***Just Launched January 2019!***
Welcome to Granary Cottage, a gorgeous little converted barn with a stunning moorland setting near Robin Hoods Bay. Get ready to fall head over heels in love with this cute-as-a-button cottage with moorland walks down to the sea from the doorstep. Perfect for couples looking for a cosy rural escape close to the coast.
Subject to a complete refurbishment recently, this former farm granary has been transformed into a quirky, stylish and surprisingly spacious holiday home. The owners have had fun with colours and design giving it a playful, bright feel.
At the heart of the home is the lovely double height sitting room with its exposed beams and large windows letting in lots of light. A cosy wood-burning stove keeps everything nice and toasty whatever the weather outside. This is a room to kick off your shoes and snuggle down in. Light the fire, curl up on the sofa and enjoy a good old catch up over a glass of wine or two. For your evening entertainment there's a Freeview TV with DVD Player, wireless speakers and of course Wi-Fi is provided. Books and board games are also available if you want to unplug for a while.
Next door you'll find the charming kitchen with its scrummy mix of old and new. We love the handmade terracotta brick floor tiles, hand-painted kitchen units in Farrow & Balls 'Brassica' and the solid oak work-tops. There's also a retro style fridge/freezer, electric oven / gas hob, dishwasher and other usual small appliances. The breakfast bar is the perfect spot for your morning coffee, or pre-dinner glass of fizz.
Dinner is served in the sitting room at the vintage dining table. Pick up some freshly caught fish from one of the local fishmongers and rustle up a romantic meal for two. With the fire roaring in the background it doesn't get much cosier than this.
All the accommodation in Granary Cottage is one level, so the bedroom is on the ground floor. Another delightful room full of character and charm with its exposed brick walls, reclaimed pine floorboards and elegant colour scheme. Double aspect windows let in lots of natural light, including a floor to ceiling window overlooking the courtyard. Take a moment on the gorgeous blue velvet chair and enjoy the peace and quiet.
The bathroom continues the theme of eclectic luxury with its bright green walls, grey tiles, and large walk-in monsoon shower. A slate shower tray and vintage style sink / towel rail add elegance and grandeur.
Outside there is a sweet little courtyard with a bistro table and chairs set so you can make the most of the warmer months. Settle down for lunch al fresco and drink in those stunning views of the moors as they tumble down towards the sea.
Please note Granary Cottage and Swallow Cottage share the gravelled courtyard to the front and have separate garden / seating areas. There are 2 allocated parking spaces available for Granary.
Granary Cottage's location is truly breath-taking, with the drive down to the cottages offering spectacular views of first the moorland with its grazing sheep, then the sea beyond. Set down a quiet country lane just a few miles from Robin Hoods Bay you have a real sense of getting away from it all, yet all of the Bay's tea-rooms, shops and pubs are just a short drive (or gorgeous walk) away. Surrounded by open countryside, yet you can be walking on the beach with sand between your toes within minutes.
Keen cyclists and walkers will enjoy discovering the Cinder Track close by, a wonderful off-road trail running for more than 20 miles between Whitby & Scarborough taking in some of the best views along the Yorkshire Coast.
Explore the many other bridleways and footpaths across the moors literally from your doorstep, including one which takes you directly down into Robin Hoods Bay. This beautiful village is one of the most popular coastal locations in Yorkshire, or the UK for that matter. Once home to the busiest smuggling trade on the Yorkshire coast, said to involve fisherman, clergy and gentry alike, today the village has adopted a much more sedate pace of life. The village is a maze of cobbled streets and higgledy piggledy houses which seem to tumble down towards the sea. Walkers can delight in the fact that Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast walk starts (or finishes depending which way you look at it) in the village.
For dinner head down to the very romantic Bramblewick Bistro, or the nautically themed Smugglers Bistro opposite. Both have a lovely atmosphere particularly at night when you can hunker down for a candlelit dinner over a bottle of wine or two. There are also several good pubs in the village with pub grub. If you want to dine in take advantage of the well-stocked local stores there, including an excellent fish mongers selling the freshest locally caught crab. The kids will love the traditional sweet shops and there are several really lovely little boutiques selling all manner of delightful things.
As hard as it will be to drag yourself away from Robin Hoods Bay, you really ought to explore the rest of the coast. Much like its Cornish counterpart, the 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. Providing the backdrop for some of Lewis Carroll's work, it was also famously the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. For a real sense of the town's atmospheric ambience, climb the 199 Abbey steps at dusk and wander around St. Mary's churchyard on the headland? You can further indulge a desire for the macabre on one of the regular ghost walks from Whale Bone Arch on West Cliff.
Although you could happily spend a day or two 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. Sandsend, Staithes and Runswick Bay are all within easy driving distance, and each have their own unique charm.