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. 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.

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.

Good to know

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





All linens included

Fold out gate for the driveway for wandering dogs

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

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 19 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.

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!