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Estbek House
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sandsend
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 31, 2011

David and Tim are very welcoming. Estbek House has a small courtyard garden at the front, the rooms are extremely clean and well-appointed on either the first or second floor. We thought it would be noisy at night as we were on the road side, but as soon as the wooden window shutters were closed, hardly a sound could be heard. The cooked breakfasts were superb. The eggs laid by hens in the garden. The reduced dining rate tarriff is the one to go for as there is no need to eat anywhere else. The waitresses are friendly, the evening meals are superb and the fish dishes as fresh as could be! There are six private parking spaces in the car park just across the bridge. A deposit is required on booking. Sandsend is lovely with a sand and pebble beach and a few quaint shops, yet only a short drive from Whitby.

Room Tip: There are only four rooms but the the Estbeck House website is very good.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

The best thing about Estbek House is the restaurant food, which is stunning and the wine list - I wish we could transport it to where we live. Although pricey, it's super for a special occasion but be prepared to pay a lot for the room if you stay as well. The rooms are well appointed and stylish - rooms at the top as are naturally very hot in summer. I think the pricing is misleading - the two amounts - one for room eating in and the other for room & breakfast/eating out are confusing to those of us not used to such pricing mechanisms. Hospitality is very good, Tim and David are very helpful and have the time to chat to guests even though they are very busy. On reflection we would have been better just eating at Estbek House as it turned into a very expensive three day break - but we thoroughly enjoyed the extravagance!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Lovetogetaway0
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

We have stayed here numerous times - we love everything about it: location, accommodation, service and most of all the food, wine and superb hosts. All four rooms are beautifully fitted and very comfortable - our favourite, however is Alum as it is larger and brighter than the others. David and Tim, the joint owners, are lovely people who work very hard to ensure everything is perfect during your stay. David prides himself on his wine list - and rightly so: the wine is exceptional. Tim, the chef, can be seen at work in the open kitchen, which is spotless, making bread, chocolates and delicious meals. Our personal favourites are the scallops, and the salmon (smoked on the premises) to start ; the signature sea food pie or lobster (exquisite) to follow and to complete the meal either the creme brulee, chocolate pot or the cheese board served with two glasses of port! Desert wines and the home made chocolates with the coffee perfect te experience. Breakfast is the best full English we've ever had. We visit two or three times a year and will be back soon.

Room Tip: All rooms are very comfortable but Nora is the smallest and the bathroom is not suited to generously...
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Sharon B
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

THE GOOD:
- An excellent restaurant, with great food, though expect to pay London prices.
- Attentive serving Staff, friendly without being intrusive.
- An extremely clean room (called Nora).
- Quality room fittings / linen / towels.
- Great location for Sandsend.

THE BAD:

Nora Bedroom:
- Very expensive for the tiny room we were given, this really should be a single room or the price reduced.
- A tiny bathroom, very cramped.
- An electric shower, clean, but not very powerful.
- Small closet space, due to small size of room.
- Oversized bed was too large for this room - it took up all the available space.
- The smallest TV I've ever seen in a hotel room!
- The bed was positioned on a slope, so I felt I was going to fall out, this does not aid restful sleep.
- No bottled water provided, though there was tea/coffee making facilities.
- No fridge in the room.
- Poor lighting, no light due to tiny window.
- Poor view from window, as it is very small and at floor level so you can only look out if you get down on your hands and knees. A shame as you'd like to be able to see the sea.

Restaurant:
- No bread offered with the meal, home made bread was expected as a minimum from a restaurant of this calibre.
- Expensive and limited wine choice (Australian & Tasmanian wines only).
- You don't get to sit in the restaurant for Breakfast! An average breakfast is served (between 8.30 -9.15 only) in the dark and unwelcoming cellar/bar.
- There was no where to sit and relax except in the unwelcoming cellar/bar. No sitting room at all. As our room was so tiny, there was no where to sit except for the bed. It seems all available space is maximised for restaurant use.
- The cellar/bar area is very dark and business like, almost sterile.
- No WIFI service at all, scandalous at this price bracket.
- Sky TV service in rooms, but extremely limited choice.

Overall:
Be in no doubt - this establishment is not a great B&B with the added benefit of an exceptional restaurant; It's a good restaurant with rooms taking second billing.
Everything about Estbek House is based around the restaurant, to the detriment of the guest and the guest rooms. There seems to be no original character to the house and every attempt has been made to ensure the property earns as much revenue as it possibly can. It really is just a restaurant with rooms and a shiny kitchen .

Please don't forget where you are, in a lovely part of the N Yorks seaside with lots of character which is sadly, not reflected at Estbek House. Some of the criticism may appear harsh, but this is truly reflective of our stay.

Room Tip: The Nora room is very expensive for its size - don't plan to spend much time in there...
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank AndyStone
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

We were treating ourselves for our Wedding Anniversary. We were made to feel really welcome and found the room small 'but perfectly formed'. Some really nice touches, like the fold out mirror so one could put make up on without sitting in the hand basin. Everything was spotlessly clean and we appreciated the bathrobes and the comprehensive 'package' of necessaries. A request for a thinner blanket as substitute for the 10.5 tog down duvet ( it was a warm night!) was met cheerfully.
We rather liked the eclectic mixing of styles from the high Victorian lamp, via the Art Deco to the contemporary pictures in the dining rooms and bedrooms. We had a room at the back as it was expected to be quieter but we did hear the bottles being disposed of at the end of the evening.
We ate dinner one evening, the service was attentive without being over the top, and the dining ambiance pleasant. We hadn't registered that the wine list was totally Antipodean, not totally to our taste but we were recommended a very acceptable wine to complement our meal. While very good the meal did not have that indelible 'taste memory' which we find in the very best meals. The hot smoked salmon in my salad lacked the succulence I expected, but the lobster was delicious.
The creme brulee benefited from the fresh eggs, as did the boiled eggs I had at breakfast. My husband enjoyed his fish 'pie' and blackberry crumble.
We would recommend the Estbeck to anyone wanting somewhere just that bit more individual.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Wentdalewoman
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

The Estbek what can I say perfect in every sense food to die for accomdation first class everything is just perfect. we stayed two nights this time which was even better. the food was superb I had the lobster which was cooked to perfection My wife had the fish pie again perfect!! I only have a minor complaint the complimenrty box of chocolates, whats happen to them tim? Thanks again allan & nicola

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Allan026
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Estbek, Owner at Estbek House, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2011

sorry, we ran out , next time tell us when you book and will put you a large box of chocolates in the room, save some space for dinner tho . tim x

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Reviewed July 31, 2011

My fiance and I stayed at Estbeck House on Friday 29th July after spending a couple of days touring Yorkshire. All I can say is that we saved the best till last! Tim and David were perfect hosts, making us feel so welcome and we even enjoyed a drink and a chat with them in the bar after dinner.
The room was comfortable and tastefully decorated. The food was excellent - better than some 5-star restaurants we have been fortunate enough to eat in and the wine was equally superb. I can't really pick the best thing about our stay at Estbeck House - as a package, it's 5-star! Thanks Tim and David.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Estbek House

Address: Estbeck House East Row, Sandsend, Whitby YO21 3SU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Scarborough District > Whitby > Sandsend
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sandsend
Price Range: $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Estbek House 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Estbek House Hotel Sandsend
Estbek Hotel Sandsend
Estbek House Sandsend, Yorkshire

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