Listed below are just some of the comments from people who have stayed at Blackthorn Gate, if you would like to leave you own comment then please email us.
The comment below was emailed to us on 6th Jan 2014
we stayed in chaffnch for New Year and had the most amazing relaxing time ( even with 3 small children) it was so beautiful and peaceful, the lodge had everything you could possibly need for your stay away from home. Even the rain didn't let the stay down the lodge had lots of board games and books to keep us entertained, also a games room just near the lodges that has a table tennis, pool table etc with more books for you to use which kept the kids busy. we manged to get out on the last full day and have a walk round the farm to see all the animals and met a very large turkey which the kids loved! The area has lot of lovely walks you can do and is something for every ability, we walked round the big lake which the kids managed fine, this is the first holiday away from home that our 4 year old son who is autistic has enjoyed and not wanted to go home, he actually cried when we were leaving which just shows how lovely the place is, him been happy made the time away extra special. Owners are lovely and friendly and make you feel at home. We cant wait to book up again for the summer holidays.
Stopped in two Lodges for a weekend near our parents in Great Ayton. Lodges are excellent and the location is stunning. Excellent for our big family. Great weather for barbeques.
Absolutely lovely place to stay - we have had wonderful relaxing times on the veranda in the sunshine and everything in the house was perfect. Also, a great place to recoup energy during a wedding.
Once again we have had a fantastic time at Blackthorn Gate. Every night slept like a log and so much to do and see in the local area. Our 6 year old son and our dog have had agreat time exploring round the farm and the footpaths.
It was so good we just had to extend our stay. See you again in October.
Great accommodation with fantastic views!!!!! What more could you want or need!
Our 2 boys enjoyed the fishing so much they were up at the crack of dawn a few mornings, which is not the norm for teenagers. They also fell in love with the horse that is kept in the barns with the cows.
We climbed Roseberry Topping twice. Once we drove and walked from the car park then we decided to walk from the farm. It's a must if you're up for it. Views are fantastic. You can even see the cabins once you're at the top.
We also walked through the farm to Great Ayton which is also a nice walk and a lovely village to visit.
Staying here you can either do little or so much. We have had an active but also a great relaxing chilled holiday
Rita & Mike thank you for making our stay so comfortable, the extras to make Mum's life easier were a life saver - nothing is too much trouble for you.
As usual we had the hordes of family and friends who love this place as much as we do. The weather was near operfect the rain at the end much needed. I hope we make it back here, we shall certainly try.
What a wonderful stay at this fantastic highly equipped Lodge. We all have been performing at Billingham Forum Theatre and after a long hard day at the Theatre it has been great to come back to such comfort and luxury.
The Views of Roseberry Topping are fantastic and very relaxing to look at and the farm animals are great, we would bring the children here in the future. Thank you once again for such a lovely break.
Many thanks for a wonderful mid-week break. An idyllic setting and excellently equipped Lodge. The time went by all too soon.
Absolutely priceless was the view of the sun rising over Roseberry Topping in the morning. Also wonderful was the clear night skies. We have never seen so many stars!!
We will definitely be returning soon. With all good wishes for the future
Another fabulous stay - it's only a pity we never seem to be here long enough. Thank you Rita & Mike for providing the home away from home with the little touches adding so much (Christmas tree with sparkly lights!!)
After a frantic Christmas we now feel restored enough to face the New Year.
Best Wishes to you both - long may this continue to be a haven of peace for all
Thank you for a lovely peaceful break. Such an idyllic location, stunning views and friendly welcome. Shame about the weather although a lovely sunny last day meant we could have breakfast on the veranda - gorgoeus.
This was an excellent base for visiting the north of the North York Moors. The quiet and the view made for a most relaxing atmosphere, while the housemartins and their young were entertaining to look at too.
In summary we shall look back on this week in general, and the place in particular, with very fond memories.
Just wanted to thank you both, our holiday last week was fantastic, even if the weather was bad on most days. The accommodation was beautiful and the setting stunning.
Many many thanks for a wonderful week and we hope to be back again in May.
Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed staying at Blackthorn Gate. The Lodge was superb and the surroundings incredible. Climbing up Roseberry Topping was so invigorating and James particularly liked looking from the lodge and saying “I climbed up there”. James says hello to Finlay & James (the two brown chicks he named). The kestrels that greeted us when leaving and returning each day added an very special dimension and seeing them use the drive as a runway was fantastic. You’ve created the perfect “getaway”, thank you again.
Juli Andy & James
A most enjoyable and relaxing week, love the lodge, so different from the normal holiday cottage accomodation! Would love to have a return visit sometime!
Lawerence and Joyce
We have had a smashing time. The Lodge is wonderful, the view to die for and watching the new lambs enchanting. we made the walk to the top of Roseberry Topping and returned for the best nights sleep in ages.
Thanks for your welcome and kindness.
Tim, Kay, Aiden, Declan & Sadie
Two breaks in one. The boys really loved the lodge, the excitement of the upstairs balcony and a bunk bed with a double bed underneath. They took it in turns to sleep on the bottom.The boys played table tennis , pool,air hockey and table football. Great idea for drizzley days., and for us we could relive our trek of 20 years ago climbing to the top of Roseberry Topping. We came down the easy way though at the back of the hill.
Robert , Eileen and the boys
Another wonderful holiday. Thank you very much
Dahlian & Steve
What a fantastic weekend!! This is the most relaxing place we have ever stayed and we'll be back for many more great times. Our first weekend away together couldn't have been better anywhere else!! Views are fab, everything you need is provided. Perfect attention to detail.
Nicky and Paul
Fantastic lodge for chilling out and exploring the area. Would recommend the sauna after a busy day. Views beautiful whatever the weather and we did get a mixed bag.
Sarah, Dan, Emily and Joseph
My complaint- this lodge is just far too nice to leave-grr!! from the moment my parents and I walked into the lodge we fell in love with it. Its clean , tidy, modern and an amazing base for so many places to visit!
Bailey, Ken and Pearl
This has been a wonderful three days no one wants to leave!
Julie Alister & Eden
It was very easy to feel at home in Lapwing from the minute we arrived. Both Rita and Mike made us extremely welcome, besides which the quality and layout of the lodge suited us to perfection. It will be virtually impossible to find another accommodation such as this so when in Yorkshire we will certainly hope to stay here again
Jo & John
We had a lovely time. Accommodation is fantastic. Games room good for kids,fantastic views, great place to relax
Karen, Simon Dean & Adam
We had a wonderful time here. You must get up for the sunrise over Roseberry Topping as it's beautiful at the moment. Mike & Rita' hospitality is second to none and makes the stay all the more enjoyable
John & Liz
5 Days!!!! Wish we were staying 4 ever. We will be telling our family and friends about your place....Wishing you all the very best for the future
Jo & Jon