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The Rookery

From £967 per week
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SPECIAL OFFER 26 April - 3 May 7 nights was £1055 NOW £891.65 plus £9 booking fee. Short breaks available too.
Start Date: Fri 26 Apr 2024
End Date: Fri 03 May 2024
Price: 891.65
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On a small knoll, facing south across the valley, sits The Rookery, covering over two acres of woodland broken by cultivated lawns and informal gardens. A wonderful place to explore, an island of tranquillity in a dales landscape. The original country house has long since gone leaving the stable block and courtyard which have been converted into an impressive dwelling.

A private drive crosses parkland meadow to an impressive arched entrance and flagged courtyard. Entrance to the house opens into a spacious, well-equipped kitchen that includes an Aga stove. To one side of the kitchen is a large dining room with formal dining table that seats 10 and wood-burning stove that leads through to the drawing room with a Victorian fireplace with wood-burning stove and period chandelier. Both rooms have beautiful cornice work, polished hardwood floors and large windows bathing the rooms in warm natural light.

Also off the kitchen is a utility room that leads into a games room with pool table, table football, dartboard, galley kitchen and bathroom. A corridor leads from the games room to the courtyard. From the dining room a wide and elegant staircase with open balustrades and polished rails rises to the main landing that serves five bedrooms, two shower rooms and a house bathroom. Two bedrooms have twin beds, one a double bed, one a king-size bed and the other a super king-size bed that can be split into twin beds if preferred. All bedrooms have large windows with views either over the courtyard to the far fells beyond or onto a rock terrace to the rear of the house and up the steep fell behind. One bathroom is en-suite to the king-size room, the other en-suite to the super king-size room but both are also accessible from the landing. The double room, with brass bedstead, was originally a kitchen for the ostler and still contains the original Victorian kitchen range. The ceilings upstairs are vaulted into the roof space with rafters, purlins and king posts exposed in various forms adding individual character to each room.

The scale and setting of the house along with its unique style enhanced by the retention of original features and enriched by period fittings, fine furnishings and soothing colours makes this an enchanting place to stay.

The Rookery offers very spacious accommodation, with woodland grounds and lawns that cannot be described as remote, in the true Dales tradition, but a perfect hideaway haven none the less.

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Duvets, pillows, linen and towels all provided.

Oil-fired underfloor heating, logs and electricity included.

2 widescreen televisions, Freesat, DVD, radio/CD/tape player, cooker, microwave oven, 2 fridges, freezer, dishwasher, automatic washer, tumble dryer, shaver point, 5 hairdryers, electric blankets, cot and high chair, garden furniture, barbecue.

Off road parking in the grounds.

Payphone. Free WiFi.

Shop 3 miles, pub 2 miles.

Sorry, not suitable for pets.

Strictly non smoking.

This property is on a spring water supply fitted with UV water filter.



About The Area


Bishopdale is a minor and extremely picturesque trans-Pennine route that leaves the valley at its head climbing the steep Kidstones Bank to traverse the moor and descend into Wharfedale and on to Skipton and Bolton Abbey. To the east is the splendour of Wensleydale with Aysgarth Falls, Bolton Castle, Leyburn, Hawes and smaller villages.

