In a dapper row of stone cottages is this well cared-for village retreat. Welcoming a family of three and one well-behaved dog, it lies in the heart of ‘Heartbeat’ land with Dalby Forest on the doorstep – walkers’ and cyclists’ heaven. (There are family trails too, and a high-ropes Go Ape course not to be missed!). You have a part-walled courtyard garden out the back with wrought-iron furniture, a bird bath and a feeder; watch the birds as you sit in the sun. Inside: a warm red sitting room with a wood-burner, a leather chair and a sofa, the full Sky package for cosy nights in, and an excellent working kitchen, hub of the house, with a big black fridge and an eight-burner hob. Note the young owners leave you a bottle of wine to enjoy – the best way to ease yourself into a holiday. Up the stairs are two bedrooms with soft colours and new pine (the single bed is comfortably big), and a blue and white bathroom fresh and new. Horses (Snainton) and houses (Castle Howard) abound – and everyone loves the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway, which runs all the way to Whitby.