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Poacher's Den

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Sky TV
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Charming country cottage in the grounds of a private Nidderdale Estate
  • Wonderful views over the Washburn Valley
  • 10 miles from the famous market town of Harrogate
  • Wood burner in the lounge for cosy evenings in
  • Welcome hamper with treats from the world-famous Betty's Tearooms
  • Decked garden with furniture and a BBQ
Property code: G0111

Small but perfectly formed, this delightful bijou cottage is perfectly located for romantic getaways for two.

Welcome to an exquisite bijou country cottage tucked away in the grounds of a private Nidderdale Estate. Looking out over the Washburn Valley, the views from the decked garden are breathtaking, and with sumptuous interiors to match, this special little cottage is sure to delight even the most seasoned of travellers. If you're looking for a stylish country retreat with fabulous walking from the doorstep, this property is just the ticket. And for those who like to keep one foot on urban ground, cosmopolitan Harrogate is under 10 miles away.

Step inside the cottage to find a well-proportioned open-plan living space home to a lounge, dining and kitchen area. With a nod to the traditional, a beautiful stone fireplace plays host to a cosy wood burner. The cottage is heated from the wood burner and is controlled by a thermostat. All wood is provided for you, so get the fire roaring, pour yourself a glass of red and enjoy. There are additional electric heaters if required and hot water is available constantly from a separate system.

Entertainment is provided by way of a large Sky TV on the wall. Wi-Fi is provided too if you need to catch up online. Take your pick from the comfy sofa or the handsome armchair and settle down to a movie. The well-equipped kitchen is just around the corner and makes great use of the space. The attractive unit's stock all the equipment you'll need to rustle up a romantic meal for two. You'll arrive to a welcome hamper which includes goodies from the world-famous Betty's Tearooms. For your own supplies, there is a fridge and separate freezer. A washer/dryer is also provided - handy for those muddy walking trousers after a hike across the hills. The generous dining area sits beside two French dressers and is the perfect spot for long lazy breakfasts over the morning papers. No need to rush today...

The separate bedroom is set at the rear of the cottage, another contemporary room with bags of character and style. A king-size bed offers space to stretch out and an additional Sky TV in here means you can chill in your pyjamas watching your favourite shows. And when you decide to get ready for the day, mosey on into the fabulous wet room. It has a luxurious feel in here with its elegant tiles and huge monsoon shower.

Make your way outside to discover a split decking area, completely private with a patio table and chairs. Set in an elevated position, the views from here are just amazing, so sit back and enjoy them over lunch alfresco. A BBQ is also available on request.

Please note, there is a steep drive down to the cottage.

  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • 1 wet room with monsoon shower
  • Oven, hob, fridge
  • Sky TV
  • Heating provided by wood burner - logs included. Additional electric heaters available
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets
  • Garden with BBQ
  • Pub 2 miles, shop 6 miles
  • Ample off road parking
  • Babes-in-arms welcome
  • Please note Poachers Den is located within the same grounds as Brass Castle which hosts 12 guests
  • The garden at the Poachers Den isn't visible from Brass Castle and planting surrounds the property offering privacy on both sides.

Set in private grounds within a larger 100-acre private Yorkshire estate, the cottage enjoys a stunning elevated position overlooking the Washburn Valley in Nidderdale. In addition to the decking, there are miles of moorland and woodland walks right from the doorstep taking in some spectacular local scenery. This area is particularly well known for its reservoirs and you can see several from the headlands surrounding the house.

The area is a haven for walkers who can explore the local estate and beyond without having to jump in the car. It's equally good for cycling enthusiasts, with miles of challenging road and off-road routes nearby. The Estate is happy to arrange for cycles during your stay if you are unable to bring your own.

And if you like to keep one foot on urban ground, head down into Ilkley (8 miles) for the day. Highly regarded for its stylish architecture and beautiful floral displays, there's plenty to see and do in this elegant Victorian town. Take a turn around the gardens down by the river, indulge in afternoon tea at Betty's, explore the many independent shops and boutiques, making sure you pick up something delicious for tea and the several up-market delis in town. And for the nights when cooking seems like too much effort, book dinner in one of the highly regarded restaurants. Nearby Otley is also a charming Yorkshire town and Chevin Forest Park is a great place to blow off some steam.

Venture across to nearby Pateley Bridge (12.5 miles), a charming little market town very typical of this area of Yorkshire. The Main Street is peppered with cafes, restaurants, local stores, quality butchers and a fantastic wine shop - everything you need to stock up for your stay. You'll also find the self-proclaimed 'Oldest Sweet Shop in England' here, dating back to the early 1800s - little has changed inside since then.

The cottage is also just 10 miles from the cosmopolitan spa town of Harrogate, a must during any visit to this area. Encircled by its famous 'Stray' or '1,000 acres' of horseshoe-shaped grassland, Harrogate has a bright and breezy open-air feel and is characterised by its impressive floral displays. And as you would expect of such a bustling upbeat town, Harrogate boasts over 300 bars and restaurants together with all the shops, swimming pools, cinemas, parks and gardens you could ever wish for. Don't leave without indulging in a Fat Rascal and cup of Yorkshire Tea at Betty's!

And if you want to explore Yorkshire's cities, Leeds is 17.5 miles away and is packed with designer shops, cafes and top-notch restaurants. Other nearby attractions include Harewood House (14.5 miles), Bolton Abbey (9.5 miles) and the RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr (8.5 miles). There is just so much to see and do here!

This property is personally managed by Marion.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 17 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Sara 20th September 2019

The cottage was spotlessly clean, in a lovely location and well situated for sight seeing and walking. While we were staying it was certainly quiet and private. However, we wouldnt have been quite as happy if the large house next door had been occupied during our stay. The welcome pack was the best weve ever come across and we certainly enjoyed itsRead more contents. A word of warning if youre tall as my 6ft 4 husband struggled to use the shower without soaking the bathroom! Hide

Reviewed by Denise 13th September 2019

Lovely location but with very steep drive and in close proximity to neighbouring cottage. This was empty while we were at Poachers Den but, if occupied, you would feel very overlooked - their barbecue and outside seating is right outside your sitting area and bedroom. Also headroom in bathroom is very restricted.

Reviewed by Shaun 6th September 2019

The cottage was lovely but if the property next door had been let at the same time to a party of 12 people I dont think we would have enjoyed it as much... next door is very close so there is not much privacy , so for that reason only we wouldnt book again.

Reviewed by Carol 30th August 2019

The cottage is beautifully equipped, everything you could want. Remote though, and very close to a house which could have 12 people staying. The views from the property were excellent.

Reviewed by Michael 16th August 2019

Excellent location in a small but ideal for two cottage.Accommodation had everything you needed including bbq and dedication area to enjoy morals with a wonderful over the valley. The welcome hamper way a very welcome addition and the content was amazing

Reviewed by Michael 5th July 2019

Poacher's Den is a superb property set in idyllic surroundings. It is a totally peaceful getaway from the world outside, but should you wish to venture out into civilisation, it is easily in reach of Harrogate, Pickering, York, or more locally Otley. My only regret was that this is now our third visit and we have yet to be cold enough to need to liRead moreght the superb log burning stove. We intend to keep trying. Hide

Reviewed by Adam 13th January 2019

We stayed at the Poachers' Den from 21 to 28 December 2018, and we cannot recommend the more perfect little getaway for a couple over Christmas.We arrived after a long drive to see a big house and what looked to be a little outbuilding with festive lights. The directions took us to the little building, and once inside we were completely blown away.Read more For what appears to be a small building is the perfect little cottage. So much time and care and attention has been put into the fitting and design; the layout means that you do not feel cramped at all. The lounge area is really snug with the sofa opposite the fire, the dining area is well placed between the lounge and the kitchen to divide the space, and the kitchen for a small cottage is really spacious and excellently laid out. The finish was to an extremely high standard, and what made it even more special was the thought and care that had gone into the decoration for the Christmas season.The welcome hamper was spectacular and so thoughtful, and kept us going for a bit before we ventured out. There isn't that much close by, which is exactly why we chose it, but the big Booths at Ilkley was a 30 minute drive, and there are some excellent pubs a quick drive away too.The walking in the area is excellent; while we ventured out to the 3 Peaks area, walks after we arrived and on Christmas Day by the reservoir were so close that we didn't have to go far. Then returning to the cottage and putting on the log fire while making dinner was wonderful, and there were plenty of utensils and trays to make a full Christmas dinner for two as well.We could not recommend this cottage highly enough. We will certainly look at going back in the future. Hide

Reviewed by Jayne 11th January 2019

A lovely little cottage set in a fantastic position with amazing views. Everything was ready for us and some lovely festive touches (we went over the New Year) made it that bit more special. Any communication was quickly responded to, we were really pleased with our stay.

Reviewed by Mike 16th August 2018

This was our second stay and was even better than before as we stayed longer. It is impossible to fault Poachers Den in any way. It is kept in immaculate condition both in repair and cleanliness. The setting is idyllic and it is the most peaceful spot you could wish for. Thanks yet again to Alex and the team for an excellent holiday.Jan and Mike frRead moreom Northumberland. Hide

Reviewed by Shanaz 30th July 2018

Poachers Den is lovely it in a pretty tranquil location overlooking amazing scenery from front door and the patio been such amazing weather we ate outside its soo calm peaceful and secluded.Inside is a Wow cosy log burner amazing monsoon shower Amazing king size bed ( we literally slept like a log ) Cleanliness is 11 out of 10 The whole interRead moreior is so impeccably furnished with highest attention to detail You have all amenities in the cottage you need Location is fantastic all within 20/30 mins We went to Betty's Harrogate 20 mins away. Spent day out in Skipton 30 mins away long river walks and boat tours. Otley is a drive down amazing view over River wharfe where we had picnic Also for our stay was a lovely generous hamper which again lot of thought went behind it For myself who have stayed in soo many places gorgeous cottages is absolutely perfect as I am very much a perfectionist Have to mention the amazing estate manager Alex her care attention to guests is second to non Thankyou Alex Looking forward to our next break with gorgeous cottages very soon.. Hide

Reviewed by Anna 30th June 2018

Poacher's Den was fantastic and we had a brilliant holiday there - the only reason local amenities is 8 is that as it is out of the way there aren't really any of the popular amenities that most people would be looking for but the cottage and everything associated with it was beautiful. From the visits from local wildlife to our daily jaunts out aRead morend about it was a really relaxing and enjoyable time. You are close at hand to some of the best places to visit in the area and the surrounding towns - Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon - and many more are a delight to explore. The attention from the staff was second to none with contact to make sure we had arrived and had no problems, both by message and personal visit. Hide

Reviewed by Sue 16th June 2018

The cottage is lovely and very well equipped.

Reviewed by Dianne 2nd June 2018

Poachers Den is a lovely cottage in a pretty, tranquil, rural location. Its very pleasantly furnished with good quality furnishings and spotlessly clean . We loved our stay there and the owner provided a wonderful arrival hamper which was much appreciated.The driveway, whilst steep, is now tarmackeRead mored, so is not a problem whatsoever. The kitchen is reasonably well stocked and the log fire makes for a cosy atmosphere.We recommend Poacher cottage and would certainly return. The only minor negatives for us were: 1. The decking / outdoor seating area is located under one of the several lime trees which surround the cottage. At this time of year, they constantly drip a sticky sap, rendering the patio furniture very sticky, so need a daily wash down. The same is true of your car if you park it under the trees! 2. The bed is very low so won't suit the less agile.

Response from Gorgeous Cottages:

Hi Dianne, thank you for taking the time to send in your constructive feedback. It is very much appreciated. We have spoken to the owner who thanks you very much and to let you know they take all recommendations very seriously. The Sycamore tree is proving to be problematic with sap falling onto the decking and garden furniture so they are going to cut the branches back. The owners are now going to look at replacing the base of the bed so that it is higher and hope to welcome you back to Poachers Den in the future.Yorkshire has so much to offer so please come back soon.Take Care Marion Hide

Reviewed by Mike 15th May 2018

This truly deserves the title "gorgeous cottage*. I have stayed in many places throughout the UK and can honestly say I have never encountered a better one. Whilst the cottage is described as "bijou" it has everything that could be required and all in top condition, there was even a welcome pack of local goodies to greet us. The location is superb Read moreand even the weather smiled on us. My wife is now anxious for me to book again, this time for a longer period. Hide

Reviewed by Diana 8th May 2018

Lovely cottage in beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Small but has everything you need, we'll definitely go back. Brilliant cycling country.

Reviewed by Ann 25th April 2018

Second visit, even better than the first, booked this again.Credit to the owners.

Reviewed by Ann 10th April 2018

Gorgeous cottage and beautiful setting. It had everything you could want.

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