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Holiday Lets

Weekly holiday lets are from Friday 3pm to Friday 10am. (Arrival and departure times must be observed especially because of COVID-related protocols).

Short Breaks / Longer Stays

We generally don’t offer short breaks. They may be available on request, (minimum stay 4 nights), depending on availability at certain times. Price on application. Longer stays are available and discounts will be given for multiple weeks booked, (maximum stay 31 days).

Availability

To check availability please click on Tariff/Dates in the upper menu and use the availability checker.

To make a booking or for any other query, please contact Ben Galloway by email at: ben@peartreehouse-holidaycottage.co.uk or by using the form on the Contact page of this website.

Deposit

A non-refundable deposit of £200 per week is required to secure your booking. We require your deposit and confirmation of your booking in writing by e-mail (or by letter if preferred), within 7 days of making the booking. Please note that your booking is not considered ‘firm’ until the deposit payment has been received.

Important Information / Conditions of Stay

The following information, (also in printed form and kept in the kitchen) is available for you to read before and during your stay. Please read this information carefully as it includes important details for your benefit as well as our ‘Conditions of Stay’.

 

Important Information

ADDRESS

  • The full address of the cottage is: Pear Tree House, Main Street, Sutton-on-the-Forest, York YO61 1DW

OWNERS

  • Dickon Galloway, Ben Galloway and Damian Galloway

MANAGER

HOUSEKEEPER & CARETAKER

  • That’s us… Ben & Rosie. We live at The Smithy at the end of the graveled courtyard which we share with you.

IN THE EVENT OF A QUERY ARISING OR A SMALL PROBLEM OCCURRING

IN THE EVENT OF A SERIOUS PROBLEM OR EMERGENCY

  • Please text or call Ben on 07787 500228

ARRIVAL TIME

  • Arrival time is from 3pm on the Friday of arrival

LOCATION

  • Pear Tree House is located on the north side of Main Street. Visitors should look for double white gates bearing the name ‘PEAR TREE HOUSE’. The house is on the other side of the road from a green sign which says ‘Sutton Park Entrance’.

MAIN GATES INTO THE COURTYARD

  • We will have provided you with the code for the automated gates one month before your arrival. Please punch in the 4-digit code followed by ‘Enter’ on the keypad which is located on the wall, on the right hand side of the gates. Please do not share this code with anyone outside your party.

PARKING

  • As you come through the double gates, please turn immediately left and park in the courtyard outside the (khaki-coloured) glass-paneled door to the kitchen. If your party has brought two vehicles, please park them alongside each other with one under the kitchen window, and one outside the kitchen door.
  • Please do not park outside the Cottage or the Smithy, or block the gates. Access through the gates is required at all times by other residents, visitors and maintenance/delivery vehicles.
  • The easiest way to manoeuvre your car when you are leaving the property is to back out towards the Smithy and then drive forward through the main gates.
  • Please do not drive onto the stone pavers that form the footpath outside the kitchen door and around the courtyard. If you do, the weight of your vehicle will crack the slabs and the owners reserve the right to charge for damage. The large stone pots mark the edge of the gravel and provide a visual aid when you are reversing.

SHARED COURTYARD / SHARED ACCESS

  • Please be aware that the gates provide access to two other properties which flank the courtyard. Ben and Rosie live at The Smithy (at the end of the courtyard) and can provide support if necessary. They can be contacted by email/phone/text during normal working hours unless there’s an emergency.
  • Please be aware that the Cottage, (the small building immediately adjacent to Pear Tree House), is occupied. Currently, Rosie’s son, Nathan, who is a student, resides there. Please be considerate to your neighbours in terms of noise etc as they will be considerate to you.

FRONT DOOR ONTO MAIN STREET

  • Access to the property is always via the kitchen door in the courtyard. The front door of the house onto Main Street is not to be used, except as an emergency exit in the event of fire.

DOOR KEY & ZAPPER FOR THE MAIN GATES

  • On the righthand side of the kitchen door, you will find a small black key safe. Please lift the cover and punch-in the 4-digit code that you will have been provided with one month before your stay. Press the button down and the front swings down. Inside you will find a key to kitchen door and a zapper for the main gates.
  • To operate the main gates, simply press 1 on the zapper.
  • Please ensure that you return the door key and zapper to the key safe on departure.
  • In the event that you lose your key/zapper, please notify Ben immediately. The owners reserve the right to charge for lost keys as they will need to have replacements cut at short notice and zappers are expensive.
  • Please don’t separate the door key and zapper, but keep them on the ring provided.

 WELCOME PACK

  • We don’t provide a welcome pack at Pear Tree House or a supply of basics like bread and milk. We do supply tea bags and coffee (in individual sachets to avoid contamination). We also supply bed linen and towels, aluminium foil, clingfilm, washing-up liquid, dishwasher tabs, washing powder, fabric conditioner, antibacterial hand gel, liquid soap and antibacterial wipes.

DOGS

  • Well-behaved dogs are most welcome but it is an absolute condition of bringing dogs that you clean up after them in the walled-garden and in the village. It is also a condition that they are not allowed upstairs or on any unprotected furniture. The owners reserve the right to charge for any damage to the furniture, bedding or cushions caused by dogs.
  • We say that well-behaved dogs are most welcome, but if your dog is prone to excessive barking or continual yapping, please consider if this is the right location for you, given the proximity of the house to other properties in the village. We must consider our neighbours and wish to avoid complaints of any kind.
  • We have installed a hosepipe outside the kitchen door for your use. This can be used for washing down your dog/s after a muddy walk. In the utility room, you will also find towels which are for drying dogs.

MOBILE PHONES

  • Signals from most providers can usually be received inside and outside the property. The signal quality in the village is generally very poor, however, we have installed equipment to boost the 3G/4G signal and this also increases data download speeds. We cannot guarantee good coverage for all and urge you to use ‘WiFi calling’ inside the property if you struggle with normal reception. If you don’t have this set up on your mobile phone, you may wish to do so before arrival and your mobile operator can provide setup instructions.

BROADBAND

  • Free broadband & WiFi is provided at the property. The WiFi access code will be clearly displayed in the visitor information available on arrival.
  • We have installed a wireless access point outside the house so you will be able to enjoy good WiFi coverage in the walled garden.

 TVs

  • The wall-mounted TV in the main sitting room is a connected TV so you can access the internet, online content and Catch-up TV. There is another ordinary TV in the little green sitting room. A large collection of DVDs can be found in the cupboard to the left of the fireplace in the main sitting room under the bookcase. There is another, standard TV, in the Blue bedroom.

ELECTRIC VEHICHLES / CHARGING

  • We don’t currently have a dedicated EV charging point at Pear Tree House. This is something we are looking into as we are finding that increasingly, it is something that visitors would like to see. There isn’t an outside socket either.
  • A list of charging stations in the York are can be found by visiting this site: https://www.zap-map.com and searching on the map using ‘Sutton-on-the-Forest, York’ as your search term. There are many to choose from, roughly 3-5 miles away.
  • I you do need to charge your vehicle using the domestic supply at the house, please let Ben know in advance and agree to make an additional payment for the usage.
  • We hope to be able to add an EV charging point in due course.

RUBBISH COLLECTION

  • Collections are early on Tuesday mornings and we will put the bins out onto the road on Monday night and bring them back in again so that you don’t need to worry. The three bins closest to Pear Tree House are for you use. The other three bins are for the Smithy and the Cottage and are not to be used. Please observe normal recycling procedures in the interest of the environment and to ensure that we comply fully with the requirements of Hambleton District Council.
  • The blue-topped wheelie bin is for recycling which includes, paper; cardboard; plastic food containers (but these must be washed and clean); aluminium cans; newspapers and magazines.
  • The grey wheelie bin is for non-recyclable waste which includes nappies and pet waste. This must be individually bagged.
  • The green wheelie bin is for garden waste only so you won’t need to use this one.
  • The blue box is for bottles and glass only.
  • Further information about rubbish collection and recycling and a full list of what goes into each bin can be found on the Hambleton website by visiting: www.hambleton.gov.uk/bins-recycling

 BEDS

  • Please fully strip all beds that have been slept in and leave the bedding on the floor to assist us with the changeover.

THE BOX ROOM

  • In addition to the three bedrooms there is a small box room. This room has a large hanging rail for clothes and is especially useful for visitors staying in the blue bedroom and the green bedroom since these rooms don’t have wardrobes and cupboard storage.
  • For any families wishing to bring a baby we can provide a cot for the box room. There is also a high chair available for your use. Additionally, for any families with young children or additional guests, we can provide a mattress on the floor of the box room but either of these scenarios would have been discussed with Ben in advance and agreed in writing prior to your stay.

HEATING

There are 3 Heating Zones controlled by 3 Hive thermostats. (All thermostats are labelled to help you identify them).

 Heating Zone 1: Downstairs CH radiators in green Sitting Room and red Study

  • The thermostat is in the kitchen, (under the clock to the right of the door into the green study). This is set to a timed schedule and comes on and off during the day.
  • If you are too cold, you can boost the heating by pressing the righthand button on the top edge of the thermostat, (not the face), and confirm your selection by pressing the button with the green tick.
  • The radiators also have individual thermostatic controls on them so that each radiator can be adjusted independently.
  • The Hive thermostat also controls the hot water which comes on twice a day on a timed schedule. You can boost this by pressing the lefthand button on the top of the thermostat, and confirm your selection by pressing the button with the green tick.

Heating Zone 2: Underfloor heating in kitchen/living room

  • The thermostat is in the living room, (on the wall to the right of the fireplace near the lamp table). This is set to a timed schedule and comes on and off during the day.
  • If you are too cold, you can boost the heating by pressing the righthand button on the top edge of the thermostat, (not the face), and confirm your selection by pressing the button with the green tick.
  • Please feel free to adjust this as you see fit but remember that changes with UFH heating systems will not be noticed immediately and may take a few hours to be felt.

Heating Zone 3: Upstairs CH radiators in all bedrooms, bathroom and landing

  • The thermostat is at the top of the stairs, (outside the door to the Rose Bedroom). This is set to a timed schedule and comes on and off during the day.
  • If you are too cold, you can boost the heating by pressing the righthand button on the top edge of the thermostat, (not the face), and confirm your selection by pressing the button with the green tick.
  • The are radiators also have individual thermostatic controls on them so that each radiator can be adjusted independently.

NB. If, after adjusting the radiators, you are still too hot or too cold, please notify Ben who will be happy to make further adjustments for you to the timed schedules.

 HOT WATER

  • Hot water is provided by an oil-fired boiler, the controller for which can be found in the utility room just off the kitchen. This is complicated to operate. If you find you do not have enough hot-water, please notify Ben who will adjust the controller or boost the hot water for you.

MAINS WATER

  • The stopcock and the water meter are located under a hatch outside the property on Main Street in the flowerbed to the right of the sitting room window. In the event of a blockage or flood, please notify Ben immediately.

HEATING

  • Central heating: There are radiators in the two small sitting rooms and upstairs on the landing and in the bedrooms. These have individual thermostatic controls on them so that each radiator can be adjusted independently. If, after adjusting the radiators, you are still too hot or too cold, please notify Ben.
  • Underfloor heating: The stone floored kitchen/large sitting room has underfloor heating controlled via a separate thermostat mounted on the sitting room wall near the door into the walled garden. Please feel free to adjust this as you see fit but remember that changes will not be noticed immediately and may take quite a few hours to be felt.

ELECTRICITY / FUSE BOARDS

  • There are two locations for the fuse boards/trip switches: One is located in a small cupboard high above the door of the utility room. The second is located in one of the pan cupboards under the corner kitchen window, near the AGA at ground floor level. If you experience any electrical issues or tripping out of the circuits, please notify Ben. In the event of power cut, torches for your use are provided in the kitchen and bedrooms.

OVENS & AGA

  • Electric ovens & microwave: There are a number of electric ovens in the kitchen for your use.
  • The AGA: Please use the electric hob on the AGA but the oven section is switched off. Please do not turn the oven section of the AGA on, (as per the notice) but use the electric ovens opposite instead.
  • Please ensure that ovens are left clean and the grill pans are lined with aluminium foil. The owners reserve the right to charge for excessively dirty ovens, should professional cleaning be required.

UTILITY ROOM

  • In the utility room you will find a washing machine and dryer. These are for your use and we also provide washing tablets and conditioner. We would simply ask that you only use these if necessary and not bring a lot of washing with you. An ironing board can be found in the large kitchen store cupboard to the right of the door into the little green sitting room and there is an iron in the utility room.

KITCHEN SKY LIGHT WINDOWS

  • On hot days the kitchen can get quite warm because of the glass roof. In addition to opening the door and the french windows into the walled garden you may wish to open the two automated skylights. The switch for this is to the left of the kitchen door and is clearly marked. Press and hold the switch in either an up or down direction to open and close the skylights. Please do not hold the switch beyond the closed or the maximum-open position of the windows. Please also note that opening the windows will possibly allow flies and wasps into the kitchen.

INSTRUCTION MANUALS FOR APPLIANCES

  • Where available, these are located in one of the drawers of the desk in the little red sitting room.

FIRE BLANKET & FIRE EXTINGUISHER

  • These are on the kitchen wall and are regularly checked for compliance. There is an addition fire extinguisher on the landing upstairs. Batteries in the smoke detectors are checked regularly but if the batteries need changing during your stay, please notify Ben.

 TABLE MATS & COASTERS

  • May we respectfully ask that you do not put down wet glasses or mugs on the polished furniture. Please use the table mats and coasters provided and respect the surface of the oak dining table and all other items of furniture. Please protect them from stains and ring marks. The condition of the furniture is checked at every changeover. The owners reserve the right to charge for any damage to the furniture.

BREAKAGES / CLEANLINESS

  • Breakages are unavoidable, accidents happen. If you damage something, (chip a plate, break a glass or crack a mug for example), please leave a note for Rosie so she is aware of it and can replace it. If you wanted to leave some money to cover the replacement (on the dining table), that would also be most appreciated. Pear Tree House is thoroughly cleaned between each let. There is only limited time available for the changeover so we ask you to leave the property and its contents clean and tidy. Please ensure that the oven and grill are left clean.

NOISE

  • We would be most grateful if visitors would keep noise to a minimum so as not to disturb neighbours. This is particularly important since you share the courtyard driveway with us and the courtyard garden backs onto the Smithy garden. We will endeavor to minimize noise and disturbance to you so you can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing holiday. During the summer you will be aware of the grass being cut from time to time both in front and behind the property and occasional maintenance work. You will also be aware of the comings and goings of our visitors, but we and they, will be respectful of your privacy and right to quiet enjoyment of Pear Tree House.

THE WALLED GARDEN

  • The walled garden is entirely for your private use.
  • The walled garden can only be accessed from the kitchen via the door to the right of the fire place or via the French windows next to the dining room table. Please do not remove the keys from the locks.
  • The walled garden cannot be accessed from the garden beyond which is private and the wrought-iron gate is kept locked.
  • The marble-topped table and chairs are for your use. The terracotta-coloured cushions are for the garden chairs and these are kept on the shelf in the utility room. Please don’t leave them outside overnight and always return them to the utility room.
  • There is also a large barbecue in the garden which is for your use. Please remove ash, bag it and put in the grey bin, (ensuring the ashes are not hot first), before departure.
  • We appreciate that the wall garden will be used by dogs and we endeavour to jet-wash the terrace regularly to ensure it is maintained nicely for the next visitors. Dog owners can help in our effort by ensuring that all waste is picked up, bagged properly and then put into the grey bin in the courtyard. This is an absolute condition of bringing dogs with you.
  • In the summer months, if the weather is hot and the garden and pots look like they need watering, we are always very grateful if you are prepared to do this. There is a watering can in the walled garden for this purpose.
  • We have installed a hosepipe outside the kitchen door for your use. This can be used to fill the watering can and for cleaning dogs after a muddy walk.

NO SMOKING

  • There is strictly ‘no smoking’ in the house and this is a condition of your booking. If you smoke outside the house, please ensure you dispose of your cigarette butts safely in the grey bin.

TOURIST INFORMATION BROCHURES

  • These can usually be found in the drawers of the desk in the little red sitting room. (These may have been removed depending on current COVID-19 guidelines).

 BOOKS

  • There is a large and eclectic collection of books at the property in most of the rooms for your enjoyment. A collection of cookery and gardening books can be found in the cupboard to the left of the fireplace in the little red sitting room. Please enjoy the books during your stay but ensure that you leave them for the next visitors. The contents of the property are listed and the inventory checked regularly – if items go missing, (though we don’t foresee this), the owners would follow up on the disappearance.

MUSIC

  • On the desk in the little red sitting room you will find a CD player which is for your use. In the cupboard to the left of the fireplace, you will find a collection of music CDs and stories tapes. These are provided for your enjoyment. Please do not take these away with you. (Again, any disappearances would be followed up on).

DVDs, JIGSAWS & BOARD GAMES

  • A varied collection of DVDs which can be watched on the TV in the small green sitting room and can be found in the cupboard to the left of the fireplace in the main sitting room under the bookcase.
  • Jigsaws and board games can be found in the cupboard to the right of the main fireplace in the main sitting room under the bookcases. A portable wooden board for jigsaws can be found on top of the center-section in the kitchen.

SHOPPING & NEAREST VILLAGES

  • There are no shops in Sutton-on-the Forest.
  • Heading west, the village of Huby is only 1.5 miles away and on the Main Street there is a post office and community-owned village shop called ‘Barkers of Huby’ which offers a good collection of essentials.
  • Heading north, the village of Stillington is 2 miles away and the Post Office doubles as a small shop.
  • The lovely Georgian market town of Easingwold is 6 miles away
  • The Clifton Moor Retail Park on the York outer ring-road is 7 miles away
  • The Monks Cross Shopping Park on the York outer ring-road is 9 miles away

REMINDERS / CAUTION

  • A reminder to all, (but especially tall guests), Pear Tree House has one or two low doorways. These are: the doors leading from the kitchen into the little green sitting room; the door from the little green sitting room into the hall and the door from the hall into the little red sitting room. These are clearly marked but we urge you to be careful so you don’t bump your head!
  • A reminder to those families who are bringing dogs: Dogs are most welcome but we ask that they are not allowed upstairs and that owners clean up after them in the garden and village by bagging waste in the normal way before putting it in the grey bin.

VISITOR COMMENTS / SUGGESTIONS / COMPLAINTS

  • We are always interested to read your comments in the Visitor’s Book which can be found on the desk in the little red sitting room and to hear about your holiday experiences. We are always looking to improve Pear Tree House for our visitors in the future. Your suggestions and recommendations are very helpful in our effort to do this and are much appreciated.
  • We would ask that suggestions and/or complaints are logged in the ‘Suggestions Book’ provided rather than the Visitor Book. If you have any complaints whatsoever, we would be grateful if you addressed them to Ben directly rather than committing them to a negative online review. It’s not always possible to please everyone all the time, but we assure you that we are trying our best to do just that and ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay.. Ben can be contacted by email at: ben@peartreehouse-holidaycottage.co.uk

 DEPARTURE

  • Departure is by 10am on the Friday of departure. We ask guests to respect our arrival and departure times to give us enough time to complete the changeover. This is especially important during the COVID pandemic to ensure that correct social distancing is maintained at all times.
  • Please fully strip all beds that have been slept in and leave the bedding on the floor to assist us with the changeover.
  • Before departing, please ensure that lights, lamps and all electrical appliances, (apart from the fridge and ovens) are turned off and doors and windows are locked.
  • When you leave, please put the key/zapper back inside the key safe and scramble the numbers to lock the box. If you’ve forgotten the combination, you can always post the key back through the front door.

 

Conditions of Stay

  • Arrival and departure times are carefully observed
  • Instructions relating to parking are observed at all times
  • You are careful not to drive onto the path or stone pavers around the courtyard
  • Electric vehicles are not charged without prior discussion with Ben and agreement about cost
  • Instructions relating to noise are observed at all times
  • Table mats and coasters are used to protect the wooden furniture
  • Any accidental damage or breakages or issues with the property are reported to Ben as soon as possible
  • If you are bringing dogs, you will pick up after them and all waste will be individually bagged before depositing it in the grey bin
  • Dogs are not allowed upstairs or on unprotected furniture
  • If you lose your key, you will notify Ben immediately
  • The oven section of the AGA is not to be turned on. (The AGA hob can be used)
  • Keys to the kitchen windows and doors into the walled garden are not removed from the locks
  • Cushions for the garden chairs should not be left outside overnight but returned to the utility room
  • The policy of no-smoking within the house is observed at all times
  • If you, or a member of your party, test positive for COVID-19 prior to your arrival, you will notify Ben immediately

NB. Failure to have read the above requirements is not considered a valid reason for failing to comply with the Conditions of Stay. This information is sent to all visitors one month prior their stay, it is published on the website and a filed, hard copy, (kept in the kitchen), is available to read during the stay.

 

This information was last updated:

22.10.2021