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Tuft House

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Hovingham, Vale of York & Yorkshire Wolds Show on map


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  • 18 Guests

  • 9 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "What a beautiful house in a fantastic setting."

    Everything was top class. Well equipped down to the small details. Perfect for a large party celebration or family gathering. The owner was friendly and couldn't be more helpful. Will definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2024

  • "We had such a fantastic weekend, great location and the house was supplied with everything you need to cater for large groups, especially the cooking facilities and social areas with enough space for everyone to be together."

    The host was at hand when we needed them, and so friendly

    Reviewed by Sophie4.4Apr 2024

  • "We had the most incredible time."

    Tuft house was so comfortable and was fabulous for a big mixed group of 18 for my hen do! The setting is completely stunning and we all felt we had the most wonderful break despite being shattered from hen-based activities. The house was so homely, clean and well stocked. Thankyou for having us x

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Jun 2023

  • "Party of 15 (11 adults ranging between 83yrs and 2yrs) who had a really lovely stay at Tuft House."

    The hot tub was a really hit with everyone and the children absolutely loved being able to cycle up and down the long driveway! Kitchen had everything you needed to be able to cool for a large party and we also enjoyed all being able to sit together in the evening in the living room! We ticked off visits to Castle Howard, Stockeld Park, Flamingo Land and a lovely day trip into York. We would definitely recommend a stay at Tuft house, the family were really lovely hosts and will definitely be back again one day!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0May 2023

  • "Having small children the small dogs frightened them."

    The house was very comfortable for a large family the rooms allowed for you to have your own space the kitchen was well equiped and the garden was large and gated allowing children to play outside safe. The road up to the property is a little narrow and bumpy the a floor plan would be helpful in knowing what the bedrooms would be best for parts of the family I would be happy to go back to tuft house.

    Reviewed by David4.7Mar 2023

  • "We had an amazing time away at tuft house."

    9 couples in total, brilliant weekend away! House was spotless, facilities fantastic! House and grounds were very spacious plenty of room for us all. Beautiful area with great village. We will 100% be returning!

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a fabulous time this really is a great place for a large party and in a lovely location Only problem was the 3 bedrooms in the annex the bedroom at the back has to be accessed through one of the other 2 bedrooms we managed ok but worth taking into account Other than that a perfect place with the comfiest beds we have all ever slept in !"


    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Nov 2022

  • "Great property, ideal for our large family needs."

    Beautiful setting but close enough to amenities and activities. Will definitely consider again. Owners were very helpful and dealt with any issues promptly.

    Reviewed by Kieran5.0Oct 2022

  • "An exclusive location and stunning property."

    Well appointed and excellent location for large family get togethers. Highly recommend it to anybody. Annexe is very modern and spacious too. Owner Sharon was most welcoming.

    Reviewed by Ashwin5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fabulous, well equipped house for large group in stunning location"

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Mar 2022

  • "Fantastic holiday - we were a group of 11 adults and 3 children aged from 1 to 78."

    House was equipped with everything you would need, spacious living/kitchen/dining areas and large comfortable bedrooms. Lots of places to walk and visit close by. As seasoned cottage holidayers we would highly recommend and thank you to Sharon for being on hand if we had any queries. We had the best New Year Celebrations

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Dec 2021

  • "An Absolutely beautiful house in beautiful surroundings , Sharon the host was ..."

    An Absolutely beautiful house in beautiful surroundings , Sharon the host was lovely We will deffo recommend and rebook

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had the most amazing time at Tuft house."

    Sharon was so accommodating, and had the most gorgeous friendly pups. The house had everything we needed, and location was great for nipping into Helmsley! Beautiful grounds around the property and lots of outside space. Would hugely recommend to anyone looking for a couple of days away with a large group of friends / family

    Reviewed by Annie5.0Sep 2021

  • "Tuft House was the perfect venue for our multi generational holiday to celebrate our Golden Wedding."

    The house is very well equipped for this type of holiday. There is so much space that everyone could find somewhere quiet when they needed some ‘time out’. The annexe is a wonderful bonus too. Everyone loved the jacuzzi and the front lawn was the perfect area for the children’s games. The owner was very accommodating and made us feel welcome. The children were really sad when it was time to leave as they’d had so much freedom and such a wonderful time with each other. Another bonus is the village bakery, who had our order for croissants and pastries ready for us to collect each morning when out for a run or bike ride. We would all like to return to Tuft House in the future. Thank You.

    Reviewed by Avril5.0Jul 2021

  • "Absolutely wonderful property, with extremely hospitable owners."

    Our group has stayed in numerous properties over the years and this was one of the best we have stayed in. The gorgeous weather definitely added to the weekend and we can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by Lauren5.0Sep 2020

  • "Ideal for large groups."

    Owners very accommodating. Thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would highly recommend it

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Aug 2020

  • "We stayed at tuft house for the weekend for a family get together."

    The house was amazing and so big! Lovely views and fantastic memories made here -thank you Alex - we would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Feb 2020

  • "Just returned from a two night stay with a group of friends."

    We had an absolute blast from start to finish, the house was even better than we expected and Sharon, the owner, was incredibly hospitable. Will definitely look to return in the future, especially when the weather is warmer!

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Feb 2020

  • "We had the best time at tuft house."

    The place is amazing. The house if finished to a very high standard and had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Dec 2019

  • "A chance for the whole family to get together for our daughters 40th birthday."

    Everyone enjoyed the hot tub, lots of football played plus board games. Fantastic facilities.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Oct 2019

  • "The pictures don’t do it justice it was unreal!"

    Would recommend to everyone!

    Reviewed by Marisha5.0Oct 2019

  • "Tuft house is a huge, beautifully decorated home which makes a great weekend getaway."

    The host gave us a lovely welcome and took the time to show us around the whole property. It is a beautiful home and tastefully decorated throughout. The rooms are a bigger than pictures make them seem and no one was short changed for the bed space as all options were comfy. We had 18 people so 2 people did have to sleep on a sofa bed instead of a massive kingsize behemoth mattress but it's ok for short stays. The surrounding area was so peaceful and we didn't have any noise complaints even late into the night. The view is amazing from the house and shops aren’t that far (15 minutes wish) if you do need to go for a shop, with smaller shops in the village. I would recommend bringing some food to get you going as it is a small village with not many options but there is a barbecue which had been cleaned for our use and it was great to use that. Mobile phone signal in the area is basically non-existent which actually turned out to be a good thing, it engaged everyone and kept people off their phones. But it is annoying if you do need to contact someone or even contact the host for questions about properties, it's rare you can can use the phone. They do live next door so it isn't too much trouble to ask for help. There is a £300 security deposit which you have to pay before arriving. This is understandable but I didn't see it displayed clearly on the original booking page which I think is misleading when trying to budget for a mini-break. Sites like Airbnb handle these issues themselves instead of us having to supply a deposit, that was my only issue with the process and it was a fantastic weekend.

    Reviewed by Kamran4.4May 2019

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  • MAIN PROPERTY: Six bedrooms: 1 x ground floor super king-size with ensuite with walk in shower, bath, WC and sink, 1 x super king-size with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC, 1 x super king-size, 1 x double, 1 x king-size, 1 x superking with an en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area (seats 18) and sitting area
  • Additional drawing room with woodburning stove
  • Snug with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • ANNEXE: All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super king-size bed , 2 x kingsize beds Bathroom with freestanding bath, large walk-in shower, double basin and WC.
  • Oil central heating, woodburning stove
  • Aga cooker and hob, electric oven and hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, TVs and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and logs for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for several cars to the rear
  • Front lawned garden and patio area with wooden patio set and rattan furniture, hot tub and barbecue
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.3 miles
  • Note: The annexe property would be ideal for those with limited mobility Note - Check in time is 4pm and check out time is 10am.

The property

Situated in the rolling countryside fields on the outskirts of Hovingham, in North Yorkshire, is this fabulous, detached white stone cottage.

Tuft House offers friends and families alike the perfect base for a truly rural holiday, with easy access into the North York Moors National Park.

Internally, the cottage has been renovated by the owners to provide a light and welcoming accommodation, with high-quality furnishings throughout.

Upon entering the ground-floor accommodation, you will be greeted into a convenient hallway, where you can store your walking and cycling gear before stepping into the elegantly styled dwelling.

Spend your evening keeping up to date with all your favourite shows and enjoying quality family time in one of the two sittings rooms or use them as a quiet space to read a good book.

Step into the open-plan living space, with a large kitchen which has been furnished to a high-standard, and will inspire you to dust off those cookbooks and indulge in all the modern appliances at hand.

There is a dining area with seating for up to 18 people, making for a wonderful social space for the whole family to dine together.

All eight bedrooms have a range of modern furnishings, which complement the light decor, and offer an abundance of space to store your personal items, with two of the bedrooms located in the annexe, 20 yards from the main property.

The bedrooms are served by two en-suite bathrooms and two family bathrooms.

Choose from an elegant freestanding roll-top bath and a separate shower cubicle to prepare for your day in style.

To the front of the property is a wonderfully spacious lawned garden and patio area, housing rattan furniture so you can sit out and enjoy the country views in style.

Delight in the provided hot tub, so you can enjoy a relaxing soak of an evening, or indulge in the provided barbecue for large gatherings.

For a taste of history, venture towards the wonderful Castle Howard, set in a thousand acres of sweeping landscaped gardens, with statues, lakes and fountains making it truly exceptional.

Dating back 300 years, it remains a family home and is considered one of the finest historic houses in England.

The Yorkshire Wolds Way offers plenty of pathways for keen walkers and cyclists, stretching across 79 miles with picturesque views along the way.

Discover a range of market towns and villages for viewing or stop off at a traditional Yorkshire pub for a spot of lunch and pick up some of your amenities in the nearby shops and supermarkets.

There is so much in this wonderful area, you won't want to leave!

Use Tuft House as your base for exploring this lovely rural countryside.

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About the location


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!

Please Note - This property can only accept check in's on a Friday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas