Located in the quaint coastal village of Staithes, just a bit north of Whitby, you will feel the tingle of history at the characterful Staithes Cottage. This ancient gem has been beautifully and imaginatively renovated to provide quirky, luxurious accommodation. You can easily imagine the fishermen of the past and how they would have lived in this cottage. Throughout you will find wonderful style and flair with little nods to the past such as the rope going up the stairs.
Staithes is a gorgeous Yorkshire gem, clinging to the hillside with winding cobbled streets brimming with charming 18th century cottages. It is a wonderful base for exploring Yorkshire’s cliff top paths and discovering the delights of rock pooling and fossil hunting on the small sandy beach. What a wonderful getaway for those interested in art, geology, hiking and exploring the outdoors.
Staithes Cottage offers quirky upside down living, making the most of the beautiful views from the upper floor. The refurbishment is fabulous. Think assured chic, think Farrow and Ball colours, think beautiful upcycled ancient furniture, think rich reclaimed wooden floorboards with a history and you start to get the picture. You will discover clever lighting throughout with large traditional sashes and glass sealed light shafts illuminating the beautiful spaces.
You enter this lovely cottage to the stunning kitchen diner. A fabulous array of bespoke, full-height, glass fronted cupboards impresses to one side and the main kitchen is to the rear. The chef will enjoy the gorgeous styling of this bespoke kitchen, including its cosy underfloor heating and Sonos sound system. You can draw up a chair to the polished antique dining table and settle with a cup of traditional Yorkshire tea or something stronger while the chef in your group prepares a feast.
The upper, bright and airy, contemporary living room with huge windows at one end and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors at the other is an absolute delight. With a gorgeous log burning stove for chilly evenings, comfy sofas, Sonos sound system, smart television and a Blu-ray DVD player, it is a wonderful place to relax. You can step out to a fabulous decked patio with alfresco dining, stunning sea views and beautiful, colourful planting all around. What a wonderful spot to watch the sun go down and enjoy a glass of wine!
There are two dreamy bedrooms with sumptuous beds adorned with quality linens. In vintage modern style, one comes with a feature wallpapered wall and both are in cool, elegant tones. The innovative light shafts are equipped with remote controlled intelligent glass for night time. The bathroom is luxurious with a lovely roll top bath to sink into. Now where is that glass of champagne...
Staithes Cottage is interesting, quirky, brilliantly designed and even your dog is well catered for with a hot and cold running dog shower to wash off the sand!
Staithes is a very special village, full of charm, winding cobbled streets, 18th century cottages and characterful pubs. This fabulous coastal village was once one the largest fishing ports in the North East. It offers a unique, undeniable charm with his huddled cottages clinging to the hillside enjoying fabulous views of the stunning shoreline. From Staithes you can explore the rugged Yorkshire coastline, enjoying the dramatic clifftop views from the popular coastal trails. You can meander the Cleveland Way as it passes through the village and head towards Skinningrove where you will discover the remnants of the alum mines which once made the village famous. At the Staithes Lifeboat House you can learn about the village’s incredible fishing heritage and the heroic tales of the local lifeboat crew. The village also has a long history of well-known artists, including a group known as the ‘Staithes Group’ or the ‘Northern Impressionists’. You will see some incredible contemporary artworks at the Staithes Gallery. The brightly coloured fishing boats, known as the Whitby Cobles, are used by local fisherment to catch cod, lobsters and crabs plus there are some pleasure cruisers. There are wonderful fossils and rock pools to explore on the beach. It is no wonder that this stretch of coastline is known as the Dinosaur Coast. Staithes hosts an annual festival in September when the local galleries, cottages and public buildings open their doors to artists showcasing their work. There are pop-up galleries and tea rooms all around the village. It is a great time to visit.
Just south of Staithes is the unique, historic town of Whitby. It is definitely a town that offers something more than your typical coastal seaside resort. Whitby is famous for its connections to Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Captain Cook. It boasts a Gothic culture with quirky narrow cobbled streets, independent shops and the majestic ruins of Whitby Abbey overlooking the town from East Cliff. There is a monument to Captain James Cook on West Cliff where he is looking out to sea. There are plenty of excellent restaurants throughout the town including the famous Magpie Cafe. It offers many seafood dishes as well as its famous fish and chips. Close to the harbour you will find plenty of traditional seaside fun with amusement arcades and cafes. Heading back towards Staithes, you will find the lovely sandy beaches of Sandsend and Runswick Bay. Sandsend was originally two villages, Sandsend and East Row.
Six miles south of Whitby is the picturesque old fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay. It is beautiful with a sandy beach, rock pools, ancient fossils, narrow twisting cobbled streets and alleyways. It is quite easy to get lost in the little warren of lanes lined with old fisherman’s cottages. Most have now been renovated. The village is buzzy with a good range of cafes, pubs and restaurants as well as charming, unique shops.