***Just Launched January 2019!***
Oh me oh my. Meet darling Swallow Cottage, a quirky cosy barn conversion with a stunning moorland setting near Robin Hoods Bay. We love love LOVE this gorgeous little cottage with its eclectic style and 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 old farm building has been transformed into a stylish and surprisingly spacious holiday home. Retro playful design gives the cottage a cheerful and welcoming feel, making you smile from the moment you walk through the door.
Downstairs you'll find a bright open plan living space home to the lounge, kitchen and dining area. The lounge area has bags of character and warmth, with reclaimed pine floors underfoot and a cosy vintage wood-burner keeping everything nice and toasty. Curl up by the fire on the 50s-style orange sofa with a glass of something good. 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.
The kitchen sits opposite, a fabulous mix of old and new with its handmade terracotta brick floor tiles, hand-painted kitchen units in Farrow & Balls 'Blue' and the solid oak work-tops. A retro-style fridge/freezer and bright orange microwave completes the look. There's also an electric oven / gas hob, dishwasher and other usual small appliances.
Dinner is served in the spacious dining area with its retro-style dining table and colourful chairs. We're also rather fond of the upcycled oak sideboard. Rustle up a hearty Yorkshire breakfast and take your time mulling over the morning papers. No need to rush today.
The bedroom in Swallow Cottage is on the first floor, a mezzanine style room at the top of painted white stairs. It feels a little magical up here, tucked away from the world. The quirky retro theme continues with a handsome cast iron bed and brightly coloured furniture.
The bathroom is set on the ground floor under the stairs, a wow-factor room with its bright blue wall tiles, Victorian black & white floor and fabulous claw foot bath. A vintage sink and towel rail complete the look. Indulge with a long hot soak in some bubbles after a bracing walk on the moors.
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 Swallow Cottage and Granary Cottage share the gravelled courtyard. There is ample room for off road parking.
Swallow 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. And the Bay itself is just one of the charming locations on the coast.
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.