Short Break - East Row Lodge, Sandsend, North Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 18:42 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:31 16 February 2016
Jo Haywood and family stroll into spring with a seaside break in Sandsend
Many coastal retreats boast a sea view, but how many times have you found yourself standing on tiptoe with one eye shut trying to actually spot the waves across rooftops, round corners or through a gap in a neighbour’s hedge?
At East Row Lodge in Sandsend, however, it’s not an idle boast. The sea view is stunning. You don’t have to peer over, round or through anything. The waves, beach and soaring seagulls are right there, just ten metres or so away across the winding coastal road.
And it’s not just the sea view that makes this groundfloor apartment such a corker. We’ve stayed at numerous holiday hideaways in Sandsend over the years, but this was by far the most special. Elegantly and impeccably furnished throughout, it offers five star accommodation in a five star location.
With two bathrooms, two bedrooms, a large living room and a good-sized dining kitchen, East Row Lodge provides more than enough room for a family to spread out and chill out in luxury.
But it’s more than just a pretty place, it also offers a separate beach house suite (ideal for teenagers, young couples or grandparents seeking privacy), a spacious sun deck that’s so close to the sea you can almost dip your toes in the water while enjoying your morning coffee and – drum roll, please – private beachside parking for two cars.
It was the perfect base for what proved to be a fantastic short break, in which the weather was almost as friendly and welcoming as the people.
Almost, but not quite.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a warmer welcome than the one you receive at the famous Magpie Cafe in Whitby and the less well-known but equally noteworthy Sandside Cafe in Sandsend. We were Magpie virgins, having often pressed our noses up against the window only to be scared off by the snaking queue, but Jeanette, our lovely waitress, guided us through the menu – and no, it’s not just fish and chips – and ensured we had everything we needed, including what must surely be the best mushy peas in the whole of Yorkshire.
She was a complete gem, as was Neil Hodgson who has run Sandside for 18 years, gradually improving and extending what was once little more than a beachside shack to create a cracking cafe with one of the best views on the coast.
After a slap up breakfast in his new extension overlooking the rolling sea, we worked off our bacon butties with a walk along the beach to Whitby (it’s only about two miles), where we indulged in a bit of shopping (you can never have enough boots or books in our house), scared ourselves silly at the Dracula Experience and enjoyed a bracing stroll around Whitby Abbey and its highly informative visitor centre.
If you decide to follow in our footsteps round Whitby, we’d also recommend Sherlocks Coffee House, a magnificently quirky little place (order one cake between two – the portions are huge) and The Moon & Sixpence Bar & Brasserie, a stylish venue with great views of the harbour where we enjoyed a little snifter before dinner (yes, we do eat a lot).
But we also walk a lot too, which is why Sandsend suits us so well. A stroll along the beach here is as refreshing and revitalising as a week at a quality spa. Better actually, because here it all happens within a stone’s skim of the sea.
East Row Lodge in Sandsend is available through Yorkshire Coastal Cottages on 0845 068 20 20 or yorkshirecoastalcottages.com. Short breaks start from £395.