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Kemps Yard Retreat

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "I have already submitted a survey on this property, sent to you the week following our visit."

    Reviewed by Brenda3.1Oct 2023

  • "A clean cottage, very convenient for the centre of Thirsk and its attractions."

    Not sure though why it deserved its 5tick rating by Sykes :we have stayed in much better standard Sykes 4 tick properties It wasn't a particularly welcoming cottage and had none of the homely touches we have found in other Sykes cottages (initial tea /coffee etc , cleansing materials, books, games,etc) , parking access was awkward with the narrow gap and cobbles, the parking area itself overgrown , it was a dark dingy cottage , the lighting was not well thought out for practicality either upstairs or downstairs, the lounge seating was Ok for 2 adults but not 4 (see other guest comments) , the outside sitting area for 2 was basic and close to the waste bins, the beds weren't particularly comfortable or warm, we had to buy our own hair dryer (normal provided in Sykes cottages) , no laundry basket provided, some sort of divider/curtain for the opening between the kitchen and lounge to reduce the noise when using eg the washing machine would have been appreciated, the kitchen/diner layout was not ideal use of space and the oven /microwave both quite complicated to work out how to use, the washing up bowl wasn't large enough to fit the dinner plates ,the cloakroom downstairs was quite cramped ................

    Reviewed by Jim3.8Oct 2023

  • "A clean and warm cottage in a very quiet location and only a 5 minute walk from the town centre."

    The thing that let it down were the very uncomfortable settee, too soft and too low. If we had been a party of 4 adults there was no comfortable seat for the forth person. A useful addition in the bathroom would be a squeegee for use in cleaning the shower. The driveway leading to the cottage is cobbled so probably not ideal for any one with mobility problems. Did notice that the light on the bathroom mirror didn't work nor did the extractor fan over the hob. We would like go thank Shane for his help The Thai resturant is very good as was the golden fleece which is card only. Car owner need to get aware that the space between the cottage and the neighbouring wall is ver y tight, a skoda octaves just fitted

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely gorgeous place to stay."

    Everything was exactly as described. We felt completely comfortable within hours of arriving. Neighbours were very friendly. The driveway was a bit narrow but presented no difficulty for us in a medium sized SUV. The location was perfect, so near to the centre of a beautiful interesting town.We would definitely recommend this place to have a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Thomas Gerald5.0Sep 2023

  • "Although described as having a garden, there is no garden at all, Only a small decked area right next to the wheely bins and a disrepaired brick wall beyond."

    Steps down to the back door not mentioned in description. No 'views' at all. Gernerally, the accommodation was very tidy and clean. The ony seating in the sitting room is a modern sofa which is very uncomfortable for any length of time. There is a space under the stairs but not really useable as seating. Sitting room has two window areas that are easily overlooked. Lace curtains would be useful. People pass directly outside the window. Narrow cobbled road, bad to walk on. A very good plus is the location, right in town.

    Reviewed by Julian3.1Aug 2023

  • "Lovely stay, super clean and all of the essentials there."

    Parking was hard for us but we have a big car, the neighbours were super helpful and lent us their permit so was quickly resolved. Only downside was the beds ( the 2 singles) they are laid on a sheet of wood so are abit uncomfy/ hard but didnt ruin our stay.

    Reviewed by Elle4.4Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage , very clean and the bed linen smelled amazing , It would of been a squeeze in the living room for seating if our daughter didn't sit on the cut away under the stairs ."

    Very quiet and peaceful

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jul 2023

  • "Kemps Yard was excellent, had all we needed, clean and comfortable."

    We came to Thirsk to see The World of James Herriot, it is just across the road. Access by car mention in other reviews could be a problem for cars larger than my Astra, however on street parking using the permits provided was easy , we always found a space. We enjoyed our stay and explored the North York Moors and coast, hopefully we will have a return visit to Kemps Yard

    We're really glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Thirsk and thank you very much for your excellent feedback! Happy to welcome you back to stay again in the future! All the best Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lawrence5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cosy, well equipped cottage in a quiet area but close to all the amenities, there’s a Tesco Extra and Lidl a short walk away."

    It made an ideal base for exploring the area, we were lucky to be there when Thirsk races were on, also a short walk away. Would benefit by having Wi-Fi though.

    Thank you very much for your wonderful review! Really pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and all that Thirsk has to offer! Also for your feedback on WIFI - which we’re pleased to say has now been added to the property since your stay. Many thanks again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Apr 2023

  • "First time at this lovely little Cottage and Will no doubt return next year when my caravan closes down."

    Cottage was immaculate throughout it had everything we needed as the kitchen is well stocked. Decor and furnishings are lovely and beds are comfortable. The neighbour, Shane and his wife were most helpful and welcoming when I struggled to set heating, nothing was a bother for Shane. I would recommend a stay at this cottage, it was perfect.

    Thank you for your very kind review - we’re delighted you enjoyed your stay at Kemps Yard and would look forward to welcoming you again in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Feb 2023

  • "Stayed in cottage waiting to complete on a new build."

    Lovely warm, clean, comfortable cottage. Well stocked kitchen with lots of cleaning materials. Very helpful caretaker. Downside, it would benefit from having a tumble dryer and broadband. Off road parking is a bit tricky, but owner supplied a resident pass to park in the street. Very central for shops and visiting local attractions. Would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Dec 2022

  • "Parking an issue could not get down the side of cottage with vehicle."

    No hair dryer.

    Sorry to hear you had an issue with your vehicle. Please note though that the maximum access width of -2m, if using the off-road parking area, is indicated within the property listing summary / notes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne3.4Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in an ideal location furnished to a high standard."

    We booked the cottage for three nights and would definitely stay again.

    We're really glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your excellent feedback! Happy to welcome you back to Thirsk anytime! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage and great place to visit."

    We're really glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and all that Thirsk has to offer! Thank you for your feedback :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2022

  • "A stunning cottage, superbly decorated in a very good location in Thirsk (perfect for our visit to The James Herriot visitor centre!"

    ) We loved everything about it, just found the access to park our Seat Arona car a bit tight. The washing machine was sadly not working when we stayed, which was a bit disappointing- as I was hoping to keep on top of our family of four holiday washing! The man who lives next door was super friendly too and offered us lots of tourist information. Overall we had a lovely week and would come back again in the future!

    Thank you for your feedback - delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay and the attractions on offer in Thirsk! We're really very sorry to hear that the washing machine wasn't working during your stay though and for the inconvenience that this caused - note this issue has now been rectified with a brand new one now installed. Happy to welcome you back anytime! Thanks again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marlis4.7Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, tucked away down a cobbled lane but so close to the centre of Thirsk."

    We had a lovely week here. Cottage is beautiful, loved the decor and the table set ready for us to sit down to our evening meal on arrival was so nice. Very spacious bedrooms and gorgeous bathroom. Getting the car in and out was a bit tight for us with a bigger car but the lovely owners of the Cross Keys next door let us park in their car park. Fab xxx

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Aug 2022

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
  • Smart TV
  • Wifi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • private parking spaces off road for maximum of two cars and nearby public car park
  • Front garden with decking and furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 mile
  • Note: There is a step up to the decking, please take care
  • Note: The alleyway/drive to the parking places is very narrow, maximum 2m width

The property

Kemps Yard Retreat is a hidden gem of a cottage, just a stone's throw away from Thirsk market square in North Yorkshire.

Located a short walk from the Herriot Museum, concealed behind the gardens of the Friends Meeting house, down a 17th-century cobbled street and with private and roadside parking, Kemps Yard is the perfect stay for those looking to be central to Thirsk while enjoying unrivalled peace.

As you arrive, make your way into the sitting room, home to contemporary furniture, a feature fireplace and a Smart TV so you can unwind after a day of exploring.

From here, the spacious kitchen/diner offers all you need to cook up a storm for your loved ones, along with dining seating for four guests to enjoy meals while planning another fun-filled day out.

Completing the ground floor is a handy cloakroom, while the full shower room can be found on the first floor.

Get some rest in one of two beautifully presented bedrooms; choose from a plush king-size, or a twin which is ideal for the children.

Warmer months can be spent in the garden with a glass of wine in-hand; the decking area hosts a bistro dining set, making dining alfresco an inviting option.

If you need a break from cooking you will find a wealth of dining options just a short walk away, from takeaways and pubs to delightful restaurants and cafés.

For a day involving local culture, make your way to Thirsk Museum, or take advantage of your location and enjoy an afternoon of racing at Thirsk Racecourse.

Head to the cathedral city of Ripon, known for its rich history and pretty architecture.

Another popular city within driving distance is the stunning city of York, known for its impressive York Minster and a variety of buildings built throughout the centuries, and not forgetting the fantastic selection of pubs and eateries.

Further afield you can enjoy a day of walking, cycling, or just simply exploring the picture-perfect North York Moors National Park.

Book a memorable North Yorkshire adventure with a stay at Kemps Yard Retreat.

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About the location


Ripon 11 miles; York 23 miles.

With the gateway to the North York Moors National Park to the east and Yorkshire Dales National Park to the west, the bustling town of Thirsk boasts a quaint market place, splendid Georgian buildings, a Norman church and excellent pubs, shops, restaurants, a cinema and a leisure centre. Visit the World of James Herriott Museum, dedicated to the life and works of the town’s own famous vet and author or explore the surrounding rolling countryside and Hambleton Hills, offering excellent walking and cycling opportunities. The cathedral city of York and the beautiful East Coast are within easy driving distance.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas