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The Arches

(Ref. 1391)

Farndale near Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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57 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent holiday cottage set in a wonderful location, owners were very friendly ..."

    Excellent holiday cottage set in a wonderful location, owners were very friendly and helpful, plenty of animals and wildlife around with tremendous walks for our dogs, highlight had to be the birth of lambs in the field next to the garden, could not have asked for a better place to stay

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2024

  • "A really wonderful stay."

    We had everything we need. My niece loves animals and really enjoyed watching the farm at work. We will miss it here. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Apr 2024

  • "Really lovely stay, super cosy cottage in a lovely location."

    We took some extra stuff for the fire for it to last 4 nights. Local pub is a short walk away and lots of nice walks on your doorstep.

    Reviewed by Caitlin4.1Feb 2024

  • "There wasn't any fire lighters or kindling so we couldn't use the fire the dish ..."

    There wasn't any fire lighters or kindling so we couldn't use the fire the dish washer had dirty water left in it by previous tenant apart from these two problems ,the heating was good and the views great would definitely return

    Reviewed by Phil3.4Dec 2023

  • "Second visit, for the view and the walking."

    For those interested, a good place from which to explore Rosedale Iron Mines & Railway. It is remote and access is by narrow roads with steep hills. If the weather is severe, plan your route with care.

    Reviewed by Bryan5.0Nov 2023

  • "Great location the North York Moors and short walk to village pub."

    Fabulous views from the window.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2023

  • "World class views."

    Stunning remote location felt like another world. Close enough to things if you needed them. Just great listing very accurate love our stay and am looking to book again.

    Reviewed by Russell5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely relaxing property quiet surroundings bit of a hair-raising drive to get ..."

    Lovely relaxing property quiet surroundings bit of a hair-raising drive to get too but we'll worth it to wake up to the views from the front door Local pub does great food too

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Oct 2023

  • "Absolutely brilliant place."

    Wanted for nothing. A better selection of cooking utensils, pots and pans and such, than we’ve seen anywhere else. Gorgeous scenery. Able to watch the farming activities. We were made to feel so welcome. None of us wanted to leave. We switched off from everything except the views and Nature. The Peacocks put the icing on the cake. We will be back. Thank you for all the effort you put in for us to enjoy. We absolutely appreciate it.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is a beautiful cottage with stunning views wherever you look."

    The cottage was clean, tidy and had everything we needed for our weeks holiday. This was the second time we have stopped in this cottage and would highly recommend it. We will definetly use this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Penelope5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Arches."

    A few hairy moments when our dog jumped over the wall and ran up the hill to see the sheep! We kept him on a long tie after that.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2023

  • "Such a beautiful peaceful place to stay, and a lovely comfy bed."

    We couldn't find a hairdryer, which would have been handy, but wasn't a problem to us, also it would have been useful to have a clothes airer.

    Reviewed by Josephine4.4Jul 2023

  • "Still as enjoyable as the first time we stayed,could never get tired of the wonderful views, can't fault this place,lovely friendly owners,thanks for the surprise in the fridge,will be back again, don't forget the coffee table!"

    Reviewed by Carol4.7May 2023

  • "What an absolute gem of a cottage."

    The best ever one we have stayed in! The location and views are amazing. The cottage was spotlessly clean and very warm. Thank you so much for the little surprises that the owner left us! We will definitely be back. Helen,frank,Pippa and Barney !

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0May 2023

  • "Wonderful springtime stay at the Arches last week This cottage and its surroundings are absolutely wonderful."

    As others have said, the photos don’t do it enough justice. Its rustic, spacious but cosy at the same time. There was nothing quite like sitting outside, enjoying the beautiful view as the sun rolled across the dale, sipping a Whitby Gin and listening to the newborn lambs and their mums getting settled for the night. The reviews for this cottage don’t lie – the Arches really is superb. I was also delighted to note that the owners do listen and action feedback. On arrival, there was milk, biscuits and a very special treat in the fridge thank you! The owners were just such lovely, kind, caring people and clearly love their animals and farm. The Arches and the Old Cart House are a converted barn, so you can expect the odd critter (we have stayed in October when the big mummy spiders like to visit - you have been warned), but I must emphasise how clean the cottage was – we didn’t find any old webs, ash or dust! The heating booster setting warms up the cottage very quickly, and there’s plenty of wood provided for the log fire. Lovely comfy big beds in the upstairs rooms; the bedding and giant bath towels were spotlessly white and soft. Extra bedding was provided in the cupboard. The shower is over the bath (be careful climbing in) – but its very powerful and hot, just what you need after a long day’s walk. We took our 12 year old poodle with us and he was happy trotting around outside on the graveled front - the cottage does ask that dogs are well behaved as it’s a working farm so bear this in mind when the sheep are lambing and the gate must always be shut. Expect to drive to the nearest shops/supermarket, the Moorside Store is worth a visit for the homemade pies that you just stick in the oven back at the cottage. We ordered steaks from Farndale Farm (the leaflet is in the draw by the TV stand) and the owners kindly delivered them to us at the Arches – puts all supermarket quality to shame! Lots to do in North Yorkshire particularly if you are an English Heritage member but, at the same time, if you just want to relax in peace in front of the cottage fire, the Arches is perfect. We will be back later in the year without a doubt.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Apr 2023

  • "A lovely property, lovely owners who were on hand to help with any event (even had to borrow a tyre iron for some impromptu car repair) super clean, plenty of space for 4 adults and 2 dogs."

    ..would highly recommend. Thanks again Mike

    Reviewed by M4.4Mar 2023

  • "Amazing place, the views and the property absolutely charming."

    In fact breathtaking and the photos do not do them justice. The owners were ever so helpful and accommodating as and when we needed something which was rare as the property was so well equipped. The heating was fine as you could buy more logs - speedily delivered from the owners and the boost button was always an option. We are seriously thinking of booking again. The only tweak we would make is a couple of blankets for the evenings and maybe newer mattresses in the main bedrooms as my parents struggled a little but not enough to not enjoy it and be comfortable. A super place with majestic views a real find and one of my favourite cottages ever!

    Reviewed by Elliott4.7Mar 2023

  • "We stayed at the Arches in early March."

    The views from the cottage are beautiful. Access to the cottage is very good although the roads are quite narrow as you would expect in a rural setting so care has to be taken when driving down the valley. The owners are very friendly and helpful and attended to any needs we had promptly and efficiently. As my wife has a disability the downstairs bedroom with bathroom next door was a real blessing and helped make our stay so much easier. The cottage was warm and comfortable. TV and WiFi worked well. The central heating is on a timer but if required you can press the booster button to turn it on at any time. All appliances worked well and efficiently. On the whole we were very pleased with the cottage to the extent that we have booked to return later in the year.

    Reviewed by Raymond4.7Mar 2023

  • "Really lovely property very nice and welcoming owners was well equipped and nice to have milk and biscuits on arrival, Bedrooms were fantastic and such a lovely size ."

    Only downsides was the tight parking ok if you have a smaller car but two large cars was a little tricky. An airer might be beneficial. Overall really enjoyed our stay with fantastic views , Will be back again!

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Oct 2022

  • "The place is in a lovely location, walks are there straight out of the door if you want them and it's just a few miles to the main road on Blakey Ridge, for access to Whitby, Scarborough and York, although I wouldn't like to attempt it in winter weather (I've never seen so many grit boxes on one short road) after seeing the photos in the Lion pub on the top."

    Do you like spiders? My wife hates them and we were overrun by them during our week, I had to deal with well over 20 large spiders, my wife wouldn't go anywhere in the property until I'd been round and checked for them, she couldn't relax as you'd be sat there in the evening trying to relax and watch TV when you'd spot another spider crawling across the carpet, she wouldn't go downstairs or stay downstairs on her own. As another reviewer said the place isn't the cleanest, lots of very old cobwebs in every corner (don't look behind the tv), the previous guests hair still in the bath plughole. There was wood, kindling and newspapers available for the fire but nothing to light it with. With the place being so remote I was expecting at least a pint of milk in the fridge but just a packet of biscuits as a welcome gift and the nearest shop some 9 miles away, also everywhere we've stayed before there's been kitchen roll but not here. The electric hob must be the slowest hob in the world, took forever to heat up. The four poster bed needs the mattress renewing as as soon as two of you get in you both roll into the middle and you feel like you are sleeping on a slope. We were disturbed one evening by the guests in the adjoining holiday let as they decided to go out and leave their dog in the property and it did nothing but bark and howl for the four hours they were out. The place has the potential to be really nice if a few things were attended too and its right up our street with its location but sadly due to the spider issue (and we stay and live in rural locations) we wouldn't come back as my wife said she just couldn't relax.

    Reviewed by Peter2.8Oct 2022

  • "We had a 7 day break with our 2 dogs and loved it."

    A rural location, but with the added bonus of a local pup if you don't fancy cooking, walks and cycling opportunities directly from your front door. The cottage was comfortable, clean and felt spacious - especially the two double bedrooms. Linen was lovely, kitchen well stocked for our requirements and you can't help but smile at the wonderful views. The only small niggles were not having a decent hoover (not something you would notice without dogs!) and lack of a coffee table. If we visit North Yorkshire in the future we would certainly book again.

    Reviewed by Shelley4.7Oct 2022

  • "This property is in the most fantastic location, with superb views."

    That, along with the local pub, made our stay a wonderful one. HOWEVER… when it comes to cleanliness and comfort ability, the property fell far short of our expectations and what the previews failed to point out. Had it done so we would not have booked here. Pro’s Fabulous location for lovely walks Safe, enclosed garden for the dog Good internet speed Netflix King size beds, not double Lovely upstairs bedrooms although 4 poster bed mattress very thin and had to move rooms on day 2, and no tv aerial in 2nd bedroom. TV in 4 poster room complicated to use. Clean bedding and towels. Some printed local walking maps in the property Cons Settees need replacing as no support at all. We used the dining table chairs and rocking chair for the whole week. General cleanliness was poor throughout the property. Dust webs, dirty worktops, mucky radiators, dining table felt sticky, dusty mirrors…I could go on. Kitchen lacked the most basic essentials that have been in every other Sykes property we have stayed at, such as salt, basic oils etc-petty I know but when you’re staying in the middle of nowhere, these things are important to know so people can go prepared with a full stock of at the very least, the basics. The last thing you want to do is have to go back out to purchase these things, as the nearest shop is many miles away, along some tricky roads.. The tumble dryer didn’t work and tripped the electrics a number of times. Owner notified, who said a new washer dryer has been ordered, sadly too late for us. Logs provided, but no kindling, paper or matches, so useless unless you have brought these. I hope this will be helpful for the owners to improve the staying experience, because had all the above been addressed, we would no doubt have used this as a regular base, but we were glad to get home and sit in comfort.

    Reviewed by Yvonne1.9Sep 2022

  • "We have had a restful time at The Arches."

    The owns were very helpful. A lovely part of the country. The cottage was BEAUTIFUL Thank you very much.

    Reviewed by Lillian5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage the views are just stunning."

    This is our 3rd visit and will definitely return. Love sitting in the evening and watching the animals. Short walk to the pub helps too.

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Jun 2022

  • "Excellence property,everything you needed,maybe a small coffee table to put drinks on when sat on sofa,but apart from that suggestion perfect,scenery wonderful, didn't to want to go home!"

    Reviewed by Carol4.7May 2022

  • "Clean, comfortable, plenty of room and a great view."

    Be aware that the bathroom and twin bedroom are off the lounge/diner, and that this is very much a working sheep farm. But the clever layout means that your shoes and the sheep don't cross tracks.

    Reviewed by Bryan4.7May 2022

  • "Lovely setting within a working farm, quiet and peaceful."

    The owners are a very friendly and helpful family. The property is warm and has a lovely view from the patio across open countryside.

    Reviewed by Trevor4.7Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful views, cosy cottage that was very well equipped."

    Would definitely recommend and would go back again.

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Feb 2022

  • "Had a really lovely stay at the arches; the owner was really helpful and the cottage and views were absolutely beautiful."

    Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Jan 2022

  • "Horses for courses but this was exactly what we wanted."

    A great location on the hillside amongst the newborn lambs. Great views. Lots of walks right on the doorstep and plenty more within a 30 minute drive including Dalby Forest. Perfect for smaller children. Hosts were very welcoming and helpful. Will be staying here again.

    Reviewed by D5.0Apr 2021

  • "A charming cottage on a working farm with amazing views of Farndale and easy access to local amenities."

    The renters are friendly and very helpful. Highly recommended for anyone who wants peace & quiet.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Oct 2020

  • "Excellent location, friendly hosts, stunning scenery."

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage with amazing views situated in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors."

    Lots of great walks close by and a village pub 5 minutes walk away.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2020

  • "Superb location overlooking the beautiful Farndale valley."

    Cottage very comfortable and spacious (especially as we were only a group of 3). Friendly & welcoming hosts working on the farm next door. All in all, a lovely and much needed break, enhanced by glorious mid-September weather.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great cottage, beautiful location with stunning views."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Nov 2019

  • "We had a fantastic time, the cottage was lovely and the scenery was amazing."

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Oct 2019

  • "Most amazing view."

    Lovely cottage. No enclosed garden for dogs though.

    Reviewed by Annie3.8Oct 2019

  • "Great cottage in the middle of the Moors, with fabulous views."

    Very comfortable and clean accommodation, located in the centre of North York Moors making easy access to the coast and other beauty spots. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Guy5.0Sep 2019

  • "Lovely house friendly owners and wonderful views."

    The shower was a challenge to work, and more kitchen utensils would be better. The Lion Inn on the Moors was amazing the food out of this world with friendly accommodating staff. The Feversham arms was bright and airy, with friendly staff, and dogs are welcome in both pubs. The draw back with the Feversham is that it isn’t open all the time, the food was ok. The farm animals were lovely you woke up to cockerels crowing, and sheep, ducks geese and peacocks not to mention pheasants and quail. It was a different scene every day.

    Reviewed by Ron4.1Sep 2019

  • "Amazing views!"

    Reviewed by Keely3.8Aug 2019

  • "The location was excellent: a magnificent view and good parking space."

    The cottage was practically furnished however the bathroom seemed outdated and the cutlery in the kitchen was at a bare minimum for six people. We recommend some additional forks, knives and plates. Furthermore a real bummer was we couldn’t get the drying feature of the washing machine working, so we had to find a way to dry in the living room. It may look like a complain list but this review is meant to be helpful for Sykes. Although we had a great time after all!:)

    Reviewed by Arend Jan3.4Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage for the weeks break, plenty of small surrounding villages with very welcoming pubs."

    The road leading to the cottage is not a strong point, with very few passing bays, luckily we very rarely met anyone. The cottage itself is cozy and well equipped, some things are a little tired now, and it shows. The shower is probably the only real major complaint as it is very poor. The welcome from the owners was very warm and they did not intrude during our stay which allowed us to relax. would happily return.

    Reviewed by Marc3.4Apr 2019

  • "Wonderful location on the edge of the dale with views over the whole dale."

    Great walking with one footpath going up through the farm. Cottage was as described and was very warm and cosy with efficient central heating and an open fire. Pub with decent food within walking distance.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Mar 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend away, this cosy cottage was just perfect in every way."

    Very homely and cosy. This cottage had everything you could need and more. Perfect location for the daffodil walk and the North Yorkshire coast. Would we come back... absolutely! Thank you for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jan 2019

  • "The cottage is situated in an idyllic location in the North Yorks Moors, great for walking and peaceful relaxation."

    Easy striking distance to the historic coastal town of Whitby and the delightful market town of Helmsley. Cottage was cosy, comfortable and fully equipped, plenty of room for our family of 5 and a dog. Good wifi provided, though TV reception bit intermittent due to location and weather. Real fire, logs and coal included, is a great feature. Nice touch was bottle of wine and pack of biscuits on arrival. Thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas break at the Arches, would book again.

    Reviewed by Alastair5.0Dec 2018

  • "Excellent holiday exactly what we needed."

    Beautiful quiet location with amazing views from the doorstep. Dog friendly, lovely people & good food at the local pub. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Adele5.0Nov 2018

  • "Superb cottage."

    The view from The Arches was absolutely breathtaking. Lovely area to visit, will definitely book this cottage again. Stunning location with charming pubs nearby

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Oct 2018

  • "Lovely place in beautiful surroundings."

    Bathroom is a little tired and could do with updating but other than the that can't fault the place.

    Reviewed by Sam4.7Sep 2018

  • "Excellent base - secluded- easy place to chill out."

    fantastic views - not really that far from other places

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2018

  • "Always a pleasure booking with Sykes."

    The Arches was a super cottage. It was comfortable and situated in a beautiful area with amazing views. Had a peaceful and fun time living and observing life on the farm.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jul 2018

  • "Had the most relaxing week weve had in many a year, stunning ceanary, peaceful, love the local pub Faversham Arms, 8 min walk down, bit longer coming back, wonder why,!"

    ! Welcome at the arches fantastic, bottle of wine, tea, coffee, biscuits,, not too mention the animals on the farm, even my two dogs were totally relaxed

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Jul 2018

  • "The scenery was fantastic couldnt have asked for a better location."

    Great local pub and towns.

    Reviewed by Claire4.1Jun 2018

  • "Minor gripe."

    Kitchen could do with a few more pans. Apart from that: great location; very nice people; excellent base for walking the Cleveland Way National Trail. We enjoyed our stay very much.

    Reviewed by Hans4.1May 2018

  • "Beautiful scenic location, together with helpful friendly owners made for an enjoyable break."

    Reviewed by William4.6Jan 2018

  • "My second stay at the Arches it was just as good the second time around."

    Great place to relax and unwind

    Reviewed by Clifford4.2May 2017

  • "Was a very relaxing holiday, couldn't ask for better, wonderful property in perfect location, the owners went out of there way to make sure we had the perfect holiday."

    Looking forward to my next stay at the arches.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0May 2017

  • "The cottage was lovely with friendly people and stunning views."

    it was a pleasure to stay in the archers and wake up to those views every day. the many animals were fun to watch from sheep to peacocks, the pub was homely, dog friendly and the land lady would bend over backward to help. I could go on and on but you really must go and see for your self.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size bed with TV, 1 x king-size bed, 1 x ground floor twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and open fire.
  • Air source heat pump with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, radio, stereo/CD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent, additional fuel can be purchased from farm
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Front garden with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 8 miles, pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: The Arches is approached by a narrow lane, with a hardcore drive 50 yards long
  • Note: No fireworks please due to close proximity of farm animals.

The property

A superb, semi-detached barn conversion situated on a traditional hill farm in Farndale, two miles from Low Mills.

Lovingly renovated with many features such as an arched window in the sitting room, exposed beams, and an open fire, The Arches offers superb accommodation decorated and furnished to an excellent standard.

Walkers can step out from the farm into the open countryside and enjoy the many footpaths and trails, and mountain bikers are well catered for with the numerous tracks and bridleways.

Kirkbymoorside, Hutton-le-Hole and Helmsley are all also within easy reach.

A perfect base for a relaxing holiday.

Note: The Arches can be booked with Ref 1392, together they sleep 16.

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About the location


Kirkbymoorside 9 miles; Helmsley 13 miles; Pickering 17 miles.

The beautiful valley of Farndale is a patchwork quilt of fields divided by ancient dry stone walls and narrow winding lanes. It is most famous for its spectacular display of daffodils, once reputed to have been planted by the monks of the Rievaulx Abbey. The attractive market towns of Kirkbymoorside and Pickering, and the picturesque villages of Hutton-le-Hole and Lastingham are all within easy reach and are well worth the visit. Walkers are also well provided for with the magnificent scenery and countryside of the surrounding National Park – a great location at any time of the year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas