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Luxuriously Restored Family Friendly 300 year old English Country Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Very spacious 3 bed luxury cottage, secluded garden, fast WIFI, family friendly

Step inside Yew Tree Cottage, and close your eyes. Smell the fresh bacon and eggs delivered from the local organic butcher sizzling in the kitchen. Hear the crackling wood-burning stove, which heats the family room and beyond. Feel the cool, renovated wood floors beneath your feet and nearly 300 years of history built into the walls. Quite simply, Yew Tree Cottage is a delight for the senses.

Ideal for families or couples in need of a break from the professional city life, Yew Tree Cottage sleeps up to six guests. Meticulously renovated and mindfully decorated, this one-of-a-kind country retreat embodies luxury living both inside and out. Natural materials, warm hues, subdued patterns, tasteful artwork and carefully selected fabrics create a classic, cosy British vibe with a nod to the surrounding environment and years gone by.

Get comfortable in one of Yew Tree Cottage’s three downstairs living spaces. Make a favourite family meal in the kitchen, where you’ll find a full welcome basket with fresh bread, butter, milk, eggs, bacon, tea, coffee, cake and a complimentary bottle of wine – all sourced from local farmers and bakers. To make cooking even easier, expect to find a well-stocked pantry and refrigerator.

Toss a few pieces of pre-cut firewood into the wood-burning stove, and hunker down in the family room with one of the many DVDs or a PS2 game. And in the dining room, gather around the solid oak rectory table, which is also ideal for playing board games or putting together jigsaw puzzles late into the evening.

If you’ve got little ones in tow, there’s no need to worry: Toddler toys, a high chair, plastic cutlery, a travel cot, and other kid-friendly gear are all freely available for your use. We even supply extra nappies, a steriliser and bottle warmer! We know what it's like to pack for children and have tried to ensure the home is equipped with everything you might need.

At night, claim a stylish bedroom to call your own. The master bedroom features a super king-sized bed, the cottage’s original fireplace and other high-end touches, and the guest bedroom boasts a double bed and beautiful views across the open fields beyond. A third room has 2 single beds which can be joined to make a large double and it's also got the cottage library – perfect for anyone who needs a bit of space to call their own. (Don’t worry: A great selection of books and magazines means you’ll never be bored!)

A downstairs toilet as well as a well-appointed bathroom on the second floor offer ample room to spread out and freshen up. Prepare to be spoiled with a traditional roll-top bath/shower, underfloor heating and complimentary Aesop bathroom products with hints of ginger root and geranium fragrances.

Throw open the patio door to find Yew Tree Cottage’s lavish details spilled out into your own private garden. On sunny days, take advantage of the barbeque grill and dine outside in style at the outdoor dining table. Come night, soak in the starry skies, which escape unscathed from city light (and street lights!)

Of course, Yew Tree Cottage’s prominent location in the heart of a typical Yorkshire village is simply a bonus to this already spectacular property. Positioned close to a pub and within easy reach of the coast, moors and dales, it’s the perfect place for a day of exploring. And don't miss the chance to explore the local market town of Malton - Yorkshire’s Food Capital - just a few minutes away.

Beyond the attention to physical details, your holiday at Yew Tree Cottage is seamless from the moment you make contact about a stay. Don’t be surprised by how simple it is to truly kick back and relax. After all, this is your hard-earned holiday.

In Summary:

* Large spacious 3 bedroom cottage,

* Bedrooms - 1 super king, 1 double and 2 singles which can be made into a large double. All with luxury linen, and comfortable beds

* Sleeps up to 6 guests, plus room for cot sleeping infants

* Family sized bathroom with luxurious claw foot bath and shower with underfloor heating

* Private and secluded outdoor garden with family sized bbq and entertaining area

* Free, fast fibre broadband and wifi with access to internet on smartTV's in bedroom and lounge

* Nestled in the Howardian Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty

* Close to Malton the Yorkshire Food Capital, York, Castle Howard, and market towns of Helmsley, Harome, Thornton-le-Dale and more

* Pub just a few doors down from the cottage serving great food and ale

* Price is all inclusive; towels, linen, electricity, wood for the wood stove, and many amenities are all included in the price

More Details

Property Manager
Natasha McCabe
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 June, 2018

About Natasha McCabe

We are Natasha and Paul, and we’d like to be the first to welcome you to Yew Tree Cottage.

