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  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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5 Customer Review(s)

  • Dr Marsh

    “To whom it may concern at Sykes Cottages We returned from a Sykes Cottages holiday last Friday (16th) and last weekend I wrote an email expressing certain concerns.”

    Since there has been no acknowledgment of it I think I didn't send it to the right place. So I am resending the email now to this email address. ...

    Since there has been no acknowledgment of it I think I didn't send it to the right place. So I am resending the email now to this email address. We have just returned from an enjoyable week in Staithes, staying in The Nook, Boathouse Yard. However, the holiday was spoiled because of the condition of the cottage, despite having four star rating in your listing. You will know from your records that we have stayed in your cottages a number of times over the years but this is the first time we have felt the need to complain. Before we went we received from you guidance about staying in the cottage under Covid regulations, and therefore were surprised and dismayed that, according to our understanding of the guidance, it was not Covid secure. * For example, your guidance specified that all food should be removed from kitchen cupboards but one cupboard was full of food and there was food in two other cupboards. This made them unavailable for us to use. * The top part of the wardrobe in the main bedroom was full of stuff including old duvets and there was also stuff in the hanging part. In view of Covid regulations we reckoned this made them unavailable for our use. The upholstered bed-end was also very dirty. There was also stuff in the cupboard of the second bedroom and the under-bed space was also full of stuff. * At the end of the week, having stripped the beds, we were appalled at the state of the duvets and mattresses, which were both dirty and stained in several places. * In the bathroom, although the shower was efficient, the shower curtain was badly stained and there was evidence of extensive black mould at the base of the shower. * The window blinds in both the bathroom and the third floor sitting room were broken and therefore unusable. * Some of the lights were not working, including the main light in the top sitting room, and the light on the first floor landing. * The house description is misleading in that it implies that the log burner is "extra warmth", whereas the reality is this is a coal burner (the fuel needing to be bought at the Co-op) and it is necessary in order to heat the radiators in the whole house and the hot water - although there is an efficient immersion heater to provide hot water. In general, we were not convinced that the cottage had been prepared according to Covid guidelines: all the cushions and other soft furnishings were there, as were all the books and games, which we didn't touch. The location and views were brilliant and we loved staying in Staithes. In the past we have been very happy with the Sykes Cottages we have stayed in, and the description and reviews of The Nook suggested that this was going to be another great experience. Unfortunately, this was not to be and we were disappointed; it will make us very cautious when we want to book a cottage in the future as to how far we can trust the description and the reviews we find on the Sykes Cottages site. If it will help you in your response to our concerns, we have photographic evidence of all the issues we have raised. Yours sincerely John and Gill Marsh

    - Dr Marsh, October 2020

The property

Boasting captivating views of the coast of North Yorkshire in the old harbour area of Staithes is this quirky, former fisherman’s cottage, The Nook.

This idyllic hideaway is positioned for families to explore the moorland of the North York Moors National Park, as well as the nearby seaside resorts of Whitby and Scarborough.

Situated over five floors, this property boasts character with boat-style steps taking you to each floor where you will be greeted by charming decor.

On the lower ground floor there is a kitchen, where the contemporary units complement the quality appliances left for you and your loved ones to rustle up delicious meals that can be enjoyed at the dining table.

You’ll enjoy spending time in the snug on the ground-floor, especially on a winter’s evening when the extra warmth from the woodburning stove with keep you toasty warm as you snuggle up on the plush seating.

An additional sitting room awaits on the third-floor, affording you stunning views of your surroundings to admire.

As the evening draws to a close, choose one of the two lovely bedrooms, comprising of a double bedroom and a second-floor bunk bedroom, offering the ideal set up for a family of four.

If you can tear yourself away from this idyllic retreat head to the centre of Staithes where a selection of pubs awaits you, as well as the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre, and the Staithes Studios Gallery to be discovered.

Head slightly further afield to the seaside town of Whitby, where a superb selection of amenities can be found, as well as attractions including the famous 199 steps up to the ruins of the abbey and the stunning Blue Flag beach where you will find opportunities for watersports.

Alternatively, explore the moorland of the North York Moors National Park or head along the Cleveland Way to experience the superb coastal views.

The Nook is a wonderful hideaway for a traditional coastal break to Yorkshire.


  • Over five floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x second-floor bunk
  • Second-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Lower-ground-floor kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Third-floor sitting room
  • Electric heating and woodburning stove
  • Microwave, oven, hob, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Public carpark nearby (£6 for 24 hours)
  • Two well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Pub within walking distance, shop within 2 miles
  • Note: Boat-style staircase, care to be taken
  • Note: This property is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues or children under twelve

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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.

Note: This property is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues or children under twelve.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

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