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Maw's Cottage

Harwood Dale near Scarborough, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 16884)


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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was dirty, plenty of cobwebs."

    Decor was tatty. Toilet seat was dirty & broken. Had a lot of trouble locking/unlocking back door. Mice? in the ceiling above the double bedroom at night, keeping people awake. No instructions for washing machine or dishwasher. No provision made for recycling. Overall very disappointing.

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2021

  • "Great base to get to all the attractions we had a lovely time lovely cottage I ..."

    Great base to get to all the attractions we had a lovely time lovely cottage I would say probably a new mattress for the double bed very uncomfortable not recommended for the elderly due to the narrow winding stairs but overall great place to stay

    Reviewed by DonnaJun 2021

  • "I have already sent feedback."

    Reviewed by DianeJun 2021

  • "A really lovely cottage in a beautiful location"

    Reviewed by LucyMay 2021

  • "Lovely Cottage, lovely garden although not private."

    Happily go back.

    Reviewed by SigurdMay 2021

  • "Wonderful cosy cottage in a quiet location."

    Comfortable beds and nice hot shower. Walks available straight from the door. Enjoyed time in the garden with the dogs as well as taking trips to the coast. Word of caution, please be very mindful of the old winding steep staircase. You may want to take an eye mask for the second bedroom as the velux blind lets in alot of light.

    Reviewed by AmyMay 2021

  • "Maws cottage is a charming property in a lovely location."

    It is traditional, and rustic, with a couple of things that people need to be aware of: 1 it has very narrow and steep stairs that turn 180 degrees, so there is actually very little to step on 2 door ways are low, expect to have to bend down to get through doors 3 The bed is quite short with a soft mattress, if you’re over 6ft then be careful, and if you’ve a bad back, then might not be suitable. Having said all of that, it was a lovely holiday, thank you

    Reviewed by JonSep 2020

  • "Fabulous cottage, lovely old style with original features!"

    Garden is gorgeous and our young boys and two dogs loved exploring the grounds. The top terrace was great to relax at the end of the day. Lots to do in the surrounding countryside and coast. Thank you.

    Reviewed by JoJul 2020

  • "Secluded property, very quiet"

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2019

  • "Lovely quaint cottage Kept in keeping with its history Love the Aga love the large dining table Wonderful garden plenty of places to sit our two springers love mooching around!"

    Good base for peace and quiet and exploring coast and the moors . Could quite happily move in ! Just up my street

    Reviewed by MicheleSep 2019

  • "The downstairs of the property needed a good clean the floor's blinds etc are filthy and there's cobwebs everywhere the stair's are a real challenge we couldn't take our suitcase up there isn't enough space and certainly not suitable for my elderly parents on the plus side upstairs was lovely bedding Towels etc nice and clean!"

    the grounds and area are really good but not suitable to let your small dogs out as the entrance is a farm gate straight onto the road all in all we had a good week but wouldn't go back to this particular cottage

    Reviewed by ThomasSep 2019

  • "We absolutely love this cottage and location."

    The photos don’t do it justice. The kitchen aga area is just lovely, keeps the cottage warm and toasty, and the front room is very comfortable, with tv & dvd. Dishwasher and washing machine also available. The WiFi is also good here. It is great to find somewhere that accommodates 3 dogs. Will book again.

    Reviewed by KateAug 2019

  • "Lovely rustic cottage, very peaceful for a relaxing holiday."

    Scarborough close enough for a walk on the beach every evening and tons of other pretty destinations within an hour. Ideal cottage for dogs, they loved it. Stairs to the bedrooms are very old and uneven if mobility is a problem but charming all the same.

    Reviewed by SallyApr 2019

  • "Cottage was perfect, location far exceeded our expectations as we were so close to lots of walks and all the major towns, yet it was secluded and quiet."

    Information provided by owner was brilliant. The charm of this cottage made our holiday special and we would highly recommend it to our family and friends for a getaway with something special. Aga was easy to work, instructions and a helpful book were provided and the cottage remained warm and cosy. Peaceful break - just what we ordered, thank you!

    Reviewed by SarahDec 2018

  • "This is our fifth time at Thirley Cotes/Maws cottages and have not been in the slightest bit disappointed at our stays."

    . The cottages are exceptional and must be given a try..A real quirky, oldey worldy feel to them. Could not fault in any way. An absolutely delightful garden with plenty of garden furniture to choose from and great for the dogs..Very clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by JacquelineJun 2018

  • "This cottage is hundreds of years old & has been responsibly and lovingly nurtured."

    It is authentic and honest. Please don't book this cottage if you are expecting a 'Premier Inn' interior. When booking this cottage you are buying into an authentic farm cottage experience and it is truly beautiful.

    Reviewed by MarthaJun 2018

  • "No phone reception Peace and quiet"

    Reviewed by MarcusSep 2017

  • "A gorgeous cottage with a homely feel."

    The always on electric aga makes it feel like home and has an impact on the whole house. Lots of books and games meant we never turned the TV on. A real family place in a quiet and away-from-it-all location. The only things I would change about he description would be the staircase. It's described as "Steep, winding cottage stairs". I think it should also mention that the treads are very narrow at the top and that you need to be agile, with a good sense of balance to tackle them. We bedded my mum down on the settee downstairs!

    Reviewed by TillaSep 2017

  • "We have visited Maw's Cottage before and we were very pleased to return."

    We love the charm of the cottage and the garden and the setting is ideal for visiting Scarborough, Whitby, Ravenscar and other local places of interest.

    Reviewed by JaneJun 2017

  • "Great to have a chance to cook on an aga."

    I think I'm a convert!

    Reviewed by TimMar 2017

  • "Maw's Cottage was perfect for us."

    The cottage has real character, was very warm, comfortable and was actually much better equipped than we'd expected. The photos on the website do not do justice to the cottage or the garden. We had read some negative reviews on the Sykes website and elsewhere but the reality was that Maw's Cottage was delightful and a real bonus for our Yorkshire holiday. The electric aga makes the house very cosy and there is also a separate kitchen with electric cooker, sink and plenty of equipment. The bathroom is big and has an electric shower over the bath. There's also a lovely old fashioned clothes airer on a pulley alongside a washing machine in the entrance lobby, which is very handy for drying washing on rainy days. The only downside is the staircase inside the cupboard which is fine if you're fit but might be tricky if not. The dog loved the house too and pottering in the garden. Altogether a wonderful place to stay very close to Scarborough, Whitby and other east coast destinations.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2016

  • "Lovely quiet location."

    Owner friendly and helpful but not intrusive.

    Reviewed by SallyAug 2016

  • "A very rustic, quirky retreat complete with beams and creaks."

    We loved the AGA, which keeps the kitchen toasty warm and the children loved being able to explore the garden. It was great to be able to bring the dog with us.

    Reviewed by SuzanneFeb 2016

  • "A lovely old cottage with a rambling garden that has been allowed to keep its character."

    Excellent for a quiet getaway with dogs.

    Reviewed by LynnSep 2015

  • "The property was not the most modern but this was what was so charming about it."

    It was very comfortable, we felt at home immediately. All of the downstairs floors were very dog friendly. The owner was very pleasant without being obtrusive. One of the best we have ever stayed in.

    Reviewed by JennyJun 2015

  • "We loved the rural, picturesque location, the amazing age and originality of the cottage."

    The Aga was great and the real fire beautiful. The spacious gardens were perfect for our dog.

    Reviewed by SoniaMay 2015

  • "We could take our two dogs and there were places to walk them straight from the cottage."

    It was lovely and peaceful. It had Wifi connection, 2 TV's and very comfortable beds.

    Reviewed by JanetJul 2014

  • "The cottage and location was amazing."

    The owner friendly and helpful. Plenty of space and utilities in the cottage. Dog friendly and lots of area to walk the dogs nearby.

    Reviewed by ValerieOct 2013

  • "It was a very relaxing place."

    The heating was very good. Was made to feel at home by helpful owner, couldn't of wished for more.

    Reviewed by PhilipSep 2013

  • "The cottage was full of character and bigger than we expected, which was a pleasant surprise."

    It had everything we needed and more. The garden was full of natural beauty, a magical place for our daughter and her dog.

    Reviewed by AngelaMay 2013

  • "Great base for exploring inland or north or south coast."

    Ideal for one, ideal for a couple and ideal for a couple with a dog.

    Reviewed by JeffreyOct 2012

  • "The cottage was basic but we liked the country feel of everything and the setting and location were truly amazing."

    Reviewed by KennethSep 2012

  • "Good location, rural but not too far out and with easy access to Scarborough and Whitby."

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2012

  • "The Aga was of particular benefit as it was a rather chilly week - that was a real bonus."

    The owner was very helpful and provided an excellent information sheet that covered all eventualities and any questions we might have needed answering. An excellent base for seeing the Eastern and Northern parts of Yorkshire. We thoroughly enjoyed our week there!

    Reviewed by AnneSep 2012

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The property

Harwood Dale 1.5 miles.

A picturesque stone semi-detached cottage rurally situated in the tranquil village of Harwood Dale, 6 miles from Scarborough.

Set within the North York Moors National Park, this Harwood Dale cottage is ideally located between Scarborough and Whitby for families wanting to explore beach and moorland.

Dating from the 16th century and with a wealth of period features, this rustic North Yorkshire cottage has beamed ceilings, boarded doors and a cast iron open fireplace.

The spacious country style kitchen of this North Yorkshire cottage has a quarry tiled floor, an electric AGA and the original bread oven set in the wall, alongside a unique pantry cupboard.

The cosy sitting room boasts a warming open fire with beautiful views over five acres of woodland.

Steep winding cottage stairs lead up to the two bedrooms and a large landing area, which is used as an additional snug/sitting room.

Offering basic but comfortable accommodation, this Harwood Dale cottage is surrounded by a delightful shared cottage garden, a lovely peaceful spot to sit and relax in.

The vibrant seaside town of Scarborough lies 6 miles to the south and has award-winning beaches, attractive parks and a lively entertainment culture with excellent restaurants, pubs and shops.

The historic port of Whitby lies to the north and offers long sandy beaches, an atmospheric harbour and bracing walks along the cliff top Cleveland Way.

Why not climb the 199 steps to the famous abbey or enjoy a fishing trip along the coast?

With the dramatic moors and pretty coastal towns to explore this Harwood Dale cottage has something for everyone.

Note: This cottage is next to Ref. 7480 and together they accommodate 6 people.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Landing with sitting area and double sofa bed (occasional use only).
  • Oil central heating with open fire in sitting room
  • Electric AGA, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, 2 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Shared lawned garden to rear with orchard, cottage garden and woodland area
  • Well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: There is an unfenced raised pond at this property
  • Steep winding cottage stairs at the property.

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About the location


Robin Hood's Bay 10 miles; Whitby 13 miles; Scarborough 8 miles.

Harwood Dale is a small village of scattered stone-built cottages and farms nestled into the countryside on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Situated between Whitby and Scarborough with their amenities and sandy beaches, it is an ideal base for walkers, cyclists and anyone who seeks peace and relaxation in a picturesque location. Explore the many attractions of the East Coast, meander through the quaint alleyways and streets of Robin Hood's Bay or visit 'Heartbeat' country - Goathland, high up on the moors.

Steep winding cottage stairs at the property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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