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The Cottage

(Ref. 1004365)

Thirsk, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent stay for a week."

    Wonderful welcome gifts and was not disturbed. Snowfall added to the pleasure. Wifi worked perfectly.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in lovely position."

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Sep 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the Cottage."

    Its location is great almost next door the the North Yorkshire Moors Centre at Sutton Bank. Need to be careful locating the cottage on the online map as the position is misleading - this needs to be adjusted on the map to place it in the farm rather than over and up the road where I wound up initially. It is on the left at the first gate you come to past the Centre. There was a nice welcome pack and fresh cakes awaiting us on arrival. The welcome pack lasted us all week. One issue we found as doddery old folk: the bath/shower was difficult to get into when your body is not a agile as it used to be, it is also quite slippery in the bath and on the floor on entry and exit. When we met a problem with the TV, the response to the telephone call was almost instant. Thank you for a great stay. The location was ideal for visiting so much of North Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Aug 2023

  • "A very comfortable cottage with everything you need."

    The owners Liz and Craig very helpful and hospitable. Liz baked some lovely cakes - a nice surprise. A brilliant peaceful location with a grandstand view of the up and coming race horses training. Great for walks and cycling. We will definitely be back

    Thank you for the lovely review. As much as I’d love to take the credit, I have to confess though, it was Craig who baked the cakes! Look forward to seeing you again. Liz Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2023

  • "Cottage was really lovely clean and a lovely welcome pack with fresh buns we used the cottage as a base to tour round places we have not been to for 20 years will recommend to family and friends and would use the cottage again if we come back to the area it’s in a lovely quite area and you can watch the race horses training on a daily basis loved that."

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2023

  • "Everything you would need for a holiday home and more."

    Reviewed by Sydney5.0Jul 2023

  • "A comfortable cottage in a quiet location."

    A lovely view. The cottage was comfortable and well presented.

    Reviewed by B & M4.1Jun 2023

  • "A lovely cottage, just what we were looking for, would be happy to stay again"

    Reviewed by Joan5.0May 2023

  • "8/10 overall."

    An excellent cottage in a good location, easy to get too but the long private drive really needed some repairs as my wife's mobility scooter could not get down the drive to the road. Cleanliness was perfect with good facilities and crockery. The lemon drizzle cakes were to die for BTW. The only downside inside, was the low settee that had seen some use and the lack of cupboard space to put food away, along with the very small food preperation area. Otherwise this would score a 10 out of 10.

    Reviewed by Dave4.4Apr 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage, ideal for a couple and small dog."

    Bed extremely comfortable, kitchen well equipped with nice quality crockery. Just a 5 minute walk to Sutton Bank visitor centre. Good base for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Lucy4.7Apr 2023

  • "An excellent, well equipped, warm cottage in a superb location for walking."

    The welcome cakes were a delightful treat.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely coittage well situated for this beautiful part of the country Lots to ..."

    Lovely coittage well situated for this beautiful part of the country Lots to see and plenty to do we had a wondeful time The snow added to the enjoyment Thanks to Craig and Liz for all their assistance

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Super cottage and a warm welcome. Great location. Next time we’ll bring our bikes!

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2022

  • "Great location for walkers, very convenient for access to Helmsley, Thirsk, Rievaulx Abbey etc."

    Ideal for couple, quiet location in converted barn. Underfloor heating, Wi-Fi , dishwasher, good shower & bath. Ample parking. Nice enclosed courtyard, secure for dog. Will stay again definitely.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Oct 2022

  • "Thanks for a comfortable well equipped cottage."

    The cottage is in a excellent area for walking. Thanks

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely week staying at the cottage."

    All as described and very comfortable. Likely to rebook in the future.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2022

  • "A Great cottage, very cosy and warm and spotless clean."

    Lovely cakes and biscuits on arrival a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by Sylvia4.7Sep 2022

  • "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 Lorraine5.0Apr 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 Lance5.0Apr 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 Steven5.0Jan 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 Tracey5.0Dec 2021

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

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Nov 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 Rosalind5.0Nov 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 Vivienne5.0Oct 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 Jonathan5.0Oct 2021

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

    Quiet and well located for walks.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 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 Nicola4.1Jul 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 Christopher4.7Jul 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 John3.1Jun 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 Priscilla5.0Jun 2021

  • "Good location for walks and countryside."

    Comfy accommodation.

    Reviewed by Robert3.8May 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 Geoffrey4.7Apr 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 Peter4.7Apr 2021

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

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

    Reviewed by David4.7Oct 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 Lionel5.0Oct 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 Colin4.7Sep 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 Jayne5.0Sep 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 Pamela4.7Aug 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 Jean4.7Aug 2020

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

    Reviewed by Rich5.0Mar 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 Sharon5.0Feb 2020

  • "A very relaxing and enjoyable holiday."

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

    Reviewed by Elaine4.1Oct 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 Rosemary3.4Sep 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 Valerie5.0Sep 2019

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

    Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Maria4.7Aug 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 Sarah5.0Aug 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 Richard5.0Aug 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 Bronwyn5.0Jul 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 Joan5.0Jun 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