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The School House, Sandsend

20th January 2016

It seems like an eternity ago (!) but back in March last year we stayed at the beautiful School House in Sandsend for a long weekend, celebrating Ste’s birthday and Mother’s Day. There’s nothing I love more than escaping with family for the weekend!

We booked through Gorgeous Cottages who offer the most amazing selection of Yorkshire-based luxury holiday accommodation. The cottage itself is a former schoolhouse and has been beautifully renovated maintaining so much of it’s traditional character and quirks. From the huge open plan kitchen/living area with vaulted ceilings to the super cosy wood burner and the enormous master bedroom, there’s no way you couldn’t fall in love with this place.

IMG_3792The-Schoolhouse-Sandsend-BathroomThe Schoolhouse Sandsend Living AreaWe arrived on the Friday afternoon to an amazing welcome hamper filled with locally sourced produce including fresh bacon, eggs, milk, bread and wine. The School House is only a two minute walk from the beach and has a stream running alongside the property with hundreds of ducks hanging out. It’s absolutely perfect for children and despite the freezing weather, Nora fed the ducks at least 10 times over the weekend. Lucky us! There was also an abundance of grouse and pheasant as it was out of hunting season, another bonus for wildlife loving kids.

Nora&Co Sandsend WhitbyNora & Ste - SandsendThe Saturday was Ste’s birthday. We cooked fresh pastries for breakfast in the amazing range style oven and opened pressies in the gorgeous open plan living area. I spent the entire time wishing it was our in real life house – it’s a total dream home! Being just a few miles away from Whitby, we visited the lovely seaside resort on the Saturday afternnon and also ordered the most amazing Thai takeaway from KamThai in Whitby – I would advise anyone staying at the School House to try them.

The-Schoolhouse-WhitbyNora-Sandsend-BeachNora&Co-Connecta-CarrierThe Sunday was Mother’s Day; what a beautiful place to be with family and celebrate. Unfortunately, because it was Mother’s Day the bar/restaurant attached to the property was closed – I must admit we were a bit gutted to miss out on what I’ve been told is excellent food and drinks. We cooked at the house instead but with such a well equipped kitchen, this wasn’t at all an issue.

Gorgeous Cottages really cater well for families and to have a high chair and even some child friendly cutlery at hand really makes the whole stay a lot easier. The School House sleeps six people and has two lovely bathrooms so it’s ideal for a family get together. One thing I would point out is the stairs to the loft room are loft style stairs and it definitely wouldn’t be suitable to have young children staying up there or perhaps anyone with any limited mobility. There is also very limited phone service but we all need a little escape from time to time! I’d love to revisit the School House in the summer and take advantage of the beautiful patio, lawn area and brick built BBQ outside.

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  • Kate 20th January 2016 at 6:20 pm

    So gorgeous! Sandsend is only an hour away from us, definitely keep this bookmarked for the summer.

  • 31st October 2017 at 7:59 am

    Nestling under Lythe Bank and Mulgrave Woods, Sandsend not only boasts a wonderful sandy beach with fossil-rich rock pools, stripey windbreaks and a popular beach walk to Whitby, but also a pretty valley where you will find ducks in the beck, and goats tethered on the grass.