On arrival the owner greeted us and made us feel very welcome.. The wine and chocolates were a lovely touch and the owner even got my husband some dairy free chocolate from the local chocolate factory (which is well worth a visit) which made his day. The cottage was great and was well equipped. It was set in very picturesque surroundings. Lots of wildlife in the surrounding area ie rabbits, hares, pheasant, partridges, chaffinches, goldfinches. My son loved the 2 horses in the field next to the cottage. He also loved the play area with the swings, basket swing and slide. There is plenty of room to play football too. The closest village Thornton-Le-Dale is a very pretty place and would recommend a visit. The cottage was a great base set in the middle for visiting Scarborough, Flamingoland, Pickering, York and Whitby. Would highly recommend it for families, walkers and wildlife lovers.