4.9★ Sykes rating 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Pets Yes Features Off road parking Open fire Garden / Patio Washing machine Dishwasher Broadband / WiFi Reviews & Ratings Accuracy of the listing Cleanliness Comfort Facilities and Maintenance Search All reviews cottage (43) lovely (35) owners (31) our (25) location (23) well (23) 67 Customer Reviews "This was our second stay at hilltop cottage enjoyed every minute Ali and Gerry are lovely,will go back soon" Reviewed by Sean5.0★Feb 2024 "First class stay: our second visit over a New Year period." Lovely property, exceptionally well equipped. Dog friendly. Helpful owners just next door: friendly and responsive. Highly recommended. Reviewed by Sheila5.0★Dec 2023 "We loved our time spent in Hill Top." It’s a very clean and comfortable cottage with the most beautiful views from the front looking out over Stonegrave Minster. It’s very well equipped and the owners were very helpful but not at all intrusive. We would definitely recommend it and would love to return at some point. Reviewed by Pauline5.0★Nov 2023 "We’ve stayed in many holiday cottages over the years and this has taken top spot." Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, shame lots of others think the same - no availability for next May ☹️ Reviewed by Nicola5.0★Nov 2023 "Hilltop is perfectly situated for days out exploring the Howardian Hills and the North York Moors, between Malton and Helmsley near the lovely village of Hovingham." The cottage is beautiful and very well thought out, it is comfortable and nicely decorated, well equipped and well furnished. We genuinely loved this property and will be returning. We had a couple of reservations before we arrived. 1 - The pictures of the garden don’t make it look very secure if you are visiting with your 4 legged friends. The garden is in fact quite secure, it was perfect for our medium sized dogs. 2 - The comfort of the beds. We all like a good nights sleep when we are on our hols, after seeing another quite scathing review we were concerned about the beds especially as 2 of our party normally struggle with this type of thing. We had absolutely no need for concern, the beds are exceptionally comfortable and we all slept fantastically. I know that bed comfort is very subjective but the quality and mattresses and beds at Hilltop are fantastic. Ali & Gerry the property owners are lovely, and we all greatly enjoyed our chats. Simply one of the best holiday cottages we have visited. The Northern Lights and “Steve” showing up on our trip was an added bonus. Reviewed by Anna5.0★Nov 2023 "Perfect! Thank you so much, the cottage was beautiful, so cosy, comfortable and spotlessly clean." Perfect stay for lovely attractions and coming home to a log fire was just the best. Reviewed by Michele5.0★Oct 2023 "We had a fantastic week at Hill Top which is a perfect base to explore the Moors and surrounding area." The accommodation is very well equipped and has everything you need to feel properly at home. It has amazing views and is lovely cosy accommodation to return to with very comfortable beds for a good nights sleep. We were a party of 6 and had one rainy "rest" day from mountain biking and walking, and Hill Top had the space for us to have 3 different activities going on without being in each others way. We were warmly greeted by Ali and Gerry, nothing was too much trouble during our stay and we will definitely be looking to book again. Reviewed by Julia5.0★Oct 2023 "Lovely cottage in a beautiful area." There was a very generous welcome pack for us on our arrival. Plenty of places to visit & a comfy house to return to after a busy day out. Reviewed by Jean5.0★Sep 2023 "We found the mattresses uncomfortable." I think they need upgrading. The owners were extremely helpful and really nice people.we will come back if in Yorkshire! Thank you for your feedback. We take the comfort of our guests very seriously. Whilst mattress comfort is entirely subjective, we would like to reassure future guests that all of the mattresses in Hilltop are a quality brand. Each mattress turned and cleaned regularly and each is between eight months and three years old. Property Owner Reviewed by Debra4.1★Sep 2023 "Had a great week in Yorkshire staying at Hill Top, which was a beautiful cottage, with everything we needed." We enjoyed our early morning walks / runs along the old railway line to Hovingham and a stop off at the Bakery! Thanks Ali for telling us about this route. Lots of other paths were also accessible from the Cottage. Great location for exploring the area. Ali & Gerry were great hosts. Thanks for the