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The Wishing Well

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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 store opposite the cottage, 2.7 metres wide by 4 metres long suitable 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.


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!


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.