West Gate LodgeRipon, Yorkshire
At a glance details
- Sleeps 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
Entrance hall, dual-aspect sitting room with an open fire. Dining room, kitchen, utility room (with toilet) and cloak room.
Bedroom with super-king bed (can be twin on request), dressing room and interconnecting door to bathroom.
Notes for visitors
Access: If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the team on 0344 800 2070.
Heating: Open fire in living room, gas central heating throughout.
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 Drop off at the cottage but parking space is approx 200m on level, tarmac'd drive.
Garden: Down 10 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
*WiFi: This is now available, but please note that intermittent connection problems can sometimes occur and should not be relied upon. We are pleased to provide free WiFi at this cottage which is supported by BT.
- 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: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday (only) checkout at 12 noon.
Catering: The team at Fountains Abbey can provide a simple pie or casserole ready for you to pop in the oven. You can choose from:
- Chicken, Ham, Leek & Potato Pie
- Seasonal Vegetable & Bean Casserole
- Fish Pie
A minimum notice of 7 days is required for all food orders.
Pricing is as follows: Adults £7 per head / Children £4 per head. Please note side vegetables are not included.
Casseroles or pies will be delivered to the cottage and left in the fridge ready for your arrival.