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Gorgeous Self-Catering Mansion House, Nr Leeds, very spacious; sleeps 16 - 23

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 4 nights


About the property

Ideal for Friends & Family get-togethers, holidays, celebrations Central location / Easy Access / Parking. Lots to do & See.

Welcome to Ravensprings a gorgeous period Mansion house built for the Mayor of Brighouse in 1886. Offering very Spacious and comfortable accommodation which can be adapted to suit your group size and budget. With a maximum of 8 bedrooms (4 en suite) 2 bathrooms and cloakroom there is plenty of room for groups of 16 - 23 in number. Please note prices are for 20 guests and are cheaper if you book direct. Paypal accepted. Ravensprings is the ideal location for all ages and occasions; holidays, celebrations, family get-togethers, weekend or mid-week breaks, hen & stag weekends.

Ravensprings has stunning original period features and unique furnishings - ideal for photo shoots, this is certainly the place for that memoriable celebration. Prices for Weekends Friday & Saturday also include all day Sunday - so you don't have to rush off or pay extra to enjoy the extra day. The 34' x 16' sitting room is quite unique with stunning mahogany panelling from the Edwardian ocean liner the Mauritania. This room is perfect for large gatherings and meetings in an informal and comfortable environment. The elegant dining room overlooks Ravensprings Park and seats up to 24 guests. Caterers often come to the House to provide buffets or serviced meals for those special occasions.

The antique fireplace is a fabulous feature and ideal for those who want to feel at home in front of a roaring open fire during winter breaks. There are also 5 central heating radiators in the sitting room alone, to ensure such a large room can feel cosy and homely during your stay. There is free unlimited wifi and two TV's one with Sky Sports and Films.

Ravensprings enjoys a very quiet, but central location only 2 miles from the motorway making the House the ideal venue for people travelling from all parts of the UK. With easy access to two International Airports at Manchester and Leeds Bradford we have many guests who use the House as a base to catch up with friends and family scattered around the UK.

There are numerous restaurants and bars nearby and at least 4 excellent countryside gastro pubs just a short drive away. We regularly have excellent caterers offering both serviced and buffet meals at Ravensprings.

The accommodation Includes a downstairs double bedroom with shower and wash hand basin en suite and a toilet opposite and kitchen nearby. This an ideal bedroom for the elderly or those who find stairs difficult.

The tranquil, residential location offers easy access to Leeds City Centre and Manchester as well as the beautiful Dales and Moors in all weathers. There are numerous local sports and activities. Many interesting stately homes and gardens to visit. Museums and art galleries including the Yorkshire Sculpture park are easily accessible. There are also lots of night clubs, cinemas and theatres including Ballet, Opera and Comedy clubs in the nearby City of Leeds.

Within 45 minutes are also the delightful towns of Harrogate and York. As well as numerous other interesting towns and villages such as Howarth (Bronte country) and Holmfirth the top of the Derbyshire Dales.

Equidistant from both the East and West coast we have the unique situation of being able to watch the sun rise over the sea on the East Coast and then watch it set over the sea in the West!

More Details

Miss Josy Wade
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

Why Miss Josy Wade chose Brighouse

Ravensprings is a gorgeous example of an Arts and Crafts Victorian House when I saw it advertised it just leapt out of the page. At the time the House was in desperate need and deserved restoration. As an unlisted and unprotected large property it was under threat of being converted into six apartments or eight apartments due to it's size which would have been a great shame.

At the time I thought that the central yet quiet location and the fact that most amenities were available on the doorstep made this a very desirable place to be. The location means that within 15 - 20 minutes you can be in the countryside or City Centre which offered the best of both worlds.

What makes this house unique

Ravensprings is a corner House and South Facing and thus sunny and light inside. It is also slightly elevated so it seems very private inside. Many of the original features were still in tact although a few had been lost during the 1960's / 70's. The fact that one of the previous owners had been part of the Miller's Oils family mean that a lot of money had been spent on the House during the late 20's, 30's & 40's. When the famous liner the Mauretania had been refitted in the early 1930's the owners had gone to the sale and purchased a stateroom of mahogany panelling and over-mantels and doors and other fitments. They then knocked the reception and sitting room into one enormous room (34' x 16') and fitted most of these antique furnishings in it. At the same time they had ornate and plaster beams to run the length of this high ceilinged room which are painted to look like they were carved from timber. The views from the dining room window was predominantly of Ravensprings Park. This was created as one of the owner's particular interests as it has a model railway which was donated to the Brighouse and Rastrick Model Society in the 50's. This is open to the public on about once a month and to see Father Christmas driving an model train full of children from your window is quite a novelty.

The dining room was in fact meant to have been used as a billiards room at one time (thus the rise and fall over head lighting) and the Owner was meant to have had friendly games with Joe Davis (then retired) the World Champion Snooker player in this room.

Another unique feature was the conversion of the cellar (out of bounds to visitors for health and safety reasons) into an air raid shelter during the First World War. There is a short tunnel leading to the lower garden. This was more recently (4 years ago) used as part of the film set of a spooky version of Alice in Wonderland on release as the indie film Red Kingdom Rising.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Search Trip Advisor Ravensprings for guest comments and loads more photos
Nov 2008
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Brighouse House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 23
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 25 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Cloakroom - toilet , Toilet and washbasin on the ground floor
    Family Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , bidet , First floor large family bathroom, double shower, 6ft bath.
    Attic Bedroom with bath and en suite. - toilet , tub , Bedroom has free standing bath and en suite
    Ground floor En suite Shower & Wash basin t - shower , Shower/Washbasin is en suite. WC is opposite
    2nd floor Shower room - toilet , shower , Double shower, toilet and vanity unit
    Super King Bedroom en suite shower room - toilet , shower , Shower, toilet and washhand basin
    Four Poster bedroom full bathroom en suite with dual access - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Large ensuite with dual access, shower, french bath, toilet.
  • 1. Ground Floor Lavatory and cloaks 2. En suite Shower & Basin in bedroom opposite. First Floor Accommodation 3. Large family bathroom with 6' double ended bath double shower, double basins, bidet and toilet. 4. Ensuite Bathroom with antique double ended french bath, double shower basin & WC dual access from the hall. 5. Ensuite Shower Room with toilet and wash basin Superking Bedroom Vanity Unit in Edwardian bedroom 2nd Floor 6. Double Shower room with toilet and wash basin. 7. Attic Bedroom, free-standing bath & en suite WC.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • Four Poster Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , This is a fabulous four poster bedroom with en suite
    Jacobean Oak Bedroom - 1 double , Super antique French oak Bed room overlooks the rear garden.
    Edwardian Bedroom - 1 double , Pretty bedroom with vanity unit and Edwardian Cast Iron Bed
    Ground floor Double Bedroom - 1 double , With Shower & Basin en suite + opposite the downstairs loo!
    Victorian Bedroom - 1 queen , There is also room for an extra single bed in this room.
    Super King Sized Bedroom - 1 king , We can also provide an extra two single beds in this bedroom
    Olympic Family Fun Bedroom - 6 twin/ single , Four of the single beds are from the Olympic Games!
    Attic bedroom with en suite - 1 queen , This bedroom has King Size Circular bed and en suite WC
  • Description of sleeping capacity: To ensure you don't pay for rooms you don't need we can offer: 16 to stay in 6 bedrooms (by excluding the Attic and Ground floor Bedroom). 18 to stay in 7 bedrooms (by excluding either the Attic or Ground floor Bedroom. 20 to stay in 8 bedrooms. We also can provide an extra 3 beds normally in the Super king size bedroom and the Victorian Bedroom. Notes on bedrooms: 1. Ground floor double + shower & Wash hand basin opposite downstairs cloaks so ideal for the elderly or infirm. 2. Four Poster + luxury bath & shower ensuite 3. Superking + cotbed & shower-room 4. Jacobean oak double bedroom 5. Edwardian double + vanity unit 6. Victorian Kingsize (we can add a single bed to this room for larger groups 7. Family room Kingsize circular bed + 4 single beds ideal for children. 8 Double bedroom with en suite, available from Easter 2016.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Check in 4pm Check out 10am Ideal for large group celebrations and Family Get togethers. Also lots to do locally for all the family. Walking groups love a bit of Luxury too! Ravensprings has been used as the location for a spooky version of Alice in Wonderland; Ravensprings just oozes character enjoying unique period features. A favourite with children and adults alike is the huge, handsome sitting room: ideal for parties and reunions. The bedrooms are unique and carefully furnished for your comfort and convenience + downstairs is a sunny double bedroom with shower.No room is the same and all are a very comfortable size. The sleeping arrangements are varied and fairly adaptable for different ages. There are 2 central heating boilers as well as an open fire in the sitting room so you should not feel cold. With 3 bathrooms, 2 en suite shower rooms and downstairs cloakroom. Outside there is a safe fenced play area for children with swings. There is also off road parking for 5 - 6 vehicles and plenty of onroad parking for more. With views of the countryside from the top floor and pizzas delivered to your door Ravensprings makes a marvellous retreat to come home to Outside: Ravensprings enjoys a Corner Location. The well-kept garden surrounds the property and is set on a variety of levels. There is a safe, enclosed play area with swings and trampoline; a rear courtyard which is ideal as a barbeque area with plenty of seats for visitors, also there is a lower secluded front garden. Seating at the front enjoys a suntrap location. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble drier, iron and ironing board etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen & tea towels provided, towels are optional extras £7.50 per person per stay, the property is cleaned and prepared prior to arrival mid stay cleaning by arrangement.


