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December 2022

Pam & Tim, Sheffield:
Best way and place to see in the New Year, usual good walks and plenty of birds.  See you soon!

November 2022

Colin & Fiona, Aberdeen:
We love Crossbill and always feel so lucky to have found this special place.  Thanks once again, we've had fine weather, enjoyed walks and met up with friends and family.

Richard & Celia, Leicester:
Enjoyed our stay even with plenty of rain.  Special setting and Patricia and Robert are most helpful, friendly.  Thanks, hope to return before long.

October 2022

Rita & Tony, Guisborough:
Second stay in Crossbill Cottage, everything as good as our first stay.  Relaxing, comfortable and restful break, much needed rest in lovely surroundings.  Robert and Patricia are splendid hosts.

Sue & Peter, Sheffield:
Excellent week.  Lovely cottage in superb surroundings (including the Wainstones).  High Paradise Café a treat but check times.  Excellent meal at The Wainstones (hotel).

Pam & Tim, Sheffield:
Another wonderful stay.  Everything perfect as usual!

September 2022

Shirley & Mike, Hull:
Had a great stay in your lovely cottage.  Log burner made the difference.  Thank you Patricia & Robert.

Julie & Andrew, Retford.:
A lovely relaxing week in this delightful cottage.  Can't wait to visit again, thanks for everything Patricia & Robert.

Charlie & Mandy, Cornwall:
Fabulous, beautiful, warm, friendly Patricia and Robert.  Thank you for making our Honeymoon very special.  Love the cottage and everything around, hope to come again.

Dennis & Elizabeth, Cumbria:
This place is our idea of heaven, thank you for letting us share it with you.

August 2022

John & Val, Cumbria:
Our second visit to Crossbill, quiet, peaceful and so clean.  Walked the Cleveland Way, four Abbeys, Helmsley Castle and walled garden.  Glorious weather, thank you, loved the hens and the lovely eggs.

Jim, Gill & Joel, Hull:
Beautiful accommodation, sorry Patricia, loved the crazy partridge welcoming committee.  Witnessed the super barley moon rise over Bilsdale.  Thanks for making it so comfortable.

Payne family, Coventry:
Great hospitality, wonderful wildlife.  Will miss the chickens.  The cottage is cosy and comfortable, location and landscape outstanding.

July 2022

Bill & Barbara, Hilborough:
This is our third stay and just as nice.  Shall miss Monet's garden and the warm welcome from our friendly hosts Pat and Robert.  Thank you again.

Chrissie & David, Pocklington:
Thank you for sharing this special place.

Ian & Carolyn, Edinburgh:
Had a wonderful holiday in this lovely cottage.  Patricia and Robert were very welcoming.  Kept entertained by the wildlife and hens.

May 2022

Alan & Anne, Nottingham:
Lovely warm welcome, thanks for making it such a relaxed and enjoyable stay in this great cottage.

Richard & Celia, Leicester:
Thanks for providing such a homely and cosy cottage, your hospitality and help. A very special place to stay.

Albert & Lin, Herts:
Two more very satisfied visitors, congratulations to our hosts.

Anne & Peter:
Lovely cottage, lovely hosts, perfect setting, thank you, we will come again.

April 2022

Gillian & Paul:
Many thanks for a lovely week and welcome.  The cottage is great- lots of wildlife, walks and good weather. Couldn’t be better!

Pam & Tim, Sheffield:
Yet another wonderful stay with a week of glorious spring sunshine to add to the peace of this wonderful place. Thanks, as always to Robert and Patricia.

Julie, Andrew & Nick, Retford:
An amazing week from start to finish.  Beautiful cottage in a perfect setting, couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you Patricia and Robert.

March 2022

Colin & Fiona, Aberdeen:
Two weeks in this perfect spot, sunshine, snow, wind & rain, we had all weathers but none spoiled our visit, walking and visiting friends and sharing time with family, all perfect and so special.  Thanks so much for everything Pat and Robert.

February 2022

Spencer, Louise & Polly, Huddersfield:
Another lovely few days away - seemed to arrive with the spring weather.  Fresh and crisp walks around Helmsley and sleeping peacefully at night, thank you.

Dorothy & Yvonne, Harrogate:
Arrived between storm Eunice and Fredrick.  We were so pleased to be greeted with such a warm welcome and shown to the clean, warm and cosy Crossbill Cottage.  We had an amazing time having days out and hunkering down reading in front of the log burner - delightful.

December 2021

Pam & Tim, Sheffield:
What a way to see in the New Year, stunning scenery, some snow and cosy evenings by the log burner, simply perfect as always.  Thanks to our wonderful hosts for everything!!

November 2021

Chris & Janine, Heighington:
We decided we needed a short break at the last minute and how lucky we were to discover Crossbill Cottage.  It is absolutely perfect! A lovely comfortable cottage in a truly stunning location, with delightful, friendly owners. Thank you for sharing your home with us, it’s a real privilege to stay here.

October 2021

David & Jenny, Leicestershire:
Lovely cottage, warm, clean and very comfortable.

Rita & Tony:
Thank you very much for the privilege of staying for a few days of much needed rest and relaxation in this wonderful holiday cottage.  Thank you!

Rob, Sarah & Gabby (aged 9):
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay, just the break we needed.  We loved seeing the squirrels and birds every morning for breakfast.  We spent our mornings going on long hikes and our afternoons reading by the fire, Perfect!  Thank you.

September 2021

James & Kirsty, Surrey:
Thank you for a very relaxing week's escape.  We thoroughly enjoyed the fresh air and sight of the moors.

John & Katy, Kent:
Very peaceful and comfortable place in ideal location for beautiful walks and tours.

Fiona & Colin, Aberdeen:
Another wonderful stay at Crossbill, so relaxing you forget about the day to day and get lost in the peace and beautiful surroundings, we walked every day.  See you again soon.

Elizabeth & Peter, Preston:
A wonderful relaxing holiday in a beautiful part of the world.  Within easy reach of the coast as well as the moors and a lovely, well appointed and well kept cottage.  Thank you Patricia & Robert.

August 2021

Lindsay, Zadie & Xola:
The most beautiful, peaceful yet fun place to stay.  Perfect hosts in paradise, Thank you Pat & Rob.

Jane & Tim. Ilkley.:
We have enjoyed our time here, lots of long walks from the doorstep.  Birds are fun to spot, two hares as well.  Thank you for a lovely stay.

Pam & Tim, Sheffield:
Another lovely, relaxing stay, weather behaved (mostly).  As always, simply perfect.  Thank you!

July 2021

Colin & Fiona, Aberdeen:
Idyllic, peaceful, relaxing and refreshing, the perfect tonic.  Have had a wonderful holiday, thanks for everything Pat & Robert, see you again soon.

Spencer, Louise & Polly:
A lovely relaxing week, didn"t know where the time went.

Emma, Fola & Ethan (aged 5):
Thank you for allowing us to use your space and beautiful cottage.  It's been such an amazing week for us.  We've enjoyed all the walks around the hills and sometimes just a few minutes sat down to enjoy the view has been wonderful.  We hope to come back again in the near future.  Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and letting Ethan feed the sheep, many thanks.

June 2021

Jo, Hull:
Best way to lose the virus blues, sublime.

Dale, Claire & Joss, Shropshire:
Superb accommodation in an outstanding location.  Weather was kind to us and we really felt that we were amongst the Yorkshire wildlife.

Bill & Barbara, Norfolk:
Pat & Robert, thank you for a very nice holiday, we know the area better and well done Pat, you are now England"s greatest footy fan!

May 2021

Spencer, Louise & Polly:
Really nice to get away for Polly's 12th birthday.  Thanks for the card and the cake, we had a really great time.  Couldn't resist playing with the woodburner, that's going to be so nice in winter!  See you soon.

Gill & Mary:
Great post lockdown break, walking the Cleveland Way.  Thank you for a lovely stay.

Giannina, Mike & Rian:
Rian (8 months old) had a lovely first ever holiday.  We loved the wildlife and watching the chickens.  Thanks for a lovely stay.

April 2021

Carolyn & Steve, Leeds:
Beautiful setting, walks from the door, cottage with every comfort, every detail thought of, friendly and kind owners.  Visits from "the girls" - eggs, cake, such lovely hospitality and generosity, thank you for a lovely break.

Pam & Tim, Sheffield:
Where better to come once the lockdown eased than our favourite place.  Unexpectedly glorious weather, the added luxury of the woodburning stove, wonderful hospitality, thank you.

November 2020

Lindsay, Zadie & Xola, Buckinghamshire:
A beautiful weekend break, thank you for making our stay so wonderful.  We can't wait to return.

October 2020

Pam & Tim, Sheffield:
Can't keep away!  Another lovely break in our favourite place.  Thanks to you both and to the "girls" for their delicious eggs.

Laura, Neil & Holly, Norfolk:
Thank you for a perfect break away from it all.  Nature on our doorstep and great walking, despite the weather.  Thank you for everything.

September 2020

Bill & Barbara, Norfolk:
Beautiful cottage and wonderful landscape.  We shall miss the birds, thank you for a very nice holiday.

Jayne & Dave, Sutton Coldfield:
We've loved our time here, a great cottage with everything you need.  Beautiful scenery and lots to see and do.  A big thank you to our hosts, we hope to return.

August 2020

Paula, David & Emily, Manchester:
A beautiful cottage, amazing stay, everything was perfect.  Thank you.

Pam & Tim, Sheffield:
Just perfect, as always and the perfect antidote to the preceding few weeks!  Loved the barn owls and the daily visit from the hare.  Batteries now fully re-charged.  Thank you, as ever.

Spencer, Louise & Polly, Huddersfield:
Another week away.  There's new wildlife every time we come, hares, owls and racing pigeons. Thank you.

Anne and Roger, Burnley:
Fourth visit.  Just as lovely as always.  Will definitely be back again.

July 2020

Mike, Hilary & Graham, Westmill.:
We have had a wonderful holiday in your lovely cottage, really comfortable and a perfect antidote to weeks of lockdown.  Thank you.

Lucy and Mike, Lichfield:
A beautiful cottage.  We had a relaxing time walking in the area on the Cleveland Way and made friends with all the hens in the garden.  We hope to return soon.

Sarah, Justin & El, St Helens:
Fantastic break in the most idyllic surroundings.  Stunning cottage, a real gem.  Really looking forward to coming to stay again.  The best hospitality, thank you.

February 2020

Chris and Sioned, Oxfordshire:
A fantastic stay in your lovely cottage.  Everything was provided and we greatly enjoyed the great walks and beautiful views.  We will be back.

Spencer, Louise & Polly:
Lovely stress free couple of days away.  Bit of snow, peace and quiet, very nice.  Big thanks, see you again soon.

December 2019

Pam & Tim, Sheffield:
What a great place to see in the New Year!   Thanks as always for yet another wonderful, relaxing stay.  Great walks from the door, birds aplenty to watch on the feeders.  Hope to be back soon.

November 2019

Colin & Fiona, Aberdeen:
A great break in beautiful Crossbill Cottage.  Out walking most days enjoying open views and Autumn colours.  Will be back.

October 2019

Clare & Ian, Lincs.:
Thank you for a great stay in your lovely cottage.  Everything we needed was here.

FOS, Steve & Ruth:
Another lovely weekend in this charming cottage.

September 2019

Anne & Roger, Burnley:
Our third visit to this lovely cottage.  It won't be our last.

Viv & Ade, Northampton:
We have had a great week, the cottage and area are excellent.

Bridget & Eamonn:
We had a wonderfully relaxing break in your idyllic cottage.  Everything one would need is here, warm, cosy and very welcoming.

August 2019

Jeremy, Alexandra & Flora:
Another glorious week at Crossbill Cottage!

Louis, Barry & Susan:
Friendly, owners, friendly chickens & sheep and lovely walks.

June 2019

Great cottage in a super location, plenty of good walks from the cottage door.

May 2019

Gaby & Andreas, Frankfurt:
Beautiful cottage in a quiet and wonderful location.

Alex, Lyn & William, Ontario:
Great cottage, comfy beds, hard to leave such a peaceful location. Glad we found your cottage.

April 2019

Pam & Tim, Sheffield:
Here we are again, just wonderful as always.

January 2019

Brendan, Kate & Fergus, Edinburgh:
Another lovely Christmas staying in Crossbill Cottage, glorious day for a walk on the 22nd.

October 2018

Pam & Tim, Sheffield:
Batteries fully recharged once again, we love this place.

September 2018

Peter & Lorraine:
Very impressed with this delightful cottage, easily the best we have stayed in. Patricia & Robert are friendly and welcoming and the views and sightseeing in the area are superb.

Gordon & Lynne:
Fabulous cottage and location, really enjoyed ourselves.

Maureen & Bert, St Neots, Cambridgeshire:
Lovely cottage, stunning surroundings.  We've had a lovely time.  Thank you both for being so friendly and welcoming.

August 2018

Flora, Lewes:
Thank you so much for a much loved time at Crossbill Cottage, I enjoyed myself so much I don't even know how to explain anymore.
(Looking forward to seeing you and your parents again Flora😄)

Jeremy, Lewes:
Perfect location, splendidly equipped cottage, extremely hospitable hosts. A**

Barry, Sue & Louis, Devon:
Great cottage location, chickens very friendly.  Hope to come back next summer.

July 2018

Andrew & Debs, Forest of Dean.:
Lovely relaxing holiday in a wonderful cottage.

Alun & Victoria, Aberystwyth:
Relaxing and peaceful, everything just "spot on".

Roz & Geoff, Ely:
Another relaxing holiday, two weeks flew by. Looking forward to our stay next year.

June 2018

Rob & Gea:
Thanks again Robert & Patricia for the use of your lovely cottage, so enjoyed our stay, just went too quickly.

April 2018

Ray & Ruth, Somerset:
We have had a very relaxing few days, the cottage has been lovely, love the hens & cockerel.

Barbara & Brian, Sevenoaks:
Lovely cosy cottage, been very happy here this week.

March 2018

John & Val, Cumbria:
we have enjoyed our short visit of the area in your gorgeous, well appointed, very clean cottage. We will return.

Victoria & Reuben, Leicestershire.:
A lovely relaxing few days spent in your beautiful, cosy cottage, stunning location.  It was perfect, thank you.

February 2018

Pam & Tim:
Wonderful, as always.

December 2017

Pat, Ian & Sarah, Derbyshire:
Wonderful cosy cottage, enjoyed our New Year break very much.

Spencer, Louise and Polly, Huddersfield:
Another lovely Christmas at Crossbill.

November 2017

Christine Hodgkinson:
A wonderful week in and around the cottage.  Enjoyed walking every day, mostly sunny, so many paths to explore and what stunning wildlife.  Birds in the garden and a hare.

October 2017

Pam & Tim:
Another lovely, restful week in our favourite place.  We'll be back soon to celebrate our tenth visit to Crossbill.

Simon, Janna & Annie Bacon, Birmingham:
a beautiful discovery.  Lovely area, accommodation excellent and very well equipped.

Dave, Angela & Duncan Williams:
Very relaxing stay.  Arrived in a storm and lovely to find cosy and warm cottage at the end of a long journey.

Gill & Joe Mills, York:
Perfect! Cottage, location and hospitality.  Will recommend.  No need to move our car as so many walks from the door.

Simon & Steve, Ilford & Thorpe Bay, Essex:
Lovely accommodation, clean and tidy and in a wonderful location.  Thanks extended for your hospitality.  Would highly recommend.

September 2017

David & Muriel, Bradfield Southend, Reading.:
We have loved our stay here.  The cottage had everything we needed, the North Yorks Moors are stunning and we've enjoyed our walks and visits to small market towns.  After a wet start on the last day the sun came out and had a walk up to the Wainstones - a fitting end to a memorable holiday.

Kenny & Diane, Perthshire:
our second visit and just as good as the first.  

August 2017

Roz & Geoff Thulborn, East Cambridgeshire:
Our second visit to this lovely place, will miss the peace and quiet!  Already looking forward to our next visit, two weeks next time, one week is not long enough.  See you next year.

Paul, Di and Sam Hendry, Suffolk:
Had a very enjoyable stay, loved the location and the cottage was very comfortable in a peaceful and beautiful setting.

July 2017

Pam & Tim, Sheffield:
An extended stay in our favourite place.  Crossbill as comfortable, peaceful and cosy as ever, truly relaxed after our holiday.  No doubt see you again soon.

Angie, Pete & Sam Bagley:
Our third visit back.  Love the peace and tranquility it offers, a great escape from the rat race.  The cottage never fails to impress, always made so welcome too.  Until the next time.

Elaine & Rob Gilbert:
Our fourth visit to this lovely comfortable cottage, good weather,  still not done the railway, next time hopefully.

June 2017

Colin & Janice, Grimsby:
Super week and stunning surroundings.  The cottage was everything we could wish for with added bird life!

Julie & Barry, Felixstowe, Suffolk:
We've had a lovely week despite the weather.  Amazing location, beautiful cottage, loved the garden and chickens.  Very relaxing stay.

May 2017

Stacy & Ollie, Bedford:
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, being off the beaten track and fully switched off for four days.

Angie & Owen, Northampton:
Thank you Patricia & Robert for making us feel very welcome.  Enjoyed watching the birds at the feeders and the visits from the cockerel and chickens.

April 2017

Carole & Julian, Shefford, Bedfordshire:
Our second visit.  Lovely to come back in Spring with daffodils and warm sunshine.

March 2017

Anne & Roger, Burnley:
Our second visit.  Everything we could possibly want in the cottage, lots to do and see.

February 2017

Pam & Tim Hutchinson, Sheffield:
Another relaxing stay, a scattering of snow but our hopes of being snowed in were dashed. Great bird life, another brief visit from a weasel. No doubt be back soon, we can't keep away!

December 2016

S Roberts, Huddersfield:
We had a fantastic New Year at Crossbill (2016/17) some post Christmas tranquility with a light dusting of snow. We had a day trip to Whitby and Staithes - freezing cold, but the coast is quite something at this time of year. Wish we could stay longer, lovely.

November 2016

Jack, Jean & Rachel Kelly, Northern Ireland:
Brilliant cottage in every way, like many others we hope to be back!  The added variety of weather of snow, through rain, mist and sunshine was another dimension.  Thank you.

Anne & Roger, Burnley:
Beautiful cottage and location.  One of the best we have stayed in.  Will definitely come again, thank you.

October 2016

Ann & Fred Barwise, North Wales:
Crossbill Cottage was everything that the website said it was.  Perfect in every way.  Clean, warm, safe, even luxurious.

September 2016

C & P Ranyard, Lincolnshire:
Thank you for a lovely stay, dwelling really warm, especially with having cool weather some of the time. Nice scenery all round.  Enjoyed a visit to Shepherds Hall tea rooms at Lealholme, pretty village and good food. Thank you.

August 2016

Zoe, Leon & James Karens, Middlesex:
Another relaxing, comfortable visit, thank you, see you again in 2017.

Angie, Pete & Sam Bagley, Derby:
Our second visit in just four months, must be doing something right.

July 2016

Pam & Tim Hutchinson, Sheffield:
Our 5th visit so run out of superlatives.  Just a heartfelt thank you for another stay in this beautiful cottage.

Jo & Mark, Cambridgeshire:
A wonderful break.  Did lots of walks along the Cleveland Way.  Played some golf in Stokesley.  Great location, wonderful cottage, fabulous weather.

June 2016

Colin & Fiona, Bedfordshire:
Our 2nd visit here & enjoyed it just as much. A beautiful cottage, cosy, clean, comfortable, quiet. Really appreciate the welcome pack, thank you.  Loved watching the birds, chickens, woodpecker etc.  Great walks from the doorstep, hope to return.

May 2016

Mike & Fiona, Newcastle:
Absolutely beautiful.  Loved it.

M & J Kenyon, Dumfries:
Thank you for a lovely honeymoon week.

April 2016

S & G Rose, Peterborough:
A fabulous cottage in an amazing setting.

February 2016

B Stark, Cheshire:
great base for hillwalking, chilly but doable, even a touch of snow. Very comfortable and spacious.

October 2015

W & P Vogel, Bavaria, Germany:
A very cosy retreat off the beaten track.

September 2015

D & M Smith:
A wonderfully relaxing holiday in a lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings. Lovely long walks on the moors in good weather. Loved the birds, the wildlife and of course, the very sociable chucks. Great to open your door to four hens and a cockerel.

August 2015

K & D Rowan, Perthshire:
Great cottage, superb location, all we needed and more than we expected. Wildlife in abundance in the garden, on the moors and coast. Good local pubs with fine ale and excellent food. Well worth the awards.

June 2015

S & A Hartley, Perth, Australia:
Convenient for tourist destinations both north and south of Bilsdale, ideal for exploring the area.  Hopefully we can return.

May 2015

P & T Hutchinson, Sheffield.:
Our fourth visit but first at this time of year.  The bluebells on the hillside so pretty and a daily visit from the cuckoo.

K & S Barfield, Romsey, Hampshire.:
Marvellous cottage, we have never had a better one.

March 2015

P & J Hill, Ravenshead:
what a beautiful, peaceful place.

February 2015

Chris & Sandra, St Mawes, Cornwall.:
A beautiful cottage in a beautiful location.

September 2014

K & J Parker, Essex:
Second visit this year, just as good...this is a brilliant place to stay.

August 2014

Julie, Jennifer & Matthew Grey, Berwick-on-Tweed:
we have had the best holiday EVER!  This is a magical place, hope to be back soon.

June 2014

K & J Parker:
...amazing views and lovely walks from the cottage- loved the hens and Kenneth (cockerel) so much to do and see in the area.

February 2014

Charlotte & Charlie, Scunthorpe:
wonderful scenery, friendly hens and fantastic walks.

November 2013

C Chauvin:
Fulfilled all of my many expectations!  Great location with views, a calm setting and footpaths right on the doorstep.  Very comfortable, clean and well equipped cottage which has been very tastefully decorated.  Perfect hosts to boot! 

October 2013

R Jones:
Wonderful, clean and very comfortable.  Very helpful and friendly owners.

September 2013

T A Hume:
Great cottage,we would return again, thanks.

July 2013

R T Oliver:

An absolutely fantastic cottage set in a lovely, quiet location. 

P A Handisides:

Excellent property with superb amenities and considerate hosts.

June 2013

Barry Carter:
The cottage was outstanding for cleanliness and also the fixtures and fittings were of a very high standard and the welcome pack of eggs [fresh from farm} bread milk and choccy cake were much appreciated.

May 2013

R. Jacklin:
Really enjoyed staying at Crossbill Cottage. It is set in the most beautiful surroundings and was an ideal location as a base for our cleveland way walk. The owners were most helpful and friendly and on one of the days even drove us to the start of one of the walks. We could not thank them enough. If you are looking for a super comfortable cottage in a rural setting with superb views and privacy then I would highly recommend crossbill cottage. Looking forward to return and to explore the area further. 

Spencer Roberts:

This is the third time that I've stayed at Crossbill, and as ever it's been perfect. The owners, Robert and Patricia are exceptionally warm, friendly and generous. They were always happy to help if I needed anything  - and they were never imposing. I had a fantastic Christmas and New Year here with my family. Our daughter Polly loved her present and the food that was left for Santa's reindeer. She got very excited about feeding the chickens with Patricia - and the eggs were lovely! We came back for a second visit a few weeks ago and then I came up on my own to finish some writing. It was outstanding on each occasion.

I can't fault Crossbill,  it was the perfect family hideaway and the perfect writing retreat. We'll be back again before too long!

Thanks so much.


April 2013

Spencer Roberts:
Our second visit - had a lovely time again.

January 2013

L Wilson:
Fabulous owners, couldn't have been nicer.

September 2012

G Soulsby:
Cottage was excellent! Would recommend it.

K Truch:
This is a stunning cottage, beautifully decorated in a wonderful location. The owners were really welcoming and even provided fresh eggs from their chickens. Our son loved the play shed. Definitely worth a return visit.

August 2012

B Cox:
The owners of this property were extremely friendly & welcoming and did all they could to ensure we had a great holiday. The property was lovely and relaxing; in a beautiful secluded location with fantastic surrounding countryside and perfect for the children who enjoyed playing in and around the cottage as much as our days out. The summer house filled with toys, garden with wooded area, along with the hens made it ideal for our children who loved every minute! Great walks from the doorstep meant that we were able to enjoy car free days alongside trips out to the many local attractions. Our favourites were Helmesley Castle, Rievelaux Terraces & further afield Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay. 

Ej Heinzelmann:
We thought the property was very clean and tidy as well as providing great views of the surrounding countryside

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