The Station House

Ruswarp near Whitby, North York Moors and Coast (Ref. 1220)

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Cottage features

  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

A stunning, Grade II listed, Victorian conversion of the old station and stationmaster's house in Ruswarp village, just 1.5 miles from the historic port of Whitby.

Providing first-class accommodation, this Ruswarp cottage is ideal for family groups wishing to spend time together in this beautiful part of the country.

Great care has been taken to retain and enhance the original features in this Ruswarp cottage, including high ceilings, stone mullioned windows, a slate fireplace and a feature stained glass window.

Superbly furnished and decorated in a traditional style, this Ruswarp cottage offers two spacious and comfortable sitting rooms, with a warming woodburner in one and a living flame gas fire in the other.

The well-equipped kitchen boasts an AGA and Belfast sink, with a cosy dining room leading off and a large utility room.

Outside this Ruswarp cottage, two enclosed courtyards provide a lovely, sunny spot to sit and relax with a glass of wine and watch the steam trains trundling by.

With excellent amenities in the village, a two minute walk from this Ruswarp cottage brings you to the local shop and renowned butcher's, whilst the village pub serves real ales and food.

Why not enjoy an hours boating on the river or sample the home baking at the riverside tea room.

For the children in the family, Mini Monsterz Indoor Play Area is a must, and two public footpaths provide a lovely walk into Whitby, with its narrow streets, cobbled market square, long, sandy beaches and the 199 steps leading up to its famous Abbey.

With the spectacular North York Moors to explore and the dramatic coastline to discover, this is a superb Ruswarp cottage whatever time of the year.


Over three floors. Five bedrooms: 1 x four poster double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin & WC, 1 x second floor double, 1 x family room with 1 double and 1 single & en-suite shower, basin & WC, 2 x second floor single each with additional pull-out stacker bed. Bathroom with freestanding bath (hand-held shower on taps), basin & WC. Ground floor shower room with shower, basin & WC. Kitchen with AGA & Belfast sink. Utility. Dining room. Sitting room with woodburner. Second sitting room with living flame gas fire and French doors to courtyard.


Gas central heating with woodburner & gas fire in sitting room. AGA, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs, DVD, CD/radio, iPod dock,WiFi. Fuel, power & starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot & highchair. Off road parking for 3 cars. Two enclosed courtyards with furniture & BBQ. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 2 mins walk, pub across road serving food. Note: This owner requires a £75 refundable Good Housekeeping bond.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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Guest Reviews


    • “Wonderful”
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    • “We stayed here as a Ruby Wedding celebration with our family including our baby grandson. Everyone agreed it was the best equipped place we had stayed in. The trains were an unusual and most enjoyable experience and we were able to welcome part of our family from London on the platform. Would love to return”

    Roseanna E, Sunderland, United Kingdom, October 2015

    • “Wonderful,simply wonderful”
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    • “We have just spent our 45 the wedding Anniver sary with our family at this beautiful Grade 11 listed home.We were group age range 1-68 and no one could fault anything.on arrival a welcome tray,biscuits and bread baking.Loved the kitchen especially the AGA.wonderful space in the sitting rooms and safe courtyard gardends for children and the dog.Beautifully furnished,and lovely decor.We all fell in love with the steam trains and rushed to windows or the platform to wave.Great to have all white googs in the kitchen too. Lovely village,easy walk ,for the fit,into Whitby,good transport links,lovely walks.Little shop and a fabulous local butchers shop Jacksons,you must try his wares.Nice peb across the road,does pub grub and a quiz on Thursday which we won”

    Rubyme, West Coast Of Scotland, July 2015

    • “Birthday get-together”
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    • “Lovely large house suitable for large groups, very clean and well stocked with everything you may need during your stay. The trains stop right outside your door and while we were there the Santa Express stopped, which was lovely. Easy access into Whitby and surrounding area. There is a pub across the road but unfortuneatly they weren't serving food whle we were there. There is also a very good butcher just down the road which also serves bread, cakes, cold meats etc. Would definitely stay here again.”

    Aquababe08, Wigan, March 2015

    • “A wonderful cottage in a wonderful location”
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    • “Just had a fantastic week in this amazing cottage. Steam trains and heritage diesels going past the front of the house had us running to the platform to wave, and even the Northern Rail scheduled service stirred quite a lot of interest in the children (Ok, and me). Ruswarp is a lovely village, with a top class butcher / deli, great pub right across the road (easy to duck out and see the steam engines from there too, you get the idea!), excellent miniature railway, café, river, ducks. Really easy walk to Whitby - 20 minutes down the side of the river / railway line, or Northern Rail or regular buses. The house really is big enough for an extended family, with two lounges, two en suite bedrooms, a bathroom and spare shower room, an Aga and conventional hob, huge utility room, two fridges and lots of space, and most windows overlooking the platform to make it easier to see the trains. As you might have guessed, that was my main reason for booking the cottage, but the property in itself was fantastic. Whitby is lovely - very scenic and atmospheric, with loads to do. We're coming back!”

    Lynne B, Sheffield, United Kingdom, November 2014

    • “Annual Family Get-together”
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    • “This is the second time we have stayed here and have already booked again for next year! The house is in an ideal position, just a short walk from Whitby. Our granddaughter loved the trains literally passing the front door and was even more impressed when we actually boarded one for the short ride into Whitby. The rooms are spacious and well equipped kitchen. The owner even supplied bubble bath, which was a nice touch and there was a brand new BBQ which we were fortunate to use twice in the lovely enclosed, sunny courtyard.”

    SeasonedWetherby, Wetherby, May 2013

    • “Unique cottage in a great location”
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    • “We visited as our family of 5 plus my parents. There was more than enough room for all of us with 2 large living rooms and 5 bedrooms. Having steam trains pass our window never got boring! There's a picturesque mile and a half walk into Whitby alongside the tracks, and Ruswarp is a perfect base to explore the coast and the moors. The house itself on three floors is stunning. We had fun using the aga and log fire, there are numerous bathrooms and comfortable beds. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in this fantastic house.”

    Cpwolves, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, April 2013

    • “Be the railway children for a week”
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    • “My wife and I took our 2 grown up children and their children to the holiday cottage for a week. The 2 four year old children thought it was marvelous that they could stand on the platform, watch steam trains go by and wave to the driver and passengers. There is a picturesque walk into Whitby with the railway line on your left and the River Esk on your right which takes about 20 minutes. The house is large and well furnished and we had a wonderful time there.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Hull, September 2012

    • “lovely house”
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    • “great location very central, lovely butchers up the road, loved the agar spent most of our time round the table in front of the agar, nice food at the pub over the road, went on the train from this station to middlesborough good shopping day out for £6.00. nice walk to whitby. house clean bed linen excellent quality, take dogs very traditional house good holiday in all”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Leicester, December 2011

    • “Everything we wished for and more”
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    • “This was the most money we had ever spent on a self-catering holiday. We chose the Station house as somewhere magical to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and were not disappointed. The agar was a first time experience which created delicious breakfasts and, at the time of our stay, the Bridge Inn kept a good pint and served hot food. I thought my eighteen month old granddaughter would be too young to appreciate the steam trains but she soon had us all running out to wave to the choo-choo! We did not resent one pence of our outlay. The only problem was having to come home. We did not want to come home.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Branston, September 2011

    • “stunning”
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    • “what a house coudnt fault it everything you needed and more.Pub over road was friendly and the food was brilliant ( try the steak )it was a fab expereance all round and try sandsend a lovely coastline bout ten mins away by car.You will not be dissapointed by this gem of a property, book it now!!!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Leeds, August 2011

    • “Excellent”
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    • “The Station House is a beautiful property with lots of quirky features. We had a wonderful, relaxing weekend and are already planning our return visit.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Pontefract, January 2011

    • “Very enjoyable”
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    • “The roomy house had everything one would need for a comfortable stay. All tourist spots within easy reach with the added bonus of trains passing by your window.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Newcastle, September 2010

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    • “This was a wonderful place to spend our anniversary and the house was big enough to comfortably sleep 10 people of a variety of ages and needs. Everything was just perfect!”

    Mrs Dowds, Dunoon, July 2015

    • “Loved this beautifully well furnished house in an unusual location with great facilities on hand; a pub across the road, bus stop outside and scenic walk between river and railway to Whitby. Steam engines of the NYM railway passing by provide interest, and rowing on the River Esk is a delight. A good house for those with a dog, the courtyards are secure and entry via the laundry room was useful in wet weather.”

    Mr Wilcox, Wolverhampton, June 2015

    • “This was our second visit to The Station House and loved every minute. This is a lovely home full of warmth and character. The location is perfect for a walk into Whitby and the owners are always helpful. We have already booked our third visit for next year. Can't wait!”

    Mr Kirk, Wakefield, March 2015

    • “For us the use of 2 sitting rooms was a real bonus which gave us plenty of seating. Being dog friendly, the addition of the utility area was brilliant for damp dogs to dry off in and preventing shoes going onto the carpeted areas. The pub opposite is very handy for food, it gets busy so book or arrive early. It was great to walk into Whitby but even better to get back on the train and be on your doorstep. Overall 10/10, can't wait to return.”

    Mrs Rollins, Moreton-in-Marsh, March 2015

    • “This is the 4th time we've stayed at The Station House and we always find it a lovely, relaxing environment which has great access to all the local amenities and attractions. We love that it is a real home from home.”

    Mr Paton, Maidenhead, February 2015

    • “This was a holiday for a family get-together, the accommodation was spacious, comforable and clean and situated for easy access into Whitby and surrounding towns and villiages.”

    Mrs Byrne, Wigan, December 2014

    • “An extremely well equipped, spacious but cosy and welcoming house. Very conveniently situated for amenities and access to the town and lovely countryside/riverside walks. The occasional steam train or scheduled diesel (only 4 a day and only two carriages) made an interesting diversion - and did not detract from the overall peace and comfort of the house. We spent a lovely week here in December and would thoroughly recommend this property.”

    Mrs Chisholm, Middlesbrough, December 2014

    • “The cottage was lovely and in a great position for walking into Whitby. Fabulous for family gatherings and the children loved the trains going past.”

    Mrs Newton, Shildon, November 2014

    • “A wonderful characterful property in an excellent location, with plenty of space for us all. The steam engines were a particular bonus and going out to see them while they waited for the level crossing was great fun. A real gem of a cottage and we'll be back.”

    Mrs Bradey, Sheffield, October 2014

    • “Great location. One of the best cottages I have stayed in”

    Mrs Hague, Norwich, September 2014

    • “Although it was only a short break, we enjoyed the access to the walks nearby across to Whitby and the general setting. It was very relaxing to just enjoy the patio garden and restful being in the house when the weather was a bit damp or chilly. It was a good base for any kind of holiday, and having two sitting rooms, and a good utility room was great for a big family or a group of different ages.”

    Mr Hurst, Bishop's Stortford, May 2014

    • “This is our second year at The Old Station House, and it never fails to make us happy. In fact, none of us really wanted to come home, even the dog was upset. The owner keeps a very tidy House and looks after it really well. hoping to go back next year too.”

    Mr Beal, Mexborough, April 2014

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About the location


Whitby 1.5 miles; Robin Hood's Bay 6 miles.

Situated just 1.5 miles inland from Whitby, the small village of Ruswarp lies on the River Esk, with old stone cottages lining the main street. Ruswap has excellent amenities, including a local pub with hand-pulled real ales, a village shop and a renowned local butcher. The Esk Valley Walk runs through the village, and it is an easy 25 minute walk to the centre of Whitby. Ruswarp has a regular bus service, and the single track railway has regular steam trains running through! Enjoy an hour’s boating on the river, take a ride on the miniature train, feed the local ducks, or enjoy a snack at the tearoom. A perfect location for exploring the surrounding coastline and the dramatic North York Moors.