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Wren's Nest

(Ref. 1079970)

Thirsk, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • thirsk (12)
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  • comfortable (10)
  • location (9)

25 Customer Reviews

  • "We stayed at Wren`s Nest in March 2024."

    Myself, wife(both pensioners) and disabled son.It was very nice of Helen to leave us a welcome pack on our arrival. (Lovely jam and free range eggs!)Parking is not a problem,either directly outside the cottage or on the road outside.The cottage is quaint and all the features,and quirkiness, you would expect from a 500 year old building.Some care is needed as a result.The cottage is well equipped with all the present day mod cons available.The location is superb with all amenities close by as well as being a great base to explore further afield.The pub is a few doors away and it`s a 15min. walk to Thirsk centre. Helen is a friendly and kind host without being over intrusive All round a lovely cottage and location and we have already recommended it to our family and friends.We would love to return someday. Thank you,Helen!

    Thank you John, what a lovely review. Thanks for appreciating the quirkiness of an old cottage with its steep stairs etc. We enjoyed having you to stay and we would welcome you back any day. I hope your wife’s health continues to improve. With kindregards, Helen Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely, comfortable historic cottage, excellent facilities and perfect location just a stroll from Thirsk centre."

    Thoughtful welcome pack. Easy parking on the doorstep. Also public house virtually next serving good food. Overall excellent stay.

    Great to hear you enjoyed your stay. Look forward to seeing you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Mar 2024

  • "A cosy little cottage."

    A comfortable,warm,cosy,clean cottage in a great location. A welcome basket of local produce was a lovely gesture by the owner. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

    Thank you! So pleased you had a great time. We’d welcome back anytime Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2024

  • "Great little cottage, very cosy and warm during the cold winter months."

    Very good location near the town of Thirsk, really enjoyed the stay and would be happy to go back, loved the village pub only a few doors away, would recommend

    Reviewed by Shane4.4Dec 2023

  • "A lovely cottage with everything we needed."

    The beds were so comfortable. A basket of goodies was a nice surprise also the Christmas decorations were a lovely touch. Beautiful quiet village near to Thirsk town and supermarkets. Fish and chips around the corner was not bad either. Would recommend but not for those who can't manage steep stairs.

    Thanks for your lovely feedback. So happy that you had a lovely Christmas at Wrens Nest. We’d welcome you back anytime. Happy new year Property Owner

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Dec 2023

  • "Such a lovely, cosy little cottage - I absolutely loved the exposed beams and the living room was very snug."

    It was also very well equipped and everything was within walking distance. I'd love to stay again!

    Thanks Lizzie. We’d love to have you stay with us. Until next time Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lizzie4.4Nov 2023

  • "Great location ."

    Beautiful cottage. We aLeo loved our welcome hamper. The only thing that needs improvement would be the baby facilities as the high chair didn’t have a table connection for my son to eat off and the travel cot didn’t have a mattress so we had to use blankets for him to lay on.

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Sep 2023

  • "Great location, the village is peaceful but you are minutes away from thirsk centre, aldi tesco and lidl a 5 min drive."

    20 mins from the moors and 30 mins from york and several other brilliant things to do. i will say that the cottage itself though lovely needed a couple of things replacing or fixing such as the dining table which had a very dodgy leg and some plastering in the second bedroom due to a spot of damp maybe? totally understandable consdering the age of the property but needs to be rectified as my son slept next to it and it did concern me a little. lovely touch of flapjacks, eggs and jam left for us to eat and tea/coffee facilities. beds were super comfy! very clean and tidy. all in all great base to explore north yorkshire.

    Thanks for your feedback & glad you lived our cottage. The table by leg has been fixed now once you alerted me to it and we have a builder booked to repair the wall. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Aug 2023

  • "Lovely small cosy old cottage set back from tree lined road with wide grass verges."

    Ideal for walking the dogs straight out of front door in either direction and easy attractive walk into Thirsk town centre. Historic towns, properties, and rural walks a short drive away so we had a very enjoyable holiday out and about each day. Also thanks we were allowed to extend our holiday for one day just before the holiday started.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2023

  • "Well equiped, lovely location."

    Owner very helpful and nice touch like leaving a welcome pack on arrival. Can highly recommend a visit to the local The Crown and Anchor. All in all, had a lovely stay and would return. Mary.

    Reviewed by Mary3.8Apr 2023

  • "Lovely stay in this cosy cottage."

    Would recommend, and owner very accommodating with us. Lovely complimentaries on arrival. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Nov 2022

  • "The cottage is lovely."

    Comfortable and warm. The owners are very professional prompt and kind. The garden is well planted and pretty even in November! The guide provided to the area and the property most helpful. We are happy to recommend.

    So glad you had a lovely time. Welcome back at any time Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Nov 2022

  • "An excellent cottage."

    Really comfortable, warm and clean. Exceptionally comfortable beds, including the single, with quality bed linen. Kitchen appliances easy to use, with plenty of pots, pans, basins, cutlery and crockery. Parking outside the front door was a bonus and not a problem leaving our car on the road. We were very impressed with Sowerby. It was quiet, very good pub on the doorstep, easy to travel out from and a most interesting walk into Thirsk. Thirsk was also a revelation with its range of pubs, local shops and friendly atmosphere. We shall definitely be returning.

    Thanks Gaynor. So pleased you had a lovely holiday and we would welcome you back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gaynor5.0Oct 2022

  • "Smell damp/fusty smell on entering the property."

    windows had been left open in lounge and bedroom. Had to close once in for traffic noise. Damp on twin bedroom wall believe mentioned in other reviews now seen, covered by a sheet - friends chose not to stay. Kettle is in dire need of a de-scaling. Had to pop to tesco and buy new one!

    Reviewed by Su2.8Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage enjoyed our stay a little small inside but was very clean and tidy comfortable beds would return again, crown and anchor pub is near by + only 10-15 minute walk into Thirsk nice market town with bakers,tea rooms,chippy and more pubs."

    Nice owner left us a welcome pack phone to tell us the cottage was ready we could go in early and phone wishing us a safe journey home.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay. We B look forward to welcoming you back to Wren’s Next. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Jul 2022

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful part of Yorkshire."

    However, I would not recommend it for families with young children as the bathroom is downstairs and the stairs are very steep and uneven due to the age of the cottage and there is no stair gate. The kitchen is very small but well-equipped. Unfortunately, there was a lot of noise from 2 large barking dogs in the attached cottage. Also the twin bedroom was having work done to remedy dampness in the wall right next to the bed. However The beds are very comfortable and the cottage is full of character. We had a great holiday here.

    Reviewed by Sharron3.4Jul 2022

  • "It was a lovely little cottage with a short, picturesque walk into Thirsk."

    We shall definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "Already fed back directly and trust damp in back bedroom sorted."

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely village ;pub very close by ,garden was lovely a short ..."

    Lovely cottage in a lovely village ;pub very close by ,garden was lovely a short walk in to Thirsk the only negatives were the stairs were very steep and a bigger couch would have been great but overall a great experience

    Reviewed by Carl4.7Apr 2022

  • "I spent three lovely weeks here!"

    The cottage is small but cosy. It’s got everything you need. It’s 50m from the lively local pub and a short walk into the beautiful market town. The welcome basket and flowers were a lovely touch. The owners kept in contact and made sure we had everything we needed. I recommend this as a wonderful little cottage for your break, right in the heart of North Yorkshire. Thank you Helen for your wonderful cottage. I didn’t want to leave.

    Reviewed by Elliot5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had such a wonderful stay at Wren’s Nest."

    Everything was lovely, and as we were told it would be. We are a family of 4 from inner city London. Our two small children loved the cottage and Thirsk & Sowerby so much, they never wanted to leave it even for day’s out! The location is superb, the cottage is clean, warm & cosy, and the owners were so lovely to check in on us to see how we were getting on. They also welcomed us with a basket of local goodies, which was the sweetest of gestures. There is parking for a small family car directly outside the cottage and the pretty market town of Thirsk is just a 10 minute walk away. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the kitchen is perfectly equipped, the bathroom has everything you need (primarily hot water!) & the sweet garden out the back is a lovely spot for morning tea. The only reason we wouldn’t recommend Wren’s Nest is because we want to keep it a secret! Thank you for such a nice stay. And thank you to Yorkshire for just being so beautiful and full of lovely people.

    Reviewed by Cathi4.7Feb 2022

  • "Fantastic. Lovely place."

    Helen rang to see if we were ok and the welcome package was a lovely gesture.

    Thanks so much. Glad you had a lovely time and see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2021

  • "The property was advertised as a two bedroom house."

    However one room was not usable due to a significant damp problem and the presence of a dehumidifier which had to be emptied regularly. The furniture was all out of place so drawers etc .again not usable. The shower in the bath was cold to very like warm. Neither the shower nor the stairs were suitable for anyone with any physical difficulties and this should be highlighted.

    I am sorry that you feel so disappointed with your stay. I made the mistake of assuming the 2 of you would be in the king bedroom. Thanks for highlighting the cottage may be unsuitable for people with mobility issues. I shall change the listing. I have privately responded and made amends. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine1.6Oct 2021

  • "We visited Thirsk for a short break and stayed at Wrens Nest which is a beautiful cottage,which is very quaint but with all the mod cons."

    It is extremely comfortable, we were met with a lovely hamper by the owner which was unexpected but greatly received. I will definitely visit again and encourage anyone wanting to book this cottage up to do so.

    Thanks for such lovely feedback and I am so pleased you had such a lovely time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Aug 2021

  • "Warm welcome, comfortable home, great location for touring North Yorkshire."

    Lovely neighbourhood. Lovely lovely lovely. Sad to have to leave.

    Very welcome. You were lovely guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, coffee machine, fridge/freezer, washing machine & dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi, Bose sound system, Nintendo Wii with games and selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Starter pack for woodburner provided
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for one small car, plus additional roadside parking on a first come, first served basis
  • Garden with lawn, patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Bike/storage shed with lock
  • Two well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.7 miles, pub 0.1 mile
  • Note: Garden is located approximately 15 metres away and is accessed via a shared pathway
  • Please note: Not suitable for guests with mobility issues due to narrow, steep staircase and over bath shower facility
  • Property is child friendly
  • Off road parking available

The property

Thirsk 0.5 miles.

Nestled in the heart of the charming village of Sowerby rests this Grade II listed cottage, Wren's Nest.

Over 500 years old, this Tudor cottage makes the perfect base for a small family looking to explore.

The white cliffs of Sutton Bank and the Kilburn White Horse are just down the road.

Stepping inside, be charmed by the rustic character of this lovely dwelling, decorated with traditional wooden beams and featuring a warming woodburning stove, inviting you to kick off your shoes and put your feet up in front of the television to unwind with a cup of tea.

Head through to the amply-equipped kitchen, boasting a traditional yet contemporary design and housing all of the modern amenities necessary to prepare a heart-warming meal for your group, gathering your loved ones around the shabby chic dining table to serve your culinary delights.

End each day in style with a leisurely seat amongst the tranquil greenery of the garden, toasting a glass of fizz to an unforgettable holiday as you enjoy a solace escape from the hustle and bustle of real life.

As the evening grows darker, head back inside and prepare for bed with a leisurely soak in the tub, situated on the ground-floor for your convenience, and climb the stairs to retire for the evening under the intimate setting of the wooden beams in one of the two bedrooms, with the choice between a king-size and a twin, both of which have White Company cotton bed linen.

Treat your loved ones to a delicious homecooked meal at the nearby pub, the Crown & Anchor, serving traditional pub grub alongside refreshing pints of real ale, providing the perfect setting to relax after a fun-filled day exploring your scenic surroundings.

Head to the nearby town of Thirsk where you'll be spoilt for choice with the selection of eateries, serving something to cater for everyone, or if you'd prefer, head to one of the well-stocked supermarkets to pick up some last-minute ingredients to prepare a delicious meal from the comfort of your holiday home.

Get dressed up to the nines and enjoy a spot of horseracing at Thirsk Racecourse, explore the fascinating heritage on display at The World Of James Herriot, the former home of the well-known veterinary author, or pick up a keepsake at Thirsk Market.

A fantastic cycling area, keen cyclists will enjoy the pump track and cyclocross course at Sutton Bank and the endless mountain biking routes in Kilburn Woods nearby.

Venture further afield and explore the picturesque landscapes of the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, both decorated with open moorland, woodland and rolling hills waiting to be explored.

Enjoy a rural retreat with a stay at Wren's Nest.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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