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Owl Cottage

(Ref. 931157)

Chop Gate near Helmsley, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful location in Bilsdale , it is ideal for a very quiet romantic getaway , you have everything you need for your stay , the bed was very comfortable and clean , the water is very hot so beware , we were not disturbed or disappointed with our stay , the scenery in the area is amazing ."

    The barns have been converted to a really high standard , and the journey down the drive to the cottage felt like you were driving to a stately home . It is an ideal location and a reasonably short drive to surrounding areas if you want to explore the area . All in all a wonderful place to stay .

    Thankyou so much for your feedback- you are very welcome any time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely well equipped and comfortable cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Welcoming hosts.

    Thankyou for your feedback and so happy you enjoyed your stay with us Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely and the owners are nearby for any problems, the area was good for dog or general walking and pretty towns and two pubs nearby."

    We had no phone signal although there is internet all in all a lovely peaceful holiday and do not need an alarm clock but do advise taking a catapult to stop that pesky Blackbird squawking at 05.00 every morning!

    Thankyou for your feedback and sorry about the noisy blackbird! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maureen4.7Apr 2023

  • "Property tired and not like the photo of the lounge advertised-in reality a sofa bed for main sofa very uncomfortable and caused occupant to lean over as sank in the middle and main single chair at 90 degrees to tv caused a cricked neck; no way to change chair position."

    Property was for 2 so no need for a sofa bed. Dodgy front door lock, got locked in- thankful for alternative door. Loose toilet seat. Faecal smell around the fridge and sofa, it was re cleaned but the smell did not go, we wondered whether the mop head was the problem? Cutlery tray needed cleaning Under furniture there was a lot of accumulated dust and fluff Kitchen equipment severely lacking and an eclectic mixture of tableware No welcome pack like other holiday rental companies No ordered leaflets of the area just a few bunged in a draw No personal touch at all which was so disappointing and such in contrast to the many self catering holidays we have been on before . Shower went cold after having been guided to put hot water on for 1/2 an hour Only good thing was comfy bed and lovely bed linen but had we not brought our own kingsize blanket we would have been cold. This was a holiday to celebrate our 60th birthdays, accommodation very disappointing but Yorkshire was beautiful. It would not take too much work to get it to a higher acceptable standard.

    Reviewed by Ruth1.3Apr 2023

  • "Lovely place."

    Lovely stay. Very peaceful.

    Thankyou! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Mar 2023

  • "Beautiful location and very good owner !"


    Great to meet you both! Thankyou for the feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Niel5.0Dec 2022

  • "Loved our stay at Owl Cottage, so peaceful and fully able to relax after a busy day."

    Really comfy bed, control over heating and hot water plus great WiFi. Beautiful grounds and the trees in autumn were stunning. Stayed for 2 weeks and left feeling fully recharged.

    Thankyou so much Sandra - lovely to meet you both and enjoy your new home! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Nov 2022

  • "Delightful, cosy cottage in a beautiful and tranquil setting."

    Only 10 minutes drive north of Helmsley. Really enjoyed my stay as did my dog!!! The host, Veronica is really welcoming, friendly and utterly charming. Made me feel at home right away. Will definitely visit again and recommend.

    Thankyou for your lovely feedback Wendy! Very much look forward to seeing you both again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Oct 2022

  • "Enjoyed a wonderful stay at this peaceful, beautiful locale."

    Spent the week travelling the area and it was a pleasure to return ‘home’ each day. Everything one could need - genial, friendly hosts. Would love to return one day soon.

    Thankyou for your lovely feedback and look forward to seeing you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2022

  • "This was a last minute booking for us and we had a great time."

    A walker’s paradise and also really easy to reach the coast. The cottage was comfortable and well equipped. Both Helmsley and Stokesley are in east reach for shopping and takeaways. Would highly recommend. The owners are friendly and helpful.

    Thankyou for your lovely feedback and hope you visit again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2022

  • "After an extremely hectic Summer we needed somewhere quiet to sit read and walk our dog."

    Spent Three undisturbed days doing just that. Highly recommended as a "get away from it all hideaway".

    Thankyou so much! Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2022

  • "Accomm was small but had everything needed for a comfortable stay."

    One of several places in what may have been old stable block. Field to walk the dog. Lovely pub up the road in Chop Gate. The nearer pub-Sun Inn- does not do food and only opens occasionally.

    Thankyou for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.7Jul 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage, compact but very well presented surrounded by beautiful countryside."

    Patio doors lead on to a gravel courtyard edged with lovely mature plants. Very picturesque and tranquil. Enjoyed our holiday so much. Many thanks.

    Thankyou so much! Loved meeting you and hope to see you again x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vivian5.0Jul 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Owl Cottage."

    Quiet location and well placed to explore the surrounding area.

    Thankyou for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Jul 2022

  • "Excellent the pub was further away than expected ."

    Nice location lovely & peaceful.

    Happy you enjoyed your stay and Thankyou for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Teresa4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely part of the world, outstanding accommodation."

    Owner friendly and welcoming. Peaceful surroundings, relaxing place. Truly a home away from home. Couldn't have asked for more.

    Thankyou so much and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us! Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0May 2022

  • "We loved the cottage."

    Lovely location. Owners really helpful, happy to visit again. We enjoyed our holiday. Plenty of beautiful walks with the sounds of curlews & lapwings. Recommended.

    Thankyou! So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2022

  • "Throughly enjoyed our short stay at Owl Cottage."

    The property was very comfortable and situated in such beautiful surroundings, ideal for walking with our dog. Veronica and Graham were extremely welcoming, helpful and kind. We look forward to returning to the area again.

    So pleased you enjoyed your holiday here! Thankyou for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare4.1Mar 2022

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay at Owl Cottage."

    Lovely clean cottage.Every thing that was needed for self-catering. The area is outstanding.Storm Arwen came on the 26th and the cottage held the wind out ,felt warm and secure.The owners are very nice and very helpful.Loved seeing the farm animals. Sending our thanks to the owners.Terry&Betty and Max.

    Lovely meeting you and happy you enjoyed your holiday Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Nov 2021

  • "Had a wonderful stay."

    Really well presented cottage, very clean and a homely feel. Provided with everything you’d need for a week of self catering. Washing machine proved to be very handy on this occasion. If you like exploring or visiting small towns villages then this place really does put you in the middle of it. Lots to see and do locally.

    Thankyou very much and pleased you enjoyed your stay with us Property Owner

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a really lovely stay at Owl Cottage, and would recommend it without hesitation."

    It's in a really beautiful location, very quiet and beautiful surroundings to sit in if the weather is good. Very clean, comfortable and warm, and really well-equipped. The hosts were really welcoming and friendly. Both Helmsley and Stokesley are pleasant towns to visit, with everything you could need.

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Sep 2021

  • "Perfectly positioned for exploring Yorkshire."

    The cottage was beautiful, very clean and well equipped. We had a lovely, peaceful week, thank you.

    Thankyou very much for such positive feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2021

  • "Made to feel welcome."

    owners friendly but not intrusive. just the place for getting away from it all.

    Thankyou for your feedback and happy you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0May 2021

  • "Owl Cottage exceeded our expectations!"

    Perfect location with lots of moorland walks from the cottage or a short drive away. We also took a trip to Robin Hood’s Bay (45 minutes). The cottage had everything we needed for a relaxing stay and the hosts were very helpful.

    Reviewed by Alice4.4Oct 2020

  • "We enjoyed our week in this beautiful part of Yorkshire."

    The cottage had everything we needed for a comfortable stay, however a mirror in the bedroom would be useful.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Aug 2020

  • "Had a brilliant few days away cottage was lovely, very quiet and nice to hear the brook that ran by the cottage."

    Bed very comfortable. Area very picturesque. Veronica was very helpful. Would definitely book again in the future.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was perfect, couldn’t ask for more."

    Beautiful both inside and out, the location exceeded our expectations. The owners were more than helpful. We can’t wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Aug 2020

  • "What a lovely little cottage."

    Wouldn't hesitate to book again it was perfect for our little getaway.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Aug 2020

  • "Everything was very well laid out."

    The Cottage was comfortable and quiet, even though it abutted a working farm. It was easy to find, and had very good access to the North York’s National Park. Felix the cat, was very friendly.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Aug 2020

  • "This is a lovely quiet place to spend a week or short break."

    Owl cottage sits alongside two other barn conversions as a small holiday complex set within the grounds of a beautiful old farm. Each cottage has its own parking and outdoor space and plenty of room for everyone. Walks are on the doorstep and Helmsley is a 20 minute drive away and has everything you need. Owners are very friendly and helpful and leave you to get on with it. There are horses, cows and ducks around and an easy place to walk the dog. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2020

  • "Owl Cottage was superbly provisioned with friendly and helpful owners."

    Perfect location for our holiday. Would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2020

  • "Our stay at Owl Cottage was great, the cottage itself was perfect size for two of us and a dog, it was nice and clean and very cosy."

    It is right in the middle of the Moors and so peaceful. We would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Joe5.0Oct 2019

  • "Excellent location with beautiful scenery."

    Owl cottage was comfortable with all possible facilities. Owners were both friendly and helpful. Would recommend most highly.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Sep 2019

  • "Awesome"

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2019

  • "This is the most perfect place to stay."

    The hosts were more than welcoming, friendly and helpful. I couldn’t have asked for more. The facilities are fantastic all modern with everything you could need for your stay. The decor is perfect and the cottage is very clean, airy and bright.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely property, nice and modern with hints of the old stables that it used to be."

    There was everything that you would need for a comfortable stay, the owner Veronica came to say "hello" and helped us out with a couple of issues, it was nice that she was on site in case of any issues. I would say this property is definitely big enough for two people and one dog ! There are walks from the door but generally we travelled to do walks we wanted. The property is literally in the middle of nowhere but is only a 10/15 minute car ride away from lovely pubs, we found "Jet Miners" and "The Buck Inn" really nice (both allow dogs but you need to ring to book a table) numbers for both are in the welcome info provided in the cottage...all in all a really nice, comfortable stay. We would not hesitate to recommend this property and would definitely not have a problem returning.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2019

  • "Owl cottage was lovely, but quite small for us ."

    This was soon sorted , by Veronica, the owner , who moved us to the cottage next door , which was huge . Would definitely go back , people amazing .

    Reviewed by George4.4Mar 2019

  • "Very noisy and uncomfortable bed - hence the low mark on comfort"

    Reviewed by Karen4.4Nov 2018

  • "My wife & I had a great week staying in Owl Cottage , an excellent location for exploring the central & western moors we will most certainly return."

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Sep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage and location, would recommend a visit."

    Very clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Doris5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely conversion, well laid out, plenty to do within easy drive."

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jun 2018

  • "I have just had a delightful week at Owl Cottage."

    Everything you could want in a holiday home has been provided including a very comfortable bed. It is well positioned for walks on the Moors or touring. All in all an ideal holiday home.

    Reviewed by Daphne5.0May 2018

  • "The cottage was nice but smaller than photos suggested."

    There was limited storage for food apart from the refrigerator.No welcome pack ie milk etc. We had always had this in previous cottages. The bathroom was lovely, but no place to put toiletries whilst in shower. cooker and microwave lovely but one needed a degree in science to operate even with the instruction books. simpler models would have been better..These are not complaints just criticisms.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.1Apr 2018

  • "Owl Cottage is perfect!"

    Booked for a week as a relaxing, get away from it all retreat and had the most wonderful time. The cottage itself is exactly as described and set in the most stunning location. Everything was very clean, tidy, comfortable and it is such a beautiful conversion - I'm sure the other two cottages are also fabulous for larger parties. I was the single occupant but it would also be perfect for a couple plus dog, and there are outdoor wash facilities for furry (muddy) occupants. I wasn't blessed with great weather during my stay but it really didn't matter! Lucky for me I did get a clear night so got to see the stars in this dark sky area, but going to sleep every night to the sound of owls, cattle and the beck bubbling away next to the cottage was bliss. The owners are both lovely and very personable - not far away if you need them (I had no issues whatsoever so didn't) but very discreet and this contributed to the relaxing feel of my holiday. There is lots to do locally - walking literally from the door and on the surrounding moorland and forestry, plenty of bike trails (or fabulous variable gradient roads) and bridlepaths (can highly recommend Bilsdale Riding Centre, around 10 mins drive away in Hawnsby - went there twice and had lots of fun hacking over the moors and in the forest on lovely horses), historic places to visit and independent shops in pretty Helmsley and Stokesley. I didn't eat out myself but there are plenty of places about if you're driving around the countryside (anyone who takes pleasure in driving interesting routes would love the driving in this area). Am writing this review and slightly wondering if I've shot myself in the foot as the place will be all booked up for when I want to go back!

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Mar 2018

  • "Everything very good."

    Could have done with a mop and bucket as we have the dog! Luckily weather good so not too many wet paw prints.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Jul 2017

  • "Stunning location, cottage was definitely 5 star rating, had a wonderful holiday"

    Reviewed by Colin4.8Mar 2017

  • "Beautiful cottages and location."

    The owners very friendly and helpful. We were shown inside Witches and Black Cat cottage whilst we were there and they are all absolutely stunning.

    Reviewed by Sylvia5.0Nov 2016

  • "Cottage of extremely high standard."

    Clean, warm and welciming

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Oct 2016

  • "We drove down from Scotland to the cottage which was our first visit to Yorkshire we found the location of the cottage with no problems the directions were clear and easy to follow on arrival we were met by the owner and shown round to the property she gave us a small tour of the cottage and left us to it ."

    Once settled in we went exploring the surrounding area then back for a rest after our journey down, this area is ideal for walkers, cyclists and would highly recommend this area for a holiday, we clocked up a few miles while here but it is worth it, the only thing I would suggest is if there was a welcome pack IE tea milk , small loaf of bread and eggs just to get you started as the nearest shop is 12 miles away you don't want to go looking for food after a long trip. The owner is very nice indeed and helpful although we hardly seen her from when we arrived till we leaving , all in all a GREAT HOLIDAY WE will be back.

    Reviewed by George4.8Oct 2016

  • "Unfortunately I had to leave Owl Cottage on Wednesday 14 September for reasons which I have explained in a letter which I sent to you on 15 September."

    The property is lovely, the owners extremely kind and welcoming and the location superb.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.8Sep 2016

  • "Owl cottage was superb once we found th farm."

    The owners were charming and extremely welcoming . This was our first visit to the area and hopefully will not be the last. Owl cottage completely met and exceeded our expectations. We loved it. As did our doggies!

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One King size bed with TV and en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric woodburner-effect stove.
  • Oil central heating with electric stove
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, 2 x Smart TVs with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Communal gravelled garden to side with river and furniture
  • Electric gated entrance
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, a second dog is negotiable
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 8 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: This property does not accept children or infants
  • Note: There is an interconnecting door between this property and Ref 938384 which will remain locked if the property is booked separately
  • Please note: This property is not suitable for wheelchair users due to limited space.

The property

Owl Cottage is the perfect romantic hideaway for couples, with a cosy and compact open plan living area and a king-size bedroom with a contemporary en-suite shower room.

With beams and exposed stone walls, it has been creatively converted to provide comfortable accommodation in a wonderful setting.

With walking straight from the door into the stunning countryside and easy access to the pretty surrounding market towns, it offers an ideal base for a romantic retreat.

Note: 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. This property can be booked with Ref 931158 and 938384, 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 or infants.
Note: This property is not suitable for limited mobility.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas