Hillcrest Cottage – a fabulous break!

February 15, 2012 in Holidays

You may have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet for a week or so….or maybe you were enjoying the peace? Well, I was lucky enough to be whisked away by my husband for a relaxing week in Broxa, North Yorkshire last week.

Staring at the same four walls at home really does get me down so getting a change of scene was absolutely fabulous!

We took the journey in stages, staying overnight as a long journey really takes it out of me. It’s only a four and a half hour drive but I didn’t want to get on holiday and be a total pain-filled zombie.

We booked ourselves in to the lovely Hillcrest Cottage in Broxa, near Scarborough. Having scoured the internet for hours we knew what we wanted, a cottage or lodge with a hot tub and a log fire. I really find that a hot tub helps my pain…plus it’s just a fantastic excuse to chill out and treat ourselves. When we came across Hillcrest Cottage we both agreed that it looked perfect!

We arrived to a lovely warm welcome from the owners Carl and Yve. The fire was lit and the cottage lovely and cosy….which was greatly appreciated since we arrived in the snow! In the kitchen a welcome pack awaited us with homemade marmalade, fresh eggs (from the hens in the garden), Yorkshire butter, milk and bread. Not to forget the chocolates and coffee too! It’s fair to say we were really impressed.

The cottage itself is beautifully finished. The kitchen has everything you could possibly want, well we certainly found everything we needed and more. A slimline dishwasher means you don’t have to think about the dishes and the CD player and radio means you can have a sing song while you cook!

The bathroom is a lovely wetroom with underfloor heating meaning that the floor dries quickly and your tootsies never get cold.

Then onto the bedroom. I don’t know why but I wasn’t expecting a very big room, so I was really impressed when I saw it.  A nice solid bed, plenty of storage space, a wing back chair and a spectacular view over the hot tub, garden and valley!



view from bedroom window…well part of it!

As for the living room, well there are two comfortable sofas, a nice solid dining table, tv with freeview, books and jigsaws, a gorgeous log burner and fire place….not to forgot the two windows which look out over the garden.

living room – ignore the mess, we were about to leave


The garden itself warrants its own paragraph! Carl and Yve have created a beautiful garden full of birds. We spent hours just watching the birds, the highlight of which was seeing a woodpecker! As well as the birds they have their own hens and two cute wee ducks that live by the pond.


pond and summerhouse, from hot tub

The hot tub is tucked around the corner of the cottage. It’s lovely and private with views across the garden and valley. It was really snowy while we were there and sitting in the hot tub surrounded by the snow was a real treat!

view from bottom of garden towards cottage and hot tub

If the hot tub isn’t for you they also have a wee summer house in the garden, perfect for curling up and reading a good book……though we didn’t venture in there except for a nosey.

All in all this is a really gorgeous cottage. Carl and Yve are so friendly and very kind. Although they live next door they leave you get on with your holiday and want you to have a nice, relaxing break.

We truly had a wonderful break and although we didn’t really venture out much there is plenty to do in the surrounding area. The beauty is that you are tucked away in the country but with easy access to walks, wildlife and nearby towns including Scarborough, Pickering, Whitby, Thirsk and York.

I wouldn’t normally blog about a holiday or place we have stayed but I completely fell in love with this place….I could have quite happily moved in then and there!

For more information about Hillcrest Cottage click here or drop me an email for Yve’s phone number so you can book!

We had such a fantastic holiday I just wanted to share this wee gem of a cottage with you all…..though I was tempted to keep it as a secret all for ourselves 😉 x