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"Thank you both so much for the use of this beautiful 'home from home' cottage. The weather was kind and we were able to enjoy the garden too this time. So comfortable and cosy, with everything you need. Until next time."

G & M - Spring 2024

"A very peaceful and lovely cottage. Very well equipped and comfortable to stay in. We made use of the pretty garden and garden room. Ripon is an unspoilt pretty city. Plenty to do and so many places to eat out."

The Gibsons - Spring 2024

"The cottage exceeded all of our expectations. High levels of comfort, cleanliness throughout. A huge amount of thought has been involved in creating a true home from home experience. Fresh flowers, tasteful pictures, mirrors and accessories gives the cottage a real cared for feeling. We would love to return."

The Wilkies - Autumn 2023

"Perfection requires no feedback!

Our only regret, during what has been a wonderful week, is missing out on seeing the peony in bloom."

The Smiths - Spring 2023

"This was our second stay at Skell Gardens Cottage and Sheila once again made sure everything was perfect for us. The cottage is gorgeous in every aspect and was immaculately clean. It feels like a home from home the minute we step through the door. It has everything you could possibly need and more, with the special touches of local produce and fresh flowers.

The location of the cottage is a great base in Ripon. The view of the cathedral is spectacular from the cottage and there is a cute garden for evening drinks. We have enjoyed our time here so much that we have now booked our third stay."

Mckennas - Winter 2022

"5 Star Cottage.

Extremely clean and very well equipped. Also decor has been very well thought-out, this adds to the comfort of the cottage. The location could not have been better for shops and a base for which to travel around North Yorkshire. The information and extras Sheila left at the cottage were really helpful. We would not hesitate to recommend and will be back!"

The Ashcrofts - Autumn 2022

"We found the cottage perfect in every way and it exceeded our expectations. From a friendly welcome; everything very well explained both by Sheila and in the property, to a very high standard of fixtures fittings and furnishings, we could not find a single fault. Plus great location!"

The Sawyers - Autumn 2022

"We thought that the care and attention to make Skell Gardens Cottage welcoming, special and home from home was second to none and weve stayed in many rented properties of all kinds in many places."

Karen & Chris - Autumn 2022

"We very much enjoyed our visit to Ripon - everyone so friendly and many individual shops unlike so many places  today. Our visit was greatly enhanced by staying at Skell Gardens Cottage. Very comfortable and well appointed with quality amenities. So convenient for the city centre and the private garden was a bonus."

The Greeves - Summer 2022

"Very nice stay thanks. Cottage is well equipped and spotlessly clean. Great location for access to the city. We very much enjoyed Ripon and the surrounding area, especially Fountains Abbey. The Himalayan gardens and Newby Hall. Would recommend the Storehouse Kitchen, the Royal Oak and Bambudda for dining out."

Mr Borrington - Spring 2022

"Just returned from the most wonderful stay at Skell Gardens Cottage.  The cottage itself has been beautifully decorated to the highest standard and was absolutely immaculate.  Everything you could possibly want or need was catered for, with some lovely thoughtful touches, like fresh flowers and a basket of complimentary provisions for your arrival.

Ripon itself is a city worth a visit, however the cottage is perfectly located as a base for visiting the many gorgeous villages, towns and cities of Yorkshire. 

Sheila was available if needed, and made us feel very welcome with the cottage like a home from home.  We wouldn’t hesitate to either recommend or stay at the cottage again."

***** McKenna - November 2021

"A very comfortable cottage with all our needs catered for. We would highly recommend this cottage for a base to explore Yorkshire and everything it has to offer. Thank you."

Mr & Mrs Feist - October 2021

"Very well presented house. Welcome basket much appreciated after long drive from Suffolk. The garden looks inviting but not used because of the weather. Perhaps next time! Thank you for everything. We love Ripon."

The Woolnoughs - October 2021


"We have had a very good break. Cottage immaculate and has everything we needed. Hope to be back next year."

*** Bett - October 2021

"Thank you for a very comfortable stay. A spotlessly clean cottage, very well located to take advantage of all the close by amenities as well as for getting out and about to explore The Dales and Moors. We love this area and would love to come back. The cottage itself was a delight to wake up in and come back to after a day exploring. Thank you."

