Frequently asked questions


Where are you located exactly?

We’re in the village of Nidd, while Harrogate is our closest major town. It’s very easy to get between the two by car. See our location page for more details about how and where to find us.

How far are you from Ripley Castle?

Just over a mile. If you let us know in advance, we can usually take you there. You just need to make your own arrangements back, in fact many guests choose to walk though high heels might be a stretch!

What’s the difference between the 3 rooms?

The rooms have almost identical facilities, though decidedly different colour schemes. OAK has is own outdoor area, ASH is the largest, and YEW is just a little smaller.

What time is check-in?

Check-in from 4pm, but we can arrange an earlier check-in from 2pm for a small fee if that suits you better. If you are off to a wedding earlier than that, why not come the night before? As we need to pop out to run our own errands sometimes, we always appreciate you letting us know your expected arrival time with as much notice as possible. That way we can plan our day and make sure we’re available to show you around and answer any questions you may have when you arrive.

What time is check-out?

Check out is before 11am. Later check-outs can often be arranged. When you’re ready to depart, we’ll be happy to see you off and offer any final recommendations, otherwise, simply lock the door and drop your key in our letterbox. Payments are processed automatically before you arrive, so no need to worry about fixing up the bill at the end (we can send you an invoice or receipt if you need one – just ask).

Are children allowed?

Our rooms are specially designed to accommodate one or two adults, so unfortunately we don’t allow children under 18 years. The only exception is infants, provided one group has booked all three rooms.

Sorry, no furry small folk either. We ask that dogs, cats and hamsters arrange accommodation elsewhere.


Is it best to book directly through your website?

Definitely. Despite what they claim, third party booking sites actually tend to be more expensive and conditions more restrictive. Believe it or not, they often don’t pass on your contact details. This makes it hard for us to get in touch with you in the lead-up to your arrival and even harder to find out if you have any special requirements for your stay. Our booking page is completely secure and encrypted. If you prefer not to enter card details, you can just call us to book. 

Do you have parking?

Yes. Each room has a designated parking space right out the front, so no need to awkwardly drag your luggage down a street, along a corridor or up any stairs. All rooms are at ground level.

Will someone meet us on arrival?

Yes. We always meet new guests on arrival so we can properly show you around and answer any of your questions. We love recommending our favourite restaurants and things to do in the local area, so don’t hesitate to ask for suggestions. If you’re a returning guest, we can leave a key for you in the secure key safe if you’d prefer to check yourself in.

Do you have wifi?

Absolutely, and we’re pleased to say it’s superfast wifi! You get unlimited use on as many devices as you like.

Do you offer transfers?

As we’re a two-person show we can’t always guarantee transfers (for instance to the train station, conference centres or events), but in most cases, we can figure something out. Just let us know where you need to be and when.

Do you have daily housekeeping?

Yes. There’s no need to worry about making your bed or washing up, as we’ll tend to your room every day. We’re conscious of our environmental impact though, so appreciate it if you hang your towels back on the rack.

What type of breakfast do you serve?

We offer a continental breakfast in your room. We lived on the continent for years, so we know what we’re talking about and we’ve added a few Yorkshire twists. See our breakfast page for more information. Sorry, no fry-ups.

Is breakfast included in the room price?

It certainly is!

Do you provide any other meals?

No, we don’t. If you have booked OAK, you have a barbecue at your disposal and we can recommend some lovely delis nearby. If you’d prefer a cosy night in, you are more than welcome to bring your own food back to your room. And there’s always the paddock for a leisurely picnic.

We can also recommend many wonderful restaurants. There are more than 200 cafes and restaurant options in the surrounding area (including one on the property next door if you don’t want to venture far), so you won’t go hungry. Ask us about restaurants in the area and see our explore page for suggestions.

What appliances are in the rooms?

Each room has its own Samsung smart TV, fridge, kettle, egg boiler, Nespresso coffee machine and Babyliss hairdryer with diffuser. Your room is also stocked with crockery, cutlery, glassware and a teapot.

Is your accommodation suitable for business travellers?

Yes. There are many conference facilities in Harrogate and surrounds, so we often have business travellers passing through. We have superfast wifi, good lighting, USB charging stations, good mobile phone signal, endless coffee, and a table conveniently located next to power sockets so you can charge your laptop as you work. Plus your parking space is right outside your room. We think it’s properly nice.

Do you cater for dietary requirements?

Yes. Please let us know when you book through our site and we’ll make sure your wishes are catered for. A vegetarian or vegan breakfast, for example, is no trouble.

Does your B&B have spa facilities?

As we’re a small operation we don’t have any spa facilities onsite, but conveniently, there is one next door, so our guests can book in for massages and other treatments during their stay with us. Harrogate is also one of the original spa towns – so give the Turkish Baths a try.

Are there any small shops nearby?

There’s a small village shop in Ripley a mile away which opens bright and early or endless shopping options in nearby Harrogate or Knaresborough.

Is the area safe?

Yes. We are located in a very safe neighbourhood with an almost non-existent crime rate. It has a lovely local feel, where everyone looks out for each other. The property is well lit and you can park right outside your door. We recommend you lock your doors, but that’s a standard safety precaution.


The Vicarage is a stylish, boutique, North Yorkshire B&B in the little village of Nidd just outside Harrogate. With breakfast in your room any time you want it, it's just the spot for a great night’s sleep, a romantic break or your business base.

Town Street, Nidd,
Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3BL

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