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Green Tourism Award – Silver

Ross Bay Retreat & Overdale Cottage A qualified assessor for Green Tourism undertook a Green Check for the above named site. This is a summary of the activities being undertaken on site in relation to the Green Tourism criteria. This Green Check report is a statement on the performance of the business as a sustainable

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Harvest time…….

Well, another year seems to be passing us by very quickly. The combining is finished for another year, and we have had our delivery from Yorkshire up to Scotland of some barley, all ready for feeding the animals for Winter. Most of the straw has been baled, with some delivered to Scotland, and some tucked

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Comfy bed for a cosy nights sleep………

Aww a cosy night in Overdale Cottage sets you up for a great day out and about exploring North Yorkshire. Having an amble around the brilliant Helmsley, maybe a cooked breakfast at Castlegate tearooms, maybe an afternoon tea at the Black Swan cafe, a milkshake at Creme Coffee, or a hot chocolate at Porters cafe……..tried

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Summer is on its way…….

Have a stroll around the village n the quiet lanes and enjoy peeking over the fences at the beautiful countryside. Cereals swaying in the breeze just asking for some warmth and sunshine to grow and ripen………oats for breakfast, wheat for lunch and barley for supper……..in different forms of course!!

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Cereals growing nicely……….

A wonder around some of the fields in Harome, Wombleton and Nawton…….showing off their straight tram lines and evenly growing cereals. All looking good for the future harvest in July / August.

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What a view…………..

North Yorkshire Moors……………..whoa, what can we say………isnt that some view? Only a short drive from Helmsley and you can be in a different world, wide open spaces, views as far as the eye can see, walkers paradise, soul searcher heaven………The road to Rosedale where you feel time stands still and there is no rush in

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Just imagine……………..

Just imagine, you have been out on a long walk up the North York Moors and returned aching and tired. A brew and a sit on the stressless chairs, followed by an invigorating shower, a power nap on the comfy kingsize bed, then dressed up for a short stroll in the village for a superb

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A dusting of snow at the duck pond ………….

A trip around the village after a dusting of snow was lovely. Making the first tracks along the paths and seeing the snow on the tree branches waiting to drop off down your neck!!! The ducks on the pond enjoying stretching their wings and checking if there was any food for the offering. The lovely

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Happy New Year……

Happy New 2019. Overdale Cottage is ready to welcome back our returning guests, and new ones alike. Thinking about the lovely Spring air, or Summer breeze in the sleepy village of Harome just outside Helmsley. Get ready to explore the great outdoors and then retire to The Star Inn or The Pheasant Inn just a

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Christmas at Overdale Cottage………lovely.

Cottage decorated, tree put up and baubles, lights and tinsel around, nice things on shelves, window sills, gifts under the tree for our guests…………..and look what a lovely review we received………. “Recently returned from Christmas in the Cottage & we had a fabulous Christmas! The Cottage had everything you need, immaculately presented, every detail covered

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