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May Cottage

Stillington near Easingwold, Vale of York & Yorkshire Wolds (Ref. 953092)


Very good

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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful friendly village and everything was well described."

    It was very thoughtful of the hosts to leave tea/coffee/pizza and beans and although we didn't think we'd need them - we did! The weather was kind and the little garden was very welcome. We had initial reservations about the shower but actually it all worked out very well and didn't detract from any comfort. The location is excellent, especially for York and we would recommend.

    Reviewed by JulieApr 2022



    Reviewed by CarolineFeb 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, well described and suits for a visit to North Yorkshire!"

    Reviewed by KimJan 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay and there was plenty of space for the 2 of us."

    We felt that the photos of bedrooms didn’t do them justice as there was actually more space than photos suggested + there was decent wardrobe space on the landing which wasn’t shown at all. We agree with other reviews that the wet room arrangement was a bit strange in that the shower was in the middle of the room so if you need to use the loo after anyone has had a shower, take your wellies! We felt the sofa could do with updating. We were always able to park but the space is a bit dependent on other people parking considerately. There was some traffic noise, mainly in the mornings - tractors etc but, just because it’s a village doesn’t mean you are not going to get any traffic.

    Reviewed by JanetSep 2021

  • "Lovely clean and comfortable cottage providing everything needed for a great holiday and situated in a pretty village with easy access to York and all that Yorkshire has to offer."

    Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by GenevieveAug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, very well provisioned and scrupulously clean."

    Owner was really helpful and friendly. We loved our stay, thank you very much!

    Reviewed by GemmaAug 2021

  • "It was right on a very busy road junction we experienced a lot fo traffic noise but it is very quiet where we live so was noticeable also made parking turning around and setting off very “ interesting “ ."

    The little local shop have some little maps which shows several nice walks all setting of from their door compiled by the village in association with the land owners they were the highlight for us . We used the white bear pub ( 2 min walk) their are two in the village but don’t be hungry or thirsty on a Monday or Tuesday but the little shop was always open and very friendly .

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2021

  • "The owner of the Cottage was very approachable and helpful."

    Nice cottage and well appointed. Everything we needed was there. Good place to be based for a holiday

    Reviewed by ElizabethApr 2021

  • "Bob was great and house was everything we expected and more."

    Would recommend using May Cottage and Sykes!

    Reviewed by TomOct 2020

  • "Great property, great communication from the landlord and want disappointed when we arrived."

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2020

  • "May Cottage is small and cosy."

    Decor is perfect and it’s bright and clean. All the comforts of home and the owners have used the space in the cottage really well. We used the cottage as a base for revisiting some of my childhood haunts in Beverley,Hornsea, Bridlington and visited the Eden Camp at Malton which I would highly recommend. The village has two pubs but during our stay there was only the White Bear open from Wednesday to Sunday they were well organised to protect themselves and customers and the food was really good. The village shop has the essentials and there is a chip shop and an Indian Restaurant. Would I recommend May Cottage? That would be a resounding yes we had a fabulous time and We were very sorry to leave. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by CherylSep 2020

  • "May Cottage is a really well equipped and comfortable property, situated in a well kept lovely North Yorkshire village, conveniently located to both York and the N Yorks Moors."

    It has a lot of character and is just right for a family of 3. Our puppy was also very happy there!

    Reviewed by SuzanneAug 2020

  • "I stayed at May Cottage for 3 weeks while I was waiting to complete on a house purchase."

    Myself and my little terrier dog where very comfortable there, with the little secure garden, which was not only dog friendly, but Terrier proof, so no escaping, which was reassuring. The cottage is spacious and well laid out, with an exceptionally well equipped kitchen with everything you would need. The upstairs shower/toilet was a great addition, and there was great storage in the upper hallway. Bob the owner was extremely helpful and and gave great info to assist my stay. I felt very comfortable staying there and enjoyed my stay immensely.

    Reviewed by DanicaOct 2019

  • "As soon as we walked into May Cottage we were delighted by this cosy, quirky little cottage."

    The lounge with its lovely fireplace, comfy chair and sofa was ideal for relaxing in the evenings. The kitchen was small and compact, thoughtfully proving us with everything we needed. Through to the sun room, a bright place to sit on a cooler afternoon or evening overlooking the courtyard garden. The double bed was very comfy with nice duvet. Plenty of storage space on the landing. The narrow wet room is very well designed and nice to use. The whole feeling of the house is far more spacious than it really is. There was a bit of early morning traffic but this didn’t worry us. So conveniently placed in the village to the amazing community shop, pubs and Indian restaurant all within about 150m.

    Reviewed by PamSep 2019

  • "The cottage was not very clean and there was a half used bag of ice cubes in the freezer, the wet room was not practical and was all set out wrong."

    There was no seat for drying in the wet room so we had to sit on the toilet seat to dry our legs and feet, the toilet seat broke on the last day of our holiday causing scratches to my bottom. The toilet seat was also loose and wobbled every time you sat on it, the water pressure for the shower was pitiful. The front bedroom had poor quality windows and it was like trying to sleep on a motorway with lorries, cars and farm tractors passing all the time through the day and night even on Saturday and Sunday. The small garden was full of weeds and was not managed very well with poorly maintained edges and plants with box blight on them, the owner is setting up some kind of temperature control system witch made all the rooms light even in the middle of the night and made it hard to sleep. Because of these reasons we would not use this cottage or your company ever again.

    Thank you for your comments. We provide e-mail addresses and telephone numbers for both Sykes and the owner to be contacted if there are any issues during your stay. Many of the points raised as criticisms are clearly evident from the description and photographs on the Sykes website, or through checking the location on a map or Google Earth. Being surrounded by mainly arable farmland and in the middle of the harvest season, there will be farm traffic from dawn to dusk and beyond. This mid-eighteenth century, Grade II listed cottage has quaint characteristics unique to a property of its age and type. The listing prevents upgrades to windows and other features. My housekeeper takes great pride in presenting the cottage and having it ready to a high standard ready for guests arrival. Thanks Again, Sykes Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GlenAug 2019

  • "A delightful cottage with lots of quirkness."

    All treats appreciated. Area, though flat, able to get to places to visit including coast. Village friendly and adequately equipped.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2019

  • "We stayed in May Cottage in Stillington it was cosy and quirky and very clean ."

    The cottage was fully equipped with everything we needed for our short stay there. The owners had left us pizzas tea coffee and sugar on arrival this was a lovely gesture . This cottage is perfect for a small family situated not far from York . We used the cottage as a base and visited a few places within a short drive away from the cottage . We recommend this cottage for a fabulous little break away and look forward to our next stay there .

    Reviewed by SteveAug 2019

  • "Excellent accommodation ideally situated for."

    days out will highly recommend Sykes to family and friends

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2019

  • "May cottage was quaint and set in a lovely village it was well equipped with everything you might need."

    However we found the double bed so uncomfortable with springs that you could feel when you laid down even though there was a topper on the mattress, this made it impossible for us to have a good night sleep.Also the sofa and chair in the lounge were very well used this made them uncomfortable to relax on ,we found ourselves mainly sitting at the dining room table.

    Reviewed by JoanAug 2019

  • "The only downside was the early morning traffic passing by."

    Reviewed by RaymondAug 2019

  • "A lovely cottage, great location to local shop , pubs and walks."

    Easy to access York and other attractions like Pickering/ steam train.

    Reviewed by KatherineJul 2019

  • "Good location, friendly neighbours, good food and service at the white bear, great to see and hear birdlife in garden."

    Owner very informative and helpful. Would not recommend fish and chip shop.

    Reviewed by JanJul 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay at May Cottage."

    The cottage is spotlessly clean and very comfortable. There is slight traffic noise due to it's location but it's situated in a lovely village. The communication from the owner was excellent. We hope to return at some point.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2019

  • "Fantastically well equipped cottage with everything we could possibly need."

    Lovely touch having pizza in the freezer and beans in the cupboard, made life easier when we arrived. Lovely little village setting, easy to access York and plenty of national trust places.

    Reviewed by JoannaMar 2019

  • "May cottage is beautiful,, a real home from home comfortable experience, the owner goes above and beyond to make sure you are totaly informed on every aspect of the cottage and surroundings, lots of very welcome little extras that made our stay just perfect, even the dog loved it !"

    ! we highly recommend this little gem, we had a wonderful happy time here.

    Reviewed by DianeSep 2018

  • "Fantastic holiday in May Cottage and much needed breakaway with our little family ."

    I did however feel I was ducking the whole time I was in the cottage, if your tall take note of the sign above the stairs door ! Watch your head ! I also love that you can take you dog and it was great to read about everyone else's experiences in the first book with their doggies. Maybe for future reference a security or outside light maybe useful for night times. The beds were so comfy , I could have stayed in bed all day they were that comfy but having a four year old and a 1 year old spaniel that was never going to happen. The wet room shower was brilliant. The local amenities were great too , ten minutes drive into York itself which was where we ate most nights , my only downside to this holiday was that we didn't stay longer as there are still loads of things we want to do but just didn't have the time for! Thankyou Sykes Cottages.

    Reviewed by CheyJul 2018

  • "The owner was extremely helpful and easy to contact."

    A beautiful little cottage with all Home comforts.

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2018

  • "The heavy traffic passing the cottage and turning right towards York was a surprise as the village is in a lovely quiet country setting."

    Reviewed by AnthonyJun 2018

  • "Stillington is an ideal base for both York, the surrounding area and the coast."

    Reviewed by MaryApr 2018

  • "The host was fabulous, he kept us informed at all times about the cottage etc and went the extra mile to welcome us with milk, pizza's in the freezer in case we arrived too late to shop, dine etc, even handwash, and shower gel."

    the cottage was loveley and comfortable and extremely clean - we loved the bedding and the beds were soooooooooo comfortable - just a great break.

    Reviewed by LindaApr 2018

  • "The owner was very helpful and was happy for us to contact him directly if we had any questions."

    His e mail had useful information about the village facilities which enabled us to plan ahead which is great when you are having a mini break. The cottage was well equipped and cared for.

    Reviewed by ColetteMar 2018

  • "Characterful, immaculate cottage."

    Very Well- equipped with everything you could need. Warm and cosy. We especially loved the little conservatory/dining room. Perfect place to sit and watch the birds. Cottage is in a lovely village with an excellent village shop, and great eating options. Stillington is well-placed for exploring. The owner was very helpful with recommendations which were all excellent.

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2018

  • "Absolutely stunning!"

    Delightful little cosy cottage! Absolutely everything has been thought of for your stay! The cottage has been beautifully and tastefully renovated! Stillington is a gorgeous picturesque village with 2 amazing pubs on the doorstep and a village shop! Bob, the owner was amazingly helpful, kind and very informative! We'd definitely recommend and return!

    Reviewed by ElaineFeb 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Wet room with basin and WC. Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with solid fuel stove.
  • Electric central heating with solid fuel stove
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Shared off road parking on a first come first served basis
  • Enclosed rear courtyard with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Village shop with post office, two pubs, Indian restaurant, chip shop and a hairdressers 5 mins walk
  • Note: The stairs are steep and narrow, they may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.

The property

Built in 1742, May Cottage is a mid-terrace, Grade II listed cottage located in the village of Stillington, boasting a lovely blend of modernised charm to ensure guests feel truly relaxed and right at home.

Ideal for couples or a small family, this retreat makes a wonderful social base, with plenty of room for everyone to unwind in style.

The lounge welcomes you at the entrance, boasting a solid fuel stove and exposed ceiling beams that add a glimpse of character.

There is a traditional feel to the room which creates a cosy ambience for a snug night in with your loved ones.

The kitchen is designed with granite counter tops, and holds all of those essentials that you may need during your stay.

This continues to a light and conservatory style room with seating for four people and all-round windows that invite natural scenery inside.

To access the first floor bedrooms and classic wet room, take the stairs which are tucked away into the lounge, a characterful addition to the property.

The double bedroom is elevated by a pleasant, white finish, matched with bedside tables compliments the lovely interior.

The single bedroom is a little more compact, yet equally as impressive with views reaching out towards the fields in the distance.

For more of this, a network of footpaths and bridleways lead from the village to the beautiful surrounding countryside of the Howardian Hills, where you can take a leisurely stroll in your own time.

The Georgian town of Easingwold is 4 miles distant with, Thirsk, Ripon, Harrogate, York, Malton and Helmsley.

Further afield are the seaside resorts of Scarborough, Whitby and Bridlington.

Flamingo Land Theme Park is 20 miles away.

A delightful cottage to be enjoyed all-year-round.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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