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Mulgrave Estate

The Old Guard House
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The Old Guard House has been carefully restored and converted into a luxury 5-bedroom holiday home over the last 18 months. The original building has been furnished in the style of the 1940s with traditional wallpaper, vintage furniture, and wall art displaying WWII British propaganda and governmental advice. The west-facing upper balcony has also been restored, allowing guests to enjoy a view of the farmland and coastal bays that run along this sensational coast. An extension in same style as the original building has also been added in order to take full advantage of the location. This contains the kitchen/living area, which has been designed for maximum comfort and lounging opportunities! Equipped with a multifuel burner, large TV and huge squishy sofas this is the ‘mess room’ of the house. Glass doors take up almost one entire wall and provide spectacular sea views. These lead out to the private garden and patio, while discreet hedging and fencing alongside the property offer complete privacy to our guests.


The Old Guard House was originally developed in 1941 as an Army station to detect enemy ships approaching Britain by sea in WWII. In 1942, it was transferred to the control of the RAF, becoming RAF Goldsborough. It was part of the ‘Chain Home Low’ radar warning system that was developed to detect low flying aircraft used by German forces. Before this, the British were unable to detect low flying planes until they were at close range! RAF Goldsborough was one of the stations set up along the coast to fill this critical gap in coverage.

Towards the end of the war, UK radar operations were wound down and after 1945 it was assumed that they would not be needed for some time. This thinking changed dramatically in 1949 with the Soviet test of their first atom bomb. RAF Goldsborough was upgraded in 1951 to counter possible attack by Soviet bombers and was fitted with an enormous underground bunker, in addition to the original WWII ‘Guardhouse’. Aerial photographs show an initial massive excavation taking place in October 1951. The construction of the technical site was about the same size on the ground as the village of Goldsborough! Sadly, the bunker was destroyed by a severe fire in 1958 and was no longer fit for purpose. In 2004, another fire destroyed much of the Guardhouse leaving it badly damaged, roofless, and abandoned until 2022 when our restoration work began.

Sleeps 10 / 5 Bedrooms

3 King Size Beds, 1 4ft Double Bed, 1 Twin ( zip & link, super king size upon request)

4 Bathrooms

4 Toilets

Private off road parking 4 vehicles

Free WiFi

Children Welcome

Travel Cot & High Chair available

Washer/ Dryer


2 Dogs Welcome (maximum two) £8 each per night

Garden to the rear, lawn & patio area. Hot Tub.

2.5 miles to the beach

Fox & Hounds 0.9 of a mile. The Stiddy 1.5 miles.

Lythe Stores 1.5 miles, Mary's, Sandsend & Aldi, Lidl, Sainsburys, Co-op at Whitby



The Old Guard House.

"Amazing weekend in this lovely property. Beautiful furnishings and decor, perfect for relaxing. Ten ladies who regularly have get togethers, this place ticks all the boxes. Great location for walking, we will definitely be returning. Comfy beds, great for retiring after a perfect day." The Guard House Gang

"This has to be the best accommodation we have stayed in. Certainly has the "WOW" factor. Beautifully furnished and decorated to a very high standard with an eclectic mix of furniture and accessories which represents the history of this stunning property. Ideally located in a peaceful area with fantastic country side views towards the sea. Highly recommended. We will be back." Lisa G

" Fabulous accommodation. The beautiful modern kitchen blends in with the rest of the property that is decorated in 1940's style to a very high standard. Amazing views and walks along the cliffs. A few minutes in the car to Sandsend & Whitby. Highly recommend The Old Guard House for a memorable stay on this part of the coast." Sarah G

Front Door Entrance: .

Hallway: Spacious entrance.

Boot Room: Coat hanging, boot and shoe tray. Spacious area to store cases, bags, and pushchair.

Utility Room: Range of base and wall units, sink. Integral washer dryer. Additional kettle & toaster.

Lounge / Kitchen / Diner: Spacious open plan luxury lounge, kitchen, diner.
four large sofas with coordinating chairs, coffee tables. Wood burning stove. Large wall mounted smart TV. Vintage sideboard. Floor lamp, Bi folding doors leading onto large patio area.
Newly fitted kitchen, range of wall and base units. Electric induction Range, oven, and grill. Large American style fridge freezer with water and ice dispenser. Microwave and Dolce Gusto coffee machine. Island / breakfast bar with base units. Leather bar stools. Views across the rolling fields to the coast.
Polished concrete floor with under floor heating.
2 steps up into the dining and rest area.
Dining area, large, wooden farmhouse style dining table, bench and 6 chairs. Two vintage side boards and side cabinets. Large 3-seater sofa.
Oak flooring with under floor heating.

Ground Floor Bedroom 1 4ft Double bed, bedside tables, lamps, radio and wardrobe.

En- suite: Free standing copper bath, wash basin, toilet, and heated towel rail. Nonslip resin tiled floor with under floor heating( Connecting door to hallway)

Ground Floor Bedroom 2: Twin beds ( zip & link can be offered as a super king upon request) Bedside tables, lamps and a radio. Woodburning stove. Wall mounted smart TV. Vintage wardrobe and chaise lounge style seat and floor lamp. Bedroom chair. External door leading to the front of the property.

Storage Cupboard. Hoover, mop & bucket, Iron, ironing board and airier.

Ground Floor Bathroom: Large shower cubicle with rain fall shower. Washbasin, toilet, heated towel rail. Nonslip resin tiled floor with under floor heating.

French doors off hallway leading to rear courtyard and hot tub.

Sweeping staircase leading to spacious galley landing with hall table, lamps, vintage hall seat. Exposed brickwork feature leading to patio/ French doors opening onto roof terrace. Tiled floor, ironwork balcony railing. Stunning panoramic sea and rolling fields views.

Bedroom 3: King size bed with brass bedstead, bedside tables with lamps, Mirror & radio. Wardrobe. Carpet flooring with underfloor heating.

Bedroom 4: King size bed with brass bedstead, bedside tables with lamps, Mirror & radio. Vintage wardrobe. Built in open shelving, Carpet flooring with underfloor heating. Feature round window above the bed with pretty countryside views.

House Bathroom: Large corner shower, washbasin, toilet, and heated towel rail. Resin tiled floor with underfloor heating.

Bedroom 5: King size bed with brass bedstead, bedside tables with lamps, Mirror & radio. Vintage wardrobe. Chest of drawers, bedroom chair. Feature round window above the bed with rolling fields and sea views. Carpet flooring with underfloor heating.

En-suite: Large corner shower, washbasin, toilet, and heated towel rail. Resin tiled floor with underfloor heating.

Wi-Fi: Unlimited WiFi available.

Pets: Two dogs welcome, £8 per pet per night.

Garden / Parking : Spacious enclosed garden wrapping around the property with large farmhouse style wooden gates to the entrance. Gravel to the front of the property and parking for 4 cars.
Gravel area continuing to the side of the property leading to the rear of the property, lawned area, slightly raised concrete patio, with garden furniture leading from the bi-folding doors. Courtyard style area with large hot tub. Glorious views over the rolling fields towards the sea.

Parking: Gravelled parking area to the front of the property, space for 4 cars.

Heating: Two woodburning stoves and under floor heating throughout the property, each room is independently thermostatically controlled. Oil heating. Logs and kindling are provided.

Short breaks available:

3 Nights,  Fri - Mon 

4 Nights,  Mon - Fri  

Please note that since the Bilsdale TV mast burned down in August 2021, parts of the Sandsend / Whitby area now do not receive a terrestial signal with any consistency and in some cases, not at all. In all Mulgrave Estate holiday cottages you will find smart TVs and we would ask that you utilise the likes of BBC Iplayer to watch both live TV and of course, to access catch up.

Shop & Pub: Fox & Hounds, Goldsborough 0.9 ....... Stiddy, Lythe 1.5 Miles

Lythe Stores , Lythe 1.5 miles

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