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Three Charming Self Catering Cottages With Wonderful Sea & Countryside Views - Swallows Rest

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Swallows Rest

Swallows rest (sleeps 4)

1st floor - bedroom 1

with king size bed, sea & countryside views

1st floor - bedroom

with twin 3ft single beds - can be linked to create a super king size bed

1st floor - bathroom

with bath (plus mixer shower on taps), separate shower cubicle, wc, wash basin & heated towel rail

ground floor - kitchen/diner

well equipped spacious kitchen with electric oven, hob, extractor hood, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave/grill, toaster, kettle

dining area - dining table and seating for four people

ground floor - lounge

good size lounge with patio doors leading to an outside paved patio area with wonderful sea & countryside views. Two comfortable leather sofas. 32" tv with dvd, freesat, selection of books & games.

ground floor - porch/downstairs loo

the cottage benefits from underfloor heating.

wifi available free of charge.

pets are not not allowed in this property. This is no smoking property.

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About the property


A 1760's agricultural stone barn conversion into 3 charming cottages, retaining many original features. Furnished & decorated to a high standard, providing comfortable accommodation, which you will enjoy returning to after exploring this beautiful part of the country. Ideally located just off the A171 in the North Yorkshire Moors - great for country walks & visiting the villages & coast all year round. Wake up to wonderful sea & countryside views, enjoy breakfast on your patio in the summer months & our underfloor heating system provides cozy nights in during the winter. We have some fantastic dark skies, perfect for star gazing and an abundance of wildlife - the sun rising and setting is pretty amazing too. The scenery is stunning whatever the season & can be enjoyed by couples, families, walkers & cyclists. Groups can rent all three cottages, ideal for a large get together. Pets are welcome by prior arrangement in selected cottages - £10 charge per pet for Shortbreaks and £20 per pet per week . The changing seasons make Meadowbeck Cottages perfect for a stay all year round. Short Breaks Available - please see our website.

We have also converted our dutch pole barn into a games room, including Pool Table, Bar Football, Darts Board & TV area.

New for this year our Shepherds Hut which sleeps 2 and offers charming, cozy accommodation - fully equipped and a unique experience - please see our website for details.

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Lisa Rowett-Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
10 December, 2017

About Lisa Rowett-Smith

We live in England in The North Yorkshire Moors, with our 2 dogs Bailey & Teodora, 2 cats Cia & Lyon and 2 donkeys Willow & Bracken. We moved to the countryside in 2012 and renovated our 1760's agricultural stone barn into 3 holiday cottages. We have since turned our utility barn into a games room for our guests and are now updating our own home (the guests had to come first).

We have also planted an orchard so fingers crossed in the future, our guests will be able to pick apples and try their hand on the press we intend to use for making cider. It has been an exhausting journey, full of surprises (mostly good but others not so) however we have managed to stay married to each other and wouldn't swap it for the world. A friend visited recently and said we had found a little piece of heaven and we think we have. We are hoping to get some chickens next and share our fresh eggs with the guests.

Lisa Rowett-Smith purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Lisa Rowett-Smith chose Whitby

We fell in love with the area whilst visiting my parents who live nearby in Scarborough. We were keen to buy a property which allowed us to run a holiday cottage business but also gave us the opportunity to renovate a building ourselves and start the business from scratch.

We moved in July 2012 & started work on the barn, which has only housed cows and swallows since 1760.

It has been a very frustrating & exhausting year but we have managed to complete the renovations and opened for business in late Summer 2013. We love living here and are looking forward to sharing it with visiting guests.

Before and after photos of the project can be seen on our website.

What makes this cottage unique

Meadowbeck Holiday Cottages are in a great location. Stunning countryside and moorland views, as well as the beautiful coastline - what more is there?

Easy to access just off the main A171 Scarborough to Whitby road, yet in a quiet, peaceful area within the North Yorkshire Moors. There is plenty of free parking directly outside of the cottages for easy access.

The cottages have great countryside and sea views, a pub serving real ales and great food just a short walk away. There is an abundance of wildlife on our doorstep and the lack of light pollution gives us some amazing night skies - perfect for star gazing. Easy access by car or bus to a number of quaint villages and coastal towns.

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Booking Notes:
25% deposit required within 7 days of booking. The balance is due in full 6 weeks before the holiday arrival date. (For bookings made less than 6 weeks before the start of the holiday, then the full amount is due immediately).
Unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund on cancellations, unless we are able to re-let the property. Payment can be accepted via bank transfer, cheque or paypal.

Changeover Day:
Depending on existing bookings we can be flexible on the arrival day. At Peak times, weekly stays are to arrive Friday or Saturday
Arrival after 3pm & Departure by 10am

Minimum of 3 nights stay over Bank Holiday Weekends.
This cottage (Swallows Rest) is kept strictly pet free.
PLEASE NOTE: Pets by prior arrangement only in Forget-me-not and Cowslip - There is an additional charge of £10 each pet for short breaks and £20 per week
All towels, linens, heating, electricity and water are included within the rental prices.


Accommodation and facilities for Swallows Restin Whitby in Scarborough District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Golf ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Towels & good quality linen are provided & included within rental prices. For guests staying two weeks, a mid stay linen/towels change is provided & included within the rental price. An Iron/Ironing Board is available. Travel Cots & High Chairs available on request - please advise at time of booking. Please note - We have now completed the conversion of our utility barn which provides a games room (including pool table, bar football, darts board) & TV area. There is a Washing/Drying Machine, Iron & Ironing Board, Sink, Shower and WC within this communal area. There is also storage for cycles & other equipment you may not wish to store in the cottage. We have plenty of on site parking - straight outside the cottages. There is also a bus stop just at the top of our lane on the main Scarborough to Whitby route. Outside: We have walks right outside our door. Each cottage has a paved patio area contained by a small picket fence - with views to the sea & countryside. There is plenty of open space to exercise pets and a wash facility for muddy paws and cycles. Onsite parking available - straight outside the cottage.


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average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews

A wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We rented Forget-me-Not and Swallows Rest for a week in August as a family gathering with 3 children. We loved it and so did the children! They especially loved the donkeys and being able to run in and out of each other's houses! The cottages are beautifully presented and very comfortable. Lisa and Graham were really helpful - I can't recommend these cottages highly enough!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your holiday. We are so pleased that you enjoyed staying in Forget-me-not and Swallows Rest with your family. The children were delightful and we're sure that the donkeys enjoyed meeting them all. We appreciate you recommending our accommodation and hope to welcome you back in the future.
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Relaxing week in fabulous cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday in Swallows Rest. The cottage was extremely comfortable and relaxing. We couldn't have wished for better. Dave looked after us brilliantly for the first half of the week and his local knowledge was invaluable. Lisa and Graham were equally as welcoming and helpful. In spite of mixed weather we had a great time knowing that we had a warm, welcoming place to go back to. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your week staying in Swallows Rest and really appreciate your feedback. We will pass on your review to Dave, who will be thrilled to hear your comments. Thank you and we hope to have you to stay again in the future.
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Immaculate cottage in a fabulous setting

  • 5 of 5

We booked 2 of the 3 cottages for an extended family stay over the Easter weekend. With 3 generations needs to satisfy we were more than impressed by what greeted us upon arrival. The cottages are beautifully presented, home from home with everything you need and a high degree of facilities. We were greeted warmly by Lisa who also gave us information on local walks, the local pub and bus services too.

We would highly recommend a stay there & look forward to visiting again.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to review your stay Louise. We know what it can be like trying to keep everyone in the family happy when you arrange a get together, so we're really pleased that you all enjoyed your stay with us over the Easter weekend. We appreciate you recommending us and hope to be able to accommodate you again in the future.
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A lovely spot to relax and enjoy the view

  • 4 of 5

Lovely hosts and a very nice cottage. We enjoyed our stay - perfect place to chill. Don't forget your tea bags!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments and we are really pleased that you both enjoyed your stay in Swallows Rest.
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Swallows Rest - simply the best !

  • 5 of 5

As me and my missus sat on the sun baked patio of Swallows Rest sipping our wine and looking out over the fields to the distant Robins Hoods Bay she said to me "you've come up trumps with this one pet"....and indeed I had.

Firstly the location is both beautiful and practical....the three cottages are situated in a tranquil place with lovely views. There is plenty to see and do in the area with both Whitby and Scarborough being short drives away...and if you want to leave the car there is a very regular bus service.

Secondly the cottage itself is immaculate. It is tastefully decorated and is spacious. Fixtures and fittings are new and the luxury of underfloor heating is a bonus. Upon arrival we were impressed at it being spotlessly clean and that there was some Yorkshire cake and sticks of rock waiting for us.

Lisa and Graham were very helpful with Lisa even taking our kids on her dog walk...thanks Lisa!

I have stayed in numerous hired accommodation over the years and I have to rank this place as up there with the best....try it out!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow - thank you for such a wonderful review - praise indeed! Thoroughly enjoyed the kids joining me - they were both lovely and we're so pleased that they made friends with the children holidaying in Forget-me-not - felt quite sad when they were all saying goodbye (oh to be young)... We really appreciate you taking the time to review your stay and are so pleased to hear that you were all happy during your stay.
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Excellent place to stay with stunning views and lovely owners.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in swallows rest was fantastic and we could not have asked for anything better. The surroundings are delightful and our daughter enjoyed fussing over the dogs, donkeys, cats and other animals that belonged to the owners.

The cottage was clean, tidy, tastefully and modernly decorated and had everything we needed for our stay.

The cottage is situated in an excellent place and towns such as Whitby and Scarborough are easily accessible by car but far enough away to enjoy the scenery and peace and quiet.

The owners are fantastic and are welcoming and knowledgable about the surrounding areas and places that are good to visit.

We all had an amazing time and really didn't want to leave. Hopefully we will return again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What can we say - thank you for such a great review and feedback on what you enjoyed about your stay in Swallows Rest. The animals definitely enjoyed all of the attention heaped on them by your daughter. Hope to see you all again.
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Car: recommended


Robin Hoods Bay 10 minutes drive (can walk from our cottage (1 hour 20 minutes),

Whitby 18 minute drive, Sandsend 20 minutes drive, Scarborough 25 minutes drive.


Nearest Airport Leeds/Bradford and Newcastle (each approx. 1.5 hours drive)

Nearest Train Station Scarborough (approx. 25 mins drive) is also direct to York Train Station (just under 1 hour). There is a bus station at Scarborough which has a regular bus service to Whitby - Middlesborough. The bus stops just a the top of our lane.

A car is advisable but you can access the many local towns & villages via bus.

There is also the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Further Details:

There is a Pub (The Flask Inn) serving real ales and good food at the top of our lane (short walking distance). Next to the pub is a petrol station with a small selection of groceries. Sainsburys Supermarket is 10 mins drive, just on the outskirts of Whitby and The Co-operative is in the centre of Whitby (15 mins drive). There are several restaurants plus pubs serving food in Robin Hoods Bay (10 mins drive) and a larger selection of restuarants/pubs in Whitby (15 mins drive). There are leisure facilities/swimming pools in Whitby & Scarborough (25 mins drive). Main shopping areas & banks are in Whitby & Scarborough.