The Clock Tower in Oakwood Park, our home in North Yorkshire, is
a glorious Yorkshire stone-built development just outside Ripley,
which in turn is just a few miles north of gorgeous Harrogate.
Under the tower you will find a multitude of rooms of delicious
sofas and beds, all available in literally thousands of
Things to do around Harrogate and Ripley
Harrogate is one of England's finest spa towns. Founded in the
17th Century, it has stunning architecture, including the Royal
Pump room built in 1842, as well as the Stray, an amazing park,
brilliant for picnics, flying kites, or as I do regularly, falling
asleep in the Yorkshire sun.
We all love Ripley too. Its compact, and for its size, it has
plenty to look at. There is the castle set in a 1,700 acre estate;
a glorious combination of stone cottages and cobbled squares; a
15th century church, and a series of marks on the east wall created
by Cromwell's soldiers as they executed Royalist prisoners after
the battle of Marston Moor.
Betty's tea rooms, where I had what I can only describe as the
best breakfast of my life, whilst setting up our new showroom. The
special Rostii breakfast with an additional sausage on the side,
with a fresh orange juice, that even the Spanish couldn't beat was
as my kids might say…..awesome. If the Rostii is puzzling you, then
that makes two of us, but my god it tastes good, and the staff can
fill you in on their Swiss connection.
Ripley Castle and Gardens, situated 3 miles from Harrogate in
North Yorkshire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park,
is an historic attraction open to the public all year round and
makes for a fascinating and entertaining day out, in a beautiful
location, with memorable surroundings.
3 miles north of our showroom is Fountains Abbey, an 800 year
old Cistercian abbey; the largest abbey ruins in Britain, and now a
World Heritage Site. I have visited more times than I can remember,
and at the risk of sounding corny, it still brings joy to my soul
every time I arrive.
Fancy a really top notch lunch, to celebrate the sofa you have
just bought? In that case, The Malt Shovel at Brearton is pretty
hard to beat. The food is seriously good, which means finding the
energy to walk afterwards is well nigh impossible.
If you have the kids with you, Lightwater Valley Theme Park is
175 acres of action-packed adventures.