With its romantic, storybook good looks and pretty interiors, it's no surprise that Whitby's Lavender Cottage has been voted as one of Britain's best holiday cottages. Grab your darling and book up now...

We know. Valentine’s Day was so last week. Literally. But we’re still feeling the romantic vibes here at Luxe HQ – and Lavender Cottage is giving it us in spades. And because romantic getaways are meant to be enjoyed all year round, not just in February, it’s definitely a pad worth considering if you’re planning on surprising your other half and whisking them away for some quiet time over the next few months.

aaaYou’ll find the fully-furnished, grade II listed property in Sleights – a tranquil village in the heart of the Esk Valley. The historic seaside town of Whitby lies less than four miles away and the cottage is surrounded by miles upon miles of unspoilt greenness for walking, hiking and romantic strolls. The likes of York, Pickering, Scarborough, Helmsley, Castle Howard are within an hour’s drive.

cvcvInside, make yourself at home in the cosy living room – preferably by the wood burning stove, among the mountains of chic pillows, with a glass of red in hand. Great on chilly winter evenings. Marvel at the Pinterest-worthy solid oak flooring, pretty painted furniture and pink chandelier, and take advantage of the flatscreen TV and basket of romantic movies, boardgames and playing cards.

All cooking can be done in the fully-equipped kitchen. Rustle up brunchy bites or all your favourite picnic essentials and pack them in the hamper that’s provided. Cool extras include Emma Bridgewater pottery and Cath Kidston cutlery.

In the bedroom, you’ll discover an antique French double bed, made perfect with fresh bed linen from The White Company, Egyptian cotton sheets and feather quilts. Slumber in style underneath the crystal chandelier.

The gorgeousness continues outside in Lavender’s colourful private garden, filled old-fashioned roses, honeysuckle and, of course, plenty of vibrant lavender. This comes alive in the summer – a time during which guests can get outdoors and entertain around the small chimenea and flickering lanterns come nightfall.


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