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Stunning property close to coast and moors with lovely views over the Esk valley

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Superb 5 bed, 3 bathroom property in Perfect village Location For Coast And North York Moors

A genuine home from home, with 5 bedrooms there is plenty of room to accommodate everyone in comfort. This recently refurbished semi-detached house is in its first season as a holiday home and sleeps 10 comfortably, with 2 ensuite kingsize bedrooms and 3 twin rooms.

Outside the house has gardens to the front,side and back. The back garden being recently landscaped and fully enclosed so secure for children and dogs. In the back garden there is a large bbq, and dining area (for 10) plus a raised patio and 2 seperate areas to sit and watch the world go by, and enjoy the beautiful countryside.

The house is within walking distance of the village's amenities which include a bakers, butchers, tea shop, hair dressers, Convenience store/post office, fish and chip shop and 2 pubs.

There is no need to venture too far with everything on your door step.

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James Ratcliff
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 February, 2017

About James Ratcliff

We bought this property in 2015 to run as a holiday rental. We had always dreamed of having a holiday home we could run as a business and this is it! We refurbishing the house, decorating it from top to bottom, including a lot of re-plastering, landscaping and fencing the back garden, so that it makes a real home from home for all our guests, who love it as much as we do!

After a lot of blood sweat and tears we are open and looking forward to the next chapter in our dream.

James Ratcliff purchased this house in 2014

Why James Ratcliff chose Yorkshire Moors and Coast

We love this area, and when searching for a house were looking in the North Yorkshire Moors and villages around when we by chance came upon Fern Lea in Sleights. Sleights is the main village between the Moors and the Coast when coming over the Moors from Pickering and has a great pub and excellent fish and chip shop, plus a butchers, bakers and small Spar store.We fell in love with the character of the old property and decided this was the place to be. With the Moors being on the door step the advantage of Sleights is that you get the best of both - being close to the coast and the wonderful beach at Sandsend, as well as being a stones throw from the Moors, and some breathtaking scenery. Whitby being on the doorstep is an added bonus as there is always something happening, whether it be a music weekend, the famous Goth weekend, or just a visit to the Abbey.

There is no finer view then looking down the hill to Lythe over Sandsend beach and Whitby in the background. A perfect place!

What makes this house unique

The property is raised up from the road (Sleights is built on a hill) and because of this the front room is always light and bright. There are lovely walks from the front door, up the hill for a fantastic view over the village and rolling hills, or along the river where the steam trains run to Whitby.

The kitchen is wonderful, light and bright with doors onto the patio and the breakfast bar enables you to have an informal snack, and to sit and chat while cooking.

The garden is fully enclosed and so a safe area for the dogs to roam - we have two dogs and they love to go for a walk on Sandsend beach.

We love the village as it has everything you need on your doorstep there is no need to go any further if you don't want the hassle, a truly perfect holiday location.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)


Lovely property in great location

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of six adults and four children and spent new year at this property. The house was decorated and furnished to a high standard. The kitchen was extremely well equipped and spacious and the dining area allowed us to all eat together with plenty of space. We loved the location and enjoyed being able to walk to Whitby and nearby villages without having to use our cars. The village itself has good shops and the nearby plough inn was warm and welcoming, and takes dogs. The owners left a very generous welcome pack on arrival which was a nice touch.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you had a great time at Fern Lea, and enjoyed everything the village has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future perhaps when the weather is a bit warmer so you can explore the beautiful Moors and nearby beaches!
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Lovely spacious holiday home in quiet location within easy reach of Whitby

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home, beautifully presented. It was nice to stay in a holiday home that was so clean, thank you to the cheery lady we met as we left, she is a fabulous cleaner! Super location, quiet and yet within easy reach of Whitby. Good bus service. Great range of local shops. We wished we hadn't ordered a supermarket delivery as the shops are well worth using, butchers, deli, bakery and post office all within 5 mins walk.

The weather was awful for our stay so we were actually in the house a lot which made us appreciate the fact that it was such a comfortable place in which to be. Lots of space, which for our group was important as we were all there for our annual art holiday. We were very productive!

Definitely would recommend this property, we book different houses each year for our group and this is without doubt one of the best.

Nearly forgot to mention the generous welcome hamper, a very pleasant surprise!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback, delighted you had a great break, but sorry the weather was so bad, probably the worst week of the year!! You'll have to come back next year so you can paint the wonderful scenery we are lucky enough to have on the coast and the Moors. Debbie does a fabulous job looking after the property and was delighted with your feedback, so thank you.
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Brilliant brithday celebration

  • 5 of 5

Our family of ten visited Sleights to celebrate our birthdays. Brilliant place to stay- the house was great - nicely kept, spacious and well equipped. The garden has a table for 10 and bbq. Although we didn't bbq, we ate outside twice and it was nice and secluded. The bus stop was a 5 min walk away & the service to Whitby town was regular. The 2 pubs in the village were both great, both very different to each other, but both had friendly, welcoming staff. The local Spa shop had all you needed if you realised you needed a quick top up of food, booze, etc. which is just a short walk up the hill. James the owner/landlord is very helpful and answered any questions we had prior to our stay. Whilst we were there, James was away (which he made us aware of), but his mum was at hand should we need her. Although we didn't have any cause to call her, she still left a voicemail for me to call her should we have any problems. A welcome pack was left for us too, which was a lovely touch. I would recommend Fern Lea and would definitely stay again. Thank you James.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely comments. Really pleased you had a great time, enjoyed the house and the area and most importantly had a great birthday celebration!
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Fantastic property we recommend

  • 5 of 5

Party of 10 had great time in excellent property. The house had everything we needed. Welcome basket was great touch with bottle of wine, milk, bread and more. Would recommend. 5 min walk to train station into whitby. Perfect!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home from home in stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Well equipped property within picturesque village with all amenities close at hand. The house has extensive character and is excellent for a family or friends gathering with plenty of space in comfort for all. One minor maintenance item experienced which was rectified immediately. Very impressed with how welcoming the owner was and how efficiently he dealt with small problem. Only suggestion would be to have more cosy lighting in living room for evenings, as one small table lamp not quite enough.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such lovely feedback, delighted you had a great holiday and enjoyed staying at Fern Lea. We will see what we can do to make the lighting in the lounge more cosy for your next visit. You timed you visit perfectly as it was the Pickering and North Yorkshire Moors Railway War Weekend where the towns and villages linked by the railway commemorate the Second World War by dressing up in fantastic costumes and laying on entertainment of the era. We look forward to welcoming you back for another holiday in the future.
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Great holiday home for the extended family

  • 5 of 5

Lovely fully modernized house, with plenty of room for the extended family and friends including large kitchen and dining room so that everybody gets to sit at the table. Decorated this year and featuring all mod cons, includes patio and grill if the season's right. In Sleighs, with great walks just outside the front door, allows to follow river walks either along the Esk or Iburndale Beck, further afield the North Yorkshire moors with lots of traditional quaint villages + Heartbeat country side. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • 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
Easter 2017
31 Mar 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May 2017
21 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Half term 2017
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June 2017
2 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
July 2017
30 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
summer holidays 2017
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Sept 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Oct 2017
29 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Halloween, Goth, Bonfire 2017
20 Oct 2017 - 9 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Nov, Dec 2017
10 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2017 New Year, 2018
21 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
A non-refundable deposit of £150 is payable on booking the property, this will convert into a breakage/security deposit upon your arrival in the property. This will be refunded to you on satisfactory inspection of the property within 2 weeks of your departure.

We take weekend bookings and mid week bookings out of peak season, with changeover days of Friday (for 3 night breaks) and Monday for 4 night breaks.

The balance will be due 8 weeks before the start of your stay. In the event you are booking your property in the 8 week period before your stay full payment will be required.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday. Arrival time is 4pm and departure time 10am.

Notes on prices:
Weekend breaks are available out of season, prices are approximately 75% of the weekly rate, please contact owner to get a quote for the price.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Sleights in North Yorkshire

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Family Bathroom on 1st floor - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Basin,Bath and large heated towel rail
    Ground floor Toilet - Toilet , Basin
    Ensuite shower room off bedroom 2 on 1st floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Basin
    Ensuite Shower room off bedroom 1 on 2nd floor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , And basin
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, toilet and basin En-suite bathroom to bedroom 2 with shower, toilet and basin Family Bathroom with toilet, basin with bath and large heated towel rail Downstairs toilet and basin
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Large ensuite on 2nd floor with sitting area and views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Ensuite with Kingsize bed on 1st floor
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Twin room at front of house on 1st floor
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Twin room overlooking back of house on 1st floor
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , Twin room overlooking back of house on 1st floor
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with kingsize bed, sitting area, ensuite toilet/shower room Bedroom 2 with kingsize bed, ensuite toilet/shower room, Balcony Bedroom 3 with twin beds, TV/DVD and Palystation Bedroom 4 with twin beds Bedroom 5 with twin beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • surfing
Notes on accommodation: This is a no smoking house. Two well behaved dogs are welcome. Please keep the dogs downstairs and off the furniture. For more information please visit our website http://fern-lea.net Outside: The house has a lovely garden to the front and side, and an enclosed back garden which is child and dog friendly. The back garden has a large patio and bbq area accessible from the dining area through french doors. The patio has a large dining table and chairs that seats 10. There are also steps upto two other patio areas where you can sit and enjoy a drink while admiring the scenery and watching the world go by. Utility Room: Utility room fitted with washing machine, tumble drier, iron, ironing board, clothes drier, sink, dog bed Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels (bath plus hand) are included. The property is cleaned, linen and towels changed on Fridays or changeover-days which ever is the soonest. Other: High chair and cot are available if required. There is free wifi in the house and a phone (incoming calls only)

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