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The Den at Husthwaite Gate

UK England North East England North Yorkshire

Old Station House, Husthwaite Gate, North Yorkshire YO61 4QF

A sheltered cottage retreat with spillover camping, set amidst gorgeous North Yorkshire countryside

Tucked away to the side of a former railway station nestles The Den. The private and sheltered retreat, which used to be the railway sidings, has panoramic views across open countryside to the nearby village of Husthwaite and to the iconic White Horse at Kilburn on the Hambleton Hills above Thirsk. The unique self-catering accommodation can sleep six, but also has the added bonus of a grassy space outside for a couple of tent pitches and an electric hook-up for a small camper-van. It is well suited for friends' get-togethers or families, who can have the whole site to themselves.

The Den is thoughtful, quirky and green in equal measure. Electricity is courtesy of the on-site wind turbine, while the building is very well insulated – meaning warm and cosy in winter and cool in hot weather (with a comfortable atmosphere  maintained by the heat recovery ventilation throughout the building). When the village got the go-ahead for a new hall, the lovely timber floor and many other features were saved from the original building and brought to The Den. Many other items here are upcycled and reclaimed too, but there's also no lack of up-to-date technology. A high-spec kitchen – open-plan to the main living area – is comprehensively supplied with decent knifes, and matching crockery, pots, pans and glasses. Six can easily sit around the dining table, while there's a smart TV, dishwasher and good speed wifi (available on the whole site).

The front door opens onto a sheltered and fenced lawn area, with open views across the fields. There is a BBQ with picnic table, fire pit (using locally sourced, sustainable logs) and comfy benches (originally from Lords Cricket Ground). You can watch the sun go down and look at the dazzlingly star-lit skies and then retreat to the quirky ship-cabin-style sleeping pods in The Den. Three doors from the living area open into to the pods, which have their own under-bed storage, hooks and hangers, heating, mirrors and reading lights.

There is an adjacent, lavish family bathroom with gorgeous 'fishy' wallpaper, deep green panelled walls, claw-foot bath, and handy shaver socket in a 'no-moisture' mirror. If your family or group is spilling out into the camping pitches, there's also a separate outside shower and toilet cabin (fashioned from the original porch from the station master's house!), and even space for a small camper-van with electrical hook-up. A wash-house contains a washing machine and tumble-drier, while across by the main house entrance a trickle of locals and walkers find their way to the cute little honesty shop and self-service café – a bit of a boon if you've been out exploring and fancy an ice cream.

Kicking back and relaxing is the order of the day. It's an eminently tranquil spot amid the beautiful countryside of the Hambleton Hills. The village pub is a ten-minute walk away (and all downhill through the fields on the way home!), and there's another good pub half an hour's walk away along the former railway track in nearby Coxwold.

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The Owner Says

We are a small family run self-catering holiday site featuring The Den as the centrepiece. It is set on the former Husthwaite Gate Railway site, nestled below the Hambleton Hills with a beautiful view of the White Horse.

We have a small exclusive site, available as a single rental. So whether you are a couple looking a tranquil retreat, a family who like their own space, or a group seeking a private get-together, it can suit all. (NB the maximum number of people on site for any one party booking is 12). The site offers a peaceful haven in the countryside, ideal for walkers, cyclists or families looking to use it as a base to explore the surrounding area.

The local area

There is plenty to see and do in the area, we have lived here for many years and are happy to point you towards local facilities or further afield. Our shop also has leaflets for many local destinations. Our local village (Husthwaite) has a free games area which includes a playpark for toddlers and older children, outdoor gym facilities and tennis court.

Best local places to eat and drink

There are many excellent eating establishments a short distance from The Den, such as the Carlton Inn in Carlton Husthwaite or The Durham Ox in Crayke. The Fauconberg Arms in Coxwold is a 30 minute walk along the old railway track (really scenic) and The Plum and Partridge in Husthwaite is even closer and 10 minutes walk away. If Michelin Star dining is your thing, approximately 4 miles away there is The Black Swan at Oldstead, recently voted the best restaurant in the world.

Why stay with us?

We are a small, family-run self-catering holiday business set on the former Husthwaite Gate Railway Station site, nestled below the Hambleton Hills. We have a small exclusive site, particularly well suited for extended families or groups, which offers a peaceful haven in the countryside, ideal for walkers, cyclists or families looking for a base to explore the surrounding area.

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★★★★★

Beautiful place to stay! Would defiantly recommend, can't wait to come back!!

The location is perfect; peaceful and scenic but within easy reach of loads to do in local towns and villages as well as York with all it has to offer. There were 5 adults in our party and we had ample space and were very comfy. The Den is thoughtfully kitted out and beautifully decorated. The weather was glorious so we stayed up late and had a starry night by the fire pit. It would be lovely to go back in the winter and test out the cosy stove. The owners were very helpful and were on hand with advice of what to see and do if we needed them. We are looking forward to our next visit.

by Fiona Malyan
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