The Garden Shed - Beautiful Escapes
North Yorkshire

The Garden Shed

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Escape to the woods! This secluded bolthole is nestled in a pretty woodland garden in the village of Sand Hutton near York. This former storehouse has been beautifully transformed into a romantic log house hideaway, just for two.

The open plan living space has a sofa by the log burner, a dining nook by the french doors overlooking the walled courtyard and a separate en-suite bedroom with it’s own pretty terrace.

Cosy and comfy with all modern conveniences, experience a magical getaway just for two and a dog in this beautifully designed hygge space.

Just 8 miles from the historic City of York and the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are just 10 minutes away by car, the North York Moors National Park is 30 minutes drive and the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Yorkshire coast are both within an hour’s drive away.


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The Garden Shed & Next Door

Nestled on the same site at The Old Forge York are both this property, The Garden Shed and the larger property Next Door. They can be booked together to provide accommodation for up to 7 people on the same site. Perfect for a few friends or for extended family!


Living & Kitchen Space

Hunker down in this cosy open plan living space, snuggle on the sofa by the log burner and watch your favourite movies or cook up a treat in the well equipped kitchen. Take a perch at the little dining nook by the french doors overlooking the courtyard, the perfect spot for watching the wildlife all around.

Bedroom & En-suite

This pretty room is furnished with a super comfy double bed and soft furnishings for a laid back vibe, there’s a handy en-suite with walk in shower too. Doors open onto a private terrace with table and chairs, it is a lovely spot for kicking back and soaking up the sunshine, the perfect spot for a sundowner or morning coffee in your PJs!

Terrace & Garden

This secluded, private walled courtyard garden is very special, with sheepskins and a fire pit, just add a glass of what you fancy and you have the perfect setting for intimate evenings.


  • Maximum of 1 dog no bigger than an average Labrador.
  • 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


Places to visit

  • City of York 8 miles
  • Castle Howard 8 miles
  • Howardian Hills AONB
  • North York Moors National Park 20 miles
  • North Yorkshire Coast 40 miles
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park 35 miles
  • Designer outlet 11 miles

Activities close by

  • Roko health club, swimming, steam, sauna, massage, gym and classes, half price pass available at the cottage for £6, 20 minutes drive
  • Pick your own asparagus at the farm in the village!
  • Piglets Adventure Farm for children is close by
  • Northwood Fairy Trail
 Restaurants, Pubs & Cafes
  • The Balloon Tree – Cafe, Farm Shop, Pick Your Own
  • Crown & Cushion – by Castle Howard
  • The Green – Nunmonkton
  • The Grapes – Slingsby
  • The Talbot – Malton
Good to know

Check in 4pm

Check out 10am

Honesty Shop – in the barn on site with logs for sale, as well as beautiful frozen croissants for an easy breakfast in bed,  fresh produce and chilled Chef prepared meals. As well as fabulous ice cream from a local farm in Grassington.

Milk can be delivered to the property by the local milkman as well as your daily newspaper too.

Cycles available, free of charge, for you to use during your stay to explore the local area.

An initial supply of logs is provided in the property, more are available in the honesty shop or can be bought locally.


Bedroom with comfortable iron framed double bed.

En-suite bathroom

Walk-in shower



Organic toiletries are provided.


Sand Hutton is a small rural village eight miles from the City of York on the edge of The Yorkshire Wolds. The historic city of York is just 8 miles away with all of its history and museums to explore.

  • City of York 8 miles
  • Castle Howard 8 miles
  • Howardian Hills AONB
  • North York Moors National Park 20 miles
  • North Yorkshire Coast 40 miles
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park 35 miles
  • Designer outlet 11 miles
  • York mainline station, London 2 hours
  • Leeds Bradford Airport 37 miles
  • Manchester Airport 93 miles


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

 April 2021
The website and booking process were great, we would definitely recommend Beautiful Escapes and have already done so.
The Garden Shed is fantastic, we really loved it. Karen made us most welcome from the start. The cottage was beautifully presented and equipped, loved sitting on the terrace on the sheepskins with the fire pit, a beautiful garden to explore too, wish we’d had young children to enjoy it – we’ll have to wait till we get grandchildren!
Added bonuses – Karen’s dog Bruno played with our dog. The dine in ready meals available from Karen were so very good.
All in all a perfect break!

Our stay at ‘The Garden Shed’ was perfect. Karen is a friendly and welcoming host. We were provided with a lovely welcome hamper and our dog was even given a treat. The shed is very tidy and has everything you need. The honesty shop is great with a variety of choices if you want them. Karen also provided us with details of a great walk. We loved our stay and will definitely be returning in the future!

Owen, October 2020

We had an amazing time, the place was so beautiful, would love to stay again! Would recommend to anyone!

Isabelle, Chester, October 2020