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Our Guest Feedback

We welcome guests from all over the country, and indeed from other parts of the world too. We have catered for all ages from young babies, to people in their 90’s. On this page we have copied extracts from our cottage guestbook reflecting their feedback left to us.  We enjoy Superhost status with AirBnB and an overall rating of 4.85/5.0 over 34 reviews.  We no longer are subscribed to the Visit England Rating system – but were awarded a Gold award in our category when last reviewed.


  • 12th April Re-opened after extended COVID shutdown.


  • 9/20 Lovely location in a village with a nice pub and chip shop. Perfect for exploring Whitby and the North York Moors.
  • 27/7/20 Had a fantastic 10 days at Rowan Cottage. Lovely cottage with wonderful views. AirBnB 5 Stars
  • 11/7/20 The house was very clean and comfortable with excellent facilities and a nice garden. Perfect for a family and close to Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay and other local sites. Sensible precautions were made and guidance on COVID-19 to keep guests safe. AirBnB 5 Stars
  • 19/2/20 Home from home. Great location for Whitby and North Yorks Moors. Really good fish and chip shop and butchers in the village make for easy catering ! Nice house well provisioned with all you could need – hope to re-visit someday. AirBnB 5 Stars
  • 1/1/20 The house is on the road through the village of Sleight and ideal for a family with children. AirBnB 5 Stars


  • 26/10/19 LS11 –  Smashing base for our visit on Goth w/e – so peaceful after the mayhem in Whitby.  Very clean , comfortable and super location for exploring the area.  Will definitely make a future booking.
  • 13/10/19 Bristol –  Lovely cottage, very clean and comfortable.  Girls enjoyed watching the birds and all the little extras.  We were incredibly lucky as it was WWII weekend at Pickering and Grosmont.  Thankyou.
  • 6/10/19 Nottingham –  The beds were all comfy.  Also the house is a very good ploace to stay.  We would come back here.  We enjoyed our stay thank you.  Lovely family time.
  • 13/9/19 West Sussex –  A very comfortable, cosy base from which we toured the surrounding areas in our two classic MG Sports cars.
  • 1/9/19 Burton-on-Trent – Lovely! Everything we needed and more!  Thank you for your attention to detail  and special little touches which made our weekend special.
  • 17/8/19 Stowmarket –  Such a lovely stay in this cottage again, everything we needed and more, suprisingly good weather, cannot fault this cottage, can’t wait to stay again.
  • 14/7/19 Guisley – Wonderful stay and cottage very central to all the places we wanted to visit.  Had a meal at ‘The Stabvles’ which is very near to the cottage and excellent food and service.  Everything we needed is provided in the cottage, just wish our stay had been longer, but we would love to return.  Many thanks for a brilliant short break.
  • 31/5/19 Kendal – For any cyclists [Andy – or walkers!] the Cindertrack (the old Whitby to Scarborough railway) is a lovely route to Robin Hood’s bay & beautiful views of the coast and away from the crowds.  Cycling to Sandsend also doable but crowded in Whitby – cottage bikes are sage if locked up at the RW station.  Thanks for a nice stay.
  • 28/4/19 Very clean and tidy property in excellent reach of Whitby. Super helpful hosts, who were quick at responding and provided very detailed guides to both the house and local area.
  • 22/4/19 We had a really good few days staying in Rowan Cottage. The initial impression was excellent and was helped considerably by the high standard of cleanliness. Andy’s place is ideally situated on a good bus route so you can avoid having to find parking spaces in Whitby which can be very busy. If you take more than two cars you will have to park on the rather busy main road outside the property or maybe on the small car park further down the road if you can but we didn’t find this to be a problem. There is a pleasant back garden to sit in with good views. We went as a family group including two babies and found the accommodation just right as a travel cot and high chair were provided. We would recommend Rowan Cottage as an excellent place to spend a few days.
  • 12/4/19 Rowan Cottage is a well equipped, spacious holiday home with lovely views from the back of the house. Prompt response and easy check in. Sleights has a well stocked village shop,butcher and bakery and a popular fish and chips restaurant. Well placed for the coast and north yorks moors.
  • 19/2/19 Excellent host and perfect location for our trips around Whitby and Scarborough. Would highly recommend.
  • 20/1/19  Korea:  Very Good