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Overall rating 4.8 stars out of 5
By Sylwia Szulc-Rudyk
4.3 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 17 Mar 2024
we had very good time, good size bedrooms and living rooms, view excellent. Highly recommended. Good value for money
By Andrew McLaren
4.7 stars out of 5.
On Wednesday, 14 Feb 2024
Third visit to the property. Excellent as always. The only thing that is less than perfect is the water pressure in the showers.
By Tamara Moskala
5 stars out of 5.
On Wednesday, 10 Jan 2024
Absolutely lovely place for our holiday with friends and family , we enjoy this nature around, trees , mountain, trees , quiet . Rooms comfortable, beautiful scenery.
By Gillian Linckh
5 stars out of 5.
On Monday, 18 Dec 2023
Great place! Very comfy and well maintained! Really enjoyed our stay . Lovely wood burners and comfortable beds.
By Sally Asquith
5 stars out of 5.
On Monday, 13 Nov 2023
We stayed at the Rookery for a week for a breathwork retreat and it was perfect. The whole process from booking to checking out could not have been easier. Everything we needed was provided in the house including plenty of logs for cosy fires in November. The kitchen had everything we needed and more, including an ever warm aga, the rooms were spotless, beds comfortable, and the location perfect. The grounds and views were so peaceful they provided the perfect place for our group to really immerse themselves in the work. We were a group of 10 and it never felt overcrowded because there is so much space in the living rooms. The phone signal and wifi are not strong but this was a real bonus for us as it meant we could really cut off from the outside world as we completed the breathwork training.
4 stars out of 5.
On Monday, 04 Sep 2023
The journey their was long (probably a cheap flight to Leeds is easier). The Rookery location can be misleading from Google and feel longer to get to and it’s 20 minutes from co-op in leyburn. Tip: arrange grocery delivery on the day or next. WiFi is terrible and works if you are close to the router and not many are connected. Tip: bring an extender. Pay phone is your only way to call unless you have Wi-Fi and messaging app. Bedbugs or spider bites, not sure but leave all good in the fridge provided as there are small flies. Lots of countryside and great for early morning walk or evening. There are big shops 30-40 minutes drive. Local events and antique shopping. Nice tea shop near the waterfalls and national park centre. I would stay again if the Wi-Fi was heavily invested in.
By David West
5 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 30 Apr 2023
Our group have been meeting each year for 30 years and our stay at the Rookery was one of the very best!
By Margaret Haughton
5 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 14 Apr 2023
Three generations enjoyed being together with room to spread out. The house was well equipped. The children loved the pool table and we all loved seeing the sheep with their lambs. The beds were comfortable with the added bonus of electric blankets. We asked for and were promptly provided with extra logs. Lovely walks can start from the house too. A most enjoyable week
By Sylwia Szulc-Rudyk
5 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 26 Mar 2023
Beautiful place surrounded by old trees. Lovely house, nice and clean. We entered the property and both log burners were on, it was very warm and cosy. The owner was very helpful. We didn’t know how to open fire doors and she came straight away to explain everything. Highly recommend
By Andrew McLaren
5 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 12 Feb 2023
A great house for a large walking party. Very spacious with all you need. The reception rooms are just superb.
By Gillian Linckh
5 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 11 Dec 2022
The rookery is so comfy, well stocked ,homely and inviting with beautiful views and surroundings. The hosts are very accommodating only there when you need them. Cosy wood burners with ample space. Lots of space for car parking. Not far from amenities.
By Carol Bellone
5 stars out of 5.
On Tuesday, 18 Oct 2022
What a beautiful property and grounds. The peacefulness was constant. Lots of history surrounding the property. Very well equipped for every age. The owners very helpful if needed for anything. This house needs to be filled with family and enjoyed. Some great towns locally to be explored. There is an aga as well as a conventional oven, do use it too cook. There are pheasants and squirrels and rabbits running round the grounds and the views are amazing. We felt very welcomed in the house and will certainly look to revisit in the future.
5 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 20 Aug 2022
the rookery was even better than we expected. so spacious and clean and every little detail thought of to make the stay so comfortable!! loved the grounds and views!! we would love to come back again....
By Hannah Forrest
5 stars out of 5.
On Thursday, 18 Aug 2022
This is such an amazing house, great facilities, spotlessly clean, exceptional value for money and the views from the house are out of this world. Beds were comfy, showers great and the kitchen well equipped. Such a great place!
By James Blinkhorn
4.7 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 06 Aug 2022
Lovely spacious property. Excellent facilities(furniture, cutlery, crockery etc.) Nice atmosphere with the log burners. Mrs Fawcett was very welcoming. Adults and kids really enjoyed their stay.Would book again.
By Leonard Dolphin
5 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 19 Jun 2022
Absolutely perfect holiday property for a large family group with plenty of space for all. All comforts were provided and in a perfect location with beautiful views and large grounds, great for children. Very highly recommended.
4.7 stars out of 5.
On Thursday, 09 Jun 2022
Sleeping 10 and with loads of space The Rookery is ideal for a large family getaway - grandparents, children and grandchildren in our case. Room to be together and room to spread out - which is important with a 10-year-old! An out-of-the-way location - which was good for us - but with easy access to Leyburn and Hawes for shops - but try the shop and butchers in West Burton. Super service and a good range if items.
By Deirdre Clowes
4.5 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 07 May 2022
Enjoyable stay at the Rookery, spacious and well equipped. Family gathering of 3 households but we weren't on top of each other so ideal. Children loved exploring the grounds.
By Gillian Cowen
4.7 stars out of 5.
On Friday, 08 Apr 2022
We came here 12 years ago with friends and decided to return for a special occasion with grown up family. Beautiful location, enough room to spread out or be together. Lovely open fires, Aga. Highly recommend for all ages
By Tamara Moskala
5 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 27 Mar 2022
All our family enjoyed the place in nature , singing birds ,sunshine on the grass , close to hiking walk , special atmosphere , bottle of wine and chockolates on greeting make familiar place and very welcome us . We definitely will back again! Thanks Tamara
By Andrew McLaren
5 stars out of 5.
On Monday, 07 Mar 2022
An excellent property for a group weekend away. Superb location. Try the Street Head Inn, the Fox and Hounds(Starbotton) and the George (Hubberholme). All excellent.
By Susan Cotton
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Wednesday, 29 Dec 2021
Has a fantastic stay over Christmas. Warm welcoming and comfortable. Loved using the Aga and the log burners made Christmas perfect
By G Platt
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 18 Dec 2021
door opening tool.( log burner) one for each log burner. Better instructions required. Most people are not used to a log burner. Power sockets. they were mainly round pin, Not square/
By F T Murphy
5 stars out of 5.
On Saturday, 25 Sep 2021
Could not rate this property any higher ! It was just perfect for our party of seven adults, a child and a toddler. Grand scale all rooms in a perfect location for a great holiday ‘away from it all’. Good eating just a couple of miles up the road and the market town of Leyburn within easy reach for anything else we needed. We would not hesitate to return to this beautiful property. With many thanks to the owners.
By Jenny Smith
5 stars out of 5.
On Tuesday, 07 Sep 2021
This was the second time we stayed at the Rookery, and it was just as good! Beautiful big rooms, plenty of downstairs space for everyone to spread out, wonderful views of the hill opposite. I love the little extra touches - tissues in every room, wine and chocolates on arrival, the fires ready to light etc. It was a place our whole family could come together and not feel cramped or on top of one another. We enjoyed the games room, and the board games, especially Qwirkle. The kitchen was well stocked, and it was fun using the Aga - though the oven takes a bit of working out where the hottest part is. It was much drier this time round, so we didn't make much use of the drying room, but last time it was a life saver for our soggy boots and coats. We had some wonderful walks nearby too, with stunning scenery.
By Mary Podgorski
4.7 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 22 Aug 2021
Second time staying and we do love this place. So much space - our two households virtually have a wing each upstairs. Loads of cooking equipment and a lovely Aga. The games room was used permanently whilst we were in the house - difficult to drag teens away, despite old darts (bring your own to avoid frustration) and a very well worn but perfectly serviceable pool table. You do need to remember this is a country property and there is wildlife around (field mice and loads of flies), but the location, views and wonderful space are more than compensation. Susan and Brian are so friendly and helpful, but leave you to enjoy your holiday unless you need them.
By John Herd
4.8 stars out of 5.
On Sunday, 04 Jul 2021
5 of us stayed during a sunny week in the dales. House was lovely with all the amenities you could ask for. Everything was well organised and information from both Country Hideaways and the owner spot on. We were admittedly very fortunate with the weather but, even so, the property did not disappoint and would a great base, whatever the weather. You do need a car to get to the nearest pub or eatery but there’s plenty of cooking utilities if you’re happy to cook your own food. Beds were also comfy but duvets were a tad heavy given the temperature. All in all, thoroughly recommended!
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