Sproxton Hall Cottages are four self-contained holiday cottages, just outside of Helmsley. The four individual self-catering holiday cottages are in a magnificent position on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. The cottages offer far-reaching views of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They are located near a tranquil village, with the benefit of easy access to a range of walks, cycling trails and tourist destinations.

Sproxton location

The market town of Helmsley is less than two miles away, and we are an ideal base for the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, as well as the beaches of the Yorkshire coast. We are also within a 45-minute drive of the city of York. 

Popular with walkers, cyclists, families and dog owners, our holiday cottages are open throughout the year, for stays of 3 nights or more. The cottages combine original features from 18th century stone farm buildings with modern, well-equipped facilities, to ensure our guests have a relaxing and comfortable scenic holiday. Three of our cottages are dog-friendly, and well-behaved dogs are always welcome.

Independent reviews

You can take a look at a selection of the independently verified reviews we have received since we arrived in July 2018.

We are proud to have achieved and retained Super Host status on Air BnB from 2018 to 2021. We also hold Visit England ‘We’re Good to Go’ Covid-19 certification.


Each cottage has a well-equipped kitchen with microwave, fridge, toaster, kettle, hob/oven. Kirkdale, Bilsdale and Riccal Dale cottages have had new kitchens fitted, including dishwashers. Kirkdale Cottage has a washing machine. All cottages have gas fired central heating, log burners and free wifi access.

We provide bed linen, towels, tea towels as well as essentials to get you started including tea, coffee, sugar, toilet rolls, washing up liquid, hand sanitiser and soap. There is a small supermarket less than 2 miles away, plus a bakery, delicatessen, butchers and greengrocer.

All cottages are non-smoking. Parking is available for all cottages, including disabled spaces as required.

Dog-friendly facilities

Our enclosed dog exercise paddock and dog shower (with towels provided) are popular with our four-legged guests.

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The paddock is fenced and gated
(but not escape-proof).
Booking with us

Most guests book 3, 4, 7, or 14-night breaks, starting on a Monday or Friday. We usually ask for a minimum three-night stay and can be flexible on duration beyond that – longer breaks of up to 28 nights are an option. The cottages are open all year. Please check our Booking page for availability and prices – booking direct with us gives you the best value.

Things to do in North Yorkshire

We are in a tranquil location in a rural agricultural community, but with the benefit of easy access to a range of tourist destinations and sporting activities. Sproxton is a quiet hamlet off the A170 Thirsk to Scarborough road, close to the market town of Helmsley. Helmsley offers a range of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. 

Also, visitors can enjoy Helmsley Castle and the neighbouring Walled Gardens. Rievaulx Abbey and Terrace are situated close to Helmsley, as is Byland Abbey. The Duncombe Park estate abuts Sproxton and includes the National Centre for Birds of Prey. The impressive Castle Howard estate is a short drive away and is popular year-round.  

We are approximately 22 miles to York with its unique history, shopping and tourist attractions. En route to the coastal towns of Whitby (approx 35 miles) and Scarborough, you can enjoy Pickering and its steam railway, and Goathland (TV’s Heartbeat and Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade station). Harrogate (spa & shopping), Thirsk (James Herriot) and Sutton Bank (National Park visitor centre and cycling hub), plus Flamingo Land (theme park and zoo). 


Our location is popular for road and mountain bikers, as well as spectators: Tour de Yorkshire, Struggle Moors, British Cycling in Ampleforth (3 miles), and (within 20 miles) the 2019 the UCI Road World Cycling Championships.

Dog-friendly days out

We welcome dogs in three of our cottages (Kirkdale, Bilsdale and Riccal Dale) and there are woodland walks from our doorstep, and longer walking routes too. For example, the Ebor Way and the picturesque walk into Helmsley.

Dogs are welcome in several pubs and cafes in Helmsley. The breathtaking views from Sutton Bank and the White Horse are at their best when accompanied by your dog, and a day out to the seaside along the North Yorkshire coastline is another popular treat.  

The North York Moors National Park

The National Park is a short drive from the cottages. We love the walk from Sutton Bank past Lake Gormire and on to Sneck Yate – far-reaching views, plenty of fresh air and great for a stretch of paws. Continue along the Cleveland Way and visit High Paradise Farm for refreshments.

Dogs love the country walks from our doorstep and the forest trails close by – whatever the season, there’s always a stunning view.

Arrivals information

Arrivals: any time after 4 pm

Departures: by 9.30 am

Unfortunately, due to the increased cleaning and sanitising needed to comply with Covid-19 requirements, our check-in time has been put back to 4 pm, and departures are now by 9.30 am.

Please contact us if you are likely to arrive in the late evening so we can ensure that keys are available and lights left on.

How to find us

Sproxton village is situated just off the A170 between Sutton Bank and Helmsley (a large archway/Duncombe Park, marks the junction for Sproxton, signposted Malton). At the church, turn left and drive through the village. At the end of the houses is a small village hall (on the left). 

Keep going down that road, about a field length, and Sproxton Hall Cottages are on the right. We are a stand-alone property on the right-hand side away from the main village, and our entrance is before the farm (Sproxton Hall). We have a small sign on the entrance gate (Sproxton Hall Cottage/Bransdale Cottage). Our postcode is YO62 5EQ (some sat navs/maps may struggle a little as we are on a private road).


When you drive through our gate, keep going past the parking area on the right, and you can park in the disabled parking area to unload. Once you’ve done that we ask that you park back along the drive in the parking spaces near the field shelter. If you need to use the disabled parking area throughout your stay, just let us know.