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Chapel Cottage

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Thixendale, nr. Malton
Grade 4 Star rating
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Nestled in a valley in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, Chapel Cottage is the ideal place for a relaxing break.

In the tiny village of Thixendale, nestled in a valley in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, this detached former Methodist chapel dates from 1837. Complete with open fire, it also offers a spacious conservatory ideal for relaxing in and watching the numerous species of birds that regularly visit the garden, or perhaps enjoy the great views down the valley from the garden room. A perfect area for walkers and cyclists with an abundance of tracks from the doorstep, including the Wolds Way and part of the National Cycle Network. The beautiful Yorkshire Wolds countryside inspired the famous artwork of David Hockney, and the gallery of the local artist, Robert Fuller, one of Britain’s foremost wildlife artists, is close by. The ancient walled city of York, 19 miles, has a magnificent Minster and a wealth of renowned attractions. The coastal resorts of Filey, Scarborough and Whitby can be reached within an hour’s drive. Shop 4 miles, pub 80 yards.

Open-plan beamed living room with open fire. Well-equipped kitchen/dining area with tiled floor. Utility. Three steps down to conservatory. Garden room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom with 4ft bed. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full LPG central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • Freesat TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking (for 1 car)
  • Secure cycle store
  • No smoking

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  • Bike StoreBike Store
  • Detached PropertyDetached Property
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / PatioEnclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Open FireOpen Fire
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • No PetsNo Pets
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection
  • Church or ChapelChurch or Chapel

Customer Comments

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 22/10/2016
    We had a great holiday in Thixendale and the area was exactly as we wanted; remote, quiet yet close to the places we wanted to go. However, Chapel Cottage was disappointing, especially given the quite expensive price. Parts of the cottage were fine, such as the upstairs rooms, and it was comfortable and warm (in most of the house, once we sorted the heating). But their were many things that weren't as you would want them to be. When we arrived the water temperature was barely lukewarm, and only eventually did we realise it was because the boiler had the water temperature turned right down. Not very welcoming. Similarly the heating temperature was also turned to very low centrally and it took an age to find out why. Many of the basic things in the house (heating, shower, TVs) are stupidly complicated for visitors, with remote controls and connectivity that just makes it hard to figure. The shower is run by a computer! In respect of the heating the downstairs bedroom doesn't have any as it is disconnected. The conservatory also has no heating as that is broken, but we got an email ahead of time to say there were heaters provided for the conservatory. Except their weren't. We later saw a previous reviewer had also complained that the extra heaters weren't provided. In almost all cottages we have stayed in we get a nice welcome pack. Chapel Cottage did provide some cake, but nothing else. Not even a tea bag and some milk. We were also left just 2 hand and 2 bath towels for the week, even though we had said that up to 4 adults would be there for al least some of the time. The windows in the house were really dirty, especially in the conservatory which had additionally a cluster fly infestation around the windows (don't open them). There were a lot of cobwebs elsewhere, especially in the kitchen, and the fruit bowl was full of dead flies. In the drawers there were table cloths folded up covered in what I hope was ketchup and the top freezer shelf was frozen shut. The downstairs loo doubles as a very cluttered storage and coat room, which was just horrid. Worst of all was that mid week we were overwhelmed by an awful stench in both upstairs bathrooms, emanating from the septic tank. The owner did respond in a timely manner by visiting the following day, and he put a load of bleach everywhere which made a difference. But by the night before we left the smell was coming back, and we bought our own bleach to get us through until we left. There is clearly something wrong with the drains, as we have had our own septic tank and smell is not an inevitability. Interestingly, the owner was more concerned to apologise for the moles in the garden (covered in mole traps, so not for the squeamish), which didn't bother us in the slightest. So, we wont be returning to this particular house.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments. We are disappointed to have received this scoring as can be seen from our other reviews we normally receive more positive feedback. Clearly we want all of our guests to have a comfortable and hassle free stay. There is full heating both upstairs and downstairs in the house provided by a new boiler that we fitted last year. I suspect that there was confusion because the old thermostat is still present (but disconnected) on the wall of the downstairs bedroom, and this has been replaced by a new thermostat in the utility room. This is mentioned in the cottage handbook that we leave. The shower is not run by computer, just by a normal lever and temperature dial. The 'computer' is actually a radio. There is some complication with the TV's we admit, but in the cottage handbook we explain that there is no TV signal in the village so we have to have one remote control for the TV and one for the FreeSat box that tunes the channels. Our welcome pack in this case included fresh flowers, a local newspaper and Yorkshire Parkin. For weekly visitors we don't tend to leave tea or milk on the basis that this is a self-catering cottage and it is likely that our guests will be bringing their preferred supplies with them. We have 2 bathrooms upstairs and one downstairs. The downstairs measures around 9 feet by 15 feet and has a toilet, a washbasin a towel rail and plenty of room to hang coats. We leave the vacuum cleaner in there behind the door so that it is out of the way but visible if needed. We have no good explanation for the comments about cleanliness. Two of us were there that day doing the cleaning, and the insides of the windows were certainly cleaned. We pride ourselves on leaving the cottage in a very good condition, so at the time we left we were not aware of any issues. Flies are not a general issue, but at some times in the year they will congregate somewhat on the warm brickwork outside the conservatory. The day after I visited to look into the smell, I went back to ask whether the smell had gone and that out guests were happy. They said that there was no problem and then I apologised about the moles that had appeared in the garden the two weeks before. I'm aware that some people are squeamish about having to lay 3 traps (I had first tried audible deterrents), so I wanted to be sure that they didn't mind. We would also like to point out that 2 sets of towels were provided because the cottage was booked for 2 people, not 4.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 27/08/2016
    A very nice cottage with a lovely enclosed garden where a 3 year old and a 20 month old could play happily. Pity about the rather dilapidated shelter at the bottom which was very slippery after rain. Mostly well equipped but better towels and a hairdryer would have been appreciated. Steps into the conservatory were VERY steep, but we led my 94 year old mother around the cottage and in the garden door so she could sit in the sunshine.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/03/2016
    Lovely cottage in an isolated but friendly village;well stocked with everything you need,even tea,coffee,sugar etc.Very comfy in every room.Back garden needs a bit of upgrading/upkeeping but overall a very good standard.Nice friendly pub across the road serving well kept real ales and decent pub grub.Landlord Steve was very welcoming.Area of outstanding natural beauty with lots of wildlife and good road links to surrounding market towns,villages,York,Bridlington and beyond.Would definately stay here again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/02/2016
    Fantastic cottage, couldn't fault it. Perfect for our needs. Owner very helpful. Hope to visit again..

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8.2 out of 10 – based on 13 reviews collected by Reevoo
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