Look out of the window and enjoy the view whilst relaxing
Beautiful exterior with secluded enclosed patio
The open plan living area
The sweeping staircase up to the bedroom
Sit and realx on the comfy sofa
Looking down into the open plan living area
The old and new mix  is gorgeous
Where are you going to go today?
The contemporary kitchen
Are you cooking this evening
You are very welcome
Waiting to be served
The beautfil oak and iron staircase
Breakfast in bed, yes please
The gorgeous bed, comfy and sumptuous
Relax in the contemporary slipper bath
Conemporary fittings
Step up for a long soak
Alfesco tonight?
Enclosed and secluded patio
The Anvill Inn
Heather on the moors
Nothing like the coast
What will you order?
1 / 24  Look out of the window and enjoy the view whilst relaxing
2 / 24  Beautiful exterior with secluded enclosed patio
3 / 24  The open plan living area
4 / 24  The sweeping staircase up to the bedroom
5 / 24  Sit and realx on the comfy sofa
6 / 24  Looking down into the open plan living area
7 / 24  The old and new mix is gorgeous
8 / 24  Where are you going to go today?
9 / 24  The contemporary kitchen
10 / 24  Are you cooking this evening
11 / 24  You are very welcome
12 / 24  Waiting to be served
13 / 24  The beautfil oak and iron staircase
14 / 24  Breakfast in bed, yes please
15 / 24  The gorgeous bed, comfy and sumptuous
16 / 24  Relax in the contemporary slipper bath
17 / 24  Conemporary fittings
18 / 24  Step up for a long soak
19 / 24  Alfesco tonight?
20 / 24  Enclosed and secluded patio
21 / 24  The Anvill Inn
22 / 24  Heather on the moors
23 / 24  Nothing like the coast
24 / 24  What will you order?

The Old Nail Shed

Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 3
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Luxury cottage tucked at the eastern foot of the North York Moors
  • Featured in The Guardian and The Financial Times
  • Dramatic double height window overlooking stunning countryside
  • Romantic mezzanine bedroom
  • Enclosed secluded stone patio area with BBQ and seating
Property code: G0151

This former Blacksmith's barn which used to house metal and nails has been completely transformed into a luxurious and romantic holiday home situated in a pretty North Yorkshire village.

Featured in The Guardian and The Financial Times as one of their top 5 Valentine Hideaways, this beautiful one-bedroom luxury cottage is set in a pretty little village in the North York Moors. With its dramatic double height window, romantic mezzanine bedroom and stunning countryside views, it's the perfect escape for couples looking for something special.

As the name suggests, this historic stone barn was once where the local Blacksmith stored all of his nails and metal; it has since been completely transformed into a comfortable and luxurious holiday home. The open-plan living space gives the cottage a bright and contemporary feel, with lots of light streaming in through the high gable window. This also affords fantastic uninterrupted views of the rolling green countryside, even from the mezzanine level. The flooring downstairs is stylish black slate and underfloor heating keeps your toes toasty warm whatever the weather. In the lounge area, you'll find a comfortable sofa to stretch out on, an LCD TV, a DVD player and extensive DVD collection for those cosy movie nights. There's also Wi-Fi included if you want to connect online.

The ultra-modern contemporary kitchen is set to the rear of the cottage and features sleek walnut units, a touch-control ceramic hob, fridge-freezer, microwave and Nespresso coffee maker. The cupboards are stocked with everything you need to rustle up a romantic dinner for two.

And so to bed; make your way up the bespoke wrought iron staircase to a gorgeous mezzanine bedroom boasting a king-size bed and luxurious soft carpets. No need to rush, pop on your slippers and enjoy a lazy breakfast in bed. The bathroom in this luxury cottage is also really rather special, featuring top quality Roca fittings, a bateau bath and twinkling lights in the ceiling. Draw yourself a bath and enjoy a long hot soak under the stars each evening.

Outside, there's a charming and stone patio, the perfect spot to throw open the double doors and settle down to lunch alfresco. The garden is west facing and a real suntrap in the warmer weather. There's a pretty patio table and chairs and a BBQ provided, as well as secure storage for bicycles. The views are lovely from here, and you have nothing to disturb you but the sound of birdsong overhead.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 Bedroom – king-size
  • 1 bathroom
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge-freezer, microwave, Nespresso coffee maker
  • Underfloor heating on ground floor
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 3 dogs welcome
  • Shop and within 2 miles
  • Bike storage
  • LCD TV with Freeview, DVD player
  • Regret no children

This property has an idyllic location. Set in the pretty North York Moors village of Sawdon you can strike out for a walk right from the doorstep.


The position of the cottages means that you are perfectly placed to take in the best of the North York Moors, Yorkshire Coast and York. Sitting at the eastern foot of the North York Moors, the region's dramatic landscape of heather and open moorland is just waiting to be discovered. Somewhat smaller than the Yorkshire Dales, the North Yorkshire Moors still cover an area of almost 600 square miles and like the Dales, you can easily find yourself miles from anywhere relatively quickly. But there is something distinctly more civilised and less remote about the Moors. In place of harsh limestone and dramatic peaks, you'll find gently rolling hills of heather, ancient woodland and lazy rivers winding through lush green valleys. There is a sense of wilderness, particularly on top of the high central moorlands, but it’s cast in comforting soft focus.


We recommend taking the road from Thornton-Le-Dale or Pickering north towards Whitby (28 miles) to experience it in all its grandeur. There are countless pretty villages and towns to explore in the area as well. The handsome market towns of Pickering (11 miles) and Helmsley (25 miles) are a must, as is the archetypical Moors village of Hutton-le-Hole (23 miles).


The cottage is also very close to the coast. Much like its Cornish counterpart, the North Yorkshire coastline is a heady mix of rugged cliff tops, peaceful bays and pretty fishing villages. With long sandy beaches and all the traditional seaside trimmings of yesteryear, this is proper bucket 'n spade territory. That's not to say it's stuck in the past, in fact, the coast's villages and towns combine the traditional with the contemporary effortlessly, with trinket shops and tea rooms sitting alongside upmarket champagne and oyster bars.


This region is best known for the gorgeously gothic town of Whitby (27 miles). Playing host at one time to Romans, Saxons, Celts and Danes amongst others, the town's rich heritage is immediately obvious. Straddling the river Esk and dominated by the 13th century ruins of St Hilda's Abbey on the East Cliff, Whitby's crooked cobbled streets and picturesque harbour have been a magnet for artists and tourists alike for centuries.

This property is personally managed by Marion.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 7 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Rachael 11th October 2019

Accomodation was beautifully done out, however may not be suitable for anyone overly tall, my husband did bang his head regularly when getting out of bed, he isn't much more than average height for a man, I loved it though being a shortie at just over 5 ft,

Reviewed by Alison 27th September 2019

Lovely cosy cottage, very quiet location.

Reviewed by Sarah 30th August 2019

Without doubt a lovely cottage but do make sure you have some provisions as nothing within reasonable walking distance.

Reviewed by Kerry 15th July 2019

Loved this place. The location was lovely. The size was perfect for 2 (plus a couple of four legged friends). James was very welcoming and showed us how everything worked and was on hand if needed anything. Its a very central location we enjoyed days at Scarborough, Whitby, Filey and visted the Eden Park and Lavender pk.

Reviewed by Jodie 5th July 2019

Beautiful shed; beautiful village Positives: Comfy bed, Kitchen+BBQ facilities great, Clean bathroom, Fab features+comfy sofa. Pets allowed.Some great local walks/places to run/cycle,inc Dalby Forest. Extremely pretty village+if you like being in the middle of nowhere its perfect. Negatives: Bath difficult to get in together, 1 person only. Cat cryRead moreing to get in every morn at 2am spoiling sleep. Hide

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Look out of the window and enjoy the view whilst relaxing
Beautiful exterior with secluded enclosed patio
The open plan living area
The sweeping staircase up to the bedroom
Sit and realx on the comfy sofa
Looking down into the open plan living area
The old and new mix  is gorgeous
Where are you going to go today?
The contemporary kitchen
Are you cooking this evening
You are very welcome
Show 12 moreWaiting to be served


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

With a varied landscape of windswept dales, heather-clad moors and dramatic coast, interspersed with picturesque towns and villages, vibrant cities and a rich historical heritage, Yorkshire is rightly considered one of Britain's premier holiday destinations. Known as 'God's Own County', Yorkshire has nearly one-third of England's National Parkland, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three sections of coastline designated as Heritage Coast.

Offering infinite opportunities for lovers of the great outdoors, the wild expanse of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in North and West Yorkshire is a glorious mix of awe-inspiring scenery, imposing castles, characterful Dales' villages and drystone walls. While to the east, the North York Moors National Park offers atmospheric moorland, fragrant pine forests and charming towns tucked away within steep-sloped valleys. Extending all the way to the Yorkshire Coast, you can even experience a traditional day at the seaside at popular resorts including Whitby, Flamborough and Scarborough. It's a beautiful terrain to explore.

A visit to the historical city of York is a must. Renowned for its medieval architecture, the magnificent York Minster and a myriad of museums, independent shops and exceptional eateries, you will not be disappointed. Then there's the chalk landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds, known to have inspired David Hockney. And with a packed calendar of events and festivals each year, including the Malton Food Festival, the Tour de Yorkshire and the Great Yorkshire Show, there's always something exciting to enjoy.

Our holiday cottages in Yorkshire are handpicked to ensure a luxurious and uniquely memorable experience. From dog-friendly cottages in the country to large family houses by the sea and romantic retreats in the city, we have a holiday in Yorkshire to suit everyone.

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