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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. 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 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 4.9 stars out of 5
By D M 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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