The Old Coach House is an accommodation jewel and one of Yorkshire´s best-kept secrets. The 18th-century coaching house stands proud in the grounds of North Stainley Hall, in the picturesque village of North Stainley, just north of Ripon.
The Old Coach House is very proud to hold the Visit England 5-Star Gold Award rating together with a Visit England Breakfast Award, noted ROSE Award and are delighted to be the lucky recipients of the 'Best B&B in Yorkshire Award' at the Annual Yorkshire Post Tourism Awards 2023.
You can take time out to discover the wealth of history in the surrounding area. Visit castles, stately homes, gardens and museums.
What makes a stay at The Old Coach House unique?
One of the best kept secrets in North Yorkshire. The Old Coach House at North Stainley, near Ripon is an accommodation treasure, situated in the grounds of North Stainley Hall, overlooking the lake. Impeccably presented, this luxurious B&B guest house offers a sophisticated and elegant environment with all the modern comforts and facilities that guests can expect today.
What are the rooms and facilities on offer at The Old Coach House?
All bedrooms are individually designed and furnished to a high standard in the Old Coach House Guest House in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Every guest room has a range of high-quality facilities, including tea/coffee, safe, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, television and refrigerator. There are four types of guest room accommodations available – Standard (double), Deluxe (Double), Super Deluxe (Double) and Premier (Double/Twin).
What can guests enjoy when staying in the RIPON area?
North Yorkshire is a stunning county of contrast with a rich historical background, a proud farming community and a breathtaking landscape. In an hour's drive, you can enjoy a picture-postcard view at Whitby or Scarborough on North Yorkshire Moors. Not too far from here is the popular Wensleydale, in The Yorkshire Dales, a rugged windswept landscape, the famed Hawes Creamery and a range of rural crafts are waiting to be discovered.
Where can guests enjoy food and drink?
The Old Coach House prides itself on providing a huge variety of locally sourced breakfast options to suit all dietary requirements and tastes.
Yorkshire’s reputation for outstanding food and drink is distilled into a mix of local independent restaurants and familiar high street names that cater for all appetites and tastes and pockets of all sizes.
The Staveley Arms is a traditional British pub located just across the road from The Old Coach House and opened under new management in Autumn 2023 after undergoing an exciting refurbishment. It offers a warm Yorkshire welcome, delicious food and real ales. You can dine at The Staveley Arms from Monday-Sunday, booking is recommended.
There are so many beauty spots and interesting places to visit a short drive from the Old Coach House. As well as Ripon, there are several other market towns close-by, including Bedale, Masham and Thirsk. In Masham you will find Theakston’s and the Black Sheep Breweries and Thirsk is the location for James Herriot’s original veterinary practice which is now a museum. Close to Bedale is Thorp Perrow Arboretum. Home of one of the UK’s finest collection of trees including five National Plant Collections and 51 Champion Trees, the arboretum covers 100 acres and is most spectacular in spring and autumn. Thorp Perrow is a leading centre for raptor conservation with close to 100 birds from all over the world, including eagles, falcons and owls. The walk-through mammal centre includes meerkats and wallabies; there is an adventure playground for children and themed trails throughout the year.
Other local towns worth a visit are Knaresborough with riverside boating and a picturesque viaduct, Boroughbridge with ancient standing stones, the Devils Arrows on the edge of town and a Roman mosaic pavement in nearby Aldborough, the spa town of Harrogate with the world-famous Bettys’ tearooms and Pateley Bridge which has the ‘oldest sweet shop in the world’ on its steep high street. Within an hour’s drive you can reach metropolitan Leeds or medieval York. An approximate hour’s drive also brings you to Whitby or Scarborough and the unspoiled beaches and cliff top walks of the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast.
The Old Coach House is situated between the stunning Yorkshire Dales to the west and the majestic moors to the east. On a clear day, one of North Yorkshire’s most famous landmarks, the White Horse at Kilburn, can be viewed just outside the village. Steam enthusiasts can catch a train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at Pickering or the Wensleydale line at Leeming Bar. The area is rich with history and castles including Richmond, Middleham, Knaresborough, Helmsley, Spofforth and Castle Bolton. Plus, the Cistercian abbey Jervaux, privately owned but you can visit by making a donation. There are spectacular waterfalls, the most famous being Aysgarth Falls and Hardraw Force, near Hawes, which both featured in the Hollywood movie, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. Cauldron Falls at West Burton and Kisdon Force at Keld are also very impressive.
Brimham Rocks, between Ripon and Pateley Bridge, is a dramatic moorland landscape with large gritstone rock formations, created 300 million years ago by a glacier. To put that in context, that’s 100 million years before the dinosaurs! A place of both geological and scientific interest, it offers both fascinating walks with incredible views and a climbing experience for the brave.