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Picturesque 300 year old cottage in pretty farming village

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Sleeps 10, Pets & Families Welcome

Our cozy cottage looks over the village green and is nestled between the small wildlife garden and fields of cows and sheep. A gate from the garden leads directly onto a footpath and a gentle walk along a country lane will bring you to 12th Century Fountains Abbey.

Our handmade country kitchen boasts a traditional stove and a large farmhouse table. French doors take you out onto our flagged terrace which overlooks the large garden. The snug lounge has a large stone fireplace, cozy wood burner and big comfy sofas. Our 3 bathrooms are beautiful with limestone walls and floors and in one, a luxurious roll top bath.

The cottage has a unique layout which seems to create the perfect setting for special occasions. There is plenty of social space, but also room to find somewhere quiet and escape the bustle. The large garden and village green means there's plenty of space for children and dogs to run wild and let off steam which helps the adult to relax and enjoy themselves too. Perhaps this is why we have had so many events at Fountains Abbey Cottage; birthdays (from 4 to 90!), hen parties, and reunions. We know that it's difficult to get everyone together for a whole week which is why we offer weekend breaks bookable as far in advance as you like. Prices begin from £750.

We know how difficult it can be to travel with pets or children which is why we provide the essentials (highchair; cot; dog bed etc.) to make life easy.

We sleep up to 10 in 4 comfortable bedrooms upstairs, a den with hideaway bed downstairs, and a detached guest room in the garden - snug and secluded, ideal for grandparents or romantic couples. Fine Egyptian linen, decadent silk bedspreads and enormous fluffy towels all encourage a sense of indulgence.

More Details

Richard Hey
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2017

Why Richard Hey chose Yorkshire Dales

The cottage has a great location, walking distance from North Yorkshires top two destinations, (Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks) yet untouched by tourism. It was originally built as part of the village school for 'the poor boys of Sawley' in 1703 and has a priviliged place in the village overlooking the green but with no immediate neighbours. Central yet secluded.

What makes this cottage unique

Secluded yet not isolated, there is plenty of space for children to free range without the worries of traffic. An adventure playground for bigger kids and an enclosed playground with swings and slide for little ones all within seconds of the front door. Fun and games with no effort. The configuration of bedrooms means it can be adapted to suit and has been very popular for multiple families to share. The private garden suite with it's own bathroom, sitting area and garden is a great retreat and perfect for grandparents or teenagers who need their own space sometimes!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just to say an enormous thank you for allowing Theodora and her friends to stay at Fountains Abbey Cottage this weekend. I think the quality of the cottage took them all by surprise and she was so touched by the little bunch of snowdrops on the kitchen table and the bottle of fizz. She said they had the happiest of weekends and it was the perfect way to celebrate her 21st. “Just like home,” she said.

They managed two walks (in spite of the wintry weather) including a memorable visit to Fountains Abbey, really enjoyed the delicious dinner cooked by Lockwoods (thank you for the recommendation – I have thanked them too), and had a thoroughly wonderful time.

I hope they left it all in order (Theodora promised me they had!) and didn’t leave any belongings behind. You have been so kind, accommodating and thoughtful throughout and I cannot thank you enough.
Feb 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ripon in Borough of Harrogate

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master en suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Limestone clad wetroom with huge shower head
    Family bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Beautiful roll top bath and limestone walls
    Garden suite bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Bathroom with corner bath in Garden Suite
  • Luxurious fluffy white towels provided
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , The large Master Bedroom has a King size bed and en suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Double or twin. With pretty fireplace
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , Pretty single bedroom with iron bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , Pretty single bedroom with iron bed.
    Ground Floor Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , The double bed downstairs can easily hideaway for more space
    Garden Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Detached suite. Dbl or twin en suite with sofa and patio
  • Our beds are made with pure Egyptian cotton linen and luxurious throws. Cots available on request.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming
Cot and highchair available on request (no charge). Dog bed, bowls and towels available on request (no charge). Award winning caterers available to provide fully catered dinner parties.


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Picturesque 300 year old cottage in pretty farming village
average rating of 4.5434785 based on 48 reviews

Lovely Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We caught a last minute break at the cottage and found Richard the owner extremely friendly and helpful. The cottage was fresh and clean with everything we needed for a great stay.

We visited Fountains Abbey before which was stunning...a must visit!

Thanks again,


  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous cottage in serious need of refurbishment

  • 2 of 5

Ostensibly an attractive cottage with a well-maintained garden let down by very poor maintenance: showers leaked; strong stale smell permeated the house; looked and felt unclean downstairs; AGA timer meant that it could not heat up long enough before it turned itself off; pullout double bedroom and ancient creaking beds not acceptable for the price. Very poor value for money. Owners did not respond to calls.

