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Toby's Cottage

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

  • Family home from home in North Yorkshire, sleeping six guests in comfort
  • Ample space for everyone to settle in and unwind
  • Real wood burner for cosy evenings in together
  • Two lounges, perfect for kids and adults to enjoy their own space
  • Spacious garden inviting afternoons in the sun
  • Great location for exploring town and country
Property code: G0166

A Grade II-listed cottage, this property is an idyllic family retreat tucked on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Relax, play and make new memories together.

Welcome to this beautiful Grade II listed sandstone cottage, set in a picture-postcard village just 20 miles from York. With its chocolate-box good looks, cosy elegant interiors and an excellent foodie pub just across the road, this might just be country cottage heaven. Dating back to the 17th century, the cottage is one of the oldest buildings in the village. It's bursting with character and charm at every turn, starting with its handsome double-fronted exterior. Step inside to discover a delightful and welcoming cottage with a perfect mix of traditional and contemporary style.

At the heart of the home is the generous living room with its warm oak floorboards underfoot and exposed oak beam overhead. A wood burner keeps you nice and toasty while you curl up with a glass of wine with your loved ones. For your evening entertainment, there's a TV & DVD player and a radio with an iPod connection if you want to provide your own background music. Wi-Fi is also included.

On the opposite side of the house is an additional living room/snug with a second TV, perfect if you have kids or teenagers as everyone can enjoy their own space. If you need extra accommodation, the day bed is in here can sleep up to two additional people if required, so in total the cottage sleeps up to eight. At the rear of the cottage, you'll find a refurbished kitchen which continues the blend of old and new. A cosy AGA and brick floor tiles provide the warmth and character whilst all the usual mod cons are provided for you including a dishwasher and electric oven. A traditional pantry next door houses a fridge/freezer, while a washing machine and dryer are available in the boot room next to the back door.

Just along the generous hallway is the atmospheric dining room. Original period features include exposed beams overhead, painted brick walls and a charming stone window seat looking out across the garden. The house was once thought to be the village bakery, and the arched wall in this room was at one time part of an original bread oven. Gather around the farmhouse table for dinner and a bottle or two of something lovely, catching up long into the night.

You'll find three bedrooms upstairs, the first of which is accessed via a staircase from the snug room. Set to the rear of the property this room comes complete with a double bed. At the opposite side of the house (accessed via a second staircase) is the spacious master bedroom featuring a king-size bed. Next door is the final twin bedroom. We love the quirky shaped walls up here reminding you of the history of the building. The brand new family bathroom is also upstairs. There's a bath to sink into each evening and a shower overhead. The tile-style flooring provides a dash of dramatic colour. The property also benefits from a generous ground floor shower room where you'll find a beautiful walk-in shower.

There is much to enjoy outside this gorgeous holiday cottage with its large enclosed lawned cottage garden to the front, perfect for throwing out a picnic blanket while the little ones run around. And to the rear a lovely private courtyard is the perfect suntrap and just the place for dining alfresco in the summer months. Patio furniture is also provided.

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

  • 3 bedrooms: 1 king-size, 1 double, 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms: 1 downstairs bathroom with walk-in shower and WC, 1 upstairs family bathroom with shower-over-head bath
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Additional lounge/snug with day bed (sleeping 2)
  • Pantry with fridge freezer
  • Boot room with washing machine and dryer
  • Travel cot/high chair
  • Wood burners
  • AGA, electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher
  • Wi-Fi included
  • TV/DVD
  • Radio with iPod dock
  • Garden
  • BBQ
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Pub and shop within 0.5 miles

The cottage is set in the popular village of Slingsby between Hovingham and Malton on the cusp of the North York Moors. It's also just 20 miles north of York. There's a gorgeous foodie pub just across the road and the village is also home to a small local store which is also the bakers.

The village nestles in the rolling Howardian Hills on the western reaches of the moors. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1987, the lush pastures and woodlands of the western moors play host to grand country houses, atmospheric ruins and handsome market towns.

Stunning Castle Howard is less than a 4-mile drive away and a must-see 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 outstanding farm shop and deli here to stock up on the finest local produce.

Nearby there's the award-winning Lavender Farm (6 miles), with its deer and sculpture park, tearoom and gift shop - a great day out for all ages.

There are lots of other lovely villages to explore nearby. You'll find the gorgeous village of Hovingham just 3 miles away, a real picture-postcard North York Moors village with chocolate-box sandstone cottages, tea room and a couple of pubs to choose from. Sheriff Hutton is also just 8 miles away, a charming little place very typical of this area of Yorkshire. You'll find two pubs, the local store, an excellent wine shop and a delightful upmarket deli/cafe.

The beautiful market town of Helmsley is within easy driving distance (10 miles) and is well worth a visit. If you fancy a little pampering you'll find the Verbena Spa here; perfect for a little indulgence! And in the opposite direction foodie Malton (8 miles) is another market town worth a stop in.

This property is personally managed by Marion.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 18 guest ratings

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Reviewed by David 28th June 2019

This cottage is perfect for families and dog owners. It is in a delightful village with a great foody pub. Only 6 miles from Malton which is a delightful small town and 25 minutes from York. Some great pubs within short driving distances and lovely walks around the village from Slingsby to Hambleton. Castle Howard is just a couple of miles away.

