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The Cottage

Thirsk, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 1004365)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    A real home from.home, nice little personal touches by the owner who was very welcoming. Fantastic area and gorgeous views. Would love to go back again.

    Reviewed by LorraineApr 2022

  • "Oh what bliss!"

    The Hambleton hills are a wonderful location, and the Cottage was just perfect as a base. I've probably been to North Yorkshire twenty or so times and here was by far the best. Nestled beside Kevin Ryan's horse gallop, the views across the moors were amazing. It's an ideal base if you enjoy walking/hiking. Poppy, my 13 year old Labrador clocked up around 14 miles throughout the week, while I managed over 50. Thirsk and Helmsley are only 6 miles away, with Byland and Rievaulx Abbeys even closer. The cottage is warm and cosy. My first night in the large bed was very comfortable and reminded me that I definitely need a new mattress at home. Everything you would need for a holiday could be found in the cottage. My planned healthy week away started badly due to the delicious lemon sponge cakes that the owner had left as a welcome present. (Thank you Liz). I'm not sure when, but I will be going back. The Cottage has everything you need for a perfect, relaxing holiday.

    Thank you Lance, so glad you enjoyed your stay, look forward to seeing you again. Liz & Craig Property Owner

    Reviewed by LanceApr 2022

  • "Fantastic exactly what we wanted."

    Very well kept cottage in a lovely area. Nice and quiet but close enough to town if needed. My partner and I took our dog so being beside the national park the walks were amazing. We only met the owner on checking in and she seemed very nice. Couldn't ask for a better stay and the price was very reasonable. Thankyou for great time will definitely be booking again

    Reviewed by StevenJan 2022

  • "I could not be happier!"

    I needed to find somewhere for just two nights to break our journey home and I could not have chosen a lovelier spot. Liz was fantastic making sure the lights and heating were on for our arrival. There was even a Christmas tree and very tasteful decorations. To top that she had left us cupcakes, biscuits and a welcome pack!! What more could anyone ask for!? The cottage is in a wonderful spot and I am looking forward to making another visit for longer!!

    Reviewed by TraceyDec 2021

  • "Fabulous location and our hosts were very helpful."

    Reviewed by LindaNov 2021

  • "The cottage had everything we needed, was immaculately clean with a large comfortable bed."

    It is peacefully, in fact silently (!) situated in a lovely part of Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by RosalindNov 2021

  • "We had a fantastic long weekend at The Cottage, it was really warm, clean and welcoming."

    Everything you needed was supplied. We would love to go back there and will certainly tell our family about it as they like to holiday in Yorkshire. Thank the owners very much.

    Reviewed by VivienneOct 2021

  • "Wonderful clean cottage."

    I was welcomed by host with a brief chat and left to myself for rest of week wihout being disturbed. Views were tremendous in a superb location, with so many options for activities. The cottage had a very comfy bed and some cakes and basket of goodies to welcome me. Was quiet and secure. Just what I wanted. One of the days I cycled to top of Black Hanbleton and another day up the same track but to the escarpment. Naturally an afternoon stroll to White horse from the cottage and trips to Helmsley and Osmotherly area. I was a little lazy and often returned at noon to watch the smart tv and do some laptop work. The Wifi kep up most of the times but did go off sometimes - about 0.5% down. No worries there. I will return as so much more to do. I am in recovery after recent heart attack so did not do as much as I wanted to do.

    Reviewed by JonathanOct 2021

  • "A lovely cottage with extra touches such as home made cakes."

    Quiet and well located for walks.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2021

  • "Lovely property."

    ... just needed more crockery and cutlery....spoke to the owner who ordered additional items that same day. Would benefit from an area to dry wet boots etc. But will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by ChristopherJul 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Cottage, it is well equipped and comfortable."

    Beautiful views and a lovely welcome pack, including home baked cakes and flowers. Perfect for exploring a wonderful area.

    Reviewed by NicolaJul 2021

  • "Stayed at Sykes cottages before and always found they supplied all kitchen items."

    Unfortunately this time there wasnt a tray, sharp veg knife, bread knife, salt, sugar, very little wasing up liquid and kitchen roll so had to buy our own. Saw the owner for probably 5 minutes on arrival but didnt check later if we had everything we needed which i think would have been good. The cottage itself was nice and location was beautiful but felt a little disappointed compared to last year when our Sykes cottage was stunning.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely and clean and tidy in beautiful surroundings but it was a bit too far out to be able to walk to local facilities."

    Also the outside of the cottage was a let down. The garden furniture is in need of renovation and the fish pond was dirty and in need of a lot of care and attention as it is a feature of the garden.There wasn’t anywhere comfortable to sit outside and enjoy the view. Disappointed the owner did not check everything was ok . Having said that we enjoyed the holiday.

    Reviewed by PriscillaJun 2021

  • "Good location for walks and countryside."

    Comfy accommodation.

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2021

  • "We received a warm welcome and the owner had made some nice, small cream cakes for us."

    There was also a plentiful supply of sugar, tea and coffee sachets, plus some little pots of jams etc. The views from the cottage are exceptional and one can see all the surrounding countryside due to the high location. There is plenty of parking space. From the details we had the Cottage was not easy to find because we did not have the name of the farm and did not ask for it when we spoke to the owner. However, when you have the name of the farm and know that it is just around the corner from the North York Moors Visitor Centre, it is easy. A few extra mugs and a teapot would be useful, albeit we had taken a teapot luckily.

    Reviewed by GeoffreyApr 2021

  • "The Cottage was a lovely place to stay, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit."

    The location is beautiful with incredible views, the accommodation itself is very comfortable and the host very welcoming; there were freshly made cupcakes, cookies and a selection of jams/preserves for us on arrival which was a nice surprise! When we are looking to visit the area again, we would definitely stay here!

    Reviewed by PeterApr 2021

  • "Comfortable, cosy cottage in a great location."

    Lovely walks direct from the cottage. We will definitely be visiting again

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2020

  • "Syke's communication throughout was consistently on the ball and helpful, both by phone and email."

    When we arrived at the "Cottage" we were greeted with a warm welcome from Lis the Owner. Our stay was most enjoyable, the cottage warm and comfy when we arrived back at the end of each day from our long walks! The North York Moors Visitor Centre was a wonderful surprise. We were spoiled for choice for places to visit and lovely restaurants. We will definitely return here, thank you for everything.

    Reviewed by LionelOct 2020

  • "Great spot nice inside everthing you want ,only one thing disappointed dog crying for something under sofa we found a ball plus a lot of dirt and dust."

    Reviewed by ColinSep 2020

  • "The cottage is gorgeous, very comfortable for 2 people and a dog."

    Liz is a great host, the home made cakes were a welcome touch. Situated at the top of Sutton bank it has some stunning walks and easy road links to the rest of the dales. Will definitely recommend

    Reviewed by JayneSep 2020

  • "The holiday and the cottage were very good no complaints."

    We would definitely consider going back there again. Just one negative comment, the recycle bin needs something to hold the lid up as it came down and hit both myself and husband on the head at different times. It is not easy to hold the lid whilst trying to put things in the appropriate bins.

    Reviewed by PamelaAug 2020

  • "The Cottage was ideal for a short break in a location ideal to travel to market towns of North Yorkshire."

    It was well appointed, comfortable with a welcome pack including yummy home baking. Watching the racehorses on the neighbouring gallops provided an interesting spectacle whilst the short walk to the National Park Visitor Centre was useful for information. Many walks from here.

    Reviewed by JeanAug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location, the cottage was clean and welcoming, I was greeted with some hone made cakes"

    Reviewed by RichMar 2020

  • "An excellent break in a lovely cottage."

    Even the storm couldn't spoki it and the fairy cakes we're very much appreciated after some wet, windy and muddy walks.

    Reviewed by SharonFeb 2020

  • "A very relaxing and enjoyable holiday."

    Warm cosy cottage, friendly welcoming owners. Quiet and beautiful location.

    Reviewed by ElaineOct 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and quiet."

    We were made to feel very welcome. The cottage is well located for walking and cycling and also for touring the beautiful surrounding countryside.

    Reviewed by RosemarySep 2019

  • "The Cottage is in a lovely quiet and scenic location."

    Lovely views across to the old Hambleton Racecourse and beyond. Lots of interesting walks and Helmsley and Thirsk a short drive away. The Cottage is very comfortable and clean with Wi-Fi which is good.

