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Daffodil Cottage

(Ref. 1575)

Houlsyke near Danby, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely delightful cottage."

    Complete peace and quiet. Stunning views and lovely friendly host. Would definitely recommend and will definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2024

  • "Could do with more space for parking, not much room to manoeuvre."

    Disappointed there was no outdoor space for dogs, shower was nice and bed was comfortable. Kettle could do with replacing as lots of timescale . Very steep off road lanes to the cottage and cottage itself is very compact and not very comfortable on sofa, stairs are dangerous as very slippy. Mirrors in odd position in bedroom for drying hair etc . Cute cottage but could do with a little more attention to detail. Landlady came across slightly sarcastic. But all in all was ok lovely views

    Reviewed by Caron2.2May 2024

  • "Very cosy, quirky cottage, lovely scenic views, peaceful and relaxing."

    owner very friendly and approachable. Near to moors and the wonderful coastline, very enjoyable stay.

    Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Oct 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Daffodil Cottage, especially the secluded location, providing dark skies and total peace on an evening."

    If you truly want to get away from it all, this is for you. There are shops a short drive away in Castleton, and stunning countryside on the doorstep. The Cottage is rustic and stylishly fitted out, cosy, and with a comfy bed and Chesterfield sofa. Sarah, the host, is very friendly and whilst she is happy to chat, she will leave you be whilst you're away. Her dog, Ted, is lovely, too. We'll be going back.

    Many thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Sep 2023

  • "Sorry but we felt rather disappointed in this cottage."

    For the money I expected a few luxuries, like tables beside the bed to put a cup on, not a dressing table with no access under the roof beams. It would have been nice to have a mirror with a shelf for makeup that was lit enough to see and/or a dressing table. The sofa was so slippery it was barely possible to sit on. The kitchen had the basics but I felt, as in other reviews sadly, that I had to wash things before use. The cupboard cupboard for food had sticky shelves which I covered in paper towel and the frying pans had to be washed before use to get rid of the grease still on them. One of the lamps didn’t work and had a broken plug. Thankfully the bed was comfortable and the shower worked well. The bathroom was very clean. Generally though, I’m afraid, it was not à comfortable experience and we did not wish to linger longer. I was shocked to find that the cottage that I had paid a lot of money for, for 3 nights, was definitely not the end to our holiday that I was looking forward to. I paid almost half of this to two other companies and they were well appointed and pristine- a hotel and a private accommodation.

    Thank you for your feedback, I am sorry for these issues you found, I will amend what I can. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Denise2.5Jul 2023

  • "We had a great time here, it's such a beautiful setting and you can walk onto the moors from the doorstep."

    The cottage is small but has everything you need, the bed was comfortable and the linen was clean. The TV was a little small but had loads of channels. Sarah is a fabulous host and it was lovely to get to know her and her dog, Ted.

    Thank you x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    Would recommended staying here.peacfull and tranquil.Owner on hand if needed.Amazing views from the cottage.We had a lovely meal at the fox and hounds.Breakfast at the cycle hub.Shop in village if needed.

    This cottage is remote, a drive to the shop, So try and bring what you need. Thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Jun 2023

  • "The cottage has great potential and it’s in a lovely spot but it needs a bit of basic maintenance and refurbishment, and a declutter."

    E.g. the shower fitting is loose and unusable. The pillows are ancient.

    Thank you for your feedback. The property is indeed in a lovely location and has been a successful holiday let for many years. The cottage is of a very high standard with top quality fixtures, fittings and furnishings throughout. These comments are very out of character for this cottage and as you can see, the recent customers at Wildflower cottage which is next door gave very positive comments. Both properties are very similar to each other. The pillows are all new and in excellent condition. They are checked on every changeover. The shower has been fixed. We pride ourselves in offering an excellent holiday experience for all customers and are hand if you need anything from us during your stay. We didnt receive any calls or messages from you and would have been only too happy to help Once again, thank you for your comments Property Owner

    Reviewed by D J2.2Mar 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay in the Cottage and very relaxed atmosphere all round."

    Lovely owner as well who made us feel very welcome. Would highly recommend.

    Thank you very kind Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bobby-jo4.4Jan 2023

  • "We had a fabulous stay in Daffodil Cottage which is tucked away in a peaceful location."

    The owner was very welcoming and recommended places nearby to visit. The cottage is cozy and warm and the bed is super comfy.

    Glad you enjoyed your visit thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Oct 2022

  • "Tranquil and very scenic setting"

    Thank s Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Oct 2022

  • "Martin and I loved our stay in Daffodil Cottage it is in a stunning setting."

    The owner has created a really cosy environment fully equipped including logs and coal for the multi fuel burner. Just perfect. We will definitely recommend it to our friends for it’s convenience to all the area, the warm welcome and truly lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Oct 2022

  • "Really clean cosy welcoming place with beautiful views , owner was friendly and ..."

    Really clean cosy welcoming place with beautiful views , owner was friendly and happy to help with any questions , would definitely stay there again , and would recommend it to anyone trying to get away from the hustle and bustle of normal life , thankyou x

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2022

  • "We loved the general location and setting of Daffodil Cottage, it was a perfect base for getting out and exploring all that the North York Moors has to offer."

    We were however disappointed at the standard of cleanliness, it was impossible to walk anywhere barefoot without collecting dog hairs from previous occupants! Also details like grime under the loo seat, cobwebs and dust in the curtains and a manky toaster and kettle could so easily be improved with little effort or expense.

    Reviewed by Nigel3.8Sep 2022

  • "Lovely area , very comfortable stay at the cottage over all was not very clean thick dust everywhere…."

    It Did not feel clean at all we went out and bought bleach spray for work Tops and dining table . And dusted else where in cottage

    Reviewed by Debbie3.1Aug 2022

  • "Daffodil cottage is a delightful cottage with outstanding views over Great Fryup dale."

    It is in great location for exploring the North Yorkshire Moors and is only a couple of miles from Danby's moors visitors center. The cottage is in a very rural location so be aware of that before you book, no nearby shops, but this is what we wanted. Sarah is a fantastic host and the cottage is very cosy.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2022

  • "We enormously enjoyed our stay in Daffodil Cottage."

    It is located on a farm high up, just below the moors, with beautiful views across the valley. It is a restful place to visit, and the host was extremely welcoming, friendly, and kind. We took lovely walks, starting from the cottage, from nearby villages and along the coast.

    Reviewed by Jenny4.7Jun 2022

  • "Sarah made us very welcome."

    Lovely cosy cottage with beautiful surroundings. An ideal base to explore North Yorkshire. Will definitely be returning and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Apr 2022

  • "As advertised, typical farm location"

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Apr 2022

  • "I almost don’t want to say how lovely this break was because it’ll get all ..."

    I almost don’t want to say how lovely this break was because it’ll get all booked up and then it’ll be harder for us to return

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Mar 2022

  • "The property was very warm and cosy everything we wanted for a short stay."

    The views are to die for. Sarah The owner was very helpful on arrival explained everything. All in all a very nice place and wouldn't hesitate in booking a future stay there.

    Reviewed by Martin4.1Feb 2022

  • "This property is a perfect peaceful haven situated in a stunning landscape."

    I slept like a log. I would go back there in a heartbeat. As a walker I was spoiled for choice with so many footpaths in the area, and the coastal villages around Whitby are only a short drive away. The hi light of each day was lighting the wood burning stove after a day out and settling down with a glass of wine and a good book. Bliss

    Reviewed by Robert3.8Oct 2021

  • "This is a lovely rustic cottage it a quiet rural setting."

    Yorkshire moors on the doorstep and beaches nearby. Had a lovely relaxing week.

    Reviewed by Carl4.7Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was first of all in a lovely spot."

    Incredible views from the front door middle of nowhere which we loved. Small and cosy but with everything you need. Already talking about returning

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Jun 2021

  • "Very relaxing place to stay."

    Might be difficult to get up lane when icy but lovely cottage & excellent stay with strong Covid cleanliness

    Reviewed by Martine5.0Oct 2020

  • "Amazing location and very well equipped."

    Would definitely return to Daffodil Cottage.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jan 2020

  • "This is a fabulous little cottage in the beautiful North York Moors."

    Everything was there that we needed including fuel and logs for the log burner which made for a very cosy nights in. The views both from the cottage and in the surrounding areas are stunning, but you are only a short drive from Whitby and Staithes. Sarah the host, and her animals were very welcoming and our little dog loved the walks in the countryside.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.7Oct 2019

  • "Lovely little cottage for that quiet weekend away."

    Myself and wife went for our 4th wedding anniversary and only 20 min drive to whitby. Was a lovely weekend with all amminities. Lovely log burner and the bed was lovely and comfy. Only negative is the steep drive up which we got stuck and had to roll the car backwards and few times to get up as a dirt track and very sloppy. Also no wifi but didnt spoil it.

    Reviewed by Shaun4.1Oct 2019

  • "We found the cottage to be both comfortable and warm and it is in a lovely position with the moors just a short walk away."

    Sarah made us feel welcome from the start of our holiday and we admired her paintings on the walls of the property. The kitchen is well equipped so it is not difficult to self cater.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Oct 2019

  • "The Cottage was comfortable and Sarah's hospitality and creative touches made our stay special."

    The listing could make it clearer that the outside spaces are shared, but that didn't affect the enjoyment of our stay. Booking and communications were straightforward - Many thanks for a lovely holiday is a very beautiful part of the world.

    Reviewed by Theresa4.7Aug 2019

  • "We had a great time, the location suited us as we have a farm back ground which in this case suited us down to the ground."

    It was just comfortable for a few nights, clean and facilities were what was expected and of course dog friendly.The property had fantasist views into the valley and the North York moors beyond, well off the beaten track down a gated road, which suited us. Chickens in the yard and ponies in the stables, sheep on the moor and rabbits every where. Due to a booking problem it wasn't quite ready on arrival but was soon sorted and made ready. The bathroom was clean as was the kitchen and linen. A big log fire kept us warm in the evenings. Pubs and eateries not far away and easy driving to Whitby and the beaches, moors and valleys

    Reviewed by Ken4.7Mar 2019

  • "Had a lovely weekend Daffodil"

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Jan 2019

  • "The location was lovely and quiet, the cottage was cozy, it was the lack of cleanliness that was a disappointment, mugs and cutlery were dirty we had to wash them, the shower had hairs in it, the bed wasn’t pleasant it didn’t seem like the sheets had been cleaned at all, there were hairs under the duvet, and stains all over the sheets, there was a wet patch on the bed like it had just been scrubbed with a cloth and left as it was, we took the sheets off we didn’t feel comfortable sleeping on them, didn’t really feel the cleanliness was up to standard which was disappointing, let the cottage down."

    Never saw the owner to enquire about anything, the location and surroundings were lovely just a shame about the cleanliness

    I am sorry to hear you experienced a number of cleanliness issues during your stay at the cottage. We want you to have all advertised facilities on our website and we strive on having exceptional property standards in all Sykes’ properties. We will investigate the issues with the property owner to establish why our service has fell short on this occasion. You can always contact us in the office for us resolve any issues. This is not our usual expectation and would like to assure you that your issues are being handled. If you would like to discuss this further, our lines are open 7 days a week from 9am until 7pm. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Heather2.2Oct 2018

  • "Daffodil cottage is set among some of the most beautiful scenery the North York Moors has to offer."

    The cottage itself is very comfortable. The rustic decor is enhanced by the very attractive original paintings that hang on the walls. A wood burning stove keeps the place nice and toasty on chilly evenings. The view from the front of the cottage is simply stunning and from the back window you can watch the rabbits, which are extremely numerous, grazing on the back lawn. Free range hens wonder around the farmyard with horses and dogs completing the picture. Plenty of information was available with useful suggestions of nearby places to visit although many fine walks are right on the doorstep. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2018

  • "A great holiday and host amd very helpful when we were snowed in the 3 days."

    We will be back

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2018

  • "Location & views were spectacular"

    Reviewed by Barbara4.2Jul 2017

  • "Picturesque location, ideal for getaway from it all break."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jan 2017

  • "Loved the location of this cottage, an ideal location for exploring moors and coast."

    Perfect if you have a dog, excellent walking from your doorstep. We had a really relaxing week.

    Reviewed by Vanessa4.4Oct 2016

  • "Everything abot the Cottage, the area was very good."

    Cottage owner went ot of her way to be helpfull. njoyed our week and would consider a future booking.

    Reviewed by James4.8Sep 2016

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  • One double bedroom with low sloping ceilings
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner.
  • Central heating with woodburner
  • WIFI
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, use of owner's washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in outside utility room, 2 x TVs with Freesat, DVD player, video
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner for 3 days use is provided
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for one car
  • Strictly one well-behaved small dog welcome only at £30
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: This property is on a smallholding and is accessed via an unmade farm track. Note: This property is not suitable for children

The property

Danby 2 miles.

A pretty, semi-detached stone barn conversion, situated on the owner's smallholding in the small hamlet of Houlsyke two miles from Danby.

With spectacular views over stunning countryside, this Danby cottage provides a wonderful romantic retreat for couples wanting peace and tranquillity within easy reach of the seaside town of Whitby.

Very welcoming, this Danby cottage exudes warmth and character, with exposed timbers, stripped floorboards and sloping ceilings in the bedroom.

The cosy, open plan sitting area boasts a warming woodburner to snuggle around on cooler evenings.

Nicely furnished and decorated, this Danby cottage provides very comfortable accommodation in a beautiful setting.

With a wonderful network of footpaths straight from the door, this Danby cottage is a walker's paradise, including the Cleveland Way National Trail this is a 109 mile (175 km) walking route through beautiful and ever-changing landscapes, and the very popular Wainright Coast to Coast walk, the scenery and the location is ideal for exploring this unspoilt part of North Yorkshire, whilst for the less energetic, the location is ideal for exploring the North York Moors by car.

The Danby Moors Centre lies two miles away and is well worth a visit, with its interesting exhibitions and displays, complete with tea room, whilst the coastal fishing village of Staithes is just ten miles away, with its cobbled streets and cottages tumbling down towards the sea.

Within half an hour is the historic port of Whitby, with long sandy beaches, famous abbey and atmospheric harbour.

With both the scenery and the coast to explore, this Danby cottage provides an ideal base.

Note: This property adjoins Ref: 1235, together they sleep 6, please consider this alternative cottage if bringing a larger dog as this property is more spacious.

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About the location


Staithes 10 miles; Whitby 15 miles; Guisborough 10 miles.

The village of Danby is nestled in the beautiful and peaceful Esk Valley in the heart of The North York Moors. The village has two pubs (both serving food), a bakery, a tea room and a health food shop. There is also an excellent National Park Visitor Centre at Danby Lodge – an historic building set in 13 acres of riverside pasture, with facilities which include exhibitions, nature trails and tea rooms. Danby also boasts the ruins of a 14th century castle and the only remaining working water mill on the River Esk. The scenic Esk Valley Railway line runs through the village on its way to Whitby. The quaint moorland villages of Hutton-le-Hole and Lastingham, the market town of Pickering, the city of York and the Yorkshire Coast villages of Staithes, Saltburn and Robin Hood’s Bay are all within easy touring distance.

Strictly one well-behaved small dog welcome only at £30.

This property is not suitable for children

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas