First stay at Spring Cottage

First stay at Spring Cottage

Hilary and Alan had a fabulous first visit to N. Yorkshire when they stayed at Spring Cottage. Alan was part of a two day walking event on the North Yorks Moors

This is what they had to say: “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”


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Visiting Flamingo Land With Teenagers?

Visiting Flamingo Land With Teenagers?

Here’s how to do (or not do in my case) Flamingo Land with teenagers.

Tips to get the most out of your visit from my 14 year old son and 16 year old daughter who have both visited Flamingo Land many times, so know their stuff!

As you’ll see, I didn’t go into Flamingo Land; I just dropped them off at the gate. Wait til you see what I got up to!

On arrival:

Arrive 15 to 20 mins before the rides open at 10 am. Once you’ve bought your ticket you can head into the park.

Plan your day:

Head to the back of Flamingo Land, towards Kumali and join the queue as early as you can. To avoid the rush.

You can’t miss Kumali. It’s that massive blue and yellow structure in the background:

Kumali and Flamingo Land with teenagers

While in the queue consult your map and plan your next move. Also take a look at the shows taking place that day. The Sea Lion Show at 2pm, was their chosen show. And it’s always a good one. You can then plan the rest of your day around this.

The rides:

Mumbo Jumbo was the biggest queue by far (and apparently not the best ride). It used to hold the world record for the steepest drop.

Queue jumpers are available at an extra cost but not really necessary. My teens managed very well with their ride quota, on a Saturday in June:

Mumbo Jumbo x 1

Kumali x 4

Velocity x 5

Flip Flop x 5

These are the 4 most popular white knuckle rides.

To eat:

The Jolly Sailor is recommended for lunch. Serving quality fish and chips (you’d expect nothing else with the coast only being 20 miles away).  Or you could leave Flamingo Land, get your hand stamped and head back to Spring Cottage quickly, as it’s only 2 miles away. Or take a picnic.

At the end of the day:

The park’s summer closing time is 6 but I got a call at 5.30 asking to pick them up. They were exhausted after all that excitement!  There was a band playing that night, which they could have stayed on and listened to for free, as part of their entrance ticket, but the wifi at Spring Cottage beckoned.

So that was Flamingo Land with teenagers!

And here’s a snap shot of my day:

I headed to Botham’s bakery in Pickering for my absolute favourite fondant fancy. Enjoyed it with a cuppa in the cottage garden.  Then headed to Malton for a mooch around the shops and a spot of lunch in Cafe 46 in Malton’s market place. Here’s a snapshot of my delightful, relaxing day:

alternative to Flamingo Land with teenagers    malton instead of Flamingo Land with teenagers

I do like Flamingo Land, the zoo’s great.  And when the kiddies were little I delighted in taking them on the children’s rides. But now, the white knuckle rides – they’re on their own!

Do you prefer my teenagers’ day out, or mine?

If you’d like to follow in either of our footsteps and stay in a cottage close to Flamingo Land, then may I suggest <<Spring  Cottage>>

Close as in 2 miles away, but a million miles away when it comes to peace and tranquility!

If you have a query or want to ask about availability you can email me on [email protected]


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Family Friendly Yorkshire Holiday Cottage

Family Friendly Yorkshire Holiday Cottage

It’s not just the garden that kiddies and mum and dad will love (for different reasons).

The cottage itself has children’s books, dvds, toys, cds and a wii console for those gaming fixes!

And that’s before you even head out for a family day to nearby Flamingo Land, Eden Camp and the coast at Scarborough or Filey.

Can you imagine you and your family here this summer:

If so, check out the Availability and Book tab, and do just that. We have a week in July and a short break in August available.


child friendly holiday cottage garden

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A Walk Near Castle Howard – In Yorkshire’s Green And Pleasant Land

This walk near Castle Howard starts from the pretty village of Welburn in the Howardian Hills

It’s a 3 mile circular walk with no hard climbs, ancient woodland, amazing vistas of Castle Howard and stunning views over the surrounding countryside.  My perfect walk!

Head out of the village of Welburn (walking towards the A64).  After about 50 metres follow a public footpath sign, and a gate on the left.

This takes you diagnally through the first field, then keep the hedgerow on your right. Here a wooden sign points you into the woods, belonging to the Castle Howard Estate. And what pretty old woodland it is.  Just look at the size of this oak tree.

ancient woodland walk near Castle Howard

It reduces me to Borrower size proportions!

Then you follow the path uphill until you come to The Centenary Way path a wide, flat, path running along a ridgeway; and turn left.

When you come to a gate turn right towards Castle Howard and you’ll come to a track.

Views of Castle Howard

The bridge ahead takes you into Castle Howard’s grounds (don’t go this way unless you have an entrance ticket).

Take a left along the track. Here you get a clear view of Castle Howard’s hugh mausoleum (to the right) and as you walk half a mile down this track, the famous Atlas Fountain and Castle Howard house itself comes into view.

view from walk near Castle Howard

The Countryside

When you reach a turret (a folly) take a way-marked left down the fields toward a farm on the edge of Welburn and follow the way marked sign to the village high street.

Just before you decend into Welburn, take time to admire the views. Just look at that stunning rolling countryside with the Yorkshire Wolds in the distance.  It’s no surprise that the Howardian Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is it?

walk near Castle Howard

Now you have a choice of refreshments in Welburn – The Crown and Cushion pub or the Leaf and Loaf cafe?  I couldn’t possibly recommend one over the other!   If I had to choose, I’d say “both”!

refreshments after your walk

And all this within a 5 mile drive of Spring Cottage, where you’ll find details of this walk, and many others.

Stay at Spring Cottage and walk near Castle Howard to your heart’s content.

Emmerse yourself fully in Yorkshire’s green and pleasant land with a special place to call home at the end of your day’s walking.

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