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Cliff House

(Ref. 1064092)

Helmsley, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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12 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely house."

    Perfect for exploring and so near nice restaurants, shops etc. Well appointed kitchen and much appreciated fizz and biscuits on arrival!

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Apr 2024

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Cliff House."

    It was warm, comfortable and very convenient. There were a few things missing which would have made our stay even better for instance: Door mat More draw space in bedrooms Instructions on how to use the heating, oven, when recycling day is etc. There were no recycling boxes for paper or glass outside the property. Sometimes it is just the little things that improve a place. Having said that we would have no hesitation in booking the cottage again.

    Reviewed by Beverley3.8Dec 2023

  • "Fantastic property exactly as it was advertised and will be returning thank you x"

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Oct 2023

  • "After using Sykes for many years, found this property lacking in a number of ways."

    We were 3 adult friends in our 70s each wanting our own double bedded room, however, due the oversized double beds in each room, only 1 room had space for a wardrobe, we had to leave most of cases unpacked as there was nowhere to put our clothes. The other very irritating issue was no general information pack anywhere to be found in the house, even though ewe searched every possible place it could be. We did contact Sykes on the second day and received an email from the owner, but still no mention of when to put the bins out and how to sort recycling into the correct bins. It would also be a good idea to provide info on Doctor/ Dental and emergency phone numbers. This could be a very nice place to stay in a lovely village, but was rather spoilt by the lack of information normally found in Sykes properties.

    Reviewed by Gordon2.8Sep 2023

  • "What a lovely cottage."

    Comfortable and well equipped in the heart of the town. It is on the main road but that didn’t bother us as the garden was on the other side. We’ll definitely be back for another stay.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jun 2023

  • "We think this a lovely property in a very pretty village."

    The only reason I did not give it a 5 is the lack of clothes storage. As there were only 3 of us we used the other bed to lay clothes on. Wardrobe in main bedroom not easy to use and such a shame as there is space for a larger functional wardrobe. However we would still stay here again the the future.

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay. We will look at increasing the wardrobe space for future bookings. See you again soon. Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Jun 2023

  • "A very pretty, well-equipped cottage with ample space for 2 cars in the property's drive."

    (Ours is a larger size vehicle.) The old cooking range in the kitchen is as amazing as it looks online, the cottage's real USP! The Sykes website doesn't mention it, but there is a washing machine in the kitchen too. The beds are very comfortable, the twin room was bigger than we thought it looked in the photo. The 2 king sizes beds have room underneath for storing your bags. The garden is a traditional country style garden which enjoys sun all day and even has a view of the top of Helmsley Castle. We were only about 3 or 4 minutes walk to the market square, with its small supermarket, which is open until late. There are a couple of very well-stocked local delis on the other side of the square. Helmsley boasts a number of good restaurants, cafes, a fish and chip shop, plus a very small department store and great independent shops. We treated ourselves to a lovely picture at The Saltbox Gallery. We enjoyed a drink at the Helmsley Brewery, which not only has a bar downstairs but, at weekends, has a great Cocktail Bar upstairs called The Angels Share. Helmsley even has a small petrol station, which was handy. 2 miles drive away in Harome is the famous gastropub, The Star Inn, and The Pheasant Hotel's restaurant - both excellent and highly recommended. We also had a lovely meal at The Fairfax Arms in Gilling East. (We used Helmsley Black Cabs when we ate outside of Helmsley so we didn't have to drive.) So, for us, Helmsley was the perfect place for a true experience of the North Yorks Moors, with all we needed on our doorstep. Thank you to the lovely, helpful, but not intrusive owner for a wonderful week in this beautiful cottage. (Also to our amazing friends who clubbed together to treat us to this cottage!)

    Hi Gail. thank you for such a loveley review. I do hope you enjoy the picture and we hope to see you again soon. Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gail4.7May 2023

  • "We absolutely loved Cliffe House."

    Very high spec interior - both furniture and decoration ,spotlessly clean and very well equipped. We will definitely return

    Thanks so much for your very positive feedback. Hope to see you again soon in Helmsley. Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Apr 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay in this nicely decorated property."

    The garden was very sheltered and we enjoyed the unexpected April sunshine sitting at the table and chairs. The only negatives were that there was no welcome pack, so no hob instructions! Also there was only one tea towel for a five night stay. I would recommend and stay again!

    Thank you for your feedback, we are emailing out our welcome pack information , but have now provided a hard copy at the house for reference following your suggestion. We will also increase the number of tea towels. Thanks and we look forward to you staying with us again soon. Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bev4.1Apr 2023

  • "Superbly placed cottage that has been tastefully refurbished to a high standard."

    We enjoyed our stay so much that I’m sure we shall return.

    Thanks so much for your very positive feedback. Hope to see you again soon in Helmsley. Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Mar 2023

  • "The cottage was absolutely beautiful, gorgeously renovated and so comfortable, warm and clean."

    The property was well situated for brilliant days out. W We only had two minor issues; one was that there was not much storage and as we had a toddler this was slightly tricky; however the rooms are really gorgeous, warm and comfy which was far more important! The other was that a neighbouring property blocked the drive for two days with their bins and we were uncertain whether we could move them or not, so we had to park on the road. Parking on the road was free so this wasn't a major issue, just slightly inconvenient but not at all the owners' fault! We had a wonderful stay and would definitely come to stay again.

    Hi Rosanna, I am so pleased you had a good stay. We are process of putting up a screen for the neighbour bins so this does not happen again. Thanks for letting us know. Hope to see you again soon. Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rosanna4.7Jan 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage (with the added advantage of having off-road parking for 2 cars), located within less than a minute's walk to the wonderful town centre of Helmsley."

    A great base for getting out and about and seeing "God's Own County"! Would definitely recommend!

    Thanks so much for your very positive feedback. Hope to see you again soon in Helmsley. Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Dec 2022

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king-size bedrooms, 1 x Twin (zip/link, can be King size on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Central heating and electric fire
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed garden with lawn and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.2 miles

The property

Hidden in the North Yorkshire National Park is the market town Helmsley, home to the charming cottage Cliff House.

This cottage sleeps up to six guests making it an ideal base for exploring the North Yorkshire Moors and the surrounding areas that are bursting with history.

On arrival two off-road parking spaces await you and your guests.

Kick off your shoes and heading into the cottage appreciating the stripped wood and original features adorned throughout.

Head into the amply-equipped kitchen to prepare dinner for your family and friends; enjoy this together at the large dining room table, discuss your plans for the trip or reminisce over the memories you have created.

‘As the evening draws to a close, unwind in the sitting room and admire the warmth of the electric fire; afterwards recharge your batteries on the first-floor bathroom for a soothing soak.

When sleep calls, there are three king-size bedrooms to choose from, all with storage to house your belongings.

In the morning, if the sun is shining enjoy your breakfast or morning coffee at the table in the enclosed garden.

Cliff House is located at the heart of the town with local amenities nearby, Helmsley has history woven throughout, explore the 900-year-old Helmsley Castle which runs guided archaeological tours and boasts a sculpture garden, or take a walk around Duncombe Park an elegant mansion with large grounds, nearby there is also Rievaulx Abbey; here you can see 11th century Cistercian abbey ruins.

Helmsley also lies within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park where a plethora of walks and trails await, all of which are amazing vantage points to take in the panoramic views of North Yorkshire.

For a day out head a little further afield to York and explore the historic cobbled streets while seeing famous sites such as York Minster, The Shambles and York city walls.

Stop for a bite to eat at The Punch Bowl or drinks at the Evil Eye.

Helmsley is also close to Lightwater Valley and Flamingo land theme parks both make an amazing day out.

Make Cliff House your home-away-from-home and experience the never-ending list of things to do in North Yorkshire.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Kirkbymoorside 6 miles; Thirsk 14 miles; Pickering 13 miles; York 26 miles.

Lying in a sheltered corner of Upper Ryedale, on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park, Helmsley is a prestigious market town with a spacious market square surrounded by houses, hotels and shops. The area is important historically - Helmsley has its own 12th century castle and English Heritage’s Rievaulx Abbey and Castle Howard are close by. Helmsley also boasts an arts centre showing films and plays, and an outdoor swimming pool, which is open during the summer. There is excellent walking on the doorstep - indeed the Cleveland Way starts in Helmsley - and the surrounding North York Moors with their hidden dales and villages are pretty in all seasons. York is less than an hour's drive south, as is Scarborough, Whitby and the east coast, whilst Pickering and the beginning of the famous steam railway line (North Yorkshire Moors Railway) are a little over 20 minutes' drive.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas