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Westonby Lodge

(Ref. 1026625)

Shortwaite near Lealholm, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "Great location with beautiful views - peaceful and private but only about a 15 minute drive to Whitby and the coast."

    Former hunting lodge with character, well equipped, warm, homely and spacious. We were able to watch deer and barn owl in the fields around the house. Hope to be back.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jul 2024

  • "The property owners were extremely helpful and understanding and provided a shower-stool on request."

    We thank them for that. This property has magnificent views from the bay window in one of the upstairs bedrooms. We saw and photographed both Curlew and Lapwing in the fields along with young blackbirds, rabbits and hares. If you are interested in nature, this is the place to be. You need binoculars to see the nearest habitation so you are completely on your own with the nature. There is an outside lawn area with seating, one of which enjoys the magnificent views. The upstairs shower is over the bath and has no hand-held spray, just a fixed overhead one. The downstairs shower is a hand-held spray which fixes to a slider to use overhead so it can be used both ways. It is in a three foot square cubicle - about the size of an old-fashioned telephone box. There is plenty of room for parking outside in what was a farm yard but is not being used for that purpose anymore. There is a 13amp electricity socket that can be used to charge an electric bike or car by arrangement with the owner. The kitchen is well equipped. There is a dishwasher in the kitchen and a washing machine in an outhouse. There are plenty of sofas and chairs. There is a large dining table with a bench on each long side and a chair at each end. The WiFi is reliable but slow. It is good enough for iPlayer etc which is available on the smart TV.

    Reviewed by David4.1Jun 2024

  • "Had a wonderful weekend, lots of laughs."

    House was fabulous and hosts were lovely.

    Glad you enjoyed yourselves - you certainly had lovely weather for a weekend away! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0May 2024

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at this wonderful house."

    It has everything you need, well equipped kitchen, cosy beds and beautiful decor. It is also very handy for Whitby, prerry villaged and lovely beaches.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.7May 2024

  • "Fabulous house and setting."

    Appreciated the quality biscuits and warmth( it was a really cold weekend). Sheets crisp and white and host very kind. Thx

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Apr 2024

  • "This property didn’t disappoint at all."

    It met all of our expectations and more. Beautifully decorated and had everything we needed. Amazing views from every window. If you are looking for somewhere secluded/quiet then this is the place to be. There are some lovely places to eat within a couple of miles - highly recommend The Witching Post at Egton and Arncliffe Arms in Glaisdale very friendly. Thank you to both Chris and Emma who were there when we needed help - you have a wonderful property and we will definitely be staying again.

    Reviewed by Dee5.0Jan 2024

  • "Fantastic property that was very clean and well maintained."

    Wood burner was a great asset for our stay towards the end of November but the central heating system was more than enough. The only gripe would be the washing machine was located in an out building not attached to the property.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Nov 2023

  • "The Lodge was spotless on arrival & when we left."

    We thought this time of year the heating should have been on constant our choice to turn off as was very chilly in the day as we stayed in due to the weather, the water upstairs for a bath was only ever Luke warm also down by the gate could do with some slabs it is very muddy on the shoes to open & close gate. But overall it is a lovely place to stay & what Gorgeous views from the lodge.

    Reviewed by Brian3.8Nov 2023

  • "The lodge has everything you need for a wonderful holiday."

    We really enjoyed our stay, The view from the lounge was amazing especially when you’re lucky enough to see a barn owl sitting on the fence. The lodge was very comfortable and has everything you need for a very relaxing stay. We would definitely recommend it and come back to if we visited Yorkshire again.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Oct 2023

  • "Very comfortable, brilliant views; we all loved it."

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Sep 2023

  • "This cottage is beautiful."

    Exactly as is immaculate ,very comfortable and well equipped in an idyllic, peaceful location . The owners were very welcoming and extremely helpful. We will definitely return for another lovely holiday at Westonby Lodge . I highly recommend this property .

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is our second stay here, we came last summer and loved it so much we just had to come back."

    It’s a stunning setting and our boys love the outdoor space. Great location to explore Whitby - 5 min drive to the Park & Ride, and we also enjoyed trips further afield to Runswick Bay, York (50 mins) and the Go Ape at Daley Forest (35 mins). There is something so special about this property and I am sure we will be back again one day.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Aug 2023

  • "We have had a fabulous week at this wonderful house."

    Very comfortable, spacious, clean and with everything we could possibly need. We used it as a base to explore the North York Moors National Park and including May Beck, Falling Foss tea garden, Rosedale Abbey, Dalby Forest, and visited Whitby/ Whitby Abbey and Robin Hood’s Bay.

    Reviewed by Susanna5.0Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful setting, well equipped and spotlessly clean cottage and great vacation."

    Only minor comments (and they are minor) were a) the poor broadband speed, not a great problem for us, and b) the legacy of Covid restrictions which seem to prevent the availability of DVDs, games/jigsaws and visitors book - which is always useful to see what restaurants and attractions other guests have visited. I would have thought that those restrictions are now largely unnecessary.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Jul 2023

  • "Lovely property in a secluded and private location but only 5 minutes from the pubs at Egton and Egton Bridge."

    Well equipped and maintained with a modern central heating system for cold days. I hope we will be able to stay there again sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0May 2023

  • "A fabulous property in a stunning location."

    Exactly what we wanted, which was a feeling of isolation without being cut off from things! Lovely kitchen for making meals which we wanted to do. Very well equipped, great range oven & hob. Beautiful view from kitchen window! Lovely comfortable bedrooms and all have stunning views! Large lounge and dining area, very sociable space without feeling formal in any way. Great for a dog to share with you! Wood fire not needed in our stay but would be awesome in winter! Garden space is lovely. Only shame was we didn't quite get the temperature to fully appreciate it! Highly recommended, but to get the most from it you must want the beautiful isolation it provides, which is exactly why we never ventured too far from the lodge! Would go back in a heartbeat!

    Reviewed by Craig5.0May 2023

  • "We all had a great time ."

    Fantastic location beautiful views . Plenty to do and see and plenty of super markets to stock up with food .Two things I would suggest to have at the Lodge fire guard and tumble dryer . We will return sometime next year. Regards Elaine

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Apr 2023

  • "Clean, comfortable, warm and welcoming!"

    Thank you so much for adequate heating. It was very very cold when we arrived and we appreciated a warm house. Spotless bedding, comfortable beds, glorious views! The owner was particularly kind and accommodating on the phone when the representative at Sykes was not.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Apr 2023

  • "A fabulous cottage as always, but 1 small niggle."

    The listing clearly states dog welcome and the photos APPEAR to show an enclosed garden, however this is not the case. The welcome email received a week before arrival stated that dogs must be on a lead at all times. When we arrived it was clear that the whole area was very open. This holiday was part of my recovery from a serious illness and I did not anticipate getting dressing at 6.30 am each morning to walk the dog down the drive on a lead. This should be made a bit clearer in the description as I would not have booked this particular cottage if I had this information in advance. That said we had a wonderful time even though the weather was not on our side.

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Mar 2023

  • "We book many cottages in the UK via Sykes and I have to say this was our favourite."

    The location is stunning. The property was immaculately clean. The location was great for Whitby and Staithes as well as Dalby Forest. The owners could not have done more to help. We had snow and they helped us move our car. They checked on us during the bad weather and then they offered to post back the children cuddly toy we had left in the property. An absolute gem with owners who make the stay extra special. Thank you from Maddy and Oscar

    Glad you enjoyed your stay with us, thank you for your lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maddy5.0Dec 2022

  • "Wonderful home we had a lovely stay great for our dog"

    Thank you for your feedback, glad you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Aug 2022

  • "Fantastic property."

    Comfortable for our family of five + dog, wonderfully quiet and spotlessly clean. We had such a great week here and we will be booking again for next summer.

    Thank you for your feedback, we're pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Aug 2022

  • "Lovely house in a beautiful setting."

    Very comfortable and well furnished. It was lovely to arrive to a welcoming hamper. Also very useful to have secure storage for bicycles!

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We're pleased you were happy with everything. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2022

  • "We stay for a week & the house was very homely, clean, tidy & well decorated."

    The house was very isolated, private & safe for our dog, the views from every window was very beautiful & picturesque. We could not believe how lucky we was with the wildlife around the lodge, it was that good we bought binoculars & information books on wildlife. Our week went very fast, but we will return in the future and you was in the countryside with small villages to visit and also have great access to the coast.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, we are pleased you had an enjoyable and relaxing stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jun 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and wished it could have been longer."

