The Green at Castle Howard – This Cosy Cottage is the Perfect North Yorkshire Hideaway

Castle Howard in North Yorkshire is a place I have visited all my life. I have so many happy childhood memories here and now I get to bring my own son and see the joy it brings him too. From the spectacular House to the expansive Grounds, I truly thought I had discovered every corner of the Castle Howard Estate, but I was wrong. Let me tell you about the Castle Howard Cottages.

Our Review of The Green – One of Six Castle Howard Cottages

This article has been written in partnership with Castle Howard. All views are my own.

The Green at A Glance – A Castle Howard Cottage

My family and I recently spent one night The Green, a beautiful cosy cottage in the Castle Howard Estate village of Coneysthorpe. The Green is a quaint two bedroom, two bathroom cottage sleeping 4 people and oozing with charm and character. It’s child-friendly, as well as dog-friendly (for a small additional charge) and the spacious garden is safely enclosed, meaning both children and hounds can run around safely.

Inside, The Green has been renovated to the highest of specs with quality in all the details. The interiors remain traditional with modern touches and unique pieces of furniture, some of which have come from the main House itself. As The Green is located within the Castle Howard Estate, it’s just a few minutes drive to the main visitor’s entrance and car park, or you can find your way there on foot along the walking trails. 

Arriving in Coneysthorpe

The little village of Coneysthorpe (4 miles west of Malton) is truly tucked away and the sharp turn into the picturesque village green could easily be missed. When I saw the location of the cottage, I suddenly understood it’s name. ‘The Green’ is located right on the village green, wrapped in climbing ivy and surrounded by a traditional white picket fence. At first glance and beyond, it’s a cosy and quintessentially British cottage. One unusual sight to look out for is the peacocks that roam the village and the wider estate – we saw 3 of them during our stay.  

Getting into the cottage was seamless as we were provided with a access code in our confirmation email, so we simply let ourselves in and explored our home for the night. 

First Impressions of The Green

First impressions of The Green was that it was a clean, warm and inviting space. My son loved exploring all the rooms which included a kitchen, dining room, living room, downstairs toilet and utility as well as 2 bedrooms both, with en suites. As we looked around I immediately noticed the interesting pieces of furniture and furnishings, all of which were clearly one-of-a-kind or antique pieces. 

I appreciate the welcome amenities of tea, coffee and milk as well as biscuits and a fully stocked pantry with all the crockery and kitchen utensils you’d need to make a full 3 course meal. The cottage also came complete with domestic items such as dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid and a washing up sponge – as well as wood for the wood burning stove

In addition to this, a £20 voucher for the Castle Howard farm shop is provided for each cottage booking. If guests wanted to enjoy a full cooked breakfast, they could spend this in the farm shop and get some amazing locally sourced produce such as eggs, sausages and bacon. 

Finer Details of The Green

I was immediately struck by the (sometimes) unusual colour palettes in each room, which had been thoughtfully put together to harmonise with statement pieces of furniture, soft furnishings and art work on the wall. 

Each room feels very relaxed and homely, but after closer inspection you can tell they have been thoughtfully designed with incredible attention to detail. Colour ways I would have never thought to put together (clashing prints, crimson red and dusky pink in the living room) just seem to work.

From the mirrors to the art work and light fixtures, many of the pieces on the walls feel like unique treasures. The interior designer must certainly have had fun putting these concepts together.

Luxurious Touches

Although The Green is a self-catering cottage in North Yorkshire, the extra luxuries made it feel as though you could be staying in top hotel. My Mum’s exact words were ‘The bed was amazing, I felt as though I could have been in a 5 star hotel’. 

From the fresh, crisp bedding and sumptuously comfy beds to the White Company bathroom products and deep-set roll top bath, I would definitely describe The Green as a luxury cottage experience. The finer details really help to elevate the whole stay and one of the best moments for me was slipping into a deeply-filled bubble bath with a glass of Prosecco in hand. 

The Surrounding Area – Howardian Hills and Beyond

Of course no stay at The Green, or any of the 6 estate cottages, is complete without a full day out at Castle Howard and walks around the wider Estate. However, there’s so much more to discover in the area to make a (minimum) 3 night stay in the Howardian Hills worth your while. As a local girl, I can recommend these other fantastic things to see and do in North Yorkshire; 

  • Spend the day in York, discovering it’s Medieval history.
  • Check out the best restaurants in Malton – Yorkshire’s food capital. 
  • Go walking in Dalby Forest and try out the GoApe.
  • Spend a day at the coast – drive over to Whitby or Robin Hood’s Bay.
  • Take the kid’s to Eden Camp for an interactive and educational day out. 
York Minster

Benefits of Staying at a Castle Howard Cottage

  • You’ll be staying on the doorstep of one of England’s most popular visitor attractions; Castle Howard.
  • Guests staying at a Castle Howard cottage receive a 1 day pass for all party members to visit the Castle Howard House and Grounds during the duration of their stay. 
  • Guests also receive a £20 voucher to spend at any of the Castle Howard shopping outlets. 
  • Tea, coffee, milk, biscuits and household amenities provided. 
  • Wood provided for the wood-burning stove. 
  • Free Wi-Fi. 

After discovering The Green and the wider portfolio of 6 Castle Howard cottages, I would confidently recommend them to anyone looking for a cosy yet luxurious cottage in North Yorkshire, and more specifically, the Howardian Hills. 

Autumn is the perfect season to visit Castle Howard and there is plenty going on over the October Half Term. Find out What’s on at Castle Howard or check out our recent Instagram reel to see our recent Autumnal day out at Castle Howard.

Fact Box

The Green must be booked for a minimum of 3 nights and you can check in on either Friday or Monday. Prices start from £758 – based on a 3 night stay in January 2024. 

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Disclaimer; This review is based on a complimentary one night press stay at The Green, as part of a wider media partnership with Castle Howard. 

Jessica Ruth Gibson is the Founder and Editor of Travelista and an award-winning travel content creator of 10 years. She lives in York, UK with her son and has travelled to over 50 countries; her favourites being Italy, Canada and Vietnam.

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