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Yorkshire Coast Self Catering cottage, The Byre, Whitby, sleeps 6

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The Byre
YO21 3TW

The Byre, Whitby, Yorkshire

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Sykes Cottages
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Sleeps a maximum of: 6

Pricing From: £887.00

This semi-detached cottage rests near Whitby and can sleep six people in three bedrooms.

West Skelder Farm is a semi-detached property resting on the outskirts of Whitby. It comes with three bedrooms, comprising of a ground-floor king-size bedroom with an en-suite shower, a king-size bedroom and a twin bedroom, together sleeping up to six people and served by a bathroom with a shower over bath, basin and WC. Completing the interior is an open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove, as well as a utility.

Outside, there is off-road parking for five cars and a rear garden with lawn area and a patio area with furniture and a hot tub. West Skelder Farm is an outstanding base for a family holiday to North Yorkshire.

Pet friendly accommodation Pet Friendly


Lovely staycation near Whitby
Due to the ongoing covid situation we decided to have a staycation in the UK. We're from the North East of England and didn't want too far to travel so luckily found this beauty of a barn conversion ( it was a former cow byre). I say luckily as everything I was looking at was getting booked straight away, so as soon as I saw this was available I decided to book it as we were stuck with our dates due to work commitments. Our group included myself and my hubby, our two grown up sons, one of their girlfriends, their dog and my dad and the room layouts sounded perfect for us. We arrived just before 3pm which was the requested arrival time and I'll never forget seeing the property and its surroundings for the first time, it is truly breathtaking. The barn conversion is joined to the main farmhouse which is where the owners live but due to covid they had already advised that they will be there to offer assistance but would not intrude and that was definitely the case. Other than the owners there are no other buildings close by and the scenery is of farmers fields, woodland, also a nearby castle and then the coast. My favourite time of the day was to sit in the hot tub and watch the dfds ferry hugging the coast on its way to Amsterdam. Sorry I digress, back to our arrival. Before I would let the others empty the cars and bring their belongings in, I had to take some photos to share with you all and I've got to say the Byre is even more stunning than the photos show. My eldest son is a bit like me and can be quite critical but even he agreed that I had done well this time and it is one of the nicest cottages that I had booked. The byre consists of a large open plan living area, (with huge glass windows/doors overlooking the view that I mentioned but along with a lovely patio including hot tub and a large almlst enclosed garden area) a dining area and good sized kitchen. Theres a few steps up to a utility room, a downstairs toilet and then the master bedroom with lovely en-suite. Upstairs there was a small sitting area, the main bathroom, a twin room and a lovely dual aspect double bedroom. Outside there's parking for 5 cars. All of the rooms are of a really good size (apart from maybe the twin room) and the whole cottage is beautifully decorated and furnished. Location wise we thought it was perfect, there were walks direct from the property and loads of lovely places to visit within a 20 minute drive. Due to covid, I had mainly brought all of our food with us and I've got to admit that I struggled to get it all in the underbench fridge. This is one of the reasons I didn't give this property 5 stars as theres a huge utility room and I feel that they have the space to fit a large American style fridge freezer in there. Luckily I'd brought along a cooler bag and box and kept freezing ice packs so we did manage but it would have been so much easier if we had a large fridge. Another negative for me, is that although all of the bedding is a really high quality, the pillows were just too high and the guilt too warm. I know some people may think I'm being over picky here but I honestly struggled to sleep for the whole week we were there. I managed to swap my pillows for a cushion from the living room so that helped my back but we struggled with the quilt. I think the cottage must be so well insulated that it stays extremely warm even without any heating on. For me it didn't spoil our holiday at all but I think these are things that the owner could maybe bear in mind to enhance future guests stay. The other hiccough we had was with the hot tub. This is now a new style one and on first appearance looked lovely. Before we had even got in for the first time, my sons mentioned that the water left a residue. As we have a hot tub of our own I should have asked the owner if she would check the water but everyone was desperate to get in so I just left it. As the days went on, the water got worse and worse so in the end I mentioned it to the owner and she happily came to sort it out. Unfortunately this meant draining the hot tub and as she only has cold water full we weren't able to use it for a day but again this didn't really spoil anything for us but with hindsight I wished I'd said something sooner. A few other things that would maybe help future customers is if the owner could provide plastic plates and cups for eating and drinking outdoors, we had taken some but not enough really. All in all we had a fabulous stay, I will definitely be booking again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone else. Oh by the way, I almost forgot that we also got a beautiful welcome hamper on arrival, which was very welcomed. Xx



Parking Space Parking Space
Jacuzzi Jacuzzi
Linen Provided Linen provided
Towels Provided Towels provided
Dishwasher Dishwasher
cookewr Cooker
Refrigerator Fridge
Televsion Television
WiFi WiFi


Single Beds

Twin Beds


Oil central heating and underfloor heating on the ground-floor and woodburning stove
Microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, oven, washer/dryer, Smart TV and WiFi
Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc in rent
Bed linen and towels inc in rent
Off-road parking for five cars
Rear garden area with lawn area and patio area with furniture
The hot tub is now electric and so will be ready for guest arrival
Two well behaved pets welcome
Sorry, no smoking allowed
Pub within less than 4 miles, shop within less than 5 miles Please note that as per the pictures, this property is next to a cattle field which has livestock and there may be associated countryside noise
There is a cattle grid which should prevent dogs leaving any open area but please do supervise your dogs while in the property area
Please note - No dogs to be in the bedroom at anytime

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Grosmont, St Matthew's Church - 3.1 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Captain Cook Memorial Museum - 4.1 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Whitby, St Mary's Church - 4.2 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Whitby Abbey - 4.2 miles (Abbey) Heritage Rating

Beggar's Bridge - 4.2 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Thomason Foss - 4.8 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Mallyan Spout - 5.6 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Goathland, St Mary's Church - 5.8 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Fylingdales, St Stephen's Old Church - 7.2 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Wheeldale Roman Road - 7.7 miles (Roman Site) Heritage Rating

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