Unique Retreats is owned and run by husband and wife team, Joe and Geoff Ellis and a warm welcome awaits you. It is the perfect location for luxury cottage holidays close to Whitby where friends and family can gather, relax and enjoy their surroundings

How it all began…

We bought the Piggery in 2003 as a run-down cottage in dire need of TLC. An old farm labourer’s cottage dating from 1800, it had a cupboard that was a kitchen, a stone spiral staircase, infestation of woodworm and a severe damp problem. After lovingly restoring the Piggery came the realisation of our idea to convert the old overgrown gardens to the side into luxurious self catering accommodation in a location that can only be described as stunning.

Work was finally finished on our other 4 cottages 10 years ago now, and they were certainly built with heaps of determination and dedication and love, which we now love sharing with all of our guests who can also discover our little piece of paradise.

A passion to create perfection

We redecorate and upgrade our cottages and retreats every January to keep them in first class condition, adding little changes to make them speak luxury for our guests to relax and enjoy.

The retreats, Ewelands and Cowslip, are romantic cottages sleeping 2 in complete luxury, but can also be interlinked with Cowslip Cottage and Ewelands House to provide accommodation sleeping up to 8, making it the perfect place for entertaining family and friends, yet retaining privacy if needed. Next door is the Piggery, a ‘little slice of heaven in which to stay’. Lovingly upgraded we have something to suit everyone.

All of our holiday cottages are 5* Gold rated by VisitEngland and perfect getaway for all seasons.

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Explore our cottages

We love welcoming all our guests to Unique Retreats and the personal touch makes sure your arrival is seamless and a perfect start to your holiday. We are always available during your stay to answer any queries or provide information which will enable you to make the most of your break at our beautiful cottages. We now have produced a digital guide which is available to all our guests 3 weeks prior to their stay so they can plan their itinerary for their holiday.

The Piggery

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms all King Size beds and en suite bathrooms


Cowslip Cottage

Sleep 6 in 3 bedrooms, the master suite occupies the whole of the top floor and has a luxurious freestanding bath in the bedroom


Ewelands House

Sleep 6 in 3 bedrooms, the master suite occupies the whole of the top floor and has a luxurious freestanding bath in the bedroom


Cowslip Retreat

The romantic Cowslip Retreat sleeps 2 in complete luxury


Ewelands Retreat

The romantic Ewelands Retreat sleeps 2 in complete luxury


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