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5⭐️ luxury rural retreat in the heart of North Yorkshire, with a welcome hamper

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Braithwaite, Nr. Harrogate, Yorkshire, England - A Peaceful Rural Location Near Walking And Cycling Routes, Yet Close To Harrogate And Its Amenities

Located in idyllic open surroundings, this luxurious detached cottage has been created with great attention to detail. This ‘listed’ building has been tastefully transformed to create a stylish two bedroomed cottage within the beautiful grounds of Yates House located in a rural, yet convenient position, making it the perfect holiday retreat. With views over a small lake and down the dale, a warm welcome is sure to await you providing an ideal getaway for any time of year. Tennis and fishing in the summer, or a winters night in front of the wonderful wood burning stove flickering throughout the spacious open plan living area. Yates Cottage is an ideal base to explore by car, or for walkers, and has access to public footpaths through Nidderdale right from the doorstep. Mountain biking or road cycling are also very popular in the area with its quiet winding roads away from the busy ‘hustle and bustle’. The ‘Spa’ town of Harrogate is definitely worth a visit - famous for its magnificent architecture, upmarket shopping, colourful gardens and the ‘Yorkshire Show’ which takes place over three days during the second week of July. The Cathedral cities of Ripon and York, together with Ilkley and its famous moor also lie within easy reach and a visit is sure to make a memorable addition to any holiday. Close by are the pretty dales towns of Pateley Bridge, Grassington and Skipton offering a true traditional taste of ‘life in the Dales’. Tourist attractions in the area include Stump Cross Caverns, the Duke of Devonshires sporting estate at Bolton Abbey, the world heritage site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, the National Trust’s Brimham Rocks, or the famous RHS Harlow Carr Gardens. After a fun day exploring the area or just relaxing in the peace and quiet, you may wish to enjoy afternoon tea in the famous ‘Betty’s Tearooms’ – a real ‘Yorkshire’ treat!

Andy & Sue Murtagh
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, german
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About Andy & Sue Murtagh

Andy, Sue, their 2 children and pet spaniel all live at Yates House in Nidderdale. Though we are not farmers, we love the rural life and are surrounded by beautiful farm land and moor. Yates Cottage sits in our grounds, overlooking pasture, a small lake and the valley beyond. We take great pride in welcoming guests to both our cottage, but as importantly the surrounding area, which really holds something for everyone. When guests come to Yates cottage, we will do what we can to help them have a great holiday.

Andy & Sue Murtagh purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Andy & Sue Murtagh chose North Yorkshire

The cottage started life as a stable, being part of the original farm which dates back to the 1750's. Over the years, various owners have developed the stable into a single storey 2 bedroomed home. After we moved to Yates House in 2008, we decided to fully refurbish the cottage as a dedicated holiday let and the work was completed in 2011.

What makes this cottage unique

As it is within the grounds of our home, we naturally think it is ideally located for those who want to enjoy a rural retreat, but to be only 20 minutes in different directions from Harrogate, Ilkley, Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Grassington, Ripon and the many, many attractions they offer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our first visit to Yates Cottage was in June 2017. We were hugely impressed by the excellence of the cottage; it was all top quality - the furnishings, the equipment, the overall comfort, not to mention the (unequalled anywhere) welcome hamper, full of goodies including Yorkshire specialities. We loved the beauty and tranquility of the setting

and were fortunate to be able to spend warm evenings al fresco on the patio overlooking the lake. Our hosts were always exceptionally friendly and helpful - nothing was too much trouble for them. 5 star! We look forward to our next visit.

Best wishes and thank you to you both.
Jun 2017
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Borough of Harrogate Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Family bathroom: bath with electric shower over, WC, basin, heated towel rail and shaver point.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom: with double bed, TV with Freesat and fitted wardrobes. Views over pasture and small lake. A travel cot is available by request and fits easily in this bedroom. Bedroom 2: with twin beds and fitted wardrobes with views down the dale.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • pond
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: There is a private patio with furniture including an umbrella. A charcoal BBQ is also available. Fly fishing on a small lake is possible (brown trout) and use of a tennis court by request. There is secure cycle storage and ample parking for 2 or more cars directly outside the cottage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All fuel (including logs), bed linen and bath/hand towels are provided. Washing facilities are available by request for extended stays.


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5⭐️ luxury rural retreat in the heart of North Yorkshire, with a welcome hamper
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Definitely a 5 star stay

  • 5 of 5

Having read the glowing reviews ourselves before booking, we were delighted that the cottage lived up to its 5 star reviews. Ideally located for access to many tourist attractions and towns, as well as the beautiful Dales countryside, Yates Cottage was immaculately clean and very well presented. The furnishings are of a high standard and we received a very warm welcome from owners Andy and Sue. An extremely well-equipped cottage - you will find everything you need for a relaxing stay, in peaceful and quiet surroundings. Many guests have returned more than once and I am sure we will too. You won't be disappointed if you book this cottage!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Gary & Wendy for your lovely comments. We're really pleased you enjoyed the cottage and that it gave you a good base for your visit to our area. Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to welcoming you back if you decide to venture north again. Very best wishes, Andy & Sue
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Great cottage, fantastic location and scenery and comfy beds!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four (boys aged 9 and 11) loved staying here this summer. We were welcomed on arrival with a lovely hamper of goodies and a feeling that the owners Andy and Sue looked forward to welcoming visitors. The cottage had everything we needed (note there is no washing machine in the cottage), was spacious and very clean. The beds, which can be a concern when staying away, were soft and comfortable. There is no garden to play in but there are walks from the door and around the locality which allowed us to spread our wings a bit. Andy and Sue were kind enough to allow us use of their tennis court and that was fun for all. The sights at Ripon and Harrogate are within a short drive from the cottage and there are plenty of picturesque drives around the countryside lanes. On wet days the diving boards at the Hydro at Harrogate are a must! All good fun and would very much recommend Yates Cottage as a place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sal for the lovely, helpful review. We're sorry the weather meant you had to find indoor activities in August, tho the Hydro diving boards are well worth a trip. We haven't put a washing machine in the cottage, to free up cupboard space & to ensure you don't do too many chores on holiday(!). If you ever decide to return, we'll happily do some washing & drying in the main house for you. Thanks again for your stay - you're boys were brill! Regards, Andy & Sue
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Idyllic get away cottage

  • 5 of 5

This cottage could not be in a better location for an escape from the world It is in a beautiful location , beautifully furnished and Sue and Andy make you very welcome. There was a lovely hamper waiting on us on arrival with local produce and a home made Yorkshire tea loaf , which we eat our way through during our stay. The cottage is in a great location for heading out walking or driving to many locations and towns nearby that are worth a visit in Yorkshire. I am sure we will return for some more yorkshire hospitality, everyone we met were so nice and helpful , nothing was any trouble .

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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great week in yorkshire

  • 5 of 5

Great location, great place.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful cottage in stunning location

  • 5 of 5

I have lost count of the number of times I have stayed here - which says it all ! It is an immaculate cottage in a beautiful location and Andy and Sue are the kindest hosts. The welcome pack is full of local goodies which is always very welcome after a long journey. The care and thought put into all the furnishings is excellent - everything is of a very high quality. I cannot recommend Yates highly enough.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great little cottage with stunning view.

  • 5 of 5

Don't really want to tell you about this place as I don't want it to be booked up when I want to go back.

It's great. Thoroughly recommended.

Long kitchen / diner / lounge gives plenty of space. Log burner warms everything up quick if you've come in from the cold.

Two bedrooms are at either end of cottage so nice and quiet at night.

Stunning view from the front of the cottage over a pond and fields.

Andy and Sue are great hosts, so friendly and a little box of local necessities (goodies) that were so good we went shopping for more of the same (Mackenzies smokehouse just down the road especially good).

The only down side is very patchy mobile network coverage, but I think that was actually a good thing, peace and quiet. Broadband had just been connected the week before we got there and was ideal for the wife with Facebook and the kid with his tablet games (no idea which one was the trend last week) and for planning days out.

Pately Bridge just down road is a perfect Yorkshire village with Brimham Rocks just a bit further being a great place to visit.

All I can say is go visit you wont be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14.7 Miles
Leeds/Bradford Airport
Nearest Train
12.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
A1M Wetherby
Nearest Beach
79 Miles
Whitby (not the nearest)
Car: necessary

A car is required and therefore recommended.


Pateley Bridge 4 miles. Harrogate 12 miles. Ripon 14 miles. National Trust Brimham Rocks 4.5 miles.

Further Details:

Pateley Bridge has good food and amenities some 4 miles away, though all major supermarkets will deliver if required. There is a convenience store in Summerbridge open until late and several pubs serving food within a 10 minute drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Our preferred changeover day is Friday, but we can be flexible subject to other bookings. Arrival after 3pm and departure before 10am is normal, but not always necessary.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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