A small collection of privately owned and passionately run holiday lets in North Yorkshire

Our journey started in 2016 with the conversion of a small out building in the garden of our cottage in York. The annexe was just one room and with the help of wonderful builders, we created a cosy space with bedroom and en-suite. It was equipped with existing furniture and items purchased locally at minimal cost. This was let through Airbnb and with strong demand in York, the next year we converted our garage into our second en-suite annexe.

In 2017 we were satisfied that the two small low risk projects worked as a concept and we looked to expand and explore the possibilities with something larger. We purchased a run-down property close to the centre of the city and refurbished it to a high standard including a loft conversion to gain a fourth bedroom and en-suite and removed internal walls at ground level to create a modern open plan living space.

The beautifully restored Victorian townhouse, “Number 41” opened for trade in March 2018 and in the same month we completed the purchase of Primrose Cottage an existing holiday let in the stunning fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay near Whitby on the North Yorkshire Coast.

Our vision had started to take shape!

We purchased a second Victorian townhouse in York which we fully refurbished and opened in 2019. “The City Escape” is a five-star self-catering home from home for eight that has been featured in a number of newspapers and magazines.

In 2021 with the staycation market booming we invested in a stunning 16th century fisherman’s cottage in the centre of Whitby. A former inn, full of character and original features, it was lovingly restored and renamed “Seapink Cottage” after the beautiful coastal plant seen throughout the national park

With our family growing up fast, in 2022 we decided to upsize to a new cottage in Robin Hood’s Bay, and sadly this meant we had to wave goodbye to Primrose Cottage. Green Bank House on Fisherhead, one of the larger properties in the lower Bay was once home to the famous artist, Albert Wainwright. With its stunning original features and 17th century charm, as soon as I walked through the door I fell in love! In early 2023 we opened our doors to guests, and with stunning views out to sea and south, down the beach to Ravenscar – enjoyed from the helm of our fabulous boat bed which was made by hand especially for the cottage. This really is a very special place to stay..

Our team led by Beth work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure guests have a wonderful experience in our cottages and we are committed to delivering great quality and service for all to enjoy.

Beth lives with her family in the countryside on the outskirts of York, and as well as her rugby playing boys, she has a Capheaton terrier called Tigger and Indian Runner ducks Genevieve, Sydney and Nugget.

Beth Thornton and friends

Each day is a new adventure and we would love to share ours with you…