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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Convenient location for exploring Richmond and the surrounding area."

    Comfortable cottage

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0May 2024

  • "We always look for clean and suitable accommodation for a stay."

    We were not disappointed in any way, Thornlea was ideal, just what we wanted, comfortable, clean and warm, needed the last one as the weather turned. Had a great break, recharged the batteries and ready for routine once more.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Nov 2023

  • "Second time we've stayed at Thornlea cottage and we'll be going back again next year."

    Think that says it all.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Nov 2023

  • "Thornley is perfect for visiting the delights that Richmond has to offer."

    The cottage is very comfortable and fully equipped with all the appliances you would expect. It is situated a short walk from a bus stop if you don't want to walk to the centre of town or take your car. The bus ride takes only 5 min. Ron and Pat, the owners, live next door and supplied lots of information about Richmond for us to enjoy, and there are games to play for those rainy days. All in all we had a lovely break and can definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fabulous base for visiting family on site parking a bonus greeted with tea biscuits and a well needed bottle of wine"

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Oct 2023

  • "Comfortable cottage, the owners are helpful and friendly."

    The kitchen has limited worktop area as others have stated and the teapot, which has a lid that doesn't close fully, is barely adequate for two of the supplied mugs, if there are more than two of you, take your own teapot! The wifi is just about enough to watch streaming content but buffers now and again,as the owner agrees this is due to the location more than anything else.

    Reviewed by George3.8Sep 2023

  • "Thornlea is a lovely bungalow with a lovely garden very nice view great ..."

    Thornlea is a lovely bungalow with a lovely garden very nice view great location for Richmond it was like home from home

    Reviewed by Kevin4.4Aug 2023

  • "A very pleasant, comfortable, cosy home with a well-kept, charming garden and seating area."

    The friendly, helpful owners in the main house next door left a lovely welcome tray for us. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Aug 2023

  • "Nice property with walks from the front door and into Richmond where there is a wide rage of facilities."

    There's plenty of places to visit within easy reach. We really enjoyed our stay and will certainly book again.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jul 2023

  • "Overall the accommodation was very good; however, the kitchen is very small with very limited worktop space."

    We like to prepare and cook our own meals and it was a challenge using the small amount of available space. In order to maximise what little there was we moved the large coffee machine into the dining area for the duration - this helped, but only slightly. The power-shower was a virtual Niagara Falls. What a pressure. Wow! I would suggest that net curtains be fitted to the bedroom windows to provide some privacy. Most days the curtains remained shut which made the bedrooms dark. As much as we enjoyed staying at Thornlea Cottage we won't be returning for one reason (one that cannot be remedied) - it's too close the the main road. Traffic noise throughout the night made sleeping difficult; for this reason we kept the bedroom windows closed (it muted the noise but it was still a nuisance) - which made the bedrooms hot and stuffy.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Jun 2023

  • "Excellent as usual"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2023

  • "Brilliant holiday"

    Reviewed by Lilian5.0May 2023

  • "Property is clean & well maintained just outside of Richmond - a pleasant stay with comfortable settees & beds with easy parking onsite & lovely garden outlook!"

    A small kitchen but has all necessary items & bonus of an empty store cupboard! We enjoyed our hospitality tray on arrival! Only drawback is electric fire had been deliberately disconnected (despite being shown on website!) & no safety mat in shower (disabled person would have appreciated).

    Reviewed by Janet4.4Mar 2023

  • "Enjoyed a fortnight's stay at the property which is homely, comfortable and clean sited at the edge of Richmond."

    Well placed for touring the Swaledale district within 20 mins walk of Richmond town centre close to bus stops for regular Arriva Service x26 x27. This takes you to Richmond and Tesco store or Darlington via. the railway station in the opposite direction. Found the Town Hall Pub and Dining in Richmond Market Place ideal for food and Sunday roast. The 149 Fish shop in Barnard Castle good for a meal sited near the Post Office open all week. Ron & Pam nice friendly hosts and hopefully be using property in future.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2022

  • "Thornlea was a very comfortable and ideally located base to explore the area."

    Quiet, well equipped property with great facilities. Will definitely be back to discover more of the area.

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Oct 2022

  • "An excellent holiday cottage ideally located to visit the surrounding areas."

    It was very well equipped, clean and comfortable. To the rear of the property was a lawned area with seating and a table, it was shared with the owners but they didn’t intrude on your privacy. Welcome gifts of a bottle of wine, milk and biscuits were very much appreciated. The owners, Pat and Ron, were very friendly and came round to make sure everything was satisfactory.

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Sep 2022

  • "Very comfortable, enjoyable and relaxing stay."

    Booked as a return visit and wouldn't hesitate to return again in the future. Excellent value for money and very friendly hosts.

    Reviewed by Peter4.1Aug 2022

  • "A very comfortable bed n settee."

    Every thing nice and clean. Kitchen although small had everything in it we required. Pat and Ron very considerate of our comfort in the hot weather by supplying a floor standing fan. Great garden to sit out in. No complaints at all. Would recommend Thornlea and would be happy to return.

    Reviewed by Katie4.7Jul 2022

  • "The cottage was so comfortable and relaxing, sitting in the garden enjoying the good weather was great."

    The little gift pack was a lovely thought. Cottage was easy to find and situated in an ideal place for exploring. Would definitely come back again ☺️ ps your monkey tree is amazing.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at Thornlea."

    The bungalow was so comfortable and clean. The kitchen was small but had everything we needed. There was even empty space in a cupboard to put our food etc which isn’t always the case in other bigger kitchens. Handy to have the bus stop just along the road. We enjoyed watching the birds in the garden. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and really nice helpful owners."

    Nice welcome tray with tea , coffee , biscuits and bottle of wine . Were always willing to help if needed.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Apr 2022

  • "A really well presented cottage with all facilities we needed."

    Perfect peaceful location. On the outskirts of Richmond Town, although within walking distance of Town centre. Nothing was too much trouble for our friendly hosts Ron and Pat who made us feel extremely welcome. Would highly recommend and would stay there in the future.

    Reviewed by Carl5.0Feb 2022

  • "Friendly owners on hand if you need them."

    Kindly provided us with some goodies on our arrival. Comfortable beds and settees. Bus handy for Richmond. We enjoyed our stay so much we have already booked for 2022.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2021

  • "This was our 3rd stay in this bungalow and we have enjoyed a most comfortable and relaxing holiday on each occasion."

    Although on a main road, the bungalow is quiet and peaceful, being set back with it's own patio and garden area. The bungalow has a spacious lounge and is very comfortable to enjoy a quiet evening in if the weather is inclement. We will be staying again!

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Jul 2021

  • "What a fab find."

    Lovely accommodation within walking distance of Richmond town Centre. Next to a public footpath which lead to Easby Abbey (beautiful). Lovely friendly owners. We will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2021

  • "A really lovely bungalow in the perfect setting."

    Beautiful views from garden, lovely to watch the visiting wildlife. Easy to find,, easy reach of lots of lovely places to visit. If really had to find a negative the step at front door and patio door were steep, but this was only an issue down to the mobility issues of one our party, and the bungalow does not claim to be step free. This in no way spoilt our stay and wouldn't stop us returning.

    Reviewed by Nancy5.0Jun 2021

  • "Thornlea is a great cottage very well situated just outside Richmond giving easy access to the whole area."

    You have great views as you sit in the garden having your morning cup of tea.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2021

  • "Everything was perfect."

    Hosts really good and lovely welcome tray with tea, coffee, delicious biscuits and wine on arrival. Bungalow very comfortable and watching the wild life from the patio doors was wonderful. Superb location to walk or go by car into Richmond. Beautiful walks from the bungalow. A really lovely stay. Pat and Ron were there if you needed anything, but we didn't. Great, we will be back when all Covid restrictions are lifted as there was so much to do in the area which we couldn't do due to current restrictions.

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Apr 2021

  • "Great property, well looked after in excellent location to Richmond."

    Beautiful garden at rear. Fortunately we had a lovely week of weather, however in bad weather there is nowhere to put wet coats or shoes as entrance is directly into carpeted lounge area, this was not an issue for us but could be to others. Also the pillows were rather worn and need replacing. On the whole good value for money in a great area.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Apr 2021

  • "We have found the cottage is very comfortable clean and welcoming."

    It is very close to Richmond and close to the motorway for visiting other areas. The owners are very helpful and are happy to give information for the local area .

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Oct 2020

  • "A lovely welcome from the Owners on arrival."

    Bungalow was relaxing and just right for a week of walking in the Dales, close to Richmond and walks straight from the door.

    Reviewed by John4.7Sep 2020

  • "We had a wonderful time at the cottage the garden was wonderful to sit in at daytime and evening."

    The cottage gave a home from home feel . The directions from Ron & Pat the owners were very easy to follow. If like my husband Iain and I and like flyfishing it is perfect as there are plenty of place’s nearby. We will be going back.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Aug 2020

  • "Just what the doctor ordered Chill time in a lovely relaxing bungalow."

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Oct 2019

  • "Third visit to this cottage."

    Made to feel welcome. Ideal base for touring the Dales. Particularly enjoyed our visit to Eden Camp. Plenty places to eat locally for gluten intolerance.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Oct 2019

  • "Pat and her husband were welcoming and friendly."

    We knew they were there for us if we had any unmet needs.

    Reviewed by Rayleen5.0Sep 2019

  • "Great little cottage could not ask for more."

    Pat and Ron lovely couple. First time in Richmond look forward to my next visit would stay here again.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2019

  • "The owners were first class as was the property ."

    Just being able to walk from the property to the centre of town .we could catch a bus to all parts of the dales .

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Jun 2019

  • "This property is in a great location."

    Near enough to all that Richmond has to offer but far enough away from the hustle and bustle. Lovely secluded garden, a real suntrap. Very friendly owners, leaving a tray of tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits as well as a bottle of wine and bottle of fresh milk in the fridge, they even popped in on our last day to wish us a safe journey home. Hopefully we will be back for our 4th visit very soon.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0May 2019

  • "Good priced cottage with a good location 3rd time at cottage"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay here."

    When we arrived here was a welcome tray of tea, coffee and biscuits and a pint of fresh milk in the fridge. What a lovely touch. The cottage was perfect for us and very homely. Lovely and warm and had everything we needed. THere was also DVDs to watch and a games cupboard. Fantastic views from the back garden and fields across the road as located right on the edge of the town. Perfect base for visiting Richmond and surrounding area. There is a little public pathway that goes right down the side of the bungalow which takes you on a picturesque walk to Easby Abbey. Well worthy a visit.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2018

  • "Lovely little cottage and the owners have thought of just about everything, including a welcome pack consisting of wine, biscuits, tea, coffee, sugar and milk."

    My only recommendation would be for the addition of black out curtains/blinds at the bedroom windows as there is a streetlight opposite which can make the room a little light but that is only my personal opinion and apart from that it was perfect and we can't wait to go back again and again.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Oct 2018

  • "Windows need cleaning patio doors filthy spoiled the bird watching"

    Reviewed by Chris4.1Sep 2018

  • "This is the 5th time that we have stayed in this cottage, and we have enjoyed our stay each time, We would happily recommend staying there."

    Reviewed by Sylvia4.4Sep 2018

  • "The location suited us as it was close to Richmond but away from the built up area."

    Views from Thornlea were of countryside and rabbits played in the back garden .Access to the Dales was easy so we made full use of the opportunity to enjoy visiting several.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2018

  • "Very warm welcome - very comfortable - very spacious for 2 people - location was ideal for us."

    Very minor problem was wifi only available <20% of the time - if you are a news junkie like us, it's a problem. But VERY minor in the overall scheme of things.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2018

  • "This bungalow is situated just as you enter Richmond from Scotch Corner at the end of a row of semi-detached houses."

    Ideally situated as you can walk into town or get a local bus which stops nearby. Also well situated for lovely trips to lots of different areas. Parking is easy and on the premises. As it is on the main road you can hear traffic but, with the windows closed and with the excellent double glazing it wasn't a problem. The views from the garden at the back are lovely and it was nice to watch the birds and squirrels from the patio doors. It would be pleasant sitting out there during the better weather. We were very warm and comfortable and the bungalow is well equipped including a hairdryer and lots of storage. The kitchen is small and I wouldn't care to make a meal for four people in it but Richmond and the Dales have such nice eating places cooking wasn't on the agenda! The owners are friendly and helpful if you need them. Wi-Fi is unreliable as the owners told us. The only safe way to get into and out of the bath for older people is to hang onto the shower fitting. I would like to see a non-slip mat in the bath and a grab rail. We would be happy to go back to Thornlea.

    Reviewed by Mavis4.4Mar 2018

  • "Very comfortable and handy for the town with the buses running every 20 mins and easy to get to the Dales"

    Reviewed by Daphne5.0Sep 2017

  • "Fantastic location within walking distance of the historic centre of Richmond."

    Very good access to the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. Made an excellent base for our family holiday.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with quadrant shower cubicle and shower, W/C and basin
  • Modern fitted kitchen
  • Delightful sitting room with patio doors, pleasant views and dining area
  • Feather duvets and pillows (synthetic duvets and pillows available on request)
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, automatic washer, Smart TV which still includes Freeview, CD/radio/cassette player, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Sun trap garden area with patio and garden furniture owners do have access, but ensure you are left in private
  • Fireplace is for display purposes only
  • Off road parking
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Richmond town centre is 1 mile (bus stop adjacent to cottage), shop 5 mins walk, pubs 1 mile.

The property

A modern detached bungalow situated on the fringe of the market town of Richmond, named Great Town of the Year 2009 by the Academy of Urbanism.

The cottage offers very comfortable, well-equipped accommodation in a superb location for discovering this beautiful region and visitors will receive a very warm welcome from the owners who live next dorr.

Richmond offers a Norman castle, Georgian Theatre, museums and beautiful riverside walks.

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About the location


Barnard Castle 10 miles; Leyburn 12 miles.

Situated at the entrance to Swaledale, the ancient market town of Richmond stands on a prominent hilltop site to the north of the River Swale. Its cobbled streets and narrow alleys or 'wynds' enshrine over nine centuries of busy history and unique character. The town grew up around its castle, a Norman fortress dating back to 1071, famously situated high above the river - indeed the name Richmond is derived from 'Riche-mont' meaning 'strong hill'. Today there are wonderful walks to be enjoyed such as the Castle Walk - a dramatic terrace walk beneath the castle walls - or alternatively walk alongside the River Swale where there are parks, safe paddling areas and small waterfalls to enjoy. Within the town, narrow streets and alleys radiate from the cobbled Market Place (which has a weekly market and monthly farmers’ market) and there are numerous shops, pubs and restaurants to enjoy. The town flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries and the resulting elegant Georgian architecture lines many of the old streets. The Georgian Theatre is one of the oldest surviving theatres in the country with visitors enjoying its regular productions all year round.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter