La Rosa hotel in Whitby is paradise for vintage lovers and a real treat for anyone who appreciates great interiors. Owner Amanda Boorman has a passion for the pre-loved, quirky and nostalgic and she has poured it all into the property on the West Cliff. It’s a visual feast of old pictures, books, and furniture surrounded by hundreds, maybe thousands, of fascinating nick nacks.
This wildly imaginative place was born out of a festival cafe that Amanda ran with friends. Using old china and homemade cakes, it pioneered the vintage tea room revival.
“We thought the concept would work as a campsite,” says Amanda. They found a house with land near Goathland, bought gipsy and Airstream caravans and launched the La Rosa campsite. Its success spurred her on to turn a dilapidated, boarded up guest house into an eight bedroom hotel. It has views out to the sea and the abbey and super comfy beds from Princess and the Pea in Lincoln.
Each room has a theme. One pays homage to Lewis Carroll, who was a frequent visitor to the property, another is styled like a gipsy caravan and there are cowgirl and Little Riding Hood suites. The Crow’s Nest apartment has a Peter Pan feel.