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 2022. 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. The paddock is fenced and gated (but not escape proof) and has a picnic bench/seating too.

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.

For new bookings in 2022 we are introducing a security deposit (of £200 per cottage/ £500 if all cottages booked as a group). We work hard to keep our cottages looking clean, fresh and comfortable. Unfortunately we had unprecedented levels of damage during 2021 and, on some occasions, cottages were left in a very dirty condition. We are taking this step rather than increase our prices and by using the ‘security deposit’ function within our SuperControl booking system we are able to place a ‘hold’ on the deposit value (leaving it in your account). If all is well on departure, the hold is released. More information about how we will operate security deposits are contained in our booking terms and conditions (2022 edition, see our Booking page). If you have any concerns, please let us know before you book. Generally the deposit will be activated 7 days before your stay (using the retained card details used at the time of booking) and released 7 days after your stay.

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.


Please refer to our Booking page for our full set of booking terms and conditions. The arrangements for cancellations and refunds are copied below for ease of reference. If you have any questions, please let us know before you book.

  1. Lockdown (including local / semi-lockdown restrictions) and compliance with Covid-19 restrictions

If we are required by government to close or reduce capacity (for example including but not limited to national or local restrictions and lockdowns), and if guests prefer a refund rather than to rebook we will provide guests with a full refund of the funds we have received.  This will be the limit of our liability to you.

  1. Other Covid-19 related cancellations by us

We reserve the right to cancel your booking or shorten its duration if we believe that we cannot open or remain open safely or if circumstances beyond our reasonable control mean that the accommodation is no longer available for the dates booked.  We will provide a full or pro-rata refund dependent upon how your stay is affected. This will be the limit of our liability to you.  Whilst we do not envisage cancellations being necessary, examples include but are not limited to new government restrictions with which we are unable to reasonably comply, or Covid-19 cases confirmed here.

3. Other cancellations by us

You will be refunded in full if your booking has to be cancelled because Sproxton Hall Cottages has to close due to Force Majeure, meaning any of the following circumstances which may hinder or prevent the performance by us of the Contract, including but not limited to: 1) acts of God, flood, drought, earthquake or other natural disaster; 2) epidemic or pandemic; 3) terrorist attack, civil war, civil commotion or riots, war, threat of war or imposition of sanctions; 4) nuclear, chemical or biological contamination or sonic boom; 5) any law or action taken by a government or public authority, including any restrictions, prohibitions, or failing to grant a necessary licence or consent; 6) collapse of buildings, fire, explosion or accident; 7) non-performance by our suppliers; and 8) failure of utility services.

  1. Cancellations by you

Cancellations due to the lead guest (the guest who made the booking and based on the address given at the time of booking) being subject to a Covid-19 lockdown rendering you unable to travel at the start of your holiday will be refunded in full.

Cancellations for all other reasons (including inability or disinclination to travel) will be treated on a sliding scale, based on the likelihood of being able to rebook the cottage(s):

  • Cancellations received from the date of booking up to 60 days before the arrival date will be refunded in full.
  • Cancellations received between 59 days and 14 days before the arrival date will be refunded at 50%;
  • Cancellations received between 13 and 7 days prior to the arrival date will be refunded at 25%;
  • Cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the arrival date will not be refunded;

If we rebook the cottage at the same price a full refund will be made minus a £35 non-refundable administration fee which covers our advertising, financial, and administration costs associated with cancellations and rebooking. If we rebook at a lower value than your booking value, we will refund in proportion to the relet period.

Guests must cancel their reservation in writing. For speed and to enable us to start re-advertising please email us at info@sproxtonhallcottages.co.uk as soon as possible.

Bookings made via online travel agents will be subject to the external organisation’s cancellation provisions, which may be more stringent or more flexible than the above.

Holiday Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out a suitable holiday insurance policy to cover the risks of potential cancellation and to protect your property against loss and damage, as we will not be responsible for damage to vehicles parked on our premises, nor for any theft or loss of personal belongings. Several policies now provide cover for Covid illness/self-isolation as well as traditional cover for other illnesses/reasons for not being able to come on holiday such as jury service, vehicle breakdowns, injuries, and family emergencies.

If you do not have insurance and need to cancel, you may be out of pocket – please see our Cancellations section above and our booking terms and conditions.

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. We have parking for a maximum of 2 cars per cottage.