A Luxury North Yorkshire Cottage Weekend Break


AD – As I’m writing this it’s a whole week since we’ve been back from our luxury North Yorkshire cottage weekend break. How does that happen can anyone tell me? You wait what seems for ages for something to come around and then it’s over and done with in the blink of an eye.

Oh we did have fun, though. Let me tell you all about it.

I’ve tagged this blog and my social media posts as an ad. For clarity the beautiful Gamekeepers Cottage  in Sandsend near Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast belongs to our friends. I wanted to be super clear about my reasons for continually supporting it as I will be over time so I thought best class it as an ad. We would’ve been going anyway as our friends invited us and I know I would’ve written about it as it’s so gorgeous.


So let’s begin ….

A Luxury North Yorkshire Cottage Weekend Break

Sandsend is a delightful village just around the corner on the coast from Whitby. It’s ideally suited to be just far enough away from the hustle of bustle of the busy seaside town yet only a short, energetic walk away along the coastal path.

If there’s ever a place that has always sent me straight into chill out mode it’s Sandsend. We used to often come here for the day when the boys were small. The beach is wide and clean and the boys used to love buying fishing nets and see what they could catch in the rock pools when the tide was out. We have many happy memories spent here. So when my friend said that they had bought a cottage and did we want to try it out I jumped at the chance. Now that our eldest boy lives in Leeds I thought it was the perfect opportunity for us to gather together and have a couple of days of R&R.


When you arrive you’ll find that the cottage is nestled in a secluded woodland glade. It’s part of a row of four cottages on the Raithwaite Estate. If you don’t know it you need to discover this, too. It calls itself a ‘unique Yorkshire coastal retreat’ and let me tell you it surely is. Mr B and I stayed there just for one night about 6 years ago and have always said we’d love to return. Between the cottage and the estate you could simply forget the rest of the world even exists.

Pre-arrival at the cottage, my friend has everything down to a T with helpful emails and information including easy directions from North or South.


Gamekeepers Cottage is a real home from home with everything you would need for a very, very comfortable stay. The kitchen is so well equipped that you could cook anything in it if you wished. I obviously didn’t wish! We’d booked our restaurants in advance which I’ll tell you about next time.






We haven’t travelled like many people right now for a while { thanks pandemic}  so you might be able to tell by my excitement that I have so much to tell you so next time it’s all about the food and entertainment.

I got hyper by the fact that Anne has left  a well stocked coffee machine. I mean .. c’mon … priorities. My friends know how to entertain so I always knew Gamekeepers Cottage would be spot on.


The cottage sleeps 5 people over 3 bedrooms. The primary has a double bed with ensuite. The second bedroom has another double bed and bedroom 3 has a single bed. Then there is the main bathroom.

The bed was one of the comfiest I have ever slept in. Usually it takes me at least the first night somewhere to get accustomed to the bed but not here. We all agreed we slept like logs each of the 3 nights. I think the beautiful sinking feeling of the mattress combined with the luxury of the crisp, cotton sheets and then throw in the sea air. A recipe for zonking blissfully out for the count!



The one thing we did do was take food for each breakfast so that we could have leisurely mornings chilling out before getting out into the the warm, October sunshine.  I brought along croissants, rolls and bacon and sausages. You actually don’t need to take any food though as you could easily stock up once you arrive.

There’s a Lidl supermarket about 5 minutes drive away and a decent sized Co-op in Whitby about 10 minutes in the car.

When I mentioned warm, October sunshine that was apart from the Saturday. This just happened to be the day we chose to walk the scenic route to Whitby and it tanked down. More on that next time. When we arrived back at the cottage early evening the steaming hot showers went down a treat I can tell you.

The SMART tv meant that we didn’t miss any telly. After all, you can’t miss Strictly wherever you are can you? We also took one of our Firesticks so that we could watch Netflix. We’d opted to watch the latest supernatural drams series, ‘Midnight Mass’.  We’d also taken our dominoes and playing cards.  Those cards have been everywhere! There was a stash of board games to choose from though and a fabulous selection of books.




There’s plenty of towels and extra bed linen and that every day necessity: the WIFI.

We used the central heating each evening too and on the Saturday and Sunday evenings Mr B threw some logs in the burner just to nicely  toast us all. We were like the proverbial ‘bugs in a rug.’


The garden we didn’t use apart from me sitting out there sipping my coffee while I waited for the boys to get ready each morning. Somethings never change even at  27 and 24!! It’s such a pretty place to simply sit and ponder. I was actually glad they didn’t come outside and spoil my contemplative moments.


Honestly, we had the loveliest of times. I’m really fussy and of the opinion that anywhere we stay has to be as good as home and Ann has nailed it as I knew she would.

The time we get to spend with our boys is very precious and the cottage made the experience a happy one. The only thing was that it wasn’t long enough. When you stay in a beautiful place that’s what happens isn’t it?  Home time came around too soon and before long myself, Mr B and our youngest son were waving off our eldest on the Monday afternoon after a visit to Robin Hood’s Bay.  I never get used to that by the way.

Always seems odd – only one of them coming back home – sniff, sniff.

If you decide to try Gamekeepers Cottage book for 7 nights.You will not be disappointed. There’s so much to eat, drink, see and do in this beauty spot or not do if the mood takes you. Mr B and I also reckoned it would be perfect as a romantic bolthole for just the two of us. It’s an absolute  waste to go for any shorter a length of stay. It’s just  blissful.

How To Book Your Luxury North Yorkshire Cottage Break

You can find out more information and book securely on Cottages.com but my friend, Anne has also just just launched an Instagram page. She’ll be more than happy to answer any questions about planning your stay. You’ll find her at Gamekeepers Sandsend.

Be quick though, I’ve checked and it seems like word is getting out about this unique little gem. I knew it would.

Do let me know if any of you my lovely readers decide to give it a try.

Sharon x0


AD - I’ve tagged this blog and my social media posts as an ad. I wanted to be super clear about my reasons for continually supporting it as I will be over time so I thought best class it as an ad. We would’ve been going anyway as our friends invited us and I know I would’ve written about it as it’s so gorgeous.


  1. Helen Williams
    / 10:48 am

    The last time you reviewed a cottage, it was Heavenfield at St Oswalds farm, and we have been 4 times now! So I definitely trust your recommendations and Whitby is on my list of places to go. Will check it out for sure.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      / 11:12 am

      Wow Helen that’s amazing … 4 times … it’s a truly heavenly place isn’t it? I know then that you’d love Gamekeepers at Sandsend. I look forward to hearing that you stay there. Thankyou!! xo

  2. / 5:07 am

    Good morning from Germany, dear Sharon!

    What a beautiful house! I can well imagine that you were able to relax there and spent pleasant days!

    I love the English cottage style very much!

    I wish you and your loved ones a nice weekend, best regards


    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      / 6:19 pm

      Waving across to you in Germany, Lony … hellooooooo!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by xo

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