A 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
A 5-star welcome
Owners Geoff and Joe Ellis have thought of everything to ensure you have the perfect holiday in Sleights.
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.
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.
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!
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).
There’s a downstairs bedroom at The Piggery with an en-suite bathroom so it is great for anyone with reduced mobility.
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.
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.
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 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!
All the bedrooms (as are the ones at The Piggery) are en-suite with built in wardrobes to tidy everything away.
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.
As well as essential items you’ll find gourmet dog biscuits, a blanket and even a rubber chicken for them to play with.
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!
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.
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.
Nearby Ruswarp (it’s the next village along) has pleasure boats and a miniature railway which kids will love.