Fox Cottage

Helmsley, Yorkshire
+44(0)7787 500228

A charming village cottage for four, with pubs and a great market on the doorstep, wild moors and the coast a short drive away


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Pets welcome

The Experience

It’s relaxing here surrounded by William Morris wallpaper and 18th-century beams. Wake to the gentle chime of church bells, stroll to the shop for a breakfast loaf and cook together in the kitchen. Spend days out walking along the Cleveland Way with dogs in tow, thaw out cold toes in front of the open fire, and amble out through Helmsley’s chocolate box charming streets in search of dinner.

It’s a spoiling place for romantics with a sun-trap courtyard for lazy light evenings and a spa at the Feversham Arms where you can book yourselves in to be cossetted. Families and friends would be quite happy here too, in the two chintzy bedrooms – older children will love the attic. 

You’re in the perfect spot for getting out and about, at the gateway to the moors with the coast just 30 minutes’ drive away. York city is under an hour: walk around the walls, browse the shops in Stonegate and return to Hemsley in time for tea.

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We think you'll love

  • Exploring lovely, lively Helmsley on foot – no car needed once you’re here
  • The cosy charm of the cottage
  • Having adventurous days out around the moors and the coast
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You should know

  • The cottage is right on the road
  • Only children over seven can stay
  • Parking is on the street and can be tricky on market days


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Children over 7 welcome. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £50
Weekly price
from £350
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 4
From £503 beds2 bedrooms


A super stay at Fox Cottage. A repeat visit and this time joined by a friend, who like us, fell in love with both the Cottage and Helmsley itself. Fox Cottage has such character; William Morris wallpaper, cosy open fire, some delightful antique furniture and interesting fox additions to reflect its name. Extremely well equipped kitchen, modern bathroom - with double shower and separate bath. Home from home and all that we could wish for. Tempted for future visits? Yes, very much so!

Neil, Wroxham

Our second visit to the lovely Fox Cottage, and we've booked a further two visits for next year. It's so handy for many local towns and places of interest, Helmsley itself is a super little market town with some great places to eat, and parking was easy throughout our stay. Ben listens to feedback and indeed welcomes it. So many changes since our last stay and all for the better, thank you Ben & Rosie.

Martyn, Norwich

We had a very comfortable stay at Fox Cottage which was perfectly placed to allow us to explore a beautiful part of the country, including a visit to Whitby on the coast. The accommodation was clean and tidy and all arrangements made with the owners went very smoothly. We would certainly recommend this lovely holiday cottage.


This is a lovely cosy cottage in the heart of Helmsley, within walking distance of some great shops, cafes and places to eat. Very clean and well equipped. It has a small sunny garden and is very quiet and peaceful. Very helpful owner. We shall certainly be back.

Rosemary, Thornton-Cleveleys

We stayed at Fox Cottage for one week commencing 8 May 2021. The cottage is extremely well appointed, very clean and perfectly located within minutes of the delightful town centre of Helmsley which itself is a perfect base for exploring the North Yorkshire Moors. We enjoyed our visit so much that we have rebooked for a two week stay next year. We have no hesitation in recommending this lovely cottage.

Martin, Wolverhampton

Lovely, peaceful & charming cottage. Like home from home. Perfectly located for Helmsley.

Vic, Halifax

Fox Cottage in Helmsley is a little gem. We have stayed there four times so far. The cottage is homely and comfortable and fully equipped, a home from home. It is ideally located near to the market square where there are all the shops you need and we intend to stay there for many years to come.

Sue, Newport, Essex

cottage very nice loads of hand gel in most rooms,parking not easy afternoons when busy in Helmsley.

June, Stanley

Lovely cottage, cosy and easy access into the town. Lovely walks and plenty to do close by. Good size rooms and pretty courtyard garden. Birds of prey, local micro brewery a must.

Janet, Stafford

And we're back and it just feels like home! Lovely cottage, superb location and a fabulous break, what more can you ask. It might have to be September for next year though, watching the beaters coming back from the moors in full tweed gear just adds to the experience. Thank you.

Malcolm, Warwicks

I have to be honest and say that I could live in Helmsley, it has such a huge list of things going for it. Add the beautiful Fox Cottage to the mix along with being able to take the dog and it becomes just a genuine delight. I stayed there last year for the first time and booked again for this year almost as soon as I got home. It is cosy, great value and in a superb location literally minutes from the village square. Just light the fire, sit back and relax...

Malcolm, Warwicks

We absolutely loved our stay at Fox Cottage in the beautiful village of Helmsley. Close to amenities and the Cleveland Way. The cottage is very comfortable and fully equipped with everything you need, a real "home away from home" Wouldn't hesitate to stay again.... highly recommend!

Jean, London

Fox Cottage is an extremely clean and comfortable cottage, well equipped with all necessities. Excellent communication by owner who was both considerate and accommodating. A very appealing period cottage in a picturesque village. Very highly recommended!

Alan & Nancy, Delta, British Columbia, Canada

Fox Cottage is a delightful, cosy cottage complete with toasty open fire and beautiful William Morris wallpaper. The kitchen is modern, very well equipped and bright, yet still retains a cottagey charm. Well priced for singles, couples or a small family, this delightfully quirky cottage features a stunning, large master bedroom and equally huge bathroom with walk in shower and separate bath. Its a perfect, peaceful bolt hole conveniently situated just a couple of minutes stroll from the bustling main square of Helmsley. In fact, Fox Cottage is so good, we have booked to return again in 2019.

Melanie, Hampshire

Fox Cottage is a delightful, cosy, country retreat for 4 people and their dog. It is full of character with the old beams, open fire and William Morris wallpaper. The small yard is a lovely sun trap, and the good-sized kitchen is well equipped. The unusually large bathroom is a surprise, and the characterful bedrooms made for relaxation. One of the best things is that all the delights of the vibrant market town of Helmsley are right on your doorstep, with plenty to discover.

Caroline, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

You’re in the heart of the village but the cottage feels tucked away, on a peaceful stretch of the High Street with pale gold houses on either side. Helmsley has lots going on: a buzzy Friday farmers’ market, a thriving shopping street and lots of pubs and restaurants you can get to on foot – try and resist the window display in the Cinnamon Twist bakery just along the road. Stock the cupboards with goodies from Hunters Deli and pick up country clothes for rambles at Browns department store. Helmsley Castle and gardens are within a few minutes’ walk.

Local points of interest from Ben Galloway

  • Walking distance to Helmsley Castle, Helmsley Walled Garden, Duncombe Park and the International Centre for Birds of Prey
  • Next door to the Feversham Arms and Verbena Spa
  • Rievaulx Abbey, Terrace & Temples are walking distance - just 3 miles away
  • A bustling street market erupts every Friday in the market square. The square is also famous for its wonderful pubs - The Black Swan, The Feathers and The Royal Oak and a great selection of local shops and boutiques
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway just 13 miles away
  • Beautiful walks from the door step. Historic York and the North Yorkshire coast within easy reach by car


Ben Galloway

Printmaker and graphic designer Ben Galloway is a proud Yorkshireman – born in Beverley, he went to school at Ampleforth College and now lives in Hunmanby near the coast. He’s learnt the ropes of cottage rental from his mother, who has a Sawday’s property close by in Normanby, and is passionate about his side project, aiming to improve the cottage little by little each year.