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Hungate Cottages - Bransdale

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From a touch of luxury to characterful heritage, experience one of our truly inspiring holiday properties.


Relax in the property’s south-facing garden after a day spent exploring the area’s many attractions.

"Winner of prestigious Pickering in Bloom 2013 - relax in the beauty and tranquillity of Hungate’s award-winning gardens . . ."

For over 30 years, English Country Cottages has featured Hungate Cottages in its brochure.
A short stroll from the heart of this charming old country town, Hungate Cottages are tucked away with a delightful ‘secret garden’ atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. A wonderful holiday location, with the vast and magnificent North York Moors on the doorstep, there is easy access to the beautiful east coast, the city of York and a whole host of fascinating places to visit. Outstanding comfort and style of these cottages, combined with a superb location, makes this an ideal all-year holiday destination.
Pickering is a delight - old fashioned friendliness and an unhurried pace of life combine with charming old inns, 12th-century castle, museums, and remarkable medieval frescoes in the local church, and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway takes visitors on a nostalgic journey through spectacular heather-clad moorland scenery to Grosmont. City of York 26 miles. .Castle Howard, setting for TV’s Brideshead Revisited, Nunnington Hall (NT), Duncombe Park, and Rievaulx Abbey, are just a few treasures to discover. York offers the majestic minster, the fascinating Jorvik Viking Centre, the Castle Museum, the National Railway Museum, and excellent shopping facilities. On the east coast lie Scarborough and Bridlington, the picturesque fishing villages of Robin Hood’s Bay, and Staithes, and the fascinating old port of Whitby, with its Captain Cook connections, as well as 3 miles of sandy beaches and a colourful harbour, while the popular resort of Scarborough is 17 miles away offering excellent shopping and family entertainment. Closer to home visitors can enjoy free use of Pickering’s swimming-pool, just 3 minutes’ walk away, good cycling in Dalby Forest (bikes can be hired in Pickering), as well as forest walks, fishing, pony trekking and golf. Local cricket pitch 50 yards. Shops 200 yards.

The cottages have been converted with great flair by the owners, Mike and Sue Kitching, from the outbuildings of Hungate House. The delightful setting includes eight secluded gardens, courtyards and an orchard, as well as a safe, enclosed play area for children. Each cottage retains much character, with old stone arches, fireplaces and beams carefully retained. Immaculately maintained, warm, clean and superbly well-equipped, these cottages are truly a ‘home from home’. No wonder so many visitors return time and again. The owners provide plenty of helpful information on the huge choice of places to visit, as well as menus from the local restaurants. Visitors have unlimited free use of Pickering’s swimming pool, 1 free multi-entry car pass to Dalby Forest (two passes with Hungate Garden Cottage - ICH), free entry to Eden Camp, an exciting children’s adventure playground, and free entry to Ryedale Folk Musem. Free entry for Eden Camp and Ryedale Folk Museum are only applicable for stays of 7 nights or more.
Hungate is best summed up by a visitor who wrote, "There was nothing more we could have wished for in a holiday home. We loved the fire, the free logs and little touches such as fresh flowers – it felt like home. The children loved the freedom of the gardens and could not wait to get home from our excursions! We loved coming and going through the heavy black gate into an oasis in this nice town."

Tucked away in a secluded corner of the courtyard, this cottage has its own enclosed, south-facing garden with flower border, and a sunny sitting room with a wood-burning stove, from where you can even watch the cricket just across the road. Entrance hall. Cloakroom/toilet. Sunny sitting room with wood-burning stove/dining room. Fitted kitchen. First floor: Two south-facing bedrooms; one double with sleigh bed and one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove included
  • Electricity and full gas central heating included
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Private garden with furniture

  • Bed linen, towels and tea towels included (blankets by arrangement)
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Bed guard on request
  • Night lights
  • Hair dryer
  • HDMI flatscreen TVs with Freeview
  • DVD
  • Cassette/CD
  • DAB radio/iPod docks
  • Shared utility with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Broadband
  • Shared children’s outdoor play area
  • Barbecues available
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store


  • Open fires or wood-burning stoves in all cottages - logs included
  • Digital HDMI flatscreen TVs and DAB radios with iPod docks
  • Fenced-off children’s play area – with basket swing, climbing frame and Wendy House
  • Private half-mile stretch of nearby Pickering Beck – fishing is available by arrangement
  • Cycle storage on site (bike hire locally)

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  • Bike StoreBike Store
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / PatioEnclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • HighchairHighchair
  • StairgateStairgate
  • Woodburning StoveWoodburning Stove
  • BroadbandBroadband
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2015-10-17
    Wonderful time,can't wait to go back. Five dtars

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 2015-02-21
    A dead bird found in the log burner was perhaps unfortunate. However, it was fortunate that the cottage had a cloakroom downstairs as the bathroom toilet was out of action all week which was reported to the management early on Monday and as we left on Saturday was still in the same condition. This spoilt what otherwise was a pleasant stay.

    Response from: Administrator

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments following your recent stay at Hungate Cottages - we would like to take this opportunity to respond. Whilst we accept that there was a dead bird in the wood burning stove this can only have fallen down the flue - which has a cowl on the top - after being cleaned when the previous guests to that cottage departed on the morning of your arrival. Our housekeeper cleaned the log-burner on the day of your arrival and there was no bird in it when she left. We can only assume that the bird entered the stove via the flue between her leaving and you arriving. We offered to remove the bird but you said you would do it yourself. The toilet was fully functioning on your arrival on the Saturday having been checked and cleaned that morning. You reported to us on Monday that it was blocked and we immediately rang a plumber and asked him to attend as soon as he could. We then updated you as to the position at which point you advised that you had caused the blockage by flushing Wet Wipes down the toilet and you told us not to bother with a plumber as you would prefer to deal with the situation yourselves. We then rang the plumber and told him that his attendance was not necessary. Unfortunately, your preference to deal with the blockage yourselves prolonged the problem unnecessarily, but we respect guests' privacy and do not enter cottages without their consent unless it is an urgent matter of health and safety. Had the plumber attended the blockage, the problem would have been solved straight away. We were surprised to see the low score you awarded for location. The cottage is located on the doorstep of the Beautiful North Yorkshire Moors with the City of York and the popular resorts of Scarborough and Bridlington within driving distance. Closer to the property, there is a swimming pool and shops within easy walking distance and we provide plenty of helpful information on places to visit within the local area. We are sorry that you were not completely satisfied with your stay at Bransdale, but as can be seen from other reviews, the vast majority of our guests thoroughly enjoy their time with us, and many come back year after year.

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8.3 out of 10 – based on 6 reviews collected by Reevoo

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