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October Cottage

(Ref. 950744)

Ripon, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "This property was unsuitable for people of our age (87 & 79)."

    Reviewed by Chris2.5May 2024

  • "The property is very close to ripon centre so walking in for sightseeing and restaurants is very easy."

    Parking was not a problem in April. The property is very small, not a problem for the bedroom but downstairs is compromised with only 2 burners on the cooker and a small sofa (not very comfy) opposite the TV which is easy to use. For a short break this is a good choice for adults with no mobility issues.

    Reviewed by Dave3.4Apr 2024

  • "Low ceiling in attic bedroom means you need to be short Temperature control in shower erratic sudden change from cold to very hot Lighting poor - spot lighting with dimmer switch cast a shadow on stairs No warning tape to indicate step on landing caused me to fall and 2 visits to Ripon minor injuries clinic leaving with splint on right hand wrist."

    These are health and safety issues that need to be addressed.

    Reviewed by Julia1.9Sep 2023

  • "Ideal property for our stay, providing all the facilities we required and ideally situated for the town and cathedral where my choir were the guest choir for the weekend."

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Sep 2023

  • "Everything as advertised."

    Very nice

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Aug 2023

  • "Clean and comfortable."

    Facilities as described. Local area convenient, easy walk into city centre and shops.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jul 2023

  • "There were lovely garden flowers and a cake on the table and fresh milk in the fridge."

    The owner's garden was lovely. It was within easy walking distance of the centre of Ripon.

    Reviewed by Kate3.4Jul 2023

  • "I was disappointed that having reported that the bedroom ceiling lights (4) over the bed area didn't work on arrival ((2) over the staircase did work), the owner changed the switch but still they didn't work."

    He said he would get what was needed to fix it, but didn't and appeared to be avoiding us as never came back to explain. The kitchen sink tap is difficult to use and one can get a sudden rush of water. On our last evening we discussed these problems with the lady of the house who was aware of these issues. We found the place very cramped for space, I bumped my head frequently on the low beam across the bedroom ceiling (I am only 5ft 4 inches) because furniture and things you need to reach are back from the beam and one is looking down. I felt it was not up to the standard of Sykes holiday cottages we have used for years.

    Reviewed by Raphael Frederick2.5Jun 2023

  • "This a glorious, cosy, well-equipped cottage set in a beautiful walled garden behind the owners’ house."

    The owners could not be more helpful and friendly. This is a 5 star property, which I would recommend without reservation.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay in this beautiful cottage."

    Great location, use of the lovely garden & owners were very kind. Would highly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage rather compact -You are overlooked by the owners house -Very warm ..."

    Lovely cottage rather compact -You are overlooked by the owners house -Very warm with underfloor stone heating downstairs and electric radiator upstairs -dining facilities rather cramped for 2 but you are close to City which has very good varied restaurants at good cost

    Reviewed by Steven4.4Nov 2022

  • "Disappointed with the size of the property, the photographs flattered the size of the living space which is very compact."

    Upstairs bedroom appeared to be a good size but had restricted headroom due to the roof. Kitchen very small with limited space for food preparation and no draining board for drying dishes The property was well equipped for its size but lacked both tea and coffee pots. Property is in good location for town centre and although on a main road, traffic noise was unobtrusive. Off road parking was available a few minutes walk from the house. The shared garden is very pretty and must be lovely in the summer. Hospitality pack was particularly welcome as shops close at 4.00pm on Sundays.

    Reviewed by Margaret3.4Nov 2022

  • "A lovely stay in Ripon, cottage was excellent located so near to the Town."

    Offsite parking is available which is always good, although its a few minutes from the property this was no problem.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely to find that the property had an oven fitted, listing needs updating on Sykes website."

    Unfortunately there was no oven dishes or gloves for us to use which would have been useful to have. The property lacked an information pack, owners very helpful in quickly fixing issues and answering questions, pack would have prevented these questions.

    Reviewed by Christine3.8Sep 2022

  • "Lovely bijou property and had everything we needed for a short stay."

    Very clean The walled garden is beautiful and shared with the owners. Ripon centre is an easy 10 minute walk The sofa wasn't comfortable to sit on for any length of time and is a small 2 seater. The bathroom is compact with not much wiggle room and the staircase is steep and narrow to the bedroom with a lowish ceiling. The property is situated next to a busy main road too, so consideration it can be noisy at certain times if your not used to it (especially with windows open) but the walled garden did make it private. Nothing the owners can do to change these things *except the sofa, but may be useful to know for someone staying. All in all a lovely place to stay .

    Reviewed by Sandra4.7Aug 2022

  • "The owner failed to notify us that there had been a serious problem with the water supply in the area which affected the quality of the water at the cottage."

    Following this she ignored all attempts at contact and the matter was only resolved via the Small Claims Court. It is advised that should you encounter a problem, you record what evidence you can. Customer service has perhaps not yet made it to October Cottage.

    Many thanks for your feedback. Whilst the property owner was aware of an external issue, they understood that the problem had been resolved which is why you were not made aware prior to your stay. You left the property before we were able to make contact with the property owner and you could not provide evidence so this did make it difficult for us to find an amicable resolution. Where possible, we work with our owners to ensure any issues are resolved during your stay or an alternative resolution is offered. I am sorry that you left the property before we were able to do this. If you wish to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jill1.9Aug 2022

  • "Gorgeous cottage."

    Small and compact but ideal for two. Lovely welcome pack of milk, tea, coffee, and a Yorkshire Brack cake. Located behind owners property within their beautiful garden. Plenty of local information in the cottage of things to do and places to visit around the area, and in Ripon itself, which is only a ten minute walk into town. Hosts were non intrusive but there if needed. Plenty of parking space outside of property. We spend three nights at the cottage. The only additional suggestion I have would be the provision of a small ironing board and iron, which would stand nicely in the stairway recess. A slightly softer mattress would have been more comfortable too. Other than that though everything was fine.

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Aug 2022

  • "Nice little cottage for two ."

    . easy parking on road near cottage .. extra throws were very welcome , as weather was chilly

    Reviewed by Valerie3.8May 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely, the bathroom was alittle small the toilet part but it didn't spoil the stay."

    On the front door there is a small window could possibly do with having some sort of material that could be pulled across at night for more privacy. The garden was lovely and the owners were very friendly. Would highly recommend this place to people. Thanks

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage , very clean and comfortable ."

    Close to all amenities and town . Would definitely stay again .

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jan 2022

  • "Very cosy, great access to ripon Town centre."

    Not able to cook much as property only has a microwave/grill. However it's a good excuse to eat out! Only negative would be the very low and not very comfy sofa. Would visit again if in the areas.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7Oct 2021

  • "October Cottage is small, but very clean & tidy - very well presented."

    It is an ideal bolt-hole for two people who are going to take the short walk into the city centre for their meals as there are plenty of good restaurants within a ten minute walk. The walled garden is a lovely spot to sit and unwind after a long day out in the countryside. Lay in bed at night and be lulled off to sleep by the soothing trickle of water into the pond full of Koi just below your window! Owners are very friendly & welcoming. p.s. If birds are your thing, please go to the Thirsk Bird-of-Prey centre - fabulous!

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Sep 2021

  • "As a tall person I found the accommodation a little tight; I did bang my head a few times."

    It didn't help that I suffer from a bad back so I found the sofa a little too soft although my wife was fine with this; there was no alternative seating. Overall, we did enjoy our time at October Cottage. Ripon was an easy walk away and we loved the cathedral and walks along the river. Slightly further afield were a number of National Trust properties which were good and Fountains Abbey was spectacular. Don't miss Brimham Rocks if you get the chance. Harrogate and especially Bettys Tea rooms were a treat.

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Sep 2021

  • "October Cottage was lovely and the garden was beautiful."

    The owner was friendly and helpful. We had a fantastic time and are very fond of Ripon.

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Jun 2021

  • "Extremely welcoming and hospitable host."

    Cottage was really well presented and had everything we needed. Great location for walks too!

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0May 2021

  • "Property and the host where fantastic."

    10 minute walk into the centre of Ripon meant we could park the car and just go. Several country walks from the doorstep. Property was Clean bright and had everything we needed for a weekend away. Some great recommendations for places to eat out from host as well.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0May 2021

  • "A very warm welcome from the owner."

    The cottage was perfect for our weekend break and ideally situated in Ripon itself

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2021

  • "The hosts were helpful and we had a lovely time."

    Very nice little corner base for our holiday.

    Reviewed by Jessie5.0Apr 2021

  • "The cottage was ideal for our needs, compact but ideal for a brief stay."

    Had trouble getting access to the WiFi but this really didn’t matter for the time we were there & a heated towel rail would be a real benefit in a small shower room, but otherwise, very happy.

    Reviewed by Nick4.4Dec 2020

  • "October Cottage was absolutely brilliant had everything we needed in a super location."

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Oct 2020

  • "Just come back from a week spent at October Cottage."

    A beautiful Cottage lovely and clean. 10 minute walk from the centre of Ripon. Owner is very friendly and helpful and had provided milk ,cake and flowers in the cottage on are arrival. Will be visiting again next year.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Oct 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to October Cottage which was comfortable and conveniently located ."

    Our hostess and her husband were helpful and welcoming. We were blessed with beautiful warm September sunshine and so we could sit out in the garden. This was a small cottage but comfortably set up, even for this 80++ couple

    Reviewed by Cynthia4.1Sep 2020

  • "A very comfortable stay and well presented accomodation."

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Jul 2020

  • "A brilliant secret cottage with no external noise to disturb you, very comfortable and a complete romantic getaway."

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Nov 2019

  • "October Cottage was lovely and perfectly clean."

    The owners, a lovely friendly couple, had everything you could need for a stay in their cottage. It was very cold outside but the underfloor heating kept it warm and cosy inside. There is also a heater upstairs. During our stay we enjoyed plenty of canal walking and went through the forest to Studley Park. Judith has suggested other walks for next time which is very helpful. We also went to the Curzen cinema, newly refurbished with a restaurant, just a short stroll from the cottage, the food was freshly made and very nice, definitely visit there again. As Ripon sights are all within easy reach of the cottage the only time we used the car was to visit The Black Sheep Brewery, superb food and the beer was exceptional. We had a fabulous week surrounded by beautiful autumn colours. Would love a return visit.

    Reviewed by Dm5.0Nov 2019

  • "I stayed here for one week while working locally."

    Small cottage in owner's back garden close to the house. It does feel a little intrusive but comfortable enough, no other issues.

    Reviewed by Mark4.1Oct 2019

  • "A very comfortable cottage ideally located to explore the area around Ripon and this part of Yorkshire."

    Owners very welcoming with tea, coffee, milk and cake left for arrival, as well as other household essentials, and they were not intrusive but readily available if needed. Cottage not large but perfectly accommodates two with comfortable and nicely decorated furnishings and a beautiful garden to enjoy. Re the area, Ripon market day is Thursday, would recommend the Royal Oak and the Unicorn Hotel, both in Ripon, for meals. Local attractions we visited and enjoyed were; Foutains Abbey and Studley Royal parklands, Brimham Rocks, Bolton Castle (great falconry demonstrations) and RHS Harlow Carr.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.4Sep 2019

  • "Great little romantic hideaway."

    Was ideally situated for Ripon Races and Ripon town centre. Close to the local cinema too.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Aug 2019

  • "Judith, our hostess was extremely nice."

    On our arrival there was tea, coffee and more importantly milk in the fridge. She also had left a 'Yorkshire Brack' in the cupboard. The cottage was lovely and everything in the cottage was spotless and the shower was one of the best I've had in any hotel or quest house. There was off street parking for the car which was important as the car was only three weeks old. Even though was had guide books she told us about small things which we may have overlooked as been minor but were important. When I mentioned one of the reasons for my visit was after watching the 'Yorkshire Vet', she arranged with her sister who works for Julian, one of the vets, for me to meet up with him which was really nice. The Yorkshire show was brilliant. The train journey from Pickering to Whitby was nearly ruined for lack of signs on the road and signage for parking. A few people were in the same position but we made it by the skin of our teeth. We mentioned it to the 'volunteers' on the train, who were not very helpful kind of blamed the councils for it, and that maybe we should contact them,. At the end of the day we have enough problems with our councils without sorting out yours!!! Went back to Ripley twice, a most beautiful village. The holiday was fantastic and Yorkshire has a huge amount to offer, clocked up a lot of mileage.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely little cottage beautiful garden all within walking distance of Ripon town centre"

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Jun 2019

  • "What a lovely little cottage."

    Everything you need. Very clean and comfortable. Ideal for walks in and around ripon and short drives to other places. Lots of local places to eat. The water rat do great food. Royal Oak great food too. The owners made us feel very welcome with fresh milk and a lovely cake much appreciated. We would definitely go again

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Jun 2019

  • "October cottage is perfect, great position for short walks into Ripon with its stunning cathedral and elegant cinema, for longer walks try the 3."

    5 mile walk to Fountains. Judith and her husband are so kind and thoughtful, as we arrived for the Easter period they had left us a National Trust Easter egg as we opened the door and small chocolate eggs sprinkled over the bed, we felt so at home !

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Apr 2019

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  • One double bedroom
  • Shower room with, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating including underfloor heating on ground floor and electric heater in bedroom
  • Gas two-ring hob, combi microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Bike storage
  • Shared, front patio and lawned garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk.

The property

A superb detached annexe in the grounds of the owner's home close to the centre of the cathedral city of Ripon.

This charming property has been furnished to a very high standard providing an ideal base for a couple.

Set over two floors, the property includes a cosy, open plan living space, featuring a compact kitchen and area to sit and enjoy a romantic meal for two or snuggle up and enjoy a film.

The floor is complete with a shower room.

Upstairs you will find the bedroom, a perfect space to recharge the batteries after enjoying the wonderful local area.

Outside, enjoy the spacious, shared garden where a quiet corner is provided exclusively for your own use.

This quality self-catering annexe is on one of the most desirable roads in Ripon, where some of the oldest buildings and structures in the city are located, including a Grade II listed clock tower, which was built in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

Access to a number of walking routes can also be found along this road, and the city centre is only a five minute walk away.

Ripon is dominated by a beautiful cathedral, which is open everyday and is well worth spending a couple of hours exploring all that it offers.

Also found in Ripon are the Yorkshire Law & Order Museums, craft markets, a number of shops and pubs, specialist cinema, a racecourse, a park and excellent riverside and canal walks.

The well-known Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden are within walking distance along the banks of the River Skell, and within driving distance are Harrogate, York and both the stunning Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks.

A wonderful holiday base in an excellent location, with plenty to see and do at whatever time of year!

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About the location


Masham 9 miles; Harrogate 12 miles.

Dominated by its imposing cathedral, the historic city of Ripon has a great deal to offer visitors - the Cathedral with its 1300 year old crypt, the Yorkshire Law & Order Museums, various craft markets, an International Music Festival and Ripon Races; not to mention the many beautiful riverside and canal walks. Even the famous Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden are within walking distance along the banks of the River Skell and it is just a few miles to the popular Lightwater Valley Theme Park. The historic houses of Norton Conyers and Newby Hall & Gardens are also close by. If you do feel the need to get in the car and explore, Ripon is ideal for touring both the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, not to mention Harrogate, Knaresborough and York too!

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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  • Christmas