busy with walkers.
We had a fantastic stay here and would love to go back for a longer stay. Nearby towns of Settle, Malham and Dent were lovely to visit and my husband enjoyed the challenge of climbing Whernside whilst I explored the house and gardens with our girls. This really is a home from home, where every detail has been thought of, well worth a visit!
Rating: 4.5/5 (would have scored a 5 if I could have taken my dog!)
For more information or to book a stay at the cottage visit www.sandctrust.org.uk/stayatastation