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Manor Cottage

(Ref. 987730)

Northallerton, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "Omg this place was absolutely magical, thank you for giving us an amazing base for our holiday."

    I'm not entirely sure about the "accuracy" of the listing as we weren't really aware that we'd booked a stay in such an amazing, magical property. When we pulled up as we "you have arrived at your destination" we almost backed up to try and find it as we were shocked that we were staying in such a substantial, beautiful place. Luckily the house name was on a plaque on the gate otherwise I think we would have gone searching for it further. The garden at the property..... the "garden" was more like a massive country park filled with fruit bearing trees and there was a chestnut tree. A wildflower bed. We took our Rough Collie and thought it was funny there was even a well in the garden (securely capped off), but no...... Timmy hadn't fallen down the well. The dogs absolutely loved the garden we ended up supervising them nearly all of the time even if it was from the balcony as although the garden was completely fenced and secured, the garden was so massive it felt a little disconcerting that you couldn't see them. It was nice during the day to see the dragonflies buzzing around and the birds in the trees and there was an owl at night. The house was amazing. Very spacious, well equipped in general and the kitchen was well equipped, we even cooked a roast dinner whilst we were there. There were 5 of us. Mum & Dad, two kids plus their Nan (grandmother) and the bedrooms perfectly accommodated that and the house would have comfortably slept 8. Loved the lighting around the fireplace. I also found it funny that the "utility room" was bigger than some bed sits & 1 bed flats out there. There was one massive drawback......... we had to come home. Thanks again for letting us share this amazing property with us.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a fabulous holiday at Manor Cottage."

    The cottage had everything that we needed and the welcome basket was a lovely surprise on arrival. The beds were super comfy and rooms spacious. The garden was absolutely beautiful and our dogs and son loved running around in it. A lovely secluded location but within easy access of supermarkets, shops etc. Northallerton is a lovely village with many lovely shops. We will most definitely be back again! Thank you for a lovely holiday. X

    Dear Zoe, thank you for this lovely feedback, which is much appreciated. We very much look forward welcoming you and your family back to Manor Cottage in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Jul 2023

  • "We have been to Manor Cottage five times now ; we love it ."

    The garden is incredible. I agree with previous reviews that some comfy garden furniture would enhance the experience. Hope to be back soon .

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Jul 2023

  • "Had a lovely time, kitchen compact but had all you needed."

    Gardens are huge and amazing totally secure, Charlie our rough collie could roam in peace. We suggest some comfortable outdoor furniture to relax in, hence 4 stars ( we bought couple of chairs which were cheap, that made things better). There is a bridleway 10 mins to left of cottage but it was too hot to walk Charlie but he had plenty of exercise in the garden. We only left cottage to go to Northallerton for supplies and just relaxed and enjoyed the sun. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Marie4.4Jun 2023

  • "A spacious and comfortable cottage in beautiful grounds where our dogs could run ..."

    A spacious and comfortable cottage in beautiful grounds where our dogs could run freely and securely The Yorkshire countryside was stunning and provided lots of lovely walks Only 2 very small improvements Coat hooks in the entrance lobby to hang out wet coats and a bedside lamp for nighttime reading Will certainly return Gill

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Mar 2023

  • "The only problems were a corkscrew that did not work (near disaster !"

    ) and the TV in the dining room that could only get channel 4. Otherwise, our third stay here was as good as the first two

    Delighted your return stay to Manor Cottage was good again. Dining room TV fully working and corkscrew / bottle opener replaced! Thank you for letting know. Hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Oct 2022

  • "What a special place!"

    We were 5 adults and 2 dogs. The bedrooms and bathrooms were very spacious and clean. The garden is massive and the dogs really enjoyed exploring every inch of it. We had everything we needed in the kitchen, and the area off the kitchen was perfect for boardgames, puzzle-building and meals. It was lovely waking up to the sound of birds in the huge trees surrounding the property and also hearing the owls at night. There's a lovely area for a good BBQ. Hosts were very responsive and we loved the little welcoming touches. Thank you!!!

    Thank you for your positive feedback and helpful comments. Very pleased that Manor Cottage provided all that you required for an enjoyable stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angelique5.0Sep 2022

  • "We’ve had a brilliant family holiday."

    Four adults and two dogs who thoroughly enjoyed the huge garden. Huge is no exaggeration! We had noted the comments regarding the regular trains. Yes you could hear and see them but it did not affect our enjoyment of our surroundings. We unfortunately could not really find anywhere within walking distance of the property to take the dogs first thing in the morning. The cottage felt much larger upstairs than downstairs. I feel that it would be a little cramped downstairs with 6 adults. The upstairs was very comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Delighted you enjoyed your holiday at Manor Cottage. Thank you for your comments. There are 2 footpaths from Birkby across farmland ideal for walking dogs on leads. We will make a note to provide dog walking information in the Welcome folder. Property Owner

    Reviewed by R4.4Aug 2022

  • "We’ve had a brilliant family holiday Four adults, two children and two dogs ..."

    We’ve had a brilliant family holiday Four adults, two children and two dogs who covered every inch of the wonderful garden and relaxed within the property

    Delighted you and the family enjoyed your holiday at Manor Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2022

  • "Fabulous house and garden."

    Let down by Kitchen and utility room needing a sort out. Random dishes in all cupboards. No bin bags anywhere. No microwavable containers. No mattress covers on mattress and quilts and pillows yellow stained on some. I personally cleaned the shower room as dust everywhere. I think given a blank canvas when empty the house could be alot cleaner. Outside under door mats needed a good sweep for first impression. Patio area also untidy. Barbaque was a bonus even though I think previous guests may have left it. We did have a good family holiday and the setting is great as very central for North Yorkshire attractions. But would have been better if these things were put right. I think overall if the owner took stock of the place they would notice that there a few things needs to be done to improve the property Considering it was alot of money for some to pay for a family holiday. .

    Thank you for your comments which are being addressed. Pleased you enjoyed your family holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joy3.1Jul 2022

  • "Without doubt the main attraction of this property is the large attractive gardens which every Review praises."

    The cottage itself lacks a downstairs toilet and the kitchen is far too small at 7ft x 7ft. The pots and pans are well past their sell by date (we bought a wok and frying pan from Tesco’s in Northallerton) The upstairs is delightful with two bathrooms and very spacious bedrooms The gravel patio is a sun trap but has never been tidied up. Upon arrival, the first thing you notice is an old barbeque and grills left strewn about in the corner. This gave the impression of neglect. However, once you have arrived on holiday, you must make the best of it! Birkby is well placed to enjoy North Yorkshire and we Visited Leyburn, Hawes, Durham, Yarm, and Harrogate easily. We used Manor cottage as a base from which we travelled every day, so we did not spend the days in the cottage or gardens. It should be noted that the East Coast Mainline Railway tracks are close enough to hear the trains going by on their way to and from the North to the South. The Station guard at Northallerton told us that there are approximately twenty-two trains per hour! This was not mentioned on the website. To be fair this did not spoil our stay. The Pub at East Cowton “ The Beeswing” is good for food and drink. The cottage is picturesque but rests on its Laurels. It is very tired. I would not choose to stay there again.

    Thank you for some interesting comments. The kitchen is an integral part of the large family dining room in what is a cottage. Sets of china, cutlery, utensils/pans etc, (plus majority of furniture/equipment) were new when Manor Cottage was set up for holiday guests for 2020. Our website does not indicate a downstairs toilet but there are two good sized bathrooms upstairs. TO CLARIFY, there are NOT 22 trains/hr travelling past the cottage on the ECML. Train Timetables reveal 9.4 trains/hr between 6am-11pm (max 13) and 11 trains overnight. (previous guest noted 12 trains/hr) Also, Northallerton is a rail junction with lines both to Darlington/The North and to Teesside/NE Coast. The majority are now electric and quiet. Manor Cottage does not provide BBQ equipment; it has left been by previous guests. A note will be added to guests' Welcome information. The area in regularly inspected. Pleased you enjoyed exploring the surrounding area - there is much to see. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gerald2.8Jun 2022

  • "Manor Cottage is a wonderful place to visit, especially with children and a dog."

