Area Guides

  • Area Guides
  • Birstwith
  • Boston Spa
  • Bramham
  • Hampsthwaite
  • Knaresborough
  • Nidderdale
  • Otley
  • Ripley
  • Ripon

Area Guides

Is Harrogate a Property Investor's Dream?

We have seen a surge in people moving from the congested cities to the Harrogate and the surrounding area, but why is Harrogate such a desirable place to live?

Famous for its "Harrogate Spring Water" and "Betty's Tea Rooms", this exclusive Spa town holds an exquisite beauty. Voted the happiest place to live, it is no coincidence that the prices of properties continue to rise, and the market is continuing to thrive.

Harrogate forms part of what locals call the "Golden Triangle", surrounded by picturesque villages and outstanding countryside.

As FSS are specialists in property consultancy, we have in depth knowledge and can give some insight on the local areas and share knowledge into why Harrogate and its environs continue to be the property investor's dream.

Of course, Harrogate itself is beautiful, it is an idyllic Spa town, filled with quality boutiques, artisan coffee shops, high-end restaurants, local farm shops, bakeries, and awarding hotels and spas such as Rudding Park.

However, if you are looking for more of a country lifestyle, fear not! Harrogate and its surrounding areas don't fail in the country life either, home to some of the most incredible river walks, woodlands, racing and country sports experiences, Yorkshire truly has it all.

If you are looking for Country Sports, you could checkout Grantley Hall, Bramham Polo, and Swinton Shooting Grounds or if you would like to spend the day on the golf course, we have plenty of amazing courses for the ultimate golfing experience.

Although Harrogate itself is truly outstanding, do not let this overshadow the picturesque villages and nearby towns and cities that complete the Golden Triangle - see our Menu to the left.

We will be creating a series of blogs on the surrounding villages and areas over the next few months, however, if you are looking for more information on property prices and expert property advice please contact us directly.

Birstwith

Birstwith

Birstwith is a small village within Nidderdale and is part of the Harrogate borough however, situated deeper in the Yorkshire countryside next to the River Nidd, Bisthwith is a perfect location for individuals looking to live a peaceful country life, but not too far away from the excitement and rush of nearby towns. Birstwith is known for its nature walks, cricket and cycling routes. Having its very own public house, “The Station Hotel”, it attracts hikers and tourists looking to stop off for a delicious meal in the countryside.

Boston Spa

Boston Spa

Boston Spa, also a spa town located in the Golden Triangle is known to the locals as a high-end town with a village feel. Completed with a selection of local coffee shops, trendy restaurants & bars, and walks beside the River Wharfe which runs through the centre of the town.

Boston Spa is a Town that is most definetly on the rise with new trendy bars, pubs & spas, the Town is becoming a very popular place to be.

Bramham

Bramham

The delightful village of Bramham is located on the outskirts of Wetherby, known for its horse trials, beautiful walks, and of course Bramham Park the working country estate. Bramham attracts the wealthy commuters that enjoy peaceful village life, with easy access to the motorways, Bramham is tucked away and provides a desirable property market for both families and independents looking for the perfect in-between to urban & rural living.

Hampsthwaite

Hampsthwaite

One of the larger Nidderdale villages, Hampsthwaite is located beside the River Nidd, ensuring, beautiful surroundings and of course nature. It has been noted that the Kingfisher loves to visit Hampsthwaite occasionally stopping to take in the views that this village has to offer. Like most Nidderdale villages, Hampsthwaite is home to amazing walks, well-kept woodlands, and streams. Locals say it is a pleasure to capture the sunset when on an evening stroll through the village. Hampsthwaite is a popular choice for individuals, couples, and families looking for more of country life but within a 15-minute commute to nearby towns such as Harrogate.

Knaresborough

Knaresborough

Knaresborough is a historic market town located in the borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, a hot spot for tourists, Knaresborough is full of surprises, wandering down its medieval streets and stone staircases, you may fall upon the Knaresborough riverside. Here you can enjoy alfresco dining or a picturesque rowing boat voyage.

Also known for "The marketplace", which is still a locally run market on a Wednesday you can enjoy local wholesome food, home-baked treats, and a Yorkshire brew. With a central train station, this is yet another perfect location for commuters into the surrounding cities.

There is no doubt that Harrogate and its surrounding areas are the property investors dream. Harrogate holds some of the most impressive, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian homes in the county.

The famous Valley Gardens and Pump Room hold a wealth of history where you can enjoy morning strolls, ice cream, tennis and families can enjoy the fabulous play area and park.

The town is also famous for The Stray, which is 200 acres of open parkland situated on the south side of the town. It is protected by an Act of Parliament that it must remain at 200 acres and therefore if any is removed it must be replaced to retain the constant 200 acres.

The Great Yorkshire Show and Harrogate Flower Show are both huge draws of visitors to the town and as such bring people from far and wide both nationally and internationally.

Harrogate is also known for its independent prep and senior schools, such as Brackenfiled, Ashville College, Belmont Grosvenor, and Highfield Prep.

Nidderdale

Nidderdale

Nidderdale is known for its outstanding natural beauty. Located on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales national park, it holds some of the UK’s most beautiful hidden gems.

Otley

Otley

Otley, situated in the beautiful countryside of Lower Wharfedale, is a wonderful place to settle down into a beautiful home. With the River Wharfe running through the heart of the town, Otley is a truly scenic area. As a market town and rich with heritage, those wanting a quiet place to live will certainly thrive here.

Oozing with tradition, Otley is known for its markets. Otley's street market runs three times per week on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well the Farmer’s market on the last Sunday of every month. There is a real community feel as artisan food and crafts are sold for the benefit of the local businesses and area. Yorkshire FarmersMarkets sell fresh and organic produce, direct from the producer and sourced as locally as possible. The stallholders are always happy to discuss their products and help visitors with their choice of purchases and there are lots of opportunities to sample the delicious food on offer! If you are looking to buy produce such as bread, eggs, meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables locally and thrilled by live music, Otley market is certainly for you! 

But the entertainment doesn’t stop there, Otley is the proud town to open up the UK into the agricultural season with their famous Otley Show. The Otley Show is the oldest Agricultural show in the country being over 200 years old! Attracting more than 12,000 visitor, the show is home to exhibitors of livestock, handicrafts, floral displays, and over 100 trade stands with a wide range of produce and gifts to suit all everyone.

There are many things that are special to Otley- one of them being the filming area for the ITV Soap Opera, Emmerdale. The Chevin Forest Park is a wooded escarpment overlooking Otley, with fabulous views over the Wharfe valley. This local nature reserve comprising 700 acres of woodland and crags and serves as a beautiful location for those outdoor walks.

Otley carnival takes place every summer and serves as another way to bring together the community. It is a celebration of the town and its residents aimed at giving local children a day to remember. The event is held on the third Saturday of June every year. Other annual events include the Coffee Festival, Walking Festival, Otley Cycle Race and Beer Festival.

One of Otley’s key historic features is the bridge, presumed to date back 800 years ago. This ancient monument connects the halves of the town and is used by cars, pedestrians and cyclists. Work has been completed to upkeep the standard of the bridge; it has been widened as a flood defence and safer pedestrian paths have been added too.

Otley is 13 miles away from the busy city-centre of Leeds and is easily accessed. By car, locations such as Skipton, Ilkley, Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate can all be reached by major roads. There is also ample car parking in the centre of Otley for days into the town. Otley is connected to it’s outlying areas though the use of buses- they are affordable, more sustainable and run several times per hour. Otley town is only a 10 minute drive from Leeds/Bradford Airport, making the first part of your holiday as stress-free as possible. Menston train station is within close proximity to Otley and is another form of transport you can utilise. 

10 minutes from Otley Centre, you will reach St Mary’s Menston, a Catholic Voluntary Academy which has an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating. There are many other great education options including: Ashfield Primary School, Guiseley Primary School and Prince Henry’s Grammar School. There are schooling options from ages 2-18 and education is very important to Otley.

To top it all off, the housing market is wonderful in Otley; whether you are looking to rent or buy, there will be something to match your budget and style.

Ripley

Ripley

Home of the majestic Ripley Castle, world famous ice cream, and scenic walks, this is a little village with a lot to give. One of our favourite aspects of Ripley is it's rich history! It has taken some time for this charismatic village to reach perfection, in fact, Ripley is the only village in England to have been completely rebuilt twice, by the same family, over a span of 700 years…which is quite astonishing really! The original village developed further south, on the north bank of the River Nidd. In the 14th century it was rebuilt in its present location by the Ingilby family. Then in the 1830s, Sir William Amcotts Ingilby rebuilt it completely, from the ground up, as a model estate village and a model estate village it certainly is. Ripley is known for its typical French style, with houses and public buildings all in the same style and all painted in the Ingilby colours.

Ripley Castle itself has been home to the Ingilby family since 1308, is steeped in history with magnificent grounds, lakes, Deer Park, Walled Gardens, Hothouses and Kitchen Garden.The Castle Gardens and Parkland are open to the public all year round, viewed by guided tour from April to October; a visit to the Estate makes for a fascinating and entertaining day out.

Crowned North Yorkshire’s best village to live in during 2015, Ripley’s attractions definitely don’t stop there. The Boars Head is the place to be in Ripley, a beautiful traditional Coaching Inn with 24 individual bedrooms, a welcoming bar and a dining room, serving seasonal menus with local produce.

We know that your mouth is watering, but it doesn’t’ stop there! Ripley is renowned for its heavenly ice cream. Locally made, to a specific secret recipe, you can taste this fresh ice cream at the Ripley Ice Cream shop on the main street. But be prepared to queue as it is always in such high demand, especially in the summer!

Ripon

Ripon

As a borough of Harrogate, Ripon is a beautiful city to re-locate to. As a cathedral city, it is home to alluring architecture; some of its main features include: Ripon Cathedral, Ripon Racecourse and the regular markets.

The city is perfect for those who cherish a quieter life with its small population and a brilliant community feel. Ripon is one of the smallest cities in Yorkshire so is perfect for those aiming to avoid the bustle of Yorkshires larger cities. Ripon has many specialist shops fuelling the town’s popularity and has multiple bars, cafes, restaurants and niche, independent businesses.

Ripon holds rich historic value with the Cathedral at the heart, adopting a gothic, early English architecture style, it is considered one of the best of its class, as exemplified via the Grade I listed status. The local community take pride in the beauty of their city; it is very well-kept and clean.

But don’t be fooled by the quiet nature of the city, there is still much to keep you entertained. The racecourse attracts visitors during the racing calendar months and hosts multiple events. Similarly, the markets are open every Thursday where you can support local businesses and find unique products. Fountains Abbey and Newby Hall are in close proximity. The National Trust’s Brimham Rocks site is a popular destination for visitors, as well as the theme park Lightwater Valley.

There are multiple excellent schools to choose from, including Outwood Academy, Ripon Grammar School, and St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School, all with Ofsted ratings of ‘outstanding’.  Ripon is therefore a perfect location for a family.

In terms of transport, the regular bus service from Ripon to Leeds, via Harrogate, is highly valued, with many residents relying on it for commuting to work, school or leisure. The main bus route to Harrogate and Leeds operates at 20 minute intervals and has luxury double deckers. There are also main bus routes to surrounding towns and cities, including, Knaresborough, Boroughbridge, York, Leyburn and Richmond.

For those who prefer travel by car, the recently upgraded A1 motorway and the A61 are both within close reach of Ripon and link the North East, West Yorkshire, Harrogate and Leeds.

The housing stock in Ripon is diverse and offers something for everyone, whether you are looking to rent or buy, FSS can only speak highly of the city and would love to help you move, locating something to match your budget and desired property style.

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