3 (all year)
Chestnut Barn is a gorgeous holiday cottage in a beautiful location sleeping up to seven people in three bedrooms. Tucked away in the quiet village of Aislaby in the North York Moors National Park and just three miles from Whitby, the cottage is an idyllic place where couples, families or friends can retreat from the world and savour the pleasure of uninterrupted time. The village pub, The Forge Inn, is an easy walk from the door and has a delicious menu of home-cooked pub meals and real ale on tap.
Aislaby is a pretty village with loads of authentic Yorkshire charm. The River Esk flows close by, which will be of particular interest to those who enjoy fly fishing for salmon in wild water. Walking and cycling are two prime ways to experience the breathtaking beauty of the landscape, and there is an excellent variety of trails leading from the village. Five miles from Aislaby, the heritage North York Moors Railway trains stop at Grosmont Station on their way to Goathland and Pickering, giving visitors a relaxing way to sightsee. Local walks include those to St Hedda's Church in Egton, through Arncliffe Woods at Glaisdale, and along the River Esk.
Wonderful Whitby, where the ruined Abbey overlooks the town's winding lanes and beautiful beach, is three miles away. Whitby is said to have inspired Bram Stoker to write the most famous Gothic horror story of all time, Dracula, during his stay there in 1890. Get into the spirit (pun intended!) on an atmospheric ghost walk and visit the Dracula Experience made even more spine-tingling by rumours of a real ghost on the first floor. If ghosts and vampires aren't your thing, then maybe a visit to the Captain Cook Museum, dedicated to the famous explorer, and don't miss the opportunity to view the sunrise through Whitby's whalebone arch. Historic York is also within reach for a day out.
You don't have to wait for summer to stay at Chestnut Barn. There's nothing better than a blustery cliff-top walk after a big lunch in winter, nor walking through the moors as the colours change in spring and autumn. The owners of Chestnut Barn have created a space which is welcoming to guests, including dogs, all year round.
Ilona Franklin joined Independent Cottages in July 2020
The owner of Chestnut Barn renovated it herself and lives nearby with her friendly dog so will be on hand to welcome guests and answer any questions. Chestnut Barn is a Grade II listed property dating back to the 1780s and built from stone quarried in Aislaby. Accommodation is over two levels.
Outside: Chestnut Barn has an enclosed patio with seating and a charcoal kettle barbecue, and off-street parking.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, sheets and towels (including beach towels) are provided. A travel cot (no bedding), high chair and stair gate are available on request. Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome with prior agreement from the owner. Short breaks (minimum of two nights) are possible outside of peak season and depending on availability. No smoking.
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