- english, french
About Helen Earnshaw
Sparrow Hall is a mixed farm, and I run it with the help of friends and my daughter, since my husband died two years ago. I am passionately interested in sheep and cows, and all the wildlife around the farm which at the moment includes nesting barn owls and their chicks! Visitors can engage as much or as little as they want with the farm: all are welcome to enjoy the delights and downfalls of Sparrow Hall Farm!
Helen Earnshaw purchased this Bungalow in 1991
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
A nice little cottage, which unfortunately had a smell near the fridge which was probably from a major milk spillage by some recent guests, not reported. A lovely area quite unspoilt.
This location has three cottages in a complex on the farm. We stayed in Willow Cottage which is a one bedroom cottage.
The accommodation is quite basic with old fashioned and not very comfortable furniture.
The main problems with the cottage are:
WiFi is not available despite the description saying it is.
The Heating is by an oil fired boiler which is on 24 hours a day. This means the cottage is very hot with temperatures of up to 33 C. and no way of turning it off.
The TV is exceedingly small and the TV remote does not work properly.
There is a cheesy smell in the kitchen area at all times.
The owner Helen is friendly and welcoming but she was unable to fix the heating problem.
The thermostat on the boiler has been fixed by a qualified heating engineer ( which I am not.) I have also asked him to supply easier to understand controls as the 7 day programmable one is constantly
altered by guests according to different needs. The cheesy smell was due to milk spilt in the fridge which had not been apparent before these guests so it must have been the people who stayed before. The WiFi doesn't work well but a new system is being installed in July 18th 2019.
Dog friendly & comfy cottage
This was a properly dog friendly property, comfy and warm. The owner is on site to welcome you & deal with any problems. Good clean cooker & range of pots & pans. Great to watch the sparrows & swallows while sat at the table.
We enjoyed our stay the cottage was comfortable ,clean and adequate for our needs. Very rural , easy access to other locations and events.
A wonderfully peaceful spot surrounded by fields; swallows and martins and a million sparrows our neighbours! It couldn’t have been more relaxing. A simple but comfortable converted cow byre just in keeping with the surroundings, we had all we needed for for a very comfortable break. Lots of attractions within a short drive from Whitby to Bempton Cliff ( RSPB) seabird sanctuary, the NYM Visitor centre at Danby, and all the gorgeous wild moorland scenery in between. Ideal for us!
25 miles to popular family resort Scarborough, 27 to Whitby historic Fishing and Jet resort
Car is essential
4 miles Kirbymoorside Market Town 7 miles Historic Pickering, 9 miles Malton Market town, 22 miles York
Flamingo Land Pleasure park and Zoo, North York Moors Steam Railway and wonderful Minster and Museums at York