Since my last post, the government announced the ‘restriction on travel’ guidance and information for hotels, hostels, B&Bs and other place of accommodation. In support of the UK’s fight against coronavirus, and with a heavy heart, I am forced to cancel the bookings I’ve taken at Fox Cottage for the next three months. This includes all bookings from today, (26.03.20) through until the beginning of July. I have written to all those involved. Thank you for your understanding at this time.


In light of the wholesale cancellations, rather than return deposits, I’m forced to keep to the letter of our terms and conditions and ask all our visitors to consider transferring their booking to later in the year or to next year. Bookings can be moved without impact on deposits which have been paid. A full list of available dates can be found at:


The business has been badly affected as a result and we’ve been hit particularly hard since, on the strength of the bookings we’d taken this year, we’ve made a number of recent improvements to Fox Cottage and invested in the continuance of the business. But everyone is affected one way and another, many are facing far worse hardships than we are, so we claim no special consideration. We will do all we can to recover and pick up again once the emergency is over. We'd like to thank everyone who expressed concern and for your kind words of support.





The bookings we have taken from July 11th onwards remain in tact for the time being but should further cancellations be necessary (as the situation develops), they will be annonced here. Please check this page regulary for further postings. We are taking bookings from August 1st 2020 onwards and throughout 2021.


Above all, stay safe and well.


With very best wishes,




Ben Galloway


Last updated 01.04.2020



Fox Cottage - 24 High Street Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AG


Welcome to Fox Cottage in Helmsley, North Yorkshire. Beautifully renovated in 2013, this Grade II listed cottage is situated a short stroll from the picturesque market square. Retaining much of its original eighteenth century character, it features beamed ceilings, an open fire and lots of period charm. Accommodating up to four people, the cottage is wonderfully cosy but there are one or two low doorways. It is well equipped, attractively decorated and furnished to a high standard. Fox Cottage is conveniently located in one of the prettiest and well-loved rural towns in the country.


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Helmsley - Ryedale, North Yorkshire


Idyllically situated amongst rolling countryside on the edge of Ryedale, Helmsley has an Arts Centre which hosts several themed events throughout the year, five acres of walled gardens set beside the backdrop of Helmsley Castle and Duncombe Park, a beautiful historic house and country estate. The area is popular with walkers - the town is the start of the Cleveland Way, a 110 mile walk which skirts the North York Moors National Park and finishes on the Brigg at Filey. The Heritage Coastline is within an easy drive over the heather clad moors and the popular towns of Pickering, Malton, Thirsk, Scarborough, Whitby and York are all within easy reach.



Booking - Fox Cottage


A full list of available weeks in 2020 can be found on the Tariff / Dates page of this website. Please be aware that most weeks are booked up well in advance and we urge you to book now to avoid disappointment.



A thank you to all our customers and friends


In 2019, 47 weeks out of 52 were booked. This represents an occupancy of 90.38% which exactly equaled last year's record. The empty weeks were used for painting and decorating, the installation of a new shower and other improvements. Our sincere thanks to all of you who booked holidays at Fox Cottage in 2019! We wish you a very Happy New Year and hope you will visit again in 2020.


Currently, 24 weeks (46%) in 2020 have been booked so far. (Please don't leave your booking too late).We are also taking bookings for 2021 now.



Last minute offers


Current offers:.


3 Month long-term let available


Under the current exemptions, we believe that anyone needing to take accommaodation to self-isolate, either alone or with other members of the family, (should they not be able to do so in their own homes), may do so providing they adhere to government guidelines. For this resaon, we have decided to keep Fox Cottage open and will consider offering it for a long-term let, available from Saturday 28th March to Saturday 4th July at a discounted rate.

If you are interested in this offer, please contact Ben at  We cannot provide cleaning during this period or changes of linen, so you my wish to consider bringing extra bedding and cleaning products with you.


Christmas at Fox Cottage. Week beginning Saturday 19th December is still free and the cost is £670 (less 10% discount = £600). The cottage is always festively decorated for our Christmas visitors and a few Christmas goodies are provided too!




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