Middlehead Cottages


Cropton Forest, Pickering, North Yorkshire


With its enviable location in Cropton Forest, (a dark skies location) Middlehead cottages are the perfect place for a peaceful, relaxing holiday! The properties started out life in the 1890’s as “Middlehead Farm” and the holiday cottages have now been converted in to beautiful self-catering, traditional holiday cottages! Perfect for holidays or special breaks at any time of the year, the cottages boast an idyllic location situated in the North York Moors National Park, nine miles from Pickering. Surrounded by open farmland, meadow, forest & moors. The cottages all have their own private hot tubs making them the perfect place to unwind and relax. 

Thanks to the beautiful forest setting you may be lucky enough to spot deer and rabbits running around the grounds, and the manmade pond is now fully established with several types of fish that guests who possess a fishing license can make use of and there is some fish food available from the conservatory that the fish will be very happy to receive from those without a fishing licence. The forest is home to several bat species and guests are welcome to use the bat detector to explore the grounds and see how many they can find!

The team at Middlehead cottages are extremely welcoming, and as they also have lived experience of autism they are happy to help with any additional requirements our families may have. They want all families to feel happy and supported, and to provide an experience free from worry so that individuals and families can enjoy a successful, relaxing holiday.

Meadows Edge

Boasting superb facilities including private garden and hot tub and open plan kitchen, dining area and sitting room. There is a large feature fireplace with its wood burning stove, the solid oak floor boards and hand crafted beams and antique country furniture. The cottage can sleep up to 4 people over 2 bedrooms that can be made as either twin or super king bedrooms, both with en suite shower rooms. The cottage is perfect for both family and friends alike.

Brock Cottage

Holiday in style at Brock Cottage, with its private hot tub just a step out the door, furnished to a high standard and offering quality accommodation for up to 4 guests. Upstairs there are two bedrooms (1 Double, and 2 single beds or Super king), both rooms have their own spacious en suite shower rooms and wall mounted LCD TVs.

Downstairs Brock Cottage has a fully fitted and fully equipped cream painted country kitchen, with an oak table and chairs comfortably seating four. The light and airy sitting room has comfortable seating and an LCD TV / DVD player.

With solid oak floors and hand crafted beams the cottage oozes character and charm offers all of the modern facilities you could possibly hope for.

Willows End

Willows` End offers guests the perfect balance with a real country feel but with modern facilities. The cottage is both spacious yet cosy, has its own private hot tub outside on the enclosed decking area leading out on to it’s own fenced garden area. The cottage accommodates up to 5 guests in a luxurious setting. A spacious cottage providing a lounge with solid oak floors, with beautiful furnishings including comfortable sofas and large floor rug, and feature beams, LCD TV and DVD player. The cream country kitchen has a feature Range master range cooker, solid woodwork tops with an oak table and chairs for up to 5.

Upstairs, the cottage has 2 twin / super king bedrooms with large ensuite shower rooms and wall mounted LCD TVs, a single room and a bathroom with bath / shower over. Wonderful, far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside.

Middlehead Cottage (Known as the old farmhouse)

A beautiful Detached cottage overlooking a large, grassed area and the forest beyond. The Hot Tub sits at the side of the cottage being screened from view from other guests. The cottage contains a well-equipped kitchen, a dining room to seat 5 people at the dining table, a lounge with duel aspect windows, containing furniture, large log burner, TV/DVD and sound system. Middlehead Cottage sleeps 5 people in 3 bedrooms. On the upper floor from the central staircase (quite steep) there are 3 bedrooms and one bathroom with bath and overhead shower. The cottage has access to a fenced front garden and to the courtyard via the rear door. Private parking for two cars on the driveway outside the cottage

Bedroom 1 – One double bed

Bedroom 2 – One king or two singles

Bedroom 3 – One single

All Cottages are dog friendly, allowing up to 3 well behaved medium sized dogs at a surcharge of £25 per stay.

Included in your stay

WIFI, Towels, cooking utensils, and a welcome pack of tea, coffee, milk and bread. Our Spectrum Pack of sensory toys and resources is also available for families to use during their stay including:

A selection of handheld fidget toys, Light projectors, Handheld mirrors, Black out Blind, Sensory light toys and Visual Resources.

Before and during your stay.

We understand that preparing an autistic person for a holiday can sometimes be
challenging. At Spectrum Holidays we are always looking for ways to make this
process easier. We design bespoke, personalised visual stories
and countdown calendars for every person that would benefit from additional
preparation for their holiday.

Inside the Spectrum Pack you will also find a set of visuals to help support
you while on holiday, there is also a “now, next, later” travel keyring to take
out and about with you as you visit the local area.

Local Amenities and the Local Area

Places to eat (more options are included in the cottage welcome pack)

The White Swan, Newton. 10 minutes from cottages

The New Inn, Cropton – 20 mins from cottages

The Postgate, Egton Bridge – 25 mins from cottages

Things to do

North Yorkshire Moors Railway 
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the world’s greatest heritage railway experiences with thrills and family fun at its heart. Climb on-board a steam or heritage diesel train and experience 24 miles of Yorkshire’s amazing scenery.

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors National Park is a beautiful landscape of stunning heather moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland, and historic sites. It’s a great place for cycling and walking with miles of paths for you to explore. Visit the website for more information about events and local facilities.

Flamingo Land, Malton

An award-winning theme park and Zoo set in the Yorkshire countryside.

Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest is the perfect family-friendly outdoor destination! Explore the forest on foot, bike or by swinging through the canopy on Go Ape Tree Top Adventure. There you’ll find a whopping 13 walking trails, including easy-access routes and play parks, perfect for families.

Captain Barneys Soft Play, Malton

Captain Barney’s is a barrel load of fun! With lots of levels to explore and slides to dive down, it’s oceans of fun for all our ship mates. Bash past the biff bags, squeeze through the rollers, swing through the hanging snakes before plunging into our ball pool. 

Things You May Need to Know

The cottages are in a forest location and while Wi-Fi is good (we did not experience any issues) signal may be intermittent.

There is access to the Forest via gates in the fence that run around part of the grounds

There is a large pond around 15 yards from the back of the cottages, 3 of the cottages have gated back gardens however the gates are low (3 foot) and one of them is bolted, the other is not. (images can be provided)

Meadows Edge, Brock Forest and Willows End Cottages are accessed through the main conservatory and are in a terraced style. The front doors are inside the main conservatory which is a lovely communal space with a small DVD and book library, fish food and seating areas. There is also a courtyard which is completely enclosed with one door in and out from the conservatory area. 

In summer months midges may cause an issue due to the forest location. Taking insect repellent and/or citronella candles for the outdoor space is advised.

The bedrooms and bathrooms have thumb turner locks on the inside so children should not be left unattended in those rooms.

There is a wood burner in the cottages with fire lighters. The fire does not need to be used as the cottages have good central heating. The first basket of logs/kindling is provided free of charge.

EV charging point available.

New fire regulations regarding external doors may mean that the holiday home Is not suitable for disabled people

How to book

Middlehead cottages operate a single tier pricing structure, so the prices do not change in peak times. There is a 2-night minimum stay in place for all cottages. 

To secure a booking there is a deposit of £100 and full payment would be due 4 weeks before arrival. You can see full terms and conditions here

Meadows Edge – from £160 per night

Brock Cottage – from £160 per night

Willows End – from £175 per night

Middlehead Cottage – from £165 per night

For up to date availability and pricing or to make a booking please contact us.