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The Wishing Well is a pretty little cottage just for two on Millgate, in the Georgian town of Richmond, North Yorkshire. Every house on this street is different, built at different times, yet all overlook the steep bank that eventually winds down to the River Swale. Known as the gateway to the Dales, Richmond is the perfect location for exploring all that this beautiful part of Yorkshire has to offer.

The cottage has been lovingly restored by owners Maria & Jeff and combines original architectural features with contemporary additions, creating a comfortable, unique property with light, airy rooms, historic grandeur, and everything you need for a romantic trip away. As soon as you walk in, you’ll find yourself standing on the original stone flagstone floors, one of the many remnants of the cottage’s heritage. In this space, the wood-burning stove provides warmth and immediate atmosphere, and the ultra-comfortable sofa is the perfect place from which to watch your favourite film on the Smart TV.

As the name suggests, it really does have it’s very own Well, it is partially exposed in the kitchen and makes an interesting talking point. Outside there is a lovely little terrace which offers a peep to nearby Richmond Castle.

There is a secure garage suitable for a small car, cycles, kayaks, etc.

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Living Space

Step inside this beautifully renovated cottage and you are immediately greeted with a light and spacious living space, the original stone flooring is a real feature and a reminder of the cottages’ heritage. Take a seat on the comfy sofa in front of the log burner, perfect for chillier evenings, snuggle in and watch your favourite movie on the smart T.V.

The kitchen is off the living space and is well appointed with everything you need for cooking up a treat with all of the goodies you can find in nearby markets and deli’s. It’s in the kitchen that you will also find the Wishing Well!



The bedroom is set at the rear of the cottage and has views out to the little terrace and woodland beyond. With a king size bed with fresh linens and soft throws you can be sure of a restful night’s sleep. From the bedroom there is a door leading out to the pretty terrace.

Shower room

Luxurious and stylish fittings, a large walk in shower and attractive tiles make this en-suite a beautiful addition to the cottage, located just off the bedroom.


Furnished with a lovely little table and chairs the terrace is the perfect spot for morning coffee or enjoy a sundowner while you take in a peep at the castle beyond. The lower terrace is perfect for firing up the BBQ it also has a handy store with space for storing and drying walking attire, there is a washing machine and dryer too.

Wishing Well

One of Jeff & Maria’s three daughters, Claire, researched the history of the well and we are delighted to share Claire’s findings with you.

Great care was taken during an earlier renovation to preserve this wonderful feature, a testament to the history and heritage of the cottage. It is believed to originate from within the curtilage of the castle walls. According to the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, the well supplied protected drinking water to the castle and the local population of Richmond both in times of war and peace.

The well at No19 is the only one recorded in the annals of the castles history and as they were often costly and a time consuming element in the building of the castle it could be believed that this was the source of drinking water for the castle garrison and for the civil population, during times of siege.

The street Millgate was built circa 1700, around the well that was no longer inside the castle walls during this century. The people of Richmond continued to use it for day-to-day necessities until it was built over.


Good to know

Local Amenities

The nearest bus stop is: 0.1 miles
The nearest train station is: Northallerton
The nearest food shop is: Richmond 0.1 mile
The nearest pub/restaurant is: Richmond 0.1 mile
The nearest petrol is: Richmond 0.2 mile

Arrival and car parking

Check in 4pm

Check out 10am

Secure garage / store opposite the cottage, 2.7 metres wide by 4 metres long suitable for cars no bigger than a Mini, V.W. Golf etc., or can be used for cycles, kayaks etc.,

Unload outside cottage, parking at the Fosse Car Park 0.1 mile/3 minute walk, a weekly pass is £15.


King size bed

Views to terrace

En-suite shower




Richmond is an historic, Georgian market town set by the River Swale, it was formed by the Normans in 1071, the original Castle still dominates the skyline.

