Welcome to Moat Hall Cottage, a cosy and romantic bolthole tucked away in a pretty little village just North of York. Enjoy the best of both worlds with an idyllic rural setting but the cosmopolitan delights of this medieval city just 20 minutes away. And in the other direction, discover the cosmopolitan delights of Harrogate, again just a hop, skip and a jump away! The perfect country escape for couples and small families who like to keep one foot on urban ground.
Looking across to the village church in a lovely private setting, Moat Hall Cottage boasts a handsome exterior with smart red brick and white sash windows. It's just the place to squirrel yourself away for a few days with those you love best. Step inside to discover delightful, bright interiors with surprisingly spacious accommodation.
Downstairs there's a small hallway home to a handy downstairs cloakroom. Make your way on through, with deliciously soft cream carpet underfoot, to discover the living room. At its heart is a cosy open fire set within a feature exposed brick fireplace. Grab a good book and take your pick from two comfy white sofas to curl up on for the afternoon.
If you enjoy settling down to a firelit movie you'll find a flat screen TV complete with Freeview and integrated DVD player. Wi-Fi is also provided if you need to catch up online. The room has a bright and peaceful feel about it with natural light from two sash windows and accents of white and cream throughout.
The kitchen / diner is set on the right of the entrance hall, a large room with lots of space to enjoy. The kitchen includes an oven and hob, dishwasher and integrated fridge with icebox. There's a generous shabby chic dining table sat by the window, the perfect spot to spread out the morning papers for a long lazy breakfast.
Both bedrooms are set upstairs on the first floor, and are again of good proportions. The master bedroom is bathed in light from a large velux window and features a king-size bed to retreat to each evening. Dressed in crisp white cotton bedding with a luxurious throw and cushions it's an inviting and comfortable bed.
The second bedroom is set directly across, this time there's a super-king size bed which can also be configured as two singles if requested. Plenty of room for everyone to enjoy their own space.
Please contact the owner directly to confirm how you would like the beds to be configured if different from standard set up.
The family bathroom is also upstairs. Continuing with the bright feel this immaculate bathroom has glazed white brick-style tiles and a bath with shower overhead. Indulge with a long hot soak after a day's shopping in York.
Outside you'll discover gravelled and paved areas which wrap around the private exterior of the property. A patio table and chairs are provided so you can take advantage of those lovely views across to the church. There's ample off road parking available for up to two cars.
Moat Hall Cottage is set in Little Ouseburn, a sleepy little hamlet just 20 minutes from central York. There's a village pub within walking distance and the neighbouring village of Great Ouseburn has a Post Office and village shop. This area of the North York Moors is known as the Howardian Hills. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1987, the lush pastures and woodlands of the southern Moors play host to grand country houses, atmospheric ruins and handsome market towns. The landscape is particularly well suited to cyclists and walkers.
Take the short drive into York to explore this gem of a medieval city. Walk the historic walls, take a boat trip along the river, indulge in a fat rascal at Betty's Tearooms. And if you have time, have a wander around its many independent shops and boutiques. And in the opposite direction the Victorian Spa town of Harrogate is also within easy reach. Take a turn around the antique shops in the Montpellier Quarter, stop for lunch at The Orchid, and mooch about the stunning gardens at RHS Harlow Carr. The fantastic family-attraction Stockheld Park is also just a few miles away.
Castle Howard is an absolute must during your stay at Moat Hall Cottage. The wonderful series Brideshead Revisited, and now lavish film production, was filmed on location here. This quintessentially English tale of forbidden love and loss of innocence set pre WW11 has the perfect backdrop in this magnificent house and gardens. And when you have soaked in all this glamour make a stop at the fantastic farm shop on the way home to pick up the finest Yorkshire produce for dinner.
The handsome town of Malton is just a few miles away featuring a traditional market square and lots of cafes, pubs and restaurants. If you feel like something really special James Martin's fine-dining restaurant at The Talbot Hotel is also here. A few miles further takes you to the town of Pickering. You can catch a steam train from here taking you all the way to Whitby via some picture-postcard villages and stunning scenery. Pickering itself makes for a nice afternoon's mosey with its pretty houses, shops and tea-rooms.
The beautiful market town of Helmsley is also close by and is well worth a visit. If you fancy a little pampering you'll find a fantastic day Spa here; the Verbena Spa. Perfect for a little me time indulgence! There is a theme park and zoo at Flamingoland just a few miles away and Eden Camp, a fascinating modern history museum, is within easy driving distance to the cottage. And with the North York Moors and Yorkshire Coast all within close reach there are countless options for day trips.
Lastly, if you're a bit of a foodie, there are several fantastic places near Moat Hall Cottage to try, in fact two restaurants with Michelin stars within half an hour's drive. And York / Harrogate are brimming with excellent eateries at every turn.