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Stable Cottage

(Ref. 21723)

Cawton near Hovingham, Vale of York & Yorkshire Wolds Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "The property is exactly as described and located in a very quiet remote part of Hovingham."

    We loved the remote fields around for exercising our german shepherd. The cottage is very well equipped ( though missed a measuring jug and ladle, small detail) The wet room for showering is excellent as is the boot room for taking off muddy boots and drying our dog. The owners are across the enclosed courtyard but unobtrusive unless needed. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Dec 2023

  • "What a peaceful cottage stay."

    Very well equipped everything we needed and the welcome pack was much appreciated. The hosts were very helpful . Hope to stay again

    Reviewed by Veronica4.7Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage well equipped all our needs were catered for the owners were ..."

    Lovely cottage well equipped all our needs were catered for the owners were friendly and helpful, and such a peaceful area with lots of great walking from the front door

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Aug 2023

  • "Great location, especially for accessing the various venues for the Ryedale Festival."

    Very cosy and comfortable. Well equipped and extremely clean. The only improvement we'd suggest is to have heavier curtains in the bedroom because sleep quality was affected by the early morning light. However overall this is a lovely property and we would be happy to make a return visit.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a very happy holiday at Stable Cottage."

    The accommodation very comfortable in a lovely location and we enjoyed meeting Clive and Phillipa. One small point. The dishwasher was never used by us and the washing of the dishes done by hand simply because there was not enough china and cutlery to use this facility. We appreciate the accommodation was for two people but we thought it was wasteful to use this frequently when the machine would not be full. Peter and Veronica

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2023

  • "The cottage was in an idyllic location, so peaceful and tranquil, lots of walks straight from the cottage."

    It has a very good courtyard that our GSD could roam around in off lead and the property owners are lovely friendly people who enjoyed engaging with our dog. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Stable Cottage.

    Reviewed by Shelley5.0Jun 2023

  • "Stable cottage was lovely."

    Very clean and had everything we needed for a perfect holiday. Beautiful countryside and so many places to visit .philippa and Clive were nearby if there was anything we needed .we would recommend stable cottage. Thankyou.

    Thank you for your feedback and I'm so delighted you had a lovely holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely holiday, my husband is quite disabled but managed really well, included getting in and out of the cottage via French windows."

    We were a bit worried about a comment a previous visitor made about getting in and out of the bedroom but my husband had no issues. I also enjoyed going out for walks with my 18 month old Borador puppy, and was able to let him out into the courtyard. The drive to the cottage from the main road ( which there were many comments about) was nowhere was bad as I thought it would be. I managed ok in an old Ford Mondeo with a mobility scooter and puppy in the back. We are looking to returning but for longer next time.

    Reviewed by Bryan5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a great week on a return visit to this lovely quiet cottage surrounded by beautiful countryside lots of good walks from the cottage so don't always have to use the car."

    The owners live just across the courtyard and are friendly and helpful without being at all intrusive

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2022

  • "The cottage is quite a good size for a 1 bedroom property."

    Access is 3/4 mile down a track. The track was fairly smooth but very dusty due to dry weather. Cottage is other side of yard from back of owners house but guests are free to use that area, which had a large table with a sun shade. Car parking is inside the yard, which had gates, or on the grass beside the track. The front door opening into a hall but normal access was through the french windows from the yard. The hall was useful for storage and a dog (if you have one) also had a cloakroom with a shower. The lounge/diner/kitchen was a reasonable size and seemed to have everything we needed. The TV had a Freestat box (not Freeview as in the description) so channel numbers all different. It was a small square TV and replacement by a 26 or 32 inch TV would be an improvement. Wi-Fi was available. The bedroom is quite small but had enough storage with a small wardrobe and a chest of drawers. The en-suite is a large wet room which has been been well set up for a disabled person. The property is set in beautiful farming countryside, with plenty of walks, including ¾ mile into the charming village of Hovington where there is a shop, a bakery and a cafe. There is good access to Ryedale and the moors to the north. Nearby Helmsley has lots of different places to eat and drink.

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Jul 2022

  • "Stable cottage was an amazing place up a very long farm track."

    The area around the cottage was fantastic farm land with glorious views and good walks 1mile to Hovingham and a bit less to Cawton. Fantastic for our dog Binki. The cottage had all the equipment necessary for a weeks stay. Unfortunately the microwave was rather old and broke. The owners were very quick to replace it with a great new one. The washing machine was not usable without brute force to close the door,so we gave that a miss and did hand washing. On arrival it would have been very nice to find milk, bread, butter in a starter pack. Just enough to get a cup of tea. Fortunately I did get supplies in the village store before arrival,but all the other cottages we have stayed in have supplied basics. Would we go back to stable cottage? Yes it was a great place from which to explore the whole area around York and the moors. Philippa and Clive were brilliant hosts and very helpful, and informative about the surrounding area. Sarah and David Murgatroyd..

    Thank you Sarah and David for your lovely feedback, I enjoyed having you to stay and I always like to act upon any feedback and take everything into consideration. You are correct, the microwave did break and, unfortunately, these things happen; however, we replaced it immediately. To be clear, the washing machine does not need 'brute force' to close the door and it is perfectly useable, indeed, I use it every week to wash linen from the cottage; the door does need a good 'push' to close it but not brute force - this is just the machine and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. With regards a welcome pack I used to do this prior to lockdown and I had just not reinstated it as some people are still concerned about Covid and its spread; however, I have take this on board and am, once again, providing a welcome pack of milk, tea, coffee and a cake. Many thanks for your feedback and I am pleased you enjoyed your two week stay. Philippa Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.4Jun 2022

  • "A really enjoyable stay at Stable Cottage."

    It was stocked with everything we needed and was somewhere we really called home for a week.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2022

  • "Had a really lovely holiday at stable cottage every thing we needed was on hand."

    Mr and Mrs Webster had provided every thing we needed for a lovely holiday even the weather. We really hope to be back next year.

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0May 2022

  • "This is a well equipped cottage for people of all ages and abilities."

    The secluded location should suit most people looking to "get away from it all". The property accepts a pet which also suits pet lovers. The cottage interior was well appointed with everything you could need for an enjoyable relaxing stay. What you do with your time is your choice! a walker I can also recommend the Ebor Way walk and the Howardian Hills

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Mar 2022

  • "Myself and my sister enjoyed a lovely 5 days with my dog,the cottage was everything we expected from looking at the pictures,and since the pictures on the site Philippa has put an arm chair in which was perfect for my sister as she is elderly,also she has put a shower stool in the wet room."

    The only thing that it needs is a bigger TV as it was difficult to read any writing (but maybe just us being older) overall it is a lovely place and secure for dogs.Would visit again.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Feb 2022

  • "Loved the accommodation and Philippa was very attentive my only niggle was the seating could be more comfortable as a disabled person a recliner would make life easier , TV set could be upgraded for a larger screen for those days when the weather is unsuitable for venturing out ."

    Those niggles were the only down points we will certainly stay there again in the future

    Reviewed by Timothy4.7Dec 2021

  • "Like everything about Stable Cottage except the seating , living room and dining room chairs need replacing."

    We're delighted that you liked everything about Stable Cottage and note your comments about the seating in the living room and dining room chairs. We will, following this feedback, check the seating in those areas however, the seating is changed on a regular basis and the living room seating was changed two seasons ago; the dining room chairs were changed in 2020. Many thanks for your feedback and we're pleased you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin4.4Nov 2021

  • "Stable cottage was a beautiful, very comfortable well equipped cottage, comfy beds and a very large shower room."

    The area was very peaceful. There was a short walk of 20 mins along the bridal path into the village of Hovingham, where we found village shop, bakery, p.h, coffee shop, Worsley arms hotel (food and service very good) and a lovely church. The host Philippa and Clive were very helpful and always about if we had any questions we would give this holiday 10/10 we had a great stay and we like to come back one day thankyou :)

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2021

  • "A lovely quiet peaceful location, to relax and unwind, lots of walks beautiful scenery, so many wonderful places to visit it’s location is ideal to explore Rydale, and the East Coast."

    The owners are really helpful, and full of information about the area, had a great stay and would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Sep 2021

  • "The owners were superb and lovely and the property was impeccably clean."

    The only comfort factor was that we couldn't sleep well in the beds. I especially had a lot of pain. We bought some duvets to sleep on after a few nights and that helped. Otherwise great.

    We are pleased that you had a great stay at Stable Cottage but also noted the comments about the beds and, since your stay, have reassessed these and have replaced the mattresses. Many thanks for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare3.8Jul 2021

  • "Great location and very quiet so you could hear nature around you clearly."

    Lovely walks and quiet roads and beautiful villages nearby.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2020

  • "Perfect location for our first little holiday since the Covid 19 pandemic took hold and we had to cancel our holidays abroad."

    Very comfortable - added bonus of two toilets/showers (always makes life easier even if there are only two of you!). Felt safe - clear that all Covid 19 initiatives regarding cleaning and the like had been taken very seriously. Excellent WiFi (not their fault that phone reception is bad). We were blessed with fantastic weather but, if we had been confined indoors because of continuous rain, I would have appreciated a better, larger TV (but that is nit-picking). Excellent situation to attend places like Rievaulx, Nunnington and Castle Howard; lots of local walks available (easily downloadable from the Howardian Hill website); a nice stroll in to Hovingham for the baker or newsagent. We didn't 'eat out' but plenty of pubs within easy reach. Good Sainsbury's Local at Malden. All in all, just great.

    Reviewed by N5.0Sep 2020

  • "A warm welcome."

    The cottage was very comfortable,spotlessly clean,and everything necessary was provided.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely peaceful cottage far away from the noise of our town house."

    Walks from the door, only wish our dog had survived to have joined us,he would have loved it.Phillipa and Clive perfect hosts so unobtrusive and respectful,Great cottage perfect hideaway loved it.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "Excellent hosts Phillippa & Clive who went out of their way to welcome us & were a much appreciated book of knowledge of the surrounding area & recommendations ."

    Lovely to hear all about the history of the property , which was a little gem of a place to stay . Tastefully furnished & immaculately clean & comfortable. This area is one of outstanding beauty & we look forward to our next visit .

    Reviewed by Sherie5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a good week and Clive was really friendly, welcoming and helpful."

    The hallway was great to have for our bikes and other gear. Kitchen was fantastic, well equipped and loved the skylights. Really thoughtful to have maps of the area and a very informative book. Used the outside area for eating. The estate is beautiful and this is really quiet and peaceful. In terms of comfort - some upgrades are needed. The seating in the lounge is very uncomfortable if you want to relax and you might need a magnifier for the tv! The twin beds are also very dated and I could feel the springs through the bed. Towels and robes were very crispy and probably need updating too.

    Reviewed by Leanne3.4Jul 2020

  • "Lovely helpful, friendly & hospitable host."

    Cottage in very quiet & tranquil setting. Only downside is, one has to drive out to eat/drink but only a mile or so walk to village so no matter. Perfect for peace & travelling to visit Coast, Dales, Moors, York & surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Jul 2020

  • "We were given information to locate property however they neglected to advise cottage was behind high gates."

    The road was awful with massive potholes. A disaster for a non 4wheel drive. The cottage was very nice for young active people. Our comments of unhappiness related to my wife who has mobility issues. There was an excellent wet room but as the door opening was blocked by the bed. Chairs and sofa too low and very uncomfortable.

    In relation to 'neglecting to advise the cottage was behind high gates', I am not clear what the point is however, I advised in my telephone conversation prior to the guests arriving that there is a set of big brown gates in-between the cottage and our property. The cottage has two entrances, one on the road-side which is clearly visible and accessible without going through the gates. There is also an entrance inside the courtyard where the gates lead into. The farm track does have some potholes. As I explained to the guests, the farm track was pot-hole free up until December when, unfortunately, due to the severe rain over the winter period, this has meant that we now have potholes. This is something outside our control but as I also explained, these will be repaired but, alas, at present the land is too wet. The owner herself does not drive a 4wheel drive, just care needs to be taken when driving up the track. The cottage was designed for a person in a wheelchair and I understand the guest had mobility problems. Without knowing in advance of particular problems, sometimes it is difficult for property owners to have everything needed to accommodate those problems. However,pPrevious holiday-makers who have had mobility problems have sometimes informed us ahead of the stay and asked for further information, or asked if they could rearrange the furniture to suit their needs, or requested that we rearrange the room and, indeed, we have done so. We will happily make alternative arrangements for people but, in this instance, we were not aware before or during that there were any issues. The sofa and arm chair are standard pieces of furniture and are no lower than any other furniture Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gordon3.1Feb 2020

  • "Great very quiet cottage."

    Lovely long walks with my dog . Cottage had a big wet room . Gowns included which was great . Could of done with 2 x 2 seater settees in . Did have a 2 seater bucket settee and an armchair but would of preferred 2 x 2 seaters. The beds were 2 single so would of loved a double bed but we loved our stay and would recommend this cottage as it was so peaceful and so quiet. We would go back for another stay .

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Dec 2019

  • "The cottage was delightful, very comfortable and clean."

    The location was very convenient for travelling to various Ryedale Festival venues and would also be a good base for exploring the North York moors. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2019

  • "It is relaxing, beautiful, quiet of town noises replaced with birdsong and accessible to nearby beauty/tourist spots."

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jul 2019

  • "If you like a really peaceful holiday to relax and unwind and also enjoy walking this is a really good place to go"

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a peaceful location but ideal for seeing the area."

    Welcoming and friendly hosts.

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0May 2019

  • "Peace and quiet, the comfort, the thoughtfulness of the owners ,for the slightly disabled."

    and the personal touches, flowers, tray bake and excellent torch for night time walk with dog. the area is even still terrific. no mater the weather. I recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Alastair5.0Dec 2018

  • "The stay was very comfortable and enjoyable."

    We liked the lacation. BL.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Nov 2018

  • "Great cottage, friendly hosts, everything you could need."

    Would go back again.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2018

  • "Stable Cottage was wonderful!"

    So clean and tidy and had everything we could possibly need and more. Such a peaceful location in marvelous countryside. We wished we had booked for longer and will definately be booking this cottage again in the future.

    Reviewed by Jennie5.0Jul 2018

  • "Upon arrival at Stable cottage, we received a warm welcome from the owners."

    Once we entered the cottage we were disappointed. Thankfully we were only using as a base, so not planning on spending much time in the cottage. My husband is disabled and has problems with mobility, hence why we booked the cottage, wet room, disabled bar to hold onto by the toilet and all one level. The wet room you could hardly open the door as the bed was blocking the door, you could not even open the door half way! I have never stayed anywhere where the seating was so uncomfortable, so it was hard to relax,watch tv or read a book. The beds, it was like sleeping on boards, the bed linen was supposed to be white, but it gone that yellow colour, from where it had seen better days! On the surface it looked clean, but it wasn't, the lampshades had flies in them, cobwebs!!! If we had been there for more than 3 nights, I think we would have left and checked into a hotel or come home! We were really looking forward to spending some time on our own and relaxing, but we left very disappointed with the cottage and relived to come home.

    Reviewed by Karen2.2Jul 2018

  • "A perfect cottage in an idyllic part of the country."

    The accommodation was modern, clean, fantastically equipped and the provision of dressing gowns was a welcome touch that we have never had before in all the cottages we’ve stayed in. A wonderfully warm welcome by the owner who was on hand to assist but certainly didn’t intrude. It doesn’t matter how beautiful the area you’re staying in is if the accommodation is lacking and stable cottage certainly wasn’t found wanting.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jul 2018

  • "We had a wonderful weeks holiday at Stable Cottage, the cottage was spotlessly clean and comfortable, we had everything we needed."

    Philippa and Clive were excellent hosts who provided a lovely welcome with a home baked cake and flowers in the living room. The cottage was in a lovely peaceful setting but a brilliant base to explore the surrounding attractions. We can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Jun 2018

  • "The stables, Phillipa and Clive, the area."

    ..everything...utterly wonderful. I will be heading back there as soon as I can.

    Reviewed by Dee5.0May 2018

  • "Cottage and our stay was lovely but the track leaxing to the cottage was full if potholes and some were quite deep."

    Owners are aware and will be filling them in when the weather improves but anybody going there in next weeks needs to be aware of this. Other than this it was a truly peaceful break and owners are very helpful. *****OWNER RESPONSE***** Further to this feedback, please note that the road to Stable Cottage has been mended and there are now no potholes.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2018

  • "Great location, clean and well maintained, friendly hosts, ideal base to tour North Yorkshire Moors."

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Aug 2017

  • "Phillipa and Clive were the perfect hosts, they gave us both privacy when needed, but were always available to give us information about the places we wanted to visit & catered to all our needs, whether it was details of areas to walk with our dog or which pub/restaurants were dog friendly or just equipping us with first day essentials (including a lovely cake) upon our arrival."

    The cottage was well equipped and although in a quiet & peaceful secluded spot, (which was ideal for us) it was also central to numerous towns and places of interest. As our dog plays a big part in our family, this cottage was the most perfect place for him to be free to run around, but be safe at the same time. We would thoroughly recommend this cottage to anyone who would like a quiet retreat, in which to relax and recharge your batteries, whilst still having the choice of a variety of activities literally on your doorstep. For us three (dog included), this 10 day holiday was "just perfect". Carole, Alan & Fudge (the dog).

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Jul 2017

  • "The hospitality of the owners really added to the lovely cottage."

    The location was ideal for walks, long or short.

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0Jun 2017

  • "Loverly quiet location, with friendly hosts who provided lots of useful information."

    Plenty of wonderful walks arond, with beautiful views.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0May 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • One twin bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Hallway with cloakroom and shower.
  • Gas underfloor heating
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen, towels and dressing gowns inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Small patio with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Hovingham 1 mile walk/cycle along the Ebor Way
  • Note: Property is accessed by a 0.75 mile farm track
  • Note: Children not accepted at this property.

The property

Hovingham 3 miles.

An attractive, single-storey detached cottage set within a quiet rural arable farm estate, near Cawton, 3 miles from the charming village of Hovingham by car, and only 1 mile on foot or by bicycle.

Originally old stables, this cottage near Hovingham is ideal for taking full advantage of the beautiful surrounding countryside but being within easy reach of pretty market towns and the historic city of York.

With an open plan living area, this Hovingham cottage provides light and airy accommodation with a contemporary kitchen and shower room.

Furnished and decorated in a modern style, this Hovingham cottage offers comfortable living with the added luxury of underfloor heating throughout.

Outside, a small rear patio area provides a lovely spot to sit and relax with a morning coffee.

A 0.75 mile private farm track leads up to this Hovingham cottage, with fine panoramic views of open countryside.

In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this Hovingham cottage offers excellent walking and cycling prospects, whilst the stately homes of Nunnington Hall, Duncombe Park and Castle Howard lie within a short distance.

Picturesque Hovingham provides two excellent traditional inns, a local shop and quaint tea room, whilst the nearby pretty market towns of Helmsley and Malton are steeped in history with a rich variety of delightful shops and amenities.

A perfect Hovingham cottage for a year-round break.

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About the location


Helmsley 8 miles; Malton 8 miles; York 20 miles.

The pretty North Yorkshire village of Hovingham sits amidst the beautiful countryside of the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is a real gem, with a beck running down the high street, two excellent inns, a traditional village shop, a tea room and a bakery. There are excellent walking and cycling opportunities from the village itself, as well as easy access to the beautiful National Park. The stately home and gardens of Castle Howard are just 4 miles away, and the market towns of Malton and Helmsley are 8 miles away. Historic York and the attractions of the East Coast are further afield but well worth the trip!