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Wethercote Cottage

(Ref. 3626)

Old Byland near Helmsley, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Second time we have stayed at Wethercote Cottage."

    We had a lovely stay comfortable clean and tidy as it was last time. Great area for exploring Yorkshire at its best. We will definitely book again next year. Thank you!!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    The cottage was very comfortable clean and tidy. A lovely quiet cottage in a very convenient area.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a good week, the cottage was immaculate and well equipped."

    The view from the cottage was lovely. My partner and I enjoyed watching the hares playing in the field over the garden wall. The owners were friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jun 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a semi-remote location, but with easy access to Helmsley & beyond."

    On arrival the cottage was spotless but no welcoming tea & biscuits/cake, not an essential but always a nice touch. Facilities excellent especially in the kitchen department whilst WiFi was excellent [fast acting & strong signal]. Perhaps the only facility that caused concern was the shower over the bath which was an accident waiting to happen, there were no hand holds to assist getting in or especially, getting out, and anyone with short legs was in for a challenge. A small irritant was the 9.00am departure which when you only live 50 mile away seemed a little unnecessary. So much so that we wouldn't again book any cottage with Sykes with that sort of early departure time.

    Reviewed by Wally4.7May 2022

  • "Great cottage, out of the way but with good walks for the dog."

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in lovely surroundings with everything you need for a relaxing break."

    The Cleveland Way is on the doorstep some amazing walking and scenery. You can get good weather in March too we did!

    Reviewed by Annie5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely dog friendly cottage in the middle of a working farm Perfectly appointed small cottage in a peaceful location, great place to decompress and reconnect with nature."

    Located in the middle of great walking country! The owners are friendly and check in to make sure everything is OK. We really enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Mar 2022

  • "This cottage was beautiful."

    We were first in following a total refurbishment which has been tastefully done. Therefore We could not fault it. The owner and family were friendly and courteous. This is a very busy working farm so do expect there to be mud about the farm yard. They also have two dogs which are extremely friendly. We will be returning.

    Reviewed by Angie5.0Mar 2022

  • "What a lovely cottage right in the middle of the farm and stunning views and sunsets."

    Near lots of lovely towns and lovely places to visit a brilliant holiday for all of us including the dog. Everything you need is in the cottage all the equipment is up to date and works really well. Fabulous

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Nov 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    Clean, nicely furnished and very well equipped. Even had cleaning materials and Tea towels so didn’t need ours in the end. The cottage was in a very isolated location but easy to access all the main sights of North Yorkshire. Everything was within an hours drive. Owners greeted us on arrival and were warm and welcoming when we saw them in the garden or around the farm but gave us plenty of privacy.

    Reviewed by Bianca5.0Jul 2021

  • "Perfect stay, couldn't fault it!"

    Very covid secure, thoughtful touches, comfy and immaculate. Will be back! We had everything we needed and were sad to leave!

    Reviewed by Adela5.0Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful cosy cottage, warm, comfortable and well equipped."

    On a working farm, had the opportunity to help with feeding the lambs. Gorgeous views, peaceful and on a clear night, dark skies with spectacular views of the stars. Easy access to dales, moors and seaside.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Apr 2021

  • "A very comfortable and clean cottage with lovely views."

    We also appreciated the taken great care taken by the owner to make our stay there as Covid-safe as possible. We had a wonderful time going on walks to Sutton Bank, Hawnby, and Rievaulx, and enjoying the sunshine on the picknick bench in the front of the cottage.

    Reviewed by Susanne5.0Apr 2021

  • "We wanted to escape to somewhere that was in the middle of nowhere, and this cottage allowed us to do just that."

    Surrounded by fields, it’s peaceful with some stunning scenery right on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely spacious cottage on a farm."

    lovely views and nearby walks to enjoy.

    Reviewed by Alexander5.0Sep 2020

  • "We had a lovely time at Weathercote cottage."

    The cottage was very very clean & comfortable. The owners of the farm were very nice and very helpful. There are fresh eggs available, which I recommend. If you need grocery shopping then Thirsk is not too far away and the same with Helmsley, but be warned it can be busy! We are frequent visitors to the area and like Whitby, Filey, Bridlington & Pickering with it's wonderful railway. I took quite a few photos during our stay at the cottage, but sadly there is no where to share visitors photographs here. Maybe a feature Sykes could add.

    Reviewed by Kelvin5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage in a fantastic part of England."

    We had a great week and would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2020

  • "Wethercote cottage was delightful, we had a great time."

    The location is fantastic, with lovely walks around the farm, and easy access to both the Moors and Dales. We received a very warm welcome from the Bell family, and had everything we could have wanted in the cottage. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking the explore North Yorkshire or simply looking for a rural retreat. Hope to visit again soon.

    Reviewed by Alistair5.0Mar 2020

  • "A beautiful cottage with lovely garden and fantastic views."

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Aug 2019

  • "Had a lovely time at Weathercote cottage, very clean & comfy, owners very nice and helpful, in a good location for thirsk , Whitby Scarborough & Pickering would definitely recommend."

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Jul 2019

  • "Friendly hosts."

    Lovely farmyard environment Peaceful, just what we needed. Pleasant local walking, Central location for driving. Going back next year

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Jun 2019

  • "The description doesn't do this cottage justice."

    It's a perfect location for walking the Cleveland Way and visiting the gems that are dotted across the west of the North Yorkshire Moors all the way to the East Coast. The cottage itself is on a farm run by delightful and welcoming people who were very understanding about our pet number mix-up, and allowed us to take two dogs. If you're looking for 'away from it all' and spectacular views, this is the place to go. It's a very warm and comfortable cottage with every possible need covered. We tried very hard to think what else we might want, but could only come up with a second lavatory and a slotted spoon! There was even a collection of OS maps with walks highlighted. Helmsley is a few miles away and is a lovely little town which welcomes dogs in almost every shop and eatery, with 3 lovely pubs. The castle and it's surrounding area is well worth visiting, and the walk to Rivaulx is wonderful. The Abbey is another incredible site to visit. Going in the opposite direction from the cottage, the Cleveland Way has a good stopping point at East Paradise Farm's tea rooms which has fabulous home made cakes and serves savoury meals too. We can't wait to go back and have already booked to go in 4 months' time.

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0May 2019

  • "We have had a fantastic holiday in wethercote cottage, clean, comfortable, a lovely cosy cottage with everything you could ask for."

    It was nice to be away from it all on the farm, and it was so nice and peaceful there. Great for walking with the Cleveland way very close by. It is also close to sutton bank with lots of good walks and the gliders to watch. We had brilliant weather and really didn't want to come home, the Bell family were very welcoming and we can thoroughly recommend wethercote cottage,we will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2019

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage, very cosy and warm and very welcoming hosts."

    Beautiful and peaceful part of the world. Lots to see and do and moors stunning.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2018

  • "A very pleasant and comfortable cottage."

    We enjoyed our week there tremendously. The farm is situated in lovely open land not far from Helmsley. We were made very welcome by the owners and really enjoyed the proximity of chickens and the farm animals. The weather was so good that we mostly had our breakfasts on the bench on the lawn which was wonderful. I would heartily recommend the cottage. It is clean and comfortable and the owners are very welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2018

  • "A lovely cottage set on a working farm, so there was the expected farm noises (could be kind of early!"

    ) but otherwise a really peaceful holiday. The cottage was well equipped and very comfortable, and contained everything we needed to self cater, not being great on eating out. We were there with our black labrador, who got on well with the resident dogs. I would note there is no secure garden (kind of obvious from the photos on the page) and we took a stake out and long line just in case, but mostly this wasn't needed, she stuck with us. The area around the cottage and North Yorkshire generally we found to be really dog friendly, which made the holiday for us.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0May 2018

  • "5star plus rating"

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Jun 2017

  • "Lovely cottage in a remote area, the only slightly off-putting noise was the farm's wind turbine which was right outside the cottage door."

    Other than that minor complaint, we could not fault anything and loved our stay.

    Reviewed by Kate4.8Apr 2017

  • "A fantastic week away in a beautiful, homely cottage."

    A great place to get away from the stress of life and unwind with gorgeous scenery and friendly neighbours.

    Reviewed by Emma4.6Mar 2017

  • "We had a warm welcome from the owner and she also came to thank us and to say good bye."

    The house was wonderfully warm and amazingly quiet with all the animals and machinery around. It is situated high up and we were very surprised to see all the snow! We would love to come back maybe in the spring or summer. From their visitors book we could see that lots of the visitors come back for another visit.

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Nov 2016

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  • Two bedrooms with TV: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with Smart TV, kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 3 x TVs (inc Smart TV in living area) radio/CD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot/fold up bed available on request (only room for one of them)
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned front garden with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 4 miles, shop 7 miles
  • Please note: The property has recently been fully refurbished.

The property

Helmsley 7 miles.

A traditional, stone-built, semi-detached cottage, adjoining the owners' property on their working livestock farm near Old Byland, seven miles from the delightful market town of Helmsley.

Set in a peaceful location within the National Park, Wethercote Cottage has far reaching views across the North York Moors.

Cosy and comfortable, the open-plan living area retains much charm and character, including ancient low ceiling beams and pine doors.

A large, lawned garden complements the setting; the perfect place to sit and relax.

With numerous public footpaths in the area providing excellent walking opportunities, and Thirsk and Helmsley, with their pretty market squares, tempting tea rooms and country inns within very easy reach, this makes for a great holiday.

This lovely cottage is very close to Sutton Bank Bikes Ltd, where you can hire bikes for the day and explore the many cycle-ways and trails nearby.

Hop onto the Cleveland Way, which passes close by, leading from Helmsley, through Thirsk and around the North York Moors National Park to the coast and down to Filey.

Local attractions include Duncombe Park stately home, the James Herriot museum, Castle Howard and the historic City of York, to name but a few.

A superb Yorkshire cottage in a terrific location.

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About the location


Kirkbymoorside 6 miles; Thirsk 14 miles; Pickering 13 miles; York 26 miles.

Lying in a sheltered corner of Upper Ryedale, on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park, Helmsley is a prestigious market town with a spacious market square surrounded by houses, hotels and shops. The area is important historically - Helmsley has its own 12th century castle and English Heritage’s Rievaulx Abbey and Castle Howard are close by. Helmsley also boasts an arts centre showing films and plays, and an outdoor swimming pool, which is open during the summer. There is excellent walking on the doorstep - indeed the Cleveland Way starts in Helmsley - and the surrounding North York Moors with their hidden dales and villages are pretty in all seasons. York is less than an hour's drive south, as is Scarborough, Whitby and the east coast, whilst Pickering and the beginning of the famous steam railway line (North Yorkshire Moors Railway) are a little over 20 minutes' drive.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter