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The Sidings

(Ref. 939239)

Pickering, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage, well situated for our trip on the santa express, and all shops and restaurants."

    Nice run into Whitby even in December. Slight problem to get into our parking slot but soon sorted, on the whole a lovely short pre Christmas break children enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Christine3.8Dec 2023

  • "Access to the property could be an issue to some due to steepness of road and the access steps."

    This did not spoil our stay despite my husbands limited mobility.

    Reviewed by Brian3.8Sep 2023

  • "Cottage was in a great location."

    Children really enjoyed the top bedroom. Car parking was advertised for one car. On arrival we were confronted by an unhappy neighbour. The space is located on steep lane if we had been disabled this might have been a struggle. We rarely used the space because there were work vehicles blocking access throughout the week. Garden was inaccurately advertised. The view on the site is the back garden and it was a communal area rather than for sole use. The neighbour was lovely and friendly, but if seeking complete privacy, this is not made clear.

    Reviewed by Maureen2.5Aug 2023

  • "Cottage was delightful."

    Oldly worldly with beams etc. It was very comfortable with good quality furniture and fittings. We were most impressed. Owner seems to have thought of everything we might need plus it was a very short walk into the heart of Pickering. No need to take the car.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jul 2023

  • "Brilliant location for the town centre and the North York’s Moors Railway."

    Pleasant courtyard to sit in with a friendly neighbour . the sidings is a heritage building that was comfortable and reasonably well appointed, but one or two things need attention. The taps cannot be fully turned off and the fridge was very noisy. Enjoyed our stay though.

    Reviewed by M4.7Jun 2023

  • "We had a very pleasant, comfortable week at The Sidings in July."

    Note that there is no washing machine or dishwasher, even though it sleeps up to 6. That didn't bother just the two of us at all. There was a slight problem understanding the parking situation - please be aware that the 'road' in front of the cottage is a footpath which narrows at the top and it is perfectly okay to park on it providing you don't try to park on the stepped footpath running alongside. There are instructions and photographs in the Visitors pack in the cottage. Our car was really safe there and it is far away from the main road. It is a property which is full of character and which is surprisingly spaceous. Very clean and comfortable and in a great location for exploring all around this part of Yorkshire. The nearby North Yorkshire Railway didn't bother us with noise at all - but it is an expensive return ride to Whitby at £45 each and a long journey with stops and starts (but maybe we were unlucky.) A lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Jun 2023

  • "A nice place to stay."

    Central to coast and moors. Would stay there again.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Aug 2022

  • "Absolutely loved the cottage, the area , and Yorkshire."

    Will definitely be back. The cottage was clean, comfortable and well equipped with everything we needed. Perfect

    Reviewed by Stacy5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very well situated and enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2022

  • "This was a great location to explore the Yorkshire Moors."

    This property is set in the fantastic village of Pickering with a host of pubs, eateries and bakeries, all within walking distance. We will definitely be booking this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Kate4.4Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in good location."

    Slightly difficult with mobility scooter due to steps to enter but we managed. Very cosy.

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Oct 2021

  • "Nice area. Easy to park once you look at the picture supplied in the cottage."

    Nice bedrooms and bathroom. Can stand looking out the door at the steam engines. Doesn’t get much better than that.

    Reviewed by Daniel4.7Jul 2021

  • "What a beautifully located quiet little cottage, with parking right outside, ..."

    What a beautifully located quiet little cottage, with parking right outside, comfy beds and sofa, perfect location for shops, pubs/cafes, and of course right next to the station, we could see the beautiful steam engines from our cottage, will definitely return to The Sidings

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jul 2021

  • "It would be useful to have more pamphlets of local things to do available at the property."

    Everything was pretty well as we expected, so no complaints and had an enjoyable holiday

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Jul 2020

  • "Location was excellent as we wanted to be by the steam railway for the gala, however a number of times our car got blocked in and we had to ask people from neighbouring properties to let us out when we wanted to go elsewhere."

    (Not the fault of the property owner) The cottage is Quirky and has character but we missed little finishing touches like soap in the bathroom, a basics welcome pack, hairdryer and I never found the stairgate. Although I knew there was no WiFi or washing machine, I did miss the washing machine particularly as it was a wet week and we did get wet/muddy a number of times. Please bear this in mind when booking.

    Reviewed by Nicola3.8Sep 2019

  • "The cottage is perfectly situated for the railway (literally over the road so you see and hear them all day)."

    Quiet location with sun trap seating area to rear. Parking space handy with on street parking for additional cars nearby. Nicely furnished with everything we needed for the week, owners couldn't be me more helpful, and Pickering itself is a couple minutes walk away. Great stay and we'll be back again.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Aug 2019

  • "Cottage was nice although floorboards very creaky upstairs and the neighbours ..."

    Cottage was nice although floorboards very creaky upstairs and the neighbours were not friendly which sometimes made it uncomfortable when sitting in garden

    Reviewed by Malcolm3.8Jul 2019

  • "Really enjoyed our holiday, the cottage is lovley and in a great location."

    The only thing that could improve it the teenagers said was to have wifi.

    Reviewed by Kirsty4.7Jul 2019

  • "I found this cottage clean and tidy, but I think it needs a bit of love."

    There were no “little extras” that we have had in previous cottages. I had to go out and buy a can opener as there wasn’t one that I could see.

    Reviewed by Sheila3.1Apr 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings"

    Reviewed by Juliet4.7Apr 2019

  • "A really cosy cottage, beautifully situated for walking in the Peak District."

    Highly recommendable, especially for families, as there is the odd farm animal too.

    Reviewed by Mark Timothy4.1Aug 2018

  • "The whole booking experience was excellent and we were kept well-informed throughout."

    We really enjoyed our stay at The Sidings. It was very comfortable, well located and quiet with a very short to Pickering High Street and just across the road from the NYMR.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2018

  • "The holiday was fine."

    . the booking with Sykes was frustrating.. 2 minutes after booking we realised it didn't have a washing machine . We rang Sykes to try quickly cancel and find somewhere else but the woman on the phone was rude and abrupt ..she wouldn't let us without charging a fee even though we'd only booked two minutes prior.. she was aggressive and unhelpful and inflamed a situation that I'm sure could have easily been talked about on a civilised way..If she spoke to my customers like that I'd sack her immediately irrespective of company booking policies..

    Reviewed by Rebecca3.5Dec 2017

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  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x double, 1 x second floor twin
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, TV with Freeview, DVD, selection of books and games
  • WI-FI, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and stairgate
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 5 mins walk
  • Note: Sloping ceilings and open stairs in twin room; there is a stairgate which can be fitted.

The property

The Sidings is a Grade II listed cottage steeped in history and was reputedly once a bakery and a public house, set in the thriving and historic market town of Pickering at the foot of the glorious North Yorkshire Moors National Park.

Nowadays it is a lovely cosy cottage with original beams set over three floors with three bedrooms, including a twin room on the second floor.

There is also a kitchen with a dining area where you can enjoy a meal together before relaxing in the sitting room.

The attractive patio is a real suntrap and is a perfect retreat for relaxing and alfresco dining at the picnic table.

Stroll across the road and embark on the Pullman Dining Train for an unforgettable lunch, afternoon tea or evening meal in luxurious style.

The cottage has off road parking just outside the front door and with so many options for exploring this fantastic area you can head off for a great adventure and the car can stay put!

There is a good bus service linking all the towns, villages, moors and coast.

Hop on and off the bus and sample some of the excellent walks on offer.

The Sidings offers tantalising views towards the North Yorkshire Moors Railway station and the railway is one of the world's greatest heritage railway experiences, seeing the 24 miles of amazing scenery is an absolute must.

For Harry Potter fans Hogsmeade Station is really Goathland in disguise!

The drive to Whitby is across the atmospheric and undulating moors whilst Scarborough is a pleasant and scenic route passing through pretty villages.

The North Yorkshire Moors is not all about the emotive landscape; comprising of over 1400 miles of pine forests, shimmering coastline, amazing wildlife, castles, abbeys and mile after mile of some great off-road cycling this National Park is breathtakingly beautiful.

The area is dotted with exceptionally pretty villages with hearty pubs serving traditional Yorkshire fayre making this a great choice for families and friends alike who are looking to explore the area.

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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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter