Masham wide view over trees to St Mary's Church spire and hackfall folly beyond

Your Hosts

Columb & Michelle Reid

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We bought Morton House in December 1991. We knew from the beginning that it was a really special property – our kids loved growing up here in Masham.

In 2007 & 2008 we undertook a much needed renovation project on the property. The project was carried out thoughtfully in order to retain as many of the fabulous original features as possible, these included exposed beams, open fireplaces and a fantastic loft master suite.

The property has been a holiday let since April 2008 when we began welcoming many guests from all over the globe to our characterful property.

A Love of

Travel

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Both Columb & Michelle have a strong passion for travelling and visiting new places and experiencing different cultures.

Michelle grew up in New Zealand and also spent quite a bit of time in Australia, she now feels so lucky to live in such a special place as Masham here in the Yorkshire Dales.

“I really enjoy sharing what we have here with other like minded travellers and enjoy making sure they get the best experience whilst staying with us at Morton House.”

With their experience they understand what guests to Masham might want to see and do while they stay in this special place.

Trees and rocks on the riverbank of the River Ure in Masham
A stone folly in Hackfall Woods near Masham
Masham woods, mature trees

Family

Gatherings

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We have 3 grown children, all now living away from Masham, and we also have 2 wonderful grandchildren. Family is hugely important to us and Morton House is a place we all love to get together.

Morton House is ideal for large family gatherings and reunions; its flexibility offers brilliant space for multi-generational families and we know other families will enjoy it as much as we do.

Wide view over barley field to mature trees and blue sky

Our Second

Home

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Since falling in love with Tuscany in 2004 we have been traveling back to the same village every year.

Our children have enjoyed many family holidays here with us and over the years so have many of our friends. In 2016 we were offered the chance to purchase our own piece of paradise and that all finally completed at the end of November 2019.

So the new decade brings with it new adventure for us in renovating and offering our Italian Villa as accommodation and eventually a Terrace Venue for parties and weddings.

This is hugely exciting and we hope to see lots of our Yorkshire guests in Italy also.

Villa Cicogna Exterior with gates

Testimonials

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“Great value accommodation, felt immediately at home & only 2mins walk from Masham market square”

Courtyard / garden space, adjacent to bedrooms & lounge, shared with two other sets of visitors could cause problems, Lovely living space with all facilities, spacious, uncluttered, contemporary with lots of natural light – and good wifi.

“Great house, brilliant location for families with kids. Thanks for a wonderful week with four generations.”

Malone Family
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“We all had a lovely time in Morton House.  Great location, fantastic house and the best kitchen.  A holiday that grown ups and children will remember.  Thank you.”

“Last minute stay in a wonderful house in a great location.  Everything you need for couples or families … thank you.”

The Whithams
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“Fabulous stay in beautiful Masham in a gorgeous house. Warmly welcomed by Michelle.”

Just a minor thing – but as we are travelling around the UK we are trying to pack light so don’t carry things such as body wash for the shower. We assumed accommodation would provide this. Also there was a washing machine but no laundry detergent. It would have been convenient if this had been supplied – even at a cost. But as I said minor things.   We had the whole house to ourselves. Loved the wood fire. Old world kitchen was lovely. Fully appointed with everything you could need.

“Had a great stay – house and surrounding area had everything we needed.”

Cooper Family
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“Four generations of our family stayed here to attend a wedding.  Accommodation of a high standard, king size bed very comfy, all amenities close by and a warm welcome from Michelle and Columb.”

“A wonderful break in great accommodation and fantastic weather – what more could you ask for to celebrate a ‘Masham boy’s’ 80th birthday.”

The Mallabys
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“Highly recommended”

Great location, amazing private stable block. The owners were lovely and made us feel extremely welcome. Would love to go back in the future.

“A gem of a place to stay”

Homely, great host and wonderful amenities with a fantastic range of activities on the door step, We hope to return!

Booth Family
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“Great house, very comfortable.  Fabulous end of a great holiday, thank you both so much – would come again.”

“What a great village”

Lovely accommodation, fabulous weather.  We visited the Forbidden Corner, Himalayian Sculpture Gardens and Theakstons Brewery.  We could be back.

Rimmer Family
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Great location. Great accommodation. Great!”

The shower rooms were a little small. The sink was low for anyone with a bad back. (got me out of the washing up though!)  We really liked the underfloor heating. The beds and stay were very cosy and comfortable but with enough space to feel right at home. Great location for discovering Masham (could walk right into town or by the river and the surrounding area!)

“Lovely house, weather was great, enjoy tranquillity in the outdoors. Close to all amenities especially 2 breweries. Had food at Kings Head. Will recommend!”

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“Excellent time, really comfortable house, appreciate the hospitality and welcome, haven’t moved from Masham!  Lots of pubs and walks to enjoy.  Best wishes for the new year.”

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