Being from a fabulous Yorkshire Town, I have an affinity for them. Therefore, when we were invited to stay at the Artists’ Corner, one of the properties that make up the Artists’ Cottages portfolio of holiday lets in Harrogate we were very excited. We have visited Harrogate a number of times, it is beautiful and often listest as one of the best places to live in England and I can completely understand why. In fact, if it wasn’t landlocked and Mr ESLT could continue his job as a marine pilot, it would be at the top of our list too. However, it is, therefore, short trips, for the time being, are all we can manage.
Arriving at Artists’ Corner
We arrived at Artists’ Corner and were warmly welcomed by the owner who handed over the keys, gave us a quick tour of the property and left us to make ourselves at home, which took approximately 30 seconds. We boiled the kettle and enjoyed a cup of tea before formulating our plan for the evening and our subsequent stay. We had intended on dropping by the supermarket on our way into Harrogate, however, completely forgot.
Therefore, trusty Google maps lead the way to the local Asda which is a mere 4-minute drive away. We stocked up on the essentials before heading back to the house for a good nosey around. On street parking is free and plentiful which is great as it meant not having to dig around in our pockets for change and not having to lug our food haul far.
With the shopping unpacked and the pizza in the oven (don’t judge) we got our bags from the car and explored our new surroundings.
Artists’ Corner is a two bedroom property with two good sized bedrooms, each with a king size bed, making it perfect for couples like us, a group of friends or a family. Also, in keeping with the rest of the property, they are both decorated with a mixture of antiques, modern and upcycled pieces together with colourful accessories. Blue in the back bedroom and orange in the front.
As it was just Mr ESLT and I we naturally chose the front bedroom, which is the larger of the two. As the house is in a quiet residential area, the through traffic and footfall past the property is low, therefore so was the noise which ensured we had an extremely peaceful couple of nights sleep whilst we are there. A massive bonus for Mr ESLT, who is a light sleeper, was the fact the window has a blind and curtains, ensuring the pesky early morning rays did not disturb us.
The kitchen, considering it’s compact size is perfectly formed. It had everything that we needed to prepare and cook all our meals and snacks during our stay. Also, everything is top of the range (Miele oven and Neff hob) and of very high quality. I’ll be honest the first evening that we arrived, the pizza we opted for meant we didn’t get to test the kitchen and its equipment out fully.
However, the following evening, we cooked a full meal from scratch and it was a breeze. I was particularly pleased to find a magic cupboard – yes a dishwasher, meaning we could truly relax because come on, seriously, who enjoys washing the post, especially while on holiday?! It was also nice to have the option to sit at the table and talk whilst eating a nice meal and enjoying a good bottle of wine, something that is often quite hard to do as a couple, or family when you are busy.
As we left a house with no bathroom (we are currently having our en-suite and family bathroom remodelled and renovated) it was sooo nice to see a lovely shower room and the fact that it has a powerful shower was very welcome and the perfect way to wake us up fully in a morning and unwind at the end of the day before bed.
Artist’ Corner has a small, yet handy, outside area with funky pink patio furniture. Unfortunately, the weather was just not right for us to enjoy it. Dark overcast, drizzly days are of course designed for cosiness and cups of tea inside. However, if the weather had been better we would have certainly brought the table top Weber BBQ outside and cooked up a feast of burgers and sausages. Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be for us as the April showers continued to taunt us.
The living space at Artist’ Corner is the pièce de résistance of the property and definitely the heart of the house. With brightly coloured accessories and artwork, together with homely extras, we felt instantly settled. We spent two lovely evenings, hauled up in the cosy living room catching up on our favourite Netflix programmes and playing board games. It was a lovely space to chill out and relax in.
The living room also has a fabulous log burner, which I am very jealous of as we can’t have one at home (urgh). However, it just wasn’t cold enough to warrant firing it up, the central heating and a cosy blanket were enough to keep us toasty. During the winter months though, I imagine it is the perfect addition to the room. Together with books, a radio and a vinyl record player, it really has everything for a perfect relaxed stay.
Things To Do In Area
There are so many things to do Harrogate and as mentioned before we have visited on a number of occasions and sampled some them. Personal favourites include visiting the Harrogate Turkish Baths & Health Spa and catching a show at the Harrogate Theatre, both of which are in the town centre together with numerous bars, restaurants and shops.
On our recent visit, we were pleased to find that the walk from Artists’ Corner to the town centre only took us 10 minutes and I’ll be honest I don’t think we took the most direct route. We enjoyed a couple of midweek, mid-afternoon cocktails, then indulged in afternoon tea at the world famous Bettys Tea Rooms before picking up a few bits and bobs for our house from a lovely homeware shop we stumbled across.
We had a lovely time at Artists’ Corner, our stay gave us the time to spend some quality time together – we chatted, we walked, we laughed, we read, we admired the artwork adorning many of the walls and we didn’t open our laptops once. It gave us the opportunity to reconnect and enjoy some downtime in great surroundings, it’s just a shame we couldn’t stay longer. We had everything we needed to ensure we had a perfect break, it truly is a home from home and with the added bonus of being in the beautiful Yorkshire market town of Harrogate, it just makes it even better!
Fellow blogger Kerry Allen also visited Artists’ House, another of the Artists’ Cottages. You can read about her stay here!
- We were invited to stay at Artists’ Corner on a complimentary basis in exchange for review. Honest opinions always!