Sunflower Cottage - Beautiful Escapes
North York Moors National Park

Sunflower Cottage

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Sunflower Cottage is a newly renovated property set in the pretty village of Ampleforth near Helmsley and the ancient City of York. Sarah, the owner has created a beautiful, well thought out and creatively designed holiday home. The soft, Farrow & Ball colour palette gives the cottage a warm, inviting feel, the living space has a lovely flow with a wonderful kitchen, cosy lounge areas and a large garden too.

The master bedroom has it’s own en-suite, while the second king size bedroom and the third bedroom share the house bathroom.

This pretty cottage has plenty of space for friends and family to gather together, there is a large garden to relax in and with a BBQ for al fresco dining it’s the perfect place to be on a summer’s evening.

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Living Space

The living space is full of light, open plan with an easy flow from the kitchen and dining area up a few steps to the sitting room with it’s log burner and cosy sofas at one end and the sun room at the other end, perfect for settling down with a good book. There is plenty of space to gather together and with quiet corners for restful moments it is perfect for a Beautiful Escape.

Kitchen & Dining

The newly fitted kitchen has everything you need and will please the most discerning of cooks, with a dining table and access to the garden it is a lovely room for gathering together to plan the day’s adventures.

The rear hallway has external access from the driveway and also off the kitchen, with a handy utility room with washer/dryer and a separate cloakroom with W.C. There are two high steps from the kitchen to the living space.

Master Bedroom

A bright room with views out to the garden, plenty of space for the king sized bed and with a calm colour palette it makes for a restful retreat. The en-suite has a bathtub, perfect for soaking those tired limbs at the end of a day spent exploring the rolling countryside all around, there’s also a handy shower over too.

King Bedroom

This room enjoys views to the garden, a comfy king bed with soft fresh linens and a restful colour palette.

Twin bedroom

This room also has garden views and is furnished with twin beds.

Terrace & Gardens

Sunflower Cottage has the benefit of sizeable garden to the front with plenty of space for children to play for simply relaxing. There is a large terrace with BBQ for al fresco dining.


Ampleforth and nearby

On the main street in the village 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

Sunflower Cottage has a private driveway which can accommodate two large cars.

BBQ – charcoal


SMART T.V. & SKY Cinema


Downstairs Cloakroom with W.C.

All linens included

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



There are two high steps from the living space to the kitchen and cloakroom

The cottage is in the heart of the village and is set just off the main village road

  • 2 dogs no bigger than an average Labrador
  • Gated driveway
  • Dogs are not allowed upstairs
  • Dogs are not allowed on the furniture
  • Muddy/wet dogs must be cleaned off before entering the cottage
  • Dog bowls provided
  • Dogs must not be left alone in the property unless they are crated
  • Dog toileting must take place away from the cottage and any mess cleaned up
  • There may be a charge if additional cleaning is required
  • The garden is gated and secured but we cannot guarnatee that dogs won’t escape!


King size bed

Bath tub

Shower over



King size bed

Twin beds

House bathroom





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 20 miles
  • Whitby 38 mile

Airport/Railway station

  • York 19 miles
  • Leeds Bradford airport 54 miles



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

Christmas 2023

We had the best time, the house was so beautifully organised and equipped, I can’t thank you enough for the Christmas decorations and the hospitality.
The village of Ampoleforth is probably one of the most friendly villages I have ever visited in UK, people are so nice and the local coffee shop makes the best pancakes for breakfast. Hemsley is so close and it’s such a treat, 5 minutes by car. We would love to visit again and see the area in the summer months.
Thank you for accepting our booking and organising everything for us. We had the best Christmas together with our dogs, everyhwere so pet friendly we felt always welcomed.
Eri and Neil

October 2023

We did enjoy our stay in Yorkshire and found the booking process very easy, the area is beautiful with so much to visit.
The cottage was vey well presented and equipped, the beds were very comfortable.

August 2023

Thank you Angela.

The house was lovely and comfortable and we enjoyed the area.
We would love to come back soon and found your company very professional and responsive, your knowledge was of the area was very helpful. We have already recommend you to friends and we would definitely book with you again.

Kind regards


July 2023

Our holiday at Sunflower Cottage was all we had hoped for. Having visited the local area on several occasions we were looking for a comfortable cottage that would accommodate 4 adults easily and not feel like a downgrade on our own home. The cottage was well furnished and had large rooms to cook, eat or just relax after a days exploring and the west facing garden was a real sun trap for the afternoon and evening barbecue.

Ampleforth village is pretty and the amenities are very good. The White Swan does good food, the real star of the village is the cafe Hearts of Ampleforth. So good that we sometimes forgot that we were supposed to be self-catering.

The village has some marvellous country lanes to cut across the countryside for visits to local attractions, much more enjoyable than heading for the main routes.

The booking process and customer service have all been very good and easy to use, we will use beautiful escapes next time, both for the quality of the cottages and the locations that they cover.

Wonderful holiday, thanks again.

Paul & Family

March 2023

We had a lovely time and the area was beautiful. The house was gorgeous and I would definitely book again with beautiful escapes.

Caroline & family

July 2022

The cottage was immaculate and beautifully decorated throughout, we enjoyed everything that this amazing cottage had to offer. The area surrounding the cottage is stunning and if you’re prepared to travel a little further there are some amazing places to see nearby.

The booking process was straightforward from start to finish and I would definitely book through Beautiful Escapes again.

Phil and family.

April 2022
Hello Angela
I just thought I would say thank you so very much for the first class service from Beautiful Escapes, we travel away a lot and this was one of the best all round experiences we have ever had from a holiday company. Sunflower Cottage was beautiful and we will certainly use you to book in the future. Thanks again
Kindest regards
John & Deborah

70th Birthday celebration, lovely cottage, warm and cosy, we have enjoyed exploring the area very much. Thank you.

The cottage was amazing! and we had a brilliant time, my brother loved playing around. One of the reasons we loved it so much is because it was so peaceful. Thank you!

The cottage was stunning and we felt relaxed on arrival. The cottage was brilliantly equipped with everything you need and more!

Had a fab time – snow made it magical with our grandson. Loved the place and so much to do and places to go with our dog.

Arrived at Sunflower Cottage for a long weekend stay, the cottage was even lovelier than we had imagined. Despite the weather we had a great stay. Lovely interior beautiful throughout with everything you need. Our parents, my dog and ourselves felt so at home here we wished we could stay longer but hope to come back soon for a longer stay. A fabulous break away and just the tonic for a treat for my hubby’s birthday. Thank you.

Wow! what a fantastic cottage! Lovely location, and the pubs were a hit! We visited Helmsley, Thirsk, the Abbey and the countryside all round is spectacular, Jenny the dog, loved it as much as relaxing in from of the log fire. Overall a fantastic stay in pure luxury!

What a gorgeous cottage. Loved the bathroom, it was a treat to enjoy a leisurely bath. Thank you for the welcome hamper.

What a wonderful cottage, loved the fireplace and the beautiful decor, hope we can stay again soon. Thank you for being great hosts.

Thank you for sharing your holiday home with us. Relaxing and beautiful cottage. The welcome hamper was a lovely touch, we hope we can come and stay again in the near future.

We stayed for a Christmas family meet up. The perfect holiday cottage, beautiful interiors and just an all round lovely set up.

The Forresters in Kilburn – highly recommended. Thank you!

What a wonderful cottage! loved the fire and beautiful decor. Hope we can visit again soon.

What a beautiful cottage, we have loved staying at Sunflower so relaxing. Thank you for sharing it with us, such a relaxing part of the world.Hamper basket was a lovely touch.

Hope we can come and stay again in the near future.

Had a fab time, snow made it magical, with our grandson. Lovely place, lots to do with dogs. Thank you.

Arrived at Sunflower Cottage for a long weekend, the cottage was even lovelier than we imagined. Despite the weather we had a great stay. Lovely interior, gorgeous throughout with everything you need. Our parents, my dog and ourselves felt so at home. In fact we wished we could stay longer but hope to come back for another stay. A fabulous break awayand just the tonic for a busy year and great treat for my hubby’s birthday. Thank You.

Sue June 2021

We arrived to the beautiful, peaceful Sunflower cottage, the wonderful welcome hamper was such a treat.

The cottage truly has everything, it’s stunning! We’ve really enjoyed our stay here.

Margaret June 2021

The cottage was beautiful, we really enjoyed our stay, it isa great location for exploring too. We would unreservedly recommend the cottage and Beautiful Escapes to our friends and family, excellent service!