7 (all year)
Pear Tree House is the holiday cottage dreams are made of. Dating back to the 1700s and believed to be the oldest house in Sutton-on-the-Forest, this Georgian gem is a stylish blend of period features, modern luxuries, and a few contemporary twists. It comfortably accommodates up to six people in three beautiful bedrooms and is child and dog-friendly. It's conveniently located in the gorgeous North Yorkshire countryside between the ancient city of York and the spectacular Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is a short stroll from the friendly Rose and Crown pub where the delicious home-cooked meals and extensive drinks menu prove very popular with both locals and visitors.
Sutton-on-the-Forest is a picturesque village with a small but active community focused in the traditional way around the church and the pub. Though only eight miles north of York, it still feels very rural, with lots of the land around it given over to arable farming. Many visitors come for the fantastic footpaths, with favourite local walks including routes to Tollerton, Farlington, and Stillington. The Howardian Way passes close by, and there's also a lovely walk around the grounds of Sutton Park. There is a good choice of supermarkets within a few miles, but a far more pleasurable experience is going to the nearby market town of Easingwold where there is a good choice of independent shops and a busy Friday market. You could also go to Ripon or Helmsley, both larger than Easingwold, with even more places to eat, drink and shop.
The North Yorkshire landscape is famous for its footpaths and its incredible cycling routes and mountain bike trails. Being only a few miles from the Howardian Hills AONB opens up miles of woodland, sweeping roads, fields and parkland for you to enjoy on foot, bicycle or horseback. Local attractions include the magnificent Castle Howard, which lovers of a period drama may recognise from "Death Comes to Pemberley", "Bridgerton", and "Victoria". Other stately homes in the area are Beningbrough Hall, Nunnington Hall, Hovingham Hall, Ampleforth Abbey, Duncombe Park, Temple Newsham, and Newburgh Priory. Visit Yorkshire Lavender, the Yorkshire Arboretum, the York Bird of Prey Centre, all within half an hour's drive of the cottage. There's a regular bus service from right outside the cottage to the centre of York, or it's only 20 minutes by car. York is a fantastic city with centuries of history and a wealth of places to eat, drink and shop.
Pear Tree House is on the grounds of the owner's home - they live in a converted smithy across a private courtyard. Although the owners are on hand to welcome guests and answer any questions, Pear Tree House is completely private and self-contained.
Ben Galloway joined Independent Cottages in March 2015
Pear Tree House is a lovely Georgian home that has been sympathetically extended and renovated to retain original features while being practical for 21st Century living. Accommodation is over two levels.
Outside: The private walled courtyard garden is a lovely suntrap. It features a wrought iron and marble outdoor dining table for six people for relaxed outdoor meals. There is also a gravelled courtyard behind secure automatic gates with off-street parking for two cars.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are all included. A travel cot is available. Guests to provide cot bedding and dog towels if they are required. Well-behaved dogs are welcome by arrangement. Out of season short breaks are sometimes possible, please contact Ben Galloway by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements. Smoking is not permitted.
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