I have lived in Richmond since I was a very small child and for me, it is home.

I have moved away but always find my way back and to live in this town has been a joy: beautiful surroundings, historic buildings, friendly welcoming folk… what more could you want! I moved back to Richmond 12 years ago and bought The Secret Garden, our listed cottage which is situated in the conservation area, just a short walk from the town centre.

It is an unusual cottage with high ceilings and larger-than-average rooms. You will find it comfortable and stylish, yet unpretentious.

It has been such fun renovating this listed property and as an interior designer I have loved every moment of it, however it is always hard to make decisions for your own home. After changing the cottage to a holiday home in 2017, it was quite a job deciding what was staying, what we were replacing and what was going!

Richmond is the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. Within a few miles of the cottage you will find many amazing walks through stunning villages (that also come with some very welcoming pubs!).

I hope you decide to book your stay with us at The Secret Garden – it will be a decision you will not regret! Thank you.

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Beautiful cottage, we loved it all

5.0 rating
June 3, 2019

To Alyson, thank you so much for the use of this cottage. It certainly lived up to its name ‘gorgeous cottage’ and ‘secret garden’. We loved it all and the hot tub was the icing on the cake. Beautiful decor and immaculately clean. We will sing its praises to all! Cheers.

Carol and Steve xxx

Great relaxing week

5.0 rating
June 3, 2019

Great relaxing week in this wonderful cottage. The Christmas decorations and the log fire helped to make our stay more enjoyable. The hot tub was relaxing too, even on a cold wet evening.

Lisa, Lee, Miles & Nita

Beautiful holiday home in a charming town

5.0 rating
June 3, 2019

We’ve had a wonderful holiday in your beautiful, comfortable and well equipped holiday home. Richmond is a charming and interesting town and a great base for exploring the stunning countryside all around. Thank you Alyson for being such an attentive and friendly host. Best wishes.

Ken, Chris and family

Lots of special memories (I loved the hot tub)

5.0 rating
June 3, 2019

Thank you so much for an amazing week! I wanted to find somewhere for me + my daughter to spend some quality time together and make lots of special memories and your cottage is stunning + beautifully decorated + the hot tub is just the icing on the cake! Richmond is such a lovely place + we can’t wait to return. Our fav days out have been fountain’s abbey, Harrogate and rowing the boat on the river in Knaresborough. Thank you.

Love Lynsey & Eva

Amazing weekend in 'The Secret Garden'

5.0 rating
June 3, 2019

Alyson, thank you for such an amazing weekend in ‘The Secret Garden’ perfect location for exploring. Such a comfortable, homely stay. Will recommend to our friends and family.

Mr & Mrs Baines

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