Fox Cottage

York, Yorkshire

A cosy listed cottage in a much-loved Yorkshire town, near Pickering, Whitby and Thirsk, and close to dog-friendly, heather-clad moors


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Helmsley is a gem of a market town, with lovely, red-roofed, mellow stone buildings typical of the region’s architecture. Fox Cottage, listed and immaculately renovated, is on the high street, strolling distance from shops, pubs and eateries. Behind the front door – green, handsome and with a brass fox knocker – all is as cosy as can be. Stairs with rope hand-rails link the first two storeys, from the sitting room and kitchen to the double bedroom above, while the twin room is in the attic, perfect for the sprightly, reached by an open stair. Step in to find fitted carpets and restored beams, William Morris wallpaper and a real coal fire, gingham cushions on kitchen chairs, flower pictures and sporting prints, and the odd doorway to duck. Outside is a little furnished patio. Bedrooms are warm, carpeted and inviting; the shared bathroom, with characterful wall timbers intact, holds a bath and a huge walk-in shower. It’s no secret that the countryside is an explorer’s dream and Duncombe Park, a baroque mansion in fine gardens, is down the road – start of the Cleveland Way


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • Pub 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. 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 3 nights in high season. Children over 7 welcome. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £60
Weekly price
from £350
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 4
From £602 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

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