Foxglove Cottage, Hutton Buscel – Review
By Mathew Gillings
Think of the most quintessential Yorkshire lifestyle, and then multiply it. Foxglove Cottage is the ultimate destination for a serene retreat in the heart of the North York Moors.
Its rustic charm has an instant appeal to all audiences, so whether you’re a couple searching for a romantic getaway or a family looking for some relaxation, this property really should be at the top of your list. It just so happens that we visit on the hottest weekend of the year. As the sun reflects from the doll-house windows onto the gravel driveway, we know we are in for a treat. Once described as the “ugliest building in the village”, Lynn, the owner, has transformed it into a cosy hideaway, for all audiences, at any time of the year. Foxglove Cottage really is an absolute beauty.
After meeting Lynn personally, it’s clear to see that she has poured her heart and soul into making this property a success. As we are shown photographs of the cottage before its renovation, I am stunned. It was soulless, lacked character, and it was simply the kind of house you’d shrug off as a hopeless shack.
Lynn’s unwavering tenacity, and talents as an interior designer, suddenly becomes apparent as she managed to convert it into the warm, welcoming, and model holiday home that it is today. As we drive on to the grounds and stand outside the front door, the atmosphere is one of pure serenity. There’s no pomp or excess in sight; it’s pure, good, traditional, and honest.
As we enter via the original terracotta-tile porch and pass through the hallway, we are greeted by a large, airy kitchen which is incredibly well-equipped. The drawers are full to the brim with utensils, the cupboards are well-stocked with pans, and the cabinets offer a wealth of condiments and essentials.
The Falcon Range cooker is perfect for those who love to cook. The oak worktops are complete with modern household appliances. The north-facing French windows open out onto the beautiful country garden (complete with Foxgloves). It features a patio area for a quiet kick-back, and even a fixed seating area equipped with a BBQ for al-fresco dining throughout the summer months. The lawn and adjacent pond is incredibly well-kept, and the strategically-placed seating areas mean you can enjoy different areas of the garden throughout the day.
“A fireplace sits as the room’s centrepiece”
Guests arrive to a welcome hamper. It is overflowing with a mix of treats and essentials. We find strawberries and cream in the American-style fridge, along with some fresh bread, cheese, olives, wine, cider, and the makings for a pretty hefty English breakfast the following morning. Produce is locally sourced from the Yorkshire area, akin to the theme of family and northern hospitality that runs throughout the property.
The formal dining room leads us into the sitting room. It features two large linen sofas with a rustic wooden table down the centre. This lounge area is exceedingly well-stocked with magazines, books, and board games. These allow for both family and alone time. The 32” television offers SmartTV, so we are able to watch programmes from our laptop over the complementary wi-fi network. A fireplace sits as the room’s centrepiece, with logs resting nearby, ready to burn. I can imagine this cottage would be even cosier throughout the winter months, with snow falling outside and icicles by the window pane. Books are at hand throughout the cottage. So curling up in front of the fire and immersing oneself in a world of fiction is a relaxing possibility.
“Heavy emphasis on honest Yorkshire hospitality”
The staircase, completely redesigned during the renovation, leads us to the first floor which offers two spacious double bedrooms and a twin. The rooms are incredibly sweet, with wooden beams running along the walls which amplify the vintage country theme. The beds could not be better. There are pillows galore for extra comfort. The first floor features a family bathroom, and one of the double bedrooms offers an ensuite toilet. There is an additional shower-room downstairs too.
Foxglove Cottage is more than just a property; it’s an exclusive, unique, and unrivalled holiday retreat that symbolises the county of Yorkshire itself. It has a heavy emphasis on honest Yorkshire hospitality, with locally sourced produce and luxury amenities.
It’s the perfect haven for couples or families, but absolutely anyone in search of tranquillity is in for a treat. Its locality to the North York Moors and Scarborough make it ever-more appealing. There is definitely no shortage of attractions in the surrounding area. It was an absolute pleasure staying at Foxglove Cottage. I’m sure its charming ambiance will touch the hearts of many guests for years to come.
Location: Hutton Buscel – North York Moors (close to Yorkshire Coast)
Bedrooms: 3 – two double and one twin
Sleeps: 6 Rate from: £620 per week for 2 people