Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check availability?

Click on Availabilty to see if your preferred dates are available, the calendar is updated regularly. Otherwise contact me on for up to the minute information.

Any Special Offers?

Yes! There are Special Offers for late bookings: 50% Off the list price of a one week holiday or 25% Off a Short Break (click here for details).

Are you open all year?

Yes. See Availability.

Does Groves Dyke Holiday Cottage take pets?

Yes (since 2010). Groves Dyke accepts well behaved dogs at no additional charge. A large dog towel, pet bed, 2 stainless steel feeding bowls and several toys are provided. They will enjoy walking in the wood and keeping the local rabbits well exercised!

Does Groves Dyke Holiday Cottage provide Short Breaks?

Yes, in the Low Season and possibly in the Mid Season. Please see ‘Availability’.

Do I need to send a Deposit?

Yes. A Provisional Booking can be made by phone or by email (see ‘Contact’ above), then a non-returnable Deposit of £100 is required to change that into a Confirmed Booking. The balance is due 8 weeks before your arrival date.

What if I pay the £100 Deposit and then have to cancel my holiday?

Your £100 Deposit is non-returnable, but I will accept it for a holiday later in the same calendar year. Please click on ‘Terms and Conditions’.

What do we need to bring?

Not much, really. Three hand towels are provided for the kitchen, bath room and shower room, plus up to 2 extra hand towels for 5 occupants. A bath towel is provided for each guest (excluding under 2-year olds). All bedding (EXCEPT for the cot) is provided and all the beds will be made up ready for your arrival.

Can Groves Dyke be reached by public transport?

Yes. It is 400 metres from Sleights station (Network Rail) with 4 return trains / day from Middlesbrough (Intercity) – Sleights – Whitby. Also about the same distance from the Coastliner bus stop just before Sleights bridge. There are 4 return ‘Coastliner’ bus services / day from Leeds – York – Malton – Pickering – Sleights – Whitby. Given a few days notice I will be happy to meet you on arrival in Sleights and transport your baggage by car to Groves Dyke Holiday Cottage – and back again after your holiday!

Will there be anywhere to shop on arrival?

Yes. If arriving on Friday afternoon all the shops in Sleights will be open. Radfords Butchers for meat, pies and cooked meats, delicatessen, wine and some vegetables; the Central Stores (Spar mini-supermarket) for groceries, off-licence, frozen foods, etc and Botham’s Bakery for bread, cakes, etc. There is also Eskdale Fisheries, our excellent village fish and chip shop. See Sleights Village. There are Co-operative, Sainsbury’s and Lidl supermarkets in Whitby.

How do you pronounce ‘Sleights’?

Local people pronounce it ‘slights’ (rhymes with flights) – not ‘slates’ nor ‘sleets’. Just remember that ‘All flights to Sleights are slightly exciting – because there is no airport!’

Is Groves Dyke suitable for people with disabilities?

Many modifications have been made for less mobile visitors (eg: ground floor shower / toilet / basin; support rails; full size sofa-bed in the sitting room) but the 3 steps up to the front door and the standard narrow doorways make it unsuitable for adult sized wheelchairs. See ‘Accessibility.’

How far away is Whitby and the sea?

Groves Dyke is 3 miles from Whitby, where there is a beach exposed at low tide. Groves Dyke is 4 miles from Sandsend, just North of Whitby, where the beach is available at all states of the tide. Only at low tide is it possible to walk along the beach from Whitby to Sandsend, a distance of nearly 2 miles but beware the in-coming tide!

What if I have a different question?

Just click on ‘Contact’ at the top of every page to email your question to me and I will do my best to answer in a few days. Alternatively, phone me on tel: (Whitby) 01947 810220.