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Snape Castle, The Undercroft

(Ref. 976588)

Snape, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Location and grounds excellent, as was the Undercroft itself although it could do with a little TLC."

    Unfortunately the internet was not available for most of our stay due to a fault, and when fixed it was still intermittent.

    Reviewed by David3.4Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful historical building especially the chapel which we visited daily Bed was comfy but so many cobwebs just needs a deep clean ,loose kitchen tap and not a great fitting fridge door ,grounds were immaculate and the village and the pub were very welcoming Just needs general maintenance."

    Wouldn’t stop us from returning .

    Reviewed by Juliet3.1Sep 2023

  • "Had a lovely break in this delightful property,Snape Castle."

    It was fantastic for our 3 dogs. The owner was very friendly and gave us some good info re eating out etc. The only very small negative is checking in times which was misleading,the write up on the property said 4pm,confirmation said 5pm( latest we have ever had to check in most of first day gone by the time we could check in) and the info sheet for us in the property said check in was 3pm. Highly recommend the property.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.1Aug 2023

  • "A fantastic, very comfortable property and the owner was very welcoming and helpful."

    Superb location and our boys really enjoyed staying in a castle with a bit of history!

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jul 2023

  • "The property was comfortable and spacious."

    Sharon provided everything that you could possibly need and more, more than I have found in any other holiday home. The bed was comfortable from the first night, unheard of! The tv had lost its signal prior to us arriving and we were looking forward to watching the FA cup final, but no problem, Sharon worked out the issue and retuned it in minutes. The dogs absolutely loved the garden, we played ball for hours! A fantastic week. One which we didn’t want to go home from. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Jun 2023

  • "A wonderful, quiet and tranquil stay."

    The castle is spectacular and the village is so peaceful, quiet and friendly with a lovely pub. Sharon is very welcoming and accommodating. We enjoyed lots of walks nearby and there is loads to see and do within a short drive. We would love to return again soon and are already looking forward to our next visit!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at the Undercroft at Snape Castle for my 50th Birthday."

    Such a beautiful and unique setting which has had a profound impact on me. The facilities were very comfortable with everything we needed. Great location to explore the area. It was also lovely to have the use of the gardens to sit out and our dogs loved it! Finding somewhere which allows three dogs and was so dog friendly was such a bonus. The owner was very lovely and helpful. Highly recommend if you like somewhere with true character and history :)

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Apr 2023

  • "Accommodation was clean, well equipped and well heated."

    The owner , was a delight. She is friendly and helpful. The castle itself is a great place to stay. We loved it. The dogs loved it and it is very safe for them, with the courtyard fully enclosed. The welcoming pack of human and dog biscuits, with a pint of milk, bottle of wine and fresh fruit is a nice touch. There is plenty to do and see in the surrounding area. Our holiday was over all to quickly and I can't wait to get back. Thanks to the owner for having us and our four wee Lancashire Heelers. Jockay fell in love with her...

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2023

  • "Wonderful warm welcome."

    Lovely dog friendly, warm cottage. Very safe garden for our Chihuahuas. Nothing was too much trouble. Lovely village and easy access to local towns. Small shop in the village for essentials. Larger food shops at bedale 3 miles away and at Catterick. Internet at times was spotty. Plenty of books to read and games to play. Everything you could possibly need for a relaxing week.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Mar 2023

  • "Everything you could want for a break in the Dales, location perfect between Richmond and Ripon, character cottage within easy stroll of village pub and shop, owner on hand if you did need anything."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2022

  • "We were welcomed personally by Sharon, which was a nice touch and had a very enjoyable stay in a unique property."

    The Undercroft is partly under the church and is very light and airy - and more importantly, very comfortable - the settees and the beds. The village pub is 5 minutes walk away. Definitely recommended.

    Reviewed by Harry5.0Aug 2022

  • "This holiday property is an absolute one off ,spacious parking & lawns for relaxing etc, Also spotlessly clean, everything we needed was there."

    A very lovely holiday property.

    Reviewed by Howard5.0Aug 2022

  • "We loved our stay at the Snape Castle cottage."

    It has everything you need and much more. If you like history, this is the place to be. And on top of that, your host Sharon is absolutely charming. Thanks for having us Sharon!

    Reviewed by Rudy5.0Jul 2022

  • "The history makes this a special place to stay."

    It is wonderful how modern comfort has been built in without spoiling the character. Thank you to Sharon for the warm welcome and the wine and biscuits - it is such a nice thing to do.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Jun 2022

  • "A very welcoming host who was on hand to help with any issues."

    An amazing property and a privileged experience to stay in it. Good location and village. Very content with the memories that we have made.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2022

  • "Absolutely Beautiful castle & well kept gardens gardens & was just Fantastic & definitely want to go back again!"

    . We were really treated well by the owner & nothing was too much trouble

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0May 2022

  • "Fantastic stay."

    The cottage was spotless. It is larger than it appears from the photos on the website. Underfloor heating and shower were fabulous. Complementary wine, milk, tea, biscuits were a nice touch. Lovely gastropub within a few minutes walk. A great property, and a really unique experience to stay somewhere so historic.

    Reviewed by Daniel John4.7Feb 2022

  • "Lovely and warm , with plenty of hot water."

    Lots of large fluffy towels. Nice fresh flowers, biscuits and other welcome treats.

    Reviewed by John3.8Oct 2021

  • "We have never stayed in a nicer holiday home."

    Warm welcome, well laid out accommodation and equipped with everything one could possibly need. Immediately felt at home. Peaceful, relaxing stay on edge of pretty village with excellent local shop and decent pub with good meals both about 5 mins walk away. Interesting area. We are now planning when we can return to this exceptional property. Vivien Oxford

    Reviewed by Vivien5.0Sep 2021

  • "The undercroft has a good sense of history, as part of a castle once occupied by Catherine Parr."

    It is spacious and both bathrooms have good strong showers, with a view of a large ruined tower from the en suite. There is a constant supply of hot water and the master bedroom is very comfortable. With stone-flagged floors and rugs, you are always aware that you are in a castle, while also having good wi fi and two TVs downstairs. You need to go into the courtyard for a mobile signal (but then again the walls are four feet thick!) and the stairs to the upper bedroom are very steep and not suitable for anyone with mobility problems. The open plan kitchen makes eating in easy, but there is also an excellent pub within walking distance in Snape village and plenty of take-aways a short drive away in Bedale. There are lots of great places to visit nearby. We can recommend the Georgian Theatre tour at Richmond and the lovely small town of Hawes.

    Reviewed by Barry4.1Jun 2021

  • "We had a really good time - the location is amazing, so much wildlife around."

    And it is obviously very special to stay in Snape Castle. The accommodation is very secluded and cozy and has all you need. Took us about 24 hours to get the balance right on the heating but after that it was really comfortable - we'd like to go back. The owner (and her cat) are friendly and we felt well looked after.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Apr 2021

  • "Lovely stay in a really interesting cottage."

    Swaledale and Wensleydale are within easy reach, with the North York Moors if you fancy going slightly further afield (though we did not go east of the A1). Masham and Bedale both very interesting and within easy reach. The Undercroft really is underneath the castle’s original chapel. It’s very private, with a gravelled forecourt and coffee table, ample parking, and small garden area. Comfortable bed, and good showers. The second (twin) bedroom is upstairs, and it would be a stretch for four adults, but perfect for two or 2+2. Thank you, Sharon, for two weeks’ respite from the dreaded Covid-19.

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.4Sep 2020

  • "Such a magical place to stay, loved every minute."

    Such a beautiful part of the world too. Thank you

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2020

  • "This was an amazing place to stay."

    the village is really pretty with a local pub which serves food and accepts dogs. The castle was an absolute delight and Sharon the owner was very accommodating. We will definitely book again. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Jun 2019

  • "Very pleasant and warm welcome - very clean and comfortable - a welcome bottle of wine, milk and bowl of fruit, very kind thought - no phone signal - need to speak to Sharon if no online connection - TV very poor, control has no tv guide and very few stations."

    - very pleasant area - Bedale a very nice village with plenty of cafes - The Old Swan a great pub for meals at very reasonable prices compared to a good many.- Sharon a very kind person willing to help any time.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Jun 2019

  • "Beautiful tranquil cottage owner is lovely too so peaceful been before love it !"


    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0May 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Snape Castle."

    The character of the property and surroundings was breathtaking. The host and locals was very accommodating and friendly with a Fantastic amenities both in the castle and the village. The only criticism was the lack of outdoor lighting which proved to be difficult when letting the dog out on an evening and the Internet/TV could do with being updated for the cost of the rental. Aside from that we had a fabulous time in beautiful picturesque surroundings would stay again and recommend to anyone

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Dec 2018

  • "This is absolutely the best cottage I've stayed in."

    We enjoyed every moment of our trip.The area is outstanding easy to visit Ripon, Richmond, and Masham. The rooms were spacious, the furniture was going quality and extremely comfortable. Sharon was very welcoming as was the cat. N Yorkshire was at its best in late summer, green and sunny. If you're on a diet don't visit,because the food in every town was so special and the portions so large you will have to deprive yourself. Special places Appleyards Pork Butchers in Ripon, Kings Head in Richmond, Bay Horse in Masham, and afternoon tea at Swindon Park. Enjoy Fountains Abbey, Middleham castle. We are definitely going to return

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Sep 2018

  • "We all had a lovely time at The Undercroft at Snape Castle,Lady Sharon Parnaby was there to make us feel very welcome and she is a lovely lady to talkto about the surrounding area ."

    Snape Castle is well situated for exploring the dales and the Undercroft is spacious and generally a lovely place to stay, we would go back at some point and stay there again as it is in a lovely location with some good restaurants near by and good shops at Bedale which is just up the road.

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Jul 2018

  • "Lovely accommodations on the ground floor of the castle, in a peaceful and charming tiny village."

    The owner, Sharon, was helpful and friendly, available but not intrusive at all, and she made check in easy. You need a car to get around, but the town of Bedale is close and has most of what you need day to day, also some fun spots to nose about. We found our stay restful, with a comfortable bed and adequate (underfloor) heating. Kitchen provided every sort of pan, dishes, and utensils needed, and a large fridge. Our only negative is that the living room is dark, but that is because the castle walls are 3 feet thick and using the original openings for windows to stay true to its historical significance. Overall a wonderful experience and would love to return!

    Reviewed by Melissa4.7Jun 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size with en-suite bathroom with shower over, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area. Disability aids available on request.
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Electric underfloor downstairs heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric range, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Front gardens, rear courtyard with furniture
  • four well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 minute walk
  • Note: There are 6ft walls and gated entrance around the cottage so space for the dogs to roam
  • Note: The woodburning stove in the sitting area is not in use and for ornamental purposes only
  • Note: Sorry, no children below 10 years of age
  • Please note that check in for this property is 4pm. Due to the rural location of the property wifi can be intermittent, it may not always be possible for streaming and downloads. Please Note: Ideal for persons with limited mobility through the downstairs. Mid week bookings Monday - Friday and weekend bookings Friday - Monday available on request
  • Please Note: individualised pet enquires can be made via Sykes to the owner, and they will try to accommodate your needs
  • If bringing additional pets, we would request that you take extra care to leave the property in a clean and tidy state.

The property

Fulfill a childhood fantasy with a stay in this heart-warming wing of the imposing Grade I listed Snape Castle in North Yorkshire, which was the former home of Catherine Parr.

Retaining plenty of character and warmth, The Undercroft is the perfect base for families or couples looking to discover all that North Yorkshire can offer.

The ground floor occupies a cosy open-plan living area graced with a number of welcoming touches, from the exposed beams and stonework to the fabulous woodburning stove and range cooker, giving it a real traditional feel.

Downstairs you will also find the simply wonderful master bedroom, boasting a king-size bed with an en-suite that is bursting with class.

Head upstairs and be presented with a comforting twin bedroom nestling cosily under the eaves, completing the accommodation in a tremendous fashion.

Formal gardens surround the castle, providing a tranquil spot to stroll around to get away from it all, alternatively take a seat on the courtyard garden with a refreshing drink or perhaps treat yourself to an alfresco meal.

Snape is a peaceful village tucked in the North Yorkshire countryside, offering a highly-regarded gastropub.

Just three miles North sits the market town of Bedale, housing a range of amenities to make the most of.

From here you can also visit other attractive spots such as Thirsk and Darlington.

Countryside lovers can take a trip to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, where you can enjoy a plethora of walking and cycling opportunities, as well as some quaint little villages to be explored.

A unique property in a fabulous rural location.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


  • Bedale 3 miles
  • Thirsk 14 miles
  • Darlington 21 miles

A historic village beautifully placed in between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors National Parks and provides a high-quality gastropub. Snape is home to a Grade I listed 15th century castle which was once the home of Henry VIII's sixth wife, Catherine Parr. The village also has the 18th century Thorp Perrow. Nearby you can easily reach the well-stocked market town of Bedale, providing a wealth of amenities to set you up for your break, as well as a golf course and a museum. Thirsk is also nearby, offering some fine architecture, as does Darlington just over 20 miles north, a large market town with elite shopping. The two National Parks nearby are both havens for outdoor lovers, with the most astounding far-reaching views from a variety of walking and cycling paths.

Note: Sorry, no children below 10 years of age.
Due to the rural location of the property wifi can be intermittent, it may not always be possible for streaming and downloads.

Mid week bookings Monday - Friday and weekend bookings Friday - Monday available on request.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas