Find out everything you need about Squirrels Acres in Whitby and whether this holiday rental is right for you.
Just a mile from the iconic harbour town of Whitby and in walking distance of the Ruswarp Railway Station, this holiday cottage for three is set in a tranquil woodland.
Built onto a farmhouse, it has open plan living with a log burner. The main bedroom has plenty of wardrobe space and a full-length mirror and the single room benefits from a skylight. Its elevated position gives it a distinct treehouse-type feel.
If rest and relaxation is the main aim of your time away, then this North Yorkshire gem is an ideal place to spend it in.
In a wood of the same name, Squirrels’ Acres is a unique holiday cottage that sleeps three in the main double with a full-length mirror and wardrobe space, and a single with a chest of drawers and a skylight. The bathroom has a walk-in shower and heated towel rail.
The open plan living arrangement incorporates a cosy wood burner and a kitchen that has a dining table and chairs and comes with a handy washing machine.
The cottage is accessed by 10 wooden stairs up to the decking that is almost level with the treetops and is perfect for alfresco dining and bird watching.
Start your holiday off with a nature walk that you can pick up at the nearby Larpool Viaduct that was built in the late 1800s to carry the Scarborough to Whitby railway across the River Esk. The railway line is now used for cyclists and walkers. The river estuary teems with wildlife such as deer, seals and a variety of birds. The trail leads to Ruswarp village and the Bridge Inn on High Street. Stop here to refuel either in the beer garden on a sunny day or beside a roaring fire if its wet and windy. Dogs are welcome both inside and out. There is also a miniature railway in Ruswarp that has a café selling teas, coffees and snacks. While you are in the village stop off at Jackson’s Butchers to stock up on provisions. From here you can follow the Whitby footpath which is a mile long and takes in a wildlife sanctuary and ends at the marina.
During your stay it is likely you will be popping into the charming village of Ruswarp more than once and it is here you can hire a boat or kayak by the hour to row or paddle down the River Esk’s estuary to see birds and wildlife from a different angle. Ruswarp Pleasure Boats has been going for nearly 150 years providing visitors to the area with novel modes of transport.
There is a dizzying choice of beaches in and around Whitby, the main one can be accessed from the town down the long ramps or via the cliff lift from the West Cliff carpark. There is a lifeguard here during the summer and there are donkey rides too. Tate Hill is a beach within the harbour, small but perfectly formed, it is safe for swimming. This is the best place to watch the Whitby Regatta’s fireworks at the end of August.
Squirrels’ Acres is a rare getaway find that despite its idyllic woodland location is not far from the seaside. After a cup of coffee on the decking high above ground level you can take a leisurely walk along the disused railway and stone footpaths into Whitby.
Very few can resist the town’s famous fish and chips at one of the shops overlooking the harbour. In the distance there is the Abbey high above the clifftops that was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and there is the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Grape Lane behind the harbour. The Whitby Museum and Art Gallery in Pannett Park, 0.3 miles from the quayside, brings the town’s fascinating history to life from fossils to fine art by talented local artists. Rainy days in this area doesn’t mean being holed up because it has more than its fair share of indoor activities.
This woodland retreat offers everything you will need for a hassle-free holiday from the well-equipped kitchen to the cosy log burning stove in the sitting room. Squirrels’ Acres’ guests return year after year, an indication of just how enchanting a location it is.