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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Spacious property in a great location to explore the whole region."

    Dog friendly enclosed garden. Very well equipped and carefully arranged. Unfortunately we agree with a previous reviewer that all the mattresses are extremely uncomfortable. As there were only two of us we thought we could just choose the best. We ended up using the spare duvets to make the bed more comfortable. Not so much Goldilocks, more The Princess and the Pea. A bed topper might be the answer.

    Reviewed by Dominic4.7May 2024

  • "Absolutely amazing property and fabulous owner."

    They had really thought of everything and the property completely exceeded our expectations. Lovely village and fabulous walking routes for the dog. Quick drive to York (park and ride is great) and easy drive to the East Coast. Thanks for letting us stay

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Mar 2024

  • "Property was well maintained and clean and tidy throughout."

    Nicely located for easy trips into York and Selby with regular busses stopping a couple of minutes walk away. The mattresses on the beds weren't quite to our liking but that could just be personal preference! Would definitely book again if travelling to York or surrounding areas.

    Reviewed by Zoe4.7Feb 2024

  • "A well presented cottage with all the necessary amenities necessary for a self catering vacation."

    It is well located for York and surrounding attractions. Will definitely come again!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2023

  • "Excellent."

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2023

  • "Excellent location for York."

    35 mins on the bus from across the road.Local shop 10 mins walk. Lovely house. Just query that the downstairs bedroom for a person with mobility issues could have a wet room shower or general shower in the downstairs toilet area. Plus lighting could be brighter in the lounge and downstairs bedroom. For our family though it was perfect.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely well equipped cottage, spotlessly clean, lots of books, games and plenty of things provided to keep children entertained."

    Loved all the little extras provided, so thoughtful. Private enclosed garden, again well equipped. The property description does not do it justice.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely well equipped property."

    Reviewed by Tina5.0May 2023

  • "This was a lovely quiet relaxing visit."

    Our main visit to Yorkshire was to see family and friends so we were not tourists as such. If you are a tourist then we could see there are lots of visitor attractions. If the weather is inclement lots of things are provided in the Thistle holiday accommodation. There is a pub, fish and chip shop and Budgens all close by.

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely clean spacious holiday cottage in a great location."

    We were impressed with all the ‘extras’ provided tea,coffee, milk, biscuits, tissues, dishwasher tablets ,soaps etc. Great to have a real cot, Highchair, stair gates etc for our granddaughter too. We would have liked better lighting especially in the downstairs bedroom and lounge, as it was far too dim even with lamps. Would also suggest mixer taps downstairs especially in the cloakroom. We would stay again.

    Reviewed by Diane3.8Mar 2023

  • "The property itself would have been fine."

    However the despotic nature of the owner, who turned out to be a control freak made it extremely difficult for us. The weather in UK, for the fortnight we were there was the coldest for many years on occasions at minus 5. The heating AND hot water timings of coming on and going off was completely controlled by her. We were unable to get showers before 7 am because the hot water was not available until then. The heating came on about the same time. This was very inconvenient. During the days if I wanted instead to have a shower, again the water wasn’t on or the heating until gone 4:30. I did phone and ask about having the heating on earlier, as I explained I was sat with my coat on, but was instead given a lecture on the price of oil, and was reminded that they were described as holiday cottages and as such we shouldn’t really need heat in the day as we should be out ‘holidaying’ !!! I was directed to an electric heater which naturally was totally inadequate. Although my diagnosis of lung cancer the day before we went to the cottage, wasn’t the owners fault. When I asked her if my sister could come down from Scotland to see me and stay a few nights. She seemed most put out even though it’s a six birth cottage. So she directed me to Sykes. I rang Sykes who couldn’t understand why she’d done that. The man at Sykes was most helpful and said it was fine. When I called her back to tell her, she didn’t offer any bedding for my sister, who did end up having to bring her own. However the owner did ask how much more I’d been charged, and said it should be more because that’s how Sykes charged. She seems most put out when I explained it didn’t work like that. I’ve rented many cottages over the years a lot of these with Sykes. I’ve never left a negative review. I’ve never had to. This time was an exception thankfully.

