Our Story

When we found our 19th century cottages in need of some major refurbishment we knew we had found our dream properties.  We spent months planning and carrying out the works, new roofs, new walls, rewiring, new plumbing, designer glass and lighting.  The fun stuff was finding suitable furniture and super equipment, then bringing it all together in each property to create something truly individual and artistic, whilst giving a sense of something grown over time.   We took inspiration from hospitality experienced from all over the world and sought to make our cottages your perfect home.  At Artists’ Cottages we see things in a new light, using bright Mediterranean colours to create a sense of joy, life and exuberance,  and calm natural shades to breathe tranquillity and soothe you.

Our aim is to give you a place to relax, unwind and leave the world behind.  A place to feel comfortable so you can enter a world of dreams.  A truly personal experience.

Each of our cottages has a particular interior resulting in a unique ambience,  lighting, colours, textures and furnishings. Each property tells a different story.  We have combined antique with modern to give a timeless quality and a sense of time passing, a true feeling of a family home with all the 21st century comforts.

The common threads are the superbly equipped kitchens, comfortable sofas, log burning stoves, great beds and super WIFI.

You will find works from local artists on our walls and we provide books, board games, vinyl records and record players all with the intention of providing you with the means to pursue your own interests.

We would like guests to experience things in a novel context – to experience living with different colours and style combinations found in our unique interior designs. We aim to do things differently and in ways that others may not have thought to try in their own homes, but we hope some of our ideas will resonate and be useful as inspiration for your own interior designs and incorporation in new ways into your homes and spaces. 

The name ‘Artists’ Cottages’  is derived from the sense that interior design when applied to an entire property is in itself a work of art.

What makes us special?

We constantly upgrade our properties. 

For example in Artists’ Cottage we recently replaced the staircase with one bespoke and made from solid oak by a local cabinet maker Egil Jones. We have also replaced the kitchen stools.

In Artists’ Corner in 2020 we undertook refurbishment of the stairs – nothing anyone but us would notice.

At Artists‘ House we have refurbished the front garden, added wrought iron railings and a non slip surface. 

We constantly replace equipment and upgrade equipment so as to maintain our standards. 

We have improved the generous supplies of dishwasher tablets, cleaners, kitchen paper, bin liners and loo rolls.

Our bed linens are all 100% finest Egyptian cotton- only found in the most luxurious hotels.

We provide quality desks and chairs so you can work in comfort. 

We provide secure broadband  - most might give you wifi but it won't be on a secure network! Ours is also superfast! 

Every bedroom has a hairdryer.

Our shampoo and body wash come from a local supplier, chosen for their careful choice of ingredients –  we add a few drops of essential oil.

As a welcome we leave a tea tray ready- no need to go hunting for tea cups. We leave biscuits, the coffee machine ready – just add a capsule.  We leave Yorkshire tea bags and, whenever we can get it - organic ground coffee for the cafetière. There is always fresh milk in the fridge - all to refresh you upon arrival.  

A member of our team will personally meet and greet you to ensure your stay is as relaxed as possible – no fiddling with the key-safe or wondering if you can find the property.  We are on hand to see you in. 

We operate 24/7 365=days.  We are always available and have a team of local professionals who work with us.

Our cleaning company have worked with us from the beginning. They hold Covid 19 certification. Cleaning is their passion. 

We have recently rebuilt the website.  

We allow pets in some of our properties -  we love it when guests call to discuss their pet's needs.

We use a professional laundry service, all our linens are 100% Egyptian cotton to ensure a proper night's sleep.

We are here to help. We love what we do – so thank you for working with us to ensure we can continue to provide you with the best Harrogate and Yorkshire have to offer.

Marie-Therese and The Team at Artists' Cottages

The Heart of Yorkshire

Spend some time-out in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate.

Welcome to the gateway to the dales. This fashionable spa town has the famous Turkish Baths, RHS gardens, Valley Gardens, Pine Woods, Stray, great bars, restaurants, museums, art galleries, cinemas, Pavilions, Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate International Centre, Royal Hall, shops and wonderful theatre, making for the perfect location for your stay whether for business or leisure.

Harrogate has several areas in the town centre for you to explore -In the town centre around the corner from Harrogate International Centre (HCI) you will stumble upon the restored, Moorish-style Turkish Baths and Health Spa. Across the road are the Valley Gardens and a walk through the Pine Woods takes you to RHS Harlow Carr.  

The pretty Montpellier Quarter with the Royal Pump Room Museum, documenting the importance of local mineral springs is located near HCI, Turkish Baths and the Tourist Office. 

On Swan Road you will discover the Mercer Art Gallery and Old Swan Hotel where Agathe Christie went to disappear.

Kings Road, located just a couple of minutes walk from most of our properties, has independent coffee bars, shops and grocers.

Other amenities:

In the Valley Gardens there is a children's play ground with coffee kiosk, pitch and putt, crazy golf, tennis courts and a small skate park.

At the Yorkshire Event Centre there are acres of green fields and pine woods used by locals for dog walking, cycling and general recreation.

The Pavilions play host throughout the year for events including: weddings, Antiques fairs and business enterprise.

The Yorkshire Event Centre's main event is of course The Great Yorkshire Show, held annually in July - now a 4 day event.

In Spring and Autumn, due to their popularity are the Flower Shows.

See their website for a full list of events. https://www.eventcentre.co.uk

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