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Picturesque 300 year old cottage in pretty farming village

39 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Sawley Cottage Rental Photos and Description

6 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Sleeps 10, Pets & Families Welcome

Our cozy cottage looks over the village green and is nestled between the small wildlife garden and fields of cows and sheep. A gate from the garden leads directly onto a footpath and a gentle walk along a country lane will bring you to 12th Century Fountains Abbey.

Our handmade country kitchen boasts a traditional stove and a large farmhouse table. French doors take you out onto our flagged terrace which overlooks the large garden. The snug lounge has a large stone fireplace, cozy wood burner and big comfy sofas. Our 3 bathrooms are beautiful with limestone walls and floors and in one, a luxurious roll top bath.

The cottage has a unique layout which seems to create the perfect setting for special occasions. There is plenty of social space, but also room to find somewhere quiet and escape the bustle. The large garden and village green means there's plenty of space for children and dogs to run wild and let off steam which helps the adult to relax and enjoy themselves too. Perhaps this is why we have had so many events at Fountains Abbey Cottage; birthdays (from 4 to 90!), hen parties, and reunions. We know that it's difficult to get everyone together for a whole week which is why we offer weekend breaks bookable as far in advance as you like. Prices begin from £750.

We know how difficult it can be to travel with pets or children which is why we provide the essentials (highchair; cot; dog bed etc.) to make life easy.

We sleep up to 10 in 4 comfortable bedrooms upstairs, a den with hideaway bed downstairs, and a detached guest room in the garden - snug and secluded, ideal for grandparents or romantic couples. Fine Egyptian linen, decadent silk bedspreads and enormous fluffy towels all encourage a sense of indulgence.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Justine Hey
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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About Justine Hey

We moved to Sawley to raise our family in the country and it was the perfect location. Although we were both city kids our hearts have always lain in the country. We loved it so much that when we were given the opportunity to move to a remote farm we grabbed it with both hands!

We now live half a mile from a road, surrounded by sheep, pigs, chickens, hens and horses and love every muddy minute of it!

Justine Hey purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Justine Hey chose North Yorkshire

The cottage has a great location, walking distance from North Yorkshires top two destinations, (Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks) yet untouched by tourism. It was originally built as part of the village school for 'the poor boys of Sawley' in 1703 and has a priviliged place in the village overlooking the green but with no immediate neighbours. Central yet secluded.

What makes this cottage unique

Secluded yet not isolated, there is plenty of space for children to free range without the worries of traffic. An adventure playground for bigger kids and an enclosed playground with swings and slide for little ones all within seconds of the front door. Fun and games with no effort. The configuration of bedrooms means it can be adapted to suit and has been very popular for multiple families to share. The private garden suite with it's own bathroom, sitting area and garden is a great retreat and perfect for grandparents or teenagers who need their own space sometimes!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just to say an enormous thank you for allowing Theodora and her friends to stay at Fountains Abbey Cottage this weekend. I think the quality of the cottage took them all by surprise and she was so touched by the little bunch of snowdrops on the kitchen table and the bottle of fizz. She said they had the happiest of weekends and it was the perfect way to celebrate her 21st. “Just like home,” she said.

They managed two walks (in spite of the wintry weather) including a memorable visit to Fountains Abbey, really enjoyed the delicious dinner cooked by Lockwoods (thank you for the recommendation – I have thanked them too), and had a thoroughly wonderful time.

I hope they left it all in order (Theodora promised me they had!) and didn’t leave any belongings behind. You have been so kind, accommodating and thoughtful throughout and I cannot thank you enough.
Feb 2013
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Picturesque 300 year old cottage in pretty farming village
average rating of 4.74359 based on 41 reviews

Quiet, lovely location but needs deep clean and maintenance.

  • 3 of 5

6 adults and 4 children stayed. Excellent location and secure for children in garden. Good facilities on village green. Handy for visiting Brimham Rocks, Lightwater Valley, Fountains Abbey, Ripon, Harrogate etc. Sawley Arms excellent and helpful.

However compared with other cottages we have stayed in we couldn't say it was 5 or even 4 star. On arrival 7 lights were not working, there was no battery in the kitchen CO alarm where there is an oil fired stove/boiler/cooker (we would have been comforted to have seen either on display or in the Guests manual a copy of the boiler maintenance certificate - whether legally required or not), we had to sweep and weed the patio and the path to the outside garden room (including sweeping up broken glass), hedges were in need of a trim, the down stairs toilet wash basin leaked on to the floor, ensuite shaver light didn't work, an overriding smell of dogs, dead flies on the window cills, a dangerously loose flag on the patio steps and the bottom tray of the dishwasher constantly came off its runner. In fairness to Justine several of these things were remedied in the next couple of days. But our point is we should not have faced such failures.

As to our point about the cottage requiring a DEEP clean examples were: sticky and grimy kitchen work tops, the ensuite shower floor had to be thoroughly cleaned before we felt we could use it and in the master bedroom and lounge the carpets require a really good clean to remove dirt and marks.

This may sound negative but it is a factual account of what we found. With better maintenance and cleaning the cottage has much to offer.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spacious, comfortable and relaxing

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is very well equipped with everything you can possibly need. The bottle of wine on arrival was a lovely thoughtful touch.

Clean and comfortable with plenty of room for a large family. The dog loved the secure garden which is lovely.

Will certainly go back in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunningly beautiful

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a long weekend with 6 other girls for a friends hen party. It was the best weekend ever! The cottage is beautiful and very well kept, even more so considering how old it is. The cottage is well equipt with everything you would need, there is even DVDs under the TV in the living room, there is a little basket full of things guests may of forgotten or may not evenof thought of, these extra little touches from the owners made us feel very welcome in their beautiful holiday home. There is a bbq outside but unfortunately the weather didnt allow us to use it. I would definitely come here again and recommend to anyone

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Old. Needs some TLC

  • 3 of 5

Fountains Abbey Cottage. 28/31 May.

We as grandparents chose to stay in the Garden Suite not realising it was separate building.

Re the bathroom, the information we got from your description said " shower over the bath ". A spray fixed at the end of the bath could hardly be classed as a shower particularly as there was no curtain or partition to stop the water spraying everywhere. My wife who is disabled was unable to use her grab handle as no tiles to stick too.

The table and chairs on the patio outside could not be used as they were covered in moss, old and ready for the bonfire.The patio needed a power wash.

The "Bedroom"as you entered the main property could not be classed as such, it was no more than a " cubbyhole" under the stairs.The occupant was woken every time anyone went up or down stairs.

My 4 year grandson enjoyed the treehouse but we as a family celebrating our Golden Wedding

were disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for giving us some useful feedback Michael. In response to your comments we have made the following changes; The Garden Suite was described as "separate" and "in the garden" but we have added the word "detached " to make it clear to guests that the suite is not part of the main cottage. The phrase "shower over bath" is suggestive of a raised shower rather than a shower attachment. The corner bath has a seating area to allow people to sit on the edge and shower into the bath using the handheld showerhead, but this is not the same as a shower over the bath so I have updated the listing to "en suite with bath" I have a personal liking for weathered hardwood furniture but I realise not everyone feels the same. We have purchased some new furniture for the Garden suite's private patio. I hope you were able to enjoy the large rattan and glass patio suite on the main terrace. It is true that the downstairs bedroom is the smallest of our four double bedrooms and it is positioned next to (but not under) the stairs... photographs of all our bedrooms are on our listing and the den is no exception. Our cottage is old, 314 years old to be exact! The idiosyncrasies of such an old house are what made us fall in love with it in the first place. I am sorry you didn't enjoy your special weekend but hopefully our updates will ensure this need not happen again.
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Lovely rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

We, seven adults, three children and two dogs, had a lovely time at the cottage celebrating my mothers 80th birthday. We also enjoyed a great meal at the Sawley Arms just round the corner. We were lucky with the weather and spent most of our time relaxing in the garden with the dogs !

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Lovely house in beautiful part of the country

  • 5 of 5

Such a lovely house. We rented it for a long weekend for a family get together. The garden is lovely and very secure so no worries about dogs or children getting out. We spent a lot of time in the kitchen sitting round the big table eating, drinking and talking. The big entrance hall is perfect for coats and shoes. Bedrooms are lovely. Only thing for is was that we had the downstairs bedroom was was a little bare in comparison with the lovely upstairs rooms. The garden room is a lovely little private house with its own bathroom. I'm sure we will book again.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Nearest Barpub
75 Metres
Sawley Arms
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
75 Metres
Sawley Arms
Car: recommended

Our quiet location makes it easy to stay put and enjoy the clean air and beautiful landscape but for the more adventurous there is plenty to see and do; 900 year old ruins; stunning rock formations; epic scenery; adventure play parks; Medieval markets; Edwardian follies.

Top of the list is world heritage site Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal: the ruins of a 12th Century Cistercian Abbey (the largest in Europe) alongside a beautiful Georgian Water Garden and peaceful Deer Park. Our lovely cottage is a peaceful half hour stroll from this stunning attraction.

Less than 3 miles away is Brimham Rocks a remarkable collection of weathered rocks that have formed magnificent sculptures.

For walkers we have the circular Ripon Rowel Walk, literally on the door step and many other beautiful places to explore from open farmland to craggy lakes and bluebell woods; all within two miles!

For historians there is a wealth of ancient buildings; Ripon's Cathedral which dates from 672AD, over 1300 years old! Fountain's Abbey is on our doorstep and Rivaulx and Jervaulx Abbey are within a comfortable drive.

For families there is an enviable choice. Tree climbing, pond dipping, and river jumping are all to be had within minutes! For more formal activities there are any number of attractions: Light water Valley is a 15 minute drive away and offers roller-coaster thrills and spills; How Stean Gorge is the site of a Highwayman's hideout and now offers abseiling, gorge-walking and kayaking. The Forbidden Corner is a wonderful folly and defies description but I heartily recommend it for the strangest day out!

And that's just the tip of the iceberg!


Rates & Availability

Sawley Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
October Half Term
Oct 21 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2016
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Feb 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
February Half Term
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 25 2017 - Apr 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
May Day
Apr 28 2017 - May 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring
May 2 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
May Half Term
May 26 2017 - Jun 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 6 2017 - Jul 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 21 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
October Half Term
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0

We are happy to book weekend breaks in advance. Prices from £675 for the weekend rising to £875.

Mid-week breaks are also available (but are not accurately quoted on the HomeAway site). Prices from £675 please ask for an up to date quote.

DOGS WELCOME at no extra charge.

Discounts always offered to returning guests, please ask :)

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Sawley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master en suite - toilet , shower , Limestone clad wetroom with huge shower head
    Family bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Beautiful roll top bath and limestone walls
    Garden suite bathroom - toilet , tub , Bathroom with corner bath in Garden Suite
  • Luxurious fluffy white towels provided
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , The large Master Bedroom has a King size bed and en suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Double or twin. With pretty fireplace
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Pretty single bedroom with iron bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Pretty single bedroom with iron bed.
    Ground Floor Bedroom - 1 double , The double bed downstairs can easily hideaway for more space
    Garden Suite - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Detached suite. Dbl or twin en suite with sofa and patio
  • Our beds are made with pure Egyptian cotton linen and luxurious throws. Cots available on request.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Cot and highchair available on request (no charge). Dog bed, bowls and towels available on request (no charge). Award winning caterers available to provide fully catered dinner parties.

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