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Sneaton near Ruswarp, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 984736)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Ground floor bedroom

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Holmlea was a wonderful homely place to stay."

    Excellent quality fixtures and fittings with spotlights throughout and nice touches such as light up mirrors. Comfortable beds and great rainfall shower. The garden was well kept and a good size for our daughter to play in. A few small issues such as no fire lighter to light the log burner with and could have done with some extras such as a basket and more pegs for hanging washing outside as well as an airer for indoor drying. The kitchen didn't match the modern feeling of the other rooms; had lots of utensils but could do with a few things replacing. Our biggest issue was the fridge- we saw other reviews saying it was small so we tried to pack lightly but, as a shielding family, we wanted to be fully self catering so ended up bringing lots of canned goods. If the fridge could be replaced for a standard under the counter size that would really help particularly with the house being able to accommodate 4 adults. Due to the shielding aspect we arrived a day later than our start day and therefore asked for the owner to be informed to take their time with cleaning. I always do my own touchpoint cleaning for peace of mind but we were disappointed to find hairs in bedroom drawers and wardrobes. Some of the kitchen drawers could have done with a bit of attention also. We thought that arriving 24 hours late would have allowed the perfect opportunity to do some extra cleaning that there isn't time for on a normal turnaround. Owner was very helpful when we asked about bike storage and kindly left the garage key. Holmlea was still very cosy despite lots of things having to be removed due to Covid. Great location with lots of amenities locally- highly recommend the Bothams bakery at Sleights and the fish and chip shop. Pizza shop from Whitby did a contact free delivery to our door and the pub next door served up some lovely takeaways for us. The issues we experienced would certainly not deter us from coming again and it is very difficult for us to find somewhere that we want to come back to! Overall, a well cared for property and you really felt like you could settle in!

    Reviewed by RachelOct 2020

  • "This is a great cottage, the photos on the website make it look more dated than it actually is."

    Nice garden with great views. The rooms are a great size and there is plenty of storage. I’ve never seen a kitchen in a holiday rental with as many utensils! The fridge is tiny however. The entrance to the driveway is quite tight if you have a larger car. Location is good, Beacon Farm ice cream parlour is very close, there is a pub next door (very quiet when we went) and it is a 10 minute drive to Whitby. We will definitely come back.

    Reviewed by LyndseyOct 2020

  • "Just one small thing."

    I couldn,t find a hairdryer I tried all the cupboards in the bathroom and the units in the bedrooms, luckily I always take a small travel hairdryer with us. Don,t know if it had been broken and not replaced or they didn't have one.

    Reviewed by LOct 2020

  • "Perfect location and very quiet ."

    A word of warning to groups of four - the refrigerator is very small so do’t be taking lots of food which needs refrigeration.

    Reviewed by ColinSep 2020

  • "The bungalow was wonderful, the pic on the website does not give it justice, people will just flick past it."

    It's a very comfortable bungalow with lots of space both inside and out.There is everything that you will need to make things easy and enjoyable for yourself. We will most likely be going back.

    Reviewed by CaroleSep 2020

  • "Clean comfortable bungalow situated next door to a friendly pub and next door but one to an ice cream parlour."

    There were walks from the door and it was ideal for touring the coastal resorts of Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay. The fridge was small but we managed with a cool box and ice packs.

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely and spotlessly clean giving full covid safe feeling."

    Comfortable, homely with a view of Whitby town and the sea in the distance. The website photos of the garden don't do it justice, and we think these should be replaced now the grass is green. The only minor issue was the small fridge, although we were totally self catering and brought a lot of food with us. We are walkers and this is a superb location for both inland moor and coastal walks.

    Reviewed by StuartAug 2020

  • "Can highly recommend this lovely, clean bungalow with all that is needed for a comfortable and enjoyable stay for up to 2 couples."

