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The Shires

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7 Nights See prices

  • £665  to  £770

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Short Breaks From

  • £95 p/night
    Off peak
    (3 night min)
  • £110 p/night
    Peak season
    (3 night min)

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    2 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    3 (all year)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    1 Dog

  • Bathrooms


  • Access

    Ground floor

  • Off-Road Parking

About The Shires

The Shires is a welcoming holiday cottage in the quiet village of Osbaldwick, close to York and its many sights and attractions. It is a wonderful choice for couples or small families who want to enjoy the wonders of this ancient city without staying in the city centre. The cottage has spacious mature gardens and is on a cul-de-sac with no passing traffic, so there is nothing to disturb your sleep or interrupt the sound of birdsong as you sit in the sunshine with your morning cup of tea. The two-bedroom self-catering cottage sleeps three people and is within walking distance of cafes, a supermarket, and the Derwent Arms pub.

York is a fantastic holiday destination. No matter where your interests lie, you'll find a wide choice of attractions, activities and events all year round. The Shires is just three miles from York's city centre. There is a handy Park and Ride service a short drive or easy walk from the cottage, leaving every 10 minutes. There is also an excellent cycleway leading to the River Ouse in the heart of the ancient city.

Although York boasts incredible historical buildings, these are not kept behind ropes and glass to only be seen from a distance. York is a living, breathing wonder where you can walk along medieval walls, admire the majesty of its stunning gothic Minster, picnic in the grounds of the castle, and go shopping in The Shambles - a medieval lane lined with shops adding to the 14th Century charm. Romans, Vikings and the Normans have invaded York. A walk to Clifford's Tower gives a wonderful elevated view of the city's layout, showing how it grew and spread over the centuries. York also has a wealth of opportunities for shopping and eating, theatre and nightlife.

Once you've had your fill of the city's sights and attractions, turn your attention to the surrounding countryside. The Howard Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Castle Howard are an easy drive from the cottage, while the North York Moors National Park and the Yorkshire Coast are around an hour from the cottage. There are market towns, friendly villages, country walks and miles of cycling.

The Shires is dog-friendly and available for holidays all year round. It's a wonderful home-away-from-home where you can enjoy everything York and the surrounding area offers.

Contact the owner

Owner details:

Joy Carter joined Independent Cottages in March 2021

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Amenities / Facilities

  • Off-Road Parking
  • Accessible by Public Transport
  • Pub Nearby
  • Bike Storage
  • Golf Nearby
  • Kingsize +
  • iPod Docking
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Smart TV
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • WiFi

Location (Yorkshire)

Accommodation Comprises:

The same family have owned The Shires since it was built 70 years ago. It has been refurbished and modernised to ensure it's as welcoming and comfortable for visitors today as it has always been. It is a bungalow, so accommodation is all on ground floor level.

  • Spacious living/dining room with a bay window that overlooks the front garden. There is a three-seater sofa in front of the fireplace, which has a flame-effect electric fire. There is a 43-inch Smart TV on the wall, a Bluetooth speaker, and unlimited fast WiFi throughout the cottage.
  • Modern fitted kitchen with all of the equipment and utensils you'll need for self-catering. The washer/dryer is extra convenient if you plan on packing light or taking muddy walks in the country.
  • Master bedroom with a kingsize bed, bedside tables with reading lights, a clock, shelves and hanging space.
  • Second bedroom with a full-sized (3ft-wide) single bed, bedside table with a reading light, and a wardrobe. There is also a pull-out 2ft 6 trundle bed suitable for a child (up to 8-years).
  • Bathroom with a shower over the bath, WC and a handbasin.

Outside: The cottage has a private, enclosed garden with lawn and garden furniture. There is a driveway with off-street parking at the front.

Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are all provided. One small well-behaved dog is welcome through prior arrangement with the owner. Short breaks are possible, depending on availability. Smoking is not permitted.

The Shires Tariff & Supplementary Information

Season Weekly Rate Short Breaks

Tue, 20th Dec 2022 - Fri, 6th Jan 2023
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7
Additional Notes: Miniumn 7 night stay

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 3 in 2 bedrooms (1 King, 1 Single)
1 dog welcome
Ground floor accommodation
No smoking
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Cheque, 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)7982 719495 before paying by bank transfer.
Please discuss any requirements regarding your pet(s) with the property owner.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

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Joy Carter
Member Since March 2021

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The Shires 18 Month Availability Calendar

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* Calendar last updated: 19th March 2022
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