- Lovely cottage just off the road surrounded by sheep, pheasants and trees. Very comfortable, lots of room and well equipped.
Published on: 28 January 2019
Dating back over 200 years with views down to Ripley Castle on the horizon, Scarah Cottage is a truly gorgeous holiday home set in Nidderdale in the Yorkshire Dales. Within easy striking distance of Harrogate, this wonderful property boasts chocolate box exteriors, elegant interiors and over 1 acre of grounds to frolic around in. A quintessentially English country cottage with an idyllic location, get ready to fall in love with Scarah Cottage..
The first thing you'll notice about Scarah Cottage is the total privacy afforded here. It's completely detached and accessed via a long private lane where sheep mosey along beside you. It has a lovely elevated position backing onto the local estate's woodland and in front of you a charming view of the surrounding countryside.
Let's step inside this large luxury cottage to find a handy boot room (with its original York stone floors) leading to the stunning and very spacious kitchen. There's a kitchen island with bar stools, the perfect spot for a pre-dinner gathering with a bottle of bubbly on the go. As you would expect the kitchen comes complete with every mod-con you could wish for including an induction hob, a large American-style fridge and a dishwasher. There is also a separate utility room which houses another fridge freezer along with a washer/dryer.
To the side of the kitchen you'll find the formal dining room, a warm and graceful space with exposed beams and views to the front of the cottage. A beautiful French Dresser sits contentedly in the corner housing glassware and other dinner party essentials. With the candles lit and the candelabra glowing overhead it's a hugely atmospheric room for those special family meals.
The large sitting room is next door, with plenty of room for everyone to find their own special spot. With the double wood-burner roaring in here you'll want to stay up late catching up over a bottle of red or two. There's a TV & DVD player as well as lots of books, games and even a pool table to keep you entertained. Wi-Fi is also included. In addition, Scarah Cottage has a cosy snug room next to the dining room with another wood-burner, warm oak floors and a cosy leather sofa to lounge about on. Perfect if you need some space from the kids and vice-versa! There's also a downstairs Cloakroom.
There are 4 generous bedrooms in the cottage. The first of which is on the ground floor, ideal for those with reduced mobility. There's a double bed in this room and an en suite shower room with WC. The remaining 3 bedrooms are upstairs accessed via the original stone staircase. The second bedroom is a delightful twin room with two full size single beds. Next door is a beautiful double room featuring an antique cast iron bedstead and original stone window surround. The master bedroom sits at the end of the landing, a spacious and character-filled room with a king-size bed, double aspect windows with views out to the woods and an en suite with a bath and shower overhead. The family bathroom is upstairs too, a bright and airy room with a bath and shower overhead.
And if you love the interiors just wait until you start to explore the gardens. This well-loved and completely private 1 acre plot has been divided into different areas with something for everyone including a hammock to lounge around on. A delightful patio area with table and chairs is a heavenly spot for al fresco dinner and the large lawned areas with the woods as their backdrop are perfect for children to blow off some steam. Throw out a picnic blanket on the lawn, grab the Pimms and settle down to enjoy the wonderful views from this idyllic country garden.
Due to sheep and lambs often in the field next to the cottage, and ducks nesting in the garden particularly during the spring months, the owners ask that dogs are kept on leads. There is a supplement of £50 per dog.
This property requires a payment of a £300 security deposit.
Scarah Cottage has an amazing location. Approached via a long and quiet lane it offers the peace and tranquillity of the Yorkshire Dales countryside with the delights of cosmopolitan Harrogate just a few miles away. With miles of stunning walks and mountain bike trails literally from the doorstep, the cottage is heaven for lovers of all things outdoors.
The nearest village is Ripley which you can see from the cottage. Less than 15 minutes' walk away Ripley is a gorgeous little Yorkshire village which looks like a set for Downton Abbey. Little has changed in the village for many years, beautiful old stone buildings line the quiet main street and the local village pub The Boar's Head beckons you in with its vine covered exterior and handsome good looks. Serving up great food it's a lovely choice for lunch and dinner. There's an excellent off-road cycle / walking route from Ripley right into Harrogate (approx. 5 miles away) if you fancy working up an appetite for one of the town's excellent restaurants.
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.
Head a few miles in the opposite direction and you will find Pateley Bridge, a charming little market town very typical of this area of Yorkshire. The Main Street is peppered with cafes, restaurants, local stores, quality butchers and a fantastic wine shop -everything you need to stock up for your stay. You'll also find the self-proclaimed 'Oldest Sweet Shop in England' here dating back to the early 1800s - little has changed inside since then.
Pateley Bridge sits at the heart of the breathtaking Nidderdale landscape, itself an AONB and immediately adjacent to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are bags of local attractions and stunning natural sights within easy driving distance including the much-loved Brimham Rocks, just a few miles from the cottage. So lots of options for day trips!