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Luxury homes away from home.


Thanks for visiting my website. Darcy’s Cottage was my first cottage, opened in 2009. Dashwood and Willoughby’s Loft didn’t arrive until 2015. Jane Austen fans will note the theme of Heroes, Heroines and Villains.

I am  not Yorkshire born or bred having moved here sixteen years ago for my two Deaf sons to attend St John’s School for the Deaf. However, it is officially the longest I have ever lived in one place and I now feel very much like a Yorkshirewoman. It really is God’s Own Country. So much to see and do; Coast, Moor, Dale and Wold. York City is frequently voted the best place to live in Britain. If you visit, you will see why.

As a family, we have over thirty years plus experience of holidaying in self-catered cottages and I use that to make sure my guests feel totally at home and have the best holiday experience.




Hear what our guests have to say about Darcy's Cottages

“Thanks for an enjoyable stay in Darcy’s Cottage. It has everything we needed and ideally located very close to York City centre. Boston the dog enjoyed exploring the surroundings. We will be back!” Preston

“The location of Darcy’s Cottage is perfect and we have had a fantastic break. The cottage felt like home away from home which is just what we needed for our first holiday with our baby boy.” North Wales

“A beautifully appointed cottage with everything we needed for a weekend away visiting friends and family in York. Superb bathroom and bedroom and kitchen and lounge, just ‘home away from home’. Cumbria

“What a lovely gem to find. Thank you for making it special. It’s the little things that make it amazing” Scarborough

“Fantastic stay. Thank you so much and will definitely be coming back and recommending to others. Loads to do in the surrounding area, the twins had a great half term!” Mansfield

“Thank you so much for everything. It was more beautiful than we ever could have imagined. We have had a lovely evening sitting by the fire eating your homemade ginger cake. It really has been an amazing few days. Thank you again” London

“Back to Dashwood for another memorable weekend. Sunshine every day. We are grateful for this lovely base in York – it is a delight to return.” Derby

About Darcy's Cottages

Darcy’s Cottages are set in the village of Holtby, a charming little village just outside York. With the city centre less than 15 minutes away, you have the best of both worlds; the delightful small country village atmosphere of old Yorkshire twinned with the vibrant city of York. The park and ride is only 5 minutes away with regular buses into York. There is also a bus stop at the edge of the village, with buses every 30 minutes during peak times. Taxis from the centre of York are in the region of £15.

There is parking on site for up to 4 cars, more on request and parking in the village is not restricted.