Moorside Cottage - Beautiful Escapes
North York Moors National Park

Moorside Cottage

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Moorside Cottage is a beautiful stone cottage dating from circa. 1760 set in the heart of the pretty village of Ampleforth, with two pubs, a well stocked village store and a lovely coffee shop, just 19 miles from the historic City of York,

This spacious cottage filled with light, it has recently been renovated by the owners Chris & Alison who have created a real home from home. The sitting room has a log burner and comfy sofas for relaxing at the end of a day out walking, while the separate dining room looks out over the village and is perfect for gathering together to catch up on the days adventures.

The three bedrooms are an oasis of calm, tastefully decorated with a restful palette and enjoy lovely views out over the village and the pretty garden. The second bathroom is also on the first floor, it has a luxurious walk in shower, perfect for an invigorating start to the day.

Outside you will find a pretty terraced garden with a table and chairs for al fresco dining while the bench under the arbour is the perfect spot for enjoying a sundowner as you take in the delights of this lovely garden.

Directly from the cottage you can pick up local walking trails and head out exploring.

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Living space

Step into the pretty entrance lobby and through to the sitting room, it is beautifully furnished and filled with light from the large sash window. Two comfy sofas and a loveseat provide plenty of space for relaxing by the log fire, there’s a smart TV too, perfect for watching your favourite movies. From the sitting room just across the hall is the separate dining room, which also enjoys views out to the village.


The kitchen is a cook’s dream, real thought and care has gone into the design and the attention to detail makes for a beautiful space for cooking up a hearty breakfast or a tasty supper.  Everything you need is here, a range oven, fridge freezer and microwave, there’s also a Nespresso machine for those wake you up morning coffees! With lovely views out to the garden, cooking could never be a chore in this kitchen!

Off the kitchen is a handy boot room with belfast sink, washer and dryer and plenty of space for coats and walking boots. Also on the ground floor is one of the two luxurious bathrooms.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

The two double bedrooms enjoy views over the village, with comfy king size beds, crisp linens and soft throws, everything you need for a restful nights sleep. The third bedroom has been thoughtfully set up with a single bed which has an additional single pull out bed, located at the rear of the cottage and has lovely views across the pretty garden.



Outside you will find a pretty terraced garden with a table and chairs for al fresco dining while the bench under the arbour is the perfect spot for enjoying a sundowner as you take in the delights of this lovely garden.

Directly from the cottage you can pick up local walking trails and head out exploring.

Cycle Storage

There is a useful stone outbuilding at the rear of the cottage, perfect for storing cycles, walking equipment etc.,

Please request access to the cycle store prior to your arrival.

Please note items are stored at your own risk.


Ampleforth and nearby

Opposite the cottage is Heart’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 reputations for good food.

Ampleforth Abbey has been home to a Community of Benedictine monks since 1802. The Abbey church is open to visitors who might like to simply look around. Explore the beautiful lakes, trails and woodlands or join a behind the scenes tour of the Abbey’s orchards and Cider Mill to see how Ampleforth Abbeys’ famous cider and cider brandy is made. 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 Parks Centre.

Just a few miles away discover the pretty market town of Helmsley, the only market town in the North york Moors National Park, here you will discover pubs, restaurants a small department store and a range of interesting independent deli’s and shops.

Close at hand are Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey and the National Trust properties of  Nunnington Hall and Rievaulx Terrace and Temples.

City of York

Being just 20 miles north of the City of York you are also perfectly placed to head into the City to experience the culture of the Minster, galleries and the ancient City walls. Or if your passion is food you’ll find many excellent independent bars and restaurants to discover!

York is a city brimming with history and culture. Take a walk along the castle walls and marvel at the view below, or head to York Minster for some truly jaw dropping architecture and follow that with a wander around the cobbled streets with beautiful architecture to admire and independent boutiques to peruse.  Castle Howard, home of Bridgerton, Brideshead Revisited and Scampston Walled Garden lie to the east, the historic City of York is 20 miles to the south, all within easy reach.

  • City of York 20 miles
  • Castle Howard 10 miles
  • Howardian Hills AONB
  • North York Moors National Park 7 miles
  • North Yorkshire Coast 35 miles
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park 45 miles
  • Designer outlet 12 miles

Further afield

Further afield are Whitby on the coast and Goathland and Pickering in the North York Moors National Park.  Masham, Ripon and Harrogate are to the west towards the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Good to know




All linens included

There is a step into the cottage and a few small steps between rooms

On street parking in front of the cottage

Excellent village shop – stocks local produce and all the essentials too

Hearts of Ampleforth – lovely coffee shop in the village with home baking

Supermarkets – Tesco and Sainsbury’s deliver


King size bed

Village views

King size bed

Village views

Single bed with second pull out single trundle bed

Garden Views

Ground floor bathroom

Bath with shower


Vanity basin

First floor bathroom

Walk in shower


Vanity basin


Historic Ampleforth is in a beautiful rural setting, on the edge of the North York Moors, an ideal location from which to explore this fabulous part of Yorkshire. Try mountain biking in Dalby Forest and Sutton bank or enjoy the many cycling routes and walking trails.

