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School House Cottage

Coxwold near Ampleforth, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 1044706)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available

Reviews & Ratings

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "The School House was a beautiful cottage set in pretty gardens with high quality furnishings."

    There was everything you need for a comfortable self catering holiday. Liz was on hand should you need her, very helpful and accommodating. An excellent holiday cottage in a beautiful Yorkshire village. I would thoroughly recommend it.

    Reviewed by JackieJun 2022

  • "My partner and I had a wonderful stay at school cottage."

    The location was perfect due to wanting to visit York, Harrogate and Whitby. The welcome pack included; eggs, butter, milk, orange juice and toiletries. The cottage was perfect for the 2 of us. We particularly enjoyed the use of the log burner. Our stay in Coxswold exceeded our expectations. The owner (next door) was very friendly. We would definitely recommend a visit here and would certainly return.

    Reviewed by GlennMay 2022

  • "A lovely place to stay,the cottage was nicely furnished,very clean ,and plenty of hot water etc."

    Nce little touches like shower gel,shampoo,conditioner .supplied,the welcome pack of fresh bread,milk,orange juice ,butter ,eggs etc was welcome,lovely comfortable sitting room tv etc.heating was nice on cold mornings,and the adjacent tea rooms were nice.lovely garden very peaceful in the evenings ,the large bed was very comfortable and nice fresh linen ,a lovely stay.thankyou.

    Reviewed by AlanMay 2022

  • "Really enjoyed aour stay in the School House."

    Cosy, clean with a fabulously big stove fireplace and a lovely comfy king size bed in a spacious bedroom. There's a nice garden area at the back, but alas the wet weather in February denied us the opportunities of enjoying it. The location is excellent in the pretty village of Coxwold, with a really welcoming pub just a few minutes walk down the road that serves good food and ale. As a base for exploring North Yorkshire, the national park, and all the many nearby sights, villages, abbeys, towns etc it's outstanding. Liz the owner was very hospitable and helpful as well. A therapeutic, peaceful experience for us both; wished we could've stayed longer...

    Reviewed by BrianFeb 2022

  • "We enjoyed our holiday at School House Cottage very much and Liz was a great host."

    Her cream teas in the pretty garden are fabulous, and a nice welcome holiday starter supply of essentials was provided. School House Cottage was warm and comfortable during our stay, with loads of hot water always available.The “shared garden” at the cottage is shared with patrons of the tea room as well as B&B guests next door. Broadband is on the slow side, but this could easily be seen as a plus point ! It might be good for Sykes to update the details in their description, as the shop in the village closed some time ago. Coxwold itself is a lovely village and the whole area is very beautiful with plenty of choice of things to do. The local “Fauconberg Arms” we found to be a great place for a meal, only a short walk from the cottage.

    Reviewed by SusannaSep 2021

  • "Liz was a brilliant host and we had a fantastic time back in our native Yorkshire."

    The cottage is to an high standard and was found spotless. The bread, milk ,butter, cerals etc was a lovely touch and very much appreciated. We are just sorry that we will not be able to return due to Liz deciding to ban dogs. It is a shame that irresponsible dog owner leaving their pets locked in the house has led to this decision. We would have definately have returned if the property was still pet friendly. Thank you for a lovely week. Rob, Sally and Harvey the dog.

    Reviewed by RobSep 2021

  • "The owner was very helpful and friendly if we needed anything, although everything was there."

    She kindly left some provisions for us upon our arrival, which was very welcome. We had a lovely peaceful stay, Would definately recommend, Not really suitable if there are disability issues. The stairs would be a problem, as the kitchen is upstairs and lounge downstairs. But that would not deter us from going again.

    Reviewed by MarionAug 2021

  • "Just returned from a fantastic week at School House Cottage in Coxwold, North Yorkshire."

    The cottage is superb, a lovely welcome hamper of milk, eggs, jams, butter, fresh orange juice and fresh bread. Highly recommend the tea rooms attached to the cottage which is also run by Liz the owner. Two minute walk to the village 'local', The Fauconberg where we sat outside most days after our walks, they also do excellent food.

    Reviewed by TraceyJun 2021

  • "We spent a most enjoyable holiday in a delightful cottage."

    The cottage was well equipped for 2 people and extremely comfortable. The village was quiet, but in a good location for visiting attractions around the area, and had the benefit of a village pub with a restaurant. After a recent experience where the parking at the accommodation was not accurately described (and has not been amended after feedback) we were naturally concerned, but needed to have had no qualms about this property.

    Reviewed by LynJun 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the School House in Coxwold."

    The cottage more than met our expectations and was clean, comfortable and had everything we could wish for. We enjoyed sitting out in the garden in the evenings with a coffee listening to the birds singing away. Coxwold is a great place to start walks into the beautiful North York Moors and the Howardian Hills and is within easy reach of both Riveaulx and Byland Abbeys.

    Reviewed by SamanthaMay 2021

  • "The cottage itself is beautifully decorated, warm and comfortable, with a charming garden, and the surrounding area is glorious - full of wonderful scenery and interesting things to do."

    We would recommend visits to Helmsley, which is everything a country town should be; Rievaulx Abbey; the National Bird of Prey Centre; Ryedale Folk Museum; Kilburn White Horse and the walk along the top above it, which takes you past the Yorkshire Gliding Club; the Mousy Thompson showroom in Kilburn; Beadlam Farm shop for provisions. Coxwold itself is delightful, and an added bonus is that the owner of the cottage runs a tea room and high-end homeware shop right next door.

    Reviewed by MonicaMay 2021

  • "Lovely to visit again and it was as wonderful and enjoyable as last time."

    Reviewed by JulietMay 2021

  • "The cottage is situated in a pretty village within easy access of the North York Moors."

    Due to the current covid restrictions during our stay we elected to arrange for two evening meals to be delivered to us by local chef Mark Westaby. These proved to be of outstanding quality and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to future visitors. We would also recommend The White Horse Fish and Chip shop in Thirsk for quick take away meals. The cottage overall is well appointed, however there was no means of controlling the heat which we understand was controlled centrally so couldn't be adjusted accordingly. The woodburner in the sittingroom took a long time warm up and therefore the room felt cold in the evenings as our stay was mid October. The cottage was well furnished and the bed in particular was extremely comfortable and most welcome after long walks over the Moors.

    Reviewed by CarolynOct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Beautiful village. Wonderful baking in the tearooms next door. An excellent welcome from the owner. First rate meals in the local pub, village shop and interesting visit to the cabinet maker.

    Reviewed by JulietOct 2020

  • "We have just spent a weeks staycation at School House Cottage and what a beautiful base to have to visit places of outstanding beauty."

    A visit to Sutton Bank is a must for spectacular views of the surrounding counties. The local Pub/restaurant was fantastic and stuck to COVID regulations.

    Reviewed by AlisonSep 2020

  • "We had an enjoyable holiday at School House Cottage, the village of Coxswold is charming and there is a lot to do in this part of Yorkshire."

    The cottage rooms were comfortable and we appreciated the provisions that had been left for us. Two items of criticism if we may please. 1. The wi-fi is poor in the cottage! I mentioned it to Liz and she explained it was because the Router was in the other half of the building and the thickness of the walls prevented a good signal. I would suggest a booster unit is fitted in the cottage to improve the signal, this is needed as people are more and more dependant on the internet these days. It also had an effect on the T.V reception and we could not use our Amazon fire stick in the the t.v in the Lounge. 2. There is no means of controlling the central heating other than altering the thermostatic valves on the radiators. The lounge was quite cool at night and the only form of heating in the evenings was the wood burning stove. Logs and coal were provided but ran out after five days. I wasn't sure where to get more (some written information about the heating may help?) I asked for some more coal or logs, and was told where the shop was? However Liz did kindly supply more logs for the last two nights. If you are saying the Fuel and power are included in the rent, there should be enough/some more at hand. These two items did not spoil our holiday, overall the standard at the cottage was very good

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely, really beautifully decorated and having the touches of fresh bread, eggs, milk etc was so kind."

    The bed was really comfy and everything worked well. The village was really quaint and lovely to explore with the abbey a short cycle (or longer walk away!) the local pub which is literally a 2min walk up the road serves a delicious Sunday lunch too. The only thing I would say is it would have been nicer to have a better store of logs and kindling so we could get the fire going more often as it got a bit chilly on some evenings and there were only a few there. The heating Did come on in the mornings and later evenings but it’s when we got in from a day out on occasion it was a tad chilly. But we had a fantastic holiday and was such a pleasure to visit a beautiful place in Yorkshire! So many things to do and places to visit, we definitely hope to return!

    Reviewed by HannahAug 2020

  • "Fabulous cottage great location, local pub lovely atmosphere."

    A brilliant weekend

    Reviewed by SandyAug 2020

  • "The accomodation was beautifully presented, in a very tasteful way."

    I found the bed very comfortable as was the lounge. The garden a real joy to sit in, in a style that i like I.e. cottage garden. I thought the food and flowers the owner put for me was a very nice gesture.

    Reviewed by ElaineAug 2020

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful part of the countryside."

    Reviewed by GJul 2020

  • "The tea rooms are owned by the owner Liz who is a lovely lady and so helpful, The tea rooms are a must try the cakes & scones are wonderful so fresh."

    The cottage felt so cosy home from home home. Thanks Liz

    Reviewed by DianneJul 2020

  • "A fantastic place for a relaxing week."

    The owner has a gift shop with a small cafe. We ordered afternoon tea there and it was there best we have ever had - even exceeded 'Betty's'. Will book again soon.

    Reviewed by JillJul 2020

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  • One king-size bedroom with TV
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First-floor kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, Smart TV with Freeview and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Shared/ communal Lawn and patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: This property is adjoining the owner's B&B and tearoom.

The property

Ampleforth 4.3 miles.

Sitting within the desirable conservation village of Coxwold, in the scenic wonder of the North York Moors National Park, is this enchanting romantic retreat.

School House Cottage is a quaint cottage to base...

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About the location


Helmsley 4 miles; York 20 miles; Scarborough 35 miles.

The unspoilt village of Ampleforth lies on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, and is made up of a scattering of traditional houses, two pubs, a tea room and the local village shop. There are several highly-rated restaurants within the surrounding area, while the market town of Helmsley is just a short drive away with two Italian restaurants, a curry house, two hotels and two pubs. The quiet country roads are ideal for cyclists wishing to explore the hidden villages of the area, while the National Park to the north offers unique, spectacular moorland scenery and a variety of walks and cycle paths. With nearby Pickering and its steam trains to the north, Castle Howard only 20 minutes' drive away and Scarborough and the East Coast only 35 miles away, Ampleforth is in the perfect location for a varied yet relaxing holiday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas