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Ripon, Yorkshire Dales
Sleeps 3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Superb country cottage sleeping three people, perfect for family getaways
  • Pretty village location in Yorkshire's Nidderdale AONB
  • Thick cottage walls encompassing understatedly elegant interiors
  • Welcome hamper upon arrival packed with fun goodies
  • Private courtyard for summer days and wood burner for winter nights
  • Access to the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Property code: G0033

This unique cottage invites guests to enjoy a peaceful retreat. With origins dating back to the 1700s, it oozes authentic charm whilst enjoying a wealth of modern comforts and added luxuries to make your holiday extra special.

A comfortable and cosy Grade II listed stone cottage set in the heart of a pretty Yorkshire Dales Village, called Kirkby Malzeard, this is a firm favourite for romantics and growing families. With its chocolate-box exteriors, elegant country style and fantastic location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this charming cottage offers an exquisite escape to one of Yorkshire's loveliest locations.

Dating back to the 1700s, this cottage exudes character and warmth with its double frontage and climbing plants either side of the front door. Step inside to discover a cosy welcoming lounge complete with exposed beams and an original stone fireplace home to a wood-burning stove. Light up the burner and curl up on the fabulous tartan sofa with a good book and a glass of wine, time to unwind.

Settle down to a movie on the TV (subscription channels available) or just have a good old catch up by the fire. A speaker is on hand to provides the background music and a selection of games and books offers traditional entertainment.

Downstairs is also home to the spacious kitchen / dining area. The kitchen features shaker-style units and all the usual mod cons including an induction hob, fridge and dishwasher. A further utility room houses a washer/dryer and freezer. The dining table has a pleasant aspect right by the window so you can look out on village life over lunch.

There are two bedrooms both of which are set upstairs. The first is a beautiful master bedroom offering a king-size French-style bed, exposed beams overhead and further views out towards the village. It's an elegant and peaceful room, just the place to catch up on some well-earned rest. Next door you'll find the second bedroom, a very sweet single room echoing that same country style with its antique drawers and white wood-panelling. The bathroom is also upstairs and comes complete with a bath to sink into each evening, great if you've been hiking across the Dales all day. There's also a shower over the bath and WC.

Outside the cottage you'll discover a pleasant and private walled garden which includes a patio table and chairs. It's the perfect setting for an afternoon while you decide what's for dinner tonight. Set beside the village church so you can keep the time according it bells every hour through the day. Please note that there is only accommodation space only for a maximum of three guests at the cottage including infants.


  • 2 bedrooms: 1 king-size bed, 1 single
  • 1 bathroom: bath with overhead shower and WC
  • Downstairs utility room: WC, washer, dryer, freezer
  • Welcome hamper
  • Wood burner
  • Books and board games provided
  • Internet access
  • Smart TV with Netflix
  • BOSE Bluetooth speaker
  • Private, walled courtyard
  • Pub within a few hundred yards
  • Shop within a few hundred yards
  • Unallocated roadside parking outside the property, further parking available within the village
  • Regret no pets

The property has a beautiful location right in the heart of Kirkby Malzeard, one of the Yorkshire Dales' prettiest villages with its stone cottages and handsome church. There are handy amenities just a stone's throw away including a village shop, butchers and antique merchant.

The village is set in the rolling green countryside of Nidderdale, close to the ancient city of Ripon (6.5 miles). It's an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering the peace and tranquillity of the Yorkshire Dales countryside with the delights of cosmopolitan Harrogate less than half an hour away. With miles of stunning walks and mountain bike trails literally from the doorstep, the cottage is heaven for lovers of all things outdoors. And for eats you'll find no shortage of excellent gastro pubs and restaurants in the area. Nearby Ripon offers more options for eats as well as boasting a Thursday market, cathedral, numerous coffee shops, pubs, restaurants and a nice collection of independent shops to explore.

This area of Yorkshire has enough historical sites to keep you busy for a week with Ripley Castle, Newby Hall and Norton Conyers. And of course, the world-famous Fountains Abbey and the adjoining Studley Royal Water Garden (5 miles) are both close by. Only 3 miles west of Ripon, this World Heritage site is deservedly one of the National Trust's most visited locations. As well as the spectacular ruins of a 12th century Cistercian abbey, the grounds are home to an Elizabethan mansion, a medieval deer park and some of the most romantic vistas in the country. There's also Ripon Cathedral, smaller than its close neighbour, York Minster, the edifice is still an awe inspiring site. In addition, every night for at least 450 years, the Ripon Hornblower has sounded the curfew at 9.00pm from all 4 sides of the obelisk in the market place, come rain or shine, followed by a 15 minutes history of the ceremony and the city is not to be missed! If you are partial to a flutter, Ripon Race Ground has around 15 meets from April to early September. There are bags of local attractions and stunning natural sights within easy driving distance including the much-loved Brimham Rocks (10 miles), just a few miles from the cottage. At this property you will discover that you’ll never be short of options for day trips!

This property is personally managed by Phil.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Jane 6th January 2019

Churchby was perfect, comfortable, very well equipped in a quiet village location.

Reviewed by Meg 28th December 2018

Perfect getaway for a relaxed few days and good value for such a special little place. The original features are lovely and the kitchen very pleasant and well kitted out. We found the people in the area welcoming and the local pubs very relaxed. A wood burner, Church bells and friendly/relaxed owner topped things off. Will be revisiting.

Reviewed by Bev 20th December 2018

Had a wonderful time, no complaints. Perhaps a curtain over the front door and the radiator in the bedroom was not working but we did have an oiled filled radiator left for us.

Reviewed by Chris 7th December 2018

Even prior to our arrival we knew that was going to be a special holiday with a lovely text from the owner providing useful holiday information and this was evident on our arrival too. With the lovely welcome pack and toasty cottage Churchby Cottage lived up to its expectations. Our little boy loved exploring the cottage, his holiday bed and his hoRead moreliday teddy made it a fabulous time. Lovely places to visit including Fountains Abbey, Thorpe Perrow Arboretum, York Railway Museum, Ripon, Harrogate and Brimham Rocks. We had a lovely Sunday dinner at the Galphay Inn, Galphay. Thank you again we are sure we will be back. Hide

Reviewed by June 10th November 2018

This cottage is amazing. Gaynor has thought of everything.We wanted a relaxing break and Churchby gave us that. There is no signal in the cottage but there is right outside, for some networks. There is, however, Superfast broadband so technology IS there if you want it...From the comfort to the extras Gaynor provides, this place is perfect. We wereRead more worried that the sofa might not be comfy, but it really is. If you're after an away from it all break then look no further. Hide

Reviewed by Carolyn 2nd November 2018

What a wonderful stay we had at this picture perfect Cottage. So beautifully presented and cared for. Loved every aspect especially curling up in front of the log fire after a day out. There are some wonderful places to visit and our host was very helpful in providing information about the area. Our only regret that our stay wasn't longer

Reviewed by Malcolm 23rd October 2018

If you're looking for the perfect Yorkshire cottage, you've just found it! Churchby was perfect for my wife and I for our ten day break in Yorkshire. Ideally located for us to explore everywhere from York, Harrogate, Knaresborough, and right out to the East coast towns of Staithes and Whitby. Great restaurants within a ten minute drive, plenty of mRead moreajor supermarkets to stock up for those cosy nights in and everything supplied to help make this place a real home from home. I really can't think of anything it lacked....apart from the fact it's about a five hour drive from my home so can't get to stay there more often!! Hide

Reviewed by Mark 26th September 2018

A lovely cottage and location.

Reviewed by Stephen 2nd September 2018

A beautifully and comfortably furnished cottage in a wonderful peaceful location in the Dales. Ideal for touring and visiting local attractions. Will return to enjoy again.

