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The Pump House

Ilkley, West Yorkshire
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Hot tub
Internet access
Towels included
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At a glance

  • One of Yorkshire's most unique and impressive holiday cottages
  • Featuring a handmade kitchen and bedroom with freestanding bath
  • Outdoor space with hot tub enjoying the most incredible views
  • Set within 35 acres of private moorland above the spa town of Ilkley
  • Close to Leeds, the Yorkshire Dales and Harrogate
  • Miles of peaceful, uninterrupted walking routes from the doorstep
Property code: G0158

Once a pump house belonging to Yorkshire Water, this old building has been given a 21st-century makeover and is now a stylish and romantic retreat.

Set in 35 acres of gorgeous rugged moorland just above the Spa town of Ilkley, this property is one of Yorkshire's most unique and impressive luxury holiday cottages. Once a pump house belonging to Yorkshire Water, this old building has been given a 21st-century makeover. Not only that but there's also a bubbling hot-tub with views to die for. Get ready to fall in love with this seriously stylish romantic retreat.

Step inside to an elegant, contemporary and quality decor. With underfloor heating, solid oak floors, doors and stairs, this is a dream holiday home for lovers of luxury and comfort. Let's start with the fabulous handmade kitchen. Sitting in a bright open-plan space and painted in exquisite grey tones, it boasts a huge kitchen island and all mod cons, including a Quooker [hot water tap]. It's a great kitchen for keen cooks, with bar stools providing the perfect spot for a pre-dinner glass of bubbly.

Move along into the generous living room which again has bags of space and is wonderfully light. Snuggle up on the cosy sofa and catch a movie on the large LCD TV with Sonos sound system. Settle down on the stylish leather armchair with a good book, every once in a while glancing out of the window at those stunning views. In the warmer months, throw open the large bi-folding doors and experience the moorland from the comfort of your living room. Electric blinds are a useful touch when you want to shut the world away. Downstairs also has a utility room and WC. There's a Belfast sink in here as well as a washer dryer, a handy addition if you've been out hiking across the moors with wet ground underfoot.

And so to bed. Make your way up the solid oak staircase to the magnificent bedroom. Take a moment to enjoy the lovely handmade king-size bed; dressed in the finest bed linen, it's a bed you simply won't want to leave. There is also a beautiful free-standing bath in this room, where you can indulge in a long hot soak after a day exploring the Dales. Next door sits the fabulous wet room; fully tiled in Italian marble. it feels more like a boutique hotel, with waterfall taps, a monsoon shower and solid granite surfaces.

So now you've explored the stunning interiors, let's take a look outside. You will be greeted with 360-degree vistas across heather and hill, with cosmopolitan Ilkley nestling far below. There's a terrace and a BBQ provided - perfect for al fresco dining in the summer. And of course the star of the show, the hot tub! Watch the evening lights come to life all around as the stars start to twinkle far above, all from the comfort of your warm bubbles. A wonderful way to end the day.

  • 1 bedroom – king-size
  • 1 bathroom – walk-in shower and WC, 1 separate WC
  • Utility room – sink, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Electric underfloor heating
  • Off-road parking
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub and shop within 2 miles
  • LCD TV, SONOS sound system
  • Hot tub
  • Regret no children

The property is set within 35 acres of private moorland high above the gorgeous spa town of Ilkley. There are miles of peaceful uninterrupted walking from the doorstep and you will have an amazing sense of getting away from it all.

If you like to keep one foot on urban ground, head down into Ilkley (5 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 yummy for tea from one of the several upmarket delis in town. And for nights when cooking seems like too much effort, book dinner in one of the town’s superb restaurants.

If you want to venture a little further, the pump house is ideally placed to explore the historic market town of Skipton (15 miles) and the exquisite Yorkshire Dales beyond – a true walker’s paradise. If you're more of a roamer than a rambler, take a stroll around the grounds of nearby Bolton Abbey (10 miles). These striking ruins provide the backdrop to a particularly beautiful part of the Dales and are well worth a visit.

This area of the Yorkshire Dales is home to many charming villages and towns worth exploring. The pretty cobbled streets of Grassington (25 miles) is a drive away, with the village of Kettlewell (28 miles) just a little further. Take the high ground up and across to Wensleydale (26 miles) where you will discover the picture postcard village of West Burton and the beautiful Aysgarth Falls.

And if you want to explore Yorkshire's cities, Leeds is just a short drive away (15 miles) and is packed with designer shops, cafes and top notch restaurants. The gorgeous town of Harrogate (15 miles) is also just a few miles and well worth a day trip. There is just so much to see and do here.

This property is personally managed by Kirsten.


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Reviewed by Oliver 16th December 2019

We loved our stay in the cottage. It was our small honeymoon and we also had an entire xmas day planned with just the two of us. Everything we needed was in the property. We were so comfortable for the whole week. We enjoyed everything the property had to offer including the jacuzzi, large bath, telescope, countryside, beautiful views, cosy interioRead morer, impeccable silence and seclusion, and everything else! The decor is wonderful too. Thank you for a lovely stay! Hide

Reviewed by Louise 15th July 2019

If it's peace and quiet you are after, then this is the place for you! Only neighbours are cows, sheep and birds. Owners have thought of everything.

Reviewed by Chris 14th June 2019

Great venue for a short break to a beautiful part of Yorkshire. The cottage is equipped to a high standard and the attention to detail is evident throughout the cottage. Great place to celebrate a special occasion

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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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