The house was the right size for our party and looked fantastic. It had everything we wanted and was even better than described. Cleanliness excellent and value for money. Absolutely nothing to change10-Aug-2018
Further Guest Reviews
This was our sixth visit to The Rookery, we just love eveything about it! Wouldn't change a thing, its just charming and beautiful as it is. Cleanliness excellent. Have recommeded several times to friends and have already booked for next year20-Apr-2018
We wanted a nice place to stay in the countryside and The Rookery ticked all the boxes for us. The cleanliness was to a high standard. The gournds were very pleasing. The Rookery is a lovely place to stay04-Aug-2017
Lovely setting and correct size for our party. Space worked very well for large group - ie living space, bedroom ratio. Aga! Very clean, all in good order, thank you31-Mar-2017
- Bedrooms: 5
- Sleeps: 10
- Pets: No
- Price £766 - £1290 per week
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. Ample parking in grounds.
Off road parking. 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.
Description and Location
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.
Please note this cottage is let Friday to Friday.
Bishopdale is a deep valley running from Wensleydale to the heights of the Pennines at Kidstones Bank and descending into upper Wharfedale.
An extremely picturesque and panoramic route to cross the Pennines, with views to amaze and one of the few mountain stages of the recent Grand Depart.
There are scattered farmhouses and a small hamlet in the upper-dale and the villages of Thoralby to the north and Newbiggin in the south in the lower-dale where it meets the greater valley of Wensleydale near Aysgarth.