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The Sun House

(Ref. 5251)

Ferrensby near Knaresborough, Vale of York & Yorkshire Wolds Show on map


  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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75 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely cottage close to Knaresborough, the Dales, Yorkshire Moors and lots of sites worthy of a visit."

    The cottage is clean, roomy, well appointed and set in lovely well cared for gardens. The owners were very helpful and they obviously take pride in their property. We have booked for a second time next year.

    Reviewed by AmandaSep 2023

  • "The property was perfectly clean and contained everything that you would need for an enjoyable stay."

    This was our second visit to this property and we were just as comfortable and happy as we were on our first visit. The property is in a great location for exploring Yorkshire and we would have no hesitation in recommending this property to friends and family.

    Reviewed by CharleneSep 2023

  • "The property was ideal for 2 set in a wonderful peaceful location."

    Mark, the landlord was welcoming, helpful and knowledgable regarding the local area.

    Reviewed by SuzanneSep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet village, beautiful surroundings with everything needed ..."

    Lovely cottage in a quiet village, beautiful surroundings with everything needed for an enjoyable stay will certainly visit again Thank you Mark & Fiona

    Reviewed by MaureenAug 2023

  • "The cottage was very cosy, lovely gardens."

    The kitchen was well equipped and the property well maintained overall. The owners were very friendly and welcoming and would definitely recommend The Sun House.

    Reviewed by MarilynAug 2023

  • "Sun House is a perfect cottage in a perfect location with excellent road links to the many places of interest nearby."

    Mark the owner gave us a guided tour of the cottage on arrival which was extremely useful. If we decide to visit North Yorkshire again Sun House will be the first port of call.

    Thank you for your kind words, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hopefully we will see you again in the future. Best regards Mark &Fiona :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2023

  • "Very nice property in a great location."

    Reviewed by IanJun 2023

  • "Enjoyed a lovely week at The Sun House."

    The weather was beautiful and it was lovely sitting out in the private garden listening to the birds and looking at the beautiful flowers. The cottage was comfortable, clean and cosy. The owner, Mark explained how everything worked. Very close to the A1 for travelling. Fountains Abbey, Brimham Rocks, Newby Hall, Knaresborough and Harrogate all within easy reach. Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2023

  • "This is one of the nicest holiday properties we've ever stayed in."

    Really thoughtfully decorated to a very high standard, peaceful, and with 2 beautiful little patio gardens. Absolutely amazing.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2023

  • "Would throughly recommend the sun house if and it is only an if the photos do not give a true impression of how lovely and beautiful the the sun house is ."

    I throughly recommend this as one of my favourite places to stay in thanks also to Mark and Fiona who were very friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by ChrisMay 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Sun house, well equipped and very well presented."

    Owners were very helpful and accommodating. I would recommend the accommodation to anyone.

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2023

  • "Lovely, quiet cottage tastefully decorated."

    Owner was friendly, helpful and caring.

    Reviewed by KeithApr 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Sun Cottage, Mark met us on arrival and gave us a first class , informative tour of the place and from then on it was all plain sailing."

    Pity about the weather, we left a day early because of the inclement conditions. The rest of the time we were able to get out to surrounding towns/villages . Very good meals at five different locations. All in all, we had a good time.

    Reviewed by HarryMar 2023

  • "A lovely little cottage, warm and cosy, and we were here at probably the coldest week this year(03/23), and we were really warm and comfortable."

    Reviewed by AndrewMar 2023

  • "Property ideally situated to visit North Yorkshire including short drives away to Knaresborough, Harrogate, Pateley Bridge & Brimham Rocks."

    Ideal for walking. We would not hesitate in recommending this property to family & friends as the hosts Mark & Fiona were very welcoming. Janet & Vernon

    Reviewed by JanetOct 2022

  • "A lovely cottage and a lovely holiday in every way, Mark and Fiona good hosts, ..."

    A lovely cottage and a lovely holiday in every way, Mark and Fiona good hosts, what’s not to like, loved it, patnjoe

    Reviewed by JosephSep 2022

  • "Brillant cottage, cosy and comfortable set in beautiful gardens, every thing you could possibly need for a lovely Yorkshire holiday."

    Huge thank you to Mark and Fiona for such a warm welcome, our second time at Sun House and would go back tomorrow if we could!

    Sep 2022

  • "Excellent stay, very enjoyable."

    Peaceful & quiet, very comfortable.

    Reviewed by JonJul 2022

  • "Immaculately presented, smelt lovely and fresh."

    Just beautiful. The hosts were absolutely lovely, so helpful but also gave us space to relax. We had a wonderful week at Sun House. The gardens are lovely cottage gardens with beautiful flowers. It's a great place to visit North Yorkshire such as Harrogate, York and the coast which are nearby. We had wonderful walks across the fields behind the house.

    Reviewed by MichaelaMay 2022

  • "A very comfortable let with all that was needed to enjoy our stay."

    The owners are on hand if needed but otherwise leave one to get on with it in privacy. A nice location, ideal for exploration of Yorkshire. We have been here twice and would definitely used Sun House again.

    Reviewed by RonApr 2022

  • "Great stay in a nice quite comfortable cottage"

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2022

  • "This is a lovely little cottage, furnished with real character and style."

    We think of it as an Arts and Crafts cottage! It also has attractive and well-cared for gardens and courtyard. We found it very handy for getting to RHS Harlow Carr gardens, where one of us was temporarily working. The other found it a great base for cycling in the area. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by HeatherApr 2022

  • "A beautiful well furnished cottage, everything supplied a lovely stove to light in the chilly evenings, nice outdoor space to sit and have breakfast weather permitting, great place for walking and easy drive to Knaresborough where we enjoyed coffee and walk."

    Train trip into York town easy long stay parking in Knaresborough train every hour. Would definitely visit again when we have seen other places on our list.

    Reviewed by MartinOct 2021

  • "Friendly helpful hosts Lovely surroundings and excellent facilities"

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "The cottage was very well equipped and spotlessly clean."

    We were welcomed by the owner who explained everything we needed to know and gave great advice about local attractions. He then left us to enjoy our holiday in private but made sure that we knew how to contact him if needed, which was absolutely perfect. The location was quiet and rural but with very easy and local access to areas of interest. We would have no hesitation in returning for another break.

    Reviewed by CharleneAug 2021

  • "Fiona and Mark charming."

    Lovely cottage, very relaxing. No shops within walking distance but pub round the corner. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by IanJul 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with helpful owners in a great location."

    Reviewed by RebeccaJul 2021

  • "Superbly located cottage, a real character property, immaculately kept and maintained by the owners and with everything you need."

    Stunning gardens an absolute pleasure to sit outside and enjoy.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2021

  • "Beautiful, comfy cottage, cottage gardens to front and rear filled with stunning array of plants."

    Excellent hosts who made us very welcome and allowing us to use their gardens to wander about. Charming village, very peaceful but close to Knaresborough and Harrogate plus the Dales and Moors. Couldn`t have wished for more, plus we had a week of glorious sunshine so the cottage lived up to it`s name!

    Jun 2021

  • "Our hosts gave us a very warm and friendly welcome and do everything possible to ensure their guests' comfort and enjoyment."

    Reviewed by LindaMay 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage, beautifully done in quiet surroundings."

    Fiona and Mark are very welcoming and helpful. We had a lovely comfortable week.

    Reviewed by MaryMay 2021

  • "Very comforable cottage."

    Expected it to be a farm but was not,however it used to be and it was very homely. The owners are friendly and helpful people. We would consider it again should we revisit that area.

    Reviewed by RonMay 2021

  • "The photos didn't do the cottage or location justice."

    We had a lovely time and would happily holiday here again.

    Reviewed by NicholasApr 2021

  • "Hosts very friendly and helpful."

    Beautiful gardens.

    Reviewed by AnthonyApr 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in lovely location."

    Hosts very welcoming & took time to explain the facilities available. We will return

    Reviewed by GillianOct 2020

  • "This is one of the best cottages we have stayed and its the second time we have been there."

    Its so quaint and cosy. Very clean and comfortable like home from home.

    Reviewed by PhilipOct 2020

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, had everything you could need."

    Cottage was spotlessly clean and all covid procedures in place. Easy to get to from the A1 and lots of places to visit close by but far enough away for some peace and tranquility. We are already planning a return visit.

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2020

  • "Cottage was lovely."

    Owners were friendly and helpful. In easy reach of places to visit. All that we needed for our short break.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2020


    Reviewed by DonMar 2020

  • "We arrived in Ferrensby in cold weather."

    The property is listed as having underfloor heating, unfortunately the owner told us on arrival that this was ‘hit and miss’ but asked us not to try to alter the heating controls as it wouldn’t make any difference. The underfloor heating in the bathroom only came on when the light was turned on. He didn’t offer any other form of heating for the bedroom and although the gas heater was efficient for the sitting area, the hall, bedroom and bathroom remained unheated. We had particularly heavy frosts during our stay and without any background heat at all, the property was not comfortable. The owner did not come to ask whether we were comfortable or offer an alternative form of heating, ie convector radiator for the bedroom. In previous properties we have stayed in, the owner or manager has called on the second day of our stay to ask if everything was ok. This did not happen at the Ferrensby property. We left earlier than planned as we were having to get up early to light the gas fire to try to warm the property and decided we would be more comfortable at home. This was a shame as we had been looking forward to this winter break.

    Reviewed by BrendaNov 2019

  • "As Mrs Mcmahon has described in her review, we also arrived to find the cottage cold and was given the exact same information."

    We were told by the owner that the underfloor heating in the kitchen / lounge area was not working and needed significant repairs (the whole floor needed to be taken up). The heating in the hall, bathroom and bedroom was inadequate. We had to light the gas stove first thing in the morning and return to bed waiting for the lounge area to warm up. This would take sometime to reach a reasonable temperature in the lounge area. There is a notice asking guests not to leave the gas stove on whilst away from the cottage and as the property is so poorly insulated it becomes very cold very quickly. On our return each day the gas stove was the only heating available, and again, it took sometime to warm the main room through. The bed was most uncomfortable and clearly needed to be replaced. The owner is aware of this too. Guests also need a torch in the dark evenings as it is quite dark from the car park area to the cottage door. We did mention on our departure these issues with the owner and were informed that the cottage would not be available over the winter months. What makes matters much worse is the fact that we contacted Sykes to inform them of the situation and asked them to amend their website accordingly so that any future guests could take this into consideration. The customer service advisor was really rude, saying that it was the guests responsibility to ask the owner for additional heating. This wasn't the point we were trying to make. We were merely suggesting that future guests would be aware of the problem before booking. It was clear from the website that Sykes were still advertising the cottage in the winter months, contrary to what we had been told. Since our first discussion with Sykes, we have asked to speak to a supervisor. We have spoken to Sykes on four occasions and been promised return calls twice and no one has either investigated the situation, changed the website, or returned a call. This is really poor customer service.

    Reviewed by GrahamNov 2019

  • "Loved sun house cottage."

    Mark & Fiona have done a terrific job with the decor. Our 2nd time there, and will go back again. Perfectly placed for exploring Yorkshire / Lancashire / Cumbria.

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2019

  • "Beautifully appointed cottage which was perfect for two."

    Very well equipped so you had everything you needed including freeview and very good internet. Very cosy cottage with a lovely gas fire in the lounge. Excellent hosts who gave good recommendations for places to visit and where to eat. Good location for visiting lots of sights in Yorkshire including Harrogate, York, Knaresborough and Ripon.

    Reviewed by AmandaSep 2019

  • "This is a lovely cottage and the owner very friendly."

    Everything you need for a relaxing holiday with plenty to see and do nearby.

    Reviewed by JamesSep 2019

  • "Well equipped cottage with original features."

    Well situated for visiting North Yorkshire 2 courtyard gardens planted for bees and butterflies, lovely place to sit morning and evenings. We also enjoyed the wildflower meadows and wood at the end of the garden.

    Reviewed by MyraJul 2019

  • "This cottage was set in a very tranquil beautiful area with lovely gardens and birds and ducks."

    It was a little oasis! We went for 3 weeks and will definitely go back again. Everything was great and the managing couple were always around for whatever we needed. Can’t say enough about it! Also bus stop right across the road.... can get you everywhere. Thanks

    Reviewed by CarolynJun 2019

  • "A great opportunity to enjoy a holiday cottage in the back garden of a listed building."

    Fabulous setting with a huge back garden.to enjoy after a day of sightseeing. Owners Mark and Fiona, a charming and helpful couple who made our stay even more enjoyable. Ferensby is only a short hop to Knaresborough, Harrogate Pately Bridge and Grassington and when you arrive back at sun cottage you are welcomed by the resident ducks, it does not get any better. Quirky Cottage, lovely gardens you would be Quackers not to stay there. Brian/Pauline.

    Reviewed by BrianApr 2019

  • "The location was ideal for cycling and near to all towns very peaceful the sun house was the best cottage i have stayed in ."

    Reviewed by AntonyApr 2019

  • "The Sun House has been beautifully and thoughtfully prepared by the owners, who are delightful and extremely helpful."

    We were pleasantly surprised to discover a secluded seating area for capturing the evening sun, which was not mentioned in the description of the cottage. The location of the cottage is ideal for visiting numerous places of interest in the area. An excellent cottage at a very reasonable price.

    Reviewed by RosemaryMar 2019

  • "We have been taking self catering holidays for 30 plus years and rate this cottage the best that we have stayed in."

    Highly recommend this excellent property,good location,superb layout.Friendly owners,it is a must stay here again.

    Reviewed by AmandaNov 2018

  • "First time we've used Sykes after a friends' recommendation."

    Delighted with the cottage , no problems at all and a very helpful owner. Location was tremendous for visiting many attractions.

    Oct 2018

  • "Perfect cottage in a lovely area of Yorkshire."

    Secluded and peaceful without being isolated. Owners very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2018

  • "The sun house was home from home, we were so comfortable and relaxed, would certainly recommend it."

    Mark and Fiona are such lovely people.

    Reviewed by DouglasOct 2018

  • "The cottage is a delightful place to make a base,to explore Yorkshire and have comfortable and secure accomadation to return to."

    I would recommend this cottage without reservation.

    Reviewed by CynthiaSep 2018

  • "Beautiful character cottage full of charm yet with ever modern convenience and the bonus of two delightful garden areas to sit with a book enjoying the peace and quiet or for alfresco dining."

    The property is well situated for exploring this lovely part of Yorkshire with Knaresborough, York , Harrogate and Fountains Abbey all within easy reach. There is a large supermarket just a few miles away and 4 pubs / restaurants within a mile and a half. We especially liked The Wild Swan and The Bluebell Inn. As keen golfers we were delighted to find a selection of lovely parkland courses nearby and all very reasonably priced. The owner of the cottage, Mark was very helpful and friendly. He greeted us on arrival with fresh milk for a cuppa and showed us round the property.We would definitely recommend this cottage and hope to return in the not too distant future.

    Reviewed by JeffSep 2018

  • "Absolutely superb cottage with every amenity - photos don't do it justice."

    Friendly and helpful owners, great central spot for touring Yorkshire. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by DebbieAug 2018

  • "The cottage was built by the owner himself with a lot of craftmanship, love for original materials and beautifully decorated."

    A very complete house,everything was perfect. With 2 sitting aereas outside with lot of flowerpots and a beatiful garden. It’s located in a very central part of the neighbourhood, you can visit lots of nice gardens or visit the yorkshire dales. We thougt is was wonderfull.

    Reviewed by WalterJul 2018

  • "Sun House is a lovely cottage, just right for two people."

    It has two lovely courtyards to sit in according to the sun. It is situated in a great location for exploring the area and beyond. Our hosts were very friendly and helpful and we hope to return to this cottage very soon.

    Reviewed by GillJun 2018

  • "The whole experience was excellent ."

    Son house is a little gem & the owners are very helpfull.

    Reviewed by AlanJun 2018

  • "Best cottage we have stayed at."

    Larger than expected and could not fault.

    Reviewed by JudithJun 2018

  • "Lovely village, no shops but Morrisons three miles away."

    Cottage really nice, everything you need for short stay. Gardens lovely, very restful place. Would return.

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2018

  • "2nd time at The Sun House."

    Had a brilliant time again..Easy to get to and a great location

    Reviewed by NigelMay 2018

  • "Very comfortable and cosy cottage."

    Beautiful setting overlooking the old orchard, complete with daffodils. Loved seeing the ducks from the local pond visit each morning. Lovely hosts. Ideally placed for Knaresborough, Harrogate and York. If we revisit the area will definitely book The Sun House again.

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2018

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at The Sun House."

    It is a beautiful cottage full of character and charm. There Is a gas stove which is great at keeping the place toasty off season. The bedroom is a very good size with plenty of wardrobe space and hangers. The bathroom is well lit with a nice deep windowsill for all your toiletries. There is a pretty front garden overlooking the owners apple orchard. A courtyard out the back is the perfect place to unwind in the evening with a glass of wine. The cottage is in a quiet pretty village only a short drive from Knaresborough and then 10 minutes from Harrogate. We love it here and will be coming back. Angela and Paul

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2018

  • "Having never stayed in a cottage before we where not sure what to expect but this little cottage ticked all the boxes, the owners were very friendly and helpful with any directions that we asked for."

    The only thing I would say is once one person has had a shower leave awhile before the next person has theres due to it being a small hot water tank.

    Reviewed by SMar 2018

  • "Sykes did not contact me with exact location of the cottage or how to get in touch with the owners."

    However when we finally arrived at the cottage(with directions from a neighbour) Mark was very friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by TrishOct 2017

  • "The cottage was charming with lovely small gardens front and rear."

    The owners were very helpful and they had spent time and effort making the cottage into a lovely home. Peaceful and relaxing.

    Reviewed by DerekAug 2017

  • "Excellent Cottage and location."

    Owners very friendly and helpful

    Reviewed by NigelJul 2017

  • "A lovely cottage, central to Harrogate and all visitor attractions in that area."

    The only negative comment would be no Wifi connection, which wouldn't deter me from booking this cottage in the future.

    Reviewed by LornaJul 2017

  • "Friendliness of owners."

    Easy access to various locations. Beauty of the river Nidd.

    Reviewed by AJun 2017

  • "A wonderful cottage, lots of character, decorated to a high standard, beautiful gardens."

    The owners Mark and Fiona are friendly and helpful. I would stay here again and recommend to anyone

    Reviewed by AlanJun 2017

  • "The accommodation exceeded our expectations"

    Reviewed by KimNov 2016

  • "Our cottage was brilliant, the location was great there was so much to do and we we're met my Fiona and Mark who recommended plenty of things for us."

    Our cottage had a lovely fire which warmed up the place so quickly, we had all the facilities we needed and wanted. Fiona and Mark made us feel completely at home and we are very thankful to them for letting us stay in their lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by LaurenNov 2016

  • "This was our second visit and it was just as good as our first."

    The owners are perfect in every way and deserve every success.

    Reviewed by Douglas KeithSep 2016

  • "Fabulous location for exploring North Yorkshire, lots of hidden gems nearby!"

    Also lots of facilities on the doorstep! Owners are very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by AnneSep 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with gas stove.
  • Electric underfloor heating with gas stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, stereo/CD, radio, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Small garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Lockable bike storage available
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops 3 miles, pub 2 mins walk.

The property

An exceptional, detached cottage nestling in the grounds of the owner's home in the small rural village of Ferrensby, 3 miles from Knaresborough.

Exceptionally well-presented, with superb attention to detail, this outstanding cottage boasts first-class, ground floor accommodation.

Featuring an open plan living area with underfloor heating and feature Velux windows, the cottage has a bright and cheery feeling throughout.

The delightful kitchen is stylish and well equipped, whilst the cosy sitting area features a gas fired woodburning stove.

The bedroom is stylish and with the modern bathroom, this is an ideal cottage for a romantic retreat.

Outside is a small mature garden, including a 'well', and from the doorstep it is a short walk to the local pub serving fine ales and a renowned food menu.

With beautiful countryside to explore, and heritage houses and castles to visit, this is the perfect cottage base for a romantic and relaxing break!

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About the location


  • Knaresborough 3 miles
  • Harrogate 6 miles
  • York 18 miles

Ferrensby is a small rural village three miles from Knaresborough. Situated so close to the old Great North Road, it is not surprising that the biggest attraction in the village is an old coaching inn, the General Tarleton. The inn has been there for some 250 years, but in recent times it has developed into a particularly well reputed restaurant as well as remaining a proper country inn. This quiet village, also has some attractive Georgian properties. Nearby, Knaresborough is an ancient market and spa town on the fringe of the Yorkshire Dales, overlooking the River Nidd, and is one of the prettiest towns in North Yorkshire. Visit Mother Shipton's Well, Knaresborough 14th century Castle, "Ye Oldest Chymist Shoppe in England" which dates back to 1720 and the House in the Rock. Enjoy wonderful walks by the river, cycling, climbing, fishing, boating or just take in the tranquil atmosphere and beautiful scenery. There are many interesting shops and galleries, and a market on Wednesdays. The historic cathedral cities of Ripon and York are close by, as are the Spa town of Harrogate, the great stately homes of Castle Howard and Harewood House, the Cistercian Abbeys of Fountains, Rievaulx and Jervaulx, and the castles of Middleham, Bolton and Richmond.

NOTE: Over 18' only

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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