''Sweet Lassie Cottage'' is a Grade-II listed, stone-built cottage, dating from approximately 1680 and therefore steeped in history! It sits in the most historic part of Richmond, on the shoulder of the castle hill, only a very short level walk to the marketplace.
The name of the cottage derives from the local love song ''The Lass of Richmond Hill'' and the cottage celebrates this Legend of the Dales, with various Sweet Lassie images and memorabilia throughout the cottage.
The accommodation is arranged over 3 floors: you enter via small entrance porch leading to the granite-topped modern kitchen and dining area with stone-flagged floor and oak beams; here are all the utilities you need for cosy home-cooked meals in the evening. Stairs from the porch lead to a comfy, heavily-beamed living room with TV and sofa; here is where you relax to enjoy the evening after a day out exploring the town or the beautiful Dales just minutes away. Further stairs lead to the romantic-themed bedroom with a its brass queen-sized bed and the modern shower room next door. There is a roof-top view towards the hills and you get a lovely view of the sun-rise in the mornings. To the right are the walls of the ancient castle-keep.
A perfect cottage for two that oozes character: old stone floors, original beamed ceilings, fireplaces and many nooks and crannies. The stairs are original stone-built (although carpeted for comfort) and you feel a sense of adventure as you climb to the first and second floors and discover the delights of this small and surprising cottage.
Despite its many original features, the cottage has plenty of modern touches: the well-fitted kitchen with kettle, toaster, iron, equipment a-plenty and even a washing machine for longer stays.
The shower-room on the top floor has been recently re-fitted with modern shower, loo and wash-basin.
Please note, because there are two flights of original stone stairs, and they are a bit steeper than modern stairs, we do not recommend this cottage for the very elderly or those who are mobility-impaired.
The cottage is ideally situated just around the corner from the cobbled marketplace, with many little independent shops, bars and cafes. If you turn right at the cottage front door, the road leads upwards becoming Castle Wynd, on the shoulder of Richmond Hill, leading up to the castle. Alternatively, head downhill and you arrive in less than 5 minutes to the river Swale waterfalls. (There are two folding camping-chairs with carrying straps in the cottage, perfect for a comfy picnic by the falls!)
Also: although there is no outside space at the cottage, you are situated almost opposite a ''Secret Garden'' at number 3, Millgate. This is a truly stunning garden, packed with delightful flowers and many secluded seating areas (open April - September). For a small entrance fee (honesty box) you can visit, explore and relax in a gorgeous garden from 9.00 am until 5 pm daily.
Please note: Check-out is by 11.00 and check-in from 15.00 (although do ask me if you require earlier check-in or later check-out ... if it's possible I will do my best to provide it).