    Reviewed by ValerieSep 2019

  • "It was a beautiful place, made extra nice by getting some cupcakes and chocolates on arrival."

    Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by MariaAug 2019

  • "Very nice cottage."

    Owners very welcoming. Comfortable stay. Couple of homely touches such as the home made cup cakes, biscuits and jam. Great location, with some fantastic walks, also got to see the races horses every morning. Lovely quite spot and great night view of the stars. Only down side, quite a way from a pub or local shop.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2019

  • "The cottage is ideally located for so much of North Yorkshire, the “Finest view in England” being just a short walk away."

    We included the coastal beauty of Staithes, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay on one day. Castle Howard another great attraction within just a few miles. I was very surprised by the World of James Herriot At Thirsk, it was far more than I had expected from what just looked like an ordinary terrace house. Helmsley just down the road has always been favourite visiting spot. The cottage’s surroundings country roads were a pleasure to cycle on for me with some challenging hills to climbs, but that’s what cycling is all about! The cottage was lovely and I would definitely not rule out a return visit.

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2019

  • "Spacious and comfortable cottage in a beautiful setting."

    We felt most welcome and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the surrounding areas. A lovely court yard area to sit in and enjoy and see the horses galloping. We will definitely go back.

    Reviewed by BronwynJul 2019

  • "Very well equipped comfortable cottage."

    We really enjoyed our week there. Homemade cakes on arrival. Lovely welcome from the owner. We will be back.

    Reviewed by JoanJun 2019

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  • All ground floor
  • 1 x king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Use of shared courtyard with table and chairs
  • 1 well behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Shop 7 miles, pub 5 miles

The property

Thirsk 6.8 miles.

A stone built, semi-detached cottage set just within the western fringe of the North York Moors National Park, midway between the lively town of Thirsk and the picturesque market town of Helmsley. Situated at the top of Sutton Bank this cosy cottage is surrounded by far reaching countryside views, it borders the remnants of the old Hambleton Racecourse, which is now used by the local racehorse trainers to train the up and coming stars of today’s racing world. The Cottage would appeal to couples seeking an active but also romantic break and is the perfect base for walkers, cyclists and riders.

There are numerous footpaths from the doorstep and the Cleveland Way is less than 500m away with an abundance of scenic walking routes and cycle hire and designated trails for all capabilities are available from the nearby Sutton Bank Visitor Centre.

Visit the Gliding Club at the top of the bank for a trial lesson and soar above the National Park or try some clay shooting and off road driving at Yorkshire Outdoors in Felixkirk.

Visit stately homes at Castle Howard and Nunnington Hall, abbey ruins at Rievaulx and Byland, and the World Heritage Site at Fountains Abbey.

Take a steam train from Pickering to Whitby or enjoy a day at the races available in Thirsk, Ripon and York.

You enter the cottage into the contemporary, open-plan living room, featuring a snug seating area with Smart TV that enables you and your loved one to settle down and indulge in all your favourite television.

Dinner can be prepared in the well-equipped kitchen and enjoyed at the dining table for two.

The king-size bedroom boasts an en-suite bathroom which holds a shower over the bath.

Why not enjoy an early morning stroll and capture the far-reaching views on top of Sutton Bank and towards the famous Kilburn White Horse.

The town of Thirsk can be reached in a short drive and offers numerous shops and inns serving local produce and traditional ales, along with the impressive Georgian buildings and a cinema.

It is also home to the James Herriot Museum which showcases the work of the town’s own famous vet and author.

Adding to your sight-seeing itinerary is the quaint town of Harrogate where you can explore the Valley Gardens or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants or pubs.

The city of York is 23 miles away and offers a slight change of pace with its ancient walls, roman architecture and vibrant shops.

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About the location


Ripon 11 miles; York 23 miles.

With the gateway to the North York Moors National Park to the east and Yorkshire Dales National Park to the west, the bustling town of Thirsk boasts a quaint market place, splendid Georgian buildings, a Norman church and excellent pubs, shops, restaurants, a cinema and a leisure centre. Visit the World of James Herriott Museum, dedicated to the life and works of the town’s own famous vet and author or explore the surrounding rolling countryside and Hambleton Hills, offering excellent walking opportunities. The cathedral city of York and the beautiful East Coast are within easy driving distance.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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