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1855 Wash House Conversion to Town Centre Studio Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

The 1855 Wash House provides stylish rustic accomodation as a studio cottage and is located within a minutes walk from Skipton High Street. While it retains its original features including a York stone flagged floor throughout and open trussed roof, it is kept warm and cosy with a gas central heating system and fantastic original cast iron radiators.The studio is on one level apart from one step down into the kitchen. It has been decorated in a thoughtful and quirky way to ensure guests enjoy a unique holiday experience. There is a large , comfortable, rustic King size bed.The property has a small but beautiful Elfin kitchen, a thermostatic shower, music system with aux cable, free wifi, smart tv and remote controlled velux blinds. There is a drying kreel for guests to hang wet outdoor clothes on. The studio is located at the rear of a Victorian terrace and is situated within the owners award winning garden.There is a flagged area for guests with sheltered seating for 2 and a chiminea. Parking for one car is provided on a private street close by as there is only loading and unloading at the front of the property. There is pay and display parking very close by and also limited on street parking. We are currently working on providing secure out door bike storage, but for the time being guests could bring bikes into the studio onto the flagged floor.

Samantha Bollen
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Samantha Bollen

I have lived in Skipton for nearly 30 years and love the town and surrounding Dales. Having worked as a nurse and midwife I gave up the profession to raise our 3 boys William, Edward and George. In 2008 after a long planning struggle I opened the Victorian wash house which is situated in our back garden , as an antique shop. Having traded for 9 good years I decided it was time for a change. Recognising that people love to stay in the town I decided to convert the building into a holiday let.

Samantha Bollen purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Samantha Bollen chose Skipton

The property is unique within the town centre as it is unusually large for a Victorian terrace wash house. It has had a varied social history since 1855 and exudes charm with its flagged floor and trussed roof. I have tried to enhance these features in a quirky traditional way while providing the modern home comforts

What makes this cottage unique

Its greatest benefit is its location right in the town centre in a mixed friendly terrace. As we live in the main property, we are on hand should you require us.


Skipton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom includes a thermostatic shower, wash basin with illuminated mirror above, toilet and heated towel rail. It has a warm rustic feel with matchboarding, flagged floor, bamboo mats and naturalistic prints.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King size bed with sleepezee dreamer mattress
  • The quirky and enchanting bed sitting room has the original flagged floor throughout. The king size bed is nestled behind rustic metal screens and curtains with hand printed trees. It has been zoned with relaxing Farrow and Ball Lichen painted walls and natural elements of twigs and pebbles added. Above the bed are remotely controlled star lanterns and there are sheepskin rugs at each side of the bed to keep feet cosy. There are hanging and drawer fascilities.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The studio is located close to all the town centre ammenities of shops, restaraunts, cafes, bars , canal, castle and woods. There is a no smoking policy within the property and it is not suitable for parties due to its location.


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(9 traveler reviews)

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1855 Wash House Conversion to Town Centre Studio Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
England uk

Brilliant location and quirky!

  • 5 of 5

The property is in a great location, easy for town centre/castle & woods etc, immaculate inside & out & lots of thought gone into the theme of decor, lovely & warm having gas central heating, very good shower, all the bits & bobs you will ever need..& if there is something special you require Samantha & John are always willing to help if they can. If you are planing a visit to Skipton and only a couple of you.. this is the perfect place to will not be disappointed! We have recommended the cottage to family & friends and when back in the area would always book again with Samantha. Chris & Sue from Warwickshire.😀

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Absolutely delighted that Chris and Sue enjoyed their stay and have recommended the cottage to other people. It would be great to have them back anytime.
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Beautiful attention to detail

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for one night during the cold snap. The wash house was beautifully decorated with lots of quirky little details which we thought were great. It's really Central and just a lovely place to be. We also appreciated the little welcome gift of tiffin, went down a treat with a bottle of wine... We will definitely be back! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a lovely couple of days stay we have had at the "Wash House". It has been decorated so imaginatively and homely, I feel quite inspired. it forefills all your needs for a relaxing holiday and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect little spot

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful little spot. Really cosy and lots of lovely little features and extras. Samantha couldn't have done enough. So close to everything!!

Go to Mustabs for food!!

Thank you

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful unique self-catering escape

  • 5 of 5

This is easily one of the nicest self-catering properties I have stayed in. Samantha has paid great attention to detail and there are so many nice touches. Cannot recommend highly enough

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have Laura and Ryan stay at the Wash House. They were great to communicate with and very considerate. The property was left in immaculate condition and I would certainly recommend them to other hosts.
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Idyllic holiday cottage in the heart of Skipton

  • 5 of 5

We had a perfect stay in this lovely little place. Upon arrival, Samantha had left a bottle of wine and treats around the cottage and beautiful Christmas decorations were hung everywhere. Quite magical!

Everything had been thought about, with Netflix and iPlayer on the TV and milk, bread and butter provided in the kitchenette. We felt very looked after and pampered.

Would definitely stay again and urge everyone thinking about visiting Skipton to make it perfect by staying at the Wash House.

Thank you very much Samantha!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Catherine and Charlie were extremely thoughtful guests who left the cottage in immaculate condition. It would be wonderful to have them stay again and I highly recommend them to other hosts.
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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.