A very warm welcome to Brown Hare Cottage, a bijou one-bedroom hideaway within walking distance of World Heritage site Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal. With its sleepy hamlet location and gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside, it’s perfect for couples and solo travellers aching to unplug and relax.
Set in an old converted farm building, Brown Hare cottage is a cosy and very comfortable holiday home with a fantastic location. Inside you’ll find a well-proportioned open plan living space housing the lounge, dining area and kitchen. Everything within easy reach and absolutely perfect for anyone with reduced mobility…
The décor is one of the neutral soft tones, where everything has been carefully chosen to maximise the sense of tranquillity in the cottage. Soft grey walls, hand-painted furniture and a comfy sofa combine to create a space you’ll want to retreat back to after a busy day’s sight-seeing. There’s an LCD TV & DVD Player in here and Wi-Fi is provided if you need to catch up online.
The neat kitchen comes equipped with a gas hob, oven/grill, dishwasher and everything else you will need to rustle up something yummy. And you’ll arrive at some home-made cake to get you started! Chunky wooden worktops and cream units are joined by a smart slate floor underneath. The dining table sits by the window affording lovely uninterrupted views of the Yorkshire countryside. With little traffic passing by, throw open the window to hear the clip-clop of horses trotting up the road or the call of curlews sweeping by.
And so to bed…This romantic Yorkshire Cottage has a rather funky king-size bed with back-lit mood lighting giving the room a cosy feel. This room also enjoys those lovely open views to the front. The house bathroom features a walk-in shower and WC.
Outside there’s a private sheltered garden complete with a picnic bench, perfect for those lazy summer lunches over a bottle of wine, or two. Plenty of off-road parking too.
Brown Hare Cottage has a beautiful location set in the rolling green countryside of Nidderdale, just four miles outside the ancient City of Ripon. It offers the peace and tranquillity of the Yorkshire Dales countryside with the delights of cosmopolitan Harrogate less than half an hour away. With miles of stunning walks and mountain bike trails literally from the doorstep, the cottage is heaven for lovers of all things outdoors. And for eats, you’ll find no shortage of excellent gastro pubs and restaurants in the area, including the Michelin-starred Yorke Arms and fantastic Timble Inn only half an hour away by car. Nearby Ripon offers more options for eats as well as boasting a Thursday market, Cathedral, numerous coffee shops, pubs, restaurants and a nice collection of independent shops to explore.
This area of Yorkshire has enough historical sites to keep you busy for a week with Ripley Castle, Newby Hall and Norton Conyers. And of course, the world-famous Fountains Abbey and the adjoining Studley Royal Water Garden are both within walking distance. Three miles west of Ripon, this World Heritage site is deservedly one of the National Trust’s most visited locations. As well as the spectacular ruins of a 12th Century Cistercian abbey, the grounds are home to an Elizabethan Mansion, a medieval deer park and some of the most romantic vistas in the country. There’s also Ripon Cathedral. Smaller than its close neighbour, York Minster, Ripon Cathedral is still an awe-inspiring site. In addition, every night for at least 450 years, the Ripon Hornblower has sounded the curfew at 9.00pm from all 4 sides of the obelisk in the marketplace, come rain or shine, followed by a 15 minutes history of the ceremony and the city – not to be missed!
If you are partial to a flutter, Ripon Race Ground has around 15 meets from April to early September. Known as ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’ it has a distinct atmosphere harking back to a bygone era – traditional tea-rooms and bandstands sit alongside the champagne bar.
Harrogate is an absolute must if you’re staying here. Encircled by its famous ‘Stray’ or ‘200 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, 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 and a quality butchers – 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!