Smith & family - August 2021

"A lovely, well-equipped cottage with everything we needed for an enjoyable holiday in a beautiful part of Yorkshire. Good to be able to stroll into the friendly and convenient town-centre for coffee/food etc. All-in-all a pleasant and relaxing experience. Many thanks."

Mr Mann - July 2021


"We thoroughly enjoyed our week's stay here. Skell Gardens Cottage has a great location, so close to Ripon centre, but, very peaceful and quiet. The fittings and decor are of a very high quality and the property was exceptionally clean. The info on walks etc was really useful."

Mr & Mrs Shelley - December 2020

"We've had the most wonderful few days in your lovely property. Such a beautiful house. Lovely to come back to after a day exploring The Dales and The Moors."

*** Evans - July 2020


"Firstly, we appreciated being personally welcomed to the cottage by Sheila. Her local knowledge was very useful. We were very impressed with both the cleanliness and general standard of the cottage. In particular the quality of the furnishings and equipment. The thoughtful touches throughout made for such a comfortable and enjoyable stay. We have had a fabulous week and will most certainly be back. We would DEFINITELY recommend this cottage."

*** Westley - December 2019

"We thoroughly enjoyed a perfect week in your beautiful cottage with its stunning interior that wouldn't look out of place in a magazine. We walked by the river and the canal which helped walk off the calories from our evenings out at Bambudda and Manchega. The cottage is a brilliant base for exploring the area and we visited Fountains Abbey, Harlow Carr, Brimham Rocks and Pateley Bridge. Best of all we could return home and relax in this fabulous cottage. Thank you Sheila and Neill for our welcome and relaxing stay. We will be returning!"

Mr & Mrs Foster - November 2019

"Excellent cottage, beautifully set up with everything you could need for a warm comfortable stay. Truly a home from home. Lots of nice touches, such as the welcome pack on the table, fresh flowers and the wood burner set up ready to go. A little gem in Ripon!"

Mr & Mrs Leach - October 2019


"After a long and tiring drive from our home in ****, we arrived in Ripon hoping your cottage was as we expected.

We were certainly not disappointed, the cottage was truly a home from home. It is so well equipped and decorated to a very high standard. We loved our stay, which like all good things is over far too quickly. A return in 2020 is certainly in our diary now, as theirs is one of the very best cottages we have ever visited. Thank you so much."

The Westwoods - September 2019

"Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. It is so well equipped, particularly the lovely kitchen. Location is perfect for the Dales and you were both so helpful in telling us of shortcuts etc."

Mr & Mrs Lush - August 2019

"The cottage was exceptional. It was immaculately clean and had all facilities you need. In fact it exceeded expectations. One of its best features was the location - it was a very short walk from the cottage to the centre of Ripon, with its array of shops, bars and eclectic eateries. Would definitely recommend and will hopefully be returning in the very near future."

The Borretts - June 2019

"Still feels like you are the first visitors since refurbished."

(Property was refurbished prior to opening as a holiday let in 2018)

Mr Sisk - May 2019

"Thank-you from my friends & I, for a lovely stay at Skell Gardens. The cottage really is beautifully finished & we had such a relaxing weekend there."

Miss Ireland - May 2019

""Skell Gardens Cottage is immaculately kept and incredibly comfortable. Neill and Sheila were quick to respond to all communication and left some lovely touches to welcome us. The surrounding area is beautiful and the Ripon cathedral is magnificent. " 

Mr and Mrs Levy - May 2019

"Thank you for providing such a beautifully equipped place which made catering and entertaining over Christmas much nicer than anywhere else we've stayed. Spotlessly clean as well! The location is perfect - easy walk into town, some nice walks into the countryside from the cottage and easy drive to a number of great Yorkshire landmarks."

Mrs Gregory - December 2018

"Perfect: more than home from home. No Problems whatsoever. Would highly recommend."

Mr Sisk - September/October 2018

"Skell Gardens Cottage is furnished to a high specification. The owners ensure that the cottage is of an excellent standard of cleanliness. The garden is a perfect spot for a quiet summer evening's drink. There is good private parking immediately opposite the cottage. The centre of Ripon is so easily accessible by foot with the Cathedral being only a five minute walk. We would recommend Skell Gardens Cottage to anyone wishing to stay in Ripon."

Mr Maynard - September 2018

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