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Blacksmiths Retreat, 50 Holgate Road

(Ref. 1088963)

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

Reviews & Ratings

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "Great place to stay, very comfortable and great location."

    Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Nov 2023

  • "A perfect cosy house, with off street parking, just a 10 minute walk to the walls and 20 minutes to the city centre."

    Didn't have to use the car once. I had a really relaxing stay with my daughter and toddler grandson, visiting all the attractions. I'd highly recommend this holiday let, and would gladly stay again.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Nov 2023

  • "Blacksmiths Retreat was a lovely comfortable place to stay well equipped with everything you needed."

    It is well located to visit all the attractions York has to offer with the added bonus of a parking space. The owners greeted us on arrival and provided a welcome pack so we could have a cuppa after our long drive. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2023

  • "A lovely property only 15 mins walk into York and close to the main station."

    Well equipped kitchen, lots of space. We had one small issue which the owner sorted quickly. Nice touches like the welcome packs, milk in the fridge and bathroom toiletries. Would definitely recommend this house and would stay again.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Aug 2023

  • "Superbly kept cottage with very friendly owners who went above and beyond to make the premises feel special for us."

    Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay in "Blacksmiths Retreat" It's a great cottage, well equipped, clean, tidy and comfortable."

    The roof terrace is a nice feature. The cottage has excellent access to York. A 20 minute stroll to the centre of town, or a 3 minute walk to bus stops with frequent services in and out of town. There are several pubs in walking distance, and a Sainsbury local, as well as many take-away food shops Parking is easy, but could be a bit tight with a large car. The brief contacts we had with the owners were pleasant and friendly. My only comment is factual rather than negative, is that the stairs in the property are steep, there is a good rail, but if you have mobility issues, perhaps worth noting. (there is no picture of the stairs on the site).

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great house in a great location for York city centre."

    Our third stay and we will be back again.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "A Lovely and comfortable house ideal for a family holiday in the City."

    All basic needs catered for and well equipped and very clean and tidy upon arrival. Great base for City attractions all within easy short walking distance. Would definitely recommend. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Justin5.0Mar 2023

  • "A quirky house that was formerly a forge, comfortable and clean and within a ten minute walk of Mickelgate so very accessible to the historic City of York."

    Perfect location for exploring the City.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Mar 2023

  • "Excellent location for exploring York Centre or visiting places further away."

    Only kitchen on GF but does have 2 seater dining table down there. Bedrooms up 2 flights of stairs. Couple of random steps on way down to lounge too. Has roof terrace but wasn't the weather to sit out there. Plenty cups and glasses, bit lacking on cooking equipment like dishes etc but have spoken to the owner about this and they have already rectified. Has washer and airer to dry and dishwasher. Shower and separate bath which was good for the littleun. No welcome booklet just a card with WiFi code and enjoy your stay note. Overall a good stay. Would recommend.

    Thank you for your comments and I was glad to help. We have tried to make it clear on the pictures regarding the step to the lounge but will also add a bullet point about this to the advert. To clarify, the bedrooms are not up two flights of stairs, there are just four steps. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rowena3.8Mar 2023

  • "If you love York, you’ll love this place."

    The location is fantastic, just 5 minutes walk from the walls; close enough to be handy for the city but slightly off the beaten track so not too busy and noisy. We had a comfortable stay although we have suggested to the owner it could do with a little more kitchen equipment as we didn’t eat out. There are three TVs but no dvd player and the wifi wasn’t great if everyone is online at the same time but this wasn’t a big deal. Parking is off the street which was very comforting, the beds are comfy and everything worked as you’d want. When we return to visit York we’ll be looking to book this place again.

    Reviewed by Simon3.8Feb 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    Accommodation was very comfortable and convenient for the city centre. Helpful hosts.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jan 2023

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage within walking distance of York City centre and with off road parking, Perfect."

    The cottage was lovely and clean with a lovely welcome pack, and a special thank you to Sam and Geoff for the lovely Christmas gifts left under the tree.

    Reviewed by Lynne4.1Dec 2022

  • "Property was good all though it lacked complete cleanliness dust under beds ,bedroom floors not properly hoovered Cobwebs in bathroom and dust on tiles in bathroom Also it lacked instructions forall appliances so found it difficult to use the oven!"

    ! And guessed on the dishwasher!!

    Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear you found the property dusty. The property was checked before your arrival, the beds are pulled out and hoovered regularly. The double bed in the back bedroom was brand new that day and the carpet was hoovered before the bed was put up by myself. The instructions for the appliances are there a previous guest had left them in the wine rack.If you had contacted us straightaway we would have rectified any issues as we are only downstairs as advised on arrival. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline2.5Nov 2022

  • "What a wonderful cosy and well presented property, right in the heart of York centre."

    Not far to walk to Micklegate, warm and friendly owner who welcomed us on arrival and was accommodating throughout our stay. Lovely warm and clean house. Everything was spotlessly clean and tidy, we felt very much at home there and will definitely be returning soon to explore more.

    I am so happy you enjoyed your stay! hope to see you again soon best wishes Sam Property Owner

    Reviewed by Trudi5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely house in good location close to the city."

    We trained to York and walked for the whole weekend with no issues. House was warm and comfortable and kitchen equipped enough for light cooking. Bit low on the cleanliness score as lots of dusty skirtings, corners with cobwebs and inside radiators full of dust. Generally clean enough just odd bits and no use for a dust allergy.

    Reviewed by Emma3.4Sep 2022

  • "Free parking on private drive in front of house."

    About a 15 minute walk to York centre with plenty of cafes and bars on the way. 10 minutes from station. 15 minute walk to racecourse. Well furnished and equipped. Ideal for 2 - 4 people

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Sep 2022

  • "First impression was how clean the property was and the welcome pack from the owner (who stays next door)."

    The owner popped in as we arrived to let us know where they were if we encountered any problems which is a nice touch. All appliances work well, large tv in lounge and a tv in each of the bedrooms. The couch is comfy after trailing round York all day (nice snooze for 1/2 hour). The double bed was a bit soft for us but that’s just a personal choice. If I could just make a couple of suggestions it would be to have a couple of fans available and 2 bins in the kitchen one for recycling and one for general waste. If we are visiting York again we will try and book blacksmiths retreat again

    Reviewed by Ally4.4Aug 2022

  • "Brilliant location and a very comfortable house with a slightly quirky lay out which we enjoyed."

    Felt much more spacious than I was expecting for a 2 bed townhouse. The owner was friendly and helpful. We would stay here again.

    Reviewed by Sonia5.0Jul 2022

  • "Comfortable, well equipped, and clean."

    A Sainsbury store very close, and an excellent Italian restaurant also very close. Walked to City centre but we are relatively fit. Overall an enjoyable short stay.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jul 2022

  • "Our holiday got off to a disastrous start as when we arrived at the property no keys to the property were in the key safe."

    Luckily Sykes staff answered the telephone and were able to contact the owner. Luckily the owners live next door to the holiday property and luckily they were at home. The owners said they had not been informed of our booking and so were not expecting us. Luckily they were able to get hold of their cleaner and were able to get the property ready for us. The owners were embarrassed by this mess up by Sykes booking procedure and were very apologetic. We were able to use the toilet at the property and to put our food shopping in the fridge which the previous guests who had left that morning luckily had left clean. We then had to wander round the town for an hour and a half whilst the property was cleaned for us. Luckily it was dry pleasant weather. There was a lot of luck in our experience in this disastrous arrival and the whole event could have been much worse. In our opinion there is no excuse for this mix up, it has destroyed our faith in the Sykes company and it did put a damper on our holiday. Post covid faith that your properties are thoroughly cleaned between bookings is paramount to us. The property appeared clean but the cleaner only had chance to do a quick clean as it was 5pm when we arrived and understandably we wanted to get into the property as soon as possible as we had been travelling and visiting a local museum all day and had been looking forward to a relaxing evening cooking and eating a meal in the holiday rental.

    So sorry about the booking mix up and Blacksmiths Retreat was not ready for you when you arrived I can only apologise again, this has never happened before in either of my holiday properties. I can assure you we take post covid cleaning very seriously and the cleaner had two other cleaners with her to make sure the property had a thorough clean as normal. Hope you had a safe and pleasant journey home via Sheffield. Once again our sincere apologies regards Sam Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda3.4Jun 2022

  • "This was a very comfy house well fitted with all that you needed for a weeks stay, there,s a local Sainsburys just around the corner from the house and a very nice pub the crystal palace 2 mins from the front door ."

    It,s an ideal base to explore York and the surroundings also only five minutes walk from York railway station, the only thing i have found when booking a cottage or house through this or other such sites, is that all the ones i have been to in the past have had a information pack that you can look through if your unsure about any factor of the property you are staying in. That said i printed out most of the detail,s from the sykes site before i came to York, but i have only praise for the house and it,s owners and York is a wonderful city .

    Reviewed by Lucien5.0Jun 2022

  • "Qwerky house over 2."

    5 floors, but very clean and comfortable. Kitchen property equipped.

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Apr 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    I worked from the house during the day - the WiFi was good and the dining room made a lovely temporary office as the light was great. The city walls and some lovely cafes were just minutes away. The rooms were comfortable, the kitchen well equipped (although we ate out every night). The friendly owner lives next door and checked in when we arrived and before we left to see everything was ok. There were just two of us. It might be a tad cosy for four adults but it’s proximity to York would more than compensate.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Apr 2022

  • "Cracking location just a short walk from York town centre."

    Parking which is always a plus in York. Layout of the house is quirky and comfortable. Greeted by the owner and then left to get on with it which in my opinion is the best way.

    Reviewed by Stephen3.8Dec 2021

  • "We had such a lovely stay at 50 Holgate Road!"

    As we were unable to travel home for the Christmas period due to covid-19 a few days away in York was the next best thing. The cottage was just as shown in the photos and was so festive & cosy! Thanks so much to Sam & Geoff for having us!!!

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0Dec 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with TV , 1 x twin or ziplink super king with TV
  • Bathroom with free-standing bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • First-floor dining room
  • First-floor sitting room with balcony
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher
  • x3 TVs, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking for one car available
  • Roof terrace with furniture.
  • Sorry, no smoking and no pets
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles
  • There is a step to the lounge and four steps to the bedrooms

The property

Perched in the thriving city of York in Yorkshire, is this superb holiday home, 50 Holgate Road.

Boasting an excellent location with easy access to local amenities and York Cathedral, as well as a delightful interior with private roof terrace, 50 Holgate Road is a fabulous dwelling for two couples or a family of four wanting to sample Yorkshire life.

Be welcomed into the kitchen/diner, where you can look forward to whipping up culinary delights on the electric oven with a gas hob, with the help of the handy dishwasher ensuring time isn’t wasted doing chores!

Take your pick of dining spaces, with a table for two on the ground-floor or a larger table on the first floor which can accommodate six guests.

If the weather is nice, why not dine alfresco out on the roof terrace, as the wine is poured and plans are made for the days ahead.

After a delicious meal, head through to the sitting room with balcony, where you can snuggle up on the plush sofas and watch your favourite TV series.

Prepare for bed in the beautifully tiled bathroom, where you can pour in the bubbles and enjoy a soak in the bath or have a refreshing rinse in the shower, before climbing the stairs to the second floor to find two well-presented rooms, a double and a twin, both with TV’s and perfect for catching your rest in.

Explore the city where you will be spoilt for choice for things to do, including the magnificent Gothic York Minster of which you can tour the towers, the remarkable National Trust site of the Treasurer’s House which is filled with fascinating 17th and 18th-century items, along with an excellent selection of museums including the York Castle Museum and the National Railway Museum, sure to please any train enthusiasts in your party.

Those looking for something a little different should head to the famous York Dungeon attraction, sure to provide some scares!

If you’re looking to kick-back and relax whilst soaking up the sights, why not embark on a cruise along the River Ouse where you will be sure to see everything York has to offer.

If you have a sweet tooth, then be sure not to miss York’s Chocolate Story which offers a fascinating insight into the treat’s history and a shop where you can purchase your favourites.

Just outside of the city centre is the Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park where you can wander through the peaceful location and meet the local and exotic wildlife.

Just a little further is Leeds, home to the Royal Armouries Museum, The Emmerdale Village Tour and the Grand Theatre.

For a memorable escape to Yorkshire, secure your stay at 50 Holgate Road.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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About the location


Howardian Hills AONB 14 miles; Leeds 25 miles; North York Moors National Park 25.4 miles.

The city of York needs no recommendation, for it teems with interest for the holidaymaker: the Minster, its medieval walls, boat trips on the River Ouse, York Races, museums(including the famous National Railway Museum and the Castle Museum), and the internationally-renowned Jorvik Viking Centre and its "time trip" experience. Summer and winter, there is something to fascinate the whole family. Explore York’s quaint streets and hidden corners, or take an excursion further afield to the Dales, Moors or the coastal resorts of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey. Yorkshire is rich in stately homes, with Harewood House and Castle Howard just two of several within an hour’s drive. A cycling city boasting two theatres, character pubs and great shopping, York has it all.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas