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The Old Cart House

(Ref. 1392)

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


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "We’ve kept coming back over the last few years and we’ll be back again, we absolutely love everything about it."

    The owners are lovely, the Old Carthouse is just oozing with character with lots of space and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. We enjoyed the walks and everything about our stay. Compared to other properties we’ve stayed in the Old Carhouse has many kitchen utensils, pans, cutlery plus more which was great for us as we had quite a few family visitors to cook for. Also, whilst cooking, we also enjoyed the sheep’s company who often just gazed through the kitchen window. We’re looking forward to our return

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Jan 2024

  • "My family and I have being holidaying at The Old Cart House for over 10 years."

    It is a lovely place to stay, lots of space, comfortable and clean. The location is stunning.

    Reviewed by Robyn5.0Jan 2024

  • "Had a fantastic time here have stayed at the arches opposite a few years ago so knew the location ."

    Plenty of room for 7 people 1 dog and 9 month old grand daughter . Owners really friendly and the friendly peacock that came to the kitchen window to look in . Great place to get away from it all .

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Oct 2023

  • "Clean and comfortable accommodation in a lovely setting."

    Made a great base to visit the N York moors and coast. Had everything we needed for a relaxing stay with our 2 dogs.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fantastic property is a marvelous location, with friendly owners."

    Hard to find any fault, but if I had one it would be the fridge could do with being larger for a property of this size. I expect to book again.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week at The Old Cart House, the property is spacious and comfortable and worked well for our three generation family group."

    There are lots of child friendly things to see and do in the area and the lovely pub ten minutes walk away was a real bonus. A great holiday.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0May 2023

  • "Great cottage we'll equipped lovely views and walks nice and peaceful and ..."

    Great cottage we'll equipped lovely views and walks nice and peaceful and relaxing we loved our stay so much booked again for next year

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2023

  • "Thank you for providing the opportunity for a lovely holiday for our family."

    The property was well presented, with all facilities in good working order and very clean. Thank you for providing an extra stairgate, when requested, so promptly. Thank you also for letting our grandchildren see the new born lambs and especially 'Mr Peacock' and his friends! For future guests it is worth noting that we managed to get supermarket deliveries directly to our cottage, by two different supermarkets. We would highly recommend a stay at The Old Carthouse!

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2023

  • "Excellent house to stay in quiet and relaxing, with Lots of walks on the doorstep without using the car."

    Our second visit will be back again.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2023

  • "Loved the place and the people there."

    Very friendly. Would like to come back in summer.

    Reviewed by Sathish Kumar5.0Dec 2022

  • "What a beautiful location!"

    And so many lovely walks from the doorstep (maps provided by the owner). Much enjoyed the occasional young pheasant popping up in front of the kitchen window looking amazed by my cooking efforts.

    Reviewed by C5.0Sep 2022

  • "We enjoyed a fabulous few days in the idyllic Farndale setting."

    The accommodation was spacious and perfect for what we needed, with a small but perfectly adequate seating/BBQ area with incredible views over the valley. We all really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage is lovely and well laid out."

    Beds were comfy and kitchen seemed well kitted out with good levels of the essentials. The location is stunning. It was a real experience being on a working farm. Great place to explore the area. If I am to be picky the upstairs bathroom had an odd smell that was not present in any other part of the house. But that is my only bad point. Great place would recommend.

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Aug 2022

  • "Great cottage, had an brilliant holiday."

    The owners were very friendly and the farm animals brilliant for young children. The cottages facilities were great and had more than we expected and the location of Farndale is beautiful.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Mar 2022

  • "It was our second stay in just over one month."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit enough to want to go back. The scenery is just breathtaking. There is something to do for everyone. We walked, visited Pickering, Whitby and other nearby places, just wonderful. Owners are lovely people and very helpful.

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a great stay at The Old Carthouse over Christmas."

    The owners were very accommodating and ensured the cottage was Christmas ready with a real tree, the surrounding areas have plenty of great walks, a lovely local pub and if you want a holiday where you can get away from real world stress then this is the place to go. We will definitely be going back again! The access roads are a bit of a challenge in the dark and fog if your not familiar with the area so as a word of advice I would suggest doing a google street map of the roads leading to the cottage.

    please note real tree provided at customers request. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Dec 2021

  • "Great stay in a wonderful location, if isolation is what you need this is a great place to get away from it all."

    That said despite no mobile reception, the wi fi makes up for it, if you need to be in touch with the outside world. Enjoyment of our time there was so good we are looking to book up for next year.

    Reviewed by David5.0Dec 2021

  • "Very very good value for money ."

    Reviewed by Adam4.4Oct 2021

  • "Been to the old cart house three times and the adjoining property twice great ..."

    Been to the old cart house three times and the adjoining property twice great cottages wonderful out look over farndale owners are very welcoming great place to holiday

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2021

  • "Needs a shower curtain in the upstairs bathroom."

    Reviewed by Martin3.8Sep 2021

  • "The Old Cart House is part of a working farm, with sheep, lambs, chickens, peacocks, dogs surrounding the rental."

    It is an added bonus and we found it a wonderful place to stay with stunning views of the valley. A great place to stay with many good walks locally and a good base to drive to near villages, we visited Pickering for the steam train experience, Helmsley for the market and Abbey, Hutton le hole craft centre just to name a few - two good moor walks and 3 beautiful wooded waterfall walks - this is a place we shall re visit and would be happy to stay again at the Old Cart House - the owners most amiable and friendly.

    Reviewed by Corliss4.7May 2021

  • "The cottage was well equipped with plenty of space for a large party, so people could easily split into groups and do their own thing."

    There was a good range of sleeping arrangements for various size parties. The heating was very effective and useful to us as it was quite cold. The kitchen was quite old but well equipped with plenty of pots & pans, crockery and cutlery. The large dining table was a bonus - able to do a jigsaw and eat from the table at the same time. Could do with another shower/bathroom for a large parties. We enjoyed our week and would return again - hopefully when the weather was a bit warmer.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Oct 2020

  • "It was a good central location to explore the moors and villages."

    Stunning scenery everywhere you look. We loved hearing all the farm animals and being visited by the peacock at the kitchen window. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Sep 2020

  • "Cottage was amazing and the view was stunning ."

    We didn’t want to leave. Now we are back home we miss everything about it, especially all our garden friends , the geese, the ducks, the peacocks. Only thing missing was a local shop for anything you may have forgotten. We arranged a delivery from Morrison’s but we still forgot few things. The local pub, a short walk away was nice, we had couple meals in there. The old cart house is definately one we would like to return to some time.

    Reviewed by Diane4.7Aug 2020

  • "Just returned from a fabulous week at the Old Cart House and waking up every morning to the amazing views."

    The cottage was fab for our extended family of ten with plenty of room for everyone. Our twin grandsons absolutely loved having all the farm animals around them and the freedom to explore everywhere. We would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Val4.7Aug 2020

  • "We have had a wonderful 2 weeks at the Old Cart House."

    The cottage is set in the most beautiful landscape you could imagine. The owners are just next door running a very busy farm. They work tirelessly but nothing is too much for them so thank you to Andy, Lee and family. The accommodation is arranged so that for 10 people or 2 families there is some degree of privacy. The cottage has all the features you would need for a vacation and everything has been very well considered. We will be back as soon as we can!!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2020

  • "Loved by all 10 of us!"

    ! Great cottage, fab location and lovely owners and neighbours. We will definitely be back! Thank you

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Feb 2020

  • "The cottage was beautiful, with fantastic views!"

    Almost everything we needed was provided. The cottage was cozy and well presented. Would be fantastic in the summer, with a nice short walk to the local pub only 5 minutes away. There’s lots of different animals around which was great to see... they thought the sheep coming to see them at the window was great! The cottage is dog friendly with stone floors at the entrance, which is great for drying them off after a walk. Lots of parking space and a great outdoor seating area (although it wasn’t warm enough for us to use it!)

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Feb 2020

  • "We spent a great holiday over Christmas at the Old Cart House with extended family."

    It was lovely to arrive to a decorated Christmas tree and a bottle of wine waiting! The cottage was a great for the 7-10 of us and 2 dogs - everything is comfortable but also dog/kid friendly (e.g. easy clean carpets). The communal living / dining / kitchen area was great to allow everyone to be together while cooking etc. The open fire was amazing! The location is wonderful, very remote and beautiful, on a road that doesn't go very much further up the valley, so very little traffic. Nevertheless Morrisons found us with our big Christmas food order and its not too far to driver further afield. Luckily it wasn't icy though as that could have been tricky. We had a great day out in Whitby. The pub in the village, the Feversham Arms, is highly recommended, for the food and the really friendly atmosphere, and we really enjoyed their Christmas eve quiz! Only minor complaints would be that the fridge was a bit small (though as it was winter we could chill drinks etc outside), there was no cafetiere or corkscrew (luckily we came prepared with our own) and a little more cutlery would be useful.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Dec 2019

  • "This is a great little cottage."

    Fantastic for a group with spacious open plan living. Very clean and friendly. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Steph5.0Nov 2019

  • "Farndale is so beautiful and this house was comfortable, homely, well-equipped and spacious."

    Great walking off the doorstep. Friendly, welcoming owners and fascinating sheep and domestic fowl all around us. The huge turkey a particular favourite. Wi-Fi excellent, no mobile phone signal. We appreciated the welcoming wine, milk and biscuits. We couldn't find a cafetiere but there is a pod coffee machine. Otherwise this house has everything you need. The perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy pure air and no light pollution. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Nov 2019

  • "Great place."

    We used it as a base to hike the NE portions of the Cleveland Way Excellent experience The only extremely minor issue was that the cutting knives weren’t sharp and we had to resort to jacknives. :). We’ll be back if circumstances permit.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2019

  • "Absolutely lovely place to stay breath taking views."

    Julie and Andy very friendly. My dog Bella and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay first holiday away ever on my own .

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Sep 2019

  • "The Old Carthouse in Farndale is a lovely place to stay."

    It is spacious, has beautiful views and has pretty much everything you could ask for including baby gates for the stairs which I thought was a nice touch. Its central location in the moors, offers a good place to use as a base for day trips out with plenty to do within an hour’s drive of the accommodation. I would highly recommend this ‘cottage’. The only little thing I would suggest is either a knife sharpener and/or a serrated knife.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jul 2019

  • "The setting where the cottage is located is absolutely stunning and we were blown away by views."

    The cottage is next door to a working farm and we all enjoyed watching the animals. The accommodation was perfect for us and we loved the open plan space downstairs. We booked the cottage for my fathers 70th birthday and enjoyed the large dining table for lots of family meals. We would book this cottage again in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by Rosie4.7Feb 2019

  • "A lovely welcome from the owners and they had also left us some sloe gin, biscuits , tea, coffee and fresh milk."

    Everywhere was spotlessly clean and well equipped. The grandchildren in particular loved the animals round the farm. The location was super with plenty of interesting places to visit nearby. We would recommend The old Carthouse without reserve.

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Dec 2018

  • "We loved spending our Christmas in a beautiful remote cottage as a large family with 2 dogs, it was amazing with a spacious open plan living area making it perfect for all when cooking, playing games and eating, for everyone to be involved."

    The animals on the farm around the cottage were beautiful to wake up to on a morning. We would all love to return to the cottage again! Our only note to make was the amount of toilet roll left was not near enough for a family of 10, with us being there for christmas we didnt plan on making any shopping trips. But other than this it was an amazing stay!

    Reviewed by Shauna5.0Dec 2018

  • "Been to this cottage half a dozen times and all ways delivers."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Nov 2018

  • "Thus is our second holiday this year at The Carthouse Cottage!"

    !!! If you want peace and quiet this is the place for you!!!! The setting and scenery is spectacular. Definitely would recommend!!!!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Nov 2018

  • "A lovely week in a lovely place ."

    Reviewed by Sally4.4Oct 2018

  • "Kitchen could do with a bit of refurbishment."

    Comfort good with bit of loss from Mattress' s on some of the beds as they could benefit with being deeper sprung as they were on solid bed slats, this would make for a better sleep as we are not light people. Other than that everything was great thanks for the welcome pack.we all had a lovely time was lovely for babies to see all the birds and animals x

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.7Sep 2018

  • "This cottage had views to die for and nothing but peace and quiet!"

    !! The only noise was being woken in the morning by the resident cockeral!!!! Definitely the place to go if you want peace and quiet!!!!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2018

  • "This was a lovely cottage, very comfortable and in an amazing setting."

    Being part of a working farm it was great to see the animals as well. There were six of us with ample room, but even with 8 adults and 2 children, plus a cot there would still be plenty of room. The kitchen is large and as well equipped as any home with washer, dish washer, cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer. A thoroughly lovely place.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2018

  • "Wonderful cottage, superb location, will come again."

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Apr 2018

  • "The cottage was large and comfortable."

    It was extremely well equipped for our party of 10. The area was beautiful and there was lots to do and see around.

    Reviewed by Judith4.8Feb 2018

  • "Cottage was better than I expected owner welcomed us and offered any assistance should we need it."

    Bottle of wine was a nice touch

    Reviewed by Paul4.0Feb 2018

  • "We had a wonderful weekend!"

    The cottage is ideal for a large number of people and it's open plan living space enables everyone to be together whether they are cooking, eating or relaxing. The local pub serves excellent food and is very conveniently situated at the end of the lane. There are also lots of opportunities for walks with amazing views. This was our fourth stay at this cottage and we will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Andrew4.8Nov 2017

  • "This place was beautiful, such a warm welcome & fantastic location for views, surprisingly big & comfortable."

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Nov 2017

  • "Our party of ten had a fantastic week in a very warm comfortable cottage."

    We couldn't have asked for more

    Reviewed by James4.8Oct 2016

  • "The property was not really suitable for very small children."

    There were two stone steps up to the kitchen/sitting room. One twin bedroom was situated above the kitchen/sitting area with its own separate steep staircase. The layout of the bedrooms I don't believe was accurately described by yourselves. The situation of the cottage was stunning but we were unable to access any public footpaths within walking distance of the cottage even though there seems to be one clearly marked on the ordnance survey map. This maybe this is something you may like to take up with the owners as it would be a bonus to be able to walk a dog without having to take it in a car. I appreciate that this is a working farm with livestock but your description regarding walking from the cottage as 'close by' was rather vague. This is an area of Yorkshire unknown to us and we shall certainly return but not to this cottage.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.6Sep 2016

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday."

    Lovely location with stunning views. Not many dog walks off the leads. But they had plenty of beaches to run wild on.

    Reviewed by Lorraine4.8Sep 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x ground floor double, 1 x twin, 1 x twin with cot
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • First floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Farmhouse kitchen with open fire, dining area and sitting area
  • Sitting room.
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, stereo/CD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent, additional fuel available from farm
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Enclosed front garden with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Shop 8 miles, pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: The Old Cart House 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 delightful semi-detached barn conversion situated on a traditional hill farm in Farndale.

Boasting a large farmhouse kitchen with a delightful sitting and dining area, open fire and exposed beams in the second sitting room, The Old Cart House provides superb accommodation.

Walkers and mountain bikers will be spoiled for choice with bridleways, tracks and footpaths through magnificent open moors and countryside.

The towns of Kirkbymoorside, Pickering, and picturesque Hutton-le-Hole are also all within easy reach.

The perfect location for a wonderful holiday.

Note: The Old Cart House can be booked with Ref 1391, 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
  • Christmas