Otherwise perfectly placed to visit North Yorkshire's sites.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad that you enjoyed the garden and location. We took over management of the cottage in early September and have fully refurbished the interior.
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The property is in a lovely location and has obviously been a nice home at one time, but now it is in need of repair work, deep cleaning and refurbishing.

On arrival I had to give the kitchen surfaces a good clean. The whole house needs a good deep clean. Cobwebs everywhere and where dust has fallen it remains, on skirting boards, pipes, shelves etc..

There was plenty of hot water, but the plumbing requires an overhaul, joints were leaking and water was dripping from ceilings and running down walls!

I was unable to spend time in the sitting room as the carpet was smelly and filthy. The furniture had seen better days. It just didn't feel clean.

The bathrooms were clean with plenty of towels.

The bedding was clean and fresh.

The kitchen benches were unsteady as the feet were wearing away with use. When they toppled we were lucky no one was hurt.

The garden would have been a lovely family garden at one time, but all of the children's climbing area was green and slimy. The barbecue needs to be replaced, it is unusable.

As a family we were all very disappointed. I would say upset, but we made the most of our week together and enjoyed going out and about as there are many things to do in easy reach of this property.

We would not recommend this property to anyone as it stands. We would have expected better for half the amount we paid.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really pleased that you shared our love for the location of the cottage which is private but convenient for so many local attractions. Following a very busy summer the cottage has just received its Spring (...Autumn) clean with much of the cottage being redecorated both inside and out. A blocked shower trap had caused water damage to the hall ceiling and this has now all been made good so that the great ensuite shower room can be fully enjoyed again. As we move towards winter the garden has been tidied and the tree house and patio treated before the job of leaf collection begins! The cottage is back to its full homely best.
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Good location

  • 3 of 5

Property in good location but could do with being freshened up . However everything we needed was there and we had a lovely break.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Good location. Cottage could do with a bit of an interior update.

  • 4 of 5

Plenty of room.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family stay over holidays

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location and well outfitted house. We were a family of seven and there was plenty of space with 4+1 bedrooms. The owner set up a Christmas tree for our stay and really made us feel welcome. There are plenty of local attractions: Fountains Abbey, Brimham Rocks, Ripley Castle, and Harrogate. It was a picture perfect stay! It has a very cozy warm feel and the Aga stove and large wood kitchen table meant that we spent much of our time in there. Would recommend to families or anyone how wants a visit to the Yorkshire countryside. We would certainly stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a lovely time Cheryl. Although the garden is beautiful in the summer I always enjoy the cottage most in the winter. I think its because the range and the woodturners make it feel so cosy.
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Nearest Barpub
75 Metres
Sawley Arms
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
75 Metres
Sawley Arms
Car: recommended

Our quiet location makes it easy to stay put and enjoy the clean air and beautiful landscape but for the more adventurous there is plenty to see and do; 900 year old ruins; stunning rock formations; epic scenery; adventure play parks; Medieval markets; Edwardian follies.

Top of the list is world heritage site Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal: the ruins of a 12th Century Cistercian Abbey (the largest in Europe) alongside a beautiful Georgian Water Garden and peaceful Deer Park. Our lovely cottage is a peaceful half hour stroll from this stunning attraction.

Less than 3 miles away is Brimham Rocks a remarkable collection of weathered rocks that have formed magnificent sculptures.

For walkers we have the circular Ripon Rowel Walk, literally on the door step and many other beautiful places to explore from open farmland to craggy lakes and bluebell woods; all within two miles!

For historians there is a wealth of ancient buildings; Ripon's Cathedral which dates from 672AD, over 1300 years old! Fountain's Abbey is on our doorstep and Rivaulx and Jervaulx Abbey are within a comfortable drive.

For families there is an enviable choice. Tree climbing, pond dipping, and river jumping are all to be had within minutes! For more formal activities there are any number of attractions: Light water Valley is a 15 minute drive away and offers roller-coaster thrills and spills; How Stean Gorge is the site of a Highwayman's hideout and now offers abseiling, gorge-walking and kayaking. The Forbidden Corner is a wonderful folly and defies description but I heartily recommend it for the strangest day out!

And that's just the tip of the iceberg!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ripon, North Yorkshire

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
October Half Term
20 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
February Half Term
9 Feb 2018 - 19 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Mar 2018 - 16 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
17 Apr 2018 - 3 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Day
4 May 2018 - 7 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Spring
8 May 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Half Term
25 May 2018 - 4 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
5 Jun 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
20 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas & New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

We are happy to book weekend breaks in advance. Prices from £675 for the weekend rising to £875.

Mid-week breaks are also available (but are not accurately quoted on the HomeAway site). Prices from £675 please ask for an up to date quote.

DOGS WELCOME at no extra charge.

Discounts always offered to returning guests, please ask :)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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