    The garden is vast! The house is very comfortable, with two separate living areas - perfect for allowing a group to do multiple activities without being on top of each other. Location is great for accessing the Moors or Dales, and surrounding attractions. Good pubs close by, although not in easy walking distance, alas! We would love to return one day.

    Thank you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Apr 2022

  • "Good Property, excelllent size garden for two springers to run around in, and fully enclosed."

    Main LNER railway at rear of property with up to 12 trains per hour, but not too obtrusive. Not many walks from the door, but if you travel in a 13 ish mile radius there is plenty to see and do. A visit to Richmond is a must, and a good along the River Swale. But overall the main reason for going here was the garden, as on a sunny day it is perfect for chilling out.

    Thanks for your feedback. The Cottage looks down over the long, extensive garden, across two fields and an access road towards the railway line, which is largely obscured by mature trees. Birkby does have a couple of public footpaths good for dog walking across open farmland. A note will be added to the information. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gareth4.1Mar 2022

  • "This was a fantastic getaway, the garden was perfect for our dogs very safe and inclosed and huge."

    The house was perfect for the six of us. The only fault was the gardener came twice and we had to keep dogs in house for that time.

    Reviewed by William4.7Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cottage & we really enjoyed our stay thank you"

    Thank you for your positive feedback. Very pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7Dec 2021

  • "Absolutely smashing "cottage" - our son said it's more like a mansion."

    The massive garden was a superb surprise and our children and dog especially loved it. Spacious and fabulously equipped inside with lovely views.

    Thank you very much for your comments! Delighted you enjoyed your stay and that children and dogs appreciated our large garden. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2021

  • "Poor quality wi fi connection seating uncomfortable very small kitchen"

    The wireless WiFi system installed at Manor Cottage provides up to 10Mbs WiFi connection and we have had no previous complaints regarding this. Comfortable seating is a matter of personal taste. The property is a cottage with the kitchen an integral part of the family room providing the facilities that one would expect in a Yorkshire rural location. Other guests have not highlighted these issues previously. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven3.1Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely - and the garden much bigger and better than in the photos."

    We stayed in October and the sunsets from the patio were great. The location is very good - we went to Bettys Tea Rooms far too much! but there is a lot to see and do locally.

    So pleased you appreciated our cottage, garden and the local area. Bettys is always very tempting! Thank you so much for your great feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2021

  • "We came with high expectations and left with flea bites."

    We are sorry you were disappointed with your visit to Manor Cottage. To respond, we were contacted by changeover cleaning staff who reported that our guests had mentioned as they were departing concerns about fleas in the property. Immediately, we organised for a pest control firm to visit Manor Cottage, investigate and treat as necessary. They arrived within hours and following successive visits, detected no evidence of fleas in Manor Cottage. It is important also to add that the cleaners prior to your visit had not found any evidence of fleas and nor did they find any evidence of fleas following your departure. Your visit to rural North Yorkshire in late summer is undoubtedly a time of year when there are more flies around. Indeed, it was reported to be a particular problem across the county the week of your visit as a result of specific climatic conditions.’ Kind regards, Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen2.8Aug 2021

  • "A lovely and very comfortable cottage with a fantastic garden."

    The photos don’t show the true beauty of this wonderful home from home. We can’t wait to return.

    Very pleased you enjoyed your stay and will take some more photos. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon4.4Aug 2021

  • "Wonderful, comfortable and clean cottage."

    The gardens were stunning, our German Shepherd loved the space and it was very secure. We had an issue with the hot water failing but it was rectified almost as soon as we reported it. The east coast rail line is fairly close but it didn’t bother us at all. Everything lived up to expectation and I would highly recommend Manor Cottage.

    Reviewed by Briony5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with good facilities and beautiful grounds set in a beautiful part of the world."

    Mention of how close the railway line is would of been good b of not put us off booking again!

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Apr 2021

  • "Manor Cottage is a wonderful place to spend time and was an ideal location for us to self-isolate for 10 days ahead of spending Christmas with family."

    There are acres of gardens and the rural location is perfect for getting away from everything. The cottage is well furnished, with comfortable beds, a decent TV, and a great wood burning stove. Thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

    Reviewed by Joe5.0Dec 2020

  • "Manor Cottage had everything we needed and more for our 4 night stay."

    Very good facilities for those with bikes and dogs, very large drying room with large dogs crate and everything you need. Garden is stunning and photos don't give it credit. Would stay here again in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Jul 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin, 1 x family room with king-size bed, single and sofa
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Air source heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and high chair provided, stair gates on stairs
  • Driveway parking for up to four cars
  • Secure bike storage in utility
  • Lawned large fenced garden and gravelled terrace with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.25 miles
  • Note: This property has a minimum of four nights
  • Note: Property is not suitable for people with limited mobility

The property

6 miles NW of Northallerton.

Manor Cottage is a superb period cottage set in a quiet rural farming area in the tiny hamlet of Birkby just north of the bustling market town of Northallerton.

Dating back to the late 19th century, Manor Cottage has been extended and renovated into a stylish and contemporary holiday home for friends and families, whilst still managing to retain some of its original features such as the brick inglenook fireplace; six guests are welcomed, along with two well-behaved dogs.

You can enjoy a relaxing evening together in the sitting room with the woodburning stove and take advantage of the Smart TV and DVD player, recommended to bring all your favourite film classics to watch.

Walk through the open-plan living space, where you can curl up and relax, prepare delicious meals in the well-equipped kitchen, or gather at the large dining table; this makes a wonderful social space for families to dine together with a pleasant outlook down over the large sloping garden, both child and dog-friendly.

There are three bedrooms, a king-size, twin, and family bedroom; each comes with its own traditional furnishings for storing personal items and are serviced by a family bathroom and a shower room.

Externally, Manor Cottage has a peaceful, secluded country cottage garden with a spacious gravelled terrace with furniture, where you may enjoy the sunshine looking across adjacent open farmland where sheep peacefully graze.

An extensive grass-maintained area slopes down to mature trees at the bottom of this long garden.

Looking down from the terrace in front of the cottage, beyond these trees and a further couple of fields away, you may glimpse the LNER railway line.

While in the area, enjoy Northallerton with its restaurants and coffee shops to sample traditional Yorkshire delicacies, and gather provisions from the various supermarkets for an evening meal.

Within comfortable driving distance, are the splendid, historic cathedral cities of Durham and York, hosting several popular tourist attractions to provide a unique day out.

Close to the scenic Yorkshire Dales and beautiful North York Moors, you are well-placed for exploring picturesque villages, wildflower meadows, open moorland with an abundance of walking and cycling routes.

Further afield, the beauty of the Lake District and Yorkshire coastline can easily be discovered.

Manor Cottage is the place to be for those who enjoy the secluded countryside.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Thirsk 9 miles.

Northallerton is a County town and administrative centre of North Yorkshire, located at the foot of a ridge dividing two river basin areas, the Wiske and the Cod Beck, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the edge of the Vale of York, between the Hambleton Hills and the Yorkshire Dales. This thriving town boasts market days on Wednesdays and Saturdays, when both sides of the High Street are home to stalls selling a wide range of goods and produce, plus on the fourth Wednesday of the month the market is joined by a farmers' market. Despite its modest size, Northallerton has a number of independent and national shops, including Betty’s Tea Rooms, Lewis & Cooper, an outstanding delicatessan and wine merchant, award-winning butcher’s, artisan baker, greengrocers, two department stores, several supermarkets and bookshops. With good rail links to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Durham and York, the activities are not just restricted to the countryside. Situated equidistant between the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, the opportunities for exploration are endless. These include a day at the races at one of the many local courses, including Thirsk, a family trip to the unique Forbidden Corner at Middleham, a trip to a country house such as Newby Hall, Kiplin Hall and Castle Howard, or a round of golf. The restored Victorian resort of Saltburn, plus the pretty beaches and coves of Runswick Bay, Sand's End and Robin Hood's Bay, along with the town of Whitby, are all within one hour's drive away.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas