The Durham Ox – Ivy Cottage

Self Catering


Ivy Cottage is a beautifully restored period terraced cottage on the main street of the village of Crayke with the added advantage of only being 2-5 minutes’ walk from the multi award-wining Durham Ox.  After collecting the key from the pub, you will head through the picturesque hill-top village to the cottage where a fire will be set for you (with stocks of coal and logs included in the price).  The sitting room and kitchen are two distinct spaces however the traditional sitting room with its exposed beams leads beautifully into the new light-filled kitchen extension which opens onto a deck and garden to the rear of the house.

While the cottage oozes character, having only been recently refurbished by Michael and Sasha it is fully modernised, very comfortable and well equipped.

The very large TV and stack of dvds and board games are perfect for whiling away a lazy afternoon. Comfy chairs and sofas and a desk with a landline if for any reason anyone needs to get hold of you or to call ahead to make a dinner reservation at the pub.

With doors leading to the upstairs, to prevent little ones from playing on the stairs, you head past a downstairs wc and up to the first floor with a generous family bathroom and two bedrooms: a twin and a king which has an ensuite shower.  If you continue up again to the attic you’ll find the third bedroom, a double bed with its own basin and wc.  This attic room also has wonderful views south across the Vale of York. 

The cottage has been beautifully decorated by Sasha and Michael with velvets and wools in warm tones that suit this country cottage perfectly.

Crayke is an historic village with breath-taking views north and south.  It boasts a beautiful church and a privately owned Castle, both at the top of the hill…and better still, the Grand Old Duke of York is supposed to have marched his men up and down this hill. 

Easingwold, is the nearest town, only 2 miles down the road with banks, cashpoints, small supermarkets and wonderful local shops as well as a weekly Friday market.

Great access to York and all its attractions as well as the many historic houses and abbies locally, including numerous National Trust and English Heritage Properties as well as privately owned, Castle Howard.  It’s also an easy drive on to acclaimed Helmsley and then the moors and coast…so whether you stay for a weekend or a week you’ll have plenty to do.

There’s a shed in the garden for bikes (accessed via a side gate).

For all other information please do have a look at The Durham Ox website.


  • On-Site Parking
  • Wi-fi
  • Pets Accepted
  • Child Friendly
  • Access to Golf Course

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