Ripley has been in the Ingleby family since 1300. It is not really a castle but a gentleman's country residence. The present owner is Sir Thomas Ingleby and his family, whose children like to help in the grounds and tearooms when they are home on holiday from school.
Ripley village was built in the French Gothic style in the 1830's when the then Baron had all the thatched buildings knocked down and rebuilt. He was a very eccentric man who used to often go out in his dressing gown.
In 1600 Oliver Cromwell came knocking on the door to stay the night during the Civil War. The then Baron had been fighting on the opposite side. In 1603 King James 1st came to stay the night on his way from Scotland to his Coronation in London.
The oldest room in the castle tower is seen today just as it was in 1555 complete with a Priest's secret hiding hole that was built for the Catholic Priest Francis Ingleby in 1586 It was only discovered by mistake in 1964.
The Ingleby's have strong connections with most of the conspirators of the 1605 Gunpowder plot and the Royalist trooper Jane Ingleby held Oliver Cromwell at pistol point in the castle library.
So again come with me and enjoy the treats of this quaint place and I promise we will do our best to miss the showers. And I do mean treats!
Such beautiful window boxes and displayed on every window ledge
We are going to stop for coffee here
No, it wasn't empty - just a quiet corner which soon filled up
Everybody is eating Ice-cream - I wonder why
Ripley ice-cream has been made to a well kept secret recipe for decades
Ripley ice-cream is made and served fresh
Soft, creamy and flavoursome
Yes it was delicious
selling only specialist foods
but chocolates imported direct from Belgium
As these are my favourite chocolates it would be embarrasing to tell you how many I bought (or hubby bought for me) to take home
We are now setting off to Fountains Abbey, a World Heritage Site but there is so much to see there we find we will have to make a second visit later in the week