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Black Cat Cottage

Chop Gate near Helmsley, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 938384)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a tremendous week in Black Cat cottage."

    It was very peaceful and we found some lovely walks, that were dog friendly. Rosemary Topping is well worth a walk up for the views but be adventurous and don’t just go straight up/straight down. Will definitely return for another week of unwinding.

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by MattApr 2022

  • "Black Cat Cottage was a fantastic property and was simply beautiful."

    We all fully enjoyed our stay and the owner could not have been more accommodating. The property also forms the perfect base for exploring, not to mention our dog loved the under floor heating, and seems quite affronted that we do not have it at home, We will be going back.

    Reviewed by LukeApr 2022

  • "The property was outstanding."

    We met the owner Graham and he couldn't of been more accommodating. The cottage was excellent and we have stayed in many but this was the best by far. Everything about the place was 5 star! Gary & Tracey Atkin

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay - Thankyou! Property Owner

    Reviewed by TraceyApr 2022

  • "We like North Yorkshire and love walking."

    We have 2 working dogs that come with us and you have to plan accommodation that can cater for wet dogs returning. This cottage fitted that bill. You have moors, beaches and woods to choose from as well as flat or hilly. Plenty of places to choose from to eat/rest at. Our hosts were perfect and clearly want you to have everything you require. Indeed on chatting we were given contact details of locals we would have an interest in speaking to. The buildings are beautifully converted and there is nothing cheap about the fixtures or fittings here! We are smallholders and this farm has cattle and horses and the farm is also beautifully kept as are the grounds. Hard work going on here but this makes it very relaxing for guests. We knew the Bilsdale transmitter was down after a fire and went prepared. (You can see the transmitter from the property) We were therefore able to go prepared and use the wifi to watch tv programmes on a tablet and use the mobiles via wifi to talk/send messages. The photographs do not do the interior justice. The sitting room and kitchen diner are vast areas with everything you would need and the work to convert has been extremely well done. Feels more like a home than a holiday let. We loved it.

    So happy you enjoyed your stay - Thankyou Property Owner

    Reviewed by MalcolmSep 2021

  • "Mobile phone signal was non existent."

    Had to travel to a hill either side of cottage to use a mobile. Perhaps a pay phone could be put into the cottage.

    Bilsdale Mast caught fire Property Owner

    Reviewed by AmandaSep 2021

  • "The host Veronica was so helpful and very friendly."

    We were given an additional bathroom to use whilst there which proved wonderful. The whole site was exceptionally pretty with flowers everywhere..a lovely farm location. The house was so wonderful..huge and comforting. We loved it. Everything we needed and as we catered in all holiday that was much appreciated. We had a wonderful stay in all respects.

    Thankyou very much! Property Owner

    Reviewed by CaroleAug 2021

  • "Really enjoyed our week at this lovely cottage and everything was as described."

    Lovely setting in the countryside near Helmsley. Had a lovely holiday with our puppy and enjoyed using the private patio area to sit out in the evening. Really well equipped and very comfortable cottage. Nice friendly host available for any enquiries

    Thankyou very much! Property Owner

    Reviewed by SylviaJul 2021

  • "Black Cat Cottage is a lovely property, with spacious rooms, a well equipped kitchen and a nice outdoor area."

    Set in an old barn the property has a lot of character and is furnished with style. Helmsley is a beautiful village with nice cafes, restaurants and a small supermarket and it is only 10 miles away. The cottage is in a great location to explore Yorkshire. I would highly recommend Black Cat Cottage and look forward to going back soon.

    Thankyou very much and we look forward to seeing you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by LauraJul 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage with a private back terrace facing the stream which is a real sun trap."

    It was lovely sitting there enjoying a drink in the evening. Very comfortable bed. Within easy reach of the moors and the coast allowing you to explore this beautiful area. Easy access to the cottage from the main road, the owners were friendly but not intrusive. Would highly recommend it, our dog loved it he really sulked when it was time to come home.

    Thankyou very much for lovely feedback! Property Owner

    Reviewed by SueApr 2021

  • "Very relaxing break ."

    It was that good I have booked again for November

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2020

  • "This cottage has a delightful aspect in the Yorkshire countryside within a farm."

    Every effort has been made by the lovely owners to make this a relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable holiday. The property is large and beautifully arranged; it has a private patio and it is wonderful to sit outside and enjoy nature after a day in this beautiful and fascinating area. We will return to this fabulous gem!

    Reviewed by TraceyAug 2020

  • "Peace and quiet in a lovely location with wonderful wildlife"

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2019

  • "Had a great week, cottage in a peaceful location and well situated for visiting Helmsley which is a lovely market town with gorgeous shops and eateries."

    The Buck Inn is only 2.5 miles away and we ate there several times as food really good. Cottage very comfortable, clean and there is a nice area to sit outside in the sunshine. Our little dog was safe in the enclosed garden. We would love to return. **One suggestion is that some kind of shelf inside shower would be good as had to put toiletries on the floor.

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2019

  • "A stunning property."

    High standard of facilities, immaculate and very comfortable. Private patio teaming with seasonal bird activity. Set in the most amazing location with easy access to the Cleveland Way. Be prepared to drive to your two nearest market towns, Stokesley and Helmsley but worth it. The walk from Helmsley to Rievaulx is a must. Our hosts were brilliant.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2019

  • "Amazing cottage with fantastic facilities."

    Any issue was resolved on a whim and we were made to feel more than welcome. Very rare location with exceptional surroundings.

    Reviewed by RussellAug 2019

  • "Excellent cottage in glorious surroundings, our hosts Veronica and Russ were most accommodating."

    The facilities were great and I can thoroughly recommend a stay at this lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by AnthonyJul 2019

  • "Very good location for the cleaveland way walk,beautiful countryside, plenty of good pubs would recommend the Buck Inn Chop Gate."

    .Nice and peaceful location very private cottage .we were given a good welcome and asked if everything was ok.

    Reviewed by JoJun 2019

  • "Absolutely wonderful cottage."

    Extremely comfortable with everything to a high standard. Loved the private courtyard garden we had, ideal for watching wildlife in the evening after a day out. Would definitely visit the beautiful part of the UK again.

    Reviewed by AlisonJun 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage, beautiful area."

    Only niggle was the bathroom...too small

    Reviewed by LiamMay 2019

  • "Had a fabulous stay at Black Cat Cottage."

    The cottage is well equipped, comfortable and tastefully decorated. Black Cat Cottage is in a quiet location but still convenient for Helmsley, Stokesley and lots of other places to visit in glorious North Yorkshire. Wouldn't think twice about booking this cottage again.

    Reviewed by HazelMay 2019

  • "The cottage is tastefully equipped and extremely comfortable and in a private position."

    There is easy access to local walks just across the field, although a car is needed if you wish to access shops or petrol station etc. There is a pub serving nice food just a short distance away, which is dog friendly. We had a lovely couple of days staying here, together with our two dogs. We would definitely return.

    Reviewed by LindaMay 2019

  • "We had a lovely week at the cottage."

    The farm is a perfect place to relax . The cottage has been renovated to a very high standard. Outside we had our own private area which was great for our two dogs. Will be back again!

    Reviewed by NicolaMar 2019

  • "I have nothing but praise for this holiday cottage."

    No problems. Anything we required was there. A first class stay.

    Reviewed by KeithNov 2018

  • "My family and I have just returned from an amazing time spent at this cottage, it’s an absolutely beautiful converted barn with lots of original features and a twist of modern and traditional."

    It was warm and comfy with underfloor heating and a wood burner which created a lovely ambience to the living area. We did bring along our 2 family dogs who were flat out most of the time from their treks in the fields. Friendly owners and well kept farm with a range of cattle and horses as well as Piddles their lovely pet dog. Location is between Stokesley and Helmsley approx 10 miles both way. Nearest supermarket we used was Stokesley Co-op. Would recommend nearby Lordstone a picnic/walking/views area which has a lovely stand alone cafe/restaurant/shop all dog friendly. We will certainly be back loved it, thank you Black Cat Cottage.

    Reviewed by GillianOct 2018

  • "This cottage is just beautiful."

    Everything was just as pictured and very clean. Veronica wasn’t in when we arrived on Saturday but she came on Monday evening to greet us and then came again the morning we were leaving to say goodbye. The area itself is great, lots of places just to park up and go on walks, which our dogs loved exploring. We went to cod beck resiviour which was a nice little walk and also followed them Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey trail which was really good too. Would highly recommend the Buck Inn in Chop Gate who are dog friendly and the Rusty Bike cafe in Swainby who are dog friendly too. There wasn’t anything in walking distance from the cottage so always needed a car ride down the main road but there was Helmsley turning right out of the farm and Stokesley turning left and plenty of other places to go for food/takeaways etc. All in all, we had a great week and would love to go back again.

    Reviewed by GraceSep 2018

  • "The directions to the property were to say the least inadequate."

    We spent some time driving up and down the road before we could spot the recessed gateway and entrance to the farm. It would help other visitors if a mileage was given from Helmsley so that visitors knew approximately when to start looking for the entrance. Lovely Holiday and Location, we would recommend The Buck at Chop Gate for meals.

    Reviewed by ChristineJun 2018

  • "We had a lovely week in Black cat cottage."

    The owners were a lovely welcoming couple who were about if you needed them. The cottage was in a peaceful and beautiful spot on their working farm. The interior was very well maintained and had been very tastefully designed. It was equipped with everything you needed in the kitchen with plenty of cutlery, glasses and a dinner service. The bed was wonderfully comfortable and plenty of space to hang clothes in a good sized wardrobe. There was even a good selection of books to read. In all a lovely enjoyable week. If we go back to this area we would certainly go back to this lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by JudithJun 2018

  • "Once arrived at the cottage we were pleasantly surprised how beautiful the property was."

    Very spacious homely with a touch of class with the chandeliers and luxurious bed room furniture. We were greeted by the owners who introduced us to the accommodation, and told us about the local walks, fishing, and shops in the area. Would definately use Black cat cottage again . Thanks for a Wonderful Holiday

    Reviewed by GailMay 2018

  • "We had a wonderful stay at black cat cottage The owners Veronica and Graham are a lovely helpful couple Black cats location is so peaceful and slightly secluded The fixtures , fittings and furniture in the cottage are excellent !"

    It's a great location to view the surrounding areas easily Thankyou

    Reviewed by LinseyApr 2018

  • "Brilliant cottage, location fantastic for hill walks - straight from the door."

    Main attractions all within 30 miles. Beautiful cottage/ barn. Absolutely stunning inside.

    Reviewed by AngelaMar 2018

  • "We visited early January and yes it was cold, but the cottage took 2-3 days to really warm up."

    The log burner was ineffective and we had 2 days max supply of logs. Nearest place to buy more was 8-10 miles away which isn't great in winter! On a positive note the cottage was really nicely renovated with a nice comfy bed, the owners were welcoming and set in a lovely part of the moors. (Sadly weather was misty on our visit). Overall a great holiday and good base for walking etc.

    Reviewed by NeilJan 2018

  • "A fantastic place for a quiet weekend lovely farm setting in a peaceful valley within less than a hours drive of all North Yorkshire hasn't to offer."

    I plan to return sometime soon

    Reviewed by BillSep 2017

  • "As noted by the owner, do not follow sat-nav."

    Approach the property either from Stokesley or Helmsley.

    Reviewed by BryanMar 2017

  • "Excellent cottage"

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double bedroom, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Oil underfloor heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private car park for three cars
  • Private patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, a second dog is negotiable
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 8 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Property is next to the River Seph where you can do fishing
  • Note: There is an interconnecting door between this property and Ref 931157 which will remain locked if the property is booked separately
  • Please note: This property is not suitable for wheelchair users due to limited space
  • Please note: This property does not accept children under 16 years or infants.

The property

Black Cat Cottage is the largest of the three barn conversions, sleeping four people in luxury accommodation.

Grade ll listed with a large lounge featuring an impressive timber staircase to the second floor.

The superb kitchen showcases the original features such as exposed beams and stone walls, lovingly restored to the highest standard.

The barn exudes quality throughout and features underfloor heating and a woodburning stove in the sitting room to gather around after a memorable day out.

Outside, there is a private raised patio garden, with a small stream running along the boundary.

A very tranquil and sheltered spot, overlooking fields and moorland beyond; the perfect place to relax and unwind.

A first class holiday cottage to enjoy any time of the year.

Horse riding is available in the Dale at Bilsdale Riding Centre which is just down the road from the property offering all sizes of horses and ponies available for half or full days riding through beautiful Bilsdale.

Please contact Charlie on 01439 798225 if you wish to make a book riding. Note: This property can be booked with Refs 931157 and 931158, together they sleep 10.

High Ewecote Cottages

Helmsley 10 miles. These outstanding stone barn conversions lie amidst stunning scenery in the heart of the North York Moors National Park. Set in a quiet, rural location, on the owner's working farm with racehorses and cattle, they provide a wonderful tranquil retreat from which to recharge the batteries, but are within easy access to the pretty market towns of Helmsley, Stokesley and Thirsk. The cottages have been sympathetically converted to provide award-winning accommodation of the highest quality, with them being awarded the National Parks Authority Design Award for 2016, and Witches Cottage has been given the award of Best Barn Conversion. Great care has been taken to offer exceptionally comfortable and welcoming holiday homes, with limestone flagged floors, exposed stone walls and aged timber beams. Elegantly furnished with fine attention to detail, they exude quality but remain homely and inviting. Every care has been taken to ensure a memorable holiday, including Smart TVs, underfloor heating in two of the cottages and first class furnishings. Outside, Owl Cottage and Witches Cottage share a communal gravelled garden, with the River Seph running along the margin and beautiful views of the North York Moors foothills; an idyllic spot to sit and relax with a glass of wine, whilst Black Cat Cottage has private use of a patio garden. There is an interconnecting door linking two of the cottages, Black Cat Cottage and Owl Cottage which can be opened on request to make a larger property that will accommodate up to six guests. Guests can also have access to outdoor kennel facilities if required. The surrounding area is a walker’s paradise, with footpaths and trails leading through the wonderful scenery and both the Coast to Coast and the Cleveland Way long distance walks nearby. There are historical and cultural opportunities to savour, in the guise of Castle Howard, Rievaulx, Byland and Fountains Abbeys, or take a day further afield to discover the Yorkshire Coast, spanning from Saltburn to Bridlington. Within easy reach of the triangle comprising of York, Harrogate and Ripon, these properties offer an ideal base for a varied holiday.

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About the location


Kirkbymoorside 6 miles; Thirsk 14 miles; Pickering 13 miles; York 26 miles.

Lying in a sheltered corner of Upper Ryedale, on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park, Helmsley is a prestigious market town with a spacious market square surrounded by houses, hotels and shops. The area is important historically - Helmsley has its own 12th century castle and English Heritage’s Rievaulx Abbey and Castle Howard are close by. Helmsley also boasts an arts centre showing films and plays, and an outdoor swimming pool, which is open during the summer. There is excellent walking on the doorstep - indeed the Cleveland Way starts in Helmsley - and the surrounding North York Moors with their hidden dales and villages are pretty in all seasons. York is less than an hour's drive south, as is Scarborough, Whitby and the east coast, whilst Pickering and the beginning of the famous steam railway line (North Yorkshire Moors Railway) are a little over 20 minutes' drive.

Note: This property does not accept children under 16 years or infants.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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