The cottage has had Quaker connections since 1659 and has been in the ownership of Pickering & Hull Area Meeting since 1912.
One of the richest sources of information about Worfolk is the series of journals used by generations of visitors (many of whom come back year after year) to record their experiences.
The following is a full list of the ecological features at Worfolk Cottage:
Worfolk Cottage is run by a voluntary management committee from Area Meeting, and aims to keep Worfolk available as a retreat for recreational and spiritual refreshment. Visitors are accepted on the understanding that they will leave the cottage clean and tidy in all respects. Committee members attend to general maintenance.
There is accommodation for 14 people in 5 bedrooms. Upstairs there are two rooms with two single beds, one room with one single and one bunk bed, and one room with one bunk two single beds. A cot is available. Each bedroom has a washbasin. There is a bathroom and a shower room, both with toilets and washbasins. A ground floor wheelchair access room with a double and single bed is available with en suite toilet, washbasin and shower. Duvets and pillows are provided but visitors need to bring their own bed linen (sheets, duvet covers, and pillow cases).
Downstairs, living accommodation comprises of a snug, sitting room leading to a patio, and a light and airy dining space. The front porch is used for storage; the main entrance is at the rear through a small lobby with toilet off. There is a central kitchen and pantry; facilities include an electric cooker with twin ovens and a fridge/freezer. Crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are provided. Towels and basic materials for washing up and cleaning will need to be brought.
Worfolk is designed to be fully carbon neutral. Electricity is generated from a ground source heat pump, wind turbine and photovoltaic panels. Water heating is supplemented from solar panels. The cottage is heated downstairs by under floor heating and upstairs by radiators and there is a high degree of insulation throughout. The wood burning fire between the snug and sitting room can supplement the heating if necessary.
The garden comprises grass areas with trees, shrubs and dry stonewalls. There is parking space for 3 or 4 cars.