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The Hay Loft


The Hay Loft

From £324 per week
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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 king-size 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.



Duvets, pillows, linen and towels all provided.

Gas central heating, one basket of logs for wood-burning stove and electricity included.

Television, Freeview, radio, blu-ray player, smart speaker, hob, oven, microwave oven, fridge, automatic washer/dryer, shaver point, hairdryer, garden furniture, barbecue.

Off road parking. Secure bike store.

Free WiFi.

Shops, pubs, bus route nearby.

One small dog welcome.

Strictly non smoking.

Please note that arrival is from 4.30pm on Fridays instead of the usual 3pm.



About The Area


The Nidderdale AONB is one of only 35 in England and covers an area of 233 square miles in North Yorkshire. To the north and west it bounds the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the high Pennine fells and to the south it follows the River Wharfe to pass north of Ilkley and Otley.

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Overall rating 5 stars out of 5
By Cherie Diovisalvi
5 stars out of 5.
On Thursday, 21 Oct 2021
This place is a little gem, credit to the owners for making it so. We enjoyed its comfort, location, the helpful information pack about everything from walks, restaurants to market day. The goodie pack and wine were a lovely touch. Thank you
By V Willis
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 01 Oct 2021
Everything you need is here. Somewhere to park. Somewhere to sleep comfortably and quietly. Within walking distance of Ripon Cathedral, canal, museums and shops as well as Fountains Abbey.
By Keith Herbert
5 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 04 Sep 2021
This was the best holiday cottage we have stayed in for comfort cleanliness and location. Having parking right outside the cottage was a real bonus. Walked into Ripon in about 15 mins, which had plenty of places to eat. Pete the owner was very welcoming and friendly and told us to get to Patel Bridge and Fountains Abbey. Look forward to staying again in the future and highly recommend this cosy little retreat, ideal for two. Aug 2021
5 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 24 Jul 2021
Great place to stay, really enjoyed our time. Very generous welcome pack provided. Just a short walk into Ripon.
By Sophie Lewis
5 stars out of 5.
On Wednesday, 07 Jul 2021
The cottage was so clean and cosy, perfect location for exploring the Dales. The hosts are lovely and very accommodating

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