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The Retreat - Sandsend

Sandsend, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
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

A fairy-tale cottage plucked right from the pages of a story book, this property provides a secluded, tranquil retreat for families and couples looking for total comfort and charm.

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, CDs, 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.

Babes in arms and children over 11 welcome.

Please note there is a refundable £250 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 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
  • Babes in arms and children over 11 welcome
  • Wood burner
  • Oven and hob
  • Wi-Fi included
  • TV/DVD, Bose sound system, CDs, books
  • BBQ
  • Award-winning gardens
  • Summerhouse
  • Pub within 0.5 miles
  • Sea 1 mile
  • Shop within 1 mile
  • Ample parking for 2 cars
  • Regret no pets

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 place with a charming village pub serving great food. 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.

This property is personally managed by Marion.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 26 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Sue 6th September 2019

A fabulously cosy, comfortable and spotlessly clean cottage, situated just a very short drive (and reasonable walk if you have good knees) from Sandsend and Whitby. Lovely and quiet with great dark night skies for star gazing. Everything has been thought of in the cottage and I wouldnt hesitate to go back.

Reviewed by Derek 2nd August 2019

Excellent property all in all. The description on the website is accurate. It is well equipped and well decorated and very comfortable. The garden is really rather lovely and we spent a lot of time there. The summer house in particular is lovely. The area is full of charm and interesting things to do. We all had a lovely week here .

Reviewed by Karen 19th July 2019

Gorgeous cottage, perfect location for the beach and visiting surrounding areas. Cottage is very special with amazing gardens. Would highly recommend.

Reviewed by Sue 29th April 2019

A very relaxing location with magnificent gardens. Comfortable cottage with wonderful comfortable beds

Reviewed by Louise 24th February 2019

Spotlessly clean , beautiful position . Great for a getaway from it all break .

Reviewed by Peter 16th February 2019

Lovely Cottage in a superb setting.Would highly recommend

Reviewed by Confirmed guest 9th February 2019

Stunning property with everything you could ask for. Wonderful owner who goes to great trouble to make your stay perfect.

Reviewed by Jackie 13th November 2018

Excellent stay in a beautiful cottage. Wonderful spot which was ideal for exploring this area but sadly although great November weather we were unable to sit out in the superb garden. Enjoyed the log fire though (more wood would have been nice) .Will be happy to recommend to friends

Reviewed by Paul 7th November 2018

The Retreat is a perfect escape for those who enjoy countryside living, with all the home comforts thrown in. The garden is magnificent and must be spectacular in the summer.During our week we managed to take in the charm of Whitby , Robin hoods Bay, Sandsend and a trip to York. There are country footpaths right on the doorstep and 2 major superRead moremarkets within a short drive. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Retreat . Hide

Reviewed by Eric 24th October 2018

Beautiful pristine cottage in wonderful gardens would not hesitate to recommend we hope to return

Reviewed by Geoff 17th October 2018

Lovely cottage in superb grounds. Easy to walk to Sandsend or Whitby.

Response from Gorgeous Cottages:

Hi Geoff, thank you for sending in your review, ti is very much appreciated. We hope you come back to Yorkshire soon. Take care, Marion

Reviewed by Kath 9th October 2018

Beautiful cottage in a beautiful setting ,the owner Gillian was very helpful and we would love to stay another time .

Reviewed by Fran 12th September 2018

The location was perfect for us,quiet and private , gorgeous gardens, but close enough for a short drive to the beach and beautiful walks.We had the master bedroom and the bed was very comfortable,the cottage had everything we needed for our mini break.

Reviewed by Shirley 27th August 2018

Lovely cottage, garden beautiful very comfortable beds and sofas. Proximity to Whitby just right and Park and ride convenient and priced just right.

Reviewed by Christine 17th July 2018

Fabulous Cottage, Gardens & Owner Gillian. We were very comfortable & had everything we needed & more. We enjoyed The Stables Pub nearby for meals & excellent service. Park & Ride nearby was great for 2 trips into Whitby. We are telling family & friends about this outstanding Cottage & area.

Reviewed by Julia 30th June 2018

Had the most fantastic week at The Retreat, such a stunning cottage in the most idyllic grounds, absolutely could not fault a thing about this cottage and would most definitely go back. We were so lucky with the weather which meant that we could enjoy the sunshine every day in the gardens, even though we did a walk on the beach every evening we speRead morent our days at the cottage, why on earth would we want to leave such a beautiful place! Had a chat with the window cleaner and the gardners whilst there who were so friendly as was the neighbour on the farmland next door. The most wonderful cottage that we have stayed in and we have stayed in a lot! Hide

Reviewed by Carol 23rd June 2018

Wonderful holiday.The cottage is lovely and placed in the country but handy for everything

Reviewed by Lisa 2nd June 2018

Wow! We booked The Retreat for my 50th Birthday. I cannot put into words how beautiful this place is. Thankyou so much Gillian. Thankyou also for my birthday card.Its even better than the photos portray. We will be coming back again. The perfect place to relax. We loved the personal touches in the cottage. Home from home, luxury bedding envelopes yRead moreou for the most peaceful sleep. Chilling in the lounge with a movie at night. The gardens, well what can I say, Infact I wont, its our secret! xxxx Hide

Reviewed by Phil 22nd May 2018

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Retreat, I don't think we could have picked a better place to stay, the cottage is so beautiful and sat within stunning grounds. Everything we needed was provided along with a fabulous recommendation for a local restaurant by the owner. We hope to return in the near future.

Reviewed by T 12th May 2018

A very handsome cottage and a truly delightful garden which we were lucky enough to take full advantage of in glorious weather. (If you stay at home, be prepared for gardeners and window cleaners to arrive!)To make the whole experience top notch, I'd have liked crisp cotton sheets rather than poly-cRead moreotton; more towels- only one each and a hand towel or failing that, access to a washing machine; fewer teddy bears (they are everywhere, I counted twenty two in the summerhouse!)and, most importantly, an ice box in the fridge. We were able to work around these niggles, but they are the reason my review is not one hundred per cent tens.

Response from Gorgeous Cottages:

Hi T Thank you for your constructive feedback for The Retreat. We agree the cottage is very handsome indeed with a truly delightful garden. The garden has been maintained by the same gardener every week for over 40 yrs and I understand you had a nice little chat with him and discussed the various plants & flowers. The washing machine, tumble dryer & freezer are in the barn next door to the cottage. The owner who is an interior designer uses high quality cotton bedding for both of the cosy bedrooms. Decorated with teddy bunting, the summer house is a nice cosy place to sit, have a cup of Yorkshire tea and admire the view.It was lovely to speak to you this morning and we look forward to booking your next trip to The Retreat. Take CareMarion Hide

Reviewed by Julie 5th May 2018

Fabulous cottage! The owner is so friendly and helpful, and clearly cares a great deal about her guests having a great time. We loved the garden, the tranquility of the location and the attention to detail. So much thought had gone into ensuring we had everything we needed. We had a couple of nights in, cooking for ourselves, and it still felt likeRead more a treat. Lovely getaway-from-it-all. Hide

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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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