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Former cricket pavilion in rural setting close to York City centre.

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Spacious 5 bedroom cottage sleeps up to 10, set on boundary of cricket pitch.

Pavilion Cottage is excellent for all year rental, being close to York City centre.and all its attractions. The well-equipped five bed property comfortably sleeps ten. We have cyclist and child friendly awards from Visit Britain and supply five cycles for our guests to use. Despite being within a mile from York City centre the cottage is set in a rural location, making it ideal also for walkers and dog owners seeking a relaxing holiday. There is a gas barbeque and plenty of garden furniture. All bedlinen and towels are included within the rental cost as is all fuel used. The kitchen is well equipped with an electric fan-oven, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and microwave, a separate utility has a washer and we also have a tumble dryer. There are TVs, DVD players a Wii and a PlayStation 2 for guests to use. A separate children's room is equipped with games and toys. We provide a welcome tea tray on arrival, fresh flowers and a store cupboard of basic ingredients. Unrestricted parking for up to 3 cars.

Golf: There are a number of local golf clubs and driving ranges within an easy drive of the cottage where guests can arrange to play.

Fishing: There are couple of fishing ponds where guests can arrange to fish close to the cottage and a shop specialising in angling supplies

Horse riding: An easy car journey from the cottage finds you at a number of local businesses where horse riding for adults and children can be arranged.

More Details

Mrs Heidi Whitaker
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Mrs Heidi Whitaker

I live in the cottage next door to the holiday let with my husband, Ian, our three children and our boxer dog. I work part time from home as a secretary for my husband's business and originally set up the holiday let as a hobby to use up the spare rooms we didn't need. The business has quickly grown in success so keeps me quite busy now though I have a fabulous cleaner, Carole, who takes care of lets if I am away. We only have this one holiday let so you get the personal touch of an owner who takes care to ensure the property is prepared especially for you.

Mrs Heidi Whitaker purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Mrs Heidi Whitaker chose York

Built in 1880 Pavilion Cottage was derelict when we bought it in 1993 with our first son, Tom, a new born, most of the windows were broken and boarded up and some doors were locked with no keys to be found so we couldn't even see what we were getting. We camped in a couple of rooms whilst gradually doing the house up. The property comprised two three bed cottages which had been built to house people working at Clifton Hospital and at the rear the pavilion for the hospital cricket team. We lived in one cottage and rented the other out to a series of tenants until our family grew too large, some particularly lovely tenants moved out and we converted the house into one. In 2004 we decided to extend the house but quickly realised we were creating more space than we needed so I decided a holiday let would be the ideal business to run in the vacant cottage.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage sits on the boundary of what (since the closure of Clifton Hospital) has become Clifton Alliance Cricket Club so is in the almost unique position of directly overlooking an active cricket pitch. As Clifton Hospital was a mental hospital with it's own farm and community the cottage is set in lovely grounds, surrounded by green fields, whilst being only a mile from the city centre, the rest of the site has been redeveloped to include a very nice pub - the Dormouse, part of the Vintage Inns chain, various offices, health care facilities and a residential estate but covenants on the fields mean they have been retained so that Pavilion Cottage still stands alone next to the cricket club.


York Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • The king-size bedroom includes an en-suite with bath and separate electric shower. The separate family bathroom has a shower over the bath and the property includes a downstairs cloakroom.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , en-suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
  • We also supply a travel cot.
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 16 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
The ground floor of the property comprises a fully-equipped kitchen, separate utility room with toilet, children's room a snug sitting room with sofabed and small table and chairs, then a large dining/sitting room with two large sofas, the dining table etc.


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Former cricket pavilion in rural setting close to York City centre.
average rating of 4.948718 based on 39 reviews

In a word Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

What an ideal location. From the first minute you walk into a property, you can tell if it has been loved by others and treated like a home rather than like somewhere just to sleep. The Cricket pavilion in York is without a doubt a home. Its warm and inviting rooms have character you are not going to find in a large majority of the chains and other establishments on offer. Heidi without a doubt is a beautiful host with a wealth of local knowledge that will ensure your stay is not wasted. Every tip she provided was spot on. We enjoyed our stay in York and if your not staying at the pavilion, then I guess you will miss out!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, fab review, thanks Scott and family. It was lovely having you stay at Pavilion Cottage and I’m glad you enjoyed your visit to York, UK. Sorry we couldn’t provide cricket too, you’ll have to come back in season next time, may be a little warmer then too 😉?
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home from home

  • 5 of 5

lt was for a family weekend and an early 40th birthday celebration for my youngest son. Visits to york Yorvik centre and the Dig, Railway museum games and eating out. Lovely walk along the river and through the park. Good location quiet and open views but no cricket, if we visit again it will be when a cricket match is on. Will recommed it to all my friends.Every one had a good time.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this lovely review, I’m glad you enjoyed the location of Pavilion Cottage
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Brilliant break

  • 5 of 5

This is the third time we have stayed in this lovely place. It feels like home when we step in the door. It is so welcoming and comfortable and the lemon drizzle cake is gorgeous.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, hopefully you will be back for a fourth visit. Regards Heidi
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Festive weekend break

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully furnished and decorated for Christmas. Peaceful location. Close to the town yet felt in the middle of no where. Host couldn't do enough for us.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Another great weekend at Heidi's bringing family together from Edinburgh and London. Lots to do, great sized property. Games room went down a storm with our toddlers. Clean and comfortable. Thank you Heidi!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and cosy

  • 4 of 5

A lovely well kept cottage within easy driving distance on York centre.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
The Dormouse pub
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
A1/M1 link
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
The Dormouse Pub
Car: not necessary

Pavilion Cottage is within a mile from York City Centre with all the attractions of York - York Minster, the Shambles, the National Railway Museum, boating on the River Ouse, York Dungeon and the Jorvik museum all easily accessible. For enthusiastic archaeologists York Dig is a must. The museum of Quilts is York's latest visitor attraction. The city centre is close enough to walk to or there is a regular bus and park and ride service. Within a mile out of town is a Vue cinema, Tenpin bowling, Laserquest, Creepy Crawlies Indoor playarea, Tesco and shopping centre. Monks Cross shopping centre is a car ride away and a popular shopping destination. We are close to Harrogate, the Yorkshire Dales, Whitby and Scarborough seaside resorts and easily accessible to the stately homes of Beningbrough Hall and Castle Howard amongst others.

Other Activities: Tenpin bowling, laserquest & go-karting.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $34.62
Refundable damage deposit $138.49

Rental includes bed linen, towels and all fuel used, and includes a welcome tea tray on arrival.
We have five bicycles available for guests to use, please contact us prior to your stay so we can service the bikes ready for your use.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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