Had a lovely 2 night stay in lilac cottage, friendly local people,great walks and scenery and a welcoming local pub. The cottage itself was perfect for us and our dog, if you want i quiet weekend away from it all, this is the place. Whitby only 10 mins away with plenty to see and do.
We visited lilac cottage on a 2 night break with our bull mastiff and could have easily stayed for the whole week. It was lovely and peaceful, we made use of the log burning fire which was a nice feature and kept the cottage really warm during our short stay! There was plenty of space inside and the bathroom was huge. The local people were friendly and the pub was just a short walk away, we sampled a few guinesses and our dog was made welcome too. All in all it was a very nice, relaxing break with some great walks on the doorstep and only a 10 min drive to Whitby.
Quite, relaxing, log fire.
Ruth attended to all our needs.
Mr and Mrs Krotki.
Lovely little cottage. Ideal for us as we had three separate adults one of whom was elderly (my mother). The kitchen was well equipped and the rooms spacious and homely.
We had a small problem with the heating which was soon sorted by Ruth and/or her husband and nothing was too much trouble.
I would not hesitate to book this cottage again.
Well appointed and in good location especially if interested in railways. Good base for walking and touring the area.
The one slight difficulty we found was the stairs. Being an old cottage the stairs were steep and with a twist made it a little harder to either go up or down. However this should not detract from the overall enjoyment of the cottage.
A difficult review to write. There are a lot of positives with Lilac Cottage but there are also some downsides that prevent me giving it a totally positive review. On the plus side, the location is great and within a 3 minute walk to the railway station, a co-op food store for a reasonable range of provisions and an excellent local pub. Whitby is 10 minutes by car and the lovely market town of Pickering is just 15 minutes away. Both can also be reached by the historic railway. Pick up for the key is easy as the owner runs one of the village shops.
The cottage is of a good size and is best suited for up to 2 couples. The kitchen is functional and the main bathroom is large with a heated towel rail and great water pressure for the shower, (above the bath). Central heating is available in all rooms and this proved very effective in somewhat cool weather conditions.
However, it was other issues that let this cottage down. Importantly, there was no internet available, (something not disclosed in the advert). This had a big impact on us as we were half way through a 4 week holiday and were keeping in touch with family in Australia via Skype each evening. As well, the washing machine had an issue whereby it did not recognise that the front door of the machine was closed and as a consequence would not start. The owner was aware of this problem and advised that we should keep hitting the door and surround until it started. This proved to be very frustrating. Other issues that highlighted a lack of detail included badly out of date tourist information, (we replaced as much as we could with current material) and a slippery front path that could be easily fixed with a power washer. In conclusion, a good stay but one that could be great if the issues could be addressed.