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Hogwarts Cottage

(Ref. 927236)

Pickering, North York Moors & Coast Show on map

4.0

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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75 Customer Reviews

  • "Second stay obvious the owner has updated some parts of the property since last ..."

    Second stay obvious the owner has updated some parts of the property since last year water pressure/heat can be a problem at times but it can be easy to sort if you dont run taps at full will be returning as soon as we can sort out time to get away

    Reviewed by Alun4.4Apr 2024

  • "Fantastic location, cosy and warm cottage."

    Close to pubs and restaurants. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Mar 2024

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at Hogwarts Cottage, with everything we needed, the central location was great."

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2024

  • "It would be helpful to have a freezer in the property."

    Also information regarding parking should be updated. Yes parking possible opposite however only available from 6pm until 8am. Not sure where parking is allowed for longer than one hour the rest of the day

    Reviewed by Jan3.8Feb 2024

  • "Lovely cottage ideal location clean comfortable beds friendly welcoming owner will use again"

    Reviewed by Francis Geoffrey4.7Dec 2023

  • "Had a fantastic weekend and was dreading it at 1st when I read comments got ..."

    Had a fantastic weekend and was dreading it at 1st when I read comments got there and was very surprised as it was a lovely place yes it could do with a bit if work on floors and a bit paint but overall was a lovely place and location perfect people wrote bad comments on bed ect but it must of been changed as it was lovely comfortable and very clean would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by Steven3.8Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely town"

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage is in a great location but it needs a good clean, decorating from top to bottom, clearly no maintenance has been done in the property, I contacted the owners as soon as we arrived to inform them that the cold tap in the kitchen didn't work and neither did the fire, never got a response, the taps in the bathroom seem to have a mind of their own, you turned them off and then went back in and they were on again, im surprised the cottage hasn't been flooded, the bathroom has seen better days too."

    The vacuum doesn't work, the cupboard under the stairs is full of old paint tins, looking at the previous reviews these problems have been ongoing for sometime yet still no one has addressed them, the flooring in the hallway needs replacing and is dangerous as it's all uneven and is lifting, no information on when bin days are or where the outside bins are kept, the garden was all overgrown and dirty.

    Reviewed by Trudy1.6Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic location in regards to amenities and for any train enthusiast."

    The towels and bedding were clean and the property was tidy on entry, however there is, in my personal opinion a great opportunity for growth with some repairs and maintenance. The toilet flush needs replacing, the kitchen tap needs looking at as the pressure on the cold was temperamental. The listing states the property is child friendly but there was no highchair available. I did bring my own booster seat. The hoover did not work which I know for some will not be a big deal but with small children it just enabled me to keep the floor clean and safe for my toddler. There is no where to place rubbish when the bin is full and no where to recycle so we ended up piling it in the garden. Again with small children and one in nappies the bin filled quickly. The floor throughout the hallway could do with replacing as it was broken in several places with it being a high traffic area. The lino in the bathroom was also split. The beds are extremely uncomfortable and in need of new mattresses. You literally sink into them and the double bed you roll into the middle. I appreciate that everyone sleeping styles are different but this lead to us not sleeping great for several nights. The welcome pack on arrival of bread, milk, crisps, biscuits was a lovely touch but maybe a suggestion of either a welcome note with some basics about the house I.e using the oven, where to store rubbish, the internet password might be useful and more inviting. (I’m not daft I know it’s on the bottom of the box but some people may not.) An emergency contact number potentially. There were plenty of information leaflets regarding attractions in the area but some were dated 2019 maybe an idea to sort through? For the price, heavily discounted on Skye’s Cottages, I paid for bank holiday weekend in August it was ok and gave us a base but I would have been requesting money back if I’d paid the full amount there is so much potential for this little cottage but our stay was a little disappointing.

    Reviewed by Emma2.8Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a fantastic location."

    It is obvious that much thought has been given to furnishings, etc Not our first visit. Thank you

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Aug 2023

  • "The cottage is lovely and great location."

