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Spent a lovely week in railway cottage for October half term. As can be seen from the photographs the cottage is in a brilliant position for seeing the steam trains traveling from Pickering (approximately a mile away so easily walkable) to Whitby, what the photo's don't show is the yard just behind the cottage where the locos for the first two services of the day are kept so you can also watch them being put away in the evening and steamed up in the morning.
The cottage itself is small but plenty big enough for the three of us and very well equipped and cosy, especially in the autumn when there's a lovely open fire to keep things toasty. The owners are very friendly and helpful, we had a minor problem with the bath and they did all they could to sort it out and make sure it didn't spoil our stay.
Pickering is a very central location with loads to do within a small radius, lots of nice walks very near by, many museums, castles and Flamingo land theme park and the national bird of prey centre all within twenty minutes drive or so. York with all of its attractions (use the park and ride) is about half an hour away as are Whitby and Scarborough by car, or you can walk into Pickering and get the steam train to Whitby as we did.
All in all we had a lovely stay and would hope to go back again.