- english, Japanese
About Dave Douglas
Native of Carlisle with DNA from both sides of the Border. Durham University educated with first and higher degrees in biology-related fields. Have always had a keen interest in the natural world, including all aspects of life sciences, geology and astronomy. Also keen amateur artist and photographer. Have lived in Japan since 1983, returning to the UK 2-3 times a year. Four grown-up children, who used the cottage as a UK base while at school and university, and helped to convert the interior into what you see today. Owner has been running a small internet-based business in Japan editing scientific manuscripts.
Dave Douglas purchased this Cottage in 2002
Why Dave Douglas chose Skipton
I chose Skipton as a base for my kids because it was close to their schools and universities. Also I wanted to establish my UK base in a traditional historical town, rather than in some anonymous suburb. I knew nothing about Skipton when I arrived, and within a few days of property research, the cottage came on the market. I was immediately struck by its character, its very central and convenient location, and its proximity to both amenities and picturesque spots. Therefore I felt that its availability was providential, and I had no hesitation in making a bid. The downside was that the cottage had been let to a succession of tenants since the 1970s by an expat landlord who had neglected the property. It was in a terrible state, and so during the next couple of years I slowly renovated the interior with the help of my kids. In view of my distant location, it took a long time to get it up to scratch. The finishing touch was to have the windows and doors hand-crafted by a local carpenter, as required for a Grade II listed building. I feel a huge amount of satisfaction now that the cottage has been restored and modernized, while still retaining a lot of character, as well as reflecting the Japanese influence of the family who have grown to love it.
What makes this Cottage unique
As a UK expat, I was looking for a property with character and (if possible) historical credentials. In addition I needed somewhere central, where I could stay without needing a car for everyday life. As I would be away for long periods, a garden was out of the question, but I still hoped for some greenery, and this is provided by the ivy and bushes in the thin strip of soil under the front windows. Despite the lack of a yard, the canal basin is only yards away, and the nearby canal towpath offers convenient and pleasant walks, or spots to sit down and relax. It is also possible to take a chair from the kitchen and sit on the doorstep, as the cul-de-sac location means that it is still relatively quiet, despite the close proximity to this much-photographed area of the town.
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Great location; parking space less than ideal
I’d rate our stay between a four and a five. The house was cosy and clean and fit our group of five. Location is excellent with beautiful views of the canal and just a few minutes from High Street. Only complaint is that parking was tight for our vehicle. Impossible in fact as I was not warned how narrow the street was or how limited the parking would be. I ended up paying for parking at the car park across the street as there was no room in the regular parking spot. Would recommend the house as a whole but just know that parking is tight and limited.
Lovely cottage, great central location
This is a lovely cottage with large kitchen / dining area and cosy living room downstairs. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms a double and 2 singles and a large bathroom with both bath and separate shower. Excellent selection of videos and dvds. No TVs in bedrooms and upstairs floor is very creaky. Fantastic location beside canal and minutes walk from main Skipton with many lovely pubs close by. Although parking space is included it is an extremely difficult street to park in and depends on neighbour parking too however there is s car park 2 minutes walk away over the canal and a weeks parking ticket is only £15. Check in/ out process simple. Would recommend Good Shepherd pub next door for a night cap but also say to close blinds in cottage in the evening as pub is directly opposite and can see in to cottage if dark and lights on. Also recommend Bizzie Lizzie fish and chips some 5 minute walk away. Overall we had a lovely three night stay and would highly recommend this property and would happily stay again if ever in Skipton again.
very good experìence.
The house was excellent all around
Great location in the center of a lovely town..Great bus/train connections to surrounding villages. I would come back to Dave's house again and would certainly recommend it..
This cottage was in an excellent location in a quiet lane right near the canal. Perfect for walking around Skipton. Close to the Castle woods for a stroll and near food stores and great restaurants. The cottage was warm and cosy upon our return and had all the conveniences needed for a week stay. Also near wonderful days out to explore the Yorkshire dales and sites further afield. The Skipton Waterway festival was on during our stay which was an added bonus!
Lovely quirky but homely cottage
We were enthralled by this quirky cottage. We spent every breakfast trying to second guess the owners occupation, pushing ourselves to think outside the box. We were part of the Skipton Beer Festival Organisers committee so we only really spent our nights and breakfasts in the cottage but it provided everything that we needed and we were delighted with how close to our festival venue it was. We will definitely be returning. Many Thanks to Dave :)
Perfect for what we wanted
Lovely place to stay and ideal for our hike up malham cove malham tarn and ing scar. Then Janet's foss and gordale scar with a trip to York in between.
House is in Skipton town centre with all shopping and amenities close by. Beauty spots within the Dales are within one hour's drive or train.