    We wasn’t far from anything. 20mins to Whitby, 10mins to flamingoland. We found an alpaca trek which was 20mins away and brilliant. So we was very happy with location. Stem train station directly across the road. It was lovely hearing them. Pickering it’s self. Isn’t that impressive. Not many places to eat on an evening the chippy round the corner closes at 7.30pm. Not great when you have been out all day and want to go get tea. Parking: there is parking outside the cottage which you can park overnight. But for long stay parking go to Lidl there is longstay parking opposite their own parking and it’s 24hrs for £6. Now the cottage. Yes the cottage is lovely. But it is in desperate need of a make over. The decor of the cottage is not of high standard. And the shower is poor. Which is such a shame because it let the cottage down so much.

    Reviewed by Jade2.8Aug 2023

  • "This is a lovely place to stay."

    The house is great with brilliant location. The fully paved garden is a great sun trap with comfortable seating The house is fully kitted out including washing machine. The owners supplied a handy welcome pack inc bread milk and tea and as the Coop and Lidl are both only a couple of 100 yards away there was no need for us to take any food with us. The town of Pickering is really nice and very friendly. Various places accept dogs. Parking is an issue as the town centre car park only allows 2 hours during the day and the off road parking is only for 1 hour over the same period...unlimited free parking overnight. There are two long stay car parks but the nearest one was closed for maintenance.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Jun 2023

  • "What a little gem, the location is perfect."

    The cottage was clean and the bed linen and towels were spotless. The back yard area was a little sun trap and we enjoyed sitting out well into the evening. There were a few minor decorative blemishes which you expect from a holiday let but they did not spoil our stay in any way. Looking forward to returning in the future.

    Reviewed by Jill Margaret4.7Jun 2023

  • "This is the 4th time we have stopped here and are happy what we get for our money there is everything you want at this propery and we will return."

    There are some little things like tap in bathroom. Needs some attention but that did not bother us Niobe big issues . Thanks again for a great w/e. Rhydian .paul .zack

    Reviewed by Rhydian4.4Jun 2023

  • "Nice place fridge a bit small hot water a bit temperamental toilet flush has a ..."

    Nice place fridge a bit small hot water a bit temperamental toilet flush has a knack to work no oven gloves apart from that a nice place and will probably be back really good for the nymr

    Reviewed by Alun4.4May 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our holiday in North Yorkshire as always, but were most disappointed with the general presentation of the cottage."

    It fell way below the standard we've experienced with Sykes Cottages over the many years we have been using them. The cottage needs a really deep clean, the carpets and flooring need replacing, the floorboards need attention as they were dangerously loose in places and it is in need of redecoration throughout. The boiler needs attention as we had difficulty getting any hot water - it was only lukewarm. Also the description of the cottage said there was free parking opposite the cottage on a first come first served basis. This was only partially true as parking during the day was limited to 1 hour but free from 6pm to 8am. This needs to be made clear on the description. On the plus side the cottage was in an excellent position near the centre of Pickering. I would not recommend renting this cottage to anyone in it's present condition.

    Reviewed by Christine1.9May 2023

  • "Location of property was fantastic and it's a lovely building but being let down by some genral maintenance and upkeep, everything looks very tired and whole house could do with a deep clean, but it had everything you could need and we did enjoy our stay but the property could be so much more with a little work."

    Reviewed by Kelvin3.4May 2023

  • "A lovely spacious, clean, warm property."

    Close to all the local amenities.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Apr 2023

  • "Never again will i book Hogwarts Cottage in Pickering this place needs sorting ..."

    Never again will i book Hogwarts Cottage in Pickering this place needs sorting out as there is so many things wrong to mention this is just a neglected property and a complete disgrace to be let out as a holiday home

    Reviewed by Christopher1.6Apr 2023

  • "The garden was a mess could do with a good tidy up to be honest that did let the property down ."

    Toilet flusher was dodgy but once you got the hang of it , it was ok . Beds extremely comfortable and cottage was very spacious

    Reviewed by Michele4.4Apr 2023

  • "3rd time we’ve been to Hogwarts, highly likely we’ll be back."

    Great place just around the corner from all amenities.

    Reviewed by Ray4.7Feb 2023

  • "Cottage in need of a general re decorate &carpet cleaning."

    Some of the crockery cracked & requiring replacement. A parking permit would be helpful as had to keep moving our car. Nice location!

    Reviewed by Vivienne2.5Oct 2022

  • "Property was in a great location for us and the local amenities especially with our young daughter."

    She loves trains so we took a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and drove to York to visit the railway museum. We did feel the property looked tired and there were areas were the property had been painted then not finished. We would have found it useful to have some sort of welcome pack with Wi-Fi details, knowing where to leave black bags, recommended local places etc. plus we had planned on doing some washing especially with a little one but could only do a few things and had to use the radiator to dry as cold out and wouldn’t want to hang outside. For us a airer in the storage cupboard would have been really useful.

    Reviewed by Rebecca3.1Sep 2022

  • "Comfortable cottage in a great location (especially if you like Steam Trains)."

    Very handy for the town & many pubs, takeaways & cafés. Only one slight bit of constructive criticism, better instructions for how to dispose of rubbish (property had no dustbin) and some instructions for appliances. Owner very helpful with arrival instructions and left a nice welcome pack.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1Jul 2022

  • "We really enjoyed hogwarts cottage, nice and clean and very homely, it had ..."

    We really enjoyed hogwarts cottage, nice and clean and very homely, it had everything we needed, and the added bonus of watching steam trains from the windows, highly recommended, we will def be back

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Jul 2022

  • "Nice cottage central location no real noise from railway an enjoyable stay"

    Reviewed by Victor4.1Jun 2022

  • "We had a great time at the cottage its a great central location to not just pickering but most of the attractions."

    Will definitely revisit when the trains are running.

    Reviewed by Matthew4.7Mar 2022

  • "Very nice cottage, clean, comfortable, all amenities what you need."

    Great location for all pubs, restaurants, and good access to Whitby and Scarborough. Third time visit to Pickering and second stay at Hogwarts Cottage and we would definitely go back

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Mar 2022

  • "Everything you need for a weekend touring round."

    Parking was ok but probably difficult in the summer months.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Feb 2022

  • "Cottage is in a great location & ideal for a weekend."

    However, there were a number of small niggles, which are easy to address - no bin liners in the kitchen bin or details of where to empty bins/recycling, no freezer (useful for ice packs - particularly in summer) & additional crockery/cutlery would be useful. Some basic Christmas decorations would also have been a nice touch as would a parking permit.

    Reviewed by Louisa3.8Dec 2021

  • "Good value an exellant location ."

    This is the 2nd time we stayed here in the last 5 months [here in july] , all facilitys and nice and warm . Will come again but not in winter; we left on sunday because of the snow . Will come again.

    Reviewed by Rhydian5.0Nov 2021

  • "Warm and cosy cottage in the centre of Pickering."

    handy for Whitby Scarborough and York we had a lovely week and enjoyed the steam trains. Beds were comfortable We bought a weekly parking permit from " Big Bear Bikes (£5 a day per car) as parking outside is very limited between 8AM and 6PM

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was comfortable and a great location."

    The property is in need of a bit of TLC. Saucepans and frying pan needs replacing and more cutlery etc is needed.carpets could do with a good clean does oven and extractor fan.garden needs a tidy up shaver point and bathroom fan not still working which was noted in 2018 if these little things were rectified would be a great cottage .

    Reviewed by Judy3.4Sep 2021

  • "Brilliant help and information."

    Cottage was lovely and the location was fantastic Thank you

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Jul 2021

  • "We arrived at the cottage to find it dirty and unfit to stay in."

    Our first night was spent cleaning the cottage and buying crockery and utensils as the ones provided were unusable. The hoover was that dirty it had to be cleaned before we could use it. We had to purchase disinfectant spray to clean. We also had to purchase two blow up mattresses to sleep on as the beds were stained and too dirty and fit for a dog. We have taken many pictures which we can provide you with. I do not recommend anyone book this cottage ever and pity the ones who have already booked!!

    Reviewed by Michael1.9Jul 2021

  • "Very comfortable cottage, excellent location couldn’t ask for anything more."

    Great Local Pub,The Station Hotel, owner’s and staff very good, and excellent takeout food, also Spice 4 U is a excellent Indian Restaurant.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0May 2021

  • "Parking a short walk away - we parked at Big Bear Bikes -not expensive for the week ."

    Street parking limited time. Some very minor niggles - no spare light bulbs for example. Discussed with owner - so hopefully all will be sorted now

    Reviewed by William3.8Apr 2021

  • "The cottage is very handy for walking into Pickering and the shops."

    The heritage railway was not open when we were there but i can imagine when it does open Pickering could be very busy so parking would be a problem. Lots of very nice shops in Pickering , good market on a Monday, plus a couple of great butchers. The cottage suited our needs for a weeks break during these covid times, allowing us to get away but keep safe. If I'm honest the cottage could easily be improved for its guests by leaving a small information brochure about the operations of the facilities it had. ie cooker, washing m/c, central heating, wifi password etc. We couldn't find this information. Also the bathroom could use a hand towel rail next to the sink and toilet roll holder. Having said that it was very clean and comfy and plenty of room in the kitchen. Do go and visit the raptor/ owl sanctuary " National centre for birds of prey" in Helmsley well worth a visit , great flying shows and very friendly/ informative staff. Very covid safe as all outside and plenty of picnic areas. Visited a couple of English Heritage sites locally but had to put an app on my phone to book a place online first as you cannot just turn up. If you wish to visit the Pickering area this cottage was ideal.

    Reviewed by Derek4.4Apr 2021

  • "We booked Hogwarts last Minute to get away before another lockdown."

    The reviews we read were very mixed but please don’t hesitate to book. Due to covid-19 the cottage on arrival was immaculate with bleach still in the air. We have a vulnerable child and was very statisfied with the cleanliness. The beds were really comfy With brand new pillows!! Yes the shower and bath not the most powerful but just have a little patience, after all your on holiday so relax! Thank you for a lovely stay

    Reviewed by Lyndsey5.0Oct 2020

  • "Cottage was comfortable, clean with working appliances in good order."

    Parking can be problematical and a parking permit included in the price would be a great advantage. This area is excellent for visiting the moors and surrounding towns/cities. Plenty of leaflets left in the cottage showing surrounding events/sites to visit and of course the steam railway.

    Reviewed by Peter4.1Sep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a great place."

    On a main road but not too noisy . Facilities were good enough for a short stay. Only points for improvements were that it could be a bit cleaner ie work surfaces still had pizza or something stuck to it and had to clean oven before using it. There was also no bins to be found outside ? So had to leave recycling in a bag. Small things though. Overall would book again

    Reviewed by Stuart4.1Sep 2020

  • "The property is quite tired and would benefit from some TLC."

    Good position fir steam railway.no hairdryer lack of places to set down a drink in lounge.bathroom needs updating,

    Reviewed by Kate3.4Sep 2020

  • "Hogwarts cottage is lovely but needs huge improvement."

    Shower, you need to run around to get wet! Bath, not enough hot water for even a shallow bath! Beds, Needs new mattress ( had to sleep in single beds and still not comfortable. Sofas again uncomfortable. FLOORS! Are in need of urgent repair, my wife was uncomfortable and scared walking on the top stairs as they are actually broken! No toilet roll holder. No towel rail. Mirror light broke. Backyard a mess. Needs a light outside front door. No coffee tables. No facilities for emptying bin.

    Reviewed by Kenneth2.8Sep 2020

  • "It would be helpful stating the situation about the parking."

    I have paid out £40 in parking charges (£25 for a parking ticket and £15 for a long stay car park). I was told by the car park lady that the cottages either side of us have a parking permit. This would be really useful as you can only park 6pm-8am opposite the house and if you get a space. The knives need a really good sharpen in the kitchen. Everything else very comfortable and lovely.

    Reviewed by Hannah4.1Aug 2020

  • "Lovely little place, perfect for a short break in the Moors (especially if you like steam trains)."

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation so convenient for shops and coffee shops."

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0Mar 2020

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, well located for various attractions/day trips in the area, as well as amenities within Pickering."

    Worth noting that the steam railway doesn't run year round (perhaps the dates it runs could be added to the description, since being opposite the railway is plugged as a bit of a selling point for the cottage) - we booked a Feb half term stay, and were disappointed to find that we weren't able to take a trip on the railway as trains don't start running until April.

    Reviewed by Samantha3.4Feb 2020

  • "Great location."

    Lovely and clean, information pack for cottage needed.

    Reviewed by Dale4.4Jan 2020

  • "Great location for us."

    The railway right opposite was wonderful and a Sunday trip to Whitby on the steam train was excellent. There are plenty of places to eat and drink where we were made welcome with the dog. Even though it said parking available outside on a 1st come first served basis this is not quite accurate. You can only park here during the day for 1 hour maximum. We parked on the railway about a 10 min walk from the cottage and it was £5 for 24 hours.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2019

  • "Really nice, warm and cosy place to stay, would certainly stay here again."

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Nov 2019

  • "Lovely cottage opposite the railway station."

    Clean, comfortable and well placed. Pickering a lovely town. Parking terrible though. Parked up by the Castle, free and safe. 5 mins walk away.

    Reviewed by Antony4.7Nov 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location!"

    Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Eleri5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage is in a good location and has the potential to be excellent."

    . It was cosy and the welcome pack was a nice touch. It would have been good to know what to do with our rubbish as we didn't like it sitting in the kitchen for five days. Also found the bed quite uncomfortable.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.8Oct 2019

  • "Nice holiday cottage, children’s beds fine, but we both slept very badly and got nasty back pain as the main bed was awful."

    Would stay again if there was a better bed.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.1Sep 2019

  • "A warm and comfortable cottage in the middle of Pickering, we were delighted on our stay."

    As I'm interested in heritage railways this is ideally situated for enjoying the NYMR. The beds are comfortable and the general facilities are excellent. We would stay there again without any hesitation

    Reviewed by Crispin4.7Sep 2019

  • "Everything was great, only suggestion s not complaints is permit parking would be good and would make us return, also no outdoor bin for rubbish."

    Reviewed by Louise4.1Aug 2019

  • "No freezer only a fridge no toilet roll holder,when in the lounge only one coffee table available to put drinks on,very basic cottage ,not the usual sykes cottages we are used to."

    Reviewed by Richard3.1Aug 2019

  • "The cottage had very basic facilities eg only one side table in the lounge, no freezer compartment in the fridge, no hairdryer available, no loo roll holder or towel rail to hang a wet towel We booked this cottage because of its excellent location but were disappointed to find that the free parking that was advertised by hotels."

    Com did not exist. On the two occasions we called the female owner we were answered by a gentleman called Ricky.

    Reviewed by Leslie3.1Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and close to a lot of places we planned to visit."

    We really enjoyed using the train and even visited the station for cakes and coffees before leaving for home. We had a very good meal at The Black Swan during our stay. There are plenty of shops very close by for all our needs. We would certainly like to use the cottage again in the future. We found the parking reasonably easy opposite the cottage too.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage could do with a general upgrade,when we arrived the cooker wasn’t working ,there was no information as to where the dustbins were so we couldn’t put the rubbish out,could do with some new utensils ,saucepans etc."

    The floors had lots off dips in them as if the floorboards needed attention.There was no toilet roll holder,also the fan didn’t seem to work.we opened the window at the top of the stairs but had to close it quick as it was dropping down at one side, the vacuum cleaner smelt disgusting so could not use it.Could do with another coffee table.For the price it was for the week I would have expected better.I wonder if they are ever inspected by Sykes because reading previous reviews other people have said similar.Pickering is a great place with the railway and all the surrounding countryside and we have stayed before in another cottage but will not stay in this one again.

    Reviewed by Lesley2.5Jun 2019

  • "COTTAGE COULD DO WITH A LITTLE TLC,FAN & LIGHT OVER MIRROR IN BATHROOM NOT WORKING,TOILET ROLL HOLDER HANGING OFF THE WALL."

    THE REAR GARDEN IS A LOVELY SUN TRAP BUT IS BECOMING OVERGROWN.THERE WAS NO INFORMATION AS TO WHERE THE DUSTBINS WERE LOCATED. A LOT OF MY COMMENTS HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN MENTIONED IN EARLIER VISITORS COMMENTS IN THE VISITOR`S BOOK BUT THEY HAD BEEN CLEARLY OVERLOOKED. WITH A MINIMAL SPEND THIS COULD BE A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO STAY

    Reviewed by John4.7May 2019

  • "The cottage was in a prime location and was very clean and comfortable."

    The welcome pack we received was very much appreciated. It was within easy travelling distance to all the places we visited. There was plenty of amenities in the town of Pickering itself and we especially enjoyed the Black Swan pub were we ate on a couple of occasions, the food was really good. The only criticism we had was the lack of information about parking.

    Reviewed by Kitt4.7Apr 2019

  • "Great location ."

    Cottage difficult to find in dark . A sign on door would help .

    Reviewed by Margaret3.4Nov 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, great location."

    We really liked being able to see the trains from the window, noise was not an issue from trains - more quarry traffic in early hours that was an issue if windows were open. Loved the fire in the living room, very cosy and homely - just what we wanted for a relaxing romantic getaway. Decor was not overdone and suited the feel of the cottage, furnishings were comfy, we really liked the sofas to sit and watch TV in the evenings. Didn't do much cooking so can't comment on kitchen amenities, although it would have been good to have some oven gloves. During the course of the week there was a lack of hot water, although this wasn't a massive issue it was inconvenient at times for washing up (as there was no dishwasher) and having a bath. We felt it was unnecessary to be queried on our age (early 20's) as we had stated at the time of booking that there were only going to be two of us staying so there would be no wild parties. Would be happy to stay there again as we really enjoyed our time there and love Yorkshire, much nicer to have a home to stay in and have our own space, than being in a hotel.

    Reviewed by Tom4.7Oct 2018

  • "The cottage was in a wonderful position close to shops, cafes, restaurants and the steam railway."

    A good welcome pack of essentials was provided. Although the cottage was comfortable with good central heating for the chilly mornings and evenings it does require a little TLC particularly with some of the decor, bedding, towels and saucepans. A grill pan is really needed.

    Reviewed by David3.8Sep 2018

  • "Could not access property until 4."

    30 as there had been a water leak. Parking opposite is limited to one hour between 8am and 6pm and this is not stated in the property details. It therefore cost us £11.00 over 3 days in the long stay car park and proved very difficult. Most of the items mentioned in a previous review had been rectified and the property is comfortable and very convenient for Pickering and the railway. In general I feel the property needs a spruce up and a deep clean. The parking issues need to be pointed out in the property description as they are misleading and can cause anxiety.

    Reviewed by Angela2.5Aug 2018

  • "The settees in the room the springs had gone esp in the brown sofa."

    Couldnt sit on it at all. The shower trickled out and was terrible even to get soap off your body. The bath towels were worn out and off white grey as old. There was a hole in the wall where the toilet roll holder used to be and the toilet rolls were just left on the top of the toilet tank. The beds had winter duvets on and fsr too warm and no alternatives in cupboards. Had to buy a thin duvey ourselves. In need of desperate tlc to get back to a good standard!!

    Reviewed by Ruth1.9Jul 2018

  • "The cottage needs a good update, the cooker didn't work and cooking equipment was dirty, the whole cottage needs a lot of work doing to it."

    Upstairs floor is very squeaky,soft and broken in places, mattress in main bedroom needs replacing as you can feel all the springs. The handle on the toilet doesn't work properly and there is also a lot of damp in the dining room. Could also do with more glasses as this was a cottage for 4 and only had 3 glasses. Cottage advertises and has pictures with out door space and table and chairs. No table or chairs available just a small square at rear of property. there is a comments book at the property and all the comments say the same as us, the owner obviously doesn't read these because they date back to 2016. Location was brilliant apart from the fact that parking was a big issue and this should be made very clear when booking this cottage. The cottage is in a great place and could be brilliant if the issues are addressed, but as it stands it is being falsely advertised and needs to be changed, I'm not surprised that all the comments in the book said they would not recommend and would not return to this property regards Mrs K Fletcher

    Reviewed by Amanda2.2May 2018

  • "We stayed in this cottage last year and although in need of some updating it was clean."

    This year I was appalled at the overall cleanliness and especially the mould in the cupboard of the dining room. The doors of the cupboard did not shut so we had to wedge a chair against the cupboard for the week. I suffer from asthma which and mould is a serious irritant. My asthma during our weeks stay was the worst it has been in five years. Most of the kitchen crockery and cooking equipment had to be washed before we could use it and the floors were dirty. The mattress on the double bed was the most uncomfortable mattress we have ever had the misfortune to sleep (or not as was the case) on. After one night we moved into the room with two single beds and put our young daughter in the double. It needs to be replaced. We will never be booking this cottage again and have taken numerous photos which we will be adding to our trip advisor review to warn others who are thinking of booking.

    Reviewed by Ellie2.5Mar 2018

  • "It was lovely,cosy,welcoming,very content with everything,took grandkids and a little dog,will definately go againx"

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Feb 2018

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Hogwarts Cottage in Pickering."

    The cottage afforded clean, cosy, lovely and warm and very comfortable accommodation. We loved the proximity to the town, all the amenities and access to very local walks. Locals friendly and welcoming. Only. Minor disadvantages were lack of freezer facility to store frozen food and parking at the cottage, although both of these were easy to overcome once we were aware. Would recommend Hogwarts. 8 out 10 in all.

    Reviewed by Gail4.6Dec 2017

  • "Great location pickering is so beautiful everyone was so friendly."

    Loved it x

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0May 2017

  • "Loved our stay at the Hogwarts Cottage."

    We will certainly be returning.

    Reviewed by Katie4.2Feb 2017

  • "Poor lighting in kitchen could use some hooks behind bathroom door"

    Reviewed by Derek4.0Dec 2016

  • "Pros -It was a lovely cottage, clearly very popular."

    It had everything we needed and though we only spent a short time there it was an oasis of calm - even with the steam trains across the road, which of course we loved too. The beds were very comfy, the shower bliss, and the kitchen well equipped. We had our lunch in the sun on the back patio, eating yummy pork pies from the bakery a few doors away. There was even a Costa on the street corner! We bought flowerings from the nursery shop next door and found the market town shops round the corner totally dog friendly - never known anywhere quite so dog friendly, and the cottage was too. The sofa's and big TV were perfect for an evening in after a day on the moor at Levisham watching the steam trains. I'm sorry we didn't write this in your guest book, but I'm sure you are not short of happy visitors. It is a very pretty, bright and well appointed little cottage. Cons - not much wrong at all just the light carpets were a bit stained here and there, but I suppose it's late in the season and there's probably not been much chance to shampoo them yet. Car parking was our only issue, because we didn't get to sleep-in since the car had to be moved by 9am every morning and no return permitted within 2 hours. Not sure everyone adhered to this, but it would be ideal if there was a parking disk or similar arrangement available for parking near the cottage. Many thanks!

    Reviewed by Michela5.0Sep 2016

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with gas fire
  • Sitting room with gas fire.
  • Gas central heating with gas fires
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, 50" TV with Freeview, Blu-ray, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Free overnight parking opposite on first come, first served basis plus public car park 5 mins walk
  • Small yard with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 2 mins walk
  • Note: Due to the location, some road and railway noise can be heard.

The property

This charming, stone terraced cottage is a steam-lover's dream, situated opposite the North York Moors Steam Railway terminus in the historic market town of Pickering.

With all amenities on the doorstep, it is well placed for exploring the spectacular surrounding moorland scenery and within a half hour's drive of the seaside towns of Whitby and Scarborough.

Nicely renovated to a good standard, there is a modern galley-style kitchen and a separate dining room, with a living-flame gas fire set in a Victorian fireplace.

The cosy and comfortable sitting room is at the front of the property, again with a living-flame gas fire and boasting a 50" TV.

Upstairs, the two bedrooms are tastefully furnished, with quality bedding, the front bedroom looking directly out across to the railway station.

To the rear of the cottage is a small, enclosed sheltered courtyard - an absolute sun trap, where guests can sit and relax with a drink and listen to the steam trains puffing into the station.

A steam train trip is a must for both young and old, as it winds its way through the beautiful heather-clad moors to the small village of Grosmont.

Pickering is known as the Gateway to the North York Moors, and has an excellent array of quaint tea rooms, pubs, restaurants and a twice-weekly market held in the cobbled main street.

Enjoy a visit to the Beck Isle Museum, climb up to the castle, or try your hand at trout fishing, all within five minutes' walk.

Walkers and cyclists are spoilt for choice, with an abundance of public footpaths and trails in the area, including the wonderful Dalby Forest Outdoor Pursuit Centre, just a few miles away.

With easy access to the rugged East Coast and many nearby family attractions, including Flamingo Land and Ryedale Folk Museum, this warm and welcoming holiday home provides an excellent choice.

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About the location

PICKERING

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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas