Welcome to the Grade II listed Tate Studies, a stunning period property which has been transformed into a luxury holiday home. Set in the centre of historic Richmond, it has elegant stylish interiors and a garden with serious wow-factor. With glorious Swaledale on your doorstep, its the perfect town and country retreat. It's no wonder the reviews are out of this world!
Built as part of Swale House around 1750, it was owned during the 19th century by James Tate, headmaster of the nearby Richmond Grammar School, and used as a study area for boarders during this time. His most famous student was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll) who boarded at Swale House between 1844 and 1846 and may well have started his writing career right here in Tate Studies!
The distinctive building has been renovated to a high standard throughout with first class interiors to match its handsome exterior.
In the centre of the building (up four oak steps from the kitchen) you'll find the spacious living room which is light and airy with comfortable leather sofas and chunky oak flooring. With a Bang & Olufsen Blue Tooth Music System you can kick back and relax with your favourite tunes. If you prefer a movie night there's also a 40inch Freeview TV with Blu-ray DVD player. You'll be kept toasty and warm thanks to underfloor heating and a freestanding Dyson heating / cooling system.
The under-floor heating continues into the kitchen. It's the first room you'll see on entering Tate Studies and is sleek and modern with dark grey Egyptian stone flooring and marbled granite work tops. The light grey shaker style units include integrated fridge, freezer, dish washer and lots of cupboard space. There's also a Belfast style sink (with one and a half bowls) and an electric fan oven with ceramic hob just what you need to rustle up something delicious during your stay!
There's seating for up to four people in here. Choose between a stool at the breakfast bar or a seat at the sweet circular table as there's room for two at each.
On the other side of the lounge (up a couple of steps) is the first of the bedrooms. There's plenty of room to stretch out in here on the super king-size bed, which can be set-up as twins if preferred. There's lots of storage too ? keep everything tidied away in the built-in cupboard space that comes with attractive chunky oak doors.
The room is lovely and bright with a neutral colour scheme, full length mirror and downlights. Best of all it has an en-suite shower room where you can enjoy a refreshing monsoon shower each morning! Please contact the owner directly to confirm how you would like the beds to be configured if different from standard set up.
Head upstairs via a bespoke oak and glass staircase, and the only room on the first floor is the characterful and romantic master bedroom. With its grand circular feature window and exposed 200-year-old dark ceiling beams it's a gorgeous room that could have come straight from the pages of a Lewis Carroll novel. The decanter and glasses on a quirky custom-made set of drawers all help to add to the 'Alice in Wonderland' feel. The en-suite shower room (with a powerful monsoon shower) means you can get ready at your leisure. Take your time and drink in the gorgeous views as you plan the day's adventures!
Outside Tate Studies there is lots to love too including a large lawned area (complete with small orchard) that looks out over the River Swale. Take a seat on the garden bench or at the first of two patios and enjoy the view with a good book and glass of wine. At the other side of the property you'll find the second large patio (a real sun-trap in the summer months) alongside a grassed area and slate roofed open bike shed.
Please note: Swale House, which is next to Tate Studies, is in the final stages of a beautiful renovation.
Tate Studies is set in the heart of Richmond, a charming Georgian market town on the borders of Wensleydale and Swaledale. The property is part of the historic Swale House, built by James Tate in around 1850. His various celebrated scholars were nicknamed 'Tate's Invincibles' and included famous author, Lewis Carroll who spent time at Tate Studies.
Richmond boasts an 11th Century castle, fine Georgian architecture, an historic Georgian Theatre and a large cobbled market square as some of its many attractions. Mosey into town for a cup of Yorkshire tea at one of the many tea rooms there or pop over for dinner at the excellent Frenchgate Restaurant just around the corner.
We highly recommend a visit to The Station a stunning Victorian former railway station that is now home to a cinema, art gallery, micro-brewery bar and The Angel's Share bakery (a finalist on ITV's Britain's Best Bakery).
Richmond is also known as 'The Gateway to the Dales' so you can expect stunning Dales scenery within minutes of leaving the town.
Peppering this glorious countryside are countless attractive little towns and villages. And if you enjoy a bit of surreal entertainment, how about quite brilliant Forbidden Corner near Middleham.
Film and TV Buffs will also love exploring the many well-known locations nearby. Head down to the famous limestone pavements at Malham Cove where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was filmed. Or head for lunch at the Kings Arms in Askrigg and see if you can remember it from the pub scenes in All Creatures Great and Small.
The historic hamlet of Easby, home to Easby Abbey, is just a mile or so from the cottage and is easily walkable along the river. Set on the banks of the River Swale, the Abbey is the perfect spot for a picnic in the summer months. There are lots of other breath-taking historical sites to explore in the Dales, including the stunning Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, a world heritage site.
And with York, Harrogate and the North York Moors all within easy striking distance you have lots of choice for day trips!