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Pond View

(Ref. 982583)

Thirsk, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely spacious cottage in a quiet rural village which is close to the A1."

    Ideally located for touring around this area of North Yorkshire. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2023

  • "1. The upstairs bathroom is in one of the bedrooms, which isn't clear in the description as the other twin room is upstairs too, so that person has to use the downstairs bathroom in the middle of the night to prevent waking anyone up in the upstairs bedroom."

    2. Unfortunately, the pond was a huge ditch of mud. The Owner had people there trying to fix the problem during our stay, on the Sunday, but it was a shame that the view wasn’t as it was promised on the Sykes website. The Owner hadn't notified us of this prior to our stay. 3. A locked adjoining door leads from the Owners home to the kitchen of Pond View, which is slightly unnerving and we heard the dogs and tumble drier on numerous occasions. 4. The oven isn't fit for purpose and heat escapes from the right hand side. We let the Owner know about this, hoping she'd switch the range on, but she didn't offer to. Such a shame as we couldn't use the oven to cook anything properly. We didn’t like to try and switch it on ourselves after this. It took over an hour to cook a thin pizza, that should have been cooked in 10 minutes. 5. The fridge door shelf has been mended with superglue, so milk can't be stored in the door. It's a tiny fridge, especially for a property that sleeps 6. The Owner controls the timings for the central heating, but there are heaters to use at other times. Unfortunately, the timings were not appropriate for us, so we mentioned it to the Owner who put the heating on for one extra hour in the evening, but did not change the morning times. The bad points of Pond View far outweigh the good points. We wouldn’t recommend Pond View to anyone.

    Reviewed by HelenOct 2023

  • "Our stay in Pond Cottage was very enjoyable due to the quiet location, beautiful view, clean and comfortable rooms and very helpful host."

    The downstairs room is ideal for an older person.

    Reviewed by GinaSep 2023

  • "Plenty of room, probably better for a family."

    We were 5 adults sharing. The upstairs bathroom was in 1 of the bedrooms, so you had to go downstairs all the time. Hardly any fridge room, but the owners let us access another. Needs more kitchen equipment, especially if people are making different meals. Hard to share cooking on the hob, as it's right in a corner. In a lovely setting, with outdoor seating and a lovely view.

    Reviewed by MariaJul 2023

  • "W W we had a lovley holiday, cottage good."

    well maintained cleanest we had stayed in Gaynor the owner was lovley and welcoming along with family and pets,Would recommend to anyone, From Sandra Tomley n.

    Reviewed by SandraJun 2023

  • "SUPERB home from home."

    Very clean, well appointed and comfortable holiday house. Owners live next door and on hand if help is required - they were lovely! Any problems other reviewers seem to have had weren't apparent to us. We'd stay here again - so that says it all!!

    Reviewed by SueMay 2023

  • "A very comfortable cosy cottage, with plenty of amenities, in a quiet pretty village location, with nice garden views."

    It was close enough to the main north/south A1M to make it easily accessible but not so close that it intruded on the village. The cottage was easy and conveniently situated for us to be able to reach places of interest - the thriving market town of Northallerton, as well as Thirsk, home of the James Herriot museum. We were also able to access both the beautiful Yorkshire dales and the North Yorkshire Moors, and even catch one of the famous steam trains of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in Pickering and take the scenic journey through spectacular countryside to Whitby, as well as visit The Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Harlow Carr, Harrogate. We even squeezed in a quick visit to see a friend in York. Our hostess, Gaynor, was welcoming, helpful and friendly, providing us with a pleasant reminder of characteristic North Eastern hospitality.

    Reviewed by ChristineMar 2023

  • "Unfortunately the hosts were not very welcoming and made us feel uncomfortable."

    The furry bedding was unusual and we were not offered any clean bedding during our 28 day stay - I bought some to keep us going. The long track to the cottage is full of large unavoidable potholes , not good for cars suspension. The small TV in the lounge is not what families expect on holiday.

    Sometimes you cannot please anyone,we found Susan unreasonable,making bedding demands among others(single quilts on single beds not acceptable as she needed to “snuggle with something wider”)we did supply a king size quilt immediately anyway,unfortunately that was too late as she was scorned,we extended the heating for the period of stay,offered other help,clean bedding was given twice during her stay but she is right that our drive is potholed as we speak(due to a development adjacent)but will be sorted very shortly! Our TV isn’t the biggest she’s right but it’s not always about size Susan,maybe she thought we were a hotel? Property Owner

    Reviewed by SusanFeb 2023

  • "We found the owner to be friendly & welcoming."

    Situated a relaxing quiet & rural location. It's an ideal base to go on day trips & see the beautiful Yorkshire villages, towns and cities. The cottage was very clean & comfortable. Cannot comment on the Wifi as we didn't use it. All in all a lovely place to stay & would happily stay here again. Highly recommended if you want a cosy, peaceful place to go back to after a busy day sightseeing or walking!

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2022

  • "Every thing i needed for a nice break."

    Nice grounds nice accommodation.very quiet.even R A F display.no local shops .chinese/pub average.area around pond for a nice stroll

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful part of the country."

    Owners very friendly and approachable. Only downside a couple of chairs in the lounge very soft and a bit low for aged visitors. All in all a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Pond View."

    It’s a very relaxing setting and my friends and I found it quiet, rural and an ideal location to go on day trips and see the beautiful Yorkshire villages, towns and cities. The owners were friendly and helpful and the cottage very clean and comfortable. The wifi was somewhat sketchy at times but a small price to pay for the excellent location. We would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by KayJun 2022

  • "Excellent property."

    Very comfortable and very clean. Owners were excellent , very helpful and accommodating. I would certainly book this cottage again and highly recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by ChristineApr 2022

  • "Lovely owners very welcoming"

    Reviewed by CDec 2021

  • "Just returned home after a lovely break in a lovely cottage."

    The owners were really nice and accommodating resolving any issues,(that were beyond their control in the first place) we had no issues with the mattresses but they were changed whilst we were there. Unfortunately a tv mast got damaged(again beyond owners control) but managed to watch players and hub on devices, no issue with wifi. Would definitely have no issues with going there again. Beautiful setting with lots to do. Great base for day trips out. Thank you so much. Also Sykes Cottages handled everything brilliantly from booking, payment and amendments to the booking.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2021

  • "Mattresses need changing springs have gone, downstairs bathroom sink plug does not work, cobwebs, fridge far too small."

    WiFi didn't work.

    Thank you for your feedback, we do take feedback very seriously and this is completely out of character for our property, the mattresses were bought within the last two years and we have not any complaints. We will check the other points raised and thank you for your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SylviaJul 2021

  • "Nice peaceful setting."

    Owners very friendly. Convenient for visiting York and the coast. The children loved the grounds as there was plenty of space to run around.

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2021

  • "The location is superb and it is beautifully quiet in a lovely setting."

    The family were friendly and welcoming. We should love to come and stay again. The accomodation was excellent for my mum who is 87 and not very mobile as she was able to stay downstairs. Thank you for a lovely holiday

    Reviewed by LynneJul 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage, spotlessly clean, great location and lovely hosts."

    A small thing to assist elderly guests would be to have a rubber slip mat available for use in the downstairs shower (meant to mention this to host but forgot). 3 generations of the family holidayed together and we all loved our time at Pond View

    Reviewed by JeffJul 2021

  • "Myself, my partner, our two friends and their two children had a lovely stay at Pond View."

    The cottage was so cosy and welcoming. It was clean, spacious and it had everything you should need. The owners are extremely friendly, welcoming and approachable. Their property is absolutely beautiful. The views are amazing outside and they keep farm animals which The children loved. There is a gorgeous pond with a small bridge which you could stand and look at for hours. It is local to thirsk Town centre, only a 15 minute drive away and it is close to many different attractions, such as monk Park animal farm. All in all a wonderful place to stay and would happily stay here again. Highly recommended if you want a cosy, peaceful place to go back to after a busy day sightseeing! Thank you very much!!

    Reviewed by JemimaMay 2021

  • "This property would benefit from having a washing machine."

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2021

  • "Excellent cottage, as always."

    Owner did really well considering the Covid restrictions.

    Reviewed by MargotSep 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday due to the excellent accommation, it was very comfortable and clean."

    Also it was set in lovely surroundings. The owners were very friendly and very helpful. We highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by AnthonySep 2020

  • "Lovely holiday cottage."

    Well appointed. Welcoming owner. Situated in nice quiet village with good Chinese restaurant. Great location with easy access to national parks and into city of York. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by LeeOct 2019

  • "From the moment we arrived to the minute we departed, our hosts were on hand to make us welcome and to discuss our stay."

    Our family party of six staying for 4 nights thoroughly enjoyed the cottage facilities and comforts to the point that we plan to re-visit at a future date. Two family members stayed longer than originally planned. The cottage is extremely well placed, just off the A1 motorway in a very peaceful, scenic setting and within easy access of many Yorkshire towns and attractions. We visited Masham, Thirsk, Leyburn and Ripon. Each business we visited made us welcome and were interested to make time for informal chats, asking where we were from and where we were staying. We especially prefer to support independent businesses and found some excellent cheese, milk and bakery producers, tea shops and family butchery businesses. Lots of choice and fair pricing in all of the suppliers we found. Extremely enjoyable break and we can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by KayOct 2019

  • "This cottage is in a very good location for exploring the North York Moors and over to the East Coast."

    Also for exploring the Yorkshire Dales. The entrance to the lane to the cottage is not easily found so had to ring the owner for instructions once we were in the village. Maybe some sort of signage would be useful.The owner is very pleasant and is on hand most of the time for queries. It was a shame that the patio set outside did not have a little table to put drinks/nibbles on. Felt a little uncomfortable that we did not get a key for the outer door, so it was just a case of shutting it! We had a key for the inner door into the sitting room but the downstairs shower room/toilet was in between these 2 doors. Therefore to use this facility in the night you had to unlock the door. These are small issues, but apart from these we had a lovely week in North Yorkshire helped by some very hot weather. Had 1 meal at the Nags Head (Cantonese restaurant) which is in the village and would recommend it.

    Reviewed by SandraAug 2019

  • "Owner was their to greet us,and nothing was to much trouble."

    Good location for days out .Village Pub and Chinese The Nags Head is a must, Alice the owner of both gave us a lovely welcome, Chinese meal was by far the best we have had so good we went back for another meal.

    Reviewed by MaryJul 2019

  • "Update to previous review, they have put shelves in the bathroom."

    Nice comfortable cottage and friendly hosts. Quiet with nice garden views. Good to have 2 shower rooms, and televisions in bedrooms. Central location for touring the area. Would stay again if in that part of Yorkshire. Only drawback was the rough track leading to the property

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2019

  • "The property was ideal for our party size, a couple, mother with two small children, and grandmother."

    The downstairs bedroom and bathroom were ideal for anyone with mobility problems. The garden was ideal for the children with the pond a safe distance away. The owners gave us a warm welcome but never crowded us, an ideal balance. A very pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2019

  • "Owner, who lived next door was very friendly and helpful, the house was just lovely, and we found having a toilet on both floors very useful."

    The land surrounding the house was great and made a beautiful setting for the house. If anything needed adding it was a small table either side of the bed with a lamp on it, as my husband and I both take water to bed they are needed. Also extra shelving in the upstairs bathroom for toiletries would be most useful, everything else was just ideal.

    Reviewed by SheilaOct 2018

  • "The place was immaculate, would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone and the owners could not do more for you to make your stay perfect, will be going back next year."

    Reviewed by JemSep 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor twin
  • Ground floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Central heating with electric fire
  • Range oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, TV's with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books and games Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Lawned garden with furniture, and private pond
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • 2 mins walk to Cantonese Restaurant and Public House
  • Note: A £200 Good Housekeeping Bond applies on bookings at this property
  • Please note due to the rural location the wifi signal can be slow at times
  • Note: This property only takes bookings of 4 days or more
  • Note: latest check in is 9pm on the day of your arrival

The property

Thirsk 7.8 miles.

This charming cottage is tucked away into the village of Pickhill, located adjacent to the owner's property, with its own private pond.

Welcoming guests to its doors, Pond View is the perfect contemporary and character blend, home to a collection of rooms, with some even featuring lovely pond views.

Inside you will be delighted by the cosy lounge, which includes mismatched seating and an electric fire to warm those cooler evenings.

There is a country cottage kitchen designed in a farmhouse style, also hosting a range cooker, as well as a table where you can all gather for some quality time together.

Discover the walk-in shower room, utility area, and twin room, also located on the ground floor; you will be spoilt for choice with two further bedrooms upstairs, all benefiting from dressing tables and effective side lighting.

An en-suite shower room makes up the layout, whilst a walk-in shower room can be found on the lower level, easily accessible for those with limited mobility.

Enjoy everything Pond View has to offer, from the outdoor furniture, to the calming landscape beyond, a lovely spot to admire when the sun is shining.

Thirsk hosts a quaint market place, magnificent Georgian buildings, a Norman church and excellent pubs, shops, restaurants, a cinema and a leisure centre.

Visit the World of James Herriott Museum, or explore the unique rolling countryside and Hambleton Hills, bringing excellent walking opportunities to your doorstep.

The cathedral city of York and the beautiful East Coast are not to be missed.

A wonderful retreat close to North York Moors National Park.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


  • Ripon 11 miles
  • York 23 miles

With the gateway to the North York Moors National Park to the east and Yorkshire Dales National Park to the west, the bustling town of Thirsk boasts a quaint market place, splendid Georgian buildings, a Norman church and excellent pubs, shops, restaurants, a cinema and a leisure centre. Visit the World of James Herriott Museum, dedicated to the life and works of the town’s own famous vet and author or explore the surrounding rolling countryside and Hambleton Hills, offering excellent walking opportunities. The cathedral city of York and the beautiful East Coast are within easy driving distance.

Note: A £200 Good Housekeeping Bond applies on bookings at this property.
Note: This property only takes bookings of 4 days or more.
Note: latest check in is 9pm on the day of your arrival.