West View Cottage Pockley

Okay people, this is the real deal. You want history? We got history. You want charm? We got charm in spades. Oh, you want THATCHED. Yeah, we got that too. Who knew that this tiny village a stone’s throw from Helmsley was chocker with thatched cottages? I didn’t until a few months ago. Chuck a brick (figuratively, natch) and you’ll hit one. But Grade 11 listed, 17th century West View is one of the prettiest, and it just happens to be a comfy and rather luxurious B&B run by lovely Valerie, who knows tons about not just the house’s story (for the purists: it’s a traditional cruck-built Yorkshire Long House) but about the history of the area too. Your cosy double room has a beamed, raftered ceiling, a stone gable end and a huge vintage brass bed. Linen is top quality – in fact all the textiles are fabulous – and the funky little bathroom is bursting with L’Occitane. Take your breakfast in the ancient, oak-panelled dining room or during summer months in the pretty garden with stunning views over the rolling landscape. The peace and quiet here is total. Enjoy. 

How Much?                      £80 – £95 per night 

Kids’s Stuff?                     If we believed in all that Valentine’s guff, this would be the place we’d suggest. As it is, it’s a romantic-weekend-for-two kinda place. So, making them, not taking them. 

Well Placed?                    Helmsley (one of the prettiest market towns around – and there are a few!) is just down the road. Nunnington Hall and Castle Howard are both well worth the effort, as is Riveaulx Abbey, a 20 minute drive away.

 Good Grub?                           Posh it up at the Feversham Arms or enjoy a warm welcome and several notches above pub grub at the Fox & Hounds at Sinnington. The Blacksmiths Arms at Lastingham is a time-warp pub full of charm, as is the Plough at Fadmoor. But Squidbeak’s recommendation is the Michelin starred Black Swan at Oldstead. Truly superb food.


West View Cottage

Pockley, Nr Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 7TE

Tel 01439 770526

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Type: B&B

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Mandy, 15 February 2012

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