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Preacher's Rest

(Ref. 1015645)

Grosmont, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "We were very impressed with the high standard of the holiday home, it was very clean and comfortable, nice touches with the treats and flowers."

    Would certainly book again.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Mar 2024

  • "We absolutely loved staying in Preachers rest for the week, we’ll definitely be back again."

    It was super relaxing and peaceful, the owners were sweet enough to leave us milk and cake for our arrival aswell!! The only thing we’d say is maybe some outside lighting being placed by the front door as it is quite dark there.

    Reviewed by Lily5.0Sep 2023

  • "Delightful holiday apartment."

    Loved the location too.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0May 2023

  • "The quality of equipment and decor were excellent."

    We were a group of 5 adults and were disappointed in the size of the single bedroom and in retrospect realise this may be the reason no photo was included on the website. Also the layout of the twin bedroom is odd. But we had a very enjoyable stay despite this and particularly enjoyed the living space on the first floor.

    Reviewed by Alison4.4May 2023

  • "Superb accommodation and very well appointed."

    Beds were very comfortable and everything we could want was provided. It was also great being in the middle of Grosmont village with its lovely station.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Apr 2023

  • "The cottage was wonderful and superbly kitted out to a very high standard, we ..."

    The cottage was wonderful and superbly kitted out to a very high standard, we enjoyed our stay and met the owner who was very helpful and obliging

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Nov 2022

  • "Everything a holiday cottage should be."

    Hosts have made these cottages a real home from home.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Oct 2022

  • "Overall we found Preacher's Rest to be a comfortable, clean and well-appointed rental property that suited us as a family of two adults and two children."

    The property had everything we needed for our stay and it was kind of the owners to leave us some fresh milk and a cake to welcome us. It is a fascinating property, being the rear part of a converted chapel, and Grosmont is a quiet little moors village, with a station on the heritage North York Moors railway. It is well located for hiking and exploring the Moors and very close to the towns of Whitby and Pickering. We did not have any issues with wi-fi reception apart from in the single bedded room, where it was patchy. The open plan top floor, featuring kitchen, dining and living area, is airy, light, warm and welcoming and the star of the show. The twin bedded and single bedded bedroom are small, but this can be noted from photos. In terms of room for improvement we can not fault very much, just the following: we found the mattresses to be a bit uncomfortable; the en-suite to the twin bedded room has an unpleasant smell (possibly a drainage issue); with no access to an airing cupboard and no heated towel rail in the property then it meant towels stayed very wet during our visit. Even though we visited in the height of Summer, the bedrooms remained quite cold while the upstairs living area was very warm indeed. Overall we had a very pleasant stay in this comfortable and well apppointed accommodation in a lovely location in the North York Moors.

    Reviewed by Marco4.1Aug 2022

  • "The property was located in a beautiful area with stunning views."

    The local steam train was a lovely unexpected bonus. As for the property itself, the converted church was even more stunning in person than we expected and had more than everything we needed to enjoy a home from home experience. Will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2022

  • "Great property."

    Very comfortable and has been converted to a very high standard. Well equipped kitchen and spacious lounge area, Great location for walking and trips to the N Yorkshire coast. Only 200 yards from the North Yorkshire Moors railway station - although up a steep hill! Very good.

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Jun 2022

  • "Wonderful Yorkshire, wonderful weather and most importantly wonderful Preachers Rest."

    One of the nicest holiday rentals we have stayed in. The upstairs living area and kitchen were enchanting with WiFi being spot on (no problems experienced even with 4 using WiFi at the same time!). All beds were comfortable and plenty of towels provided for our use. A thoroughly well thought out property and a delight to stay in. The holiday particulars should mention the steep steps up from the car parking area and that the property is over 3 floors... The 3rd and smallest bedroom was at the entrance alone on a lower level away from the other 2 bedrooms down a corridoor. This was fine for us being all adults, but might not be suitable if a young child has to sleep there away from all others! SUGGESTION: Another saucepan (or 2) would have made all the difference when cooking a meal for 4/5. Only 2 provided. Also, kitchen serving spoon with holes in - difficult to get poached eggs out without one. Would highly recommend staying here. We loved it and were sad to leave. EXTRA NOTE: If taking a second car there is a car park at the station charging £5 per day (for 24 hours). This itself is not a problem, but sadly this daily charge runs from 12 midnight and states that should a car be in the car park for more than 5 consecutive days it will be towed away. Not very helpful from whoever owns the car park!

    Reviewed by Tracy4.7Jun 2022

  • "Preacher’s Rest is one of two holiday lets in a converted chapel."

    The chapel is set into a hill. Preacher’s Rest is at the back, facing the hill and another property above it. On either side are further properties. There is a steep incline leading to the chapel and a set of steps to get to the entrance which makes it unsuitable for people with mobility issues or the elderly. This information is missing from the description for this property. The upper floor of the property with the kitchen/dining and living area is lovely, bright, airy and modern. It has everything needed. The flowers, cake and milk on arrival were a kind and welcome gesture. Wifi and TV reception was excellent. The sofas were comfortable and the doors that open out to the gantry and the patio is a nice touch. Because this property is at the back of the chapel, walls surround it at ground floor window level. It makes the ground floor feel dark and more like a basement. The holiday lets next door look directly into the main bedroom. This made us feel uncomfortable getting dressed or undressed without the curtains closed. All three bedrooms are small. The single bedroom only takes a single bed from wall to wall, and the window cannot be opened. It is a tight squeeze in the bedrooms between the bed and the walls. In both double bedrooms there is a shelf protruding from a wall which you bump into when trying to squeeze past, particularly in the night. The bed in the main bedroom is not king size, it is a normal double bed. The mattresses are not the best quality. We had issues with the standard of cleaning in the bathrooms. We arrived to find mould on tiles and grouting in two of the bathrooms. There was dark mould and scum on the shower hose and in the bottom tracks of the shower. This came loose when we first ran the water, which was unpleasant. The owner came with the cleaner for a second clean but the dirt on the shower hose and some of the mould on the grouting was still overlooked. We couldn’t be bothered to call them out again because we wanted to enjoy our holiday, so I removed the remaining dirt in the main bathroom myself. The drain cover for this property is situated just outside the main bedroom window and on a couple of occasions when it was sunny there was a strong sewage smell coming from the drains. The second bathroom at this property has a half-sized bath tub and no window. This isn’t mentioned in the description. The picture shows a bathroom with a window. This should be corrected as it is misleading. The plastic strip which acts as a seal between the glass bath screen and the bath in this bathroom has not been cleaned for a long time. There is mould on the tiles and grout above the bath. We did notice a large number of sparrows nesting under the roof on the main bedroom side. We loved the birds and their noise but occupants of the neighbouring holiday lets pointed out the bird droppings on the wall and bathroom window of the chapel. We made the owner aware of a wasp nest under the roof tiles, next to the upper windows. We couldn’t open the windows on this side of the upper floor due to wasps immediately entering the kitchen area. Although the idea of the chapel conversion is nice and the upper floor was lovely, we wouldn’t feel comfortable enough to come back for another visit.

    Reviewed by Jessica2.5May 2022

  • "The furnishings and fittings are of the highest quality and we had a very comfortable stay."

    There is plenty to do and see within the Grosmont area and we enjoyed excellent and friendly service throughout our stay.

    Reviewed by James4.7Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely brilliant."

    Can’t fault the place we had a brilliant time.Loved the property. Some really nice touches for arrival. Flowers and Wine were very much appreciated. Thanks.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Mar 2022

  • "Preacher's Rest is an excellent holiday rental in a beautiful location."

    There is plenty of space inside and the property was recently decorated and was very clean. The welcome pack of milk, tea, coffee, sugar and fruit cake (Yorkshire Brack) was excellent, and exceptionally helpful after a long drive. As well as the welcome pack we had toilet roll in each en suite, plenty of towels, bedding, washing up supplies, dishwasher tablets, and so on. A lot more than you get in many holiday rentals. Supermarkets do deliver here and we had no problem in getting a Tesco delivery on the day of arrival. There is a basic shop in the village but a better option is the Sainsbury or Aldi in Whitby which is a short drive away. Further afield there are places like Helmsley that have a good selection of local bakers, butchers and so on. Some reviews mentioned problems in the past with the wi-fi. There was certainly nothing wrong with the wi-fi when we visited and the TV had no issues picking up the internet for the iPlayer or YouTube. The owner was very friendly and helped us out with a problem with our car which he certainly didn't have to do. As stated in the description there is parking for one vehicle outside the property. The train station car park which is for other vehicles is a short walk down the hill. There are some steps up to the property and a good number of stairs inside the property as it is on three floors. I believe the owners have a disability friendly rental on the same site, so it would be worth checking that if you would find stairs an issue.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Feb 2022

  • "Fabulous location near to village facilities."

    Spacious living areas. Well equipped kitchen. Excellent heating system and good wifi. Comfy beds and great showers.

    Reviewed by Debroah5.0Sep 2021

  • "Fabulous place to stay, we loved it"

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Sep 2021

  • "Wonderfully clean and well appointed holiday home."

    Added extras of wine, cake, milk, tea and coffee were simply the icing on the cake. Beautiful sunsets to watch from the elevated position across the Yorkshire countryside. Brilliant, relaxing week.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jul 2021

  • "One of the best holiday rentals we've ever had."

    Clean with a well equiped kitchen and beautifully decorated. Grosmont is also a wonderful little village well positioned to explore the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a lovely peaceful week."

    The property was lively and cool when the weather was hot. A great spot for exploring the moors, getting down to the Forest, York and getting to the beach!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jul 2021

  • "The accommodation was very comfortable and well equipped."

    We all enjoyed our time there.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jul 2021

  • "Accommodation was well equipped and spotlessly clean."

    The location is brilliant with plenty of walks from the door and the steam railway just down the street. Only downsides were that we couldn't get the TV to connect to the broadband so could only watch live TV. Heated towel rails in the bathrooms would be good to avoid the towels and the bathrooms feeling damp after use.

    Reviewed by Colin4.4Jun 2021

  • "Great location and well appointed property."

    Owners helpful, WiFi reception good.

    Reviewed by Anne Gemma5.0Jun 2021

  • "Great position with access to both sea and and countryside."

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Jun 2021

  • "Amazing accommodation with exceptional views you can’t even describe."

    A lovely peaceful environment and gorgeous local area.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0May 2021

  • "No internet coverage in the sitting room area"

    Thank you for your feedback and alerting us to the problem with the wifi in the sitting room which we were unaware of. The wifi equipment was upgraded and installed last winter and since you informed us of the problem we have contacted the supplier and upon checking found it to have been configured incorrectly. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused, the problem is now being resolved. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4May 2021

  • "Excellent."

    Reviewed by Paula5.0May 2021

  • "We had a lovely few days at Preachers Rest."

    The place was spotless and had everything we wanted. The only thing that was not perfect was the poor TV reception and average WiFi but this didn't bother us. We would thoroughly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7May 2021

  • "You should mention you have an Air Source Heat Pump"

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Oct 2020

  • "On our arrival we found the dishwasher full of dirty pots and a news paper dated the 12th September which did nothing to install any confidence that the accommodation had undergone a proper clean."

    The pictures shown of our accommodation did not match what we had, in particular the twin bedroom and bathroom were probably pictures of the adjoining accommodation. The beds in the twin room were not very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Derek3.8Oct 2020

  • "Preachers Rest is a lovey converted church, it was very clean with all amenities, thank you for the wine, milk and cake it was very welcoming after a long drive, unfortunately we were not able to enter the cottage until 17."

    00 which made for a very long day. Due to there being no cushions on the church pews at the dining table, sitting was very uncomfortable, we had to bring pillows from the bedrooms to sit on! Government guidelines do state that cushions can be used and covers washed weekly? The bedrooms are on the small side, the single room is more of a box room and the twin room is also rather small for two people. The bath in the twin room looks too small to accommodate an adult. There are several steps up to the sitting and dining area which are curved and rather steep, especially for an elderly person or one with limited mobility. Grosmont is stunning with beautiful views and the village only a five minute walk away, but with a steep hill to climb on returning to the cottage, two of our party did find this challenging and this wasn’t repeated so we were unable to visit the shop or the pub in the village unless we drove down and back! The WiFi was very intermittent and for most of the five days were unable to watch Netflix, the programmes on Freeview were also intermittent due to pixelation. We did try to enjoy our holiday but we wont be returning to Preachers Rest! I recommend that some these important measures are outlined in the description as i would have not booked this cottage knowing them! 

    Reviewed by Marion3.1Sep 2020

  • "We had a great time at Preacher's Rest and would return again."

    Very clean, spacious, well equipped. Only niggle was the smart TV was not close enough to the router to get all standard TV channels or Netflix, but we had a laptop so could download films near the centre of the chappel where the wifi is fine and connect to the TV with an HDMI lead. TV had a headphone socket which was great for us as we could connect our external speaker, splitter and hearing impaired headphones. Wifi signal is fine downstairs. Great to be able to walk down into the village to get a coffee, meat pie from the Coop, and see the trains. Some nice clifftop walks from Ravensclaw to Robin Hoods Bay. Walk the 600 yards along the road from Ravenclaw National Trust to the tea room for great cake. Nice walks in Dalby Forest. Was easy to social distance and still enjoy yourself.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had such a lovely week here."

    Preacher's Rest is beautiful and so cosy. We have been happy tucked up here on wet days! We had a lovely walk to Beck Hole - had a drink in the tiny pub there. Lovely meal at the Witching Post in Egton and lovely walks on the beach from Sandsend to Whitby. Thanks for such a welcome here - we've loved it.

    Mr P WilkesFeb 2020

  • "Excellent all round."

    Highly recommended. A very comfortable accommodation with all that could be expected provided. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jan 2020

  • "Lovely time had by all - beautiful area with lots to do."

    Well equipped, very comfortable place to stay - thanks.

    WigleyJan 2020

  • "Very comfortable and very clean."

    Excellent position if you are a steam railway enthusiast. Parking for one car was good but if there were two cars you had to pay to park. No real food shops in village so need to bring food with you.

    Reviewed by Stella5.0Oct 2019

  • "We had a fabulous week in Grosmont made all the better by our accommodation at Preacher’s Rest."

    Warm and cosy throughout, comfortable beds and lovely showers. We were welcomed with milk, wine, flowers and Yorkshire Brack, which we enjoyed so much that we’ve brought some back to Scotland! Grosmont is an ideal place to explore this beautiful part of the country and although we aren’t train buffs by any stretch of the imagination, we can definitely see the attraction after going on a steam train journey to Whitby! We would highly recommended Preacher’s Rest!

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage was comfortable and well equipped."

    It had everything you could need. Our only concern was that the bath was not full size - too small more like a half bath. After a day hiking we do like a long hot bath to take away any aches. Apart from that the place was well situated, quiet and cosy with underfloor heating which was very effective. We enjoyed our stay very much.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.4Oct 2019

  • "We have had an enjoyable week here in Grosmont made all the better by the high quality of accommodation!"

    Thank you for the welcome pack, we're taking Brack home with us! We've visited Whitby, Scarborough, York and Castle Howard. We're not train enthusiasts, but visiting here we can see the attraction. We enjoyed a trip into Whitby and back. Highly recommend Preacher's Rest.

    EnglishOct 2019

  • "Beautiful holiday home!"

    Elin (aged 6) says the little room is the best room ever, far away from the noisy adults! I am wracking my brain trying to think of anything that is missing but can't think of anything!Thank you very much. (Glass broken in the rush to leave it tidy - sorry.)

    Dr T FowlerAug 2019

  • "Our second visit to this fabulous Chapel conversion."

    Previously we stayed at Chapel-on-the-Hill. They are both perfect; everything (and more) you could possibly want. Thank you for the welcome of milk, wine, gorgeous tarts and the lovely flowers. We've had a great week.

    Jun 2019

  • "Had a lovely late summer 3 night stay in this beautiful property with our train-mad two year old!"

    When we booked, we didn't even realised Grosmont had a train station....so imagine his jublilation when he not only saw the beautiful station and steam trains but also a 'choo choo' tunnel you can walk through leading to a train shed and shop complete with model railway! We caught a train to Whitby, visited Sandsend and also Robin Hood's Bay which is a beautiful place. Very impressed with the accommodation - the owners have done an amazing job and seemingly have thought of EVERYTHING! Until next time...

