Big Apple - Beautiful Escapes
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Big Apple

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Big Apple sits next to Wild Cherry and stands majestically in extensive grounds, as you approach along the private driveway you know immediately that it is going to be a very special place to be. These beautifully designed holiday homes have been created by owners James & Ali, from an outstanding conversion of the original buildings which, as the name suggests, is where the coaches and horses would have been kept in days gone by. Both homes have their own private gardens and can be booked separately or together for a larger group.

Big Apple is an exceptional home. It gives you that special feeling when you arrive that says, this is going to be just wonderful!

Step inside and take in the beauty of the stunning interiors, with generous, open plan spaces for gathering together, a cook’s dream of a kitchen, beautiful soft furnishings, carefully curated art by local artist David Stead is featured throughout.

With three spacious bedroom suites and luxurious bathrooms by Bagno Designs, there is plenty of room for everyone to have their own space.

Venture into the gardens and discover the beautiful Cedar Wood Hot Tub set in a private corner of the garden, the perfect spot for restoration and relaxation, there is a handy outdoor shower area too, equally as beautiful.

Just a short walk into the cathedral City of Ripon with it’s thriving market place, an array of independent shops and a wide variety of restaurants, pubs and bars. Situated on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales & Moors, Big Apple has everything you need for a Beautiful Escape.


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Big Apple & Wild Cherry

Big Apple & Wild Cherry both have their own private outside space. They can be booked separately or together to provide accommodation for up to 10 people on the same site. Perfect for a few friends or for extended family!


Living Space

This is a beautiful, bright space that is full of light. It has a lovely, easy flow and has been cleverly designed so that everyone can be together, whether lounging on the vast sofa watching movies on the OLED T.V. or catching up on the day’s adventures while chatting at the kitchen island to the cook preparing supper.

On sunny days open up the bifold doors and bring the outside in, enjoy a special start to the day with breakfast on the terrace.

Kitchen & Dining

The kitchen will impress the most discerning of cooks. Designed by Chapel Kitchens in York it is luxurious yet practical, with a large island and everything you need for cooking up the tastiest of suppers. There’s a dual fuel SMEG Portofino oven, Quooker boiling water tap, wine fridge, microwave, fridge/freezer and a dishwasher too, of course!

The dining space is elegantly furnished with a lovely round table and chairs, a family piece, which holds fond memories for Ali & James. The chairs have been upholstered in one of the many fabrics designed by Kit Kemp for Christopher Farr Cloth that feature throughout the house.

Hackfall Suite

With views out across the garden this is a restful room to retreat to at the end of a day exploring Yorkshire. The carefully chosen fabrics and bespoke lampshades by Fenella Designs add pops of colour and interest. The bathroom, like all the bathrooms in the house, has sensor lighting which gently illuminates with movement, a wonderful detail that makes it feel extra special.

Calder Valley Suite

This suite is light and spacious, with beautiful greens in the furnishings echoing the gardens all around. The bathroom with separate tub, open shower and clever use of wood for the vanity basin all come together beautifully to create a spa at home experience, wonderful!

Robin Hood's Bay Suite

Located on the ground floor, with the option of twin beds or a super king this pretty suite has an apex ceiling with light flooding in and is served by a large en-suite beautifully appointed, including useful built in storage and laundry station.

Terrace & Gardens

The wrap around terrace is home to a vast table with seating and lounge furniture, perfect for al fresco dining, cooking up supper on the BBQ or simply enjoy relaxing with a good book and glass of something chilled on a warm sunny day.

Discover the beautiful Cedar Wood Hot Tub set in a private corner of the garden, the perfect spot for restoration and relaxation, there is a handy outdoor shower area too, equally as beautiful.

There is an additional large open garden space which can be used for playing games, swinging on the swing, running around and having fun! The terraces and gardens are all South West facing so get the sun all day and into the evening.



  • City of  Ripon 7 minutes walk
  • Harrogate 12 miles
  • City of York 24 miles
  • Yorkshire Dales 12 miles
  • Castle Howard 33 miles
  • North York Moors National Park 40 miles
  • North Yorkshire Coast 60 miles
 Restaurants, Pubs & Cafes in Ripon
  • Oliver’s Pantry – family-friendly; lovely breakfast, lunch , cake…
  • REalitea – family-friendly, lunch, definitely cake
  • The Storehouse – family friendly for lunch; does a great Sunday lunch.  Lovely to go for cocktails and supper!
  • Prima Italian – family-friendly, supper and takeaway
  • Valentinos – family-friendly, supper & takeaway
  • Manchego – Spanish tapas
  • Royal Oak – Sunday lunch
  • The Water Rat – nice drinks by the river, does food too, child friendly

Activities close by

  • Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal – by the lake (free) or main house, National Trust – great for lunch and tea & cake.  Family friendly
  • Grantley Hall – 3 different restaurants for lunch and supper.  One Michelin Star Shaun Rankin, One Oriental, One traditional fayre, one outside.
  • Swinton Park – 2 restaurants – one is evening and smart (jackets and trousers) the other is more relaxed on a beautiful terrace.  Great Spa!
  • Swinton Bivouac – lovely for lunch or afternoon tea, family friendly and walk to the ruins
  • Staveley Arms, North Stainley – lovely bistro food, family friendly lunch and early supper!
  • The Sawley Arms – Family friendly for lunch, supper.
  • The Galphay Inn –  Family friendly
  • Ripley Castle – for lunch & afternoon tea / ice cream!
  • Crab & Lobster – Rainton, a very special place!
Good to know
  • Strictly no smoking inside or outside of the property – £500 fine aplies
  • Monday to Monday bookings accepted off peak season
  • Cedar Wood Hot Tub
  • Luxury bed linens and towels included
  • Wifi – with 3 hot spots
  • EV type 2 charging point – 45p/KWH controlled by a smart card available on request
  • OLED T.V.
  • Underfloor heating & original cast radiators
  • Garden Furniture
  • BBQ
  • Thermostatically controlled automatically opening windows
  • Cafetiere
  • Smeg Portofino oven
  • Neff Appliances
  • Food blender/mixer
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Mood lighting
  • Travel cot/high chair – NOT provided
  • Private parking
  • Dogs are only accepted when Big Apple & Wild Cherry are booked together.
  • The property is set in the grounds of the owners home, their property is separate and accessed through a different entrance.


Hackfall Suite

First floor

Super king bed

Walk in shower


Vanity basins

Calder Valley Suite

First floor

Super king bed



Walk in shower


Vanity basin

Robin Hood’s Bay Suite

Ground floor

Super king or Twin beds

Walk in shower


Vanity basins


Ripon is a cathedral city steeped in history and home to magnificent historical buildings and long observed traditions. You will find a trio of award winning museums and a gothic cathedral that dates back to the 7th century to explore.

The growth of the city through trade and manufacturing led to the building of a canal to link it to the navigable parts of the River Ure. Today this makes Ripon a delightful city to explore, with riverside and canal side walks that reach into the countryside and buildings that span the last thousand years. The city’s history is entwined with the church, both due to the cathedral in Ripon city centre and its proximity to the nearby Fountains Abbey.

Ripon also boasts an outstanding racecourse, a glorious stately home, a magnificent abbey and popular theme park. There are always great things to do in Ripon.

One of England’s oldest cities, the Hornblower who has blown his horn at 9pm every night for 1100 years to ‘set the watch’.

Georgian and medieval buildings surround the ancient market place including the grade II listed Town Hall in which can be found the newly opened Tourist Information Centre.

With a thriving market place and a magnificent cathedral, this beautiful little city will earn a place in any visitor’s heart.


  • City of  Ripon 7 minutes walk
  • Harrogate 12 miles
  • City of York 24 miles
  • Yorkshire Dales 12 miles
  • Castle Howard 33 miles
  • North York Moors National Park 40 miles
  • North Yorkshire Coast 60 miles
  • Thirsk mainline railway station 10 miles
  • York mainline railway station – 24 miles
  • Leeds Bradford Airport 23 miles
  • Manchester Airport 98 miles


We love to hear back from our guests to find out their experience with Beautiful Escapes.

July 2023

A fantastic week in a fabulous property, an excellent location for Ripon and surrounds, with the highest specification, to truly make it a ‘luxury stay’. Well done to the owners James & Ali for creating a magnificent space to totally relax and switch off.

Robin and family


David, Charlotte, Kit, Jemma & Colin – September 2021

Thank you for a lovely week away. What an amazing property, so beautifully presented.

We recommend exploring the shops in Ripon, Fountains Abbey, & Brimham Rocks are a must.

We also found good fishing  nearby and great shops in Harrogate.

Five Stars from us!

Steve & Amanda – September 2021

What  beautiful house! We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, sad not to have had much sunshine to enjoy the fabulous garden, a great excuse to come back again!

Thank you!