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Old Stables Cottage

(Ref. 1010832)

Loftus, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Quirky place, well located."

    No parking but handy public carpark at back. Bedding and towels clean and fresh. Cottage clean, except cups and some plates in kitchen, which were very dirty and dressing table drawers in one bedroom were full of empty sweet papers and old eyelashes. Stone step into one of the bedrooms needs carpeting as it’s a very deep step. Overall, would recommend

    Reviewed by Donna3.4Nov 2023

  • "We loved our stay at The Stables Cottage."

    The facilities were ideal, and the location perfect for exploring parts of the Cleveland Way. We particularly liked the wood burning stove, using complimentary firewood, for the November evenings. Thank you

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely comfy cottage really enjoyed our week at the old stables couldn't have asked for anything more"

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2023

  • "An old fashioned quite quirky house."

    To my taste, stone flooring, wooden beams and curious ornaments. Although situation is close to the high Street, the house is set back and private, on a country lane. A nice bakery cafe called the ‘willow’ is walking distance and so are the local shops. Although the month is late September, I slept with the bedroom upper roof windows open, which was refreshing. There is a bench outside near the front door, it was nice to sit out with a glass of wine. Lots of near places to visit via car. The house is larger than I had anticipated, hence suitable for families. Two bedrooms near at one side and a other bedroom at the far side of the property. A fine experience and I would love to return.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had an excellent stay, we would of liked to known about the parking not on site before, as we had bikes with us which we had to take off everyday."

    Listing states on site parking. Everything we needed and good base for what we needed.

    Reviewed by Rachael4.7Aug 2023

  • "Lovely accomodation, in a small town near the sea, perfect for a family who will travel to nearby towns too."

    Lovely beach at Skinningrove! Listing needs updating, as parking is no longer possible at the house, despite this being in the information. Chosen as I have mobility issues and also children in the party who are young. House was homely, could do with a set of plastic cups, plates etc from the yellow and blue Swedish giant, but lots of space and facilites were very good.

    Reviewed by Hannah4.4Jul 2023

  • "Quant little cottage and generally clean."

    Unfortunately there are rather a lot of ornaments, "bric a brac" and other unnecessary items scattered around taking up needed space. There is also a serious issue with the faulty door and door handle for the ensuite shower room...there is NO handle on the inside plus the door is very badly warped and can only be closed properly by pushing against it from the outside!! If it was closed from the outside while someone was inside they would be unable to get out!

    Reviewed by Carol2.2Jun 2023

  • "Generally a pleasant couple of days."

    Premises clean and tidy though showing some signs of wear and tear. Ground coffee and tea- bags provided but a small bottle of milk in the fridge would have been a nice additional touch.Plenty of local amenities and close to the coast. All guests found the beds comfy.

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.4Jun 2023

  • "This booking was for a family of 5."

    The cottage was charming, well equipped, warm and comfortable. The cost was reasonable for what we got. The location was good for the N Yorkshire Moors and coastal resorts. Communication was easy. Very pleased with our stay.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Apr 2023

  • "We loved our little holiday."

    Cottage was cozy and we loved the log burner. Local beach Skivington is amazing . Julie and her husband (the caretakers) were lovely and helpful, mentioned a problem one morning with one of the toilet seats … by the time we came back it was fixed. The local Co-op just around the corner has everything you need. We would definitely stay again . The cottage is very characterful and charming. We were very lucky with the weather for March .

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is a really delightful cottage: cosy, homely, comfortable, well-equipped, eccentrically but very charmingly decorated with assorted bric-à-brac - not at all your average anonymous holiday property."

    It’s in a quiet back lane just off the high street in Loftus: a handsome, friendly little town with good facilities (Co-op, nice cafes, takeaways - though it’s *such* a pity none of the five pubs appears to do food!) that benefits from an amazingly good half-hourly bus service to Saltburn & Middlesbrough in one direction and to Staithes & Whitby in the other: we came without a car and didn’t need one. There is great walking along the spectacular Cleveland coast and up into the North York Moors. The only real downside to the cottage is a lack of sound insulation: the two main bedrooms are separated only by a 1cm plasterboard partition, so that every word said in one can be heard in the other!

    Reviewed by David4.7Oct 2022

  • "Excellent cottage lovely and clean ,very comfortable only problem was size of en-suite,just too small to be comfortable, downstairs bathroom was perfect."

    Reviewed by Bryan4.7Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage everything you need for a enjoyable stay the locals are so friendly."

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage situated in a lovely quiet street."

    Loads of character and warm and welcoming. Fab location for exploring the East Coast

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely and welcoming, ideally positioned for the beaches we visited during our short stay."

    It was quite tricky to find from the instructions provided but as soon as we found the car park, we were able to find the cottage! The area the cottage is situated in, particularly the car park is a little run down, especially the scrap cars buried in the undergrowth next to the property, however, once inside the cottage is lovely. The bathrooms are in need of updating & general repair but functional and clean. We had everything we could have wanted for our stay.

    Reviewed by Carol3.4Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, very clean and extremely well equipped."

    The cottage is located in a small side road off the high street in the nicer part of Loftus. And from Loftus much of North Yorkshire is within easy reach. I will definitely come back if I am in need of accommodation again in the area.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely place!"

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0May 2022

  • "Very quirky cottage."

    Wood burner was just perfect due to weather Couple of issues. Lack of parking. Felt overwhelmed with the amount of ornaments and trinkets throughout the property. Cutlery could do with an update as most knives wouldn’t cut butter! Julie (the cleaner) was very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Marion3.4Mar 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our short stay at this cottage."

    A quiet location but just off the main high street two minutes walk from the local shops,pubs and restaurants. The cottage was well equipped, clean and comfortable. For six people another small armchair in the lounge to replace the wooden chair would have been nice. Only 4 chairs around dining table but we brought two down from bedrooms so no real problem. Parking at the cottage was not available but a lovely free car park just yards from the cottage. Very good value for money holiday would recommend.

    Reviewed by Neil4.4Sep 2021

  • "Lovely quirky cottage, clean and comfortable, lacks a washing machine otherwise it would have been 5stars for facilities."

    4 of us had a great week in the cottage and eat from the good and cheap takeaways in the Village.

    Reviewed by Grahame4.7Sep 2021

  • "It was a lovely cottage just a shame about parking but the car park at the back ..."

    It was a lovely cottage just a shame about parking but the car park at the back is more then enough if you have 2 car but there as only seating for 5 in the kitchen and 5 in the living room for saying 6 adults can stay and it would be nice is someone could get back to be about the email I sent about lift items

    Reviewed by Grace3.8Aug 2021

  • "Unable to get hot water on weekend of arrival."

    no phone number to contact anyone. phone number on key ring was for an estate agents who had sold the property, ideally replace key ring as this is confusing. we were also unable to turn on the television until Sunday, no instructions as to where to turn on. owner contacted through Sykes on Monday re hot water, we were then told where emersion heater was. Owner called electrician, no one ever came. there were also opened jars of food in the cupboards and fridge on our arrival. the bed linen in the 2 rooms upstairs had dark hairs on the sheets, used our own linen cottage itself was lovely but more information and contact details would be beneficial

    Reviewed by Susan3.1Aug 2021

  • "The dog bed under the stairs is a lovely touch but we weren't aware that it was there so took a dog crate with us, it would be helpful for future guests to be aware that they do not need to take one."

    We had a very pleasant stay and would like to say some of the reviews we had read were unreasonable , it is lovely and full of character.

    Reviewed by Nicole4.4Jul 2021


    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fantastic location only 4 miles from the lovely town of Saltburn on sea."

    The cottage was perfect for our group of 6. Olde world with lots of personal touches and ample bedding, towels, crockery and cutlery. Julie was on hand with really helpful advise and help. We enjoyed our stay and would stay again

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0Jun 2021

  • "A very well equipped cottage, extremely well maintained and a lovely welcome and helpful greeting from Julie"

    Reviewed by Andrea4.7May 2021

  • "A real cottage ideally located for exploring the nearby coast and North Yorkshire Moors."

    The cottage was very clean and has everything you need for your stay. The only thing missing is outside space although there is off road parking for one car. I would certainly recommend and stay again.

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Apr 2021

  • "After reading the bad reviews about this cottage, we still went ahead and booked as the location was perfect and as we were the first ones in after lockdown, we thought there had been plenty of time to address the problems reported."

    When we arrived, we found the quirky cottage pleasant, it seemed to be clean but after further inspection the kitchen, cultery, plates, cups etc, doors, light switches and in the corners of the rooms we're dirty. We didn't feel it followed the covid expectations but gave it a clean and carried on. There are a lot of breakable objects around the cottage which we had to move as we had 2 dogs and 3 kids. The extractor fan over the oven didn't work(had been mentioned in another review) so the kitchen became quite smokey when cooking. We also noticed non of the electrical items had been pat tested. It took a while to work out where everything was as there was only one laminated info sheet. All the cottages we've stayed in before have left a welcome pack, milk, bottle of wine, dog biscuits etc which is a lovely touch, this didn't. The first night me and my husband were bit on our legs, we thought it was bed bugs which maybe was common in old properties. The second night my daughter was bit and so we're we again. My husband inspected our mattress and found a flea! We checked our dogs, which I had treated before we came, but couldn't find any. We checked the whole property and found they were living on the sofa in the living room. We were bit every night after and so we're the rest of the children. Apart from not being able to sleep at night we tried to not let it spoil our holiday. On returning home and after having to wash absolutely everything, treat the dogs and spray everything I rang Sykes to make them aware. After to weeks I've still not had any feedback. We've been staying in Sykes cottages for a few years now and have always had outstanding experiences and the cottages have been exceptional. It's such a shame that after all the bad reviews on this property nothing has been done to resolve the issues. I really hope the people booked in for the rest of the year don't have the same experience as we did.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, this is very important to us. Following your feedback the property has been thoroughly checked and there was no evidence of any fleas, the property was sprayed and sanitised anyway. If you had voiced your concerns during your stay we would have tried to resolve any issues swiftly. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Esther1.9Apr 2021

  • "This is a lovely comfortable cottage with good amenities for a short stay."

    The only think lacking in the kitchen was some decent sharp knives. The place was clean, the beds comfy, interesting historical features and a great fireplace to cosy around after some lovely blustery walks along the coastline. Definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Oct 2020

  • "We loved the cottage, it was more than suitable for 4 family members."

    The cottage was very homely cosy and warm. There is a guest sign in for Netflix and wi fi was good. The immediate area is run down but places nearby have beautiful beaches,Skinninggrove and Saltburn on sea Fantastic beaches for the dogs. Across from the co op there is a great shop for bread, pies etc and a good takeaway breakfast, The tiger inn did a lovely evening meal. West end road did the best fish and chips we now know what a splash is . Just what we needed a break from COVID.

    Reviewed by Dave4.4Oct 2020

  • "Despite recent feedback about the cottage from others we found it to be lovely, quirky and very comfortable stay."

    The cottage was located just off the Main Street which was peaceful but close enough to nip to the shop if we needed anything. Also it isn’t too far from beaches and the countryside. Inside the cottage we struggled to get the en-suite shower to heat but this didn’t bother us as we all shared the main bathroom downstairs. Also the cottage could do with a washing machine if in the future they decided to upgrade, but that didn’t deter us from booking. The heating in the cottage was easy to use and warmed the cottage in no time at all. We did have the option of using the log burner but we didn’t need it as it was lovely and warm, this is a lovely feature for the cottage. Overall a lovely stay with everything we needed and we would definitely book again. Thank you

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Sep 2020

  • "The cottage has every thing we needed to make for a lovely holiday with shops ..."

    The cottage has every thing we needed to make for a lovely holiday with shops close by and it is just a nice place to be all the people who live near there are so friendly and say hello every time you see them

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2020

  • "I booked without reading the awful reviews others had left."

    Arrived to see a lovely cottage as advertised. Property is in a good location to get to beaches and the countryside. It's an old place and the bathroom was a little damp smelling though not damp

    Reviewed by Lynn4.7Sep 2020

  • "This is by far the worst property I have stayed in after years of using sykes cottages."

