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Croft Granary

(Ref. 4458)

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


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful place in a quiet village."

    Easy access to the major places, about 20-30 mins outside of York. There’s a few comments about the shower in the bedroom, wasn’t an issue at all for us, but just to clarify, there’s a shower in the main bedroom and a family bathroom with a bath. Chickens and sheep at the bottom of the garden, couldn’t fault the place at all.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely cosy warm cottage could not ask for more fully equipped and lots of little extras we will stay again"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2023

  • "Croft Granary at Stillington is a lovely holiday cottage, clean and comfortable, with everything we needed."

    Appreciated the little touches such as the fresh eggs from the hens. An ideal base to explore York and North Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2023

  • "Owners close and friendly."

    Enjoyed stay, close to just about everywhere.

    Reviewed by Mike4.1Jun 2023

  • "What an absolutely beautiful place, a gorgeous cottage in a relaxing setting."

    The cottage had everything you need. We stayed in Croft Granary for 2 weeks and we didn’t want to leave. Diane, the owner gave us fresh eggs. Diane and Mike were extremely accommodating, even making room in their drive for our 2nd car. We highly recommend this home from home! You will never want to leave, we didn’t

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2023

  • "This was a return visit, very happy with the accommodation and location."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2023

  • "Very nice property indeed."

    Beautifully built with excellent overall layout. Well fitted out and maintained. Nice, friendly, village with good facilities and Easingwold nearby with bigger shops. We had an excellent week in the area. The “en-suite” shower is in the bedroom, with no screen.

    Reviewed by Simon4.1May 2023

  • "We had a really lovely stay here."

    The Croft Granary is beautiful with loads of period features, and so much thought has gone into kitting it out with absolutely everything you need for an enjoyable stay. Our son really enjoyed the Wendy house in the garden, which again was kitted out with lots of toys. The village is really nice and peaceful and there is lots to see and so within easy reach. We would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Mar 2023

  • "The property was clean, comfortable and well maintained."

    The Diane was very friendly and welcoming but not intrusive and provided us with milk, eggs and biscuits on arrival. We used the local park and ride to go into York which is about 15 mins from the cottage. We also visited Easingwold which is a Georgian town with plenty of cafes, it is worth a visit. We also had a lovely meal at Jaipur Spice restaurant in Easingwold.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2022

  • "We've just enjoyed a week's stay in Croft Granary which was very comfortable."

    Mike & Diane were really welcoming and were on hand if needed. The cottage is in a great place to reach all the local attractions and the surrounding countryside is beautiful. The only thing wrong is that the listing pictures are quite out of date now but this didn't detract from the facilities in the cottage.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Sep 2022

  • "Property was lovely and owners couldn't have been more helpful."

    Only issue was listing showed two local pubs with food which, we discovered, weren't open a Monday or Tuesday.

    Reviewed by Janice4.7Sep 2022

  • "Croft Granary is a very comfortable place to stay with everything needed for a holiday stay."

    It is located in a quiet village which has a village shop for all your basic needs, and two pubs which serve food. The hosts were very pleasant and accommodating and provided a welcome pack on arrival. Absolutely no complaints whatsoever and we would happily stay here again in the future when visiting North Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very well equipped, very clean cottage."

    Had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Enjoyed the eggs at breakfast. A great bsase for exploring North Yorkshire and visiting York.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, spotlessly clean, everything we needed as well as a nice welcome package when we arrived."

    Dianne and Mike were very welcoming and friendly hope to see them again.

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0May 2022

  • "As a family of 4 staying for the weekend, we all thought it was perfect."

    Although we didn't get to experience a long enough time within the property, we have recommended the property to everyone since. The beds were very comfortable, and the whole cottage had a high level of cleanliness. The cottage is rather central to quite a few villages near by and not too far from York itself. Our only regret was that we couldn't have stayed longer. The cottage is perfect for a short escape, a base for outings or a longer retreat. The children were extremely comfortable as soon as they set foot through the door. Although we only spoke at the very end of the visit, the owner is a relaxed and knowledgeable lady. We talked about all the things nearby that we could do before our journey south and even suggested multiple routes to avoid any congestion. All in all we had an amazing time and would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Mar 2022

  • "Nice little gem in a lovely village, a great base to walk from and for general sightseeing and attractions."

    Everything we needed for a family of three and for our weekend of snow lovely and warm. local Pub and Indian restaurant both within walking distance of the cottage.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Nov 2021

  • "Only thing was no wife, but it didn't matter for couple of days."


    Reviewed by Amanda4.7Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage Very close to owners property Very lovely host Excellent location"

    Reviewed by Kim4.7Oct 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage in a beautiful place."

    My mum and dad had a lovely week and we joined them for a weekend . The location is outstanding , so peaceful . The cottage was very beautifully decorated , very clean , everything you need ( I could have done with wifi personally ) . Local eateries were amazing ( 5 mins walk) . Would deffo go back there for some lovely peace and quiet

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this home from home cottage."

    Highly recommend this for a base to explore and to come back to at the end of your busy day. Everything you could need for a holiday/break. We will be back. Thanks Diane & Mike.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2021

  • "Very comfortable and clean holiday cottage with everything we could wish for."

    In a lovely part of the country.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2021

  • "We were afforded a warm and friendly welcome."

    A lovely cottage and very helpful owners who went to a lot of trouble to make our holiday very comfortable and pleasant. The location was excellent for our touring of a selection of National Trust and RHS properties and gardens as well as the beautiful Howardian Hills and North York moors. Thank you to all who made this a happy time for us, we will be back.

    Reviewed by Porter4.4Sep 2020

  • "Croft granary is a great location to stay to explore the area from York to the coast."

    The property was spotlessly clean with fresh linen. It was nice to arrive and have some shopping essentials already there for you. There are some lovely walks around the village. Diane and Mike are very friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend a stay at this property.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2020

  • "The friendliness and helpfulness of the owner and the comfortableness of the property."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage and very relaxing."

    Great location for exploring the area. Easy access to York the local bus runs every hour. We used the local pub and food and beer very good and all the locals made us feel extremely welcome. Mike and Diane the owners of the cottage are very friendly and helpful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to stay.

    Reviewed by John.5.0Aug 2020

  • "Before we left we had an opportunity to speak to the landlord about the cleanliness of the property which we felt was sub-standard."

    The landlady gave an explanation as to why the property was not as clean as it should have been and we accepted that some of the issues were down to poor management however, simply getting someone from the village with little experience of cleaning demonstrates that the landlords may not hold cleaning with a very high regard. Our first impression of the cottage was fine and what we were expecting from the online images. Upon settling in it became clear that this cottage has been fitted out without the holiday maker in mind. 'En-suite' is a creative way to describe a shower in a room. No hand basin and no toilet to complete the en-suite and no door to the 'en-suite' which made privacy an issue. There was a washing machine but no tumble drier. Admittedly, a tumble drier was not listed and I will be more careful next time but, it should be noted, that when you are on holiday, it's not acceptable that you have to wait three days for you clothes to dry - you need your clothes straight away if you have purposefully travelled light. Neither is it great that the oven and hob did not have any instructions so it took ages to work out how to get them to the right temperature. This was another feature that wasted our time. We were on holiday, we expected everything to be easy to use and quick to use so that we could get out and do what we wanted to do rather than wait ages for things to cook. There was chipped crockery in the cupboards, some of the pots and pans didn't feel clean. The towels and bath mats were very worn and shabby. The bedroom furniture in the twin room was broken. The downstairs toilet didn't have a light switch. We had to take the bulb out to turn the light off. The ground outside the front door isn't level so you're always greeted with a big puddle when leaving and returning to the house if it rains. To us this looked like a property that was fitted out years ago and had never been revisited. Everything was shabby around the edges and not the country cottage image that we were looking forward to. Whilst discussing the cleaning issues with the landlady we felt some embarrassment for her but, on reflection, most of the issues were unrelated to cleaning immediately prior to our arrival. Most of the dust and dirt looked to be very historic. It didn't ruin our holiday as we spent most of our days out of the property but, with only one holiday each year, we kind of expect to stay somewhere that is nicer than our own house. This wasn't the case with this cottage. Stillington is a lovely village to stay in and we visited the pubs and the Indian in the village all of which offered very good service. With regards to publishing this feedback - I don't mind, I'll leave it to Sykes to decide how useful they think it would be for other visitors.

    Upon reading the review and speaking to the guests we were initially very shocked due to having no complaints during the whole 10 years we have been letting this property through Sykes. We feel as though this portrayal of our property, however, doesn't truly reflect the high standard we uphold,for example the upkeep of the cottage is always up to the highest of standards as the cleanliness and facilities are checked weekly. Not by someone with little experience but by our locally trusted and reliable cleaner as well as myself and has often been praised by guests so the report of ˜historic" dirt thoroughly confused us and by the wording we can only guess that this refers to the period features in the 200 year old building itself. Although if this isn't seen to be satisfactory by guests we can only attempt to address the issue, however we would expect the holiday makers to approach us with this at the beginning of their stay rather than learn of them upon their departure when it seems too late to rectify any problems. On another note outdoor puddles can only be expected from such a home in the Yorkshire countryside where again we can't control the weather and guests should pack for any changes, as with any country home in England. The problem raised about the En-suite is something we can't change as the cottage is designed with a rather open plan layout to save on space and to make the general flow of the property and your stay more comfortable. It is true the master bedroom only has a fitted shower however the family bathroom is just across the landing with an extra toilet downstairs. And to address another issue raised, this does have a light switch and although in an unorthodox place is clearly marked and we would've been happy to point this out. Yet the master bedroom, and both bathrooms have locks fitted so privacy is an issue for our guests. The ˜shabby"appearance of the property is something we can rectify though such as the bathmats and towels, as with pans and crockery. But upon the arrival of the guests no plates were chipped nor upon their exit from the property. As aforementioned the whole house is checked weekly and anything that could impact the appearance of the property is replaced so we shall look into this and replace such kitchenware. The cooker and hob are again issues we shall address but in the welcome pack it clearly says the location of the instructions and yet again we didn't know about this until the very end of the guests stay so can't do much for these particular customers but is something we can tell future guests about as with the tumble drier,although this is stated upon the website and there is a clothes line outside but this was of course affected by the weather. We can only be thankful such minor issues didn't spoil the guests stay but as with any period property there are always minor quirks so we can only apologise that the property didn't meet expectations for these particular guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola2.2Aug 2020

  • "A cute little cottage perfect for a short break."

    The village of Stillington is beautiful and well served with two pubs doing great food (ate at both), an Indian restaurant (didn’t try) and a fish and chip shop (closed for hols when we were there), all at doorstep. The cottage is well equipped (although we suggest the light in downstairs bathroom is fixed), and comfortable. We didn’t get the eggs promised in the welcome letter but not a problem. There’s a lovely little store in the village selling essentials.

    Reviewed by Diane4.7Aug 2020

  • "Nice location, Mike and Diane very friendly, 2 friendly dogs, some chickens and small flock of sheep on the small holding."

    Lots of nice walks on the door step and only 30 minutes outside of York. Local Chippie almost opposite was also good.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Jul 2020

  • "A delightful location just tucked off The Green in the village of Stillington."

    Diane and Mike have made this cottage comfortable, cosy and welcoming. It has all you could need. Just at present there is no internet of any kind in the cottage (and I don't know if it will be installed later) which felt, initially, like it might be a problem but truly, in the end, it turned into a blessing. And mobile phone service was excellent throughout the stay (we are on O2). Perfectly located for exploring York, obviously, but also the Howardian Hills (on the edge of which the village sits) and the Yorkshire Moors. We additionally visited Scarborough, Harrogate and Knaresborough and puttered through the Moors to Helmsley, Lealholm and on to Whitby. A perfect, perfect break.

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Oct 2019

  • "The owner was very friendly and she had left eggs, milk, tea, coffee and biscuits."

    WiFi would have been a welcome addition.

    Reviewed by Martin4.1Sep 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely and very comfortable."

    The village has 2 pubs both very good for food. There is a lovely seating area at the back of the house which is very private and enjoys the sun all day long. The photos on the advert are slightly out of date. The rear of the property looks onto a new building and blocks any view to the field. It did not make any difference to us but the description perhaps should be updated

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Aug 2019

  • "Croft granary is a beautiful property in a pretty village."

    Plenty room for a family of 4 (2 teens) with a large kitchen area and lovely patio area to the rear which isn't in the photos. Comfy beds with plenty storage. Diane and family live next door and welcomed us (tea, coffee,milk and fresh eggs when we arrived!) but left us in peace to enjoy our stay. We caught the heatwave and enjoyed the situe for exploring yorkshire being an hour from the coast and only 30 mins from york which was a 15 min drive to park and ride and a 15 minute bus ride. Eden camp is a highlight, even the teens were impressed and occupied for a good 3 hours! Birmham rocks are a must see too, again the boys were happy climbing and exploring. My only suggestions would be supplying Wi-Fi and a shower in the main bathroom (there is a shower in the master bedroom). We used the cottage as a base to return to after sightseeing so some online down- time would have been welcomed by the kids. Had a fabulous week though and the white bear provided great food and drink at reasonable prices with great gluten free options too. Would highly recommend a stay here, Thanks to Diane and family :)

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Jul 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage, clean, tidy and very comfortable."

    Owner friendly and helpful without being intrusive. Would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jul 2019

  • "Very friendly helpful hosts on hand to deal with queries."

    Useful information in cottage. Very convenient for York (15 mins) and park and ride.

    Reviewed by Lorraine4.4May 2019

  • "The Granary was comfortable and cosy."

    There were nice touches like tea, coffee and biscuits provided and the owners went the extra mile by giving my grandson a small present and card for his birthday. Ideal for exploring the coutryside north of York. The bus ride into York takes about 40 mins.

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Feb 2019

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage situated in a pretty village."

    The cottage had everything we needed. We stayed over Christmas and it was lovely and cosy and they put up a lovely Christmas tree for us in the lounge. There is easy access to York and other interesting towns and countryside. Plenty of places to eat and a small shop in the village and Easingwold is very close and has plenty of shops

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Dec 2018

  • "Everything was fine - very well described so no surprises."

    Overall, a very positive experience but with one or two minor quibbles; there was no WiFi and the connection very helpfully provided by the landlady was not adequate. Also, the two single beds were very narrow. Other than that the landlady Diane was lovely, helpful and hospitable and we would have no hesitation recommending her to others.

    Reviewed by Brian4.1Aug 2018

  • "Wifi would have been useful, but very clean and comfortable and very friendly owners."

    Great cottage.

    Reviewed by Gary4.7Aug 2018

  • "The Croft Granary was cosy, comfortable and very clean."

    It had everything we needed. A perfect location for York and North Yorkshire Moors. Mike and Diane were excellent hosts. We hope to go back to Croft Granary next year.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2018

  • "We had a great holiday, the cottage was clean, comfortable, in a great situation with lovely views from the back."

    The village is beautiful with plenty of places to eat and a well stocked community run village shop and post office. We were really impressed with the lovely welcome pack of milk, tea, coffee, biscuits and fresh eggs from Diane's chickens. The owners Mike and Diane were really friendly but let us enjoy our holiday without being intrusive. Thank you to them both. We would definitely recommend this cottage and will be returning in the future.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Jun 2018

  • "Very nice clean, comfortable and cosy holiday let well situated."

    Cottage situated in village with pubs, stores and good walks around village. Owners left starter pack with tea, coffee, milk, biscuits and eggs from their chickens, much appreciated. Maybe needs a few more pots and pans if catering for more than 2 people but manageable. We enjoyed our stay and will hopefully return in the future.

    Reviewed by Janet4.1Apr 2018

  • "Great cottage ideally situated for North Yorkshire travelling."

    Diane and Mike are wonderful hosts. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Dec 2017

  • "We were so impressed that we have already booked it again for a week in March 2018."

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Sep 2017

  • "The cottage was cosy, clean and very homely."

    Great holiday, we will be booking again.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Aug 2017

  • "It was in a lovely, peaceful location, easy to get to other places and very comfortable."

    Reviewed by Ivan5.0Jul 2017

  • "It was a very clean and comfortable cottage in a very central location."

    Pubs and restaurants within 5 mins walk. The owner was very careful to give us privacy, but when we met she was delightful and friendly. Want to come again next year!

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2016

  • "A really lovely cottage; cosy, clean and comfortable - very peaceful and a great base location that I'd choose again if going to North Yorkshire ."

    One minor point is that is wasn't obvious from the listing that the cottage is directly behind another property (the owner's ) and therefore no views from the front. I think that could be made a bit clearer but it didn't detract from enjoying it much at all as the owners are very friendly and totally respectful and there's a lovely view out of the back and within a minute's walk.

    Reviewed by Sophie4.8Sep 2016

  • "I booked this cottage for my son and his family who came to my daughters wedding in the village."

    It was a wonderful cottage and we will definitely recommend it to friends. The owner is a very kind thoughtful person who ensures that her guests have everything they need.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Sep 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower
  • 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • Storage heaters with electric fire in sitting room
  • Electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV, DVD, stereo/CD player, selection of books and DVDs
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Next door neighbour restores steam engines during weekday working hours and as such there may be some associated noise.

The property

An attractive, brick-built, detached former granary situated in the pretty village of Stillington, lying half way between York and Helmsley, Croft Granary is a delightful property.

With traditional pantile roof and original oak beams, this Stillington cottage overlooks the village green and has been tastefully modernised to a good standard.

A fitted kitchen with a range of appliances is there for you to make use of also including a dining area, while there is a sitting room to relax in with an electric fire.

Hosting two welcoming bedrooms, one being a double which benefits from an en-suite shower cubicle, and the other being a twin, as well as a family bathroom.

Surrounded by beautiful farmland and with a huge variety of attractions nearby including family fun at Flamingo Land, the beaches at Scarborough, hiking in the North York Moors, or simply visiting the many towns and villages in the area - there is something for everyone.

A wonderful cottage, Croft Granary will be the perfect place for a family getaway.

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About the location


Easingwold 4 miles; York 10 miles; Malton 15 miles; Helmsley 13 miles.

Stillington is a very pretty, small rural village lying half way between York and Helmsley. The village has a Post Office/shop, several high-quality pubs, Indian restaurant, fish and chip shop, hairdressers, sports and social club and antiques showroom. A network of footpaths and bridleways lead from the village to the beautiful surrounding countryside of the Howardian Hills. Stillington is close to the lovely Georgian town of Easingwold, plus Thirsk, Ripon, Harrogate, York, Malton and Helmsley are all within easy reach. The stunning North York Moors, Rievaulx and Fountains Abbeys, and Castle Howard are nearby. Further afield are the seaside resort of Scarborough and Flamingo Land Theme Park. An ideal base all year round.

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