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Sunbeck Gatehouse

(Ref. 28064)

Raskelf near Easingwold, Vale of York & Yorkshire Wolds Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely comfortable accommodation."

    Beautiful gardens. Peaceful location. Ideal for local walks and for exploring further afield. Richard and Shirley made us feel very welcome. We are hoping to return next year.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2023

  • "Richard met us on arrival."

    He was very welcoming, warm and friendly, as was Shirley when we met her. We enjoyed the Yorkshire Brack that Richard and Shirley left for us. They were close by and happy to help in any way, but did not intrude on us at all. We found the cottage very comfortable and well equipped. We also really enjoyed the beautiful garden. Sitting in the conservatory with a cuppa, watching the numerous little birds feeding, was so enjoyable. We would strongly recommend this cottage to future visitors.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Sep 2023

  • "Richard & Shirley made us so welcome at their property it was in the perfect location surrounded by farm fields there were so many birds we could not keep count of the different species,also lots places to sit and enjoy the surroundings,your'e both doing a lovely job on your garden,good look to both of you."

    Terry & Chris

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely quiet place to stay, plenty of birds on the feeders, a lovely pond to sit by and watch the dragonflies."

    Plenty of garden space to chill in. Nearest pub just a short drive away.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is a small cottage set in absolutely stunning garden grounds."

    Very peaceful and great to watch the birds, squirrels and hedgehogs go about their daily routines. The nearest village of Raskelf has a pub which serves good food and Easingwold is within a short drive.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Aug 2023

  • "Great little holiday retreat."

    Everything you need and lovely hosts. Richard and Shirley were great, there if you needed anything but left you alone to enjoy the solitude. The conservatory was a great place to sit, read and watch the birds on the plentiful feeders(range of Tits, Goldfinches even a couple of Woodpeckers.) We used it as a base to explore part our own county that we knew little of. All in all a lovely stay in a lovely property. We will be going back

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2023

  • "As soon as we arrived we knew this was a good choice to spend our week."

    The delightful garden welcomed us, as did the cake. Inside the property was well organised and furnished for our needs. The main pleasure was sitting at the dinning table enjoying the view of the various birds. This was a great location for visiting York and many other lovely attractions. A great scenic drive to Whitby. If you are looking for peace, beautiful villages and great pubs, highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely little single storey apartment, just what we were looking for."

    Beautiful gardens and plenty of wildlife around, the bird tables provided excellent views of garden birds, lovely to watch while enjoying breakfast. The cats were very lively and full of life, as cat owners we had no issue with them being about. Very quiet, peaceful area, would come back here, again.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely holiday at Sunbeck."

    Richard and Shirley were very friendly. The accommodation is excellent, we cannot fault it. The garden was amazing, Shirley gave me some purple poppy seeds which I’m hoping will grow next year as a reminder of our stay there. The wildlife was brilliant, we saw different birds including a woodpecker! We also saw a hedgehog

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Jun 2023

  • "A very restful week in a beautiful setting."

    Although we had to go home knowing we had a lot of work to do in our garden!

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2023

  • "A really happy place to stay with lovely gardens and a good location."

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2023

  • "A perfect retreat for our thoroughly enjoyable week in North Yorkshire."

    Shirley & Richard were very friendly hosts and their Sunbeck Gatehouse is a credit to them - an ideal base for couples seeking a quiet place to stay but within easy short drives to various walks / tourist attractions. Sunbeck is cosy but practical and had everything needed for a great stay (incl. a very comfy bed!) We visited Yorkshire Heart Vineyard, Beacon Alpacas & various National Trust properties - all within 30 mins or so of Sunbeck. Pub dining wise, try The Greyhound (Bagby) and The Stapylton Arms (Wass). We'd give a thumbs up also to the Old Black Bull (Raskelf) & New Inn (Tholthorpe).

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful peaceful relaxing cosy cottage , owners friendly"

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Apr 2023

  • "Our holiday was thoroughly enjoyed."

    Richard & Sheila were very nice & helpful but not invasive. We loved to sit in the many places in their garden watching the wild life. It was a very relaxing break. The cottage was perfect in lovely surroundings and would certainly think about going back.

    Reviewed by Leonard5.0Jul 2022

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage in beautiful gardens, so peaceful and relaxing."

    Enjoyed watching the wildlife and being allowed to walk around the owners gardens, which were easily as good as the ones we had to pay to look around.The friendly owners were helpful without being intrusive.The area around Raskelf and Easingwold has plenty to explore.A perfect holiday for us.

    Reviewed by Joy5.0Jun 2022

  • "We loved the garden and were made welcome by the owners."

    Watching the various birds at the feeders was a particular highlight, and finding newts living in the pond was a pleasant surprise. The property is well situated and convenient for touring this area of North Yorkshire. Excellent Morrisons in Boroughbridge.

    Reviewed by Colin4.4Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful, clean and comfortable cottage set in the most beautiful garden."

    If you enjoy peace and beauty this is for you. Freedom to wander grounds with lots of places to sit and relax. Kind, welcoming owners onsite but no intrusion at all. Close to many pretty towns and villages in beautiful scenery. Local pubs serve good food. We will return to this one for sure.

