Welcome to Gateways, a stunning 3-bedroom stone cottage nestling in the heart of Thornton-Le-Dale, a picture-postcard village in the North York Moors. With rooms straight from the pages of an interior magazine and all of the villages delights on your doorstep, this chocolate-box cottage is pure holiday heaven.
Recently refurbished to an extremely high standard, Gateways is an elegant holiday home with that perfect blend of contemporary and traditional style. Behind its handsome exterior you'll find surprisingly spacious accommodation throughout the whole house, with a real sense of period charm in every room.
On ground level at the heart of the home is a beautiful living room with reclaimed floorboards, sumptuous furnishings, wood panelling and a cosy wood-burner. Two attractive Georgian sash windows look out towards the village. It's the perfect room to relax each evening with the roaring fire keeping everyone nice and toasty. There's a SMART TV with SKY in here and Wi-Fi is available if you need to catch up online.
Across the hallway is a further living / snug room with another wood-burner to curl up beside. With its board games, comfy sofa and leather armchair it's just the place for those off line fireside evenings with the family. A music system and MP3 Docking station provide the background music.
Back through to the rear of the cottage to discover the exquisite kitchen / diner with views out to the lovely garden. Limestone flagstones, grey shaker-style units and a sleek marble work-top give a sense of luxury and style. The kitchen comes compete with all mod cons including a dishwasher, ceramic hob and American style fridge-freezer. We love the Banquette seating around the dining table, always a homely touch. It's the perfect kitchen for those late-night catch ups over a bottle of red.
All of the bedrooms in Gateways are upstairs. The first is a fabulous master bedroom boasting generous proportions, luxurious deep pile carpet underfoot and a gorgeous king-size French bed. Peaceful greys and blues, window seats and an original period fireplace add to the inherent charm of this room.
The second bedroom is very sweet single room with a lovely cream bed and window seat to enjoy. And finally the third bedroom, a handsome twin room with a subtle purple theme and two full size single beds. Another original fireplace completes the look.
The family bathroom is also upstairs, a huge room featuring his and her sinks, a large bath and separate walk in monsoon power shower. Indulge with a long hot soak in here after a bracing walk across the moors. There's also a handy cloakroom at the end of the rear hall downstairs.
There is much to enjoy outside this pretty cottage too with its delightful split level walled garden. There's a sheltered patio outside the kitchen which is perfect for al afreso dining, and a pleasant lawned area for settling down on a picnic blanket with a G & T in hand. A 6 seater outdoor dining set is provided for you...
There's also private off road parking for several cars, something of a rarity in this gorgeous village.
Gateways has an idyllic location. Set in one of the prettiest and most visited villages in the North York Moors, Thornton-Le-Dale, you have everything this gorgeous village has to offer on your doorstep. There are a host of lovely tea-rooms and pubs to explore, and we recommend a stroll along the river taking in the famous thatched cottage here.
Sitting at the eastern foot of the North York Moors the region's dramatic landscape of heather and open moorland is just a short drive away. 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 gentle 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 its cast in comforting soft focus.
The stunning Dalby Forest is very close to here, just short drive away where you'll find miles of forest walks and cycle routes. We recommend taking the road from Pickering north towards Whitby to experience it in all its grandeur. There are countless pretty villages and towns to explore in the area. The handsome market towns of Pickering and Helmsley are a must, as is the archetypical Moors village of Hutton-le-Hole.
Gateways 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. 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.
Although you could happily spend the weekend mooching about the independent shops, bars and cafes along Whitby's bustling medieval streets, it's well worth striking out to sample some of the other less known coastal villages nearby. Robin Hood's Bay, Sandsend, Staithes and Runswick Bay are all within ten minutes' drive of the town, and each have their own unique charm.