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 18 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

Reviewed by Jayne 19th February 2019

Fantastic relaxing break.Lovely accommodation and great friendly pub next door serving delicious food.

Reviewed by Jackie 7th November 2018

It is a lovely little shed butI was uncomfortable with there being no blind for the upper window so you cant block out any light , it would be much more an issue in summer, but it also means some lack of privacy in the mezzanine bedroom, especially as the property is in the pub car park. A heavy screen was provided but it was difficult to manouevrRead moree on your own, as I was, and if used it blocked the spiral staircase. With the bathroom, which is lovely, downstairs it meant trying to move it in the dark as well as remembering the sloping ceilings, was tricky. A lovely little cottage with charming owner, and if I blind was fitted I would stay again. The pub looked very nice and if you wanted to have a meal out there and have somewhere to sleep afterwards it would be perfect. Hide

Reviewed by mike 15th October 2018

Brilliant cottage, great pub next door, excellent food everywhere.first time in Yorkshire and will definitely be going back

Reviewed by Kay 26th September 2018

Not as good as it was made out to be.Location poor as overlooking a car park.Bed extremely uncomfortable.

Response from Gorgeous Cottages:

Hi Kay,Thank you for sending in a review.We are sorry to hear that you didnt enjoy your stay as much as other Gorgeous Guests have done. The type of a mattress is a personal preference however, we have passed on your comments to the owner.I do hope we can book you into another Gorgeous Cottage sometime in the future.Take careLouise

Reviewed by Sarah 25th August 2018

Lovely, place for a peaceful break. Great walks and right next door to the lovely Anvil pub which we enjoyed.

Reviewed by Gaynor 6th August 2018

Comfortable cottage in a lovely village with the pub next door. Lots to do in the area. Bathroom attractive but could do with a shower- the bath can be difficult to get out of. The mezzanine bedroom is height restricted as you would expect. Enjoyed our stay but it didn't quite live up to the glowing report it was given by the holiday company.

Reviewed by Sue 4th August 2018

The Old Nail Nail Shed is quirky which is what drew me to this accommodation and the nice light decor as shown on the website. Not a fan of the raspberry colour it is now !! We also found the mattress extremely uncomfortable!!! and found the bedroom a bit of a challenge to get dressed due to the verRead morey low ceiling and I'm just 5'. The Anvil Inn being on the doorstep we were expecting to eat there most nights for convenience but on the two occasions we did (our first night and a very rainy Sunday) it was extremely quiet and not the busy gastro pub as advertised, which was disappointing as that is why we booked it !!!No welcome pack either - all in all disappointed!!

Response from Gorgeous Cottages:

Hi Sue, Thank you for taking the time to complete a review. I have now spoken with the owner regarding the points you have raised. We will now be amending the photographs on the website to show the new colour scheme at the cottage. I am sorry that the welcome hamper wasnt provided for your stay, this was an oversight and we do apologise for this. I do hope we can book you into another Gorgeous Cottage sometime in the future. Take care.Louise Hide

Reviewed by Libby 19th July 2018

Just wasn't suitable for us. We found the bed extremely uncomfortable, and struggled with lack of space, especially in the bedroom. It was a huge effort to even get dressed due to such low ceiling. Looked amazing, but unfortunately that's where it ended. Struggled to unpack suitcase and dry hair Read morein bedroom. Perhaps a couple of nights would be okay,but for a whole week, we struggled. The bathroom also looked amazing, but definitely designed by someone who wasn't using it. The bath is very small, very difficult to get in and out, and water goes everywhere while trying to shower. All in all, just wasn't for us.

Response from Gorgeous Cottages:

Hi Libby. Thank you for taking the time to complete a review. We are sorry to hear that you didnt enjoy your stay as much as other Gorgeous Guests have done. We would love to welcome you back to Yorkshire and the Gorgeous Team are happy to help you make the right choice for your next stay. Take care, Maureen. Hide

Reviewed by Kirsty 20th June 2018

The Old Nail shed is a lovely place but would benefit hugely from a decent shower . The bath is uncomfortable and difficult to get in an out of - particularly for my partner who has only one arm. It's a shame because otherwise the place is really nice but the bathroom would stop us visiting again

Reviewed by Confirmed guest 11th May 2018

Really enjoyed our stay but the owners could have been more pleasant

Reviewed by Deborah 8th May 2018

We loved this property - it was so peaceful - no traffic noise at all which was perfect for us. We both slept really well and found it lovely to be woken by the birds in a morning. The location is great as long as you are happy to be away from normal everyday living as no shops within walking distance - which was perfect for us. The Anvil pub beRead moreing across the driveway is a big bonus and not really a noisy place in an evening. The owners of both the Old Nail Shed and the Anvil were a lovely couple - very easy to chat to. The only thing that disappointed us a little (Nothing to do with your property though) was a comment made by the chef at the Anvil that if I wanted a steak cooked medium to well done it would be 'inedible' - I felt this quite a rude comment and this put me off eating there! (the people at the next table to us also received the comment 'your steak will be tough if you want it well done). If you have a good chef then they should be able to cook a steak perfectly to the customers requirements without making comments (even if they were thinking them!!). When my steak came it was actually cooked to perfection so I don't really understand why the chef had to make a comment like this - not very good customer relations. We would have probably had another meal there during our stay if this hadn't happened but instead we went elsewhere - The Downe Arms at Wykeham - which was excellent for Sunday lunch. The local area is so beautiful for walking and there are some lovely little villages to visit nearby. Overall we had a lovely chilled, relaxing weekend break and would definately use your Company again and have already recommended you to friends and family.Thank you 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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