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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

Justine Hey
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About Justine Hey

Originally a Southerner I moved to Yorkshire nearly twenty years ago and I haven't looked back! Fountains Abbey Cottage is where I raised my children. It provided the perfect backdrop to an idyllic childhood of climbing trees, catching butterflies and sleeping under the stars. It gives us all great pleasure to know that the cottage can provide peace, beauty and joy to so many others as a holiday cottage.

Justine Hey purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Justine Hey chose Ripon

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! The Sawley Arms is just a one minute walk and provides tasty restaurant food (as well as take away fish and chips on Friday nights!)

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thankyou for letting us stay in the cottage- it was the best idea having this to go to after the wedding in the hall. We were able to use the back entrance to the hall into the cottage area when we needed to cook/get away. It was lovely to have all my girls together the night before relaxing in the cottage and Also have the garden room with my (now) husband on the Saturday evening.

We got a little bit confused with the heating but otherwise we felt the cottage was perfect. It's definately dream house material!

We had all the essentials we needed and loved the wicker baskets that had extras in when we left things.

Thankyou again for letting us stay!
Sep 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ripon in Sawley

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 4.3773584 based on 56 reviews

Poor Housekeeping standards did not match the price

  • 2 of 5

Beautiful setting and cottage, the standard of cleaning let it down. I feel very over charged for what I got. There was spilt milk that dried and stuck to the bottom of the fridge, dirt in the oven and the filter on the dishwasher was disgusting. I have expressed this to the owner but not had a reply.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bit disappointing and over priced-sorry!

  • 3 of 5

We had a super weekend with our friends. The location of the house is great, and we loved walking to Fountains Abbey.

However, for the amount of money we’d paid , there were too many things broken or worn out. (Leaking showers, cobwebs in kitchen, dishwasher tray broken).

In addition, when we arrived (at 4pm) the heating wasn’t working properly. Snow was forecast (and arrived), and rooms were cold. The owners didn’t respond to our multiple messages and calls until the next day, eventually arriving 24 hours later to look at it.

Having paid premium price for 3 nights, i’m afraid this was rather disappointing.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great family holiday home

  • 3 of 5

Just celebrated Mum’s 70th in the cottage and we all had a fantastic time. Everything you need for a family getaway (for all ages). The house needs modernising slightly (new carpets) but apart from this really lovely house and area. The Sawley Arms is less than a two minute walk (great food) and beautiful walks from every direction.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Poorly maintained and overpriced.

  • 1 of 5

We were looking forward to our stay at this cottage, but quickly realised that it wasn’t going to live up to our expectations. This is a shame as it is well located and, from the outside, rather attractive. Below I have listed all the problems we encountered during our stay.

1. The central heating only worked in some rooms. No matter how hard we tried we couldn’t fathom how to adjust it using the instructions provided, and It didn’t help that the thermostat was partly detached from the wall.

2. The ‘double’ bed in the front ground floor bedroom is a very uncomfortable, fold-down that would be at home in a ‘50s caravan. Totally unsuitable for 2 adults.

3. It was impossible to use the showers because doing so resulted in water pouring through the ceilings below into either the kitchen or the base of the stairs in the hall. This was despite religiously following the instructions to use the shower curtain in the main bathroom. The 2nd shower is in an en suite, and the tiles are so cracked that water seeps through and puddles on the floor below.

4. The freezer below the bench in the kitchen was in a very dirty state, and looked as if it hadn’t been cleaned for sometime.

5. Finally, one of our party came away with very bad bites to his back, shoulders and legs. We don’t know what caused these, but given everything else we encountered, it is possible that there were bugs in one of the beds.

We will not be returning.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful character cottage

  • 5 of 5

When we arrive at the cottage we were struck by the character & warm welcome. It was clean and comfortable for the whole family. Justine, the owner made sure we had all we needed and was happy to answer our questions. The cottage is in a ideal location for the amazing Fountains Abbey, Ripon & Harrogate - a must for Bettys tea shop. The cottage is situated on the edge of the village green with a play area and the children had a lot of fun there. We all had a wonderful time and will certainly come back next year. The cottage is perfect for a family or friends getting together. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage, a real retreat

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing! We felt at home as soon as we walked through the door, made even better by the cosy sitting room with log fire. The aga is also to die for and we enjoyed cooking anything and everything during our stay. All the rooms are incredibly clean, tidy and beautifully decorated, obviously very recently. You get the impression the owners really care about your break and cater for your needs, with handy boxes of things to use that you may have forgotten. The location itself is real Postman Pat territory, with beautiful country lanes and views as far as the eye can see. There was a really cute park just outside the cottage that my little girls spent hours in and all of us really found it the perfect place to switch off. On our last night there my husband and I sat on the sofa with wine and the Rightmove app, wondering if it'd be possible for us to live there- if that isn't a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is! Absolutely stellar!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with is; it really is an idyllic setting isn't it? You are right about the recent decor. The cottage has seen so many visitors that it was showing signs of wear and tear as we got to the end of the summer. We've worked really hard to bring it back to its sparkling best, I'm glad you could all enjoy the results.
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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
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

Pet Fee £0

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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