- The cottage is absolutely gorgeous and of the highest quality, even though both my husband and I were poorly during our stay it was so lovely to have a well appointed place to stay
Published on: 14 February 2019
Welcome to The Secret Garden, an exquisite luxury townhouse set in the heart of the historic Georgian market town of Richmond. Get ready to fall head over heels in love with this Grade II listed double-fronted property. From its stunning interiors to its fabulous hot tub in the garden, this is the perfect holiday home for those who enjoy a mix of town and country.
Dating back to the mid 1700's, this charming period house has been given a super-stylish make-over. The owners of The Secret Garden are locally renowned interiors designers, something which is apparent from the moment you walk through the door.
Step inside the entrance hall and make your way into the living room. This gorgeous room boasts two comfy sofas to curl up on and a cosy wood burning stove at its heart. Statement wall-paper and perfectly pitched accessories give the room bags of style and character. For your evening entertainment there's a SMART TV with Freeview, a DVD player and a SONAS music system. Wi-Fi is also included.
On the opposite side of the house you'll find the beautiful kitchen / dining room. Black slate underfoot gives the room a classic, luxurious feel. The shaker-style kitchen is in a soft mid-grey and comes complete with a sleep granite work-top. There's also a Belfast sink, Nespresso Coffee machine and NEFF appliances throughout including an induction hob, dishwasher and full-size fridge-freezer. Everything is of the very best quality.
Rustle up something delicious and settle down to eat at the fine-looking square dining table with its solid wood surface and Queen Ann legs. The floral velvet chairs provide a dash of glamour and romance.
The kitchen leads to the courtyard garden to the rear. There is also a handy cloakroom downstairs which includes a WC and washer/dryer.
Both bedrooms are set upstairs. The first bedroom is a generous size and boasts a super-king size bed (which can also be configured as two singles if requested). Rest a while on the window seat in here and take in the view to the cobbled street outside. The house bathroom sits next door, another immaculate room with a striking original Victorian slipper bath.
The second bedroom is equally spacious and offers another super-king bed, which can again be set up as a twin if requested. This lovely room includes an en suite shower cubicle too.
Please contact the owner directly to confirm how you would like the beds to be configured if different from the standard set up.
Let's go outside to discover why the house has its name, a secret and completely private walled courtyard garden with a bubbling hot tub ready to invite you in. Enjoy a dip in the evening when the fairy lights cast a magical glow over the garden. Patio furniture is also provided if you fancy lunch al fresco in this sheltered sun trap. And when the mood takes you take a stroll out around the handsome market town of Richmond, right on your doorstep.
The Secret Garden is set in the heart of Richmond, a charming Georgian market town on the borders of Wensleydale and Swaledale. The cottage is set at the start of Temple Terrace which leads all the way down to the River Swale and Richmond Castle.
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 across around the corner.
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.
This is a superb area for walkers and cyclists with many routes from the doorstep or just a short distance away. The famous coast to coast walking route passes close by. Follow in the cycle tracks of the Tour de France stars who cycled here in the summer of 2014.
And with York, Harrogate and the North York Moors all within easy striking distance you have lots of choice for day trips!