We throughly enjoyed our stay at the Croft, Hartoft. As a family of 4 we found it spacious and homely. Upon arrival we were greeted with a complimentary bottle of wine - cheers! And absolutely everything including the kitchen sink. We had packed laundry tablets, dishwasher tablets, washing liquid, coffee sugar and tea but we needn't have done as it was all already there. Had plenty of pots pans utensils and glassware. It was lovely and clean, would reccommend this place and we will be returning! Only two small niggles, we couldn't find a highchair but decided in the end we didn't need one as our 2.5 year old managed on the bench seat, and we found the double bed a bit too hard.
This is a truly wonderful place, and a gorgeous area, nice, quiet and secluded - no phone signal - my idea of bliss but there is a phone box in the shed and free WiFi if you insist!
I think one of the best bits about our holiday was coming home to only have to put clean washing away, the use of the washing machine made the stay a lot less stressful and the dishwasher was also very handy. When we return for our next stay, we will most likely buy a food shop and make use of the freezer in the shed, which has drawers allotted to each cottage, but on this occasion we ate out the majority of the time. We tried the New Inn on our first night, which was nice. We were particuarly taken by the Blacksmiths Arms in Lastingham, gorgeous food but make sure you book as it's a busy little pub! We also made use of the Co-op which is about a 10/15 minute drive away, situated next to it is a Pizzeria which we used once, I wasn't overly impressed and would say this was very average.
A few places we visited; Eden Camp - fantastic and they currently let you return for a month free of charge with your ticket, had a day out to Whitby on the old Steam train from Pickering, visited Scarborough (and caught some crabs!) - lots to do could've easily gone back again to look around Peasholm Park and do a few more things with the kids, visited York, didn't have a lot of time here but highly reccommend the Castle Museum - although be prepared to pay a lot for parking!
See you again soon Low Farm :-)
We booked this on the basis of it knowing this beautiful region, and thinking that the cottage looked like good value.
On arrival, we were delighted to find that the cottage warm, immaculate and extremely welcoming (even a bottle of wine on the table!).
The Croft is small, but very sensibly laid out and even with two adults and two teenagers we never felt that we were short of space. Absolutely everything seemed to be covered, particularly kitchen/cooking-wise. The bathroom is large and airy and the bedrooms extremely cosy.
Maps/books/games/etc are all there, as is a huge amount of local information.
You can wander round acres of field/woodland if you like, although it was fairly boggy during our stay due to the recent torrential rain.
Walking on the moors can be done from the doorstep. A lazy walk into Rosedale Abbey for cake or lunch at the marvellous Graze on the Green is essential.
The cottage was fresh, clean and very well equipped. Exceptionally quiet with good views. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will return at some point. Only thing to watch is that when viewing the larger map from Low Farm's own website the location indicated is wrong. It isn't off Daleside Road a 10 min walk from the White Horse Inn, the cottage is close to the Blacksmiths Country pub (a 10 minute walk away) which serves excellent food and drinks. Also, there is no mobile phone coverage in the area, but the wifi is decent so it didn't bother us at all.
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Quiet and peaceful, good food 10mins walk away, close to moors, stunning bird watching, was worth it for the Barn Owl. Well worth it would go again