Old Nail Shed Sawdon

Be honest. A self catering cottage on the outskirts of Scarborough conjures up a pretty dismal image of a rickety house complete with swirly carpets, lace curtains and hot and cold running damp; think again! The Old Nail Shed is a sexy one bedroom bolt hole, so forget the family and take a well-earned parenting break.

The pub it belongs to, the Anvil, was, funnily enough, a blacksmiths forge in a former life, and the Nail Shed was the er, nail shed. Again, drop any preconceptions about a twee conversion involving beams and chintz; this is one zeitgeisty, contemporary space with clean lines, an artily designed wrought iron and oak staircase leads to the mezzanine floor which houses a monster bed and some glamorous skin rugs, and on the ground floor a bathroom you frankly won’t want to leave. The free standing bath has a twinkly night sky backdrop, a dramatic Welsh slate floor and uber-modern white Roca fittings. The sleek modern kitchen has every gadget you might need.

But forget cooking. Well, for one night maybe. Instead, go next door to the pub, you’d be mad not to. Mark Wilson and Alex Warricker are cracking chefs, with several gongs to their name. There’s a great atmos too, with open fires, oak floors, battered leather chairs and a friendly, laid back vibe. MW

How much? £120 per night if dining at the pub (dinner not included) or £395 a week low season

Kids stuff? Nope!

Well placed? Just off the A170, 7 miles from Scarborough

Good grub? Fab food just across the yard in the pub; Yorkshire venison haunch steak marinaded, roasted & served with a cassoulet of sweet potato, buckwheat and chorizo

Old Nail Shed

Anvil Inn, Main Street, Sawdon, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO13 9DY

Tel 01723 859896

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Type: Self-Catering

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Mandy, 29 March 2017

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