Guest Reviews

Here are our lovely guest reviews for Spring Cottage North Yorkshire from our even lovelier guests.  

Aren’t they fantastic comments? And they provide some top tips on where to visit, to explore and to eat. I can’t wait to welcome you all back!

August 2017 – The Brennan family
We’ve had the most wonderful, relaxing week in this beautiful cottage. We love everything about it and our little boy was especially happy with all the board games (especially Downfall) and the Wii.  Thanks for the treats, the brownies were amazing! Perfect location for exploring, we’ve visited Malton, Helmsley, Thornton le Dale (our favourite), Brompton, Scarborough and Robin Hoods Bay. We will most definitely be back!

August 2017 – Malcolm and Margaret
What a lovely few days we have had in this lovely cottage: everything provided including treats! We were able to visit cousins at Sleights and visit many of our old haunts. I specially enjoyed the garden (it’s my big hobby at home) – hope to come again. Many thanks Karen.

July 2017 – The Woodhead family
Really enjoyed our first stay at Spring Cottage. Lovely accommodation, gorgeous garden swings used may times by our little ones. We visited Malton, Helmsley and a great Sunday lunch visit to The Grapes. Absolutely loved all the fine details and little homely touches.

July 2017 – The Green family
4th stay in our home from home. Lovely relaxing time. Weather mixed so we couldn’t make as much of the garden as we usually do but didn’t stop us enjoying this gorgeous cozy cottage. Thank you for the cake Karen- such a nice surprise!

July 2017 – The Beesley family
We have had a great stay in this lovely cottage. Everything that you need is hare and you can see that a lot of time, effort and thought has gone into making it into a holiday cottage. Jessica has loved all of the toys, both inside and out!

July 2017 – Peter & Fiona
We have had the most wonderful stay – this cottage is total perfection. Beautiful – and the owners have thought of everything to make it comfortable too.  Gorgeous garden – very peaceful and we had fabulous weather too. Lots of fab walks. NYM steam train ride fab and beautiful villages in NY Moors.

July 2017 – David, Julia and Esmee
Spring Cottage is delightful, a wonderful home from home. We absolutely loved staying here.

June 2017 – Darren and Nikki
Just enjoyed a lovely holiday at Spring Cottage which certainly didn’t disappoint!  A gorgeous cottage with everything we could need and more. Very luxurious and relaxing with such a beautiful garden. Perfect for our baby and 5 year old boy and a great location for exploring Yorkshire. Lovely interior with a huge master bedroom with blackout blinds and a cosy lounge to escape to once we had put the little ones to bed!  Thank you to Karen for all the little extras and for answering my many questions prior to the holiday!
Definitely recommended.

June 2017 – Alan and Lyn
Lovely cottage which is perfect for exploring the area. RSPB reserve at Bempton Cliffs and Farnborough Head are a must.  Lighthouse is open at weekends. Have your cameras ready.  Recommend lunch at family run cafe next to lighthouse. Plenty to see and do in York and recommend The Grapes and The Feathers Hotel in Helmsley.

June 2017 – Henry, Georgia and Tabitha
Definitely one of the nicest holiday cottages we have every stayed in! Tabitha loved the garden and playing with all the toys. Can recommend Castle Howard, York and the stream train from Pickering to Whitby as brilliant days out.

June 2017 – Marie and Ted
Our second holiday in this beautiful cottage, what a lovely week we have had. Cannot fault a thing. Thank you Karen for everything.  Hope to visit N Yorkshire again soon and spend time at Spring Cottage. PS the garden is a delight, lovely to see it in summer.

May 2017 – Hilary and Alan
Fabulous first visit to N. Yorks – glorious weather, very comfortable cottage (loved Treacles treats, thank you!) Our highlights were Malton, Helmsley, Filey and the walking – and the food!  So many places we wanted to try but not enough time. We’ll definitely be back.

May 2017 – Peter and Julie
Had a lovely relaxing weekend in this gorgeous cottage – beautiful.

May 2017 –  Rog, Gill and Oscar
Wonderful stay again at Spring Cottage. We even had lovely weather and very peaceful and restful good fayre at the Grapes ‘as usual’. Thanks again Karen

April 2017 – Vicky & Rick
Great stay in a perfect location. Lovely cottage! Thanks Karen

April 2017 – The Watsons
Thanks for a great week, one of the best cottages we’ve ever stayed in – extremely well equipped especially for kids and in a great location with lots to do nearby. The garden is great. Thanks for the welcome goodies.

April 2017 – The Moles
We’ve had the most wonderful week in this gorgeous cottage in beautiful North Yorkshire. Even after a visit last year, we still have so much to discover – we’ll be back. The children really enjoyed Dalby Forest. Castle Howard well worth a visit. Helmsley and Malton lovely.

April – 2017 – The Cooks
Such a lovely welcome (chocolate brownie was fab!) at this gorgeous cottage. We’ve enjoyed sitting in the garden. Great trips out – Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay, Dalby Forest, Birds of Prey centre; enjoyed eating at the village pub too.

March 2017 – Martyn and Justina
We had a lovely week – Spring Cottage is one of the best cottages we have stayed in and we will certainly be re-booking in the future!
Thank you Karen for making our stay so comfortable and enjoyable – we were particularly grateful with the lovely welcome pack that was set out for us on arrival.
There is plenty to do in and around the local area and we have also been able to enjoy a couple of days at the coast.  The towns of Malton, Helmsley and Pickering are particularly pleasant and only short drives from the cottage. We hope to return to this beautiful part of the country very soon.

January 2017 – Lynda and Helen
Had a fantastic stay at Spring Cottage, such a beautiful place. Lovely and relaxing, gorgeous views of the countryside from bedroom windows. As recommended by Karen we had a lovely short drive to the picturesque village of Thornton-le-Dale. Thank you so much.

January 2017 – Clare and Mark
Fabulous stay in this gorgeous cottage. Facilities and amenities fantastic; best we’ve stayed in for comfort and luxury!! Lovely meal in the Grapes Inn, great menu for a small village pub.

December 2016 –  Blanchard Family
Another wonderful Christmas spent here. Relaxing and beautifully decorated with lovely attention to detail as always. Always love spending time in this charming cottage.

November 2016 – Marie and Ted
A beautiful week, the cottage is so homely and comfortable, thank you for letting it out to us; what a little gem. Cannot fault all recommendations on eating, houses and places to visit. We will definitely be back. Thank you North Yorkshire for your kind hospitality.

November 2016 – Tina and Sean, Dusseldorf
This is the second entry of ours in this book and this time round it was even as good as the first, if not better! The beautiful cottage makes us feel right at home and when not enjoying/relaxing here, this time we’ve spent a day shopping and lunching in York, driving to the coast, having dinner in The Grapes and now as we leave we’ll stop by Castle Howard for a nice walk in the grounds on a lovely sunny day!   Thanks Karen – am sure we’ll be back again!

October 2016 – The Doyle Family
A real treat of a cottage – cosy, super comfortable and everything we could possibly want supplied. A gorgeous autumn week with lots of walking and eating Thank you for your hospitality.

October 2016 – Chris, Claire and Charlotte
A wonderful week away.  Fabulous facilities to come back to after days’ exploring. We’ve been to the coast (Runswick Bay to Scarborough), Nunnington Hall, Beninborough Hall and Gardens and Flamingo Land – just shows the wide range of activities within easy travelling distance. Thank you!

September 2016 – Roger & Gill
A wonderful relaxing stay at the beautiful Spring Cottage where every wish and need has been catered for.  The Grapes most definitely enhanced our stay. We shall most definitely return – what more is there to say! Brilliant!

September 2016 – Mr & Mrs Woosnam
What a peaceful cottage. Everything you could ask for. Really enjoyed our stay – cottage and weather perfect.  Fantastic pub in village and made us feel really welcome, would certainly recommend a visit to all our friends and family.

August 2016 – The Steel Family
Lovely stay – faultless. Afternoon Yorkshire tea on arrival was amazing; took us all week to finish the cake!  We had lovely weather for our stay, Castle Howard even looked beautiful in the drizzle.  Spent a lovely day at Nunnington Hall and Riveaulx Terrace in the sun.  Our son (10) loved Flamingo Land which is a very short drive from here.  Will definitely be back as this cottage has everything you may need and more!

August 2016 – The Mountain Family
This is our 3rd stay in Spring Cottage and it never fails to disappoint. We have had lovely weather so have spent 2 days in Filey – one on the beach and at the paddling pool and the 2nd we parked at the country park and enjoyed staying near the children’s play area with a picnic and games and kite flying. The other day was at Flamingo Land; kids occupied for the full day and lots to see and do. Hope to return again. Children are aged 8 and 3.

August 2016 –  The Stirling Family
Spring Cottage is just lovely, we had a great time in Yorkshire, too much to do we will need to come back to see everything. Would highly recommend The Grapes Inn, beautiful food and great service . The boys had a great time in the garden with the Velcro bats & balls. Thank you Karen

July 2016 – Mr& Mrs Raven
Lovely cottage. Thank you for the bottle of wine, very nice! We enjoyed our brief visit and we were able to visit our grandson’s family close by. Would recommend cottage to anyone. X

July 2016 – The Green Family
Back for a 3rd year as we love Spring Cottage & beautiful Yorkshire. As usual everything was perfect, including the weather! The extra little touches are always appreciated & the girls loved the cupcakes. We are happy to recommend a stay at Spring Cottage, & having done so with my sister, it’s good to see she enjoyed it too. (See below comments from Lennox family.) Thank you!

July 2016  – Lennox family
We’ve had a lovely relaxing week at Spring Cottage.  The weather has been a bit mixed at times, but it hasn’t spoiled our enjoyment as there’s so much to do. Castle Howard was a fantastic day and I can highly recommend a trip to York, or a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors railway to Whitby. Great food and friendly staff at the local pub, The Grapes Inn. Loved sitting out in your gorgeous garden when the sun did come out and when it didn’t the wifi was much appreciated with teenagers. Thanks so much for the perfect stay and all the little treats on arrival. Hope we get the opportunity to come back again. Xx

June 2016 – Damian & Mary
We had a lovely week at spring cottage, it is so relaxing, the garden is just perfect, sitting out for breakfast on the sunny mornings, lots of birds which Damian loved. Lots of places to visit, York, Whitby, Pickering, Malton and the surrounding villages. The cottage has everything you need and more. Will need to return in the winter so we can cosy up in front of the log burner. Thank you for the welcome tray, cakes were delicious, the Yorkshire wine was the nicest rose wine I’ve tried as I am not a rose fan, but would definitely buy that one. Sad to leave the cottage, felt so at home and would love to live in a cottage like this. Just perfect.

June 2016 – Phil & Linda
We had a lovely week at Spring Cottage. Would have liked better weather but we do come from Wales. The cottage was lovely as is Yorkshire. Perhaps next time you could arrange some sunshine. Many Thanks!

June 2016 – Peter & Wendy
Thank you so much- your cottage is absolutely charming, and the “luxury” tag is well deserved. All the goodies you put out for us were delicious. And the weather!! Wall-to-wall sunshine all week – and coming from the Highlands this was appreciated!

May 2016 – Mr & Mrs Percival
This was a break at a very stressful time of my life with aged parents and lots of other events. All I wanted was time on our own and not having a good phone signal was paradise, I didn’t let anyone know the phone number either…. We had brilliant weather spent a lot of time in the cottage but spend our birthdays (same day!) in Helmsley.  We went to the garden centre down the road and Pickering. Can’t fault the cottage and everything that goes with it… you’ve done a wonderful job Karen.  Keep up the good work. Have no negatives at all.

May 2016 – Debra and Rodger 
We had a lovely relaxing time. Thank you for all your help and guidance. The area, privacy, garden and layout of the cottage was excellent. We will definitely come again and Rodger would like to know if you decide to sell!

May 2016 – Mr & Mrs Prender
Fantastic break; nice and relaxing and a great base to explore from.  Lovely local pub with fantastic food – we were made very welcome.  Thank you very much for all the lovely welcoming touches – especially the Yorkshire wine.

April 2016 – Mr & Mrs Burns and Mr & Mrs Bennett
We had a lovely time visiting for a long weekend whilst Le Tour de Yorkshire was on. It was great to see the crowds give support and villages decorated. The cottage is lovely, very warm and welcoming. The goodies you left were delicious. Thanks

April 2016 – The Dickinson family
Thank you for putting so much love and attention into Spring Cottage. We had a super time exploring the local area and eating in The Grapes!

April 2016 – The Elliston family
This has been a lovely holiday; one we will never forget. A great break away from our busy lives. This cottage has everything needed for a young family.  The games and garden equipment allowed us to enjoy our final day in the sun before we made our journey home.

March 2016 – The Bakers
We’ve had a fabulous week here, visiting York, Castle Howard, Whitby and Scarborough and then coming back to relax in your beautiful cottage. The girls were thrilled with their Easter eggs and have spent hours on the swings (giving mummy and daddy a bit of peace). We’ve loved it, thank you.

December 2015 – The Blanchard family
Another delightful stay in the cottage, our 3rd Christmas spent here.  As usual, the cottage was decorated beautifully for Christmas and everything is thought of. We absolutely love staying here. Thank you so much again!

December 2015 – Mana & Richard
We love Spring Cottage after so much travelling and moving we needed a place that felt like home and we found it. It is currently really hard to leave but surely we will be back. A pleasure staying here.

November 2015 – Jon & Fiona
Thank you so much for a wonderful relaxing few days. Even though it poured down we loved cozying up in front of the fire. The local pub was so friendly and The Star at Harome did exceptional food. We absolutely loved this cottage.

November 2015 – Mr & Mrs Murray
What a lovely, well equipped house, I loved the thoughtful touches, the fresh flowers and call to make sure we had arrived, made the stay even nicer. I loved the quiet spot and great location for visiting the moors and coast. After a few days the cottage felt like home, I could have stayed much longer. Thank you.

November 2015 – Mick and Margaret
A lovely cottage, beautifully and tastefully decorated and very well equipped. The weather did not prevent us enjoying the moorland and coast – Whitby, Filey & Robin Hood’s Bay.  The bonus was meeting lovely friendly Yorkshire people. Of course we are in ‘God’s own county”!

October 2015 – Stephen, Justine & Lewis
Just to say many thanks for all your advice, we have all had a great week.  Lewis enjoyed the footy golf and horse riding.   Plan to visit James Herriot museum on way home tomorrow.  Karen, your attention to detail is excellent with so many personal touches.

October 2015 – Janine & Michael
We have had a fabulous week here at Spring Cottage. Pottering about the area has been just what we needed after a hectic year and before our new arrival in December! Dalby Forest for lovely walks, steam railway to Whitby and a trip to Flamborough Head were just a few of our highlights.  The cottage was more than comfortable and we would certainly love to return with our little one in tow next time.

September 2015 – The Hargraves
The cottage is absolutely lovely.  We had lovely days out at Castle Howard, Staithes (go to Dotty’s tearoom) and on the North York Moors Railway. Also would highly recommend The Grapes for food – very good meals. Thank you for a lovely holiday.

September 2015 – Mr & Mrs Bull
Fabulous cosy and comfy cottage – far and away the best we have stayed in. Haven’t had great weather but have managed to visit: Scarborough, Filey, Beverley and Whitby so far. The food at The Grapes is excellent.  Thanks for the yummy cake and biscuits and all the other goodies in the welcome pack. Thanks indeed for everything.

September 2015 – Mike and Ann
Karen you have a “gem” of a cottage here.  I can only endorse all the favourable comments from previous clients.  Recommend the “Fox & Rabbit” for Sunday Lunch. Thank you for everything.

August 2015 – The Irwins
Another splendid stay in this fantastic cottage! Even the weather was dry and sunny for our visit this time. As ever we enjoyed several days super walking on the North York Moors – The Blacksmith’s Arms at Lastingham being our preferred post walk watering hole.  Thank you Karen for all your help and pre-concert “assistance” – fantastic and well appreciated!

August 2015 – Hills/Pearson Family
A lovely cottage with a great, child friendly garden. The cottage is very well equipped in every way and the children appreciated the toys and games.

Flamingo Land, York Maze and Go Ape at Dalby Forest were a great hit with the children. Although they did surprisingly enjoy a walk to Mallyan Spout Waterfall at Goathland.

August 2015 – The Wrenns
We have been coming for several years now, both summer and winter, and have never been disappointed.  The cottage has everything you could possibly need for a relaxing holiday. There are so many places to visit especially as we have had such perfect weather.  Many thanks for letting us share your lovely homely cottage. Look forward to our next visit.

August 2015 – The King family
A beautiful cottage in a great location. We really appreciated all the attention to detail and the boys loved all of the toys and the garden. We will be recommending Spring Cottage to our family and friends. For days out with children (7&4), we highly recommend Robin Hoods Bay, the castles at Helmsley and Pickering and our absolute favourite Dalby Forest. The forest has fantastic play areas, Go Ape (kids loved it!) and an amazing and beautiful walk to the Bridestones. You could spend hours here and it would never get boring. For eating, we recommend The Grapes (great kids food) and The Feathers in Helmsley (also great kids food). We felt for our age children the Jorvik Viking Centre was underwhelming. They preferred the train ride from Malton to York.

July 2015 – The January family
Thank you for a lovely week in Spring Cottage. We’ve had a fair bit of rain but managed to make the most of our excellent location regardless. Fish & chips at Helmsley and Whitby, Chinese from Amotherby and The Grapes’ local home-cooking all featured and we enjoyed the garden between showers – the croquet was a hit!

July 2015 – Jackie & Simon
Nothing but thanks to Karen – fantastic base for exploring a beautiful area. A real home from home with nothing missing. A fabulous holiday.

July 2015 – The Green family
Our 2nd stay and just as perfect as the 1st. Lovely relaxing stay. The little extra touches are much appreciated. Castle Howard is always a favourite and to be recommended. However, there is so much to see and do and too much to recommend. The fun is finding out! Thank you Karen for the perfect holiday.

July 2015 – The Garvey family
Karen, thanks for your assistance, flexibility, information and a lovely, homely cottage, furnished with everything we needed. To others: we recommend the Grapes in the village and the Crown & Cushion in Welburn, just outside of Malton. We visited all the common haunts but our highlight was the day trip to Whitby.

June 2015 – Mr & Mrs Simpson
Weather has been mixed but we have managed to golf 4 days!  We have enjoyed the local pub – friendly and food, service has been excellent.  Also eaten at The Fairfax in Gilling was great.  The cottage has been lovely and very quiet neighbours, enjoyed our morning power walk 5 miles out to the surrounding fields. Enjoyed the welcome pack, especially the wine.

June 2015 – Charlie, Rachel & Alfie
Wonderfully relaxing few days at Spring Cottage, wish we could have stayed longer! Thank you Karen for letting us stay in such a fantastic ‘home’ and also thank you for the fantastic recommendations, we did them all! Castle Howard was great with the pram, Helmsley for cake and Masham for beer! Fantastic welcome goodies too, they were so enjoyed!

June 2015 – Debbie, Graeme & Amber
What an amazing cottage to spend some lovely quality family time in. You have thought of everything and every day Amber found something new to play with. Flamingo Land, York – York Castle Museum was brilliant! Thornton-le-Dale for ice cream, Castle Howard beautiful in the sunshine, Helmsley for coffee and cake and ingredients from some lovely delis, then a bbq in the garden.

Then we took a trip to Dalby Forest and took the trail to find “superworms”, followed by fish and chips in Whitby. We ate in the highly recommended Grapes Inn which was yummy! Fillet steaks and apple crumble so lovely to have on your doorstep! We spent every evening bar one in the garden which our little girl loved, in the paddling pool and watering the garden. This truly is one of the best places we have stayed and really hope we can get booked in again next year. PS the goodies which were left were devoured, especially the brownies and chutney which we had with some of Yorkshire’s finest bread and cheese!

June 2015 – Paul & Gail
Wonderful cottage, with everything you may require. Lovely welcome pack and always great to have wifi (makes planning days out so much easier).  As many others have said, The Grapes is a great pub for food but worth booking in advance.  Would definitely stay here again , one of the best cottages we have been to.

May 2015 – Karen & Damon
This cottage is one of the best we’ve stayed in. Spotless, great little touches and everything we needed.  Had great trips to York (on the train), Whitby (def recommend) and Castle Howard.  And we went to The Grapes twice, can see why it’s recommended!

May 2015 – Tina & Sean
Fantastic cottage in a beautiful location. We had everything here we needed and it really felt like home. Enjoyed visiting Malton, Helmsley and Pickering and enjoyed a great walk in the Moors at Rosedale.  The Grapes was unfortunately closed this week, but the Black Bull on the main road to Pickering served good pub food and nice place for a drink.  Will definitely consider coming back next year!

May 2015 – Debbie & Bob
Thank you for a relaxing holiday in this lovely cottage. We have particularly enjoyed the beautiful garden. Good walking around Rievaulx Abbey and for those wanting a long brisk walk on the flat, try Scarborough. Very surprised! (North Bay especially). A good drive over to Beverley, countryside marvellous, town very interesting and good for lunches. Didn’t try the pub, but the Chinese from Amotherby was excellent! Hope to come again.

April 2015 – Jane & Liz
Thank you for a great holiday home. We really appreciated how you have thought of everything and supplied so much.  We loved the garden too and sitting out in the sun trap that it is, whenever we could.  There is so much to do and we really loved our walks from Rosedale Abbey, Farndale, Lockton.  Yorkshire is fantastic!

April 2015 – The Robinson family
Our third visit and  Spring Cottage was as special as ever. Perfect base to spend time with my mum and dad and relive my childhood with my girls in North Yorkshire.  Fabulous walk from Thornton-le-Dale into Dalby Forest and great ice-creams on our return.  The cottage has everything you could want, beautifully set out and Karen, your welcome pack is just incredibly thoughtful. Thank you, we will be back.

March 2015 – Mike, Helen, Rosie and Martha
The perfect cottage…. personal touches, well equipped, egg-stra surprises. Just a wonderful, peaceful haven for our family.

March 2015 – Mr & Mrs Brierley
Sad to leave this gorgeous cottage. Very comfortable. We will be back.

March 2015 – The Hudson family
We had a lovely time at Spring Cottage on our first family holiday together. The cottage is lovely and we had everything we needed here to make our stay comfortable. We had days out at Scarborough, Helmsley and Dalby Forest with lots of walking. We would definitely like to stay here again.

March 2015 – The Beardsley family
What a beautiful cottage. We had a fantastic time and the boys enjoyed the toys and dvds provided.  We had a great time at Flamingo Land despite the weather being very cold. A trip to Castle Howard and the amazing children’s playground was another highlight for our two young boys. Overall a fab weekend away in a very pretty part of the country. Thanks again Karen,we hope to be back again soon!