    There was a tray with some complementary tea bags & coffee sachets and Whitby biscuits, also fresh milk and bottle of wine in the fridge. At the end of the road leading into a track so very quiet. Pub next door quiet and serves a beautiful Sunday roast dinner; also Beacon Farm ice cream parlour and café which sells the best bacon buns ever! Views of Whitby, the Abbey and harbour from the back garden and dining room window. No DVD player so taken my own.

    Reviewed by AdrienneJul 2020

  • "Lovely house about 2-3 miles from Whitby."

    The house as described is quite neutral, very clean and with a great garden with costal views of Whitby. It looks better than the outside photos! The washing machine broke while we were staying and was replaced inside 48 hours by the helpful owner. It’s right next to the Wilson Arms, which did excellent food and was very welcoming. Overall a very nice stay, would be happy to stay again.

    Reviewed by LeeJul 2020

  • "Great cottage."

    Excellent location, very close to Whitby but away from the bustle. Very well fitted inside and well kept outside. Perfect really. Would prefer a bigger bed than a double, is my only observation. I would update the 1st photo on the site showing the cottage, its much nicer in real life, the pic is a bit off putting.

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2020

  • "No everything was great we have never had a problem with sykes cottages"

    Reviewed by JulieNov 2019

  • "We were very comfortable at holmlea , bungalow is well equipped warm and cosy ideal base to tour around moors , Whitby and Scarborough Would recommend to all."

    Reviewed by TerenceOct 2019

  • "Well presented, cosy bungalow with great view of Whitby!"

    Easy access to the coast and many walks which were still relatively dry despite the previous weekends torrential rain. Circular walk from Ruswarp to Whitby was particularly good. The local pub was welcoming and very obliging with food orders, letting us share a main course because the portions were so generous.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2019

  • "Owner needs to address the issue of rainfall shower splashing out of the shower enclosure."

    It’s not a problem for the holidaymaker at all but a long term problem for the owner.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2019

  • "The bungalow was beautifully clean and furnished and a welcome pack was there for our arrival including a bottle of wine, milk for a cup of tea and biscuits."

    The shower had grab rails as did the toilet which was one of the reasons for booking and it very much lived up to our expectations. That you.

    Reviewed by DianeAug 2019

  • "With one exception - We found a bad smell in the kitchen which we reported and owner tried to address."

    Reference number - is COR-120031-CF. Was allocated to Stacey-Ann. However, it was still there at the end of our stay and resulted us in shutting off the Kitchen door when not in there and opening outside door and window to kitchen when we did use for kettle, glasses, washing up etc. We could not stay in there to cook or prepare food so had breakfast cereal in the dining room and ate out at other meals. Ability to prepare our own meals was a key reason for choosing this place so cost us. As a result we left a day early. I think some compensation is in order as if it was other holiday accom we would have been able to be moved to another place. The rest of the stay and quality of accommodation met expectations, although the carpet in the bathroom next to the shower was a little dated and hard not to spray with water.

    Reviewed by BrettAug 2019

  • "A wonderfully clean and comfortable bungalow well placed for visiting the coast."

    We had a very enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by SheilaJul 2019

  • "A wonderfully equipped and very comfortable bungalow very peaceful but not too far away from all amenities."

    Would definitely recommend. Pub next door was a bonus.

    Reviewed by FrancesJun 2019

  • "Very comfortable bungalow in good location."

    Quality beds and bedding, well equipped kitchen and pleasant well furnished lounge. Took a while to find back door key, found in airing cupboard eventually. Good sized bathroom but unable to open window as it was locked which despite an extraction fan led to bad condensation. Overall very pleased with accommodation

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2019

  • "Superb cottage and base from which to explore the area."

    Everything you could wish for in a home from home. We had a wee problem with the electric and Hayley attended and dealt with the issue promptly and very efficiently. Extremely impressed and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by BenApr 2019

  • "Warm,cosy , comfortable bungalow with a lovely view from the back garden."

    Very clean, modern bathroom, had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by ChristineMar 2019

  • "Great location friendly pub next door perfect"

    Reviewed by SharonJan 2019

  • "Holmlea is a fabulous find for anyone looking for a break in North Yorkshire."

    Well furnished, plenty of equipment in the kitchen to make you feel at home and really friendly neighbors. The local pub The Wilson Arms is a gem! Thank you for helping us have a great NYE!

    Reviewed by ChloeDec 2018

  • "We stayed at Homlea cottage in the beautiful, tranquil, picturesque village of Sneaton!"

    The bungalow was a great holiday home for our stay. It was remarkably clean, spacious, and tastefully furnished. It had only just been refited, and decorated to the highest standard. It had two beautiful well tended gardens, with excellet views of Whitby, and the picturesque outlying north Yorkshire countryside. It even has a pub next door! A mere few hundred yards away!! Which served the best food you could eat!! The owner of the cottage was lovely, and most helpful!! A lovely wecome pack was waiting for us, when we arrived. Consisting of a lovely bottle of wine, coffee, tea, and milk. Overall this has to be the best cottage we have ever stayed in, and we have stayed in hundreds over the years! Yes! I would definitely reccomend it to anyone who is visiting North Yorkshire!!

    Reviewed by CliveSep 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    Very clean and comfortable with little extras provided that were a lovely touch. Everything was just fantastic and the view was great. We enjoyed being out of Whitby and driving in for the day. Fabulous!

    Reviewed by JennyAug 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 2 x double
  • Shower room with separate WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Oil heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine
  • dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car, roadside parking
  • Front and rear lawn with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 2 minute walk

The property

Holmlea is a soothing, neutral bungalow resting amid the luscious countryside of the North York Moors National Park, just one mile from the charming village of Ruswarp.

There are plenty of superb opportunities and attractions abounding in this fine rural region, making this the perfect base for an unforgettable Yorkshire getaway.

As you step into the lovely Holmlea, straight ahead lies a family shower room with modern tiling and a walk-in shower allowing you to get ready for your days in style.

The two bedrooms at the property both contain double beds and enjoy a soothing, neutral decor.

Kick back and relax in the welcoming living/dining room, enhanced by an alluring woodburning stove, a Freeview TV and a social dining spot to gather and enjoy your meals.

Your delicious dishes can be rustled up in the splendid and well-equipped kitchen, completing the interior of the cottage in a pleasing manner.

Peaceful and well-maintained lawns rest to the front and the rear of Holmlea, chill out with a refreshing drink and appreciate the distant views towards Whitby and the coast.

While Sneaton's friendly village pub and ice cream parlour sits within a stone's throw, the lovely village of Ruswarp is just one mile away and offers a selection of fantastic amenities to make the most of.

Head three miles towards the coastline to discover the wonderful fishing port of Whitby, holding much character with its dramatic abbey, as well as hosting a superb range of excellent shops, restaurants and activities including a stunning sandy beach.

Lovers of the countryside can venture through the idyllic North York Moors, a beautiful landscape bursting with scenic paths and trails, along with a plethora of fascinating little villages to explore.

Use Holmlea as the inviting base for a break in this marvellous location.

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About the location


Whitby 1.5 miles; Robin Hood's Bay 6 miles.

Situated just 1.5 miles inland from Whitby, the small village of Ruswarp lies on the River Esk, with old stone cottages lining the main street. Ruswarp has excellent amenities, including a local pub with hand-pulled real ales, a village shop and a renowned local butcher. The Esk Valley Walk runs through the village, and it is an easy 25 minute walk to the centre of Whitby. Ruswarp has a regular bus service, and the single track railway has regular steam trains running through! Enjoy an hour’s boating on the river, take a ride on the miniature train, feed the local ducks, or enjoy a snack at the tea room. A perfect location for exploring the surrounding coastline and the dramatic North York Moors.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
Book with confidence
If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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