Visitor Book

Comments from the Visitor Book in Groves Dyke

Jan and Feb 2014     Our 7th visit. Gales and rain outside, warm and cosy inside, with everything provided that you could ever need to make it a lovely and comfortable stay. The latter part of our stay was beautiful sunshine, so we turned the fire and central heating off. Wildlife and spring flowers in abundance. What more could you want?! LAM (Yorks).

New Year Week 2014     A very warm and cosy cottage with a lovely view. Had a lovely relaxing few days, just chilling out. Enjoyed watching all the birds coming to feed from the feeders. Really nice to arrive to a warm fire waiting for us. All the little extras were really thoughtful and made it feel like home. (JAC) Sheffield.

Christmas Week 2013     Lovely warm welcome – all those little touches make such a difference. We have walked quite a lot. The woodland behind the cottage is lovely. As a family we have loved looking at the ever-changing views from the windows, from sunshine to stormy its beautiful. This cottage has a lovely feel to it and we felt happy here and have had a chance to relax. Your home is well equipped and we couldn’t have asked for anything better. A wonderful place. How we wish we could stay longer. We will be back. (SMI) Yorks.

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Nov 2013     What a great time we have had yet again. We will be back as soon as possible. Can’t wait! From the landing window we saw 2 small Deer with an adult in the back garden – what a treat. See you again soon. (HOL) Yorks.

Oct 2013     We all had a lovely holiday in this spendid cottage. A comfortable warm ‘home’ in superb surroundings. M saw 4 Row Deer. Wonderful birdlife, with a Nuthatch on the feeder – the start of the show! Saw Grouse on the moors and a lovely Dipper at Danby. Helped N and B with the cider making one morning – thoroughly enjoyable. Many thanks. See you next year. We have had apples, apples and more apples, with yet more to take home!  Thanks for our memorable holiday. (TAY) Norfolk.

Oct 2013     Had a great time in this lovely house – I mean home. Been out and about all over. The Fairy Glen [Groves Coppice] at the back of the house lovely. We hope we will be able to return to this lovely place soon. STO (Yorks)

Sept 2013     Lovely warm friendly cottage. Fabulous views, walks etc. Aim to return again next year. HER (Derbyshire).

Sept 2013     Fantastic cottage. Everything we needed and lovely garden / woods for our dog. Superb area to stay for coast and moors. SHE (Northumberland).

Sept 2013     Lovely cottage. Most enjoyable week. Lots of places to visit. DUR (Durham).

Sept 2013     Lovely cottage. Very relaxing and comfortable. Georgeous weather. Runswick Bay beach is excellent. PAL (Manchester).

Aug 2013     Lovely holiday home. So nice to find one with comfortable beds. Very warm welcome. Had a great week. Highlight was seeing a Nuthatch on the feeders. Abbey, steam train, etc. Enjoyed time in the cottage, too. Completed the jigsaws while the children played in the garden. Feel like we have had a real break and look forward to making a return visit to Groves Dyke. SIM (Northants).

Aug 2013     What a lovely spot and very comfortable house, can’t fault it… well, there is just one thing, we would have liked longer! We really hope to return. LOC (Bristol).

Aug 2013     We have had a lovely stay at Groves Dyke. Will definitely recommend to others. House and setting are lovely. A beautiful abundance of butterflies! COT (Herts).

Aug 2013     It has been a really lovely week. House is very comfortable – over the past 10 years the best we have stayed in. The garden is lovely. Would recommend a return visit to Groves Dyke. (West Midlands).

July 2013     A lovely week. Plenty to see and do – and still so much more to see. A wonderful tearoom and garden centre just across the road, and Falling Foss Tea Garden. A great well-equipped cottage as a base. Lovely garden, woodland and wildlife to see. CHa (Norwich).

July 2013     Had a wonderful relaxing holiday. We loved wandering through the ‘Hundred Acre Wood’. Weather so good. The house was ideal and having great places to sit outside was just wonderful! YOU (Dundee & Inverire).

July 2013     Another marvellous week, just like coming to our second home. Hopefully we’ll be back again next year. BAT (Tyne and Wear).

June 2013     Had a great time and a wonderful base for exploring the Whitby area. Loved the visits from the Woodpecker and enjoyed the environment set up for the wildlife. BRAD (Milton Keynes).

June 2013     Again a wonderful holiday. Don’t want to go but we have to, so we can come back again. See you soon. HOL (West Yorks). 

June 2013     Our first time in Yorkshire and loved every moment of it. Weather has been fantastic. Went to Whitby 4 times. So many walks that our Husky Mike loved. Hope to visit again. BAT (Beds).

June 2013     What a lovely week in a wonderful spot! Such a well equipped house, a fiendish jigsaw, a cafetiere, more woodpeckers than you can shake a stick at (and thanks to the coppice, more sticks than you could shake a woodpecker at!). And steam trains. And bubble bath. And biscuits. Three thumbs up! Would recommend. CLA and WON

May 2013     All that Groves Dyke has to offer, together with unbroken sunshine, is almost too much. Birdlife as good as ever. Young Curlew, Lapwing and Golden Plover on the moor, with even a passing Cuckoo are increasingly rare experiences in Britain. This place is really special. Oh – and 102 Common Newts! EEJ (Merseyside).

May 2013     Another comfortable stay at Groves Dyke. Lots of walks. Ride on Northern Rail’s Esk Valley Line to Middlesbrough [Network Rail] for £10.20 for 2 people return. What more can you ask for? BRO (Kent).

April / May 2013     Fantastic weather for the whole week. Enjoyed the coastal walk from Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay. Visited the alum works while we were there. Like the improvements that have been done since we were last in Groves Dyke [new flat screen tv, new kingsize bed, new flooring in bathrooms].  BAK (Cheshire).

April 2013     Lovely cosy cottage and fab setting and very handy for Whitby and steam railway, etc. Had a lovely time. Har.

April 2013     What a lovely cottage! Such a cosy house with such a toasty fireplace. Very clean and tidy. And what a most pleasant view we had at the window. Seeing the beautiful landscape and steam train was wonderful! Loved our stay and will definately visit a 2nd time. GAT (Cambs).

April 2013     Our 2nd visit. We love visiting the cottage and woods again. Kids loved playing at Sandsend beach. Cottage was warm and cosy to return to at the end of the day. TAP (Glos).

March / April 2013     We have had a wonderful time, very welcoming and homely. Loved the woods… saw Deer and an Owl. We love the beautiful countryside and beautiful views from the cottage. Very relaxing. KIN (Northants).

March 2013     A lovely stay again… woodland a pleasure to walk in and enjoy the wildlife. A cosy place to stay whatever the weather. STO (Notts).

January / February 2013     Our 6th visit. Have said it all on previous stays. This cottage has it all. Everything is provided. It’s warm, comfortable and relaxing with everything on the doorstep. LAM (Yorks).

December 2012     A short stay but a most enjoyable one. RAL (Oxon).

November 2012     A lovely time – our 3rd visit this year. We will be back in 2013. The birds are a treat. This time we saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker – what a beautiful bird. HOL (W Yorks).

November 2012     A lovely stay. Some glorious November sunshine was a real bonus. BUL (Sheffield).

October 2012     We have had a lovely stay in this lovely cottage and have enjoyed walking the dog in the woods. CLA (Leeds).

September 2012     Once again a hugely enjoyable and relaxing time in out ‘Yorkshire Home’. Weather has been very kind – dry, sunny and mild. We have considered other parts of the country for a holiday but, for us, nowhere compares with the North York Moors and Groves Dyke for variery and beautiful scenery, for range of activities and location, comfort and atmosphere of Groves Dyke. There is something for everybody. WIL (Oxon).

September 2012     We have really enjoyed the week. This is a wonderful place to relax. We will certainly be recommending this lovely cottage. YOU (Clapham)

September 2012     Lost count of the times we have visited Groves Dyke. The new carpets are lovely! Never a disappointment, it is a lovely retreat and just the place to recharge your batteries. The Deer payed us a visit. Recommend the food in The Plough. TUC (N Yorkshire).

September 2012     A rare form of perfection here. The ‘extras’ on this visit came in the form of a Slow Worm, Wheatears and Short-eared Owl. Couldn’t really be better. Where did the rain go? JAC (Merseyside).

August 2012     Had loads of fun and in the woods we say 2 Deer, 2 Pheasants and a Shrew. Hope to come again. HOW (Leeds).

August 2012     Fantastic house and location. We saw Deer in the garden and the wood is magical. The chip shop in the village is as good as any in Whitby and The Plough in the village serves great food at reasonable prices. A real home-from-home. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay! Spent quite a while looking for the ‘solar and wind powered clothes drier with apple fragrance [clothes line in orchard] and i love the free WiFi. Stumbled across Groves Dyke on the internet and its charm and location in the woods and Niall’s News Blog instantly attracted me. A real haven of retreat. It has everything you need. I think the gnome furniture and the woods have a way of enchanting you. From a family who have been enchanted!!! ['We don't want to go home!]. TAP (Gloucestershire).

 August 2012     A most enjoyable stay. Lovely peaceful location, yet so close to Whitby. Had some lovely walks and would like to come back to do some more. EXL (Northumberland).

August 2012     Yet again a wonderful time and brilliant weather. The cottage is perfect as it is. PEN (Cardiff). I love the recliner chair you can really relax. J.

July 2012     It’s been a real tonic to stay in such a peaceful and idyllic location. The house has been a real home from home, affording us all the luxuries of home with the added benefits of the area. The children have loved the wood and have been every day to look for the Deer. WE’ve really loved it here, will recommend to all, and look forward to a return visit. BRO (South Yorks). I have enjoyed Flamingo Land, going in the garden, restaurants and the woods. J aged 7.

July 2012     Very comfy and relaxing, but where is the sun? Saw Deer and 3 Green Woodpeckers. Good food at the Plough, excellent butchers and bakery in Sleights. Will come again. HAL (Lancs).

 July 2012     Back after 4 years for another fantastic week away. We left our beach ball, frisbee and mat on the beach after a swim in the sea – please use them but make sure they are still here in 4 years when we return. All in all, an ace week. BAK (London, Edinburgh, etc).

June 2012     I loved the wood and enjoyed the deer very much. One time, I was looking out of the wildlife window and I saw two Fox cubs and a vixen. iIwas so excited I almost slid down the stairs (but I didn’t). Loved the steam trains. wish I could stay here forever. An unforgetable holiday. I love here. (M. age 10 ) THO (Sligo).

June 2012    Our 20th visit to Groves Dyke Holiday Cottage! The new carpets look great. We watched the lighting of Sleights beacon for the Queen’s Jubilee. Also saw Deer and Pheasants from the kitchen window and Green Woodpecker from the dining room window. Didn’t use the car much and did lots of walks from the cottage. See you again next year. HOR ( Cheshire).

May 2012     Yet another fantastic week at Groves Dyke. Saw Deer, Pheasant, Rabbit and many birds from the windows. The new carpets look great. We’ll be back soon. BAR (Sheffield).

May 2012     What a fab week we had! So totally fab we have seen the Deer and all the birds. Can’t wait to come back – sooner rather than later! HOL (W. Yorks).

Apr 2012     We had a lovely week for our first time here. We loved the cottage. I love it here because of the amazing Nature Reserve and I saw a Deer whilst walking around. WEI (Yorks)

Apr 2012     The walk up Featherbed Lane and back by St oswalks is just the right length for these townie legs. STO (Notts)

Mar 2012     Brilliant time here. The cottage and the woods are amazing. SHA

Mar 2012     Weather has been absolutely georgeous. Whatever the weather we unwind when we come to this beautiful part of the country. The spring flowers are lovely. E enjoyed Queenie the octopus at the Sealife Centre. MAL (Sheffield).

Feb 2012     Lovely long weekend break for February. The weather was mild and we had sun! GRA (Tesside)

Feb 2012     Yet another great week at Groves Dyke. The weather cleared up nicely to explore the great moorland scenery. Here’s to the next time. MAX (West Midlands).

Feb 2012     Once again, an enjoyable week at Groves Dyke. The younger generation were impressed with both the delights of your lovely cottage and the delights of the North York Moors and coast. The newest member of our family (Cassie) settled in immediately and, like the rest of us, looks forward to our next visit. WIL (Oxon).

Feb 2012     Very enjoyable few days. Lovely accommodation. Everything we had been told and more. Will be seeing you again soon. WIL (London)

Jan 2012     We could have spent hours birdwatching here. Never seen to many Bullfinches. And never seen a deer while whilst washing up before! Comfy accommodation and excellent location. Would recommend to anyone. BUL (Sheffield)

Jan 2012     Thanks for letting us share your little bit of heaven. We have really unwound. Had a great time thanks. Weather was kind to us. We chilled out so much we didn’t want to go home. Hope to be back again soon. HOL (W Yorks).

Dec 2011 / Jan 2012     A really lovely stay, thank-you. Very homely and welcoming. Great walk from Robin Hood’s Bay to Ravenscar to see the Seals. CAM (W Yorks).

Dec 2011     Enjoyable few days. [Christmas shopping in] York was hectic but good fun. Will visit again. WIL (Oxon)

Oct 2011     A fantastic place to stay all year round. Eco friendy and dog friendly. We all look forward to our next stay. STO (Notts).

Oct 2011     Once again we had a great 2 weeks. Very restful and just what we needed. HAN (Leeds).

Sept 2011     Yet another fantastic week. We couldn’t wait for next year so we came early. We’ve never been in September before and we have seen the Roe Deer every day. The young one is quite brazen and comes right down to the car park, nibbling the Blackberry bushes. We have had lovely weather. We’ll be back next year. We can’t stay away for long without getting withdrawl symptoms! BAR (Sheffield).

Sept 2011     A very enjoyable and relaxing week. We took the advice in the Visitor Book and walked to Aislaby along the lane, visited The Plough (Sleights) and sampled a Glaisdale pork pie. Fortunate to glimpse a deer in the garden near the compost bin at twilight. We can also recommend Pie n Mash (Whitby) and the Fylingthorpe Inn (Fylingthorpe). Plenty of good walks to enjoy. Relax and enjoy the experience. There is more to life than shopping. WAR (North Wales).

Aug 2011     Once more we have had a lovely relaxing holiday. We were fortunate to see 3 deer (mother and 2 young) in the garden. We had a lovely rail journey to Middlesbrough (£9.10p return for 2 adults). The River Garden at Sleights is very nice, sitting alongside the river outside the cafe. Always a nice, welcome break. TUC (Yorks).

Aug 2011     Our 7th holiday here. Some good walks – about 8 miles. A day in Mulgrave Castle Woods, on the beach at Sandsend and then the Red Arrows display at Whitby Regatta. Encounters with wildlife include deer, rabbits, woodpeckers, nuthatches. All in all, another excellent 2 weeks. Sa H: A wonderful holiday! Si H: Thankyou for a 5th holiday. HAN (Sheffield).

Aug 2011     We love it up here. Countryside is beautiful. R & E were thrilled to see a deer early one morning. It’s been a wonderful way to recuperate. The views from any of the windows in your lovely cottage are very beautiful and relaxing. Looking forward to our Visit Number 10. MAL (Sheffield).

Jul 2011     Beautiful sunshine every day! We enjoyed exploring and wore the children out! Great rock-pooling at Sandsend and Runswick Bay. Boggle Hole was worth the roller-coaster ride to reach it. Can recommend the Sunday roast at The Stables near Whitby. We saw the [Roe] deer early in the morning from the kitchen window. A great holiday. COL (Northants).

Jul 2011     Another lovely stay. FUR (Derbyshire).

Jul 2011     Another lovely week here. We had a visitor we hadn’t seen before – a lovely little dear came down to graze. Can’t wait to come back again. BAK (Cheshire).

Jun 2011     Truly a home from home. Once again, we have enjoyed our stay at Groves Dyke. So much potential for walking. BRO (Kent).

Jun 2011     Yet another fantastic stay at Groves Dyke. We’ll be back next year – see you then. BAR (Sheffield).

Jun 2011    Our first visit to Groves Dyke didn’t disappoint us, it was lovely. The cottage has everything one would need. We would definitely like to come back sometime soon. It has been so relaxing. Wonderful! GAT (London).

May 2011    We have enjoyed ourselves once again. A lovely guest home. This is our 17th year of visits here. Lovely walks. So relaxing here. Terrific views from the garden and from the woods. Lovely weather. HOR (Cheshire).

May 2011    Another great holiday at Groves Dyke. Excellent accommodation. Weather was magic. Enjoyed Ryedale Folk Museum (Hutton-le-Hole). We’ll be back Niall! COA (Dungannon)

Apr 2011    Once again all the comforts of home. We love this place and look forward to coming back. PEN (Cardiff).

Apr 2011    We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Groves Dyke. It is a beautiful spot and a wonderfully peaceful place. The house is spacious and comfortable. The glorious weather has been an added bonus. THO (Hebden Bridge).

Mar 2011    A very enjoyable stay and the weather was perfect. Accommodation excellent, everything you require. NOR (Wigan).

Mar 2011    Our 8th holiday at Groves Dyke. Lovely. We have been out and about everyday. E enjoyed the Twigwam in the garden and the daffodils. Hope to be here again. MAL (Sheffield).

March 2011    Another great relaxing stay. Be back soon. Weather was good. Meal at Wheatsheaf in Egton excellent. HAN (Leeds).

Feb 2011    Another great week at Groves Dyke. Weather not so good but that never matters much. Carried out more exploring of the North York Moors. Here’s to next time! MAX (Tamworth).

Feb 2011    We forgot how tranquil Groves Dyke is and we won’t leave it as long to return. Whitby, Runswick and Robin Hood’s Bay are always breathtaking. MOL (Liverpool).

Feb 2011    Another relaxing break. Will be back – can’t wait! HAN (Leeds).

Nov 2010    Lovely week here. Autumn colours beautiful. Very cosy and relaxed. HOR (East Sussex).

Nov 2011    Another lovely holiday in your lovely cottage in this beautiful part of Yorkshire. The autumnal colours are breathtaking. We enjoyed seeing Salmon leaping the falls. Wonderful. Our 7th holiday here and we hope to be back next year. MAL (Sheffield).

Oct 2011    Another enjoyable week here in Groves Dyke. The great joy is being able to arrive and, just like home, know everything will be as one expects. The ‘little’ extras’ are much appreciated! WIL (Wantage).

Sept 2011    A most enjoyable week. Splendid accommodation, fantastic surroundings. Could have stayed on. We would definitely return and we recommend it to anyone. CHA (Northumberland).

Aug 2011    Another excellent holiday in this wonderful place (our 6th in total and 4th with the children). The best meals are to be had in DGroves Dyke with the aid of Radfords and The Whitby Catch. All-in-all an excellent 2 weeks. HAN (Sheffield).

Aug 2010    What a lovely place! The coppice is a truly magical place to walk – we saw a deer there on one occasion. The River Garden in Sleights and the waterfall at Falling Foss were highlights of our stay. CLA (London)

July 2010    A happy stay, thank-you. Much time spent at Sandsend. The Whitby Wizard is wizard. A lot to do in Whitby. EAM (Herts)

July 2010    Very enjoyable, relaxing stay. Will be back. Great meal at Wheatsheaf Inn in Egton. HAN (Leeds)

July 2010    Thanks for a great holiday. Cottage very cosy and well equipped. Will definitely be recommending it to friends. Baby ‘I’ even slept well in the cot. Had an extremely good meal at the Wheatsheaf Inn. FUR (Derbyshire)

July 2010    We came to Groves Dyke with every intention of winding down and that is what we did to some tune. We did lots of nothing and enjoyed every minute bit of it. Wall to wall sunshine. In two weeks we visited Saltburn and Botton, the rest of the time we stayed local. Hope to come back soon. LIV (Lancs)

June 2010    Yet another great week here at Groves Dyke. Weather was great – blue skies and no rain. Had a wonderful time exploring more of the moors and discovered Rosedale Ironstone Works. Still more to see next time. Can highly recommend the Wheatsheaf Inn at Egton – great food. Here’s to the next time. MAX (Staffs)

June 2010    Had a lovely time… PEN (Cardiff).

June 2010    Our first time in Yorkshire. Now I know why it is my parents’ favourite place! We’ve absolutely loved it, such a beautiful cottage, so clean and well equipped. The children played cards, did jigsaw puzzles and played games. Niall was considering internet access for the cottage – please don’t!! My children were actually communicating instead of being stuck in front of a computer on a Playstation. Mum and Dad have enjoyed it so much they are coming back next week. We will be back! PEN (Cardiff).

May 2010    Wonderful week. Loads of great scenery to see. Nice, quiet and restful week. MUL (Teesside)

May 2010    Yet again a fantastic holiday – this time for 2 weeks. The steak and kidney pie at the Wheatsheaf (Egton) is still lovely, and the cakes are still delicious at Falling Foss Tea Garden [Littlebeck]. Weather has been glorious. Saw 2 deer in the wood, a small female and a larger male – don’t know who was more afraid, him or me! Lovely to hear the Tawny Owls at night and it’s the first time M has seen a Great Spotted Woodpecker – on a bird feeder, from the kitchen window). We’re back next May! BAR (Sheffield).

May 2010    It has been so nice to be ‘home’ again for the 4th time. Every ‘home-coming’ gets better. KEL (Northumberland).

Apr 2010    We’ve had an absolutely fantastic time! The kids loved exploring your wood and playing in the twigwam. We hope to be back in the future. GOO (S Yorks).

Apr 2010    Had a great week in your lovely cottage. Now that I have found it, will be back for another visit. Will recommend to all my friends. Lovely walks, great bus service to Whitby. Beautiful scenery. PRI (Lincs).

Mar 2010    Another great week. Weather here better than we would have had at home. Will be back. BAK (Cheshire) Thoroughly enjoyed my stay in the lovely cottage in great surroundings. Hope it’ll be the first stay of many. Highly recommended. Loving the steam trains! GIB (Cheshire).

Mar 2010    Our 6th and Rachael’s 4th time at Groves Dyke. The weather couldn’t have been better if we had ordered it! The change and the scenery here has been very therapeutic for us. Hope to be back soon. MAL (Sheffield].

Feb / Mar 2010   Another great week at Groves Dyke. House warm and cosy as usual. Nice sunny weather. Explored more of the moors this time. The snow is very picturesque with 3 to 4 feet still lying [on very high ground!] at The Lion car park [Blakey Rigg]. Looking forward to our next visit. MAX (Staffs).

Feb 2010    Fantastic cottage and really good location. The Magpie Cafe in Whitby certainly lived up to its reputation. Will definitely be back soon! HOW (Notts).

Feb 2010    Lovely to return to Groves Dyke for Robin’s (5 months) first holiday. Introduced him to the North York Coast, which certainly blew the cobwebs away! Mum loved it too. We’ll all be back. DAR (Sheffield).

Jan 2010    Another ‘nature-tastic’ stay at Groves Dyke – this time in the snow, making Groves Coppice even more magical. BUL (Sheffield).

Dec 2009 / Jan 2010    We have had a very happy time here. Thanks for all the little extra touches. RAB (Stoke).

Nov 2009    Yet another short but enjoyable stay at Groves Dyke. A warm and friendly welcome, as always. The break we needed. Can’t wait until the next time in 2010. MAX (Staffs).

Oct 2009    We enjoyed our 4th visit to Groves Dyke, having been previously in 1999, 2002 and 2003, but a bit further to come this time! Sad news about Flag, we missed him. Brilliant weather for the end of October. The children especially enjoyed the Rail Trail, the Bridestones and the museum in Pickering. We even managed a day on the beach! PYN (Hereford, was Leeds).

Oct 2009    We had a lovely relaxing break, as usual. Flag was missed. BUL (Sheffield)

Oct 2009    Another restful week at Groves Dyke (our 3rd visit). I enjoyed the apple chopping [cider making], the juice was delicious! Flag will be sadly missed by the regular visitors. Hope to be back in the spring. KEL (Tyne & Wear).

Oct 2009    We had a lovely time as usual. Weather has been kind. Hope to come again in the spring. MAL (Sheffield).

Sept 2009    Very enjoyable stay in excellent accommodation and beautiful surroundings. Visited Whitby, climbed Roseberry Topping, etc. Discovered the delicious apple sauce topped pork pies from the Sleights butcher, but could still do with more time. BRO (Kent).

Sept 2009    Peaceful week, weather great, cottage excellent, home from home. Hope to see you again next year. HUG (Warwickshire).

Sept 2009    Lovely week, weather great. Can’t say anything that we haven’t already said on our last 5 visits. LAM (Yorks).

Aug 2009    Another wonderful stay at Groves Dyke (lost count of the number of times). Good weather and walking, biking, crabbing and a little retail therapy. The highlight was seeing one Roe Deer walk down from the wood as we were having breakfast. TUC (Selby).

Aug 2009    Once again this has been an excellent place to stay – we have thoroughly enjoyed our 5th visit (3rd with children). It’s definitely been worth staying for 2 weeks. Highlights this year have been: Falling Foss, and lunch at the Duke of York in Whitby. Our favourite beach is Runswick Bay. We will be back next year and we are looking forward to it already! HAN (Sheffield).

Aug 2009    Our third visit and a very good stay once again. The weather was very kind and this year we didn’t even unpack the Wellington boots. Falling Foss was good with the new Tea Garden. Yum! A wonderful holiday. We will be back in the future. ABB (West Midlands).

Jul 2009    Our second visit and a very pleasant stay once again. Kids loved playing on the beach at Sandsend… and exploring the wood behind Groves Dyke. ROG (Leeds).

Jul 2009    Two weeks of leisure in beautiful surroundings. Our 4th time at Groves Dyke. Too short of course… so we will have to come back again. TEN (The Netherlands)

Jul 2009    We used your beautiful home to celebrate Mum’s 70th birthday. Had a fantastic week with lovely weather. Wish we could stay all summer!  BAK (Cheshire).

Jun 2009    We have not been disappointed with our first visit. Great walking, superb scenery and great weather. Groves Dyke is in a lovely setting and we enjoyed the wildlife in the natural surroundings. PEA (Cotswolds).

May 2009    A wonderful week. Grandma really enjoyed it. ..love the cottage. We will be back next year. HOR (Cheshire).

May 2009    Very comfortable accommodation, couldn’t fault it. REA (S. Yorks).

May 2009    Yet another wonderful week and just what we needed. Beautiful weather and a pleasure to see all the wildlife in the garden. Falling Foss waterfall was magical… really enjoyed the home made scones there! We’ll be back. BAR (Sheffield).

May 2009    Two week shut down for renovations, including an upgrade of the solar hot water tank (now singular), a new gas central heating condensing boiler in the loft (still pre-heated by the solar panels), a new carpet, shower upgrade, etc.

April 2009     We’ve had a wonderful week. Our little ones loved the beach, the National Park, Whitby Abbey and exploring Groves Dyke. This is our first visit, stumbled across this cottage and it suited us perfectly. Weather was perfect, too! ROB (Buckinghamshire).

April 2009    A lovely relaxing week! Found a little gem at Falling Foss Tea Gardens – cream teas highly recommended. ROB (Leeds).

March 2009    A few day in ‘our home in Yorkshire’ was just what we required. As ever, it couldn’t have been better. WIL (Surrey).

March 2009    Another lovely week at Groves Dyke. Hope to come again soon. MAL (Sheffield).

March 2009    A great place to stay, it certainly ‘punches above its weight’ in all areas. There’s loads to explore, our only tip is to come in winter; weather has been great, car parks are free and no crowds – but don’t tell everyone! With 2 children (3½ and 6 months) we needed plenty of running around space for the older one and push chair friendly for the younger. A great stay, we will be back soon. BIR (Devon).

February 2009    Arrived in snow to a lovely warm welcome. Had a great week, Runswick Bay, Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby as beautiful as ever. The cottage was everything we’d hoped for. Will return and will recommend this cottage to friends. MOL (Liverpool).

January 2009     Another good holiday. Plenty of walks. Good to see that the gnome family is growing! See you again… COA (Leeds).

January 2009    A lovely relaxing week. Accommodation very comfortable. MOR (Surrey).

December 2008    Thanks for a lovely relaxing week. The accommodation was very comfortable and the cooker in particular is excellent (successful fairy cakes, plum sponge, bread rolls, etc). House very cosy! Highlights included the walk around Falling Foss… MOR (Surrey).

November 2008    A lovely break with some sunny spells so we could get out and about. BUL (Sheffield).

October 2008    Really enjoyed our  second holiday here. Thanks for a very warm welcome when we arrived. Hope to see you again next year. MOU (Glos).

October 2008    Our 3rd visit to Groves Dyke and each time it gets better. Little E [20 months old] has loved this spacious cottage and being able to run about in safety (thanks for being so safety conscious). The autumn colours have been great again. This is a lovely peaceful part of the world. We hope to be back. MAL (Sheffield).

September 2008    The week went all too quickly. See you again soon. MAX (Tamworth).

September 2008     Having lived on the Yorkshire coast for several years and being familiar with its attractions, our holiday enjoyment depended on our choice of accommodation – we were not disappointed; the house and location are perfect. Niall’s welcome and quiet availability inspired confidence, which added to our enjoyment. JOH (Liverpool). A lovely break. I’ll be back. For the opposition, James Martin (Yorkshire’s own celebrity chef) says that Trenchers are the finest fish and chips – and we agree! MAR (Liverpool).

September 2008    Another relaxing week – just right for re-charging the batteries. Cottage as good as ever. WIL (Oxfordshire).

September 2008    Had a lovely week. As always, this cottage is a home from home!! TEB (Leics)

August 2008    Grand time had by all. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Loads to see and do. Beautiful cottage and lovely surroundings. We’d recommend swimming in the sea, even in the rain! FAG (Aberdeen).

August 2008    Had a lovely week. It’s like Heaven. Peaceful watching all the wildlife. My second year and hope to be back again. A lovely cottage. RIC. Good holiday again, will be back. Everything we needed was on hand, clean and tidy. TUC (South Yorks).

August 2008    We’ve had a wonderful week, despite the rain (your videos and games came in handy)! A lovely setting, the photos on the website don’t do it justice. [I must try to get some other photos that do! NC]. Enjoyed our walks up into the wood and seeing all of the birds on the bird table. WAL (East Yorkshire).

August 2008    The cottage is just right – very comfortable and plenty of room for the four of us. It is in such a good location, too – with easy walks into the village and the lovely wood behind. We have found plenty to do. A very relaxing break for us all. THO (Cheshire).

August 2008    Flag has been good to us and we might come back (M). Thank-you for having us (B). We have all had another wonderful time. HOW (Notts).

July 2008    This is an excellent place to stay and we have thoroughly enjoyed our 4th visit. Next time we must book 2 weeks! Our boys normally hate shopping but if it includes Radfords Butchers, Bothams Bakery, Fortunes Kippers or either of the Whitby bookshops, then shopping is socially acceptable! Once again the boys have really enjoyed the wood. HAN (Sheffield).

July 2008    A great week. Highlights included boating on the River Esk at Ruswarp and dinner at the Wheatsheaf Inn at Egton. COW (Cardiff).

July 2008    Groves Dyke is not just a sanctuary for wildlife, but for visitors too! Another refreshing holiday and we still haven’t seen everything yet. Love to come back again. Just wish we had found Groves Dyke years ago when our children were young – they would have loved it here, especially the woodland. KEL (Tyne & Wear).

July 2008    A good time was had by all! ROW (West Midlands).

June 2008    A truly excellent stay. Fresh air, scenery and (most important) steam locomotives! We hope to return for more of the same soon. ASH (West Midlands).

June 2008    We have had a great time visiting many of the local beauty spots. We mastered the local buses, which are to be recommended. A really lovely stay in very comfortable accommodation. We hope to come back soon. AND (Essex).

June 2008    Our 4th visit. Now we are fully rested and batteries fully recharged. Everything you could want to make your stay enjoyable. The best place to eat is Groves Dyke Holiday Cottage, with the help of the local butcher. LAM (Yorks).

June 2008    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay… very comfortable and well equipped home. BAI (S Yorks).

May 08    Best cottage we have ever stayed in. Well equipped and very comfortable in a gorgeous location. Eldest daughter loved the woodland and the Twigwam. Would love to come back again soon as there’s so much more to see. ROZ (W Yorks).

May 08    It’s my first time here and we really enjoyed it. See you again next year! OLD with HOR (Cheshire).

May 08    Another wonderful holiday at Groves Dyke, we’ve already booked next year, too! BAR (S Yorks).

April 2008    The best self-catering holiday we’ve had – most comfortable cottage in an ideal location. We have visited coast (found our ammonite!) and countryside (Glaisdale pork pies are the best)… but it was good to return to the peace of Groves Dyke at the end of the day. We hope to be back again soon. KEL (Tyne and Wear / Durham).

April 2008    We came to Whitby and found a delightful cottage, the best we have ever had. A holiday we have enjoyed, would love to come again. MOU (Glos).

March 2008    Must do: Runswick Bay, Staithes and Saltburn. When in Staithes go to the Spindrift Cafe and try the Coble Cake! We’ll be back! BAK (Cheshire).

March 2008    A good location for our many walks. The daffs here are better than Farndale. Groves Dyke is like a home from home. Hope to be back again. COA (Leeds).

February 2008    Yet another visit, only this time a long weekend. Weather cold but otherwise sunny and excellent. Still have not done everything, leaving more for our next visit in the autumn. Cannot wait to get back here again. MAX (Staffordshire).

February 2008    Lovely walk around Whitby. Enjoyed walking around the wood, especially the children. MOO (North Yorkshire).

January 2008    Closed for redecoration.

December 2007    We had a lovely time here . I love the teddy called Sam and we decorated the Twigwam [for Christmas]. Don’t want to leave. I and S HIN (South Yorkshire).

December 2007    Cheers for another lovely week! BUL (Sheffield).

November 2007    Very good holiday, plenty of good long walks. The trees look great with their autumn clothes on. Hope to see you again next year. COA (Leeds).

November 2007    Another wonderful week at Groves Dyke. Can’t wait to come back and sample the warmth and hospitality of the place. Lots of things to do and plenty of places to go and see – have only done a fraction of them as the week went all too quickly. Weather was excellent! Here’s to the next time… MAX (Staffordshire).

October 2007    A wonderful stay in Yorkshire again!! First time at Groves Dyke and loved it. We had a BBQ – yes!! In October. Weather has been great. GRA+ (West Sussex + Fife).

October 2007    A lovely few days. The house is fantastic (everything we could want), as is the location. The coppice is amazing – can’t wait until baby M can have a scamper around with us! BUL (Sheffield).

October 2007    Our second visit to this lovely cottage and this beautiful part of the country. Couldn’t have wished for better weather for the time of year: autumnal colours, sunshine. Enjoyed the nostalgic trip on the North York Moors Steam Railway. Haven’t been on a steam train since 1967 – lovely! A lovely holiday, hope to be back. MAL (Derbyshire).

September 2007    An enjoyable stay in a very hospitable house located in this beautiful region. Everything we needed (and more) was here. HEA (Lancs).

September 2007    Another lovely week. Picked the right day to walk to Staithes from Runswick Bay. Watched the QE2 sail by on her voyage around the coast. GIB (Lincs).

September 2007    Another lovely holiday and the weather has been great! Enjoyed staying in this lovely cottage again – our 6th visit. TEB (Leics)

August 2007    Lovely week again. The sun shone all week. We have been crabbing again, ideal for the children as it keep them entertained! Our 93-year old likes to sit in the conservatory and watch all the wildlife. We picked lots of fruit from the orchard and baked pies and crumbles for dessert. Coming back to Groves Dyke each year is what we look forward to because it is so relaxing and the cottage is home from home. Looking forward to our 5th visit…! TUC (Yorks).

August 2007    Had a lovely week… I was impressed with just how hot the solar heated water can get! [60°C]. The cottage and woods are really nice, one of the best cottages we’ve stayed in. We certainly hope to come back one day. DIK (Somerset).

August 2007    Had a relaxing break and really appreciated the love house and surroundings, yet again! Our 4-year old loved walking around the wood. BEA (Humberside).

August 2007    Our first visit… on recommendation from family. A lovely holiday home in a beautiful setting. M (7) went exploring in the wood on his own and saw some deer – he was so excited and proud. B (5) loved the twigwam and showed it off very proudly when my friend came to visit with her children. We have had glorious weather, hot and sunny every day. PS: Be Warned! We all want to come again! HOW (Notts).

August 2007    Our first visit since we had the children. We’ve all thoroughly enjoyed it and the boys have really appreciated ‘the forest’. It’s lovely to come back to a place after many years to discover that it is as good as you remember. We’re already planning our next visit…  HAN (Sheffield). PS: Me and S really enjoyed the forest and the cottage and the garden was brilliant too. Sa. I’ve really enjoyed our stay here and I think my favourite was the wood and the jigsaw. Si.

July 2007    A wonderful, comfortable home from home. Idyllic! Could stay here for ever. Hope to return. LUS (Herts).

July 2007    Our first stay at Groves Dyke and very enjoyable despite the weather! Nice roomy accommodation and great having the wood on our doorstep. BRI (Staffs).

July 2007    Really comfortable cottage. We especially enjoyed the views, the wildlife and everything provided for our stay. KIR (Tyne and Wear).

June 2007    Very enjoyable week – shame about the weather, but this house and the comfortable surroundings made up for it! GIB (Worcs).

June 2007    Really enjoyed our stay here. A great relaxed spot, ideal for bird watching or playing hide and seek with J. The house has been very comfortable. An ideal base for exploring North Yorkshire. SUM (Newbury).

June 2007    Our 4th visit and we still love the area and the people. Lovely holiday, in spite of the weather this time! ROW (West Midlands).

June 2007    Once again we visit Groves Dyke and, as before, we have enjoyed our week’s holiday. The weather has not been at its best but we have been able to get out and about. AUS (West Yorks).

May 2007    We had a lovely time and walked from Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay on the old railway track. We recommend Trenchers – very nice food. HOR (Cheshire).

May 2007    We had a really wonderful week. The house is great with everything needed to make our stay comfortable. We just can’t wait to return. BAR (Sheffield).

May 2007    We have had a wonderful relaxing break in this lovely comfortable cottage. Lots of thoughtful touches, not least the 2 folding armchairs next to the picnic bench and table in the wood – perfect for breathless ‘old codgers’! The weather has been perfect, except for our last evening when it rained, but even then we were rewarded with a most perfect rainbow lighting up the valley. Hopefully we shall return to this lovely retreat. The grandchildren had fun in the twigwam and in the wood. PEN (East Yorkshire].

April 2007    Lovely enjoyable break. Recommend the Horseshoe Hotel at Egton Bridge for food and the walk through Mulgrave Woods [open certain days only] at Sandsend to the castle. ELL (Peterborough)

April 2007    A lovely Easter week holiday and the weather has been good to us. Thanks for letting us enjoy this lovely cottage! TEB (Leicester).

March 2007    We had a great time, as usual. Still lovely accommodation. BAK (Cheshire).

March 2007    A good holiday with everything on hand. Like home from home. Plenty of good walks. See you again. COA (Leeds).

February 2007    Excellent holiday accommodation. No more could be done to make your stay more comfortable. 10 out of 10. JOH (West Midlands).

February 2007    Excellent holiday accommodation. A real home from home with a lovely warm welcome and nice extra touches. This is our first time here and I am happy to say that we will be back. CLI (Leicestershire).

February 2007    Very beautiful views. Walked from Sandsend to Whitby on the beach and back. The house was beautiful for Daddy’s birthday. We will see you again in May. HOR (Cheshire).

February 2007    A really pleasant stay. We had a very relaxing time, just what we wanted. FYL (Derbyshire).

January 2007    Closed for redecorating.

Christmas / New Year 2006/7    Another really enjoyable stay. Unfortunately no snow this time but some great stormy seas. Visited all the usual places and taken plenty of interesting photos for home. Lost count of how many times we’ve been here now, but it’s always great fun. A pleasure to stay. FIE (Lancs).

November 2006    Our first return visit after 7 years. One or two changes but still the same warm and cosy place. An excellent retreat for a short break. The surrounding countryside, especially the moors, are excellent for walking and viewing. Can recommend Eskdale Fisheries [Sleights Fish and Chip shop] and the Huntsman Inn at Aislaby. Both good places to eat. Cannot wait to return soon. MAX (Staffordshire).

November 2006    By far the best cottage we have ever stayed in. Well equipped, warm welcome, beautiful surroundings. Slept soundly through the peaceful nights. Stressed-out when I came but now ready for anything! Hope to come again. Love the recliner chair – this has convinced me that I should have one. A wonderful break in this part of the world with all the comforts of home. MAL (Sheffield).

October 2006    We have all enjoyed our holiday at Groves Dyke, it is so warm and cosy. The girls E and K loved it as soon as we arrived and wished they could stay for ever. They loved the woodland walk. Hope to come again. THO and BEL (Sheffield).

October 2006    Our first visit but not the last. Could not fault anything. Everything that is needed for a disabled person is here. Lovely garden and grounds. We will definitely be back! Marks out of ten: Twenty!! Suggestion: If possible, another rail would be most helpful on the stairs. MYE (Durham). [Thanks for the suggestion. This has been done and there is now a handrail on both sides of the stairs].

September 2006    Our 5th visit and it gets better each time. The weather has been lovely and we have enjoyed coastal and inland walks. We like the new kitchen / dining room. Nothing much else needed in this relaxing holiday home. GIB (Lincolnshire).

September 2006    Thanks for allowing us the pleasure of your wonderful cottage and all the things that go with it. Our first visit here but we would like to come back again, and will also would recommend it to others. A very nice place to relax from everyday cares. AUS (West Yorkshire).

September 2006    Our 3rd visit and 16th week staying at the cottage. As ever, cosy and welcoming. Had a great week eating, drinking and relaxing in an ideal location. LAM (Yorkshire).

September 2006    Once again … …an oasis of peace and tranquillity in this mad world. The kitchen improvements certainly add to the convenience and enjoyment of Groves Dyke. We doubt that you can do much more to improve this home from home. Hope to see you next year. WIL (Oxon).

August 2006    My 3rd visit and again it’s been fab! I recommend Trailways coastal bike ride. The scenery is beautiful! Eden Camp near Malton is great for all the family. A great holiday again, we’ll be back! R. TUC (age 13). PS: I have done a drawing in the folder.

Our 3rd visit and once again really enjoyed ourselves. The Raven Hall Hotel (Ravenscar) has spectacular views, beautiful gardens & is well worth calling in for a drink or bite. We cycled there on the old railway line [National Cycle Network] after hiring bikes at Trailways. The walk to Grosmont is good and you can follow the footpath [ancient paved pack horse 'Monks' Trod'] all the way from Woodlands Drive. The new kitchen is very nice and the dishwasher so handy. Overall an excellent stay! TUC (W. Yorks). PS: The fruit on the trees made beautiful pies and crumble!

August 2006    Sandsend beach is nice. Our second day was spent in Whitby. The boat trip was good value and we saw porpoises on the trip. Morris dancing festival this week so lots of dancing about [Whitby's 41st annual Folk Week]. Magpie Cafe is worth a visit and the queue. I challenge anyone to finish the fish goujons with chips! It is lovely having a woodland walk on your doorstep. The children loved the walk, especially the big feet. Danby National Park Visitor Centre was worth a visit, with a lovely drive across the purple moors. Their new adventure playground opened today and we just happened to be at the grand opening. Enjoyed a meal at the Passage to India restaurant near Whitby Station. All in all a very enjoyable week. We were lucky with the weather as it rained mainly at night. The cottage is very homely with lots of nice added touches. RID (Preston).

August 2006    We knew the heat wave wouldn’t last! Still, more than enough to do, even on dull, wet and overcast days. Steam railway is well worth spending a day, at £30 for a Family Ticket. Sandsend is a very nice beach, clean and safe with places to eat and drink. The Aislaby trail via the medieval highway of Featherbed Lane is worth doing, even if very steep! The bakers in Sleights is very good. Groves Dyke is without question the best place we have stayed in the UK and we certainly will return. BRO (Surrey).

July 2006    Our 4th visit. We had a lovely holiday. The weather has been a heat wave for the whole 2 weeks and the sun has been out all the time. We will miss seeing the rabbits in the morning and the other wildlife. We saw a deer running down the drive, which was lovely. The cottage has been a lovely home. Couldn’t wish for anything better. We like the new kitchen and bathroom very much. TEB (Leicester).

July 2006    Our 2nd visit. Had a great time. New kitchen really a great improvement and the new dishwasher meant I could sit and relax in the evening and could leave the house straight after breakfast. Great addition! We all had a marvellous time. Children loved playing with Flag. Already checking our diary for next year! NIC (Edinburgh).

July 2006    Lovely holiday – we all loved the house, garden and views. Hope to return asap. BEA (Hull).

June 2006    Our third visit and we are still finding new places to explore! ROW (West Midlands).

June 2006    Such a beautiful holiday retreat. Surroundings are out of this world. Brilliant weather (better than Fuerta Ventura in May). Enjoyed sitting in the conservatory. The kitchen is ideal for watching birdlife. We have watched a baby Rabbit in our garden for several days. Jack [aged 4] has enjoyed himself and will miss Flag and Sammy [the teddy bear]. ALT (Cleveland).

June 2006    A very wise Irish friend of mine once said that if every day was like a holiday, you wouldn’t enjoy your holidays so much. She was right of course, but we are still loath to go! The weather has been great all week so we spent quite some time on the Sandsend seaside. The kids just loved it… especially the Beacon Farm ice cream van! We didn’t actually have to go out, as the garden provided everything Ruben and Eva needed! We loved it here and hopefully will be back. We enjoyed ourselves very much. TEN (Netherlands).

May 2006    Our 11th visit! Had a really good time. It’s lovely being at Groves Dyke, the house feels friendly and with the views over the Esk Valley, I don’t think you could have anywhere nicer. Well, it’s official – North Yorkshire is now the Number One county in England (recent Which? Magazine survey, I think). The new kitchen is a great addition and opens up the whole dining area. Our week has been great. We watched the steam trains trundle past (Grosmont to Whitby specials), had a couple of barbecues in the evening sun and watched the House Martins nesting in the eaves above the decking. Their amazing flights of supremacy went on for at least 2 hours one evening. Walked to Grosmont through fields and woodland and didn’t see a single soul, but we did hear a Cuckoo. Lots of fine walks from here, even if its just down to Perry’s River Garden Centre. Really enjoyed ourselves. HOR (Cheshire). PS: We love Flag. And they also posed for the new Groves Dyke Holiday Cottage postcard photo!

May 2006    I had a very good time… I liked watching the birds on the table. I enjoyed going into the woods and I saw a deer. I enjoyed seeing Flag and throwing the ball for him. I also liked sitting on the reclining chair, it was very comfortable. From E. PS: I miss Sammy [the teddy bear], too. Great holiday with superb location, fabulous cottage, friendly host and even the weather was not too bad! Can’t wait to come back. HAR (Lincolnshire).

May 2006    We had a very good time in your beautiful, well equipped holiday house. We saw the winter change into spring. Lovely views all around through the large windows. This is a good place to stay and explore the area: sea, moors, valleys and lovely villages. VAN & SCH (Holland).

April 2006    Another wonderful stay at Groves Dyke. Thanks for the improvements in the kitchen and bathroom. Looking forwards to coming again next year. BAK (Cheshire).

April 2006

Groves Dyke Cottage – what can one say?

What a beautiful, wonderful place to stay,

So relaxing and peaceful too,

So much to see, so much to do,

Wildlife there, wildlife here,

From squirrel to bullfinches and roe deer.

 

Changeable weather, that is true,

So listen to this message from me to you:

Bring raincoat and wellies and thermal vest,

Set out to enjoy and do your best,

‘Cos no matter how far you choose to roam,

Groves Dyke Cottage will always feel like home.

LOR (Essex & Cleveland).

Jan / March 2006    Another 7 week stay at a lovely cottage in a beautiful location. The changes to the kitchen and dining area are a great improvement, making life easier and giving more time to relax. Sandsend, Whitby, railways, boating and numerous walks a short distance away – a children’s / grandchildren’s paradise. LAM (Yorkshire).

Christmas / New Year 2005/6    I built a snowman. It was good to see it in the snow. We really enjoyed it. FIE (Lancashire).

Nov / Dec 2005    Closed until Christmas for a major renovation and redesign of the kitchen / dining room / larder and utility room. Successfully completed in time for Christmas.

October 2005    Our first visit to Groves Dyke but I am sure we will be back. We came for a walking holiday and we have tramped the coastal paths, valleys and moors all week. A great location and a very comfortable house. BLA (Cheshire).

October 2005    The house is great and all we could wish for. Enjoyed our stay, it’s so peaceful. Hope to visit again. ROG (Hull).

September 2005    Another 1st Class holiday in this absolute ‘gem’ of a holiday cottage. The addition of the conservatory is fabulous and sympathetic with the house and the environment. We look forward to seeing the ‘new’ kitchen [planned for this November], hopefully next year. This year Mum has found the mobility aids helpful. Any additional items can be hired from Renewed Mobility (NB: Inside the Chiropodist’s), 5A Skinner Street, Whitby, Tel: 01947 825783. WIL (Oxon).

August 2005    This year we arrived minus one son [now at college] but gained a mother and a grandma, aged 91 (Thanks for a relaxing holiday. Its been really good for gran and myself. We hope to come back as it has everything anyone could want. First class for everything!). She found the house adapted to her needs and did not want to leave. Once again – spot on!! We had a brilliant week, the weather has been good to us again. We have had so much to do: beach at Sandsend, steam train, walking at May Beck. PS: The new patio furniture is great. TUC. (Selby).

August 2005    Our second visit and still plenty to do when we return in 2006 or 2007. Nice to see the House Martins are back [nesting in the eaves]. We have enjoyed lots of walks across the moors, tiring the children out at the same time. Fish and chips from Sleights tasted even better than last year. ABB. (Solihull).

August 2005    Our first visit and it was very comfortable and enjoyable at the cottage. There was everything we needed, including things for the children. It’s been great. HAL. (Leeds).

August 2005    This is our third visit to Groves Dyke and it gets better every time. We will be back again for more of North Yorkshire. GIL. (Bracknell).

July 2005    First timers in a fix: Do we write little and keep this wonderful secret to ourselves, or tell the world the truth and risk not being able to get in next year? Well, we simply couldn’t have wished for a more perfect base in a fantastic place to holiday. Our only complaint is there is simply too much to do! We all loved the decking area for eating out and this toddler-friendly house. BLA. (Middlesex).

July 2005    Beautiful house, lovely warm welcome, home from home, great days out, brilliant weather – we would definitely consider coming back! Great holiday! NIC. (Edinburgh).

June 2005    We have had a lovely week. Weather has been great. Our 4th visit and we’re still finding new walks. GIB. (Scunthorpe).

June 2005    Second time around and we still have places to visit. The weather has been super, except for Sunday [Helmsley floods] and Friday [Glastonbury floods]. We must return to this lovely cottage again because time just flies away. ROW. (West Bromwich).

June 2005    A lovely comfortable cottage… everything has been thought of here. We have all enjoyed the week so much. There are so many places to see and visit. Don’t forget to eat at the ‘Magpie’ [Whitby] if you are lucky enough to get a seat. I recommend Groves Dyke to everyone. It is such a lovely place and we look forward to returning in the near future for a relaxing break. DAL. (Burnley).

June 2005    We have really had a lovely holiday and will recommend this cottage to our friends and family. This is truly a very beautiful village setting. Enjoyed watching the birds feeding. Look forward to coming again. SAD. (Barnsley).

May 2005    Our 10th visit to this great house. Fantastic welcome, as always. Lovely weather, sunny and hot with some rain on the last couple of days. The house is just like home from home. Love the views! We recommend Trenchers in Whitby – great food! HOR. (Cheadle Hulme).

May 2005    As a person of very mature years I feel that everything has been of the highest standard. What a lovely holiday this has been. [For food] we recommend the Huntsman, Aislaby and the Wheatsheaf, Egton (but not on Mondays). SEE. (Stoke on Trent).

April 2005    Great welcome. Well fitted out. Our first time in this area. Most impressed, will no doubt return. THO. (Shropshire).

April 2005    Closed for 3 weeks to install the new bathroom.

March 2005    Our third visit to this lovely cottage! Weather has been very misty and overcast… had a good holiday. Cottage home from home. Will be back again. TEB. (Leicester).

March 2005    Our second visit to Groves Dyke and we have enjoyed our week here. Very restful and relaxing. PS: We enjoyed the Fair Trade wine, thanks! BAK. (Cheadle Hulme).

March 2005    Managed to get here despite the snow on the moors! Had a great time with the boys exploring. Would live to come back when we have more time. WAT.

Jan & Feb 2005    A very relaxing 7 weeks. The cottage had everything we needed. The grounds were ideal and very family orientated, a ‘children’s playground.’ Fantastic wildlife, birds, stoats, rabbits – and the ‘thieving squirrels’ entertaining me for the whole time. We recommend the local butcher for its steak pies, its own pork pies, stuffed pork rolls, steak, sausage and especially their home cured bacon. The local fish and chips are as good as anywhere. LAM. (Northallerton).

Dec 2004 / Jan 2005   Unexpected return visit for Christmas and New Year weeks. Badly needed rest and relaxation. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. A little windy and some rain, many sunny periods allowing some walking. Definitely recommended games shop in Whitby for ideas for wet days. Lovely family time – still not ready to go home. I’m sure we will be back. FIE. (Wigan).

Nov 2004    We hadn’t expected to return so soon, but we got the chance and took it! (With no regrets)! It certainly feels like coming home (and we mean it). E loved the seaside and we were frequent visitors of the beach at Sandsend this week! The weather was great. We hardly saw any rain, only a bit of fog now and then. It was cold and windy up on Glaisdale Moor but worth the drive. We enjoyed the ever-changing light and the beautiful colours – even in the late autumn! We saw a beautiful sunrise each morning from our bedroom window as the kids woke us up rather early (every downside has an upside)! This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful spot! TEN [Holland].

Nov 2004    Had a wonderful time. C and K have enjoyed the wildlife and running around the child-friendly cottage. Has been a relaxing time for the adults, too! Hope to see you soon. Thanks for a lovely holiday. DAE. (Hull).

Nov 2004:

Will we come back again and again? To see the primroses at the edge of the lane,

While dippers splash in the stream below and damselflies flit to and fro.

Down by the stream where little creatures live, along the towpath under the bridge.

Many hours that roll into days. When I close my eyes I can picture again

The walks that are muddy across the fields, the sound of seagulls screeching above the waves.

My heart is sad to leave a lovely place. Will we come back ever again? JOH. (Newton-le-Willows).

Oct 2004    Had a fabulous time. Cottage really great – relaxing and views amazing. Whitby is beautiful. Looking forward to coming back again. PS: Flag is gorgeous! LGI.

Oct 2004    We’ve had a great time. Weather excellent for the time of year (better than the summer months)! The cottage is really well appointed, cosy and comfortable. We’ll definitely be back! HUR.

Oct 2004    Had a lovely week – would love to come again. GOU.

Sept 2004    Pleasant and relaxing stay. House ideal. Local butcher is very helpful and food excellent. GAY.

Sept 2004    Comfortable accommodation, lovely woodland and wildlife, at one with nature. Beautiful scenery locally and around the area. We have had a lovely holiday, over all too soon. BID.

August 2004    Our first visit, looking forward to the next. Excellent week. The trip from Whitby to Staithes on the Esk Belle (1 hour there, 1 hour ashore, 1 hour back) was a lovely afternoon. After some excellent days out walking, it was nice to come back to a beautiful cottage in a brilliant location with gorgeous views and wildlife. We needed a stress free holiday as we are in the middle of moving house and we couldn’t ask for a better holiday all round. PS: The twigwam is brill! TUC.

August 2004    Lovely peaceful week in gorgeous countryside. Very homely cottage, wonderful woods. Children enjoyed the beach despite the bad weather. Will be back – like so many others. You seem to have thought of everything! TUR.

August 2004    A lovely welcome and cosy house. Enjoyed crabbing at Whitby, rowing at Ruswarp and fossiling at Sandsend. Don’t want to go home! SNO.

August 2004    We’re definitely coming back in 2005 and 2006! Seen loads of wildlife including Curly, Larry and Mo (3 just fledged House Martins), Tawny Owls, Rabbits and a mad Retriever! ABB.

July 2004    What a lovely 2 week break. Good weather and a really nice peaceful cottage that really felt like home. TEB.

July 2004    My top tip is to make sure Flag gets his tennis ball! This is my favourite place in the world. FCW.

July 2004    Our third visit since discovering this ideal place for a lovely relaxing holiday. We’ll be back again, I’m sure. GIB.

June 2004    Superb holiday. Enjoyed the drive through the moors and great to see the Snipe, Hares and Grouse. COA.

June 2004    We have had a lovely holiday and would love to visit again. Beautiful scenery, wonderful wildlife and cosy accommodation. ROW.

June 2004    Our first visit… weather lovely and cottage gorgeous. Enjoyed canoeing at Ruswarp and the pitch and put, too. RO.

May 2004    We really enjoyed our holiday and Groves Dyke was a wonderful place to stay! R [aged 3] loved the Twigwam and even fell asleep in it one afternoon. I loved the silence up on the moor and the way the sunshine and the clouds played together on the hillsides. We were very proud to be the first guests who could enjoy the new conservatory. TEN. [Holland].

May 2004    Our first visit to this stunning part of Yorkshire and we can hardly wait to come back to do some more walking – and guess where we’d love to stay when we do! Perfect house and environment in which to fall in love with the North York Moors. LEW.

May 2004    Nice to have a woodland area to walk around – not to mention a nice place to stay! We never did get around to doing the £4 return trip on the Esk Valley Railway [from Sleights to Middlesbrough] – its only available on the first train of the day and we kept sleeping in… DEL.

April 2004    Back again for our third visit to Groves Dyke and what lovely improvements since our last visit. We especially like the new decking which we enjoyed in the sunshine on Saturday and Sunday. Then rain and storms for a few days… but still found lots to do. MOR.

April 2004    Had a lovely holiday. Gorgeous house – so comfy. Wonderful views. BAR.

April 2004    Back again! FIE. [3rd visit!]

April 2004    Groves Dyke provided the perfect place. The Whitby Gazette and the chocolate biscuits are a lovely touch! The views from the windows are fantastic. We will definitely be back to stay here. This house is in an ideal place and it is so peaceful and restful. BAK.

March 2004    Wonderful short stay… evening walk around the coppice when we saw 3 Roe Deer! The moors and this part of England are beautiful – we’ll definitely be back! Found the cottage and local area very welcoming and great for families. WAL

March 2004 – Lovely views in pleasant surroundings. Love to come again. JON

Woodlands Drive

When the moon does shine high in the sky

And the grey clouds cluster over Woodlands Drive

A magic feeling tingles the trees

Bunches of daffodils dance in the breeze

And then sleep comes to Woodlands Drive.

 

In the morning all awaken

The sound of early birds a-chirping

Blue tit, greenfinch to name just a few

All together they enhance the view

As the day dawns again on Woodland Drive

 

As I wander up Woodlands Drive

A spring in my step, a dog at my side

The trees are naked, bare without leaves

Til I get to the top, there’s plenty green fields

Then home again to get ready a meal.

D.S.JON

February 2004 – Lovely week away from it all. Heavy snow delayed our arrival by one day but the weather since then sunny and dry. Great position between moors and sea – great contrast! House so relaxing. Great place to watch birds, read, draw, play games, play music, talk – and so warm and comfortable. Hope to return soon. COO

February 2004 – Very comfortable, well equipped cottage. Very relaxing week and hope to return. Great to see the birdlife from the cottage and to walk in the wood. MEE

January 2004 – Wonderful relaxing weekend. Loved the kids’ games store and all the home comforts. Great welcome when we arrived – loved the fires and choccy biscuits. We found the house first class and we hope to visit again. Everything was just perfect. CAR.

January 2004 – Lovely holiday. Lots of rest. Very good. HOW.

New Year 2003/4 – We have had a lovely break at Groves Dyke. It has been a wonderfully relaxing time. The house and the views are fantastic and the walk around the [Groves Coppice] woodland path was a real adventure for the children (although the grown-ups had some problems keeping upright after the snow had thawed). We all need to go on a Fish and Chips detox! We very much want to come back. BRO.

November 2003 – Even if it had rained all the time (as forecast), the house would have been excellent. In the event the weather was sunny, dry and cool so we enjoyed the house and the countryside. Superb accommodation, very accurately described on this website. We couldn’t have wished for a better out-of-season break. From previous entries it seems that this house attracts a high proportion of return visitors. We would like to add ourselves to that group if we can. HUI (Netherlands).

It’s true – a third of all Groves Dyke bookings in 2003 had been here before! To thank all my regulars for their loyalty, I will now present every repeat booking with a complimentary bottle of Fair Trade wine on arrival. I hope to meet you all again soon…

November 2003 – A wonderful and much-needed last minute break. Cold and windy on Saturday but the children still enjoyed dipping on the beach! Glorious day on Sunday when we walked up Featherbed Lane to Aislaby, with a stop at the Huntsman pub. Children don’t want to go home – neither do we! Looking forward to returning, as planned, next July for our 4th visit to Groves Dyke! PYN.

October 2003 – True to our word,  we brought our three boys to the cottage – not so restful this time! Cottage is great for a family. Weather was kind and we introduced our boys to walking the beautiful countryside. Great time. I’m sure we will be back. GIL

October 2003 – Had a lovely, restful and peaceful holiday. Cottage very comfortable. Hope to be able to come again. HAL.

October 2003 – We’ve had a wonderful and restful week. The weather has been great and we explored many places. The Nature Reserve and surrounds are marvellous. Hope to see you again soon. DON.

October 2003 – What a week! Wonderful weather, such a comfortable cottage. Peaceful, lovely Flag and such a welcome. RAN.

October 2003 – We have had a lovely week. Lovely country, lovely house and a smashing dog! We hope to come back soon. HEN.

October 2003 – Wonderful holiday, very comfortable and peaceful. Everything you need can be found in the village shops. Hope to visit again. HAL.

September 2003 – Wonderful peaceful place. Very, very comfortable and cosy. Everything we needed, especially the aids for the disabled! Hope to be here again soon. DES.

September 2003 – A wonderful week in your cosy cottage. F loved Flag! We have found Yorkshire very friendly and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Particularly enjoyed the walk from Goathland to Grosmont – buggy friendly! Thanks again for a relaxing, hassle-free holiday. The bird feeding station and woods are bril! ANG.

August 2003 – A wonderful cottage. We all had a really cool week. Eden Camp [Malton] is worth a visit, also the 4 x 4 track [Langdale Quest, Dalby Forest] track is hairy but fun. All the kids had a wicked time canoeing at Ruswarp. BRAD.

August 2003 – A wonderful holiday, thanks. We found the cottage very ‘special’ and one of the best. Much seen and done but much more to see and do – we hope to return. FEL.

August 2003 – We felt at home as soon as we entered the house. Had a lovely week and the grandkids loved it, especially the wildlife. We spent most of our stay on Sandsend beach as the weather was kind. The children also thought it was marvellous. CHI.

August 2003 – The cottage is wonderful, comfortable, homely – everything you need including wonderful views and ‘peace.’ We travelled around loads and would recommend Eden Camp,  Malton. Loved the wood, unfortunately missed out on the orchard fruit and blackberries. We will have to come later next year! The perfect holiday setting. WOO.

July 2003 – We felt at home as soon as we entered the house. We had a lovely week and the grandkids loved it, especially the wildlife. We spent most of our stay on Sandsend beach as the weather was kind, which the children also thought was marvellous. CHI.

July 2003 – Brilliant start to the holiday with the very warm welcome we received. The cottage is wonderful, comfortable, homely. Everything you need including wonderful views and ‘peace.’ Would recommend Eden Camp [Malton], well worth the distance and the restaurant / canteen was reasonable and the food good. Loved the wood, unfortunately missed out on the fruit and blackberries – we will have to come later, next time. The perfect holiday setting. WOO.

July 2003 – Lovely places: Sandsend for a day out; Witzend cafe for something to eat (but don’t be in a hurry); Whitby for nice shops; the Stable cafe in Sleights for lunch. The house is lovely – well equipped and welcoming. Views and scenery in general beautiful. Flag’s smashing too. KER/ING.

July 2003 – Accommodation first rate. Have had a marvellous week. Glaisdale pork pies are the best. Magpie Cafe in Whitby serves the best fish and chips. Can recommend the Falcon for a meal, just off the Whitby / Scarborough road on the way to the Shire Horse Centre at Staintondale. Have enjoyed the wonderful views from the lounge and bedroom. LAN.

July 2003 – A great week! You have a very child-friendly place ( = adult friendly)! Woodpeckers, Owl and Slow Worm seen in the coppice. The children really enjoyed the Sealife Centre [Scarborough]. Found lots of fossils on a secluded beach south of Robin Hood’s Bay [Stoop Beck]. Spent a lovely day on the North York Moors Steam Railway, with lunch in Goathland. Had a brilliant walk North West of the National Park’s Moors Centre at Danby. Great food at the Moorlands hotel in Castleton. Great to finally have seen a live Grouse (not just on the bottle)! Thanks for the brilliant view out of the kitchen window at Groves Dyke – it actually beats the dishwasher at home, to see rabbits, squirrels and birds, not to mention dogs! Tack! HOP (Sweden).

June 2003 – Great holiday, weather superb, beautiful views from the house with extra entertainment from the Squirrel, dining finches and visits to the feeder from various species plus a gorgeous Great Spotted Woodpecker. Constant visits from Voles and wild Rabbits. On Day Four ‘L’ saw 1 small and 1 large Roe Deer slowly crossing the front garden. All this without leaving the house. JEF

June 2003 – What a fantastic holiday. The cottage is so beautiful and has everything you could wish for – even the wildlife is friendly. TEB.

May 2003 – This really is a ‘something special’ place – about the best house we have stayed in. Great views and the countryside is special. CLA.

May 2003 – One could not fail to enjoy their time spent here. Thank-you to all those who help make this place ‘something special.’ WIL.

April 2003 – Rather inclement weather for most of the week, but the comfortable surroundings of Groves Dyke helped to make for a relaxing break. Certainly hope to return! TEM.

April 2003 – Lovely setting. My family and I have enjoyed the week, especially York. Weather has been very sunny, couldn’t have wished for more! BAK.

April 2003 – Great week, beautiful weather. Our 2nd visit here and it will not be our last. FIE.

April 2003 – We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Groves Dyke. The cottage is lovely, with everything needed to make our stay comfortable. The nature reserve at the back is beautiful – we enjoyed walks there with the children and were lucky enough to see deer. We don’t want to go home. Thanks for a great holiday. PS: Do not attempt the Aislaby trail with pushchairs! PPS: The North York Moors Railway [steam] is a lovely day out. We stopped at all the stations. Went to Pickering Castle but would recommend going on Mondays, when it ‘s market day in Pickering. JAM.

March 2003 – Surely there can be no better way to erase the memory of winter than to spend some springtime in North Yorkshire. Lovely weather, surrounded by spring flowers and awakening wildlife, in the most comfortable and welcoming of holiday homes. What more can anyone wish for? The new windows much enhance the views. WIL.

March 2003 – Had a great time. Nice views and great garden. We really liked the tipi. We went on lots of walks around the moors and Whitby, it was really nice. Hope to come again. The weather was really nice – Dad said ‘It was like summer.’ DEA.

November 2002 to February 2003 inclusive:

Closed while Everest fit 7 replacement windows – and they manage to turn a ’4 day job’ into 5 months of misery.

March 2003 – Groves Dyke Holiday Cottage re-opens with new double glazed picture windows throughout (all are now properly fitted and now in full working order), new curtains and blinds, new twin channel TV / Video, new bedroom carpet, etc, etc.

October 2002 – Had a great time. Lovely comforting cottage. Thanks. RO.

October 2002 – Congratulations on providing such a wonderful holiday house. We doubt it would be possible to find better. Despite not having the best of weather, the week was greatly helped by this lovely cottage and environment. Thanks to all who have contributed to making this home from home. WIL.

October 2002 – Our 4th visit so far. Very comfortable and homely. Improvements are great. Had a lovely week. Saw an Otter in Whitby harbour. The Horseshoe Inn at Egton has a fabulous carvery on Saturday only [evenings]. Weather dry but windy. Coastal walks wild and wonderful. TOM.

September 2002 – Arrived after a 260 mile journey to find a wonderful house, a welcoming cup of tea, comfortable bed and deep bath! The week has gone too quickly. We are coming back in the future with the rest of our family. GIL.

September 2002 – What a lovely place and view. Had a very nice and relaxing stay here at Groves Dyke and hope to come again. LYN.

September 2002 – Our second visit to Groves Dyke this year, and again we have had a wonderful time. We really enjoyed the opportunity to walk the wood behind the cottage and enjoy what Anthea and Niall have created. We have had some lovely walks, mostly pushchair-friendly, in Dalby Forest, and from Egton Bridge to Grosmont and along along the rail trail at Ravenscar. A lovely place to stay. No doubt we will be back. MOR.

September 2002 – What a wonderful choice we made from the Yorkshire Visitors Guide. Enjoyed the [orchard's] plums and blackberries and apples! BIL.

September – 2002. Thank you for a very relaxing week. The house is lovely and the weather was great. J loved the ammonites at Runswick Bay and has enjoyed playing in the Twigwam. We really enjoyed using the BBQ with meat from Radfords butchers. Would definitely like to come back again. SAL.

September 2002 – We have had a very relaxing holiday. The children have slept and eaten very well, there has been plenty to do and see. Beautiful countryside (and Flag). OAK.

August 2002 – The children have had a wonderful time, playing with the dogs, walking and picking plums – the Twigwam was an excellent place to have picnics. Everything was perfect. This is a real home from home. JAC.

August 2002 – A nice family holiday – good weather, excellent accommodation, friendly welcome, lots of interesting places to visit and lovely countryside. KID.

August 2002 – The house and surroundings mirror the advert we originally booked from. Groves Dyke provided a first class location from which to explore the area and provided an equally welcome resting spot. The wildlife proved a real bonus, viewed when on kitchen duty. The highlight for us being the Roebuck on Monday morning. We have had a very enjoyable, relaxing week. GRE.

August 2002 – A really enjoyable second visit to Groves Dyke, three years on. We really appreciated the new washing machine & tumble drier, the new settee and shower room. The video was great for the children… they love the variety of of things to do here – railway, castle, boats, seaside and lovely walks. We’ll be back! PYN.

August 2002 – Had a lovely holiday. Nice weather, lovely views. Made even better by this cottage ‘Home from Home’. TEB.

July 2002 – What wonderful child-friendly accommodation. Very comfortable and homely, beautiful views of the valley. A holiday very much enjoyed. PS: K loved the Twigwam and the big teddy, named Sam. PPS: Niall is right, the Glaisdale pork pie IS top. PPPS: Try the turkey and ham pie, too. MOR.

June 2002 – Thank you for making us feel at home and for such a warm welcome, shame about the weather! But we managed one Bar-b-q. CAN.

June 2002 – Comfort – convenient – wonderful views. Excellent facilities. An all embracing enjoyable week. LIV.

June 2002 – A very nice and comfortable holiday home which we all enjoyed very much and hope to return very soon. TEB.

June 2002 – We all enjoyed our week. The children love Flag and the woods behind the house. BRAD.

May 2002 – Our 7th visit to Groves Dyke. We have had a great week as usual. The girls love Flag and want to take him home, or maybe we could just stay forever! HOR.

May 2002 – Friendly, cosy, relaxing. LUC.

April 2002 – Lovely. Comfortable. Relaxing and welcoming. ELL.

April 2002 – Groves Dyke re-opens after major refurbishment, with a newly created shower room and toilet off the hall, new picture window in the kitchen, new washing machine and tumble drier, new dining room furniture, new sitting room furniture, new bed linen, new Twigwam, newly fenced garden, etc, etc.