You will regularly find Gorgeous Cottages Operations Director, Phil Brion, travelling throughout Yorkshire. Phil is responsible for looking after Gorgeous Cottages owners and ensuring everything is tip top for customers visits. He gets to visit lots of gorgeous places and meet lovely people – sounds like a pretty good job to me!
Here are just a some of the places Phil has been over the last couple of weeks.
Blacksmith’s Barn, Ruston
Blacksmith’s Barn has a lovely spot on the cusp of the North York Moors that’s just a few miles from the coast. Phil met with owner’s Lisa and Martin for a nice coffee and pictures of their log fire.
He also met their friendly dog – Baxter the labrador!
Church Farm Cottage, Crayke
Another lovely coffee for Phil, this time courtesy of Church Farm Cottage owner, Lesley. Phil got to meet Lesley’s two spaniels and enjoy some stunning views from Crayke near York (did you know it’s the spot where the Grand Old Duke of York marched his men to the top of the hill).
Pheasant and Partridge Cottage, Chopgate
Just a short (but very scenic) drive from the Gorgeous Cottages offices is the small village of Chopgate – home to Pheasant Cottage and Partridge Cottage. Phil met with owner Dominic to find out more about this area and especially the walks to try around nearby Lord Stones. This 160 acre site has beautiful views and there’s a rather nice cafe there to try.
Gales House Farm, Gillamoor
This rural farm near Kirkbymoorside is the setting for four dog-friendly properties – Barley Cottage, Bothy Cottage, Cedar Cottage and Gales Lodge. The log-fire (there’s one in each of the properties) was roaring when Phil arrived and he also got to meet the nearby horses!
Secret View, Terrington
Phil travelled through the beautiful Howardian Hills to visit Secret View (they are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). As you would expect there were beautiful views to be had on the drive to this dog-friendly cottage. It’s just a short distance from Castle Howard but sadly there wasn’t time to call in (maybe next time Phil!).
The Hay Bale, Sheriff Hutton
Just down the road from Secret View is The Hay Bale in the lovely village of Sheriff Hutton (personally I would always call in for a coffee at Quarmby’s). Phil met with owners John and Gilly of The Hay Bale, a gorgeous one-bedroom cottage that’s perfect for a romantic retreat.
Phil got a look round their fabulous collection of classic cars (you may well get to see some on a break at The Hay Bale) and find out about their larger property, The Granary which will be available to book on the Gorgeous Cottages website soon. There’s a new dog kennel being built which would make it a great choice for dog lovers.
Spring Cottage, near Hovingham
Phil met up with Karen who owns Spring Cottage and has provided lots of family-friendly extras to make life easier for families. The property has a great garden (which Phil can confirm still looked gorgeous in February) and the fire was on to keep things nice and toasty.