Mason’s Cottage - Romantic Cottage Hideaway, Yorkshire

This former stonemason’s workshop has been beautifully renovated into a light and airy bolthole for two and a perfect base for exploring all of the beautiful countryside and coast of North Yorkshire. Mason’s Cottage was originally owned by a family of stonemasons who worked on the local churches, houses and schools including Ampleforth Abbey.

Ampleforth has existed as a village since Saxon times and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The village is situated at the southern boundary of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, just north of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and surrounded by beautiful countryside, offering scenic walks and cycling routes right from the front door. Just five minutes’ drive away is the pretty market town of Helmsley with its Castle, Walled Garden, Duncombe Park and a wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants.

Prospect House (sleeping eight guests) is next to Mason’s Cottage and available to book through Rural Retreats.

Check in/ Checkout Times

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

Accommodation Description

All on one floor
The accommodation is set over three slightly varying levels with two internal steps.

Double height sitting room with large windows and sofa bed. Kitchen. Bathroom with bath and shower attachment. Bedroom with 6' zip and link bed which can be made up as a twin on request.

Small, enclosed seating area.


Electric central heating.
Wood burning stove.
Sofa bed.
Electric oven and separate electric hob.
Fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, dishwasher.
Television with internet enabled TV.
Telephone with honesty box.
Garden furniture.

  • Cycling Friendly
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Ground Floor Accommodation
  • Ground floor bed
  • Internet
  • National Park
  • Near a Shop
  • Near Golf Course
  • Near Walks
  • Open Fire / Log Burner
  • Pets
  • Pub Nearby
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Short Breaks Allowed
  • Washing Machine

About the area

Attractions and nearby amenities

Opposite the property is Kirk’s Coffee House serving excellent coffee, delicious food and daily baked bread which is always a fast sell-out! The village also provides a well-stocked shop and Post Office, a five minute walk from the property. Both village pubs, The White Swan and The White Horse Inn, have excellent reputations for good food.
Visitors can take advantage of the sports centre facilities at Ampleforth College and within a 5 mile radius there is fishing, pony trekking, golf, cycle hire and the newly opened cycle trails from Sutton Bank National Park Centre.
A 5 minute drive brings you to the pretty market town of Helmsley with Helmsely Castle, Helmsley Walled Garden, Duncombe Park and a wide range of shops, hotels/pubs and restaurants.
Close at hand are Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey and the National Trust properties of Nunnington Hall and Rievaulx Terraces and Temples.
Further afield are Whitby on the coast, Goathland and Pickering in the National Park, Masham, Ripon and Harrogate to the west, Castle Howard and Scampston Walled Garden to the east and York to the south are all within easy reach.