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Blackthorn Cottage

(Ref. 1079124)

Borrowby, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely warm cottage with a well equipped kitchen and saucepan and roasting tray are in a usable condition."

    Owners are friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2024

  • "A lovely little cottage ideal for exploring a variety of North Yorkshire’s best towns, cities and coastlines."

    Louisa & Neil couldn’t have been friendlier and more accommodating hosts before and during our stay. We were even treated to a bottle of bubbly and fresh roses on arrival! There is so much to do locally and an abundance of independently run shops and cafes which was great to see. The facilities in this cottage were spotless and we were sad to leave. However, we can’t wait until we can come back and visit the likes of Whitby, York, Knaresborough and Boroughbridge again.

    Reviewed by Megan4.7Mar 2024

  • "We had a lovely stay in a cosy and well equipped cottage."

    The hosts were super. Friendly, and happy to go above and beyond to accommodate our requests. 5* plus from us!

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Dec 2023

  • "Excellent accommodation and we appreciated the underfloor heating!"

    Fantastic views - when it wasn't raining! Ideal location for visiting our friends plus the many local villages, towns, cities, and places of interest.

    Reviewed by Shelagh5.0Nov 2023

  • "Absolutely fantastic place to stay."

    Amazing views- little bit noisy early on on firework night but you could see loads of displays from Northallerton and Thirsk. Rest of time just the cows for company! House lovely. Heated bathroom floor was a huge hit when showering and having a bath was a joy as we don’t have one at home in our wet room! Large fridge and freezer and lots of cupboards for food too. Nothing we didn’t like - will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Nov 2023

  • "Just back from an amazing week at Blackthorn Cottage."

    I didn't realise there were places with far reaching unspoilt views like this still around in the UK. We met with the owner (Neil) briefly on the first day and he let us know anything we could need to know, even his farm routine to allow us to know in advance of any potential noise but we honestly encountered none in our whole week. The second time we met Neil was around mid week as the local water authority had unexpectedly done some work on the mains, but again we hadn't suffered any inconvenience or even noticed. I asked about a hill in the distance and Neil informed me it was 35 miles away - what a view! The cottage was warm and comfortable and had everything we could possibly have needed. Fantastic host and accommodation!

    Reviewed by Vincent5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely, just a couple of things really, no where to store toiletries, lacking shelving in bathroom, the blind in the shower room did not work, could of done with a normal ironing board."

    but apart from those the setting was lovely and the bungalow clean

    Reviewed by Colette3.8Sep 2023

  • "My daughter and I came to stay at Blackthorn cottage over a weekend for a short break."

    We had my 16 month granddaughter with us as well. We were welcomed very well by the owner who came to have a chat with us and pointed us to some places to go so our stay is enjoyable. The property itself was very clean and comfortable with a very good homely feel to it. In it was everything we needed to make our stay as comfortable and convenient as can be. I love the country side! We had a huge dose of it. I would sit out in the mornings and enjoy dawn in front of me being an expanse of fields full of nothingness. The evenings were even more special as I sat on the same spot watching and being mesmerised by the sunset. The property is well positioned with easy access to amenities. I would recommend 100 % anyone needing a short break to unwind. We would return if our way takes us in that direction again.

    Reviewed by Nicole5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely property with absolutely stunning views."

    Very well equipped and comfortable. Roses and cold Prosecco met us on arrival - such a lovely touch. Would definitely recommend as a place to stay with lots to do.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely perfect little cottage."

    So comfortable and well appointed. The views are amazing and we were made to feel very welcome. We loved having the cows so close too.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jul 2023

  • "The cottage was very clean and comfortable with amazing views of the countryside."

    We were greeted by Niel the farmer who was very helpful about places to visit. We enjoyed a relaxing holiday on this working farm, which had easy access to Northallerton and Thirsk, also well place for trips to the coastal resorts of Whitby and Scarborough. A welcoming bottle of Prosecco and a carton of milk in the fridge together with a vase of flowers in the main room window were appreciated. Will be booking again.

    Reviewed by Donald5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely week in Blackthorn Cottage, the view was amazing."

    The cottage was well equipped and very clean and comfortable. Neil, Louisa and his mother were very friendly and couldn't do enough for us. We hope to be back!

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great owners."

    Well laid out property. Fabulous location with stunning views. Would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Jun 2023

  • "The owners are fantastic and were very welcoming and accommodating, and available to deal with any problems if required."

    The cottage was clean, comfortable, and has been refurbished to a very high standard, with lots of lovely finishing touches. An absolutely wonderful cottage with fantastic views and lovely owners. Thank you for a great stay, we hope to return.

    Reviewed by Katharine5.0Jun 2023

  • "Such a lovely barn."

    It had everything we needed and the scenery was beautiful. Hosts at hand if needed snd gave us local information. Perfect for visiting Ripon, Scarborough and York.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0May 2023

  • "Very comfortable and homely"

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Apr 2023

  • "Brilliant cottage."

    Loved it so comfortable and views were stunning and relaxing. Definitely going back here again booked to go next year. Lovely walks around area and sights to see

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property was in a lovely position with far reaching views of the Yorkshire countryside."

    Very spacious and comfortable accommodation and very clean. Neil was friendly and helpful about places to visit. We enjoyed our stay, thank you very much for the welcome bottle of sparkling wine!

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Mar 2023

  • "Excellent Cottage and facilities, Very clean and private, also very welcoming."

    Would definitely stay there again. Really enjoyed are stay.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Feb 2023

  • "This cottage is perfect!"

    Our family had a great vacation, the location is ideal for visiting the area and set in a lovely farm with picturesque views of the countryside. Neil was fantastic providing a great tour of the farm for my toddler boy who loved the cows and greeted them every morning! Helpful owners for anything you need. The cottage is converted to a high standard with everything you need and more. Peaceful surroundings that gave us the best holiday. We highly recommend anyone to stay here and will definitely be back ourselves. Great stay! Thank you

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Jan 2023

  • "This cottage is beautiful."

    The views are fantastic, from every window. We stayed over Christmas and there was a Christmas tree with lights. Thank you for the Prosecco and shortbread, a very nice touch, and much appreciated Cottage was warm, clean and the beds were comfy.. the kitchen was well equipped, although no potato masher… The only downside was the settees, not big enough for 4 adults. I would definitely go back here

    Reviewed by Colette4.7Dec 2022

  • "The bungalow was beautiful very clean and comfortable plus being on a working farm was lovely to see the cows from our window."

    The scenery was beautiful Owners were very nice and friendly and helpful. Lots of lovely nearby walks. We will definitely be returning next year thank you for our lovely holiday we both enjoyed it very much. Reginald and Pauline.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Nov 2022

  • "Great place to stay in a beautiful area."

    Beautiful views. A bottle of wine and milk had been left in the cottage by the owners for us for our arrival, which was a nice surprise. In short we could not have asked for more and highly recommend a stay.

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Oct 2022

  • "Made very welcome on arrival."

    I could'nt have asked for a better place to stay for a holiday. Had everything I needed in the cottage. Lovely views of the Yorkshire countryside. I will be keeping details of cottage so I can return at some point. Still more places to ride on my mountain bike.

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Oct 2022

  • "Blackthorn Cottage is a well appointed single level accommodation situated within the grounds of a working farm."

    Having said that, there was very little noise, if none at all at most times and the cottage itself is easily accessed via a well laid gravel roadway. The facilities are well maintained and clean with good kitchen appliances and plenty of equipment. The garden area at the front of the building is predominantly South facing, so if you intend to visit during the summer, the garden area will be a massive attraction if you are a sun lover as there is nothing whatsoever to block out the huge views you get from there. There is also a pub style wooden table and bench seating outside at the premises. Overall, I would have no hesitation in giving ten stars for this cottage, as the owners are very approachable and very welcoming, but not 'in your face'. I hope to return next year.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2022

  • "We have just returned from a fabulous week at Blackthorn cottage."

    The property itself is beautiful. So beautifully furnished and equipped. There was everything we needed for the perfect holiday. The views were spectacular, you could see them from every room. The owners were on hand if we needed them. They had kindly left us flowers, prosecco and milk which was a lovely gesture. We will certainly be booking another stay.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Aug 2022

  • "This was our second stay at Blackthorn Cottage and we will return again."

    It has everything we need and is in the perfect location. A particular thank you to Neil for being more than happy to talk to and show my little boy all about farming.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely property and location."

    This is a really excellent property if you have young children as it is all on one level and opens out the the garden so they can play safely with ease. The inside is clean and comfortable. The location is great for visiting a range of places. The landscape is beautiful and the owners are lovely. What more could you ask for. We loved it so much we’ve booked for next year!

    Reviewed by Antonia5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely well placed holiday cottage."

    We was greeted by Neil the farmer who was very helpful. We found a welcoming bottle of prosecco and milk in the fridge and a vase of flowers in the main room window. Enjoyed a relaxing holiday on this working farm, which had easy access to the towns of Northallerton and Thirsk, also well placed for days out to the dales, moors and coastal resorts. Enjoyed our stay and intend to book again.

    Reviewed by Donald5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely position."

    Easy access to local area. Nice outside area. Accommodation very light and airy .New building going on but didn't interfere with our stay. Proseco and milk as welcome gifts, thank you.No local pub that does food though. Overall, a good venue well situated.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0May 2022

  • "We have stayed in some amazing cottages over many years and whilst Blackthorn Cottage had the potential to be one of them it didn’t quite make it into that category for us."

    We had a pleasant stay but there were some imperfections. The hosts were welcoming with flowers, Prosecco , coffee and milk left for us on arrival. The cottage was warm and cosy (occasionally too hot on sunny days), nicely furnished and tastefully decorated, however the bare shadeless light bulbs hanging from the ceiling in every room gave a very utilitarian appearance and generated a harsh light. I’d describe the cottage as clean but certainly not spotless with dirt under the table, layers of dust on surfaces, stickiness on kitchen cupboard doors, and general grime on bathroom walls. Unfortunately no cloth was provided to be able to wipe down surfaces. The wet room was huge but the major downside for us was the absence of a place to put one’s toiletries (other than the floor or window ledge behind the toilet!) and absolutely nowhere for shower gel, shampoo, etc whilst showering. Blackthorn Cottage is in an ideal location, feeling very rural and with superb views from every room and yet so close to the A19 to access the North York Moors easily. We had a week’s worth of hiking in stunning scenery but never drove more than 30 minutes from the cottage.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.1Apr 2022

  • "We had a lovely relaxing holiday."

    Owners were very helpful with any questions we had about the cottage and the local attractions. Great-grandson loved seeing the cows running around the fields. Great views across countryside towards Northallerton. Cottage was lovely and warm. Easy reach for both dales and moors. Only thing I can say if I'm being really picky is there wasn't a proper bread knife for slicing bread and cobs.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing cottage and wonderful stay."

    The cottage had everything we needed for our stay and it was modern, comfortable and cosy and very clean. The enclosed garden area was perfect for my little boy to have a run around safely at the end of a day or for us to sit and enjoy the stunning, uninterrupted views (usually while eating cake!!). It feels like you are in the middle of nowhere but is very close to the A19 so is perfectly placed for many local attractions without having to travel too far. It is a working farm and the cottage is right next to the cow barn and the garden backs onto the field where the cows were grazing which my little boy thought was fantastic. We both enjoyed looking through the little window in the bedroom in the morning to see them. The owners couldn’t have been more welcoming and helpful - they left us in peace but made sure we had everything we wanted and we’re there for advice about local amenities if needed. They were also happy to chat to my little boy all about the cows and tractors. A fantastic stay and we will be returning when we come back to Yorkshire. Thank you for our stay.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a brilliant time at Blackthorn cottage, everything you need."

    Loved the underfloor heating, the cottage was very cosy. Very central for places to visit, few miles to shops where there is everything you need. Local pub was not serving food which was disappointing. I would recommend the cottage to friends and will be coming to visit again .

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Feb 2022

  • "Blackthorn is a beautiful cottage."

    It is very comfortable, has a well-equipped kitchen, and it really was a joy to stay there. The mix of old and new furnishings and decor give the cottage a great ambience. Once the farmer had introduced himself to us after we arrived, we were left to it, and didn’t meet anyone else again, but they were on-hand if needed. We enjoyed watching the cows in the barn through the window above the bed, and some recently born calves. The underfloor heating was lovely but it sometimes made the cottage too warm, although the bedrooms were cool. It would be great to come back and be able to sit out in the private grassed area which catches the sun all day. Leaving fresh tulips for guests, and Prosecco, was a nice gesture. Looking forward to returning soon. Thank you

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2022

  • "A lovely stay yet again."

    Booked for next holiday already.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely property, loads of space and comfy beds."

    We really enjoyed our stay and was east to find, very good welcome book explaining everything. Was lovely to have a bottle of prossecco on arrival and milk and coffees etc awaiting us. My little boy enjoyed looking at the cows through the postbox window in the bedroom. Was a very quite relaxing lodge and no disturbances at all while there.

    Reviewed by Joey5.0Jan 2022

  • "Blackthorn Cottage is a fabulous place to stay."

    An absolute gem. We enjoyed our stay so much, and the views from all the windows and patio doors are spectacular. Re-booked already.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Jan 2022

  • "All as described, we had a nice stay."

    Car parking area about ready for surfacing. Overall a good place to stay.

    Reviewed by George3.8Dec 2021

  • "Great cottage in a fabulous location."

    It's really handy for being able to access the rest of North Yorkshire. Our host was very helpful, always on hand to provide support when needed.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Dec 2021

  • "Blackthorn Cottage proved to be a great location for exploring North Yorkshire from historical sites to hill and coastal walks and interesting towns and villages."

    The accommodation was modern, spacious & well equipped with great views - we were treated to several fantastic firework displays across the valley given that our visited started on 5 November. As the weather was unseasonably mild we found the well insulated house to be a little too hot at times - this was easily remedied by opening some windows but we worried a bit about the owners heating bill! Louisa and Neil were perfect hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to their peaceful and cosy cottage. Thank you both and hopefully we’ll get the chance to visit again.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Nov 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely area with gorgeous views across the countryside ..."

    Beautiful cottage in a lovely area with gorgeous views across the countryside and within easy reach of the North York Moors, Coast and Dales

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Oct 2021

  • "Such a wonderful place to stay."

    A beautiful cottage with stunning views and lovely owners. What more could you want? Highly recommended!!!

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Oct 2021

  • "Excellent cottage and would not hesitate to stay again"

    Reviewed by David4.7Oct 2021

  • "My wife and I chose this cottage because it was a single storey."

    The finish to the interior is second to none,with large rooms including the bathroom which has an incredible wet room facility.The location is rural which makes it wonderfully quiet with a view you can admire all day.It is centrally located between the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors making it ideal as a base for exploring the wonderful countryside…..

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Aug 2021

  • "Wow. Over the years we've stayed in all sorts of holiday rental places in all sorts of locations - Blackthorn Cottage was just the best."

    Clean, well equipped, private, in a beautiful part of England with so much to see and do. And the view... just amazing; west facing with the afternoon sun setting behind the Yorkshire Dales in the distance, you just have to see it! Thanks Neil, we hope we can come back again soon.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2021

  • "Blackthorn Cottage is lovely, plenty of space for four, great location and view."

    The cottage was very clean and comfortable and had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2021

  • "Thank you to Neil & Louisa for an amazing stay at Blackthorn Cottage."

    The cottage was very well equipped, immaculately clean, very modern and even better than the listing showed. You could tell a lot of thought had gone in to every little detail! There was breathtaking views with every room and it felt very private. The hosts were brilliant and always on hand if there was anything we needed. We couldn’t recommend any higher! Thank you so much and we look forward to staying with you again

    Reviewed by Serena5.0Jul 2021

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  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with Smart TV, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, wet room shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Patio with outdoor dining furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.1 miles, pub 0.9 miles

The property

Settled in North Yorkshire in the village of Borrowby, Blackthorn Cottage is a lovely single-storey property lying on an idyllic working farm.

Sleeping up to four guests in two bedrooms, Blackthorn Cottage has been lovingly decorated and furnished, offering a wonderful base for exploring the North York Moors.

Discover outstanding views on arrival before entering into the open-plan living space, with patio doors opening up onto a beautiful outdoor area, a sitting area with a TV and sofas, and a dining table to gather around and a modern fitted kitchen, complete with all the essentials and more including a washing machine and dishwasher.

Head to the bathroom for a relaxing soak in the bath, or feel refreshed with a shower in the wet room style shower.

There are two bedrooms to rest in, with a twin bedroom and a master double bedroom, both with doors opening up to the outside area so you can enjoy the fresh countryside breeze first thing on waking.

The property sits on an idyllic working farm, and is on the outskirts of the village of Borrowby where you can find a lovely pub, The Wheatsheaf Inn.

The town of Northallerton is within easy reach where you can enjoy afternoon tea at Bettys Café Tea Rooms before visiting the National Trust's Mount Grace Priory, considered to be the best preserved Carthusian house in England.

The North York Moors National Park is teeming with excellent walking areas and routes, with The Cleveland Way being a popular waymarked trail to follow, bringing you across some breath-taking landscapes.

Take a trip further south to find the White Horse, the largest and most northerly of England's horse figures created all the way back in 1857, it's a fantastic sight to behold!

Another historic and scenic setting is the National Trust's Rievaulx Abbey and Terrace, dramatic 11th century ruins in the North York Moors with a café and visitor centre too.

Enjoy some animal encounters at Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre, Monk Park Farm, and The Big Sheep & Little Cow, perfect for a family day out with little ones.

Enjoy a peaceful break to North Yorkshire at Blackthorn Cottage.

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About the location


Thirsk 5 miles; York 28 miles.

A delightful little village of steep streets and narrow lanes, Borrowby is situated on a hilltop on the edge of the Hambleton Hills overlooking the great Plains of York and Mowbray. Standing by the old cross on the green, visitors can enjoy an unrivalled view west to the Pennines and Penn Hill dotted with towns and villages and east to the North York Moors. At the centre of Borrowby is a traditional village pub – The Wheatsheaf Inn – serving local ales and food. Just 5 miles away are the market towns of Thirsk and Northallerton with their many amenities. Thirsk is possibly best known as the Darrowby of the late James Herriot (Alf Wight), famous vet and author. Today Thirsk is at the heart of "Herriot Country", Gateway to two National Parks - the Yorkshire Dales to the west and the North York Moors to the east.

Note: Please do not charge electric vehicles without the prior consent and payment to the owner.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas