A wander through the seasons at Hillcrest Cottage in Swaledale .
Which is YOUR favourite?
It doesn't get much better than spring in Swaledale. New life, new born lambs, vibrant birdsong and slowly but surely, as if by magic, new colour in the garden at Hillcrest.
From early June the flowers come! The sheep are taken out of the meadow fields so that the grass can grow for hay. Swaledale is renowned for it miles of dry stone walls, its many little stone buildings known as cow'uses and for its spectacular flower filled meadow fields.
As spring gives way to summer the garden at Hillcrest is filled with a riot of colour. Under unbroken skies, farmers up and down the dale cut and gather their vitally important hay crop and the landscape takes on a patchwork of greens and ochres.
Autumn can only be described at amazing! The colour palette Mother Nature choses as the leaves fall and the days shorten is nothing short of spectacular.
Imagine spending Christmas or New Year here. Carol Services and silver bands playing Christmas tunes and traditional carols, an old fashioned pantomime at the Georgian Theatre in Richmond, pick up provisions at a proper butcher and busy market stalls plus a superb gastro pub only a stroll away from the cottage. What more could you want? Only to to book early!
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