The historic seaside town of Whitby has recently been voted “Best Day Out” in the Tourism Awards. The beautiful coastline, only a few minutes drive away provides stunning views, clean beaches and cliff top walks, with unspoilt fishing villages such as Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Staithes. There is a great mix of galleries, antiques centres and quaint boutiques, not to mention the inviting teashops to enjoy. Just next door is the village of Ruswarp with rowing boats on the River Esk.
- North Yorkshire Moors, ancient stone bridges, stunning rivers & open moorland
- Whitby Abbey
- Castle Howard
- Falling Foss Waterfall
- Radfords Award winning Butchers /Deli
- The Plough Inn, Bothams Bakers and Tea Rooms
Further afield visit the historic city of york with its minster, ancient walls and cobbled streets less than an hour away. Visit lovely market towns of Malton, Helmsley and Pickering where you can jump on board the steam train.
Explore the National Park on foot or by bike with footpaths and tracks beginning at your doorstep discovering quaint little villages with excellent pubs from gastro to the traditional country inn.
Golf, horse riding and fishing are all available.
And, just next door is the village of Ruswarp with rowing boats on the River Esk.
Or maybe just sit back and relax beside the log-burning stove when the weather is inclement, pour yourself a chilled glass of wine and enjoy the stunning views.
Why not do all of this in a world where time and space are in abundance.
A few personal recommendations, although there are plenty of recommendations given in our bespoke guides in the cottages that you can read when you arrive.
General Supplies and Shops
There is an award winning butchers/deli in the village called Radfords, they sell fabulous meat and all kinds of lovely deli goodies – pates, pies, cheeses, pickles etc, homemade by Andy Radford – we can personally highly recommend this, especially if the weather is good and you can BBQ on the balcony. The local bakers, Bothams, also in the village, has some fantastic home baked bread, cakes and savouries. There is also another fab little deli/butchers in Ruswarp, the next village and is called Jacksons. They do the very best bacon and breakfast sandwiches in a morning, but get there early as there is always a queue.
Pubs, Restaurants and Bars
There are several pubs, restaurants and bars. The Plough is the nearest to the cottages and approximately a 5 minute walk away – always popular and a guaranteed warm welcome and serving home cooked food and local cask ales and a roaring log fire burning in the winter months!
The Wheatsheaf at Egton is a 10 minute drive away – a gastro pub with some very good reports!
The Star Inn The Harbour at Whitby is the newest addition to local gourmet food.
Andrew Pern, whose name is synonymous with his Michelin-starred pub, The Star Inn at Harome, has long wished to open a restaurant in his hometown and to celebrate the ingredients he grew up surrounded by and with which he began to learn to cook, even before he decided to train as a Chef at the former Scarborough Catering College.
The Star Inn The Harbour's Menus feature Catch-of-the-Day fish and meat specials and also world famous North Yorkshire Moors produce, such as furred and feathered game, as well as a seasonal All Day Menu. Desserts will come predominantly from the restaurant’s Ice Cream Parlour, including some childhood classics, brought up to date.
Harry’s Bar and also The Marine in Whitby are good places to eat. If you go to Harry’s Bar be sure to ask for a seat by the window to look out over the Abbey and the harbour, great place for sharing food – so good for groups to enjoy tasting lots of different plates.
Historic Buildings and Spa's
Raithwaite Hall and Country House Hotel in Sandsend – lovely place! Geoff and I have had nibbles and drinks in their bar – very friendly staff, and as well as bar food it also has a lovely restaurant! Not only does it have beautiful gardens, but it is also a Spa Hotel – so why not enjoy a spa day on your visit – all details are provided in the cottages. That's not forgetting the historic Castle Howard and our Whitby Abbey itself.
Littlebeck is a stunning waterfall walk up to Falling Foss, where you will find an enchanting tearoom set at the top of the magnificent Falling Foss waterfall, in the heart of Sneaton Forest, serving a selection of teas and scrumptious home made cakes and light lunches. Children can paddle in the Beck and play pooh sticks on the footbridge or play in the playpark.
The Cleveland Way coastal path passes through Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick Bay and Sandsend, linking miles of breathtaking coastal and country walks!
Our favourite is the beach walk from the picturesque village of Sandsend to Whitby. It offers wonderful views of Whitby Abbey and the harbour and is dog friendly at any time of the year.