- Fantastic relaxing weekend and for sure we will be back!
Published on: 03 February 2019
An absolute dream of a holiday cottage just 15 minutes' walk from the sea, welcome to the gorgeous Wykewood. With its magical setting by the side of a wood and a babbling brook, this stunning luxury cottage has the wow factor at every turn. From the huge en suite bedrooms to the statement hearth in the lounge, this is a holiday home to fall in love with. And just wait until you discover the Balinese-style wood-fired hot tub outside!
Wykewood is the result of an outstanding renovation lead by its architect owner. No expense has been spared and the attention to detail is phenomenal. From the solid oak floor (heated) to the exquisite fixtures, fittings and furniture, everything has been chosen to maximise comfort and create a sense of luxury.
All of the accommodation in Wykewood is on ground level. Stepping into a central hall, you'll discover a large open plan living area off to your right. Housing the kitchen, dining area and lounge this is a peaceful and pleasant area to relax in at any time of day. The lounge is dominated by an impressive hearth home to a cosy wood burner; just the spot for curling up in front of a movie, glass of wine in hand. An LCD Internet TV with Freeview and a DVD player are provided, and Wi-Fi is available too should you need to check up online.
The sleek contemporary kitchen is very well equipped with everything you could need, a real home from home with Jamie Oliver cutlery, Denby crockery and even French steak knives in the drawers. There's also a dishwasher and washer/dryer should you need it.
There are two bedrooms in Wykewood, both of which boast super-king size beds (one of which can be set up as two singles if required) and stunning en suites with huge walk-in showers. The first is to the rear of the cottage, a generous room with a lovely aspect looking out towards the woods. There is a striking feature headboard, subtle mood lighting and soft accents of wood and light blues to create a feeling of total peace and tranquility. French doors lead out to the decked garden and hot tub. The second bedroom is just off the main hallway, another large room with French doors out to the front of the cottage. The calming ambience is continued here with a soft lavender throw and neutral backdrops. Just heavenly rooms you will find hard to leave!
And the interiors are just a part of what makes Wykewood such a wonderful holiday home. The gardens are just fabulous too, with landscaped wooden decks, beautiful outdoor furniture and of course that spectacular wood-fired hot tub. Set within a Balinese-style pagoda you can treat yourself to a soak under the stars every evening, with the sound of the brook babbling away beside you. Fluffy robes are provided too for that ultimate Spa experience.
This property requires a payment of a £250 security deposit.
Wykewood has an idyllic location. Set just 15 minutes' walk from the sea and hidden away from the world you have a sense of really escaping here. The wildlife is incredible with owls, badgers and even wild deer spotted from the comfort of your patio. The old railway line which ran from Scarborough to Whitby is now a stunning cycle and walking route, and passes just a few minutes from the cottage. It's the perfect choice if you feel like a coastal walk taking in some spectacular scenery and is just one of hundreds of beautiful walks from your doorstep.
There's a cosy 18th Century Inn within walking distance down towards the sea, a nice option for lunch and a glass of wine or two in the evenings. The excellent Ravenscar Hotel is also within walking distance to Wykewood. A little further on will take you right down to the coast where you find empty rocky beaches to explore and even hidden waterfalls.
Positioned just outside Scarborough its position means you are perfectly placed to take in the best of the North York Moors, Yorkshire Coast and York.
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.
We recommend taking the road from Thornton-Le-Dale or 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.
Wykewood 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. Scarborough itself is a great family destination and offers plenty of good options for day trips.