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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
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Luxury
Romantic
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, 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.

Please note. Regret no pets or children under 12 please.

  • 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. Regret no pets or children under 12 please
  • 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
  • Please note there is a refundable £250 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of 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 23 guest ratings

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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

Reviewed by Michael 20th May 2022

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The cottage is aptly named The Retreat. Surrounded by a lovely garden which was not overly manicured and retained a lovely country cottage feel & yet you are but a few minutes drive from Sandsend & Whitby. The interior decor was in keeping with the age of the property yet with all the contemporary comfort would expect from a high end holiday let. TRead morehe recently installed heating system was excellent. Chris, the owner, could not have been more obliging. The four of us had a splendid week. Hide

Reviewed by Tim 13th May 2022

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Nicely appointed house in a good location..

Reviewed by Jill 29th April 2022

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Beautiful cottage and garden. Tranquil and perfect for relaxing surrounded by birdsong and the occasional toot and puff puff from the North Yorkshire Moors steam hauled train departing Whitby. Easy access via the park and ride into Whitby (5min drive) and a lovely meander down into Sandsend via the footpath next to the cottage. The summerhouse is wRead moreonderful to sit with a drink at the end of the day. Hide

Reviewed by Fiona 22nd April 2022

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The Retreat, is certainly well named ! Tucked away at the end of the small hamlet of Newholm, just 2 miles from Whitby, a delightful haven of tranquility. Extremely well equipped and comfortable. Surrounded by beautifully kept gardens. Just the place to relax and recharge. There is one pub in Newholm, unfortunately it currently appears to be permanRead moreently closed. Hide

Reviewed by Lynn 8th April 2022

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A beautiful cottage in a very pleasant, quiet location. Close enough to all amenities for convenience and near the Whitby Park and Ride (trying to park in Whitby is not advisable).

Reviewed by Kelvin 25th February 2022

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The Retreat is very comfortable in a quiet location ideal for Whitby and the North York coast and moors.The property stands well in a large garden a very relaxing atmosphere both internally and externally. Would recommend to our friends.

Reviewed by Lindsey 29th October 2021

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I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Retreat. It was cosy and comfortable, and just what I needed to rest and recuperate. Lovely and private surrounded by beautiful mature gardens. I was there in late autumn, but am sure would be fantastic in the summer too. The low light pollution made for amazing star lit nights, and it is close enough to lots of Read morewonderful places and scenery. I would definitely go back. Hide

Reviewed by Irene 17th September 2021

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Lovely, peaceful cottage in a great location. Good base for exploring the coast & the nearby national parks. Easy access into Sandsend & Whitby & some fabulous eateries nearby.

Reviewed by Patricia 30th July 2021

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Reviewed by Sally 16th July 2021

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On arrival at The Retreat our breath was taken away by the beauty of the cottage and its gardens To be woken by cockerels and not traffic was a delight We had a very restful week which was lovely. Sandsend beach was beautiful. Would recommend and stay again

Reviewed by Philip 21st May 2021

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Reviewed by Joanne 14th May 2021

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Beautiful secluded cottage really peaceful

Reviewed by Jeanne 19th April 2021

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This is a beautiful property. The location is great in a beautiful and peaceful village just minutes from the coast. The garden is simply breathtaking with outdoor seating and a lovely summerhouse for cooler mornings. The house itself is furnished and equipped to a very high standard. Its tasteful and luxurious with everything you could want for a Read moreholiday. We walked into Sandsend . Whitby is less than ten minutes away and the best of the coast is an easy drive. Highly recommended Hide

Reviewed by HELEN 12th April 2021

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Beautiful cottage , well equipped in a lovely location

Reviewed by Alexandra 3rd October 2020

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Reviewed by Angela 25th September 2020

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Cosy warm Cottage with lovely gardens, private location with plenty of walks from the door step.

Reviewed by Sharon 11th September 2020

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The cottage is very quaint, lots of character and the dining room and lounge were really welcoming. The master bedroom en-suite looks lovely but the ceiling is very low with sloping sides so if you are over 5ft you will struggle . The garden is lovely, good choice of spots to sit and relax. Location is fab, we went on lovely walks from the cottage Read moredoor into Sandsend and Whitby. Would recommend to a friend for location but get them to view the interior to see if updates have been done . Hide

Reviewed by Sue 28th August 2020

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Highly recommend this superb and charming cottage set in an idilic setting with a well kept spacious garden.

Reviewed by Philip 14th August 2020

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Lovely cottage in delightful location, very peaceful & private with beautiful large garden, plenty of outdoor seating available.

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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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