Librarian’s Cottage - Holiday Cottage Castle Howard, Yorkshire

The delightful village of Coneysthorpe on the Castle Howard Estate sits at the heart of the Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perfectly placed in rural North Yorkshire; the North York Moors National Park, Yorkshire Coast and medieval city of York are all easily accessible. Castle Howard, which is just a stone’s throw from the village, is one of Britain’s finest stately homes and was built in the 18th century by Sir John Vanbrugh. The nearby market town of Malton boasts an impressive array of independent food outlets, cafes, restaurants and shops with popular food markets taking place each month.

The Howardian Hills and North York Moors offer endless footpaths and bridleways and are popular with cyclists, walkers and nature lovers. The rugged Yorkshire Coast includes towns such as Whitby and Scarborough as well as smaller fishing villages including Sandsend and Robin Hood’s Bay, all within an hours drive. The city of York is just 15 miles away and offers many attractions including museums, galleries, river cruises, York Minster, the medieval walls and a huge variety of shop and restaurants.

Check in/ Checkout Times

Check in: 4:00 pm | Check out: 10:00 am

Accommodation Description

Ground Floor:
Hallway leading to
With a pantry, utility room, and back door leading to the garden. Electric cooker and gas hob, combined fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washer/dryer.
Dining room
With a wood burning stove and dining table seating for four guests.
Sitting room
With a wood burning stove, television with Freeview and a DVD player.
With WC and wash basin.

First Floor:
Bedroom one
With a 5’ king-size bed and built-in wardrobe.
Bedroom two
With a 5’ king-size zip and link bed which can be converted into twin single 2’6 beds on request.
With a bath and shower over, wash basin, WC and towel rail.

Large shared garden with orchard area and stream, two private patio areas, garden furniture and barbecue.
Designated parking for two vehicles at the rear of the property.

Additional Information:
Day entry passes to Castle Howard valid for the day of your choice (subject to seasonal public opening times, please click here for more information). The house and gardens are open seasonally (usually from around April to October), however please make sure to check before you visit and book ahead.
The standard Rural Retreats welcome hamper is not provided on arrival however guests will receive a £20 voucher to use at Castle Howard's Farm Shop.
Initial wood supply provided in baskets by the wood burning stoves.
Up to four well-behaved dogs welcome (small additional charge).
The garden is not fully enclosed.
Please be aware of stream running through the garden.
Please note this property has low beams.

  • Child Friendly
  • Cycling Friendly
  • Dishwasher
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Family Friendly
  • Farm
  • Internet
  • National Park
  • Near Golf Course
  • Near Walks
  • Open Fire / Log Burner
  • Pets
  • Short Breaks Allowed
  • Washing Machine

About the area

Castle Howard is a magnificent stately home that has been the home of the Howard family for more than 300 years. The house and gardens are open seasonally (usually from around April to October), however please make sure to check opening times and book ahead – and don’t forget your complimentary guest tickets and £20 voucher to spend at the farm shop here.

Looking for peace and tranquillity? You’ll find it at the Yorkshire Arboretum, with 120 stunning acres of parkland, lakes and ponds to explore. There are over 6,000 trees here along with a welcoming café too.

From the Vikings to the Romans, civilisations through the ages have made York their home. There’s a bewildering amount of history to explore, with 30 world-class museums and the superb York Minster, not to mention plenty of top-notch shopping to enjoy.

Head east and you’ll come to the glorious Yorkshire coast, where Scarborough is the jewel in the crown. Take a stroll along the beach and chance your arm in an amusement arcade, visit Scarborough Castle and learn about the area’s history or pop and see the penguins at the Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary. There’s plenty to keep you occupied all day.

Owned by the National Trust, Nunnington Hall is a picturesque manor house with an organic garden in a delightful setting. There are regular art exhibitions held here in the attic gallery.

Duncombe Park is a beautiful estate and historic house located in the North York Moors National Park. There are lots of waymarked paths and discovery trails, and the site is also home to the National Centre for Birds of Prey, where you can see some spectacular flying demonstrations.