  • 30/12/19 Fantastic cottage very close to Whitby. Very clean and well maintained. Very helpful hosts who made is feel very welcome.
  • 27/12/19 We stayed at Rowan Cottage over Christmas. Andy and Jo went to the extra effort of putting up a Christmas tree and other decorations. The house was very comfortable and had everything we needed. Felt like a home away from home.
  • 8/12/19 This is an excellent property – a home from home, but better! Spacious, exceptionally well-equipped, comfortable. Sleights is a lovely village with beautiful scenery, plenty of walks and beaches nearby, and a convenient shop is very close to the house. The owners have thoughtfully provided a useful folder of local walks and tips about activities. Communication was great and check in very straightforward. My family and I had a brilliant time here, thank you. I shall really miss looking out over the hills while I eat my breakfast!
  • 1/11/18 Location is handy for the heritage railway, Pickering and Whitby. Locally would recommend The Plough for an evening meal. Rowan Cottage is very comfortable and has all the amenities to make your stay enjoyable.
  • 14/10/18 This well equiped house had all the amenities the four of us needed for a very comfortable weekend.
  • 18/9/18 Ideally located for day trips and access to Whitby. Clean and comfortable little cottage.
  • 9/9/18 A lovely cottage in a great location. The views out the back are fantastic. A great spot to spend a couple of days with friends.
  • 1/9/18 Leeds:  Another lovely visit.  An ideal position for visiting for many interesting places.  Great view too!
  • 18/8/18 Rotherham:  This is our second visit to this lovely cosy cottage.  The view if beautiful.  We have really enjoyed our two week stay. Thank you.
  • 4/8/18  Chesire:  Thank you for a wonderful stay at Rowan Cottage.  We have visited many places, had great weather and have lot of memories of the more grogeous views.  We have been to Whitby, done the steps and Abbey, Scarborough, Falling Foss, Castle Howard and the fab Perry’s riverside cafe.  Eaten well by the love the Cross Butts restaurant.  Thanks again.
  • 28/7/18 Lancashire:  Thank you for a perfect stay in your beautiful cottage!  …We have stayed in our fair share of UK holiday cottages and this is the best by far – clean, spacious (loads of room for 3 generations), lovely furnishings/ decor, really well equipped…a home from home!!  We feel like we’ve found a real gem and will definitely book again in the future – thank you!
  • Jun-July 18 Sussex:  Another great holiday in this lovely cottage, helped by fantastic weather.  The best for for the longest time we can remember in 30+ years of NYM county and well equipped as ever…look forward to next year your hard work keeping the cottage well maintained is really appreciated.
  • 2/6/18 Rotherham:  It has been a fantastic week packed full of activities.  We recommend the National Birds of Prey centre at Helmsley and both Sandsend and Runswick bay for great beaches.  All was capped by the endeavour sailing into Whitby on Friday evening.  Fab house, has been really comfy.
  • 22/5/18 Hertfordshire:  Our first visit to Rowan Cottage unfortunately only on a short break…a true home from home.  Being fossil hunters we’ve cleared all your beaches of ammonites (not possible)!  We’ve been so lucky with glorious weather visiting Port Mulgrave, Sandsend, Runswick and Southwick….Such a wonderfully comfortable home – we will return in the not too distant future.
  • 2/5/18  USA:  Very cute little place with easy access to Whitby. The place is easy to miss so pay very close attention to the directions. We were only there for two nights, but wish we could have stayed longer.
  • 13/4/18  Really excellent place to stay and from which to base yourself for a holiday in this beautiful and diverse part of the UK. Everything has been thought of and the house quickly became home from home. Highly recommended.
  • 11/4/18 Oswestry: Very welcoming and cosy in every single way.  The beds are neatly displayed and very comfortable.  Thank you for letting us stay.  We rate it 5 *’s
  • 8/4/18 Great little house, plenty of room. Lovely view from the upstairs windows. Location fab for NY Moors and Whitby. Will definitely be back to stay here next time. Thank you 😀
  • 4/18 Harbury: Have had a great time.  The house was really well equipped for 3 children. Thanks
  • 18/3/18 Northallerton:  Thank you for letting us stay in your cottage.
  • 5/3/18 Great place, awesome time would definitely recommend
  • 18/2/18 Horsham/North Allerton: We have a lovely stay in Rowan Cottage, very warm and cosy and well equipped.  Would definitely recommend.  Thank you for a lovely stay.
  • 2/1/18 Stayed for 5 days over the New Year , 4 Adults, plenty of space, Andy had the heating on & a few basic essentials ready for us to use, Thanks Andy. Cottage is well placed, during our stay we visited Pickering, Helmsley, Whitby, Scarborough plus a few other places on the coast, all were within an hour of cottage. We also went out drinking one of the evenings in Whitby, taxi was less than £10 each way. There is a really good pub in the village called The Plough, the staff & locals were all very friendly & made us all welcome, they also serve some lovely home cooked food. We all really enjoyed our stay at Rowan Cottage & would all love to visit in the future.


  • 4/10/17 We’ve had a lovely few days exploring this area for the first time, lucky enough to coincide with a steam train gala.  Cottage is lovely with a well supplied kitchen although the house plumbing can be a bit noisy.   [Andy& Jo:  That comment gratefully received and happy to report we have resolved the knocking pipes, and upgraded the kitchen tap in the process!]
  • 16/9/17 We had a lovely holiday! Beautiful cottage and the perfect base for touring North Yorks.  particularly enjoyed Sandsend (perfect for kids) and Staithes, although a steep trek with 18 month old twins!  Highly recommend the Park and ride buses too, trip into Whitby and Scarborough and very reasonable prices.  Beautiful part of the world.  Many thanks
  • 2/9/17  Chesire:  We have had a wonderful holiday! Beautiful cottage and the perfect base for touring North Yorks.  Particularly enjoyed Sandsend (Perfect for kids) and Staithes, although a steep trek with 18 months old twins!  Highly recommend the Park & Ride buses too, trip into Whitby and Scarborough with no worries about parking and very reasonable prices.  Beautiful part of the world.  Many thanks.
  • 24/8/17 Newcastle:  We have had a great holiday and loved our time at Rowan Cottage.  Enjoyed the regatta and the fireworks evening.  Steam train was fantastic.
  • 12/8/17 Chesire:  Lost track if this is our 4th or 5th stay at Rowan Cottage.  Over the years we’ve had all the weather and this week wasnt the best but still out and about every day.  Sandsend is our favourite beach & Magpie takeaway our favourite for chips!  Miss the view from the bedroom window when we’re not here.
  • 5/8/17 Peterborough:  Had a wonderful time, home is very beautiful, very clean, well-equipped and couldnt [have] asked for a better stay.  Great facilities wifi etc 🙂  Just wonderful and loved the views and how comfortable the home is cant wait to visit again THANKYOU 🙂
  • 29/7/17 Buckinghamshire:  Great time had by all – thanks
  • 1/7/17 Llandudno:  Lovely cottage – very clean and comfortable with everything we could wish for.  Will certainly come again and hope for better weather.
  • 2/6/17 Northumberland:  Had a lovely time staying at Towan House – it just went too quick.  We will be back – Asta La Vista.
  • 23/4/17 Reading/London: A lovely place for a stay, a very comfortable cosy place and very well appointed.  We were here for only a short stay but found everything in the kitchen came in hand and the books, games and jigsaws were much appreciated.  Lovely views and will certainly stay again.
  • 16/4/17 Liverpool/North Yorks:  A lovely relaxing stay in a great, well equipped comfortable cottage.  We normally stay in Whitby but picked this cottage to accommodate my elderly Mum and it was a good choice.  Enjoyed trips to Whitby and Grosmont – Fish and Chips in Trenchers – thanks for everything.
  • 24/2/17 Hull/Halifax:  Stayed in lots of places but this cottage is definitely home from home with everything one could want….
  • 16/2/17 Stirling: Well equipped comfortable cottage – thank you, great time…


  • 5/11/16 Hull:  Lovely warm cottage, very comfy here.  Have had a great weekend – would certainly return.
  • 30/10/16 Sheffield: Lovely cottage, great holiday.
  • 21/10/16 Hull: Lovely warm cottage, very comfy here!  Have had a great weekend, would certainly return!
  • 16/10/16 Leicester: Second time here – and the first holiday with baby …..Great cottage, perfect for us.  The bakewell tart from the butchers down the road are superb!  Thank you.
  • 26/8/16 Rotherham: Once again a great stay in your lovely cottage…lovely lunches at the Riverside cafe in ‘Perry’s’ garden centre.
  • 22/8/16 Rotherham: I particularly like the comfy chairs in the dining room…it is a perfect place to sit/eat/watch netflix/youtube (as I am 13) so thankyou for adding those as they were not here last year.
  • 13/8/16 Suffolk: Another great stay in the cottage, ideal location for exploring the area, hope to return soon.
  • 4/6/16 Stoke-on-Trent + Befordshire: We have enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage. It has everything you need for a great holiday. It is very clean warm and comfortable. The children thought the bunk beds were great fun. Although it was misty most days it didnt spoil our holiday. We hope to be back.
  • 7/4/16 Gateshead: Thank you for a lovely stay in a lovely cottage. Beautiful location with lots to do. We have enjoyed Whitby, Scarborough, Helmsley and perhaps our highlight a trip on the North Yorks steam railway. Lovely food at the Plough. The children enjoyed the local park and watching the local birds and wildlife pass through the garden. We very much hope to be back :-).


