Review: A UK Getaway At Raithwaite Sandsend

Feel the fresh coastal air, embrace the rolling countryside and retreat in Yorkshire style at Raithwaite Sandsend. Elysia Fryer checks in...
Raithwaite Sandsend

Style >>

It’s all about the coastal, chilled out vibes here, making the most of the natural environment that surrounds you. The interiors are stylish and subtle – with splashes of colour here and there, and lovely, local artworks for good measure.

The restaurant is country-chic, contemporary and playful. The main area has that cosy, fire-side charm, while the conservatory enjoys a lighter, brighter feel – with splashes of colour and funky furnishings to bring something a little different.

Location >>

Pack up the car and make your way along the Yorkshire coast to the beautiful little fishing village of Sandsend where you can take in the beauty of the beach, enjoy the crisp ocean breeze and luxe it up in a lovely suite or cottage.

Sandsend has a long stretch of beach, a number of great foodie spots and plenty on offer for those looking for a bit of adventure. What more could you want?

It’s a quaint Yorkshire village enjoying the best of both worlds – coast and country.

Encompasses everything we love about what’s readily available in our beautiful region – particularly dramatic as the seasons change.

Hotel highlights >>

Location, location, location. Raithwaite’s serene surroundings top the list when it comes to hotel highlights.

Set back in enchanting woodland just a stone’s throw from the Sandsend shore, there’s a real sense of escapism here.

A winding country road takes you from the front gates to the main building, bypassing The Keep, The Courtyard and the incredibly well-kept gardens as you go.

Lay your head >>

We’re laying our heads in the Junior Suite – where soft, neutral decor meets high-tech living.

This luxe retreat is stylish, spacious and oh-so comfortable. Think cloud-like pillows, a super king-size bed with built in flat screen TV, underflooring heating and a big bath for soaking away the sandy toes after a day on the beach. Whether it’s a pop-up TV for movie nights, a desk for journaling, or the break-out area for relaxing with a book and a glass of wine, there’s plenty of space to make what you wish of your Sandsend staycation.

Do this >>

There are seaside escapades aplenty here. Wake up to a proper Yorkshire breakfast and head out for some fresh sea air. Start the day or wind down at night with a Raithwaite beach yoga session – an energising ashtanga flow to get the body moving, or a hatha practice to help rest the mind and body after a day of exploring.

There’s no better feeling than a stretch on the sand as the waves crash along the shore. Other Raithwaite activities include Sandsend Surf School – offering private lessons, hire or group sessions. For something a little different, why not head out on a paddleboard – the perfect way to explore the stunning Yorkshire coastline.

Those of you venturing a little further can head out on to the sweeping Sandsend beach, heading towards the historic Whitby Abbey. Get up early and watch the sunrise over the horizon, go fossil hunting along the rocky cliff edge, or unwind in one of the quaint village beach shacks serving some of the finest coffee, snacks and local goodies.

Lobster potting >>

Move over New England. This autumn, it’s all about the North Yorkshire coast. To coincide with the peak of lobster and crab fishing season, Raithwaite Sandsend has launched a weekly boat charter for hotel guests to experience lobster potting and all of the exciting wildlife that comes with a day at sea along the North Yorkshire coast.

The Mistress Whitby will set off on a wildlife safari from Whitby Marina every Wednesday until 4 November. Guests will gain behind-the-scenes access to the life of local fishermen, learn how people have been hauling lobster and crab from the North Sea for generations and spot some of the most spectacular wildlife in the region including wales, dolphins and seals.

As the boat heads back to the harbour, experience the anticipation of the pots breaking the water to discover what they contain.

The best bit? Your fresh catch will make the journey back to the hotel with you, ready for head chef Andy Hill to prepare and cook up a fresh feast in The Brasserie. A North Sea wildlife safari you won’t want to miss this fall.

Food & drink >>

When you’ve had your fish and chips fix, it’s definitely worth drinking and dining in Raithwaite’s bar and restaurant.

Poachers Bar is the perfect spot to rest those legs after a day on the sands, serving signature cocktails, light lunches and afternoon tea delights. The Brasserie is the place to be for contemporary comfort food. The vibe here is French fancy – with a classic, Yorkshire twist.

Think beautiful brasserie bites with plate-pleasing pickings from the Raithwaite garden. Pair that with a cosy, country atmosphere, a bottle of the good stuff and views of the garden, and you’ll feel worlds away from the everyday.

We kick things off with the Shetland scallops starter, served with roast Yorkshire apple puree, smoked chicken jus and pork skin. Sustainably-picked shellfish from Northern waters – we just have to. Our dinner date opts for the Douglas Fir smoked Gressingham duck breast parfait. The duck is smoked in-house, using fir from the grounds.

For mains it’s the North Atlantic cod with Black Sheep Welsh rarebit, and a juicy fillet steak. Both mouthwatering meals centred around local produce from land and sea. Delicious.

Time to seal the deal with something sweet. The milk and cookies pud catches our eye, taking us back to our childhood. A simple yet oh-so delicious dessert using Yorkshire Dales Golden Rum in a malt milkshake, paired perfectly with ice cream and melt-in-the-middle cookies.


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