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Key features

  • Former gatekeepers cottages for the Whitby to Pickering railway
  • Grade II listed with many period features
  • Stunning moorland location with views to all sides
  • Short drive from Goathland and within easy reach of Whitby and Pickering
  • Currently 2 separate 2 bedroom cottages but could be joined to create detached home subject to PP
  • Very flexible opportunity for the right buyer
  • Small paddock available by separate negotiation
  • In the heart of the North York Moors National Park


Built circa 1845 Moorgates Cottages were built originally by the York and North Midland Railway Company for the Moorgates level-crossing keepers who each worked 12 hour shifts. They became obsolete with the opening of the Whitby to Pickering Deviation Line c.1865. They have many features included mullioned windows, some period fireplaces and doors but have been updated to meet modern day requirements including secondary glazing where needed.

Although under the same title, the cottages have recently been used independently and could continue to do so with separate services, perhaps as living accommodation and holiday cottage or the home for an extended family, but equally could be easily incorporated into each other to make a single large property if so desired subject to planning permission.

Goathland, which is approximately a 1½ miles away by road or a shorter walk via the old railway line, is an attractive moorland village, set in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, around 9 miles to the south-west of the popular and historic seaside town of Whitby, and around 14 miles north-east of the market town of Pickering. Famously used as the fictional village of Aidensfield in the long running TV show Heartbeat, it is a picturesque stop on the NYM Steam Railway.

Goathland village has many local amenities including pubs, hotels with restaurants, shops including a post office, church and primary school, etc, whilst Whitby has all the facilities one would expect of a large seaside town.

Whitby is famous for its Abbey Ruins and association with Dracula (written in the town) and Captain James Cook, the world-famous explorer. Dotted with pretty, independent shops, bars and restaurants, the town also has opportunities for sea fishing, sailing, golf etc.

The road network locally is principally 'A' roads, but Whitby has a train line connecting to Middlesbrough and the line from nearby Scarborough and Malton connects to York and beyond. Durham Tees Valley Airport is around 40 miles away.

No. 1 Moorgates Cottage

Approached from the rear, the cottage is approached through a high walled enclosed yard which is paved and has a small coal store to the rear. A glazed entrance door gives access to the:

Kitchen: A very light room with windows and roof-lights, the kitchen is fitted with a modern range of cream high gloss base and wall units, with laminate worktops, with inset ceramic double sink and white tiled splash backs. There is an integral oven with microwave, ceramic hob, automatic washing machine, dishwasher and fridge freezer. The floor is tiled.

There are 2 infrared panel heaters and a radiator (although it should be noted that the central heating system is disconnected from the boiler which runs the heating for No. 2. If the properties were to be run as a single property this could easily be re-connected if so desired).

Dining Room: Having tiled floor continuing from the kitchen, mullioned window looking into the rear yard with second double glazed window, under-stairs cupboard, radiator and 2 infrared panels.

Inner Lobby: With staircase to the first floor.
Lounge: A spacious room to the front, there are mullioned windows to two aspects, each having secondary glazing, original door to the front and brick fireplace with open fire. There are infrared heating panels and radiator.

First Floor
The staircase rises from the lobby to the landing.

Bedroom: A large double bedroom with secondary glazed mullion windows facing to the front and side and affording views across open moorland, cast fire-grate, radiator and infrared heating panels.

Bathroom: Having a white suite comprising bath with shower over, pedestal hand-basin and w.c. Part tiling.

Bedroom: A double bedroom with mullioned window facing to the side, radiator and infrared heating panels.

No. 2 Moorgates Cottage

A mirror image of No. 1 with many similar features. The cottage does differ as can be seen from the floor plan in that a downstairs w.c has been built-in within the dining room and there is a hallway from the front entrance door. Within the lounge there is a stone fireplace with inset multi-fuel stove.

It should be noted that there is oil fired central heating to this property, the boiler being situated outside to the side of the property.

Each property is approached from the rear where there is a gravelled parking area. It should be noted that this area is not part of the property, but has been used by the properties for this purpose since before living memory. Each property has a small wooden garage to the side, individual access to the gardens and to the enclosed yards.

To the side of No. 1 there is a small roadside garden, whilst to the front of both properties there are terraced gardens which overlook the old railway line and the NYM railway and onwards to the open moor.

To the side of No. 2 is large garden area set largely to grass with mature trees and shrubs. Within the garden is the septic tank which serves both properties. There are also a number of wooden sheds and chicken coops. Within these buildings is the water purification plant, again which serves both properties.


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  • Grosmont Station3.8 miles
  • Egton Station4.5 miles
  • Glaisdale Station5.4 miles
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