Garden Cottage at Ganthorpe Hall

Ganthorpe, Yorkshire
+44 (0)7404 852703
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£100 - £110
per night
£700 - £770
per week

The sweetest stone cottage for two in a peaceful hamlet; come for long walks and lazy evenings, country houses and a thriving foodie scene


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£100 - £110 per night

£700 - £770 per week

The Experience

Settle down in a tiny Yorkshire hamlet on the fringe of the Howardian Hills AONB. Originally the gardener’s cottage, it’s attached to Ganthorpe Hall, the owner’s family home, but you get a private entrance and pretty garden. Come to stride out into rural landscapes then return to hunker in front of the glowing wood-burner.

Owner Kitty is an artist and has used her creative talent to fill the space with antique finds, warm lighting, colourful textiles and local art, including paintings by her grandfather. This is a generous sort of place: arrive to find the fire lit, help yourself to veggies from the abundant patch, get recommendations for good places to eat and things to do.

It’s a stroll or short drive to the nearest village shop in Terrington, visit Malton for smart delis, bourgie gift shops, a gin distillery and a Saturday market. York is lovely for a day out.

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We think you'll love

  • Eating at the excellent Talbot Inn at Malton
  • Walking straight into the Howardian Hills and the lovely views from the cottage
  • Being in such a peaceful rural spot yet near so many places to visit
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You should know

  • No dogs in the bedroom and they must be kept on a lead outside
  • No children but babes in arms welcome
  • Kitty and her family live next door


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £700
1 Cottage for 2
From £1001 bed1 bedroom


Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
Other details
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Dogs welcome at £20 per dog, max. 2 per stay.


We loved our two night stay at Garden Cottage. Beautifully and imaginatively renovated to a very high standard by the owner, Kitty has thought of everything successfully combining style and function. Set in picture perfect surroundings within striking distance of many attractions and lovely places to eat, there is no shortage of things to see and do. Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer. We'll be back!

Julia, Brighton

A very beautiful, magical and peaceful location and accommodation which is exceptionally well thought through and very generously apportioned. The hosts are very helpful and we would love to return.

Kathryn, Leicestershire

A beautifully renovated cottage in a delightful village. Gentle countryside awaits and will not disappoint. The views from the house are lovely and the situation is quiet and perfect for a restful stay. The cottage is very well equipped with stylish furnishings and a super kitchen and bathroom. We had a great stay.

Rebecca, London

The Garden Cottage is such a delight to be in. We enjoyed fabulous days out in the surrounding countryside, but we're always keen to get back to the cottage to spend the afternoons and evenings in this magical spot. Every detail has been carefully selected and you'd struggle to find a more stylish and perfectly appointed bolthole in all of Yorkshire.

Benjamin, Kingston upon Thames

We had a lovely stay at the cottage. It is really cosy and set up with everything we needed. It has a beautiful setting with views over the garden and beyond. Kitty was really welcoming and helpful with recommendations.

Kristin, Bristol

A very special place. Kitty was very welcoming, the place has been decorated beautifully and has more than everything you need to cook, relax and enjoy the surroundings. The walks from the door were a real treat. Thanks for having us. Hope to see you again soon. Simon and Sarah

Simon, Handforth

Garden Cottage is spacious, bright and warm, even without using the wood-burning stove. It is tastefully decorated, and all the kitchen equipment is top quality, even down to the tin-opener. It is dog-friendly and there are country walks through the Howardian Hills starting from the front door.. The whole stay was a superb experience.

Angus, London

This charming place is located just a short drive away from neighbouring villages and towns, including the lovely castle Howard. The cottage was clean and had all the amenities you'd need to stay comfortable plus more. The self-contained kitchen space was a great addition, given that most shops and cafes close early around the area. We never went hungry because of it. Kitty provided plenty of information and guides to manage your stay while there and was always available if more help was needed. A true gem in the area!

Vik, London

Delightful, well equipped cottage. Comfortable and well presented.

Alison, Cornwall

We had a great stay! Very comfortable cottage with everything you need. The kitchen was really well equipped for cooking, the bedding and linen were fab and the shower pressure was great. Really comfortable and spacious for two, especially if your aim is to unwind and switch off.

Bek, London

Absolutely wonderful! The most relaxing and comfortable cottage...Fabulous interiors and a beautiful setting in the countryside.

Clare, Little Steeping

Lovely character cottage in a peaceful setting, ideal location for walking or just gazing at the view from the garden. Kitty couldn’t have been more helpful, with local tips and even fresh veg from their garden.

Matthew, Kent

Garden cottage is a lovely and peaceful retreat. The hosts are friendly, respectful and responsive and the cottage itself is clearly a labour of love. I would not hesitate to stay again, and would highly recommend Garden cottage to friends and family.

Tanja, Cambridge

Opened the door and immediately said 'isn't this LOVELY?'. Kitty has beautifully designed the cottage which is as pretty as the photos, and beautifully functional too. It suited us perfectly for an all-too-brief stay - need more time to sit out in the pretty garden, light the woodburner, read the books or write a novel - it's that sort of place.

Susan, Allithwaite

The Cottage is a homely countryside retreat for two, who can enjoy the open-plan feel of the living, dining and kitchen area, whilst keeping cosy in front of the wood burner. Guests can enjoy stunning views from the peaceful garden, take country walks from the doorstep or explore nearby Castle Howard & the Yorkshire Arboretum. Plus good pubs and restaurants to eat in Malton, York and Helmsley.

Caroline, Sawday's Inspector

Just as described! This is a beautiful piece of the world with stunning views and uninterrupted tranquility. Drivable to many cool local attractions with great walks locally. Ideal to sit and relax. Kitty is very proactive and thoughtful, even helped us out when our car got a flat. Can't recommend enough, thank you!!!

Patrick, Alexandria, VA

Lovely cottage with beautiful views from the small but private garden. Clean and comfortable with everything that we needed. Kitty was very helpful in giving recommendations for local eating places and places to visit. The cottage is in good location for exploring the area, and within easy reach of York. We had a very enjoyable holiday.

Gill, Fakenham, UK

Loved this place. Such a beautiful private little oasis to come back to after exploring all day. Everything we needed, warm and cosy and super functional kitchen for a small space.

Natasha, Coffs Harbour, Australia

I can't talk highly enough of Gardens cottage or Kitty and Amadeus as lovely hosts. I booked based on the 5* reviews, beautiful looking photos and detailed description as well as the peaceful and secluded location. Quite honestly it exceeded all expectations! The cottage has been renovated beautifully and has such a homely and warm feeling. The patio is private and has the most beautiful view. The attention to detail is second to none and Kitty has equipped the cottage with beautiful furniture. The paintings are all by Kitty's grandfather. There are lots of walks close by for all levels.

Rachel, London

This was our 3rd time staying at Ganthorpe and it was just as beautiful as before. Kitty is an amazing host very friendly, welcoming and helpful as always. Kitty always makes us feel at home and welcome which makes our stay so much more enjoyable. Thank you again for hosting us Kitty and Amadeus x

Carolyn, Kent, UK

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The neighbourhood

It's a 15-minute drive to Malton. On the way you can stop at Castle Howard House and Gardens which has super walks and an excellent farm shop, or spend a day in historic York (15 miles). For eating out, you're spoilt for choice: whether you fancy a tasting menu, pizza or really good pub grub, you'll find it in the area.

Local points of interest from Kitty Pennybacker

  • The garden patio looks out into the orchard, where apple, damson, quince and walnut trees grow. You can help yourself to them as and when you feel like it. Also look at our Instagram to getter a better idea of our cottage @gardencottage_ganthorpe
  • You will see and hear birds eating from the bird feeder in the garden, with views into the bucolic fields of the Howardian Hills. Cattle graze in the field below the orchard, you can buy this beef in Castle Howard Farm shop.
  • To the right of the cottage sits our walled garden, here my mother grows a variety of vegetables. We love sharing this with guests and can show what is available when you arrive to get you inspired.
  • The hamlet of Ganthorpe is set within the Howardian Hills and there are multiple walks straight out of the hamlet with no need to get in the car. You can even walk to Castle Howard or our local (very good) village shop in Terrington.
  • The Yorkshire Arboretum sits at the bottom of Ganthorpe and is now hosting a family of red squirrels in its special enclosure. It is a wonderful place for a good walk among a variety of trees and serves great coffee too.
  • Castle Howard is on our doorstep, a great place to visit the grounds and house. Ganthorpe Hall was once part of the the Castle Howard estate until 1921 when the Countess of Carlisle died and Ganthorpe was passed on to her granddaughter Rosalind Toynbee.


Kitty Pennybacker

Kitty grew up in Ganthorpe Hall from the age of four and the property has been in the family for five generations. After a stint living in New York, Kitty and her husband relocated back to Yorkshire in 2018 to raise their two young children in the countryside, and together they renovated the cottage. Kitty has a textile studio at home as well as a shared space in York.