Xanadu Holiday Cottage, Yorkshire Dales, Richmond

Sleeps 2, Bedrooms 1, Bathrooms 1, Price From £325

A Grade II listed bijou urban pad in the heart of historic Richmond, welcome to the gorgeous Xanadu. With all of the town’s attractions within easy walking distance, it’s the perfect holiday cottage for couples who like everything on their doorstep or those travelling solo.

This fabulous little cottage has been subject to a complete architect-designed refurbishment using top-notch materials and making great use of the space available. Set down a terraced street in Richmond you have the best of both worlds, direct access to this lovely town and the stunning landscapes of Swaledale and Wensleydale just a short drive away.

The layout downstairs is open plan, with the kitchen, dining area and lounge all sharing the same bright and warm space. Underfoot you’ll find solid oak flooring, and in the lounge area, a contemporary living flame fire keeps everything nice and cosy. For your entertainment, there’s also a large LCD TV with DVD Player, and MP3 player and Wi-Fi included, so you can sink into your comfy leather sofa and catch up online.

The sleek modern kitchen comes complete glossy white units, a black granite worktop and a rainbow effect splashback guaranteed to brighten up even the greyest of days. There’s a top of the range set of SMEG kitchen fixtures including a gas hob & oven, a washer/dryer and a fridge freezer. You’ll also find a state of the art microwave oven should you need it. Four brightly coloured chairs accompany the cute dining table. The overall ambience is one of contemporary luxury, with a fun twist.

Let’s take a look upstairs. Make your way up the solid oak and glass staircase to the delightful en-suite bedroom. Again there is heaps of light and colour up here continuing the festive theme. Discover a Feather & Black King size solid oak bed to retreat to each night, and there’s a TV/DVD Player lounge about in watching each morning as you enjoy a lazy breakfast in bed. The bespoke en-suite wet room has been cleverly incorporated into the room alongside a wardrobe, again making excellent use of the space. Step into the gleaming white wet room each morning and awaken the senses, the perfect start to a day’s sightseeing or walking in the Dales.

Xanadu is a delightful 1-bedroom Grade II listed cottage in the heart of Richmond. Please note this is a townhouse property so some noise from cars and the town should be expected. The cobbled market square is just a few minutes walk, as are the gorgeous riverside walks out into the countryside. This charming cottage is the perfect choice for solo travellers or couples hoping to combine town living with escapes into the Dales…

Local Area

Xanadu is set down a terraced street in the heart of Richmond, a charming market town on the borders of Wensleydale and Swaledale. Richmond boasts an 11th Century castle, fine Georgian architecture, a 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 village of Easby, home to Easby Abbey, is just a few miles 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 site or just a short distance away. The famous coast to coast walking route passes within a few hundred metres of the area.

And with York, Harrogate and the North York Moors all within an easy striking distance you have lots of choices for day trips!

Price from £325

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Teresa loves animals and travelling around the UK! She currently has two dogs and two cats. She loves caring for and sharing her knowledge of pets. She is a qualified dog groomer and currently studying canine behaviour. She has been part of the Dog Friendly Team since 2016.