Find out everything you need about Swallows Nest in Scalby, North York Moors and whether this holiday rental is right for you.
Nestled in the majestic North York Moors National Park this love nest has an open plan living area and a double bedroom en suite that sleeps two.
Swing open the French patio doors and you will find a warm bubbling hot tub with views of the moors beyond.
Walk the two miles to the village of Scalby which is a great base for walks and cycling trails that criss-cross the North York Moors. A bracing option is the clifftop three-mile walk from Scarborough to Cayton Bay where you might spot some whales out at sea. About 2.5 miles from Scalby is Peasholm with its Japanese gardens which makes for romantic strolls surrounded by a riot of colour
In a converted stone outbuilding this charming accommodation offers a well-presented king sized bedroom for two with an en suite wet room that has a glass partition to keep the fluffy bath towels dry.
The open plan living area has a flame effect burner and double doors leading out to an enclosed private area that has a open air hot tub and beyond that is a wide expanse of lawn and trees where there is space for alfresco dining.
The Shaker-style kitchen is well equipped and a dining table and chairs separates it from the seating space. Outside, through double wooden gates, is secure parking at the front of the cottage.
The picturesque village of Scalby lies just 2.5 miles from the seaside resort of Scarborough. The village centre has the charming Old Scalby Mills pub that prides itself in serving local ales such as North Bay Premium Ale from Wold Top Brewery and Mishka Ale from the North Yorkshire Brewing Company. The pub is dog friendly and is an excellent place to get to know the locals who will point you in the right direction of the area’s hidden gems. The pub has great sea views and a beer garden where you can take in your surroundings while sampling the real ales.
If you are keen to experience a real Yorkshire afternoon tea then the Yew Tree in the centre of the village is where you should be headed. Other than three-tiered plates packed with sandwiches, sponges and scones, it also serves breakfasts and lunches. Dogs are welcome inside too other than during the busy lunch times between noon and 2.30pm. There is an outside seating area which is popular on sunny days and where four-legged family members will receive a warm greeting at any time of the day. There is a farmer’s market every Friday in the St Lawrence’s Church Rooms and car park. Here you can stock up on provisions with real North Yorkshire provenance.
Just three miles down towards the coast you will be in the heart of Scarborough, a bustling Victorian seaside town, that is packed with things to do. If the weather isn’t up to scratch then a visit to Sea Life is a must. It has a penguin island, a seal hospital and an otter river. It has more than 2,500 creatures from sharks to seahorses. If you’ve brought your bicycles then the 2.5 miles to Scarborough has a cinder track, a converted disused railway line, that is great for seeing the area from the saddle.
If it’s both coast and country that constitutes your perfect holiday with a loved one, then Swallow’s Nest is going to be a perfect choice. It is set in a rural location with sweeping views of the North Moors that stretch for miles. This is the ideal spot for communing with nature and the walks around the area are rated as some of the best in the country. From heather moorland to golden beaches that go on for miles it’s ruggedly romantic.
Scarborough is your closest port of call, although its is only a half-hour’s drive to the iconic harbour town of Whitby. Here you can really stretch your legs by taking the 199 steps that lead up to Whitby Abbey on the East Cliff. Once back at sea level treat yourself to a world-famous Whitby fish and chip lunch or early supper before heading back to the cottage.
Swallow’s Nest might be small, but it is perfectly formed with attention to detail in evidence in every part of the cottage. Once you’ve returned from your adventures the warm bubbles of the hot tub await to ease away your aches and pains and provide a romantic end to a perfect day.