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7 Nights  

  • £876  to  £1668

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Short Breaks From

  • £206 p/night
    2 night min. (off peak only)

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    4 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    7 (peak)
    2 (off peak)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    No Dogs

  • Access


  • Star Rating

    5 Star

  • Swimming Pool

About Badger

Badger is part of an exclusive collection of luxurious self-catering cottages offered by Old Oak Cottages. Onsite amenities include a heated indoor swimming pool, spa bath and sauna next to an all-weather tennis court. There are 400 acres of grounds with walking trails, picnic spots, a duck pond and a playground.

Tucked away in a glorious rural location on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, Badger provides 5* Gold standard accommodation for six people in three bedrooms and is ideal for families. It is next to a one-bedroom suite (no interconnecting door) with a kingsize bedroom, sitting room and kitchen - an optional extra that is ideal for multi-generational family holidays with the grandparents. The cottage is close to Little Thirkleby with stunning views towards the famous White Horse of Kilburn. Badger Cottage can be booked together with other properties on-site to accommodate groups of friends or extended families.

The quiet hamlet of Little Thirkleby is next to the Hambleton Hills. It feels a million miles away from stressful daily life, allowing visitors a sense of peace and escape. Despite its quiet, rural charm, the village is extremely convenient for fantastic walks, sights and attractions around the North York Moors, with excellent road links making it easy to explore far and wide. The cottage is only five miles from Thirsk, a lively market town with great amenities that include places to eat, drink and shop. One of the most recognisable landmarks is the enormous White Horse, cut into the chalk on a hillside in 1857, measuring 314 feet by 228 feet. There's a three-mile footpath around the horse from the Sutton Bank National Centre. The cycling routes are as good as the footpaths and bridleways with plenty of hill for cyclists who like a challenge. Golf and pony trekking are also popular.

Local attractions include The Forbidden Corner, Lightwater Valley Theme Park, the National Bird of Prey Centre, and Go Ape. Castle Howard is half an hour's drive from the cottage, with other stately homes and historic sites including Nunnington Hall, Rievalux Abbey, Harlow Carr Gardens, and The Lavender Gardens. York is less than 45-minutes away, with lots to see and do. The fantastic location of Badger Cottage means that you can combine all of your favourite things into one amazing holiday at any time of the year.

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Owner details:

Amanda Tattersall joined Independent Cottages in February 2021

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Amenities / Facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Luxury
  • Off-Road Parking
  • Cot
  • Pub Nearby
  • Bike Storage
  • Tennis Onsite
  • Golf Nearby
  • Kingsize +
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • DVD Player
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Dish washer
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Family Activity

Location (The North York Moors)

Accommodation Comprises:

Badger Cottage has an M1 accessibility grading and the owner can provide portable equipment to help visitors with limited mobility. Accommodation is over two levels.


  • Welcoming entrance hall with space for shoes and coats, and a bespoke oak staircase handcrafted by Wren Furniture Makers of Thirlby.
  • Open-plan living/dining room with under-floor heated solid oak floors and glass doors that open onto the terrace and private garden. The seating area has two sofas and an armchair, and a Smart TV with Freeview channels. The cottage has WiFi throughout. The oak dining table seats six people.
  • Lovely kitchen with lots of cupboards and plenty of space to store food and prepare meals. Appliances include a dishwasher.
  • Utility room with a washing machine, tumble dryer, and a freezer for extra storage.
  • Shower room with a shower, WC and a handbasin.


  • Master bedroom suite with a king-sized bed, a high ceiling with skylights, a sofa and an armchair plus TV. The ensuite has a shower, WC and a handbasin.
  • Double/twin bedroom with zip link beds that can be either a double bed or two single beds. Please let the owner know your preference when booking.
  • Twin bedroom with two full-sized single beds. All of the bedrooms have space for a cot, which can be provided on request. Family bathroom with a shower, bath, WC and a handbasin.

Outside: The cottage has a private enclosed garden and a terrace with an outdoor table and chairs. There is parking close to the cottage. Guests also have shared use of the superb on-site facilities including the swimming pool, tennis court, and extensive grounds.

Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are provided, as is a thoughtful welcome basket. Guests to bring cot bedding and towels for use by the pool. Dogs can't be accommodated at Badger Cottage but there are other pet-friendly cottages on site. Smoking is not permitted in any of the buildings at Old Oak Cottages.

Star Rating: 5 Star Gold

Badger Tariff & Supplementary Information

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 6-8 in 4 bedrooms (1 King, 1 Twin & 1 Super-king/Twin + extra 1 Bed Suite by arrangement)
Sorry, the owner does not accept pets
Unlikely to be suitable for wheelchair users. Please discuss any specific accessibility requirements with the owner
No smoking
Prices for 7 nights:
From £876
To £1668
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Credit / Debit Card, Bank Transfer
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
Help combat online fraud. Speak to the owner on our officially verified number: +44(0)1845 501258 before paying by bank transfer.
Children must be supervised when around / using the swimming pool.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

Owner Area

Amanda Tattersall
Member Since February 2021

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Badger Noticeboard

We offer Short Breaks in Badger Cottage from November up until Easter (excl Xmas, New Year and Feb Half Term) Full weeks from Easter up until November. Occasionally we offer short breaks at other times, so please email/telephone for late availability or check the availability calendar for any special offers.

Last Minute Offers

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Badger 18 Month Availability Calendar

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* Calendar last updated: 25th January 2022