Guys, I have to tell you about a very special place. Since the idea of going to England came up a few years ago, I had been searching for the perfect and most amazing place to stay. My heart settled very quickly on A Corner of Eden, but then the trip got pushed off for a bit, and I wasn’t sure things such as itinerary and timing were going to fall into place well enough to make this place possible. But after a year of yearning to stay there, we came up with a plan, and dove head first, never looking back, and we are so happy we did. It was our favorite stay of the whole trip.
A Corner of Eden is a British countryside dream. It is exactly what you imagine country farm life in England to be. It is a historic, self-catered farmhouse in Ravenstonedale, just toward the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, very close to the Lake District. There are four bedrooms, three baths, a dining room, sitting room, kitchen, and best of all, a good old-fashioned dairy a.k.a cold-storage. Debbie greets your warmly with a smile, a basket of goodies, her homemade bread, and a cake in a tin…very british…very perfect…
The bedrooms have their own wardrobes. Naturally, I took advantage and moved in immediately. My Barbour and sweaters felt right at home!
Below is the dairy with wellies to borrow. It was also filled with spirits and wine, if needed…
One of my favorite parts of the whole farmhouse was the footpath cutting across the land. You just had to slip into a Barbour and wellies, step out of the front door, and right onto the path. It led us through the sheep pastures. Getting to walk through the fields is exactly what I imagined doing while in England… I was so happy!
Out destination?…The Fat Lamb Pub, about half a mile from the farmhouse. We ate there twice…the first time I had a beef cobbler with cheddar biscuits that were to-die-for. I think I will crave that dish for the rest of my life…
The Fat Lamb had an adorable, quintessential British atmosphere, and the food was wonderful, and uber-comforting on a cold evening.
(Funny side-note: you would never suppose to make a reservation for a pub in England, but at many of the pubs we went to, nearly all the table were full up with “reserved” signs. It happened to us on several occasions. I don’t always recommend making a reservation, because it’s always nice to be spontaneous when choosing a food spot, but if there is a particular pub you are dying to try, a reservation might be a good idea.)
We had a wonderful three night stay at our own little piece of British country heaven! I truly hope that I will visit the Yorkshire Dales again one day, because I certainly know where I will be staying!
Thank you Debbie and Richard for the wonderful memories!