  • 30/10/15 Lancashire: Had a fabulous long weekend in this beautiful and very well kept and equipped cottage. Great location and had great weather. Will be back.
  • 26/10/15 Liverpool: Had a superb stay in a beautiful, clean and comfortable home…Can recommend the Plough pub uop the road for good food and atmosphere.
  • 28/9/15 N Lincolnshire: We’ve had amazing weather, beautiful walks & enjoyed staying at Rowan Cottage. It’s cosy, spacious and well placed for local buses. Didnt use the car!
  • 27/9/15 York: Thanks for a super stay. We had a great day in Whitby with yummy fish and chips (gluten free too) at the Quayside. The local park is great fun…The cottage is wonderful with everything we needed.
  • 12/9/15 Lincoln: ‘Wow’ what a beautiful cottage with stunning views, the best we have ever stayed in. Really enjoyed our stay in Yorkshire lots of great walks.
  • 15/8/15 Cramlington: Lovely 1st stay at Rowan Cottage -weather good all week except last day 🙁 viisted RWB, Whitby, Sandsend (gorgeous), Scarborough, choo choo to Goathland, nice pub grub at Plough Inn up the road – rainy afternoon spent in Mini Monsters which is next to Model Railway village…thank you Vivienne for having the forethought re stair gates – life saver 🙂
  • 8/8/15 Macclesfield: Another fab week staying at Rowan Cottage help by wall to wall sunshine every day! Some great trips out, beach time at our favourite beach Sandsend…Sad to leave one of our favourite places to be together as a family.
  • 1/8/15 Davaar, Bogmoor, Speybay, Moray, Scotland: Busy stay in a wonderful area. Home from home accomodation ideal for all our family needs. So many places to visit Ruswarp, NYMR, York chocolate story, Whitby beach, Goathland, Scarborough and even feeding the local farmers lambs!
  • 25/7/15 Rotherham / Immenchenheim-Germany: Another nice stay at Viviennes. Plough Inn great quiz tuesday night followed by free sandwiches and chips…Great walk down to garden centre and cafe on the riverbank. Buses to Whitby and then onto Scarborough, Staithes, Middlesborough etc. On the other side of the road buses to Pickering, Goatland & Leeds. Great especially if OAP’s.
  • 18/7/15 Wapping, London: Beautiful holiday again – thankyou for having us for our 30th anniversary inc. our holidays in the NYM. This is the nicest place we’ve ever stayed. We even managed to find a few places we’ve never visited before.
  • 29/5/15 South Yorkshire: Lovely stay yet again – sunny but a bit cool. Thank you for a very comfortable accomodation. We look forward to seeing you all again.
  • 30/4/15 Beverley: This is our third visit. The standard is as high as every with every facility provided. We enjoyed the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race on Friday. Look forward to coming again.
  • 11/4/15 Derbyshire: Has a lovely time – excellent location – very comfy accomodation – all the little extras make it very welcoming. Thank you.


  • 2/11/14 Sheffield: A wonderful cottage with everything you could possibly need – home from home! Ideally placed for Whitby and surrounding area. NYMR a must had an excellent day on the train and visiting Pickering. We hope to be back soon. Thankyou.
  • 10/14 Lincoln: Lovely stay yet again!! Many thanks. Flowers are always wonderful. Hope to be back soon. Thank you from us all.
  • 29/9/14 Wakefield: What can we way!! Wonderful hospitality, wonderful location and wonderful cottage – all meant we had simply a wonderful time!! Everything you could possibly need in this beautiful cottage, at the centre of this beautiful area. We’ll be back! – several times!
  • 6/9/14 Kent: Thank you Vivienne for the use of your lovely house, warm & comfortable, full of light & everything we could possibly need. Our first visit to this part of the country & we have been impressed how beautiful it is and so well cared for. We have enjoyed Whitby beach walking to sands end, Whitby Museum & art gallery in Pannett Park – well worth a visit…
  • 6/9/14 Oxfordshire: ..a great week in a wonderful area and a stay in a well equipped and looked after property. Thank you.
  • 5/9/14 Oxfordshire: Cant add any more to the eulogies about Rowan Cottage we have thoroughly enjoyed staying here. We’ve loved the area – and the weather! More to do & see than we’ve had time for.
  • 30/8/14 South Yorkshire: Thank you once again for a very comfortable holiday in this cottage, its like home from home. Has a lovely week, weather quite good, a little cold but able to do things we wanted. Thanks again look forward to seeing you next year.
  • 23/8/14 London: Our 4th visit here & Rowan Cottage just gets better. Such a lovely spot, so near facilities too…Enjoyed Sleights show, although its hardly a patch on Danby & Egton shows! Recommed both the Horseshoes at Egton & Egton Bridge, also tried the Fox & Rabbit near Lockton for first time – great atmosphere & food. Thanks so much & look forward to coming next year!
  • 19/7/14 East Yorkshire: Our 1st visit to Rowan Cottage and we love it! It is ideally suited for both the countryside and the coast. Had a lovely day at Dalby Forest. Did a walk around Littlebeck and Falling Foss, a walk from Grosmont – Goathland then the train back, a walk around Mallyan Spout and day in Whitby playing on the sands at Sandsend and time in Staithes. There is so much you can do from here…Thanks Vivienne this is one cottage we will remember for the future.
  • 11/7/14 Castleford: Our third visit to Rowan Cottage, a wonderful clean comfortable and friendly house, excellent location for touring the area. Hope to be back again soon, thanks again.
  • 5/7/14 Co Armagh: Had a lovely relaxing holiday, great visits to the beach and a magical day at Castle Howard…Thanks again for such clean and thoughtful accomodation & equipment. There really is everything you could ever need.
  • 5/7/14 Northern Ireland  Once again, another lovely holiday.  Thank you for the spotless accommodation in such a friendly house.  We just love coming here and to beautiful Yorkshire.  Had a lovely relaxing holiday.
  • 6/6/14 Derby  A very well equipped and comfortable holiday cottage.  We could not have asked for more and are already talking about returning with a friend.  Sleights is quite charming – with very friendly people in the shops and at The Plough.  It is an ideal base for touring this area.
  • 25/5/14 Rotherham  Very comfortable break as usual, like home from home.  Love coming back.
  • 17/5/14 Surrey: A really well appointed holiday home with everything needed for a comfortable stay. Well located for visiting and walking the countryside and coast. Thank you we have had a lovely week.
  • 2/5/14 Leeds: Attention to detail and home comforts at Rowan Cottage have helped make this a really lovely holiday. Many thanks.
  • 24/3/14 Ayr: A very comfortable home from home. It been great being back in Sleights. Cottage has everything you need and beautiful views. We’ve had a fantastic short break. thankyou!
  • 16/3/14 Manchester: Another fantastic week in Sleught – after four months of non-stop rain in Manchester, what a blessing to have a week of sunshine!! Rowan Cottage feels like a true home away from home and we really love coming back here! Thank you Vivienne: See you again soon.
  • 20/2/14 Manchester: Had a lovely few days in his lovely holiday cottage. We spent a day ambling around Whitby including Magpie fish and chips – well worth queuing for. Then a train ride to Pickering on the old steam train; and finally a wander around Robin Hood’s bay (which is gorgeous) and a drive through Dalby Forest. This holiday home is a really nice place to come back to after a hard day’s sightseeing -so thank you Viv.
  • 19/2/14 Macclesfield: Once again sad to be leaving Rowan Cottage after our 4th visit! Jacob’s first visit to Whitby Abbey, he enjoyed the audio tour gadget & the Horrible Histories event. Good day out in York at Jorvik centre & York Chocolate Story which is highly recommended for anyone with Children or without! Lots of free choccy samples on guided tour plus hands on activities…Thank Viv for loan of your lovely cottage, we’ll see you soon.
  • 3/1/14 Sheringham: Here yet again and lovely as ever, love your cottage and always so much to do and see here, thanks Viv.