4.9★ Outstanding Sykes rating Icon/Rating/Sykes Icon/Rating/Sykes Icon/Rating/Sykes Icon/Rating/Sykes Icon/Rating/Sykes Sleeps 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms 1 Pets Yes Show on map Features Off road parking Ground floor bedroom Garden / Patio Pub/shop < 1 mile Dishwasher Broadband / WiFi Reviews & Ratings Accuracy of the listing Cleanliness Comfort Facilities 64 Customer Reviews "This was a lovely little place for our honeymoon." Facilities were great, it was comfortable and a really nice stay. Very likely to stay again when we have the chance. Reviewed by JasonFeb 2022 "Everything was as described." Very convenient location and comfortable accomodation. Reviewed by KatarzynaDec 2021 "Lovely cosy cottage in a pretty friendly village." Very close to a friendly pub The white Bear Inn where we ate a couple of times. Good base to travel around Yorkshire. Reviewed by LizDec 2021 "Spotless,well equipped & lovely." Just what we needed for a short stay near York. We will certainly be back. Reviewed by RichardDec 2021 "A very nice and friendly village." . Reviewed by ChrisNov 2021 "The old forge was absolutely perfect for what we needed." Clean, comfortable and ideally located to explore the surrounding areas. Reviewed by NatalieOct 2021 "Beautiful little cottage, quiet and private but right in the heart of the village with all amenities a very short stroll away." A perfect base for exploring the area and easy to get the bus from the village into York. Reviewed by JanetSep 2021 "A beautiful cottage, spotlessly clean, well appointed, comfortable bed a welcome pack, lovely courtyard very private." Lara couldn't have been more helpful. Reviewed by AlanAug 2021 "It was a very clean and comfortable cottage which provided everything we needed for our week’s break." Reviewed by LindaAug 2021 "A very pretty cottage, extremely comfortable and which is well furnished." Thoughtful owner, nothing too much trouble. Lots of lovely surprises on arrival. Great location, used the bus a couple times, the stop is close by. We also visited the welcoming and friendly The White Bear pub a few times. We would love to stay again. Good access, beautiful courtyard garden, safe for our dog too. Somewhere really nice to return to after a busy day out exploring the area, far and wide. Reviewed by SharonJul 2021 "Really unique, small, very well-appointed cottage in a very peaceful setting." Stillington village is quiet and friendly with the White Bear pub being a nice place to find good food. The village shop and Indian takeaway are also good. Reviewed by MichaelJul 2021 "The Old Forge is delightful holiday accommodation." It is very well presented and immaculately clean. Ideal for a short stay in this beautiful area of Yorkshire. Thanks to the good weather during our visit we were able to make full use of the lovely courtyard garden. The comfortable seating creates a welcoming spot for lazy lunches and early evening drinks. We found the bed to be particularly comfortable and enjoyed good nights sleep due to the very peaceful location. The owner was extremely kind in leaving in leaving a hamper of goodies to welcome us to the Forge, even our little dog was not overlooked as she benefited from a gift of treats. We would certainly recommend the accommodation to others. Reviewed by CynthiaJul 2021 "Lovely cosy cottage in a nice quiet location." A private seating outside area which was very pleasant. Would definitely recommend. Reviewed by MaureenJun 2021 "A beautiful little cottage." Equipped with everything you could need. There is nothing we could criticise! The owner even left a welcome pack with goodies for us and our dog - so very thoughtful! Would highly recommend the property and would definitely like to return again. Many thanks for a wonderful stay! Reviewed by CatherineJun 2021 "Great village, friendly people and superb cottage and host." The true beauty of this location is the bus service into York and other surrounding towns/villages. Reviewed by SheilaMay 2021 "We had a lovely week at The Old Forge in early May 2021." The weather wasn't too kind but the cottage more than made up for it. The Old Forge was beautifully presented and immaculately clean. Wonderful quiet location. Lara has thought of everything to make our stay extremely comfortable. The lovely big rattan table and chairs on the patio was an added bonus and the shower is larger than it looks on the photos which was great. We'll definitely stay again, lovely cottage and host. Reviewed by RoseMay 2021 "THE COOTAGE WAS EXCELLENT IDEAL FOR EXPLORING NORTH YORKSHIRE MARKET TOWNS." VERY COMFORTABLE A DELIGHT TO BE IN. CERTAINLY RECOMMEND TO ANY COUPLE LOOKING FOR A BREAK IN THIS AREA. UNFORTUNATELY WE WERE LIMITED IN ACTIVITIES DUE TO COVID. WHEN THAT IS EASED THIS WILL BE AMAZING TO BE IN FOR STATELY HOMES, WHICH WE ENJOY VISITING. AND A SHORT TRIP TO THE COAST. Reviewed by AnthonyApr 2021 "Located in the beautiful village of Shillington ." Cottage was secluded and oh so comfortable,within easy reach for shopping and local interests.Will certainly go back. Reviewed by GrahamDec 2020 "This is the 3rd time we have visited The Forge." It’s such a beautiful place, romantic, cosy and has all the amenities you need. The property is stunning and so comfortable. Well worth a visit! Reviewed by HeidiOct 2020 "The cleanest cottage we stayed in with the most comfortably bed and luxurious bed linen and towels very happy" Reviewed by PaulSep 2020 "Cottage is perfect." Exactly as seen in photos - lovely and cottage and very welcoming to return to after out travelling. Great location for exploring the area. Stillington itself is a lovely peaceful village with some lovely places to eat out. Would definitely recommend The Old Forge to anyone staying in this area. Reviewed by StephenSep 2020 "The local chip shop was excellent value for money and the staff were friendly." The two local pubs were dog-friendly they both allowed dogs inside and in the gardens. Both pubs provided fresh drinking water for the dog and dog biscuits. The village was beautifully clean and tidy, no litter no eye-sores of any kind. It was peaceful and relaxing in the village. We both enjoyed this holiday very much and would certainly recommend this cottage to other dog-owning people who need a quiet relaxing break. Reviewed by SandraJul 2020 "Really enjoyed it very cozy and warm, very clean in a very good place for seeing ..." Really enjoyed it very cozy and warm, very clean in a very good place for seeing all the surrounding area, will certainly be going back Reviewed by BarrieFeb 2020 "Lovely accommodation in a great location." The owner left us a welcome hamper which was a nice gesture a d surprise. The village pub is 5 mins walk and serves very nice food and a great local beer. Reviewed by ChristopherNov 2019 "Not a thing to complain of - lovely place, friendly host." Reviewed by GillianNov 2019 "Although "dog friendly", we thought the cottage and grounds a little too small for all but the smallest of dogs." Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you felt the property was a little on the small side for a dog. As you will see from our previous guest's feedback, this has not been raised as an issue before. We allow one dog, as feel that this is what the property comfortably accommodates. Kind Regards, The Property Owner Property Owner Reviewed by RichardNov 2019 "Cottage was warm and welcoming on arrival including an excellent welcome pack for us and the dog." Lara and Ed were very helpful and the cottage was outstanding. A great place to stay. Reviewed by TonyOct 2019 "My husband & I celebrated 40 years of marriage at this beautiful cottage ." We were both blown away with everything about it , we were left a lovely hamper on arriving at the cottage by the owner Lara such a lovely touch . The cottage had everything we needed it was so peaceful & a beautiful spotless village , I really didn't want to come home . Thank you to the owners & the weather for making our holiday special xx Reviewed by AnnSep 2019 "Lovely comfortable cottage in a nice peaceful village." Cottage had everything we needed and a pretty enclosed courtyard to sit and enjoy the sun with a delightful aroma from the lavender plants. Plenty of places to visit in the area without travelling too far. We hope to return to see more of the surrounding area as there were a few places that we didn't get chance to see. Reviewed by HilaryAug 2019 "Absolute peace and quiet location, shared only with the Bird song." Very well equipped cottage kept spotlessly clean. Owner adds her own welcoming touches. The village is charming and provides an excellent base for sightseeing. Highly recommended. Reviewed by KathyJun 2019 "It was so brilliant it was so lovely the owners just had everything covered." Fruit bowl, slotted spoon for the poached egg, cling film, foil, washing up liquid, milk, bread, tea, coffee, sugar, dog bowl, dog biscuits, dog towel, biscuits for humans. Hand wash in bathroom. Cleaning stuff under the sink, yes towels. I have been to so many self catering places and there’s nothing so thank you Lara it was amazing and we will be coming back if you’ll have us Sarah Reviewed by SarahMay 2019 "A beautiful cottage and plenty of info on where to go and what to do." Locals are really friendly and the white bear pub is a great place for a drink and a meal Reviewed by PaulMay 2019 "The cottage is excellent for 2 people in a very quite location." The patio is south facing with sun from morning to night.Plenty off street walks around the village.The locals are very friendly. You are spoilt for choice with 2 pubs and fish and chip shop all 3 serve excellent food. There are hourly bus into York and the bus stop is only a few minutes walk from the cottage.We will be recommending this property to friends and family . We certainly would book this property again. Reviewed by DavidApr 2019 "What a pretty cottage." We arrived on a very cold day after travelling 200miles. The cottage was heated and very welcoming. We had spring flowers in both rooms and a generous basket of refreshments. We would definitely recommend this cottage and hope to return again. This is a great part of Yorkshire to explore. Reviewed by DavidMar 2019 "The Old Forge cottage was beautifully presented and offered all the comforts of home." The welcome pack was a nice touch especially as there was also one for our very spoilt dog Molly. Stillington is a lovely friendly place too which made us feel very welcome indeed. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting peace and quiet within easy reach of places to visit. Reviewed by MaryMar 2019 "We had a lovely stay at The Old Forge." We arrived to a very cosy and welcoming cottage which had everything we needed for a short break with our dog, Summer. Lara was very helpful and contacted us soon after our arrival to check that we were happy with everything. We appreciated her nice touches like the welcome hamper and vases of spring flowers in the rooms. As we were only staying for two nights and spending our time exploring the area we treated ourselves to a fish and chip supper from Stillington Fisheries and takeaway curry from the Gulshan Tandoori, which were both only a short walk away and definitely worth a try. Stillington is a nice village and is well located for visiting lovely places like nearby Helmsley and the Yorkshire coast. Reviewed by RobertMar 2019 "The cottage was extremely cold , heating not set right , we turned it on it took over 4 hours to warm up , apart from this it was a cute little cottage ideal for two ." nice little extra touches like electric blankets on bed to take of the chill , fluffy blanket to snuggle in really useful . could of had a few extra things in kitchen like a large pot for cooking , colder for straining , wooden spoon and measuring jug for us keen cooks . like the other little touches in kitchen , tin foil for backing very handy all though I did not use it , many times I do a roast dinner so was nice to have this option . the door was extreamly difficult to undo , this was mentioned by other guest in the comments book , so this should be addresses . we loved the very comfy bed , even though it was of a main street it was tucked away enough as not to be noisey . we love Yorkshire , this is about our fourteenth trip and would diffently return to the old forge . there was a nice welcome basket with tea bags , coffee , sugar , bread ect . milk in fridge brilliant could have a cup of tea before stocking up on provision for the week . Reviewed by MichelleMar 2019 "We stayed at the old forge in Stillington for 7 days from 1st February Lara met us as we arrived and showed us around." The cottage is very clean and beautifully decorated. Bed was super comfortable. Shower also perfect. Definitely on our lust for return visit. The village pub the white bear. Has top notch food and good prices. Overall our experience was 9/10. Only thing stopped a 10 was no remote for DVD this makes watching box sets very tricky. But don't let it put you off. Lovely place and Lara also lovely. Reviewed by AlanFeb 2019 "Lovely, cosy cottage, with beautiful contemporary decor in a wonderfully quiet location." A great place to chill and unwind. Reviewed by MichelleJan 2019 "Lara the owner greeted us on arrival and gave us all the info about this lovely cottage also about the area including the local pubs/post office/Indian restaurant and chip shop all within easy walking distance from the cottage." The White bear pub is the place to go for food plus you can take your dog into the bar area. There was fresh milk in the fridge plus in a small hamper there was tea/coffee and chocolate biscuits and leaflets with info about the local area even our small dog molly had a dogs bowl with treats. This lovely cottage had everything that you have at home even heated bed blankets for the chilly evenings. We were about an hour into our 4 hour journey home when my mobile rang it was Lara we had left a bag behind which contained our iPads plus other items so Lara very kindly sent them to us via parcel post. I would highly recommend this lovely private cottage to anyone. Thank you once again Lara for everything. Kind regards Mike,Jackie & Molly Reviewed by MichaelNov 2018 "A beautiful cottage." Very quaint. Had everything we needed for a very relaxing holiday in the beautiful village of