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Secret View

Hovingham, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
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At a glance

  • A charming holiday cottage set within beautiful rural surroundings
  • Perfect for a couple looking for a quiet country bolthole
  • Ideal for exploring the Howardian Hills
  • Explore towns and villages including Helmsley, Malton and Hovingham
  • Just a short drive from the historic city of York
  • Visit Yorkshire Lavender and Castle Howard


Property code: G0124

Situated in an elevated position in a picturesque village in the beautiful Howardian Hills, this lovely property is perfect for a couple looking to explore the glorious North Yorkshire countryside.

Tucked away in the rolling Howardian Hills just 14.5 miles north of York, this cosy country retreat makes the most of the gorgeous Yorkshire countryside from the doorstep. Perfect for couples and small families looking to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Set in an elevated position within a row of charming stone cottages, this handsome two-bedroom property boasts far-reaching views and contemporary elegant interiors. Step inside to discover an open-plan living space home to the lounge, kitchen and dining area. All of the soft furnishings including the cushions and lampshades have been hand-stitched by a local craftsman and the walls feature original art by an award-winning artist.

The living room with its statement panelled wall offers plenty of options for relaxing, with two armchairs and a comfy sofa to choose from. The flame-effect electric fire keeps everything nice and toasty in the evening and provides a pleasant warm glow to curl up by. The Smart TV with DVD is perfect if you want to bring along some of your favourite movies. There's also a selection of DVDs to choose from at the cottage along with some books and games for off-line entertainment.

Make your way on through to the shaker-style kitchen with its attractive units and chunky wooden work-top. You'll find all the usual mod-cons including a dishwasher, fridge and oven, with a further cupboard under the stairs housing a washing machine and freezer. The dining table sits right beside the kitchen. Arrive to find a welcome hamper from the local deli to enjoy.

Both bedrooms in the cottage are upstairs. The main bedroom sits at the front of the house and enjoys those glorious views across the fields. The double bed in here features a velvet headboard (again hand-stitched), which is complemented with crisp sheets and tartan cushions. The second bedroom is to the rear of the cottage and has a full-size single bed. There are more stunning views from this bedroom in the opposite direction, right across to the Vale of York. The family bathroom is also upstairs. We love the large walk-in shower and a heated towel rail is a welcome feature.

Outside the cottage to the front, you will find off-road parking and excellent views. There is also a small courtyard patio to the rear, a real sun trap in the warmer months and perfect for an afternoon tipple.

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

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 single
  • 1 shower room with walk-in shower and WC
  • Dishwasher, fridge, oven
  • Washing machine and freezer
  • TV, DVD
  • Courtyard patio with furniture
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Wi-fi included
  • Welcome pack included
  • Cot and stairgate available
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pub and shop within 1 mile
  • York 13.5 miles

The cottage is set within a small hamlet on the brow of a hill around 14.5 miles north of York. Its surrounded by stunning views and attractive villages, with an abundance of walks right from the doorstep. You'll find some recommended routes prepared for you in the cottage.

Perfectly positioned to visit the very best of North Yorkshire, the cottage sits in an area called the Howardian Hills. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1987, this land of lush pastures and woodlands plays host to grand country houses, atmospheric ruins and handsome market towns.

The nearest village is Terrington, a pretty little place where you'll find a sleepy main street lined with charming cottages, a church and a shop/cafe. The village is under a 5-minute walk from the cottage. Nearby, there's an award-winning Lavender farm and with its deer and sculpture park, tearoom and gift shop it's a great day out for all ages.

The village of Sheriff Hutton is 4 miles away, a charming place very typical of this area of Yorkshire. You'll find two pubs, the local store, an excellent wine shop and an upmarket deli/cafe. In the opposite direction, you'll find the village of Hovingham, again just 4 miles away, a real picture-postcard North York Moors village with chocolate-box sandstone cottages, a tearoom and a couple of pubs to choose from.

Stunning Castle Howard is 4 miles away and a must during your visit to this area. This stunning stately home and gardens are a pleasure to walk around, and there's a lovely lakeside cafe to enjoy too. On your way home, pop into the farm shop and deli here to stock up on the finest local produce.

The beautiful market town of Helmsley (12 miles) is well worth a visit. If you fancy a little pampering, you'll find the Verbena Spa here, and in the opposite direction, foodie Malton (9 miles) is another market town to explore. You're also close to the Yorkshire coast, so lots of choice for day trips.

This property is personally managed by Melanie.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 8 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Karen 20th December 2019

This is and excellent base to enjoy the most fantastic countryside. The cottage itself is compact and cosy and the kitchen is very well equipped.

Reviewed by Peter 3rd September 2019

Very comfortable cottage for up to 3 people. We took 2 Labrador dogs and there was still reasonable room. Cooking facilities were excellent. (For info: the walk just up the road starting opposite "the gatehouse" to Dalby we found was extremely overgrown though we managed to fight through. That, of course, is not the responsibility of the holiday coRead morempany or cottage owner.) Hide

Reviewed by Peter 12th July 2019

Great location, comfortable and convenient. High-end kitchen equipment and all in good order.

Reviewed by Sally 30th December 2018

I wouldn't not recommend secret view as other folk will be quite happy there. The welcome hamper was nice, thank you. The area is beautiful and the views from the cottage are fabulous. The cottage is tiny, the carpets need a good clean or replacing. When you look at the overview of the cottage it sRead moreays there is a Garden ??There isn't, it's a strip of concrete, the other side of the fence neighbours dogs are left to yap! If you sat out side in the summer you get to look at the neighbours rubbish. There is a real problem with the cess pit, neighbour told us that he had tried to get it fixed but adjoining cottage owners aren't willing to contribute. Like I say other people will be quite happy with the cottage and although we will return to the area we wouldn't use this cottage again.

Response from Gorgeous Cottages:

Hi Sally, Thank you for taking the time to complete a review, I agree the location is beautiful and the views from the cottage are fabulous! We do value your comments as it helps the owner improve things for future guests. I have now spoken with the owner regarding the comments you have raised. The carpets are deep cleaned each month however, the owner does appreciate your feedback and will look at replacing them this year. The description of the outside space is stated on the website as a small courtyard patio to the rear. A fence will be erected before the warmer months to block that view so guests can enjoy this space. Lastly we are sorry there was a problem with the septic tank. If the owner was aware of it he would have arranged for it to be emptied within 24 hours. We are disappointed that you did not enjoy your stay as much as previous Gorgeous Guests but we do hope we can welcome you back to Yorkshire. Take careLouise Hide

Reviewed by Helen 18th September 2018

Beautifully decorated and tastefully furnished cottage on outskirts of Terrington. Located in the Howardian Hills, a picturesque part of North Yorkshire full of chocolate box villages and rolling countryside. Lots to do and see including steam railway from Pickering to Whitby, shopping in Helmsley and Pickering, cream teas and good dining in choiceRead more of gastropubs and local village pubs. We had an amazing time and couldnt believe we had not visited before. Hide

Reviewed by Linda 5th August 2018

Cottage was very nice

Reviewed by Hans 15th July 2018

A nice cottage, well equiped.

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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.

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