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Lair Close Cottage

(Ref. 14081)

Shaw Mills near Harrogate, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely loved our stay."

    Lovely cosy, warm cottage set in tranquil area looking over rolling hills to the rear. A perfect place to recharge your batteries and relax.

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Feb 2024

  • "Great place for a short break."

    Good to have been able to take the dogs. Thanks for ordering snow too!

    Reviewed by Jeremy4.7Nov 2023

  • "Great location, peaceful and quiet, great for walking, secure garden for dogs, everything you need for a peaceful holiday, looking forward to going back."

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Oct 2023

  • "Warm and comfortable property."

    Good location for touring North Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was perfect for my needs - it had a well equipped kitchen area, a good size bedroom with wardrobe & a small bathroom with walk in shower."

    It was well positioned for the places I wanted to visit - most of which I achieved. The owners had left some Welcome provisions & a return journey goody bag too - lovely touch! The owners were nearby if needed but otherwise left me alone. It was incredibly quiet & it was great to see the night sky as it should be & not polluted by artificial light. The Internet connection was not always good & this was acknowledged by the owners & for which there was guidance in the provided information folder. There were some delightful neighbours too - horses & chickens! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fantastic long weekend."

    The garden is perfect for lounging and loved sitting outside around the log burner. Really comfy bed too!

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Jul 2023

  • "I was using Lair Cottage as a base, travelling into Harrogate for work every day."

    Lots of facilities and perfect for me, easy journey into Harrogate, hope to re book x

    Reviewed by Mary3.8Jul 2023

  • "Lair Close Cottage was in a beautiful location with an outlook onto a small field where two ponies roamed around all day."

    It was well equipped and a perfect base for visiting and exploring the many interesting places in and around this area. Phil & Philippa met us on arrival and explained they were always on hand if we needed any help/advice which we didn’t. They provided a folder with extremely good & detailed instructions and information about the appliances, lighting, heating, local pubs etc. There was also the provision of welcome and leaving packs. Only downside was poor Internet connection particularly in the evening. Would though recommend this little cottage for anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing and enjoyable break in a lovely part of the country.

    Reviewed by William2.5Jun 2023

  • "Lack of bedroom furniture, no facilities to sit and dry hair, no bedside ..."

    Lack of bedroom furniture, no facilities to sit and dry hair, no bedside cabinets only open unit full of books Bathroom very small, no cabinet for putting toiletries in only 1 small shelf to use

    Reviewed by Mr Brian4.1Jun 2023

  • "Place is good located, lots of nice fields for a long walks around."

    Cottage looks a bit more spacious on pics, however I can't say it wasn't enough space for us (2 adults and dog). Very friendly and helpful owners, pleasant experience overall.

    Reviewed by Alona3.8Jan 2023

  • "Beautiful location."

    Quiet but close to main roads so local towns were easily accessible. Very welcoming owners. There was a welcome pack in the cottage. Cottage was well equipped- perfect for the 2 of us and there was an enclosed garden for the dog

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Nov 2022

  • "This cottage is in a very attractive location."

    The owners were there to offer help if needed but otherwise I felt it was "my" home for the week which was very enjoyable.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Penelope5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage perfect for the 3 of us and our dog."

    It was clean and everything we needed was provided. All in all a lovely place to stay. I would highly recommend it.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments, glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jemma5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely few days away in a comfortable cottage, the owners of the property were really helpful ensuring we enjoyed our time and made us aware of really nice places to visit."

    I would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to book a stay.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2022

  • "The property is wonderfully neat and clean."

    The kitchen is well stocked with tea, coffee, washing up liquid and there was complimentary short bread, sweets and milk on arrival. We enjoyed watching the horses and chickens through the back door. The only downside is an unpleasant smell from the bathroom drain. Other than that, we had a very pleasant stay and it's evident that lots of thoughts have gone into making the property as comfortable as possible for staying guests. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Yunfei5.0May 2022

  • "Outside picture needs updating."

    Cottage is comfortable and goo value but could do with some refurbishment.

    Reviewed by William3.8May 2022

  • "This is a lovely holiday cottage, but I wouldn’t like to have 4 people sleeping in it, the sofa bed is not very comfortable as a sofa."

    That’s my only gripe. It’s lovely to see the horse and pony in the back field and to wake up to the cockerel, which luckily isn’t too close to the cottage. It’s quite close to Harrogate and Knaresborough, and the Dales. We thoroughly enjoyed our week there and recommend it.

    Reviewed by Jill Eveline4.7Mar 2022

  • "Picture of front door in your listing is misleading, it is nothing like that."

    Entrance is via a clothes drying area and there is no view o a field.

    Reviewed by Brian3.4Sep 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage in beautiful countryside setting."

    Nice to see horses just outside. Has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Great location for exploring the Yorkshire dales.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Aug 2021

  • "On the Tues building began on a plot within feet of the bedroom door."

    Noisy meant sitting out difficult. Once the houses have been completed this should diminish.

    Reviewed by Gillian3.4Jun 2021

  • "Location as it was near so many standout places many in walking distance"

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Jun 2021

  • "Very nice cosy place for two people and a dog to spend a week."

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0May 2021

  • "The family who own the cottage were very friendly and helpful."

    The village of Shaw Mills was an excellent location for getting around the Dales.

    Reviewed by Tina4.1Aug 2020

  • "We have just returned from our mini getaway."

    Firstly the area is beautiful. There is lots of lovely walks local. The children really enjoyed their visit to Brimham Rocks and the castle gardens in Ripley. On their note Ripley had the most devine lemon curd ice cream. Additional the pies and fish and chips from Pateley bridge are also well worth a visit. Lair cottage is a lovely cozy little cottage. It was well equip and a perfect little base for our little adventure. The owners were extremely helpful and accommodating. Can recommend.

    Reviewed by Colleen5.0Feb 2020

  • "Made to feel very welcome."

    Definitely will be using sykescottages in the future.

    Reviewed by Edwin5.0Oct 2019

  • "Great location for touring the area ."

    Village lacked shop or pub Good eating places short drive away.

    Reviewed by Robert4.4Jul 2019

  • "Perfect little cottage in a great location!"

    Reviewed by Charis5.0Jun 2019

  • "Lovely cottage and location."

    It was spotlessly clean and the hosts were very welcoming and friendly. We would definitely stay there again if we revisit the area.

    Reviewed by Sergei5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely cottage ."

    Internet was not good . The last 3 days we have no lnternet . So we could not keep in touch with our son . And we need to do research on the next days where to go . Lovely place and great people . Cottage was just right for two people . The dog needed a bit bigger back garden.

    Reviewed by Stella4.1Mar 2019

  • "Very friendly host, Philip, met us & showed us the cottage & explained all we needed to know."

    It’s winter so we were happy to have the very efficient heating & hot water. The cottage is modern & well equipped, the tv & WiFi worked perfectly.

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Nov 2018

  • "Superb little place."

    We are a family with two children. One was able to sleep on the sofa bed and the youngest a travel cot, in the bedroom. We had plenty of room for all of us, including the dog! We were also pleasantly surprised, upon our art, to find milk, tea, coffee and biscuits. There was also a leaving pack, for our journey home, which was also much appreciated. Really near by to a lot of great places to visit and explore. Would recommend as a super place for a break away.

    Reviewed by Allison5.0Oct 2018

  • "We had a warm welcome."

    The cottage is better suited for just 2 people. The views and location were perfect. Lots of places to visit within a 20 minutes drive. The good weather was a bonus.

    Reviewed by Anne3.8Aug 2018

  • "Situated in a lovely atmosphere."

    Quiet, with a beautifull view. Good for 2 persons (for 4 persons maybe not). We enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Wim4.1Jul 2018

  • "The owners went out of their way to make us feel welcome and had essentials for our arrival e."

    G. Tea/coffee milk etc. and we were given food for our return journey. The cottage was in a beautiful location and very quiet. The villagers were so welcoming and everyone spoke to us we would definitely recommend this cottage to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jun 2018

  • "The cottage is in a good location for both Harrogate and the Dales."

    The hosts Philip and Phillipa Higgins are lovely people and were more than willing to assist us with any problems. Mike and Sheila, Australia.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7May 2018

  • "Hosts were very accomodating and welcoming."

    Cottage was very cosy and fit for purpose.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.6Nov 2017

  • "This was a lovely cozy little cottage."

    The owners were friendly and had supplied a generous welcome pack. The slight downside was the lack of mobile phone signal.

    Reviewed by Hazel4.8Nov 2017

  • "Friendly helpful owners."

    Peaceful location and well equipped cottage

    Reviewed by Lisa4.8Oct 2017

  • "Beautiful, quiet location."

    Everything included in cottage that you need for a week of relaxation. Patio doors overlook a paddock with horses, Neighbouring houses a good field away and sheltered by beautiful mature trees. Owners on hand if you need any help/advice and were very accommodating. Convenient location for Harrogate and the many small surrounding villages. Would love to return again in the future.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Jul 2017

  • "A lovely cottage in a wonderful location to explore Nidderdale."

    It had everything we needed, was warm and cosy and a welcome retreat at the end of some long days. Everything you need for a week, it felt like home from home. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend to others. We stayed with our two children, so it's great for families. Lovely view over a small paddock with kind and friendly owners on hand.

    Reviewed by James5.0Apr 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with sofa bed
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, WiFi and a selection of books.Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Patio area with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles

The property

A delightful ground floor, detached cottage situated in the grounds of the owners' home on the edge of the Dales village of Shaw Mills, just five miles from Harrogate.

This Harrogate cottage has been lovingly restored and individually styled to provide first-class accommodation, perfect for a romantic break, families, walkers or cyclists.

This cottage offers open plan living set over one floor, ideal for couples or families sleeping 2-4 people, visiting this lovely area of Yorkshire to enjoy great walking and good touring opportunities.

The living space is modern, bright and airy with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area with a settee/sofa bed plus a separate double bedroom.

A modern shower room adjoins the living area and there is a quaint patio area outside this Yorkshire cottage, ideal for dining alfresco.

Nearby Harrogate boasts a wide variety of quaint pubs, tempting restaurants and colourful antique shops, whilst the magnificent Turkish & Health Spa Baths, theatre and Bettys tea room - overlooking Montpellier Gardens - are not to be missed.

Visit the historic city of Ripon, with its impressive cathedral, fascinating museums, pubs, interesting shops, homely tea rooms and fine restaurants.

Visit the historic village of Ripley with castle and grounds that must be seen to be appreciated and this is three miles from the cottage.

The Nidderdale Greenway a traffic-free route suitable for cyclists, walkers and horse riders now links Ripley to Harrogate.

With beautiful countryside to explore and heritage houses and castles to visit, this Harrogate cottage is the perfect base for a relaxing break!

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About the location


Ripley 2.5 miles; Ripon 10 miles; Harrogate 5 miles.

The small picturesque village of Shaw Mills is situated in the midst of some of Yorkshire's most beautiful scenery. It comprises a scattering of dwellings and farmsteads and is well placed between the towns of Harrogate and Ripon. Shaw Mills is ideally situated for exploring all of Yorkshire's splendid countryside, with the Yorkshire Dales to the west and the North York Moors and Yorkshire Coast to the east. The fascinating, historic cathedral cities of Ripon and York are close by, as are the great stately homes of Castle Howard and Harewood House, Ripley Castle, the Cistercian Abbeys of Fountains, Rievaulx and Jervaulx, and the castles of Middleham, Bolton and Richmond.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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