Raithwaite Hall Sandsend

It’s not really what you expect of quaint little Sandsend, a glamorous 45 bedroom hotel, a host of luxury self-catering cottages, a swimming pool and spa, but hidden down a wooded drive off the Whtby Road, Raithwaite Hall a 19th century, former ship-owners mansion provides this and more.

Admittedly there’s not much to see of the original mansion that was owned by a Whitby shipping magnate named William Headlam who, after his wife left him, was cared for some 20 years by his Swiss nurse Trudi Tanner. When he died in 1991 he left her everything, which meant the hall and £7 million. The estate was sold to the Skelwith Group who have spent some £30 million converting it into a luxury hotel and wedding venue.

There are 45 rooms in the main building and the nearby courtyard ranging from the simplest club rooms to the biggest Abbey suite. Simple here means contemporary décor, high thread-count linens, superior toiletries in high spec bathrooms.  Add to this the use of the spa with gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi and a range of treatments and the room rate begins to look acceptable.

A few hundred yards away from the main house is the Keep – a red brick castellated new-build that adds another 28 bedrooms to the estate with the same high standards and its own Hunters restaurant and bar.

And finally, the newest development, six self-catering cottages ranging from the three bedroom Discovery a hyper- luxurious ‘cottage’ with sitting room, kitchen, ensuite bathrooms and its own private deck, to Home Farm that has a restored cast iron Yorkshire range or Jasmine a one bedroom romantic getaway. All are stylishly designed with beautiful and well-equipped kitchens ideal for staying away with family or a group of friends. Don’t fancy cooking? You can hire in a chef to cook for you or trot along to Raithwaite’s Brace restaurant a few yards away for some fancy dining which currently offers better food, better value and better service than when I tried it shortly after it opened.

All this high-end lifestyle is not Squidbeak’s natural stamping ground but if you’ve got the cash to splash, it’s as classy as anything else on this stretch of coast.

 How much: Rooms range from £100-£450 p.n. Cottages from £185-£245

 Kid’s Stuff: Children are welcome and can be accommodated in the parents room.

Well Placed: Good walking both coast and country and the clifftop Whitby Golf Club close by. Be sure to walk the mile long beach to Whitby.

Good Grub: The Brace restaurant in the Hall provides fine dining with more informal eating at in the Poachers and Hunters bars. Out and about there are the delightful Woodlands and Sandside cafe  in Sandsend,  the peerless Fox and Hounds in Goldsborough, and for escapist fish and chips there’s a myriad of choices in Whitby but we generally end up at the famous Magpie.


Raithwaite Hall

Sandsend Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3ST

Tel 01947 661661

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Type: Hotel

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Jill, 21 December 2013

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