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May Cottage

Snainton, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 1033567)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "What a great find."

    The property is ideally situated for exploring the area. We were really happy with the standard of the property, it was very comfortable, had everything we needed and to say immaculately clean is an understatement! It is clear a great deal of love and attention has been put into the cottage. The brilliant paintings and little quirks make it a special place. Julia and Michael could not have been better hosts and are genuinely lovely people. We will be back!

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2022

  • "Super clean and comfortable little cottage."

    Michael and Julie are excellent hosts who really want you to enjoy the cottage. May Cottage is well placed for visiting many places without travelling too far and has a lovely pub The Coachman with good food just a short walk away. There are some pretty walks around the village. We are looking forward to revisiting soon.

    Reviewed by CherylJul 2022

  • "Fabulous stay at May Cottage - beautifully fitted out, tastefully decorated & furnished with virtually everything you can need."

    Great location base for so many places & a lovely warm & friendly welcome from Julia & Michael. Highly recommended. Thanks again. Bernard, Janet & Louie xx

    Reviewed by BernardJun 2022

  • "May Cottage is beautiful."

    Everything clean and fresh. Lovely decor. Comfy bed (we used the back bedroom) super luxury bedding. The bathroom and power shower were fantastic. Very nice welcome basket was appreciated. Nice to have private parking and the enclosed yard looking out onto garden was lovely. The owners Julia and Michael were lovely and handy living next door. I loved this place and would stay again.

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2022

  • "Fantastic stay."

    Everything in place. Very warm reception and the courtesy basket was a bonus. We are already planning to revisit for our wedding anniversary.

    Reviewed by LindaApr 2022

  • "May Cottage is a truly beautiful place to stay."

    So much attention to detail and beautiful styling, a real pleasure to be in. Everything about this Cottage has been done to a very high standard and the result is a relaxing place to stay. The appliances and heating were simple to use and all instructions provided. The courtyard rear is a real sun trap and although small it is secure and private and even in March we sat outside and enjoyed eating Al fresco. The bed in the master bedroom is supremely comfortable, we did not use the second bedroom but everything about this Cottage is quality so I would imagine it would be of the same high standard as the master bedroom. The whole cottage was spotlessly clean. May Cottage has private parking which is a real bonus being on the high street. The Cottage is on the main road but noise is not an issue, yes you can hear the traffic but it just melts into the background and does not detract in any way from the overall lovely ambience of staying here. Micheal and Julia the owners live next door and they are a really lovely couple. On hand for anything if needed and a friendly Good Morning but never obtrusive. I would highly recommend staying at May Cottage as a base for any reason and would definitely book here again.

    Reviewed by JoanneMar 2022

  • "Beautiful little gem."

    Had a wonderful stay. Cottage is perfect, has the most comfortable bed. Great location for sightseeing. Owners are so helpful and the welcome pack was a kind gesture. It is on main road as described but we didn't find the road noise a problem. Highly recommend a stay here. Thank you for a wonderful break

    Reviewed by ElaineMar 2022

  • "Immaculate cottage couldn’t fault it."

    Excellent location, not too far away from York. Two pubs close by and owners next door who are more than willing to assist if needed. Would definitely stay here again!

    Reviewed by AimeeDec 2021

  • "May Cottage is a credit to Julia and Michael."

    It was immaculate and the extra touches like the welcome basket and pumpkins for Halloween and fresh flowers were a lovely touch. We have stayed in various cottages but this was by far the most extra special. The big beds were so comfortable and the shower so powerful. We look forward to visiting again in 2022. Many thanks again

    Reviewed by KatherineOct 2021

  • "We had lovely stay in May Cottage."

    I especially appreciated the fresh flowers on our arrival and selection of refreshments like tea, cappuccino and milk in the fridge, which was very handy. There was everything we needed and lovely owners Julia and Michael just next door, made sure we are OK. The property is located on the main road so easy to get to places in no time. We have also enjoyed lovely walks with our dog around Snainton.

