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Luxury Holiday Cottages, One Mile From The Ever Popular Market town of Helmsley - Bilsdale Cottage Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)

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Updated: 22-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online


Bilsdale Cottage Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)

Bilsdale Cottage sleeps 4.

Lounge with dining area, kitchen and two bedrooms (one double and one twin), Bathroom with wash hand basin, bath with shower over and wc.

About the property


In a maginificent position on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, offering far reaching views of the wooded valleys and countryside. The four cottages are converted 18th century stone farm buildings. Great care has been taken in creating each one to blend in with the original features with all the modern conveniences you would expect. Still boasting timbered ceilings and stone walls, each cottage has a well equipped kitchen, gas fired heating, electricity for cooking and entertainment. There is a colour tv with freeview, DVD player, CD/radio and a microwave in each cottage, along with an iron and ironing board and hairdryer. All bed linen, together with towels and tea towels provided. All cottages are non-smoking. 3,4 and 7 night breaks available all year. Our full weeks commence Friday or Monday in main season but we can be flexible in winter.

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About the Owner

Lydia Scott
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 March, 2017

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Deposit of £100 per cottage to be made on booking (debit cards free, credit cards +2%) and the balance to be paid one month prior to arrival date.

Please ring for late availability prices (from 2 nights available, fiexible start date). 01439 770980.

Short Breaks all year Mon-Fri or Fri-Mon (flexible on start date and two nights also available if within one week of reservation or). Please e-mail or ring and ask!

Changeover Day:
Changeover days Friday or Monday (flexible in winter months). Arrival from 3pm, depart before 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for full weeks commencing Friday or Monday (flexible in winter). Please look for your chosen start date to find the tariff. Short breaks available all year, Fri-Sun, Friday-Monday or Monday-Friday (flexible on start dates during winter months)- prices from £130 - please see website. Christmas/New Year-3 nights £340, additional nights £60. 7 nights £540.
Dogs (one large or two small) welcome in two cottages, £15 per short break or £20 per week per dog.

7 Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)


Sproxton holiday cottages

  • 5 of 5

Upon our arrival the heating was on , milk and everything needed to make that first cup of tea , including a lemon drizzle cake . The cottage is well decorated and the fixtures and fittings are of a high standard , including the white bed linen and fluffy towels . The views from the windows are simply breath taking . We have used owners direct several times but Sproxton holiday cottages are the best to date --- we highly recommend these cottages as a peaceful and tranquil place for a break away to Yorkshire .

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Kingston upon Hull

Lovely cosy cottage with beautiful views

  • 4 of 5

Just arrived back from a lovely stay at Bilsdale Cottage. Our children enjoyed being near the hens, sheep and alpacas! And so did Louie (the dog) Brilliant location 5 minutes from Helmsley and we managed to visit Castle Howard, Hutton Le Hole, Lastingham and Pickering! Even got to Roseberry topping and Guisborough before heading home. The location is perfect and we will be back again to stay. Very tasty homemade cake was a nice touch for our arrival. Many thanks 😊

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you again soon!
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Cosy & Comfortable Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for the first time for a mid-week break mid January to coincide with my birthday. So glad my wife found this whilst researching affordable dog friendly cottages in the Helmsley area, as our small Cavalier King Charles comes everywhere with us. We never got to meet the new owner Lydia but her communications were welcomingly helpful and accurate and she was very flexible. I did meet her charming husband on early morning dog walks.

We found Bilsdale well presented, well equipped, clean and comfortable. Ideal for the two (+ 1) of us. It even has the unexpected bonus of a hip bath under the shower.

It was a nice touch by the owner to leave a cake for us upon arrival.

The useful instructions, and local area information, were very welcome too.

We have already recommended Sproxton Hall Cottages to our friends on the strength of this one visit, and would gladly return.

Thank you Lydia (and Mr Scott?).

  • Review Submitted: Jan 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the positive feedback. I am happy to hear that you and King Charles enjoyed your stay at Sproxton and look forward to meeting you when you return. kind regards, Lydia
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Bilsdale Cottage for a short break at the end of the school holidays with my partner and two children. I can't speak highly enough of the accommodation. Not only is it lovely, clean and comfortable but the surroundings are first class. Our children had such fun feeding the sheep and chickens and searching for eggs. Gill makes you feel very welcome and we booked to go back straight away. There is lots to do in the local area - check out the International Centre for Birds of Prey and 'The Feathers' in Helmsley.

Everyone we spoke to staying in the other cottages were return visitors which says a lot for the standard Sproxton Hall Cottages offer. I would recommend to friends and family without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing Week

  • 5 of 5

Greeted on arrival as Gill and Tim were sorting the sheep for their shows. The cottage far surpassed our expectations with no expense spared on furnishings. This was the perfect base for exploring the moors by day and chilling out by night. We visited many places throughout the week including villages (Helmsley, Pickering, Appleton Le Moors) and seaside resorts (Scarborough, Whitby) travelled on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (steam train) getting off at Goathland (Heartbeat Village) and getting back on to Whitby. We had a great day at Flamingo Land too. We thought that the local information pack provided by the host was ideal as it told us local pubs we could take the dog and used that information as we went to the Royal Oak in Helmsley for a swift one most nights as it is only 5 mins drive...but I had to have shandy being the driver :-( We also tried The Moors Inn which is a great drive, but watch out for the sheep in the road!!

Gill and Tim were great when it came to our kids and dog with their animals. They allowed my son to go egg hunting in the chicken coup even if they were away for the day, and our dog fell in love with the sheep and wanted to go and see them all the time.

Stacey is still in love with your springer pups but unfortunately we couldn't have one! Look forward to coming back next year hopefully with relatives in another one of your fabulous cottages!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Cottages

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd visit to the cottages and we will be back again next year. The cottage was spacious and homely, very clean and had everything we needed. Our daughter especially liked it when Jill,took her to feed the chickens and collect the eggs which had been laid that morning. The sheep and pigs were quite cute too. The views from the garden are amazing and I would recommend watching the sunset. The location is ideal for touring around. We went to Sandsend, Staithes and Whitby one day and Eden Camp another day. We also called at The Star which has a mitchelin star and is only a 10 min drive away in Harome. The food and the beer garden was amazing. Would definately recommend and will be back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Helmsley at 1.5 Miles Nearest Train : Malton at 15 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Helmsley at 1.5 Miles Car: necessary


Beaches can be found approx. 30 miles away on the east coast, including Whitby, Scarborough, etc.


Our cottages stand in the peaceful hamlet of Sproxton, just over one mile from the ever popular market town of Helmsley. Some of the country's top attractions are right on your doorstep. Including York (cobbled streets, quaint shops, Minster and Viking Centre), Rievaulx Abbey, Castle Howard, Nunnington Hall and Ryedale Folk Museum. Nearby Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo and the famous North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway are favourites with children and adults alike. All within thirty mins.

Further Details:

Just over one mile from the ever popular market town of Helmsley. On the banks of the River Rye, Helmsley is reputed to be one of Yorkshire's most popular market towns, offering shops, delhis, restaurants, pubs and cafes. It is a gathering point for walkers starting the Cleveland and Ebor Way. Sproxton Hall Cottages are in fact situated on the Ebor Way.

We have three alpacas at Sproxton, Hercules, Horatio and Heathcliffe.


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Golf ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: The cottages have a shared garden to the front with table/chairs for al-fresco dining. A further area for sitting out is available (picnic benches) on the paddock adjacent to the cottages. We have sheep, pigs and chickens within our two acre site, all of which can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

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