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Poacher's Den

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Luxury
Romantic
Sky TV
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Charming country cottage in the grounds of a private Nidderdale Estate
  • Wonderful views over the Washburn Valley
  • A relaxing rural retreat
  • Wood burner in the lounge for cosy evenings in
  • Welcome hamper with Yorkshire treats
  • Decked garden with furniture and a BBQ
Property code: G0111

Small but perfectly formed, this delightful bijou cottage is perfectly located for romantic getaways for two.

Set within the private grounds of a 100-acre private estate, this idyllic Yorkshire cottage enjoys a stunning elevated position overlooking Nidderdale's Washburn Valley. Set out on foot to explore the surrounding moorland, woodland and reservoirs of this picturesque area, or hop onto two wheels to take on the challenging road and off-road routes nearby. A short drive will bring you to the stylish Victorian town of Ilkley (15 miles), home to an array of independent shops, boutiques cafes and restaurants including the Michelin-starred Box Tree. Other nearby attractions include the cosmopolitan spa town of Harrogate (10 miles), the charming market town of Pateley Bridge (12 miles) and the cultural sites of Harewood House (13 miles) and Bolton Abbey (15 miles).

 

Step inside to find a generous open-plan living space, encompassing the lounge, dining area and kitchen. Rustle up romantic meals for two in the kitchen area, which contemporary and chic, contains everything you should need plus a delicious welcome hamper. Dine at the circular table beside two charming French dressers before hunkering down beside the roaring wood burner for an evening of TV, film or games. Afterwards, retreat to the elegant king-size bedroom, which has been fitted with a Sky TV for those long lazy mornings in bed. A contemporary wet room features stylish grey tiles and an impressive monsoon shower for getting ready for the day ahead.

 

Outside, a split-level decked terrace is furnished with a patio table and chairs and a BBQ is available on request. When the sun is shining, this is a peaceful spot for enjoying an al fresco meal or drink overlooking the breathtaking Nidderdale views. There is off-road parking.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • 1 wet room with monsoon shower
  • Oven, hob, fridge
  • Sky TV
  • Heating provided by wood burner - logs included. Additional electric heaters available
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Garden with BBQ
  • Pub 2 miles, shop 6 miles
  • Ample off road parking
  • Babes-in-arms welcome
  • Please note Poachers Den is located within the same grounds as Brass Castle which hosts 12 guests
  • The garden at the Poachers Den isn't visible from Brass Castle and planting surrounds the property offering privacy on both sides.

Set in private grounds within a larger 100-acre private Yorkshire estate, the cottage enjoys a stunning elevated position overlooking the Washburn Valley in Nidderdale. In addition to the decking, there are miles of moorland and woodland walks right from the doorstep taking in some spectacular local scenery. This area is particularly well known for its reservoirs and you can see several from the headlands surrounding the house.

The area is a haven for walkers who can explore the local estate and beyond without having to jump in the car. It's equally good for cycling enthusiasts, with miles of challenging road and off-road routes nearby. The Estate is happy to arrange for cycles during your stay if you are unable to bring your own.

And if you like to keep one foot on urban ground, head down into Ilkley (8 miles) for the day. Highly regarded for its stylish architecture and beautiful floral displays, there's plenty to see and do in this elegant Victorian town. Take a turn around the gardens down by the river, indulge in afternoon tea at Betty's, explore the many independent shops and boutiques, making sure you pick up something delicious for tea and the several up-market delis in town. And for the nights when cooking seems like too much effort, book dinner in one of the highly regarded restaurants. Nearby Otley is also a charming Yorkshire town and Chevin Forest Park is a great place to blow off some steam.

Venture across to nearby Pateley Bridge (12.5 miles), a charming little market town very typical of this area of Yorkshire. The Main Street is peppered with cafes, restaurants, local stores, quality butchers and a fantastic wine shop - everything you need to stock up for your stay. You'll also find the self-proclaimed 'Oldest Sweet Shop in England' here, dating back to the early 1800s - little has changed inside since then.

The cottage is also just 10 miles from the cosmopolitan spa town of Harrogate, a must during any visit to this area. Encircled by its famous 'Stray' or '1,000 acres' of horseshoe-shaped grassland, Harrogate has a bright and breezy open-air feel and is characterised by its impressive floral displays. And as you would expect of such a bustling upbeat town, Harrogate boasts over 300 bars and restaurants together with all the shops, swimming pools, cinemas, parks and gardens you could ever wish for. Don't leave without indulging in a Fat Rascal and cup of Yorkshire Tea at Betty's!

And if you want to explore Yorkshire's cities, Leeds is 17.5 miles away and is packed with designer shops, cafes and top-notch restaurants. Other nearby attractions include Harewood House (14.5 miles), Bolton Abbey (9.5 miles) and the RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr (8.5 miles). There is just so much to see and do here!

Kirsten Wilcock

This property is personally managed by Kirsten.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 14 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Jim 4th September 2020

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Perfect little bijoux cottage. Ideally located for peace, quiet and scenic walks from the door.

Reviewed by Jan 21st August 2020

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but this wouldnt be a problem to most people!

Reviewed by Neil 31st July 2020

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Perfect little getaway cottage. Very peaceful setting with a huge garden. The owners were very helpful and the welcome hamper was stocked full of all our favourite things. I would definitely recommend for couples. Lots of good dog walks close by!

Reviewed by Tania 24th July 2020

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Absolutely gorgeous property in a perfect location to explore Yorkshire Dales.Close to Otley for supermarkets and local market to get provisions.The views and walks from the cottage were amazing.Accomodation just ideal for self catering you did not want for anything.

Reviewed by Cheryl 6th July 2020

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Beautiful little cottage set in lovely grounds with stunning views over the valley. Poachers Den was really well presented with all the comforts of home you could ever possibly need with the added bonus of a lovely welcome basket and flowers, was a very nice touch. Our contact Alex was wonderful, very informative, attentive and a delight to talk toRead more, a credit to the owners for sure. It was our first visit to Poachers Den but will certainly not be our last! Hide

Reviewed by Clare 27th December 2019

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A perfect getaway. We stayed over New Year and it was peaceful and cosy. We were able to explore lots in the local area and always looked forward to returning to this lovely place to get the log burner on!

Reviewed by Sara 20th September 2019

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The cottage was spotlessly clean, in a lovely location and well situated for sight seeing and walking. While we were staying it was certainly quiet and private. However, we wouldnt have been quite as happy if the large house next door had been occupied during our stay. The welcome pack was the best weve ever come across and we certainly enjoyed itsRead more contents. A word of warning if youre tall as my 6ft 4 husband struggled to use the shower without soaking the bathroom! Hide

Reviewed by Denise 13th September 2019

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Lovely location but with very steep drive and in close proximity to neighbouring cottage. This was empty while we were at Poachers Den but, if occupied, you would feel very overlooked - their barbecue and outside seating is right outside your sitting area and bedroom. Also headroom in bathroom is very restricted.

Reviewed by Shaun 6th September 2019

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The cottage was lovely but if the property next door had been let at the same time to a party of 12 people I dont think we would have enjoyed it as much... next door is very close so there is not much privacy , so for that reason only we wouldnt book again.

Reviewed by Carol 30th August 2019

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The cottage is beautifully equipped, everything you could want. Remote though, and very close to a house which could have 12 people staying. The views from the property were excellent.

Reviewed by Michael 16th August 2019

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Excellent location in a small but ideal for two cottage.Accommodation had everything you needed including bbq and dedication area to enjoy morals with a wonderful over the valley. The welcome hamper way a very welcome addition and the content was amazing

Reviewed by Michael 5th July 2019

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Poacher's Den is a superb property set in idyllic surroundings. It is a totally peaceful getaway from the world outside, but should you wish to venture out into civilisation, it is easily in reach of Harrogate, Pickering, York, or more locally Otley. My only regret was that this is now our third visit and we have yet to be cold enough to need to liRead moreght the superb log burning stove. We intend to keep trying. Hide

Reviewed by Adam 13th January 2019

We stayed at the Poachers' Den from 21 to 28 December 2018, and we cannot recommend the more perfect little getaway for a couple over Christmas.We arrived after a long drive to see a big house and what looked to be a little outbuilding with festive lights. The directions took us to the little building, and once inside we were completely blown away.Read more For what appears to be a small building is the perfect little cottage. So much time and care and attention has been put into the fitting and design; the layout means that you do not feel cramped at all. The lounge area is really snug with the sofa opposite the fire, the dining area is well placed between the lounge and the kitchen to divide the space, and the kitchen for a small cottage is really spacious and excellently laid out. The finish was to an extremely high standard, and what made it even more special was the thought and care that had gone into the decoration for the Christmas season.The welcome hamper was spectacular and so thoughtful, and kept us going for a bit before we ventured out. There isn't that much close by, which is exactly why we chose it, but the big Booths at Ilkley was a 30 minute drive, and there are some excellent pubs a quick drive away too.The walking in the area is excellent; while we ventured out to the 3 Peaks area, walks after we arrived and on Christmas Day by the reservoir were so close that we didn't have to go far. Then returning to the cottage and putting on the log fire while making dinner was wonderful, and there were plenty of utensils and trays to make a full Christmas dinner for two as well.We could not recommend this cottage highly enough. We will certainly look at going back in the future. Hide

Reviewed by Jayne 11th January 2019

A lovely little cottage set in a fantastic position with amazing views. Everything was ready for us and some lovely festive touches (we went over the New Year) made it that bit more special. Any communication was quickly responded to, we were really pleased with our stay.

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