At-a-glance details

  • Guests 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Preferred changeover day Friday
  • Minimum stay 3 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 2
  • Acorn rating 4 What's this?
  • Reference 020021

About Cockayne Cottage

Come in off the high moors to recharge in this rural Yorkshire farmhouse, tucked away in the farming valley of Bransdale.

Air doesn’t get fresher than at this rustic farmhouse, nestled in a deep green dale of the North York Moors National Park. With sweeping views over the valley to the bleak moors beyond, and located in an historic, secluded hamlet, it’s a wonderful place to refresh, explore, and revitalise.

Rustic in style with old ledge and brace doors and low ceilings throughout, the cottage mixes traditional aesthetic with modern comforts. Entering via the rear lobby, you’ll find a handy boot room to the left and sitting room ahead. Exposed beams and a log burner set inside a large, stone-lintelled fireplace make this a cosy spot for reading. Next door, the contemporary kitchen leads into the dining room and upstairs are a modern bathroom and three bedrooms which all overlook the front garden and views of the valley.

The garden is large, grassy and fully enclosed, with furniture provided, making it a lovely spot to sit with your four-legged friend and admire views over the church and valley. There are outhouses that can be used for bike storage and parking for 2-4 cars.

The road to Cockayne Cottage is a quiet lane with no through access. The area is a haven for wildlife, and likewise, walkers, cyclists, and nature lovers. Many routes crisscross the dale, including the Cleveland Way trail that picks up the northern end of Cockayne Ridge. For those who prefer exploring on two wheels, the Bransdale Loop is highly recommended. Kirkbymoorside, a small market town, is 10 miles away providing, shops, cafés, an art gallery, and several pubs. Venture a little further afield to Scarborough or Whitby for dog-friendly beaches (outside summer restrictions), and fish and chip dinners. The picturesque market town of Helmsley is a short 12 mile drive away.

For a day away from the moors, Nunnington Hall is an easy 15-mile drive, where you can see the curious Carlisle collection of miniature rooms. Rievaulx Terrace offers a wooded walk above the Rye Valley with stunning views down over the Cistercian ruin of Rievaulx Abbey, 18 miles away. And finally, if the city is calling, then York itself is just over an hour’s drive from the cottage.


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  • Unrivalled locations
  • Free entry to our places
  • Award-winning customer service
  • Help us care for nature, beauty and history

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  • Postpone or refund with no admin fee
  • Enhanced cleaning regime
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Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer available
  • Dishwasher available
  • Washing machine available
  • Tumble dryer available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television available
  • DVD available
  • WiFi* available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden available
  • BBQ not available


  • Ground floor

    Boot room, kitchen, dining room and sitting room.

  • First floor

    Bathroom, twin bedroom (which can be a super king on request), single bedroom, super king bedroom.

Notes for guests

Access: The accessibility guide is for guidance only. For up to date photos, please see the images on the webpage.

Heating: Oil fired central heating is included.  There is also a wood burning stove in the sitting room.

Garden: Large fully enclosed, dog friendly garden with a lawn at the front of the house, complete with outdoor furniture. The garden overlooks the church with views across Bransdale. Garden furniture and bicycle storage can be found in an outhouse adjacent to the cottage.

Parking: There is hard-standing parking for 2 to 4, vehicles at higher level than house. Two stone steps to negotiate to get down to house level. Approximately 3 metres from closest parking space to rear entrance of cottage.

WiFi: We are pleased to provide free WiFi at this cottage which is supported by Moorsweb. Please note that intermittent connection problems can sometimes occur and should not be relied upon.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm.

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About the Acorn rating

To help find the best cottage for you, we have created our own quality rating system for our holiday cottages called the Acorn rating. Ranging from 1-5 Acorns, the rating gives you an indication of a property’s facilities, fixtures and fittings, with five being the highest quality level. The Acorn rating is not connected to any other industry rating system that may be used for holiday cottages and is only to be used as a guide that covers location, style of interior and the facilities you may be looking for. We do not set our cottage pricing based on the Acorn rating we have given a cottage as all our cottages are of an individual nature. Therefore, we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice. In addition, some of our cottages are curated to be sympathetic to their time period. This means that they might not have all of the aspects of modern living, but impress in so many other ways.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose and clean. Running water and a toilet are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities – details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied with a few exceptions, which are again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. In general, a 1 Acorn cottage does not have WiFi.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high number of guests to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 Acorn cottages have WiFi and the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied in all 2-5 Acorn cottages.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage.

4 Acorn: these cottages have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally the ratio of bathrooms to guests is likely to be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers instead of showers over baths.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. This is the highest offer available. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage or is set within an extraordinary location or building. The furniture is of a high standard, and has real comfort for modern living.

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