A luxury self-catering holiday cottage nestled on the edge of the North York Moors National Park in the pretty village of Ampleforth. The Owlets is a 19th century single storey stone outhouse that has been recently renovated to a high standard with brand new fixtures and fittings, as well as traditional features such as solid oak floors and beams. We are located just 1 mile from Ampleforth College, and 4 miles from Helmsley. All welcome, including children and well behaved pets!
Whootin Owl Barn is a smart luxury detached barn with private screened hot tub overlooking private woodland on a tranquil country lane in the heart of North Yorkshire only 9 miles from Castle Howard and 25 mins from York. If you are looking for a romantic modern and ultra clean property in a beautiful private location for a short break or Holiday getaway or looking for a base to explore North Yorkshire, look no further.
We are in a tranquil location in a rural agricultural community, but with the benefit of easy access to a range of tourist destinations and sporting activities. Located within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offering the modern comforts of home in a unique historic setting. Kirkdale sleeps up to 5, plus an infant in a cot. The cottage is also dog friendly, with up to 3 dogs welcome to stay (downstairs only). Kirkdale Cottage offers all the comforts of home in a beautiful setting. In June 2019 we installed a new kitchen and redecorated much of the cottage. The cottage has a 4* rating with Visit England and offers far reaching views across the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. With countryside walks on the doorstep, we are less than 2 miles from the small picturesque market town of Helmsley - with its castle, walled gardens, spa hotel facilities, heated outdoor swimming pool in summer, numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants. Featuring exposed stone walls, wooden beams and other original features, the cottage offers a historic and relaxing setting for your holiday. We are continuously working to improve and update our cottages and facilities for guests. Our new kitchen was completed in summer 2019, with redecoration throughout, as well as a cosy log burner to relax in front of during colder spells.. The kitchen includes a dishwasher, washing machine, microwave oven, toaster, kettle, full size fridge freezer, iron, hob & oven. The cottage is centrally heated; the bathroom has a shower cubicle (no bath); we offer free parking for guests. Downstairs the cottage has a living room with exposed Yorkshire stone walls and original features from its earlier use as a farm building. The living room has a log burner, TV, two sofas (seating six), window seat, side and coffee tables. The living room opens into the dining area (a table and six chairs) and kitchen. Upstairs there are three bedrooms: bedroom 1 has a double bed, wardrobe, plus bedside cabinets; bedroom 2 has two single beds plus wardrobe and drawers. Bedroom 3 comprises single bed, wardrobe, plus bedside cabinet. New ottoman beds provide additional storage for guests' luggage etc. The bathroom has a toilet, hand basin and shower cubicle, with new flooring (October 2018) and decoration. Kirkdale Cottage is one of four holiday cottages at Sproxton Hall Cottages. All benefit from the use of our landscaped grounds which include a courtyard garden with outdoor furniture, a large lawned area with picnic benches and an enclosed dog exercise paddock. The cottages have on-site parking for up to 2 cars per cottage. We are in a tranquil location in a rural agricultural community, but with the benefit of easy access to a range of tourist destinations and sporting activities. It is an ideal base for the Yorkshire moors, dales, coast & York. The cottage is popular with walkers, cyclists and families wanting to explore North Yorkshire - we are within easy reach of the North Yorkshire coast (Whitby, Scarborough, Robin Hoods Bay), Pickering, York, Castle Howard. We are a stones throw from Ampleforth Abbey, The White Horse at Kilburn and the stunning views of Sutton Bank. York is less than 25 miles away and has been voted Britains most popular city due to its castle, walls, museums, shops and Minster; it is particularly popular with our guests whatever the weather. The picturesque steam railway from Pickering crosses Goathland/Heartbeat country to the coast at Whitby; Flamingo Land (near Malton) offers a different kind of day out - with its zoo and theme park. There are plenty of nature walks into the quiet countryside from our doorstep, as well as further afield. We offer a dog shower & towels, plus bowls. We provide bed linen, towels, tea towels as well as essentials to get you started including tea, coffee, sugar, milk, toilet rolls, washing up liquid, and soap. There is a small supermarket less than 2 miles away. We are open all year and guests love to enjoy the changing seasons, making use of the log burner in the colder months. We are popular with dog owners in November and New Year due to our quiet location (the lack of fireworks). Kirkdale cottage is popular with couples of all ages, families and single visitors - often keen walkers or visitors wanting to spend time in the North York Moors and surrounding areas. Popular attractions for children include Helmsley Castle, the Pickering/North York Moors Steam Railway, Go Ape at Dalby Forest, Flamingo Land, and the chocolate and Viking experiences at York. En route to York you might want to stop off and see Piglet at his Adventure Land or tackle the Maize Maze. There is a wide choice of traditional pubs in surrounding villages (details of menus and discounts for guests are available) and Helmsley hosts a number of cafes, restaurants (Indian, Italian), and pubs, including a micro-brewery. Many of Helmsley's amenities welcome dogs. Local taxi service available if needed. Kirkdale Cottage is one of four cottages at Sproxton Hall Cottages. If Kirkdale is not available please take a look at our other cottages (sproxtonhallcottages.co.uk): Bilsdale Cottage (newly renovated, sleeps 4, dog friendly), Riccal Dale Cottage (newly renovated, sleeps 4, dog friendly) and Ryedale Cottage (single storey,sleeps 4 and also modernised with new furniture, no dogs).