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The beautiful cathedral city of Ripon is one of the oldest cities in England, and one of the country''s smallest. It’s strategic rural location makes it the ideal cottage holiday location; close to the famous Yorkshire Dales, stunning Nidderdale and the lovely spa town of Harrogate.

The city is centred around Market Square, around which there’s a wide range of speciality shops, cafes, restaurants and traditional pubs. An obelisk, which stands 27m tall, has marked the centre of the square for more than 300 years. Look out for the watchman who blows his horn in the square every evening and the weekly market which is held in the Market Square every Thursday.

Parts of the present cathedral date from 672, although religious worship has taken place on the site since much earlier. The towpath alongside the recently restored marine and canal provides some very pleasant walks and canoes can be hired on the canal during the summer months. The city''s museums include the Ripon Courthouse Museum, the Prison and Police Museum and the Ripon Workhouse and Garden Museum.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens, located nearby, are also well worth a visit. Ripley, a village and castle located between Ripon and Harrogate and Harrogate itself are all easily accessed from Ripon.

Close by the Dales are known world-wide for their beautiful landscapes of rolling hills, woodlands, moorland and gentle valleys. They provide the perfect opportunity for relaxed walks, hikes, cycle rides and scenic drives, and the many picturesque villages and small towns scattered through the area provide a look into traditional Yorkshire life.

If you would like to stay close to beautiful Ripon and the Yorkshire Dales, check out holiday cottages in Ripon.
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  • Hall Farm

    Aldborough, near Boroughbridge

    Ref: 31180

    Situated in the heart of the quintessential English village of Aldborough, overlooking the village green, this detached, 19th-century cottage offers enchanting holiday accommodation. There are two living rooms, a study and a large kitchen with an open fire. Externally, there is a traditional, south-facing, enclosed walled garden to unwind in. The tranquil village is steeped in history, with parts of the Roman defences and two spectacular mosaic pavements on view at the English Heritage Museum which is around the corner from the cottage. The red and blue striped maypole, formerly a ship’s mast, is permanently situated on the green ready for the annual Mayday fête. The village also hosts a prestigious classical music event every June, the Northern Aldborough Festival. There is a friendly village pub and the neighbouring town of Boroughbridge has several inns, shops and restaurants. The area is popular with walkers and cyclists, with the Tour de France route just 8 miles from the cottage, and both the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors National Parks less than 30 minutes drive away. The cottage is an ideal base from which to explore Knaresborough, 7 miles, Harrogate, 10 miles, Ripon, 15 miles, and York, 20 miles. Local attractions include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey, Newby Hall and Sutton Bank, and family fun can be found at Lightwater Valley and Brimham Rocks. Shop 11/2 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen. Study. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin (can be 6ft double on request), 1 single (4ft) bedroom (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in kitchen (initial fuel included). Gas coal-effect fire in living room and electric coal-effect fire in second living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer in outbuilding. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Woodlands Cottage

    Risplith, near Ripon

    Ref: IXM

    This stone-built Grade II listed holiday home has been lovingly restored, blending contemporary furniture with the original features of this substantial house to create a wonderful atmosphere. Brimham Rocks and Fountains Abbey are both just a short drive. Pateley Bridge, 7 miles, is well served with individual country shops and cafés, whilst the cathedral city of Ripon is just 6 miles and York 30 miles. Afternoon tea at Betty’s in Harrogate, 9 miles, is a must. Shop 6 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove. Sitting room with wood-burning stove. Arch to dining room. Spacious kitchen with electric range (for cooking) and patio doors. Utility/boot room. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed and TV; one with zip & link beds (can be twin beds on request), one with
    en-suite shower room and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stoves - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Three Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Electric range included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store by arrangement
    • Private hot tub
    • No smoking

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  • Drovers’ Cottage

    Kirkby Malzeard, near Ripon

    Ref: UKC270

    Standing in beautiful Nidderdale countryside, Drovers’ Cottage provides a haven for those who appreciate home comforts in elegant surroundings, making this property a true home from home. Adjoining the owners’ B&B and constructed of traditional York stone, it has been carefully furnished and co-ordinated throughout, and provides spacious accommodation for a family get-together or a group of friends. From here you can explore the magnificent scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. The National Trust properties of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal make for an interesting day out. Brimham Rocks, also a National Trust area, provides plenty of scope for exploring the great outdoors. Alternatively, the spa town of Harrogate, with its wealth of individual shops, pubs and restaurants, will definitely satisfy the shopaholics - but do take time out to have afternoon tea at Bettys. The whole area is well served with places to eat, including the renowned Grantley Arms just 3 miles, the Sportsmans at Wath, and The Yorke Arms, all of which are reached by a lovely drive through wonderful scenery. Shop and pub 2½ miles, restaurant 2 miles.

    Open plan living/dining room with open fire and well-equipped kitchen area. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Three twin bedrooms, each with zip & link beds (can be super kingsize) and TV; two with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with en-suite shower room (double cubicle) and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Five Freeview TVs
    • Electric cooker (double oven)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Clothes drying cupboard
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-Fi
    • Patio with furniture
    • Shared garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 6 cars)
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking

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