Stillington. Reviewed by JanetNov 2018 "The cottage was very well equipped and the owners were only a phone call away if we needed anything." We unfortunately lost internet connection a couple of days before the end of our stay, but after a text to inform the owner, they were straight round to apologise, even though there was nothing they could do about it. The cottage is ideally situated to explore the surrounding area. We would stay there again and would definitely recommend it. Reviewed by JanetSep 2018 "An absolutely fabulous cottage, friendly hosts and well situated." Only a few points which could make it better: - an indoor long handled brush - a mop - an extra baking tray ...just little things, nothing that detracts from a wonderful stay. Lots of things to do around the area and 2 lovely pubs in the village, serving delicious food and fab ales!!! Highly recommend. Reviewed by KayAug 2018 "The cottage was perfect and had everything you needed." A welcome pack was included too. The cottage was situated in beautiful countryside and it was easy to travel to the many places of interest including York. Reviewed by SusanAug 2018 "The Old Forge is a beautiful cosy cottage nestled away off the main road of an absolutely gorgeous village." The village has great amenities in the form of a post office and village store, two excellent pubs and an Indian restaurant/takeaway. We can particularly recommend Sunday lunch at the Bay Tree. Stillington is centrally located for all the main sightseeing attractions in particular we can recommend Helmsley Walled Garden and Castle. There are also some great walks around Stillington itself if you are taking your four legged friend. The courtyard garden at the property is fully enclosed and secure. We would definitely recommend and stay again. Reviewed by Sarah-janeJul 2018 "The cottage was spotlessly clean, fully equipped for two people, and the welcome hamper a generous extra even some treats for our Cockerpoo dog." plus very thoughtful leaving bread milk for the arrival after 5 hour journey. A big thankyou to Ed & Lara Reviewed by MikeJul 2018 "We had a lovely stay at The Old Forge." The cottage is nicely decorated and made us feel at home. York, Castle Howard and the North Yorkshire Moors are not far to reach. Even a trip to the cost is an option. Reviewed by JJun 2018 "The Old Forge was a lovely comfortable cottage with everything we could possibly need." The owners made us feel very welcome and were on hand if we needed them. The only slight thing was the tv kept losing it's signal and we had to keep re-tuning it. Reviewed by PatriciaJun 2018 "A real home from home!" Very comfortable with everything you could possibly need. Lara and Ed very friendly and anxious to make sure you enjoy your break. Reviewed by PaulApr 2018 "5 star cottage and host." We stayed over the Easter weekend when the weather was wet and cold, but found the cottage to be snug and warm. We had everything we needed for a relaxing break and cannot speak highly enough about the lovely owner Lara. The cottage was finished to a high standard and we look forward to staying again. Reviewed by PaulMar 2018 "We loved the old forge!" After searching for somewhere that would allow us to take both our small dogs we stumbled upon this online. The hosts were very accommodating and left tea, coffee, milk and dog biscuits in a small hamper for us which was a nice touch. The online pictures could do with an update as the furniture has been painted/changed since we booked this but that being said it was even more cost thanks to the changes! Stillington itself is lovely and picturesque and great if you have dogs thanks to the surrounding fields. Also ideally situated for trips to York. Would definitely recommend. Reviewed by LewisMar 2018 "Well appointed cottage in an excellent location, seriously let down by heating outside our control and genuinely inadequate for this time of the year." Problem with the door lock which should have been fixed before hand and poor television reception. Reviewed by HeatherDec 2017 "Beautiful cottage, beautiful location, could not have asked for better." Completely relaxing time with facilities nearby. Reviewed by IvorOct 2017 "Stillington is an exceptional village." The perception is of a very cohesive community. The area is very good for walking - my dog appeared to enjoy the holiday. The cottage is small and, without any solid barrier between the living and sleeping areas, it is difficult to keep a dog out of the bedroom. This I achieved by placing a chair in front of the curtain. The "food hamper" provided by Lara was a great start and the cottage itself has all the facilities anyone would require. Reviewed by TerenceSep 2017 "Had a brilliant relaxing holiday." The Old Forge exceeded our expectations; comfortable, cosy and very clean. The people is Stillington are very friendly and really welcoming. We enjoyed good food at the White Bear, the local Indian restaurant and the nearby Durham Ox in Crayke. We took our dog with us and spent a lot of our time walking in the beautiful countryside. Now we are home, batteries recharged and already looking for our next stay. Reviewed by CarolineAug 2017 "Very clean and comfortable, all the facilities you need and a great base to explore the area." Stillington is a lovely village, Bay Tree pub is a must visit, try the "Plate of Pork", delicious!! Also found fantastic fish and chips (and I am very picky when it comes to fish and chips) in Helmsley. Reviewed by RichardJul 2017 "The owners were really friendly but respected our privacy" Reviewed by LynnJul 2017 "Very good property, clean, convienent, owner very helpful and on call for any queries etc" Reviewed by JanetJun 2017 "Credit card supplement for payment is extortionate and is likely to deter me from booking with Sykes in the future." Reviewed by AnthonyJun 2017 "Very nice accommodation and very kind owners." Reviewed by PatriciaJun 2017 "Loved this holiday cottage, great location, owners were very friendly, really made our Christmas lovely." The hamper and Christmas present was a lovely surprise. Would definitely go back! Reviewed by RowenDec 2016 "Excellent property myself, husband & effie our dog had a super couple of days , ..." Excellent property myself, husband & effie our dog had a super couple of days , lovely location extremely comfortable also nice and private Spotlessly clean would definitely recommend/return Reviewed by JanineNov 2016 "The cottage was very well equipped and looked after." It was warm, the bed was very comfortable and beautifully clean. It was in a great location and with the White Bear within one minute's walk for excellent beer and food, a perfect combination. Reviewed by SallySep 2016 "Quite small inside but cosy." Big enough for 2 but I wouldn't book here longer then a few nights only because its smaller then it looks on the picture not a great lot in the village just 2 pubs. Good base for going to other places Reviewed by GraemeNov 2015 Show more Summary All ground floor One king-size double bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and WC Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area. Electric panel heaters with electric woodburning stove Electric oven and hob, microwave, Nespresso machine, fridge and dishwasher Smart TV with Freeview, Netflix and ITV player (please bring your own login details) DAB radio WiFi A selection of books and games Fuel and power inc. in rent Bed linen, electric blankets and towels inc. in rent Off-road parking Enclosed front courtyard garden with patio, four seater furniture and parasol One well-behaved dog welcome Sorry, no smoking Shop and pub 5 mins walk Note: As there is no washing machine, there is a Laundry service on request via the owner The property Quietly tucked away off the main street in the delightful village of Stillington, is this charming 18th century detached cottage. Once a working forge, this pretty little cottage makes a perfect romantic hideaway for couples to enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside of the Howardian Hills with easy access to the historic city of York and picturesque market towns. With all ground floor accommodation, there is a spacious open plan living area with a high-pitched beamed ceiling, modern kitchen and comfortable sitting area. The charming double bedroom leads off from this, with an en-suite shower room. Outside the cottage, is an enclosed courtyard garden; a lovely sheltered spot to sit and relax in the sunshine. A short stroll brings you to the local amenities in this popular village, with pubs, an Indian restaurant, fish and chip shop and a village shop. Walkers and cyclists are spoilt for choice with tracks in abundance in the immediate area, whilst the hourly bus service to York enables guests to leave their car behind to explore this fantastic city. A must is the Jorvik Viking Centre, the National Railway Museum and the famous York Minster. The nearby historic market towns of Easingwold and Thirsk both host weekly markets in their cobbled squares, lined with independent shops, tea rooms and inns and picturesque Helmsley has a wonderful display of colourful hanging baskets during the summer months. With easy access to the stunning scenery of North Yorkshire Moors and the east coast seaside towns of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey, this attractive cottage is well placed for a varied and interesting holiday. Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250. View on map About the location STILLINGTON 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.