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Ships Bell

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Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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8 Customer Reviews

  • "If you require solely a roof over your head, very limited hot water (3 people and a child washed once, even after following the heating manual), no cleaning supplies, no sugar and milk, no TV (other than Internet via) and left over toilet tissue (which wasn't alot!"

    ). The kitchen tap is terrible and permanently leaked, the wooden kitchen side shows signs with rotting wood below said tap. After a very long journey and the price paid, compared to other stays, we all were less than disheartened upon arrival, to attend the convenience store for the most basic of items. The best bed in the house was the main bedroom on the second floor, mattress wise. The single and double on the third floor mattresses where pumped up with a duvet cover under the fitted sheets, so not a comfy stay. I think the home owner needs to do some much needed maintenance, kitchen tap, lights in the living room, bathroom taps which swing round, hot water, TV and proper mattresses. We tried to source another house via Sykes Cottages, however was permanently engaged, so be warned because they will not help you. Staithes is a 10/10 , however will book somewhere else in the future. Glad to be back home, however miss the gorgeous Staithes already.

    Reviewed by Amanda2.2Apr 2024

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Ships Bell and the lovely village of Staithes."

    There had been an issue with the heating in the week before our stay and communication from the owner was very good with regard to minimising disruption of our stay when an electrician had to attend, and even arranging delivery of a fan heater in case we were cold before the issue could be resolved. It would have been nice to have a bit more information about using the heating system as we found it to be on for longer than we needed and warmer too The details do state that the kitchen is low-ceilinged but it is really low - my husband who is only 5’8” had to duck under the beams there so anyone taller would struggle. More of an issue for me though was the lack of light in the kitchen, difficult to see for cutting, cooking and into the back of the cupboards to find things. A few items that would make self-catering easier - a grater, a sieve, wooden spoon or spatula. There was no teapot, and although there was a nespresso coffee machine there were no pods to start us off, only instant coffee. We couldn’t use the ground coffee we had brought with us as there was no cafetière either. We did find a mouldy wine glass in the cupboard unfortunately On a positive note the bed was large and comfortable and the bathroom shower was great (didn’t use the downstairs one) and we did enjoy our stay

    Hi Susan, thanks for your booking at Ships Bell. We are slightly disappointed with the feedback as we strive for excellence. Regarding the digital thermostat - not sure what other instructions we can provide as it’s a timed system with the ability to increase or decrease the temperature as you wish. The kitchen is low beamed as you would expect in an 1800’s traditional fisherman’s cottage. That said, I’m 6’2” and I duck under the beams without issue. I’m not sure it’s entirely fair to suggest anyone over 5’8 would struggle… I’ll replace the items that are missing from the kitchen and ensure that Sykes inform guests that we provide a Nespresso coffee machine. BW Steve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Mar 2024

  • "This is a fabulous cottage."

    It is just off the main road into Staithes. The cottage has high ceilings in bedroom and bathroom but very low in the kitchen, tall people struggle in this part of the property. The cottage has two bathrooms which are separate on floors. The cottage is opposite the Chapel Street Stores which is handy for sweets and toys. The cottage was very clean and ready for us to move in for the week. It had a slow cokker, hob and oven and a dishwasher in the kitchen. The bedrooms had plebty of storrage for clothes. The bathrooms very clean and easy to use showers. The cottage is very close to the sea, when you come out of the cottage, down the path to the left you can see the river joining on to the sea. Staithes is a really beautiful village, you can spent your time watching the sea, waiting for the sea to go out to do fossile hunting, but be careful as the tide turns and comes in quick. Always best to get a tide timetable from the RNLI for a £1 to be safe before entry on to the rocks.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Feb 2024

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in Staithes and the cottage is beautiful."

    ...only problem we had was with TV which we couldn't watch !! Repetitive problems with signal.....

    Hi. Thanks for your feedback and visit. The TV is for use with Netflix, Amazon, iPlayer etc, as explained in the welcome pack. Thanks again and we hope you'll be back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard4.7May 2023

  • "Absolutely loved our stay xxx"

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.4Mar 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and location."

    There are quite a few little jobs that need sorting No welcome pack or voucher as stated!

    Reviewed by David3.4Feb 2023

  • "Such a lovely cottage in an wonderful location."

    Really enjoyed our stay. Very comfortable beds.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Feb 2023

  • "The Ships Bell is a lovely quaint cottage."

    Had everything anyone needs and has been upgraded to a very good standard. We really enjoyed our stay and would love to return some day.. Would recommend..

    Thanks for the great feedback and for leaving the cottage so lovely on your departure. We are really pleased you enjoyed our cottage and hope you will return! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Nov 2022

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  • Over four floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x second-floor double, 1 x second-floor single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Lower-ground-floor kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and coffee machine
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking available at nearby public car park
  • Small seating area to the front
  • No smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.1 miles and beach 0.3 miles
  • Note: Low ceilings due to original beams in the lower-ground-floor kitchen/diner, please take care
  • Note: There are a few steps leading up to the property, please take care

The property

Resting in the quaint coastal town of Staithes in the North York Moors National Park is Ships Bell.

This historic, stone-fronted property boasts charming characterful features including exposed stone walls and beams, three well-presented bedrooms and a woodburning stove, the perfect setting for families seeking a coastal getaway.

After traversing North Yorkshire’s coastline enter to find a homely sitting room where you can warm your feet by the woodburning stove in front of the TV before heading to the lower-ground-floor to prepare a hearty meal in the fully-equipped kitchen.

Dine together as a family at the table before climbing the stairs to wash off the day’s adventures in either the ground-floor shower room or sleek first-floor bathroom furnished with a claw foot bath.

When sleep calls, rest up ahead of another adventure-filled day in one of three bedrooms; choose from a double, a second-floor double and a single.

In the morning enjoy your evening coffee while marvelling at the view across Staithes from the small seating area at the front of the house.

Then head into the heart of the town to stock up on essentials at the local store or treat your loved ones to a special meal or drinks at The Royal George or The Endeavour.

Meander through Staithes’ charming cobbled streets to find the small, secluded beach and harbour where you can admire vistas of the North Sea.

Venture further afield to Whitby to tour famous attractions including Whitby Abbey, the harbour, Captain Cook Memorial Museum and the Whale Bone Arch then indulge in the town’s famous fish and chips while strolling along its golden sands.

The brave among you may dare to climb the infamous 199 steps or visit the Dracula Experience with live actors.

Outdoor enthusiasts will be in their element as they can join the Cleveland Way which runs from Helmsley to the coast and down to Filey, totalling an impressive 110 miles.

Delight in North Yorkshire’s attractions at Ships Bell.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £400.

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About the location


Whitby 10 miles.

The charming and sleepy seaside village of Staithes, with its cobbled streets and back alleys, is something of an artist’s dream. Its pretty houses and cottages are clustered around the old harbour and surrounded by high craggy cliffs on three sides, with a sheltered sandy beach set amongst the rocky coastline. The village can claim connections with Captain Cook who was apprenticed to a draper near the harbour. Nowadays, Staithes is a must for anyone visiting the Yorkshire Coast and has a good selection of pubs, shops and tea rooms. Staithes is still home to an RNLI lifeboat station and a small fleet of cobles (fishing boats) landing fish, crab and lobster, with boat trips for birdwatching, fishing and even whale watching available. It’s also the location of the popular BBC children’s TV series, Old Jack’s Boat. Staithes has a strong attraction for artists, with an annual Art and Heritage Festival, galleries and artists studios with art courses and workshops regularly on offer. There’s a free Illusion Trail, which guides visitors around the network of ginnels (alleyways), with trail guides available locally. The best views of the town can be enjoyed from the Cleveland Way which runs down the cliff to the sea’s edge. Altogether a superb base for exploring the Yorkshire Coast, visiting the larger resorts of Whitby or Scarborough and enjoying the moorland villages of the North York Moors National Park.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas