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The Hay Loft

From £388 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. Travel a little further afield to Harrogate, the Himalyan Gardens, RHS Harlow Carr, Masham, Thirsk.

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, logs 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 no smoking.

Please note that arrival is from 4.30pm on Fridays instead of the usual 4pm.



About The Area


Ripon is one of the smallest and oldest cities in England, situated by the River Ure on the fringe of the Vale of York. Visit the cathedral, enjoy the Spa Gardens and sample the delights from the pubs, cafes and restaurants. Nearby is the World Heritage Site of Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey to enchant all who visit and the not too distant Yorkshire Dales to be awed and captivated by. A small city with a great Yorkshire heart.

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Overall rating 5 stars out of 5
By Annemor Rude-Haugenes
5 stars out of 5.
On Thursday, 18 Jul 2024
This was our third stay at The Hay Loft, and it won’t be our last. It’s a very cosy cottage perfect for two, with everything you could want or need for a lovely holiday.
By Stefanie Morweiser
5 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 07 Jun 2024
We loved our stay in this wonderful, cosy and very comfortable house. Nothing was missed and Ripon and it`s surroundings are worth a travel. Our special thanks go to Katharine and Pete and Ann who really made our stay memorable! They are the kindest and most helpful people. We will surely come back! What a great place to come home, after a day of exploring beautiful Yorkshire! See you! Stefanie and Stefan from Ludwigshafen, Germany.
By David Shipley
5 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 03 May 2024
From the warm greeting to the lovely Welcome Basket - from the comfort and cosiness of the cottage to its lovely setting - the Hay Loft has been our "go to" cottage for a long time - and long may it be so!
By A Cox
5 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 21 Apr 2024
Great place for 2 people, very comfortable and welcoming. Great situation with a lovely city and walks on your doorstep. Owners very friendly and helpful but not intrusive. Excellent home baking treats and beers on arrival.
By Andy Wood
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Thursday, 28 Mar 2024
Excellent place to stay for a visit to a very interesting, small Yorkshire city. Very comfortable little cottage with lots of facilities and a superb welcome package (home made brownies ... very nice). The cottage is within walking distance of Ripon city centre, and when you find the footpaths along-side the river you can get to the minster on a traffic free route. The walk from the cottage to Fountains Abbey (National Trust) is also recommended. Great place to stay.
By Lyndsay Long
5 stars out of 5.
On Wednesday, 14 Feb 2024
Beautiful cottage tucked away within a short walk of the centre of Ripon. Very well equipped,warm and comfortable. Very quiet location, owls hooting at night, no traffic noise. Just a pleasant stroll into Ripon with its amazing cathedral and quaint streets. Lovely
By Helen Lowe
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 26 Jan 2024
We had a wonderful week staying at the Hay Loft. The apartment is incredibly well equipped, with everything you could need and is situated in Historic Bishopton, just a 10 mins walk from Ripon town centre. It's very cosy, with central heating throughout and a great log burner. Also has a superb bathroom. The place is nicely tucked away in a very beautiful section of Bishopton, which makes it extremely quiet. You get your own parking area, just outside the Hay Loft front door. We got a great welcome pack of cakes, chocolate, milk and a nice elderflower sparling drink, after the owners found out we didn't drink. This is a great place to stay, with really lovely hosts. Would highly recommend.
By Anne Topping
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Tuesday, 02 Jan 2024
Tucked away in its own private space, it’s a beautiful cottage that is well equipped. Katherine is very friendly and easy to contact if needed. The welcome pack was a lovely touch with homemade cakes that were absolutely delicious. The location is excellent, an easy walk into ripon and easily accessible to fountains abbey Would definitely recommend
By Jackie Allt
5 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 30 Dec 2023
My husband and I booked early in the year and was so happy we did. If you are looking for a hidden gem then The Hay Loft is for you. Perfectly situated it took just 15 minutes to get to Harrogate. The Hay Loft is small but not too small and you certainly do not feel constricted. It has all you need for a special getaway. Lots of walks from the door. Ripon is just a couple of miles away and you can get anything you need. Katherine and Pete were so very welcoming and friendly and make you feel so at home from the start, with a dab welcome basket. Highly recommend a stay and we would certainly go back. Jackie & Chris, Darwen. X
By Nicky Milnes
5 stars out of 5.
On Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023
The Hay Loft was a lovely place to stay in Ripon. We were most comfortable, and everything we could need was provided. The owners had left lovely items to start us off, and offered advice when needed. The weather was not perfect, but we enjoyed local walks, and visits to Ripon Cathedral and Fountains Abbey. We hope to return before too long.
By Neil Mirams
5 stars out of 5.
On Monday, 13 Nov 2023
A quiet location with parking, but just a short walk in to the city centre of Ripon. Comfortable and well equipped, we are looking forward to returning.
5 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 20 Aug 2023
A lovely warm welcome from the owners. Everything you need in the cottage. Excellent facilities and constant hot water. Very clean and comfortable.
By Geoffrey Breed
5 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 01 Jul 2023
Another stay at The Hayloft and still as perfect. Pete and Katharine are the perfect hosts. We were welcomed with a very much appreciated Welcome Basket. Thank you both.
5 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 27 May 2023
An absolute gem of a cottage. Comfortable, spotlessly clean and really well equipped and laid out. The most generous welcome pack I have ever had and I really appreciated the extra touches like Sky and Alexa - a real home from home. Lovely sunny courtyard was perfect for enjoying a glass of wine (and for the dog to potter). Private parking right outside was really convenient. The hosts are lovely and very helpful. I loved my week in Yorkshire and the Hay Loft was the perfect, comfy base for lots of walking (great walks from the door as well as further afield). Thanks!
By David Shipley
5 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 21 Apr 2023
Scores never give a true reflection of a holiday cottage. Suffice to say that the Hay Loft is perfect in every way. From Katherine's welcome and all the friendly touches to the setting and comfort of the cottage, everything about the Hay Loft is wonderful!
By David Parker
5 stars out of 5.
On Thursday, 06 Apr 2023
Thoroughly enjoyed our break at the Hay Loft. Very comfortable, clean and excellent location. Absolutely nothing to fault. Would not hesitate to return.
By Andrew Oglesby
5 stars out of 5.
On Thursday, 24 Nov 2022
What a gem the Hay Loft is! A wonderful cosy hideaway close to Ripon town centre but with walks from the doorstep. Beautifully kept and presented, with a plentiful supply of logs for the fire. We only had a short break, but it was wonderful. Many thanks indeed to Katharine and Pete - a great place to stay!
By David Shipley
5 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 15 Jul 2022
I was tempted NOT to review so as to keep this absolute gem to ourselves! But why be selfish? The Hay Loft is a perfect holiday venue! And I mean "PERFECT!"
By Annemor Rude-Haugenes
5 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 08 Jul 2022
Just love staying at The Hay Loft, this is our 2nd stay and there will be a third. All the creature comforts, off road parking and wonderful hosts.
By Carol Mercer
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Wednesday, 29 Jun 2022
Just right for 2 people. Location and equipment provided were excellent. Fixtures and fittings also excellent and furniture and bed very comfortable. Owner provided lots of useful information ie; maps, local information and walks. Everything was great. We would definitely stay there again. Secluded rear seating area lovely. Owner provided lovely sweet treats and wine which was greatly appreciated.
By James Hudson
5 stars out of 5.
On Thursday, 16 Jun 2022
ideally situated on the outskirts of Ripon , the owner lives next door and nothing was a problem, she gave information for local events ,places for meals , places to visit , but only when asked otherwise she left you to your own devices after her first introducing herself on your arrival on day one the property has private car parking which is good Well worth a visit no complaints
By Stephen Gray
5 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 11 Jun 2022
The Hay Loft is comfortable, home from home with everything you need including a thoughtful welcome pack and fresh flowers in every room. Katharine and Pete were very friendly and on hand should we have needed anything - which we didn't. The location is excellent, with easy access by foot to Ripon and you can also walk to Studley Royal / Fountain's Abbey (with useful walking instructions providdr). We ate in some excellent restaurant's and coffee shops in Ripon and can highly recommend Manchego, Storehouse Kitchen, Realitea and Oliver's Cafe. We were also able to visit a range of local attractions including Grassington, Thirsk and Helmsley. Overall a wonderful break and we'd highly recommend.
By Stuart Cooper
5 stars out of 5.
On Thursday, 12 May 2022
What a find. Beautifully clean with everything provided you could possibly need for a comfortable self catering stay. A generous welcome pack of goodies was included too. Perfect location for us to access the fabulous circular walks in our guides. Only 10 mins walk into Ripon for all the essentials and the beautiful cathedral. Would definitely book again.
By Andre Scott
5 stars out of 5.
On Tuesday, 26 Apr 2022
Attentive owners very friendly, good information pack, enjoyable welcome pack.Well equipped kitchen.
By Clive Edwards
5 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 08 Apr 2022
A lovely cottage in a very quite location. A lot of thought had gone into making it really comfortable , comfy bed and furniture, nice and bright in all rooms. A lovely welcome from Katherine when we arrived, also a nice assortment of goodies including treats for our dog, plus fresh flowers in every room. Peter & Katherine were very helpful with info about places to visit and places to eat and drink We really enjoyed our break at the Hay Loft, and will certainly visit again in the future. Iris, Clive & Ludo.
By Christopher Simms
5 stars out of 5.
On Tuesday, 29 Mar 2022
Lovely, cosy holiday cottage, furnished and equipped to a good standard in a superb location. Great hosts and lovely welcome pack. Will be back for another visit.
By J Coleman
5 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 25 Mar 2022
Great cottage comfortable and well equipped close to the centre of Ripon . Fabulous hosts and great touches like welcome pack and flowers . Our 3rd visit and it won’t be our last
By John Mccaffrey
4.5 stars out of 5.
On Monday, 07 Mar 2022
We stayed at the Hay Loft for 3 nights in March 2022. The owners contacted us a few days ahead of our stay, making sure everything was in order. They couldn't have been more helpful on arrival and even offered us breakfast on the morning of our departure, an offer we couldn't unfortunately take up. The Hay Loft itself is small, but has everything you need as a base for exploring and walking in Yorkshire. The small kitchen has everything you need to have breakfast or cook an evening meal. The bed is very comfortable (not always the case in cottages) and the bedroom has plenty of storage and a good ensuite. The open plan downstairs works well and having a parking spot directly outside is a plus. The Hay Loft is in a lovely, quiet part of Ripon, with no traffic noise or the like. It is about a 15 minute walk into the centre of Ripon, where you'll find amongst other things a Booths supermarket and a few nice pubs and restaurants. Overall, a really nice place to base yourself for a short break.
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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