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.

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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!

Raithwaite Estate

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The Keep

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)!

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…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.

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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!

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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!

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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?!

Raithwaite Estate gardens

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Just divine!

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.


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There was no where else we would rather be.

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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!

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68 Responses

  1. Debbie

    Hi Vicki, WOW!Is the firs word that springs to mind! The Raithwaite Estate looks stunning both inside and out. Heated loungers! How snooze inducing!

    As ever your pictures are stunning and I love the one of you giving your boys a piggy back…. I have to ask… Was your son drinking apple juice or grabbing a sneaky sip of beer?


  2. North East Family Fun

    The Yorkshire Coast is just idyllic isn’t it! We visit Whitby every year and I love it. It is almost like stepping back in time – the perfect place to reconnect with the family #brilliantblogposts

  3. Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb

    Vicki how good was your weekend away??!! The place looks so beautiful, and I’m so envious of that bed and that food! Is there anything better than a really gorgeous hotel… I think not!!

    The video is awesome. Great piece of filmmaking!

    Catherine x

  4. Mirka Moore @Kahanka @Fitness4Mamas

    Love seeing all these photos, but the black and white with you and the boys on your piggy back is the winner for me! I was lucky enough to see some of Yorkshire countryside when visiting you last, it’s lovely and hope to be back again soon. What a fab weekend you ll had xxx

  5. Babes about Town

    What an incredible location, just stunning! Take me away with you Vicki, you all look like you’re having so much fun. I want a piggy back swim! 😉

    The food made me want to chew my screen. Thanks for the toothache.

    Fab post, and your little heartbreakers… *swoon*

    • Honest Mum

      Aw thanks babe, so want to get you all to Yorkshire, come visit us. Yep, those piggy back swims are hilarious-they really build muscle! xx

  6. Amber

    My word, Vicki, these pictures are tremendous. Gorgeous shots of a super time – bit envious but glad that you had a good time! x

  7. Elle

    Vicki, your posts are genuinely always so heartwarming and uplifting. It;s so lovely to see your little family having so much fun together and experiencing beautiful places. Such a gorgeous post!


  8. Rebecca

    What fantastic pictures! It looks like you had an amazing time. And that bed… I’d like to have the best sleep of my life in a princess bed too please! 🙂 x

  9. Catie: An imperfect mum

    I come from Normanby in Middlesbrough which is basically on the border with North Yorkshire. Whitby is one of my favourite places in the world. Living in holland now I really miss those beautiful hills and moors. Gorgeous pictures as always. #brilliantblogposts

  10. becca farrelly

    Wow that hotel looks amazing, the food looks incredible and your photos are beautiful! I wish I could take photos like that, I definitely need to focus on those at the moment! I used to live in West Yorkshire and I’m still wowed by its beauty when we venture back there 🙂


  11. Joanna @mumbalance

    It’s great to be in a place where kids are welcome 🙂 Makes the holiday so much more relaxing for parents. I love the sound of the pool fun. And the grounds are pretty impressive too.

  12. Becky at PinksCharming

    Wow what a lovely time you all had! The hotel looks divine, as does the food – do I spy Eggs Benedict? My absolute fave. We went to Whitby last year and loved it, so many fun things to do. Becky x #brilliantblogposts

  13. El

    Simply stunning photos, Vick! I have always tried to imagine what Yorkshire must look like as I have been a big fan of James Herriot’s books since a child. Thanks for sharing your life – it has brought back some of my best childhood dreams! Yorkshire is on my bucket list.

  14. Lizzie Roles

    This post really shows off what an amazing autumn we’ve had this year, I’m not sure I’ve seen colour like we’ve had this year for a while. Either that or I’m just in love with the world at the moment, this is such a beautiful post, full of precious family and interesting little nooks and crannies created by nature. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by for #brilliantblogposts ox

  15. John Adams

    Ah Whitby, brings back memories. It is a truly stunning location. I can’t quite picture where that hotel would be there, if it’s Ravesncar, coming in from the North, right? Anyway, all your posts about Yorkshire make me want to visit again. Must drag the family up ast some point! As ever, thanks for hosting this great linky.

  16. Nadia - ScandiMummy

    This look absolutely amazing! Next time can I sneak in your suitcase and come join. Gorgeous photos, the pictures of the food makes me really hungry! Thank you for sharing this and for hosting #brilliantblogposts.

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  17. Clare

    Oh my I’m so tired I would so love to get in that bed. I love Yorkshire i was born and raised there (now in the south) but I go home often! lovely post – beautiful pictures too #brillblogposts

  18. Kate

    This looks absolutely stunning! I’m expecting more staycations in the UK once our baby boy is born in March so adding this to the top of the list – thanks for sharing. #brillblogposts

  19. Rebecca U

    it looks incredible – my heart is in Yorkshire (born and raised) but now in the south. These pictures make me home sick, looks lush #brilliantblogposts


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