Welcome to
The Stables Holiday Cottages

Beautiful self-catering cottages in the heart of Knaresborough.

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The Stables at The Royal Oak

A warm welcome awaits you at Shire and Dray Self- Catering Cottages.

Converted from stables over 10 years ago, the deceptively spacious accommodation, is set within a courtyard of a former Coaching Inn.

Whilst conveniently close to Knaresborough High Street,  the idyllic River Nidd and picturesque countryside are a few minutes’ walk away.

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gated driveway to holiday cottages
knaresborough viaduct view from the castle gardens

The Cottages

Shire cottage self catering kitchen
shire cottage double bedroom

Shire Cottage (sleeps 4)

A Grade II listed former stable sleeping four guests and offering a spacious dining kitchen.

shire cottage en suite shower
dray cottage living room

Dray Cottage (sleeps 4)

Lovely period property with well-maintained period features alongside contemporary comforts, including a fantastic wet room offering a private electric sauna.

Can be booked alongside its sister property Shire Cottage to accommodate parties of up to ten.

dray cottage kitchen
dray downstairs shower room

At a glance


Each cottage sleeps up to 4 people



Super King-size zip and link beds converting to twins as required


All bedrooms are en-suite


Dray Cottage has wheelchair access


Soundproofed connecting door between cottages


Free high-speed Wifi


On site parking


Dog friendly with walks nearby


Bus stop and train station close by


Highchair and travel cot available

Your holiday home-from-home…


As individual properties, each cottage sleeps 4 guests.

Dray has a downstairs bedroom and walk in shower room with electric sauna.
Access is suitable for a wheelchair.

Shire has a larger kitchen with table and chairs.

Dray and Shire have soundproofed internal doors which when unlocked provide accommodation for 8 guests, each room served by its own en-suite.

By special arrangement, there is an option for a further bedroom/shower room with a 4 person hot tub, which is fresh filled.

Ultimately the properties together can provide a spacious 5 bedroom property.

The cottages are equipped with everything you will need, a home from home.

Fully equipped kitchen including microwave and dishwasher.

Highchair and cot available on request.

We take 2 well behaved dogs in each cottage; pets are not allowed to remain in the cottage unattended unless by prior arrangement with us.

Prices & Booking

Prices vary according to low and high season.

We offer flexible booking in terms of arrival and departure days;
the minimum stay is 3 nights.

Cottages can be accessed from 15.00 and departure is by 10.00 please.

We are very happy to discuss your individual requirements and help with your holiday booking.

Enquiries welcome by phone or e-mail:
01423 545400 or 07811390323
stablesstay @ gmail.com

Your Stay

knaresborough cottages outside dining area

We love to meet and greet our guests to provide a warm welcome and ensure you have a great start to your stay.

Whilst we live adjacent to the cottages, we leave you to your own devices but are happily available to help with local information/recommendations.

Outdoor seating is provided as the courtyard in warmer months is bathed in all-day sunshine.

Jackie & Richard Finan knaresborough self catering cottages owners

Our Story

We purchased the Royal Oak and holiday cottages in 2018, to realise our dream of running a small holiday business after retiring from our careers in the Public Sector.

We have lived and worked in the area for 30 years whilst raising our 3 daughters.

Our ethos is to deliver high standard accommodation with high levels of comfort and cleanliness, whilst providing a home-from-home atmosphere in which to relax.


Richard and Jackie

An Ideal Location

knaresborough viaduct

We live in a fantastic location allowing guests to explore the North Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire Dales National parks.

The historic town of Knaresborough offers many wonderful restaurants and eateries.

Harrogate, York and Leeds are an easy train journey away.

There is a wide range of visitor attractions all within an hour’s drive including Saltburn by the Sea, stately homes, and Lightwater Valley Theme Park.

On our doorstep is boating on the River Nidd, Mother Shipton’s Cave and Knaresborough Castle to mention but a few.

Golf courses and cycle routes are also accessible.

york minster
fountains abbey water garden
york riverside
beningborough hall

Get in touch

Please contact us for availablity, or if you have any questions or special requirements. 

TELEPHONE: 01423 545400