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The Rookery

From £785 per week
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SPECIAL OFFER - 20% DISCOUNT! 24 - 29 September 5 nights NOW £744 plus £9 booking fee. Original price £930. 3 and 4 nights available too.
Start Date: Fri 24 Sep 2021
End Date: Wed 29 Sep 2021
Price: 744.00
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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.

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Total 4.8 stars
Ms S Menon
On Friday, 16 Aug 2019
The description does not do justice to the beauty of The Rookery. Spaciousness, 10 out 10 for cleanliness, value for money and we would certainly recommend to others. All very good.
Mr David Woolnough
On Friday, 09 Aug 2019
Everything! Quality of everything and feeling of space, even better than described, felt like 'mansion' living. Games, especially Qwirkle. Would we recommend to others? Absolutely!
Mr J Davis
On Friday, 17 May 2019
We chose The Rookery for its location and facilities. It was even better than described, so well appointed, spotlessly clean and very comfortable, definitely value for money. Everything was excellent. The owner Susan went out of her way to help.
By Jenny Smith
5 stars
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
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
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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