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
Further Guest Reviews
It's one of the best houses we have had in over 30 years of weekend breaks. Privacy, size of the reception rooms, better than the description, excellent price for a weekend at the end of half term. Will definitely recommend to a friend and will return24-Feb-2017
Spacious and most thoughtfully and generously equipped property we have ver visited. Cleanliness excellent. Value for money.14-Oct-2016
Everything was as envisaged, comfortable, homely and inviting, perfectly clean, space, tranquility, warmth, the country kitchen with it's Aga13-Sep-2016
Really enjoyed our stay, great location and will return. Woodburning stoves, lovely bedrooms, spacious rooms downstairs. Fantastic, well equipped kitchen with Aga. Very clean and fresh smelling throughout the house. Sheltered courtyard to sit in sun and large grounds. Settees were very comfortable and television in sitting room very clear. Enjoyed the games room and found lots of board games in cupboard.27-May-2016
- Bedrooms: 5
- Sleeps: 10
- Pets: No
- Price £751 - £1333 per week
SHORT BREAKS and flexible start dates all year.
LATE AVAILABILITY 7 - 11 August short break 3 nights £1000
Duvets, pillows, linen and towels all provided. Oil-fired underfloor heating, logs and electricity included.
2 widescreen TV's, 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 internet access.
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 on a Friday to Friday basis.
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.