    Reviewed by VlastaOct 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in immaculate condition."

    Easily the cleanest place we have ever stayed. Very comfy beds. Nice welcome hamper and flowers.Very hospitable owners. Perfect location for walking and visiting local pla es of interestsof which there are plenty- highlights for us were walking on Levisham Moor, the walk from Goathland to Grosmont and returning by steam train,everything about the North York Moors Railway and exploring the local villages.Stayed x6 nights . Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by HelenOct 2021

  • "Cottage exceptional clean."

    Hosts very friendly. Lovely welcome hamper much appreciated.

    Reviewed by NicolaSep 2021

  • "We loved our stay at May Cottage."

    The cottage was spotless on arrival, spacious rooms and more than enough cutlery, and pots and pans so it is easy to have meals in. Smart TV was a bonus so we could watch Netflix on an evening! It is in a lovely location great for dog walks and not too far a drive to get to Scarborough, Whitby and Cayton Bay. Nearby pubs were nice. We have a nervous rescue dog who absolutely loved his stay he was so relaxed. Michael and Julia were so nice and we really appreciated the milk and welcome pack with tea bags ect on arrival, thanks so much for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by KirstenSep 2021

  • "Great cottage, clean, spacious, handy base to visit, Scarborough, Whitby, York."

    Beds really comfy, toilet downstairs as well as bathroom upstairs. Large kitchen. Only downside was some road noise which you hear upstairs in the bedrooms, I was ok but my teenage daughter did struggle with the noise at night. A set of earplugs did the job. Would definitely go back again

    Reviewed by LisaAug 2021

  • "May Cottage was immaculate and well presented."

    It is ideally located for days out to various beach locations, Dalby forest and Flamingo Land. The owners were friendly and helpful. A lovely week away.

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2021

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    Well positioned to explore coast and moor. Also pubs near by - easy to walk to. Owner very friendly and helpful. Lovely hamper and fresh milk very much appreciated. Nothing was too much trouble.

    Reviewed by LindaJul 2021

  • "Immaculately clean, bed was super comfortable and the shower was fab."

    Centrally located. A very relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by AlisonJun 2021

  • "May Cottage is lovely, immaculate and well-looked after by the friendly owners next door."

    Bonuses were a second toilet downstairs and a welcome basket of tea, coffee etc. Would certainly go back there.

    Reviewed by Moira LJun 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, lovely decor with great facilities."

    Owners (who live next door) very friendly. Good welcome pack on arrival. Very dog friendly with lawned area out the back. Location good for access to Scarborough, Dalby Forest, Thornton-Le-Dale, Whitby etc etc.

    Reviewed by RossJun 2021

  • "The couple who manage this cottage are extremely likeable, friendly and efficient."

    They work very hard to ensure customers have an excellent experience. They deserve much success.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2021

  • "May cottage is immaculate, spotlessly clean and fitted out to the highest of standards and quality."

    The cottage is superbly located to explore the North Yorkshire Moors & all it has to offer, and the East Coast is also easily accessible. The owners Michael and Julia are lovely, and always available if needed & are extremely knowledgeable about the area & further afield. The welcome basket provided is really thoughtful, right down to the milk in the fridge. This was our second visit to the cottage but definitely will not be our last. Denise & Gary

    Reviewed by DeniseMay 2021

  • "May Cottage is a lovely place to stay ."

    It has been renovated to a high standard and decorated extremely tastefully ,preserving the character of the property with interesting up to date styling . The cottage was spotlessly clean on arrival with care and attention to the covid requirements. The owners are warm and welcoming and you genuinely feel that it is important to them that you have enjoyed your stay. The outside space is small but means if you have a dog you can let them out safely . It is a little sun trap with pretty plants. The setting for exploring the area is prefect with lots to see and do and there are 2 pubs close by which is convenient and both are nice and friendly. Thank you for a lovely week Kathryn, David and Shelby

    Reviewed by KathrynMay 2021

  • "When arrived at May Cottage we had a lovely welcome from Julia There even was a hamper when we entered even left a little hamper for the dog."

    May cottage was just gorgeous and spotless all the way through, you won't be disappointed. So close to all amenities including walks.. Its a gorgeous cottage. Thank you so much to the both of you. Take care be safe be safe and keep Smiling. Once again Thank you so much. Xx

    Reviewed by OddnyApr 2021

  • "Lovely cottage and a good location to explore the area."

    The hosts left a welcome basket with some goodies and cleaning products, which was much appreciated. When we arrived the cottage had been cleaned to a high standard. The hosts obviously took the cleaning seriously due to Covid. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by TimOct 2020

  • "Lovely Cottage, very clean, tidy and modern."

    Owners are very welcoming and friendly. Recommended

    Reviewed by RichardOct 2020

  • "The hardest thing is driving down a busy road looking for a door number."

    Spoke to owner(s) who said they are planning to put a sign up which will help. The Coachman inn provided GF meals and can't reccommend enough although everything you needed was available in the kitchen. The village is lovely for short walks but also a great base for longer ones. Thank you

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2020

  • "Friendly welcome as we arrived."

    Off road parking. Spotlessly clean. Really lovely cottage, everything you need for a very comfortable weeks stay. The village is perfect for either the coast of the North Yorkshire Moors. Wonderful fish and chips to be had in the village.

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage, spotlessly clean with tasteful furnishings."

    . The hosts were very helpful and left us a useful welcome pack..

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2020

  • "The property is comfortable, decorated to a high standard with quality fittings and furnishings."

    The village location is ideally placed to explore all the delights of this part of Yorkshire, with easy reach of the coastal resorts of Scarborough, Whitby, Filey and Bridlington. The Cleveland Way and the Cinder Track are also close by suiting walkers and cyclists. We had a fantastic weeks stay her and would especially recommend May Cottage to couples. The owners of the property are friendly, helpful and very Knowledgeable of the local area. September 2020

    Reviewed by CliffordSep 2020

  • "May cottage is very clean and comfortable to stay."

    Nice welcome pack

    Reviewed by Chi ManAug 2020

  • "We arrived at the lovely May Cottage which was spotlessly clean on arrival."

    The owners had kindly left some essential items, including sweets for the kids! The cottage was cosy and comfortable and ideal for our needs and a relaxing few days. Thank you!

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2020

  • "Amazingly clean and beautiful cottage perfect for us."

    Will 100% return in the future.

    Reviewed by ChrisAug 2020

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here a great central place to the dales and seaside too."

    The cottage is immaculate and the owners have gone above and beyond the make your stay comfortable and a home from home. Spotless and roomy with a lovely area at the back to sit outside and enjoy the odd glass or two of wine in the sun. Upstair bathroom with lovely shower and downstairs toilet too.

    Reviewed by DeniseAug 2020

  • "May Cottage is beautiful!"

    We (4 adults and 2 dogs) stayed for 7 nights and the facilities were perfect! There was parking for 2 cars and the cottage itself was big enough to accommodate us all. The cottage itself was cleaned to the highest of standards and made our stay not only pleasant but made us feel safe in these times! The Cottage has everything that you need, a well equipped kitchen and the welcome pack that Julia & Mike left was a nice added touch (the dogs loved their treats too).

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2020

  • "May cottage is a beautiful cottage which has been lovingly restored to a high standard."

    Friendly owners who left us a helpful welcome basket with added extras to keep our children happy! Very comfy beds and a large bath and powerful shower meant a great start to the day. Local pub ‘the coachman’ was a short walk and had friendly owners and was great to see locals arriving on their horses. The cottage is situated ideally for exploring the coast and moors and has lovely local walks through the surrounding countryside.

    Reviewed by TheresaJul 2020

  • "Michael & Julia made us welcome, & the welcome pack was lovely."

    May cottage is well equipped apart from not finding suitable bowls for the microwave. The bed is super comfy

    Reviewed by EllenMar 2020

  • "May cottage was a fantastic place to stay."

    We were a family of four plus one dog and it felt like home. The hosts were superb...very friendly and approachable. The cottage is close to two local pubs and a fantastic fish and chip shop. The cottage was spotless and very modern. If I'm honest, we didn't want to leave this review as we want to keep the cottage quiet but feel the owners deserve credit. We will certainly return in the near future.

    Reviewed by LauraFeb 2020

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  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size and 1 x super king (zip/link can be twins on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining and sitting area
  • Gas central heating with electric flame effect fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed rear patio
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 1.6 miles
  • Note: At peak times there may be some road noise

The property

Resting in the heart of the pretty village of Snainton is this lovely, semi-detached 18th Century barn conversion, May Cottage.

Restored to a beautiful standard with the original beams retained, this cottage provides the ideal base for families wanting to explore the nearby coastal towns of Scarborough and Whitby, as well as the small fishing village of Robin Hoods Bay, plus the stunning scenery of the North York Moors National Park.

The open-plan living area has been tastefully decorated with oak wooden floors throughout, contemporary kitchen with dining area with seating area with two leather sofas with Smart TV and electric woodburner add to the modern but comfortable living area.

Upstairs plays host to two wonderful bedrooms, one featuring a super-king and the other a king size, both available as zip and link for more flexibility.

Completing the interior of May Cottage is a contemporary bathroom with bath and shower over, so you can decide how to best prepare for the day.

Outside is an enclosed patio where you can enjoy your morning cuppa whilst planning for the day ahead.

The seaside town of Scarborough is 12 miles east from May Cottage, with two beautiful sandy bays.

The South bay offers The Spa, harbours, amusements, a castle on the headland and The Rotunda Museum.

The North bay offers beach huts, SEALIFE Centre, Mini Railway, Peasholm Park, Open Air Theatre and Alpamare Water Park and Spa.

In Scarborough town is Stephen Joseph Theatre in the round, made famous by our very own Sir Alan Ayckbourn, and there are a variety of shops, cafés and restaurants.

Further up the coast is the small fishing village of Robin Hoods Bay and historic town of Whitby.

Whitby has connections to Captain Cook and Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, the bustling harbour is overlooked by the Gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey a source of Bram Stoker’s writing inspirations.

Travelling west from May Cottage through the lovely village of Thornton-Le-Dale to Pickering where you can board the steam train to the North Yorkshire Moors, stopping at Goathland is a must-see celebrity station which became Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film.

The charming village of Goathland is just a few minutes’ walk up the bank from the station, with a great range of shops and pubs.

Dalby Forest is a very popular for walkers, mountain bike riding, go ape and open-air theatre.

Flamingo Land is a short drive with is wild rides and zoo.

Take the A64 to towards York and visit Castle Howard stately home on the way.

York is a walled city that was founded by the ancient Romans, featuring a 13th Century Gothic Cathedral, York Minister, City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse.

The Jorvik Centre has Viking remains, with a wide variety of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes.

The famous ‘Shambles’ an old street dating back to the 14th Century.

Snainton village has two pubs with restaurants, fish shop, general stores, two churches, riding centre, golf range and park.

May Cottage is ideally situated within reach of the east coast, North Yorkshire Moors and the historic city of York.

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About the location


Scarborough 10 miles; Pickering 8 miles; York 31 miles.

The lovely, country village of Snainton is situated at the foot of the North York Moors and is an ideal location from which to explore the popular coastal resorts of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey. Snainton boasts two pubs serving food, a fabulous riding centre catering for all ages and abilities, and an excellent children’s playground. A driving range with par 3, 9 hole golf course is close by and many walks, cycle rides and country drives can be found in the vicinity. Experience Scampston Walled Garden with its renowned restaurant, enjoy a day’s fishing at Wykeham, 4 miles away, or visit Dalby Forest with its good walking, mountain biking and “Go Ape” walks for the more adventurous! Pickering, with its famous steam railway, castle and Beck Isle Museum, and the historic city of York are both within easy driving distance.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas