View towards the property
The bright, well-equipped kitchen
Enjoy a meal in the comfortable dining area
A great open-plan design
Open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner with access through the patio doors
Relax infront of one of two wood burners
Enjoy al fresco dining and relaxing in the rear garden
Inviting master bedroom
Wooden beam adds character
Gorgeous en-suite bathroom
Shower over the bath
Sit and take 5 while looking over the patio area
Stunning twin bedroom
Second ensuite shower room
Stylish second bedroom
Lovely dash of pastel colours
Chill out in the separate snug room
Relax in the snug by the open fire
Hallway with plenty of storage
Bikes available for your pleasure
We 'Love' to cycle around York
If you must wash on holiday, leasts it's in style
Anyone for pizza!
Perfect for dining with family and friends
Spacious open plan living area for all the family
Ample space to park 2 cars and sit and enjoy the sunshine
1 / 26  View towards the property
2 / 26  The bright, well-equipped kitchen
3 / 26  Enjoy a meal in the comfortable dining area
4 / 26  A great open-plan design
5 / 26  Open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner with access through the patio doors
6 / 26  Relax infront of one of two wood burners
7 / 26  Enjoy al fresco dining and relaxing in the rear garden
8 / 26  Inviting master bedroom
9 / 26  Wooden beam adds character
10 / 26  Gorgeous en-suite bathroom
11 / 26  Shower over the bath
12 / 26  Sit and take 5 while looking over the patio area
13 / 26  Stunning twin bedroom
14 / 26  Second ensuite shower room
15 / 26  Stylish second bedroom
16 / 26  Lovely dash of pastel colours
17 / 26  Chill out in the separate snug room
18 / 26  Relax in the snug by the open fire
19 / 26  Hallway with plenty of storage
20 / 26  Bikes available for your pleasure
21 / 26  We 'Love' to cycle around York
22 / 26  If you must wash on holiday, leasts it's in style
23 / 26  Anyone for pizza!
24 / 26  Perfect for dining with family and friends
25 / 26  Spacious open plan living area for all the family
26 / 26  Ample space to park 2 cars and sit and enjoy the sunshine

Bell Cottage

Bishopthorpe, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Newly renovated and stylish 'home from home' holiday cottage
  • Excellent for family holidays and celebrations, thanks to the stylish, open-plan design
  • Two wood burners make for cosy nights in after a day of exploration
  • Excellent location perfect for exploring the local area by foot, car or bicycle
  • A great base for enjoying the North Yorkshire countryside
  • Located in the pretty village of Bishopthorpe with local pubs and amenities
  • Bicycles are provided, ideal to use with direct access on to the cycle path into York
Property code: 75219

This is a spacious and contemporary family cottage, nestled within the village of Bishopthorpe, ideally situated just outside the walled city of York.

Tucked away in the delightful village of Bishopthorpe, 3 miles south of the walled city of York, this stunning property is an ideal base for friends and families looking to explore the beautiful and historic local area. Originally two cottages, this house dates back to the 1770s but the current owners have sympathetically and lovingly restored it to create a contemporary home that guests will find it easy to relax in. The village of Bishopthorpe boasts three pubs all within a few hundred metres of the property in addition to a selection of independent shops. The owners have also provided bikes for adults and children, so that you can get out and make the most of the local cycle network, including a route that takes you into York. If walking is more your style, the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is within 20 miles and it borders the North York Moors National Park, so there are plenty of walking routes and trails to explore. York itself has lots on offer as outlined below, but if you fancy venturing further afield, Yorkshire has plenty of bustling, market towns with tearooms, pubs and independent shops to indulge yourselves in, such as Pocklington (18 miles), Easingwold (18 miles) and Malton (24 miles).

Cool greys and whites have been used throughout the property to create a contemporary elegance, but traditional features such as the parquet flooring and brick fireplace are a nod to the property’s heritage. In the hall as you enter, there is plenty of space and storage for your muddy boots and wet coats.

Moving through to the open-plan lounge/kitchen/dining area, you will appreciate the feeling of light and space that has been created with skylights, patio doors and light walls. The lounge has a wood burner for those colder evenings; the kitchen is well-equipped; and the dining area looks out over the sunny courtyard. Open-plan living enables guests to spend quality time together, whether you’re cooking, eating or relaxing, but should you want to escape the hustle and bustle, there is a peaceful snug area with another wood burner across the hall.

As you head up the stairs to the first floor you can’t help but admire the arched feature window at the top. Once on the first floor, you will find the three bedrooms, two king-size bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and WC, and one with an en-suite bathroom with shower over roll top bath and WC. The last bedroom is a twin, with access to the main bathroom with bath, separate shower and WC. Please note all bedrooms have Smart TVs.

To the front of the property, there is a large courtyard area with parking for three cars and bike storage. To the rear, there is a Mediterranean-style courtyard with white walls, a BBQ/pizza oven and the odd splash of colour from the well-chosen plants, including herbs for you to cook with.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 3 bedrooms - 2 king-size and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom, 1 en-suite bathroom and 1 en-suite shower room
  • Electric oven and induction hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher
  • Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • 4 adult bikes and 3 children’s bikes provided (cycle helmets not provided)
  • 2 wood burners (logs included)
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Welcome pack on arrival
  • Shop and pub within walking distance
  • Smart TVs in lounge, snug and bedrooms
  • Pizza oven/BBQ available

Only 3 miles away is the jewel in North Yorkshire's crown: York. We think it is one of the best short break destinations in England and is a favourite amongst even the most seasoned of travellers. This ancient walled city has been the North's spiritual capital for 2,000 years, but that's not to say it is stuck in the past; York's affluent population and its influx of tourist pounds have helped to create a cultural and commercial oasis. History seeps out of every cobbled street, but the crooked old buildings house a fantastic range of contemporary designer shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

Everywhere in York is easily reachable by foot as this small but perfectly formed city houses most of its main attractions within the city walls. Middle Ages' town planning means it can take quite some time to get your bearings but finding your way around the labyrinth of warped streets is part of the fun. Make sure you take in York Minster, The Shambles, the Railway Museum and Bettys tea room whilst you're there.

If you are looking for outside space in which to relax, you have the choice of a number of parks and gardens, including Dean's Park next to the Minster, the Yorkshire Museum Gardens and next to the River Ouse, and slightly further afield, Rowntree Park with its children's playground, tennis courts and bowling green.

And what's more, it really is a year-round location. Summer days can be spent lounging in one of the gorgeous parks and in the autumn, York comes alive with shop windows sparkling in the dusky light. Its central location also makes a great base from which to explore the rest of glorious Yorkshire, with the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and Yorkshire Coastline all within easy reach for beautiful walks and adventurous days out.

If walking or cycling is your thing, there are lots of beautiful paths and routes in the area. If you fancy serious hiking, the North York Moors landscape offers some of the best trails in the country. If you don’t mind the drive, take a trip up to the top of the high moorlands around Blakey Ridge (47 miles) and breathe in that clear Yorkshire air.

Other attractions nearby include the York Maze: Europe’s biggest maize maze (9 miles), historic Castle Howard (21 miles) and Burnby Hall Gardens (18 miles).

This property is personally managed by Melanie.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 18 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Chris 14th March 2020

Don't hesitate, just book this beautiful house. Not only is it wonderfully presented and equipped its also in a lovely village just a couple of miles outside of York and everything that is on offer there. Staying as three couples , the property offers spacious bedrooms and bathrooms as well as sociable living spaces both inside and out. Can't recomRead moremend highly enough. Hide

Reviewed by Sally 28th February 2020

Stayed at Bell cottage with family for a 60th Birthday . It was fabulous so tastefully renovated very comfortable and great for each bedroom to have its own bathroom . We walked into York , had Sunday lunch at The Woodman which was very nice and there are other pubs in the village and all the shops you need for self catering . Great location , easyRead more to explore North Yorkshire or the East Coast . Would love to stay again sometime . Hide

Reviewed by Lucy 21st February 2020

Beautiful and tastefully renovated cottage in a great location. Open plan area downstairs is perfect for sociable holidays and great to have a separate small living room. TVs in all the bedrooms and a bathroom each - feels really luxurious.

Reviewed by Karen 30th January 2020

Bell cottage is a beautiful property and is beautifully decorated to the highest standards. Its so well equipped and very comfortable we didnt want to leave. Its so nice to go to a dog friendly cottage and for it to be so lovely as many cottages of this quality do not accept pets. The added touch of welcome pack and dog blankets was appreciated ItsRead more in a great location 5 mins to designer shopping outlet and 3 miles to York. We loved our stay and would definitely stay again - thank you Hide

Reviewed by Charlotte 28th December 2019

The best rental Ive ever stayed in! Exceeded our expectations! Perfect location, really well equipped. Im not normally one to go back to the same place twice but well be back in the summer months! Thanks so much.

Reviewed by Cathy 7th December 2019

Overall it was excellent

Reviewed by Alison 1st December 2019

Beautifully renovated cottage with all you needed for a relaxing break. Bishopthorpe has all the local amenities you need, one of our group even had a hair cut during our stay! Three pubs within a couple of minutes stroll from the property. Bus links into nearby York were really good. Good central location for exploring further afield too.

Reviewed by Joanne 1st November 2019

Beautifully renovated to an exceptionally high standard. Everything was of a very high quality. Light, bright and clean. Fabulous amenities. They have thought of everything and we are a particularly fussy group of ladies! Entrance driveway to the parking at the front takes a bit of courage if you have a slightly larger car, but there was also plentRead morey of overnight street parking. Hide

Reviewed by Louise 4th October 2019

Bell Cottage is beautiful! Its been restored very tastefully and with great care, we didnt want to leave! The location is ideal, surrounded by beautiful countryside but within easy distance of York. We will definitely be staying again!

Reviewed by Carol 20th September 2019

Excellent property and extremely well equipped and comfortable. All new aswell.

Reviewed by Michaela 13th September 2019

Lovely cottage! All the decoration has been thought out. Really easy access to surrounding areas, less then 10 mins to york. Lovely village also!

Reviewed by Laura 3rd September 2019

Fantastic cottage, immaculately fitted out with everything you need in a very attractive and welcoming style; the holiday starts from the moment you walk in to such a beautiful home. For families, it is safe and secure with good quality baby/child equipment available, even down to the plastic cutlery! Location is great for getting around and proximRead moreity to York is ideal. Pubs and amenities a stones throw away, as well as dog and pram friendly walks around the Ouse. Thank you! Hide

Reviewed by Lauren 2nd August 2019

Perfect. Lovely village, handy for York and surrounding area.

Reviewed by Sandra 20th July 2019

Luxury cottage, with plenty of living space and large bedrooms. Has everything you need for a comfortable stay. It was a nice touch to have tea/coffee/milk/biscuits available for our arrival. Courtyard at rear of property is dog/children proof as completely enclosed. Village of Bishopthorpe very pretty and friendly with shop and pubs near by and buRead mores service to York. Lovely walk along River Ouse to York approx 11 miles. Hide

Reviewed by Derek 13th July 2019

Fantastic accommodation! Beautifully presented and very comfortable. The location was great offering easy access by bike to central York. Really liked the bikes and hardly used the car all week.

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View towards the property
The bright, well-equipped kitchen
Enjoy a meal in the comfortable dining area
A great open-plan design
Open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner with access through the patio doors
Relax infront of one of two wood burners
Enjoy al fresco dining and relaxing in the rear garden
Inviting master bedroom
Wooden beam adds character
Gorgeous en-suite bathroom
Shower over the bath
Show 14 moreSit and take 5 while looking over the patio area


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

With a varied landscape of windswept dales, heather-clad moors and dramatic coast, interspersed with picturesque towns and villages, vibrant cities and a rich historical heritage, Yorkshire is rightly considered one of Britain's premier holiday destinations. Known as 'God's Own County', Yorkshire has nearly one-third of England's National Parkland, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three sections of coastline designated as Heritage Coast.

Offering infinite opportunities for lovers of the great outdoors, the wild expanse of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in North and West Yorkshire is a glorious mix of awe-inspiring scenery, imposing castles, characterful Dales' villages and drystone walls. While to the east, the North York Moors National Park offers atmospheric moorland, fragrant pine forests and charming towns tucked away within steep-sloped valleys. Extending all the way to the Yorkshire Coast, you can even experience a traditional day at the seaside at popular resorts including Whitby, Flamborough and Scarborough. It's a beautiful terrain to explore.

A visit to the historical city of York is a must. Renowned for its medieval architecture, the magnificent York Minster and a myriad of museums, independent shops and exceptional eateries, you will not be disappointed. Then there's the chalk landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds, known to have inspired David Hockney. And with a packed calendar of events and festivals each year, including the Malton Food Festival, the Tour de Yorkshire and the Great Yorkshire Show, there's always something exciting to enjoy.

Our holiday cottages in Yorkshire are handpicked to ensure a luxurious and uniquely memorable experience. From dog-friendly cottages in the country to large family houses by the sea and romantic retreats in the city, we have a holiday in Yorkshire to suit everyone.

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