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North York Moors Self Catering cottage, Puddleduck Cottage, Thornton-le-Dale, sleeps 5

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Puddleduck Cottage
YO18 7SD

Puddleduck Cottage, Thornton-le-Dale, Yorkshire

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Sykes Cottages
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Sleeps a maximum of: 5

Pricing From: £309.00

This detached cottage is situated in the village of Thornton-Le-Dale, near Pickering, and can sleep five people in two bedrooms.

Puddleduck Cottage is a stone detached cottage located in the village of Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire. Hosting two bedrooms; a double, and a twin room with adult bunk and one single bed, along with a bathroom, this property can sleep up to five people. Inside you will also find an open-plan living area with modern kitchen, dining area and comfortable sitting area.

Please note that the fireplace is a decorative feature only, and the property has Gas central heating. To the outside is ample off-road parking, a private rear lawned garden with furniture (accessed around the back of the cottage), along with a charcoal barbecue. Situated in a beautiful location with pleasant surroundings, Puddleduck Cottage is a delightful retreat in a much desired part of England.


Holiday nightmare
We were booked for a week at puddleduck cottage, 23-30th of August, we had to leave first thing the morning of the 26th, due to, I can only call it an infestation of spiders, which were huge. My Grand daughter is terrified of them so we spent most of Sunday, 25th, cleaning the whole cottage, including trying to get rid of so many cobwebs from ceiling to floor, dust, muck and filth we even cleaned the ornaments took the mats outside to rid them of dust!!! The cottage itself is lovely and we were absolutely gutted to find it in such a state. We have stayed in holiday accommodation all over the county and never have we had to clean, just so we could make the stay a happy one, and then have to leave.

Disappointing - could do better!
We booked this property for a Christmas break based on the description and the fact that we had previously visited the village. It sounded like a luxury cottage ideal for a relaxing break and at over £625 priced accordingly. It was quiet and peaceful and within walking distance of the village as described. However, when we arrived mid afternoon in late December and were disappointed to find that the heating hadn't been turned on and it was chilly to say the least. The instruction book for the heating was in the folder in the cottage and after about half an hour, I managed to programme the controller so that we had both hot water and heating on during the day and evening. There was no additional supplementary heating. It took about 24 hours before the place was comfortably warm. There was a folder with all the instruction books for the appliances and lots of brochures and a list of do's and don'ts but not much else.There was no information about emergency services (doctor etc) nor any suggestions for local shops, pubs etc. Normally when we have booked a cottage for a week or longer, we have found basics like salt/pepper, sugar, a little cooking oil and similar items and we have left at least the equivalent on departure.There was a welcome basket containing 3 assorted tea bags, some crisps and a bottle of mulled wine which we did not drink but there was nothing else in the food/cooking line. There were no cleaning materials for kitchen or bathroom, not even some kitchen roll and only a worn out abrasive sponge and fairy liquid for washing up. There were 2 dishwasher tablets for the week. There was no chopping/bread board, cafetiere or filter coffee apparatus, teapot, toast rack or butterdish. The cooking pots/ frying pans were old and hard to clean and if the frying pans were ever non-stick, this was a long time ago. The particulars for the cottage noted that that there were a number of DVDs available but since there was no DVD player, that turned out to be a bit pointless. It would also have been nice if there had been a lamp of some kind in the sitting area so that we could have turned off the bright wall lights in the evening. We could also comment on the lack of a shelf in the bathroom and the fact that anyone over 5ft 6" could not see themselves in the mirror there without bending their knees. There was a washing machine but without even a simple drying rack, it wasn't of any use. The WiFi was excellent but again surely it would be possible to provide the password on an easily read piece of paper rather than having to hunt for it on the back of the router. If this review sounds over critical, it is not intended to be. It is meant to be constructive so that provided the owners respond positively future guests will have a better experience. I would suggest that if the owners were to cast themselves as visitors and live in the cottage for a week, they might appreciate that while in a lovely location and of great potential, the cottage is seriously lacking in a number of features which most guests could reasonably expect.



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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Thornton-le-Dale, All Saints Church - 0.4 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Ellerburn, St Hilda's Church - 1.1 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Pickering Church - 2.4 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Pickering Castle - 2.4 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

North Yorkshire Moors Railway - 2.4 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Beck Isle Museum - 2.5 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Scampston Hall - 4.7 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Eden Camp - 5.4 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Cawthorn Roman Camps - 5.5 miles (Roman Site) Heritage Rating

The Bridestones - 6 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

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