Bus stop: 0.1 miles

Mainline train station: Northallerton 17 miles

Airport: Durham Tees Valley 18 miles

Food shop is: Richmond 0.1 mile

Pub/restaurant: Richmond 0.1 mile

Petrol is: Richmond 0.2 mile


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

July 2023

We had a lovely stay at the Wishing Well cottage.  The cottage was lovely and very well equipped. The location was great.  Richmond is a very  pretty town and the castle was very interesting. Lots of places to visit nearby.


February 2023
Great little place in a fantastic location. The cottage is really well equipped with high quality fixtures and fittings and has been done with a keen eye on the detail. We stayed for three nights with our two dogs and had a wonderful time. Would highly recommend. 

The cottage is lovely and has everything you need, everything is top quality. The location in the town is brilliant, it is so close to the shops, restaurants and the river Swale. We found Richmond to be an extremely friendly place and they love dogs. We particularly enjoyed eating at The Kings Head hotel and The Fleece. We found the best way to park the car was to use the 2 hour disc parking in the market place and buy a two-week parking ticket (£30) which enabled us to park in any car park in Richmond and other towns in Richmondshire. A great holiday.

January 2023

Brill week in this lovely cottage. Richmond is lovely and the surrounding area is fab – loads of lovely walks, and at the end of the day continuing back to The Wishing Well was a treat. Thanks Maria & Jeff for the lovely basket of goodies – they were great and much appreciated.

January 2023

Come to celebrate our first wedding anniversary & had a lovely time. Lovely little cottage, lovely walks down to the river to relax.

January 2023

We have had the most lovely week staying in this beautiful cottage. Lovely lunch at the Station and walk to Easby Abbey with an ice-cream on the way. Highlight was No. 29 for a gorgeous Tapas treat and gin or 2!! Thank you for having us, loved every minute.

Thank you for an amazing place to stay over New Year. Loads of great walks with the dogs and so nice to come back to a lovely cottage right in the middle of town. A very special place and would love to stay again sometime.

What an amazing, quaint little cottage. Very well thought out with lovely touches of the wine, snacks etc. perfect location near to the town with everything you need. We ate at The Kings Head, food and service was amazing. Did the circular walk to Easby Abbey which is a must. Very sad to be leaving but we will defiantly be returning.

We loved Richmond and Wishing Well cottage! 2 very satisfied customers.

Lovely relaxing week in an excellent cottage. Lovely welcome basket and idyllic setting close to the town, we have barely used the car. Fantastic week to celebrate my 50th birthday. Richmond and The Wishing Well defiantly have us wanting to come back.

So pleased to have stayed in this very special cottage. A lovely pre-Christmas treat full of special features. Would love to stay again sometime. Thank you!

Wow what a beautiful holiday home and with wonderful special touches. We’ve had an amazing 3 days, beautiful walks right from the doorstep. The Little Drummer Boy café is a must for lunch or coffee and cake and we really enjoyed The New Treasure Garden Cantonese. Thank you.

The Wishing Well is absolutely super – perfectly decorated, perfectly equipped and perfectly located. We’ve had a fabulous break and would come back in a heartbeat!


A return visit to The Wishing Well & great to be back. A lovely relaxing break to unwind. Thank you for the welcome pack & flowers in the bedroom. A home from home. Hope to be back soon!

January 2022

Hello Angela,

Happy new year and thank you very much for making Wishing Well Cottage possible for us.  I did send Maria, the owner, a thank you text as she was kindly checking up on us.  I’ve rented properties rather than stay in hotels for years and years and this property really stands out as very well equipped and clean.  Little touches like dishcloths, dishwasher tablets being available (although we took our own they often aren’t), access to Netflix, salt and pepper in the kitchen (ditto) are much appreciated.  Frequently places are so sterile its difficult to self cater or feel ‘at home’.  I dread opening the kitchen cupboards to find them all empty.  We would highly recommend The Wishing Well to anyone thinking of staying here, it is perfect in every way.

Mr & Mrs M

The cottage is absolutely perfect thank you. Everything was just great when we arrived, had a lovely supper and a good night’s sleep. Enjoyed a circular walk out to Aske Hall.

The place is gorgeous. Thank you, Don’t want to go home!
We’ve had a fantastic week’s stay at The Wishing Well, such a beautiful cottage, great location and very welcoming.
Thank you for our stay, we all thoroughly enjoyed all that Yorkshire has to offer and hope to visit again in the near future.
We’ve had a wonderful stay here. The Wishing Well is beautiful and a great place to return to after a day out walking. The river here is spectacular – we enjoyed our walk to Easby Abbey and we would recommend a walk further afield – a circular from Muker to Keld. Waterfall and wilderness were thoroughly enjoyed by all.
We have had some nice meals and would recommend No. 29 Tapas, Rustique restaurant and The Little Drummer Boy tea rooms.
Thank you for a great stay.

We’ve had such a gorgeous stay at The Wishing Well, it’s been so nice to escape form the city of Manchester and come to beautiful Richmond. We’ve lit the fire every night and our girls (Lady and Baby both chihuahua’s) have enjoyed every second! The weekend was spent visiting the Castle, walks along the river and lots of yummy food – highly recommend No.29 for Tapas. Today we were visiting the Dales! The Cottage has everything you need and seeing the well in the kitchen just makes it extra special.

Thank you for making our stay in Richmond perfect – we will definitely be back,

Hanni & Jack xxx

August 2021

We really enjoyed our stay in Wishing Well cottage – a beautiful cottage with everything we could need. A great location with lots of fabulous walks.  

Thank you for providing a basket of goodies and the lovely text on Saturday morning. 

Many, many thanks.  

August 2021

This was our first time in Richmond and what a fab week we had! The cottage is in a perfect location to explore. The walk to Easby Abbey is a lovely circular, flat walk which was ideal for our older dog. We ate out mainly and most places we found were dog friendly. We tried Rustique which was beautiful and The Fleece hotel. The Indian Amontola didn’t allow dogs but we did have two gorgeous take-aways. 

The Wishing Well is very welcoming and clean and it was lovely to be treated to wine, beer and crisps on our arrival as well as beautiful flowers. You truly have a little gem with this cottage. This won’t be our last stay in Richmond. 

Thank you. 

P.S. the small garage for our little car was a god send. 

August 2021

We had a truly special stay at the Wishing Well and we cannot wait to come back! 

Maria truly is the best host! 

Thank you so much. 

August 2021

Wonderful place – we will definitely be back!

The house is beautiful and has everything we needed and we loved Richmond. Perfect stop off on our way to Scotland for our honeymoon.

August 2021

Had a lovely stay at The Wishing Well! Cottage is immaculate and finished to a really high spec – can’t fault it! Location ideal to explore Richmond and we loved taking the dog walking. Would definitely return! Thanks so much for the hamper and dog bits, lovely touch!

August 2021

A lovely short stay – everything in the cottage is of lovely quality and high standard, lovely fluffy towels! Richmond itself is lovely too. Thank you Maria for quickly sorting the minor issue out.

August 2021

We have had a lovely week in the cottage. A cool retreat from the intense heat. The cottage is well furnished to a very high standard and the hamper and drinks are a nice, unexpected touch.

Richmond is a fantastic place with plenty to do and centrally located for days out. Thank you.

July 2021

We have had a lovely stay. The cottage is lovely. Thanks for the hamper. It was a great base to explore the area.

July 2021

We have had such a lovely stay at The Wishing Well. The cottage is well equipped in a great location for the town centre and the flowers/hamper of goodies were a lovely touch – thank you Maria and Jeff!

The weather this weekend had been very mixed but we have enjoyed getting out and about for some walks and exploring the local area.

Thank you for a lovely weekend.

July 2021

It has been our first time in Richmond & it has been a lovely break!

We have had a fab time staying in this lovely cottage and it has been perfect for the two of us and our little pooch! We will definitely be back to explore Richmond further and stay in this lovely home.

P.S. fab touch on the lovely hamper! Thank you

July 2021

What an amazing cottage – attention to detail makes all the difference!

Everything you need & lovely little balcony!

Cannot wait to come back!

You have an amazing little Wishing Well!

June 2021

Dear Maria and Jeff,

What a gem! The |Wishing Well is everything and more you want from a holiday cottage, I just want to move in permanently…..would that be okay?!!

We unfortunately have to go home but I will check when its available again! Can’t wait to come back!

June 2021

A fantastic belated birthday stay! We felt settled in the cottage from the moment we arrived and found the location perfect foe exploring the Dales and the coast. The Wishing Well was such a brilliant find that we recommended it to family – my Mum and Dad will also be staying for a week in July! Thank you for a relaxing and memorable stay in Yorkshire.

June 2021


We arrived and settled in perfectly, the cottage is exactly as listed – in fact, exceeds expectation. So well presented, we couldn’t recommend The Wishing Well highly enough!

May 2021

A lovely much needed three-day break. Beautiful cottage and everything close to hand. Richmond served us well, lovely walks for us and the dog! Good coffee and food.

May 2021

Thank you for a lovely few days. The cottage is delightful and the location perfect. We were impressed by the attention to detail and look forward to our next visit!


April 2021

The Wishing Well was an absolute pleasure to stay in, a welcoming, traditional Yorkshire cottage with a luxurious finish, we will definitely be back to explore Richmond further and relax in this delightful home.

Most certainly one to recommend without a doubt!

Daz & Claire 🙂

April 2021

Thank you for a delightful stay at The Wishing Well! The effort Maria, the owner, put into decorating the cottage for my 30th birthday has been incredible. I have had a truly wonderful break here in Richmond to celebrate!

The cottage is beautiful and the finishing touches like the food hamper were fantastic.

We will definitely be back to explore Richmond further and would love to stay here again!

Francesca & Scott x

April 2021

We had a beautiful weekend at The Wishing Well cottage – a lovely treat for my birthday even more so after lockdown!

The cottage was thoroughly clean and welcoming with some special touches, food hamper, flowers and a welcome text too!

The waterfalls are stunning in Richmond!

Many thanks for our wonderful stay, Ashley & Natalie x

The Wishing Well was really special and the hamper of treats was a lovely touch! It is a beautiful cottage and we will certainly be recommending to friends, thank you so much, Harry & Kate, December 2020.

The Wishing Well is amazing! The attention to detail and all the extra touches make it the best place we’ve ever stayed. The flowers, champagne and chocolates were such a nice touch. Thank you so much, Stephen & Lorraine, December 2020.

Thank you so much for an amazing week in Richmond. It is our first time in the Yorkshire Dales and we will be back. The Wishing Well cottage was the perfect base for our holiday. We enjoyed many beautiful breakfasts on the terrace and cooking with the fantastic local produce. The cottage was so well equipped and has clearly been lovingly refurbished. The fresh flowers and hamper of goodies was a lovely touch. After months of Lockdown and not being able to go away The Wishing Well cottage delivered a truly memorable break. We spent so much time outside exploring the stunning countryside and feel thoroughly refreshed. Thank you again.

Thank you for a wonderful stay. This was my first visit to Richmond and I very much hope not my last. It is a great little town with loads of shops and plenty of riverside walks to stretch my legs. The cottage is also a delight – especially for a quick, sunny breakfast looking up to the castle. I’ve had a fantastic time here, and look forward to returning at some point in the future. September 2020.

We are having a lovely relaxing time in Richmond. This is our third visit to Richmond and The Wishing Well is by far the best cottage we have stayed in. Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home.

What a wonderful 6 days staying in Richmond. The Wishing Well has been 5 star accommodation it’s in a beautiful area and the outside decking was an absolute bonus, having breakfast outside listening to the birds and the river was very relaxing in the morning a very good start to the day, especially when the sun was shining. On arrival to walk into the cottage and have fresh flowers in the lounge and the bedroom was a beautiful touch and our welcome basket was amazing after our long journey the chocolate biscuits were top notch 🙂 It’s been a great base to explore everything the Dales has to offer, and we look forward to returning in the future.