Ivydene Guesthouse Leyburn - WALKING, FISHING, RIDING TOURING GOLF ETC.
The view from the front of the house looks out across the village to the beautiful Wensleydale valley beyond, along which runs the River Ure. From the back of the house you will see Pen Hill, which separates Wensleydale from neighbouring Coverdale and is shrouded in legend.
The accommodation has been tastefully adapted to provide all the modern comforts while retaining the charm and character of the old country cottage.
Ivy Dene Country Guest House
Each of our four en suite guest bedrooms has tea/coffee making facilities, colour TV, easy chairs, wash basin, vanity lights/mirrors, shaver point, bedside lights and hair dryer.
Our 'Four Poster' room is ideal for that romantic weekend away from it all. The other three bedrooms are attractively furnished with canopied beds or attractive Victorian-style brass bedsteads. Our rooms are appointed to the VISIT BRITAIN 3 STAR Guest Accommodation standard, and we are recommended in the Which Good B&B Guide.
An excellent value 3 course fixed menu dinner, home cooked from fresh local produce with a choice of delicious home-made desserts and fresh ground coffee is available, but must be pre-booked.
Ivy Dene is not licensed, but diners are welcome to bring their own wine to enjoy with a meal, and its rooms are centrally heated - ideal for winter breaks. There is a car park at the rear. You can always be sure of personal attention from Bob and June Dickinson at Ivy Dene.
The Area around Ivy Dene
Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, West Witton is one of Wensleydale's oldest villages dating back to the 11th century. It is still very much a “working”, mostly farming, village with a friendly and thriving local community supporting two typical Dales pubs, an ancient church and a village green and pond.
Within easy reach are the charming Dales towns of Richmond, Ripon, Knaresborough, Harrogate, Skipton and York. Castles to visit include Middleham Castle, the childhood home of Richard III, and Bolton Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned for a time. Interesting abbeys close by include Fountains Abbey, near Ripley, of particular interest as it is the largest and most complete of the Cistercian abbeys in England. For those interested in antiques one of the largest auction houses in England (as seen on TV) is nearby, offering regular sales. Bob at Ivy Dene repairs and restores antique clocks and your enquiries about your own clocks or valuations are welcome.
Pony trekking, fishing, golf (there are seven courses nearby), walking the many well-mapped footpaths, climbing and caving are all activities available in the Dales. If you prefer something a little less energetic, why not just enjoy a picnic in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside before returning to Ivy Dene for a delicious home-cooked meal.
IVY DENE IS INSIDE THE DALES NATIONAL PARK AT WEST WITTON, NEAR TO THE LOCAL BEAUTY SPOT OF AYSGARTH FALLS (3miles), AND THE DALES TOWNS OF LEYBURN, AND MIDDLEHAM, WITH ITS ANCIENT CASTLE. THE MARKET TOWN OF HAWES IS JUST 20 MINS AWAY, WHERE YOU WILL FIND THE WENSLEYDALE CREAMERY(WALLACE & GROMMET), THE DALES MUSEUM, AND MANY OTHER INTERESTING SHOPS AND CRAFTS.
TO THE EAST IS RICHMOND , AND ITS CASTLE, RIVER WALK, AND THE GREEN HOWARDS MILITARY MUSEUM. WEST WITTON ITSELF IS AN ANCIENT VILLAGE MENTIONED IN THE DOOMSDAY BOOK OF 1086, AND IS ASSOCIATED WITH JAMES HERRIOT, AND THE BBC SERIES "ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL".
IVY DENE GUEST HOUSE WAS BUILT IN 1686, AND IS A LISTED BUILDING. WE OFFER COMFORTABLE,STYLISH ACCOMMODATION,(SEE OUR WEBSITE), IN A RELAXED AND INFORMAL ATMOSPHERE, AND CAN OFFER EVENING MEALS, ALL HOME COOKED USING LOCAL PRODUCE WHERE POSSIBLE TO COMPLETE YOUR DAY. (PLEASE PREBOOK).
REST RELAX AND STAY AWHILE.