The Hay Bale - Romantic Retreat - Gorgeous Cottages Yorkshire

The Hay Bale

North York Moors, York Cottages (Hovingham)

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  • Welcome to The Hay Bale, a luxurious couples retreat tucked away in the Howardian Hills North of York.

    Welcome to The Hay Bale, a luxurious couples retreat tucked away in the Howardian Hills North of York.

  • Step inside to discover an elegant open plan interior

    Step inside to discover an elegant open plan interior

  • Curl up by the cosy wood burner each evening after a day exploring York.

    Curl up by the cosy wood burner each evening after a day exploring York.

  • Definitely time for a glass of red and some nibbles.

    Definitely time for a glass of red and some nibbles.

  • It's hard to beat the sights and sounds of a real fire.

    It's hard to beat the sights and sounds of a real fire.

  • Little touches like fresh flowers will make you feel welcome from the start.

    Little touches like fresh flowers will make you feel welcome from the start.

  • Cosy and comfortable in every way, including heated Travertine stone flooring.

    Cosy and comfortable in every way, including heated Travertine stone flooring.

  • Plenty of space to stretch out and relax...

    Plenty of space to stretch out and relax...

  • The cow hide footstool is the perfect spot to rest tired feet each night.

    The cow hide footstool is the perfect spot to rest tired feet each night.

  • Retreat into the Hay Bale each night and hide yourself away from the world.

    Retreat into the Hay Bale each night and hide yourself away from the world.

  • The bijou kitchen includes a hob and microwave

    The bijou kitchen includes a hob and microwave

  • Settle down for eats at the charming dining area

    Settle down for eats at the charming dining area

  • Enjoy a long lazy breakfast over the broadsheets...

    Enjoy a long lazy breakfast over the broadsheets...

  • No need to rush today!

    No need to rush today!

  • You'll arrive to a warm welcome at The Hay Bale.

    You'll arrive to a warm welcome at The Hay Bale.

  • Make your way upstairs to discover the stunning double height bedroom, complete with a super-king size bed.

    Make your way upstairs to discover the stunning double height bedroom, complete with a super-king size bed.

  • This gorgeous bed can also be configured as two singles if preferred

    This gorgeous bed can also be configured as two singles if preferred

  • The equally stunning en-suite bathroom, complete with a walk-in monsoon shower.

    The equally stunning en-suite bathroom, complete with a walk-in monsoon shower.

  • Enjoy and refresh in this bright comtemporary bathroom.

    Enjoy and refresh in this bright comtemporary bathroom.

  • Catch up on your favourite TV shows from the comfort of your bath!

    Catch up on your favourite TV shows from the comfort of your bath!

  • The handsome exterior of the Hay Bale.

    The handsome exterior of the Hay Bale.

  • Enjoy lunch al fresco in the warmer months. There's a courtyard and patio area all to yourselves.

    Enjoy lunch al fresco in the warmer months. There's a courtyard and patio area all to yourselves.

  • Take advantage of this stunning location and strike out with your wellies to explore!

    Take advantage of this stunning location and strike out with your wellies to explore!

  • The Hay Bale is set on a private gated farm just North of York.

    The Hay Bale is set on a private gated farm just North of York.

  • Pick up some local goodies at the nearby Deli in the village, or venture here for lunch.

    Pick up some local goodies at the nearby Deli in the village, or venture here for lunch.

  • Discover the stunning Castle Howard, just a short drive away.

    Discover the stunning Castle Howard, just a short drive away.

  • And no visit to this part of Yorkshire would be complete without exploring the fabulous City of York!

    And no visit to this part of Yorkshire would be complete without exploring the fabulous City of York!

  • The nearby Durham Ox at Crayke is just one of many excellent gastro pubs in the area.

    The nearby Durham Ox at Crayke is just one of many excellent gastro pubs in the area.

The Essentials

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Children Welcome
  • Pub Within 1 mile
  • Shop Within 1 mile
  • Internet Access
  • Off-road Parking
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly 1
  • BBQ
  • LCD TV
  • MP3 Docking Station
  • Travel Cot / High Chair
  • Cot

About The Hay Bale

This property is no longer available to book. Please take a look at our available Gorgeous Cottages here.

The Hay Bale is a luxurious one-bedroom bolthole tucked away among the Howardian Hills North of York. Subject to a complete refurbishment it's gorgeous interiors include a cosy wood-burner and wow-factor en suite bedroom. Just perfect for couples looking for a sophisticated escape to the country.

As the name suggests, The Hay Bale was once the storage barn for the hay used to feed the local cattle. It's been given a fabulous make-over since then, transforming it into a stunning rural retreat for two. This beautiful cottage is extremely well appointed with a grown-up mix of traditional and modern design. Inside you'll find a contemporary open plan space, home to the lounge, kitchen and dining area. Underfoot enjoy heated Travertine stone flooring keeping the room lovely and warm whatever the weather. The Hay Bale has been designed to be private and cosy, the perfect retreat to escape from it all.

At the heart of the living area is the cosy wood-burning stove; heavenly to return to a roaring fire after a day's walking in the North York Moors. Snuggle up on the large leather sofa, wrap yourself up in the soft throw and rest your feet on the cow-hide footstool. For your entertainment catch up on your favourite box set on the SMART TV. Wi-Fi and an MP3 docking station are also provided.

The bijou kitchen is immaculate with its solid wooden worktop and Burford grey units. There isn't a traditional oven but a clever use of the space has a microwave in the cupboard above. There's a fridge with an ice-box and you'll find the cupboards well stocked with all the usual utensils and crockery. A drop-leaf dining table sits beside the kitchen and is a pleasant spot for dining at any time of day.

Make your way up the bespoke oak and glass staircase (complete with built in lights) to discover a bedroom with serious wow-factor. This generous double height room features the original oak beams overhead. A fabulous super-king size French bed sits at the centre of the room dressed in the finest cotton bed linen. This bed can also be configured as 2 singles if preferred.

The en suite bathroom is equally impressive boasting a bath with a TV in the wall and a large walk in monsoon shower. Sink into some bubbles and watch your favourite show at the same time! With its sleek tiled floor, infinity mirror and mood lighting it feels like a 5 Star hotel in here.

There are sound proofed interconnecting doors leading to hallway and stairs landing between The Hay Bale and the adjacent property. The doors are fully secure and locked at all times.

Outside the Hay Bale has a private gravelled courtyard and patio complete with a table and chairs. In the summer months settle down to lunch al fresco in the sheltered courtyard and indulge with a glass or wine or two in the sun. Private off-road parking is also available.

Babes-in-arms are welcome at this cottage. A travel cot and high-chair can be provided. Please note the owners have two very friendly black labradors.

One small dog is allowed at The Hay Bale.

Local Area

The Hay Bale is set in open countryside just outside the charming village of Sheriff Hutton, around 10 miles North of York.  The village itself is 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 here called Quarmby's.

Perfectly positioned to visit the very best of North Yorkshire, The Hay Bale sits in an area called the Hambleton Hills.  Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1987, this land of lush pastures and woodlands plays host to grand country houses, atmospheric ruins and handsome market towns.

There are some lovely walks nearby - you'll find several guides prepared for you at the cottage.  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! 

You're also close to Castle Howard, York and the Yorkshire coast, so lots of choice for day trips. 

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