    Reviewed by Rosemarie2.8Feb 2023

  • "When booking a place to stay you can never be sure if it's right for your trip, may I say the place is something special, attention to detail was second to none,and what it had not got you really didn't need, we will certainly be returning,2 miles from lovely Selby, and a short trip of 12 miles to York plus many other places to go."

    A huge congratulations to the owners for their detail and hard work Sykes are lucky to have you on their property list.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Oct 2022

  • "Huge barn/cottage four mins drive from Selby."

    Walking distance from local shop selling fresh pastries and dog friendly pub with food and pool table. Train or bus to York 45 mins. Hour and half from Scarborough, Filey and Whitby. Cottage is warm and roomy with disabled loo and downstairs single room plus two large rooms and bathrooms upstairs. Well equipped clean and nice little touches. Good sized garden with a Wendy house! TV and wifi, even a caffetiere. Milk and tea coffee provided. The lighting downstairs could be brighter (too dark for the jigsaw!) but they’ve added lamps already so I can’t see how to improve it. Owners nearby for any problems. Highly recommended for a family getaway touring Yorkshire

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely time at thistle cottage , everything has been so carefully thought off."

    Love all the little touches , craft box for a rainy day etc . Very comfortable & spacious cottage . The garden was great for our puppy fully enclosed & safe

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2022

  • "The accommodation was fab, it has absolutely everything you could need and more."

    My daughter who is 11 enjoyed all the different toys/games that were available and the curiosity box was looked at by all of us at some point! The local pub was lovely as were the locals who were very friendly. We visited York Dungeons, York Maze, The Railway museum and Eden camp which were all brilliant! We’ve had such a great 4 days away.

    Reviewed by Stacey5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellent property, well maintained and had everything you could possibly need for a holiday home."

    We loved the garden space for the dog and for eating outside. Very spacious and was great for watching out little boy gain momentum with his crawling without having to worry too much about clutter. When we arrived everything we needed for the baby was ready by the door so there was no messing about which was brilliant. Great location with access to local amenities. We will definitely be coming to stay again Thanks a for a great holiday

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Jul 2022

  • "This was our second stay at this well appointed property and it did not disappoint."

    Everything was as described in the listing. Minor problems were addressed immediately by the owner. The premises are large and comfortable in a quiet village setting. We are a family of six and used it as a base to travel around the area. There’s plenty of parking space and the wifi is good. This is a nice property and highly recommended.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great place in an ideal location for many attractions."

    Warm and cosy. The bonus was the en-suite bathroom to the main bedroom - not mentioned in any descriptions I saw. Everything provided for a perfect stay. Would hope to stay again sometime and would definitely recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Sylvia5.0Mar 2022

  • "Due to cottage change over time arrived next morning in a storm no heating asked owner who said it was off until 4-30pm on a timer as she said most people go out all day only on a short time in morning and seemed to go off about 9-00pm we could not override no other heating so went out to supermarket for food and bought 2 fan heaters to keep warm as weather too bad to stay out Television had bad reception ITV 1 4 5 not working I had same problem when I stopped Sky T."

    V had to upgrade to a digital ariel Cottage very clean

    Reviewed by James1.9Jan 2022

  • "Very comfortable, spacious, light & homely, had a great week relaxing at Thistle."

    Made to feel welcome by owner. Tastefully decorated & great facilities… not enough time to use extensive library/games & craft supplies! Our small dog loved the enclosed garden. Conveniently situated for National Railway Museum & York, Selby Abbey, National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield & local dog walks, especially Skipwith Common. Would happily return!

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Jan 2022

  • "This property is spacious and comfortable, set in a small village on the road between Selby and York."

    The owners were ideal - accessible if required, and provided ample information about the locale, premises and facilities. We used the place as a base to travel around the area but would have been equally satisfied to use it as a home from home. There is no doubt that I would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2021

  • "Very warm welcome and lots of personal touches and especially family/child friendly."

    My three year old loved the safe enclosed garden with toys, games and Wendy house provided. We'll located for site seeing as well. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Vikki5.0Aug 2021

  • "Great accomodation with excellent amenities."

    Reviewed by Jodie4.7May 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x family room with a double and single, 1 x double, 1 x ground-floor single
  • First-floor shower room, WC and basin
  • Upstairs bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking available
  • Enclosed garden with lawn and patio with seating
  • Well-behaved pets are welcome
  • Property over two floors
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.5 miles
  • Note: The charging of electric cars is not permissible at the property
  • Note: This property does not accept more than 7 night bookings, if you wish to book for longer than 7 nights please call us to enquire
  • Please note: This property does not accept short breaks

The property

Set in a quiet rural village of Barlby is this lovely holiday home Thistle, in short distance of Selby market town and York city centre just a car journey away, this three-bedroom property is an ideal base for a family of five to escape to North Yorkshire.

You are welcomed by a gorgeous traditional brick exterior, feel at home as you kick off your shoes after a day of exploration and settle down for a cosy night in, cooking up a storm in the amply-equipped kitchen, certain to entice any budding chefs.

Meals can be enjoyed on the sociable dining table, a perfect spot to host evening dinner parties with your loved ones over a tasty bottle of wine and good company.

Pack away your dishes in the dishwasher before sinking into one of the plush sky-blue sofas, escaping reality as you get lost in a good movie as you unwind into the evening.

The ground-floor boasts a fabulous single bedroom, ideal for those with limited mobility, and a handy ground-floor cloakroom with WC and basin.

The rest of the bedrooms can be found upstairs, comprising a double and a family room with a double and a single.

The first-floor bedrooms have ample storage and characterful beams, and are served by a contemporary bathroom where you can sink into a sumptuous bubble bath to relieve any tension, or wake up energized with a morning shower.

Enjoy your morning coffee outdoors in your very own private garden, letting the dogs run free and relish the fresh air, or use this space for a gentle picnic on the lawn during a hot summer's day.

Thistle is a splendid retreat promising a relaxed holiday in North Yorkshire.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs: 1068216 and 1068219, together sleeping up to 12 guests.

Note: This property does not accept more than 7 night bookings, if you wish to book for longer than 7 nights please call us to enquire.
Please note: This property does not accept short breaks

Barlby House Cottages

Found in the pleasant North Yorkshire village of Barlby are three delightful properties, Thistle, Shamrock and Rose, offering a flexible sleeping arrangement for a weekend of celebration. Barlby House is catered to large groups who want elements of family privacy whilst joining together for evenings of fun and exciting day trips around the surrounding countryside. A short stroll will bring you to a convenience store to grab the necessities for your self-catered needs, as well as a traditional country pub where you can catch up with the locals over a refreshing pint and tasty pub grub, there's also two takeaways to choose from if you fancy an evening inside. Head over to the bustling market town of Selby for an even wider choice of amenities to explore, including a wealth of shops to browse through, lively bars, independent restaurants, and the chance to visit a Special Area of Conservation at the Skipwith Common National Nature Reserve. Further afield is the thriving city centre of York, with so much discover, make sure to immerse yourself in culture at the imposing York Minster, fascinating York City Walls, Clifford's Tower, the National Railway Museum, and inspiration for Harry Potter's Diagon Alley, the ancient street of The Shambles. More days out can be enjoyed in Kingston-Upon-Hull at the amazing aquarium, Lotherton Hall near Aberford, and plenty of places to sample traditional Yorkshire puddings and Wensleydale cheese, perfect for making memories.

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About the location


Selby 2 miles; Cawood 6.4 miles; York 12.5 miles; Pocklington 18.5 miles

Tucked away in the heart of North Yorkshire is the charming village of Barlby, a fantastic spot just north of Selby, with the flowing River Ouse passing by. The village is home to a welcoming choice of amenities including a village shop, a convenience store, a traditional pub, two takeaways, a library and an 18th century church. The vibrant market town of Selby is just around the corner, boasting a wealth of quaint shopping facilities, delicious restaurants, exciting bars and access to Skipwith Common National Nature Reserve, a Special Area of Conservation spanning over 270 hectares. Other local attractions include the Lotherton Hall, Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve, and the incredible city of York further afield, where you can visit York Minster cathedral, JORVIK Viking Centre, Clifford's Tower, the historic York City Walls, and so much more.

Note: This property does not accept more than 7 night bookings, if you wish to book for longer than 7 nights please call us to enquire.
Please note: This property does not accept short breaks

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas