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Puddleduck Cottage

Thornton-Le-Dale, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 963827)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is lovely ."

    It has everything one could wish for. We met the lady owner the day we arrived the welcomed basket was very useful. A pretty walk up to the village by the beck Gwen Roy

    Reviewed by GwendolineJun 2022

  • "Puddleduck Cottage provided us with a lovely base for our week exploring Yorkshire."

    The welcome basket from the owner was a lovely touch as was the initial knock on the door to introduce herself and ask if there was anything else we needed. Thereafter we were left to enjoy our stay. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Puddleduck Cottage, it was perfectly placed for so many of the different attractions that North Yorkshire has to offer, we were spoilt for choice!"

    Whitby, Scarborough, York, Goathland, Flamingoland and not forgetting the beautiful village of Thornton-le- dale were among our great days out. Puddleduck had everything we needed and looked out onto the picturesque beck and surrounding fields. Our 4, 6 and 8 year old loved sharing the second bedroom and the dvds and games were a lovely bonus after a busy day. The welcome hamper was also greatly appreciated throughout the week! When we needed anything the owners were quickly on hand to help. Without a doubt, Puddleduck Cottage would be our first choice for our next stay in the area. Many thanks for the loan of such a beautiful cottage!

    Reviewed by NicolaApr 2022

  • "The cottage is in a stunning location and is just a 10-minute walk to the centre of Thornton-le-dale."

    The cottage itself is beautiful and spotlessly clean throughout. The open plan living area is spacious and comfortable and the kitchen has everything you need. The bathroom is well decorated with plenty of towels and the water pressure in the shower is perfect. We stayed in the cottage during a cold weekend but the cottage was warm. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Puddleduck and would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by AlisonMar 2022

  • "Property nice & comfortable"

    Reviewed by PaulineNov 2021

  • "Absolutely lovely place ..."

    Absolutely lovely place Every thing u needed Gorgeous surloundings and area The only fault was a lovely garden with no lights for bbq evening so we had to have our evening on the drive not complaining we was happy as but socially it would have been more private in the garden Every thing about the cottage was just perfect

    Reviewed by DeborahOct 2021

  • "Nice quiet location close to the village facilities."

    Off road parking was appreciated as was the private garden with views over the fields.

    Reviewed by CarolSep 2021

  • "Perfect well equipped cottage with nice private garden and good car parking space."

    Comfortable bed, and excellent shower. Unfortunately the tub chairs were not comfortable to sit in all evening, but this is the only negative we found.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2021

  • "Cottage was cosy very clean lovely setting in village would highly recommend"

    Reviewed by AJun 2021

  • "Very well appointed cottage, perfect for Thornton Dale and surrounding area."

    Nicely furnished, well stocked kitchen which is rare. The garden is lovely: great to have plus lots of off road parking. Perfect for 3-4 people, 5 would feel a bit cramped. One minor negative: quite a lot of road noise in the double bedroom.

    Reviewed by TomJun 2021

  • "Was a lovely cottage in a great location with lots of walking and cycling to do Was quite expensive though"

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2021

  • "Puddleduck Cottage is a well equipped, clean property in a very nice location, plenty to do in and around Thornton-Le-Dale."

    Reviewed by PatrickMay 2021

  • "Comfortable and well furnished cottage with everything you need."

    Pretty location by the beck, and just a short walk to the centre of Thornton-le-Dale for shops, cafe's, pubs etc. Good road links, and a short drive to the market town of Pickering. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by GaryMay 2021

  • "The cottage is central to a lot of villages around with lots of things to do ..."

    The cottage is central to a lot of villages around with lots of things to do locally and is in easy walking distance to the local village which has a nice deli, icecream parlour, shops and 2 pubs

    Reviewed by LynseyOct 2020

  • "Seating very uncomfortable, bed very uncomfortable."

    Left the cottage on the Monday ie 5 days early because we couldn't sleep or sit comfortably in the cottage.

    Thank you for your feedback. As you told us you left due to the COVID guidelines in the area, we were surprised to read the issues you have stated. Decor is of personal taste to our guests and the property is shown clearly on the website. As for the uncomfortable bed, bedding is always subjective but we have replaced the mattress and of course there were other beds at the property as alternatives. We can also advise that the Ikea 2 seater was new for the Spring 2020 season and the two seater and other tub chairs are as displayed in the advert pictures, with the two seater also having new covers for the 2021 season. We were sorry to hear you left early but we hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RosemarySep 2020

  • "One of the most pleasurable and relaxing holidays we have had in a long time."

    Lots to do in the area and great opportunities for eating out. Our grandchildren loved it and didn’t want to go home. We will definitely be returning to Puddleduck cottage in the future and will explore other Sykes cottage opportunities further afield. Thank you

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2020

  • "We loved our stay, it is a home from home and has everything you could possibly need, never had any issues."

    Very cute little cottage! Already booked to come back for 2 weeks next year.

    Reviewed by SuzanneAug 2020

  • "The cottage was tastefully furnished and private."

    It is ideally situated to access the coast and other places of interest. Personally the downside of the cottage was the windows were high therefore you couldn't admire the setting, overall comfortable and lovely and warm.

    Reviewed by JaneFeb 2020

  • "We really liked puddleduck cottage apart from the seating in the lounge, it really needs a 2 and a 3 seater settee or a corner suite, if this was to be sorted we would rent this cottage 2or 3 times per year as we love the village and are also classic car enthusiasts so it's perfect the Mathewsons car auctions."

    Could not fault anything else, owners were also very nice.

    Thank you for your feedback. Decor is of personal taste to our guests and the property is shown clearly on the website with now updated pictures. We can also reassure guests that the Ikea 2 seater was new for the Spring 2020 season and the two seater and other tub chairs are as displayed in the advert pictures, with the two seater also having new covers for the 2021 season. Regrettably we cannot accommodate larger furniture. Property Owner

    Reviewed by EllenNov 2019

  • "This is the first time we have booked a cottage and certainly not disappointed."

    We hope to book same next year. Cosy "Puddle Duck "cottage in Thornton-Le-Dale ticked all the boxes for us. Proximity for lovely places to visit was just right, along with good facilities and lovely walks in and around the village itself. For a holiday home it had a welcoming tasteful touch and definitely filled safeguarding requirements. Almost reluctant to post before next visit booked in case we can't find a slot.

    Reviewed by SueSep 2019

  • "Puddleduck Cottage was as good as it sounds."

    It was cosy and comfortable. A brilliant place to stay to explore North Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by OliveSep 2019

  • "Loved the location very pretty cottage!"

    Everything we needed. Loved the cottage it was very comfortable and felt like home. Kids didn’t want to come home.

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2019

  • "Lovely sweet cottage in fantastic location!"

    Reviewed by MaxineJun 2019

  • "A wonderful cottage in a beautiful village with everything we needed."

    Because of it's central location we were easily able to travel round that part of Yorkshire. The owner was helpful and had decorated this old cottage sensitively and tastefully.

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2019

  • "We had a lovely week stay at puddleduck cottage and would definitely return."

    Only thing to let it down was there were quite alot of thick spiderwebs especially on windows (inside) and in the spare room, not just from a few days other than that cleanliness was great and we really enjoyed it, we had everything we needed and more.

    Reviewed by EleanorMay 2019

  • "Such a lovely little cottage in a beautiful setting."

    You have everything you need in the cottage and it's layout is all on one level which suited us brilliantly. The settee and chairs aren't the comfiest and we would have found this an issue I think if we had stayed for longer but for a few nights it was ok. The cottage is it a short stroll to the local village which had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by KellyApr 2019

  • "I had a lovely week in Puddleduck Cottage."

    The owner was very friendly and helpful and there was a welcome basket there with chocolates, ginger beer and other nibbles. I was left alone to enjoy the cottage in peace, although the owner only lived next door, with was a great benefit in the event of any problems - there wasn't any - but I felt happy that there was someone so near at hand. The accommodation is a converted barn and has been done out tastefully and is comfortable and clean. The double bed was comfortable and the kitchen had everything you would need for a home from home. There were a number of dvds, but none were to my taste, but would have been to many others I am sure. I would have liked to have seen a few books there perhaps although I did bring my own books to read as well. Parking at the back is good and there is a small garden for barbecues in the summer - as it was March/April I did not use this facility but it is there nonetheless. The village of Thornton-le-Dale is small and quiet and just what you need for a peaceful getaway with Pickering close by and Scarborough about 20 miles, Whitby 13 miles. Also good access to the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway other villages and many castles, museums and other attractions. All in all a very nice cottage and one I would recommend.

    Reviewed by JoanMar 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, puddle duck cottage is very charming."

    The Bedrooms accommodate 5 people (2 Adults and 2 Children) but the living area is more set up for 4 people. One of the single sofa chairs broke when my husband sat on it and my son had to sit on a camping chair. The door knocker came off the Master bedroom so we had to place this back on. Some of the plates and cutlery were dirty and the shower could do with a shower mat as the bath was slippy. The cottage was really cold when we got there: the heating could have been put on a bit earlier to avoid this. The welcome pack was lovely and much appreciated. Puddle duck cottage is a great location and convenient to get to Scarborough, Whitby and York by car. The doors in the cottage could do with easing (my Husband is a joiner).

    Thank you for your comments, I apologies the property did not have a bath mat, this is usually provided and must have been missed on this occasion. The heating is set to come on at 14:30 and takes 20 minutes to heat up ready for check in at 15:00. I am sorry you thought the dishes were not clean, we check and clean the full property prior to guests arrival and we ask all guests to leave the property in the same state it was found on arrival. In relation to the main barn door it has swollen over the wet weeks, our joiner is due to repair it as soon as possible. Regarding the tub chair it has now been replaced, damage to the chair was not noticed prior to your visit but was picked up due to both legs being found broken following your departure. The property seats 4 people comfortably in the living area and there are 7 wooden chairs throughout the cottage, we have taken on board your comment and we are now considering adding a further comfy chair. We like guests to have an enjoyable stay so ask guests to make contact with ourselves or Sykes Cottages if you are having any issues during your stay. Thanks Again Owners of Puddleduck Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by EmmaMar 2019

  • "Fantastic little cottage just outside a fabulous village with two pubs serving good food ( the homemade pies at the buck are to die for ) The chocolate shop is well worth a visit as are the coffee & cake shops then you can walk it off around the many walks around the area The Dalby Forest is a short ride away and has excellent cycling routes around the forest ."

    We had a fantastic time at puddleduck and will be back

    Reviewed by KennethFeb 2019

  • "Cottage was perfectly situated for all amenities in Thornton le Dale, the owner was friendly, we stayed in the cottage in November and it was lovely and cozy on a night after we returned from the two local pubs."

    Thanks for letting us borrow your cottage.

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2018

  • "Lovely cottage."

    The children loved the garden and there was everything we needed for a few days away. The local village was great for a walk around with some lovely facilities all open on a Sunday too. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by KateOct 2018

  • "First time booking a cottage and Puddleduck was great, everything was there great location in a nice village with a good pub."

    Cottage had everything that we needed and had a nice homely feel, extra touches like a welcome pack on arrivalwas very nice, met owner and very pleasant and helpful. Will use again

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, very clean and comfortable."

    We very much enjoyed being there and it's in a good location, very accessible to the coast and to other amenities. Everything worked well and we particularly liked the rain shower. Otherwise only very minor issues. Kitchen utensils and pots are very basic. And no wifi access so anyone coming with teenagers might need to top up on mobile data.

    Thank you for your feedback, we have upgraded the kitechen utensils and pots to a higher standard. Wi-Fi is now installed at the property as of October 2018. Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by GiovanniAug 2018

  • "Because of the cottage being new , it was short of a few kitchen implements ..."

    Because of the cottage being new , it was short of a few kitchen implements Puddle duck was very comfortable every thing in the kitchen was easy to use Lovely holiday pretty cottage even had roses on the table and bedroom stunning Of road parking much appreciated

    Reviewed by ValerieJul 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin room with adult bunk and 1 single bed
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with modern kitchen, dining area and comfortable sitting area
  • Please note that the fireplace is a decorative feature only, and the property has Gas central heating.
  • Gas central heating
  • Ceramic hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, Wi-Fi, DVD, selection of books and games in the dresser
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking anywhere in the courtyard .Private rear lawned garden with furniture (accessed around the back of the cottage), charcoal BBQ
  • Sorry, no dogs and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 5 mins walk
  • Note: There are two small steps up to the bathroom and a further two steps up to the twin bedroom
  • Note: this property does not provide car charging
  • Note: Please take utmost care when using the top bunk bed due to the below stone flooring

The property

An endearing stone detached cottage, set in the chocolate-box village of Thornton-le-Dale, one mile from the popular market town of Pickering.

A beck runs alongside the barn and access is via a small bridge.

Originally a barn, the property has been lovingly...

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About the location


Pickering 3 miles; Scarborough 16 miles; York 25 miles.

The beautiful village of Thornton-le-Dale lies just two miles to the east of Pickering within The North York Moors National Park and the Dalby Forest. This is an idyllic location at the head of a beautiful valley and is a walkers, bikers and nature lovers paradise. Scarborough and Whitby are 13 and 20 miles away and offer all the amenities and facilities of two of the country's best coastal resorts. York and Castle Howard are about an hours drive away and offer all the history and culture that any holiday would need. The neighbouring market towns of Pickering, Malton, Kirbymoorside and Helmsley are great destinations and are the hubs for many summer festivals and shows. The National Park and Coastline offer many opportunities for a great day out. The North York Moors National Park is on the doorstep with miles of open moor to wander through.

Note: this property does not provide car charging.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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