The Magicians

Buttercrambe, North Yorkshire, England

Unique bothy set within a magical woodland near York, sleeps up to 6 guests.

The Quirky Tour

Enter another world. Enjoy an eco escape in a clearing in the woods - decorated with colourful tapestry wall design coverings - a good space with 2 bedrooms and a large living area centred around a fire.
This is totally unique, and as an eco retreat this is as an escape from technology and a back to nature experience. Light the BBQ, walk in the woods, chat around the fire or outside firepit. Soak in the bath admiring the art. Recharge!
Do The Fairy Trail experience while here - offered free for guests who stay 2 nights or more. You won’t regret it (even if without children!)

Jess' visit on 11th February during The Quirky Tour 2023

Key Points

  • Unique bothy in a woodland clearing sleeps up to 6 people, set in a magical 200 acre woodland near York.
  • The bothy has a wood burning stove in the living area to keep you warm & cosy.
  • Cook inside on the gas hob or dine al-fresco with the BBQ.
  • There is a shower & separate bathtub.
  • On site you can visit the woodland kitchen & bar or enjoy the award winning Fairy Trail.
  • Just 10 miles from York city centre where you can enjoy a range of activities.
  • Guests staying for 2 nights or more can enjoy the amazing Fairy Trail for free.

Special Offer

25% discount for couples

10% discount for Early Birds when booking 20 or more weeks before your visit 


Eco-chic boutique bothy available all year round set in a beautiful 200-acre woodland with unique fairy trail a few miles east of York. Sleeping 6 it offers a fabulous stay for couples or a family. This bothy is in a clearing in the woods to allow the sunlight in!

The Magicians is a spacious bothy with a central wood burning stove in the living area, where you can enjoy snuggling up with your loved ones on the sofabed or sit with a good book and your favourite cuppa. There is an indoor kitchenette with gas hob plus a BBQ outside so you can enjoy cooking and dining whatever the weather. The property has mid century furniture styling and has a kingsize bedroom and twin bedroom plus the previously mentioned sofa bed.

A handy fridge is the perfect place to chill a bottle of bubbly, whilst the veranda offers space to relax whilst taking in the sights and sounds of the surrounding forest. With your own private bathroom with shower and even a roll top bath, there is nothing more you could wish for. 

Woodland activities are great fun and can be organised half an hour away. Next door you can find The Northwood Trail; Englands Fairy and Hobgoblin Sanctuary. This wonderful off grid attraction including the café / bar Northwood kitchen, and renowned fairy museum has recently won the best magical experience in 2022!

When it comes to eating and drinking, this fabulous woodland kitchen and bar is just a short stroll from your bothy and offers a great choice of drinks including woodland cocktails. You can also enjoy a continental breakfast or light meal here too. This is truly an experience not to miss and is magical when it is lit with fairy lights aplenty. Also whilst here you can naturally enjoy a sport of forest bathing, a simple way to restore your body and mind.

The site is ideally situated just 10 miles from York city centre (less than 2 hours from Kings Cross) and is close to the Yorkshire Wolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty plus the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. The stunning Heritage Coast is less than an hour’s drive away and offers quaint fishing villages and classic seaside resorts whilst the Yorkshire Dales offers a day trip out with plenty to see and do for all ages.If you are looking for a fun family day out then little ones will love Piglets Adventure Farm whilst older ones will enjoy York Maze or Flamingo Land.  

There is a 2-night minimum stay (although a 1 night is allowed on a Sunday if not a bank holiday weekend). Weekly stays from Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays.

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Eco Credentials: 

The site uses minimal electricity and an increasing proportion of energy usage is renewable. LPG is used to heat water (more efficient than electricity). Spent water is sent to a bio digester or reed bed and then released into the ground on site. It has won lots of accolades over the years and is a member of the Green Tourism scheme, holding a coveted gold award. 

The site recycles and encourages the guests to recycle materials, packaging and waste and examine ways to reduce / phase out such “waste” materials at source in the first instance. Food for the woodland kitchen is sourced locally where possible. There is  a 20 year Woodland Management Programme and 20 year Bio Diversity Plan, which includes measuring the bio diversity, it’s changes and the impact of our business activities. This includes tree and under storey planting such as native English Bluebells, and the control of pests (such as grey squirrel) and invasive non native plants, such as Rhododendron and Bracken. The site has introduced a Transport policy to encourage the use of bicycle hire and is implementing car sharing, both amongst guests and staff.

Room Types

Family Rooms
Whole property for 5 or more








 Dining area


Paid Extras

 Woodland activities




 Private entrance

 Seating area


Nearby (within 5 miles)

 Country walks

 Lake / River

 Local shop

 Pub within walking distance

 Public transport



 Family friendly site

On Arrival

 Bring your own towels

 Included - Linen

 Self check-in



 Kitchenware / Utensils

Shared Facilities

 On-site bar

 On-site restaurant

 On-site shop

Young Children

 Welcome all ages


 Free parking


 Mid sized site (5-11 accoms)


How do I get to you from York train station?

You can get the number 10 bus to Stanford Bridge and then walk the last 15 minutes or book a taxi.

Can I get a supermarket shop delivered?

Yes of course, just make sure the delivery is under the same name as your booking.

Are there noise restrictions here?

The bothies are set in one area of the woods together, but there are other accommodations on site so consideration is needed for other guests.

Nearest Airport/s


Content updated on 7th March 2023 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Carolyn and Christian Van Outersterp from The Magicians