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It's always a warm welcome from this charming country cottage
Enticed by the wood burner, unwind in the cosy lounge
Put your feet up and enjoy your favoruite drink
As the cold nights draw in, snuggle on the sofa and watch a festive film
Plenty of room to hang coats or store boots after an adventurous day
Everything you need in one place
Follow through the hallway into the kitchen/diner
Devour feasts fit for a king around the family dining table
Well equipped throughout with modern features and stylish dinnerware
Live luxuriously while you're away
Downstairs wet room with shower and WC
Retire to the twin bedroom for a blissful rest
Can be made into a super-king on request
Cosy yet spacious, enjoy breakfast from your bed
Or while the morning away reading the paper
Homely double bedroom with walk in wardrobe
Relax in bed after a day of exploring
Main bathroom and WC with bath and waterfall shower
Run a warm bath and soak in the bubbles
Appreciate the views as dusk sets over the cathedral
A cottage full of character by day or night
Feel at peace in the summerhouse and watch the world go by
Stunning well maintained gravel country garden
Complete with outdoor furniture to dine outside on warmer days
1 / 24  It's always a warm welcome from this charming country cottage
2 / 24  Enticed by the wood burner, unwind in the cosy lounge
3 / 24  Put your feet up and enjoy your favoruite drink
4 / 24  As the cold nights draw in, snuggle on the sofa and watch a festive film
5 / 24  Plenty of room to hang coats or store boots after an adventurous day
6 / 24  Everything you need in one place
7 / 24  Follow through the hallway into the kitchen/diner
8 / 24  Devour feasts fit for a king around the family dining table
9 / 24  Well equipped throughout with modern features and stylish dinnerware
10 / 24  Live luxuriously while you're away
11 / 24  Downstairs wet room with shower and WC
12 / 24  Retire to the twin bedroom for a blissful rest
13 / 24  Can be made into a super-king on request
14 / 24  Cosy yet spacious, enjoy breakfast from your bed
15 / 24  Or while the morning away reading the paper
16 / 24  Homely double bedroom with walk in wardrobe
17 / 24  Relax in bed after a day of exploring
18 / 24  Main bathroom and WC with bath and waterfall shower
19 / 24  Run a warm bath and soak in the bubbles
20 / 24  Appreciate the views as dusk sets over the cathedral
21 / 24  A cottage full of character by day or night
22 / 24  Feel at peace in the summerhouse and watch the world go by
23 / 24  Stunning well maintained gravel country garden
24 / 24  Complete with outdoor furniture to dine outside on warmer days

Skell Gardens Cottage

Ripon, North Yorkshire
VE We’re good to go scheme
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Stunning country cottage within a short walk of the centre of Ripon
  • Ideally placed for those wishing to discover the Dales, Yorkshire Moors, York and further afield
  • Secluded location but within walking distance of shops, restaurants and pubs
Property code: HH076

Straight from the pages of an interior design magazine, this very attractive property is situated just a few minutes from the marketplace in the beautiful cathedral city of Ripon.

This charming holiday home is perfectly placed for a cosmopolitan break in a magnificent market town at the gateway to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (2.5 miles) in North Yorkshire. Sleeping four guests, it’s ideal for grown-ups and families with older children who love independent shops, artisan food and outdoor pursuits in a countryside setting with an interesting heritage. You’ll find a pub, shop, and cinema within half a mile of the property, while Ripon’s cathedral, spa gardens, and cathedral museum, Thorpe Prebend House, are closer still. If you’re eager to walk the 53-mile Nidderdale Way, start and finish in the vibrant town of Pateley Bridge (12 miles); the route circles the Nidd Valley in the Yorkshire Dales National Park where you’ll enjoy breathtaking scenery at every turn. The spectacular North York Moors (22 miles) are also in reach for lofty moorland treks.

