Welcome to Toby's Cottage, a beautiful Grade II listed sandstone cottage set in a picture-postcard village just 30 minutes from York. With its chocolate-box good looks, cosy elegant interiors and an excellent foodie pub just across the road, this might just be country cottage heaven.
Dating back to the 17th Century, Toby's Cottage is one of the oldest buildings in the village. It's bursting with character and charm at every turn, starting with its handsome double-fronted exterior. Step inside to discover a delightful and welcoming cottage with the perfect mix of traditional and contemporary style.
At the heart of the home is the generous living room with its warm oak floorboards underfoot and exposed oak beam overhead. An open fire keeps you nice and toasty while you curl up with a glass of wine with your loved ones. For your evening entertainment there's a TV & DVD player and a Bluetooth speaker if you want to provide your own background music. Wi-Fi is also included.
On the opposite side of the house is an additional living room / snug with a second TV – perfect if you have kids or teenagers as everyone can enjoy their own space. If you need extra accommodation the day bed in here can sleep up to 2 additional people if required, so in total the cottage sleeps up to 8.
At the rear of the cottage you'll find a refurbished kitchen which continues the blend of old and new. A cosy AGA and brick floor tiles provide the warmth and character whilst all the usual mod cons are provided for you including a dishwasher and electric oven. A traditional pantry next door is houses a fridge freezer and a washing machine and dryer are available in a boot room across the courtyard.
Just along the generous hallway is the atmospheric dining room. Original period features include exposed beams overhead, painted brick walls and a charming stone window seat looking out across the garden. The house was once thought to be the village bakery, and the arched wall in this room was at one time part of an original bread oven. Gather around the farmhouse table for dinner and a bottle or two of something lovely, catching up long into the night…
You'll find 3 bedrooms upstairs, the first of which is accessed via a staircase from the snug room. Set to the rear of the property this room comes complete with a double bed. At the opposite side of the house (accessed via a second staircase) is the spacious master bedroom featuring a king-size bed. And next door the final twin bedroom. We love the quirky shaped walls up here reminding you of the history in this building.
The family bathroom is also upstairs. There's a bath to sink into each evening and a shower overhead. The tile-style flooring provides a dash of dramatic colour. A second shower room is located downstairs off the snug room – you'll find a beautiful large walk-in shower to enjoy here.
There is much to enjoy outside this gorgeous holiday cottage too with its large enclosed lawned cottage garden to the front, perfect for throwing out a picnic blanket while the little ones run around. And to the rear a lovely enclosed private courtyard, the perfect suntrap and just the place for lunch al fresco in the summer months. Patio furniture is provided for you.
Toby's Cottage is set in a picture-postcard village on the cusp of the North York Moors, half an hour North of York. There's a gorgeous foodie pub just across the road and the village is also home to a baker and small local stores.
The village nestles in the rolling Howardian Hills on the western reaches of the 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.
Nearby there's an award-winning Lavender farm, with its deer and sculpture park, tearoom and gift shop it's a great day out for all ages.
There are lots of other lovely villages to explore nearby. Sheriff Hutton is just a few miles away, 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/Caf? here called Quarmby's. In the opposite direction you'll find the gorgeous village of Hovingham again just a few miles away, a real picture postcard North York Moors village with chocolate box sandstone cottages, a tea-room and a couple of pubs to choose from.
Stunning Castle Howard is less than 10 minutes' drive away and a must during your visit to this area. This stunning stately home and gardens is a pleasure to walk around, and there's a lovely lakeside caf? to enjoy too. On your way home pop into the outstanding farm shop and deli here to stock up on the finest local produce.
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! And in the opposite direction foodie Malton is another market town worth a stop.
You're also close to York and the Yorkshire coast, so lots of choice for day trips.