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On the fringes of the ancient but compact city of Ripon is the small hamlet of Bishopton. The immediate area has been recognised as a Conservation Area since 1994 and forms an exceptional architectural enclave in character and form. Tucked quietly behind Bishopton Cottage is The Hay Loft, to sleep 2, a modern but cosy conversion of an original barn dating back to 1635. A striking little cottage cloaked with privacy but so near to the City, the wonderful Dales and Vales and only a scenic walk away from the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Studley Royal Park and Fountains Abbey.
Access to the cottage is along a private road to a small courtyard with ample space for parking. Entry is from the courtyard to a compact kitchen with laminate floor, sparkling Victorian tiles and everything needed to prepare that special meal for two. The kitchen is open to the adjacent lounge with flagged hearth, wood-burning stove and intimate dining area. French windows open from the lounge to a private walled patio which is the perfect place to enjoy the late morning and afternoon sunshine. A stairway rises from the corner of the lounge to a double bedroom and en-suite shower room with washbasin and toilet. Both the bedroom and shower room rise to the rafters and have skylights though the bedroom also has an occluded window.
The joy of the cottage is in the detail, an ideal place for two, intimate, thoughtfully designed and completed with loving care.
Price £290 - £507 per week.
Ripon is one of the smallest and oldest cities in England on the fringe of the Vale of York. The River Skell runs through the heart of the city and has peaceful walkways on its banks to explore the many facets of Ripon including medieval streets and the splendid Cathedral founded by St Wilfred and dating back to the 7th Century.
The compact market square, which still has a busy market each Thursday, is faced by stately Georgian and Tudor buildings overlooking the 300 years old obelisk that rises over 27m high. Every evening at 9.00pm at the obelisk the Wakeman, or Hornblower sounds his horn to ‘set the Watch’, a tradition continued unbroken for over 1100 years and originally done to defend the city against marauding Vikings. Visitors arrive from all over the world to see the Hornblower and receive one of his ‘Lucky Wooden Pennies’.
The city is also famous for its Spa Baths which were opened in 1905 and extended with the present main pool in 1936 and are still there to be enjoyed today. The nearby award winning Spa gardens and its Victorian bandstand holds various concerts on weekend afternoons throughout the summer, beautiful sculpture and crazy golf, putting greens, bowls and tennis to play. There are museums to explore, a very popular and prestigious racecourse to have a flutter on your favourite horse, lots of good pubs, cafes and restaurants to relax and enjoy.