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!

March 2019 – Anne and Martyn
A gem of a cottage!  We have had a wonderful and relaxing week.  We’ve enjoyed exploring the area in sunshine, wind and raid – and also just hiding from the rain in the cottage! Food at the pub in the village is also good -as was their welcome.  We must return to see all the things we’ve missed – including the steam railway which has not yet opened for the season. 

February 2019 – Sally, Stu, Sky and Cate
A gorgeous cottage with fabulous extra touches, thank you! We very much enjoyed our stay. Plenty to explore in the surrounding area and we managed to stay dry crossing the stepping stones at Egton Bridge! Off to Wharram Percy on our way home. Thanks again!

February 2019 – Alethea, Joe and baby Lily
We’ve had a wonderful week here at Spring Cottage – has been the perfect holiday before maternity leave ends 🙁 ! We do quite a lot of cottage breaks so are used to bringing lots from home with us but here you really don’t need to – there is everything! Lily loved the toys, books and swing. We loved the hamper on arrival and welcome information pack. Beautiful part of the world visiting Castle Howard, Whitby, Helmsley, Malton, Pickering and the garden at Spring Cottage of course!  We wold love to return again. Thank you.

December 2018 – Mary and Fred

We had a wonderfully quiet time after the Christmas madness. Lots of long walks in the bright sunshine over the hills – hardly saw a soul! Grapes Inn was marvellous for New Year’s Eve dinner and we can recommend the name sake in Slingsby too. Thank you for all the treats and for the festive decorations. The cottage is perfect!
November 2018 – Fiona and Jon
Our second visit and again it was pure bliss. So cosy and comfortable, we didn’t mind the weather. Lovely food and welcome at the local pub and nice walks and fresh air. So lovely then to come back and chill in front of the fire with nice nibbles and wine!!
November 2018 – Sandra and Andy
Our third holiday in this perfect cottage and I love it as much as the first time. It’s so home from home, it’s just perfect, please never change the approach. Killer cycle ride around Castle Howard; only help was the lovely chocolate brownies in the welcome box. Definitely coming back in summer soon, so we can enjoy your garden.
October 2018 – Andy, Gina and Aaron
There is nothing we would change! We loved everything about the cottage, everything has been carefully considered and we loved the compliments on arrival, also catering to dietary needs.  We will definitely return during warmer months as the garden is beautiful and in full bloom would be worth enjoying too.  Thank you for our relaxing break.
October 2018 – Jude, Sandra and Susan
We came for a couple of ‘girly’ days away and have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The cottage is beautifully located and has every need catered for. We can highly recommend the village pub for excellent food and service. Will definitely be coming back. Thank you!
September 2018 – Dolores & Fergus
Spring Cottage was a “home from home” for the week – a perfect base from which to explore this interesting region and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  Only one word needed to sum up Spring Cottage from its initial information pack through to its location, decor, fixtures and fittings, garden and welcoming owners …. Superb!
September 2018 – Val and Chris
Have so enjoyed our holiday exploring this beautiful area. The cottage being so comfortable, cosy and well equipped has been the ‘icing on the cake’. Beautiful garden too.
August 2018 – The Halls
Lovely stay and everything we needed. Can be especially tricky travelling with little ones. Lots of toys, things to keep busy. Enjoyed our days thoroughly.  Beautiful house, visited Flamingo Land, York Maze, Whitby, Scarborough beach.
August 2018 – Lorraine and family
What an absolute gem of a cottage which I quickly found myself calling home when we were out and about! So much to see and do here; particular highlights were York and the ‘pop up’ Shakespeare Rose Theatre, Hutton-le-Hole, Thornton-le-Dale and a trip west to the Bronte parsonage and museum.
August 2018 – Jo and John
Perfect place for a much needed break. Cottage very homely with everything we needed. Perfect weather to enjoy your lovely garden, village and pub (food very good!). Good place for bike rides too. Thanks Karen
July 2018 – The Cole Family
What an amazing cottage – it has everything you can think of. Really enjoyed the area. Recommend the steam train to Whitby and of course Filey seaside! Lovely meals at The Grapes Inn and Figaros in Pickering. The children have loved all the toys and we enjoyed playing new games. Will definitely recommend.
July 2018 – Tracey, Chris and Finn
Another fab holiday in this lovely cottage. Thanks again for all the treats, they were delicious. Weather has been great so definitely made the most of the gorgeous garden and the outdoor games. We’ve visited Flamingo Land, Levisham (The Horseshoe Inn – can highly recommend), Thornton le Dale, Helmsley and Malton. Love this cottage, can’t wait to return.
Holiday cottage close to Castle Howard

Castle Howard

July 2018 – Clare and John
Had a great week in this lovely cottage – here visiting family so was a treat to come back to in the evenings. Great attention to detail, lovely goodies (thank you) and everything so well stocked. Visited Hunmanby Gap, Dalby Forest and a couple of beautiful cricket pitches to watch the grandchildren play in their league. Ate a lovely meal at The Grapes.  And the weather has been stunning! (much cooler than in Suffolk!)
June 2018 – Lizzie and Michael
A lovely place to stay – pretty cottage and garden, well equipped and comfortable. Excellent walks and fun on the train to Whitby and visiting local towns and villages. National Trust property at Nunnington Hall was a great visit. Sadly the weather has not been BBQ suitable or good for lounging in the garden. However we had two great meals at The Grapes; experienced steak night – fillet steak for £15! Thank you Karen for all the Yorkshire goodies, including the lavender toiletries and for providing such a wealth of information to ensure a good holiday.
June 2018 – Diana and Andrew
The cottage is superbly equipped and well planned. We love the garden. We had 2 BBQs. We have been lucky with the weather. We ate in mostly because of the baby but had lovely days out; walked Helmsley to Rievaulx, visited Pickering Castle, Castle Howard grounds, had day out in Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay, enjoyed Malton and also the Scampston Walled Garden. Thanks Karen it was a lovely happy week!
May 2018 – The Walker family
We have had the most wonderful stay in Spring Cottage. Everything you could of wanted supplied. The special little touches, welcome pack, flowers, wine etc. The garden is beautiful, it was so nice to spend our afternoons in there, Emilie loved the swing. We visited Whitby, Helmsley, Thornton le Dale to name a few. We enjoyed a stroll to The Grapes for a beverage.  Would love to return!
April 2018 – Amanda, Andy, Freya and Harry
This was our second visit to the cottage and it was as superb as before. Weather unfortunately not that great but we had the warm time in the evenings to thaw us out! With two small children – love the fact that this cottage is so well equipped – from cot to cutlery! Saves me a huge amount of time. Hope to be back soon!
April 2018 – Martyn and Justina
This was our second visit to Spring Cottage and it was as fantastic as before. The weather has been dry most of the week and very hot the past couple of days. The cottage is a great base for exploring and we have been to the coast (Flossies tea room at Cloughton has fantastic views and is worth a visit), together with Staithes, Runswick Bay and Whitby.  We also enjoyed Fountains Abbey and driving over the moors. Castle Howard is as lovely as ever, even in the heat!  Thanks again Karen, we hope to be back again very soon.
April 2018 – The Foxall family
We had a great week’s stay at Spring Cottage. The views were amazing. We would recommend all National Trusts in the area.
March 2018 – The Holmes family
Wow! We have had a super lovely stay in this stunning cottage. The peace and tranquility (even with a 10 yr old and 8 yr old) was perfection. The cottage is amazing – comfortable, cozy, practical and well equipped. It’s a fab hub to experience a stunning area.
March 2018 – Tracy and Graham
Thank you Karen for a wonderful stay in a beautiful, relaxing and cosy cottage. We love it!
March 2018 – Geoffrey and Helen
The website, the booking process and the general impression said that this would be an excellent cottage for a restful holiday – and it certainly did not disappoint! The exceptional weather (Beast from the East) meant that we only ventured over the doorstep on three occasions – but the ambience of the cottage more than made up for the weather. Thanks for making this a really good holiday!
February 2018 – Jonathan and Sarah
We had a wonderful holiday in your beautiful cottage. The attention to detail was amazing and we didn’t want for anything.  We didn’t want to leave this morning.  Thank you so much and we look forward to re-visiting.
February 2018 – Mr & Mrs Hunt
Lovely cottage! For good food and hospitality we recommend The New Malton (in Malton!)
December 2017 – Brenda and Brian
Another cosy stay in Spring Cottage. This time to visit Castle Howard at Christmas. Wonderfully decorated rooms and amazing Christmas tree. A must see for yourself and the ‘posh’ afternoon tea is highly recommended!!
November 2017 – Jackie and Tom
Had a fabulous weekend here, a lovely cottage, great weather and a very special weekend. The extra touches were really lovely (particularly the cakes!) and it all helped to remind us what a wonderful county this is.
October 2017 – Jayne and Mick
Beautiful cottage, equipped exceptionally well. Little extras much appreciated. Had a lovely time. The Grapes pub well worth a visit. Thank you.
September 2017 – Stuart, Kerry and Hamish
What a gorgeous little cottage!! We have had a great time here and will definitely be back one day. The cottage really has everything you could possibly need. We loved the little extras for our little one – he loved playing with the toys and swings. You do a great job – thank you!
September 2017 – Elaine
Beautiful cottage, everything you need catered for. thank you for the treats, really nice after a long journey. I’ve been out and about visiting York, Castle Howard, Helmsley, Rievaulx Abbey, Harewood House and more. Sad to leave but would love to return. Thank you Karen and Simon x
September 2017 – Janet and Ken
Spring Cottage exceeded our expectations. It is comfortable and cosy in a nice setting and very clean. Welcome goodies were appreciated. We visited some nice places – Castle Howard, Beninbrough Hall and the Yorkshire aboretum.  We look forward to our return – thank you Karen
September 2017 – Amanda, Andy, Freya and Harry
Beautiful cottage with everything we needed – including little Harry! Thank you for our welcome supplies too – much needed! We will definitely be back.
August 2017 – The Dickinsons
Fantastic cottage, wonderful location and even the weather was good! Thank you for a lovely week – I’m sure we will be 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!

Whitby Harbour at sunset

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 here 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.

luxury cottage in Yorkshire with a gardenJune 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 ever 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
a special holiday cottage in YorkshireApril 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.

Surprise View at Gillamoor North York Moors

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.

And there’s more …

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! Holiday Cottage near Castle Howard 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! the galley kitchen in this luxury Yorkshire cottageAugust 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 familyself catering in Yorkshire 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.

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