Beautifully restored with an elegant interior

Publication: Period Living

As a Geordie in exile, the steely North Sea holds an irresistible attraction for me.  So, when the chance came up of a weekend on the North Yorkshire coast - and an opportunity to introduce my southern-born children to a seaside that's not for softies - I grabbed it.

For those who don't know it, while the North Sea coast is cold and bleak, it does have the same wild, romantic beauty as the nearby moorland.  After a long drive, we were delighted to find that there was nothing bleak about our base for the weekend.  Sorrel Cottage, a Grade II listed house in the village of Sneaton, was perfect. 

A stone-built farmhouse, it has been beautifully restored with an elegant interior decorated in colours and motifs inspired by the seaside, and a level of comfort that must have been unknown to its Victorian agricultural worker tenant.  Just three miles outside Whitby, it was far enough away to escape the crowds that flock to the town, but close enough to give a clear view of the ruined 7th century Abbey, famous for being the inspiration for Bram Stoker's tale of Dracula.  A night-time walk through the town, guided by an historian dressed for the part, gives a real insight into the origins of the novel.

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