bread, jam, butter, milk, tea and biscuits. Excellent Italian bistro "La Trattoria" in Helmsley. Reviewed by Carol5.0★Sep 2023 "The property was well finished with comfy beds." Gorgeous views from the front rooms. It was in a wonderful location for walks locally and also within a short drive and some beautiful places worth visiting such as Castle Howard, Hovingham, Nunnington. I would stay in the property again. Ali and Jerry the home owners are very helpful but not intrusive in any way. There was a nice touch with butter, bread, milk, cake and some jams when we arrived. There were even a few treats for the dogs. It's worth doing a supermarket delivery when you arrive as there are no supermarkets locally. The nearest big supermarket is in Malton. All in all, it was a lovely place to stay. Reviewed by Rachel4.1★Aug 2023 "Great cottage, lovely owners." Everything you could need in a cottage. Location perfect for us. Great day in Dalby forest biking and go ape, day in Scarborough. Lovely browse round Helmsley. Fantastic North Yorkshire we will be back. Reviewed by Caroline5.0★Aug 2023 "This is a superb cottage, ideally located close to towns (Helmsley is 10 mins drives away)." The owners live next door and nothing is too much of bother for them. The cottage is well equipped (it even has an egg slicer and colander in the kitchen but best of all it had. A mocka pot so I must say they have certainly thought of everything ). It was very clean and well presented with lovely views of the suttounding countryside as well as excellent walks straight from the cottage. Yes it is on a main road but honestly it is not an issue. This was our 2nd visit and we are already planning our next. They is plenty of wildlife to see as well we seen rabbits, deer, fox, buzzards, otters, horses, cows, herons and of course plenty of sheep. Give this cottage a try, I promise you that you won't be disappointed Reviewed by Julie5.0★May 2023 "We had a fabulous holiday." The owners were very friendly and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble if we had any questions. The property was spotless and is in a great location with stunning views. We will definitely be booking again sometime in the near future. Reviewed by John5.0★May 2023 "What a beautiful property!" Spotless, had everything we needed and more. Amazing hosts who were on hand for anything we needed. Highly recommend and will be visiting again Reviewed by Kerry5.0★Feb 2023 "This is a first rate holiday cottage and was a great choice for a New Year break." It’s well designed, spacious, comfortable and well equipped. The owners welcomed us and were totally unobtrusive, even though they lived next door. It’s ideal for dog owners with enclosed outdoor space and easy access to rural walks. We were a party of 3 adults and 2 dogs: the cottage would be very comfortable for 6 adults as there’s lots of space to sit and eat. Highly recommended. Reviewed by Sheila5.0★Dec 2022 "A lovely property with everything you need, you can even buy wood from the owner." Peaceful location. Thank you to Gerry for helping us out with a puncture too! Reviewed by Tanya4.7★Dec 2022 "We have just returned from a wonderful stay at Hilltop, We have stayed at numerous cottages and this is by far the best we have stayed in, Great location and views from Hilltop beautiful villages to visit nearby, For us thou it's all about the comfort, Amazing comfy beds and seating areas, Lots of space, Well equipped everything you need, The most lovely welcome pack when we arrived we great thought from the fabulous owners Gerry and Ali, Thank you so much for a wonderful stay we are already booking again for next year!" Would highly recommend, Reviewed by Beverley5.0★Nov 2022 "Fantastic Week and lovely cottage it worked really well for our first family holiday all back together." The Owners could not be more helpful and we would definitely recommend it Reviewed by Rachel5.0★Oct 2022 "Beautiful cottage, much bigger than expected." Clean, cozy and welcoming. Great back garden for the dogs. Great central location for our days out. Would recommend this cottage for location . Lovely welcome pack on arrival. Even treats for the dogs. Reviewed by Janene5.0★Sep 2022 "Hilltop Cottage was clean, comfortable and very well equipped." The owners, Ali and Gerry were very friendly and welcoming. We very much appreciated the Welcome Pack upon our arrival. Beautiful views from the cottage made our stay extra special. We hope to stay here again. Reviewed by Angela5.0★Sep 2022 "The cottage was beautiful and well equipped." It was cosily furnished and was in a great location for our many trips visiting various parts of stunning Yorkshire. Would definitely recommend to others and would stay again in a heart beat. Ali and Gerry were helpful and informative whilst not being intrusive. A perfect stay! Reviewed by Liz5.0★Aug 2022 "Thank you for letting us borrow your house Good location." Central for visiting coast ; Dales and York Reviewed by Christine5.0★Jul 2022 "2nd time we’ve stayed there and it was was good as before - well recommended!" Reviewed by Derek5.0★Jul 2022 "A real home from home." ALi and Gerry were very welcoming and the cake and wine at the beginning of the second week was a very nice touch. North Yorkshire is a lovely area with plenty to see and do. We would certainly consider Hill Top for a holiday again. Reviewed by Douglas5.0★Jun 2022 "Immaculate cottage set in a stunning location." Spacious property with a lovely back garden to enjoy on sunny day. Parking on the drive. Kitchen well equipped if you’re eating in. We would be happy to return to this cottage if we’re in this area again. Reviewed by Deborah5.0★Jun 2022 "Lovely cottage ,very well equipped, beautiful surroundings and the owners were very nice and helpful ,would highly recommend." Reviewed by Sean5.0★Jun 2022 "The cottage was great." Very clean, very comfortable. It is advisable to reverse into the drive because reversing into the road is extremely dodgy. The only negative comment I have is the stairs are a bit steep for us oldies, otherwise perfect. Reviewed by David5.0★May 2022 "We had a great week at Hilltop." Owners Gerry and Ali were very welcoming, friendly and helpful, offering advice re local places to eat /visit etc. Wonderful views over the hills from the cottage and well placed for visiting many places round and about, including the seaside! Reviewed by Glenys4.7★May 2022 "A lovely and comfortable cottage which was well equipped and clean." The owners were extremely helpful and friendly. The location was perfect and the surrounding countryside and villages were idyllic. The only downside was the busy main road right outside the front door and the constant sound of traffic. Reviewed by Estelle5.0★May 2022 "What a great property and location to explore North Yorkshire." We will definitely be back again. Reviewed by Mark5.0★Apr 2022 "Exceptional holiday cottage!" Everything has been thought of for your convenience and comfort. Ali and Gerry were there to meet and greet us, providing information on the house and the local area which was great and the hamper was such a lovely touch. The walks from the property were fabulous, both our dogs were in heaven having the countryside on the doorstep. We will definitely be back! All in all.. a perfect week away, thanks to the hosts, accommodation and location, thank you Ali and Gerry. Reviewed by Julie5.0★Mar 2022 "Ideally located for York and the countryside, we were a group of 6 with 2 dogs the house was perfect and had all the amenities." Reviewed by Kevin5.0★Mar 2022 "Another wonderful stay at Hill Top, it is in the most beautiful location, and Ali and Gerry go above and beyond to ensure our stay went smoothly." We will definitely be back. Reviewed by Christina5.0★Feb 2022 "We stayed here over Christmas, it was excellent, plenty of room for 6 people comfy beds, well laid out inside would highly recommend staying here." Great views, nice dog walks. Reviewed by Steve5.0★Dec 2021 "The owners were incredibly accomodating and can't recommend this cottage enough!" Incredibly clean and spacious, perfect for a group of 5 plus a dog. Also had a lovely hamper on arrival. Beautiful views of the church and nice walks in the local area. Good area to discover more of Yorkshire. Reviewed by Evie-may5.0★Nov 2021 "Great cottage for the family and the owners made us feel very welcome." Reviewed by Lee5.0★Oct 2021 "We enjoyed the cottage very much; it is perfectly positioned for visiting relatives as well as sight-seeing." It is comfortable, stylish and welcoming. We will be back. Reviewed by Margaret5.0★Oct 2021 "Hilltop was a perfect base for a very busy week." Location was excellent and meant we where never far from a days activity. With 3 children from 2 to 7 years it was plenty big enough and provided every comfort we could have wanted. The road outside is close but the owners have positioned the garden gate very well and was not a problem accessing the cottage from the backdoor. The driveway is tight is like us you have two massive cars. However owners where very accommodating and supplied extra parking when I couldn't fit on the driveway!! A really great house and perfectly set up. Highly recommend it. Reviewed by Laura5.0★Oct 2021 "The cottage was great far exceeded the photos." The owners Ali and Gerry were very welcoming and helpful. The welcome pack was a lovely addition. We would happily recommend the cottage; in fact we already have! Reviewed by Neil5.0★Oct 2021 "This is a lovely house, so easy to live in and the perfect holiday home." Everything you need is here and easy to find. What was even more impressive is that when the hot water broke down, Ali and Gerry spent their whole evening in the rain trying to fix the boiler and when the hot water system refused to be helpful to them, they offered us the shower in the cottage next door until the plumber could get to fix the system. This was so helpful and kind. They did absolutely everything they could and they gave us a couple of bottles of wine and chocolates. They really could not have done more to help, the were the perfect hosts. Things go wrong at home and in all houses and hotels. It is the way of the world but the true metal is how the problem is dealt with and they were perfect. Reviewed by Christine5.0★Sep 2021 "Excellent cottage renovated to the highest standards." Everything was exceptionally clean and the beds were comfy - which is so often not the case in holiday cottages. There was a lovely welcome pack in the kitchen too. Ali and Gerry were very welcoming and gave us lots of ideas of where to go that was wheelchair accessible. Thoroughly recommend. Reviewed by E A5.0★Aug 2021 "Hilltop is a lovely cottage in a fantastic location." Would highly recommend if you have dogs as well. Reviewed by Chris5.0★Jul 2021 "Beautiful, scenic holiday stay." Relaxing and great sightseeing base. Felt very comfortable. Welcome pack was beyond expectations. Lovely. Reviewed by Colette5.0★Jun 2021 "Very friendly, several very nice touches ,would defiantly recommend Keith & Jeanne" Reviewed by Keith5.0★Jun 2021 "The perfect base to visit this beautiful area." Cottage is completely faultless; Ali and Gerry are very thoughtful and obliging. This was my second stay and I’ve rebooked already, a little corner of heaven. Reviewed by Kath5.0★Jun 2021 "Safe and enclosed for children or pets so reduces stresses in this respect helping to create a more relaxed stay." A really good welcome and included a good welcome pack. Reviewed by Stephen4.7★May 2021 "A lovely cottage with fabulous views." Reviewed by Sarah5.0★May 2021 "We absolutely loved our stay at Hill top cottage, the owners were so helpful, even sourcing us something we had forgotten late one evening." The cottage is gorgeous, and was so clean, with all details thought of. We don't have a fog, so I am sometimes put off when places are dog friendly, but the cottage was so very clean. Booking was easy, and the staff at sykes were very helpful. We will definitely be going back. Reviewed by Christina5.0★Apr 2021 "We had such a lovely week staying at this cottage." The house was spotlessly clean and is really spacious with a fantastic view and is ideally located for exploring the local area. The owners Ali and Gerry are lovely and provided great suggestions of dog walks and places to visit. They also left a welcome pack of treats and essentials which was a pleasant surprise. Our enjoyment wasn't hindered by Covid or the weather - we enjoyed the slower pace of life, walking in the day (squeezing in a pub trip or two in nearby Hovingham) and spent many evenings by the fire. Our pup had a great time too! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this cottage and would love to return in future. Reviewed by Nicholas5.0★Oct 2020 "Hill top cottage is one of the best cottages we have stayed in, spacious and comfortable, loved the snug area off the kitchen." The master bedroom was larger than expected with great en-suite. Lovely views from front bedrooms of Stonegrave minster got some great pictures of the setting sun. Our two small dogs enjoyed the secure back garden and the country walks. The bridlepath walk starting from brook side road at Hovingham village is great and there is a children play area there as well. The small local bakery next to the path is also worth a vIsit. The owners Ali and Gerry met us there when we arrived helped us to make the most of the cottage and our stay. Would Highly recommend. Reviewed by Linda5.0★Oct 2020 "Very nice location." We were given a warm welcome and a lovely welcome pack. A very nice accommodation. Spacious, nicely furnished. Impeccable cleanliness. Impressed with the security of the rear garden which allowed us to let our dog out of the property with confidence. we had a lovely break, thank you. Reviewed by Angela5.0★Oct 2020 "We had a fantastic week at Hilltop, the weather was kind to us and were able