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Poacher's Den

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Sky TV
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Charming country cottage in the grounds of a private Nidderdale Estate
  • Wonderful views over the Washburn Valley
  • A relaxing rural retreat
  • Wood burner in the lounge for cosy evenings in
  • Welcome hamper with Yorkshire treats
  • Decked garden with furniture and a BBQ
Property code: G0111

Small but perfectly formed, this delightful bijou cottage is perfectly located for romantic getaways for two.

Located in the grounds of a 100-acre private Nidderdale Estate, this charming cottage for two enjoys superb views over the Washburn Valley. Offering a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding countryside, it is also within easy reach of the famous market town of Harrogate, ensuring you can set your own pace. With the local pub 2 miles away, you can do as much or as little as you like.

This charming Yorkshire home is both stylish and contemporary, with traditional touches giving a nod to its history. The open-plan living space on the ground floor has a welcoming feel, with a well-equipped kitchen if you're in the mood to rustle up a meal, and a spacious dining table for guests to take a seat at. The wood burner and comfortable sofa in the lounge area make this a lovely space to unwind with a film or game. Retreat to the elegant king-size bedroom, which also has a wall-mounted TV, for relaxing evenings or mornings. The wet room features a monsoon shower, which is certain to get you ready for the day ahead. Soak up the stunning views outside by heading out onto your split-level decked terrace, which is furnished with a table and chairs.

Its proximity to Harrogate and its Convention Centre (10 miles), makes this home the perfect choice for either a couple or business travellers. Foodies will be in their element with a superb choice of places to dine, including the ‘Notting Hill' of Harrogate, Cold Bath Road. While visiting, be sure to take in The Royal Pump Room Museum and enjoy some pampering at the restored Victorian Turkish Baths. For a slower pace, set out on foot from the cottage and explore the surrounding moorland, woodland and picturesque walking trails.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • 1 wet room with monsoon shower
  • Oven, hob, fridge
  • Sky TV
  • Heating provided by wood burner - logs included. Additional electric heaters available
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Garden with BBQ
  • Pub 2 miles, shop 6 miles
  • Ample off road parking
  • Babes-in-arms welcome
  • Please note Poachers Den is located within the same grounds as Brass Castle which hosts 12 guests
  • The garden at the Poachers Den isn't visible from Brass Castle and planting surrounds the property offering privacy on both sides.

Set in private grounds within a larger 100-acre private Yorkshire estate, the cottage enjoys a stunning elevated position overlooking the Washburn Valley in Nidderdale. In addition to the decking, there are miles of moorland and woodland walks right from the doorstep taking in some spectacular local scenery. This area is particularly well known for its reservoirs and you can see several from the headlands surrounding the house.

The area is a haven for walkers who can explore the local estate and beyond without having to jump in the car. It's equally good for cycling enthusiasts, with miles of challenging road and off-road routes nearby. The Estate is happy to arrange for cycles during your stay if you are unable to bring your own.

And if you like to keep one foot on urban ground, head down into Ilkley (8 miles) for the day. Highly regarded for its stylish architecture and beautiful floral displays, there's plenty to see and do in this elegant Victorian town. Take a turn around the gardens down by the river, indulge in afternoon tea at Betty's, explore the many independent shops and boutiques, making sure you pick up something delicious for tea and the several up-market delis in town. And for the nights when cooking seems like too much effort, book dinner in one of the highly regarded restaurants. Nearby Otley is also a charming Yorkshire town and Chevin Forest Park is a great place to blow off some steam.

Venture across to nearby Pateley Bridge (12.5 miles), a charming little market town very typical of this area of Yorkshire. The Main Street is peppered with cafes, restaurants, local stores, quality butchers and a fantastic wine shop - 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.

The cottage is also just 10 miles from the cosmopolitan spa town of Harrogate, a must during any visit to this area. Encircled by its famous 'Stray' or '1,000 acres' of horseshoe-shaped grassland, 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, swimming pools, cinemas, parks and gardens you could ever wish for. Don't leave without indulging in a Fat Rascal and cup of Yorkshire Tea at Betty's!

And if you want to explore Yorkshire's cities, Leeds is 17.5 miles away and is packed with designer shops, cafes and top-notch restaurants. Other nearby attractions include Harewood House (14.5 miles), Bolton Abbey (9.5 miles) and the RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr (8.5 miles). There is just so much to see and do here!

This property is personally managed by Kirsten.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 11 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Clare 27th December 2019

A perfect getaway. We stayed over New Year and it was peaceful and cosy. We were able to explore lots in the local area and always looked forward to returning to this lovely place to get the log burner on!

Reviewed by Sara 20th September 2019

The cottage was spotlessly clean, in a lovely location and well situated for sight seeing and walking. While we were staying it was certainly quiet and private. However, we wouldnt have been quite as happy if the large house next door had been occupied during our stay. The welcome pack was the best weve ever come across and we certainly enjoyed itsRead more contents. A word of warning if youre tall as my 6ft 4 husband struggled to use the shower without soaking the bathroom! Hide

Reviewed by Denise 13th September 2019

Lovely location but with very steep drive and in close proximity to neighbouring cottage. This was empty while we were at Poachers Den but, if occupied, you would feel very overlooked - their barbecue and outside seating is right outside your sitting area and bedroom. Also headroom in bathroom is very restricted.

Reviewed by Shaun 6th September 2019

The cottage was lovely but if the property next door had been let at the same time to a party of 12 people I dont think we would have enjoyed it as much... next door is very close so there is not much privacy , so for that reason only we wouldnt book again.

Reviewed by Carol 30th August 2019

The cottage is beautifully equipped, everything you could want. Remote though, and very close to a house which could have 12 people staying. The views from the property were excellent.

Reviewed by Michael 16th August 2019

Excellent location in a small but ideal for two cottage.Accommodation had everything you needed including bbq and dedication area to enjoy morals with a wonderful over the valley. The welcome hamper way a very welcome addition and the content was amazing

Reviewed by Michael 5th July 2019

Poacher's Den is a superb property set in idyllic surroundings. It is a totally peaceful getaway from the world outside, but should you wish to venture out into civilisation, it is easily in reach of Harrogate, Pickering, York, or more locally Otley. My only regret was that this is now our third visit and we have yet to be cold enough to need to liRead moreght the superb log burning stove. We intend to keep trying. Hide

Reviewed by Adam 13th January 2019

We stayed at the Poachers' Den from 21 to 28 December 2018, and we cannot recommend the more perfect little getaway for a couple over Christmas.We arrived after a long drive to see a big house and what looked to be a little outbuilding with festive lights. The directions took us to the little building, and once inside we were completely blown away.Read more For what appears to be a small building is the perfect little cottage. So much time and care and attention has been put into the fitting and design; the layout means that you do not feel cramped at all. The lounge area is really snug with the sofa opposite the fire, the dining area is well placed between the lounge and the kitchen to divide the space, and the kitchen for a small cottage is really spacious and excellently laid out. The finish was to an extremely high standard, and what made it even more special was the thought and care that had gone into the decoration for the Christmas season.The welcome hamper was spectacular and so thoughtful, and kept us going for a bit before we ventured out. There isn't that much close by, which is exactly why we chose it, but the big Booths at Ilkley was a 30 minute drive, and there are some excellent pubs a quick drive away too.The walking in the area is excellent; while we ventured out to the 3 Peaks area, walks after we arrived and on Christmas Day by the reservoir were so close that we didn't have to go far. Then returning to the cottage and putting on the log fire while making dinner was wonderful, and there were plenty of utensils and trays to make a full Christmas dinner for two as well.We could not recommend this cottage highly enough. We will certainly look at going back in the future. Hide

Reviewed by Jayne 11th January 2019

A lovely little cottage set in a fantastic position with amazing views. Everything was ready for us and some lovely festive touches (we went over the New Year) made it that bit more special. Any communication was quickly responded to, we were really pleased with our stay.

Reviewed by Mike 16th August 2018

This was our second stay and was even better than before as we stayed longer. It is impossible to fault Poachers Den in any way. It is kept in immaculate condition both in repair and cleanliness. The setting is idyllic and it is the most peaceful spot you could wish for. Thanks yet again to Alex and the team for an excellent holiday.Jan and Mike frRead moreom Northumberland. Hide

Reviewed by Shanaz 30th July 2018

Poachers Den is lovely it in a pretty tranquil location overlooking amazing scenery from front door and the patio been such amazing weather we ate outside its soo calm peaceful and secluded.Inside is a Wow cosy log burner amazing monsoon shower Amazing king size bed ( we literally slept like a log ) Cleanliness is 11 out of 10 The whole interRead moreior is so impeccably furnished with highest attention to detail You have all amenities in the cottage you need Location is fantastic all within 20/30 mins We went to Betty's Harrogate 20 mins away. Spent day out in Skipton 30 mins away long river walks and boat tours. Otley is a drive down amazing view over River wharfe where we had picnic Also for our stay was a lovely generous hamper which again lot of thought went behind it For myself who have stayed in soo many places gorgeous cottages is absolutely perfect as I am very much a perfectionist Have to mention the amazing estate manager Alex her care attention to guests is second to non Thankyou Alex Looking forward to our next break with gorgeous cottages very soon.. Hide

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Harrogate is a thriving, historic town at the heart of North Yorkshire and at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This fantastic town is a hit with culturists, historians and holidaymakers alike. Dubbed ‘The English Spa’ in 1596, the town boasts spa water high in iron, sulphur and salt. The Royal Pump Room is still open today as a museum, showcasing the original equipment that was used in its heyday. Two other major draws to the town are the Harrogate Convention Centre and the Great Yorkshire Showground. The former is a multi-purpose venue large enough to house huge conventions and business conferences. Many of the events are fan-based like the Lego-themed attractions and comic-cons. The latter is an outdoor venue that hosts even large events and shows, namely the agricultural Great Yorkshire Show.

Fancy a day of walking? Head to the Valley Gardens, home to a multitude of landscaped gardens that embrace different styles and influence. For further horticultural foray, head to the RHS Garden, Harlow Carr. The stunning gardens provide a leafy retreat where you can wander through woodland and alongside waterways.

The town centre is home to an array of boutique fashion shops, as well as high street favourites in and around the Victoria Shopping Centre. The Montpellier Quarter also offers exclusive shops and a huge range of antique dealers, ideal for hunting out a unique bargain. This fashionable spa town also plays host to many Michelin-starred restaurants too.

There is a host of places to visit and spend time at in and around Harrogate. We have a selection of holiday homes that include chic apartments, elegant townhouses and cosy cottages for romantic stays to inspire your break in Harrogate. Why not visit our collection to find your perfect property?

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