I initially applied to Ben for Fox Cottage in Helmsley, which was fully booked. Luckily, he was close to completing Pear Tree House, so I was very fortunate to be the first guest. We had the most wonderful stay to celebrate a special birthday. The village of Sutton-on-the-Forest is beautiful with well maintained front gardens. Every aspect of PTH was beautiful, starting with a pretty front garden, smartly painted white gates and a large gravelled courtyard. The kitchen is astonishing with a generous island, marble worktops and floor tiles. There is perfect harmony between the traditional, (e.g. enormous AGA), and the modern appliances. It was designed by a serious “foodie”.