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Daffodil Cottage
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Daffodil Cottage

Daffodil Cottage is a stone barn conversion situated on the owner’s smallholding in the remote hamlet of Houlsyke, near Danby in North Yorkshire. Daffodil offers spectacular views and cosy accommodation for couples seeking a rural retreat for a self-catering holiday on the North York Moors.

This romantic cottage exudes warmth and character, featuring exposed timbers, stripped floorboards and sloping ceiling in the bedroom.

The open plan sitting area boasts a warming wood-burner to snuggle around on cool evenings, as well as fitted kitchen, dining area, two TVs with Freeview, and access to the owner’s washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in an outside utility room.

This pet-friendly cottage is nestled in the beautiful Esk Valley amidst North York Moors National Park. The nearby village of Danby features two pubs, a bakery and the National Park Visitor Centre at Danby Lodge, as well as the only remaining working water mill on the River Esk.

Guests can ride the scenic Esk Valley Railway from Danby to the historic port town of Whitby, with its picturesque harbour, sandy beaches and famous Abbey.

To make an enquiry or book Daffodil Cottage, please use the Visit Website buttons for further information. When making an enquiry, please tell us that you found this Whitby holiday cottage in North Yorkshire on the My Favourite Holiday Cottages website. Thank you.




Very relaxed, friendly and helpful owner. Beautiful location with stunning views. No worries about traffic in this spectacular setting.

Ms Harley

The views! The location in general. Cottage was very comfortable and nice having all the animals wandering about.
The weather was fantastic too!!

Mrs Ashton

The setting of the cottage was excellent. The views from it would be hard to beat anywhere in the country. We were able to walk in the area from the cottage. It was a good base for the Moors and the Coast.

Mr Wright

Beautiful location, friendly and welcoming host, adorable animal companions. Truly wonderful area, truly wonderful, totally relaxing idyllic week!
Thank you!

Mrs Duck

Peace & quiet.

Mr Fazackerley

Everything. The cottage was quaint, the location stunning, and the owner was happy and helpful. The other bonus was stepping out of the door to a host of friendly animals. The most relaxing holiday I've had in a long time.

Ms Joinson

This was the best holiday we have ever had. This cosy, warm and comfortable cottage is the perfect place to get away from it all, and I can't wait to get back there. Perfect.

Miss Shaw

Perfect location for coast and moors. Owner very welcoming and friendly. A great place to recharge your batteries.

Miss Smith

Very peaceful, wonderful outlook over Esk Valley. Friendly owner and friendly local businesses.

Ms Chapman

Spectacular scenery, proximity to a variety of places to visit. We were lucky with beautiful weather but would be equally able to enjoy if weather not so good. Appreciated owner's recommendations re places to visit and local shops, pubs & attractions etc.

Ms Fedyk

Excellent location. Comfortable cottage.
Friendly, welcoming owner who lived on site.

Mrs Pearson

Very peaceful and remote location. Accommodation excellent. Owner very friendly.

Mrs Coker

The beautiful, rural setting, the close proximity of the animals roaming freely, the peace and quiet and the friendly owner.

Mr Warner

The cottage was just fantastic along with the great views. The owner was very friendly and made you feel welcome. We have recommend this cottage to friends and are looking to book it again next year.

Mr Woodroof

Superb location for access to the Moors. Fantastic views from the property.

Miss Talkes

Beautiful scenery and a peaceful location. We felt very happy being there, everything was to our satisfaction.

Mr Marshall

A delightful cottage and surroundings with a very friendly and helpful owner. There was plenty of literature on places to visit and local eateries in the cottage. We would like to visit again in the future.

Mrs Cantelo

We liked the cottage, particularly the quiet location and the stunning views.

Mrs Jupp

Fantastic location and views, with plenty of good walking from the cottage - quiet and relaxing.

Mrs Faraday

This is the second time we have booked Daffodil Cottage and again the owner was very pleasant and cheerful. It is so peaceful and quiet. We look forward to booking Daffodil Cottage again very soon with Sykes.

Mr Woodroof

Lovely cosy cottage in superb situation. Helpful and welcoming hostess.
Very peaceful and relaxing, we would love to return to Daffodil Cottage.

Mrs Allen

A very quiet, idyllic location, surrounded by the national parks, ideal for walking and sightseeing, very friendly landlady, a place to relax.

Mr Decker

Stunning views, beautifully turned out cottage. Lovely owners.

Mrs Elstob

We had an amazing stay at Daffodil Cottage, we can't recommend it enough. It's up a little lane and along a farm track, very easy to get to. The Cottage it's self is quirky and perfect for 2, we could not fault our stay. We loved the chickens running about as well as the super cute and friendly pet dog. The owner is lovely, very welcoming indeed. Its the Perfect base to go exploring as well as a perfect place to stay for a cosy night in with the log burner on! You really need to stay to appreciate the area, the views and the experience of staying in this lovely cottage.

Miss Mclaughlin

Never tire of the outstanding views from cottage and surrounding areas. Owner was most kind and friendly and the sleeping area was excellent.

Mr Richards

We had a lovely relaxing winter's break here. The area was still snow covered when we arrived and we were worried in case the cottage wasn't warm enough, but it was so snug and cosy even before we got the log burner going. The owner was lovely - she kept in communication with us during the journey up and offered to help us with our stuff on arrival. Our little toddler loved seeing the horses, chickens and Ted the dog every day. The cottage had all the cutlery and cooking equipment to enable us to mostly self-cater. The cottage itself is lovely, comfortable and romantic, and the location is wonderful - loads to do within a short drives distance, but remote enough to feel a million miles from anywhere with beautiful views in every direction. It was a pleasure to go back there, light the fire and relax after a day of being out and about. We only stayed three nights and visited Whitby and Staithes, we'd love to go back and do some more walking in the area, make it over to Scarborough, Robin Hood's bay and ride on the steam train.

Mrs Coller

Daffodil Cottage is a lovely, cosy cottage set in beautiful surroundings. The owner is friendly and helpful and the local area is fantastic to explore with countless different options for walks within a short drive. On bad weather days curling up in the cottage with the log burner and a cake from the local bakery in Danby is a perfect way to spend the day!

Miss Smith

This cottage really felt like a home from home. Everything you could possibly want was there & the land-lady was really helpful and knowledgeable about the local area. We didn't want to leave.

Mr Dootson

This place is gorgeous! Totally remote and beautiful; the perfect romantic hideaway. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Miss Buglass

Tastefully converted barn. Spacious accommodation. Terrific location, excellent information/guidance folder available. Welcome and guidance/information by owner excellent.

Mr Adams

We loved every bit of this spot! The cottage was perfectly rustic with stone walls, wood beams and beautiful pine floors throughout. Every window revealed the most spectacular scenery, and walking paths were truly right outside the front door. It was only a ten-fifteen minute drive to the beaches. Couldn't have asked for a more inspiring location!

Mrs Bell

Daffodil Cottage was lovely, very homely, cosy and quiet which was perfect for a week away. The log fire was especially lovely. It was within easy driving distance of Whitby and there were numerous nice walks basically on the doorstep.

Mrs Taylor

The owner was an excellent landlady, helpful and friendly.
I wanted a winter break away from it all. Perfect

Mr Redden

Nice secluded little cottage in moorland countryside

This is a nice little cottage. It is not exactly spacious downstairs but quite adequate for two people, assumin gyou'll be going out most days. The bedroom is nice and spacious. Pity about the bathroom being downstairs (especially in the middle of the night!). It is equipped very well and I had no problems.
Location wise it is excellent, you are not far from many moorland places. There is Whitby and the coast, Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorks Railway, etc. or just stay local and enjoy the countryside. Shopping is sparse locally, but Guisboreough and Whitby aren't too far away, so just stock up.
Be careful of the lane approaching the cottage, it is rough and single track.
So, overall a nice little cottage and if you want to get away to the country, rather than have lots of bars and clubs etc. this will suit you nicely.
Oh yes, there's a friendly cat who will visit you as well!

A FlipKey verified reviewer

An ideal 'get away from it all' break!

Daffodil Cottage is a converted barn situated on the North Yorks Moors. It has been beautifully converted into an idyllic and cosy home from home. Access is via an unmade farm track after a climb up a very steep country road although that should not in any way deter any visitor!!
The cottage itself is ample for two, the bathroom is ideal with a shower and there are plenty of pots and pans,crockery and cutlery. The bedroom is lovely althogh I have 2 say between us we were a tad bemused at the identical lamps inside - we could not get them to switch on for toffee!!!
The area is beautiful - there are lots of little villages nearby with things to do or see - the Moors Centre in Danby, Goathland where Heartbeat was filmed and Rydale Folk Museum in Hutton - le -Hole to mention but a few. A few miles in either direction takes you to Whitby, famous home of Dracula and in the other direction to the market town of Guisborough although York with its attractions are not too far a drive away!
We had every day company from the friendly resident anilmals, cats, dog and open the door and you're face to face with horses in the stable!!!
It was a bonus to be able to use the washing and druing facilities of the owner at any time, there were plenty of muddy clothes!! To just be able to pull on your boots, leave the cottage and be in such surroundings is truly inspiring. Although I live not too far away my partner is from Norfolk and was stunned by the surroundings and what the North has to offer.

We had such a relaxing, quiet break - it was all we asked for and so much more and we will definately go back for further visits.



very friendly owner and outstanding views quite relaxing location and would re book this cottage again it was clean and tidy

A FlipKey verified reviewer

Perfect place to relax

Just back from a nice week here. The cottage is perfect for a couple, it had everything we needed. The best part was opening the door into the yard and having horses in the fields, chickens wandering about and a very friendly cat and dog too :) The owner is very nice and laid back which suited us perfect. No hassles. We were able to store our bikes and wash them without any problems, which is a big plus for us.
It's situated almost on the moors and is easily accessed from a few different directions.
If you want to get away from your usual daily life and chill, this just might be the place for you :) We will be back.


Quiet place to relax in the middle of the moor

Small, cozy cottage surrounded by chickens, horses and dogs. Definitely no street noise - a place to relax. Located in the middle of the moor with a short distance to the places of interest. Very good hiking opportunities. Very friendly landlady. We really enjoyed it and hope to be back as soon as possible.

A FlipKey verified reviewer

Picturesque View and Lovely Cottage

We were looking for a cottage near River Esk. Over looking the Esk Valley, the location of this cottage is a pleasant surprise. Sarah was very friendly and helpful. My son was very excited to see so many animals. It is an ideal place for hiking, painting and photography. The food in nearby pubs, such as the Board Inn in Lealholm, was excellent. Overall, we enjoyed everyday while staying there.


Cozy cottage, beautiful views

OK we should have read the details more carefully so we were surprised that towels wee not included - unusual in this day and age. The oven was a bit of a mystery too as the temperature scales had worn off and the door doesn't close properly which made cooking a little hit and miss. Other than these things the cottage was cozy and the views from outside the door outstanding. The cottage is out of the village and very quiet with some lovely walking straight from the front door.

Chris B

Lovely Location / Very Disappointed re: Uncleanliness Of Kitchen Area / Appliances / Utensils

The views from the front and rear of this cottage are superb, the living area is quite small, the bedroom area more spacious. Daffodil Cottage is terraced between the owners own home and another holiday cottage Wildflower Cottage (sleeps 6). It is up a very steep hill (could be tricky in icy conditions) and along an unmade track so very quiet and in the yard immediately outside the cottage are the chickens, owners horses and a friendly dog. The bedroom area we found to be very comfortable and having lovely views from the sky light windows. We were however extremely disappointed at the general uncleanliness of the kitchen area, the two pans available were extremely old, one damp moulded and so we could not possibly use them, the toaster was really dirty and we could not use that either, the kettle was really dirty and dusty too, we wiped that down and guessed given the water would be boiled wed be fairly safe to drink it as with the microwave, we gave that a good wipe down before use too. Well, the oven is in need of replacement, it was dirty, my husband wanted to clean it so that we could actually cook the food we had arranged to be delivered just after our arrival (it was a Christmas stay). I did not see why my husband should start cleaning an oven out, instead, we donated the oven food to relatives who lived nearby to use and we went out shopping again for food that we could microwave ! Even if the oven had have been clean it would not have been fit for purpose because the controls are completely faded, it is guess work as to the temperature and the door does not close properly. The toilet we found to be un flushed on arrival which raised doubts as to if the bathroom area had been cleaned at all. Dont be put off renting this cottage though, if you plan on eating out as it is in a lovely location and the owner is apparently quite friendly by all accounts although we cannot comment on this, as it was over Christmas, short dark cold days and so we did not see each other once initial friendly introductions had been made. It might well be, having raised our concerns with SYKES who welcomed feedback and were going to have a word with the owner, that the cooker, pans and toaster have all been replaced now and will be left clean upon handover. We stay in a SYKES cottages five times a year and this is the first time we have ever rated a review as poorly as this one.


Perfect Spot!

Wonderful and relaxing stay. We found the cottage to be very clean, great cooker/oven (must have now been replaced since last reviews). The owner is very firendly and accommodating. Great views all around the valley and excellent pub down the road in Lealholm. Will definitely be staying here again.


Wonderful Moorland Hideaway

Lovely old stone cottage, updated to make a perfect holiday retreat high in the North York Moors. The cottage is well appointed, clean and comfortable, surrounded by cottage garden planting and with its own secluded garden too. We were made most welcome by the owner and Ted the dog showed our own dog the ropes. The scenery and wildlife are spectacular and there are a couple pubs within walking distance. The bright lights of Whitby are 20 minutes way if you need a kiss-me-quick hat, but there is perfect moorland to walk on all around if you prefer peace and quiet. Simply lovely and we'll be back.


Beautiful location, with fabulous views, stunning cottage, nice and cosy.

Mrs Hellawell

Lovely setting and property, owners friendly and helpful.

Mrs Clarke

The views, situation, hosts, beds. - pretty much everything...

Mrs Whiteley

The cottage was very cosy & comfortable. The location was excellent and the scenery was beautiful. A lovely relaxing place to stay. Good pubs for food within 2 or 3 miles.

Miss Bates

Peace and quiet. Cats, dogs and chickens running round. The owner and the children welcoming and friendly.

Mrs Watson

Wonderful tranquil location with fabulous views from the cottage, 5 mins walk from the North York Moors.

Mr Croasdale

Fabulous location in beautiful area-close to Whitby.

Mrs Marsh

Made very welcome by the owner. Thrilled by the setting.

Mr Parkinson

Lovely area and good views from property.

Mr Coe

The location lends this property to a relaxing break. A chance to soak up a different lifestyle with the chickens running around your feet, friendly horses and welcoming cats and dogs on this small but peaceful smallholding.

Mrs Cox

Fantastic views, cosy and warm. Rustic charm, away from it all, welcoming. Fresh eggs on arrival.

Mr Bowerman

The cottage was secluded and peaceful with lovely views which was exactly what we wanted. The renovations to the property were very well carried out. The location of the property close to the Danby Moors Centre was very convenient. There were plenty of lovely pubs close at hand for evening meals.

Mrs Harrington

The location was very good, and the owner was friendly. Very peaceful place, but also close to visitor atractions.

Mr Mackenzie

A lovely location and ideal place for walking or to tour from. The scenery was spectacular. We were made to feel very welcome by the owner. Little touches like home made bread & fresh eggs from the barn made it a lovely break.

Mr & Mrs Edmends


Mrs Natlacen

Good location for walking on and off the moors and the Danby Moors Centre. Ideal jumping off location for the local attractions. The cottage was in a very good setting.

Mr Hutchinson

A wonderful, peaceful place, Superb views.

Mr & Mrs Burgess

Comfortable clean accommodation, well equipped. Owner very friendly and helpful.

Mrs Burns

A wonderful little cottage. The views were fantastic. We enjoyed it so much we intend to return in November.

Miss Burton

The owner was an excellent host. The peaceful location made this a very enjoyable holiday.

Mr Southwell

Nice snug little cottage in a peaceful area, with a friendly cat! Lovely countryside surrounding.

Mr Fryatt

It was lovely to have the owners animals so close by. The surroundings where brilliant and views amazing.
The owner was very friendly. Fab holiday, loved every part of it!

Ms Jarvis

Relaxed friendly atmosphere. Good location for walking/out and about sightseeing.

Mr Hughes

Beautiful views, tranquil atmosphere, plenty of hilly walks and a railway within 2 miles for viewing the landscape.

Mr Scotter

The situation of the cottage, and the wish of the owner to ensure we were content with all aspects of our holiday.

Mr Lyth

The cottage was in a beautiful location, the owner was very friendly, the beds were comfortable, we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.

Mrs Olik

Pretty building in private location off the beaten track with lovely views. Clean and comfortable interior.

Ms Davison