Esca Spa and Beauty ref: UK2196

Castleton, near Guisborough, North York Moors

3 Stars



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  • Dishwasher 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Open Fire 
  • Rural Location 
  • Wifi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Pets – not allowed 


Esca Spa and Beauty is a unique apartment set in the heart of the North York Moors National Park in the beautiful town of Castleton. The apartment is located above a working spa and beauty retreat which is popular with locals and tourists alike. Set over two floors, and even boasting a sauna, perfect for relaxing after a walk across some of the most picturesque countryside on the moors. Castleton is a village on the River Esk where there was once a medieval castle sited on Castle Hill. It is served by Castleton Moor railway station on the Esk Valley Line which in the summer, has a steam train service running through to Whitby. Castleton has a local school, church, chapel and two public houses, as well as a small supermarket, two village shops, post office, tea room and hair salon. Castleton is a centre for walking, birdwatching, cycling and many other pursuits with pathways leaving the village in all directions. From pretty villages to stately homes, mighty abbeys to magical museums, the North York Moors National Park is full of special places to visit, too many to take in during one trip.
The Yorkshire Heritage Coast is just a short journey east, where you can discover some of many coves and bays made famous by famous explorer Captain James Cook. Places such as Robin Hoods Bay, Staithes and Saltburn all have a story of pirates and smuggling to tell and still hold some of their original charm with old inns and fabulous beaches.
The gothic town of Whitby is definitely not to be missed. Home of the famous abbey and its links to Count Dracula, this fishing town is now one of the most popular resorts on the east coast. With 3 miles of golden sands, ancient cobbled backstreets and award winning fish and chip shops, which are open all year round. The bi-annual Goth festival is a must with its amazing costume clad Goths taking over. There is always something happening in Whitby. War weekend in nearby Pickering is a firm favourite when the whole town dresses up in 1940s costume and takes a step back to years gone by. The medieval walled city of York is just an hour away or take a trip to Beamish Museum, Reviaulx Abbey or Flamingoland attractions. There is always something to see in North Yorkshire. If you fancy a bit of pampering, the owner provides hair and beauty treatments at a discounted price. Beach 9 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

First floor

Living room: With open fire, 26’’ Freeview TV, DVD player and double sofa bed.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and beams.

Second floor

Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, 2 pull-out beds (for children), double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements) and beams.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds, sauna and beams.

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Discounted hair and beauty treatments available by arrangement at owner’s beauty salon.


Small courtyard. On road parking. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    50 yards
  • Distance
  • Restaurant
    50 yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    50 yards
  • Railway station distance
    ½ mile
  • Lake
    9 miles (beach)

About the local area

To the north of York lies the North York Moors, a national park and one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK. The area is bordered by the awe-inspiring North Sea coast cliffs and the Cleveland and Hambleton Hills.

Wild and windswept, the landscape of the North York Moors is breathtaking. Visitors will find miles of purple heather moorland, dense pine forests, hills and coastline. The space and solitude of the moors and its hidden valleys contrasts with the busy villages and towns found dotted in and around the area. They provide excellent opportunities to stop for a drink, a meal or for a taste of culture and tradition, from ancient castles to modern day attractions.

Many visit for the outdoor pursuits on offer. There are thousands of kilometres of paths and tracks to follow on the moors, from short strolls to days-long treks. For serious walkers, hikers and cyclists, the North York Moors are crossed by a number of long distance footpaths, including the Cleveland Way and the famed Coast to Coast walk. For a more leisurely but no less stunning experience, travel the 18 mile journey on the steam railway from Grosmont to Pickering, right through the Moors.

Visit popular destinations in and around the national park. Rievaulx Abbey and its landscape gardens are beautiful, while Helmsley and Pickering are both renowned for their ancient castles. For family-friendly options, try the grounds of Castle Howard or the Ryedale Miniature Railway, as well as the coastline dotted with rock pools and gentle waves.

Things to do nearby

Wolds Way Lavender

A family run attraction with lots to see and do. Lavender fields, nature walks, tea room and giftshop selling unique gifts.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

One of the country's most popular steam railways, covering 18 miles between the market town of Pickering and the village of Grosmont, travelling through the heart of the North York Moors National Park.


Pickering is a tranquil market town situated in the centre of the Vale of Pickering, the official gateway to the North York Moors National Park.

Castle Howard

An historic 18th century house with extensive collections, sweeping park lands and famous gardens. Outdoor tours, events, exhibitions and guides. Adventure playground, plant centre, farm shop and gift shop.

Sledmere House

Home to Sir Tatton Sykes, there has been a manor house at Sledmere since medieval times. The present house was begun in 1751 and extended in the 1790s. Visitors will find beautiful interiors and peaceful walled gardens.

The National Railway Museum

Home to the 'Flying Scotsman', visitors will discover the story of the train with three large galleries to explore and the only Bullet Train outside Japan.

Dalby, Great Yorkshire Forest
Dalby, Great Yorkshire Forest

8,000 acres of forest to explore and enjoy. The nine mile drive gives visitors access to play areas, BBQ places, waymarked trails and cycle routes. Plenty of wildlife. Visitor Centre (wheelchair friendly). Refreshments and cycle hire.

York Minster

York Minster is the largest medieval Gothic Church north of the Alps. It is a prime example spanning from Roman remains in the foundations through its time as a Norman Church and of course the 250 year period it took to complete.

Yorkshire Lavender

Double award winning visitor attraction, farm and gardens. Specialist lavender, herb and perennial nursey, gift shop, restaurant, lavendar maze , sculpture and deer park all set within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Nunnington Hall

The sheltered walled garden, with spring flowering organic meadows, orchards and peacocks, complements this beautiful Yorkshire house nestling on the quiet banks of the River Rye. Explore period rooms while hearing about the Hall's past.

Jorvik Viking Centre

The world famous Jorvik Viking Centre is a `must-see' for visitors to the city of York and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK outside London. Everything in the Jorvik Viking Centre is based on the evidence unearthed at the site.

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