Ivy Cottage

Crayke, Yorkshire

In the glorious Vale of York, a homely cottage with an open fire for chilly nights and a lovely, country-style kitchen filled with light


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Steeped in history, the Yorkshire village of Crayke was named in the Domesday Book. Today, it’s known for its award-winning gastropub The Durham Ox, where you can linger over a pint of cask ale while you pick up the keys to your lovely bolthole. Ivy Cottage is the latest venture of Michael and Sasha, the pub’s charming owners, and their experience of hospitality shines through as soon as you step through the door. The cottage is part of a pretty 19th-century terrace on the village’s main street and has been beautifully restored. Comfy sofas and chairs surround an open fire in the homely sitting room, while light floods through big velux windows into an airy kitchen with a farmhouse table for six. French doors open on to a neat garden where you can sip a glass of wine as the sun goes down. Sleep beneath old, vaulted beams at the top of the house, or in two bright rooms with finely dressed beds on the first floor. Spotless modern bathrooms are stocked with fragrant L’Occitane products. Hire a mountain bike or put on your hiking boots to explore the fabulous countryside and ancient sights around the Vale of York.


  • 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
Check out
11am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights on weekdays. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs 2 minutes away.


Nightly price
from £122
Weekly price
from £855
Damage deposit
Weekend breaks from £395.
1 Cottage for 6
From £1224 beds3 bedrooms


We stayed at Ivy Cottage for the third time and can't recommend it highly enough. The cottage is beautifully kitted out, tastefully decorated and in the prettiest village ever! We also went to eat at The Durham Ox just 20 steps from the cottage (and owned by the same people) and Sunday lunch was AMAZING! Definitely one of our favourite places to spend time - we'll be back for a fourth holiday soon!

Emma, Farnham

Pretty much perfect. We arrived tired and full of cold in mid-January, just wanting really to flake out, but the setting, the fabulous Durham Ox up the road, and the walks around the village cured us both of our colds and January Blues. Every night we walked to the pub along starlit roads, were treated royally with delicious food and red wine (the staff didn't bat an eyelid as they stepped uncomplainingly over our deerhound, who insisted on hogging the fire), then tottered back the five minutes to the cottage, which was warm and cosy. A winter rest cure if ever there was one.

Caroline, Durham

Probably the best holiday cottage we've ever stayed in! The cottage is beautifully decorated inside and sits in the most picturesque village...with a divine pub only a few stumbling steps away! We've stayed 3 times now and will do so again!

Emma, London

Ivy Cottage is divine. We have stayed many times at the pub sister a stones throw away The Durham Ox but this was our first time in the cottage and it is perfect for us and our 2 dogs! It is furnished beautifully with incredible equipment, theres even a blender in the kitchen and they thoughtfully left a pile of DVD's for us to watch on the 50 inches screen TV! We have already booked to go back in April and May, simply heavenly!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sasha Ibbotson

  • You're a 2 minute stumble from Sasha & Michael's award winning pub, The Durham Ox. Great food and drinks served 7 days a week... if you can't be bothered to cook or just fancy a drink then just head up the hill. Traditional inn, roaring fires.
  • Crayke village has a wonderful circular walk, the Crayke Estate Walk...about 1 hour long...and you can take pitt stops in the pub and in the Dutch House Café and Gallery along the way....Gorgeous views...perfect for walking off a pub lunch.
  • A great base for visiting some of Yorkshire's finest and most celebrated country houses including Castle Howard, Beningborough Hall, Newby Hall, Nunnington Hall, Newburgh Priory. As well as the Abbeys of Byland and Rievaulx and Helmsley Castle.
  • 30 minutes from historic York, the ancient city with its cobbled streets and Roman walls. See also: National Railway Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre, York Minster, Museums, Shopping
  • Only 2.5 miles from the Georgian market town of Easingwold with its weekly Friday market or 15 minutes south of Helmsely. (Walled Garden, Castle, Birds of Prey Centre, Antiques shops and cafes etc)
  • Easy access to Michelin star eateries: The Star at Harome and The Black Swan at Oldstead.Make your stay easy by booking breakfast or dinner at The Durham Ox during your stay.


Sasha Ibbotson

Sasha and Mike have run The Durham Ox together for over 10 years and it’s been in Mike’s family for even longer. Sasha is from Somerset; Mike from Yorkshire - they’ve both always worked in hospitality and are very passionate about what they do and working to bring the local community together.