The Old Vicarage Richmond

Richmond, Yorkshire

Shabby chic meets antique in this large Swaledale farmhouse with views, open fire, gorgeous bedrooms, original art and a heated indoor pool


9 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 9


Journey along the winding, rural road, then drop steeply down to the cobbled yard where this Victorian farmhouse rests in its valley home; the views are fabulous. It’s the ideal launch pad for explorations of the Yorkshire Dales and easy-going Julia sets the bar high when it comes to the interiors, matching new with vintage beautifully. In the huge farmhouse kitchen there’s a perfect dash of ‘shabby chic’. In the luxurious bedrooms, Lloyd Loom cabinets sit next to mahogany sleigh beds, original Peter Blakes compete for attention with views through tall sash windows, and bathrooms have warm toasty floors. After an afternoon fishing (the river’s at the end of the garden and you may spot the occasional deer) warm yourself by the fire in the elegant dining room, or relax in the cosy sitting room. A short walk across fields brings you to a barn housing a fabulous pool, sauna, gym and jacuzzi; you may be in the sticks but you’re not short of luxury! Take the scenic road to the market towns of Richmond and Swaledale – there’s a reassuring timelessness to it all. Wonderful.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. 3 nights in low season. Can sleep ten people on request.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £227
Weekly price
from £1640
1 House for 9
From £2279 beds5 bedrooms


We were a party of ten, two families of four with children of 13, 11, 8 and 5, and ourselves (grandparents). The house, which is isolated but set in beautiful countryside, is quiet, very comfortable and with excellent bathrooms. The leisure facilities - including a magnificent heated indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, fully equipped fitness centre with, additionally, table tennis and table football and - important for everyone - an excellent music system - were an immediate hit with all ages. Our hostess Julia was very responsive and helpful. Strongly recommended.

Gideon, Brighton

As a family we have been somewhat disappointed with the quality and high price of several ‘old’ houses we have rented over the past 14 years but The Old Vicarage is definitely not one of them! Excellent communication from Julia (the owner) on booking, pre arrival information and guided tour on arrival. The welcome pack was excellent,everything you would need on arrival and beyond, along with a large basket of fresh fruit. Highly recommended by our 3 generations we will definitely return.

Keith, Preston

The farm track that leads to the house could be an issue for some sports cars but it takes you to an idyllic remote location perfect for time with family & friends (surprisingly serviced by supermarket deliveries). The owner Julia was warm and welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. The house was clean & well appointed throughout. The leisure facilities (indoor swimming, tennis court & gym) are at a standard better than many nice hotels. We hired a chef for the week and she found everything she needed. I can’t recommend this place enough.

Dan, Taipei

Stayed for a week with the family to celebrate a 70th birthday. House is extremely comfortable; the pool and gymnasium are absolutely first class - supplemented with steam room and jacuzzi. All set in the most wonderful countryside. For a very special holiday I would recommend it highly.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Julia Carr

  • Wildlife is all around The Old Vicarage from the curlews and golden plovers in the meadows to the badger and deer making their way to and from the nearby river.
  • If you like culture then a trip to the Georgian Theatre Royal in nearby Richmond is a must. Built in 1788, it is Britain's most complete Georgian playhouse. Interesting daily guided 'behind-the-scenes' tours as well as varied live performances.
  • History buffs should visit nearby Bolton Castle - a spectacular medieval fortress completed in 1399. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here.
  • This part of Yorkshire is a cyclist's paradise and the Dales Bike Centre in the hamlet of Fremington (a mile or so away) hires mountain bikes and runs courses for beginners and enthusiasts alike. It also has a great cafe serving home-made food and cakes.
  • The Old Vicarage is surrounded by meadows and has its own private stretch of river - perfect for picnics or skimming stones.
  • Miles and miles of footpaths and country lanes with plenty of walks and cycle routes from the doorstep. Walk to the pretty village of Reeth via ancient Marrick Priory and discover the Nun's Wood on the way.