We very much enjoyed our stay at Humble Bee Cottage! The cottage had just the right mix between being "old, traditional, and homey" and "with modern amenities" that we like - I love the old style of living and decoration most of the rooms, but once I am in the kitchen and the bathroom, I prefer to be in the 21st century, and that's exactly what Humble Bee Cottage manages to do very well. Everything is well-appointed, well-thought-out, and above all very lovingly decorated. Also, either Tanya spends a lot of time making sure the place is in top shape, or previous guests have treated it very well (or, most likely, both).
Tanya was nice enough to recommend a local food delivery company that took orders via the website (which, unlike many others in the UK, had no problems with my non-UK credit card), so I placed an order with them, and when we arrived, fridge and pantry were stocked with very nice local, organic food. Sampling local/regional food is a big and important part on all our vacations!
The location of the cottage is excellent, quaint and quiet, with splendid views over to Harrogate and Knaresborough, but still close enough to various amenities. The village centre of Killinghall with two nice pubs is 1.2 km (about 3/4 mile) away, and thus in walking distance from the cottage (which is important for me as I like my evening pint, but am always the designated driver in the family!). (A good idea is to bring a flashlight as the first half of the way on the private road is rather dark, the second half along the main road has both a pavement and is lit.) Also, the bus stop is 650m (about 3/8 mile) away, and bus 36 runs very frequently to Ripon and Harrogate. Traffic can be awful in Harrogate, so do yourself a favour and use the bus whenever you can (Harrogate town centre is small enough to be entirely walkable). We loved having Afternoon Tea at Betty's in Harrogate, it's expensive, but well worth the money, and can very well keep up with the best Afternoon Tea venues in London.
An outing we, as ice cream lovers, can heartily recommend, is to go to the Birchfield Ice Cream Farm, about 20 minutes by car away (go north on A61 to just beyond Ripley, then turn left towards Pateley Bridge (which is also worth a visit), pass through Bedlam and Burnt Yates, continue for a few miles until the farm is sign-posted on the left). "Ripley's World Famous Ice Cream" in Ripley just north of Killinghall was a bit overrated in our opinion, though.
Finally, Tanya runs a small cookshop and café on the farm, which looked very nice (and rumours have it the cakes are great), unfortunately due to us participating in orienteering races during the days, we didn't get to do more than just briefly stick our noses in.