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Scale House

Rylstone near Skipton, Yorkshire Dales - South (Ref. 1052663)



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  • Sleeps 22

  • Bedrooms 9

  • Bathrooms 7

  • Pets No

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Sauna
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "Highly recommended."

    Scale House does not disappoint. Fabulous accommodation superbly furnished with great in-house facilities. The cinema room, table tennis and hot tub being favourites during our stay. Our family party of 17 had a fantastic week celebrating a 70th birthday. Excellent communication with owners who are committed to ensure all guests enjoy their stay.

    Reviewed by LindaJul 2022

  • "We had a fantastic week at Scale House with our family of 18; 8 children aged 2-13 and 10 adults."

    There is so much space both indoors and outdoors for everyone to either join in or sneak away to a quiet corner and the dining table was big enough for us all to eat dinner together. I think we used all the facilities over the week with table tennis and the hot tub being the favourites. The house is extremely well equipped ( we made a big chilli in the extra large slow cooker while we were out all day) and all the rooms are comfortable, spacious and tastefully decorated. Haley and John were there to give a tour on our arrival which was extremely useful and set up a WhatsApp group so we could get in contact if needed. They also made lots of useful suggestions for places to visit - the children loved Billy-Bobs which we’d probably wouldn’t have visited without a recommendation. The weather wasn’t great but we really didn’t notice as there was so much to do both at the house and in the local area. The children have been telling everyone they’ve stayed in a castle and two little girls even got their wish of sleeping in a four poster bed for a night come true!

    Reviewed by JoannaJul 2022

  • "Scale House is a beautiful home."

    We had a fantastic stay for 15 family members. 3 generations from 2-68 yrs. The bedrooms were beautiful. The two main lounges were great and used for family chats and games. The cinema is a great addition and we had a couple of cinema sessions. We had some lovely family meals together which made our stay extra special. The hot tub and gym were used by all members of the family. All the facilities both inside and out were outstanding. The welcome pack was a beautiful gift and greatly appreciated by us all. We would definitely recommend your home for a family break. Any little issues were promptly sorted with a smile. Thank you Haley and John

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2022

  • "A beautiful house that is perfect for a special celebration."

    Scale house is opulent yet comfortable. Hayley and John were wonderful hosts and made our group feel so welcome. We enjoyed the little touches around your home - our welcome hamper filled with local goodies, Molton brown toiletries and freezer with ice dispenser. The kitchen is well equipped with an Aga, beautiful crockery and cutlery. We enjoyed the dining room too, a beautiful space to be all seated together, enjoying good food, wine and reminiscing of our friendship memories. The weather was kind to us the following day and we enjoyed the day in the garden with comfortable furniture and a large hot tub. The grounds are stunning. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our weekend break and we all want to return - Christmas time would be magical. A special thank you also to Skyes cottages that made the booking so seamless. Would highly recommend using both again.

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2022

  • "People say that: you don't remember what people tell you, but you do remember how they made you feel, and from the moment we met Hayley and John made us feel completely at ease in their house."

    They greeted us warmly, and it was obvious from the outset they were committed to making our stay truly memorable. The house itself is extremely well appointed and situated in breathtaking scenery, we can't wait to go back!

    Reviewed by ThomasMay 2022

  • "We enjoyed a wonderful weekend celebrating our friends hen do."

    The property is outstanding and has absolutely everything you could possibly need at a holiday property. The owners Haley and John greeted us on arrival and gave us a lovely tour of the property and it's facilities. Scale house is breathtaking but it is also so homely. We didn't leave the property all weekend as there was plenty for us to do in the house, we made full use of the hot tub and the surrounding gardens. However, the owners were full of information about the local area. All 16 of us absolutely loved our stay and didn't want to come home! The owners are so responsive and answered multiple questions I had about the property before we came and they went above and beyond and helped organise the delivery of a beautiful bouquet of flowers and helium balloons to surprise the bride to be on her arrival! We did have a leak at the property on our first morning but John responded immediately and was at the property within half an hour. He did everything to ensure our holiday wasn't disturbed in anyway. The customer service was outstanding. We would definitely like to return as a group in the future but we have all said it would be a fabulous property to come with our families also. I would certainly recommend staying at Scale House!

    Reviewed by HazelMay 2022

  • "I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the most amazing weekend."

    I can't quite believe we found such a beautiful house to host our big family party. Everyone was asking how I had found it! Scale House is by far the best large house we have ever stayed in for one of these family celebrations. I think the words that would best describe the experience are 'five star luxury' not only for the house which is just so beautiful, we felt like we were staying in a set from an interior design magazine, but also the service you provided was exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble for you.

    Reviewed by JuliaApr 2022

  • "The Scale house is a dream home in a wonderful location."

    The pictures simply don't do the space the justice it deserves. The owners welcomed us as family, complete with a wonderful selection of goods from local establishments. Everything was clean, well maintained and comfortable, they made a very special occasion (our best friend's wedding) absolutely perfect. We have already recommended the location to our friends and family and will be sure to book again as soon as we can!

    Reviewed by MichaelApr 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay, it’s a comfortable home and great for a family get together ."

    Reviewed by CraigApr 2022

  • "The hosts were absolutely fantastic, having spent a lot of time trying to fix a plumbing issue."

    Unfortunately that issue is why it was slightly uncomfortable in one of the rooms, however besides that there were no problems at all and we all had a wonderful stay. The house is kept very clean and is very warm despite the weather and it being a very large space. The surroundings & nearby town and attractions are stunning.

    Reviewed by MishalDec 2021

  • "I rented Scale House for my birthday and it’s safe to say it was my best birthday ever!"

    The house is beautiful and the photos don’t do justice to how gorgeous the house is inside, it is an absolute dream! The owners are two of the loveliest people I have ever met and were on hand all weekend only a text message away should we have needed anything. I would recommend this place as a holiday to anyone, despite the vast size of the house it feels very cosy and homely so is a perfect choice for large or small groups. My only regret is that we didn’t stay for longer, as after 3 nights, none of us wanted to leave!

    Reviewed by AmberNov 2021

  • "Had an absolutely fabulous stay!"

    We travelled with family for my mums 60th and the owners were so accommodating and friendly it made her time extra special! The house was a perfect setting and really completed the event. A big thank you to Hayley and John for all they did for us. Matt and Family

    Reviewed by MatthewNov 2021

  • "Quite simply the best holiday property we have ever stayed in."

    The house is stunning, so well equipped and with amazing facilities. The hosts could not have been more accommodating and were incredibly attentive. The surrounding area is beautiful and there is so much to do within a 10 mile radius. I would happily recommend this property to anyone and we hope to return some day.

    Reviewed by IainOct 2021

  • "Perfect venue for our recent family get together ."

    Family re-united from England, Ireland, Wales and USA. Space to enjoy communal time or to have some down time Facilities were wonderful. Hosts very pleasant on arrival and helpful without being intrusive. Amazing welcome hamper. Truly a fantastic place to stay and would certainly enjoy a return visit one day. Thank you Hayley and John for sharing your home.

    Reviewed by LyndaSep 2021

  • "A beautiful house expensively furnished and well equipped, the gardens extensive and immaculate."

    Hayley and John were there to greet us, very friendly hosts who did all they could to make us welcome and ensure our comfort. We usually go to France for our group trip but this made a wonderful alternative and opened our eyes to the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, we all said we’d be back.

    Reviewed by NatalieSep 2021

  • "Amazing house, amazing location, amazing hosts."

    A really relaxing holiday - walking in the hills, hot tub and gym for stay at home days. A great place for a large family holiday- something for everyone.

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2021

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  • Set over three floors
  • Nine bedrooms: 1 x king-size with balcony with en-suite bath, walk-in shower, double basin and WC, 1 x king-size with open-fire and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x second-floor king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, 1 x second-floor king-size, 1 x double, 1 x second-floor double, 1 x family room with 4 singles
  • Family bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Second-floor bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom
  • Kitchen/diner with TV
  • Utility
  • Dining room with woodburning stove
  • 2 x sitting rooms with open-fires
  • Second-floor sitting room
  • Snug
  • Snug with open fire
  • Second-floor cinema room
  • Second-floor games room
  • External gym with sauna
  • Wood-fired central heating with AGA, woodburning stove and 4 x open fires
  • AGA range, double electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, fridge with ice induction, 2 x washing machines, Dishwasher, coffee machine, Alexa, tumble dryer, 3 x TVs, projector and WiFi, selection of games, full size table tennis
  • Additional double put up bed available
  • 2 x Mamas and Papas High Chairs and 2 x Venture AirPod Travel Cots
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 8 cars
  • Enclosed front garden with graveled area with gym and sauna
  • Rear enclosed garden with lawn, patio, hot tub and furniture
  • Private balcony with seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3.5 miles, pub 2.2 miles
  • Note: Please pull out of the drive with caution as the property is on a main road

The property

Scale House is an imposing, lovingly restored, Grade II listed country home dating back to the late 1500s, which retains many of its original period features whilst boasting an eco-friendly biomass heating system, all set in private woodland and nestled within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, located in Rylstone, just a few minutes by car in either direction of Skipton and Grassington.

Sleeping 20 guests over three floors with nine bedrooms and boasting outstanding features and breath-taking views, this property is ideal for a large gathering of family or friends to celebrate a special occasion or enjoy some quality time in total comfort in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside.

Make your way through the entrance gates; you'll feel like royalty as you venture along the private drive to this grand property, where outside the main house, you will find ample parking for ten cars.

The courtyard area has a separate gym/yoga room with a selection of gym equipment, and a fabulous sauna all provided to create the perfect environment to stay healthy and enjoy the ultimate relaxing holiday!

Once parked, enter a stunning entrance hall, showcasing the original hand-carved staircases, a glistening crystal chandelier with a large stained-glass window and ornate plaster work throughout.

The ground floor is home to an array of sitting areas, providing you and your family ample socialising spots; one of the sitting areas is an excellent spot with a toasty open fire and leather seating, ready to be cosied up on in front of the TV; the other room is a very impressive space with three plush sofas, an open fire and gorgeous décor with views over the lawns.

For more intimate spaces to relax, there are two additional snugs, one featuring a selection of books and board games for those quieter moments, and the other hosts an open fire, TV and seating for you to unwind.

Enjoy a movie night in the spacious second-floor cinema room, before taking part in a competitive game of darts next door.

Head back downstairs to the well-equipped kitchen/diner, fitted with a fantastic AGA range, double electric oven and halogen hob and more for you to take advantage of whilst you rustle up your favourite dishes; the kitchen is also served by a dining table with lovely window seating and a breakfast bar; a welcome pack will be waiting for you with some of Yorkshire's finest locally sourced produce and a helpful guest information book.

Progress through to the magnificent dining room with its high vaulted beamed ceiling and a wonderful feature woodburning stove providing extra ambiance and a dining suite that seats the whole group for you to enjoy a feast as you catch up on the days events and chat about the fabulous things you've seen and done.

Additionally, on this floor you will find a utility room that is served by two washing machines and a separate tumble dryer along with a large American fridge-freezer for your convenience.

In the evening, head off to sleep in one of nine bespoke and luxuriously appointed bedrooms named after some of the local village areas, all of which have fabulous 800 thread-count luxury bed linen, the principle bedroom being a magnificent king-size suite Masham, with a glorious four-poster bed, superbly appointed dressing room and accompanying bath suite and shower room with a private balcony where you can enjoy the tranquillity and scenic views over the woodlands.

Situated nearby along the main hall is the Hetton, a wonderfully proportioned bedroom with an open fire and en-suite shower room and views over the gardens, and further along you will find the Rylstone, another king-size bedroom complete with an en-suite.

Progress through the first floor to find a spacious family room Burnsall, hosting four single beds that are perfect for the little ones.

The gardens are a particularly beautiful and restful feature of Scale House, so take the time to stroll around the grounds and leave the kids to play on the extensive lush lawns that back on to private woodlands; When it’s time to unwind and relax further, perhaps a soak in the marvelous hot tub before or after dinner.

The nearby town of Skipton hosts all local amenities, alongside a wealth of attractions, why not tour the glorious historical Skipton Castle, play a round of golf at the challenging Skipton Golf Course, or learn about Skipton's history in the Craven Museum & Gallery.

Head towards the village of Embsay and board the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway to run through the rural scenery and end up at the fantastic Bolton Abbey, take the kids to Hesketh Farm Park and view the variety of farm animals, before enjoying traditional dishes at the Elm Tree Inn.

A highlight of the property is that you will be staying within the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, very popular with cyclists and those with an outdoor interest where you can enjoy a trek along the Pennine Way Trail, explore the caves of Ingleborough and White Scar, or experience the mystical Hull Pot Waterfall.

The Duke of Devonshire's estate, Bolton Abbey is on your doorstep and a short drive will take you to Haworth, home to the Bronte sisters, the amazing independent, quirky town of Hebden Bridge, the spa towns of Harrogate and Ilkley which are home to the famous Betty's Tea Rooms, well worth a visit for those who love traditional elegance and superb afternoon tea!

With the nearby Nidderdale, Forest of Bowland and Malham's areas of outstanding natural beauty, you will never be short of things to do in this fantastic location.

For a delightful break in North Yorkshire, you can be Lord or Lady of the Manor in the breath-taking, but homely, Scale House.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £1000.

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About the location


Grassington 9 miles; Harrogate 20 miles.

Known as “The Gateway to the Dales”, Skipton is well placed for visiting all that the Dales has to offer, whilst York, the Lake District and the West Coast are also within easy motoring distance. This lovely market town has much to interest the enthusiastic visitor, boasting an ancient castle open to the public, a beautiful old parish church and a colourful market occupying the cobbled setts each side of the high street. In 2014, The Sunday Times named Skipton as Britain's "best place to live" and two years later placed it among the nine best towns in Yorkshire and the North-East. Steam railways with regular excursions are available at Embsay and Bolton Abbey, and the Leeds to Liverpool Canal passes through Skipton with the 1 mile long Foulridge Tunnel and the 5-rise locks at Bingley within a short travel. Golf, swimming, squash, tennis and snooker are all available locally and the excellent public transport means the car can be left at home!

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