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A 19th century coastal retreat nestled in woodland, with a home-grown restaurant and an indulgent spa… Discover Raithwaite Sandsend

Between the sea and the Yorkshire moors lies this gorgeous Victorian estate – with stylish suites, a home-grown restaurant, indulgent spa treatments and a whole host of adventures just waiting to be enjoyed.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 11.09.2021

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A 19th century coastal retreat, nestled in woodland, with a home-grown restaurant and stylish rooms to boot… Sounds pretty perfect, right? 

Well that’s Raithwaite Sandsend for you. And yes, that’s “Sandsend” as in Sandsend beach, the stretch of sand tucked in the heart of Yorkshire’s heritage coastline, overlooked by the romantic ruins of Whitby Abbey. It’s just down t’road. 

Here’s what you need to know… 


After all, this is HLN’s stay-cation special. And trust us – you won’t want to leave Raithwaite Sandsend after just an hour or two. So make a night (or two) of it and book a room.

There’s space for couples, families, groups and four-legged fur-babies at Raithwaite Sandsend. With cloud-like beds you simply sink into at the end of long day exploring, stylish bathrooms where you can soak away the stress, elegant lounge areas and views for days, everything is right where you need it here. So all you need to do is turn up, drop your bags and relax.

Fancy somewhere homely to cosy on down in when the Autumn chills creep up? At Raithwaite you can kick off your shoes (or walking boots), make yourself at home and look out over sprawling woodland and flower-filled gardens as you unwind. Some of their most snug rooms are tucked up in the eaves of this Victorian country house, so you can channel all those romantic Jane Eyre vibes (without calling dibs on being the crazy lady in the attic).

Need a little more space? No sweat. Maintaining their signature contemporary styling throughout, Raithwaite’s roomier accommodation has the added bonus of a balcony – which then has the added bonus of looking out onto the most incredibly manicured grounds and woodland. Perfect for a little stargazing after dinner.

Feeling fancy? You know Raithwaite have got your back. Their sophisticated suites are set against a backdrop of rustic woodland charm and are bursting with natural light. The feeling of grandeur they exude is completed by their own indoor lounge area, as well as a balcony or terrace for relaxing al fresco. Some even have a two-floor layout, if you’re really splashing out. Talk about living the life of luxury…


You’ll know by now that we rarely commit to going anywhere until we know the scran is on point. So you can assume it speaks volumes when we say we’ve already booked a stay at Raithwaite Sandsend… and it most definitely includes a trip to their intimate brasserie.

After all, what about just-picked salads, sustainably sourced veg, local cheese boards and fish so fresh it might as well have just somersaulted out of the sea and onto your plate would you not want to indulge in? Raithwaite’s restaurant showcases the very best of Whitby produce with simple, seasonal and superbly-cooked dishes morning, noon and night.

Raithwaite Sandsend is proud to champion local suppliers and has some of the best fish dishes in Yorkshire, alongside vegetarian options and a variety of other dishes. And their new, uber-laidback setting overlooks the perfectly manicured estate grounds, so you’re guaranteed a stunning backdrop as you sip and savour. In fact, the combination of premier ingredients, expert chefs, elegant interiors and unbeatable views make The Restaurant at Raithwaite Sandsend a dining destination to remember.

MasterChef semi-finalist, successful food author and proprietor of the UK’s most sustainable pub Ollie Hunter has recently joined the Raithwaite family as food, drink & sustainability director – bringing huge culinary expertise and sustainability know-how, there are big plans afoot including the introduction of no-dig kitchen gardens designed to feed the restaurant year-round.

Not that it’s all about the culinary offering here. Drop by chic new Bar 1882 for a cheeky apéritif or after-dinner drink and you’ll find stylish furnishings, more sensational views (you might get sick of us saying this, but you certainly won’t get sick of the sight) and a drinks cabinet so extensive you can guarantee you won’t go thirsty for even the wildest of cocktail combos. That’s if you’re not indulging in a little afternoon tea, that is – which you can make “afternoon bubbly” instead, should the desire arise. You are on holiday, after all.

News flash: we’ve heard rumours of a brand new culinary offering at Raithwaite Sandsend. The Crab Shack will be opening soon (official opening date still TBC), and will serve up the freshest Whitby crab sandwiches, just-caught mackerel served Korean-style and traditional cod and chips all in the great outdoors. Stay tuna-ed.


With the beach, the forest and the rolling moors all right here for the taking, the only question you’ll find yourselves asking at Raithwaite Sandsend is: where to start?

If it were us, we’d probably start with our doorstep. The Raithwaite estate itself is divine and, be it a stroll through their landscaped gardens, a spot of foraging with the estate’s expert chefs, or an adventure into their magical woodland, many of Yorkshire’s loveliest walks across moors and dales can begin as soon as you step foot outside. While all the others are just a short drive away, for the more hardcore hikers among us. Think three-day hikes along the Cleveland Way, child-friendly beach wanders or channelling your inner Cathy and Heathcliff out on the moors – simply ask at Raithwaite’s reception and their friendly team will be all too happy to provide a range of routes, advice or will even book you onto a guided walk.

Keen for an activity that doesn’t involve pulling on your walking boots? We hear you – and, more to the point, so does Raithwaite Sandsend. Catch some waves with the estate’s very own Surf School; even if you’ve never even carried a surfboard before, their pro teachers will get you on your feet and riding those waves in no time. Or have a go at the slightly more chilled activity of Stand Up Paddleboarding – the beach is just a short walk away, the hotel Concierge can fix you up with all the latest gear (including wetsuits), and SUP really is the perfect way to explore Yorkshire’s unbeatable coastline.

Speaking of the beach, if you fancy breathing in your fair share of sea air without getting too damp, how about starting out on your own mini sea voyage with Yorkshire Coast Boat Trips? Or, if you’re more of a landlubber, stretch out, soak up the relaxing sound of the waves lapping the shore and energise your body, mind and soul with a spot of beach yoga. We can feel our tension slipping away just thinking about it…

While you’re staying at Raithwaite, you’ll want to make the 10-minute drive (or one hour walk) up to the picturesque town of Whitby. With narrow medieval streets dotted with cool boutiques and the fish restaurants Whitby is known and loved for, as well as cosy pubs, fun arcades and the beautiful blue flag West Cliff Beach lined with idyllic beach huts, there’s plenty to explore here. And that’s before we’ve even mentioned the renowned ruins of Whitby Abbey, which has earned its fame as the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic novel Dracula. The atmospheric ruins have attracted visitors from far and wide for centuries. While you’re there, be sure to climb the 199 steps up to the Church of Saint Mary too, which stands impressively on Whitby’s windswept East Cliff and has views for days.



Now all that exploring and activity making sounds grand, but let’s face it – we are on holiday here. And the reason holidays are so darn wonderful is that they give us a chance to unwind. So by all means, hit the beach, have a go at surfing and get your steps in by hiking over the North York Moors. But be sure to make a little time to just be, too. Raithwaite Sandsend will take care of the rest.

After all, they have a cosy haven of relaxation, tranquillity and never-rushed calm all of their own: Raithwaite Spa. Inside, you have the choice of a heated indoor pool to lounge by, fragrant treatments by expert therapists to drift away to, plus a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and even a gym, if the mood takes you. You really can just leave the world behind you in this light, airy and rejuvenating retreat – meaning the next time you do go out to hit up the great outdoors, you’re feeling relaxed, restored and with a renewed spring in your step.

Let’s talk treatments, because they’re one of the stars of the show at Raithwaite Spa. The invigorating face and body treatments you’ll find here use fragrant products by Temple Spa, a British company that shares the estate’s ethos of homegrown luxury. Think red carpet miracle facials, skin conditioning and detoxifying mud wraps, hot stone massages and Turkish body exfoliation – or, in other words, pure bliss. Seriously restorative and thoroughly feel-good, you’ll notice the impressive results of every treatment here straight away. And better yet, you can customise your own bespoke packages to make sure you can treat yourself from top to toe.

To find out more about Raithwaite Sandsend or to book your stay, visit their website

Stay up to date with all their activities, adventures and offers via their Facebook and Instagram

Raithwaite Estate Sandsend Road Whitby North Yorkshire YO21 3ST

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