Owl Cottage ref: UK12710

Low Marishes, near Pickering, North York Moors

5 Stars



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  • Barbecue 
  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Rural Location 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Working Farm 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Open Plan 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Owl Cottage is a beautiful, semi-detached barn conversion set within the owner’s working beef farm near the picturesque village of Thornton-le-Dale. This traditional Yorkshire village is within the North York Moors National Park and on the edge of Dalby Forest, making it the perfect location for a small family to enjoy outdoor adventures during their holiday. Stone built and retaining many of the original beams, this property is a real hidden gem.

On entering the property, the open plan living area is flooded with natural light. The farmhouse style kitchen and breakfast bar is spacious and well stocked with everything you would need to cook a delicious meal after a day exploring the National Park. The comfy seating surrounding the large flat screen TV provides the perfect place to sit and relax whilst planning the next days adventures. The deep sofa provides the additional sleeping. To the end of the cottage is the large kingsize bedroom and opposite is a shower room. The cottage is decorated sympathetically with hues of grey and cream, and has a real home away from home feel. Outside there is a large enclosed patio with seating offering views across open countryside where you can sit and watch the owls hunt at dusk, and dawn if you’re an early riser! The sun sets and the night sky here is breathtaking.

This part of North Yorkshire is stunning and has many opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. If you enjoy walking and hiking, Dalby Forest is the place for you. It is claimed that this area is also the best in the country for off road cycling, with world class trails as well as green runs for the less experienced. Barbecues are strategically placed throughout the forest encouraging visitors to spend the full day here. For the true adrenalin junkie, why not take in the views from the tree tops with a visit to Go Ape, also found in Dalby Forest.

A short drive from Owl Cottage brings you to the ’Foodie Capital’ of North Yorkshire, Malton, which plays hosts to independent shops, cafés, restaurants, delis, tea rooms and some quite lovely antique shops. The family theme park of Flamingo Land, with its themed rollercoasters and rides, is also a short drive away, along with Eden Camp and the stately home of Castle Howard, home of Granada’s ’Brideshead Revisited’ and ITV’s ’Victoria’. The medieval city of York is also within travelling distance, as are the coastal towns of Scarborough, Filey and Whitby. This charming cottage is situated perfectly for exploring all that this part of North Yorkshire has to offer. Beach 17½ miles. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space: With beams and wooden floor.
Living area: With 32" Freeview TV and single sofa bed.
Dining area: With breakfast bar.
Kitchen area: Farmhouse style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

First floor

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Use of owner’s washing machine and tumble dryer available on request.


Enclosed patio with garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: There is a step to the patio.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    4 miles
  • Distance
    5 miles
  • Restaurant
    5.0 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    5 miles
  • Railway station distance
    6.0 miles
  • Lake
    11 miles

About the local area

To the north of York lies the North York Moors, a national park and one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK. The area is bordered by the awe-inspiring North Sea coast cliffs and the Cleveland and Hambleton Hills.

Wild and windswept, the landscape of the North York Moors is breathtaking. Visitors will find miles of purple heather moorland, dense pine forests, hills and coastline. The space and solitude of the moors and its hidden valleys contrasts with the busy villages and towns found dotted in and around the area. They provide excellent opportunities to stop for a drink, a meal or for a taste of culture and tradition, from ancient castles to modern day attractions.

Many visit for the outdoor pursuits on offer. There are thousands of kilometres of paths and tracks to follow on the moors, from short strolls to days-long treks. For serious walkers, hikers and cyclists, the North York Moors are crossed by a number of long distance footpaths, including the Cleveland Way and the famed Coast to Coast walk. For a more leisurely but no less stunning experience, travel the 18 mile journey on the steam railway from Grosmont to Pickering, right through the Moors.

Visit popular destinations in and around the national park. Rievaulx Abbey and its landscape gardens are beautiful, while Helmsley and Pickering are both renowned for their ancient castles. For family-friendly options, try the grounds of Castle Howard or the Ryedale Miniature Railway, as well as the coastline dotted with rock pools and gentle waves.

Things to do nearby

The National Railway Museum

Home to the 'Flying Scotsman', visitors will discover the story of the train with three large galleries to explore and the only Bullet Train outside Japan.

Castle Howard

An historic 18th century house with extensive collections, sweeping park lands and famous gardens. Outdoor tours, events, exhibitions and guides. Adventure playground, plant centre, farm shop and gift shop.

Dalby, Great Yorkshire Forest
Dalby, Great Yorkshire Forest

8,000 acres of forest to explore and enjoy. The nine mile drive gives visitors access to play areas, BBQ places, waymarked trails and cycle routes. Plenty of wildlife. Visitor Centre (wheelchair friendly). Refreshments and cycle hire.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

One of the country's most popular steam railways, covering 18 miles between the market town of Pickering and the village of Grosmont, travelling through the heart of the North York Moors National Park.


Pickering is a tranquil market town situated in the centre of the Vale of Pickering, the official gateway to the North York Moors National Park.

Sledmere House

Home to Sir Tatton Sykes, there has been a manor house at Sledmere since medieval times. The present house was begun in 1751 and extended in the 1790s. Visitors will find beautiful interiors and peaceful walled gardens.

York Minster

York Minster is the largest medieval Gothic Church north of the Alps. It is a prime example spanning from Roman remains in the foundations through its time as a Norman Church and of course the 250 year period it took to complete.

Yorkshire Lavender

Double award winning visitor attraction, farm and gardens. Specialist lavender, herb and perennial nursey, gift shop, restaurant, lavendar maze , sculpture and deer park all set within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Nunnington Hall

The sheltered walled garden, with spring flowering organic meadows, orchards and peacocks, complements this beautiful Yorkshire house nestling on the quiet banks of the River Rye. Explore period rooms while hearing about the Hall's past.

Wolds Way Lavender

A family run attraction with lots to see and do. Lavender fields, nature walks, tea room and giftshop selling unique gifts.

Jorvik Viking Centre

The world famous Jorvik Viking Centre is a `must-see' for visitors to the city of York and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK outside London. Everything in the Jorvik Viking Centre is based on the evidence unearthed at the site.

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