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Picturesque 300 year old cottage in pretty farming village

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

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

Justine Hey
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2017

About Justine Hey

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!

Justine Hey purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Justine Hey chose Yorkshire Dales

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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!

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ripon in Borough of Harrogate

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • 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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 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
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • 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
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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Picturesque 300 year old cottage in pretty farming village
average rating of 4.590909 based on 46 reviews


  • 1 of 5

The property is in a lovely location and has obviously been a nice home at one time, but now it is in need of repair work, deep cleaning and refurbishing.

On arrival I had to give the kitchen surfaces a good clean. The whole house needs a good deep clean. Cobwebs everywhere and where dust has fallen it remains, on skirting boards, pipes, shelves etc..

There was plenty of hot water, but the plumbing requires an overhaul, joints were leaking and water was dripping from ceilings and running down walls!

I was unable to spend time in the sitting room as the carpet was smelly and filthy. The furniture had seen better days. It just didn't feel clean.

The bathrooms were clean with plenty of towels.

The bedding was clean and fresh.

The kitchen benches were unsteady as the feet were wearing away with use. When they toppled we were lucky no one was hurt.

The garden would have been a lovely family garden at one time, but all of the children's climbing area was green and slimy. The barbecue needs to be replaced, it is unusable.

As a family we were all very disappointed. I would say upset, but we made the most of our week together and enjoyed going out and about as there are many things to do in easy reach of this property.

We would not recommend this property to anyone as it stands. We would have expected better for half the amount we paid.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good location

  • 3 of 5

Property in good location but could do with being freshened up . However everything we needed was there and we had a lovely break.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Good location. Cottage could do with a bit of an interior update.

  • 4 of 5

Plenty of room.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family stay over holidays

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location and well outfitted house. We were a family of seven and there was plenty of space with 4+1 bedrooms. The owner set up a Christmas tree for our stay and really made us feel welcome. There are plenty of local attractions: Fountains Abbey, Brimham Rocks, Ripley Castle, and Harrogate. It was a picture perfect stay! It has a very cozy warm feel and the Aga stove and large wood kitchen table meant that we spent much of our time in there. Would recommend to families or anyone how wants a visit to the Yorkshire countryside. We would certainly stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a lovely time Cheryl. Although the garden is beautiful in the summer I always enjoy the cottage most in the winter. I think its because the range and the woodturners make it feel so cosy.
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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
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Catherine. I've listened and purchased some trivets for the kitchen. The wooden worktops need regular oiling and at the last go they were overdone which is why they felt a bit sticky rather than shiny as they should be. I've just been in to sand them down and re-oil, (but not too much!) and they look great. The lower tray in the dishwasher isn't fixed to runners, it slides on the door frame, this can mean that if it is used enthusiastically it can be pulled off the door but otherwise works well. Its true that we don't have an electric cooker in addition to the enormous range, we've always found the two cavernous ovens plenty, even for a family Christmas. The hob may have only two rings but it is huge! I have had 3 pans on just one ring before now. The whole stove top stays lovely and warm so that vegetables that have cooked too quickly can be kept gently warming at the back until the main event is ready. Not to mention, perfect for keeping a mug of coffee warm whilst cooking breakfast...
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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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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Nearest Barpub
75 Metres
Sawley Arms
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
75 Metres
Sawley Arms
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 & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ripon, North Yorkshire

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
21 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October Half Term
20 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
February Half Term
9 Feb 2018 - 19 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Mar 2018 - 16 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
17 Apr 2018 - 3 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Day
4 May 2018 - 7 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Spring
8 May 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Half Term
25 May 2018 - 4 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
5 Jun 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
20 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas & New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

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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