    Have re-booked for April 23. The house is lovely, very well presented, like a show home. The quality of the beds and bedding was superb. I always take my own pillow but it’s really need not have done. We particularly loved the surrounding countryside, no immediate neighbours and working farms all around. My mother had her 88th birthday there and she, a real country girl, loved the old farm buildings. Well saw Hares, Owls and of course a couple of pheasants. The owner, Emma was extremely helpful and very pleasant. I had a puncture and she checked up with me to ensure I had it sorted. It is such a peaceful place, we really didn’t want to leave and April can’t come soon enough for me.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Jun 2022

  • "Fantastic house with lovely grounds."

    We stayed for a long weekend but would be ideal for a longer stay too. 15 minutes from Whitby, but it’s very isolated if that’s what you like, would have to drive a short distance to the nearest shop, or pub. But there’s no chance of being disturbed by any neighbours. Beautiful views from every window. Everything you’d need for a stay is supplied. Would love to visit again.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback, we're pleased you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julian5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet peaceful location."

    Excellent views and we had everything we needed for an enjoyable holiday. Lots of safe space for children to play. Well recommended.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, we're glad you had a good time Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martyn5.0Mar 2022

  • "We loved everything about this house."

    Had a week away at the end of January and are definalty planning on returning at somepoint. The views are incredible from every window, no other properties to see or hear! The owners were lovely to deal with, such a lovely touch with the welcome basket. The house itself was clean, tidy and well decorated. The kitchen was well stocked with every utensil you might need. The log fire was great, (especially with our dog) which made getting back to the house even better with the cold weather.

    Thank you for such lovely feedback, we're glad you had a great time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ryan5.0Jan 2022

  • "Such an amazing place."

    We was there in the October and then again in the January. We will definitely be booking again. It’s perfect for families and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jan 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay for new year, well equipped, comfy and perfect for a gathering of friends and our children to see in the new year."

    Great location and the hosts can’t do enough for you. Only down side was having to leave but fear not it was so good we are booking it again :-)

    Reviewed by Franky5.0Dec 2021

  • "A very comfy, ideally situated holiday home, with wonderful views from every window, loads of off road parking and very private - lovely to come back to after a full day out!"


    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Nov 2021

  • "Absolutely perfect!"

    Beautiful lodge which had everything we needed. Exceeded our expectations in every way

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Nov 2021

  • "An amazing place to stay."

    We will definitely be booking again. Such a peaceful tranquil place.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely position, very peaceful and quiet."

    Everything you need for a relaxing chilled break.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Oct 2021

  • "The view from the house is Incredible, lovely place to stay just outside Whitby so peaceful and relaxing the owners are available and helpful should you have any issues, excellent place to stay."

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Oct 2021

  • "Loved it so much we’ve already booked for next year!"

    Emma the owner was really helpful and the welcome box was a really nice thought. The washing machine was a great bonus and the beds were to die for! Loved the daily visits of the local hare and the peacefulness of the area. 10/10 just amazing!

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Sep 2021

  • "We booked this cottage in October 2020, for a one week stay in September 2021, for 6 adults and one dog."

    We purposely chose Westonby Lodge as the advert said it was suitable for those who are disabled/have mobility issues, and has a secure garden for dogs. I’m afraid to say this cottage is most definitely not suitable for those with mobility issues. My mother in law (who uses a wheelchair/ mobility walker) could barely get through the front door due to the step and very narrow opening; could not get into the shower due to the step and it being too small; and could barely get onto the bed due to it being ridiculously high. We also note the lack of suitable grab rails throughout the property which would be required for someone who is disabled/has mobility issues. The garden was not secure and had a huge hole in the fencing/hedge. Also, we were advised just a few days before our stay that all dogs had to be kept on a lead due to poor fencing and farm animals near by. If we had been advised of this at point of booking we most certainly would not have booked here. This cottage is advertised as being suitable for 8 adults, we struggled with 6 as it really was a lot smaller than we expected, and it was quite difficult to cook main meals for 6 in such a small narrow galley kitchen. Whilst the surrounding area and views from the cottage were outstanding, I really do feel this cottage was missold to us based on the above feedback, and we would not be recommending it to others. I also noticed the rather high price for the same time next year, around £300 extra per week which I find very surprising and not at all good value for money.

    Thank you for your feedback. The property does have a ground floor bedroom which may be suitable for people with mobility issues but we do not mention wheelchair friendly. This has now been removed from the description to prevent further confusion. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sian2.2Sep 2021

  • "I have considered rebooking for next year but having been on your website I see that the same 2 week holiday will cost me approx 1000£ more."

    I consider this price rise unjustified and I would be interested to understand your thinking.

    Reviewed by Victor4.4Aug 2021

  • "We loved the location of the cottage and the cottage itself is very striking, very homely and a lovely place to stay."

    However, for a group of eight no washing machine was a big draw back, also having only one towel and one hand towel for a week without a washing machine we felt was a bit of a draw back, also ideally it’s a cottage for six not eight. That said, I don’t want to be overly negative, the communication beforehand was excellent, the cottage was very clean and it was a brilliant base for us, if we were six instead of eight we’d definitely consider booking again.

    Reviewed by Faye3.8Aug 2021

  • "Westonby Lodge is a fantastic location for a beautiful, relaxing holiday."

    It is beautifully furnished inside (lovely country themed rooms, settees, tables etc) and has lovely seating and table outside so you can enjoy al fresco meals looking out over the fields. Also fantastic views from the upstairs bedrooms! It has the advantage of a downstairs bedroom and there are two bathrooms with the downstairs one having a walk in shower. This was great for our daughter who has mobility issues and therefore didn’t have to venture upstairs. Plenty of space outside for your car too! The only noises we heard at nighttime were the wildlife, so it really is somewhere you can get away from it all! The owners had thoughtfully left night lights in corridors and a welcome basket - the biscuits and cake didn’t last very long! Due to Covid the owners had sent the information they usually leave in the poverty by email which was much appreciated and gave lots of ideas of things to do and places to eat. There is a wealth of places to visit and some lovely walks to Roseberry Topping and the Bridal Stones. A great location for a fantastic week of peace and quiet. A home from home!

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2021

  • "The location was ideallic!"

    Facilities were more than adequate and realise in these Covid times many of the soft furnishings could not be provided! The information pack that was emailed was invaluable. Just a suggestion if a laminated one could be left in the house. Luckily I took my laptop with me but I can't pick up emails on my phone! Just a thought. Really would recommend the Lodge to all. Thank you for making our first staycation so so memorable.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2021

  • "Amazing property with fabulous outside space."

    Great property for getting away from it all

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0Jun 2021

  • "This cottage is amazing and I would definitely stay here again."

    It has the most beautiful views and we enjoyed such a peaceful week there. It is comfortable and clean inside and was perfect for our holiday.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0May 2021

  • "The house is lovely with views from many windows."

    It is on its own up a track with plenty of storage for bikes. The countryside is beautiful and the local villages are charming. We had a lovely holiday and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0May 2021

  • "Westonby lodge was absolutelly amazing very clean , everything that you woukld ..."

    Westonby lodge was absolutelly amazing very clean , everything that you woukld need in the kitchen , wonderfully private and secluded and amazing views , will definately be back

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0May 2021

  • "Beautiful house in a wonderfully private setting, extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean."

    Well placed for exploring the North York Moors and Coastline. Friendly and helpful owner.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Apr 2021

  • "Westonby Lodge is a great place to stay, if you want to investigate the North Yorkshire Moors and the coast line in that area."

    I particularly loved the complete privacy of the place, apart from sheep, in the adjacent fields, we never saw anybody. Great at night for star spotting with complete darkness. It's on our list of possible return visits.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Oct 2020

  • "The cottage is in a great location to explore the North Yorkshire Moors plus the coastal areas around Whitby."

    The cottage itself is an amazing location looking over a valley that gives the garden, upstairs bathrooms and living room outstanding views!! It is also well furnished and clean.

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Sep 2020

  • "The house was in a lovely position all on its own with amazing views from the upper rooms especially, but also from the garden."

    It was spotlessly clean and had lovely bedding, both which is really important right now. The owner was really helpful and friendly and replied to my messages quickly. The local area was lovely, close to the main roads to Whitby but also close to some more remote areas in the moors. We could have stayed longer than a week.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jul 2020

  • "We have had a fab time at Westonby Lodge."

    Great communication from Emma about how we wished the bedrooms set up which were lovely, comfortable and spacious. Kitchen was well equipped with everything you could possibly need. The little things made a difference like having dish cloths, washing up liquid, a few dishwater tablets and tea towels. Salt, pepper and vinegar available all which doesn’t sound like a big deal but really thoughtful. Scales, ice creams scoops, whisks, you name it, fab! Emma’s husband kindly brought the Tesco delivery man down to us when he arrived at their house instead of ours which was great. Brilliant barn to store all our bikes and toys. Lovely furniture outside for being outdoors in the nice weather we had. It was great to have access to a Hoover and mop to clean up after ourselves and we had a few trips to the beach. Oh and a clothes airer. As a family of 3 adults and 5 kids plus our dog everyone was cater for, (us adults got some peace as the WiFi was good too)! Views from the Lodge were lovely and great to go out for a run in the morning to see the scenery. Would love to come back!

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Jul 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: Family room with king-size (zip/link, can be a twin) and day bed with pull out bed with TV, 1 x ground-floor super-king-size with TV, 1 x king-size with TV
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Range cooker with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Smart TV, 3 x TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Lawned front garden with seating
  • Outbuilding with lockable bike storage
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.2 miles
  • Please note, this property only accepts a Friday check in.

The property

This grand, detached, former hunting lodge property is surrounded by picturesque countryside, with panoramic views of the Esk Valley and North York Moors National Park, in a remote and peaceful location, just outside of the villages of Lealholm, Egton and Glaisdale.

Westonby Lodge is a charming sandstone and blue slate roof property in a fantastic location for a family or group of eight guests wanting to explore the North York Moors National Park, whilst also being a short drive from the coast and the popular resorts of Whitby and Scarborough.

Accessed via a long, private driveway, there is ample off-road parking for four cars, with an outbuilding that can be used for bike storage, while stepping inside the property, you will be greeted by the galley-style, contemporary kitchen, with neutrally styled decor, from cream cupboards to wooden worktops and neutral tiled walls, it is a lovely space to prepare meals and is fully-equipped with all of the appliances you'll need during your stay, including a fantastic Range cooker.

Enjoy meals together at the dining table, which can comfortably accommodate the whole group, before moving over to the sofas and getting comfy beside the woodburning stove and enjoying your favourite shows on the Smart TV, or you can curl up with a good book on one of the armchairs, or just admire the country views from the bay window.

There is a bedroom and bathroom downstairs, consisting of a super-king-size double, which can be transformed into a twin room on request, with dual aspect windows displaying the fantastic rural views, along with a shower room with a walk-in shower.

Upstairs are a further two bedrooms, both with dual aspect windows and their own TV; a family room with a king-size bed, which again can be turned into twins, along with a day bed with a full single-size mattress and a pull out bed underneath, plus another king-size double with zip/link feature, both served by the family bathroom which offers a shower over bath.

Outside, there is a large, enclosed front lawn with bench seating along with tables and chairs, where you can enjoy lunch in the sunshine, soaking up your tranquil location.

The lovely village of Lealhom is just two miles away, at the heart of the Esk Valley, and offers a shop, pub, bakery, restaurant and post office for all your local amenities, as well as a number of tranquil country walks through moorland and along the banks of the river.

The popular seaside town of Whitby is just eight miles away, with its stunning clifftop abbey, Captain Cook Memorial Museum, the 199 steps, which offer panoramic views of the harbour from the top, RNLI Museum, the Whalebone arch attraction, whale watching tours available from the harbour, which is separated by two lighthouses at the point where the River Esk flows into the North Sea, and of course, the stunning sandy beach, lined with colourful beach huts, offering visitors plenty of entertainment on a day out in the sunshine.

A few miles south along the coast brings you to Scarborough, with its 12th century castle perched on a headland that separates its two wonderful beaches, along with its heritage railway, the Japanese-inspired landscaped park and gardens of Peasholm Park, and many other family-friendly attractions, including Alpamare UK, SEA LIFE Scarborough and Luna Park.

Westonby Lodge is a fantastic property in a tranquil location, well-placed for discovering the incredible coast and countryside of North Yorkshire.

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About the location


Whitby 9 miles; Staithes 10 miles; Runswick Bay 10 miles.

Lealholm is in the centre of the lovely Esk Valley within the North York Moors National Park and just 15 minutes' drive from the magnificent Yorkshire coast. It is a picturesque village which caters well for the visitor with a Post Office, shop, pub and tea rooms/restaurant all on hand. There are wonderful countryside walks in every direction and don’t be surprised to see moorland sheep wandering freely through the village and along the banks of the river! The quaint fishing villages of Staithes and Runswick Bay, the sandy beach of Sandsend and the ancient port of Whitby are all close by.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas