Location and Directions

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a North Yorkshire Retreat

Being near Ripley makes Nidd the perfect location if you want to stay in the southern part of North Yorkshire – known as God’s own county. And we have luxury boutique accommodation for you. We are just 5 miles from the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, while the cathedral city of Ripon lies 8 miles to the north.

The village of Ripley is a mile and a half from The Vicarage. Its 14th century castle is a very sought-after wedding venue. Such a glorious backdrop. Hundreds of acres of gardens and deer park are open to the public – getting married is not required!  No visit to Ripley village is complete without venturing into its ice cream shop or the beer garden at The Boar’s Head.

The ancient market town of Knaresborough is 4 miles away. Both Harrogate and Knaresborough have railway stations connecting to the wider network. The east coast main line service from Edinburgh to London stops at York. London is just 2 hours away.

Numerous Harrogate-based taxi firms serve the area.  The drive from Harrogate train station to The Vicarage currently costs £15.

The 36 bus runs numerous times each hour between Ripon, Harrogate and Leeds and offers wifi and USB power. The nearest stop is one mile away.

Our closest airport is Leeds Bradford (16 miles) or Manchester (56 miles) plus a number of regional airports in the wider area.

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The Vicarage, Town Street, Nidd, North Yorkshire HG3 3BL

How not to get lost – street signs are in short supply around here

If you’re going to rely on your SatNav, here’s a heads up. Some systems are determined to send you to Nidd Hall Hotel. Be defiant, it will never work! From the hotel’s main road entrance, turn left then take the first left onto Town Street. There’s no street sign, just look for the red post box on your left once you have turned. Keep going for 3/4 mile and you’ll see The Vicarage B&B sign on your right.

We are off the A61 Harrogate to Ripon Road. From the South, head from Harrogate towards Ripon. After the second Ripley roundabout continue towards Ripon and after 1/3 mile turn right onto Nidd Lane, just before a bus stop sign. If you miss it, take the next right which is Green Lane.

From the North, take the Ripon bypass and head for Harrogate.  After 3 miles there’s a short overtaking lane. Keep your eyes peeled for The Malt Shovel Inn sign and turn left.

Whether you are on Nidd Lane or Green Lane you will come to a T-junction. Turn right.  You’ll see The Vicarage B&B sign on your left after a few hundred yards.

From Knaresborough go down the hill which is the main street and turn left at the mini roundabout. 50 yards later turn right at the next mini roundabout. Drive out of the town up the hill. After 2.3 miles you’ll see a sign for The Malt Shovel Inn and Brearton. Follow this road (but do not go into Brearton) for 2.5 miles and you’ll see The Vicarage B&B sign on your left.

Turn into the gravelled yard and look for your designated parking spot – OAK, ASH or YEW.


Meet your Hosts

We’re not the types to splash our faces around the internet much, but thought it rude not to introduce ourselves. So here we are, Eileen and Robin, the duo behind The Vicarage B&B.

Our travels around the world have taken us to dozens of countries, including Germany, France, South Africa, Cyprus Hong Kong and the United States – some of which we’ve called home. While living abroad was incredibly rewarding, we were enticed back to North Yorkshire in 2016 after decades away from the area.

The house we chose to make our home dates back to 1679 and used to be the vicar’s residence. We did a radical redesign on the house and brought it into the 21st century. The stables next door were looking a little dilapidated when we arrived, but we immediately spotted the potential. After a significant renovation, we converted the building into three purpose-built guest rooms and The Vicarage B&B was born. Of course, that’s only a fraction of the story.

Thankfully our skillsets also lend themselves nicely to running a boutique bed and breakfast. Eileen has a lifelong passion for sumptuous fabrics, colour and clever use of space, so it’s no surprise that she meticulously designed every inch of our stylish rooms. Robin, on the other hand, is a keen food and wine lover, and handles the preparation of our continental breakfasts.

We also love talking to people, which in our opinion is one of the greatest joys of managing boutique accommodation. We’ll happily chat to anyone, but much prefer listening to our guests. We can do both in German, French and Yorkshire!

Nevertheless, we know when to keep our distance too. If you’re the type who would rather enjoy the peace of the countryside on your travels, we’re all for that. Being on hand when you need us and being invisible when you don’t is our signature style (checkout our #BathrobeBreakfast to see what we mean).

We live a stone’s throw from the guest rooms, so you can give us a shout if you need anything (perhaps not literally; mind the serenity) and we can usually be there in a jiffy. We give you our mobile number on arrival, so you can simply send us a text if you prefer.

Now you know a bit about us, take a look at our beautiful rooms. Pick your favourite then securely book direct through our website to get the best promotions and up-to-date information in the run up to your stay.

We look forward to seeing you at The Vicarage soon!

Eileen and robin


Yew is the neighbouring room to ASH. It is just a little smaller, but doesn’t feel like it with its high ceiling. A good choice for spotting wildlife.


Oak is the room closest to the main house with windows to the east and south. It has its own courtyard and barbecue.


Ash is in the middle of the mews building and is the largest of the rooms with a little more floor space and a high ceiling.

The Vicarage Harrogate is a B&B with a difference in the small village of Nidd, just north of Harrogate. 

Town Street, Nidd
Harrogate, North Yorkshire