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Old Town Retreat

(Ref. 1064720)

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Although there was 2 toilets one downstairs and one on the top floor it means ..."

    Although there was 2 toilets one downstairs and one on the top floor it means you have to use the stairs if you need the toilet in the night we are both mid 70 th and found this a problem No bedside tables

    Reviewed by Kathleen2.8Apr 2024

  • "Lovely stay."

    Owners extremely helpful and answered questions almost immediately. Great location. Definitely be back

    Reviewed by Steve4.4Mar 2024

  • "Tried to contact owners but got no response."

    There was no information around waste disposal or what to do with linen at the end of our stay.Found the beds to be too low .Apart from that the house was clean and tidy and in a good position

    Reviewed by John3.1Mar 2024

  • "Property was very clean and comfortable and well renovated."

    Would have preferred to have the bedroom on the same floor as the bathroom. Really well situated for the town and the beach. Some suggestions: Better instructions on how to turn on the heating would be useful. The hoover is not the best. Would have been useful to have bedside tables with lights on rather than having to get out of bed to turn off the main light after reading and somewhere to put a cup of tea in the morning. We really enjoyed our stay and the weather was so much better than expected.

    Reviewed by Jan4.7Feb 2024

  • "Property is modern, very clean and comfortable."

    Owners responded quickly when we could not switch heating on.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Nov 2023

  • "Great location perfect for small families or couples."

    Has been refurbished to a high standard. Nice and cosy, very clean would definitely recommend we love to stay here again

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Sep 2023

  • "Very good cottage could not fault anything parking was sometimes a difficulty ..."

    Very good cottage could not fault anything parking was sometimes a difficulty but always managed to find a spot would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Sep 2023

  • "Stunning house in a great position within the town easy to get to both beach and shops."

    Spotlessly clean. Everything we needed was provided within the house including a washing machine. Would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2023

  • "We choose this property initially because we have a dog and staying in a b&b or hotel is just a pain."

    So glad we did. This house a 1 minute walk to the main highstreet and 2 to 3 minutes down to the seafront. The house itself is lovely. It's clean and tidy, lovely bathroom on the top floor along with a second lounge. A double bedroom and a bedroom with two single beds on the second floor and a lounge a kitchen and downstairs loo on the ground floor with a decked area out the back. The hosts replied very quickly to a couple of texts I sent them before and during our stay and were very helpful. If we go back to scarborough this is the place we will stay again.

    Reviewed by Matt4.7Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely loved the property!"

    The cottage is a hidden gem in a perfect location. Couldn’t get more central. The place was clean and modern. What more could you ask for! Thank you, perfect holiday accommodation x

    Reviewed by Lynn4.4Jul 2023

  • "Stayed here for a week and this is an amazing little property,lots of thoughtful touches when you arrive and spotlessly clean."

    An ideal base to experience Scarborough,thoroughly recommended....5 stars

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jun 2023

  • "Stunning property, exactly as advertised."

    The parking no problem, lovely touches, short walk to the beach/front.

    Reviewed by Darren4.4Jun 2023

  • "Fantastic stay clean & tidy close to all amenities,only problem was parking & no ..."

    Fantastic stay clean & tidy close to all amenities,only problem was parking & no hand rail on stairs for children or elderly people to hold on to,would recommend for holiday stay

    Reviewed by Rita4.7Jun 2023

  • "We have had a fantastic, relaxing stay at Old Town Retreat."

    What a beautiful property. It was spotlessly clean and had all the facilities that we needed. The bathroom was amazing, very luxurious. Parking could be challenging at times but we always managed to find a spot. The owners were very helpful and left out a parking permit and disc for us to use. The welcome guide was very helpful and gave some great recommendations for days out and restaurants etc, and the welcome pack for our dog was a friendly touch. Thank you very much, we will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage close to town centre."

    Very well equipped and extremely clean. Would have liked a bedside table for book etc but this is only my preference and a shelf in bathroom for toothbrush etc would be good. Have already recommended to family and will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Mar 2023

  • "Another fantastic stay!"

    House pristine, and just THE best location. Again, I highly recommend .. and can’t wait to return.

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely property."

    everything we needed.clean and well maintained.good location.highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautifully finished holiday home in a brilliant location for Scarborough beach, spotless clean throughout."

    Board games were great fun and used by our family. TV room upstairs kids loved. Parking was not to bad, typical of places like this with on street parking but many spaces around within 100 metres. Stairs are steep and layout is not ideal but it maximises the space which is the compromise (loo on ground floor and family bathroom on 2'nd floor). Welcome pack a great addition. Negatives are minor but quite annoying: need to heed advise on other reviews already, like nowhere in bathroom at all to put anything apart from on the floor! No bedside tables or even a bedside lamps in the master bedroom, vacuum cleaner was not working. A nest of tables in living room is needed and somewhere to hang coats. Minor things so i still rated highly but could achieve a 10 with a some minor adjustments. It has no dishwasher which i have not marked it down for but it is surprising in such a well specced house as many people staying will be used to having one; i would have not booked it if the kids had not liked the TV room as much.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jul 2022

  • "Absolute perfection!"

    From the location, to the cleanliness and decor .. this is our new favourite place to stay when we visit Scarbs! Infact, we rebooked again on our journey home we loved it that much. Highly recommend. and we cannot wait for our return visit :)

    We can’t wait to welcome you again! Very pleased you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Jul 2022

  • "Perfect location for walking to seafront and to town."

    The cottage was warm, clean and comfortable, with nice bedding and towels. Kitchen well stocked with crockery, pans, utensils etc. We enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2022

  • "Had great time a few things could have been better."

    No mop or toilet brush for downstairs loo.Need rail for stairs otherwise great location and owners friendly also good had a dog bed.

    Thank you for your feedback. Sorry you missed the toilet brush,it is kept in the downstairs toilet. The mop can also be found in the cupboard under the stairs. We do not have any additional stair rail but banisters are in place. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lily4.7Jun 2022

  • "The place was lovely and clean and the closeness to the seafront was brilliant."

    The only downside was the bathroom, my wife has a disability and she found the climb up the stairs to the bathroom a bit awkward for her as there was no handrail. But this did not deter us enjoying the premises. We would thoroughly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Stefan5.0Jun 2022

  • "What a wonderful and comfortable place it was."

    Close to town, beach, shops you name it. Very clean and cozy. Can't get better than this. We always come to Scarborough every year as a family outing. Glad to say i found a place where i will be staying going forward.. Just wonderful.

    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rajen4.7Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Old Town Retreat."

    Location was great. There is off street parking which is on a first come first served basis so that could be an issue but there is public paid parking nearby. The accommodation was lovely, clean and well equipped. It may not suit anyone with mobility issues as there are a lot of stairs across the 3 levels which are quite steep. Could benefit from a nest of small tables in the lounge to put drinks etc on but it’s certainly not a deal breaker. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday; thank you.

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7May 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful, immaculately decorated clean cottage."

    Ideally located near the front with shops and pubs/restaurants in walking distance. Only had one issue and that was locating the outside bins as wanted to leave the cottage as clean as we found it. Would definitely recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Apr 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Old Town Retreat."

    Spend more time in the snug in the evenings than in the lounge area as it was as the name suggests. Only tiny issues we had were a lack of somewhere to hang our coats when we came in, and no instructions as to where the bins were. Otherwise ace!

    Reviewed by Duncan4.7Mar 2022

  • "Lovely clean and comfortable house in a very good location for the beach, castle and town centre."

    It's very tastefully furnished and obviously recently refurbished to a very high standard. On street parking can be a bit hit and miss but the owners provide parking tickets so it is free to park and there is a car park very close by too (payable). We would definitely visit again if in the area.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Dec 2021

  • "Great location, very clean and good outdoor space."

    Beds very hard, nowhere to hang outdoor coats. No where in lounge to put cups or plates when watching TV etc. Damp patches on walls on lounge and kitchen walls. Next door owners carrying out improvements for 4 days at all times. Same owner putting out their own traffic cones, to save spaces outside their property !.

    Reviewed by Angela3.4Oct 2021

  • "Just got back from a lovely stay at Old Town Retreat."

    Arrived to a welcome pack not just for ourselves but for Max our dog as well. The house is very well equipped, spotlessly clean and comfortable. Even left car parking vouchers, everything well thought out. Good communication with the owner. We would not hesitate booking Old Town Retreat in the future. Much needed and welcome break. Lots to do in Scarborough and surrounding area. Our trip was made special by seeing the dolphins at Scarborough beach whilst walking the dog.

    Reviewed by Russell5.0Sep 2021

  • "Loved our stay at the Old Town Retreat, a lovely property in the centre of Scarborough."

    The property had everything we needed and was very comfortable, and in a quiet side street just a few minutes walk from the shops, bars and seafront. Sykes' didnt mention the parking arrangements in the booking confirmation but when I contacted the owner upon arrival they advised they had provided parking permits for the whole week in the information pack. It would be worth knowing this in advance as all the roads in the vicinity are restricted. Would definitely recommend this property and will very likely book this next time in Scarborough.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Sep 2021

  • "We stayed at old town retreat from 27th august to the 3rd sept,what a beautiful little house,a home from home,with every little detail thought of for a holiday and more."

    A welcome pack with a special touch,containing coffee,teabags,biscuits and a bottle of wine for the ladies and a bottle of beer for the fellas,so thoughtful and to top it off a little welcome bag for our dog too,with treats in and a ball

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Aug 2021

  • "Amazing cottage clean tidy modern and ever so cosy, great location close to ..."

    Amazing cottage clean tidy modern and ever so cosy, great location close to everything walking distance, fun packed holiday, lovely owners always on hand, busiest town always a carnival atmosphere, breathtaking views of the beaches and surroundings, yummiest variety of food, will defo be visiting again and for longer thank you for the great memories we made ❤

    Reviewed by F5.0Jul 2021

  • "Great place to stay, in a central location for all the attractions."

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely place."

    Very clean. Decorated to a high standard. Parking not so good, but for us not a major issue. The thing we did love was the the the welcome pack for our beautiful wee cockapoo. Had to call the lady who owned the property, and I have to say again she was lovely. Definitely worth going to.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7May 2021

  • "Very clean and well presented."

    Location was good. Stairs quite steep but didn’t affect us

    Reviewed by Pat4.7May 2021

  • "We had a lovely time, the house was spotless, beautifully furnished and decorated."

    The owners were really nice .had a lovely welcome card and a welcome pack. Would recommend the house to anyone.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0May 2021

  • "The house was beautiful!"

    A true pleasure to stay in. The location was fantastic.

    Reviewed by Jessica4.7Apr 2021

  • "Great location, friendly hosts."

    Beautiful home. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2021

  • "Another fabulous Sykes cottage."

    Perfect location, close to both to town and beach. Newly renovated cottage nestled in the old part of Scarborough town. We found that the location allowed us to leave the car behind and walk everywhere. We would thoroughly recommend this cottage and will certainly be returning again in the near future.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2021

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  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Second-floor bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Second-floor snug
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, 2 x TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and cot available
  • On-street parking
  • Rear enclosed yard
  • One pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Shop and pub 0.1 mile, beach 0.2 miles

The property

Nestled within the centre of the seaside town of Scarborough is this beautifully appointed and spacious cottage, enjoying three floors of contemporary elegance and just moments away from two sandy beaches.

Within striking distance are a number of attractions and activities that all ages will enjoy, making Old Town Retreat an excellent find for groups of families, friends, beachcombers and avid ramblers to call home a while.

Soak up the coastal town soundtrack and ambiance before pushing open the front door to reveal the sitting room, where the sofa and accompanying armchair invite you to relax and unwind at the end of a bracing day, with a TV providing the evening’s entertainment.

Take the far door to discover the kitchen, a bespoke suite with several modern touches and all the appliances one would need to cater family-favourite recipes and prepare picnics for the beach days ahead.

Whilst the entire group can enjoy each other’s company at the dining table with a tipple or two, the second-floor snug room makes a perfect hideaway for sneaking in a moment’s peace to delve into a good book or for the younger guests of the group to watch the latest box set on the TV.

The first floor landing grants access to the two bedrooms, the master suite notable for its elegant décor with quality linens draping across the double bed and the second bedroom features a twin layout with good storage space, perfect for children or a set of friends.

Continuing to impress is the family bathroom, placed on the second floor, where the Velux windows overs views across the seaside town and a roll-top bath allows you to savour a moment of relaxation at the end of a fun-filled day.

From the doorstep of the cottage, a plethora of places to eat and drink await you, ranging from classic Yorkshire roasts, to fine restaurants serving up the freshest supply of local seafood and cool cafés, where you can refuel after a day by the seaside.

Meander the winding streets lined with local shops so that you can pick up any essentials as well as any gifts to take back home, before venturing to one of the two beaches, which are overlooked by the towering Scarborough Castle, a former medieval royal fortress.

Within the town are an array of activities to suit all ages, including Alpamare Water Park with its indoor pools, an outdoor infinity pool and a gigantic wave pool and the famous Peasholm Park, with its stunning oriental gardens is also well-worth exploring.

Be sure to catch a show at the Open Air Theatre or if you are visiting with children, be sure to catch a glimpse of exotic fish at SEA LIFE Scarborough or relish in a day out to Luna Park.

Further afield, you could venture to the beautiful town of Whitby, home to the famous 199 steps up the ruins of Whitby Abbey, said to be the inspiration behind Bram Stoker's Dracula or avid ramblers can hike along the Flamborough Headline Heritage Coast or discover the North York Moors National Park for more outdoor adventure.

If you are looking for an action-packed break, look no further than Old Town Retreat.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Pickering 17 miles; Whitby 20 miles; York 40 miles.

Popular since Victorian times, the vibrant seaside town of Scarborough retains many of its original fine buildings, parks and gardens, as well as its historic castle which overlooks the town. North Bay and South Bay provide two superb stretches of beautiful, golden sandy beaches, popular with families and small children. There are a number of child friendly activities and many excellent visitor attractions for grown-ups too, including the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough Spa and Scarborough Open Air Theatre for live music. Scarborough is a great location for outdoor activities, with golf courses, lovely coastal walks along the Cleveland Way, stunning cycle routes such as the old railway to Whitby, beautiful sailing and championship quality surfing. Add to this all the usual seaside entertainment and bustling promenades located close to the beach and Scarborough is the destination with something for everyone. Ideally situated for touring the coastline and the moors, Scarborough is an ideal base for a fun-filled break.

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