    The Cracknell FamilySep 2018

  • "We have enjoyed our second stay at Preachers Rest and have been fortunate to have lovely weather."

    Thank you again for the welcome pack and we look forward to coming back.

    Sep 2018

  • "We very much enjoyed our recent stay in Preacher's Rest - this is a stunning conversion of an old church and the accommodation was finished to an extremely high standard."

    Preparations for our stay by our hosts ensured we had a wonderful stay and would thoroughly recommend this property to others and look forward to returning.

    I Philip, Kinross,Sep 2016

  • "Just wanted to say what a fantastic week we have had in Yorkshire."

    Stunning chapel, all helped by the weather being so good. Many thanks.

    The Hines Family, NorfolkAug 2015

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  • Three ground floor bedrooms: 1 x single with en-suite shower room, 1 x twin with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC. First floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Underfloor heating. Electric hob, oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, DVD, WiFi. Cot and highchair available on request. Bed linens and towels inc. in rent. Private parking for one car. Courtyard with seating, plus paved area to the front with seating. Sorry, no pets. Notes: Can be booked with Chapel-on-the-Hill, next door, to sleep up to 9 people.

The property

A stunning converted Wesleyan chapel in the picturesque village of Grosmont in the Esk Valley, 7 miles inland from Whitby. Finished to an extremely high standard, the property is configured upside down with its three bedrooms on the ground floor and luxury living space on the first floor. Families or couples will appreciate the character of this beautiful period building and its delightful village setting, amidst open countryside. Once inside, an entrance hallway leads to three comfortable en-suite bedrooms with gorgeous recessed lancet windows.

The single and king-size bedrooms each have their own en-suite shower rooms, with shower, basin and WC.

There is also a twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower over,  basin and WC. A central staircase leads to the first floor with spacious open plan living area including a sitting area with large TV/DVD, a stylish, fully-equipped kitchen with granite work surfaces and breakfast bar.

Enjoy leisurely dining with a difference, seated on the original pew benches in the dining area – it’s a wonderful, light-filled space with views of surrounding countryside.

The property is lovely and cosy, thanks to underfloor heating. Arched doors lead to a raised gantry which goes down to a lovely outdoor courtyard area with seating.

There is also additional paved area to the front with seating – from here you can hear the famous steam train, beckoning you to explore the great outdoors! The peaceful village of Grosmont is huddled in the Esk Valley amidst woodlands and farmland.

There are many stunning walks in the vicinity, including the Rail Trail, which follows George Stephenson's original railway line of 1836 from Grosmont to Goathland (3½ miles).

Today, Grosmont remains an important stopping point on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and we highly recommend the fantastic journey on a heritage steam or diesel train to either Pickering or Whitby.

You can also visit the engine sheds at Grosmont for a glimpse behind the scenes – a treat for all rail enthusiasts! Whitby itself is one of Yorkshire most beloved seaside towns, known for its iconic Abbey (inspiration for Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’), fine maritime heritage, wonderful fish and chip restaurants, pretty ‘old town’ and, of course, sandy beaches. Preacher’s Rest provides a haven of tranquility in the glorious North Yorkshire countryside, with easy access to stunning coastline.

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About the location


Whitby 5 miles.

The pretty village of Grosmont sits at the junction of the River Esk and Murk Esk in the midst of striking North Yorkshire Moors scenery. The area is characterised by its narrow roads, steep hills and scenic views over valleys of patchwork fields and wide-open expanses of moorland. Grosmont itself lies in the ‘Heartbeat Country’ and is famous for being the home of the North York Moors Steam Railway. The Railway has been preserved and run by enthusiasts since 1973 and today carries upwards of 300,000 passengers a year. The village has a general store, post office, book shop, art gallery, cafes and a pub. It makes a great base for exploring the many pretty farming villages along the Esk Valley and the wider North York Moors National Park, as well as the North Yorkshire Coastline with characterful harbour towns and villages.

Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi included.
Parking: Private parking for one car.
Notes: Can be booked with Chapel-on-the-Hill, next door, to sleep up to 9 people. If you bring more then one car we would respectfully ask you to park the second vehicle in the public car park at the railway station and respect the parking on Ings Terrace which is for the local residents only. Please be aware it is a struggle to get a travel cot into this property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas