Old Haven

Sneaton near Whitby, North York Moors and Coast (Ref. 2616)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
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The property

A fabulous stone-built, semi-detached cottage, in an elevated position in the small, rural village of Sneaton, 3 miles from Whitby. Cosy and homely, this property makes an excellent retreat, with a warming woodburner in a stone fireplace, and a beamed ceiling. Well furnished and decorated, Old Haven makes a very comfortable base from which to visit the famous fishing town of Whitby or to enjoy some excellent walks on the many public footpaths, including the Monks Trod, from the doorstep. Explore the delights of Robin Hood's Bay, with its cobbled streets and quaint cottages, or discover the numerous pretty villages and market towns, or the dramatic coastline in the breathtaking, beautiful North York Moors National Park.


Two bedrooms: 1 x ground floor family room with adult bunks and single bed with en-suite shower and WC, 1 x double. Bathroom with bath, basin and WC. Fitted kitchen. Sitting room with dining area and woodburner.


Night storage heaters with woodburner in sitting room. Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, video, DVD, CD player. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Fuel for multi-fuel stove available to purchase from caretaker. Bed linen inc. in rent. Highchair. Off road parking for 2 cars. Enclosed lawned garden with garden furniture (accessed across yard). One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 3 mins walk (limited opening times), pub 5 mins walk.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute

Guest Reviews


    • “Cosy, comfortable family holiday cottage.”
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    • “Excellent service from the caretakers who live next door, nothing is too much trouble for them and there are friendly neighbours living alongside. The cottage is clean and well equipped, with storage heaters and a wood burning stove (with a charge for the wood)for the cold winter months, a comfortable three piece suite and two beds and two bunk beds. There is a small enclosed garden outside across a shared yard. On the down side one of the storage heaters in the living room wasn't working in December 2012, the bathroom needed redecorating and the downstairs bedroom could do with a hand wash basin to go with the shower and toilet. There are two steps into the cottage and two steps from the kitchen to the sitting room so it is not suitable for disabled people. The cottage is ideally situated to explore the beautiful North Yorkshire coast and moors and a a few miles from Whitby, but a car is needed as there is no bus service.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Huddersfield, May 2013

    • “Well worth it”
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    • “We were made very welcome on our arrival, The cottage was very clean and comfortable with great views over to Whitby and the village pub is worth a visit be it for food or just a drink. There are some fantastic walks in the area including The Monks path which Meg ( the dog ) loved, One of the many walks we did. Brilliant!!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Felton, May 2011

    • “A little bit of heaven on earth”
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    • “Lovely Neighbours who answered our many questions on places to visit. The cottage was well equipped spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated. Located three miles outside Whitby in rolling countryside with Beautifull views looking to Whitby abbey. A small secluded garden was also included. A short walk to local pub, where staff were very welcoming and serve lovely bar meals. Would recommend steak night! And a visit to the ice cream factory is a must. Couldn't find anything wrong with this lovely accomodation and would really look forward to another visit.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, LIVERPOOL, November 2010

    • “Easter 2009”
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    • “We had a wonderful and enjoyable stay at this very welcolming cottage. Everything about the cottage was perfect and we would certainly return for other short breaks.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Leics, December 2009

    • “Relaxing and enjoyable!”
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    • “Very friendly owners - we were very grateful for the impromptu demo on getting the Log Burner going - not having one at home - and also Sky TV - Thank you Simon. The cottage was clean and comfortable, bedroom cosy and warm, hot water always available, parking for 1 car outside essential. Sneaton is a short drive from Ruswarp and Whitby where all facilities you would expect for a seaside location are available. If you travel out of Whitby, over the large bridge, on the Scarborough Road then you will find a large Sainsburys store from where you can get back to the cottage further along the Scarborough Road, which we found easier than going back towards and through Ruswarp. Having relatives in Whitby, the surrounding area is familiar and this cottage was a nice base for us from which to visit them and see our usual favourite places of Sandsend, Whitby abbey, Goathland, Grosmont and be able to go on the tour bus etc. The cottage was like a home from home and other than benefitting from some updating of decoration in the upstairs bathroom I don't think there is much room for improvement. We would happily stay there again.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Huddersfield, January 2013

    • “Warm and cosy, pet friendly cottage”
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    • “The caretakers next door are very friendly. We took our Lab and were made very welcome. The cottage is idealy situated for whitby, Scarborough, Bridlington and the yorkshire moors. It is very clean throughout and ideal for a couple with a dog. Unfortunately we did not visit the local pub as dogs are not welcome as they serve food, not even allowed in childrens room, even though pub was empty. We would go again as we had an enjoyable time and it being october, the dog was welcome on the beaches.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Derbyshire, December 2012

    • “Old Haven - Home from Home”
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    • “Old Haven is a well equipped, spotlessly clean cottage just outside of Whitby with stunning far reaching views of Whitby abbey and the sea. A more than adequate kitchen and comfortable lounge, with the provision for a real fire if you wanted. There wasn't much that wasn't provided in this property. The only downside was the fact that the property backs directly onto and overlooks a main road,a bit noisy at times but overall not too much of a bother considering all the other plus sides. Good value for money”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Staines, December 2011

    • “lovely cottage perfect accomodation”
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    • “The cottage was alittle difficult to find, but had misread the instructions, the cottage itself was lovely, had everything required with the bonus of a dishwasher.It was very comfortable & clean, close to Whitby & other places of interest. The caretaker lives next door & was extremely friendly & helpful, would have no problem recommending this cottage to anyone.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Hessle, September 2011

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    • “The owners were extremely helpful and the cottage was spotless. The neighbours in The Folly were friendly. Great holiday.”

    Mrs White, Chesterfield, June 2015

    • “It was a lovely place and the caretakers were very friendly and made us welcome. Had lovely views. All in all a lovely place to relax and enjoy yourselves.”

    Mr Martin, Lytham St. Annes, May 2015

    • “Very nice cottage with great views of Whitby and the Abbey Ruins. Very well kept and the caretaker next door had lit the log burner ready for our arrival. Very well equipped, with nothing to buy but food. First class, we would definitely stay here again.”

    Mr Grange, Sleaford, January 2015

    • “A lovely secluded, quiet cottage with a great view over Whitby and the abbey.”

    Mrs Pennington, Birkenhead, October 2014

    • “Lovely quiet location, warm cosy cottage close to Whitby and surrounding areas.”

    Mrs Long, Leeds, September 2014

    • “It was a really good location to visit the coast. The cottage was a home from home, it was very comfy and had all amenities. Could not fault the cottage and everything was very clean and not worn at all. A very good holiday was had by us. Also, the owner and all the neighbours were very friendly to us which made us feel at home.”

    Mrs Robinson, York, July 2014

    • “We were very happy with everything. Could not fault it at all.”

    Mr White, Sutton Coldfield, June 2014

    • “The care takers were wonderful, very helpful and friendly. The cottage spotlessly clean and so quiet - loved having the woodburner on - we were roasting! We can't fault anything and will definitely return next year.”

    Miss Champness-smith, Liverpool, November 2013

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About the location


Whitby 3 miles; Scarborough 21 miles.

The small rural village of Sneaton lies in an elevated position, just 3 miles from Whitby, and 21 miles from Scarborough. Pretty stone cottages line the main street, and the local pub - a traditional inn, with a welcoming open fire and beamed ceilings - offers excellent local fayre. Close by is Beacon Farm, which produces wonderful ice cream and also has a tearoom and farm shop. Sneaton is a wonderful location for walkers, and numerous public footpaths can be found around the village, notably the Monks Trod; an ancient stone path that monks followed to worship at Whitby Abbey. Down the road lies the village of Ruswarp, where visitors can go boating on the River Esk, make use of the small golf course, or visit the locally renowned butcher’s shop. The famous fishing port of Whitby is only a short drive away, with its cobbled streets and alleys, good beaches, excellent restaurants, and array of cafes. A must for any holidaymaker!