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Black Horse Cottage

(Ref. 1083392)

Swainby, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely cottage and village."

    The kitchen area is very small, but that is the only downside.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Jun 2023

  • "I found the property to be very nice."

    The cottage was generally clean although found cobwebs around the cottage especially in shower cubicle.Did not find any Wine/Beer glasses until day of leaving as were hidden away in a painted wall cupboard in dining room which I did not feel I should open as other cupboards and drawers in that room were full of family items, / linen / Xmas Decs ect. Feel kitchen although advertised as fully equipped sadly lacking . Could do with a small microwave and Freezer . As only has a Fridge And Oven. There is also No dishwasher . Very tight on pots as only had 3 cereal Bowls . Garden and Back Yard would benefit from some TLC Sadly the Wi-Fi was non existent on last 2 days of my stay so TV was also very limited.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Jun 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Black Horse Cottage."

    The accommodation is very comfortable and provides an excellent base to explore all that North Yorkshire has to offer, which is a lot! We can fully recommend the cottage.

    Thanks for the feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Apr 2023

  • "A lovely, clean cottage in a good location."

    2 pubs within easy walking distance. Both welcoming and dog friendly.

    Thanks for the feedback Appreciate it Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2023

  • "What a gem!"

    The owners, Jayne and Gary, have restored this little cottage to the highest imaginable standard. As soon as you walk into the living room through the funny little hallway you get that, 'this is going to be nice' feeling. The cottage was spotlessly clean and almost everything we needed was there. There were a handful of items that would would have enhanced our stay if they had been available and we've advised Jayne and Gary of these but it did not detract our enjoyment of our stay. The living room is exceptionally comfortable and with the fire lit and a G&T in your hand, there's no better place to be on a chilly spring evening. We particularly liked the separate dining room, a rare find these days. The kitchen is small and storage space is limited. The fridge is large but there's no ice box, so keep your bottle of gin in there! The induction hob is excellent and the oven cooks evenly. There's also plenty of cutlery. Upstairs the double bed is incredibly comfortable with a lovely snuggly duvet. The towels provided are lovely and thick and there are plenty of toiletries provided. If, like me, you're over 6ft, watch your head on the beams and the low doors. On the first night having drawn the front bedroom curtains I turned round and found myself on the floor! There are plenty of walks in the area and a particularly good circular walk from the cottage which we've left details of. If you're eating out, we really recommend The Black Horse pub in the village. Everyone is very friendly and the food is excellent. Whoever came up with the idea of a pork and black pudding burger is a genius! Finally, if you look after paint work on your car you might want to consider covering it while parked outside the cottage. Next door have ten bird feeders hanging up and the birds queue up in the trees above and pebbledash your pride and joy!

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Mar 2023

  • "A charming and well equipped cottage, excellent location for visiting the area."

    Slightly chilly until the heating kicked in but a few more logs for the open fire would solve that. The Blacksmiths Arms nearby was really convenient and great for pub food, their 'Parmo' was excellent.

    Thanks for your feedback We will add a few more logs for the next visitors Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "The property was immaculate."

    Everything we needed. Had an enjoyable time. Will recommend to all our friends and family.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2022

  • "This was a fantastic property and a great base to explore the nearby North Yorkshire area."

    The facilities were excellent and a really comfortable couple of nights stay. Pub within walking distance that was brilliant.

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Jul 2022

  • "A lovely cottage within a great area to explore."

    Nice decor with good standard of furnishings. Kitchen compact but has most things Inc. coffee machine. Freezer compartment would be useful for summer drinks but appreciate space is limited.

    Thanks for staying with us and pleased you liked the area Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage set in a quaint village."

    Hosts were very welcoming and addressed any issues promptly.

    Thanks for your feedback. Look forward to welcoming you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rosie5.0May 2022

  • "Black Horse Cottage provided us with a totally perfect break."

    Beautifully presented throughout everything feels new and clean. The cottage is clearly centuries old full of character and original beamed ceilings. The location is in close proximity to picturesque and historic walking routes to suit all capabilities. There were three of us in our party one being our dog Duggie, who enjoyed the open fire as much as we did. We were all made to feel very welcome by the owners who had left us a comprehensive welcome pack in the separate dining room. Plenty of space upstairs with pleasant views across the well stocked cottage garden. But watch your head on the low beams a one off knock is a kind reminder that you are staying in a centuries old cottage and common experience for me. The WiFi is excellent and there is a smart TV so no shortage of entertainment if needed. The rear court yard is large, enclosed and feels safe and secure. Swainby village and the cottage could not be more peaceful and I can confidently recommend it. We look forward to staying there again soon.

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay and thanks for the wonderful feedback - we appreciate it Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2022

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Oil central heating throughout the property with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, kettle, toaster, fridge, coffee machine, Wall mounted flat screen TV with Netflix and Sky available, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking outside the property
  • Rear courtyard with furniture and woodburning firepit
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.5 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: The twin bedroom is accessed via the double bedroom, please be mindful of this before booking

The property

Settled amidst the rural countryside of the North York Moors National Park, in the charming village of Swainby, rests this contemporary twobedroom holiday home, Black Horse Cottage.

Boasting a stylish, monochromatic interior, whilst maintaining the property’s original character with a warming open fire and exposed wooden beams, Black Horse Cottage makes a wonderful base for a family escape to the country.

Kick off your muddy boots and unload your walking gear as you step inside the handy hallway of your new home-from-home.

Follow the hallway through to the beautifully-appointed sitting room, stylishly laid out with plush velvet sofas and a chesterfield buttoned pouffe, enticing you to put your feet up and unwind with your favourite show on the big screen.

When stomachs start to rumble, discover the well-equipped kitchen, where monochromatic fittings house all of the essentials to rustle up hearty meals that can be enjoyed on the nearby dining table.

Climbing the stairs to the first floor, you'll directly enter the sumptuous double bedroom, with an adjoining door providing access to a wellpresented twin room, offering the ideal sleeping quarters for a small family; both rooms benefit from access to their own en-suites, so there'll be no queues when getting ready for bed!

In the morning, enjoy a leisurely wake up before venturing outdoors to the rear courtyard to indulge in a steaming morning coffee amongst your peaceful rural surroundings.

A short walk from your doorstep will bring you into the heart of Swainby, where you'll find a handful of essential amenities to ensure an enjoyable self-catered stay; refuel following a day of adventure with an indulgent bite to eat at The Black Horse Inn, treat yourself to a crisp pint of ale amongst the scenic greenery of the beer garden at Blacksmiths Arms, or stock up on essentials at the local village store.

Avid historians will delight with a visit to the ruins of Whorlton Castle, boasting a fascinating history dating back to the 13th-century, whilst those looking for an outdoor adventure may prefer to explore the varying landscapes of the North York Moors National Park, stretching miles of heather moorland, towering woodland, and rolling dales waiting to be explored.

Enjoy a trip to the nearby market town of Stokesley, or walk up to Cod Beck at Osmotherley – a lovely reservoir with scenic walks and great gastro pubs.

With all of this and more, choose Black Horse Cottage as your base for your next retreat to North Yorkshire.

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About the location


  • Osmotherley 4 miles
  • Stokesley 6 miles
  • Northallerton 8 miles

Swainby is a village in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire. Swainby is located at the north-western corner of the North York Moors National Park. The characteristics of the village and the surrounding area consist of traditional Yorkshire dry stone walls, hills, sheep, heather and moorland. The village is close to the ruins of Whorlton Castle. In the 19th century the housing of miners who worked the nearby hills for ironstone and jet led to an expansion of the village. Swainby contains two public houses, The Blacksmiths Arms and The Black Horse along with The Rusty Bike – a bike inspired café serving scrummy breakfast and lunches.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas