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Moat Hall Cottage

York, North Yorkshire
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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / wood burner
Internet access
Luxury
Romantic
Family friendly
Sky TV
Parking on site / nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • County cottage sleeping 4 across 2 bedrooms, set in the sleepy hamlet of Little Ouseburn offering a truly peaceful retreat to the countryside
  • Visit the welcoming local pub within walking distance or grab some fresh produce from the well-stocked shop located only 2 miles away
  • The medieval city of York, the market town of Knaresborough and spa town Harrogate are all within easy reach
Property code: G0096

Indulge in a cosy and romantic bolthole, tucked away in a pretty little village just north of York. Enjoy the best of both worlds with an idyllic rural setting, but the cosmopolitan delights of this medieval city, 13.5 miles away. And in the other direction, discover the cosmopolitan delights of Harrogate, 14 miles away. The perfect country escape for couples and small families who like to keep one foot on urban ground.

 

Looking across to the village church in a peaceful private setting, the cottage boasts a handsome exterior with Smart red brick and white sash windows. It's just the place to squirrel yourself away for a few days with those you love best. Step inside to discover delightful, bright interiors with surprisingly spacious accommodation.

 

Downstairs there's a small hallway home to a handy downstairs cloakroom. Make your way on through, with deliciously soft carpet underfoot, to discover the living room. At its heart is a cosy open fire set within a feature exposed brick fireplace. Grab a good book and take your pick from two comfy sofas to curl up on for the afternoon. If you enjoy settling down to a firelit movie, you'll find a Smart TV complete with DVD. Wi-Fi is also provided if you need to catch up online. The room has a bright and peaceful feel about it with natural light from two sash windows.

 

The kitchen/diner is set on the right of the entrance hall, a large room with lots of space to enjoy. The kitchen includes an oven and hob, dishwasher and fridge freezer. There's a generous shabby chic dining table sat by the window, the perfect spot to spread out the morning papers for a long lazy breakfast.

 

Both bedrooms are set upstairs on the first floor and are again of good proportions. The master bedroom is bathed in light from a large Velux window and features a king-size bed to retreat to each evening. Dressed in crisp cotton bedding with a luxurious throw and cushions, it's an inviting and comfortable bed. The second bedroom is set directly across, this time there's a super king-size bed which can also be configured as two singles if requested. Plenty of room for everyone to enjoy their own space. Please contact the owner directly to confirm how you would like the beds to be configured if different from the standard set up.

 

The family bathroom is also upstairs. Continuing with the bright feel, this immaculate bathroom has glazed brick-style tiles and a bath with shower overhead. Indulge with a long hot soak after a day's shopping in York.

 

Outside, you'll discover gravelled and paved areas which wrap around the private exterior of the property. A patio table and chairs are provided so you can take advantage of those lovely views across to the church. There's off-road parking available for up to two cars.

 

  • 1 king-size bedroom and 1 super king-size (can be configured as a twin)
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Electric hob and oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer
  • Outside seating area and garden
  • Traditional open fire, with logs provided
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Smart TV with Sky and Netflix
  • Travel cot / high chair available
  • Pub and shop within 2 miles
  • DVD player
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £200 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £25. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

The cottage is set in Little Ouseburn, a sleepy hamlet just 13.5 miles from central York. There's a village pub within walking distance and the neighbouring village of Great Ouseburn has a Post Office and village shop. This area of the North York Moors is known as the Howardian Hills. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1987, the lush pastures and woodlands of the southern moors play host to grand country houses, atmospheric ruins and handsome market towns. The landscape is particularly well-suited to cyclists and walkers.

Take the short drive into York to explore this gem of a medieval city. Walk the historic walls, take a boat trip along the river or indulge in tea and cake at Betty's Tearooms. And if you have time, have a wander around its many independent shops and boutiques. In the opposite direction, the Victorian spa town of Harrogate is also within easy reach (14 miles). Take a turn around the antique shops in the Montpellier Quarter, stop for lunch at one of its many eateries, and mooch about the stunning gardens at RHS Harlow Carr. The fantastic family-attraction, Stockheld Park, is also just 15 miles away.

Castle Howard (13 miles) is an absolute must during your stay. The wonderful series Brideshead Revisited, and now lavish film production was filmed on location here. This quintessentially English tale of forbidden love and loss of innocence set pre-WWII has the perfect backdrop in this magnificent house and gardens. And when you have soaked in all this glamour make a stop at the fantastic farm shop on the way home to pick up the finest Yorkshire produce for dinner.

If you're a bit of a foodie, there are several fantastic places near the cottage to try, in fact, two restaurants with Michelin stars are within half an hour's drive. Plus, York and Harrogate are brimming with excellent eateries at every turn.

Rachel Stowe

This property is personally managed by Rachel.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 35 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Janet 28th June 2024

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A delightful cottage as is the owner who was so helpul and friendly. It is not surpising some guests return.

Reviewed by Christina 21st June 2024

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Lovely comfortable cottage with everything provided. Set in wonderful location for exploring The Yorkshire Dales. Would highly recommend

Reviewed by Gary 26th April 2024

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Great location, we chose to revisit this cottage for the peace and quiet and lovely scenic outlooks. Very comfortable, clean and well appointed too. Feels spacious yet warm and we appreciated the thoughtful welcome pack.

Reviewed by Donald 12th April 2024

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The cottage was grand - second time we have been there in 2 years, great base for getting around.

Reviewed by Catherine 1st April 2024

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Reviewed by Christine 22nd March 2024

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Lovely, clean, comfortable cottage. Location was lovely and peaceful. Well equipped kitchen and attention to detail throughout all proved to enhance the quality of our stay. Would absolutely stay here agajn. The generous welcome pack was so thoughtful.

Reviewed by Graham 26th February 2024

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This is the best cottage ive ever stayed, warm , modern, incredibly clean and the welcome pack was the icing on the cake Would definitely recommend

Reviewed by Ann 13th February 2024

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A very nice, cosy cottage. Two large double rooms. Shower over bath. Two toilets. Well equipped kitchen with large table. Lounge is pretty. A little away from the nearest villages. Parking for two cars. You need to open and shut a wooden gate to access the parking area. Very pleasant and helpful owner who sorted out issue re the Wi-Fi very quickly Read morealthough it was an external fault. Hide

Reviewed by Michael 22nd December 2023

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Reviewed by Alan 1st December 2023

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Our second visit to the cottage and hopefully not our last. So very cozy and comfortable with all the facilities you could need.

Reviewed by Kelly 26th November 2023

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Everything was great. Clear, concise instructions when we were there. The property felt like a home, and we could not have asked for more from it. Well equipped. Best cottage we have stayed in and would look to return

Reviewed by Sharon 17th November 2023

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The cottage was well equipped, very comfortable snd ideal location for our stay

Reviewed by Phil 21st October 2023

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We had a great stay. The property is really nice. Fantastic sized kitchen, well equipped. Excellent space in the lounge. We had really good sleep in the spacious bedrooms. Location was perfect for us and we could get to Harrogate, Ripon, York and the surrounding countryside very easily. The risk of writing such a good review is you never get a chanRead morece to come back because it's always booked! Hide

Reviewed by David 13th October 2023

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Very well equipped cottage in a totally quiet location. Very convenient for local pubs and restaurants.Excellent walking nearby. Welcome pack much appreciated. Comfortable bed, nothing lacking.

Reviewed by Trevor 6th October 2023

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We love staying here. Its very comfortable and homely.

Reviewed by Gary 22nd September 2023

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Super comfortable cottage, extremely well equipped, large and spotless fridge/freezer, very comfortable beds, and lots of space. (Coffee pods/milk frother much appreciated). Definitely a top quality property and location suited us too. Adjacent to a church with a bit of Bront history, close to lovely Knaresborough, Harrogate and York too, plus not Read morefar from the beautiful Dales. Peaceful and easy off road parking, definitely would recommend. Hide

Reviewed by Ann 18th August 2023

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A really lovely place to stay. Bedrooms airy, light and spacious, well equipped kitchen and appreciated the welcome pack. Car parking easy but through a gate that you have to open and close (no hassle really). Horses in next door field. Very peaceful. Convenient for York and Harrogate. Great pub in the village. Owner lovely.

Reviewed by Lisa 11th August 2023

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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Moat Hall Cottage, definitely had a luxury feel, lovely soft towels, gorgeous bedding and the use of fleecy robes. Beautiful kitchen and we enjoyed the use of the garden furniture with the addition of cushions stored in the shed. Fantastic location between York and Harrogate and walking distance to great pub, The LRead moreime Tree Inn, in Great Ouseburn. Would really recommend this cottage to all. Hide

Reviewed by Helen 4th August 2023

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Beautiful cottage.

Reviewed by Nicholas 17th June 2023

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This is a lovely cottage, comfortable, well equipped and in a good location. It's close to Harrogate and York, as well as other places of interest. We had a great holiday and would happily stay again.

Reviewed by Philip 9th June 2023

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We loved the peaceful location of the cottage and the well presented interior. Felt very relaxed and happy there and had a lovely stay. Lots to see in the area and beautiful countryside. Very much hope to return one day.

Reviewed by Philip 2nd June 2023

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Reviewed by Donald 7th April 2023

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One of the best equipped and comfortable "holidaycottages" we have been to. Donald, Lorna and Zander

Reviewed by David 1st April 2023

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Reviewed by Sue 24th March 2023

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Lovely cottage very well equipped. Very peaceful location. All furniture and beds very comfortable. Extremely central for visiting different locations.

Reviewed by Andrew 17th March 2023

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Wonderfully presented cottage in a tranquil environment, yet well situated for York and Harrogate.

Reviewed by Alan 10th March 2023

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The property is warm, airy, very well appointed and extremely comfortable. We could not find faultif we really tried. Also no interference from the owners.Highly reccomended.

Reviewed by Kenneth 3rd March 2023

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Reviewed by Alan 9th December 2022

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A lovely little cottage in a perfect location, very peaceful yet close to the A1 and York. All the facilities you could ask for, a very comfortable bed and a great open fire in the lounge. Totally recommended, and were going to book to go there next winter

Reviewed by Philip 2nd December 2022

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Excellent cottage, we couldn't really fault it.

Reviewed by Malcolm 30th September 2022

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Beautiful cottage, well furnished in peaceful setting with ample off road parking. Well situated for access to A1M, Harrogate and York, with Thirsk and Ripon not much further away.

Reviewed by Paul 23rd September 2022

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Very pleasant, comfortable cottage, all the facilities you need for the duration of your stay. Conveniently located with easy access to York, Harrogate, North Yorks Moors. Lovely quiet location. Can highly recommend.

Reviewed by Fred 19th August 2022

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Reviewed by Chris 12th August 2022

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It was a beautiful cottage and with lots of different public footpaths. It was great

Reviewed by Geraldine 22nd July 2022

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Just perfect!

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