Answers to questions we are asked about Humble Bee Farm Cottages

We have three luxury holiday cottages here at Humble Bee Farm: Humble Bee Cottage, Merry Dale Cottage and Swallows Nest Cottage. All have been awarded Four Star Gold status.

The cottages can be booked for seven nights (or more); short break season usually runs from November to March, with exclusions, terms and conditions.

All cottages have access to wifi. Guests in our cottages have a peaceful, relaxing holiday. We don’t allow parties, loud music and keep noise levels to a minimum.

Are fireworks permitted on site?

We do not allow fireworks anywhere on site at Humble Bee Farm.

Is there a pub nearby?

The nearest pub is about 1.5 miles away in Flixton village. There is a very steep, unlit road leading from Humble Bee to the village. Therefore we recommend you nominate a driver or book a taxi. From spring 2020, the shop at Humble Bee Farm will have a licence to sell wine, Prosecco and bottled beers from 9am to 5pm. Please note all pubs, restaurants and take away are subject to any restrictions from central Government as to opening hours and ordering criteria.

What happens if I need the doctor/dentist/hospital/ vet?

When you arrive at Humble Bee, you will be given an information sheet and it includes useful telephone numbers.

If the office is open and it’s an urgent call, you can request use of the office landline. If the office is closed, then you can get a mobile phone signal if you ascend any of the hills close to the farm.

Is there a mobile phone signal and what about WiFi?

There is no mobile phone signal on the main site. There is a signal at the entrance of the site.

We have WiFi available on the site. Due to our rural location the wifi signal is great for messaging friends, checking your social media and other websites, and checking emails (only if you want to!). Our wifi signal isn’t strong enough for online streaming or similar tasks. Humble Bee Farm is a great place to become a bit ‘unplugged’ from technology for a few days.

 

What is the minimum age?

We do not take bookings from anyone aged under 21 years.

Do you take group bookings?

Humble Bee Farm is known for being a peaceful location at which guests can enjoy a lovely holiday.

If you are wanting to book with us for a family occasion or celebration, then you’ll need to the know the initial guidelines and you’ll also need to be aware of our Terms and Conditions, which we ask you to read and confirm prior to booking. Key elements include:

  • We don’t allow music or loud noise on site
  • Children must not play on the play-area after 9pm
  • Conversation-level noise only after 9.30 pm
  • We ask all our guests to follow these simple steps so everyone can relax and enjoy their time at Humble Bee Farm
  • We are happy to answer any questions you might have.

Is there wifi on site?

We do have wifi available on site for all guests. Wifi is £3 per day per device. The wifi is for browsing only, not for streaming videos etc. Please note, we, unfortunately, do not have any mobile signal on the main site.

Can we bring/hire a travel cot?

Wigwam® Cabins

Travel cots do fit in the Deluxe Wigwams® and Big Chief Wigwams®.

Luxury Cottages

We have a travel cot (subject to availability, linen not provided – please bring your own linen). We also have a z-bed suitable for a child up to seven years. Linen again not provided. Linen charge applies.

Can you dispose of gas canisters/cylinders at Humble Bee Farm?

Unfortuantely not, we do not dispose of these at Humble Bee you will need to take them home with you.

Do we allow vans on site at Humble Bee Farm?

Please note we do not allow commercial vehicles on site, unless prior arrangements have been made. A picture of the vehicle would be required before a decision is made. Please note if this is not done it could result in you not being able to park at Humble Bee Farm.

Where is the nearest food-serving pub?

The Foxhound is on Main Street, Flixton and is the nearest pub, about one mile from the Humble Bee Farm. As we are in such a tranquil location, the road between the farm and the pub is unlit and therefore we would suggest you nominate a driver. On arrival, you will be given a helpful information sheet, on which there are brief details about other nearby pubs and restaurants.

What is there to do on Humble Bee Farm?

Our farm is a working arable/stock farm and is very peaceful, surrounded by the chalk hills of the Yorkshire Wolds. There is a children’s play area, football field, lovely walks, and of course some farm animals, including ducks, hens, cows, sheep, cats and our farm dogs. We host a variety of events from February to December here on our farm. Please ask the staff about attractions in the area, of which there are many to choose from.

How far is it to the nearest beach?

Humble Bee Farm is perfectly located for some of the finest beaches in the country. Hunmanby Gap is a hidden gem and is about four miles away. Filey Bay is delightful and is about five miles away. Scarborough has two fabulous bays, North and South (about 10 miles away). Bridlington is also a great seaside destination is about 15 miles away. Please note: If you have dogs, there are dog restrictions on most Yorkshire Coast beaches from May to September inclusive. And don’t forget to bear in mind there are two tides a day!

Where are your nearest supermarkets?

The nearest mini-supermarket is Proudfoots in Seamer, a village just off the A64 between Staxton and Scarborough. Click here for their website.

Within five miles there is a Morrisons (just off the A64); there is also a small range of supermarkets, including Tesco, in Filey (also about five miles away). In Scarborough there is Sainsburys and Tesco. Opening times vary.

At busy times, we sell fresh bread, milk, eggs, locally-sourced bacon and sausages.

What does Humble Bee shop sell?

We have an onsite shop/reception which during peak season sells bread, milk, eggs, bacon, sausage, hot & cold drinks, sweets, souvenirs, some toiletries, tea, coffee, jam, butter, cereals, biscuits, toys, games and other items.

The shop is open all year round but has reduced hours in the winter.

From spring 2020, we will also have an alcohol licence to sell wine, Prosecco and bottled beers from our onsite shop during the hours of 9am to 5pm.

Is there public transport to Humble Bee Farm?

Humble Bee Farm is in a rural location. Having your own transport is a definite advantage. Please note there is a seasonal bus route that serves Flixton village, approx. 1.5 miles away.

To the best of our knowledge, this service operates during the summer season and is provided by Coastliner no. 845. However, we strongly advise you check the buses are running if you are relying on them for getting about.

The nearest train stations are at Seamer (approx. 4 miles away) and Hunmanby (approx. 4 miles away). There are other stations in Scarborough (approx. 9 miles away) and Filey (approx. 5 miles away). There are also local taxi firms that will pick up and drop off at Humble Bee.

Is your accommodation warm?

Wigwams® Cabins

The short answer is ‘yes’! Each Wigwam® is fully heated, with an electric heater included. The Wigwams® are particularly well insulated and retain the heat. That is why our Wigwams® can be booked 365 days a year!

Luxury Cottages

Each cottage has central heating (with thermostatic control), while Merry Dale and Swallows Nest have under floor heating, too.

Yurts

The short answer is ‘yes’! There is electric heating and a stove inside each Yurt. We recommend that you order a stove pack when booking a Yurt.

Can I bring my dog?

Camping

Dogs are allowed in all our accommodation types except Yurts. All visiting dogs MUST be kept on a lead at all times. We make a small charge for dogs who stay on our campsite.

Our site is based on a working farm, with lots of livestock in fields and barns. We have a number of bins provided around the site for dog waste, and fabulous farm walks around perimeter of the farm and into the Yorkshire Wolds – in fact, dog owners don’t need to leave the site if they don’t want to, as our site is so welcoming for our four legged friends (and we have working dogs ourselves).

Our staff are also able to advise as to dog friendly pubs, dog friendly beaches, attractions etc.

We do ask visiting dogs to be on a lead at all times given we have cows, sheep and pigs in residence throughout the year.

Please note if you bring your dog, you cannot leave him or her unattended at any time.

Wigwam® Cabins

Yes, you can bring your dog by prior arrangement. We allow one dog per Wigwam®. A tariff applies. Please call us for further information on 01723 890437. Dogs MUST be kept on a lead at all times & must not be left unattanded at any time. We have several farm walks around the farm, which are suitable for dog walking. Please ask us for details.

Luxury Cottages

Yes, you can bring your dog. We allow one dog per cottage, and a tariff applies. Please call us for further information on 01723 890437. Dogs are permitted in certain areas of the cottages only – please ask us for details. When outside, dogs MUST be kept on a lead at all times. We have several farm walks around the farm, which are suitable for dog walking. Please ask us for directions.

The pooch tariff  covers the cost of thorough cleaning after every visit so we ensure our cottages are spotlessly clean ready for the next guest.

Our site is based on a working farm, with lots of livestock in fields and barns. We have a number of bins provided around the site for dog waste, and fabulous farm walks around perimeter of the farm and into the Yorkshire Wolds – in fact, dog owners don’t need to leave the site if they don’t want to, as our site is so welcoming for our four legged friends (and we have working dogs ourselves).

Our staff are also able to advise as to dog friendly pubs, dog friendly beaches, attractions etc.

We do ask visiting dogs to be on a lead at all times given we have cows, sheep and pigs in residence throughout the year.

Please note if you bring your dog, you cannot leave him or her unattended at any time.

Yurts

Sorry but dogs are not allowed in Humble Bee Yurts. You can bring dogs (for an extra tariff) with you if you book a Wigwam, Cottage or if you stay on our peaceful campsite.

What is included in Humble Bee Cottage?

This two-storey granary conversion sleeps four guests in two en-suite bedrooms. The master bedroom includes a double bed and a four-piece en-suite bathroom (shower, bath, toilet and washbasin); the second bedroom can either be a double or a twin bed, with a toilet, washbasin and shower en-suite. The cottage includes an electric oven and hob; dishwasher; fridge; washing machine (the tumble drying facility is in the campsite’s toilet and laundry facility, close to the cottage, and is coin operated); dining area for up to four people. The lounge includes a log burner, satellite tv, four piece suite. There is also a boot room and a downstairs loo.

What is included in Merry Dale Cottage?

A single storey mews conversion, with two en-suite bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, dining area and spacious lounge. There is a wall-mounted satellite tv, log burner, iPod dock and a fabulous picture window overlooking the farm. And not forgetting your own private outdoor hot tub under a thatched gazebo! There is also a bbq available for use during the spring and summer. At other times of the year, please ask.

The comfortable bedrooms include a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom (wash basin, toilet, shower, bath); a twin room (the beds can be made into a double on request) with en-suite toilet, shower and wash basin. The cottage is centrally heated with under floor heating.

All you need to bring with you is food and clothing, as Humble Bee provides everything from washing up liquid to an ironing board! There is a shared laundry including washing machine and tumble dryer with Swallows Nest Cottage.

What is included in Swallows Nest Cottage?

A single storey mews conversion, with two en-suite bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, dining area and spacious lounge. There is a wall-mounted satellite tv, log burner, iPod dock and access to the cottage courtyard. You have your own private outdoor hot tub under a thatched gazebo, ideal for relaxing in. There is also a bbq available for use during the spring and summer. At other times of the year, please ask.

The comfortable bedrooms include a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom (wash basin, toilet, shower, bath); a twin room (the beds can be made into a double on request) with en-suite toilet, shower and wash basin. The cottage is centrally heated with under floor heating.

All you need to bring with you is food and clothing, as Humble Bee provides everything from washing up liquid to an ironing board! There is a shared laundry including washing machine and tumble dryer with Merry Dale Cottage.

For guests booking the cottage for a week or more, a complimentary breakfast pack is provided, including locally-sourced bacon, sausage, eggs and milk. This pack is NOT included for those staying for a short break.

What are the arrival and departure times for Humble Bee Cottages?

Your cottage will be ready from 3pm on your arrival day, and not before. Please let us know your arrival time, as we personally show you around the cottage, and explain how the fixtures and fittings work. Departure time on your last day is 10am at the latest.