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The cottage with a story to tell! - close to castle, waterfalls & all amenities!

Bedrooms 1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Romantic hideaway, stone-built character cottage, full of surprises.

''Sweet Lassie Cottage'' is a Grade-II listed, stone-built cottage, dating from approximately 1680 and therefore steeped in history! It sits in the most historic part of Richmond, on the shoulder of the castle hill, only a very short level walk to the marketplace.

The name of the cottage derives from the local love song ''The Lass of Richmond Hill'' and the cottage celebrates this Legend of the Dales, with various Sweet Lassie images and memorabilia throughout the cottage.

The accommodation is arranged over 3 floors: you enter via small entrance porch leading to the granite-topped modern kitchen and dining area with stone-flagged floor and oak beams; here are all the utilities you need for cosy home-cooked meals in the evening. Stairs from the porch lead to a comfy, heavily-beamed living room with TV and sofa; here is where you relax to enjoy the evening after a day out exploring the town or the beautiful Dales just minutes away. Further stairs lead to the romantic-themed bedroom with a its brass queen-sized bed and the modern shower room next door. There is a roof-top view towards the hills and you get a lovely view of the sun-rise in the mornings. To the right are the walls of the ancient castle-keep.

A perfect cottage for two that oozes character: old stone floors, original beamed ceilings, fireplaces and many nooks and crannies. The stairs are original stone-built (although carpeted for comfort) and you feel a sense of adventure as you climb to the first and second floors and discover the delights of this small and surprising cottage.

Despite its many original features, the cottage has plenty of modern touches: the well-fitted kitchen with kettle, toaster, iron, equipment a-plenty and even a washing machine for longer stays.

The shower-room on the top floor has been recently re-fitted with modern shower, loo and wash-basin.

Please note, because there are two flights of original stone stairs, and they are a bit steeper than modern stairs, we do not recommend this cottage for the very elderly or those who are mobility-impaired.

The cottage is ideally situated just around the corner from the cobbled marketplace, with many little independent shops, bars and cafes. If you turn right at the cottage front door, the road leads upwards becoming Castle Wynd, on the shoulder of Richmond Hill, leading up to the castle. Alternatively, head downhill and you arrive in less than 5 minutes to the river Swale waterfalls. (There are two folding camping-chairs with carrying straps in the cottage, perfect for a comfy picnic by the falls!)

Also: although there is no outside space at the cottage, you are situated almost opposite a ''Secret Garden'' at number 3, Millgate. This is a truly stunning garden, packed with delightful flowers and many secluded seating areas (open April - September). For a small entrance fee (honesty box) you can visit, explore and relax in a gorgeous garden from 9.00 am until 5 pm daily.

Please note: Check-out is by 11.00 and check-in from 15.00 (although do ask me if you require earlier check-in or later check-out ... if it's possible I will do my best to provide it).

More Details

Anna Markey
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, italian, dutch
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Anna Markey

I'm Anna and I'd love to welcome you as a guest to my holiday cottage in Richmond. I aim to give my guests a comfortable home-from-home experience. I'm passionate about the Yorkshire Dales, especially nearby Swaledale which is one of the loveliest of the Yorkshire Dales.

Why Anna Markey chose Richmond

This cottage is so characteristic of Richmond, sitting on the edge of the Castle Wynd, it makes you aware of the incredible history surrounding you. It's a gorgeous, intimate space and is perfectly located for stepping out to visit the Castle or the waterfalls below, or for heading to one of many pubs and restaurants in the evening.

What makes this cottage unique

- A cottage with a story to tell! - celebrating the romantic legend of the Dales ''The Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill''

- traditional stone-built, with lots of interesting features, nooks and crannies

- climbing the stairs you feel a sense of adventure as you explore the old cottage

- romantic, cozy bedroom on the third floor, with nice views over the rooftops to distant hills and the castle itself so close-by you can almost touch it!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Enjoyed our short stay at Sweet Lassie and hope to return soon!
Jun 2017
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Richmond Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Modern shower, loo and wash basin.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Double bedroom with built-in nooks for hanging clothes and personal effects. Double duvet and electric blanket for winter nights. The original fireplace houses cosy candles for a warm glow. The window looks over the old rooftops of Richmond towards green fields beyond. To the right (if you lean out) you can see Richmond tower and ancient walls.
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
The cottage is just steps away from all the amenities you need for your holiday. There are many small shops lining the market place, including a couple of supermarkets that are open until 10.00 pm ... so no worries if you forgot to get the milk! There are also many nice cafes and restaurants, and characterful pubs, all within a 5 minute walk! More details are in my Welcome guide.


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The cottage with a story to tell! - close to castle, waterfalls & all amenities!
average rating of 4.5 based on 15 reviews

Lovely, quirky cottage right in the heart of Richmond.

  • 5 of 5

Great location in the heart historic Richmond. It was a privilege to stay in such an old cottage. The owner made us feel most welcome with the welcome pack and was clearly keen that we should enjoy our stay. We had a great holiday.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review David. It was lovely to have you as guests and I am so pleased that you enjoyed and appreciated the cottage and its history.
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A really lovely little cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is really lovely and full of character. The kitchen with stone floor and beams in the ceiling, the cosy living room and the lovely bedroom with a very comfy bed. We just loved it.

It is in a perfect position, on a quiet side street just off the market square, with plenty of pubs, shops and places to eat. It's a short walk uphill to the castle. We didn't pay to visit but walked right round the outside of the castle walls. A short walk downhill takes you to the lovely waterfall and the river. We walked a circular route along the river to the ruins of Easby Abbey. It's free to visit and interesting, with boards explaining how things used to be.

We visited in February and managed to park on the road for free for the 4 days we were there. It was about a 5 minute walk away from the cottage at the bottom of the hill. The free 2 hour parking in the market place was also handy for loading and unloading the car.

Many thanks to Anna, the owner for being so helpful. She was very quick to answer any queries I had and even rang me from the cottage before I booked to show me there was a strong mobile signal. Our son was away at the same time and we needed to make sure we would be contactable during our stay.

We loved our stay in Sweet Lassie Cottage and wouldn't hesitate to stay again.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Really great cottage for two

  • 5 of 5

We were really impressed by how well equipped and comfortable the property was in a fabulous location highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Laura, I´m glad you enjoyed the facilities and the cottage location. I was sorry to hear you were a little unwell during your stay, but I am glad that despite that you felt comfortable in the cottage. I hope I can welcome you back another time. Best wishes, Anna
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Relaxing and cosy stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely weekend in this cosy cottage. The property was lovely and warm and full of character with period features throughout. Can highly recommend this cottage for a couples getaway.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your visit Heidi and for you kind review. I'm glad you really liked the cottage and appreciated its historical features.
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Lovely romantic cottage, quiet yet very close to all amenities.

  • 5 of 5

Very close to all amenities (small shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs) which makes it great to walk out in the evening. There are also 2 supermarkets open until 10 at night! - all within 2 or 5 minutes' walk. It's right by the castle (almost within the walls) and also 2 minutes (downhill) to the river and waterfalls. Walking behind the castle is lovely in the afternoon/evening (sunset) and you also get sunrise in the cottage bedroom, over the rooftops and fields.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your very kind review Eugenie, and it was great to welcome you back again. I'm glad you enjoyed the local facilities and convenient location as well as the cottage itself. Regards, Anna
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Perfect cottage for two in Richmond

  • 4 of 5

This is a very comfortable and quaint terraced cottage in the heart of Richmond, which provides everything you could need for a relaxing stay in the town. The location is perfect for all amenities, and if you should have a dog, close to really good walks without the need for a car. The cottage itself comes with everything you would need, and is perfect for two people. There are quite steep stairs up the three floors of the property, which is to be expected for this type of cottage, but be aware. The cottage is very quiet, has excellent heating, and can't be faulted. Parking is OK, but requires a bit of thinking ahead, but this is also expected when you are in the centre of a town.

Richmond itself is an excellent location, with plenty to see and do, good variety of eating places, and a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely having you to stay James, and I'm glad you found everything to your liking. I'm particularly happy you found everything you needed in the cottage, and enjoyed the nice walks close-by. Many thanks for your visit and for the very kind review. Best wishes, Anna
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
The Castle Tavern
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Richmond Yorks Golf Course
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Penleys, Market place
Car: not necessary

Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales

Richmond Castle

River Swale waterfalls

Richmond historic town

Marketplace and Saturday markets

Georgian theatre

Green Howards Museum

Richmondshire Museum

Dales' walks and scenic drives

Traditional pubs and taverns

Large modern Swimming pool at ''The Station''

Modern cinema at ''The Station''


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $55.39
Pet Fee $34.62

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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