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Holiday Cottage, York - Lovely Village Location

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cosy Cottage near York, North Yorkshire - 1 Bedroom, Historic Village, Within Easy Reach Of York, Wetherby And Harrogate - Great Reviews

Our recently converted barn has been lovingly refurbished to a high standard, to create the perfect base for a relaxing holiday. The grade II listing means that we have retained all character features, such as beams and troughs, yet we have incorporated all of the necessary elements to make this an extremely comfortable and fully equipped self catering holiday base. We have a bathroom with WC, full size bath with overhead shower and basin, a well-equipped and appointed kitchen area, which includes an electric hob and fan oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. it is in excellent decorative order and the high quality appliances are complemented by the quartz work surfaces. The kitchen and dining area is open plan into the comfortable lounge, with new sofa bed (opening to a smaller double bed, suitable for two children), two additional chairs, and a dining table (seats 4+). For your entertainment we have a 42" LCD TV, Freeview box, DVD Player (range of DVDs provided, more children's DVDs available), iPod docking station, free WiFi. The property is set within the grounds of our family home (though is set back out of sight), and the patio area is furnished with table and chairs for outdoor dining and faces onto our large, child friendly, sunny (SE facing), lawned gardens, which overlook open fields. The location of our unique barn conversion is one of its greatest assets. The historic village of Tockwith has excellent road links 10 minutes from the A1 and next to the historic Marston Moor battlefield site. The property is located to give easy access to York (7 miles), Wetherby (6 miles) and Harrogate (11 miles) and the multitude of attractions that they offer. These include the Yorkshire Dales-Moors-Coast, Castle Howard, Beningbrough Hall, Harewood House, Newby Hall, and of course the City of York, including the National Railway Museum, Yorvik, York Minster, The historic York City Walls, York Racecourse, the theatres, boat trips, and many other attractions. Additionally, Leeds Armouries, RHS - Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate are all within an easy drive.

The holiday property has a designated off street parking space, though we enjoy excellent public transport links - including a regular bus service from right outside and trains direct to York, Knaresborough and Harrogate, from Cattal station which is just two miles away.

More Details

Sasha Hutchinson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2017

About Sasha Hutchinson

We have lived in our current home for over seven years. We very much enjoy living in Tockwith, and are very happy to share our home and village with you. Our house is a grade 2 listed Georgian house (1830s), which, had some partially renovated agricultural outbuildings. The barn has now been lovingly refurbished to the high standard that you see in the photos. We aimed to make it the home from home that we would like to stay in on holiday; certainly the feedback that we have had so far suggests that it is very comfortable. We hope you like the finished product. It is set back within our garden, so you will feel that you have privacy, though you are welcome to use the space on offer. Please don't hesitate to call for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sasha Hutchinson purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Sasha Hutchinson chose York

We bought this house because it is a beautiful old house. However its location was a huge factor. It is very accessible; near to the A1 / M1, York, Harrogate, Wetherby, the Dales, N. York Moors, the Coast and the many attractions in our area. We are lucky enough to have the benefit of all of these amazing places on our doorstep, whilst living in a quiet, semi rural location. We have the benefit of good public transport links (regular bus service stops right outside, York Park and Ride nearby and a rail station (with parking) connected to York and Harrogate, just two miles away).

What makes this cottage unique

Our property is unique because of the history of the property and the area. The barn is packed with character features, though it has all the comforts and convenience of a modern home. It is located just a mile from Marston Moor Battlefield, the site of a major battle during the English Civil War.

The village benefits from a lovely pub, which serves good pub food and a shop / Post Office. We are lucky enough to have many good eateries in the area. We would be happy to make recommendations that you can look to book before your arrival.


York Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over, wc, basin and towel warmer.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One bedroom with king-size bed and a small double sofa bed in lounge. We can provide a travel cot on request.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Travel cot and high chair available on request. Outside: The property has it own furnished patio area, which overlooks our large lawned, family friendly garden. You are very welcome to use the garden. Utility Room: Automatic washer dryer integrated into the kitchen - clothes airer can be provided upon request. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels can be changed mid-week on a week long stay. A mid week clean is also available though an extra charge will be applied for either service.


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Holiday Cottage, York - Lovely Village Location
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Beautifully finished cottage, ideally located

  • 5 of 5

My family (wife and I, 4 yr old and a newborn) stayed at this lovely cottage for a long weekend trip to York, Ripon and Harrogate - all under a thirty minute drive away. The double bedroom and sofa bed in the lounge (together with our Moses basket) proved to be sufficient space for us.

The cottage itself is located in a quaint village called Tockwith, and is beautifully finished, retaining original features.

The owners, Richard and Sasha were kind enough to let out their property to us at very late notice, as they originally had family friends staying over on the dates we enquired about...thanks again:)

On arrival, we were allocated a parking space, provided with lots of information about the surrounding area, and given use of the large family garden - football goalposts, tree-house and swings :)

Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the York area...

p.s. the gardens and spectacular ruins at Fountains Abbey are well worth a visit

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful converted barn.Well equipped and stylish.Owners, Sasha & Richard very friendly and helpful. Excellent walking distance of pub with great food (and friendly staff). Many lovely wee places to visit nearby. Car was useful, but railway station not too far away and many Park and Rides around.

We highly recommend this holiday home.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely peaceful location with local amenities close by.

  • 5 of 5

Sasha and Richard who own the cottage were very welcoming, friendly and helpful. The cooking, washing and shower facilities are first class. The sofa bed which has been mentioned in previous reviews has I think now been replaced with a larger and more comfortable unit. This still means that if a party of 3 is booked in, someone must sleep in the lounge/kitchen/diner. There is a wall mounted TV plus a dvd player, also free WiFi is available. There is a 50 yard or so walk from the parking area, which is not ideal in wet weather! The Spotted Ox pub is a 10 minute walk and has a good and varied bar food menu. A Costcutter shop near the pub has most food items which are likely to be needed. We were more than happy with our experience with this property and have no hesitation in recommending it.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Too small for 3

  • 4 of 5

The barn is in a lovely location, the village is very nice and not far to drive into York, Harrogate and surrounding areas.

The problem we had was the sleeping arrangements. There were only 3 of us - the barn sleeps 4 apparently. Myself and my 2 sons aged 8 and 14. I was aware before we booked that there was a sofa bed, that was fine, my eldest has slept on many pull out beds in the past and it hasnt been a problem. However this particular sofa bed was so uncomfortable, and also rather creepy as it's in the lounge / kitchen (all one room).

It ended up with the 2 kids sharing the double bed, and me sleeping on the sofa bed. I didn't sleep well at all. And there is no way I could have got another person on there with me!

I also found it quite uncomfortable when we were sitting watching TV on a night. There are no cosy chairs to cuddle up on. Again I suppose this depends what type of holiday you want and how much time you'll be spending in the cottage, but we liked to have a busy day out, then come back to the barn on an evening to watch TV and play games.

On the plus side, the barn itself is lovely, the location is great, and its lovely and clean and well maintained. But I do think its a holiday home for 2 and no more.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Reading other reviews always helps other travellers to get a feeling for the holiday cottage before booking. The cottage has a king size bed (in a bedroom) and the sofa bed is in the open plan lounge / dining / kitchen space. The property has been enjoyed by many families whose smaller children have slept happily on the sofa bed. We are really disappointed to hear that you found the sofa bed to be uncomfortable. We do normally clarify when we accept bookings that we feel that the property is suitable for two adults and two smaller (primary aged) children, who we assume would sleep on the sofa bed. We did ask on several occasions if all was OK and are genuinely disappointed that you didn't discuss the level of comfort with us, as we are confident that we could have helped you resolve the problem. We have taken on board your comments regarding how cosy and comfortable the sofa is for 'lounging' on and we are on the look-out for a new sofa bed which is comfortable yet supportive. Thanks again for your comments.
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Lovely little place very thoughtfully renovated & furnished

  • 5 of 5

A perfect place for a mini break, just the right size for two people. The owners have done it out very tastefully & is modern, but still enhancing the property character. Quiet location. The property was clean and well maintained. The owners were very accommodating, friendly & helpful with information & advice. I would definitely recommend this cottage. Just one thing that might be useful for guests who are light sleepers (like myself), there is a church a couple of hundred yards away, which chimes every hour, so some ear plugs might be handy, but it definitely wouldn't stop me from coming back again, and no other guests have mentioned this so it's probably just me!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Sympathetically converted barn with lovely decor, clean and well equipped throughout. Very peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

An excellent base for our trip to York Book Fair. With the opportunity to see and do many things in York that we had not planned. Local Bus service was easy to use and rely on. We found Tockwith village friendly and used the Spotted Ox pub several nights for excellent food and drink, very friendly landlord and staff.

Village shop and Post Office were very useful too. Off road parking was ideal, able to leave the car in a safe place.

A very relaxing cottage to stay in, especially after a busy day out. Within a peaceful setting and lovely garden.

All good reasons to stay again. Thank you to our hosts Sasha and Richard.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Leeds / Bradford
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
The Spotted Ox
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Wetherby Golf Club
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Cattal, North Yorkshire
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
A1 (M)
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Spotted Ox, Tockwith
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Xscape, Castleford
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Car: recommended


The East Yorkshire coastal resorts and beaches of Whitby, Scarborough, Bridlington and Filey are a short drive away. The nearest being an hour away by car.


Leeds Bradford is our nearest airport at 40 minutes away. This is closely followed by Manchester, Newcastle and East Midlands at 1 hour 15 mins. York is on a direct train line from London in the south, (with Heathrow and Gatwick airports), and Edinburgh in the north.


The historic city of York and its many attractions are 7 miles away, a 15 minute drive. The pretty market town of Wetherby is 6 miles and 10 minutes by car and the beautiful Spa town of Harrogate is miles and a 25 minute drive. The picturesque, historic, fortified town of Knaresborough is 10 miles and a 20 minute drive away.

Further Details:

We lave a local convenience store and post office just a few minutes walk away. The local pubs, around 200 metres away, serve good pub food. There are many other high quality eateries within a short drive. The nearest local supermarkets are in Wetherby, just 10 minutes drive away. A welcome pack with all essentials to get you started can be made available on request for a small fee. (Milk, tea, coffee, bread, butter, jam and the basics for a simple meal)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $26.69
Refundable damage deposit $66.73

Booking Notes:
A £50 refundable damages deposit will be taken with your final payment. This will be refunded up to ten days after departure if everything is left in good order, clean and all breakages paid for.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is a Friday.

Notes on prices:
We may offer shorter stays for some dates - please contact us to check availability.
To secure a booking, a deposit of 50% is required, unless 8 weeks or less before arrival, when full payment is due. We also need a completed booking form. Payment preferred by bank transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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