We (my hubby, 2 year old boy and myself) have just returned from a lovely family week away staying at this cottage. The cottage itself was everything we could ask for from a holiday home. Ideally situated, safe for our 2 year old, well equipped for our family and self catering needs, warm and welcoming. It was so nice, after a busy day out, to return back to the cottage, tuck the little one up in bed (cot provided), and settle in front of a real fire (yep...us townies can build legal fires!) with a home cooked meal and a glass of wine with the telly on. Didn't even need to do the pots as there's a dishwasher which is more than we have at home and despite being on holiday, also made use of the washing machine (we do have one of those at home)!
Couldn't have asked for more from the cottage especially considering the price we paid (over a bank holiday) - really good value for money plus you have a local information guide provided as Fred, next door at no. 11 is really friendly and knows everything (it seems) about the area and doesn't mind sharing his knowledge.
The cottage is about 1.5miles from Grosmont - a really easy walk along the rail trail (probably quicker than driving if the ford is too deep to cross!). There's a Co-op there that has some basic supplies and a pub that we didn't use. Of course there's also the train station there as well as the working sheds. You can drive to places like Whitby, Scarborough, Runswick Bay, Pickering etc. all in about an hour so ideally situated for coast and country alike. Where the actual cottage is there is nothing (including 'phone signal - bliss!) albeit a telephone box, post box (which still collected during the bank holiday break - how cool is that?!) and of course the views of the Pickering - Whitby train line. With this in mind, make sure you have some basics with you when you arrive.
Top tips - if you fancy a train / walk trip - catch the train from Grosmont to Goathland and walk back to the cottage along the rail trail (approx 3miles). Do it that way round and it's downhill! If you have young children (2-10yrs old?) can definitely recommend a trip to the Playdale Farm Centre at Cayton, near Scarborough. Well worth the drive and good no matter what the weather as includes indoor and outdoor play areas as well as all the animals.
1. Ignore all directions to cottage given as part of the booking. You'll probably find an OS map best or speak directly to the owner. We had a needless journey through a ford and added a pointless few miles on to our trip.
2. The wall between the bedrooms isn't really a wall...more like a large fence! I could hear every breath and turn my 2 year old made. Probably not a problem if travelling as a family with kids but might be a bit awkward if travelling as 4 adults.
We don't tend to return to places only because there's so many places to visit, but if the opportunity ever arose, would have no qualms about staying here again, or recommending to others based on above points.