Our Holiday Cottage

Doodale Cottage is a spacious, sleeps two, converted stone barn on a working farm with Highland Cattle and Rare Breed Pigs.

Between April and September we offer guests staying in our holiday cottage a guided ‘behind the scenes’ walking tour of our farm to get closer to our Rare Breed Pigs and Highland Cattle. .

Doodale Cottage is located in Old Malton. Within 400 yards of the cottage are 2 pubs, The Wentworth Arms and the Royal Oak. Both pubs serve home cooked food. The larger market town of Malton with a livestock market, supermarkets and many independent shops and cafes is a 20-25 minute walk. For day trips, York, the Yorkshire Coast and the North York Moors are all within a 30 minute drive. Many places can be reached by public transport.

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Doodale Cottage

Previously an old stone barn, this building has been converted into a one bedroomed holiday cottage.

The downstairs is open plan with a kitchen area, dining area, sitting area and feature double fronted log burning stove.  There is also a small utility room with washer/dryer and toilet.

The kitchen is complete with full sized electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer, toaster and coffee bean grinder.

The comfortable sitting area houses a large leather sofa, two wing back chairs, smart TV and a selection of games, books and local maps.

Oak stairs lead to the sleeping area via a glass fronted balcony. The sleeping area has a king sized bed, clothes hanging space (with hangers), 2 sets of drawers and a hair dryer.

The ensuite shower room has a power shower, wash basin with mirror and light, shaver socket and toilet. Bath sheets and hand towels are provided.

The cottage is not suitable for children.  Dogs (other than trained assistance dogs) and other pets are not allowed.

  • Sleeps 2

  • On a working farm

  • Not suitable for children

  • No dogs or pets

  • No smoking

  • WiFi

  • Off road parking next to the cottage
  • Beds made up prior to arrival

  • Ensuite shower with bath sheets and hand towels provided

  • Underfloor heating and wood burning stove

  • Smart TV

  • Selection of board games

  • Selection of books and local maps

What our guests say…………

We’ve stayed in numerous cottages around the UK – this is the best yet!  Fantastic facilities, charming hosts, amazing animals, spacious, peaceful etc.  G & A, Kent

Our Farm

We farm with our animals, they assist us in managing our land and our environment to naturally promote biodiversity and the regeneration of our soils. We encourage wildlife to thrive by allowing their habitats and food sources to flourish and grow using natural sunshine and rainfall. The soil, the hedges and the trees lock away carbon reducing carbon in the atmosphere. We strive to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and plastic. We do not pollute our environment with fertilisers or chemicals.

From April to September, we offer our holiday cottage guests the opportunity to meet our Highland Cattle and Rare Breed Pigs and enjoy the wildlife on our farm. In addition to a guided tour, we have a farm track where guests are welcome to wander during their stay.

Meet our Highland Cattle

Our highland cattle range in age from young calves to our retired 17 year old, soon to be great grandma, Raonaild. In our fold of around thirty cattle, we currently have eleven pregnant cows and two (Angus & Dyson) bulls. We expect our 2023 calves to be born in April and May.

Meet our Rare Breed Pigs

Our Oxford Sandy & Black Pigs, two sows (Strawberry & Blackberry) and a boar (Logan) arrived here in late 2021. Last year (2022) we had 2 litters of piglets.

Enjoy the Wildlife

A group of wild roe deer roam the fields and can often be seen grazing in the fields at dusk and dawn.

In 2012 the RSPB visited Barr Farm as part of the Volunteer & Farmer Alliance initiative. The RSPB produced a list of all species that they saw or heard. We were surprised to find that 42 species were recorded, of which 18 are on the ‘Birds of Conservation Concern‘ list. Their list included: linnet; skylark; song thrush; yellowhammer; curlew; kestrel; reed bunting; swallow and willow warbler.

  • Take a guided tour of our farm

  • Meet Angus our Scottish Highland bull
  • Meet our Rare Breed Pigs – Strawberry, Blackberry & Logan
  • Enjoy an evening stroll to view the wildlife

What our guests say………

What a lovely “quality” cottage – you’ve thought of everything.  Both Sally & Roger are really helpful & welcoming, without being intrusive.  We so enjoyed being able to stroke some of your young cattle & to walk / birdwatch on your lovely farm.  We really want to come back again – at a warmer time of year – to see how your farm has changed and to see the wildlife (we spotted the barn owl!).  Sorry for writing so much – but this is a special place.  (A day trip to Whitby – lovely!).  G & T, Bristol

Old Malton & Malton

We may live on a farm but we are fortunate to have two pubs in the small village of Old Malton within 400 yards of our front door. Both serve home cooked food.

The charming market town of Malton is just a 5 minute drive, a short bus ride, or a 20-25 minute walk (street lighting and pavements all the way) from Doodale Cottage. Malton has a variety of independent shops and cafes, a family run cinema, restaurants and supermarkets. There is a cattle market on Tuesdays and Fridays. On the second Saturday of each month (March to November) the Malton Monthly Food Market is held in the town centre. In May and August, Malton hosts a two day Food Lovers Festival which attracts many stalls offering food from across Yorkshire. In addition there are live cookery demonstrations and delicious street food at every corner.

Less than a mile from Doodale Cottage is Eden Camp. Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum. It is housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. At Eden Camp the story of World War Two has been re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes it feel like wartime Britain.

Further A Field – to the North

Heading north from Old Malton you come to FlamingoLand, Pickering and the North York Moors. Pickering is the starting station for the North York Moors Railway (NYMR). A ride on the steam train takes you across the magnificent North York Moors National Park to the scenic seaside town of Whitby. The North York Moors offer plenty of walking opportunities, including the scenic Hole of Horcum. The Hole of Horcum is a huge natural amphitheatre 400 feet deep and more than half a mile across, apparently formed when Wade the Giant scooped up a handful of earth to throw at his wife during an argument!! Alternatively, take a ride on Britains Most Scenic Bus Route to Whitby.  Join the bus in Old Malton.

to the East

Heading east from Old Malton you come to the Yorkshire coast and the seaside towns of Filey and Scarborough. Further north up the coast is the quaint village of Robin Hoods Bay and the fishing town of Whitby. Down the coast to the south of Filey is Bridlington, Flamborough Head and the RSPB conservation area of Bempton Cliffs.

to the West

Heading west from Old Malton you come to York. The historic town of York is just 24 minutes on the train from Malton. York is home to the National Railway Museum, York Minister and York’s Chocolate Story. It is also possible to take a tour of a brewery, a boat trip on the Ouse or have a day at the races in York.

Yorkshire’s finest house and estate, Castle Howard, is only 7 miles away. Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th century residence. It has been used as a location for film and TV productions.

Many of these attractions can be reached by the Coastliner bus service which stops 200 yards from the cottage or by train or bus from Malton.

  • 2 Pubs within 400 yards

  • Bus Route

  • Train Station in Malton

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Further A Field

  • York is 20 miles away.  Visit by car, bus or train.

  • The Yorkshire Coast is also 20 miles.  Visit by car, bus or train.

  • 20 miles to the North York Moors by car, bus or steam train.

  • Links to places to visit can be found here

What our guests say……….

Perfect cottage set in a beautiful part of the country with lots to do.  Thank you Sally & Roger, cottage is wonderful, treats and hospitality first class.  K & P,  Cheshire