A period holiday cottage in the quiet village of Newton-upon-Derwent

Full of historical character and stylish comforts, Derwent Cottage is a stunning holiday cottage just nine miles from the centre of York. The cottage was renovated in 2018 and includes reclaimed tiled floors, cast iron radiators, wooden beams and vaulted ceilings.

The kitchen features a working Aga and granite worktops – the perfect place to gather after a long day’s exploring. The bedrooms all have antique beds offering the best comfort for visitors. A garden room leads out on to a terrace and outside dining area with stunning views across a well-kept cottage garden. The ideal place to enjoy al fresco dining.

Throughout the cottage there are antiques and collectables. The bedrooms all have antique bed frames, offering unique comfort for guests. You’ll also find slippers, dressing gowns, hairdryers and toiletries supplied.

This holiday cottage is ideal for couples, families or friends wishing to spend quality time in the countryside, while having a myriad of sights and attractions to visit right on the doorstep. Explore within the City walls of historic York with the world-famous York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum only a short drive away. Similarly the Yorkshire Wolds, with glorious, gently undulating hills, perfect for picnics, and picture postcard villages, this pretty stretch of Yorkshire countryside is not to be missed. Made famous by the artist David Hockney.

Would definitely go and stay there again. Would recommend to anyone.

Lovely place to stay, couldn’t want for anything else.

Sam, Lincoln

Fabulous cottage with everything we could wish for and so much more. The cottage was furnished for maximum comfort throughout including luxury bed linen and towels.

Debbie, Leicestershire

The house is stunning, equipped with everything you could possibly need and great location for York, Whitby and many other surrounding villages, market towns and the Moors.

Gillian, Newcastle Upon Tyne


Ground floor: 3 steps to entrance.
Living/garden room: with multi-fuel burner, 40’’ smart TV, beams and wooden floor.
Kitchen/dining room: farmhouse-style with electric cooker, Aga, combi microwave/oven/grill, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, beams, tiled and wooden floor.
Utility room: with washer/dryer.
Snug: with wood burner and 40’’ smart TV, DVD player.
Wet room: shower, toilet & heated towel rail.

First floor: 
Bedroom 1 – The Iris Room: with kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2 – The Honeysuckle Room: with kingsize bed.
Bedroom 3 – The Nest Box: with twin beds.
Bathroom: with free-standing bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and limited fuel for multi-fuel burners included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. 

The Cottage is decorated at Easter and Christmas times.

Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace, garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for two cars; additional garage parking for two cars. No smoking. Please note: There are three steps in the garden.

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Ground floor

The entrance hall and lobby are large and have lovely reclaimed tiled flooring. The ground floor is also home to the utility room which has a washer, dryer and dolly maid clothes airer. There is also a fabulous walk-in wet room with drench shower head and heated towel rail.

The cottage has two ‘garden’ rooms. One room is more cosy and snug and is accessed from the kitchen, whilst the other is more spacious with bi-fold doors that lead into the garden. They perfectly blend the traditional with more modern super comfy seating and lighting made for relaxing. Each room has a wood burning stove and a 40” 4K HD smart TV for film nights or when you want to listen to your favourite music.

First floor

There are three gorgeous bedrooms at Derwent Cottage, all fitted with antique beds and furniture. The bedrooms also feature ornate cast iron radiators, reclaimed wooden flooring, luxurious curtain fabrics and hotel standard bedding. A travel cot is provided on request (please bring along your own bedding).

The large wood panelled bathroom is complete with a Victorian style marble topped wash stand, ornate cast iron radiator, heated towel rail & romantic roll top bath.

Outdoor space

The beautifully planted garden is a tranquil space to relax. Bi-fold doors lead out onto the terrace and outside dining area, offering lovely views across the cottage garden. It’s the ideal place to enjoy al fresco dining after a long day enjoying the many attractions York has to offer.


Meals will be a real pleasure in this traditional cottage kitchen. With reclaimed tiled and wooden flooring, exposed beams, Victorian style larder cupboard, granite worktops and a Belfast sink, there’s a real country feel.

Cleverly mixed in for comfort and convenience is an electric Aga, separate Neff ovens, retro fridge freezer and all the modern appliances you might need, including the all-important Nespresso machine. There’s also an antique Victorian dining table and comfy mahogany chairs.

Stay in a holiday cottage full of history

It is believed that Derwent Cottage was built around 1808, with the deeds coming in to existence in 1819. These deeds give a little insight in to the history of the property.

The cottage belonged to a Robert Whitaker, yeoman, of Newton-upon-Derwent who assigned the deeds to his elder brother William Whitaker “for the sum of forty five pounds”. The cottage and grounds formed part of the estate of their father, also William Whitaker, who died in 1813.

Between William’s death and 1903, the property was passed from father to son until it was acquired by one Fred Craven for £95. It stayed with the Cravens until the 1930’s when it was bought by a local farmer for £290.

It wasn’t named Derwent Cottage until 1945.