4.9★ Outstanding Sykes rating Sleeps 5 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 1 Pets No Show on map Features Off road parking Garden / Patio Pub/shop < 1 mile Washing machine Dishwasher Broadband / WiFi Reviews & Ratings Accuracy of the listing Cleanliness Comfort Facilities 18 Customer Reviews "We had a lovely week at Dabbling Ducks and enjoyed visiting the beautiful surrounding area." On arrival, we were very impressed with the presentation and cleanliness of the cottage and it was lovely to find a tray of delicious goodies waiting for us, with milk and butter in the fridge, very thoughtful. The cottage is comfortable and well equipped, just right to relax after a day out. We would really recommend a stay here. Hi Angela and I are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Dabbling Ducks. I will pass on your comments to Hannah who does the cleaning. We are glad that you enjoyed exploring our wonderful places to visit and hope that one day you may return. Thank you for leaving the house clean and tidy. Kind Regards Glenn and Angela Property Owner Reviewed by GaryMay 2022 "A lovely homely 'cottage' in superb condition with just about everything you need for a short break in Ruswarp." The pub is a stone's throw from the property and is very welcoming for a rural Inn. Just past the pub is the walk that takes you along side the train track, where you often see old steam trains on their way to Whitby. It's a flat picturesque stroll around 30 minutes all the way to Whitby harbour. As mentioned in other reviews the floor boards are very creaky but you get used to them in no time. I definitely recommend a visit to Dabbling Ducks. Hello We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Dabbling Ducks and hope one day you may return. Thanks also for leaving the property in a clean and tidy condition. Kind Regards Glenn and Angela Property Owner Reviewed by SimonApr 2022 "Great location, it takes about 25 minutes to walk into Whitby using the footpath at the side of the railway, or you could use the train ." The house was great very clean and comfortable. The owners had made a file with lots of information about the local area which was really useful and finally the welcome pack they left was brilliant and much appreciated. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your feedback. Angela and I are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope that one day you may return. Kind Regards Glenn and Angela Property Owner Reviewed by AngelaApr 2022 "What a lovely little house, extremely clean and comfortable, had everything anyone could ask for in a lovely area of Whitby." The addition of the very generous welcome pack was a lovely surprise and very much enjoyed by us all! The only very slight negative was the squeaky floors upstairs, not good if you have light sleepers with you but as there were only 2 of us for most of the week this wasn't really an issue for us. Would definitely recommend this house to anyone who loves Whitby but doesn't want to stay in the heart of it. The lovely walk at the side of the railway line takes roughly 1/2 hour to get from Ruswarp to the centre of Whitby itself. Thank you once again for a lovely stay in your perfect house. Lynne thank you so much for taking the time to give us a lovely review. We are so delighted that you liked your accommodation and hope to see you again soon. Kindest regards Glenn and Angela Property Owner Reviewed by LynneApr 2022 "Very comfortable and homely, ideal location and good value." Hi Steven Many thanks for your feedback. Angela and I are delighted you enjoyed your recent stay. Hope you may revisit in the future. Kind Regards Glenn and Angela Property Owner Reviewed by StevenMar 2022 "Lovely cottage." Clean, comfortable and well equipped. Perfect base for exploring with a lot of information provided in the folder. Really thoughtful welcome pack. Definitely recommend. Dear Lyndsay Thank you for your feedback. Angela and I are so pleased that you were happy with your accommodation and enjoyed your stay. We hope you may return. Kind Regards Glenn and Angela Property Owner Reviewed by LindsayMar 2022 "Lovely holiday cottage." Clean, warm and comfortable. Walks from the door to Whitby and surrounding villages. We had a very enjoyable stay, thanks. Hi Sarah Angela and I are so pleased you had a good holiday. Thanks very much for the positive feedback. Kind Regards Glenn and Angela Property Owner Reviewed by SarahMar 2022 "This property is a great place to stay to visit the surrounding areas." The property was spotlessly clean and tidy. We arrived late in the day 26/11 and the owner had previously programmed the central heating system and we were welcomed to a very warm and cosy property. Thank you Glenn and Angela. Regards J. Johnson Dear Mr & Mrs Johnson Thank you for your great feedback and kind words. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Dabbling Ducks. Have a very happy Christmas Kind Regards Property Owner Reviewed by JulianNov 2021 "We had a very good time and the property is very good, and a very good price ." It’s a nice flat walk into Whitby town. Hi Mrs Betts Thank you for your positive feedback. Angela and I are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Dabbling Ducks and we hope you may return. Kind Regards Glenn and Angela Property Owner Reviewed by PamelaNov 2021 "Lovely property." Well decorated and presented, modern and bright. Comfy beds. Everything you need for your stay. Great location being near both the bus stop and train station. Easy walk into Whitby. Lovely hosts. Hi Mrs James Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We chose kingsize beds for our guests comfort so we are glad you appreciated them.We hope you may revisit us in the future. Kind Regards Glenn and Angela Property Owner Reviewed by CarolynOct 2021 "This is a comfortable, well equipped holiday home which was an excellent base for touring the area." Being able to walk to Whitby was a bonus and the bus service to Scarborough a treat, no parking problems!! Hi Mrs Watson We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Dabbling Ducks. Thank you so much for your positive feedback. Kind Regards Glenn and Angela Property Owner Reviewed by RosemaryOct 2021 "Lovely cottage and ideally situated for exploring whitby." Left the car and used local transport or walked along the railway path into whitby. Can recommend the Bridge pub and the local butchers. Owners also left us a welcome hamper with wine and fresh bread etc. Hi Ms Chappell Many thanks for your positive feed back.We are delighted you enjoyed you enjoyed your stay with us. Kind regards Glenn and Angela Property Owner Reviewed by VanessaOct 2021 "Perfect property - home from home!" Lovely quiet village. Boating on the river was great fun and a lovely cafe just next door. You can walk in to Whitby along a path, which goes between the railway line and the river - great when the steam train comes along. Great location for both the coast and moors. Lovely local villages and beaches, coastal & moors walks, plenty of places to visit. Fish and chips galore, but if you are wanting to eat in a nice restaurant or country pub, book early or ahead of your stay. Would highly recommend Dabbling Ducks! Thank you so much for your feedback.We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Dabbling Ducks.We are delighted that you enjoyed exploring the local area and hope that you may re visit us. Glenn and Angela Property Owner Reviewed by LizAug 2021 "Fabulous base for Whitby and surrounding areas." Steam train passing in front of the house was a delight. The house was exceptionally clean and well presented. Hello Mrs Wood We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. The steam trains are great as they pass the lounge window. It is a beautiful journey from Whitby to Pickering onboard a train passing through the Esk valley and moorland villages. Thanks for your positive feedback Kind Regards Glenn and Angela Property Owner Reviewed by SandraAug 2021 "Everything you need for a holiday home, lovely location." Thank you so much for your feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your holiday. Glenn and Angela Property Owner Reviewed by JohnJul 2021 "We had a lovely time at Dabbling Ducks." The property is beautifully presented with excellent facilities. If I could add one thing it would be curtains in the bedrooms in addition to the blinds that are already there. A fair bit of light gets in during the summer even with the blinds closed. The beds were comfy and the bathroom was lovely, rain shower over the bath was fab. There is a church in the village with bells that toll every hour but you do get used to it and don’t even notice them after a while. There is no actual garden. The picnic bench sits just at the side of the house in front of where you’d park your car in the shared driveway area. We sat and had a BBQ there one evening which was pleasant. The little front garden area of the property adjoining Dabbling Ducks is a bit unsightly with a various bits and bobs lying about, but the people seemed pleasant when we spoke to them. There are lots of things to see and do in the surrounding areas. The boats on the River Esk are lovely, as is the miniature railway. Both are just a few minutes walk from the property. We cycled to Whitby along the side of the railway and river, it took about 20 mins with two very small children in tow! There is a soft play across the road from the boats which was great for a rainy day. Falling Foss Tea Garden is worth a visit, a lovely outdoor cafe in a Forrest setting. We would recommend a stay at Dabbling Ducks. Reviewed by StephanieJul 2021 "The accommodation met our expectations in every way." The location is good for local walks and public transport. The cottage was furnished to a high standard and was spotlessly clean. A perfect base to explore the nearby coastal towns. Reviewed by ChrisJun 2021 "Lovely cottage and excellent location." Can’t wait to visit again. Reviewed by PaulJun 2021 Show more Summary Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with TV, 1 x king-size, 1 x single Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC Kitchen Living/dining room Gas central heating Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, WiFi Fuel and power inc. in rent Bed linen and towels inc. in rent Off-road parking for one car Garden with furniture Sorry, no pets and no smoking Shop and pub 0.1 mile The property Nestled in the small village of Ruswarp, a stone's throw away from the seaside resort of Whitby, rests this homely brick-built cottage, Dabbling Ducks. Perfectly positioned within a quiet cul-de-sac within walking distance to the River Esk, Dabbling Ducks offers a welcoming setting for your next visit to North Yorkshire. A handy driveway greets you upon arrival at the property, leading you up a set of stone steps and over the threshold into a cosy hallway, aptly featuring colourful artwork of a dabbling duck, where you can kick off your boots before continuing through to the contemporary open-plan living and dining area. The sociable space is thoughtfully laid out with a grey interior and boasts a wooden dining table with seating for all six guests as well as a plush armchair and a number of sofas gathered around the coffee table, inviting you to put your feet up and enjoy a spot of television. Follow the room through to the amply-equipped kitchen, where the modern grey colouring continues to decorate the interior, featuring all of the necessities required to prepare your meals, with the added bonus of a handy dishwasher, so there's no arguing over who's doing the dishes afterwards! If you're not ready for the fun to be over, head outside for a seat around the picnic bench and toast your glasses to a fabulous holiday, relishing in the peaceful atmosphere of the quaint village. As the day draws to a close, head upstairs to prepare for bed with a soak in the tub in the newly fitted family bathroom with a shower over, relaxing your muscles amongst the bubbles after a day full of adventure. The first floor boasts three bedrooms, a light and airy single bedroom, decorated with quaint drawings of woodland animals, a sumptuous king-size, and a second sumptuous king-size, fitted with a television, offering an escape from the main area of the house to watch a movie under the covers with your significant other. Put down the oven gloves for the evening and stroll around the corner for a delicious meal at The Bridge Inn, a traditional village pub serving up hearty pub food, or take a visit to Jacksons Butchers to pick up some locally sourced meat or freshly baked goods to enjoy in the comfort of the cottage. Take the short stroll along the banks of the River Esk to Ruswarp Pleasure Boats, where you can hire a rowing boat and enjoy a leisurely float along the river, or thrill-seekers can tackle the waters in a kayak. Jump in the car and head to the seaside town of Whitby, the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Gothic-novel, Dracula and climb the 199 stone steps to reach the ruins of the 13th century Whitby Abbey, offering panoramic views of the harbour and across the rooftops of the town. History buffs will be delighted with the abundance of heritage to discover in the ancient town, from the displays that can be seen at RNLI Whitby Museum to Whitby Lighthouse. Finish the day with a spot of fish and chips from one of the many eateries that line the streets and be sure to grab a stick of rock from Sandgate Sweet Shop in true seaside getaway fashion. Be sure to choose Dabbling Ducks for an unforgettable trip to North Yorkshire. Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200. View on map About the location RUSWARP 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. Ruswarp 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 tea room. A perfect location for exploring the surrounding coastline and the dramatic North York Moors.