The quaint market town of Helmsley, the only market town in the North York Moors National Park, is just a 5 minute drive away. It has so much to offer with its walled garden, castle ruins and birds of prey at Duncombe Park. You will also find a small supermarket, deli’s, butchers and lots of independent shops and cafes.

The famous North York Moors steam train transports visitors from Pickering to the fishing port of Whitby and miles of sandy beaches can be found along the Heritage coastline with its traditional resorts at Scarborough and Filey. There are abbey ruins at Rievaulx and stately homes at Castle Howard and Nunnington Hall. Easily accessible is the ancient city of York, brimming with attractions and steeped in history, this vibrant city appeals to all ages. Golf is available nearby at Gilling and horse racing at York, Thirsk and Ripon. For family fun head to Flamingo Land and Lightwater Valley.

There are several good restaurants within the surrounding area including two Michelin Star restaurants within a 20 minute drive. With nearby Pickering and its steam trains to the north, Castle Howard only 20 minutes’ drive away and Whitby, Scarborough and the North Yorkshire Coast only 35 miles away, Ampleforth is in the perfect location for a relaxing holiday.


  • Whitby 38 miles
  • Easingwold 9 miles
  • Helmsley 4 miles
  • York 19 miles
  • Whitby 38 mile

Airport/Railway station

  • York 20 miles
  • Leeds Bradford airport 54 miles


We love to hear back from our guests to find out their experience with Beautiful Escapes.

August 2023
We had a great time and the cottage was perfect for us. The quality and design/decor were both excellent, and I think it was the best equipped cottage we have stayed in (based on 20 plus years of staying in cottages!).
Location again perfect, a lovely spot for breakfast and to pick up tray bakes for walks, great pub for dinner and yet peaceful village. Handy for walks and Helmsley so all in all perfect. My favourite spot was the back garden for morning coffee while our adult children slept in!
The experience of booking and the service with you was also excellent so thank you, we would defnitley choose Beautiful Escapes again.
Bruce and family

August 2023

We love coming here. It was lovely In Ampleforth & the property is beautiful, so peaceful to sit in the garden at the rear. The White Swan was our much preferred place to eat & drink of an evening & the owners & staff were great at welcoming us.
The booking process is simple & straightforward, we would have no hesitation in using Beautiful Escapes in future.
Arthur and family

Maureen & Sylvia

Thank you very much indeed for our lovely stay in your charming cottage and garden. It has been a real treat for us both after COVID! We recommend The White Swan, (Maureen’s niece and husband) and The Stapylton Arms if people like to eat out.

Chris, Kate, Alex & Olivia – October 2021

We had a wonderful time in this beautiful and incredibly well provisioned cottage.

Sutton Bank had something for everyone, biking, visitor centre and ‘the best view in England’!

Yummy meals at The Feathers in Helmsley & White Swan down the road inthe village.

Don’t miss the local fruit & veg van at 12:15 on Saturdays”

Tom & Tia – September 2021

Fabulous cottage!! So well decorated, furnished and equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful part of North Yorkshire.

Thank you also for the welcome treats, very appreciated!

Peter & Karen

Lovely home, we really loved our stay here. Had a great time, lovely walks, historic attractions etc.,

Thank you for the lovely welcome pack!

Ruth & Graham

Very welcoming cottage, very attractive area to cycle and walk around.

Thanks for providing everything and the goodies in the welcome basket!

Mary & Family, August 2021

We found the booking process easy and efficient, the website is excellent, enjoy the inspirational photography, I think they give a good representation of the properties available. The Housebook you sent prior to arrival was brilliant. I was able to use your tip on the local gym twice.

Great customer service, quick responses on questions was appreciated.

We all enjoyed Moorside Cottage. It was really a home from home and very well equipped. We loved the chocolate in the hamper from Hearts Coffee Shop!
There were one or two steps that we had to get used to and the one leading from the little hallway to the dining room kept catching us out for a little while and the high step into the property was a little tricky for my elderly parents. Both in their 80’s. I fear that this was the last holiday we will have away together and glad it was at Moorside Cottage. Loved the beds!
Would definitely recommend to family and friends.
Would definitely book again with you we are tempted to return though enjoy exploring new areas and fancy the coast next time.
Thanks for everything!

Arthur & family, Scotland, September 2020

We truly loved the cottage and the village of Ampleforth. People are so friendly & the two hotels, coffee shop & village store meant we didn’t have far to travel for anything.
From Ampleforth it wasn’t difficult visiting all the lovely towns & villages the region has to offer.
The property itself was beautiful, with quality fittings & wonderful interior. The  garden was lovely to sit and enjoy the sunshine.
We would have no hesitation in using Beautiful Escapes again and we’ve already recommended to friends & family.