This article features
Allison Coggan and family relax
Country scene: The view from Colwdyke Farm towards Edstone, North Yorkshire.
One of the first things about living in Yorkshire is you don't have to travel far to experience a different landscape. An hour in any direction takes you to more shopping heaven, beaches, or picturesque countryside.
As incomers, most places are new to us.
With a bank holiday weekend looming, we
had no inclination to spend most of it stuck in traffic jams, so we
decided on North Yorkshire.
Within a second of owner Janet Benton
opening the door to the cottage, we knew Les had found us a gem.
Having an open-plan layout, this two-bedroom converted barn was the
perfect rural escape.
Relaxation was the order of the weekend, so we didn't venture far. It was hard to tear ourselves away from the cosy cottage and the romance of a log fire. Still, we popped our heads through the door of the barn to stroke the newborn lambs, watching as Mrs. Benton gave milk to ones needing a helping hand. Buffy, a very tame cockerel, came to greet us every day, looking for tit bits.
We went for strolls through fields, exploring the riverbank and admiring the glorious, unspoiled landscape before heading back to the cottage. With the towns of Pickering and Kirkbymoorside just short drives away, we had the chance to eat out but chose to stay in. It was snowing and there was the fire, you see.
They were lazy days, the kind of days to appreciate being a family. We had read, played, sang and watched television. At one point, anyone sneaking a peak in the window would have seen all three Cogs fast asleep and cuddled up in front of the fire.
After three days, three very chilled-out people. Mission accomplished.
Cottage, Cowldyke Farm, near Great Edstone, North Yorkshire.
Contact: Call Mrs Benton on 01751 431242 or visit www.cowldyke-farm.co.uk