Beautiful 18th century historic cottage
Enjoy the garden and view to the river
Living area with dining table
Bright , inviting kitchen with all you need to make a meal
Showing steps up to the living areas
Have a hearty breakfast before your day out sight seeing
The cosy living room with seating for 4
Climb into this cosy, comfy bed
First floor bedroom with sumptuous bedding
Shower room
Take a look out of the round window
What can you see?
Breakfast in bed?
Enjoy an invigorating shower
Relax outside with a book
Beautiful views
Gorgeous countryside
Steps up to the patio
Pretty planters
A perfect seat for an early morning cup of Yorkshire tea
The gorgeous indian sandstone leading to the patio
The nearby River Swale
Shops, places to eat and pubs- Richmond has it all!
Richmond is an historic market town
The waterfall at Richmond
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15 / 31  Take a look out of the round window
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Tate Studies

Richmond, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Waterside views
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Immaculate cottage which is  perfect for couples or a small family.
  • A  truly hidden gem in an almost secret location, yards away from the bustling market place of  historic Richmond
  • Make your way down the steps to find this charming detached 18th Century Cottage where Lewis Carol is said to have studied
  • Relax in the beautiful gardens with the most tranquil river views
  • The Georgian Market Town of Richmond is steeped in history and hosts  the proud 11th Century Norman Castle
  • Perfectly situated for visits to the  Yorkshire Dales, with Middleham Castle, Bolton Castle, The Forbidden Corner and Thorp Perrow Arboretum Near by. 
Property code: G0137

Dating back to the 18th century, this lovely and historic cottage offers cosy accommodation for a family or couple looking to explore Richmond and the beautiful landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales.

Welcome to this Grade II listed, stunning period property which has been transformed into a luxury holiday home. Set in the centre of historic Richmond, it has elegant stylish interiors and a garden with a serious wow-factor. With glorious Swaledale on your doorstep, it's the perfect town and country retreat. It's no wonder the reviews are out of this world!

Built as part of Swale House around 1750, it was owned during the 19th century by James Tate - headmaster of the nearby Richmond Grammar School - and used as a study area for boarders during this time. His most famous student was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll) who boarded at Swale House between 1844 and 1846 and who may well have started his writing career right here in this property!

Take four oak steps from the kitchen and you'll find the spacious living area, a light and airy room with comfortable leather sofas and chunky oak flooring. With a Bluetooth music system, you can kick back and relax with your favourite tunes or if you prefer a movie night there's also a TV and DVD. You'll be kept toasty and warm thanks to underfloor heating and a freestanding heating/cooling system.

The underfloor heating continues into the kitchen. It's the first room you'll see on entering the property and is sleek and modern with dark grey Egyptian stone flooring and marbled granite worktops. The light grey shaker style units include an integrated fridge, freezer, dishwasher and lots of cupboard space. There's also a Belfast-style sink and an electric fan oven with ceramic hob - just what you need to rustle up something delicious during your stay! There's seating for up to four people in the kitchen. Choose between a stool at the breakfast bar or a seat at the sweet circular table as there's room for two at each.

On the other side of the lounge (up a couple of steps) is the first of the bedrooms. There's plenty of room to stretch out in here on the super king-size bed, which can be set up as twins if required. There's lots of storage to keep everything tidied away in the built-in cupboard space that comes with attractive chunky oak doors. The room is lovely and bright with a neutral colour scheme, full-length mirror and downlights. Best of all it has an en-suite shower room where you can enjoy a refreshing monsoon shower each morning!

Head upstairs via a bespoke oak and glass staircase to the only room on the first floor - the characterful and romantic master bedroom. With its grand circular feature window and exposed 200-year-old dark ceiling beams, it could have come straight from the pages of a Lewis Carroll novel. The decanter and glasses on a quirky custom-made set of drawers all help to add to the 'Alice in Wonderland' feel. The en-suite shower room (with a powerful monsoon shower) means you can get ready at your leisure. Take your time and drink in the gorgeous views as you plan the day's adventures!

Outside the property, there's lots to love, including a large lawned area (complete with small orchard) that looks out over the River Swale. Take a seat on the garden bench or on the first of two patios and enjoy the view with a good book and glass of wine. At the other side of the property, you'll find the second large patio (a real sun-trap in the summer months) alongside a grassed area and slate-roofed open bike shed.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 master room with double bed, 1 super king-size which can be made up as a twin on request
  • 2 en-suite shower rooms with walk-in shower and WC
  • Fridge, freezer, dishwasher, electric fan oven with ceramic hob
  • TV, Blu-ray DVD, Bluetooth sound system
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Private parking space for 1 car in car park located across the road from the property
  • Bike shed
  • Welcome pack included
  • Underfloor heating
  • 4 steps lead from the kitchen to the lounge
  • A couple of steps lead from the lounge to the first bedroom
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub and shop within 2 minutes
  • Step down to the cottage -  not suitable for reduce mobility.
  • Darlington 14 miles
  • Drive to York to see the National Railway Museum, York Minster, The Shambles, Clifford's Tower and The Dungeons (park n ride available)
  • Visit York House in Richmond which is full of delightful curios and interesting bits and bobs.
  • Lovely places to eat and  drink
  • Please note, the adjoining property, Swale House, is in the final stages of renovation


The property is set in the heart of Richmond, a charming Georgian market town on the borders of Wensleydale and Swaledale. It is part of the historic Swale House, built by James Tate in around 1850. His various celebrated scholars were nicknamed 'Tate's Invincibles' and included famous author, Lewis Carroll who spent time at the property.

Richmond boasts an 11th century castle, fine Georgian architecture, a historic Georgian Theatre and a large cobbled market square as some of its many attractions. Mosey into town for a cup of Yorkshire tea at one of the many tea rooms or pop over for dinner at one of the excellent restaurants. We highly recommend a visit to The Station, a stunning Victorian former railway station that is now home to a cinema, art gallery, micro-brewery bar and The Angel's Share bakery (a finalist on ITV's Britain's Best Bakery). Richmond is also known as 'The Gateway to the Dales' so you can expect stunning Dales scenery within minutes of leaving the town.

Peppering this glorious countryside are countless attractive little towns and villages. And if you enjoy a bit of surreal entertainment, head to the brilliant Forbidden Corner near Middleham, 3 miles from the property. Film and TV buffs will also love exploring the many well-known locations nearby. Head down to the famous limestone pavements at Malham Cove (45 miles) where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was filmed. Or head for lunch at the Kings Arms in Askrigg and see if you can remember it from the pub scenes in All Creatures Great and Small.

The historic hamlet of Easby (1 mile), home to Easby Abbey, is easily walkable along the river. Set on the banks of the River Swale, the Abbey is the perfect spot for a picnic in the summer months. There are lots of other breathtaking historical sites to explore in the Dales, including the stunning Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, a world heritage site. This is a superb area for walkers and cyclists with many routes from the doorstep.

This property is personally managed by Rupert.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 25 guest ratings

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Reviewed by WILLIAM 25th October 2019

Fantastic choice of accommodation for our long weekend in Richmond! Located right in the centre of the town and with the car parked in a private allocated space nearby. Great for a walking exploration of the town which has so much to offer the tourist. The cottage is well equipped with high quality fixtures and fittings and under floor heating in tRead morehe kitchen and lounge. The garden & patio areas are fantastic too, plenty tables and chairs & you can always find a spot where the sun is shining! Hide

Reviewed by Janet 18th October 2019

Tate Studies is a beautifully renovated cottage near the market place in Richmond, North Yorkshire. From the garden you can see the River Swale below and there is easy access to the riverside walks such as Easby Abbey and further afield. Richmond itself is very old and has an interesting history. There are many good eating places within easy walkinRead moreg distance from the cottage. Swaledale itself is stunning as is nearby Wensleydale. Definitely worth a visit. Hide

Reviewed by Gary 4th October 2019

Tate Studies is a well restored old building in great location and with a superb secluded garden. The property is beautifully appointed with everything you need. It is a very short walk to the centre of Richmond with numerous shops and eateries. Mike is thoughtful and welcoming host.

Reviewed by Gary 20th September 2019

Tate Studies is a beautiful place, superbly finished in a stunning location. Without doubt our stay at Tate Studies was the most relaxing holiday we have ever had.

Reviewed by Linda 13th September 2019

Words can't do it justice. You can't buy the way I feel after our stay. Totally chilled. The interior is beautifully laid out and so comfortable. It's quiet and peaceful. But step out the front and you are in the town. Could have quite easily locked the door and stayed in all week. Perfect in all respects.

Reviewed by Susan 9th August 2019

We had a wonderful stay at Tate Studies and would definitely return! It's a well-appointed property with high quality fixtures and fittings. The cottage is in a wonderful setting with the River Swale a stone's throw from the bottom of the beautiful garden. The owner, Mike, was very accommodating and made sure we had everything we needed to ensure oRead moreur stay was perfect. Richmond is a lovely town with lots to do. We really loved our stay and hope to return soon! Hide

Reviewed by Sailesh 2nd August 2019

Tate Studies is in a great location, with the market Square, eateries and River Swale and water falls within walking distance. Some shallow steps leading down to the entrance and within the property, as seen in the photos, which needs to be consider if you have any disabilities. It has been decorated, furnished and equipped to a high standard. The Read morehost Mike is very welcoming and available on phone if needed. I would certainly visit again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to others. Hide

Reviewed by Ernest 5th July 2019

We had a good holiday at the cottage but feel it should be described as not really suited to anyone with slight mobility issues. About 15 steps to gain access to cottage. Also car parking space is downhill about 100 yards and MORE steps.

Reviewed by Felicity 31st May 2019

A beautiful cottage in a beautiful location

Reviewed by Susan 17th May 2019

Beautifully furnished house close to the castle, shops and pubs, but quiet and very relaxing. Are a number of steps inside and out to negotiate but if you are aware of this it really isnt a problem. Lovely garden with a number of places to sit and enjoy the view.

Reviewed by Bronwyn 22nd February 2019

We had a wonderful long weekend at Tate Studies. The cottage is gorgeous, well equipped and in a fantastic location.

Reviewed by Kathy 5th January 2019

Lovely cottage, good location for walks.

Reviewed by Alan 28th November 2018

Tate Studies is just perfect in EVERY respect - Mike, the owner, has thought of everything - from Bluetooth speaker to every kitchen utensil, lovely underfloor heating. Even the luxury memory foam mattresses were unexpectedly supportive (I have a broken disc and yet had no problems with the beds whatsoever!)The location is also utterly perfect - onRead more one side is the town centre (in fact there is a Gin and Tapas bar directly across the road up at street level) and Richmond is perfect - much smaller and quieter than, say, Harrogate - but with quite a few pubs, restaurants and artisan shops. And on the other side of the cottage is the River Swale, with waterfalls within 3 minutes' walk! Of all the cottages on my short list, I am SOO pleased that I chose Tate Studies.Great communication with Mike was also a bonus.The stone steps down from the street to the cottage could do with Hi-Viz strips or similar, otherwise I would have given Tate Studies 11 out of 10! Hide

Reviewed by Carol 25th November 2018

Fantastic place well located in Richmond beautiful garden looking down to the river and waterfall . We had an excellent short stay . Tate Studies is a great base to go out and explore .

Reviewed by Jonathan 6th November 2018

Fantastic place, very well equipped and looked after really well. View from the garden is nice and only a very short walk to Richmond centre. Definitely be returning.

Reviewed by David 8th October 2018

New country for us and delighted to find Richmond with all its history. Beyond the Yorkshire Dales and a landscape distinct with fast rivers and walled fields and little barns everywhere - wonderful. Our host met us and helped us in with to much baggage - and gave a great welcome. Tate Studies historic in itself and just right for us to live for a Read morefew days in an atmosphere of Yorkshire hospitality. Hide

Reviewed by Kate 29th September 2018

Wonderful accommodation, hope to get back again soon!

Reviewed by Frank 18th September 2018

My wife and I had a fantastic time at Tate Studies,great location ,if your sat in the gardenYou wouldnt think your in the centre of Richmond.

Reviewed by David 13th September 2018

Excellent holiday. Location in Richmond very convenient. Richmond is a lovely town. The Dales are beautiful. When 2 couples staying at Tates Studies a second front door and gate key would make life a little easier.Upstairs bedroom a little cramped.

Reviewed by Holly 27th August 2018

Very well located in Richmond - just a minute to the Market Square and with beautiful views down to the river. Extremely well appointed - kitchen is very well equipped, high quality furniture, furnishings and bedding. We had a lovely week at Tate Studies and it was a great base to go out and explore from.

Reviewed by Robert 18th August 2018

We have rented many holiday cottages / houses, some in towns and some in the countryside, and this is almost certainly the best place weve ever stayed: if I could give it an 11, or 12, I would. It has been beautifully renovated and designed - stylish but subtle, neutral but not dull, minimal but not spartan - it is very well equipped (e.g. lots of Read moreplates and glasses etc, not just the bare minimum four of everything, and books on the shelves one would actually want to read), and immaculately clean when we arrived - even the shelves in the wardrobe had not a speck of dust! The score of 8 for Richmond is because it's a very pretty town and there are lots of great places to shop - excellent butchers, the Angel's Share bakery - and have a light meal - Edwina's Cakes, Jefferson's, the Station cafe, the Fleece - but we didn't find a standout place to have a 'gourmet' meal: for that, go to Thirteen in Leyburn. Hide

Reviewed by Wendy 17th August 2018

Although Tate Studies is near the street it is very secluded & private & quiet behind gates. Beautiful garden looking down to the river. Very stylish & tastefully furnished & decorated yet very homely. Very well equipped. I would definitely go again. The peace & quiet is wonderful. Just 800 metre walk to the Waterfall. Lovely!

Reviewed by Joanne 8th August 2018

Lovely cottage, extremely well equipped with high end products. Location was great just off the market square in Richmond yet step out into the rear garden where you were met with open views.The small hamper of goodies on arrival was much appreciated. If anything I was just slightly disappointed with Richmond itself, everything you need was therRead moree however some of the establishments/eateries felt tired & in need of some TLC. Overall a good holiday & would recommend/return to Tate Studies. Hide

Reviewed by Beverly 7th July 2018

Very comfortable, well located and well equipped apartment... there were just 2 of us and the accommodation and its position suited us very well. Thoroughly enjoyed being able to pop to the market square for whatever we needed and found some great places to eat and drink in Richmond.

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Beautiful 18th century historic cottage
Enjoy the garden and view to the river
Living area with dining table
Bright , inviting kitchen with all you need to make a meal
Showing steps up to the living areas
Have a hearty breakfast before your day out sight seeing
The cosy living room with seating for 4
Climb into this cosy, comfy bed
Show 19 moreFirst floor bedroom with sumptuous bedding


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.

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