The Gin Gang - Beautiful Escapes
North York Moors National Park

The Gin Gang

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Set at the foot of the magnificent Cleveland Hills rising up above Scugdale on the North West corner of the North York Moors National Park, just a mile from the quaint village of Swainby and 7 miles from Osmotherley. The Gin Gang is an old wheelhouse which has been lovingly restored and re-purposed by owners Alistair and Jo, the property uses a Ground Source Heat Pump powered from the farms wind turbine to generate the electricity and a battery storage system

Exposed stone features throughout and connects the interior to the natural landscape all around. The spacious kitchen and dining space is designed for gatherings and enjoys spectacular views from every angle. The cosy sitting room has a log burner for chilly evenings, Smart T.V. and plenty of space to relax.

Sleeping six guests in comfort across three bedrooms with two bathrooms.


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Living Space

Double height living space with exposed stone and timbers, plenty of room for gatehring with comfy sofas perfect for snuggling up on the leather sofas to watch a movie or to catch up on the days adventures.  There’s a log burner to keep you toasty on chilly evenings too.

The staircase rising to the first floor is a real feature, made by local craftsment from beautiful oak and steel it is quite striking.

Kitchen & Dining

This expansive space is set in the old wheelhouse where the horses would have turned the wheel for threshing in days gone by, this room is full of character, double height with exposed original beams, floor to ceiling windows let the light flood in and offer expansive views of the spectacular countryside.

The cabinetry has been beautifully crafted and includes a Falcon range cooker, SMEG fridge freezer, dishwasher and wine fridge plus all the essential equipment you need for preparing culinary delights, it is a cook’s dream.

This kitchen was definitely made for dancing!

Boot room

Located on the ground floor, the handy bootroom includes a wahsing machine and drying rack with plenty of haning space for coats and boots too.

Swainby View

This suite is located on the first floor and has been cleverly designed to make full use of the space, wonderful views across the fields and a lovely king bed to snuggle up in at the end of a day spent exploring all that North Yorkshire has to offer.

Hillside View

Located on the ground floor, this cosy room has a double and has access to the Jack & Jill bathroom shared with Whorlton View.

Whorlton View

Located on the ground floor, a cosy room with a king size bed, soft colour palette and an en-suite shower room.

Terrace & Grounds

There is a seating area with beautiful views across the expansive fields and hills, the perfect spot for morning coffee or an evening sundowner.



The cottage sits at the foot of the Cleveland Hills in the North York Moors National Park

  • Swainby Village 1 mile
  • Osmotherley Village 19 mile
  • Helmsley 24 miles
  • Harrogate 23 miles
  • City of York 33 miles
  • Yorkshire Dales 18 miles
  • Castle Howard 34 miles
  • Whitby, North Yorkshire Coast 65 miles
Good to know

Swaiby Village with pubs and village store 1 mile

The property uses a Ground Source Heat Pump powered from the farms wind turbine to generate the electricity and a battery storage system

Supermarket delivery – Tesco



Walking and cycling from the door

Washing machine

Iron & Ironing Board

Linens and towels are provided

Garden Furniture


Log burner including logs

Stabling for a horse available on request

Parking on site

Hens roam free, horses and livestock kept in surrounding fields

Dogs & Horses

The Gin Gang welcomes dogs & horses.

  • Two dogs welcome
  • Dogs are not allowed upstairs
  • Dogs are not allowed on the furniture
  • The property’s terrace and gardens is not enclosed and is surrounded by farms and fields with livestock, hens roam free, dogs must be supervised at all times
  • Muddy/wet dogs must be cleaned off before entering the cottage
  • Dogs must not be left alone in the property unless they are crated
  • Dog toileting must take place away from the cottage and any mess cleaned up
  • There may be a charge if additional cleaning is required
  • Stabling for a horse available on request


King Bed

King bed




Double bed

Free standing bathtub




Local area

The little hamlet of Whorlton is situated just a mile from the pretty village of Swainby located at the north-western corner of the North York Moors National Park. The characteristics of the village and the surrounding area consist of traditional Yorkshire dry stone walls, hills, sheep, heather and moorland. The village is close to the ruins of Whorlton Castle. Swainby has a village store, two pubs and The Rusty Bike a popular café serving home cooked food.

