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Suzie and Jonty, their journey to Abbey Farm Cottage, their sustainable goat farm and B&B


In December 2015, Jonty bought Suzie 5 Boer goats for Christmas, by mid 2018 they had too many for their land in West Sussex.. A few trips to Suzie's native Yorkshire followed, Abbey Farm Cottage a run down small farm on the edge of the village of Rosedale Abbey was bought, 49 goats plus horses, ducks, chickens, 4 dogs and 2 cats transported..


Since June 2019, we have been renovating the farmhouse, farm buildings and driveways to develop our goat dairy business and our Luxury B&B offerings..

Robins Rest our shepherds hut has been purchased, the private paddock fenced off, a private luxury shower room installed in the farmhouse, a quirky gazebo "Mini Robins Rest" installed, and a private kitchenette created too.


Hootsman our luxury downstairs B&B room with en-suite is to be completed (awaiting hand made wooden windows) later this year once Covid-19 lock downs and back orders of workmen allows.

Robins Rest - Our Luxury Glamping  Shepherds Hut in its own private paddock (where children or friends can pitch a tent) with private kitchenette and private luxury shower room (please look at photo's on our hospitality page)

Well behaved dogs welcome (at a small extra charge)


Booking direct to suzie.heatherbank@me.com, or if you prefer, please call 07714217195. Please also fill in the contact form at the bottom of the Contacts page of this site to ensure that we have your details and to obtain notifications and see our blog. 

Prices for single or double occupancy of Robins Rest, tents per tent (maximum 5 extra people):

July 2020: Weekday (not including Friday or Saturday) - 1 night £75, 2 nights £125, 3 nights £150, week Friday to Friday £325, Weekends (including Friday or Saturday) 1 night £85, 2 nights £135, 3 nights £160.

August 2020: Weekday (not including Friday or Saturday) - 1 night £85, 2 nights £135, 3 nights £160, week Friday to Friday £350, Weekends (including Friday or Saturday) 1 night £95, 2 nights £145, 3 nights £170.

Breakfast hamper (during Covid-19 restrictions) £5 per head per day

Evening meals with 24 hours notice - from £10 per head per day

Dogs - £10 per dog per stay

Tents - £10 per tent per night

Electric Hook Up for tents - £5 per night

Robins Rest is so named, as a robin flew onto the hut as it was delivered by the manufacturers (Pond Cottage Antiques of Stillington) in September and has been ever present since, as are the barn owls that hunt in the fields and reed bed surrounding the paddock.

Wake up to the amazing views from the delightfully decorated hut which is located in a small paddock on the farm where free range ducks and chickens roam.

Robins Rest benefits from:

  • Double antique French bedstead with superb tailor-made mattress and base by Pond Cottage Antiques;

  • Beautiful soft furnishings made by Foots Upholstery of Pickering;

  • Sofa;

  • Electric heating and lights;

  • iPlayer music pod;

  • Tea and Coffee making facilities plus Suzie’s homemade biscuits;

  • Private patio area with seating, chiminea and BBQ;

  • Breakfast hamper;

  • Dedicated shower room within the farmhouse with large walk in shower, toilet and hand basin;

  • Newly built outdoor gazebo to enable dining under cover whilst still taking in the views;

  • A newly created kitchenette with washing machine, dishwasher and dryer.

Coming Soon – Hootsman – Double B&B Room


This purpose and newly converted ground floor double bedroom with large en-suite shower room within the Farmhouse  is so named after the Barn Owls that swoop across the fields around Abbey Farm Cottage and through the garden most days, and after the song that Jonty danced into at the start of Suzie’s and Jonty’s wedding!!

This B&B double room benefits from:

  • Antique Full Double bedstead with superb tailor-made mattress and base;

  • Soft furnishings with an Owl and Scottish theme;

  • Private en-suite shower room;

  • TV;

  • WiFi;

  • iPlayer music pod;

  • Tea and Coffee making facilities plus Suzie’s homemade biscuits;

  • Private patio area with seating and BBQ;

  • Shared drying area.

Bring Your Horse on Holiday


Abbey Farm Cottage benefits from an abundance of bridal paths on its doorstep.

To enable visitors to benefit from the amazing hacking facilities and views that are in abundance in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, we have two large stables within our barn which will be available for those wishing to bring their horse on holiday when staying on the farm for a modest extra charge.

Suzie and Jonty provide:

  • Straw beds;

  • Hay (at extra charge);

  • Use of riding paddock;

  • Small electrified paddock;

  • Secure Tack Room;

  • Pre-booked baggage to your next stop service (at extra charge);

  • Pack up meals (at extra charge).

Abbey Farm Cottage aim to be  British Horse Association approved and Ride Yorkshire  affiliated.

REQUIREMENTS – Due to the proximity of visiting horses to our own and the goats, we require:

  • Full, up to date Vaccination Certificate with 6 months vaccinations.

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