Shire Cottage

4 Star  Gold Award
SuperSpa Hot Tub
  • Gas Central Heating
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Knaresborough
  • Sleeps 6
  • Parking
  • Pets Welcome
  • Free WiFi
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Dishwasher
  • Super Spa Hot Tub



Hidden away in the secluded cobbled courtyard of the historic Royal Oak in the oldest part of Knaresborough, Shire Cottage (one of two cottages) offers surprising privacy whilst being just minutes away from the major attractions of this increasingly popular tourist centre.


Shire Cottage is the larger of the two properties now housed within the South-facing, 16th century Grade 2 Listed Stable Block.

The entrance leads to a lounge with travertine flooring and feature living fire.  Off left is a spacious and light kitchen/dining room with seating for 6-8 guests.   Stairs from lounge up to two airy beamed bedrooms.   Bedroom 1 has a large feature window (formerly the Stable hay loft door) and super king-size zip and link beds with orthopaedic mattresses.  An en-suite bathroom has double-ended bath with hand-held shower, toilet and basin. 

Bedroom 2 has a super king-size zip and link bed also with orthopedic mattresses.  An en-suite has walk-in power shower cubicle, toilet and basin. 

Studio-style Bedroom 3 with zip and link king-size bed has its own open plan staircase accessed from the lounge and is above the fully tiled wet room with 6-seater Super Spa hot tub, walk-in shower, toilet & basin. Please be aware that use of the Super Spa attracts a charge of £80 which must be requested on booking and is paid directly to the Owner. 

Please note that a £100 returnable bond is payable to the Owner for single-gender bookings.


Gas central heating.  Power showers.  Fully equipped kitchen with microwave, full size fridge freezer, gas hob with electric oven, eco kettle and toaster.  DAB radio, TV with Virgin catch-up channels, DVD, Sony Boom box with iPod dock, books and games.  Hair drier and clock radio.  High speed wireless internet.  All fuel included in the rent.   Families welcome - highchair & cot (with bedding) available on request.  Generous welcome tray of essentials on arrival.  Utility room with washer/dryer, ironing board and iron. 

Shared courtyard with secure shared parking area & garden furniture.  Please supervise pets in courtyard.  Undercover heated patio area available for smokers.  Train station, pubs, restaurants, shops, bus stops all within 5 minutes walk. Please note The Royal Oak has been converted into a family home and is not a trading pub.

Local Bars & Restaurants2 minutes walk
Local shops2 minutes walk
Railway Station5 minute walk
Swimming pool10 minute walk
  • Bars & Restaurants
  • Knaresborough Castle
  • Waterside boats & cafes
  • Mother Shipton’s Cave
  • Nidd Gorge Walks
  • Cycling
  • Train Station (walking distance)
  • Great independent shops
SuperSpa Hot Tub


This house was a home from home and had everything to make you feel welcome. Only down side was the noise from the main road and that you couldn't have the door open without the owners dog wandering in.
08 June 2017
Dray and Shire Cottages provide excellent, flexible accommodation right in the heart of Knaresborough. Both cottages are exceptionally well equipped with absolutely everything you could ever need. The owners were extremely obliging and were happy to configure the bedrooms exactly as we needed. The cottages are located at the end of the High Street so staying here ensures that shops, pubs, restaurants etc. are literally on the doorstep. I can highly recommend both cottages especially for a large family group.
17 April 2017
We had a lovely weekend staying at the cottage. So helpful to include lots of essentials. The bottle of wine on arrival was also a welcome treat. We even had happy birthday banners on arrival for my friend. The owners were really helpful, and the dog Ronnie was a lovely addition. The cottage is also in an ideal location in the centre of Knaresborough. Thank you for a great stay!
20 March 2016
Great place to stay. Lovely location and lovely owners on site who were happy to help with anything.
11 March 2016
A beautiful cottage with wonderful hosts. We had a perfect weekend!
09 March 2016
Accommodation was very pleasant.
14 February 2016
Wonderful warm welcome, perfect cottage and location. Good size cottage, with plenty of parking onsite or near by. Love the hot tub and the beds where very comfy!!
01 June 2015
Very helpful couple oversaw the cottage. They were always on hand to answer our questions, help out and offer advice. Beautiful spacious kitchen, comfy sofas and beds, dab radio used daily however no time for TV, too busy day tripping!
01 June 2015
Beautiful cottage and hot tub facility, photo's don't do it justice. Excellent location. Friendly and welcoming hosts. Would definitely stay again. Just wish the outside seating was better.
13 April 2015
Lovely accommodation, had everything we needed, nicely decorated
04 August 2014
The cottage was just beautiful and the thoughtful touches - like a bottle wine and milk in the refrigerator - made a great first impression. Tony and Lori are excellent hosts and the appointments and furnishings in the cottage are good quality.
03 July 2014
Brilliant location, very helpful owners
19 June 2014
Excellent accommodation and very helpful hosts. Would definitely return.
21 May 2014
Lovely, well maintained accomodation in an ideal location. Very friendly, helpful owners.
09 May 2014