West Gate LodgeRipon, Yorkshire
- Guests 2
- Bedrooms 1
- Preferred changeover day Thursday
- Minimum stay 3 nights
- Number of dogs welcome 0
- Acorn rating 5 What's this?
- Reference 020032
About West Gate LodgeAn elegant Victorian cottage with views over the 12th century Cistercian Fountains Abbey.
West Gate Lodge was built around 1859 by the Marquess of Ripon using stone from the nearby atmospheric Fountain Abbey ruins. Inside you’ll find a cosy cottage furnished with handcrafted oak furniture and original Victorian features such as diamond leaded windows. The cottage has an enviable location and looks south across an orchard of ancient variety fruit trees and to the Kitchen Bank Meadow. For alfresco dining, or simply relaxing with a good book, you can head down your own secluded, and naturally wild, strip of riverbank garden bordering the Skell.
Sitting behind the West Gate visitor route, you’ll be on doorstep of the Abbey and grounds which you are welcome to explore – even after-hours once the day visitors have gone home. If you’re feeling artistic, you’ll find a few artists materials and easel waiting in the cottage, perfect for painting the Abbey at sunset. For the more energetic, you’ll have 700 acres of Studley Royal deer park and numerous walking trails across the park, including The Seven Bridges Valley walk.
Further afield are the Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors, with endless walking opportunities. Other places to visit nearby are the Ripon Races, Nidderdale AONB, Brimham Rocks and Beningbrough Hall. If to you no holiday would be complete without a trip to the coast, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay are both within an easy driving distance.
Availability & book
- Selected dates
- Changeover day
Features and facilities
- Cot & high chair available
- Microwave available
- Fridge available
- Freezer available
- Dishwasher available
- Washing machine available
- Tumble dryer available
- Telephone not available
- Television available
- DVD available
- WiFi* not available
- Open fire / wood burner available
- Garden available
- BBQ not available
Not accessibleView accessibility guide (PDF 285 KB)
Entrance hall, dual-aspect sitting room with an open fire. Dining room, kitchen, utility room and cloak room.
Bedroom with super-king bed (can be twin on request), dressing room and interconnecting door to bathroom.
Notes for guests
Access: The accessibility guide is for guidance only. For up to date photos, please see the images on the webpage.
Heating: Open fire in living room, gas central heating throughout.
Logs: The fire will be laid for you on arrival. Additional logs may be purchased upon booking or prior to arrival for £5 per bag.
Parking: One designated space to the side of Fountains Hall. Guests may drop off luggage at the front of West Lodge but no cars are permitted to park beside the cottage - please use the car parking space provided. Distance from the cottage to the parking space is approx 200m on a level, tarmac'd drive.
Garden: Down 16 steep stone steps to the far side of the cottage, the garden is river-side with a very steep drop so dogs and children are not permitted at this property.
There is a patio area on the raised bank with a bistro table and chairs
- 1 minute walk from Fountains Hall cottages (Proctor & Vyner).
- 2 minute walk from Abbey stores, Abbey Cottage and Fountains Cottage
- 1 minute walk to Porters Lodge visitor reception area
Access to park and gardens outside of standard visitor hours.
Offers: Holiday cottage guests have free access to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate during opening hours and after hours until dusk once the public have gone home. This is with the exception of Fridays in November, December and January when the estate is closed on Fridays.
Guests will benefit from a late Sunday (only) checkout at 12 noon