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The Bull Pen - Goathland

Goathland, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Complex of properties
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Towels included
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At a glance

  • This is a fantastic base for keen walkers, cyclists and nature-lovers
  • Enjoy stunning views and breathtaking walks right from the doorstep
  • Explore the wonderful North York Moors National Park
  • A romantic holiday cottage in a beautiful North Yorkshire village
  • Visit Pickering, Helmsley and Whitby
Property code: G0140

Beautifully converted from a traditional cowshed, this unique and beautiful hideaway makes an exquisite couple's retreat set in a tranquil village in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside.

Welcome to this unique and beautiful hideaway set in one of Yorkshire's prettiest villages. Architect designed and converted from a traditional cowshed with no expense spared, the cottage is fabulously appointed and benefits from a host of additional services. A stylish and sophisticated interior, simply stunning views and the delights of a North Yorkshire country village a short stroll away – it makes the perfect couple's escape.

Tucked away on the edge of beautiful Goathland, the property enjoys uninterrupted views of the North York Moors, a truly wild and gorgeous landscape. A visit here is a chance to absorb the spirit and values of a simpler life, to relax and recharge.

The cottage is a sympathetic conversion of historic stone barns and offers a unique boutique one-bedroom luxury retreat. Designed to be the perfect bolthole for couples, everything about the place shouts grown-up glamour, from the honesty drinks tray to the luxury welcome goodies.

With a host of extra services, you'll feel seriously pampered from the moment you arrive. The easy pared-back style makes it a wonderfully restful getaway that boasts every essential of the modern hide-out, from the wood burners (inside and out!) to the roll-top bath, outside swing bench and much much more.

A handsome colour scheme of greys and greens with natural fabrics, old beams, heavy stone sills and traditional rendered plasterwork allow you to appreciate the original building whilst enjoying all modern luxuries. The sitting room features a lovely linen-covered sofa with an aged leather armchair, English Oak dining table and sheepskin rugs to make sure you're nice and cosy. There's a large wall-mounted Smart TV and Wi-Fi is provided if you want to catch up online. The traditional wood burner finishes the scene perfectly. The shaker-style kitchen is finished in a traditional style and has a washing machine, ceramic hob, electric oven, microwave and a Nespresso coffee-maker along with well-equipped cupboards with high-quality utensils, crockery and glassware for the cooks among you.

At the other end of the hallway is the fabulous bedroom with a state of the art en-suite bathroom and large walk-in rain shower. The bedroom is an understated but opulent combination of simple styling with the wonderful addition of a cast iron roll-top bath with brass taps sitting beneath an old oak beam. Hand waxed doors and wardrobes feature throughout. Inside the wardrobe, even the coat hangers and shelves have their own hand-stitched linen covers! With crisp white cotton bedding, comfy throws, cushions and soft mood lighting, you won't want to get out of bed.

To the front of the property is a large enclosed wild grass and alpine garden. At the back is a wonderful private covered dining area with wonderful views over your own woodland and wildlife pond. There's also an outdoor wood burner, a swinging bench and a BBQ so you can take full advantage of those balmy summer days! Throw open the stable door and settle down to a long lazy lunch over a bottle of fizz. Soak up this bucolic heaven and see if you can spot the wild roe deer and barn owls who are often daily visitors.

There is so much to enjoy outside this wonderful holiday home. Guests are welcome to use the paths over the owner's private estate which is a conservation showpiece and home to over 80 species of birds. There's plenty of lockable storage for your bikes, and extra wellies are provided if you fancy a hike across the fields without ruining your best boots! Footpath maps are available on request.

  • 1 double bedroom with bath
  • 1 en-suite shower room with walk-in shower and WC
  • Washing machine, ceramic hob, oven, microwave and coffee maker
  • Smart TV
  • Wood burner
  • Garden with BBQ, furniture and wood burner
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets
  • Regret no children
  • Pub and shop within 0.5 miles
  • Whitby 9.5 miles
  • Dinner service at the farmhouse Friday and Saturday evenings – please enquire when booking

The location of the property is just magical. On the edge of Goathland village (famous as the location for the TV series Heartbeat), it's within easy walking distance of everything this stunning moorland village has to offer. There are a handful of gorgeous little tea rooms, sweet village shops where time stands still, a post office and several hotels and pubs – all offering good food and all within a 500-metre walk from the cottage.

The train station at Goathland is also well known as it was featured as Hogsmeade station in the popular Harry Potter films. Today this beautifully preserved heritage station is part of the North York Moors Railway line from Whitby to Pickering. You can hop on a steam train here throughout the year and enjoy a traditional ride through some truly stunning scenery.

If you enjoy the outdoors, you are in heaven here as the cottage is set at the heart of the North York Moors National Park. There are walking trails in every direction and the countryside is just breathtaking. See if you can discover one of the several waterfalls in the area including Mallyan Spout, Falling Foss, and Thomason Foss.

The property is surrounded by fabulous biking country. There are miles of empty country roads, endless off-road tracks and the Dalby Forest Mountain Bike Trail Centre with graded routes to suit all abilities from novice to adrenaline junkie. The 'Moor to Sea Cycle Network' connects Scarborough, Whitby, Dalby Forest, Pickering and Great Ayton in a stunning series of moorland, forest and coastal loops. There are around 150 miles to explore, through the very heart of the North York Moors National Park.

Take a tour of the impossibly pretty towns and villages in the area, including Egton (8 miles), Danby (15 miles), Castleton (18 miles) and Rosedale (15 miles). The quaint village of Beck Hole is just a mile down the road and boasts one of the smallest and best-preserved pubs in Yorkshire – head down to the river behind the Mallyan Spout Hotel and enjoy a breathtaking walk along a footpath through the estate to this pretty hamlet. Or head up on the high moorland of Castleton Rigg (18 miles), we guarantee on a clear day it will take your breath away.

A few miles east from here takes you to the stunning North Yorkshire coastline, a heady mix of rugged clifftops, peaceful bays and pretty fishing villages. With long sandy beaches and all the traditional seaside trimmings of yesteryear, this is proper bucket 'n spade territory. That's not to say it's stuck in the past, in fact, the coast's villages and towns combine the traditional with the contemporary effortlessly, with trinket shops and tea rooms sitting alongside upmarket champagne and oyster bars.

This region is best known for the gorgeously gothic town of Whitby. Playing host at one time to Romans, Saxons, Celts and Danes amongst others, the town's rich heritage is immediately obvious. Straddling the river Esk and dominated by the 13th century ruins of the Abbey on the East Cliff, Whitby's crooked cobbled streets and picturesque harbour have been a magnet for artists and tourists alike for centuries.

Although you could happily spend the weekend mooching about the independent shops, bars and cafes along Whitby's bustling medieval streets, it's well worth striking out to sample some of the other coastal villages nearby. Robin Hood's Bay is one of the most popular coastal locations in Yorkshire, or the UK for that matter. The village is a maze of cobbled streets and higgledy-piggledy houses which seem to tumble down towards the sea. Sandsend, Staithes and Runswick Bay are also all within easy driving distance, each with their own unique charm.

This property is personally managed by Rupert.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 17 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Susan 9th March 2020

The Bull Pen was fabulous with amazing views and it was so nice to see the Roe Deer that came up the hillside in the evening. The welcome package was very generous, with everything you needed for afternoon tea on arrival, breakfasts, plus a bottle of wine. The LOccitaine toiletries were a lovely touch. The bed was very comfortable, the shower room Read moreluxurious. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, including the log fire each evening, and hope to return again soon. Hide

Reviewed by Janine 10th January 2020

Beautiful little cottage in lovely surroundings, very well equipped and cosy and comfortable. The location is ideal for walking and visiting local areas. A couple of hotel/pubs within walking distance (10 minutes) that serve home cooked meals that are good value for money. Great spot for star gazing on clear nights and wildlife in abundance on yourRead more doortep.. Hide

Reviewed by Linda 11th October 2019

It was a really lovely cottage, warm cosy and comfortable. Really relaxed there. Loved it! Goathland itself needs a really good bakery though, with fresh milk....and a couple of good shops!

Reviewed by Josephine 4th October 2019

A superb cottage in a quiet spot, very tastefully done. Just a short walk into Goathland village, walks from the door, plenty of wildlife in surrounding fields. 5 stars from us, we will definitely be booking again.

Reviewed by Sue 16th August 2019

Lovely and peaceful. Good location for eating out.

Reviewed by Richard 9th August 2019

Great location top class fixtures and fittings , powerful shower lovely bath perfect property for a couple , now for the negatives hmm sorry there were none, perfect property

Reviewed by Linda 26th July 2019

The Bull Pen was beautiful. Cozy, well kept, clean and had everything we needed for a relaxing break. The owners Claire and Chris, were very welcoming and always had time for a chat when we met them on the farm. The cottage is quiet and peaceful and the gardens were beautiful. We will definitely be returning and would definitely recommend to anyoneRead more. The 'heartbeat village' is in walking distance and the tea room is lovely for a cuppa and cake! Luxury holiday cottage. Thank you. Hide

Reviewed by Ann 12th July 2019

The standard was first class. If anything, it would be helpful to include the distance from the property to the nearest pub/ hotel which was 10 mins walking time.

Reviewed by Christine 28th June 2019

A lovely cottage for two with fine views of the North York Moors. Located on a small farm, was peaceful with two outdoor areas. Loved all the wild animals: barn owl, deer, hedgehogs and lots of different birds. Great location for walking, access to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at Goathland, also the coast.

Reviewed by Cathy 16th February 2019

Brilliant place to stay. Clare and Chris, the owners very helpful. Excellent location, beautiful cottage with everything you need. Loved the roll top bath. Views amazing. Saw deer and owls every day. Very peaceful and calming location. We did a lot of walking from the doorstep out into the NYMs. Walk to Beck Hole (the pub there is amazing) aRead morend on to Grosmont was lovely. Short drive to Sands new and Whitby. Fabulous place - we will be back! Thankyou Hide

Reviewed by Roy 10th November 2018

It is exactly as described, the owners could not have been more helpful. The log fire brought a lovely warm feeling to the evenings, the kitchen was very well equipped, the bed was extremely comfortable, the bath was not used but the shower etc were excellent quality. The cottage was extremely easy to find and is part of the farm buildings but you Read moreretain a separation as the actual cottage is behind a gate, and it has at the front and rear its own private garden area. Sadly early November was not the time to try out the external seating area with wood burning stove. Thats for another time . It was beautifully silent, it had a stillness that you are hoping to find. The TV and reception and Internet were excellent for those needing the thrill of modern communication at all times. That was me by the way !The Mallyon Spout hotel offers excellent food at very reasonable prices and the village shop caters for most needs, the latter is a 10 minute walk the former in the winter is a drive away at the other end if the village. Places to visit, Whitby, Camp Eden, Helmsley, Yorks Arboretum, Pickering local life museum by the station, White Swan pub hotel in Pickering for Tapas.The Goathland pub is a bit of a trek, ok during the day but at night its a bit dark !!!All in all 5 stars accommodation and experience. Meet the lovely dogs that stroll round and watch for the deer and owls neither of which made a guest appearance for us but ..,We will return here soon its a real gem, Hide

Reviewed by Sheenagh 3rd November 2018

We found the Bull Pen to be beautifully decorated and well equipped. The location and local amenities were as described and expected. The electric heaters were a little bit tricky to get right and some instructions for those and other appliances could have been useful. The quality of furnishings and all items provided was of a very high standard. WRead moree felt that the Bull Pen was more spacious than we had anticipated from the photographs on the website. A very enjoyable stay all in all. Hide

Reviewed by Neil 29th September 2018

Back home after a lovely stay at the Bull Pen.We cannot fault the accommodation. It was clean, well supplied with everything you may possibly need. Loved the log burner, it was so cosy in the living area. The bed was exceptionally comfortable. Didn't get to use the lovely bath but the shower was powerful and luxurious. Kitchen is well stocked. LoveRead mored the outside area at the rear, the lovely swing and log burner.Didn't get to see the deer or the owl unfortunately.Thank you Chris and Clare. We really enjoyed our relaxing break away. Thank you for the essentials that you left for us. Didnt need to use the honesty bar, as I arrived well stocked with the obligatory fizz and gin but what a great idea.Loved every minute.Thank youX Hide

Reviewed by Hannah 11th September 2018

The Bull Pen is a really lovely cottage with very kind and helpful owners. It was spotlessly clean and beautifully appointed. The bed is very comfy! The shower is hot and powerful and the bath is just a dream. Internet is great, easily watching films and catch-up TV. The setting is beautiful and we were treated to several visits from the local roe Read moredeer. Easy walks to Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole - very close to the Hole of Horcum and of course Whitby. Don't forget Radford's butchers in Sleights and Jackson's in Ruswarp. All in all it's a really nice warm, cosy, beautifully designed cottage and anyone would be lucky to stay there.Thank you Claire and Chris for a lovely break. Hide

Reviewed by Keith 4th September 2018

We had a lovely weekend at the Bull Pen located down a quiet lane, views are wonderful. We enjoyed sitting out on the patio with a glass of wine. Lots of places to visit and the North Yorks Moors railway is a wonderful day out we had superb lunch on the train.

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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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