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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "We have stayed at Dovecote three times in 18 months, and are never disappointed."

    The cottage has all the mod cons you will need. Everything is spotless and well maintained. There are lovely, fluffy white towels in the bathroom and shower room, lovely handwash too. The upstairs lounge is extremely comfortable, with two large sofas and a "reading" chair. Plenty of books and games, and of course a TV and WiFi. The kitchen is very well equipped and very modern, with a dining room off it. Plenty of nice crockery and cutlery. The cottage itself has lots of character, and is a 5 minute walk to the centre of Pickering which is a lovely market town with plenty of facilities, and of course boasts the North Yorkshire railway with steam trains running in the season, and for special occasions too. The hosts of Dovecote are very welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. We will be back!!

    Reviewed by DianeNov 2023

  • "Lovely clean & comfortable cottage, but we couldn't find a floor mop to clean the floor, especially as we have a dog & its raining."

    Thank you for the feedback. We will be purchasing a mop for the cottage. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by GrahamOct 2023

  • "Dovecote is a delightful cottage and we had a wonderful time during our stay."

    The accuracy of the listing with Sykes Cottages meant that there were no surprises for us and we enjoyed all of the clean and well maintained facilities. Dovecote is centrally located within Pickering and made an ideal base from which to explore the area.

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2023

  • "Very good we loved the cottage and the owners where lovely and very helpful"

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2023

  • "Parking - nightmare !"

    Steps in cottage all uneven from utility to kitchen and no hand rail. Hall way uneven floor. very dangerous an uneven trip hazard into the e suit bedroom. Steps to front door inside were massive we used the back door out of kitchen to prevent an accident. The hill outside the property itself was not a problem if you took your time to dodge the fallen apples which made it very slippy. Horrendous smell in main bathroom - like a Tom cats spray !! The damp smell in the bedrooms was overpowering. We had to leave doors and windows open day and night. The fridge is in the utility room and the kettle is down the stairs as is the cups?? Random we thought ?? We moved the kettle and the toaster to the utility for or stay. It’s a shame because the property was clean enough. The equipment was good. The upstairs sitting room was really comfortable. We didn’t enjoy the scale up the stairs. Thought they were pretty dangerous too.

    Thank you for your feedback. As a period property we worked very hard to maintain the original features. This is why we make it clear in our description that the cottage is not suitable for those with mobility issues and parking is on street only. We will review the description to see if this can be improved. As you did not draw any smells to our attention when we spoke during your stay we were unable to check this. We have never had any complaints regarding smells. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SharonSep 2023

  • "Sykes description indicated parking."

    This was not available at property,only on street above and not close by.Difficult to transport luggage down steep pedestrian lane.Fridge had not been defrosted and central heating instructions were poor.Cottage otherwise good especially proximity to shops and restaurants.

    Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Dovecote, this was our second time here and we will definitely be back."

    It is in a fabulous location for visiting the many places that surround Pickering. Plenty to see and do, the coast isn’t far at all, we went to Whitby for dinner and it was about a twenty minute drive. Filey is also not far and has an array of shops and a beautiful beach. The steam railway is a stones throw from the cottage and takes you into Whitby. We spent a day in Scarborough on the north beach which was beautiful and a scorcher! All in all a truly lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by DebbieJun 2023

  • "A lovely cottage with everything you need and very clean."

    In a great location for exploring the local area. Would definitely come again.

    Reviewed by ConradMar 2023

  • "Great location, lovely and private, parked the car on the road above about 100 ft away and we carried bits down the incline to the holiday let."

    We had absolutely no issue with this whatsoever. Parked up Sunday afternoon and never touched the car again until we left on Wednesday evening, as we walked or used the Coastliner, a 5minute walk to the 840/843 stop which took us to Whitby, Thornton Le Dale, Malton and Dalby Forest and the 128 from Pickering Coop to Scarborough. £2 a journey until the end of March. PERFECT!!! Relaxing stay, garden secluded and had open views over the train station. A very good range of shops and eateries and local pubs if you searched for them, which we did. The church is wonderful and always open to visit. The upstairs living space in the holiday let is perfect, where we watched sunsets, through the window. The building is very warm and snuggly, we turned the heating down and opened doors but we are used to being cool rather than wanting to be overheated, the choice is yours and the Hive can be switched to support this. Only ideas - A comfy chair in the dining area , if space allows , may make for a lovely reading space but I suppose this is available upstairs so maybe unnecessary, a few more hooks on doors and possibly set of drawers in one of the bedrooms rather than the open hanging area but it works for short stays without a doubt. Plenty of games and books to read and films. The tv is adequate but if you are used to large screens you may be a tad disappointed but not a big issue as there is lots to do besides watch Tv. The owners next door leave you to it and have tried really hard to ensure maximum privacy for clients which is noted and appreciated. We did wonder if the mattress on the bed was a combination soft side and hard side which if it is maybe needs to be mentioned in the brochure. We had a fabulous time, we stayed 3 nights and we could have potentially done a week, as didn't get to try all the eateries. We did give all the pubs a good crack and they were all pretty decent, the food at the Black Swan looked great and it’s so cosy inside and the staff friendly. The Bay Horse was great when it opened more traditional for locals. The Rose inn was friendly and had a lovely outside seating area near to the river / stream. The Sun has had refurb and again a local, but we felt welcome enough. The recently refurbed sports gin bar was excellent friendly and a lovely setting, can imagine that being a very busy venue at the weekends. Lots of lovely cafes Russell’s smashing but again loads to go at. We had a brilliant stay and would highly recommend and will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by JillFeb 2023

  • "This was our second visit to Dovecote cottage, and it was every bit as good as the first."

    We were so comfortable, and everything we needed was there. The cleanliness and the facilities were first rate. It was the perfect base for our break, so near to Scarborough and Whitby and such lovely local and longer walks. Pickering is a great town, lots of shops, pubs and eating places. The owners of Dovecote were very helpful and made us feel very welcome. We will certainly be booking again. Many thanks for a great week!

    Reviewed by DianeNov 2022

  • "We stayed at dovecote the same week last year and were very excited to be going back, however, we were very disappointed with our stay this year."

    We contacted Sykes prior to our arrival to ask for the second bedroom to be made into a double for for bedding to be left for the sofa bed. This is because our 2 teenage children (1 boy, 1girl) wanted to have privacy. However when we arrived the bed had been made into a double but no bedding had been left for the sofa bed, which left us with a worse situation because they definitely couldn’t share a bed! My daughter had to make do with blankets. The mattress in the master bedroom is awful, incredibly soft (very saggy) and we had to swap with my son as it gave us both a bad back after 1 night. We actually came home a day early as it was giving my son a bad back too. I had to clean the worktops and crockery when we arrived as they were dirty. We had to hoover the sofa bed as it was disgusting to then find the hoover hadn’t been emptied in what looked like months and wasn’t picking anything up. The toilet seat in the en-suite was loose and the toilet flush handle in the main bathroom worked (just) but felt like it had broken. Incredibly disappointing, it felt like dovecote had zero maintenance since our last stay which is a real shame as it’s a beautiful cottage which is well located. I felt like I left the cottage cleaner when we left than when we arrived. Unfortunately we won’t be going back for a third year

    Reviewed by KimOct 2022

  • "Stunning property,had everything you could need."

    Location was perfect for exploring neighbouring towns and the moors. Pickering had all the amenities you would need. Our holiday was perfect in every way

    Reviewed by KellySep 2022

  • "Perfect cottage, Sarah owner very helpful and polite."

    Wish we lived there. Black Swan best place to eat. Also Fox and Rabbit 8min drive towards Whitby very good. Thanks Ray

    Reviewed by RaymondSep 2022

  • "Super cottage with lovely fittings furniture and bedding towels etc."

    As stated in the Sykes details the only 'negative' is the vehicle parking situation, though this did mean that we did more walking so really not a negative at all! Would love to book the cottage again, thankyou, Sue and Paul

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2022

  • "Fantastic location and everything inside was just what was needed."

    Although built on a slope ( if I had a pound for every time I walked up the steps

    Reviewed by SimonJul 2022

  • "Dovecote cottage in Pickering was the perfect small cottage, hidden down a small lane, 2 minutes walk to the centre of Pickering with all its facilities."

    It was very clean and cosy, with the bedrooms downstairs and the lounge above. Very small back garden meant we could enjoy the sun and eat outside. Our only concern was the onstreet parking, but we always easily found a space and never had to pay. . Pickering is a picturesque small town, ideal for the exploration of the North Yorkshire moors and the coast beyond.

    Reviewed by JimJun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and very comfortable and convenient to all amenities, We would definitely recommend this property and Pickering."

    Reviewed by EdwardMar 2022

  • "Lovely cottage but parking was an issue."

    had to park several streets away

    Reviewed by JoyceMar 2022

  • "Inside the rustic looking cottage is a very modern a scrupulously clean interior."

    Within easy distance off all amenities in the town. The WiFi signal could be a tad stronger and the parking a little nearer but that's just nitpicking. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2022

  • "The accommodation is excellent, clean, cosy, lots of character but with modern fittings."

    It is ideally placed in the centre of Pickering, very close to several nice cafes and pubs which served very good meals. There are 2 supermarkets within 10 minutes walking distance. Car parking is not adjacent but this caused us no issues at all.

    Reviewed by MartinOct 2021

  • "The cottage was fantastic, great location, very well equipped and stylishly furnished."

    We are already considering booking again next year. Thanks for a lovely week away

    Reviewed by KimOct 2021

  • "Property actually on Brant Hill not Bursgate."

    Not suitable for people who find steps difficult. Lovely views from patio. Pickering a great base for moors and seaside and town is full of interest. LOCAL MUSEUM is great. A tray would have been useful we adapted a lid from our cooler box to aid us carrying to patio.

    Reviewed by LyndaSep 2021

  • "Thank you so much, we had a fabulous weekend."

    Lots of space for our family and we were all most impressed with the beautiful interior design details. Great location and beautiful court yard garden.

    Reviewed by TiffanyAug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location, within a short walk of restaurants and shops."

    We didn’t have a problem with finding nearby parking. We enjoyed the garden which is a real sun trap. It is worth mentioning that one bedroom has a chest of drawers but no hanging space, and the other has the opposite. It wasn’t a problem for us, as there were just the two of us, but could be an issue for two couples or a family.

    Reviewed by AnnabelJul 2021

  • "Spent an excellent few days at Dovecote Cottage."

    Location was very handy for the town centre & railway. The cottage was great for 2 couples & we even managed to enjoy the garden for evening drinks whilst we were there. It is an old building on a very steep hill but this all adds to the character. The beds were extremely comfortable & the fittings/furnishings overall were of a high standard. Parking was available on CastleGate just a couple of minutes walk from the property. We would definitely recommend this cottage for a break away.

    Reviewed by YvonneMay 2021

  • "We had the most relaxing weeks stay in this beautiful cottage with our little pup Bailey."

    It was perfectly clean and tidy, when we arrived and was pleasantly surprised with the size of the cottage and the beautiful court yard to enjoy a lovely glass of wine in. The location is perfect with a short walk into the centre with all the amenities you would need. The only small issue was parking which we did struggle to find a space as we arrived a little later in the evening but once we found where to park it wasn’t much of an issue. We would love to stay again and are thankful for the lovely memories we made there.

    Reviewed by AmieApr 2021

  • "We had a fantastic break in this beautiful cottage."

    It was tucked away and very quiet, but the shops were only a short walk away. The cottage was very well equipped and very warm and cosy. I recommend booking.

    Reviewed by GillianOct 2020

  • "Excellent cottage with everything we needed."

    Close to the town centre without being on a busy street. Well maintained and bigger than you might expect, loved it

    Reviewed by LesterOct 2020

  • "A very cosy and well appointed cottage close to the centre of Pickering which is a lovely market town with plenty of facilities."

    . The only problem, which was rather glossed over in the description, was the awkwardness of parking near the cottage in order to offload and load up at the beginning and end of the holiday.

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2020

  • "The postcode does not find the property."

    We had to ask 3 people before we could find the property. The property is on a very steep hill and was not suitable for my father who has mobility problems. Not suitable for wheelchair users. Although the cottage is beautiful and furnished to a high standard. Again, inside it is not suitable for people with walking/mobility issues because of the number of steps up and down! We feel you need to revise how you advertise this cottage. Also, it described off road parking at the cottage and there isn't.

    Thank you for your feedback. Due to the propertys unique location we understand it may be difficult to find. We have taken this on board and amended the details. The pictures show clearly the positioning of the property also along with the path which is on a hill. The details have also been checked and the property has never stated it has off road parking, it states free on road parking. The property has also not been advertised as being wheelchair friendly. Thank you again for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BettySep 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation, very clean & comfortable and they'd thought of everything - games for children, access to Netflix if you want it."

    It's really handy for the shops - high street and 2 supermarkets 5 minutes walk. Plenty of eating places in town, several pubs within a few minutes walk, 2 minutes to the steam trains (opening soon). Nice sunny garden with friendly visiting cat! Also easy to get to the coast. Definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by MissJul 2020

  • "Great spot for train lovers as can see the station from the garden."

    Walking distance to butchers or supermarket. Plenty of restaurants or takeaway. Easy access to the main roads To go out

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2020

  • "Really enjoyed our stay, great location to explore Pickering and other places in Yorkshire."

    Cottage was clean and beautiful, the kitchen was very well stocked with everything you might need.

    Reviewed by CareyMar 2020

  • "The cottage was amazing,comfortable and warm."

    The bedrooms and bathrooms were so cosy. The lounge was an ideal place to relax and was a large space, so ideal for families. I loved every bit of the cottage, it just had a lovely atmosphere. Dovecote is ideally situated at the top of the village, a short walk from local butchers, veg shops etc and two lovely homely pubs with amazing food ,yet it also easy to get to bottom of village.. There are a few steps down to get to the property, however they are very well spaced, my 87 yr old mum in law managed easily and she walks with a stick. I would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by AnneFeb 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double with en-suite shower, basin, WC and electric underfloor heating, 1 x king-size bed (zip/link beds, can be made into twins on request at least 1 week prior to start of holiday)
  • Ground-floor bathroom with hand-held shower, bath, basin, WC and electric underfloor heating
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • First-floor sitting room with sofa bed
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, washing machine, freezer, TV with Netflix, DVD player with a selection of DVDs, WiFi, Bluetooth sound bar
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Free roadside parking located on Castlegate 30 meters walk from the property
  • Enclosed rear garden with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Pub and shop within 0.1 miles.

The property

Situated on the edge of the majestic North York Moors, resting amidst the vibrant market town of Pickering is this stone-built cottage, Dovecote.

This outstanding accommodation is equipped for a family seeking to explore all that this countryside setting has to offer, as well as the Yorkshire Coastline promising a superb summer’s day out.

Upon entering the property, be welcomed into the stylish kitchen with the marble effect countertops complementing the neutral tones of the cupboards, and the quality appliances left to assist you during your self-catering holiday.

Enjoy your culinary delight within the dining room, perfect for gathering all of your loved ones together to plan the day’s ahead whilst tucking into your breakfast or your heart-warming evening meal.

After dinner, make your way up the staircase to unwind into your evening within the first-floor sitting room, where you can sink into the plush seating arrangement and tune into the TV.

As the evening draws to a close, head back to the ground floor and drift off to a night’s refreshing embrace within one of the elegantly-appointed bedrooms.

Here, you will find a double bedroom with an en-suite shower room, whilst the king-size bedroom is supported by the gleaming family bathroom.

To the outside, you and your loved ones can open up a bottle of something and savour the balmy evening, or the table and chairs offer an alternative spot for alfresco dining.

For your local amenities, take a short stroll into the centre of Pickering, where you will be spoilt for choice by the shops where you can stock up on the essentials, in addition to a couple of pubs for celebrating that special occasion.

The town comes with a vast array of attractions that a group of all ages will enjoy, including The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering Castle and Beck Isle Museum.

Wihtin the surrounding area you will find opportunities for exploring the Great Outdoors, including the iconic Cleaveland Way and Dalby Forest, or if you are bringing your bike along find a number of tracks upon the National Park.

Dovecote is a wonderful retreat for a memorable holiday to this part of Yorkshire.

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About the location


Kirkbymoorside 7 miles; Helmsley 13 miles; Scarborough 18 miles; Whitby 22 miles; York 27 miles.

This historic market town, with its full range of amenities and traditional shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, serves as the official gateway to the beautiful North York Moors National Park, home of the Heartbeat countryside. Enjoy a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway, where Harry Potter fans can even explore some of the locations used in the filming of The Philosopher’s Stone! The Beck Isle Museum is also well worth a visit, with its unique collection of black and white photography and displays of rural life. Walkers will be spoilt for choice by the rolling hills, valleys, rivers and abundant wildlife of the North York Moors, whilst the city of York and the Heritage Coast are just half an hour’s drive away. All in all, a wonderful setting for a relaxing holiday.

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Please Note: This property has steep stairs leading up to the lounge and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.

Please Note: This property is situated on a pedestrian only hill. There is a short walk down the hill to the property this may not be suitable for people with mobility issues

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas