We refurbished the swimming pool in 2016 with a new roof & ceiling. Better insulation + Dolphins!
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VisitEngland Gold Award
We had our annual visit from a VisitEngland assessor in October 2016. After she had reviewed our business and looked at all the cottages she gave us a Gold Award for 'exception quality of accommodation and customer service"
A devalued £ and chaos again at Heathrow - you have to be patient & rich to holiday abroad
The Times 18th July 2016. British Airways passengers faced chaotic scenes on one of the busiest days of the year so far as a new computer system caused delays at check-in desks.
Travellers using Britain’s two busiest airports told of “absolutely horrendous” queues just as the summer holiday getaway started for hundreds of thousands of families.
Phillip Schofield, the television presenter, told how he missed his BA flight after waiting more than two hours at Heathrow Terminal 5. He tweeted directly to BA that he was on his way home. He said that there was “not one single member of staff to talk to”, adding: “There’s no announcements, no info when the planes left, no help at all.”
Other passengers at Gatwick told of similar problems.
Purple heather on the Moors, July/August
The purple heather is now coming out on the Moors, the sun is shining, the temperature is 24 degrees (18th July) - wonderful. We are now almost fully booked for July/August but the Farmhouse (sleeps 10) is available for a last minute booking for the week beginning 20th August.
April 2016. Swimming Pool refurbishment.
We have closed for a couple of weeks while the roof of our swimming pool is being rebuilt. We have always kept the water & air temperature of the pool pleasantly warm but the new roof, with the latest standard of insulation, will make this much easier. The pool re-opens on 29th April.
March 7th 2016. The Northern Lights over Saltburn Pier, North Yorkshire, last night.
March 2016 Flying Scotsman runs on North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The Flying Scotsman will be running 3 services a day out of Pickering between 12th - 30th March following its £4.2 million overhaul. A sight not to be missed.
Amy Williams, Olympic Gold medalist Winter Games, visiting Beech Farm Cottages with her gold medal
New arrivals - 5 Ducklings
One of our Muscovey ducks has been sitting on eggs for a long time and yesterday 5 ducklings hatched.
Do you really want to go abroad for a holiday?
There was a picture in the Times today (23 July 2015) of the crowded beach in Benidorm - apparently tourists are going there to avoid the terrorist threat in the North African resorts. It contrasts dramatically with the peaceful, wide open spaces of North Yorkshire.
North Yorkshire is where millionaire Londoners come for their 50th Birthday party (one of the founders of Car Phone Warehouse)
Last weekend,11/12 July '15, a Birthday Party party was held for about 500 people on a shooting estate on the North Yorkshire Moors. The guests came from London on the Orient Express, were accommodated in luxury tents and caravans, wined, dined & entertained. Fireworks and then an air display, including a Spitfire, to finish the party. (Read all about it in Hello Magazine). Beech Farm Cottages hosted the "workers" who set up the event.
Tour de Yorkshire
Following the astounding success of the Tour de France in Yorkshire last year, the Tour de France organisers organised another major international cycling race in Yorkshire in 2015, the Tour de Yorkshire. It emphasise what a wonderful place this area of Yorkshire is for cycling, either in the peaceful moors, or on the special cycle tracks and mountain bike tracks in Dalby forest or on the cycle track along the coast built on the old railway line etc. The Tour de Yorkshire returns in 2016 (29 April - 1st May)
(The picture above was taken on Blakey Ridge about a 20mins drive - longer on a bike! - from Beech Farm Cottages).
Green Award for Sustainability, 2014
We have been been awarded a "Green Award" for sustainability by Wyndham Vacation Rentals the parent company who own English Country Cottages, cottages4you, Hoseasons etc.
Goth Weekend Whitby, 31 Oct - 1 Nov '14
Every year Whitby hosts a Goth Weekend. It is very popular and something very different. For the Goths weekend we had a party of Goths staying with us in Shepherd's Lodge, great fun ....
1940's Weekend in Pickering, October 2014
Every October Pickering re-creates the atmosphere of the 1940's - but through rose-coloured glasses, forgetting the horrors of the 1940's. Convoys of period vehicles are in the town and lots of people dress up in authentic 1940's period clothes, civilian and military. It is well worth seeing. At the cottages this year we had a fire engine and two cars from the 1930's.
Extract from The Times 23rd August 2014
Standing over the precipitous Chimney Bank, reputedly England's steepest public road, looking into Rosedale, the sweep of landscape is as perfect as England can accomplish. On this moorland edge in the heart of the North York Moors, the vista stretches in the distance along the old road to the North Sea coast.
If you turn left out of Beech Farm Cottages the road takes you up the valley, into the National Park and to Rosedale & Chimney Bank, only a few minutes drive.
Avoid the hassle of taking a holiday abroad - come to North Yorkshire instead!
Daily Telegraph 31st July 2014
Gatwick airport baggage chaos: holiday-makers 'face flying without luggage’
Passengers face lengthy delays and flying without their bags amid staff shortages among baggage handlers at Gatwick airport, airlines warn
Holidaymakers face flying without their luggage on one of the busiest weekends of the year as baggage handlers suffer a critical shortage of staff, airlines have warned.
Travellers flying from Gatwick this weekend can expect chaotic scenes because Swissport, the baggage handling firm, does not have enough workers to load and unload planes.
German visitors celebrate World Cup success
We had some German visitors during the week Germany won the World Cup. They left especially happy.
Rooney sets the trend....
Rooney fell off his bike in May & dislocated his elbow - don't cycle with a dog on a lead! He then had to have an operation on 24th July to repair the damage to his shoulder and had to wear a sling for several weeks during the peak holiday season - Pat was not impressed. However he seemed to have set a trend because at the Hungarian GP in July Toto Wolff, the Director of the Mercedes F1 Team, along with other members of the team fell off their bikes and also injured themselves and Toto also had his arm in a sling during the season - see picture of Toto below :-
Card left by visitors 12 July '14
Tour de France comes to Yorkshire
On 5th & 6th June 2013 Yorkshire welcomed the Tour de France
Olympic Gold medal at Beech Farm Cottages
in September 2013, Amy Williams, Olympic Gold Medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in the Skeleton event - Britain's first Winter Olympics gold medal for 30 years - came to North Yorkshire to compete in the Yorkshire Car Rally - she enjoys speed!. She was the co-driver in Tony Jardine's team and they won their class. The Team stayed in our Farmhouse.
Rooney was particularly excited because Amy brought her Olympic Gold medal with her. Amy was the second Olympic Gold Medalist to have stayed at Beech Farm Cottages, the first was Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesja from Norway, an Olympic Gold cross-country cycling gold medalist and world champion who stayed at the cottages in 2011.
New wifi aerials installed to give improved wi-fi reception.
To improve the wi-fi reception on all the cottages - a necessity of modern life - we have fitted new, industrial specification, ariels in the courtyard in June 2014.
Mobile phone reception improved.
Mobile reception varies according to the provider but we have installed a mobile phone signal booster so we have excellent reception for O2 & Vodaphone.
New 7 ft antique pine dining table for the Farmhouse
A new 7 foot long antique pine dining table is now in the Farmhouse. It comfortably seats 10 people. (If you would like to buy a similar one they retail for £2,595 at Barker & Stonehouse!).
Fat Hen cottage refurbished
In January 2013 we completed a major refurbishment of Fat Hen cottage - new windows, new bathroom, new entrance hall, new ceramic hob cooker etc.
"Five Star" rating & Gold Award confirmed
In April the cottages had their annual assessment by a VisitEngland assessor. She confirmed Beech Farm Cottages "Five Star" ratings and our Gold Award for "exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service". The quality of the house keeping and cleanliness was particularly commended.
World Cup Mountain Bike Teams
In 2011, for the second year we welcomed the German Merida Multivan team & the Subaru Trek mountain bike team from the USA to the cottages in May. They were competing in the 2nd round of the World Cup in Dalby Forest. The teams staying with us include an Olympic Gold medalist and the current World Champion Jose Hermida & Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesja from Norway an Olympic Gold Medalist.