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If you are looking for superb accommodation for an extended family holiday, group getaway or as the venue to celebrate a special occasion or event then The Old Vicarage may well be the perfect choice. Delightfully situated in the heart of The Yorkshire Dales overlooking the River Swale and glorious views of Swaledale, this country house is truly stunning. Sleeping up to nine guests (ten by arrangement plus a travel cot on request), the house is ideal for larger families and also offers flexible accommodation for smaller groups. Furnished and fitted to a high standard, your comfort is assured. Relax and simply take in the views with a glass of something chilled or make the most of the wonderful facilities available to you during your stay.
Guests at The Old Vicarage have access to outstanding private leisure facilities that are situated just a short stroll from the property and include a magnificent 15-metre heated indoor swimming pool. There is also a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, state-of-the-art gymnasium, table tennis, table football and outdoor tennis courts. Just across the courtyard from The Old Vicarage is a converted farm building which is beautifully equipped with a full-size pool table.
There are numerous walking and cycling routes direct from the doorstep, so there will be days when you may choose not to get in the car at all but The Old Vicarage is also perfectly situated to explore the Dales with its many activity opportunities and exciting visitor attractions.
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The Old Vicarage's setting is truly outstanding and its views are amongst the best in England.
The property itself stands in its own enclosed gardens but beyond that are wooded valleys, flowering meadows and access to a private stretch of river.
There are lots of seating areas in the garden from which to take in those gorgeous views. It is also the perfect place for outdoor living - be it family barbeques, kicking a ball around, playing boules or simply relaxing and enjoying a good book. A padded wooden swing seat is perfectly positioned to while away any cares.
Just beyond the garden is flowering meadowland, often grazed by the owner’s pet Highland Cattle. These friendly animals are much-loved by guests with many visitors taking the opportunity to get to know them better. Children in particular enjoy helping out with the grooming and feeding.
Guests also have direct access to a private stretch of river just across the fields. This is a great place to indulge in a spot of fishing, enjoy a family picnic or just potter about in the water, skimming stones and building pebble towers. There's also plenty of birds and wildlife to see. Otters have been spotted playing in the water and kingfishers nest here each summer.
As well as plenty of parking space, there are secure stone-built outbuildings in which to store bikes and other recreational equipment. A stable across the courtyard has been converted to provide a 'chill-out' zone away from the main house complete with a full-sized pool table. This is in addition to the extensive recreational facilities that are conveniently located just a short walk away across a couple of fields. Here guests have exclusive access to an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, outdoor tennis courts and a fully equipped modern gym with table football and table tennis.
Comfort and style resonates through every living space in The Old Vicarage, which becomes obvious as soon as you set foot into the impressive hallway with its stripped hardwood flooring and beautiful staircase.
The spacious living room has two large comfortable sofas and a selection of 'sink-into' bean bags that are ideal for that well-deserved relaxation time that holidays are all about. Here you can curl up with a good book or enjoy the entertainment provided by the flat screen television and state-of-the-art sound system. A focal point is the wood-burning stove, set within the ornate feature fireplace, to give that extra degree of comfort and well-being. The three large windows offer far-reaching views of the magnificent Swale Valley.
The elegant dining room is a lovely addition to the downstairs rooms and is perfect for all social occasions. The solid wooden dining table comfortably seats ten people and is accessorised with an embroidered silk runner and feature candelabra. The views from the two large sash windows provide a stunning backdrop for candlelit-dining, especially during the summer months when the windows can be opened to appreciate the delicate scents and stillness of a warm evening.
It's lovely to holiday as a group but sometimes it's nice to slope off for a bit of peace and quiet! The small, cosy snug or study area offers a quiet space away from the rest of the house, ideal for reading, writing or making the most of the free Wi-fi facilities. As well as a traditional writing desk, it has three comfortable armchairs, stripped wooden floor and colourful rugs.
They say the kitchen is at the heart of every house and this is certainly true of The Old Vicarage. It is well-equipped with all the mod cons that will satisfy even the keenest of cooks but also retains a traditional country kitchen feel with lots of period features. There is a generous farmhouse-style wooden table, hand-painted units and solid wooden worktops, which are complemented by bright and colourful pop art pictures to give it a cheerful and unique character.
Just next to the kitchen is a large utility room that gives lots of space for extra storage. There is an additional fridge and freezer – solving that problem of where to put everything at the beginning of your stay – as well as a washing machine, dryer and dishwasher.
The Old Vicarage is beautifully furnished and it is for this reason that there is a policy of no dogs in the main house. This ensures that everything is kept fresh and allergy free for all visitors. There is, however, a dedicated pet room - just off the utility room - for canine visitors. This heated room has a water tap, window and external door, and is equipped with a comfortable dog basket and basic accessories although owners may choose to bring their own. In the interest of hygiene, guests are encouraged to bring their own soft bed.
Handily situated on the ground floor is a spacious cloakroom with a toilet and sink. It also provides plenty of additional hanging space for outdoor clothing.
First Floor Description
The Old Vicarage has five bedrooms on the first floor. All have their own distinct character with carefully selected furniture and luxurious soft furnishings.
The centrepiece of Bedroom One is undoubtedly the magnificent super king-sized carved wooden sleigh bed but it also features opulent full floor-length curtains and a striking Turkish tapestry wall hanging. A 'swallow-you-up' armchair makes an inviting place to sit and admire the almost 180 degree panoramic views over the Swale Valley from the windows.
Bedroom Two also has magnificent views of the River Swale. It has a comfortable king-sized bed and sumptuous floor-length curtains combine restful colours with luxurious silk furnishings. An attractive black, cast iron fireplace is complemented with stylish antique furniture and pictures of Richmond painted by local artists provide additional interest.
An impressive brass antique bed forms the focal point of Bedroom Three. This delightful double room features other fine pieces of antique furniture, rugs and mirrors for a tranquil, restful feel. The west-facing picture windows look out over the stables and paddock, onto the flowering meadows beyond.
With views of the garden and across to the nearby woods of the Swale Valley, Bedroom Four is regularly bathed in morning sunlight. The autumnal tones of the soft furnishings and throws give this double room a warm and cosy feel, enhanced by the mellow, cream-painted wooden furniture. Framed prints of nearby Richmond sit alongside a distinctive feature mirror that extends across the two beds.
Last but not least is Bedroom Five - a cosy single room featuring antique furniture and country floral and wildlife prints. It has a thick woollen rug and plenty of luxurious cushions and throws. Facing east, it catches the morning sun and enjoys extensive views of the southern part of Swaledale.
There are three first floor bathrooms, which nicely avoids any early morning queues! The largest bathroom is attractively presented with a Victorian-style bath, hand basin, toilet and bidet. It has the added feature of under floor heating for a particularly cosy feel. There are also a further two modern bathrooms with showers, hand basins and toilets.
Each bathroom has plenty of good quality towels and a selection of toiletries such as hand wash, bubble bath, shampoo, conditioner, and moisturising lotions.
Window Views Description
Each room has its own individual 'picture postcard' view which are an unforgettable feature of this beautiful holiday home. Some windows look out across the wooded valleys and river whereas others overlook the gardens and surrounding meadowland. The landscape stretches for miles and miles, with massive expanses of sky above. Whichever way you look, these vistas have to be seen to be believed – the views are truly breathtaking!
The area is also noted for its dark skies, making it a perfect spot for star-watching. During the day, these same skies are filled with the calls of many species of birds, including Curlew and Skylark for which the Dales are famous.
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Located in the heart of Wensleydale, this spectacular medieval fortress was built by the Scrope family in 1399. It has had a fascinating history; a highlight being that Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here in 1569. Activities include dressing up in Medieval costumes and having a go at some of the authentic toys and games in the nursery. There are also regular archery and bird flying demonstrations.Visit Website
Richmond Castle is the best-preserved example of an early Norman castle in England. Visitors can climb the keep for breathtaking 360 degree views of the town and surrounding area, as well as explore the outer walls, gardens and exhibition centre.Visit Website
This striking Jacobean country house is now furnished as a welcoming Victorian family home, with fascinating items including Admiral Lord Nelson’s library chair from H.M.S. Victory, and part of the block of wood on which Charles I was beheaded. There are also beautiful gardens, lakeside walks and an amazing tea room.Visit Website
The Forbidden Corner
This unique ‘pleasure garden’ is probably unlike anywhere you will have visited before! While suitable for all ages, if your child is particularly sensitive then caution should be taken with some of the ‘exhibits’. The four-acre garden comprises a labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises.Visit Website
Thorp Perrow Arboretum
Thorp Perrow Arboretum is one of the finest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country. Spread over 100 acres, there are tree trails, a nature trail and a children's trail, a large lake, picnic area and children's play area. There is also a tearoom and bird of prey and mammal centre, with regular flying demonstrations.Visit Website
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The Punch Bowl, Low Row
Enjoying breathtaking views across Swaledale, the Punch Bowl Inn combines original 17th century character with contemporary luxury. It has a good reputation for providing quality food and uses local and seasonal produce. The restaurant has a lovely open fire in the winter months.Visit Website
The Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton
This former 17th century coaching inn has been transformed into an elegant, contemporary dining experience, with log fires in the spacious lounge. If you enjoy seafood then this is the place for you. It is also featured in the Guinness Book of Records for having the world's largest single serving of fish and chips!Visit Website
The Blue Lion, East Witton
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Campbells of Leyburn
This traditional grocery store has a delicatessen specialising in home-baked pies, breads, olives and local cheeses. The wines and spirits department is particularly noteworthy and boasts one of the widest and finest selections of wines in the region.Visit Website
The Station, Richmond
This popular tourist attraction provides the home for several artisan food outlets, including a brewery, award-winning bakery and Italian-style deli. There is also an ice-cream parlour that sells a range of delicious take-away ice-creams and ice-cream cakes.Visit Website
Sporting Attractions and Activities
Dales Bike Centre, Grinton
The nearby Dales Bike Centre offers bike hire (mountain and road) and riding skills courses. There is also a very good cafe serving excellent homemade food for when you get back from your ride!Visit Website
Adrenalin North Yorkshire, Richmond
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Richmond Golf Club
Set on the outskirts of the market town of Richmond, this picturesque 18-hole course is open to visitors as well as members.Visit Website
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