postcard viewsViews from Raven Hall Hotel.

A long weekend away in Ravenscar!

Since our break to the Yorkshire coast last month we were keen to return to the prettiest countryside and coastlines we’ve ever seen in the UK.

My talented husband Peter Broadbent has taken all these magnificent photos which are truly mesmerising. We live a mere hour and a half away from the seaside so try and visit as much as we can.

Last month we hired a beautiful cottage at the World Heritage Site of Robin Hood’s Bay and this time opted for Raven Hall Coutry House Hotel in Ravenscar in between Whitby and Scarborough, which overlooks the bay in simply breathtaking panoramic sea views.

Raven HallRaven Hall.

We actually arrived on Thursday surrounded in a blanket of thick fog and grave concerns my sun dances had epically failed. I was a little deflated initially by the hotel.

A 5* kind of girl, I didn’t realise it was 3* on booking and the interiors are in definite need of a revamp, the lodges however outside the hotel are brand new (but were fully booked) and the bedrooms we were advised, were being renovated slowly.

I must stress though that the incredible views including a forest leading to hotel and Jane Austen-esque gardens with crotchet and golf on the lawn, the swimming pool, tennis courts and divine Panorama Restaurant (serving exquisite, locally sourced British and French food) did make up for this though and we had an utterly wonderful stay.


Enjoying the sun!

We filled so much into the four days and as the glorious sun came out on Friday we spent our first full day on the beach at Robin Hood’s Bay where Oliver drew in the sand and we perfected sandcastles by the sea.

We rowed a boat on the river in the village Ruswarp the following day making friends with a certain Mr Swan, created pottery animals in a play centre nearby called Mini Monsterz and rode a sweet kid’s train around the tracks overlooking the river.


Rowing and train time!

trainWe also ate the best fish and chips of our lives at Chips Away in Whitby fried in vegetable oil not the usual beef dripping and bought licorice by the port. These were consumed too quickly for photos though!


Pottery time.

Oliver also swam for the first time since he was 19 months old, ( with Dr’s approval and now accepting he needs earplugs in to protect his ears due to his glue ear susceptibility) and it was healtmelting to watch him swim and splash around with such confidence and joy in the hotel pool.

poolPool time.

A golf lover, Oliver putted on the lawn and took me on walks hand in hand around the hotel walls (below) overlooking the bay.



Hotel views!

Oliver making a wish

Oliver making a wish.

The sweetest thing was when he announced, “I’m taking you on a secret walk Mummy so you mustn’t tell anybody…then as we approached the end of the pathway and the sun shone through the castle like walls, he whispered, “I brought you to the sun because I know you like it.” What a sweet child. He later made wishes blowing the stones-the pictures are truly magical! I will treasure them forever.

We have now returned home again, refreshed, re energised and ready for the week ahead. What a wonderful Yorkshire break.


Photographs ©Peter Broadbent.


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32 Responses

  1. Zoe at Splodz Blogz

    Ah Ravenscar – this will be the finish point for the Lyke Wake Walk later in the summer. I’m so pleased the views are awesome because I’m going to need those to help me to get to the end of the 40 mile hike! It does look like a beautiful place.

  2. Notmyyearoff

    Stunning photography and beautiful location. I now remember reading this post when you wrote it and I made a mental note to go some day 🙂

  3. Xandi | The Mummy Scripts

    What stunning photos! Your hubby is super talented. It looks simply amazing, what views! Like from a film set. The weekend looked like loads of fun and fabulous Oliver got to swim again, he must have been thrilled xx

  4. What I Wore Wednesday-Wearing New Look on our Weekend Away « Mummys Got Style - Vicki shares her love of style from fashion to photography, fusing all things pretty

    […] New Look asked if I wanted to try some of their summer range for my long weekend away and here are my ‘sun encouraging’ choices…They obviously worked as Mr Sunshine came out to play for most of our break by the beautiful Yorkshire coast and the pictures below were taken (post swim hence the wet look hair) in the stunning hotel grounds. You can read all about our stay on my other blog along with my husband’s breathtakingly beautiful shots on here. […]

  5. Mirka Moore @Kahanka

    Right, I am not jealous at all….whom am I kidding? Your hubby is an amazing photographer, would love him to teach me some tricks 😉 It looks like you had a fantastic time. So happy for you!

  6. Babes about Town

    Wow this entire blog post was like a magazine spread. Gorgeous from start to finish – countryside, models, everything. Those photos… amazing as ever. And the views? Make me want to take my shoes off and run across the landscape crying ‘Heathcliff!’

    *planning a trip to Yorkshire in near future*

  7. ebabee

    Incredibly beautiful photo’s… making me want to go there now! Had to chuckle out loud when I read about your sun dances failing! x

  8. Franki

    As always P’s photos are absolutely beautiful and I can imagine just from the photos that you had a magical time together. Cannot wait to get away with my little family soon, we need it!xx

  9. Aimee

    Oh this is truly beautiful, both to read and to look at the photos. Whitby/Robin Hoods Bay and the surrounding areas are firm favourites of mind and your post has brought back some special childhood memories.

    So pleased you had a lovely timexxxx

  10. I Am Into This

    Oh Vicki, these pictures are absolutely breathtaking! It’s making me desperate to, as have your gorgeous descriptions! What a beautiful post and I’m so glad you managed to enjoy some family time. We are off to Cornwall soon and I can’t wait! X

    • honestmum

      @Iamintothis thanks sweetie, oh so want to visit Cornwall too-wish it wasn’t so far away. You will have an amazing time x


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