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Poacher's Den,

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
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
  • 10 miles from the famous market town of Harrogate
  • Wood burner in the lounge for cosy evenings in
  • Welcome hamper with treats from the world-famous Betty's Tearooms
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Regret no pets
  • Garden with BBQ
  • Pub 2 miles, shop 6 miles
  • Ample off road parking
  • Babes-in-arms welcome

This property joined our collection in the last 12 months and is managed by Marion.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 12 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Michael, 5th July 2019

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.

Reviewed by Mike, 16th August 2018

This was our second stay and was even better than before as we stayed longer. It is impossible to fault Poachers Den in any way. It is kept in immaculate condition both in repair and cleanliness. The setting is idyllic and it is the most peaceful spot you could wish for. Thanks yet again to Alex and the team for an excellent holiday.Jan and Mike frRead moreom Northumberland. Hide

Reviewed by Shanaz, 30th July 2018

Poachers Den is lovely it in a pretty tranquil location overlooking amazing scenery from front door and the patio been such amazing weather we ate outside its soo calm peaceful and secluded.Inside is a Wow cosy log burner amazing monsoon shower Amazing king size bed ( we literally slept like a log ) Cleanliness is 11 out of 10 The whole interRead moreior is so impeccably furnished with highest attention to detail You have all amenities in the cottage you need Location is fantastic all within 20/30 mins We went to Betty's Harrogate 20 mins away. Spent day out in Skipton 30 mins away long river walks and boat tours. Otley is a drive down amazing view over River wharfe where we had picnic Also for our stay was a lovely generous hamper which again lot of thought went behind it For myself who have stayed in soo many places gorgeous cottages is absolutely perfect as I am very much a perfectionist Have to mention the amazing estate manager Alex her care attention to guests is second to non Thankyou Alex Looking forward to our next break with gorgeous cottages very soon.. Hide

Reviewed by Anna, 30th June 2018

Poacher's Den was fantastic and we had a brilliant holiday there - the only reason local amenities is 8 is that as it is out of the way there aren't really any of the popular amenities that most people would be looking for but the cottage and everything associated with it was beautiful. From the visits from local wildlife to our daily jaunts out aRead morend about it was a really relaxing and enjoyable time. You are close at hand to some of the best places to visit in the area and the surrounding towns - Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon - and many more are a delight to explore. The attention from the staff was second to none with contact to make sure we had arrived and had no problems, both by message and personal visit. Hide

Reviewed by Sue, 16th June 2018

The cottage is lovely and very well equipped.

Reviewed by Dianne, 2nd June 2018

Poachers Den is a lovely cottage in a pretty, tranquil, rural location. Its very pleasantly furnished with good quality furnishings and spotlessly clean . We loved our stay there and the owner provided a wonderful arrival hamper which was much appreciated.The driveway, whilst steep, is now tarmacked, so is not a problem whatsoever. The kitchen is Read morereasonably well stocked and the log fire makes for a cosy atmosphere.We recommend Poacher cottage and would certainly return. The only minor negatives for us were: 1. The decking / outdoor seating area is located under one of the several lime trees which surround the cottage. At this time of year, they constantly drip a sticky sap, rendering the patio furniture very sticky, so need a daily wash down. The same is true of your car if you park it under the trees! 2. The bed is very low so won't suit the less agile. Hide

Reviewed by Mike, 15th May 2018

This truly deserves the title "gorgeous cottage*. I have stayed in many places throughout the UK and can honestly say I have never encountered a better one. Whilst the cottage is described as "bijou" it has everything that could be required and all in top condition, there was even a welcome pack of local goodies to greet us. The location is superb Read moreand even the weather smiled on us. My wife is now anxious for me to book again, this time for a longer period. Hide

Reviewed by Diana, 8th May 2018

Lovely cottage in beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Small but has everything you need, we'll definitely go back. Brilliant cycling country.

Reviewed by Ann, 25th April 2018

Second visit, even better than the first, booked this again.Credit to the owners.

Reviewed by Ann, 10th April 2018

Gorgeous cottage and beautiful setting. It had everything you could want.

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