A cool staycation spot in Scarborough

Scarborough harbour at night twinkling

Scarborough: stay in the town for May's Big Ideas by the Sea festival - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A Scarborough stay 

A holiday rental house has to be at least as nice as your own house and ideally a bit more luxey to make you feel you’re having a treat on your retreat.  

39 West Street in Scarborough ticks those boxes, making for a very stylish stay with a touch of Gothic glamour added to the mix. Sleeping ten, the property is ideal for a group celebration for families and friends alike. 

It’s a huge double-fronted family home which has instant kerb appeal with grand Victorian architecture featuring ornate gables, iron railings and large bay windows.  

Follow the hallway through to the sitting area with modern furnishings and masses of character, including Gothic-style bay windows and a rustic leather chesterfield sofa. 

The lounge has two seating areas, so you can choose between gathering around the television to enjoy a film or snuggling into an armchair and escaping into a good book. 

The heart of the home is the open-plan kitchen/diner, decorated with light and airy colours and featuring a contemporary kitchen. The separate dining room is elegantly decorated and has an eye-catching period fireplace and towering bay windows with wooden shutters. 

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In the warmer months take your dining al fresco with an escape to the courtyard through the fancy bifold doors in the kitchen/diner, soaking in the fresh sea air with a glass of chilled fizz. 

There are three spacious bedrooms, all featuring a shabby chic décor and offering ample storage space to house your belongings. The house has five bedrooms and bathrooms and is dog-friendly. 3 nights in June, from £1319. Sykescottages.co.uk 

Scarborough: In the know  

The Big Ideas by the Sea festival returns to Scarborough for a ten-day feast of culture, music, discussion and activism from May 20 – June 3. 

This year’s festival will see a variety of events, concerts, workshops and activities will taking place across multiple venues in Scarborough, all based around the festival theme of ‘Transition’. 

Highlights will include: 

 Award winning folk musician, Eliza Carthy will perform work from her new album in the iconic Scarborough Market Hall. 

Poet, Ian McMillan, known as the Yorkshire Bard, will read from his new book, My Sand Life, My Pebble Life. 

Flautist, Rob MacKay, will be performing his composition, ‘Networking the Flight of the Monarchs’, live at the Old Parcels Office Artspace, alongside fellow musicians streamed live from across the world. 

The festival will also include the return of ‘Big Dig 2’, an archaeological dig where residents are able to take part and try their hand as an archaeologist! 

 Budding archaeologists will be taken to the Jurassic era and back again in the Ancient World by the Sea workshop, led by Joann Fletcher and Marie Woods and hosted at Woodend. This event is hugely popular, so booking is essential. 

 Time Team’s Professor Carenza Lewis will be joining in to review the finds, and there will be an exhibition and children’s activities in Scarborough Market Hall. 

Big Ideas By The Sea 2022 is funded by the Yorkshire Coast BID, the National Lottery Community Fund, Anglo-American, and supported by Scarborough Borough Council.