|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This delightful stone Victorian house, built in 1861, with a wealth of original features commands stunning views of surrounding countryside and steam trains. Completely renovated with spacious rooms, terraces and gardens. Set on three floors, perfect for the larger family or two families wishing to share. This is the perfect country retreat for walkers and lovers of the 'Heartbeat' countryside. It is on the Coast-to-Coast Walk and part of the Wainwright Way. Grosmont is a lively village famous for its steam trains which are stationed in the sidings, museum and many traditional events. The Station Tavern, 5 mins walk from the Villa, serves excellent beer and home cooked food which can be enjoyed outside while savouring the ambience. There are cafes which serve coffee, snacks and wholesome lunches creating a friendly atmosphere in the village. Steam trains are kept in Grosmont and go to Pickering and Whitby stopping at picturesque villages en route. Dalby Forest (cycling/walking etc) is 10 miles away.
The villa, set within 6 acres of private woodlands, is very secluded although near the village centre. The terraced garden overlooks an Esk Valley with fields and tree covered landscape and forms a sheltered area to enjoy eating out on the large picnic bench. The driveway is large and can easily accommodate 6 cars.
There are 3 double Bedrooms on the first floor each containing their own wash basin and shower. There is water-closet and wash basin also on the first floor. The iron, ironing board and hair dryer are on the second floor. The ground floor has a traditional Victorian tiled hall leading to 2 reception rooms and a large Kitchen/Dining Room which leads to a Utility Room and water-closet with wash basin. The kitchen is fully-equipped French-style with an Aga, stainless steel sink, dishwasher, 21' TV and a large dining table with original floor flagstones. The views stretch across the trees down into the valley. The utility Room is equipped with large American style washing and drying machines, butler sink and log burning stove.
There are an additional 2 double bedrooms each with twin single beds on the second floor. (Available at Additional Cost). There is also a bathroom with bath, shower, wash basin & water-closet on the second floor.
The 2 reception rooms comprise of a south-facing Morning Room with log burning stove, couches, coffee table and a cosy Lounge with leather couches, large coffee table, 42' TV and Jotul log burning stove set in a white marble fireplace. The Aga always keeps the kitchen warm and the wood burning stoves keep the sitting rooms cosy. Conversely, during the hot summer months the windows can let in cool, fresh air rising from the woods, moors and river! There are storage heaters if required and central heating during the winter. There is a burglar alarm.
The name GROSMONT derived from Grandimont Priory, built around 1200 by French Benedictine monks. Alum was later discovered and produced around Whitby. Between 1836 and early 1900s Grosmont was a prosperous ironstone mining community resulting in the opening of the Whitby-Pickering railway, George Stephenson's first line. The stream trains in 1847 brought the lime, iron, sandstone, and brickmaking industries to Grosmont. Only traces are left of these important historic events.
Whitby is an historic fishing port with excellent resturants such as the Magpie Cafe which is Rick Stein's favourite sea food restaurant. The Royal Fisheries in Baxtergate is an award-winning fish & chip take away and cafe. Various popular events take place throughout the year such as Whitby Regatta Week, Whitby Folk Week Festival and in October there are special Hallowe'en events and the famous October War Weekend centred in Grosmont, Pickering and Whitby.
The television series 'Heartbeat' village of Adensfield (Goathland) is 3 miles away in the next valley. A train journey in the film 'Harry Potter' was made at Grosmont. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) steam trains have childrens' special events featuring 'Thomas the Tank Engine' characters and also special dining events including 'murder mystery' games on the steam trains. Various Vintage Vehicles, Steam and Diesel Galas, Swinging 60's and War Weekends April - October.
'Country File' featured Grosmont and the Wainwright Walks, and the west to east Coast to Coast route traverse Grosmont. Victoria Wood included Grosmont steam trains in her recent series.
We visited here over the New Year period with a group friends, the house was like home from home, very well equipped and lovely and warm. The layout of the rooms suited us well and the showers in the bedrooms were ideal. The Aga in the kitchen was a lovely feature and served us well, we soon got the hang of cooking on it and loved it. The log burning fire in the Sitting Room was lovely on an evening when lit, nice and cosy. The views from all the windows was simply stunning, even watching the steam train on a morning heading into Grosmont.
We visited Whitby,(a large sainsburys to stock up on supplys). Also Goathland, where Hearbeat was filmed. On New Years Day we went to Robin Hoods Bay for a walk along the beach and fish and chips, again some stunning views across the bay.
We all hope to return over summer and hope you enjoy your stay here as much as we all did.
Wilson, Eggleston and Mullaney Family.
We are an international mixed family based in Germany and Italy, with older roots in England, visiting Britain frequently, but this was our first holiday in Yorkshire. The spacious villa enabled us (my husband, me and my elderly parents) to have our oldest English friends to stay, followed by our grown-up daughters. The villa lived up to its promise of very beautiful natural and quiet settings and careful, respectful refurbishment of its original style, letting one enjoy fully the feeling of stepping back in time, without giving up modern comforts (the house is very well equipped – and we even got quickly accustomed to the Aga!).
Grosmont itself is somewhere to slip back in time, particularly because of the steam railway (it’s fun to hear the hooting and puffing of the engines from the house) and the pretty layout of the older village buildings. I must mention – being half Italian my judgment has some authority! – that I had one of the best cappuccinos ever in England at the Old School Café, in addition to enjoying a wide range of marvellous and very English homemade teatime delicacies there.
Of course, there was much more to see, taste and enjoy during the two weeks of our stay. Personal highlights include the walk along the Hole of Horcum (offering fairytale sights), and trips to Staithes (with its fine art gallery) and Robin Hood’s Bay (where a horse ride overlooking the bay provided even more romantic impressions). We drove to Hutton-le-Hole (via Rosedale Chimney Bank on some of the steepest but agreeably scenic roads we have ever been on), when the village was celebrating its annual summer fete. We recommend Sunday lunch at the Crown Inn.
We often visited Whitby (Sainsbury’s offers the best supermarket shopping!) and the walk along the pier is a must, including the sight of the coastline with the impressive ruins of the abbey on one side and the extensive beautiful beach on the other. But we were always happy to get back to the quiet of the villa, enjoying the great view and hoping to get a glimpse of one of the shy deer. On our last evening we had a feast of whiting, mackerel and cod thanks to a very lucky fishing expedition on one of the Whitby fishing tours – all grilled on the terrace (the barbecue is super!) with a most beautiful sunset as backdrop: the climax to a successful holiday!
NB: Yorkshire can be recommended for visitors from northern Germany and the Low Countries, owing to the convenient ferry service between Rotterdam and Hull.
Driving over from Pickering the Yorkshire Moors looked lovely - eventually came on turning for Grosmont crossed the moor and dropping down the steep incline decided to ignore the instructions to 'go round the block' - went past the Villa and straight down into the village passed the busy Railway Tavern and the busy train station through the village turned round and drove back up the hill to the Villa.
I was joined first by my son and his partner , who had flown into the UK from Australia the day before and then by my other son and partner and the three grandchildren and Frank the dog.
The whole house is wonderful and well looked after - the two reception rooms allow for games and TV in one and quiet time in the other
The kitchen , with the Aga is very cosy, and the boys soon got the hang of cooking on it ! and the large table to seat everyone is magnificent.
The grounds for the kids and dog to explore were great
The steam trains were fascinating and a trip to Whitby was a must.
A day out to Robin Hoods Bay was wonderful as we had two Australian kites to fly .
Walking down to the village was good because of the different routes you could take , a week was not enough to cover everything you could do in the area.
It will have to be revisited .
Our family (Me and my wife, our children, their spouses and our four grandchildren had a fabulous time at Grosmont villa. It was perfect for our needs. We arrived Christmas Eve, the rest of the family were joining us on Boxing Day so on Christmas Day we had a leisurely breakfast, opened our presents, had a bracing walk around Whitby harbour and a late Christmas lunch cooked in the AGA which I actually found easy to use. The kids and grandkids also loved the house and with the two living rooms one night we were able to set up the Scalextric in one room for the grandkids while the adults in the other had a fun evening of Karaoke (our son in law runs regular disco and Karaoke for a local pub and for birthday parties). One night our kids and spouses walked down the hill to the local pub while my wife and I played board games with the grandkids. On return they reported that they'd been asked to join the darts team in a tournament. As my wife said they must have been desperate to ask our tribe to play!
As expected our three year old grandson Harry was really excited about the trains. One day we went down to the sheds. Thank goodness for the washing machine as he manged to get covered in soot!
On my wife's birthday we went on the steam train to Pickering and back. He did not want to get off. Incidentally on the evening of her birthday we went for a meal to the Stables on the road to Whitby which we would really recommend. My son was so impressed he has put a review on trip adviser. Everyone bought fresh eggs (sold at reception) to take home.
The villa is perfect for a family vacation, the rooms are big, the three bedrooms with showers cut down the queue for the bathroom and despite snow and ice outside the house is lovely and warm Everyone gravitated to the kitchen and our little dog loved sleeping in front of the AGA.
Thank you so much for allowing us to use your lovely home.
We've been holidaying at Grosmont Villa for four years now and still love the place. It's certainly a home from home. There are 6 adults, 3 dogs and now 2 children; our daughter, Molly (now 4 yrs old) and the newest arrival, Max (a few months old). This year has been the best holiday yet. The great thing about Grosmont Villa is that there is so much space; you don't feel like you're in eachother's pockets if you need a bit of chill out time. The heart of the house is most definitely the kitchen where we spend the majority of our family time indoors. It's great to be able to all sit together, around the table, whether we're eating or not!
We enjoy the view incredibly and hearing the steam trains 'woo woo' in the morning is a sound I'm sure not one of us will ever tire of. We love watching the bats fly to and fro and it's magical to hear the deer in the garden. The sunsets are stunning too.
Our daughter Molly loves 'the big house' so much, for all of the above reasons and more and we're sure baby Max will grow to love the place just as much.
We can't imagine not holidaying at Grosmont Villa and we highly recommend it.
A wonderful relaxing week at Grosmont Villa with my four grandchildren and their parents. The house is a very impressive holiday let, beautifully situated. We particularly enjoyed the woods, streams and fords, which only got more interesting and adventurous with the bit of rain we had. Loved the Aga as well and made full and good use of the opportunity to cook traditionally. Of course we took the steam train to Whitby and walked to Goathland - but really there was no need to seek more pleasures than the house and garden afforded.
Thanks from a very contented Grandad!
The villa is set within Grosmont, a pretty village in the heart of countryside walks within the North Yorkshire Moors. It is part of the famous Esk Valley Walk and on the route taken by the West to East Coast-to-Coast walkers. The picturesque River Esk, famous for its salmon and trout fishing, winds through the village.
Grosmont is home to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Society (NYMR) with museum and attractive eating areas. Steam trains go from Grosmont to Goathland, Pickering and Whitby. Local NYMR attractions, such as Classic Car Events, Steam & Diesel Galas, Swinging 60's and the War Weekend in October are very popular. Dining on the livery Pullman Coach trains can be booked in advance for full service lunches and evening dinner occasions departing from and returning to Grosmont.
There is a Co-op in the village which sells groceries and newspapers. There are cafes including the old school house and Jazz Cafe which sells pottery and paintings. A shop and cafe renowned for good full on English breakfasts are also located on Grosmont's lively historic railway station.
There are many small hotels and taverns in the surrounding villages which offer good food and refreshment. Yorkshire is well known for its real ales. The Station Tavern is located in Grosmont village.
Goathland is nearby which was the location with surrounding area for the long running TV series 'Heartbeat'.
Whitby, 6 miles away, is famous for it's Abbey which dates back to 600 AD and the many historic churches and houses which enrich the area. The early settlement had been subject to Viking raiders and its name is derived from the Old Norse language for white settlement. It is the most novelised town in Britain from Bram Stoker (Dracula) to AS Byatt. The town's history revolved around being a fishing and maritime port plus minerals (alum & Whitby jet). Pier and boat fishing, fossil hunting, cycling and sailing are available.
Whitby also has its own Museums which gives an insight into its rich history and and the adventures and accomplishments of Captain Cook. There are many patronised annual events including Whitby Sailing Regatta Week, Rowing, Folk Festival Week and Goth Weekends. Whitby is famous for its seafood restaurants including the Rick Stein highly acclaimed Magpie Cafe but other very good cuisine is also available.
Golf: There is a beautiful 18-hole golf course in Whitby set on the cliff top overlooking the sea. This is called Whitby Golf Club.
There is junior mini golf included with the large variety of childrens' activities on Whitby West Cliff overlooking the North East Coast.
There is a mini golf course in Ruswarp opposite the river Esk where rowing boats and canoes can be hired.
The pretty coastal villages of Staiths, Robin Hood's Bay and Runswck Bay are all nearby. Their historic roots were also in fishing.
Eden Camp is located on the junction of the A169 & A64 on the way to York. This is a modern history museum located in an original prison of war camp (POW).
Scarborough was an early English spa seaside resort. It has a Sea Life Marine Sanctuary. The Stephen Joseph Theatre is home to the prolific playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourne.
The historic city of York is only 45 miles away with its wealth of stimulating sights and attractions. These include the York National Railway Museum, Viking Exhibition and York Cathedral (York Minster). The City of York was selected to host the Tour de France cycling event in 2014.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£300|
Rentals are from Saturday to Saturday. Guests are required to leave by 10am on their last day. Incoming guests are welcome after 4pm on their first day.
Rentals are flexible over the Christmas, Easter and New Year periods to accommodate holiday arrangements.
RENTS ARE BASED ON UP TO 6 PERSONS IN THE THREE MAIN BEDROOMS. ADDITIONAL TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS ON SECOND FLOOR AVAILABLE AT EXTRA COST.