- Lovely cottage, fantastic views and the owner Emma is brilliant.
Published on: 11 February 2019
Welcome to Chequers, a stunning 2-bedroom stone cottage nestled on the cusp of the North York Moors. Dating back over 400 years, this beautiful and historic property has been completely refurbished to offer the very best in self-catering accommodation. And surrounding you on all sides are heather-clad hills and breath-taking Yorkshire countryside - just heavenly!
In a former life, Chequers was once a Drovers inn; the wide stretches of turf here provided a good overnight stopping place or 'stance' for the drover's cattle on their way down from Scotland. The history and character of the building remain in abundance, with all of today's modern comforts thrown in.
Step inside to discover a handsome reception hallway with Yorkshire flagstones underfoot. Plenty of space to hang up coats and store muddy walking boots after a hike across the moors. With a cosy sofa and easy chair by the window it's a nice spot to snuggle away for the afternoon with a good book.
To the left of the entrance hall is the generous kitchen / diner which boasts uninterrupted views from every window. The gorgeous kitchen features dark grey units, solid oak work-tops, and a Belfast sink. The natural spring water running through the taps is a nice surprise. You'll find all mod cons in here including an induction hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and a Stoves range cooker. There's also a coffee machine for that morning cuppa and a gas stove in the inglenook fireplace keeps everything nice and toasty.
There's a dining table set in the kitchen, perfect for those lazy holiday breakfasts where you can take your time over the morning papers. And for those more formal evening meals, there's a further beautiful dining area within the main living area.
This area is also home to the lounge where the star of the show is a gorgeous wood and brick inglenook fireplace. Complete with a large wood-burning stove this really feels like the heart of the home, where you can settle down for the evening by the glow of a real fire. Catch up over a glass or two or enjoy a movie night on the 42" SMART TV.
Both bedrooms in Chequers are on the first floor and feature luxurious king-size sleigh beds. Both rooms also enjoy en suite shower rooms with top quality Stoves sanitary wear and complimentary Temple Spa toiletries. The perfect rooms to retreat to after a long day's sight-seeing. And the views when you wake each morning are the ultimate inspiration for the next day's adventures.
Outside you'll find a very pleasant gravelled seating area which takes full advantage of the stunning scenery. Settle down to lunch here in the summer months, or enjoy an atmospheric sundowner as the heather lights up in the evening sun. An old chequers board on the wall of the cottage reminds you of the history and character of this wonderful Yorkshire cottage.
Chequers is set high up in a beautiful spot in the western reaches of the North York 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.
The views from here are simply stunning, and there are walks and cycle routes in every direction. You very close to the famous Cleveland Way as well as many more well-known and picturesque moorland walks, some of which lead all the way to the sea.
Although the cottage has a magnificent and uninterrupted position in the moors, it is also just a few miles from the vibrant little village of Osmotherley. Well known as a starting point for walkers and cyclists, this gorgeous little place is real picture-postcard stuff. It also offers excellent facilities including 3 pubs (of which 2 are fantastic gastro pubs), a cafe, village stores and a fish 'n chip shop.
If you're a bit of a foodie, this part of Yorkshire is packed with fantastic gastro-pubs, restaurants and delis. This includes The Black Swan at Oldstead which was named 'Best Restaurant in the World 2017' by TripAdvisor!
The beautiful market town of Helmsley is within easy driving distance and is well worth a visit. If you fancy a little pampering you'll find the Verbena Spa here; perfect for a little me time indulgence! There are also a host of charming independent shops as well as lots of options for eats, including a Michelin-starred restaurant.
The cottage is just a few miles away from the pretty market town of Northallerton where handsome Georgian houses line the long main street. The wonderful Betty's Tearooms is here as is a fantastic local deli, Lewis & Cooper's Food Emporium and of course the quintessentially Yorkshire department store of Barkers.
You're also close to Castle Howard, York and the North Yorkshire coast, so lots of choice for day trips.