to get out and about." There is so much to do in what was a new area of Yorkshire for us. The cottage was lovely and the owners very helpful, there are walks from the door and the next village along has the best bakery. We would both love to return in the future. Reviewed by David5.0★Sep 2020 "Our return visit did not disappoint!" Despite the current challenges we still experienced a warm welcome from Ali and Gerry. Hilltop is an excellent base for enjoying the city of York, the beautiful Howardian Hills, and the North Yorkshire coast. Reviewed by Hilary5.0★Aug 2020 "The owners are incredibly friendly and always happy to answer questions, provided advice about the area and did all they could to make us feel at home." Will probably visit again. Reviewed by Barry4.7★Aug 2020 "Our stay at Hilltop was wonderful, we all enjoyed the break." Lovely cottage & friendly hospitable owners. Reviewed by Louise4.7★Aug 2020 "The cottage was absolutely brilliant and one of the best we've stayed in." Owners were so helpful and friendly and have created a perfect family getaway. It was an ideal base for exploring the area and a wonderful home to return to at night. The whole family loved it and I would definitely return again. Reviewed by Chris5.0★Aug 2020 "Hilltop is such a beautiful house in such a beautiful location, the views are amazing." The house is so comfortable and has everything you need, it is so beautifully furnished with very comfortable beds. The cottage is so much more spacious than it looks. The owners are such nice people, very helpful and we really appreciated the welcome supplies particularly the ones for our dog! Cant recommend enough and we are looking forward to returning. Reviewed by Sarah5.0★Jul 2020 "We had a fantastic time." The property was wonderful, our young adult family (four 19 - 25yr olds, stayed 2 nights) all said how much they liked it. We enjoyed a family meal in the dining room as part of a birthday celebration. The dogs had plenty of space and the enclosed garden was perfect. Surrounding area was beautiful, great walks, castles, teas and dog friendly pubs in striking distance. Reviewed by Hilary5.0★Feb 2020 "Location! Location!" Location! Hill Top is a great place to stay when exploring North Yorkshire - handy for lovely places such as Castle Howard, Harrogate and York and the east coast resorts of Scarborough and Whitby. There are good dog walking places close by, too. Reviewed by Anne5.0★Dec 2019 "The cottage was great and met our needs perfectly." Great welcome pack. The owners where welcoming, friendly and helpful. Our two dogs had a lovey stay too with dog treats, poo bags and a dog towel provided. Spacious but cosy especially with log burning. Overall a lovely weekend at Hill Top. Reviewed by Lynn5.0★Dec 2019 "I would like to say the cottage was wonderful and Ali and Gerry were very nice and helpful with dogs 100%Wood return." Reviewed by Anne5.0★Nov 2019 "Fantastic cottage, lovely location and very accommodating owners!" What's not to like? Far exceeded our expectations, we went with the intention of taking our dog away from the fireworks and never heard a thing - mission accomplished! Lovely pub lunches, relaxing evenings in front of the log burner, can't wait to go back Reviewed by Alan5.0★Nov 2019 "The cottage was lovely - spacious and cosy." The owners were welcoming and helpful with any questions that we had. The location is good - view of open countryside, but short drive to Malton and Helmsley. We would definitely go back. Reviewed by Jenny5.0★Oct 2019 "Roomy well laid out accommodation." Owners friendly and helpful. Thoughtful welcome pack. No hesitation in recommending this holiday cottage to others. Location is ideal for those wanting to explore North Yorkshire. Reviewed by Carol4.7★Oct 2019 "The cottage is beautiful and very well equipped." Ali and Gerry were so warm and welcoming, we had milk, bread, butter, jam, marmalade and eggs provided on arrival. My mum owned a small hotel for many years and was very impressed with the cleanliness. I recommend this house 100%. 11 out of 10. Thank you so much. Reviewed by Caroline5.0★Sep 2019 "Very close to Helmsley approx 10mins drive which was a small picturesque village with lots of restaurants serving food into the evening, and a lovely deli and sandwich shop serving homemade pies and quiche, including wines and local gin." There is a castle and gardens within walking distance with picnic facilities . Beautiful location of the cottage looking out across the local church and fields beyond, about 20 mins to Pickering station for steam enthusiasts where you can travel to Whitby, or watch from Goathland to see it steam across the moors. York had a great park and ride about 30mins by car, easy parking and direct drop off, Shambles, York Minster the Railway Museum. Reviewed by Nicki5.0★Sep 2019 There are no reviews featuring this term Show all reviews Show more Hide all Summary Three bedrooms: 1 x king-sized, 1 x double (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin Cloakroom with hand basin and WC Bathroom with bath, shower over, hand basin, WC Open-plan living area with kitchen with woodburning stove Sitting room with woodburning stove Separate dining room for six. Oil central heating with underfloor heating on the ground floor and two woodburning stoves Electric oven and ceramic hobs, fridge, freezer, washing machine, and dishwasher, TVs and WiFi (can be temperamental) Fuel and power is included in the rent Fresh bed linen and towels are included in the rent Off road parking for 2 cars Rear private enclosed patio with outdoor seating area Sorry, no smoking Two well-behaved dogs welcome Pub 2 miles, shop 2.0 miles The property Hill Top is a quintessentially British semi-detached cottage that is situated in the village of Stonegrave, close to the town of Malton, Yorkshire. This delightful home is the perfect place to come back to and unwind after a day of adventure with family or friends alike. The interior of this stunning cottage is full of character, and features a homely open-plan kitchen/diner/sitting area upon first stepping inside. From here, you can appreciate scenic countryside views from the window and find all your culinary amenities, including an electric oven, ceramic hob, a fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, a stylish breakfast bar, and a small contemporary snug/lounge area with a TV and warming woodburner to snuggle up to. Moving through the property, you'll be able to find a spacious separate sitting room with an additional woodburner, a bright and separate airy dining room with traditional wooden ceiling beam features, and a ground-floor cloakroom which includes a hand basin and WC. Following from the back door in the dining room, a wonderful patio and outdoor seating area surrounded by a sand-stone cliff can be accessed, where you can sit and enjoy cooked meals or warm evenings with loved ones. Climb the staircase to the first floor and you will find three homely bedrooms, two of which have vaulted beam ceilings for a traditional cottage feel. Ideal for younger guests, the first of these is a twin bedroom, and a charming window seat for quiet time while appreciating the splendid countryside views. The second bedroom has a double bed with courtyard views. Completing the first floor, there is an elegant king-sized bed in this room with views to the Minster and valley, ample storage space, a TV, and a contemporary en-suite shower room, including a walk-in shower, WC, and hand basin. For those with leisure activities in mind, Stonegrave is in a perfect location nearby to the Ampleforth College Golf Club as well as a number of breathtaking locations such as the North York Moors National Park, and the Horwardian Hills, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Venture out to the quaint, nearby cycling city of York which offers a variety of attractions to entertain all the family, such as the famous National Railway Museum, the renowned JorvikViking Centre, York Minster Cathedral, Clifford's Tower, the medieval York City Walls, and scenic riverside walks and boat trips. Only an hour away by car is the lively seaside town of Whitby, perfect for the summer months. Hill Top cottage is the perfect getaway ideal for families or friends wishing to experience quintessential Yorkshire and its remarkable landscape and destinations. Please note; This property can be booked with Property Reference 1106690 Yon Cottage which is next-door, together sleeping 8 guests Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350. View on map About the location HOVINGHAM Helmsley 8 miles; Malton 8 miles; York 20 miles. The pretty North Yorkshire village of Hovingham sits amidst the beautiful countryside of the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is a real gem, with a beck running down the high street, two excellent inns, a traditional village shop, a tea room and a bakery. There are excellent walking and cycling opportunities from the village itself, as well as easy access to the beautiful National Park. The stately home and gardens of Castle Howard are just 4 miles away, and the market towns of Malton and Helmsley are 8 miles away. Historic York and the attractions of the East Coast are further afield but well worth the trip!