The location of the cottage is perfect and we have already booked our next stay in pickering next year (in a different cottage). Great walks and pubs, and everywhere dog friendly. There is wifi in the cottage and it is quiet and close to the train station. It has some nice furnishings and two of the bedrooms are a good size but in our opinion it would be cramped with five people. There were three of us and we felt pushed for living space. There are some lovely curtains and ornaments but the property had obviously not been cleaned for several weeks. The fire hadn't been swept and was full of ash, there was dust on every surface, blobs of food on the bed throws and the floor unsuitable to walk on without shoes. The toilet pan and bathroom hadn't been cleaned either and there were cobwebs on the light fittings and ceiling. Very disappointing for the amount we paid. We did raise this with the owner who apologised saying she was away herself and was aware the property hadn't been cleaned, which to me is unacceptable. The garden is extremely small, about one meter wide and less than three meters long, so much so our dog wouldn't do her business out there as she must have thought it was another room. Oh, and there is only one wardrobe in the whole property big enough to hang a shirt in, which is a bit annoying.