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Gorgeous Self-Catering Mansion House, Nr Leeds, very spacious; sleeps 16 - 23
average rating of 4.68 based on 26 reviews

Beautiful stay for hen parties

  • 5 of 5

We all loved our stay at Ravensprings. Josy, the owner, and Caroline, were fantastic, easy to contact, and very flexible. We got early access to decorate the house before the bride arrived, and both were contactable late at night when we had a carbon monoxide alarm going off (low batteries). Caroline also texted as we'd left some personalised wine glasses behind, incase we wanted to keep them.

The house itself was beautiful, plenty of space!! Lots of bathrooms and bedrooms for our large party, with ample parking. The kitchen had everything we needed, there was even a small milk in the fridge, just incase you've arrived empty handed (oh and a large stash of biscuits). Everything we needed and more. Would definitely stay agian

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review. Caroline and I are very pleased that it all went so well as there was so much planning involved in your celebrations. I'm glad that you contacted me about the alarm as we have regular gas checks and knew it would only be a battery - so apologies that we hadn't changed it! (Opening a window to air the place at this time of year could be pretty invigorating!). Either way it doesn't seem to have spoiled your fun. Caroline says thank you for leaving the House nice and tidy too which always helps. We would both welcome you and all or some of your group back to Ravensprings for another celebration some time in the future. Meanwhile thanks again and Best Wishes, Josy and Caroline.
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  • 5 of 5

Caroline the housekeeper was lovely and helpful. The house was very spacious and clean, with everything we needed. We enjoyed it so much. Thank you to all x

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Hen Weekend at Ravensprings

  • 5 of 5

We visited Ravensprings for a Hen Do for 17 girls. Josy (owner) and Caroline (housekeeping) were so helpful prior. All information was provided clearly up front and we were even allowed in early to set up! The house itself is massive, full of classic charm, with all amenities and such a variety of different rooms to accommodate everyone. The house is clean and the beds are comfy, there are a zillion bathrooms and enough fridges for plenty of food and prosecco. The location is really easy to get to and there is loads of on and off street parking! I think we had a total of 5/6 cars between us. A Taxi for 8 is only £35 one way to Leeds which was great for getting everyone there for a fun filled night out. Overall the weekend was perfect, the bride to be had an incredible time and everything ran really smoothly. Thank you to Josy and Caroline for making it a weekend never to forget!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Charlotte, Thank you for this lovely review of your stay at Ravensprings. Caroline and I are delighted that you and your group (especially the bride) had such a memorable Hen Weekend. Thank you also for the info about the price of a taxi for 8 guests as this beats the price quoted 4 years ago! I do hope that you and some of your group at least will be able to return and enjoy another celebration at Ravensprings. It makes all the work worthwhile when we have such positive feedback. I hope that the Wedding Day is at least equally as successful. All Best Wishes for the future to the Bride and Groom and of course to you, Thanks again, Josy and of course Caroline.
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Great large house ideal for family get together

  • 4 of 5

This is an ideal house for a family get together . Perfect location for people coming from North and South by car and train.

Despite a last minute problem with a bedroom, both housekeeper Caroline and Owner communicated well with me and all was fine .Nice large kitchen, dining room and lounge where everyone could sit together.

The recommendations in the information sheet were extensive and the external caterers we had on one evening were excellent.

We all decided that we would return to Ravensprings .

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sonia, Thank you for this lovely review and I'm so pleased that everything went so well for you at Ravensprings for your weekend get together. The last minute catastrophe aversion with the downstairs bedroom was much appreciated and I can confirm a new bed is now in place! Caroline says thank you for leaving the House nice and tidy and we both look forward to welcoming you all again in the future. Best Wishes and Thanks again, Josy & Caroline.
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Magical time

  • 5 of 5

This was truly the best family holiday I could of had ever! All 23 of us including the kids loved every second in this fantastic house. The kids loved playing hide and seek in the house, sports in the garden and best of all the location of the site as Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield are Short drive.

Josy and Caroline went out of their way to make sure I settle in and always stayed in touch to let me know what activities are around for us to enjoy our stay.

I highly recommend this place for any family gatherings and I know I will be returning again.

There are local shops only 8 minutes walk or a 24 hour Tesco and McDonald's a mile away from the house. We are out in Bradford and also did a BBQ,

It was a dream holiday with the family of this size.

Again thank you to Josy and Caroline.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Hussain, Thank you for this really lovely review. It was a pleasure having such considerate and satisfied guests at Ravensprings. I'm so pleased that you and your family found plenty to do and that the children enjoyed the House and garden too. Caroline says thank you so much for leaving the House nice and tidy and we would welcome you to come and stay at a later date. Many Thanks and Best Wishes Josy & Caroline.
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  • 2 of 5

Probably great for stag nights with lots of people but not for families (12).

Trampoline does not exist and lots of rubble between patio and swing

Is unsightly and lawn bare and untidy.

One weeks rent is probably enough to make considerable improvement.

Very expensive for a family gathering.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this review William. The trampoline was removed for health and safety reasons and should no longer be featured online - for that I apologise.. There are 3 swings for children to play on and lawn is normally immaculate. The gardener comes weekly but unfortunately this summer has been particular wet and he was unable to mow the week of your stay. The 'rubble' is faced York stone which is for a future project. I recommend that anyone contact me before booking online. You stayed only 6 nights and avoided paying for Friday night but unfortunately ended up paying more than a normal week's stay if you had booked directly with me. We have many families come to stay and all seem to love Ravensprings; House and garden. As for expense you obviously don't appreciate how much it is to actually run a house such as Ravensprings and our prices are comparatively cheap with other similar accommodation. I'm sorry that the comfortable furnishings, spacious accommodation and easy access didn't compensate for the lack of a trampoline and some stone piled in a corner of the garden. Best Wishes, Josy
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Leeds/Bradford, Manchester International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
10 mins
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
M62 Junction 25
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Biggest indoor snow slope in Europe
Nearest Beach
65 Miles
Southport/Blackpool W.Coast, Hornsea/Filey E.Coast
Car: not necessary

20mins from Leeds City Centre 20 minutes from Holmfirth, Hebden Bridge, Excellent local country gastro pubs. Easy access.


Leeds/ Bradford Airport is only 12mls away approx 30mins drive. Manchester is around 25 mls approx. 45 mins away by motorway. Brighouse Station is within a mile from the house, and there is a bus stop at the end of the road.


Leeds City Centre 20 mins and you are parked and out of the car. Manchester City Centre 25 mins (motorway) 40 mins.

Leeds/Bradford Airport 25 mins. Haworth, Bronte country 20 mins. Harrogate 45 mins. York 45 mins. Halifax 10 mins. Huddersfield 10 mins. Last of the Summers' Wine Country20 mins. North Yorkshire Dales 30 mins. Moorland / Dales and Hills 15 mins. Horse riding 10 mins. Golf 10 mins.

Further Details:

Brighouse is a small town just off of the M62 it has a host of shops, restuartants bars and a large Tesco’s and Sainsburys' just a mile from the house. There are numerous good country pubs and restaurants within a 15 minute drive. Set only 2 miles from the M62 it occupies a commanding position and is ideal for family reunions, large group, celebrations and touring holidays. Its' easy access from the M1/M62/M6 and central location makes it the ideal place to explore Yorkshire: The Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors offer fabulous scenery and hundreds of miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes, including the famous Coast to Coast route, just 20 miles from your door. Only 25 minutes drive is Bronte Country and the renowned home of the literary sisters, Howarth. You can visit 'Last of the Summer Wine' country at Holmfirth - the village where the sitcom was filmed is just 15 minutes from the house. The artist-writer community at Hebden Bridge is only 20 minutes drive. While the stunning stately home of Harewood House, with its marvellous gardens and paintings is just 30 minutes from this beautiful abode. Only a short drive away are the Dales and Moors with their fabulous scenery and miles of walking, riding, cycling etc., about 25 mins drive from Hawarth; Bronte Country, 20mins from Hebden Bridge, locally there are numerous restaurants, lovely pubs with excellent menus, bars, nightclubs, art galleries, theatres, stately homes, film & TV locations (Last of the Summers Wine at Holmfirth), 7 Golf Courses within 7 miles!, Heritage centres, Historical museums, Canal; barge hire, horse riding; you are literally spoiled for choice with plenty to occupy the whole family. Only 20 mins from Leeds City Centre by car, 45 mins from Manchester City Centre, 30 minutes from the Leeds/Bradford Airport it makes an ideal base for touring.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $138.49
Cleaning Fee $173.11

Booking Notes.
Pricing is based on 18 guests in 7 bedrooms.
We can offer 16 guests in 6 bedrooms at a discount during the lower season.
18 guests in 7 bedrooms is the norm
20 guests in 8 bedrooms costs an extra £25 - £35 each per night at weekends - less during weekdays .
We can sleep 3 extra (Total of up to 23) for £25 per night at weekends.

The deposit is non-refundable so please ensure that you have holiday insurance.
Fri & Sat Weekends include all day Sunday.
Prices include linen (towels optional extras), central heating, Sky + films and sports and wifi.
Price advertised are for 18 people in 7 bedrooms. 16 in 6 bedrooms cost less, 20 in 8 bedrooms cost more. We can accommodate up to 23 comfortably so please contact me if you are a larger group.
Please Note New Year minimum stay is 4 nights. There is a £100 refundable security deposit. Refunded within 3 days of your leaving Ravensprings if booked directly. 7 working days if booked online.
Please ask for a reservation for 2 days if you think you want to book a certain date to avoid disappointment.

Changeover Day:
Friday - Friday, or Long Weekends Friday - Monday, Mid week breaks Monday - Friday. We are flexible but the minimum stay is 2 nights or 3 days. This means that a weekend includes Sunday night as we need 6 hrs to prepare for the next guests.

Notes on prices:
Prices based on 18 sleeping in 7 bedrooms, a further 4 extra (comfortable) guest beds available if you are a group of 22 .Smaller groups who only need 6 bedrooms discount.
£100 refundable security deposit. Weekend or midweek breaks available. Free Wifi, Sky HD+ Sports &Films
Entry 4.00pm; exit 10.00am
Prices include linen, (towels optional extra) central heating, Sky+ films TV and Wifi.
Weekend pricing is based on Friday to Sunday evening or Monday morning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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