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Secret View

Hovingham, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
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At a glance

  • A charming holiday cottage set within beautiful rural surroundings
  • Perfect for a couple looking for a quiet country bolthole
  • Visit Yorkshire Lavender and Castle Howard
  • Ideal for exploring the Howardian Hills
  • Explore towns and villages including Helmsley, Malton and Hovingham
  • Just a short drive from the historic city of York
Property code: G0124

Situated in an elevated position in a picturesque village in the beautiful Howardian Hills, this lovely property is perfect for a couple looking to explore the glorious North Yorkshire countryside.

This cosy cottage is perfect for small families or couples and their canine companions seeking a comfortable base in the Howardian Hills. Sniff out relaxing walks through the picturesque village and along peaceful country lanes. Stroll along the unspoilt moors and through tranquil woodland as you discover this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Explore the historic village of Hovingham (3.5 miles) with its bustling market and dog-friendly cafes and pubs, or visit the ancient village of Sheriff Hutton (3 miles) with its ruined castle and medieval church.

Your pretty stone cottage has a homely and welcoming feel, decorated in warm shades with colourful soft furnishings. The open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner is a cosy space where your pup is never far from your sight. Prepare delicious dinners in the well-equipped kitchen area to share at the centrally positioned dining table. After a day of exploration, curl up in one of the comfortable chairs for an evening watching your favourite TV programmes while your hound snores at your feet. When it’s time for bed, head upstairs where you will find the two pretty bedrooms, a double and a single, both with stunning views. There is also a shower room. Outside, relax in the small courtyard patio.

Enjoy rural walks straight from the doorstep, through the lush pastures and extensive woodlands of the Howardian Hills. Take the lead with a visit to Castle Howard (5 miles) for leisurely walks through the extensive grounds, stopping at the farm shop where the butcher will provide you with a bone, and at the cafe where doggy ice cream is served. Further afield, explore the quaint streets of York (13.5 miles) where you can walk along the River Ouse, wander through one of the city’s parks, and dine in one of the many dog-friendly cafes and pubs.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 single
  • 1 shower room with walk-in shower and WC
  • Dishwasher, fridge, oven
  • Washing machine and freezer
  • TV, DVD
  • Courtyard patio with furniture
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Wi-fi included
  • Welcome pack included
  • Cot and stairgate available
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pub and shop within 1 mile
  • York 13.5 miles

The cottage is set within a small hamlet on the brow of a hill around 14.5 miles north of York. Its surrounded by stunning views and attractive villages, with an abundance of walks right from the doorstep. You'll find some recommended routes prepared for you in the cottage.

Perfectly positioned to visit the very best of North Yorkshire, the cottage sits in an area called the Howardian 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.

The nearest village is Terrington, a pretty little place where you'll find a sleepy main street lined with charming cottages, a church and a shop/cafe. The village is under a 5-minute walk from the cottage. Nearby, there's an award-winning Lavender farm and with its deer and sculpture park, tearoom and gift shop it's a great day out for all ages.

The village of Sheriff Hutton is 4 miles away, a charming place very typical of this area of Yorkshire. You'll find two pubs, the local store, an excellent wine shop and an upmarket deli/cafe. In the opposite direction, you'll find the village of Hovingham, again just 4 miles away, a real picture-postcard North York Moors village with chocolate-box sandstone cottages, a tearoom and a couple of pubs to choose from.

Stunning Castle Howard is 4 miles away and a must during your visit to this area. This stunning stately home and gardens are a pleasure to walk around, and there's a lovely lakeside cafe to enjoy too. On your way home, pop into the farm shop and deli here to stock up on the finest local produce.

The beautiful market town of Helmsley (12 miles) is well worth a visit. If you fancy a little pampering, you'll find the Verbena Spa here, and in the opposite direction, foodie Malton (9 miles) is another market town to explore. You're also close to the Yorkshire coast, so lots of choice for day trips.

This property is personally managed by Melanie.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Karen 20th December 2019

This is and excellent base to enjoy the most fantastic countryside. The cottage itself is compact and cosy and the kitchen is very well equipped.

Reviewed by Peter 3rd September 2019

Very comfortable cottage for up to 3 people. We took 2 Labrador dogs and there was still reasonable room. Cooking facilities were excellent. (For info: the walk just up the road starting opposite "the gatehouse" to Dalby we found was extremely overgrown though we managed to fight through. That, of course, is not the responsibility of the holiday coRead morempany or cottage owner.) Hide

Reviewed by Peter 12th July 2019

Great location, comfortable and convenient. High-end kitchen equipment and all in good order.

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