Welcome to April Cottage, a beautiful 2-bedroom stone cottage set in a pretty village just 30 minutes from central Harrogate. Subject to a complete restoration, this handsome property comes complete with lots of little luxuries including a fabulous double-sided wood-burner, sit down shower and underfloor heating. It's the perfect choice for couples or small families who appreciate the finer things in life!
The gorgeous April Cottage has been lovingly restored by its owners and transformed into a luxurious, warm and welcoming holiday home. Re-built brick by brick, everything about this property shouts quality, from the cobbled frontage to the immaculate interiors.
Step inside to discover a gorgeous open-plan space home to the lounge, kitchen and dining area. Heated limestone floors throughout keep your feet nice and warm and little touches like fresh flowers and a generous welcome hamper make you feel right at home. Make your way past the huge double-sided wood-burning stove to discover the cosy lounge. Light up the fire and snuggle down on one of two comfy sofas. Your evening entertainment is provided by a large SMART TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi is included.
Back through to the beautiful kitchen with its elegant stone-grey units, sleek granite worktop and striking aubergine feature wall. This kitchen is a pleasure to cook and entertain in. All the usual mod cons are provided including an induction hob, NEFF oven & microwave, fridge and full-size freezer. There's also a washing machine/tumble dryer, handy for muddy walking clothes or if you have little ones with you.
Rustle up a hearty Yorkshire breakfast and settle down to eat at the charming circular dining table. Plenty of room for 4, and with the fire glowing in the background it's a lovely spot to dine whatever the time of day.
Both bedrooms in April Cottage are upstairs. The master bedroom features a lovely king-size oak bed and a large walk-in wardrobe. This room also has a wall-mounted SMART TV, perfect for a spot of morning telly indulgence in your PJs. The second bedroom is a good-sized twin room with two full size single beds. This bed can also be configured as a super-king if preferred. The double-height ceiling in here lends a sense of space.
The stunning family bathroom is also upstairs. Take a long dip in the gorgeous free-standing bath or treat yourself to a steam in the walk-in shower with its integrated tiled seat. Your very own mini day Spa! There is also a handy loo downstairs at the foot of the stairs.
Lots to love outside this beautiful cottage too. To the rear is an immaculate stone courtyard which is fully enclosed, great if you have a furry friend with you. Patio furniture is provided for al fresco dining and there's also a BBQ available. It's a lovely sheltered spot allowing you to make the most of the warmer months.
April Cottage has a lovely village location. It's just a few miles from the vibrant Cathedral City of Ripon and less than half an hour to Harrogate. It offers the peace and tranquillity of the Yorkshire Dales countryside with the delights of cosmopolitan towns within easy reach.
Close by there's the charming little town of Boroughbridge. Set on the banks of the River Ure, this handsome town was first settled in Roman times, and today offers some good options for eats as well as some lovely walks along the river. And if you're a bit of a foodie, the Michelin-starred Blackswan at Oldstead is close by, and recently voted the best restaurant in the world by TripAdvisor!
Nearby Aldborough runs a fantastic festival every June/July with opera, piano and string quartets, a delight if you enjoy classical music. This village is also home to two spectacularly well preserved Roman footpaths.
This area of Yorkshire has enough historical sites to keep you busy for a week with Ripley Castle, Newby Hall and Norton Conyers. And of course, the world-famous Fountains Abbey and the adjoining Studley Royal Water Garden are both within easy striking distance. Three miles west of Ripon, this World Heritage site is deservedly one of the National Trust's most visited locations. As well as the spectacular ruins of a 12th Century Cistercian abbey, the grounds are home to an Elizabethan Mansion, a medieval deer park and some of the most romantic vistas in the country.
There's also Ripon Cathedral. Smaller than its close neighbour, York Minster, Ripon Cathedral is still an awe-inspiring site. In addition, every night for at least 450 years, the Ripon Hornblower has sounded the curfew at 9.00pm from all 4 sides of the obelisk in the market place, come rain or shine, followed by a 15 minutes history of the ceremony and the city ? not to be missed!
If you are partial to a flutter, Ripon Race Ground has around 15 meets from April to early September. Known as 'Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse' it has a distinct atmosphere harking back to a bygone era where traditional tea-rooms and bandstands sit alongside the champagne bar.
Harrogate is an absolute must if you're staying here. Encircled by its famous 'Stray' or '1,000 acres' of horseshoe shaped grassland, the Victorian Spa town of Harrogate has a bright and breezy open-air feel and is characterised by its impressive floral displays. And as you would expect of such a bustling upbeat town, Harrogate boasts over 300 bars and restaurants together with all the shops, swimming pools, cinemas, parks and gardens you could ever wish for.
And with York and the Yorkshire Dales close by, there are lots of options for day trips!