Boatman’s Cottage ref: UK10924

Skipton, Skipton & Area

3 Stars



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  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Green Scheme 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Boatman’s Cottage is a charming, end-of-terrace, stone-built cottage on the edge of the Skipton Canal, just a short walk from Skipton’s award-winning High Street. This pretty little cottage seamlessly combines original features such as exposed beams in the hallway with modern furnishings providing a first class holiday cottage, ideal for a romantic break in the Yorkshire Dales. This property has been tastefully extended to include a large conservatory to the rear making the kitchen/dining room a large open and airy space, which is great for socialising in. The well-equipped kitchen, with a central island, is well laid out and provides everything you would need to create wonderful meals during your holiday. The cosy front room offers canal views and features a wood burner. Upstairs are two double bedrooms, one of which has great views along Skipton Canal. The enclosed, dog-friendly garden catches the afternoon sun, and the off-street parking for one car is a real bonus in this busy market town.
Boatman’s Cottage provides an excellent base from which to enjoy the many delights this town has to offer. In 2017 it was voted as the happiest place in the UK to live in by the Sunday Times. A short walk from the cottage brings you to the medieval Skipton Castle, which is one of the oldest in the country and definitely worth a visit; the castle guides are very knowledgable. The lively canal basin and daily market are also within a few minutes of the property. The main High Street has a plethora of cafés, shops and restaurants - not to mention some great pubs serving traditional Yorkshire ales and some fabulous Yorkshire food. A few days in this town will certainly make you gain a few pounds!
The Yorskhire Dales are right on the doorstep, and there are hundreds of miles of paths to explore this stunning part of the country. Bolton Abby is also worth a visit, along with the farmers’ market at Grassington and the cheese factory at Settle. For those who enjoy shopping, why not visit the spa town of Harrogate or the picturesque village of Kirby Lonsdale? Both are within easy reach. Whilst visiting Harrogate, a visit to Betty’s, the famous Yorkshire tea room, has got to be on your itinerary. Visitors travel from around the world to sample their afternoon cakes and patisserie! This little cottage offers country living at its best, and is the perfect base from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales. Shop ¼ mile, pub 30 yards, restaurant 100 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living room: With wood burner and 32" Freesat TV.
Kitchen/dining conservatory: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
Separate toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack.


Small enclosed lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car; additional public car park £15 per week. No smoking. Please note: The canal is 10 yards away beyond a stone wall.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    0.25 miles
  • Distance
    10 yards
  • Restaurant
    100 yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    30 yards
  • Railway station distance
    0.25 miles
  • Lake
    1 mile (reservoir)

About the local area

Skipton is a bustling market town situated in a unique location, the Aire Gap, which enables visitors to explore some of northern England's outstanding beauty spots. The Yorkshire Dales lie to the north and give Skipton its name of 'The Gateway to the Dales'. The rolling green pastures of the Ribble Valley lie to the west and lead to the Lake District.

Millstone grit moorland stretches to the south and east of Skipton, leading to Bronte Country and good road, rail and air links from the cities of Bradford and Leeds. There's an open air market four days a week, traditional shops and a vibrant, modern commercial centre.

There's a rich history in Skipton. The 900-year old castle has dominated the town since the Norman Conquest. Although part of Yorkshire, Skipton supported the Lancastrians during the War of the Roses. and during the Civil War, was the only Royalist stronghold in northern England.

This is one of the most scenic stretches of the Leeds - Liverpool Canal, which passes through the town centre and around Skipton Castle like a moat. You can take a half hour trip around the castle or day trips to outlying areas.

The canal takes you to Gargrave village, close to the source of the River Aire and the spectacular limestone gorges at Malham. Here you can enjoy dozens of walks around the remote moorland, stunning glical formations such as Malham Tarn and even spot the Peregrine Falcons nesting high on the cliffs.

The village of Embsay, just outside Skipton, hosts a terminal of the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. The train stops just outside Bolton Abbey, a lovely place for picnic.

Things to do nearby

Pennine Bridleway - Horse Riding

The Pennine Bridleway is a new 350 mile long National Trail in the North of England.

Skipton Market

Visit this long running market in the town that boasts the location of `The Gateway to the Dales' Market days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Stalls vary from meat, fruit and veg to clothes, cards and plants.

Pennine Cruisers
Pennine Cruisers

Take a 30 minute tour of the beautiful Leeds Liverpool canal around Skipton, the Gateway to the Dales.

River Wharfe - Day Tickets
River Wharfe - Day Tickets

Some great fishing venues including Burnsall, Ilkley and Grassington. Day tickets available.

Skipton Castle

One of England's most complete medieval castles standing above the bustling market town of Skipton. Visitors can explore the whole castle which notably withstood three years of siege during the English Civil War.

Mary Toodley Loop - Horse Riding

The Mary Towneley Loop, is a 42 mile circular route which forms part of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail.

Whinny Gill Reservoir
Whinny Gill Reservoir

This Reservoir sits on the edge of Skipton and is a fairly unique construction. An ideal bed for small fish to hide away from the waters larger fish!

Coniston Hall - Fishing

The lake is set in 24 acres of magnificent grounds of a large hotel and makes for a peaceful days fly fishing. Both boat and bank fly fishing are available. The Coniston Hall lake is open for fly fishing from 1st April to 1st October inclusive.

Bolton Abbey Railway

Travel between Embsay station, built in 1888, and the new award-winning station at Bolton Abbey. Your journey takes you through picturesque Yorkshire Dales scenery. Enjoy special Thomas the Tank Engine rides and a visit from Santa at Christmas!

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