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The French House

Richmond, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Hot tub
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Four Poster
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Beautiful converted cottage in the heart of a picturesque estate
  • Elegant, comfortable and brimming with timeless charm
  • Chilly evenings are made special by lavish furnishings and an open fire
  • Exclusive use of luxurious wood burning hot tub
  • Within walking distance of a village pub for hearty meals and local ale
  • Less than 4 miles from historic Richmond
Property code: G0144

This stunning barn-conversion set within a quintessential Yorkshire estate offers the perfect location to relax and unwind, surrounded by luscious countryside, sweeping hills and chocolate-box villages.

Welcome to this beautiful three-bedroom barn conversion set on the cusp of a pretty village in the Yorkshire Dales. There's lots to love about this holiday cottage including its gorgeous interiors, outdoor hot tub and wonderful setting within a rolling country estate. The property is a lesson in understated elegance. Soft tones complement the luxurious furnishings and sophisticated touches throughout. It's hard to believe this stone barn was once home to the estate's cattle.

Access to the cottage is via dual aspect arched doorways; step inside to discover a beautiful spacious living room with exposed painted floorboards underfoot. An open fire sits at the heart of this room making it the perfect cosy space to retreat to each evening. Take your pick from two huge grey sofas and settle down to catch a movie on the LCD TV. A DVD Player and Wi-Fi are also provided. You'll experience plenty of the Hygge factor in here with its soft lightening and the crackle of wood on the fire. Dashes of colour on the curtains and cushions complete the stylish but comfortable look.

The kitchen sits next door and echoes the same stylish appeal. Grey units gather around a dining table with quirky handmade barrel stools underneath. The cupboards are fully equipped with everything you'll need for your stay and a dishwasher, washer/dryer is included for your convenience.

There are three bedrooms, each with their own unique beds. The first bedroom is set on the ground floor. This generous room boasts a fabulous king-size cast iron bedstead and a wow-factor wet-room set into the corner of the room. The remaining bedrooms are both upstairs. Bedroom two features a king-size French four-poster bed with exposed beams overhead - a romantic and dramatic room. The final bedroom offers the option of a super king-size or two single beds, perfect if you have children or adults with you who prefer their own space at night. There is a further wet room-style bathroom with a walk-in shower.

There is much to love outside this luxurious property too. To the rear, you have a delightful enclosed courtyard with outdoor furniture, fairy lights and a BBQ for those balmy summer evenings. A water garden adds to the peaceful ambience. The courtyard is also home to the log-burning hot tub which is exclusively for guests use and is available throughout the year. To the front of the barn is a large shared courtyard, another very pleasant and sheltered space to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon G & T.

Beyond the gardens, guests are more than welcome to walk around the estate and meet the local wildlife. The cross-country walk by the church and down to the village pub is highly recommended. For little ones, there is also a play area just a few hundred yards from the barn.

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 king-size and 1 super-king zip-and-link (which can be made up as a twin on request)
  • 1 wet room-style en-suite and one wet room-style bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Dishwasher, washer/drier
  • Private outdoor wood fired hot tub
  • BBQ
  • Nearby play area and large area of grounds to explore
  • Open fire
  • Ample off road parking
  • Heating included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub 0.5 miles, shop 3 miles away
  • Complex of properties
  • TV/DVD

The cottage has a beautiful location set within a large estate on the cusp of the Yorkshire Dales. A 50-mile drive to the coast and the City of York, it's an ideal basecamp from which to strike out and discover these unique Yorkshire locations. Reeth (15 miles) and the stunning landscapes of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale (both 24 miles) are also within easy reach, and it’s well placed for a day trip over the Lakes if you want to explore there too.

The property is set on the edge of a very pretty village. There's a great dining pub just a short walk away and if you're a bit of a foodie there are several more excellent dining pubs in the area as well as a deli, tea-room and farm shop. It's also the perfect location if you enjoy walking. There are lots of beautiful walks from the doorstep and the village is a well-known starting point for walking - seasoned walkers come from miles around to set off from the village.

This stunning Yorkshire Cottage is just 4 miles away from Richmond, a historic market town with much to offer the discerning holidaymaker. Explore the cobbled market square or head up towards Richmond Castle for a slice of Yorkshire history. Just a short drive through Richmond takes you into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales proper. Head up towards Reeth and on towards Hawes in Wensleydale for a true taste of this magnificent countryside.

North of the cottage is the charming town of Barnard Castle (12 miles). Recently listed as one of the top 10 places to live in the UK, it's a pretty little place with a host of shops, cafes and pubs to explore. The excellent Bowes Museum is here and is well worth a visit. And as the name would suggest there's a historic castle to explore too.

Further south, you'll find the pretty market town of Northallerton (20 miles) where handsome Georgian houses line the long main street. The wonderful Betty's Tearooms is here as is a fantastic local deli, Lewis & Cooper's Food Emporium and of course the quintessentially Yorkshire department store of Barkers.

To take in the North York Moors, head further south and brave it up Sutton Bank, the view from the top said by some to be the finest in all of England. The gorgeous market town of Helmsley makes for the perfect pit stop and if you feel like a spot of pampering, there's also a fantastic spa just a few miles down the road.

Rupert Spiers

This property is personally managed by Rupert.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Christine 10th July 2020

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Lovely cottage ideal location to Richmond.

Reviewed by Phil 17th January 2020

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A brilliant base for touring the Yorkshire Dales. The staff on the complex were incredibly attentive, friendly and pro-active whilst still enabling us to carry on with our holiday with the privacy we wanted. Our every need was catered for - log-stores topped up every day, the log burning hot-tub set and constant checking that we had everything. We Read morefelt truly spoilt and relaxed - a definite 5 star experience. Hide

Reviewed by Ashley 30th December 2019

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Beautiful location , close to a village and town with great pubs and restaurants. The cottage is well equipped except for a washer and dryer. A better instruction pack re where to put rubbish and get logs would have been helpful

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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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