We have holidayed in a number of areas in the UK and Ireland and Applestore Cottage is definitely the very best self-catering accommodation, of some very good self catering accommodation, we have stayed in. The very well equipped cottage, which has been beautifully renovated, decorated and furnished, has its own walled garden and is the perfect place to unwind and relax and is ideally located for exploring the moors and the coast as well as being within easy reach of York, Castle Howard and a vast array of other places well worth a visit. The owners, Noelle and Tim, are very considerate hosts available if advice or assistance is required but otherwise not at all intrusive. We arrived to be greeted first by Max (Noelle and Tim's extremely friendly cat but trained not to enter the cottages) and then by Noelle (a lovely, warm lady who made us feel very welcome and immediately at home). After giving us a tour of the cottage, lighting the wood burning stove (the late afternoon was unexpectedly chilly for mid August) and making sure we had everything we needed she left us to enjoy the delicious cream tea laid ready for us on the kitchen table. It was quite hard to resist the temptation to spend the whole week luxuriating in the comfort of the cottage and relaxing with a book in the garden but we managed to tear ourselves away! The location, the warm welcome from Noelle, the attention to detail and the thoughtful extras (the cream tea and chocolate treat on arrival; the welcome pack containing local eggs, bacon, sausages, milk, freshly baked bread and wine; the fresh flowers in every room) make this a very special place to stay. We will definitely return.
(A special mention for the double bedroom's large, luxurious en suite bathroom - it's set on stilts over the garden and its wide windows allow close up views of the wild birds, of which there is an abundance, feeding in the surrounding trees.)
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Noelle has two traditional, beautifully presented award winning 5 star cottages as well as the 'Grand Designs' like Barn with its Wow factor and generous space. All our cottages have retained traditional features but are equipped fully and have free WiFi broadband, iPod docks, wood burning stoves and generous kitchen facilities. Noelle wants her cottages to be everything she looks for when on holiday, including flowers in the rooms and a special warm welcome. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Noelle`s Cottages Hotel Pickering
- Noelle's Cottages Pickering, Yorkshire