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E12849 - Swallows Rest

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


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:
19 February, 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 North Yorkshire

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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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)


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: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 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: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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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A gorgeous little cottage in rural surroundings.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in a beautiful and charming cottage which had all the aminities we required. My little girl loved seeing the donkeys on the farm each day! The owners Lisa and Graham were so welcoming and accommodating, such lovely people. The only negative comment to mention which I feel is out of the owners control anyway is there were such a lot of flies to contend with! Which meant we kept all the windows and doors shut. The cottage got very warm as a consequence.

I would highly recommend staying here and would love to take the rest of our family one day to stay in all 3 cottages. We also loved that one of the cottages is pet free, that was important to us having a young child.

The decoration of the cottages was just gorgeous!

The information we received from the owners about things to do in the area meant we had some really lovely family days out.

Thank you for a lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a wonderful review - we really do appreciate your feedback and are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. We're sorry the flies were a nuisance - being in the countryside, it is something we don't have any control over for a few weeks in the summer. Although, if you had mentioned it during your stay - Graham would have happily come around with his electronic fly swatter..... It is also worth pointing out, that the windows can all be put on night latch - so that you have the air circulation, without letting the flies in. We hope to see you again, along with your family.
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A Fantastic Stay in Whitby

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend at Swallow's Rest. The cottage was full of character and had everything we needed. Rooms were clean and spacious and we would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a peaceful relaxing stay.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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swallows rest a fantastic stay

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely little cottage. Both lisa and graham made us feel at home immediately on arrival. Spotlessly clean, exceptionally cosy, fabulous view. Very central to all attractions. We will be back, cant wait for our next visit already recommended to our friends. 5 stars from us Lisa and Graham

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really appreciate you taking the time to review your stay and are delighted with your comments. It's great to hear that you enjoyed our accommodation enough to want to return and thank you for recommending us to your friends.
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Swallows Rest - relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

Spent a wonderful and very relaxing four days in Swallows Rest cottage, which we found to have been restored to a very high standard. It was well appointed and tastefully furnished.

The cottages are down a little track off the road than runs into Scarborough one way and Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay the other, so are well placed for days out.

Just across this road is the Flask pub which does good food by all accounts, but we didn't get to try this ourselves. Next to that is a small filling station which has a shop attached, handy for forgotten items.

Despite being a short distance from the road, we were never aware of any traffic noise at all. In fact the only thing we did hear were the birds !

The views from the rear windows and the patio of the cottage were amazing, birds on the feeders, Bracken and Willow the donkeys and of course the sea which even after a little rain looked lovely with a rainbow which appeared to rise from the sea and lasted a very long time.

We tended to sleep with the blind partly open as we found that with no light around the sky was so dark we could see a vast amount of stars, and it was lovely to lie in bed and fall asleep just watching them.

We found Lisa and Grahem to be very friendly and chatty, they should be very proud of what they have achieved. They also have two gorgeous dogs and two cats that add to the charm of the place.

We had lunch at the Magpie cafe in Whitby, which we really enjoyed. The batter on the fish was so light and tasty, not the cheapest of meals at around £30 for two of us, but well worth it.

We certainly hope to visit these cottages again.

Annette and Colin

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your experience and providing such a detailed & lovely review. We know exactly what you mean about the stars in the dark skies, we are so lucky to live in an area with no light pollution. In the early hours of this morning, we watched the Lunar Eclipse and it was a wonderful experience - the stars were amazing and put on a fabulous show. You seem to have summed up everything we love about living here, so thank you again and we hope to see you again.
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Accommodation and facilities for Swallows Restin Scarborough in Yorkshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
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 ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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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