When we first encountered Yew Tree, it was love at first sight. Being from London, people thought we were crazy buying something so unfamiliar to us, but how could we pass up this beautiful farmhouse? Built in 1750, it has such a rich history: The town’s water came from the back garden well (which still exists but is no longer used), and it was once a home to evacuees during World War II. Yew Tree’s captivating countryside, the lovely town of Westow, the plentiful fresh air and all the open fields were merely an added bonus.

For many years, we've continuously worked to renovate Yew Tree back to its former glory, and added several special touches along the way to elevate it from simply charming to downright chic.

We want our guests to have a brilliant experience from the moment they enquire about staying with us to the moment they shut the door on their way out. As such, everything we do and offer – from timely communications to a fully stocked kitchen – is focused on a great guest experience.

We are proud supporters of the local community, and we love to share that with those who stay at our property. Fresh coffee, meat, eggs, baked goods and milk are all supplied by local farmers and business owners. As a member of the community (at least for a short while!), we encourage you to make yourself at home at Yew Tree Cottage.

Natasha McCabe purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Natasha McCabe chose Westow

Whether its a romantic break, or family getaway, Yew Tree Cottage is the perfect place. Its an original farmhouse built in 1750 and has a real charm - a warm feeling when you walk in that its well loved and homely. Everything has been thought of to ensure you are well looked after, relaxed and feel refreshed to enjoy your well deserved holiday. We also do not forget about the kids - whatever the age they'll also be well looked after.

What makes this cottage unique

A beautiful stone cottage, with all the mod-cons - open fire, wood stove, nest controlled heating, fibre broadband, plenty of unique artefacts dotted around the rooms to give it that extra special comfortable feel and welcome. Its truly a home away from home. Enjoy your break - you deserve it!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Our second stay at Yew Tree Cottage and just as great as the first.

The owners really have an eye for decoration, it feels so cosy and homely.

Great Location, near to York but still in a lovely small village with a fantastic pub on the door step (if your visiting the pub for food at the weekend remember to book!).

We leave Yew Tree Cottage already planning our next visit.

We will definitely be back.
Feb 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Westow in Ryedale District

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Main Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Full ceramic claw foot bath fitting 2 adults comfortably
    Bathroom - Toilet , ground floor with sink.
  • The luxuriously appointed bathroom includes a beautiful traditional roll top bath with shower, underfloor heating, washbasin and toilet. Indulge in the complimentary Aesop bathroom products with wonderful earthy ginger root and geranium fragrances.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Second Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Child Bed , 2 Cot , Space for 2 cots, also have toddler ready beds available
    Third Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , 2 Child Bed , 2 Cot , Space for 2 cots, and 2 toddler ready beds if required
  • Master Bedroom: A great sized upstairs sleeping area with the main bedroom a super king size bed and 32' plasma TV on the wall, DVD player under characterful ceiling. Plenty of space for luggage, large chest of drawers, full wardrobe, and even more space for travel cot(s) Guest Bedroom: A double bed under a characterful sloping ceiling, with beautiful view across the open fields. Hanging space, chest of drawers and stool also in the room. Third Bedroom: Two single beds which can be made in to a double with luxury bed linen. Book shelves, and kids toys, dvds etc. We also have two travel cots available for children up to 2 years. There are 2 toddler ready beds available for children up to 4 years. Bed rails are also available for those little ones preferring to sleep in a big bed!
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • 4 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
Yew Tree Cottage has been set up with you in mind to make your stay as relaxing and hassle free as possible. You'll find much, much more than the usual inclusions at our cottage. We want your stay to be extra special and have that truly unforgettable experience. We can arrange a multitude of services, whether its an organic fruit and veg box and local quality meats delivered to your door, down to the more specialised services such as private chef, nanny services and beauty and pampering.


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Luxuriously Restored Family Friendly 300 year old English Country Cottage
average rating of 4.909091 based on 35 reviews

Wonderful, family friendly accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Our 3rd stay in this beautifully presented, clean and well equipped property and it won’t be our last. The cottage has everything we could ask for catering for babies, toddlers and older children. Nothing is too much trouble for the owners who were very accommodating when we had to change last minute plans due to family illness. If there is anything you need for your little ones, just ask Natasha...chances are she’ll be able to provide it from bottle warmers to bed guards! The location is ideal with so much to do near by and an excellent gastronpub a couple of doors down. Easy access to York, beaches and other attractions. Thoroughly recommend a break at Yew Tree cottage!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in wonderful Westow!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Westow Cottage. The place is immaculately presented and everything works perfectly - from the very well appointed kitchen to the super comfy beds. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous country cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Yew Tree cottage and would highly recommend to anyone wanting to visit York and the surrounding areas.

The cottage was immaculate, tastefully decorated, and had everything we could possibly want. Even toys were supplied for the children!

Natasha was on hand to answer any questions prior to, and during, our stay, and the extra little touches such as the welcome hamper really made our stay special.

Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 10-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous country property superbly renovated

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a cottage stay near to york and other Yorkshire villages and one which was equipped to a high standard and we found just that in Yew Tree. Its owners attention to detail was outstanding and we really felt relaxed and well provided for. We were left a super hamper filled with lots of local produce and of an excellent quality. We were already looking at when we could return whilst we were still there. You won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great cottage, relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is lovely, and catered for all our needs. It was clean and as described. The location was great - lovely and quiet, yet we were only 10 minutes away from the nearest town (Malton). It was easy to access the coast and there was plenty to do locally - especially with a 3 year old! The pub a few doors down served lovely food.

All in all a lovely holiday in a lovely cottage - would recommend

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
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Beautiful, comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week with our 2 1/2 year old. The cottage is beautifully decorated and very well appointed and was a real home from home. Our toddler particularly enjoyed the large selection of books and toys.

Natasha took a lot of time to understand our needs and all of the additional equipment we had discussed was duly provided. The ability to pre order meat, milk and newspapers was also a lovely touch - and the sausages were delicious! The takeaway service offered by the Blacksmiths Arms was excellent. I wish we had such a place at home!

There was plenty in the local area to keep us occupied and we particularly enjoyed our trips to Castle Howard, Whitby and the National Railway Museum in York.

I would recommend Yew Tree Cottage to friends and family without hesitation and would certainly stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
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York Minster
Great place to visit for the oldie-worldie of York and also some unique shops to visit.
Flamingo Land Resort
So much to see and do here - whether its the zoo or the theme parks, theres something for al...
Castle Howard
There's an arboretum to walk around, extensive castle grounds, and not to mention the beaut...
The Yorkshire Food Capital and lovely selection of independent shops
Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Blacksmith Arms
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
4.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Blacksmith Arms Gastro Pub
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Car: recommended

Nestling deep in the Ryedale countryside, walking distance to the abbey ruins of Kirkham Priory, Westow is a pleasant village located just 4 miles south of Malton and 12 miles from the historical city of York. Castle Howard is just down the road, the river Derwent is a beautiful spot for fishing, or walking, and the moors and coast are a fantastic day trip.

Much of the village, including Yew Tree Cottage is designated a conservation area, in recognition of the need to preserve the attractiveness of the settlement as its located in the Howardian Hills; an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Step out in to the night and due to no street lights, you'll see a fantastic view of the evening sky. In the morning wake up to fresh milk bottles delivered to your door.

The village has a well-regarded pub called the Blacksmith Arms and a wide range of local amenities are available for delivery to the cottage and in the market town of Malton.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Prices are all inclusive of linen, towels, electricity, heating, firewood.
Weekly bookings can start on a Monday or a Friday
5% discount available for couples. Please enquire at time of booking.
Minimum of 3 night stay

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.