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Broom House

The weekend just gone saw this family head to our happy place of the Yorkshire Coast to spend some quality down time in the breathtaking Broom House on Egton Bridge as part of the Dorset Cereals Dorset B&B Awards campaign.

Broom House have been nominated for the awards and we were excited to discover this acclaimed B&B for ourselves.

Broom House

Arriving at the grand location on Friday evening, set firmly in rolling Yorkshire countryside near Whitby, we were greeted by vases upon vases of my most favourite flower: sweetpeas, handpicked from the owners Michael and Georgina’s glorious garden at the back of the property.


My mother introduced me to sweetpeas as a young girl and they were the very first flowers I ever grew, I remember watching in awe as they slowly climbed a pretty frame in the garden across weeks, utterly captivated by their delicate beauty and fragrant signature scent.

If anyone knows of a perfume of that fragrance, please let me know.


Out of season, Michael informed me this batch had in fact bloomed late with tonnes spiralling skywards in their (still) blooming garden. A super omen at the start of our stay.

We were allocated a cottage suite for the weekend, a small luxe pad adjacent to the main building which housed the other B&B’s suites.

It was picture postcard pretty there. Teal doors and soft floral furnishings, a Country Homes & Interiors Magazine style dream.

outside the cottage yorkshire cottage

Originally stables, there was a bed downstairs in the lounge for Oliver, and Peter and I shared our double with little Xander.

There were three in a bed and the little one said, ‘Roll over’…We might have played that game a few thousand times 😉

bedroom double bed

Luckily a sweet chocolate brownie favour saw us through! Talk about a midnight feast!


And how stylishly shiny is the ensuite?!

stylish bathroomAnd the best thing about the cottage was the location. Each room’s window looked out into lush greenery, a river bend and clusters of wild flowers. You could not have asked for more.

pretty window

Lying in the bath, this was my view!

viewAnd that’s not all. With a pretty patio that led to the gardens overlooking Esk Valley, we actually didn’t want to leave.

Isn’t it wonderful to stay in such a staggeringly beautiful location, you just want to stick around there for as long as possible?! Particularly when you have kids.

garden patio

doorSo that’s what we did on Saturday, after the morning sun, the rain descended so we took to the indoors to cuddle on the sofa and watch movies together.

little boy child looking out of the window portrait beautiful child child watching TV beautiful portrait child

Oh and have an afternoon bath. As you do aged 3 and 5!


cute toes…Michael and Georgina also kindly gave us a tour of the other captivating rooms available at Broom House.


room purple decor hotel style

Laura Ashley and John Lewis furnishings and lights were effortlessly combined with antique pieces and original features, for a modern take on country chic that makes the B&B feel homely and warm,  yet luxurious all at once.

B&B John Lewis lights interior design cute

sitting…A sun trap of a reception.

reception room



Once the sun came out I’m full beam, we set about roaming the tranquil countryside. Broom House overlooks the Esk Valley making long walks a must. The boys loved the winding River Esk (the sound of running water makes you switch off completely) and we spotted swooping birds, apple trees and forget me nots on our journey to the village centre, closeby.

countryside retreat We’re going on an adventure…


Obsessed with dinosaurs, Alexander pretended to dinosaur spot! ‘Look Mummy, there’s a T.Rex hiding’!

walk by the river
And look at the nearby countryside literally on our doorstep.

Yorkshire sheepLater on we found our way to Egton Bridge, a village that is considered to be one of the prettiest in North Yorkshire, and it did not disappoint, nor did the food in nearby gastropub The Postgate Inn for a delicious, heart-warming supper.

The Postgate

A location used for Heartbeat back in the day, it had such a endearing atmosphere, bursting with character and such a jolly, kind owner, we felt ‘right’ at home as we Yorkshire folk would say!


gastro pub

Mushroom cassoulet

mushroom cassoulet

Thai fish curry

Thai curry

Fried chicken goujons for the little ones

chicken goujons

A hat napkin!

Top c/o Leavers Hoodies who kindly designed this for us. It’s Xander’s favourite top too. Sweet!

cute kid at dinner

Oh and who could forget Peanut, the pup. We all fell rather in love with this sweet dog who joined us for dinner that night. The kids are desperate for their own dog but Peter and I are still undecided…


Boots c/o Air & Grace, mac c/o Joules. 

What a tasty meal with wonderful company, furry and otherwise..

Speaking of food, breakfast in the dining room at Broom House was also incredibly delicious- the taste, quality of local ingredients and attention to detail by accomplished chef Michael made the mornings a real pleasure.

dining room

flowers coffee

The couple were the perfect hosts it must be said, nothing was too much trouble from extra water in the room to meeting our little one’s requirements for breakfast (Oliver can’t eat gluten).

A sweet twosome who moved from Cambridge to the village after falling for the area, they were committed to offering us a relaxing stay in a home from home for us.

Here they are, hard at work in the kitchen.

kitchen B&B owners

scrambled eggs

Then it was fresh smoothies and scrambled eggs all round!


scrambled egg on toast

mother and son

Necklace c/o Yosa.

The boys adored the comfy armchairs in the breakfast room while Peter and I enjoyed fresh coffee. The perfect position for them to enjoy the view.

armchair relaxing child in an armchair

….Sunday saw tropical temps hit Yorkshire so where better than to cool off by the beach.

Sandsend Beach to be exact. The kids were simply ecstatic running through the shallow river that led to the sea, and Alexander screamed with joy whenever he spotted seagulls by the beach front.

Sandsend Beach Sandsend Beach Yorkshire Coast

It wasn’t as warm as the Med but it sure was fun!

Kid on the beach

Enjoying Sandsend Beach

fun at the beachSandsend Beach

There is something so rejuvenating about sea air. I love how humbling being by the ocean makes me feel.

I really wish we lived by the beach. Maybe one day huh?! Peter and I love spotting sweet beach front houses and making plans for our retirement down the line.

And all that sea air meant the boys fell asleep on the drive home.

What an epic weekend away. Broom House, we loved you. Thank you.

We hope you win the Dorset B&B Awards, you deserve to!

Broom House

We made a short video of our stay too so do take a look-

Our cottage was £150 a night. Prices for rooms start at £115.

Disclosure: this was a sponsored trip and post but all words are honest and my own.


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80 Responses

  1. Alison

    It looks absolutely beautiful. The b&b looks stunning, and the beach is beautiful too, even if the water is a bit chilly. Gorgeous photos. #brilliantblogposts
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  2. Maria @ Suburban Mum

    Wow this place looks amazing and what stunning photos! This will be on my list of places to visit now! x
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  3. Mel

    Such a gorgeous place! Going to a B&B is a nice way to spend the weekend as it feels very homey, doesn’t it? Your hosts seem brilliant! I would feel confident going there knowing they catered for Oliver’s gluten intolerance. Those homemade smoothies look delicious. Oh, I also spotted the mushroom cassoulet. Someone was asking me for a vegetarian cassoulet recipe recently, but everyone I asked in France laughed at me (as you can imagine!). x
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    • honestmum

      Haha I can imagine-tell your naysayers this was delicious! You are so right, having that extra care and attention makes a huge difference and we all felt so comfortable xx

  4. Emily

    What a beautiful guest house, and so tranquil. It makes me want to pay them a visit this autumn! We’ll definitely be putting this down on our list of places to try and visit in the future, its looks delightful!
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  5. Jessie, FlusteredMom

    Gorgeous photos!!! It’s as if the Sweetpeas bloomed especially for you. What beautiful memories to make with your little ones.
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  6. Lizzie Roles

    Wow! This place looks totally amazing. The countryside, the house, the food! Argh just lovely. I had a quick look on the inter web and found this link for you lovely. Linking up this week (yay) and very happy to be here too. #brilliantblogposts lizzie xo http://www.bronnley.co.uk/product/rhs-sweet-pea-eau-de-toilette-100ml/
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  7. Tracey Williams

    Wow what a stunning location. Yorkshire is our favourite county and this place looks amazing. I would never think of staying in a bed and breakfast with children, but it looks like you all had a great time x
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  8. Georgina

    It was an absolute pleasure hosting you and your beautiful family last weekend, we are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us! The blog is fantastic, it was truly wonderful to read – thank you!! It is so important to us to know that we are moving the business in the right direction and that our guests understand our ethos.

    The photographs that Pete took are magical, as well as the short film! x

    • honestmum

      Thanks so much Georgina for yours and Michael’s kindness during our stay. Broom House is beautiful and you are both the heart and soul of the place. We absolutely loved our stay, thank you again x

  9. Mark

    Looks fab, and stunning photo’s too.

    We’re heading that way in the Spring but I’ll not let the kids see this, they’ve yet to realise there’s more to a hotel than a Travel Lodge! 🙂
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  10. Emma's Mamma

    Wow it looks great and so serene! Sounds like a great little getaway! Hope they win too, they definitely sound like they deserve it! #brilliantblogposts x
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  11. K's Mum

    The place looks beautiful and the pictures – amazing! #brilliantblogposts
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  12. Emma T

    Beautiful photos. It really looks like a wonderful B&B to stay in.
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  13. Ali

    Totally agree, it looks amazing and utterly deserving to win, I appreciate the extra quality accessories and furnishing in holiday accomodation. #brilliantblogposts
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  14. Jenny (Midwife and Life)

    Lovely, reminds me of some of our UK getaways and what a nice little pub! We grew sweet peas for the first time in our garden this year and had a lovely display of colour and scent, will put a pic on twitter for you x
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  15. A Moment with Franca

    Lovely photos, lovely place, the cottage is beautiful. What a nice stay!! You always get to be in the most amazing places!! so lucky! 🙂 Your kids are adorable! Lovely video too!, xx
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  16. Sara | mumturnedmom

    Looks like the perfect spot for some chilled down time. What a beautiful cottage and the garden looks stunning. Lovely 🙂
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  17. Morgan Prince

    What a beautiful place! I love places like that, with somewhere to walk and enjoy scenery. The photos are amazing. Sounds like the perfect little getaway. 🙂
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  18. Katie/Pouting In Heels

    It looks beautiful! What a gorgeous place and in Yorkshire too. Perfect 😉 x

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  19. Mrs Tubbs

    Wow, that looks incredible and so glamorous. Thank you for sharing as it’s brightened up a very boring day and for hosting #brilliantblogposts

  20. Alice

    What a gorgeous place! Some of those light fittings are just to die for x
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  21. John Adams

    Such a lovely part of the world. Haven’t been to Whitby in…embarrassingly long! Great view from the bath too! I seem to recall the Postgate Inn is very famous, not just for its role in Heartbeat. Really does make me want to visit North Yorkshire again. Thanks for hosting #BrilliantBlogPosts

  22. Jess Helicopter

    Again with the 100000 photos! Only teasing! 😉 That’s some seriously good photography. So professional! I LOVED those sexy lights with the glass beads in them! Gorgeous. And yes I’d love to live by the sea one day too. It’s so calming. Lush post as always, Mwah!!! Xxx
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  23. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    Wow, Broom House is absolutely stunning both inside & out. What views! Love the bedding too. It exudes charm & looks like the perfect place to relax! #brilliantblogposts x
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  24. Mum in Brum

    Wow this looks like such a beautiful retreat! We always spend a week away with the grandparents every year in Yorkshire so this is definitely somewhere I will be looking into. Looks like you had some nice sunshine too, but also so nice that you could enjoy the sofa watching films when the rain came. Great pics x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks lovely, we had a wonderful weekend there and I would absolutely recommend it, it’s a total retreat, never felt more relaxed xx

  25. Kiri

    You always go to such beautiful places! Sounds like a fabulous trip #brilliantblogposts
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  26. You Baby Me Mummy

    This looks totally idyllic! Such a beautiful place. I am glad you had a wonderful weekend x
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  27. Silly Mummy

    What a gorgeous house and beautiful scenery! #brilliantblogposts
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  28. Angela at Daysinbed

    Well It looks like you had a fab weekend. the rooms you stayed in look really lovely and I love the photos of the food. Your hubby is an excellent photographer. i’ve never tried a bed and breakfast before. It;s something on my to-do list. It looks like your boys had fun. Enjoy getting back into the school routine!

    Angela xx
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  29. Random Musings

    What a lovely place to stay. I love the purple room 🙂 Beautiful views, and it even looks like you got a bit of sun! Thanks for hosting #brillblogposts
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  30. John Milnes

    Wow, This place is making me home sick to be back in Yorkshire.

    Need to talk to the wife and see if we can go visit this place or at least visit Whitby.

    Your hubby is great photographer too.

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    • honestmum

      Thanks very much John, he is a wonderful photographer and you must visit again soon, we live in Yorkshire outside of Leeds and love it here, so much still to discover.

  31. Mim

    Oh my word what a beautiful place and the scenery is fabulous. I love the decor and the finishing touches too – it’s so homely and pretty. Don’t get me started on the brownies! Mim x #brilliantblogposts
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  32. Sarah

    What a beautiful spot, the walk by the river would be my heaven 🙂 Thanks for having us on #BrilliantBlogPosts
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  33. Everything Mummy

    oh wow this looks amazing! I love all the little extra details in the cottage it looks like they really do go to a great effort to make it perfect. beautiful photos #brilliantblogposts x
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