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Welcome to 'Kelly's Guide'...

A sort of Bill Bryson's "Notes from a Small Island," from a lovely Goathland Guest House instead! Here you'll find local information, news from the house, short tales and observations and anything else which springs to mind as I type. 

I know it’s not quite April yet… but I’m scooting on a quick jaunt and will miss the 1st! Mum and dad are in-charge so the doors are still open! It hasn’t felt particularly ‘Spring-like’ the last couple of days, with drizzle and mist; our moors have felt distinctly ‘Wuthering Heights’! The forecast promises a turn for the better from this weekend, though, with sunshine and temperatures back into double figures…

 

There are lambs out in the fields though, so it can’t be too chilly and seeing them out playing always makes us grin. Easter is on the horizon this month, so the daffodils and narcissi are out in full-force and we have them dotted all over the house for good measure. Mini eggs are stashed in the cupboard ready for the Easter weekend, the knitted Easter chicks washed and ready to sit out on the driftwood tree at the front door and the hot cross bun recipe is primed and ready.

 

It’s hard to believe we’re back into the main season again – I’m not sure where this winter disappeared! I suppose redecorating the hall, stairs and landing, the reception area, the Ladies’ WCs and a full-house spring-clean and re-paint probably accounts for much of it… We have just hosted a walking party who enjoyed dinner with us on their first night, and we have another group in a couple of weeks doing the same thing. Then we have a family party taking-over the whole house for the third year running! Plus there’s the Spring Goth Weekend in Whitby, the two Spring Steam Galas, then Bank Holidays, a wedding… and then Summer! 

 

Fairhaven

And just to fast-forward slightly, our New Year package is now in place and full details can found from the homepage. It’s always fun and a great way to see-in the new year with good company, good food and real ‘away from it all’ feel!

Whilst simply being up here on the moors and having a leisurely walk, enjoying a cuppa and a slice of cake at one of the many tea rooms and coffee shops, or sitting on a bench and taking on the view can fill several days, the Spring and Summer always mean a lot of events in the area.  Open-air theatre productions at Castle Howard? Art exhibitions at the moors centre? Afternoon tea on the Steam Railway? It never ceases to amaze me, how much there is to do throughout the year in the area. As though acres upon acres of moor land, miles of coastline, footpaths that criss-cross the area and link to the Lyke Wake and the Coast to Coast and views that can a take a day to of simply watching to fully appreciate, weren’t enough; there are farmers markets, agricultural shows, craft fairs, theatre productions, galas… In August for example, Glaisdale hosts a theatre production of brilliant quality, in a wonderfully quirky setting where you pick your own seat and leave your name on it, whilst you enjoy a pre-show glass of wine in the garden. Throughout the summer, you can catch a steam train on the Esk Valley line and enjoy great music and real ale whilst being whisked through stunning scenery. Or you can sit outdoors, enjoying a picnic, and watch open-air theatre in the middle of Helmsley Castle. Or enjoy one of the top-rated Jazz festivals in the country just down the road in Scarborough. And catch a steam train to Whitby and avoid all the hassle of parking in the town, arriving full of nostalgia for a bygone era and ready for fish and chips. I think I’ll spend the rest of the year pretending to be a guest! The link to the What’s On guide for the whole year can be found from our homepage. 

Local best-kept-secrets

You might like to know, for example, that if you've had a leisurely Saturday hopping on and off the NYM Steam Railway, eaten an ice-cream or two and whiled away an hour watching the sheep nibble their way up The Common, that you won't need to drive down to Whitby to enjoy fish and chips... Eskdale Fisheries in Sleights is a great spot, with picnic benches in the garden outside so you can enjoy fish and chips at their best - open, in paper, in the sunshine!

Ever heard about the little pub you just have to visit in Beck Hole? Just a mile from Goathland by car and little less to walk down the Rail Trail... The Birch Hall is one of the best and smallest pubs in Britain, complete with sweet shop and beer garden. Enjoy a 'Beck Hole Butty' and a pint of 'Beck Watter'! 

Sandsend... glorious beaches, good coffee and cake at both 'Sandside' and 'Wit's End', art gallery, pub, a 'foodies' shop and just a couple of miles north of Whitby town centre. Perfect. But don't tell anyone else about it!

For fish and chips, 'The Magpie' is rightly famous. Cue the queues! Alternatively head over the swing bridge into the old town and keep to the right... you'll find Hadley's. It's good. And Fortune's own-smoked kippers (find them on Henrietta Street), can even be posted home for you.

For a walk from our doorstep, follow the Rail Trail down to Grosmont - head to the Geall's Art Cafe for coffee and cake to set you up for the walk back. Or pope into the Old School House Coffee Shop for a slice or scrumptious chocolate cake. And you can even cheat and catch the train back to Goathland Station.

One of our favourite 'drives' starts by heading out of Goathland towards Egton, then up through Glaisdale and on to Danby. If you're peckish en route, stop in Lealholm for a home-baked treat from the bakery and enjoy it whilst looking at fantastic views towards the North Sea. Beyond Danby you'll find Castleton before circling back towards Hutton-le-Hole. Stop off at the Red Lion at Blakey Ridge for a spot of lunch or just a cheeky drink. By Hutton-le-Hole you might need to stretch your legs around the shops and if you forfeited lunch after your hearty Fairhaven breakfast, head to the Blacksmith's at Lastingham for an early dinner and then head towards Pickering for a straightforward drive back to Goathland, or towards Stape for a more adventurous route across the top of the moors! 

 

Fairhaven

What's happening now?

 

 

And what’s happening right now? Well, we've got guests enjoying a walk from the doorstep... along the river doing a little rock scrambling, over Wade’s Causeway, along the farm tracks beyond Hazel Head and back through Thackside to Beck Hole for a well-deserved refreshment or two. Some of our guests have enjoyed a day in Whitby, sampling the Whitby museum at Pannett Park, the Captain Cook museum and the obligatory fish and chips. And about to head back into the lounge to watch the roaring fire and sample one of mum’s fresh batch of scones straight out of the oven (as chief taster I can verify that they're worth the drive from wherever you are.) 

 

Tempted to join us? I hope so. We’d love to hear from you once you’ve got some dates in mind… sit, walk, snooze, explore, cycle, climb, catch a train, hop on the Coastliner, catch up with that book you’ve been meaning to read since you unwrapped it at Christmas, eat, drink and be merry… Well, I can think of worse ways to spend a few days! And few places better than here to spend them…

 

Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 What else? Our hard work continues to pay dividends, as our efforts were, (somewhat wonderfully), recognised for the third year running with a ‘Traveller’s Choice’ Award from Trip Advisor for 2014. And in the words of Trip Advisor, “… Traveller’s Choice Award is the highest honour a hotel can receive from the Trip Advisor community. It’s based on the reviews and opinions of millions of travellers, and is awarded only to a very select and distinguished group of hotels.” So we’d like to say thank you very much to those who have stayed with us and then reviewed your stay on the site. Long may it continue! And just as soon as the lambs arrive and make Goathland complete again, I’ll be sure to pop some photographs on Facebook. 

 

 

 

Hopefully, that’s whet your appetite. If you’d like to see off the winter in style and need a quick reminder that spring is on its way, come and join us. There are wonderful views, glorious walks, empty beaches and miles of un-chartered heather moors right outside the front door and within a few miles in each direction. Inside, there are 15-tog quilts, an open fire, a well-stocked bar, a kettle that’s rarely off the boil and more books, films and cds than you could shake a stick at. I can think of few things better than a few days away doing nothing more taxing than planning the next walk, via which pub and tea room and working up a healthy appetite for dinner after a hearty breakfast. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

 

Kelly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What else? Our hard work continues to pay dividends, as our efforts were, (somewhat wonderfully), recognised for the third year running with a ‘Traveller’s Choice’ Award from Trip Advisor for 2014. And in the words of Trip Advisor, “… Traveller’s Choice Award is the highest honour a hotel can receive from the Trip Advisor community. It’s based on the reviews and opinions of millions of travellers, and is awarded only to a very select and distinguished group of hotels.” So we’d like to say thank you very much to those who have stayed with us and then reviewed your stay on the site. Long may it continue! And just as soon as the lambs arrive and make Goathland complete again, I’ll be sure to pop some photographs on Facebook. 

 

 

 

Hopefully, that’s whet your appetite. If you’d like to see off the winter in style and need a quick reminder that spring is on its way, come and join us. There are wonderful views, glorious walks, empty beaches and miles of un-chartered heather moors right outside the front door and within a few miles in each direction. Inside, there are 15-tog quilts, an open fire, a well-stocked bar, a kettle that’s rarely off the boil and more books, films and cds than you could shake a stick at. I can think of few things better than a few days away doing nothing more taxing than planning the next walk, via which pub and tea room and working up a healthy appetite for dinner after a hearty breakfast. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

Kelly. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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