Osmotherley – Is the start of the famous Lykwake Walk and the Coast-to-Coast walk. Favourite walking routes of ours at BE include the walk from the village up to the Lady Chapel originally built by Monks in the 15th Century and a holy shrine for the Middlesbrough Catholic Diocese. From here you can take in stunning views across the Vale of York. Another favourite route is heading out of the village towards Cod Beck reservoir where you can walk a circular route around the reservoir before returning to the village. We think this is particularly impressive in the Autumn, especially on a clear day when the glorious coppery coloured trees are reflected in the water of the reservoir.

Close by is Mount Grace Priory reached by a leisurely three mile walk from Osmotherley. It’s the best preserved Carthusian Monastery in England and the ruins are so interesting to meander around. Another draw is the incredible garden, recently renovated by Chris Beardshaw.

Northallerton is a County town set in the rich farmland of Herriot Country, located at the foot of a ridge dividing two river basin areas, the Wiske and the Cod Beck, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the edge of the Vale of York, between the Hambleton Hills and the Yorkshire Dales. This thriving Georgian market town boasts market days on Wednesdays and Saturdays, when both sides of the High Street are home to stalls selling a wide range of goods and produce, plus on the fourth Wednesday of the month the market is joined by a farmers’ market.

Despite its modest size, Northallerton has a number of independent and national shops, including Betty’s Tea Rooms, Lewis & Cooper, an outstanding delicatessen and wine merchant, award-winning butcher’s, artisan baker, greengrocers, department store, several supermarkets and bookshops.

This is a great location for exploring the stunning North York Moors National Park, which is full of bike trails and fantastic scenic walks, and the very popular Rievaulx Abbey.

Other nearby towns include Helmsley, Thirsk and ‘Herriot Country’, Richmond and a little further afield you will find the ancient City of York which can be accessed by the train station in Northallerton just a few miles away.

Not to be missed, the North East Coast with it’s fishing villages and expansive beaches, Whitby has a traditional working harbour and its famous Abbey is a spectacular sight. Goathland and Grosmont with the old steam railway are well worth a visit too.


The cottage sits at the foot of the Cleveland Hills in the North York Moors National Park

  • Swainby Village 1 mile
  • Osmotherley Village 19 mile
  • Helmsley 24 miles
  • Harrogate 23 miles
  • City of York 33 miles
  • Yorkshire Dales 18 miles
  • Castle Howard 34 miles
  • Whitby, North Yorkshire Coast 65 miles


We love to hear back from our guests to find out their experience with Beautiful Escapes.

November 2023

We stayed at The Gin Gang cottage for a week during the the latter part of October and beginning of November 2023. The cottage is breathtaking, everything is top spec, as soon as you walk in the door you will be in awe of how beautiful this place is. We stayed 7 days and we didn’t want to go home.
The cottage has stunning views virtually 360 degrees around. The village of Swainby is in walking distance and there are two pubs in the village, children and dog friendly. En-route to Swainby you pass the Whorlton Castle ruins located at the side of the road.
We would definitely return to Gin Gang cottage, we have stayed at numerous cottages around the country and I would have no hesitation to say this is the best!!
The owners Jo & Alistair are very welcoming and helpful whilst maintaining your privacy to allow a relaxing break away.
The booking process with Beautiful Escapes was excellent and Angela can’t do enough to help with any queries you may have and to make the booking process seamless. We would definitely use Beautiful Escapes again.
Kindest regards

October 2023

Fantastic house, great attention to detail and everything we could possibly need was provided. Jo and Alastair were very welcoming and available if we required any advice on where to visit or to answer any questions about the property.
The views from The Gin Gang were spectacular and we were super lucky with the weather all week.
Loads of things to do and see in the area, we visited lots of new places and had some lovely meals out, I can recommend The Crown in Hutton-Le-Hole for Sunday lunch. The position of The Gin Gang is perfect for walks in the local area and our little dog Cadi loved it.
Very straightforward booking process with Beautiful Escapes, would book with you again, outstanding service and knowledge.
Would love to make a return visit!
Thank you

August 2023

The Gin Gang is in such a beautiful setting, great property & the owners, Jo & Alistair were wonderful hosts, along with their animals!
Stewart, myself & Poppy the dog had a lovely relaxing stay exactly what we had been looking for.
The weather was good & location suited us brilliantly as we prefer the slightly more remote places to stay.
We are not walkers at all as Poppy is elderly & prefers just to have a 10 min stroll which she did on the moors & beaches
of the area – but definitely it is a great place to stay if you do like to walk as many trails accessible from the door or within just a short drive.
Will we go back – yes most definitely we will make a return visit sometime.
Kind regards
Penny & Stewart
Penny Clark