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Blackthorn Cottage

Borrowby, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 1079124)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "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 AntoniaJun 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 DonaldMay 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 MalcolmMay 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 DavidApr 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 RobertApr 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 EmmaApr 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 AlisonFeb 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 SarahFeb 2022

  • "A lovely stay yet again."

    Booked for next holiday already.

    Reviewed by NigelFeb 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 JoeyJan 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 NigelJan 2022

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

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

    Reviewed by GeorgeDec 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 SueDec 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 IanNov 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 JayneOct 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 JessicaOct 2021

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

    Reviewed by DavidOct 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 PatrickAug 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 MarkAug 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 SusanAug 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 SerenaJul 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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas