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The Blue House

Ripon (4.5 mls W), North Yorkshire
Sleeps 17
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms 5
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 4
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • New for 2021 / More photos coming soon
  • A great base for walkers to enjoy spectacular Yorkshire Dales scenery
  • Garden with large lawn and two patios, offering outside dining for all
  • Games facilities provide family fun whatever the weather
Property code: 72263

Come together with extended family and friends to enjoy this country house with a 17th century stone cottage at its heart. Surrounded by rolling countryside and cycle routes in Nidderdale AONB, The Blue House provides an ideal retreat for a celebration at any time of year.

Set in a secluded location on the edge of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the property is a tranquil spot, yet ideally situated for visiting a range of fantastic attractions including Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Newby Hall, Ripley Castle and Brimham Rocks. Locally, the area offers two pubs, an ice-cream parlour, a grocery shop and luxury spa treatments at a nearby hotel. Ripon itself is a North Yorkshire gem, balancing a rich cultural heritage with exciting contemporary living, with its imposing Cathedral, fascinating museums and a bustling market square. The Blue House is an excellent base for countryside rambles and unrushed time spent with loved ones. Walkers will delight in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales location, with routes of all lengths right from the door. Wildflower meadows, Bluebell Woods and Heather Moors can all be experienced without using a car. For golfers, there are several courses including an 18-hole course at Ripon and 9-hole at Masham. For a spot of shopping, the spa town of Harrogate is just 12 miles away.

This newly renovated, extended 17th century cottage with plenty of bucolic charm is set off the beaten track amidst miles and miles of Yorkshire Dales countryside. Head up the path from the parking area and make your way into the cottage hewn from York stone. For all its history and authentic country charm, the house is every inch a contemporary property, with underfloor heating beneath the kitchen flagstones ensuring a toasty welcome even before you stoke the fires. Within the kitchen are all the appliances an aspiring chef could wish for, including an electric range hob and oven, double fridge/freezer and dishwasher. The spacious dining area is a convivial spot to toast the day, with plenty of room to fit everyone comfortably around the tables. Open the doors to the large wraparound patio where your group can spread out and enjoy the celebrations, with tables and chairs for all. Inside, there are two social spaces where younger people can retreat to play games or simply watch TV while the adults enjoy the evening elsewhere. The main sitting room and the snug room, both on the first floor, come complete with capacious sofas, smart TV’s and multi-fuel stoves to warm the toes on chilly nights. Gather round to chat about the day or enjoy some traditional entertainment with a board game, or head downstairs to the games room to play some pool. There are eight well-appointed bedrooms, all boasting country views as well as quality mattresses to guarantee a blissful night’s rest. Four bedrooms are on the ground floor: two with super-king-size zip-and-link beds (one with en-suite shower and WC), one with king-size and one double. One of the super-king bedrooms includes an additional single bed plus a pull-out single bed – ideal for families with younger children. The remaining four bedrooms are upstairs, all with super-king-size zip-and-link beds; one includes an en-suite shower room with WC and a pull-out single bed. All super-king beds can be made into twins with prior request. In addition, there is a house bathroom on the first floor and one bathroom and one shower room on the ground floor, all with WCs.

Externally, you are spoilt for space. The house is situated within 10 acres, rich in wildlife, where you are free to roam (dependent on season and farm livestock). The generous garden lends well to entertaining, with two patio areas with outdoor seating overlooking the spectacular rural vistas beyond. The firepit area, complete with stone seating, is the perfect way to end the day. There is also a games barn where you can play table-tennis, which doubles as secure storage for your bikes. Whether you are here to walk, cycle, indulge your creative side or simply sit back and relax, you will be sure to want to come back for more.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 8 bedrooms – (4 of them on the ground floor) 6 super-king-size zip-and-links (which can be made into twin beds on prior request), one of these with additional single bed plus pull-out single bed and one with a pull-out single bed, 1 king-size, 1 double
  • 5 Bathrooms (3 of them on the ground floor) - 1 shower room with WC, 2 bathrooms with shower over bath and WC, 2 en-suite shower rooms with WC
  • Electric range cooker with hob/oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer
  • Utility - Washing machine
  • Welcome pack provided
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Multi-fuel stove in snug and lounge
  • Smart TV in the lounge, kitchen and snug
  • Pool table, piano, board games and lots of books
  • Games barn with table tennis, convertible to secure lockable bike storage on request
  • Large garden with two patio areas with outdoor garden furniture
  • 4 well- behaved dogs welcome
  • Ample off-street parking
  • No Hen or Stag Parties
  • Pub 0.5mls, shop 2.9 mls
  • SLEEPS 17+2
  • Please note this property has two staircases. The original cottage stairs are steep and uneven stone. All rooms are accessible via the modern wooden staircase.

Rachel Stowe

This property is personally managed by Rachel.

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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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