Ignore the earlier ne'ersayer out-of-date review from 2014 - this little cottage rocks our boat.
If you're looking for a touring base for the East Riding of Yorkshire, Beech Cottage ticks all the boxes. A fifteen minute drive from York (hint: take the park and ride bus it's cheaper than parking in York) and the Whitby is just 40 mins away.
Anyway, Beech Cottage features a really , and I mean REALLY, comfy bed in the bedroom, a mega-superpowered shower in the large bathroom as well as a bath. Ample cooking room in the kitchen/lounge area and the large entrance porch is warm in summer and somewhere to ditch rainwear the rest of the year. Oh, and the Wi-FI worked fine in all rooms.
Owners are next door and very friendly, as is their resident basset hound.
Now, it's a working farm so expect farm noises, smells, cows, goats, chickens. If you can't handle this really shouldn't be there (which is good as it means we can go up again without you booking it before us!)
There are some very good points about this cottage, but to be honest, the negatives outweigh the positives for us, we would not stay here again.
The farm owner’s dogs made us uncomfortable for our whole stay. When we first arrived, they were in a wood slat fenced in area you have to walk close to in order to go the door of the cottage, which is an annexe to the farmhouse. The dogs were fairly aggressive, lunging and growling at us through the fence. The owners were away for the first half of our stay, but we did let their uncle (a very nice man) know about the situation, and he put the dogs in the house. The owners returned 2 days before we left and they let the dogs out a couple of times while we were there, so we had to be on the lookout, as the dogs would run at us, if we were leaving the house or outside at the time.
The owners never introduced themselves to us, which has never happened to us in the past, when we have rented other cottages. Would have been nice to have been asked about our stay, perhaps would have put our mind at ease about the dogs. While we can appreciate this is a working farm and dogs are useful for security, if you’re operating a self catering cottage, you do need to look at for your guests’ safety, you can’t have it both ways.
The cottage is in a lovely location and you can tell it was built to a high standard, but needs some overall TLC and attention to detail.
Bedroom: The mattress is completely worn out, as bad as the worst pull-out sofa bed quality, we got very little sleep as a result. There is black mould along the top of one wall and on the top part of one of the window covers. Otherwise, really nice furnishings, bathroom is lovely, with a nice separate bath and power shower.
Lounge/Kitchen (open plan room):
Sofa is worn, should be replaced. Kitchen is nice, but missing a few self-catering essentials, such as a toaster! There was a pan provide to grill your toast in the oven, but no oven gloves were supplied.
We stayed here for a week. The cottage is an annex to the farmhouse. The farmhouse is occupied by a couple with a baby girl and two little dogs. It is exactly as described and what you see is what you get. The shower is powerful.
The only criticism is that the wifi was quite patchy on mobile devices but connected a bit better on the laptop. The owner was friendly and welcoming. There were two cute little goats in the garden. At night deer roam the track to the cottage. All part of the charm.
The cottage is a short drive to Stamford Bridge or about a 50 min walk. York is about 30 min drive away.