Self catering holiday cottages in Great Ayton, Yorkshire, England

The North Yorkshire village of Great Ayton is situated at the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and could be an excellent choice for a cottage holiday.  Its main claim to fame is its association with the explorer, Captain James Cook and holidaymakers will find that this association has been well documented. It’s a popular area for anyone wanting to walk the Moors or the Cleveland Hills. Rent a self-catering cottage near Great Ayton, for a week or a short break, to be on the spot and discover Cook's world.

About Self-Catering Holidays in Great Ayton


From the age of six until the age of 16, Cook lived in the village with his family. After being educated, the young James worked on a farm with his father before leaving for the small fishing village of Staithes to be an apprentice in a shop. The Cook family house was taken down and shipped to Melbourne in Australia in 1934. An obelisk stands where the cottage once stood, made from granite removed from the area in Australia where the navigator first spotted land.

The Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum in Great Ayton is housed inside Cooke’s former school. A statue of Cook as a 16 year old has stood in the village since 1997. It was sculpted by Nicholas Dimbleby, brother of the broadcasters, David and Jonathan. Cook is depicted looking toward Staithes, to represent his burgeoning passion for going to sea. Further commemoration is provided with Captain Cook’s Monument, a 51-foot obelisk on Easby Moor. This local landmark, erected in 1827, was made from local sandstone and it’s inscribed with a long tribute.

Finally, another part of Cook’s story is found in the churchyard at All Saints Church, where Cook’s siblings and mother are buried. The church building dates back to the 12th century, but Anglo Saxon crosses found here indicate there may have been an earlier place of worship on the site.  A cottage holiday in Great Ayton may appeal to those with a love of history as well as to keen walkers.

A well-known feature nearby attracts many walkers and backpackers. Roseberry Topping is no ordinary hill but rather a geographical quirk, with a cone-like summit. Standing at 1,049 feet, its peculiar shape is the result of mining work and a geological fault. It’s not necessary to attempt the summit to enjoy the area, but if you do manage it, the views are spectacular. Visitors also enjoy the heather coated moors, woods carpeted with bluebells, Cliff Rigg Quarry and the wide spaces of Roseberry Common. Keen walkers who are fairly fit (and not scared of steep drops!) can do the three-mile walk from Great Ayton to the quarry, which usually takes around three hours to complete.

Great Ayton is just three miles from Stokesley, a market town known for its Victorian and Georgian architecture. The main street in the town still has its cobbles. Market day is on a Friday and there is also a farmers’ market on the first Saturday of each month. If you want to time your cottage break for the Stokesley Agricultural Show, it falls on the third Saturday in September.

There is a lot of history for a village like Great Ayton to contain and it adds interest to any stay. If tales of seafaring inspire you, the Yorkshire coast beckons, with its many seaside resorts promising a terrific day trip during your self-catering break in Yorkshire.

Book a Great Ayton cottage and look forward to discovering some of the best of Yorkshire on holiday.

6 rental properties

Bousdale Mill House, Great ayton, Yorkshire, Northern England, England

3 bedroom Country House, Great Ayton 3 miles away

sleeps 2 - 6 guests
2 - 6
3 bedrooms
3
2 bathrooms
2
no dogs allowed
5 star

Originally a mill house, this fantastic North York Moors rural retreat with its superb countryside views and high quality interior is a real treat, sleeping up to 6 in 3 bedrooms this could be a perfect base for enjoying and discovering some of the best of the Yorkshire Dales National Park on a break away.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £554
Next availability:
from 22 September to 26 September 20 from 03 October to 23 October 20

Wills Coastal Cottage, Redcar, Yorkshire, Northern England, England

3 bedroom Holiday Cottage, Great Ayton 9 miles away

sleeps 2 - 6 guests
2 - 6
3 bedrooms
3
1 bathrooms
1
no dogs allowed
4 star

Situated close to a local sandy beach just outside of Redcar and near to the North York Moors National Park, this 3 bedroom coastal cottage with its garden games room with snooker table and table tennis has plenty to offer families or groups of friends.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Weekly Price from: £325
Next availability:
from 02 September to 04 September 20 from 16 October to 23 October 20

Unique Willow Garth Holiday House near the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, Great Smeaton, Yorkshire, Northern England, England

6 bedroom Unusual Self-Catering, Great Ayton 15 miles away

sleeps 4 - 12 guests
4 - 12
6 bedrooms
6
5 bathrooms
5
no dogs allowed
5 star

Unique 6 bedroom holiday house with a beautiful luxurious interior and stunning countryside views, originally a water tower, this superb property enjoys easy access to the North York Moors National Park nearby and has plenty to keep guests entertained with a games room with table tennis and table football on site and with the capacity to sleep up to 12, this is a great place for groups of friends or family.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Weekly Price from: £1345
Next availability:
from 06 September to 11 September 20 from 15 September to 18 September 20

The Old Watchmaker's Cottage, Cropton, Yorkshire, Northern England, England

1 bedroom Romantic Retreat, Great Ayton 18 miles away

sleeps 1 - 2 guests
1 - 2
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome
1
3 star

Pretty one bedroom stone-built holiday cottage with a village setting within the North York Moors National Park, ideal for romantic breaks.

Weekly Price from: £240
Next availability:
from 23 October to 06 November 20 from 20 November to 29 December 20

1 Corner Cottages, Dogs-welcome, North York Moors and Coast , Cropton, Yorkshire, Northern England, England

2 bedroom Cottage, Great Ayton 18 miles away

sleeps 1 - 4 guests
1 - 4
2 bedrooms
2
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome
1
3 star

Picturesque, dog and family friendly country hideaway with beautiful gardens, located in the village of Cropton in the North York Moors National Park, perfect for discovering the charming towns and villages of the moors, for visiting Helmsley Walled Garden, Duncombe Park's fantastic gardens and for visiting the historical city of York for a day trip This stone built cottage is located in the village of Cropton in the North Yorks Moors and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.

Weekly Price from: £275
Next availability:
from 02 October to 03 October 20 from 06 November to 13 November 20

River Bank Cottage, Whitby, Yorkshire, Northern England, England

2 bedroom Cottage by the Riverbank, Great Ayton 20 miles away

sleeps 1 - 4 guests
1 - 4
2 bedrooms
2
1 bathrooms
1
no dogs allowed
5 star

Escape for a romantic break or tranquil holiday in this delightful 2 bedroom holiday home, with a riverside garden this is a great place for a fishing break or take it easy holiday in Whitby and is conveniently close to the North York Moors National Park and the North Yorkshire Coast.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £450
Next availability:
from 10 October to 19 October 20 from 27 October to 22 May 21