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Large Cottage in Village Location

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Cottage in Sleights, Nr. Whitby, North Yorkshire, England - Situated in 'Heartbeat ' Country, Close to the Moors and Coast

'Inkwells' was the original village school and was built in 1834 of local blue bank stone with the traditional herringbone cut. The village of Sleights is ideally placed for exploring the moors and the coast, being only 2.5 miles from Grosmont and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, 4 miles from Whitby. Walks can be taken on to the moors from the door. Goathland, alias 'Aidensfield' in the popular TV series 'Heartbeat' is only a short drive away.

Beverley Harrison
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
10 February, 2017

About Beverley Harrison

Originally we bought "Inkwells" as a place to which we could retire in the village where my husband grew up and where his family still live. However, work and family commitments have meant that this branch of the Harrison family has remained in Essex and will do so for the foreseeable future!

Beverley Harrison purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Beverley Harrison chose Yorkshire Moors and Coast

As a family we have spent many happy holidays ourselves in "Inkwells", sometimes bringing friends and family from Essex to explore the local countryside. "Inkwells" is a quirky property, having been converted in the 1970s when the school closed its doors for the last time to a family home and it has reinvented itself a few times since then!

It is a comfortable and homely place for a holiday and most of my bookings come from visitors who return year after year. It appeals to family groups of 3 generations or groups of walkers who I hope find that it is good value. The village of Sleights is a friendly place and it is really handy to have an excellent butcher, baker and well-stocked Spar shop within walking distance. Whitby itself is a delightful seaside town and there is now a Park and Ride facility between Whitby and Sleights. When in Sleights, we always enjoy going to Ruswarp where it is possible to hire a rowing boat and visit the little cafe or the garden centre. Flamingo Land is a good day out for the youngsters and if you like a bit of adventure, there is a superb "Go Ape" course in Dalby Forest and also bike trails. There is always so much to do in the area and never enough time! So, whether you are looking for an active energetic time or just want to chill out, I hope you like "Inkwells" as much as we do.

What makes this cottage unique

On a chilly evening, just light the fire and have a cosy night in.

How about a table tennis tournament?

You could try visiting a local pub on quiz night or, I think, unique to this area, a Dominoes Drive - very sociable and won't make a big dent in your pocket!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for Inkwells! My family and I were amazed at the quantity and quality on offer in this excellent holiday accommodation. From 3 years to 70, nothing was forgotten and the standards were first class.'

'Very pleasant house - well equipped kitchen. Plenty of rooms and space. Great local stores and pubs.'

'A lovely house. All had a nice time. Would come back again. Good value for money.'
Feb 2009
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5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)

Essex & Suffolk

Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

Inkwells is a delightful and spacious cosy home for a winter break shared with family and friends. The kitchen is well equipped with everything to cater for a large group. The log fire supplements the central heating and makes a lovely focal point in the lounge, where there are ample settees for everyone. Sleights is an excellent location for both coast or countryside, with lots of scenic walks.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely house

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here last year with family and we had a lovely time the house is perfect for large groups plenty of space and everything you need to self cater table tennis in the garage kept the kids and adults amused in the evening. Easily booked no hassle picking up keys , very clean on arrival,lovely area,plenty places to visit round about ,and I would highly recommend a visit. Lovely holiday home C. Christine and Family

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
17 Feb 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 4
31 Mar 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
21 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 6
2 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
22 Sep 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
To book, please telephone or email the owner, Beverley Harrison. A 25% (non-returnable) deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance is payable 6 weeks before the start date of your holiday. Please note that we do not offer travel or cancellation insurance and you will need to arrange this yourself. Please see the terms and conditions attached to your booking form for more details.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday. Departure: 10am. The cottage is available from 3pm for new arrivals. During Winter months, we can offer 3 (Friday - Monday) and 4 (Monday- Friday) night breaks at 75% of the weekly rate. Please telephone or email for further details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sleights in North Yorkshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • village
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet , Downstairs cloakroom with toilet and wash basin
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, basin and wc. Bathroom with bath/shower over, basin and wc. Ground floor cloakroom with basin and wc.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , A travel cot is available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , This bedroom is on the ground floor
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 with double bed, wash basin. Bedroom 3 with twin beds, wash basin. Bedroom 4 with single bed and wash basin. Bedroom 5 with single bed and wash basin. Bedroom 6 (ground floor) with twin beds.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
Notes on accommodation: The property is centrally heated by a gas boiler. The lounge has an open fire. Electricity and fuel for the open fire are included in the rent. Fuel for the barbecue is not included. Originally the village school, 'Inkwells' is now a spacious and comfortable holiday cottage in a village location. Perfect for a walking, sightseeing or beach holiday. Outside: There is access from both the utility room and the lounge on to the enclosed patio which is a pleasant area for Summer meals. Outdoor furniture and a barbecue are provided. Steps lead to an upper area where the coal bunker is located. The flower beds are raised and retained by old dry stone walls and it is recommended that children are supervised in this area and not allowed to climb on the walls. Parking is on the road or alternatively there is a small free public car park opposite. Utility Room: The utility room leads off the kitchen and contains an automatic washing machine and tumble dryer. The large sink is ideal for washing up barbecue equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedlinen is provided but please provide your own personal towels. The cottage will be cleaned prior to your arrival and all beds are made up. Please note that the cot listed below is a travel cot - please supply your own bedding. Other: The boiler room provides a warm area in which to dry walking clothes and boots. The garage (unheated) has a table tennis table for guests' use.

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