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The Flying Scotsman, Goathland, North York Moors
The Flying Scotsman, Goathland, North York Moors

Self-catering holiday cottages in the North York Moors

A stunning ancient area, boasting one of the largest heather moorlands in the UK, this beautiful National Park is a perfect spot for rest and relaxation. As well as the vast and scenic moors, there is a spectacular coastline that stretches some 26 miles, plenty of wildlife-filled woodlands and a fascinating history to learn about. Add to this, the famous friendliness of the Yorkshire folk and you have a superb holiday destination. Read more

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54.323364, -0.792029

Stay in luxury at The Hayloft at Flamborough Rigg. Awarded 5 Gold Stars for its consistently high standards, the stone cottage near Pickering in the North York Moors National Park sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is popular with couples and families visiting the area. You can see Cropton Forest from the cottage and garden, and with Dalby Forest also nearby there are an excellent variety of footpaths and cycling trails to enjoy. The Hayloft at Flamborough Rigg is also within easy reach of the Yorkshire Coast, including Whitby and Sandsend. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£625 to £750
Short breaks from £98 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 5 Star Gold

54.536492, -1.050243

This pretty holiday cottage is steps from independent shops, cafes and pubs, yet still feels wonderfully peaceful. Priory Cottage is in the lovely market town of Guisborough at the top end of the North York Moors, with excellent access to fantastic walking and mountain biking. It sleeps up to five people in two bedrooms and is well suited to couples or families. Staithes and the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast is less than half an hour's drive, and there is a lot to see and do no matter what time of the year you stay.

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £980
Short breaks from £80 per night

5  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.423159, -1.254778

A charming holiday cottage close to the village of Swainby with glorious views across lovely open countryside, providing the ideal place for a relaxing holiday in North Yorkshire. Sitting on the edge of the North York Moors, Lyke Wake Cottage is perfect for walkers and cyclists with many superb walks locally including the Cleveland Way and National Cycle Route 65 easily accessible.

Weekly guide price:
£330 to £530

5  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   No

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.398874, -0.711843

An ideal retreat for couples or small families (one child under ten welcome) nestling within the grounds of the owner's larger cottage in the pretty traditional Moorland village of Goathland with pub, village store, fabulous walks and access to the North York famous Steam Railway. Sitting in the heart of the National Park, the Heritage Coast, Dalby Forest and the City of York are all within driving distance.

Weekly guide price:
£325 to £545

2+1  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.300525, -0.952652

A characterful stone holiday cottage in the little village of Gillamoor in the North York Moors close to picturesque Hutton le Hole - ideal for walkers, cyclists and tourists wanting to explore the area and available for a short break or holiday all year round. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£350 to £790

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

54.298537, -0.722598

Just for two, this studio-style retreat is a good choice for those who want to spend their days exploring the North Yorkshire Moors stunning landscape and return back to a comfy base to rest of an evening. Ashfield Cottages offer a choice of holiday homes with the Garden Room being the smallest. Sitting in the village of Lockton, the cottages are close to Dalby Forest and Pickering, have superb walking on the doorstep and are within easy driving distance of the coastline for visiting Filey, Whitby and Scarborough to name just a few of the popular places.

Weekly guide price:
£490 to £525
Short breaks from £75 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

54.298537, -0.722598

Ideally located close to Dalby Forest and Pickering, this attractive ground floor holiday home sleeps two guests and sits in the Yorkshire village of Lockton within the North York Moors National Park. The village has Tea Rooms for delicious refreshments and there are two pubs within a mile for a meal out. Great for those who enjoy walking and outdoor adventures as well as a base for exploring the National Park and the nearby coastline with Filey, Whitby and Scarborough all within easy driving distance.

Weekly guide price:
£455 to £700

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.298537, -0.722598

Cottage Three is perfect for couples who want to holiday in the North York Moors. Well located close to Dalby Forest (home to Go Ape and great mountain bike trails) and the Market town of Pickering, the surrounding area offers great walking and an abundance of attractions with the Moors on the doorstep and Yorkshire's stunning coastline within easy driving distance for day trips to popular seaside resorts like Whitby and Scarborough. The cottage is one of three located in the village of Lockton with tea rooms and two pubs within a mile.

Weekly guide price:
£455 to £700

2  |   2  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

The Stables Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 30th Oct 2021 for 7 nights, £695Save £100"SAT 30th OCT £695wk or 3 nights £390 more nights available slps 5 & 2 en-suite bathrooms beds as kingsize or twins IDEAL FOR COUPLES & FAMILY BOOK ON OUR WEBSITE"
54.210761, -0.591949

Located in a peaceful position just outside of the village of Snainton close to the edge of the North York Moors, The Stables Cottage offers a luxurious place to stay while discovering the many delights of the Moors. There is space for five guests to sleep in two bedrooms (both with en-suite bathrooms), so the cottage is a favourite with couples as well as families who enjoy being close to beautiful countryside and friendly towns including Pickering, Helmsley, Scarborough and Whitby.

Weekly guide price:
£595 to £1025
Short breaks from £130 per night

5  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Granary Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 30th Oct 2021 for 3 nights, £390Save £30"SAT 30th SEPT 2 nights £350 3 nights £383 more nights available, NOV 15th 3 nights £383, NOV 28th or 29th 3 nights £383 slps 4 & 1 dog ALL GROUND FLOOR BOOK ON OUR OWN WEBSITE & SEE REVIEWS"
54.210761, -0.591949

This welcoming holiday cottages sits in the ground of a 100-year old granary, offering a high standard of accommodation for up to four guests in two bedrooms. Granary Cottage offers ground floor accommodation and sits on the edge of the North York Moors within easy reach of popular destinations including Malton, Scarborough, Pickering, Whitby and York. Picture yourself in the summer, enjoying an evening glass of wine as you gaze across countryside views towards the North York Moors, or in winter, relaxing in a cosy sitting room with a proper open fire. Just outside of the village of Snainton and within walking distance of a pub, Granary Cottage is a favourite all year round.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £995
Short breaks from £115 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.075050, -1.106385

Pear Tree House is perfectly located between York and the Howardian Hills AONB, with easy access to some of the North York Moors favourite footpaths, sights and attractions. It's a spacious holiday home dating back to the 1800s, which the owners have beautifully restored and updated to provide accommodation for six people in three bedrooms. The friendly Rose & Crown pub in Sutton-on-the-Forest is a short walk from the door, and you're only 20 minutes from the centre of York. It's a wonderfully welcoming holiday home for families, including those with well-behaved dogs. 

Weekly guide price:
£700 to £1350

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.204394, -1.256653

Wren Cottage is a charming holiday retreat in Little Thirkleby on the edge of the North York Moors. It's a few miles from the welcoming market town of Thirsk and the White Horse of Kilburn. Guests enjoy fantastic onsite amenities that include a heated indoor swimming pool, spa and sauna, an all-weather tennis court, and extensive grounds. The cottage is dog-friendly and sleeps two people in one spacious kingsize bedroom. Wren is one of a collection of eight superb Old Oak Cottages and can be booked with others to accommodate groups of friends or extended families.  Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£407 to £517
Short breaks from £113 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star Gold

54.204394, -1.256653

Guests at Squirrel Cottage enjoy a high standard of comfort, beautiful views, and fantastic amenities that include a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, and an all-weather tennis court. The first-floor self-catering apartment has a private entrance at ground level and sleeps four people in two bedrooms. It's perfect for couples, families or friends. Squirrel Cottage is one of a collection of eight luxury properties at Old Oak Cottages, each providing 4-or-5-Star Gold standard accommodation close to the North York Moors. The cottages can be booked together to accommodate extended families and groups of friends.  Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£561 to £1056
Short breaks from £146 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star Gold

54.204394, -1.256653

Badger Cottage is a beautiful self-catering property on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, close to Thirsk and within easy reach of favourite attractions and landmarks. It is one of eight superb properties at Old Oak Cottages, providing 5-Star Gold standard accommodation for six people in three bedrooms. The cottage has a private garden and a flexible layout that suits families, multi-generational families, and friends. Guests have use of excellent onsite amenities that include an indoor swimming pool, an all-weather tennis court, and extensive grounds.  Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£876 to £1668
Short breaks from £206 per night

6-8  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 5 Star Gold

54.224749, -1.048346

Enjoy the beauty of the North York Moors National Park from the comfort of Ryedale Cottage. The pretty stone cottage is one of four at Sproxton Hall Cottages in Sproxton, just two miles from Helmsley. There is space for four guests to sleep in two bedrooms, making it perfect for couples and families who want a peaceful location that is close to some of the region's favourite attractions such as Helmsley Castle, Pickering, Castle Howard, York, Whitby and Scarborough.

Weekly guide price:
£495 to £850
Short breaks from £110 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

54.224749, -1.048346

Arriving at Bilsdale Cottage is a heart-warming experience. The pretty stone cottage, which is one of four at Sproxton Hall, is set back from a private road in a quiet hamlet, only two miles south of the friendly market town of Helmsley. Guests can wake up to beautiful views of the Howardian Hills AONB and the North York Moors National Park, knowing that their day is full of spectacular scenery and memorable experiences which could even include walking around the ancient city walls of York or strolling by the seaside at Whitby or Scarborough. With space to sleep four people in two bedrooms, Bilsdale Cottage is ideal for families and couples.

Weekly guide price:
£495 to £850
Short breaks from £110 per night

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

54.230490, -1.005716

Set back from a quiet road in the peaceful village of Harome, Overdale Cottage is close to the border of the North York Moors National Park and within easy reach of Helmsley, Pickering and York. The pet-friendly cottage has recently been refurbished to offer very comfortable accommodation for couples and families. There is space for four people to stay in two bedrooms, and pets are welcome. The cottage has lovely views of the surrounding countryside and is close to fantastic walks and cycle trails. There are even two excellent pubs within walking distance - the Star Inn and the Michelin-starred Pheasant, or stay in for dinner and enjoy a glass of wine in front of the open fire.

Weekly guide price:
£295 to £599

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.344212, -1.115560

Spacious and full of character, this welcoming holiday retreat for two sits on a hill farm in the North York Moors National Park. Low Crossett Cottage offers the opportunity of peace and tranquility, lovely walks, spectacular views and a comfy base for exploring the areas many attractions.

Weekly guide price:
£485 to £795

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.298305, -0.705727

Lock Cottage is in a quiet village location with superb walks and bike rides from the door. The family-friendly holiday cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms and features a snug/games room to delight the kids. It's in Lockton village, six miles from Pickering and half an hour from Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay and the Yorkshire Heritage Coast. You have access to many attractions that range from ancient castles to modern aquariums and high-ropes courses, fantastic mountain bike trails and scenic walks ending at friendly country pubs. Holidays are available all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £850
Short breaks from £78 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

54.487611, -0.612830

Stay in the beating heart of Whitby's Old Town in this fantastic self-catering loft apartment. The top floor property is in a quiet courtyard within walking distance of shops, cafes and pubs, with views over the rooftops towards the harbour. There is space for up to four people to sleep in two lovely ensuite bedrooms, and the loft is a favourite with couples and friends as it is with families that have older children. The North York Moors National Park is nearby, as are Robin's Hood Bay, Staithes and Runswick Bay.

Weekly guide price:
£635 to £845
Short breaks from £91 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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Popular towns in and around The North York Moors:

Hutton-le-HolePickeringStaithesWhitbyYork

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The North York Moors National Park

One of the most striking features of the North York Moors is the dramatically contrasting landscape, from coastline and cliffs to sweeping valleys and lush forests. As a result, the area is a haven for wildlife with plenty of good spotting opportunities.

There are a number of ways in which to explore the lush valleys, pretty villages, wild moorland and rugged coastline. Choose to ride or cycle through the heather-clad moors and quiet lanes, or enjoy miles of wonderful walking from a gentle stroll to the Cleveland Way long distance path. For those who prefer the water, there is plenty of kayaking and canoeing to be done. Another popular way to experience the area that must be on the 'to-do' list is by steam engine. The wonderfully preserved North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a fascinating step back in time and provides the perfect way to hop between the idyllic villages whilst taking in the stunning scenery enroute.

When you're ready to rest after a day of exploration and sightseeing, you can choose from one of the many quaint country pubs or Yorkshire breweries, like the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham. Here you can take a guided tour and learn about the traditional brewing process.

A wonderfully tranquil destination to get away from the rat race, the North York Moors is a superb example of England at its best - both now and how it used to be. Find out more about things to do in the North York Moors.