Ivy Cottage

Crayke, Yorkshire
+44 (0)1347 821506
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£125 - £250
per night
per week

In the glorious Howardian Hills, 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

£125 - £250 per night

£1100 per week

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.

Comfy sofas and chairs surround an open fire in the homely sitting room, while light floods 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 bikes or walk through the glorious Vale of York.

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We think you'll love

  • Being lazy and having breakfasts and suppers at the pub (booking the day before necessary)
  • Exploring the beautiful countryside around you on foot or by bike
  • Coming home to the perfect country cottage with the fire all laid and ready to light
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You should know

  • Watch your head on the low beams in the eaves bedroom
  • The cottage is over three floors so won't be easy for some
  • Do bring up to two dogs at no extra charge – they are welcome in the Tap Room at the pub


  • 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 £125
Weekly price
Damage deposit
Weekend breaks from £445.
1 Cottage for 6
From £1254 beds3 bedrooms


Special offer: Book a 4 night stay in Ivy Cottage from Monday to Friday for just £500. Sleeps six and is within a couple of minutes walk from The Durham Ox, our pub.

Booking information

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


We were visiting North Yorkshire for a birthday and with various events spread over a long weekend we needed a good location. Crayke and particularly Ivy Cottage was a fantastic location from which to visit all the key places we needed to visit. The Cottage itself was just lovely and could easy accommodate all of us and dogs. Comfy beds and great views at breakfast - brilliant. If you don't want to cook you can nip up the road to the Durham Ox pub where there are lots of options.Thanks

Fergus, Oxford

Ivy Cottage is a perfect place to spend a few days with friends. The beds are really comfortable and the garden is perfect for a morning coffee and for the dog to pop out - the kitchen is lovely and everything is perfectly thought out - The Durham Ox is only a minute’s walk away for dinner. Really great! We’ll definitely be back.

Torquil, Oxford

Just wanted to say how much we loved Ivy Cottage, it’s perfect and so well equipped and cosy, I could of stayed for a week! Thank you once again, hope to see you soon.

Andrew, Hovingham

You'll relax in this cosy period cottage, sleeping 6 on 3 floors, with beams & an open fire, and a large kitchen diner opening onto the cottage garden. There's an award-winning gastropub on the doorstep, and oodles of history in this hilltop village with elevated views & beautiful walks. You can even walk up Church Hill which is said to be the hill that the soldiers of The Grand Old Duke of York marched up!

Caroline, Sawday's Inspector

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

The ancient hilltop village of Crayke, as well as the pub, has a castle and a pretty church dating back to 1490. Quiet lanes from here make for peaceful walking and cycling. The nearest town is Easingwold, 2.2 miles with a market on a Friday and plenty of shops, cafés and a pub. Discover Byland Abbey, Fountains Abbey, Newby Hall, Castle Howard – all an easy drive. York is a half hour drive.

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 & 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. Dog Friendly.
  • Lots of local walks including some beautiful ones in the village and the surrounding Howardian Hills. Yearsley Woods; Gilling Lakes; Rievaulx to Helmsley and so so many moor. We are spoilt for choice in the beautiful Howardian Hills.
  • 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. Byland and Rievaulx Abbeys. Helmsley Castle & Helmsley Walled Garden etc.
  • 30 minutes from historic York, the ancient city with its cobbled streets & Roman walls. Visit York Minster National Railway Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre, York Minster, Museums, Shopping. York Christmas Market. Independent shops & cafes etc.
  • Only 2.5 miles from the Georgian market town of Easingwold with its weekly Friday market or 15 minutes south of Helmsely. (Friday market, Walled Garden, Castle, Birds of Prey Centre, Rievaulx, independent shops and cafes etc). Lovely walks around here too
  • 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

Mike has owned The Durham Ox for over 25 years. He and Sasha make a great team – she from Somerset, he from Yorkshire – a good example of North and South coming together. They've both always worked in hospitality and are passionate about what they do and bringing the local community together.