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Picturesque 300 year old cottage in pretty farming village

Overview

Property

Updated: 08-Dec-2016
6 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Sleeps 10, Pets & Families Welcome

Our cozy cottage looks over the village green and is nestled between the small wildlife garden and fields of cows and sheep. A gate from the garden leads directly onto a footpath and a gentle walk along a country lane will bring you to 12th Century Fountains Abbey.

Our handmade country kitchen boasts a traditional stove and a large farmhouse table. French doors take you out onto our flagged terrace which overlooks the large garden. The snug lounge has a large stone fireplace, cozy wood burner and big comfy sofas. Our 3 bathrooms are beautiful with limestone walls and floors and in one, a luxurious roll top bath.

The cottage has a unique layout which seems to create the perfect setting for special occasions. There is plenty of social space, but also room to find somewhere quiet and escape the bustle. The large garden and village green means there's plenty of space for children and dogs to run wild and let off steam which helps the adult to relax and enjoy themselves too. Perhaps this is why we have had so many events at Fountains Abbey Cottage; birthdays (from 4 to 90!), hen parties, and reunions. We know that it's difficult to get everyone together for a whole week which is why we offer weekend breaks bookable as far in advance as you like. Prices begin from £750.

We know how difficult it can be to travel with pets or children which is why we provide the essentials (highchair; cot; dog bed etc.) to make life easy.

We sleep up to 10 in 4 comfortable bedrooms upstairs, a den with hideaway bed downstairs, and a detached guest room in the garden - snug and secluded, ideal for grandparents or romantic couples. Fine Egyptian linen, decadent silk bedspreads and enormous fluffy towels all encourage a sense of indulgence.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We moved to Sawley to raise our family in the country and it was the perfect location. Although we were both city kids our hearts have always lain in the country. We loved it so much that when we were given the opportunity to move to a remote farm we grabbed it with both hands!

We now live half a mile from a road, surrounded by sheep, pigs, chickens, hens and horses and love every muddy minute of it!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Just to say an enormous thank you for allowing Theodora and her friends to stay at Fountains Abbey Cottage this weekend. I think the quality of the cottage took them all by surprise and she was so touched by the little bunch of snowdrops on the kitchen table and the bottle of fizz. She said they had the happiest of weekends and it was the perfect way to celebrate her 21st. “Just like home,” she said.



They managed two walks (in spite of the wintry weather) including a memorable visit to Fountains Abbey, really enjoyed the delicious dinner cooked by Lockwoods (thank you for the recommendation – I have thanked them too), and had a thoroughly wonderful time.



I hope they left it all in order (Theodora promised me they had!) and didn’t leave any belongings behind. You have been so kind, accommodating and thoughtful throughout and I cannot thank you enough.
Feb 2013
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40 Reviews

4.7
based on 40 holidaymaker reviews

4

Beautiful cottage in a lovely peaceful location, but needs a little work in the kitchen.

  • 4 of 5

Five of our family members stayed for a couple of nights in the cottage late October.

The cottage itself was lovely and the position very pleasant and near to some great places to visit such as Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks. The bedrooms were good and the bedding very fresh and of good quality, the house bathroom was lovely and the living room comfortable. The downsides for us were that the kitchen needed some work and one of the wardrobe doors was hanging on one hinge when we arrived which meant that it could not be used (although this didn't bother us much as we were there for such a short period of time, it was just strange to arrive to see something so obviously broken which should have been noted by the cleaners at least).

We only stayed for a couple of nights, and ate out at the local pub for one night so we only cooked one evening meal and breakfasts in the kitchen but had we been staying longer and with a larger party doing more catering then there were a few items that would have annoyed us, most of which have been picked up in previous reviews and could be very easily resolved; the sticky worktops (we tried to clean them but the stickiness would not go away), the bottom tray of the dishwasher which constantly came off its runners, a few lights not working which made several areas dark, a couple of grimy pans and the lack of items such as trivets which made cooking more tricky as there was nowhere to put hot pans. The range cooker worked well and heated up our hot water with no problems, but for a cottage plus annex which accommodates ten people, just two "rings" and one hot and one warm oven may be a bit limiting if large family meals are being prepared for family reunions etc. We didn't use the separate annex at all which may have had more facilities. We had just been to stay for several days in the Lake District in a smaller cottage for 6 and the kitchen in that cottage was around the same size but had an AGA, plus usual cooker, double sink and plenty of pans/utensils and was more practically laid out and inevitably we made a comparison.

That being said we enjoyed our stay and could see that it had once been a very much loved family home (especially with the play equipment in the garden). I would have given it 7/10. 3 stars felt too low, so settled for 4. With a little bit of work on the kitchen though, this cottage could be 5 star.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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3

Quiet, lovely location but needs deep clean and maintenance.

  • 3 of 5

6 adults and 4 children stayed. Excellent location and secure for children in garden. Good facilities on village green. Handy for visiting Brimham Rocks, Lightwater Valley, Fountains Abbey, Ripon, Harrogate etc. Sawley Arms excellent and helpful.

However compared with other cottages we have stayed in we couldn't say it was 5 or even 4 star. On arrival 7 lights were not working, there was no battery in the kitchen CO alarm where there is an oil fired stove/boiler/cooker (we would have been comforted to have seen either on display or in the Guests manual a copy of the boiler maintenance certificate - whether legally required or not), we had to sweep and weed the patio and the path to the outside garden room (including sweeping up broken glass), hedges were in need of a trim, the down stairs toilet wash basin leaked on to the floor, ensuite shaver light didn't work, an overriding smell of dogs, dead flies on the window cills, a dangerously loose flag on the patio steps and the bottom tray of the dishwasher constantly came off its runner. In fairness to Justine several of these things were remedied in the next couple of days. But our point is we should not have faced such failures.

As to our point about the cottage requiring a DEEP clean examples were: sticky and grimy kitchen work tops, the ensuite shower floor had to be thoroughly cleaned before we felt we could use it and in the master bedroom and lounge the carpets require a really good clean to remove dirt and marks.

This may sound negative but it is a factual account of what we found. With better maintenance and cleaning the cottage has much to offer.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Spacious, comfortable and relaxing

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is very well equipped with everything you can possibly need. The bottle of wine on arrival was a lovely thoughtful touch.

Clean and comfortable with plenty of room for a large family. The dog loved the secure garden which is lovely.

Will certainly go back in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Stunningly beautiful

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a long weekend with 6 other girls for a friends hen party. It was the best weekend ever! The cottage is beautiful and very well kept, even more so considering how old it is. The cottage is well equipt with everything you would need, there is even DVDs under the TV in the living room, there is a little basket full of things guests may of forgotten or may not evenof thought of, these extra little touches from the owners made us feel very welcome in their beautiful holiday home. There is a bbq outside but unfortunately the weather didnt allow us to use it. I would definitely come here again and recommend to anyone

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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3

Old. Needs some TLC

  • 3 of 5

Fountains Abbey Cottage. 28/31 May.

We as grandparents chose to stay in the Garden Suite not realising it was separate building.

Re the bathroom, the information we got from your description said " shower over the bath ". A spray fixed at the end of the bath could hardly be classed as a shower particularly as there was no curtain or partition to stop the water spraying everywhere. My wife who is disabled was unable to use her grab handle as no tiles to stick too.

The table and chairs on the patio outside could not be used as they were covered in moss, old and ready for the bonfire.The patio needed a power wash.

The "Bedroom"as you entered the main property could not be classed as such, it was no more than a " cubbyhole" under the stairs.The occupant was woken every time anyone went up or down stairs.

My 4 year grandson enjoyed the treehouse but we as a family celebrating our Golden Wedding

were disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for giving us some useful feedback Michael. In response to your comments we have made the following changes; The Garden Suite was described as "separate" and "in the garden" but we have added the word "detached " to make it clear to guests that the suite is not part of the main cottage. The phrase "shower over bath" is suggestive of a raised shower rather than a shower attachment. The corner bath has a seating area to allow people to sit on the edge and shower into the bath using the handheld showerhead, but this is not the same as a shower over the bath so I have updated the listing to "en suite with bath" I have a personal liking for weathered hardwood furniture but I realise not everyone feels the same. We have purchased some new furniture for the Garden suite's private patio. I hope you were able to enjoy the large rattan and glass patio suite on the main terrace. It is true that the downstairs bedroom is the smallest of our four double bedrooms and it is positioned next to (but not under) the stairs... photographs of all our bedrooms are on our listing and the den is no exception. Our cottage is old, 314 years old to be exact! The idiosyncrasies of such an old house are what made us fall in love with it in the first place. I am sorry you didn't enjoy your special weekend but hopefully our updates will ensure this need not happen again.
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5

Lovely rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

We, seven adults, three children and two dogs, had a lovely time at the cottage celebrating my mothers 80th birthday. We also enjoyed a great meal at the Sawley Arms just round the corner. We were lucky with the weather and spent most of our time relaxing in the garden with the dogs !

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

The cottage has a great location, walking distance from North Yorkshires top two destinations, (Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks) yet untouched by tourism. It was originally built as part of the village school for 'the poor boys of Sawley' in 1703 and has a priviliged place in the village overlooking the green but with no immediate neighbours. Central yet secluded.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Leeds/Bradford at 22 Miles Nearest Barpub : Sawley Arms at 75 Metres Nearest Train : Harrogate at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Sawley Arms at 75 Metres Car: recommended

Our quiet location makes it easy to stay put and enjoy the clean air and beautiful landscape but for the more adventurous there is plenty to see and do; 900 year old ruins; stunning rock formations; epic scenery; adventure play parks; Medieval markets; Edwardian follies.

Top of the list is world heritage site Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal: the ruins of a 12th Century Cistercian Abbey (the largest in Europe) alongside a beautiful Georgian Water Garden and peaceful Deer Park. Our lovely cottage is a peaceful half hour stroll from this stunning attraction.

Less than 3 miles away is Brimham Rocks a remarkable collection of weathered rocks that have formed magnificent sculptures.

For walkers we have the circular Ripon Rowel Walk, literally on the door step and many other beautiful places to explore from open farmland to craggy lakes and bluebell woods; all within two miles!

For historians there is a wealth of ancient buildings; Ripon's Cathedral which dates from 672AD, over 1300 years old! Fountain's Abbey is on our doorstep and Rivaulx and Jervaulx Abbey are within a comfortable drive.

For families there is an enviable choice. Tree climbing, pond dipping, and river jumping are all to be had within minutes! For more formal activities there are any number of attractions: Light water Valley is a 15 minute drive away and offers roller-coaster thrills and spills; How Stean Gorge is the site of a Highwayman's hideout and now offers abseiling, gorge-walking and kayaking. The Forbidden Corner is a wonderful folly and defies description but I heartily recommend it for the strangest day out!

And that's just the tip of the iceberg!

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter 2016
1 Nov 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
From
£150
From
£200
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
Christmas/New Year
19 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,950
for 7 nights
£1,950
 
 
Winter 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 13 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
From
£150
From
£200
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
February Half Term
17 Feb 2017 - 27 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£712
for 3 nights
From
£238
From
£317
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,350
 
 
Easter
7 Apr 2017 - 24 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£870
for 3 nights
From
£290
From
£385
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,750
 
 
Late Spring
25 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£712
for 3 nights
From
£238
From
£317
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,350
 
 
May Day
28 Apr 2017 - 1 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,155
for 3 nights
From
£385
From
£385
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,750
 
 
Late Spring
2 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£712
for 3 nights
From
£238
From
£317
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,250
 
 
May Half Term
26 May 2017 - 5 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£870
for 3 nights
From
£290
From
£385
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,750
 
 
Early Summer
6 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£712
for 3 nights
From
£238
From
£317
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,350
 
 
Summer
21 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
October Half Term
20 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£712
for 3 nights
From
£238
From
£317
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,350
 
 
Christmas & New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 7 nights
£2,250
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£562
for 3 nights
From
£188
From
£250
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,100
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

We are happy to book weekend breaks in advance. Prices from £675 for the weekend rising to £875.

Mid-week breaks are also available (but are not accurately quoted on the HomeAway site). Prices from £675 please ask for an up to date quote.

DOGS WELCOME at no extra charge.

Discounts always offered to returning guests, please ask :)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Secluded yet not isolated, there is plenty of space for children to free range without the worries of traffic. An adventure playground for bigger kids and an enclosed playground with swings and slide for little ones all within seconds of the front door. Fun and games with no effort. The configuration of bedrooms means it can be adapted to suit and has been very popular for multiple families to share. The private garden suite with it's own bathroom, sitting area and garden is a great retreat and perfect for grandparents or teenagers who need their own space sometimes!

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming

Bathrooms

  • Master en suite - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Limestone clad wetroom with huge shower head
  • Family bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Beautiful roll top bath and limestone walls
  • Garden suite bathroom - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Bathroom with corner bath in Garden Suite
  • Luxurious fluffy white towels provided

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed, The large Master Bedroom has a King size bed and en suite
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, Double or twin. With pretty fireplace
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed, Pretty single bedroom with iron bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed, Pretty single bedroom with iron bed.
  • Ground Floor Bedroom - 1 Double Bed, The double bed downstairs can easily hideaway for more space
  • Garden Suite - 1 Large Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, Detached suite. Dbl or twin en suite with sofa and patio
  • Our beds are made with pure Egyptian cotton linen and luxurious throws. Cots available on request.

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Cot and highchair available on request (no charge). Dog bed, bowls and towels available on request (no charge). Award winning caterers available to provide fully catered dinner parties.

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