Owner had vouchers ready for us when we arrived for local attractions we could snip from the local newspaper.
Property is well located for trips to Flamingoland, Scarborough and Whitby via the steam train which the kids loved and was a great family day. At the same time their are plenty of historic abbeys or York is half hour drive with park and ride into the town.
The local pub was very friendly, but a bit dowdy for my liking, only because I prefer a bit more life, some music and maybe sky sports on. For that you have to travel into Pickering where the only pub I can suggest is The Royal Oak or the Wine bar in the high street.
Everywhere else was a bit pricey, I expect because they rely on the tourist season to a degree. Im used to paying £60-70 for a meal for two adults and two kids, but here it was nearer £90.
The cottage itself though was clean and tidy and served our needs very well. I like to be left alone when Im on holiday to just get on with what I want and I have had stays at places before where I felt the owners were over friendly and wanted to chat every five minutes. The owners were friendly, let us know where we were if we needed them, but left us to it.
Others have mentioned the stairs, and for very young kids it just wouldnt work, but we had a 10 and 8 year old and they had no problems and were happy to have a bedroom to themselves.
The TV is small and could be made bigger, but I watched the Matrix on it ok, and just goes to prove that tvs have got maybe to crazy big!
All in all a good home from home. I also found Sykes Cottages were a pleasure to deal with to make the booking.