Reviewed by Monique 14th June 2019

Beautiful cottage, very clean and with really comfy beds. It was in a great spot to explore the area, lots of walks, close to Castle Howard, Malton, the Arboretum, the secret gardens of Helmsey, we will definitely return.

Reviewed by Jan 7th June 2019

Perfect cottage Charlotte and David thought of everything and a perfect location for seeing beautiful Yorkshire.

Reviewed by Helen 29th April 2019

Lovely cottage - very clean and comfortable - we felt relaxed as soon as we arrived.

Reviewed by Adam 26th February 2019

This is a lovely cottage in a stunning location. Tobys cottage had all the facilities we needed for a relaxing stay, its very clean and the Grapes Inn opposite is a great country pub. I would happily recommend.

Reviewed by Jeanette 24th February 2019

We all loved Toby cottage and would highly recommend it, the village of slingsby is very welcoming and friendly.We enjoyed a very relaxing week.Jeanette

Reviewed by Andrew 23rd September 2018

An excellent refurbished cottage. Wonderful welcome pack. A short stagger (100m) to a friendly local pub - a free house, producing tasty "real food" in a cosy atmosphere. Short drive to Castle Howard and The Yorkshire Arboretum - and close to the North Yorks Moors; City of York; and The Yorkshire coastal towns and villages. Felt a little bit priceyRead more for the time of year, but I accept that there was only two of us in a cottage that would take six in comfort. Hide

Reviewed by Terri 10th September 2018

Excellent cottage especially for 2 couples as the cottage has 2 separate living/bedroom areas on each side of the cottage gives privacy if needed, the central dining room and kitchen are excellent spaces. Cottage spotlessly clean, in great location, short drive to Castle Howard. Village is very picturesque and has some lovely walks around it. ThRead moree Grapes pub just across the road is a real bonus if you've decided to really chill out as we did and have a week away from cooking. Excellent atmosphere, friendly staff and great food, plus bonus of not having to decide who wasn't going to have a drink because it was their turn to drive as its just a stroll across the road. Really couldn't fault the whole experience. Very comforting, welcoming and as relaxing or active as you want it to be. Front garden enclosed and therefore great space for our 2 Labradors to run around in without having to worry, plus a lovely sun trap in the afternoon early evening, back court yard garden equally as useful to sit outside unoverlooked for breakfast/lunch/dinners etc. All in all loads of room for the 4 of us and 2 dogs without getting under each others feet. Thoroughly recommend cottage and area. Hide

Reviewed by Karl 15th August 2018

Well located and comfortable cottage. We spent a lovely couple of weeks exploring Yorkshire with Tobys cottage a great base to return to. Having The Grapes across the road is very convenient and the owners were very helpful and accommodating.

Reviewed by Geoff 2nd August 2018

Toby's cottage is a delightful and tastefully restored cottage where we spent a lovely family holiday. You are right in the heart of the village of Slingsby (directly opposite the pub) but the general atmosphere is very quiet and genteel. There is a little park for children and several easy walks around the area - anyone we met was very friendly anRead mored welcoming.Charlotte and David were always on hand and responded to any questions very promptly and helpfully, keen to ensure that everything ran smoothly.The cottage worked very well for us; the family with young (i.e. noisy and early waking) children stayed in one part, while us older folk stayed on the other side, with a separate bedroom & bathroom. We can warmly recommend Toby's cottage and would be very happy to return. Hide

Reviewed by Zara 21st July 2018

Gorgeous cottage, very well equipped set in a lovely little village location. So much to do within a 20 minute drive. The pub across the road is lovely too. Overall a fabulous holiday - we cant wait to come again.

Reviewed by Andy 27th June 2018

A lovely cottage in a nice area

Reviewed by Chris 16th June 2018

Tobys Cottage is a superb property in a fabulous location. The moment we stepped over the threshold we were seriously impressed. The quality and taste of the furnishings is first class. All the rooms are spacious and very comfortable. Slingsby is a delight offering a peaceful and friendly experience. Without doubt we would return to Tobys Cottage aRead morend the beautiful area. Hide

Reviewed by sandra 29th May 2018

The main point that lowers the score is we were told that the courtyard at the back was enclosed which was vital to us because of taking the dog.We were very disappointed to find out that the website information was incorrect - something I believe that you have subsequently changed after we spoke with the owner.For anyone with a dog it is really loRead morevely if you have an area that you know is secure - we did not want to keep our dog on her lead when we sat out the back with her each afternoon. Hide

Reviewed by Jacqueline 8th May 2018

Had a lovely holiday. Cottage beautiful. Perfect location provided you have transport. Owners very prompt to sort any queries. I don't usually go back to the same place but I would have no hesitation in doing so.

Reviewed by Chantal 25th April 2018

We loved Toby's Cottage. The cleanliness was 2nd to none. Plenty of room for 4 adults, 1 teen and 4 dogs. Had a lovely meal at the pub across the road and the village people were so friendly. Charlotte and David were very friendly and helpful and we were very thankful for the basket of goodies they left. The only little, cheeky suggestion woulRead mored be maybe an Xbox or Wii for the teenagers. We did take our own for our teen, which kept him occupied as it rained most of the week.Overall, if we could afford it, we would have loved to live at Toby's Cottage we loved it that much ? Hide

Reviewed by Sharon 12th April 2018

Such a wonderful cottage in a beautiful location. We had such a lovely time here we will definately return.

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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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