The Green is a wonderful quirky 18th-century, terraced cottage in historic Richmond. The owners fell in love with the old twisting beams, thick stone walls and panelling as soon as they saw it. At the back of the cottage there was once another small cottage which burnt down in the 19th century and was never rebuilt. Fortunately it now leaves the cottage with a lovely courtyard garden, totally enclosed and perfect for enjoying the Yorkshire sun. The cottage is Grade II listed and overlooks a neat green where you’ll see the residents compete to display the best pots and flowers.
The River Swale and the lesser bridge over it are about 50 yards away. If you walk down to the river and turn left down a lane, the battlements of Richmond Castle tower over you on one side, whilst on the other the river flows down to a naturally shallow, calm setting. The walk takes about 5 minutes, and after that you find yourself in a park by the river (a great spot for a picnic), and then takes you up to the main bridge into the town. Over the bridge lies the station, the trains have long gone but the station itself has been restored. Inside there is a 3-screen cinema, a micro-brewery and bar, ice-cream parlour, delicatessen, an artisan bakery and finally, a café with a gallery of local art. Next to the station there is also Richmond’s indoor swimming pool.
The station is also the launch pad for many people doing a circular walk of about 4 miles, along the river down to the remains of medieval Easby Abbey, and back along the other river bank. It is an easy, well-signed route, but for the more adventurous there are longer walks from the house including, of course, the famous Coast to Coast Walk. Lots of walkers stay in Richmond having done the 11-mile section from Reeth, and if you don’t mind walking against the flow Reeth is a great place to head for. It is a beautiful village equipped with a variety of places for much needed refreshment and home to the National Park Centre. Richmond itself has lots to offer. The impressive Norman castle was one of the strongest in the north and the Norman presence shows itself in some of the areas of the town, such as Frenchgate where the soldiers used to billet. The Green Howard’s museum is in the market place, and 900 years of association with thirsty soldiers means the town is well supplied with historic pubs. The Saturday market is well worth a visit, but there are also lots of local food outlets around or near the market square. Richmond boasts the oldest Georgian theatre in existence, which hosts a busy repertoire of plays, comedy nights and musical evenings. There are several art and craft shops along the little alleyways around the market square including the main gallery of distinguished local artist Lucy Pittaway. Shop, pub and restaurant 600 yards.
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Living/dining room: With gas wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, beams and wooden floor.
Kitchen: Farmhouse style with electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, beams and tiled floor.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and single bed.
Bathroom: With roll-top bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
Steep stairs to...
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed and single bed.
Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate.
Enclosed courtyard with patio and garden furniture. On road parking; additional public car park, £4.50 per day. No smoking. Please note: There are 12 steps in the courtyard.
Nearest railway station
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