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Thirley Cotes Cottage

Harwood Dale near Scarborough, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 7480)



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  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
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62 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is in a lovely quiet location just what we wanted for our dogs over bonfire night."

    We were a bit perturbed to find mouse droppings under the kitchen sink but thought it may be a one off but they were back each day after cleaning what we really didn't expect was mould on the cooker knobs,Dirty blinds and some type of damp repair next to dodgy wiring . We then went upstairs where the bed is lovely and clean what wasn't lovely was the spilled drink stain on the bedside table and the jif cleaning cream left dried onto the the uncleaned bath. Once we had cleaned everything you can then sit back on the charity shop settee which is different to the picture on the website if your wondering how i know its charity shop ...the price sticker is still on the side like i said sit back and marvel at the slapdash nature of the painting with previous colours showing under the new colour . If this is a bit much go upstairs and have a soak in the newly cleaned bath and watch the twinkle of the light through the dirty,dusty ripped lightshade in the bathroom. We approached the owner with our concerns who was very unhelpful,unconcerned and didn't even offer an apology . There are also no facilities for recycling Please don't let this review put you off visiting the area as it is beautiful we will be back next year just not at Thirley Cotes cottage or the neighbouring Maws cottage. It would even make us think twice about booking with Sykes if this is the standard of their 3 tick accomodation

    Reviewed by PhillipNov 2021

  • "The owner is a lovely man who was there if you needed him he gave us more logs and firelighters for the fire but the cottage is old and tired and is in need of a full refurbishment electrical wiring fixed on outside of walls and timber, blinds in kitchen dirty lampshades floors the same, all need attention and the sofas uncomfortable not the same on photos shown on website the one positive note was that the bed and bedding on the other hand was clean and very comfortable."

    But as said previously the cottage is dull and untidy in many parts also didn't help finding mice droppings under the kitchen sink Saturday morning there was an electrical device there to keep them at bay but to no avail as we found more droppings on the kitchen floor Sunday morning!!! It has a large garden but not safe to let dogs out alone as 5 bar gate was always open to the side of the cottage that leads onto a lane even if it was shut small dogs could get through so your dogs have to be on leads to be safe. how the cottage is rated 4 stars is beyond me. If the owner renovated the cottage changed furnishings and made the outdoor area safe for your dogs to run freely then I would recommend it but until that time I wouldn't go back.

    Reviewed by GaryOct 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage, was well looked after."

    Beautiful garden area perfect for the dogs to have a play around. Lots of access to public footpaths and about 20 minutes from Whitby, Robin Hood’s bay and Scarborough beach. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by ShaunOct 2021

  • "We really enjoyed the experience of staying in a 16th century cottage."

    It was cosy and warm and had every amenity needed. The owner was often around and ready to answer any questions. He just let us get on with our very enjoyable holiday. It was a delightful stay. We would have given 5 stars rating for everything but for 2 problems. If you have a mobility handicap. be aware the stairs are fairly steep but there are handrails either side to pull yourself up. The other problem is that there is not a built in shower. It is a deep bath only. My husband loved it but I climbed in and could not get out My husband is deaf and did not hear me shouting for assistance. Sitting in a deep bath awaiting his return from a walk was not pleasant. We would love to return but not until a shower cabinet is fitted,

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2021

  • "The area is beautiful, the local pub (3 Jolly Sailors) excellent, and the setting is also very pleasant."

    The cottage was nice, more or less as expected. We found your coastal towns very busy and the roads into and out of Scarborough clogged with traffic both am and pm. The area attractions were all up to standard with the Birds of Prey and the Lavender location excellent. We enjoyed our visit.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "Overall it is a lovely, very clean, dog friendly cottage."

    The adjoining door is not soundproof so you can hear the people next door talking and hear their TV. The settee and chair are not very comfortable.

    Reviewed by TeresaAug 2021

  • "Beautiful place delightful cottage and comfortable"

    Reviewed by IreneAug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage beautiful area nice walks and dog friendly will return soon"

    Reviewed by CliffJul 2021

  • "This Cottage is really warm and cosy was a bit dusty in places and needs a little TLC."

    It has a lot of potential to look fab. Can't really understand the green gaudy paint on the woodwork. The owner was working on the adjoining cottage and whilst he was working he had the TV on and it was as though you were in the same room as it was right next to the adjoining door which was only an old fashioned latch door. I would suggest that any other renters check the alarm clock as the alarm clock in the bedroom came on full blast in the middle of the night, and its not funny. The cottage has a brilliant garden, so large and plenty of room for the dogs to have a little wander. We really liked this cottage and the brilliant location to Scarborough, Whitby and Filey .

    Reviewed by PhillipOct 2020

  • "There is no electric razor point and NO grab rails on the bath."

    An installed shower would be an improvement.There is only a rubber hose to fix on the taps.

    Reviewed by BrendaSep 2020

  • "We were generally happy with the accommodation but felt it was just in need of a bit of TLC."

    Some attention to relatively minor aspects over the winter months could transform this cottage. It would benefit from a simple coat of paint throughout. New blinds to the kitchen window and main door would help with a good clean of the windows inside and out. There was only an old yard brush and small dust pan for cleaning so a better provision would be useful eg a vacuum cleaner and small dust pan and brush, especially for cleaning the open fire area, a feature which is very welcome and adds to the rustic charm of the cottage. That's the criticism now for its good points! There was a constant supply of very hot water and the central heating system is very effective in keeping the cottage warm and cosy. This cottage is not high gloss with ultra-modern facilities! If that's what people are looking for then book a Premier Inn! This cottage is not 'Premier Inn' neither should it aspire to be so - it is an old Yorkshire farm house with all the characteristics you would expect. It is in a very quiet location within easy access of coastal resorts, coastal walks and the Moors. A previous occupier mentioned that the wooden stairs were not dog-friendly. Whilst we respect the views of others, we did not find this a problem in the least as, out of courtesy to the owner and future occupiers, our dog slept quite happily on her bed downstairs! To summarise, this is a cottage with plenty of potential and attention to the relatively minor criticisms we have made should ensure its attractiveness into the next season.

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2020

  • "The cottage was listed as dog friendly."

    The staircase was wooden and varnished and was treacherous for our dogs. The couch and chair in the living room were old, tatty and filthy. The whole cottage was thick with cobwebs and so had not seen a duster or brush in years. There was no shower, just a bath. Generally uncomfortable, unclean and basic. This is not Sykes fault, it is the fault of the owner. The only sign of recognition of Covid 19 i saw was a bottle of sanitizer on the kitchen window cill. There were frogs in the living room! Seriously though, it was the most non dog friendly place I've been in. We had to assist our dogs downstairs every morning. Very disappointing. Spent the bare minimum time there that we had to

    Reviewed by SeonaigAug 2020

  • "It was a lovely comfortable cottage in a brilliant location with fabulous facilities."

    The only thing lacking was a seat positioned to take in the view at the front which was stunning.

    Reviewed by AllisonAug 2020

  • "Lovely weekend at Thirley Cotes cottage."

    We took 3 very well behaved labradors with us. The 5 acre wood across the road was perfect for them to stretch their legs and they were welcome at both the pubs we chose to have dinner in. The cottage is exactly as it appears- idyllic. My partner loved the vast supply of wood for the open fire. I'm sure we will be back.

    Reviewed by LorainMar 2020

  • "This is the third time we have been."

    It's great for the dogs & the area is lovely. The owner is very nice but the cottage is in need of a shower as the bath is quite slipey with nothing to hold on to

    Reviewed by PatriciaAug 2019

  • "We had a water leak in the bedroom, from the ceiling."

    Reviewed by DawnJul 2019

  • "We thought the fixtures and fitting were dated and the cleanliness wasn’t great, found mice dropping in a board game and the windows could of done with a clean."

    Reviewed by MarkJul 2019

  • "Cottage was beautiful, peaceful location but not too far from attractions and owner was lovely"

    Reviewed by MichelleJul 2019

  • "A really enjoyable break at a cosy, well furnished cottage in such a peaceful, tucked away corner on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors."

    The cottage is ideal for walkers, sight seers or just anyone who wants to recharge their batteries. The cottage itself is well furnished, with a good bed, central heating and even an open fire. The kitchen has a decent range of equipment including a washer drier. However the star is the moors and dales in your doorstep with the bright lights of Scarborough and the Yorkshire coast a short drive away.

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2018

  • "A clean cosy cottage in a very quiet part of the countryside, not too far from scarborough, Whitby"

    Reviewed by TinaSep 2018

  • "We (self, partner & 3 border collies) spent a wonderfully peaceful and relaxing week at Thiirley Cotes, The Cottage is tucked away, which means that you can fully enjoy the peace and quiet."

    Though it is only 10/15 minutes away by car to the coast, through stunning scenery. We took our dogs to the east side of Sandsend beach, beautiful and dog friendly. There are walks and trails all over the area, you are spoilt for choice. The cottage is ideal for dog owners/walkers and is geared that way. I have seen a couple of reviews say about cleanliness, I think they are mistaking cleanliness with suitable for dogs. The cottage was clean and tidy and thoroughly welcoming for both us and our pooches. The floors are painted floorboards with a large dog friendly rug in the living room. You don’t want wall to wall carpeting and lots of fuss when you are bringing three wet dogs in after a long walk. Mr Empson is incredibly laid back, understanding and very kind about having dogs around, there were three dogs in the cottage next door too. Just two steps across a tiny lane at the back of the cottage is the wonderful Evie’s Wood - 5 acres filled with native species of trees, brambles, sunflowers and allsorts of wildlife. It is a real haven and was an incredible exercise area for our dogs - they loved it! We asked if it was ok for my daughter and her partner to visit us on Bank Holiday Monday and bring her two dogs, not a problem at all. Wonderful, we had a great day and my daughter and her partner are going to book for next year. I’m torn between highly recommending and keeping this wonderful little cottage a secret! Thank you Mr Empson, for your hospitality and wonderful understanding of multiple dog families

    Reviewed by SueAug 2018

  • "We had a great holiday."

    plenty of places to go lots of lovely walks with our dogs & fabulous people in this part of the worlld.loved it so much have taken advanchage of the low deposit to book for 2019

    Reviewed by PatriciaAug 2018

  • "A beautiful quite holiday just what we needed."

    Certainly be booking again. Lovely views and walks peaceful and wonderful wildlife

    Reviewed by TimothyApr 2018

  • "We booked this cottage because phone connection was probably going to be poor and we needed a rest from company calls during our holiday."

    ....Our plan worked a treat and we had a well earned rest. We have returned home very chilled....The Internet had connection so we were able to be connected at our convenience though... The cottage was clean, tidy and neat and we felt comfortable there with our three dogs... Many thanks for a lovely time...Jill

    Reviewed by JillJul 2017

  • "Ideal position to go to the coast , Yorkshire Moors and the North York Moors Railway ."

    Nice area in the woods to walk the dog opposite the cottage . We found plenty of cafes and pubs to take the dog in around the area. We enjoyed the North Yorkshire Moors railway trip from Pickering to Whitby . Do have some Fish & Chips in Whitby , the fish is so fresh it's wonderful!

    Reviewed by LetitiaJul 2017

  • "We have been to this place 2times - will go again!"

    Property wonderful, views are amazing. Only problem for me is that there isn’t any shower, only a bath. And for those with disabilities it’s a slight problem!

    Reviewed by ClareJun 2017

  • "A very well maintained cottage which and has all the home comforts you need."

    The bed and bedding are very comfortable. The Cottage is central for everywhere we visited. It has a brilliant five acre area you can enjoy opposite the cottage and a really pleasant garden to use with various garden furniture. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. This is the third year we have stayed at Thirley Cotes Cottage and will be booking for next year. Patrick and Jacqui

    Reviewed by JacquelineJun 2017

  • "Good location, beautiful garden, peace and quiet."

    Good pub a few miles down the road. Great for Scarborough, Robin Hood Bay, Filey, Whitby and the National park

    Reviewed by MikeMay 2017

  • "It was very quiet & relaxing with easy access to shops & beauty spots Mr Empson ..."

    It was very quiet & relaxing with easy access to shops & beauty spots Mr Empson was a very helpful host the cottage was warm & very well equipped so we & our animals had a lovely time & would love to go back again

    Reviewed by PhillipMar 2017

  • "Nice cottage quite rural would of liked the garden to have been more secure or ..."

    Nice cottage quite rural would of liked the garden to have been more secure or my dogs but overall it was very nice and peaceful and would recommend

    Reviewed by CarolOct 2016

  • "This holiday cottage is absolutely brilliant."

    Very clean, you couldn't want any more appliances in the kitchen than what's there. Lovely 4 piece bathroom suite adjacent to the bedroom. An ideal place to stay in peace and quiet and makes a perfect location for visiting so many places of interest, very central. This is the second year we have stayed here and will be booking for next year. I can't imagine staying anywhere else. Jacqueline and Patrick.

    Reviewed by JacquelineSep 2016

  • "The peaceful surroundings and the quirkiness of the cottage."

    Loved the exposed brickwork and beams. The bed was extremely comfortable. The garden was a sunny haven and although the cottage is quite remote, it was easy to get to Scarborough and other places. It was a most enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by AnneJul 2016

  • "The cottage was in a lovely location."

    Ideal for walking and for dogs!

    Reviewed by JackieApr 2016

  • "Location of Thirley Cotes Cottage was spot on!"

    Very comfy beds and lounge furniture.

    Reviewed by DebbieMar 2016

  • "The position of the cottage was brilliant, very handy for quite a range of places to visit."

    The actual cottage was spotlessly clean and the kitchen appliances were more than adequate, in fact, a home from home. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be staying again sometime.

    Reviewed by JacquelineJun 2015

  • "The cottage allowed us to go to places we wished to visit."

    It made a great base for the week. It was well worth the money and I would stay there again.

    Reviewed by ChristineJun 2015

  • "A peaceful and tranquil cottage, sitting as it does in such remarkable surroundings."

    The opportunity for dog walking was great in the young established woodland, or along the lane taking in the expansive views and observing wildlife such as barn owl, hare, roe deer and a plethora of garden and farmland birds. The bedroom and bathroom were particularly comfortable and relaxing. A great opportunity to spend quality time with our dogs too.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2015

  • "A beautiful cottage, and the field opposite for dog walking was absolutely brilliant."

    Had a lovely relaxing time, perfect.

    Reviewed by IanFeb 2015

  • "Owner was very welcoming, great cottage, fabulous grounds."

    Reviewed by CarlJul 2014

  • "This ticked all of the boxes for us, well situated, well appointed and very clean."

    The owner was very accommodating, although quiet and unobtrusive. We liked everything about this holiday and would certainly visit this particular cottage again in the future. We have already recommended it to friends.

    Reviewed by NevilleJul 2014

  • "The cottage was cosy and an ideal location for touring the Yorkshire coast ."

    Loved the peace and quiet . An ideal place to relax and unwind .

    Reviewed by CaroleJun 2014

  • "A charming simply furnished traditional cottage in a very picturesque location, with off road parking."

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2014

  • "Did not need to travel far, to find lots of brilliant walks for the dogs."

    Very central to the coast and forestry walks. Really relaxing and quiet, we could walk miles and not see any people. Lots of places where dogs could be off lead. Particularly liked the way the beaches were sectioned off as dog friendly and dog free. We had a wonderful time and will definitely be going back to that area as loads of places/walks we did not get a chance to do, all three dogs were exhausted by the end of the week.

    Reviewed by TracyApr 2014

  • "We liked the peace and quiet, an ideal location for us and the dog."

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2014

  • "The setting of the cottage with Wifi and the ability to bring our dogs."

    Reviewed by VictoriaFeb 2014

  • "Quiet and ideal for my 2 dogs, plenty of walks and within easy reach of all coastal towns."

    Reviewed by JonFeb 2014

  • "Lovely cottage in good walking area, but with close proximity to places if it rained!"

    Reviewed by MaureenOct 2013

  • "We had a very relaxing holiday and would definitely return again."

    The cottage was always warm and having the wood to walk the dog in was a great plus.

    Reviewed by JuneSep 2013

  • "Overall the property was excellent, in an excellent quiet location with easy access to popular locations."

    The moors are a favourite of ours!

    Reviewed by IanSep 2013

  • "Lovely cottage in a very peaceful location."

    Extra benefit of field/woodland across the road used as a dog walk.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2013

  • "Beautiful setting, quiet and peaceful with the right weather would have been a wonderfully peaceful holiday but weather let us down badly and so spoilt the whole experience."

    Reviewed by MarleneMar 2013

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    It was so quiet and peaceful, we heard more horses go by than cars.

    Reviewed by PhilFeb 2013

  • "Very comfortable cottage - dog friendly."

    Use of orchard for dog walking particularly appreciated. Good location, within easy reach of Scarborough and Whitby.

    Reviewed by PeterDec 2012

  • "We liked the remoteness of the cottage."

    It ensured peace and quiet at all times. It was within easy reach of interesting walks and the beach for walking the dog in the evening.

    Reviewed by MichaelNov 2012

  • "The cottage was warm, cosy, quiet and nicely situated."

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2012

  • "Perfectly placed for us to visit some amazing places in the area."

    The cottage was perfect for our chill out and recharge batteries holiday. Photos on website do not do this cottage justice.

    Reviewed by AnneOct 2012

  • "We liked the enclosed garden - good to relax in and safe for our dog Millie to run around."

    The cottage was a good base to visit nearby towns. There was plenty of room upstairs for our shoes, toiletries etc. Would like to stay again in the future.

    Reviewed by BarryJul 2012

  • "Comfortable cottage in a lovely location."

    Suitable for relaxing with convenient places of interest both inland and coastal.

    Reviewed by JuliaJul 2012

  • "This was a lovely, peaceful location to stay in."

    The cottage had everything we could wish for and the little touches, such as providing maps and leaflets concerning the local area proved very useful, despite the fact that we are already frequent visitors to this area of the country. The private woodland/meadow also proved very useful for allowing our dog to stretch his legs.

    Reviewed by JudithJul 2012

  • "Very isolated and quiet."

    Extremely good facilities in the Cottage. The welcome pack provided was second to none!

    Reviewed by ShayneDec 2011

  • "We loved this cottage!"

    Everything was of great quality; the rooms, furnishings and log fire, it all added up to real cosiness and comfort. The standard was fantastic. The owner nearby was extremely helpful and friendly. The location is beautiful. Thank you again for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2011

  • "The location of the cottage was in the national park, so you didn't have to drive long to go somewhere."

    We went to the sea a lot but also walking and see some historic sites.

    Reviewed by YvetteAug 2011

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The property

Harwood Dale 1.5 miles.

A pretty, stone and pantile semi-detached cottage, situated in a tranquil setting 1.5 miles from Harwood Dale in North Yorkshire.

Cosy and characterful, this Harwood Dale cottage provides comfortable accommodation with an open fire, exposed timbers and wooden panelling.

Traditionally furnished, this Harwood Dale cottage offers the perfect romantic base for couples looking for a quiet, rural retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

With spectacular views over open countryside, guests to this North Yorkshire cottage will enjoy the charming shared cottage garden and five acres of woodland.

There are superb walks and cycling opportunities from your holiday cottage in nearby Dalby Forest, while the seaside delights of Scarborough are within easy reach, with fine sandy beaches, good restaurants and pretty parks and gardens including Peasholm Park.

With Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby also within easy reach of this Harwood Dale cottage, which is superbly located in the beautiful North York Moors National Park, a week won't be long enough at your cosy North Yorkshire cottage.

Note: This cottage is next to Ref. 16884 and together they accommodate 6 people.


  • One double bedroom with en-suite bath, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Oil central heating with open fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD player, radio, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Shared lawned garden to rear with orchard, cottage garden and woodland area
  • Well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: There is an unfenced raised pond at this property.

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About the location


Robin Hood's Bay 10 miles; Whitby 13 miles; Scarborough 8 miles.

Harwood Dale is a small village of scattered stone-built cottages and farms nestled into the countryside on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Situated between Whitby and Scarborough with their amenities and sandy beaches, it is an ideal base for walkers, cyclists and anyone who seeks peace and relaxation in a picturesque location. Explore the many attractions of the East Coast, meander through the quaint alleyways and streets of Robin Hood's Bay or visit 'Heartbeat' country - Goathland, high up on the moors.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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