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The Retreat - Sandsend

Sandsend, North Yorkshire
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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / wood burner
Internet access
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Luxury
Romantic
Parking on site / nearby
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Picture-postcard, North Yorkshire cottage sleeping four guests
  • Origins dating back to the 17th-century
  • Rich, luxurious interiors with an emphasis on quality
  • Award-winning gardens emanating calm
  • Fabulous location, parcelled between the moors and sea
  • Featured on the TV programme, Homes by the Sea
Property code: G0160

Gorgeous, romantic, magical. This delightful property near Sandsend is a truly fabulous holiday cottage. With its elusive mix of chocolate-box good looks, beautiful interiors, award-winning gardens and secluded location by the Yorkshire Coast, this lovely house offers an idyllic luxury escape.

Dating back to the 17th century, it is actually the oldest property in the area and has a wonderfully glamorous past. Once home to the American editor of Vogue, it also knows a thing or two about style. The owner has a passion for design and every room has been crafted to perfection with gorgeous furniture, sumptuous fabrics and elegant finishing touches throughout. And with contemporary comforts like WiFi and Freeview available you can still stay connected to the world - if you want to that is! You'll also find a Bose sound system, travel & interior books and DVDs to keep you entertained.

Sleeping up to four adults comfortably, this luxury cottage by the Yorkshire Coast is also perfect for two. Downstairs you'll find a pretty kitchen with dining area, a lovely spot for breakfast or lunch. Next door is a beautiful formal dining room with double aspect views of the gardens. The generous sitting room features a wood burner and further views of the gardens. There is also a double bedroom on ground level and bathroom with shower.

Upstairs leads you to the master bedroom, an exquisite room complete with its own en-suite. Again, double aspect windows afford stunning views of the gardens and coastline beyond. With the sun streaming through in the morning and only the sound of birdsong to wake you, this is a heavenly bedroom for a lazy weekend lie-in. The en-suite comes complete with sea views and a roll-top bath to sink into. To make it extra special you'll find complimentary toiletries.

Outside the property is equally special. The large gardens (over half an acre) have been lovingly crafted into individual areas, each with their own unique appeal and charm. Wander down to the Rose Garden to take your morning coffee or enjoy an al fresco lunch on the patio looking down towards the sea. There is also a divine little summer house where you can escape to, the perfect spot to get into that book you have been meaning to read for months. 

And if you can bear to drag yourself away from the cottage, a walk through the surrounding woodland takes you down into Sandsend, a gorgeous Yorkshire seaside village boasting top class restaurants, a fine sandy beach and a world-class spa.

  • 2 bedrooms: 2 doubles
  • 2 bathrooms: 1 family bathroom with walk-in shower and WC, 1 en-suite with roll-top bath and WC
  • Kitchen: oven, hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher
  • Wood burner
  • Oven and hob
  • Wi-Fi included
  • TV/DVD, Bose sound system, books
  • BBQ
  • Award-winning gardens
  • Summerhouse
  • Pub within 0.5 miles
  • Sea 1 mile
  • Shop within 1 mile
  • Ample parking for 2 cars
  • Please note. The cottage has 3 external facing cameras to act as a deterrent due to the remote location
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £250 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £25. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

The house is set in the peaceful village of Newholm near Sandsend. Tucked away in a secluded spot in the hills sloping down to the coast, this luxury Yorkshire cottage is also just a few miles from some of the most stunning scenery in the North York Moors.

 

A 2- mile drive from the holiday cottage takes you to the beautiful North Yorkshire coastline; a heady mix of rugged clifftops, peaceful bays and pretty fishing villages. With long sandy beaches and all the traditional seaside trimmings of yesteryear, you can indulge in a classic English seaside holiday. That's not to say it's stuck in the past, in fact, the Yorkshire Coast's villages and towns combine the traditional with the contemporary effortlessly, with trinket shops and tea rooms sitting alongside upmarket restaurants and champagne bars.

 

Newholm itself is a peaceful little village. Sandsend is a gorgeous little seaside village within walking distance from the cottage; this fine woodland walk will take you down into the village within half an hour. With its handsome promenade, long stretch of beach, several excellent eating options and world-class day spa, you could happily spend a day there.

 

The property is also just 3 miles from the beautiful town of Whitby. With its wonderful seaside heritage, excellent restaurants, independent shops and host of bars and cafes along its medieval streets, it has so much to offer the discerning holidaymaker. It's also well worth striking out to sample some of the other coastal villages nearby. Robin Hood's Bay (8 miles) is one of the most popular coastal locations in Yorkshire. The village is a maze of cobbled streets and higgledy-piggledy houses which seem to tumble down towards the sea. Staithes (10 miles) and Runswick Bay (9 miles) are also all within easy driving distance, each with their own unique charm.

 

Head inland from the cottage and you can be in the heart of the North York Moors within minutes. Take a tour of the impossibly pretty towns and villages in the area or head up on the high moorland of Castleton Rigg (15 miles) - we guarantee on a clear day it will take your breath away.

Rupert Spiers

This property is personally managed by Rupert.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 28 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Ursula 19th April 2024

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Reviewed by Mike 12th April 2024

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The cottage is beautiful with some lovely decor and so is the garden. The bed in the 'Captain's bedroom' is extremely comfortable. The cottage is ideally situated to explore the North Yorkshire coast, with some lovely bays and villages which are well worth a visit. We would recommend avoiding Whitby itself on a Saturday, unless you like heaving croRead morewds (which luckily seemed to disappear during the week). We experienced some very nice restaurants in Whitby itself. Hide

Reviewed by Susan 15th March 2024

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The Retreat is just what it says 'on the tin'. A beautiful period home, tastefully renovated and furnished, a real gem. You don't really want to leave the place but going up the coast road leads you to Staithes and Saltburn and some amazing fresh air walks, cafes/restaurants/pubs etc. Whitby and Scarborough are very close by. Take some essentials bRead moreut a large Sainsbury's is within a short distance from the property. We had a perfect week and will definitely stay here again. Hide

Reviewed by Sharon 24th November 2023

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Reviewed by John 3rd November 2023

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Reviewed by Helen 7th October 2023

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Wonderful cottage in a beautiful setting.

Reviewed by Debbie 15th September 2023

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To us this is the perfect holiday cottage and really felt like a home from home. So comfortable, tastefully decorated and furnished and warm and cosy. The garden is just beautiful and the privacy and peace and quiet made for a relaxing stay. We loved our stay at The Retreat and the location was perfect for exploring the beautiful coast and countrysRead moreide. We will definitely be back. Hide

Reviewed by Philip 8th September 2023

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Great Cottage, great location for exploring both the cost and inland

Reviewed by Margaret 11th August 2023

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Reviewed by Sue 21st July 2023

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We had a great time at the Retreat in August, lovely cottage and huge garden and a fabulous location. Very peaceful and secluded spot but with easy access to Whitby and all of north Yorks. Definitely recommend the park and ride into Whitby to take the hassle out of parking in town.

Reviewed by Nia 7th July 2023

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Reviewed by Robert 30th June 2023

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Lovely cottage in a lovely location. Not a lot more to add !

Reviewed by Stuart 9th June 2023

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Lovely location and beautiful garden, could only hear the birds and bees, very tranquil.

Reviewed by Stephanie 2nd June 2023

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This is a lovely cottage with a beautiful garden. Very comfortable and cosy. Centrally heated but with extra heating for the cooler days. Separate dining room. Reasonably well provided for self-catering but car needed for dining out. Situated in a pretty village. Shame the local pub has closed but the Penny Clair crafts and gifts shop is a must to Read morevisit. An excellent cafe that does great breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas. Open 10 - 5 except Monday. Just a short walk. Hide

Reviewed by Neil 1st May 2023

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Fantastic

Reviewed by Simon 21st April 2023

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Brilliant! Gorgeous gardens, cozy cottage decorated it to a high standard, excellent location.

Reviewed by Frances 14th April 2023

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Reviewed by Claire 1st April 2023

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A wonderful cottage in a peaceful location. Well-equipped and very comfortable. Easy walk to the coastal path - north to Sandsend, south to Whitby. Gardener picked us a bunch of fresh flowers from the amazing gardens which wrap around the property. Owners very helpful and communication clear.

Reviewed by Gary 20th March 2023

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a lovely cottage in a quiet out of the way location. Situated at the end of a no through road with just the sounds of chickens, geese and pheasants for company. Inside it is beautifully finished and well maintained with most of the equipment and facilities required for a very restful, comfortable and enjoyable stay

Reviewed by Catherine 30th December 2022

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Relaxing, quiet and peaceful location. Cottage comfortable and lots of homely little touches. We needed some peace and quiet away from it all, and this proved a great place to escape. A little haven.

Reviewed by Maria 21st October 2022

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Absolutely stunning cottage in a great location. Everything you need is provided, although you do need shampoo etc as the only toiletries provided is small bars of soap. The gardens are stunning with their own apple trees and it isn't too far from Whitby or Sandsend, Runswick Bay just further up too. Will definitely return.

Reviewed by Brian 14th October 2022

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Excellent property and its secluded settling really gave the privateness we like. Stayed in 2019 and found the beautiful rooms a little less cclutterd which again enhanced the experience.

Reviewed by Jane 9th September 2022

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Reviewed by Jane 2nd September 2022

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Reviewed by Philip 29th July 2022

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We really enjoyed our stay at The Retreat. It was a good size, clean and comfortable with a lovely garden with tables and chairs to enjoy alfresco dining. This cottage is a good base for exploring the North Yorkshire coast and moors.

Reviewed by Darren 22nd July 2022

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Reviewed by Alan 8th July 2022

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A beautiful cottage and gardens in a fantastic location, a hidden gem in North Yorkshire, it was clear that the owner had spared no expense on both the accommodation level along with the exceptional wrap around gardens of this property

Reviewed by Janet 1st July 2022

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This is the most perfect cottage in a wonderful setting. It has luxury and comfort in abundance. A cozy lounge, and a very comfy bed we both slept well. We enjoyed the spectacular garden with so many seating areas to benefit from the days sunshine. The location was perfect with easy access to the moors and coast. The park and ride just a few minuteRead mores from the cottage avoided high parking charges in Whitby. We would certainly recommend to anyone looking to stay in the area. Hide

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