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Rockfish Cottage

(Ref. 1111822)

Staithes, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • staithes (12)
  • welcome (11)
  • recommend (9)
  • lovely (9)
  • parking (8)

21 Customer Reviews

  • "Super property, well placed for Staithes."

    Spotlessly clean and well equipped. Very cosy. Loved the nautical theme throughout. Never had a welcome hamper as good as the one provided.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Nov 2023

  • "A really lovely cottage to stay."

    A good base to come back to after days out. It had everything that we needed. Clean and comfortable. The welcome hamper was a lovely surprise. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2023

  • "We stayed at Rockfish Cottage, Staithes for seven nights and were very happy with the homeliness, comfort and cleanliness of the property."

    The owner had provided a basket of assorted goodies together with wine and flowers which was a nice personal touch and a nice welcome. The property is located approximately 10 minutes walking distance from the village itself which has two very good pubs serving good food, in addition to a selection of gift and art shops - be aware though, that there is a very steep hill in and out of the village and cars are not allowed. The cottage has ample parking for one car to the rear of the property. There is a Coop just a short walk away and the fish and chip shop is located virtually opposite the cottage which is dine in or takeaway and we highly recommend it. All in all, it’s fair to say that everything exceeded our expectations.

    Thank you for your lovely review and glad you enjoyed Rockfish at Staithes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely little house and a great location."

    Very clean and great facilities. The beds were super comfy! The stairs are steep as advertised and they're also not very deep. This was fine for us as all fit and able, but perhaps tricky for some guests. I know you can't alter the stairs, but worth mentioning.

    Thanks for taking the time to leave us your review, and your lovely comments. We guess the victorians felt like many things stairs are to be endured and not enjoyed, and as you say little can be done despite exploring options. We are delighted you had a good holiday and thank you for choosing Rockfish Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Aug 2023

  • "We loved our time at Rockfish cottage."

    The house is beautifully furnished and a great base for exploring Staithes, Whitby and Saltburn on sea. The stairs are steep but we managed and this is in the description so we knew they would be. The beds were very comfortable and the shower was fantastic. Great to have a parking space too. Thank you for a lovely week.

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are delighted you enjoyed your time with us at Rockfish. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Jul 2023

  • "This property was well maintained and clean."

    We were impressed with the high standard. The only downside was the first night early hours of the morning the boiler kicked in which was loud and woke the people sleeping upstairs, but we turned it off for the rest of the stay. Parking is convenient and the neighbours were friendly.

    Thanks for your lovely comments. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful location and indeed we have fantastic neighbours to. Indeed much of the artwork on our walls is of their making. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Jul 2023

  • "Just back from a fabulous week at Rockfish Cottage, Staithes."

    The cottage was perfect in every way and the communication prior to arrival, with the owner Martin, was super helpful regarding parking instructions etc. The cottage benefits from a high quality finish and all internal appliances, soft furnishings etc are of an exceptional standard for any home, let alone a holiday let! The welcome hamper was also outstanding, including really thoughtful flowers. Thank you ! The location of the Cottage is perfect as it's just on the fringes of the village but close enough for a walk down to the local pubs and amenities. All of which can be reached in maximum 10 mins walk. The local bus service is extremely regular with the bus stop for Whitby to Middlesbrough, (and everywhere in between) just at the end of the road. Handy if you don't want to battle for parking in Whitby, Saltburn etc. Would certainly recommend Rockfish Cottage to anyone who has it on their shortlist . You won't be disappointed .

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2023

  • "On arrival you are standing outside of a terraced house, when you enter you walk into something you would never expect, a big whow factor."

    Updated to a very high class spec, with everything you could want to make it a very enjoyable holiday. Everything made it a special holiday for us and will book again , perfect base for walking which we did our car never moved. Local amenities first class everything we needed. The welcome pack was above and beyond anything we have ever had,

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a fabulous location."

    Close to a co-op and pub, also close to the centre /beach/harbour area. There is a bus stop close by too that has busses that take you into Whitby or Saltburn (and other places along route). The cottage itself is really lovely and parking is a bonus during summer months in Staithes! An absolute suprise bonus was the very generous welcome pack (we arrived very late so that was especially welcome)! We would most definitely return.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jun 2023

  • "A delightful property."

    Superbly furnished with all mod cons. Fantastic welcome pack. Excellent contact from owner providing directions. Very pleasant view from garden over open countryside. Short walk into Staithes but steep. A lovely break, beautiful area. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Howard5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, well equipped, comfortable and homely."

    Extremely clean. There was an issue with the boiler, but the owners very quickly arranged an emergency plumber to resolve it. Sited in a beautiful village.

    Thank you so much for your kind feedback. We are sorry about the boiler issue and for being so understanding while it got fixed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0May 2023

  • "Had a delightful weekend stay at Rockfish Cottage with friends over the weekend."

    The cottage is extremely comfortable, well equipped and of a high spec (which reaches to include soft furnishings, bedding and towels). The welcome package was thoughtful, generous and the owner got in touch with a greeting prior to our arrival. Location wise it’s perfect for exploring Staithes and the surrounding area. Would definitely recommend and will certainly be back!

    Dear Kathryn Thank you for choosing to stay with us and delighted to hear you enjoyed the stay. We really appreciate your feedback and hope to see you in Staithes again in future - there is so much to explore. Best wishes Martin Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in excellent location."

    Would definitely recommend it, as we were only 2 we didn’t use the upstairs bedrooms but they were all spacious. The welcome basket was a delight, even including a potted plant (which I unfortunately forgot to take home). Would definitely book again.

    Dear Lesley Many thanks for your lovely feedback. Delighted you enjoyed your stay and hopefully we will see you again to make sure you get to keep your plant. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Apr 2023

  • "Cottage had everything we needed for a great week and was extremely comfortable."

    It was in a really good spot for Staithes and easy to access everything in the village. The parking was also very convenient.

    Dear Robin Many thanks for your kind words. Delighted to hear you enjoyed Staithes and Rockfish. We hope to see you on the glorious Yorkshire coast again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Apr 2023

  • "Would have benefitted from better instructions (no manual in accommodation) re water/heating as heating was coming on during the night."

    Also security light didn’t come on when using rear entrance at night but came on during the day.

    Many thanks for the high rating feedback. Apologies however that you struggled with the Nest heating control, we are always happy to be rung with any queries and our mobile numbers are in the information folder in the house. Thank you for alerting us to the security light malfunction, we have asked an electrician to have a look at it as we were not aware there was an ongoing issue until you posted your feedback here. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valerie4.4Mar 2023

  • "Perfect place for a break, off road parking, close to bus stops to whitby or Middlesbrough, and things in between."

    Close to the best fish and chip shop in England ( the excelsior ).and close enough to the harbour at staithes to work up a thirst or appetite at one of the eateries/pubs.our host Martin just about thought of everything we would need, big thankyou for that.wouls we come again?...definitely.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are delighted you had a good time and totally agree about the Excelsior. Dangerously close and convenient! We hope to see you again Best wishes Martin Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is a great cottage and we can highly recommend it."

    We found it lovely and clean, cosy and welcoming with comfortable beds and an ideal base from which to explore the North Yorkshire Coast. Walking distance to all of the following: Staithes Harbour, an excellent country pub, the local Co-op, fish shop selling fresh fish, crab and kippers, a first rate fish and chip shop, cliff top footpaths and the bus stop to Whitby - what more could you ask for! We had a great stay.

    We are so pleased you had a good time at Staithes and at Rockfish Cottage. We are truly lucky to have so many great places to see and things to do on our doorstep. Your kind words are greatly appreciated and we hope that we can welcome you back next time you visit Staithes Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Mar 2023

  • "We loved our week in Rockfish Cottage."

    The cottage has been decorated, furnished and equipped to a very high standard. It is only a few minutes walk to the harbour/beach/cafes/pubs and The Cleveland Way. Martin, the owner, was very friendly and helpful. We cannot recommend the cottage highly enough.

    Thank you for your kind feedback and only to happy to assist. Thank you for being such considerate guests and we hope we can welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Feb 2023

  • "We have a wonderful stay at Rockfish Cottage!"

    The cottage has been refurbished to a very high standard, with everything you need and more supplied, including a hamper full of treats! The beds were very comfortable, and the cottage within a couple of minutes walk of the centre of Staithes, and several pubs and cafes. Martin was very helpful and quick to respond when we had a query. Would 100% recommend this beautiful cottage, and we will definitely be back!

    Your recommendation is much appreciated thank you. We don’t take good feedback for granted and thank you for taking the time and effort to leave us a review. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed Staithes and the cottage and hope that you will return in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Feb 2023

  • "Rockfish Cottage was a lovely property which looked newly refurbished and was equipped with everything you would need for your stay."

    Upon arrival, we were greeted with a generous welcome hamper full of goodies. The owners were in contact with us before we arrived to check if we had any questions. We did not have a car and it was perfectly situated for us to visit some really nice local pubs in & outside the village on foot, who served great homemade food, as well as a local Co-op, just a few minutes away. It was also well situated for us to undertake some successful circular walks, where we were able to take in some of the amazing rugged coastline. I would thoroughly recommend a stay here.

    We are very fortunate with our location and have some great places to visit, walk, and sightsee almost on the doorstep. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. We hope Staithes and Rockfish Cottage will see you again. Kind regards Martin Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2022

  • "Rockfish Cottage is a wonderful place to stay, fitted out beautifully to a high specification."

    Parking can be a rare commodity in Staithes and this offers space for 1 vehicle with only half a mile walk down to the harbour. Newly refurbished, this cottage highly recommended from us. Staithes did not disappoint, a picture around every corner, we found a small fossil too. A full welcome pack including treats and information helps you settle immediately into your holiday. Delicious food locally, this cottage will be popular, I have no doubt! What you waiting for?

    What a lovely review! Thank you. We really appreciate you taking the time and it does make a difference to those looking for somewhere to stay in Staithes and it is joyful for us to read. Many thanks indeed. Martin Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dayna5.0Oct 2022

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor super king-size (zip/link, can be a twin on request), 1 x king-size with TV, 1 x single
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail, and WC
  • Open-plan kitchen, dining area and sitting area with a woodburning stove
  • Central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, coffee machine
  • 2 x TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power, and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Rear garden with lawn, furniture, and bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.2 miles, Staithes Harbour 0.6 miles
  • Note: The stairs are steep

The property

Set centrally in Staithes, a seaside village in North Yorkshire, is this well-positioned three-bedroom cottage, Rockfish Cottage.

The cottage enjoys a countryside surrounding, displayed from the rear garden, while in proximity to the local harbour, making it the perfect base for exploring both the country and coast; the cottage welcomes five guests, offering flexible sleeping arrangements and partial ground-floor living.

Make use of the open-plan living space, where you can rustle up some hearty meals, dine as a family, and relax in front of the woodburning stove, before heading outside for some peace and quiet.

The ground-floor also houses the bathroom, along with a super king-size (zip/link) bedroom, for convenience; by climbing the stairs you'll find two further bedrooms, including a king-size with TV, and a single.

Within walking distance, you'll arrive at an array of village amenities, including The Whitby Crab, Cod & Lobster, and The Endeavour as dine-out options, along with a convenience store.

On your travels you'll also fine Kettleness beach, perfect for lounging upon on sunny days, Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre, showcasing a diverse collection of artefacts and memorabilia, and Mulgrave Castle, and its ancient ruins, ideal for touring if you’re interested in history or architecture.

Heading to the bustling town of Whitby, embark on a hike across the Cinder Track, climb the 199 Steps, offering panoramic views across Whitby coastline, or head to Whitby Abbey, a grand landmark, attracting visitors for over 1,500 years.

Venturing West, reach Saltburn-by-the-Sea, also home to popular attractions, including the sandy shores of Saltburn Beach, or perhaps aboard the cliff tramway, starting from the shoreline and travelling upward, offering breath-taking vistas of the county, whilst Saltburn Gill Nature Reserve is recommended for its secluded and nature-filled setting, ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.

Enjoy all that North Yorkshire has to offer at Rockfish Cottage.

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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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