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Cosy Cabin In Acre of Garden Infants and Dogs Welcome Shops, Restaurants 10 mins

Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin in Sand Hutton, York, Yorkshire, England - Just 20 Minutes From York City Centre, With Great Access To The Yorkshire Countryside

The Garden Shed is set in the grounds of the Old Forge, Sand Hutton, York. The property is set in a peaceful location, surrounded by stunning gardens. Only 20 minutes from the tourist attractions of York, yet within easy reach of cycling trails, the Yorkshire Wolds, North York Moors, and many other fantastic Yorkshire attractions, The Old Forge is perfectly placed to be the base for your getaway. The property is fully equipped with everything you need, including a kitchen with oven, dishwasher and fridge freezer. There is also a real log burner to keep you toasty, and the cosy bedroom has an ensuite shower room and a TV / DVD player. If you are a cyclist, we can provide secure storage for your bike, and welcome well behaved dogs. Guests receive a welcome hamper on arrival, and our resident hens will be happy to provide you with tasty eggs for your breakfast. We love living here, and are confident that you will love spending time in The Garden Shed.

Karen Griggs
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2017

About Karen Griggs

We bought The Old Forge (and The Garden Shed) in August 2013 in a poor state, and since then have worked hard to restore both the property and the gardens. We love the results and are sure you will do too.

We love the space it gives us for our animals, and currently have two guinea pigs, three rabbits, eight chickens (although that number changes regularly!) and a small dog called Bob.

Karen Griggs purchased this cabin in 2013

Why Karen Griggs chose North Yorkshire

It's a stunning property, with the most exceptional gardens, in a brilliant location! It has all the benefits of living in a city but with countryside all around.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were made to feel very welcome when we arrived and communication before our trip was really helpful providing places to eat and visit. The garden shed was absolutely beautiful, very well maintained and had everything needed. The owners really had thought of everything from toiletries and super soft towels to kitchen utensils and even a chimenea to keep us warn on the patio. It really was a home from home. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and we were free to wander and say hello to the chickens and rabbits. The surrounding area is very quiet and peaceful but at the same time not far (15-20 mins) from York. It's an excellent location for exploring. We (my husband and I) have stayed in lots of different accommodations from fancy hotels to camping but this has to have been one of our favourites. It really made the weekend a mini holiday. We loved it.
Jun 2015
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York Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with one double bed, wardrobe, TV / DVD player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • mountain biking
Outside: As well as being set in beautiful gardens, The Garden Shed has it's own private garden and patio area set up for alfresco dining. Towels and linen provided.


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Cosy Cabin In Acre of Garden Infants and Dogs Welcome Shops, Restaurants 10 mins
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 55 reviews

Absolute tranquility

  • 5 of 5

An absolutely stunning location, Karen makes you feel so welcomed and as if she has known you forever. The welcome pack was amazing and the fresh eggs from her chickens mmmmmmmmmm. This was a recuperation stay for my hubby who had had major abdominal surgery in April and it is just what the doctor ordered. Saturday 2nd Sept was a sunny warm day so we decided to stay at the cabin and chill, we used the Summerhouse and read books together, it was so relaxing. Karen brought the chickens over for me to meet and allowed me to hold them. I am so glad that I found this little hide away, we will certainly be back and hope to stay a bit longer.

Thank you so much to Karen and her family for letting people enjoy her wonderful shed and gardens.

Highly recommend people stay here if they just want to totally relax in the comfort of a shed and a wonderful family.

Sue & Paul Davies

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sue, it was such a pleasure for me and it's very rewarding to see guests making the most of what we have created. Looking forward to seeing you and Paul again .
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Excellent in every way, absolute peace, lovely owner. A "must return to) property.

  • 5 of 5

What a great find! This little place is a real gem of a holiday cottage for two and a dog! "The Shed" is immaculately presented with everything you could possibly want, clean as a whistle, very cosy and in a wonderful garden. The best welcome hamper we have ever had made us feel welcomed from the moment we walked in the door. Alfie, our rather large greyhound, soon found the most comfortable spot to lay out his bed and for him the garden was teeming with pleasures! A great base for York and surrounding areas and we went up to Whitby which was a very easy day trip. Karen, the owner, was so helpful and caring which added to the pleasures of staying here. The best place for stress-busting and I am sure we shall return when we just want to get away from it all. We could spend days just chilling out here without even moving from the garden! We can not recommend this cottage too much. Thank you for a wonderful break.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The Garden Shed - a perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully kept and presented. It is a lovely quiet and peaceful retreat to return to after spending a day in the nearby bustling city of York. We were made very welcome by Karen the owner, who was also very informative of local facilities/places of interest to visit and she also made sure that we had everything we could possibly need for our stay. We just wished that our visit had been longer.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We loved it

  • 5 of 5

Just brilliant 3days what a lovely place to stay and chill out great walks and places to visit The garden was just fabulous to use ,Karen has done a great job in the shed and the welcome pack superb would recommend the shed to anyone to stay there great place and hoists

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy cabin

  • 4 of 5

We had a very warm welkom in the little garden shet with fresh eggs, strawberry's, wine, cake and soft music playing! We stayed a couple of days to visit York and the lovely moors.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay, the Garden Shed is beautiful, everything we needed was there. Hot shower, comfortable bed, log burner for those chilly nights and a beautiful garden to sit in of an evening. Just lovely for a nice relaxing break. We visited York and Castle Howard which are only a short drive away and also as recommended by Karen the Crown and Cushion, beautiful for lunch. We are looking to visit again in November this year to visit York Christmas Market. So nice to have somewhere we can leave the door open and our Shih Tzu Benni is safe in the garden.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


The North Yorkshire Coast is approximately 40 minutes away by car.


York is just two hours on the train from London and Sand Hutton is just 25 minute taxi ride from the station. Use of a car is recommended, but there are several car hire locations in York itself. Leeds Bradford Airport is about an hour away.


York is 8 miles away. North Yorkshire coast is 40 minutes away. The village of Stamford Bridge, with a small selection of shops, cafés, restaurants and takeaways is only 7 minutes away.

Further Details:

Shopping at Monks Cross and the Vangarde centre is only 12 minutes away with a wider choice of restaurants, including well known chains such as Prezzo, Giraffe and Frankie and Benny's. The Designer Outlet is 15-20 minutes away with


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $164.86
Pet Fee $26.38

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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