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A Slice of Holiday Home Heaven in Sleights!

The Piggery, Sleights

I recently paid a visit to a quintet of holiday cottages in Sleights. This pretty coastal village looks out over the Esk Valley in the North York Moors and is just 4 miles away from Whitby. You can walk to the coast or catch a regular train to Whitby. There’s also beautiful moorland to explore and nature to spot so you won’t be short of things to do on your visit

And no trip to this area would be complete without a day in gorgeous Whitby!

A 5-star welcome

A warm welcome at The Piggery in the North York Moors

Owners Geoff and Joe Ellis have thought of everything to ensure you have the perfect holiday in Sleights near Whitby.

Arrive to freshly baked bread.

Geoff greets all the guests personally and Joe makes freshly baked bread in the cottages bread maker ready for your arrival. There’s everything you could possibly think of or need from wellies to a picnic basket.

I love the iPad speakers in the properties loaded with Apple Music which you can play on Bluetooth speakers for added ambience.

Guests love their stay!

You’ll find torches, toiletries and binoculars so you can watch out for the various wildlife in the Esk Valley. You can spot anything from wild birds to deer!

Dark Skies and Steam Trains

As well as the wildlife, it is worth using the binoculars to do a bit of star gazing. This area of the North York Moors is renowned for its dark skies which makes it one of the best places in the UK to see stars. It’s possible to see around 10 times the amount of stars as in the city so the sky at night here really is a thing of beauty.

See if you can spot a steam train making its way to nearby Whitby!

You should also look out for the NYMR steam train passing through the Moors below on its way from Pickering to Whitby.

Enjoy the view!

Enjoy the view from The Piggery

The Piggery was the first property purchased by Joe and Geoff – they were wowed when they saw the unspoilt views of the Esk Valley (I must admit I was as well) and this detached house has lots of character and charm (along with an enclosed garden and a magnificent balcony).

Relax in the elegant living room, with plenty of space for the whole family.

There’s a downstairs bedroom at The Piggery with an en-suite bathroom so it is great for anyone with reduced mobility.

The first of the bedrooms is on ground level, a beautiful room complete with a king size bed.

The other 4 properties are contained in a stylish building next door and were purpose built (designed by Geoff) in 2010 to make the most of the stunning location and views.

Couldn't you just sit and gaze at this view all day! Welcome to the exquisite Eweland's Retreat

There are 2 family properties (Ewelands House and Cowslip Cottage) and two romantic retreats (Ewelands Retreat and Cowslip Retreat).

Flexible accommodation (with plenty of storage)

It is possible to turn either Cowslip Cottage and Cowslip Retreat or Ewelands House and Ewelands Retreat into larger properties sleeping up to 8 people. There’s a connecting door which while usually locked (and soundproofed) can be opened up if you prefer.

Cowslip Cottage is set in an elevated position looking over the Esk Valley giving it stunning views from every room.

Individually the two cosy one-bedroom retreats are perfect for a romantic getaway with your other half. Both come with a patio with BBQ and an enclosed lawn. Inside the open-plan living space is surprisingly spacious. They are good for minimoons, babymoons, or just a relaxing break to recharge the batteries!

The cosy and romantic Cowslip Retreat holiday cottage.

The two larger 3-bedroom properties above the Retreats have fantastic balconies where you can just chill out and relax (perhaps with a glass of wine) on the patio furniture provided!

The view from your balcony is really rather fabulous!

All the bedrooms (as are the ones at The Piggery) are en-suite with built in wardrobes to tidy everything away.

The fabulous master bedroom has the whole top floor all to itself.

Choose between pet-friendly or pet-free

Joe and Geoff are real dog-lovers (their own friendly dog is called Coco) and in the 3 pet-friendly properties, doggies get a welcome hamper all of their own.

Enjoy a glass of bubbly or two on your patio, simply fabulous views out here of the Esk Valley.

As well as essential items you’ll find gourmet dog biscuits, a blanket and even a rubber chicken for them to play with.

A doggie hamper welcomes four-legged friends!

There are two pet-free properties (Ewelands House and Ewelands Retreat) so these are a great choice if you (or anyone in your party) has allergies.

Help yourself to a drink!

Help yourself to a drink with the honesty box!

There’s also an honesty bar which is a fantastic idea. You’ll already get a bottle of wine in the Welcome Hamper and if you fancy opening another and don’t want to go to the shop there’s a selection of wines and spirits available. Just leave the money for what you use!

Explore the village location

In Sleights itself is The Plough Inn – run by friendly hosts Graham and Sharon. You can sup on a pint of Yorkshire Black Sheep Beer, enjoy a range of British Classics including Fish and Chips (naturally) and head there for a traditional roast each Sunday.

The Plough Inn Sleights, just a stone's throw from The Piggery

Eskdale Fisheries is a brilliant fish and chip shop (they relocated from Robin Hoods Bay as needed bigger premises) and you can either take the food away to enjoy in your cottage or eat in their café.

Ruswarp in the North York Moors

Nearby Ruswarp (it’s the next village along) has pleasure boats and a miniature railway which kids will love.

Find out more about The Piggery, Cowslip Cottage, Cowslip Retreat, Ewelands House and Ewelands Retreat in Sleights.They are part of the Gorgeous Cottages range of holiday homes on the Yorkshire Coast.

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One Response to “A Slice of Holiday Home Heaven in Sleights!”

  1. Wow, this is beautiful! I love that there’s a pet friendly option! I’m planning on taking my family on a fun vacation and couldn’t bear to leave our dog at home!

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