I’ve never considered myself much of a countryside person. I love the city – bright lights, blaring sirens and all. I grew up in a fairly urban part of Yorkshire and as soon as I was old enough, I was on the bus to York or Leeds every weekend. I’ve lived in the city (and now 5 minutes outside it) since I was 19.
But I have a theory that every Yorkshireman/woman has a soft spot for rolling hills, herds of sheep and not having a phone signal. Yes, New York has the Empire State Building, but when I spent the weekend in the Yorkshire Dales, I had an Aga. Here are some photos from my trip…
We stayed in Raydale House, an amazing country pile a few miles outside Bainbridge in the Yorkshire Dales. There’s nothing here but the house, the hills and the sheep – no phone signal, no wifi, no shops or people. It. Was. Blissful.
The house is stunning – a huge stone cottage first built in the 15th Century then rebuilt in the 19th Century but with many of the original features retained. There’s an open fireplace in almost every room, a claw-foot bath in one of the (many) bedrooms, cosy armchairs, walls and walls of books and nooks and crannies everywhere you look. There’s even a hidden toilet, which my grandma used once then couldn’t find again.
Amazing Ruby Brown slippers c/o Sarenza – these beauties were perfect for padding over the stone tiles.
Rob and I arrived on Saturday afternoon – the whole family gathered at the house to celebrate my grandma’s 75th birthday. The entire weekend consisted of eating, drinking, sitting, talking, sleeping and a small amount of walking and exploring.
The views are beyond stunning – the house sits in a valley and has panoramic views of the countryside from all angles. You can sit and watch the sun slowly rise over the hill, then later see the sky turn pink as it sets again.
Bram and Harry were particularly pleased to see so many sheep loitering around. Naughty dogs!
It was such a wonderful place to spend the weekend and I didn’t miss the city a single bit. In fact, I’m a bit annoyed that the city delivered me hundreds of emails when we finally rejoined civilisation. The only downside to visiting the middle of nowhere is leaving it again!