Reviewed by Phoebe 22nd July 2018

Churchby Cottage was a lovely, cozy cottage that was full of character and home comforts. Our stay was very enjoyable, and our toddler absolutely loved it! There are steep stairs, but as long as our toddler was being watched, it wasnt a problem at all. Gaynor, the owner, actually gave us a call beforehand to go over the safety points to ensure thatRead more our toddler was kept safe. We will definitely recommend a stay at Churchby Cottage! Hide

Reviewed by Sandra 25th June 2018

Nice cottage but found stairs rather steep on our knees. Found chairs not particularly comfortable in lounge. Church clock went on through the night which was a bit of a pain.

Reviewed by Tricia 10th June 2018

We much enjoyed our stay at Churchby Cottage, the only very slight drawback for us was the very steep staircase with a slightly wonky step halfway up!! The kitchen was exceptionally well equipped, the white goods excellent and the dcor lovely, all in all a great deal of thought had gone into this aspect particularly. The provisions left for us toRead more enjoy were a great treat as was all the local knowledge folder and for me a huge treat was binge watching The Crown on Netflix!! I am sure we will return. Hide

Reviewed by Rosalind 27th May 2018

The owner, Gaynor took the time to call me before our arrival to brief us on the cottage, suggesting places to eat and visit nearby. The cottage is very homely, the bed very comfortable. We would have appreciated a more powerful shower but there is very little to fault with this holiday home. We were blessed with lovely weather so could enjoy the sRead moreecluded courtyard garden for breakfast and late afternoon chilling! The bathrobes were a lovely touch as was Netflix for our evening viewing. We will be back! Hide

Reviewed by christopher 23rd May 2018

an absolutely lovely and spotless ideal place to stay to visit the Yorkshire dales

Reviewed by F 12th May 2018

Lovely cottage. The owner has thought of everything. Shame there isnt a garden but the small courtyard is perfect for bbqs and a glass of wine in the sun

Reviewed by Angela 28th April 2018

Lovely well equipped comfortable cottage in beautiful village with small shop!! Lots of places to visit in this area. For us the stairs in the cottage we found very steep, we are both elderly, this was the only drawback and why I have said we would not return. It was a special occasion visit for my husbands 81st birthday and allowed us to revisRead moreit old haunts - which we throughly enjoyed. Angela and Geoff. Hide

Reviewed by Anne 25th April 2018

Superb cosy cottage in lovely location. Highly recommended lots of extra special touches.

Reviewed by Sue 10th April 2018

This is a beautiful cottage and everything you need is provided by Gaynor, her help with localknowledge and places to visit and also pubs tohave nice meals at is invaluable.We had a great time stopping there and will be back again when we visit the area.Thank you Gaynor.

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

With a varied landscape of windswept dales, heather-clad moors and dramatic coast, interspersed with picturesque towns and villages, vibrant cities and a rich historical heritage, Yorkshire is rightly considered one of Britain's premier holiday destinations. Known as 'God's Own County', Yorkshire has nearly one-third of England's National Parkland, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three sections of coastline designated as Heritage Coast.

Offering infinite opportunities for lovers of the great outdoors, the wild expanse of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in North and West Yorkshire is a glorious mix of awe-inspiring scenery, imposing castles, characterful Dales' villages and drystone walls. While to the east, the North York Moors National Park offers atmospheric moorland, fragrant pine forests and charming towns tucked away within steep-sloped valleys. Extending all the way to the Yorkshire Coast, you can even experience a traditional day at the seaside at popular resorts including Whitby, Flamborough and Scarborough. It's a beautiful terrain to explore.

A visit to the historical city of York is a must. Renowned for its medieval architecture, the magnificent York Minster and a myriad of museums, independent shops and exceptional eateries, you will not be disappointed. Then there's the chalk landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds, known to have inspired David Hockney. And with a packed calendar of events and festivals each year, including the Malton Food Festival, the Tour de Yorkshire and the Great Yorkshire Show, there's always something exciting to enjoy.

Our holiday cottages in Yorkshire are handpicked to ensure a luxurious and uniquely memorable experience. From dog-friendly cottages in the country to large family houses by the sea and romantic retreats in the city, we have a holiday in Yorkshire to suit everyone.

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