- Wonderful cottage in charming village. A great place to see North Yorkshire and the surrounding area. Owner Alison could not have been more helpful. We had a fantastic break.
Published on: 19 July 2017
Welcome to The Old Cottage, a lovely Grade II listed cottage set in a pretty village in the Yorkshire Wolds. With heaps of period charm, a cosy wood-burner and a beautiful enclosed garden, this is a gorgeous little holiday home just perfect for couples.
Dating back to the 1700s, The Old Cottage is bursting with traditional character. The interior is a delightful mix of quirky vintage chic and warm homely touches. Step inside to discover a spacious entrance hall which is also home to the dining table. This handsome room has a lovely period feel with Yorkshire stone flagstones underfoot, a church pew and a GUINNESS sign hanging on the chimney breast. The elegant drop-leaf painted dining table and chairs offer a peaceful spot to settle down to lunch.
To the left is the cosy living room with its exposed brick fireplace, painted beams overhead and sash window to the front. A cast iron wood-burning stove keeps everything nice and toasty and there's a large comfy sofa to curl up on beside the fire. There are lots of modern comforts too, a large SMART TV with Freeview and Netflix provides evening entertainment and Wi-Fi is available if you need to catch up online.
The galley-style kitchen is set at the rear of the cottage through the entrance hall. It has that same traditional charm as the rest of the cottage, with a Belfast sink and overhead rack for pots and pans. There's also a gas hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine provided, as well as a fridge with an ice-box drawer, essential for those afternoon G & Ts in the garden! A DAB radio provides the soundtrack.
The bathroom is also on ground level and has a quirky vintage feel. There's a beautiful Victorian porcelain bath to sink into each evening, and a shower attachment and curtain gives you the option for a shower too.
Make your way up the stairs via the living room to find a bright and spacious landing area home to a white day bed. Grab a good book and escape up here for the afternoon. This day bed will convert into a trundle bed sleeping two additional people quite comfortably if required. This room flows straight into the main bedroom just next door, another light and cheerful room with white panelled ceilings and traditional pine furniture.
Outside you'll find discover a delightful enclosed rear garden which has a secret, magical feel with little nooks and crannies to explore. Take a seat in the sun and delve into a glossy magazine, glass of bubbly optional! A Gas BBQ is provided for those balmy summer evenings. A shed provides dry bike storage too if you want to explore the Wolds on two wheels.
The Old Cottage is set in the village of Nafferton, a peaceful little place in the Yorkshire Wolds around 30 minutes from York. The cottage is set street-side in the heart of the village making the facilities easily accessible. The local shop is right next door, and there are several pubs serving food within easy walking distance. The houses in the village are set around a large duck pond so you can enjoy going to feed them every morning.
If you have children with you, there is a play park less than 5 mins walk from the cottage. The village also holds lots of great community events through the year, supporting local causes. These range from a village annual Easter egg hunt to the village scarecrow competition in July, something for everybody if people wish to join in. Most of these events centre around the village hall which is directly opposite the cottage. Nafferton also has its own train station which is great for visiting all the great places nearby and along the coast and has a regular bus route too.
Nafferton is an ideal base from which to explore all that this area has to offer. Still a relatively quiet location in terms of tourism, the Yorkshire Wolds are a range of beautiful low rolling hills rising from the river Humber and sweeping along to the stunning cliffs at Flamborough Head, peppered with countless pretty villages and towns. A favourite with David Hockney, it inspired many of his greatest works including 'Bigger Trees Near Warter in 2007' - his largest ever work.
The gentle nature of the countryside here makes it an excellent location for walking and cycling.
This area is home to many historical homes and religious sites, as well as one of Yorkshire's largest lavender gardens. The Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors are also all within easy driving distance from here and make for a great day trip. And for a real taste of market town life tootle along to Pocklington, a pretty little Yorkshire Wolds market town less than a 20 minutes' drive away.
The beautiful city of Beverley is also just 20 minutes drive from the cottage. Explore the stunning Beverley Minster before indulging in a spot of shopping around its lively cobbled squares. Finish off with a drink in Nellies, a traditional Yorkshire pub where time has stood still for decades.
York is a must whilst you're here. You can be there in just over half an hour exploring its crooked cobbled streets, charming shops and excellent restaurants. And don't miss popping into Bettys Tearooms for a buttery Fat Rascal!
Nearby Hull is also the 2017 UK City of Culture and offers much to the discerning visitor in terms of the Arts and other attractions. The North York Moors and Yorkshire Coast are all within easy reach too, so lots of choice for day trips!