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The Ticket Office Pet-Friendly Cottage in Ruswarp, North Yorkshire

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sleeps 2
1 room
1 bathroom

The Ticket Office Pet-Friendly Cottage description

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This Victorian, Grade II listed ticket office has been imaginatively converted and has retained many of its original features. The sitting, kitchen and dining area are all on open plan, and the compact, well-equipped kitchen and farmhouse style dining area are cleverly screened by the spiral staircase from the warm and inviting sitting room with its original ticket office cast iron fireplace and tiles. Winding through this delightfully quirky property, the spiral stairs go up to the eaves where the cosy and intimate cabin style bedroom awaits, and the bathroom is also housed in this space. The lawned area to the front of the property may be enjoyed by the guests. This is a beautiful property and makes a perfect hideaway to enjoy this area.

The little North York Moors village of Ruswarp is just two miles inland from Whitby on the boundary of the National Park. It has a general store, public house and tearoom. There is an impressive viaduct crossing the River Esk, which is one of the region's major landmarks. Over five million bricks were used to build the viaduct, it is 120 feet high and was built to carry the Scarborough to Whitby railway line. The line was closed in 1965 and now the viaduct is a walking and cycle trail. Visitors can enjoy river and sea fishing or spend time boating on the river. As well as the famous North York Steam Railway, train enthusiasts can also enjoy a trip on Ruswarp's miniature steam railway. This village is in a superb location for a memorable holiday.

The North York Moors National Park covers 554 square miles, with landscape ranging from heather-clad moorland and deep secluded dales, to the cliffs and coves of the magnificent coastline making it a haven for walkers.

Electric central heating with gas fire in sitting area. Electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freesat, DVD, radio/CD, WiFi. All fuel & power inc. in rent. Bed linen & towels inc. in rent. Off road parking for 1 car. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 2 mins walk, pub across the road. Note: The bedroom is situated in the eaves and has restricted access from one side only. Note: Property is adjacent to station platform (4 trains daily) on scenic Esk Valley line.


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  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
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  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Wifi
  • Near pub

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Mrs Paton
February 2015
Our third visit to this cottage and it was just as warm, cosy and comfortable. We really enjoyed the originality of staying in the ticket office of a Victorian railway station. It has been beautifully converted. The front door onto the platform was great to run out and wave to the trains!
Miss Day
February 2015
Second time I have stayed there. Small but perfectly formed. Like the 'quirkiness' of the Old Ticket Office. Very convenient for public transport (I did not have a car with me), and only 25 mins walk into Whitby.
Mrs Foster
December 2014
It was very cosy, a home from home.
Miss Ward
November 2014
Another lovely getaway. Thank you for your time and effort in providing us with such a happy holiday.
Mrs Waters
October 2014
Location was perfect and it was a very well equipped cottage, small but perfectly formed!
Mrs Somi
August 2014
Liked the quirkiness and novelty of staying in an old ticket office, especially with the steam trains going past.
Mr Clayson
September 2014
The cottage very comfortable cosy and clean. It was convenient for Whitby with lovely walks nearby. The welcome pack was a lovely surprise.
Mrs Ord
May 2014
It was the best equipped cottage we have ever stayed in and one of the most comfortable.
Mr Crane
April 2014
We liked the character of the property and location.
Mr Hough
May 2014
The cottage was lovely and clean and very well equipped. It was in a good location for Whitby and the Yorkshire Moors.
Miss Ward
November 2013
We had such a magical holiday at The Ticket Office. A superb, enchanting little hideaway, which we absolutely adored. The location was perfect with a pub across the road, and a lovely little walk into Whitby's centre just across the platform, moments from the front door, along with the river flowing very close by, and a fantastic local butchers' and bakery within easy reach. We thought it to be an adorable, unique holiday property, something a little bit different, and quite special in its own homely, characterful way. We cannot thank the owners enough, as they had truly thought of everything to make our stay the relaxed getaway we were seeking! Just the Ticket (Office)!
Mrs Mardling
March 2013
The property was well situated for amenities and within walking distance of Whitby. Friendly locals. Beautiful countryside.
Mr Cooper
December 2012
Great location, brilliant quirky accommodation, good parking, pub serving very good food nearby, being on the railway, information from the Owner, welcome pack , walking into Whitby by the railway and river.
Prof Marriss
November 2012
Good location and easy access to tourist areas - Yorkshire Moors and East Coast seaside resorts. Local pub very near serves food. We enjoyed our stay in the Ticket House. We are returning customers and will book with Sykes again, they are very efficient. Thank you.
Mr Thomson
October 2012
The setting was great and very convenient for a walking holiday and access to Whitby without needing to drive.
Mr Fuller
September 2012
Unique cottage in an excellent location. The property was faultless and of a similar nature to the Station House which we had enjoyed on a previous occasion.
Mrs Bywater
April 2012
Enjoyed being on the station platform and being within walking distance of Whitby. The bed was extremely comfortable!
Mrs Bird
May 2012
The cottage was very cosy and quirky and a good base from which to explore the Yorkshire Moors. It was very comfortable and well equipped. Enjoyed walking along the disused railway track into Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay.
Mrs Kinchin
June 2012
Lovely place to stay, excellent location, great to see trains pass by.
Mrs Playford
July 2012
Trains, buses and walking to Whitby right at the door. I enjoyed everything.
Mr Lee
April 2012
Excellent location, very clean, well equipped. Unique due to the passing steam trains - overall a really enjoyable holiday!
Ms Foreman
January 2012
The Ticket Office's location was very convenient as we arrived by train. We loved the decor and the cosy feel of the cottage. We stayed for our second wedding anniversary and found it a very romantic bolthole and a joy to come home to after some lovely days exploring the local area. We are holidaying without a car and found the local area perfectly accessible by public transport and on foot.
Mr Woods
November 2011
The location was fantastic, only a short walk/drive/train ride to Whitby. The cottage was very comfortable and warm. We loved the character of it. The village was very pretty and there's a good pub across the road. Only five miles to Robin Hood's Bay - so beautiful!
Ms Kearney
September 2011
Very restful - a quiet place.
Mr Howard
April 2011
The whole holiday was very relaxing which was helped by the cottage being such a nice place to stay. We have to say this is one of the best cottages we have ever stayed in. It was made all the better by having steam trains pass by a few times a day.
Mrs Calland
October 2010
Excellent location for exploring the surrounding area and very quaint accommodation.
Mrs Edwards
November 2010
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the quaint and quirky Ticket Office. A good base for touring the East Coast.
Mr Palmer
March 2011
The atmosphere of the cottage, the lovely village it was set in and the fact it was easy to get to and back again.
Mr Seymour
September 2010
Ideally situated for travel to all the villages (by train) and ease of access to Whitby and surrounding seaside. Steam trains and local trains from literally outside the front door. Really lovely location and a good pub with excellent food 40yards away.
Mr Green
September 2010
Close to all amenities, fantastic location, beautiful, quaint property.
Mrs Lucas
July 2010
Excellent location for exploring the North East Coast and also able to walk into Whitby from the cottage, thus avoiding parking nightmare!
Miss Keenan
June 2010
The uniqueness of the property being situated on the platform and watching the steam trains go by.
Mr Simpson
March 2010
The location quaintness of this property makes it unique. Walking to Whitby only took 1/2 an hour local buses trains were very convenient also. There is much to do in this area whatever the weather. Scenery lovely.
Miss Carpenter
December 2009
I've booked again!
Mr Raby
November 2009
Our first visit to the area and we loved both the coast and the moors. We particularly enjoyed our visits to Whitby and the Goth week was an entertaining bonus. We also went from Grosmont to Pickering and back on the steam train which was a treat. Loved Robin hood's Bay and enjoyed walks and cream teas on the Moors. Of course we also loved the quirky Ticket Office.
Prof Watson
October 2009
Lovely quirky property, very cosy and warm. Loved the trains. Lovely area with brilliant walking from the door in all directions with lots of variety.
Mr Steel
October 2009
Ruswarp is a very pretty village, and the steam trains passing by the front door of the accommodation are a novel bonus. The trains really caused minimal disturbance - less than the road!
Ms Pugh
September 2009
Great accommodation, it felt comfy, not like a 'thrown together' holiday let. We could do walks from the house. Very exciting with the trains stopping, and the steam train passing through and tooting.
Mrs Purvis
August 2009
Clean cottage.Good for exploring.
Mrs Kinchin
August 2009
A great place to stay, very comfortable with steam trains right up to the front door! Would recommend the Ticket Office to anyone.
Mrs Newman
September 2009
We loved the novelty of this property. We also liked the thoughtful and tasteful way it had been equipped and decorated.
Mr Richardson
July 2009
Good access to beaches Yorkshire Dales. Nice little cottage for 2 people.
Mrs Paton
March 2009
Overall, a lovely little holiday let. Unique character on a working railway station - great fun.
Mr Mrs Claricoates
March 2009
A beautiful, quirky building, very clean with everything you could need. There was plenty of walks in the area and The Ticket Office was a lovely, peaceful and comfortable haven to return to.
Mrs Ingle
March 2009
Fabulous, unique accommodation in an outstanding area. Great walks and lovely people.
Mrs Barnard
October 2008
It was quirky - loved it- really different. Excellent seeing the steam trains right on your doorstep.
Ms Franks
December 2008
This was our second visit to the Ticket Office. It is a superb location for touring the North Yorkshire Moors and within walking distance of Whitby and many good food pubs within easy reach.
Mrs Poulter
September 2008
Excellent base, excellent location, good all round.
Mr Burge
July 2008
The location was good. Plenty of sites to see locally. The North Yorkshire Moors railway is also a nice attraction. And Sandsend is a beautiful spot.
Mr Jennings
July 2008
Spectacular walks and scenery, reliable public transport available when required. Nice friendly pub over the road. Good amenities.
Mr Knowles
July 2008
We felt relaxed and the surrounding area was beautiful and we felt very much at home. The cottage was cosy and quirky in the nicest possible way and the location was excellent especially being on a station platform and it was a novelty having a steam train stop on our doorstep.
Miss Newton
January 2008
The cottage was exceptionally clean without being clinical and so retaining the character of the property. The kitchen was amazingly well-equipped and thought out.
Mrs Roberts
May 2008
The Ticket Office was lovely. Even though it was on the edge of the railway we could hardly hear the trains going past. The whole holiday was a relaxing but enjoyable one.
Mrs Salvarli
December 2007
Lovely property. An unusual building, cleverly done renovation, well thought-out and executed. Considerable thought obviously given to both furnishings and fittings, and lots of extras offered beyond that which you would expect.
Mr Elgin
November 2007
This was quite an unusual property being a conversion of the old Ticket Office on the station platform. It was however, excellent. The property was very comfortable and well set out given the limitations in size.
Mr Greenwood
November 2007
A very cosy cottge in an unusual setting. Very comfortable and perfect for an autumn/winter break!
Mrs Wiggin
October 2007
Loved the quirkyness of the cottage and the steam trains that went past all week, we were lucky with our chosen week! It has a great use of quite a confined space.
Mr Mrs Haselgrove
September 2007
A superb base for exploring the wonderful coast and moorland. Added up to a memorable holiday.
Mrs Lunn
August 2007
Excellent place to stay, the steam trains were a bonus.
Mrs Hoar
September 2007
Excellent property for train enthusiasts. Good area for walking - no need to use a car.
Ms Stokell
March 2007
A very interesting/different location for the accommodation. Very convenient for both the beach and inland walking.
Miss Uff
February 2007
Very enjoyable stay at a cosy and comfy property as a lone female. It felt very safe and secure there.
Mr Warwick
November 2006
Everything was convenient.
Ms Rees
November 2006
A novel and charming place ideal for walking. Didn't have to travel far, some great walks within a 10 mile radius. A brilliant week for both 2 and 4 legged visitors. Enjoyed it so much we have already booked it again for 2007.
Mr Mrs Perry
November 2006
Excellent walks nearby, handy for train or bus to Whitby.
Mrs Ribton
August 2006
Good information and location, friendly locals; a good location for travelling around the area.
Ms Howell
July 2006
Perfect location.
Mr Howson
June 2006
The novelty factor of staying in a converted ticket office on a working platform was a great talking point with friends and family when we returned home.
Mr Fortes
May 2006
Staying in the lovely village of Ruswarp, in a compact but comfortable cottage that was convenient for both the coastal resorts and the North Yorks Moors. Just what we were looking for!
Mr Parker
April 2006
Quite location with pleasant surroundings and plenty to do.
Mr Mrs Bibby
March 2006
We could not fault the place or the facilities - only wish i could live there all year round! A charming and well-equipped cottage that is perfectly placed in Whitby and based in a friendly and welcoming village.
Miss Mitchell
September 2005
The cottage was very well equipped. The welcome pack was a lovely touch. Lovely location, great village.
Mrs Farnworth
April 2005
Great location and very convenient for Whitby and North York Moors
Mr Mrs Perry
May 2005
We loved the location, the lovely walks and so handy for the local pub just over the road. The ticket office was very cosy we would definately go back.
Nicky N
October 2016
As stated in other reviews, fantastic if you are a steam train fan, obviously why people book. Hated the spiral staircase, freezer compartment in fridge was not efficient. There is only 1 window that opens, this is in the form of a sky light in the bedroom area, which, unless you are 6ft plus [ which we are not] you have to take a chair upstairs and stand on it in order to open the window. The water in the shower was usually cold, at best, luke warm. There is a switch downstairs to turn on landing light, but no switch upstairs. The bed was difficult to get in and out of, like sleeping in a cupboard. Parking can be awkward, when we arrived, our space was being used by people from Station House next door, took a while to find drivers for cars to be moved. We would not return, left on Friday afternoon, so did not encounter 'silent' cleaners.
John D
December 2014
The ticket office gives a beautiful glimpse into the past. The accommodation has been cleverly created in the old ticket office on Ruswarp station platform on the North Esk Railway line. The ticket office is accurately described by the owner, it is small but has all a couple need to enjoy a break in a lovely unusual location. The accommodation is very well equipped, it has a real flame gas fire and electric radiators so despite the freezing weather outside we were warm and cozy. The sleeping quarters have been created in the roof space, headroom is an issue but it works fine, the small shower is piping hot, the small double bed can only be accessed from one side so it is necessary to disturb the person nearest to the opening if the other person needs to get up in the night.a sense of humour helps! There is a designated parking space, regrettably this was initially not available to us as the people renting the attached station house had denied access by parking in front of it, this was soon addressed without problem. All in all the ticket office was a great base for our short break, we loved seeing the trains going past the window, the accommodation was equipped to a high standard and although being very small was quaint and fun.
graham W
September 2016
I'm a massive (6'5") rail fan and selected this cottage largely cos of this. The location is fantastic. The downstairs of the property is nice but retains little of the original detail. The spiral stair looks OK but is not great for a big man. Upstairs.........Well, no pics I notice. The bed....Very comfy when you can get in but rubbish covers. We swapped around so that we could get in/out easily. The bathroom....No room for me to get clean after the loo. Power points upstairs impossible. Obviously done on the cheap. Next door is massive and some room should have been given to the Ticket Office. Ms Jones the owner was cold on the phone (they have 5 properties) Cleaning staff turn up early of the Saturday leaving day and don't speak. Totall unsuitable for elderly/disabled folk.
August 2013
Excellent location for walking/access to the moors,steam trains passing 4 times a day.Whitby only a short walk away via several routes.Nice pub across the road.All in all a very chilled out break
Janet and Ron
July 2012
The Ticket Office was a really good experience (apart from the power cut which was the fault of the weather not the property). It is small but very interesting and the bed, although unusual, is wonderfully comfortable. We had everything we needed and the fun of having trains passing the window. There is a very popular butchers in the village and it is an easy 30minute walk into Whitby and the joys of fish and chips at The Magpie.
December 2012
Having stayed in the adjoining Station House we decided to try the adjoining Ticket Office as it was cheaper but still offered the same unbeatable location with easy access to Whitby and the North Yorks Moors as well as the "main line" and preserved Nymr. The Ticket Office was excellent as dexpected,the spiral staircase not bothering her who must be obeyed even though she does not have a head for heights. Whilst the bed was accessible from one side only, this was not a problem and the overall ambience of the accomodation was excellent. Whilst there is a designated parking space for one car (and supposedly 3 for the Station House with 1 marked space) the people staying in the Staion House had 3 cars and on 4 occasions in a week we were either blocked in or could not access our space,I do not like the hassle of having to knock on doors at 0845 to wake somebody up in order to move their car(s) and ultimately we arranged to block their cars in as we inevitably left first in the morning.If you can manage to travel by public transport (Staion platform literally on the door step but a poor service however there is a reasonable bus service) then this would be ideal.There is very little spare parking in Ruswarp. Overall we would return to the the location again but would be prepared to pay the extra to stay in the Station House and do away with the parking issues.
June 2012
the ticket office at Ruswarp is a great place to stay duthe office e to being located around 20 minutes from Whitby. If you like steam trains its ideal. The butchers is second to none and the pub across the road very welcoming.The office is well equipped and very cosy. Only one slight problem being the bed located under the sloping ceiling making it difficult to get in and out of. thoroughly recommend it .
January 2011
An enjoyable stay in quirky and cosy accommodation. A good base for visiting the seaside towns on the east coast. We particularly enjoyed the novelty of trains passing by your own front door!
January 2011
Good cottage right on the platform so excellent for transport up to and/or back from the moors. Well placed for moor and coast walks. Good standard accommodation This was our second visit - speaks for itself
December 2009
A beautiful cottage, warm, cosy and delightful - a joy.
December 2009
A lovely place to stay, very unusual, we were right on the station platform and trains stopped right outside the door. The home was very comfortable, all amenities provided, a spiral staircase dominated downstairs but was very nice. There is a great butcher's shop just up the road, bacon very good. All in all a great place to stay.
December 2009
We were aware of the fact that the bed had only access from one side but were surprised that it appeared to be in an alcove.Having spent a number of holidays on a narrowboat however we were used to this so it was not a problem.We would not recommend this let to anyone who has any disabilities.The property is ideal for railway enthusiasts however and overall a unique experience.
Joanne Heartbeat fan
December 2009
My husband and I have to leave our fate in the hands of Sykes Holiday Cottages when we book our vacation because we're booking from Canada and we depend on them to make our trip a Holiday to remember. We have used them twice now, the first time for a trip to Cornwall and then last year to Whitby, (we wanted to see where Heartbeat is filmed), both trips have far exceeded our expectations and we will use them again in the future, and we have recommended them to a lot of our friends here in Canada, as they can be relied on completely. Thanks again, Joanne & David Parkinson.B.C. Canada
December 2009
we were impressed how clean the accomodation was with milk,coffee & tea to great us.the cottage is very comfortable it is within walking distance to whitby.friendly pub accross the road(no food though)bacon rolls at the butchers to die for,4 steam trains pass by you window daily(surpisingly quiet)the spiral staircase & small bathroom take a bit of getting used to but overall a nice place to stay,would certainly stay here again
December 2009
Well presented accommodation - clean and reasonably well equipped. Compact but comfortable. Ruswarp is incredibly pretty. The accommodation is on a station platform with steam trains and regular service trains passing by - they caused us minimal disturbance and added real novelty value to the stay. There are good footpaths into Whitby, and the accommodation provided a good base for travelling into the moors. Two minor gripes: no freezer compartment in the refrigerator; and not possible to open the upstairs window without climbing - not a problem when we stayed in October, but can imagine the bedroom accommodation getting stuffy in the summer.
Mrs Harris
March 2015
Very quaint small, cosy accommodation. Well thought out with good attention to detail. Had a very good standard of cleanliness and was well equipped. In a great location.
Mrs Mander
April 2015
We really enjoyed our stay at The Ticket Office, it was an unusual place to stay in, really comfortable and the small space had been put to the best use. Ruswarp was for us, an ideal place to stay for exploring the area. Would recommend The Ticket Office as a good place to stay for something a bit different.
Mr Spenner
May 2015
Liked the uniqueness of the property.
Ms Wade
November 2015
The location was great. Nice pub opposite which did great food and is dog friendly. Nice walk to Whitby. Comfortable and well equipped cottage.
Mr Ashton
November 2015
The Ticket Office is in an ideal location for coast and inland discovery.
Mr Orridge
December 2015
A lovely quirky little cottage; full of character and very well equipped.
Mrs Haigh
January 2016
The Ticket Office is a very quirky property, very warm and cosy with some excellent hospitality touches left by the owner. Would definitely go again and recommend.
Mrs Wilson
January 2016
A lovely warm and cosy quirky cottage in a great location.
Mrs O'toole
March 2016
The Ticket Office is a quirky and unusual place to stay. Interesting spiral staircase. Cosy and warm. Novelty to have your own personal train platform and trains passing your window.Everything you need for a holiday stay. Some beautiful areas to explore nearby and a lovely walk along the river Esk or down the cinder track into Whitby
Mr O'Meara
May 2016
The Ticket Office is a unique and very interesting property.
Mr Mills
July 2016
In a wonderful location with steam trains passing by, and it was a short drive to the coast. It was everything you needed for a relaxing holiday.
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