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The Blue House

Ripon (4.5 mls W), North Yorkshire
Sleeps 17
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms 5
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 4
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • New for 2021 / More photos coming soon
  • A great base for walkers to enjoy spectacular Yorkshire Dales scenery
  • Garden with large lawn and two patios, offering outside dining for all
  • Games facilities provide family fun whatever the weather
Property code: 72263

Come together with extended family and friends to enjoy this country house with a 17th century stone cottage at its heart. Surrounded by rolling countryside and cycle routes in Nidderdale AONB, The Blue House provides an ideal retreat for a celebration at any time of year.

Set in a secluded location on the edge of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the property is a tranquil spot, yet ideally situated for visiting a range of fantastic attractions including Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Newby Hall, Ripley Castle and Brimham Rocks. Locally, the area offers two pubs, an ice-cream parlour, a grocery shop and luxury spa treatments at a nearby hotel. Ripon itself is a North Yorkshire gem, balancing a rich cultural heritage with exciting contemporary living, with its imposing Cathedral, fascinating museums and a bustling market square. The Blue House is an excellent base for countryside rambles and unrushed time spent with loved ones. Walkers will delight in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales location, with routes of all lengths right from the door. Wildflower meadows, Bluebell Woods and Heather Moors can all be experienced without using a car. For golfers, there are several courses including an 18-hole course at Ripon and 9-hole at Masham. For a spot of shopping, the spa town of Harrogate is just 12 miles away.

This newly renovated, extended 17th century cottage with plenty of bucolic charm is set off the beaten track amidst miles and miles of Yorkshire Dales countryside. Head up the path from the parking area and make your way into the cottage hewn from York stone. For all its history and authentic country charm, the house is every inch a contemporary property, with underfloor heating beneath the kitchen flagstones ensuring a toasty welcome even before you stoke the fires. Within the kitchen are all the appliances an aspiring chef could wish for, including an electric range hob and oven, double fridge/freezer and dishwasher. The spacious dining area is a convivial spot to toast the day, with plenty of room to fit everyone comfortably around the tables. Open the doors to the large wraparound patio where your group can spread out and enjoy the celebrations, with tables and chairs for all. Inside, there are two social spaces where younger people can retreat to play games or simply watch TV while the adults enjoy the evening elsewhere. The main sitting room and the snug room, both on the first floor, come complete with capacious sofas, smart TV’s and multi-fuel stoves to warm the toes on chilly nights. Gather round to chat about the day or enjoy some traditional entertainment with a board game, or head downstairs to the games room to play some pool. There are eight well-appointed bedrooms, all boasting country views as well as quality mattresses to guarantee a blissful night’s rest. Four bedrooms are on the ground floor: two with super-king-size zip-and-link beds (one with en-suite shower and WC), one with king-size and one double. One of the super-king bedrooms includes an additional single bed plus a pull-out single bed – ideal for families with younger children. The remaining four bedrooms are upstairs, all with super-king-size zip-and-link beds; one includes an en-suite shower room with WC and a pull-out single bed. All super-king beds can be made into twins with prior request. In addition, there is a house bathroom on the first floor and one bathroom and one shower room on the ground floor, all with WCs.

Externally, you are spoilt for space. The house is situated within 10 acres, rich in wildlife, where you are free to roam (dependent on season and farm livestock). The generous garden lends well to entertaining, with two patio areas with outdoor seating overlooking the spectacular rural vistas beyond. The firepit area, complete with stone seating, is the perfect way to end the day. There is also a games barn where you can play table-tennis, which doubles as secure storage for your bikes. Whether you are here to walk, cycle, indulge your creative side or simply sit back and relax, you will be sure to want to come back for more.

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

  • 8 bedrooms – (4 of them on the ground floor) 6 super-king-size zip-and-links (which can be made into twin beds on prior request), one of these with additional single bed plus pull-out single bed and one with a pull-out single bed, 1 king-size, 1 double
  • 5 Bathrooms (3 of them on the ground floor) - 1 shower room with WC, 2 bathrooms with shower over bath and WC, 2 en-suite shower rooms with WC
  • Electric range cooker with hob/oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer
  • Utility - Washing machine
  • Welcome pack provided
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Multi-fuel stove in snug and lounge
  • Smart TV in the lounge, kitchen and snug
  • Pool table, piano, board games and lots of books
  • Games barn with table tennis, convertible to secure lockable bike storage on request
  • Large garden with two patio areas with outdoor garden furniture
  • 4 well- behaved dogs welcome
  • Ample off-street parking
  • No Hen or Stag Parties
  • Pub 0.5mls, shop 2.9 mls
  • SLEEPS 17+2
  • Please note this property has two staircases. The original cottage stairs are steep and uneven stone. All rooms are accessible via the modern wooden staircase.

Rachel Stowe

This property is personally managed by Rachel.


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Reviewed by Sean 2nd July 2021

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We had a wonderful stay at the Blue House - the property is beautiful and the owners have gone to great lengths to ensure everything is provided that you could need including making it compliant with covid measures. The large living and dining areas meant there were plenty of areas to hang out when the weather was wet, with lots of outdoor space toRead more eat and play when the sun did come out! The location of the property is great, with walks straight out the door and plenty to explore in the area. Hide

Reviewed by David 25th June 2021

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Just back from a family holiday in the fabulous Blue House. With lots of space both inside and out, it has everything needed to keep all ages, and dogs, entertained. It has lots of character and quirky features, and the owners have put a huge amount of work into providing everything necessary for guests, all very high quality and in abundance. LiviRead moreng next door, they were on hand to help if necessary, friendly but unobtrusive. We would highly recommend it to large families or groups Hide

Reviewed by Steven 28th May 2021

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A perfect, clean, modern and well equipped house in a peaceful surrounding. The games room and pool table are a great bonus to this property. There is an abundance of games and books to choose from too. Being dog friendly we had a very enjoyable week with the family there. Very much recommended.

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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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