Head through the main gates towards your charming holiday retreat where you’re greeted with contemporary country-style interiors, furnished with gorgeous British-designed fabrics and linens for the most comfortable stay. Step inside and hang coats and bags in the boot room, which also houses a washing machine and tumble dryer so you’ll have less holiday packing to do. Next door is a convenient shower room, the place to refresh after a long muddy hike. Rustle up delicious feasts in the open-plan kitchen and dining area which is well-equipped with an electric oven and gas hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, and dishwasher. Gather around the farmhouse dining table and catch up on the day by the ornamental fireplace. Settle in for the evening by the warming wood burner in the living room where you can enjoy a selection of books, competitive board games and happy banter, or choose a favourite film to watch together on the Smart TV and DVD player. When slumber calls, climb the cottage-style stairs to the first floor where you’ll enjoy cathedral views from the cosy twin bedroom (can be adapted to super-king on request), and the double bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe; there’s also a family bathroom with a shower over the bath, and WC. Outside, a pretty pergola leads through to the cottage-style garden which sings with pretty shrubs, flowers and a birdhouse, all surrounding a gravel courtyard where parking is available for two cars. The heart of the garden is the wood-panelled summerhouse, the place to curl up with a good book in all weathers, or to simply enjoy a well-earned siesta after a long hike in the Dales; you can even store two bikes securely in the summerhouse at night. On lazy days, enjoy refreshments in the garden’s seating area where you can catch some sunny rays.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin (which can be made into a super-king upon request at the time of booking)
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 with bath, shower and WC, 1 shower room with WC
  • Electric oven and gas hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher.
  • Boot room area with washing machine and separate dryer
  • Lounge with Smart TV/DVD & Woodburner
  • Games and books in the lounge
  • Regret no pets or children under 12 years
  • Private parking for 2 cars, access via a narrow gravel driveway
  • Lovely cottage style garden with furniture and summerhouse
  • Pubs, cinema, walks and shops 0.5 miles
  • The staircase in this property is slightly steeper than usual and features a small landing - therefore maybe not suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Please note, although the property features double glazing throughout, the cathedral bells chime through the night
  • During the months October to March, there may be some flexibility with changeover days, which is a Friday
  • Security deposit of £100 required for Christmas & New Year breaks 2020, payable to owner 3 weeks prior break commencing

Venture out and discover the cathedral city of Ripon, right on your doorstep. Enjoy morning walks along its three rivers, or the canal towpath before setting out for the day. Shop for delicious ingredients at the Thursday market, and take time out to relax in Ripon’s pubs, cafes, and restaurants. Browse clothing shops for a new outfit to wear to the races at Ripon Racecourse, known as ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’ (1 mile). Or travel through 1,350 years of history on a guided tour of Ripon Cathedral; the carved characters in the cathedral’s medieval choir stalls influenced the works of Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, while poet Wilfred Owen was inspired by the city and cathedral to compose several works. The cathedral is smaller than York Minster (25 miles) though its architecture is awe-inspiring. At 9pm, you’ll hear the Ripon Hornblower who has been sounding a curfew and ‘setting the watch’ from the market square obelisk for more than 450 years. In this part of Yorkshire, you’ll never be short of heritage sites and ancient customs.

Discover Newby Hall (3.5 miles), North Conyers (6 miles) and Ripley Castle (8 miles). For a wonderful family day out, head to the National Trust Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden (4 miles), a World Heritage Site with ancient abbey ruins, an Elizabethan country house, and an ancient deer park. Potter around the pretty town of Bedale where you could find a rare gem in the town’s antiques shops. Or venture towards Middleham (18.5 miles) in Wensleydale and see 12th-century Middleham Castle, the childhood home of Richard III. Just outside Middleton, you’ll find The Forbidden Corner (21 miles) on Tupgill Park country estate, a unique adventure ground of labyrinths, tunnels, and follies to explore. For indulgent treats, the elegant spa town of Harrogate (11.5 miles) invites you to soak in the Victorian Turkish Baths, walk through Grade II-listed English Heritage Valley Gardens, browse shops and galleries, and treat yourself to the finest afternoon tea.

Rachel Stowe

This property is personally managed by Rachel.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 17 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Valerie 21st May 2021

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Beautiful cottage well equipped and very clean and tidy , it has a wonderful central position in the heart of the city near to the cathedral.I think it is probably the best cottage we have ever had and we have had many . Will certainly recommend it .

Reviewed by Ian 7th May 2021

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Reviewed by Lyn 30th April 2021

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Would highly recommend this cottage. Set right in the centre of Ripon yet in its own quiet little oasis. It has everything you need. The owners have left nothing out. A supermarket is a short walk away if you forget the wine. We will definitely be returning. Thank you

Reviewed by Jean 16th April 2021

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Great stay, beautiful cottage & garden, very tastefully decorated, peaceful too yet so close to the town. Would definitely recommend and if in a Ripon again wouldnt hesitate to return to Skell Cottage.

Reviewed by J 12th April 2021

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Beautifully refurbished cottage, every detail has been well thought through to provide a great stay. Superb location to explore the local area with walks straight from the front door. Equally easy to access the the delights of North Yorkshire.

Reviewed by Murray 2nd October 2020

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Beautifully refurbished and equipped cottage in a convenient location just outside Ripon

Reviewed by Anthony 24th August 2020

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Probably best summed up by my wife after about 10 minutes in the property. "I Could Live Here". This cottage has been thoughtfully renovated and finished to a high standard, everything has been thought about and provided for a stress free stay. The property is well situated in Ripon and is ideal to explore the Moors and the Dales.

Reviewed by Laura 14th August 2020

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The cottage was beautiful and charming, and so conveniently located in Ripon. It was easy to travel to, and was only a short walk from the centre, good pubs and the cathedral. The furthest we went was a 40 minute drive to York as everything else was so nearby.

Reviewed by Chris 6th July 2020

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Beautiful cottage that felt like a home rather than a rental. Lovely decor and spotlessly clean throughout.

Reviewed by Christopher 15th March 2020

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Fantastic location for the town. Decorated and furnished to a high standard and well equipped. Very clean and a nice welcome pack.

Reviewed by Steve 4th March 2020

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A beautiful accommodation in an ideal location. This is a well kept property close to all the amenities in Ripon.

Reviewed by Elizabeth 21st December 2019

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Reviewed by Colin 18th October 2019

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Excellent cottage, clean, beautifully and sympathetically restored. Very comfortable and well equipped with all mod cons. Lots of little extra touches by the owners on arrival (A decent welcome pack on the kitchen table with milk in the fridge, fresh flowers and the log burner all ready made up to light) This all makes it a very pleasant first imprRead moreession of the property. A little gem right in the heart of Ripon with a two minute walk into the town center for all the shops, pubs and restaurants. Hide

Reviewed by Sheila 13th September 2019

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One of the best cottages we have stayed in. Excellent.

Reviewed by Katrina 24th August 2019

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Cottage was in an excellent location and was immaculate. Only minutes walk away from the town centre. The owners were very friendly and helpful and we and our fellow guests felt very at home - we were there for 2 weeks and could have stayed indefinitely, which I think must say everything about how much we loved it!

Reviewed by Dawn 26th July 2019

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Reviewed by Anne 24th June 2019

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It's always a warm welcome from this charming country cottage
Enticed by the wood burner, unwind in the cosy lounge
Put your feet up and enjoy your favoruite drink
As the cold nights draw in, snuggle on the sofa and watch a festive film
Plenty of room to hang coats or store boots after an adventurous day
Everything you need in one place
Follow through the hallway into the kitchen/diner
Devour feasts fit for a king around the family dining table
Well equipped throughout with modern features and stylish dinnerware
Live luxuriously while you're away
Downstairs wet room with shower and WC
Show 12 moreRetire to the twin bedroom for a blissful rest

Location

Map
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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