Frenchgate Mews ref: UK34400

Richmond, Swaledale

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  • Golf nearby 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Romantic Getaways 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Luxury Collection 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • All En-suite 
  • Open Plan 
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Fully restored in 2021, providing a luxury bolthole in historic Richmond. Dating back to the 17th century, this quirky Grade II-listed cottage oozes style and luxurious touches, a perfect couple’s retreat. Upside down by design, taking full advantage of the views of the castle across Richmond’s quaint rooftops. With a small entrance for boots and coats, a glass balustrade climbs up to the open plan living space on the first floor. With traditional features combined with contemporary furnishings, Frenchgate Mews has a truly welcoming style. The living space incorporates a modern shaker-style kitchen, dining table for two with luxury padded chairs, two cosy, comfortable sofas and Smart TV - everything you need to feel at home. Downstairs, the en-suite bedroom has a relaxing ambiance, tastefully decorated. Relax and unwind in the kingsize bed with deep mattress dressed in crisp, luxury boutique linen, ensuring a good night’s sleep. Two walk-in wardrobes give plenty of storage and en-suite facilities with bath and shower.

Richmond offers a wide variety of activities; you can simply park up the car and enjoy everything on foot. A short stroll takes you to the bustling market square, cobbled streets brimming with independent shops, galleries and tea rooms. You’ll find a good selection of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. The famous Norman castle dominates the skyline, with circular walks around the banks of the River Swale passing by The Station, a bustling centre hosting art and craft exhibitions, a three-screen cinema, café, delicatessen, a micro-brewery and an ice cream parlour. On the same site there is an indoor swimming pool and health club.

Richmond sits at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, making this the perfect base for outdoor enthusiasts to explore the sights of Swaledale and the Yorkshire Dales. There are plenty of riverside and woodland walks nearby which continue into the stunning countryside beyond. It is ideal for keen walkers and cyclists alike with a range of routes and trails nearby for all abilities. To enjoy the wider area, visit one of the many pretty Yorkshire towns or villages, such as Thirsk, Ripon, Harrogate, Leyburn, Hawes or Reeth, all of which are close by. There is also the opportunity to watch the horse racing at Catterick, Thirsk, Ripon or York racecourses.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Step to entrance.
Bedroom: With kingsize bed, Smart TV and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.

First floor

Open plan living space.
Living area: With electric fire, Smart TV and sound bar.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.


On road parking; additional public car park, £15 per week. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
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  • Restaurant
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
  • Railway station distance
  • Lake

About the local area

The valley of the River Swale begins in the west close, to Nine Standards Rigg, the strange collection of nine stone cairns built on the ridge of the Yorkshire and Cumbria border and runs eastwards to the historic town of Richmond.

Although one of the more remote valleys, it has a wealth of villages and hamlets to visit and explore and is a great favourite with fell walkers.

Indeed, Alfred Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast walk passes along Swaledale, but for those who don't want to make that full journey, there is plenty of peace and beauty to be had here.

This is also James Herriot country and fans of TV's All Creatures Great and Small might well recognise nearby Arkengarthdale from the show's title shots. The valley was also formerly the centre of the local lead-mining industry.

Along Swaledale lie the villages of Muker, where a Bronze Age burial was discovered and Gunnerside, a centre for the traditional dry-stone walls and stone-built barns and houses that are such a distinctive feature of the Yorkshire Dales.

Reeth, known as the capital of Swaledale, is the starting point for many of the most popular Dales walks and has three pubs!

Running parallel with Swaledale, to the south, is Wensleydale and the two are joined by the dramatic Buttertubs Pass, a high moorland road that passes crags and waterfall as it leads from one dale to the other.

Things to do nearby


Reeth, in the heart of Swaledale is a honey pot for locals and tourists. It lies where two of North Yorkshire's finest dales meet.

Arkle Moor Riding Centre
Arkle Moor Riding Centre

A small riding centre just outside the dales village of Reeth.

The Forbidden Corner

A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

The Swaledale Museum
The Swaledale Museum

The Swaledale Museum is run by volunteers where displays of local heritage from Swaledale and Arkengarthdale can be viewed.

Bolton Castle

Completed in 1399, Bolton Castle has a rich past including connections with Richard III and Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned here in 1568 under orders from Elizabeth I. Open all year round.

River Bain
River Bain

Bainbridge is the only place that you can get day tickets for the River Bain with it being such a short river - the shortest in England at about two miles!

River Ure - Day Tickets
River Ure - Day Tickets

Great fishing venues include Bainbridge, Hawes and Aysgarth. Day tickets available

Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle, on a cliff above the River Swale near the town of Richmond is believed to be one of the oldest stone-built castles surviving today. The most impressive and best preserved area of the castle is the Great Keep, which stands over 100 feet tall.

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