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Cottage Description

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On the fringes of this ancient but compact city is a small hamlet absorbed into the city suburbs with adjacent meadows and woodland reaching out to the River Laver. 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, 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. An historical building but very modern in its conception including energy efficiency and the must-have features of modern life.

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Cottage facilities and area map

Cottage facilities and area map

Duvets, pillows, linen and towels all provided. Gas central heating, one basket of logs for wood-burning stove and electricity included.

Television, Freeview, radio, DVD, ipod docking station, hob, oven, microwave oven, fridge, automatic washer/dryer, shaver point, hairdryer, cot and high chair, garden furniture, barbecue.

Off road parking. Secure patio garden to the rear for bikes. Free WiFi.

Shops, pubs, bus route nearby.

One small well behaved dog welcome. Strictly non smoking.

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Cottage Reviews

“We wanted Ripon as a base and The Hayloft looked lovely, no other company had such a lovely cottage in the area. Everything excellent, comfortable, clean and charming”
Mr A Tye, 14th July 2018
“The cottage is even better than described - the photos, lovely though they are do not justice to how nice the cottage is! Immaculate - welcoming, comfy and spacious. The basket of welcome was.. well, welcome! Its layout, decor and its deceptive spaciousness. Very good value and hope to book again in 2019! Thank you Paula and Darren for a lovely holiday!”
Mr D Shipley, 23rd June 2018
“We liked the look of the cottage on the website, not isolated and it had an en-suite bathoom.Very pleased with the furnishings, TV Wifi, comfort, privacy. Kitchen equipment, welcome pack. Wouldn't change a thing! Five Star Plus!”
Mrs M Crosbie, 18th June 2018
“Cosy, style, location and welcome pack, a lovely touch. Well equipped, well maintained, lovely furnishings, well arranged for a small place”
Mrs R Hams, 17th March 2018
“The cottage looked and sounded very attractive on the Country Hideaways website and was dog friendly. Very pleased with armchair and woodburner! A1 for cleanliness and would definitely recommend to friends. All very good. We had a thoroughly pleasant stay.”
Mrs Y Tyndall, 23rd February 2018
“Cottage perfectly as described. Cosy, spacious, kitchen facilities very good, location, accepted a dog, cleanliness, value for money. Welcome basket. Would definitely like to return”
Mrs S Pigott, 17th February 2018
“Layout, cleanliness excellent, quality fittings and furnishings, dog friendly. We are impressed! A*. Many thanks it has been a pleasure to stay here, will definitely recommend to friends and would like to return.”
Mr Barry Crossen, 7th February 2018
“Everything in the cottage is of very high quality, bed is very comfy. Good location, resonable price, homely and inviting, incredibly clean and tidy.Welcome basket a nice suprise, wood burning stove and wood, free Wifi”
Miss H Parfitt, 24th January 2018
“Location - perfect. Style, layout and wood burner, Wifi - excellent!! Shower - amazing. Cleanliness excellent and well presented. Recommended the cottage twice already. Value for money and yes would like to come again! Thank you for a lovey stay!”
Mr Tom Hall, 28th October 2017
“Privacy, layout, decor, flowers, welcome baskets, even a dog treat, blanket and bowl. Value for money and would like to return”
Mrs Janet Wallace, 7th October 2017
“The Hay Loft was in the area we wanted to be and we found the cottage to be comfortable and the cleanliness was excellent. Value for money and yes, we would like to come again.”
Mr D Meadows, 9th September 2017
“Size, location, allowed dogs, looked lovely. Very clean and homely, loved the welcome basket. So tastefully decorated throughout. All really good quality, internet was quick and easy to log in. Black out blinds were great especially with a baby! Thank you for a lovely stay”
Mrs E Layfield, 22nd July 2017
“All excellent. A great place to stay, we thought it would be good but it exceeded our expectations. Amazing little place, thank you”
Mrs K Bird, 9th July 2017
“We have been to The Hay Loft before, very clean, very peaceful but still handy for Ripon, a well maintained cottage. Definitely value for money, worth every penny. Wouldn't change a thing, it's perfect!! We will return!!”
Miss Lorna Robertson, 17th June 2017
“Absolutely brilliant, made a great holiday home, perfect location for exploring Yorkshire and dog friendly. Very well equipped, cleanliness excellent, welcome basket, dog bowl and blanket”
Mrs M Collins-Burton, 20th May 2017
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