Two weekends ago saw this family head to the Yorkshire Coast for a relaxing break to celebrate the launch of Esso Synergy Fuels at the breathtaking 100-acre Raithwaite Estate, a place we’d never visited before, but instantly fell in love with.
A castle-like 4 year old estate with various properties on-site surrounded by landscaped grounds in the coastal North Yorkshire countryside, it’s no wonder it’s the finest hotel in Whitby!
Accessible luxury throughout, children are made to feel entirely welcome and we’ve not experienced such consistently outstanding service anywhere else in the UK.
Luxurious rooms within The Hall and Keep buildings (we stayed in the latter) were massive, ours had a terrace overlooking the grounds with a king size bed, along with two singles for the kids.
Now let me just take a minute to pay some respect to the Queen size bed. IT WAS THE BEST SLEEP OF MY LIFE. Fact.
And not because Oliver was in his bed, and Peter slept in a single with Xander so I had it all to myself (but that was epic too of course) but it was fairytale huge and comfy too (think princess and the pea, without the pea or if it was there, I simply tested as a non-princess)!
…We adored the indoor pool, spa and sauna with every single detail considered from heated loungers to a whirlpool, steam rooms and a perfectly sized pooI that saw me piggy backing the boys for about 100 lengths over the weekend.
Are piggy swims even a thing?! They were to my kids anyway, whose endless requests left me with aching arms but a happy heart. Nothing cuter than two little sea babies having fun right?!
They even got piggy back rides in the room!
There was also a swish gym (we brought wellies but alas no trainers) and the bistro restaurant was pretty spectacular-we might have eaten every dish on the menu! Piggies!
The food was egg-cellent though!
And it wasn’t just the food that was dreamy.
The local countryside, beaches, and nearby North York Moors were the breathtaking backdrop to our scenic wanderings.
The historic town of Whitby is just 5 minutes’ drive away too meaning there’s something for everyone from hunting down classic fish and chips to chomping on fudge or taking in the port, we love it there.
Equally lush were the hotel’s gardens and lake, and our guide, the lovely Aaron who works there, kindly gave us an impromptu tour-how pretty?!
Later we headed to the beach (Sandsend which is 5 minute walk from the Estate) collected stones, splashed around in our wellies. Tried to catch fish. Failed. Laughed. Shot some footage that forms our little video below and basically had a blast.
Sunday saw us head to Ravenscar for Sunday lunch at Raven Hall Hotel for a delicious carvery and a long walk overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay.
There was no where else we would rather be.
Alexander is my mini Heathcliffe here!
Nothing more fun and life affirming than a weekend with my favourite people in the place I love more than anywhere in the world: our gorgeous Yorkshire.
Thank you Esso Synergy Fuels.
Don’t miss our video of the weekend too, we had so much fun making it!