Property: Three of the most comfortable cottages on the market in the Harrogate area

It was usually occupied by a tenant, or cottar, who in return rendered some kind of service – usually agricultural – to the lord of the manor.

Some villages consisted entirely of such properties; Ripley was a perfect example.

Those days are gone, for the most part, although there are still many cottages owned by stately lords and rented out, albeit for money and usually by people not working on the estate. The new Earl of Harewood sold a handful of these properties a few years ago, but in some parts of the country traditional landowners still retain entire villages to this day.

16 Cheapside, Knaresborough – bid over £315,000 with Newby James, 01423 276100.

Over time, the term “cottage” has expanded beyond this original feudal meaning and now includes all manner of small (usually two-storey) houses, including 19th-century working-class terraces and cottages. 20th century holiday.

In our part of Yorkshire there are hundreds of cottages, ranging from actual medieval cottar dwellings to new build compact villages.

The following three properties are some of the best cottages currently for sale in our area and are all coincidentally on the market for around £300,000.

Church Mouse Cottage, Church Street, Kirkby Malzeard – £300,000 with SOLO Estate Agents, 01765 608203.

In Kirkby Malzeard, Church Mouse Cottage almost looks like a child’s drawing come to life, with a central doorway, four windows and a chimney at each end of the roof. It comprises two double bedrooms, one of which has an en suite shower room, a large attic accessible by a ladder, a kitchen, a ground floor bathroom and two reception rooms, both with beams and fireplaces. open.

Outside, the private walled garden has been much improved by the current owners, with raised beds and seating areas.

In Knaresborough, 16 Cheapside is a rather grand form of cottage. Built of local Magnesian limestone, it forms part of a Grade II listed Georgian terrace right in the heart of the town. According to the agent, it has “timeless heritage and charm”, and has retained many period features, including fireplaces and exposed beams.

19 Wellington Street, Ripon – bid over £300,000 with Davis Lund, 01765 602233.

Covering four floors, it has two double bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, a living room (where the front door opens onto the street) and a cellar with great height under ceiling and a paved floor. Outside there is a good sized garden, paved in polished Yorkshire stone, and a stone outbuilding currently used as a utility room.

Finally, 19 Wellington Street is a semi-detached brick cottage within walking distance of Ripon downtown.

Previously a three bedroom property, the current owners have converted it into a two bedroom house with bathroom, kitchen, large utility room and two reception rooms. Unusually for such a central property, it also has a good sized garden, parking for several vehicles and two large garages.

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