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7 Nights  

  • £561  to  £1056

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Short Breaks From

  • £146 p/night
    2 night min. (off peak only)

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    2 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    7 (peak)
    2 (off peak)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    No Dogs

  • Access


  • Star Rating

    4 Star

  • Swimming Pool

About Squirrel

Squirrel Cottage provides 4-Star Gold standard accommodation on the edge of the North York Moors, close to Thirsk and within easy reach of York and the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The charming cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms with accommodation entirely on the first floor. Squirrel is one of eight fantastic self-catering properties at Old Oak Cottages in the rural hamlet of Little Thirkleby. It's perfect for couples or families and can be booked with other cottages on the estate to accommodate friends and extended families.

Squirrel and the other Old Oak Cottages sit in a peaceful location, surrounded by 400 acres of farmland. Relax and unwind in the heated indoor swimming pool, spa and sauna. Play tennis on the all-weather tennis court, or walk around the extensive grounds that include a children's play area and picnic spots.

The North York Moors & Howardian Hills have some of the finest opportunities for walking and cycling in England. The landscape is ever-changing yet always beautiful. A favourite local walk is a 3-mile loop from the Sutton Bank National Park Centre where visitors can see the fantastic white horse carved into the chalk cliff. Other footpaths in the area include the Pudding Pie loop, the footpath between Felixkirk and Kirkby, and the footpath leading beside the River Swale to Pickhill. Cyclists will also find a choice of excellent off-road trails and road routes with something to suit all abilities. Alternatively, swap your bike saddle for something bigger and arrange a guided pony trek through the nearby riding stables.

Days out can include shopping and sightseeing in York, a few hours on the golf course, a day at the races, or visiting attractions like Castle Howard, Nunnington Hall, Fountains Abbey, Rievalux Abbey, The Lavender Farm, and Harlow Carr Gardens. Family-friendly places include Go Ape's treetop adventure in Dalby, The Forbidden Corner, Lightwater Valley Theme Park, and the National Centre for Birds of Prey.

Whether you choose to get out and about exploring this beautiful part of Yorkshire, or stay put and enjoy everything Old Oak Cottages has to offer, you are sure to have a fun-filled and relaxing holiday.

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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
  • Tennis Onsite
  • Golf Nearby
  • 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:

Squirrel Cottage is a first-floor apartment with a private entrance.

  • Climb the stairs into the spacious living room where the high ceiling with original beams highlight the cottage's previous life as a barn. Three windows frame gorgeous views over fields where sheep graze happily. There is a big sofa and two deep armchairs, a Smart TV with Freeview channels, and WiFi throughout so that guests can use their own devices.
  • Charming country-style kitchen/diner with Shaker-style cupboards, a colourfully tiled backsplash, and appliances that include a dishwasher. The table seats four people and guests can expect a welcome pack with tea, coffee and other goodies to help them settle in and feel at home.
  • Master bedroom with a kingsize pine bed, chest of drawers, TV and original beams.
  • Twin bedroom with original beams, two full-sized pine single beds, and a chest of drawers.
  • Family bathroom with a shower over the bath, WC and a handbasin.

Outside: Guests staying at Squirrel Cottage have their own garden and the shared use of the grounds, swimming pool, spa and sauna. There is parking close to the cottage.

Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are all provided. Pets are not permitted in Squirrel Cottage but there are pet-friendly cottages on site. Please see the owner's website for details. All of the buildings at Old Oak Cottages are non-smoking.

Star Rating: 4 Star Gold

Squirrel Tariff & Supplementary Information

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (1 Double & 1 Twin)
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 £561
To £1056
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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Squirrel Noticeboard

We offer full weeks in Squirrel cottage from Easter up until November. Short Breaks of 2, 3 or 4 nights from November up until Easter (excl. Christmas, New Year and Feb. half Term)
Occasionally we have Short Break offers at other times, please email/telephone or check the availability calendar for Short Break Offers/Late Availability

Last Minute Offers

No current last minute offers

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Squirrel 18 Month Availability Calendar

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* Calendar last updated: 25th January 2022