    Reviewed by Muriel5.0May 2022

  • "We had here a wonderful stay."

    Quiet and a magnificent garden with many kinds of birds. Richard and Shirley were great hostes.

    Reviewed by Wietze5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great place to stay for a quiet break"

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Apr 2022

  • "Shirley and Richard were extremely friendly and helpful."

    Their cottage has a wonderful conservatory where you can view the garden and see all the different birds. A lovely quiet place to stay. Many thanks Iris and Rich Wood

    Reviewed by Iris4.7Apr 2022

  • "A comfortable and well equipped cottage in the owner’s beautiful garden."

    One of the best we have stayed at. This was a really peaceful location but handy for seeing many of the lovely attractions of Yorkshire. We had an especially great day at Thirsk races, and lovely walk at Beningbrough. Many thanks to Sheila and Richard.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Sep 2021

  • "I really enjoyed my stay here out in the country."

    Friendly and helpful owners on site. Lovely and peaceful garden. Comfortable accommodation and well equipped. Especially enjoyed watching the birds at the feeders from the patio/conservatory. A good base for visiting places of interest : 30 mins drive to Fountains Abbey and Studley Water Gardens, 22 mins drive to Newby Abbey, 30 mins to outskirts of York. Would like to visit here again and thoroughly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2021

  • "Owners very considerate as the property was in their beautiful garden."

    Reviewed by John4.7Jul 2021

  • "My Husband and I have just returned home after spending a very enjoyable holiday at Sunbeck Gatehouse."

    The owners were friendly and helpful throughout our stay. We were able to enjoy their magnificent gardens, watch the birds darting here and there and seek shade in the various seating areas within the garden. About 2 miles away in the village of Raskelf is the Old Black Bull public house. The landlord was very welcoming and the Sunday lunch was exceptional (booking essential). To avoid any crowded places we visited The Yorkshire Arboretum near Castle Howard and Duncome Park in Helmsley both places were well worth a visit. Easingwold is about 4mls away and Thirsk about 8mls away. All in all a very relaxing and enjoyable stay. Mr and Mrs Ralphs, Lancashire

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2021

  • "A great holiday at a delightful cottage in a superb garden."

    Shirley and Richard were great hosts and went out of their way to share their knowledge of the area. The cottage gardens are a haven for wildlife and birds and there are lots of peaceful areas where you can sit and enjoy the gardens.

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.7Jun 2021

  • "It was a lovely peaceful property set in a wonderful garden, the owners were very friendly, on top of that we had fantastic weather, what more could you want!"

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jun 2021

  • "The location and with the accommodation being on its own and the beautiful gardens meant we had a very peaceful and relaxing holiday."

    The owners also made us very welcome and there was nothing too much trouble for them

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jun 2021

  • "Superb accommodation."

    Perfectly placed for walking. Shirley’s garden is beautiful and the most relaxing place to be. Richards bird feeders attract many species and I managed to count 17, thanks to the book of birds. Love to return in the future. Geoff & Shirley. I

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.7May 2021

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and the gardens were a delight."

    Lots of seating to watch the bird life on the feeders and trees. The owners were on hand if you needed anything and very welcoming. A lovely cottage and we would love to return.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Apr 2021

  • "Cottage was lovely."

    Very quiet area in a rural location. Owners, Richard and Sheila were a delight - very friendly and approachable. Gardens were excellent and clearly a lot of time spent on them. Not only would we go back but we have already booked. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, setting and hosts."

    Nice base for touring around North Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by Doug5.0Sep 2020

  • "Truly wonderful cottage, set in owners gardens, which were a picture."

    Lots of places to sit and relax. Bird feeders were always full of birds inc great spotted woodpecker, what a treat! Both Shirley and Richard were very helpful, Shirley highly knowledgeable with plants etc. All major attractions were easily accessible. Local restaurants were very good, Chinese--New inn, Huby, Steaks etc The Oak Tree Inn, Helperby. and Italian--Valentinos Ripon. Wonderful rural location away from all noise. We had a marvelous relaxing, restful time. Would certainly book again

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2020

  • "A warm welcome by the owners , everything clean and tidy and set in a stunning garden."

    Definitely make a return visit!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Aug 2020

  • "The cottage is well maintained, comfortable and equipped."

    Set in the owners beautiful gardens it is a tranquil place to relax and unwind. The owners Shirley and Richard were very welcoming and when unfortunately our holiday had to end prematurely due to illness, Shirley and Richard could not have been more kind, supportive and giving us every assistance.

    Reviewed by Rhett4.7Sep 2019

  • "Could be justme but the mattress felt very soft and maybe needs changing."

    Aside from that it was an excellent stay and the owners were superb throughout. Thorough;y enjoyable

    Reviewed by Hafiz4.7Jul 2019

  • "The owners are very welcoming and allowed us free access to their fanrtastic garden."

    Looking out on the garden from the dining table, and watching the birds on the feeder, was a real highlight of our holiday. We really appreciated being able to store our tandem bicycle (and park our car) under cover.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jul 2019

  • "A warm welcome by Shirley and Richard was the start of a great holiday."

    We had a fabulous break from a busy working life.Very relaxing and so peaceful in the fantastic garden ,full of beautiful flowers and wildlife galore.The cottage had everything you need ,nice comfy bed , good shower and comfy seating in the lounge.The conservatory was an added bonus allowing us to take advantage of all the wildlife to watch. Nice countryside walks on peaceful evenings .The Eden Camp is well worth a visit ,and the workhouse museum at Pateley Bridge was excellent .Many thanks to Shirley and Richard for letting us stay in their lovely cottage. Shirley and David

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2019

  • "The owners was very helpful."

    location of the place was fantastic, nice and quite with a great garden to sit it.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2019

  • "Cottage was 5 * fantastic gardens full of birds and wildlife the sun room was a great place to relax and have breakfast."

    The owners made you feel so welcome and like part of the family.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2018

  • "Situated in a very quiet area with nice views."

    Enjoyed our stay, it was our second visit. Cottage very clean and comfortable. Hosts live on site and are very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Roy4.4Sep 2018

  • "Nice property and exremley nice people"

    Reviewed by S.5.0Jul 2018

  • "Sunbeck Gatehouse is a wonderful place to relax and have a great holiday."

    The garden and the owners are a real treat. Hospitality is second to none. We would definitely have another holiday at the gatehouse.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jun 2018

  • "Superb cottage in very pleasant grounds,quiet location,excellent hosts."

    Reviewed by William5.0May 2018

  • "The owners Shirley and Richard were very helpful and did all they could to make our stay enjoyable."

    The location was right for us, and the lovely gardens were a big bonus. We wished we had booked for a longer stay!

    Reviewed by Paul4.4May 2018

  • "S good clean let very nice owners great garden very nice and quiet only noise was bird songs"

    Reviewed by John4.7May 2018

  • "The host Richard and Shirley very very welcoming."

    The gardens for our use were private and pristine, a gardners paradise. Only downfall no wifi, but for a week one can survive.

    Reviewed by Jacqui4.6Jul 2017

  • "The garden was perfect,only complaint was it was slightly too small but we new that when we booked."

    Would recommend this property as excellent.Brian and Pat

    Reviewed by Brian4.8May 2017

  • "Wonderful holiday cottage set in truly beautiful gardens."

    Quiet, peaceful yet not far from villages & places of interest. Welcoming, friendly owners we most certainly will be returning. Sue & Will

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2017

  • "Accessible to local places of interest."

    Reviewed by Jean4.6Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor: One double bedroom with TV
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, sun room dining area over looking the garden.
  • Electric heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, use of owner's washing machine and tumble dryer, 2 x TVs with FreeSat, Wi-Fi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Front and rear courtyard with patio, lawned area, orchard, pond and decked area with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: Cottage is not suitable for children.

The property

Raskelf 2 miles.

An attractive, detached cottage adjoining the owners' house in wide, open countryside, just two miles from the village of Raskelf and four miles from the market town of Easingwold.

Set over the ground floor, this warm and cosy Easingwold cottage is ideal for a couple to enjoy a country break in this beautiful and historical area and is perfect for exploring the stunning scenery of the Howardian Hills, the Vale of York and the eastern Dales before returning to a lovely haven of peace and tranquillity.

The cottage is set amongst one and a half acres of the owners' superb gardens, with both formal and wild gardens, a lovely orchard and, the centrepiece of the outstanding layout, a beautiful pond with extensive decking to sit out and enjoy the local wildlife.

The accommodation in this Raskelf cottage consists of an open- plan living area with well-equipped kitchen, cosy sitting area with French doors to a private sitting out area, and a small dining area.

A shower room and delightful double bedroom complete the layout and all the windows afford pretty views of the surrounding gardens.

Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this Raskelf cottage offers superb walking opportunities, with a wide network of public footpaths.

The elegant Georgian town of Easingwold has a wide cobbled market square, lined with an array of quality shops, cafes and traditional inns offering fine dining.

Visit the nearby city of York and tour the National Railway Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre and the spectacular Minster and be sure to walk the medieval city walls for a unique view of this wonderful city.

With the pretty country towns of Helmsley, Thirsk and Hovingham close by and attractions such as Rievaulx Abbey and Castle Howard to enjoy, this Raskelf cottage is a splendid base for a relaxing romantic holiday.

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About the location


Easingwold 3 miles; York 14 miles.

The small historic village of Raskelf with its beautiful old church, wooden steeple and quaint farm shop lies between the city of York and the Hambleton Hills, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Picturesque and peaceful, it is a perfect introduction to "Herriot Country", with the village itself boasting two traditional pubs and delightful Georgian architecture whilst being surrounded by rolling countryside on all sides. The lovely old market town of Easingwold is nearby, boasting a pretty market square and a good selection of shops, pubs and cafes, whilst York with its famous Minster, medieval walls, the Railway museum and the Yorvik centre, is just a short drive away. The Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors and Coast are also within easy touring distance and are rich in stately homes and National Trust attractions - Harewood House and Castle Howard being just two of several within an hour's drive.