Kirkgate Cottage - Beautiful Escapes
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Kirkgate Cottage

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Kirkgate Cottage is an 1820’s Grade ll listed cottage, full of character, with wonky stairs and stained glass windows, set in a pretty cobbled courtyard just steps from Ripon Cathedral. It is a dreamy hideaway that offers all of the ingredients for a Beautiful Escape in this historic City, the oldest City in England.

Owners Reah & Neil have used their skills and creativity to great effect, Reah is an award winning architect and Neil is a singer songwriter, they have cleverly married the old with the new to preserve the character of the cottage and provide all the luxuries you would expect from a luxury stay in Yorkshire. Their keen eye for stylish interiors is evident throughout the cottage, along with all of the little details that these comfort creators have brought together make the cottage a truly magical place to be.

The cottage has two beautifully appointed double bedrooms, a smart bathroom with shower, cosy sitting room and the prettiest of kitchens, there’s a courtyard for sunny breakfasts and late suppers too.

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Sitting Room

Cosy, comfy and relaxed, the sitting room is perfect for kicking back and watching your favourite movie on the SMART T.V. or catching up on the days adventures, it has a warm, welcoming ambience that invites you in.

Kitchen & Dining

Such a pretty kitchen overlooking the courtyard, it is thoughtfully laid out with everything you need close at hand for cooking up tasty suppers or hearty breakfasts, it has a little dining table too.


Cathedral View

Climb to the top of the wonky stairs and discover this restful and relaxing bedroom, it is furnished with soft muted tones and enjoys unrivalled views across the pretty courtyard of Ripon Cathedral, imagine waking up to such a majestic sight!

Courthouse Garden

As the name suggests, this cosy bedroom overlooks the picturesque courthouse gardens, with delicate soft furnishings and curated artwork and a luxurious small double it is the perfect retreat for cosying up at the end of a day spent exploring all that North Yorkshire has to offer.

House Bathroom

Step into this luxurious bathroom and enjoy an invigorating shower, indulge in the exhilarating scent of the locally crafted toiletries provided for your comfort and enjoyment.


The delightful courtyard to the rear and side of the cottage features a French style bistro set making it the perfect spot for enjoying morning coffee, breakfast brunch or supper by candlelight, take in the beauty of the foliage with fragrant scents the dance on the summer air, and the chimes of the cathedral add that special bit of magic.

There is a secure bike store for guests use.



  • City of Ripon on the doorstep
  • 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 and around Ripon
  • Prima Italian – just around the corner on Kirkgate
  • Double Luck Chinese takeaway – just around the corner on Kirkgate
  • 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 just around the corner on Kirkgate – Lovely 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

The cottage also features a secure Asgard, lockable external four bike storage facility (internal dimensions 1120mm high x 910mm deep x 1980mm wide), making it the ideal base for all cycling enthusiasts.

Prepare to pedal your way through Yorkshire’s legendary cycling routes. Embark on the renowned Tour de Yorkshire, tracing the paths of cycling legends. And for the ultimate adventure, embark on the famous Way of the Roses coast-to-coast journey, relishing every breath-taking moment of this unforgettable ride. Oh and don’t forget the coffee and cake!

Good to know
  • Strictly no smoking inside or outside of the property
  • Luxury bed linens and towels included
  • Secure Asgard, lockable external four bike storage facility (internal dimensions 1120mm high x 910mm deep x 1980mm wide)
  • Wifi
  • SMART T.V.
  • Garden Furniture
  • Cafetiere
  • Parking in front of the cottage
  • Supermarket – Booth’s independent Yorkshire supermarket, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons in Ripon


Double Bed

Small double bed





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 on the doorstep
  • 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.

April 2023

Amazing location – incredibly tranquil yet right in the centre of Ripon. A superb base for our cycling adventure (we loved the secure external bike locker)

Pete and Jonny

May 2023

A simply stunning cottage. We had the most lovely weekend from start to finish. The cottage is spotlessly clean and super cosy

Simon and Kelly

May 2023

We had such a wonderful time at your beautiful cottage, a luxurious stay for sure! We will definitely be coming back . . .

Ina, Stu, Ada and Abel