    To begin the extractor fan for the oven was not working which made cooking difficult considering most of the windows cannot be opened. The rope bannister for the stairs is coming out the wall which forced my arthritic wife to climb on her hands and knees to get up the stairs which the owners seemed not bothered about. Also, there was small amounts of damage elsewhere in the property such as the fire hanging off the wall which we had to put back on which is an obvious fire hazard the owners also seem to think is unimportant. We had tried to contact the owner regarding if there was a washing machine and fridge at the property, (there was not a washing machine) Sykes also tried which I can only assume the owners ignored considering what happened at the end of my 'holiday'. What astounded me most was that the owner left me an abusive voicemail threatening to have sykes 'Deal with us' and after a further call it was explained that my family had left crumbs under the bed and the top of the cooker dirty. I do not understand exactly what the owner wished from our conversation except the chance to give me some more verbal abuse. I have since spoken with sykes and was told that the owners are not allowed to use customers private phone numbers for these reasons especially to abuse their customers. To conclude a terrible property that reflects the people who own it. I would also warn anybody who is thinking of using this property to stay away and read the other comments that I think reflect my own experience.

    Reviewed by Elaine1.3Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was well equipped, comfortable and the bedroom sizes were great."

    It was a lovely idea to have a “doggie bedroom”. My only negatives would be that: there is no outdoor area, minimal room to hang things after being out for the day if sandy/wet and the Wi-fi was not good in the bedroom furthest from the router. It is a good location for exploring the nearby area and we enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Denise4.4Aug 2020

  • "This cottage was perfect, peaceful relaxing and clean, it has an amazing charm that immediately makes you relax."

    Only think to say slightly negative is when we were there they could really do with a few extra mugs and cutlery could really do with an upgrade. but loved it and already booked and counting days to our return.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.7Feb 2020

  • "Nice little cottage close to Saltburn-by-the-sea and Staithes."

    Whitby is also not too far away to visit by car. We had a night in Saltburn and used the taxi service J&P taxis. Loftus had couple of pubs, no where really to eat in the location though. Great for just a few nights stay. One downside to the cottage, that I would suggest needs looking at are the showers. You cannot use both showers at the same time because they both cut out. This kind of defeats the object of having a main bathroom and an en-suite, especially when 6 people are trying to get ready. The bedding in the bedroom with the en-suite needs changing. The quilt is very thin and doesn’t fit the double quilt, it feels like a single quilt in a double cover. The radiator in this room also doesn’t work so a thicker quilt in the winter is essential because it’s a very cold room. Hand soap and a full washing up liquid in the property would be a nice touch, especially for just a few nights stay. The current frying pan is not big enough to make a full meal for 6 people. There aren’t enough sharp knives if you would like to make a full meal. The property could also do with more drinking glasses. We had to buy plastic cups to drink out of. When spending nearly £800 for a 3 night NYE trip I would expect better facilities in the property. Overall a great stay but could be improved with a few adjustments.

    Reviewed by Melissa3.4Dec 2019

  • "The cottage was indeed a character cottage and full of charm but in need of some TLC as a letting."

    It's in a good location near amenities and good walks but not as homely as we would have liked compared to other properties we have stayed in . Here are some points: 1. The property felt a bit damp when we first arrived and after a long journey was not welcoming. Apparently there had been a problem with the heating. It would have made such a difference after a long journey and arriving in the dark to have had a bit of warmth in the place. This was particularly the case in the bedroom with the ensuite bathroom where we understood later that the radiator had been disconnected. If we had known this we wouldn't have chosen to sleep in it -- as it was we found a small electric heater but this was not overly effective and we were concerned about how safe it was as it was quite old looking. 2. The bedding was very very dated and past its best. The duvet in the room without any heating was particularly thin and inadequate. The mattresses were very very soft as were the pillows. Nothing that a trip to IKEA wouldn't sort fairly cheaply. 3. The kitchen was full of quaint pots eg. 3 trifle bowls and 2 massive egg storage pots, baked egg pots but there were only 3 decent sized mugs and only one kitchen knife ( a bread/carving knife). We ended up in ASDA buying a set of knives, cutlery ( the table knives weren't really up to a roast) and a couple of pyrex bowls as well as a sizeable pan. The place was advertised for 6 but not kitted out for 6.The main utensils were also lacking. 4. Some of the electrics were questionable - the outside light didn't work, the socket to the right of the cooker was loose, the bedside light in the main bedroom was broken and the main light in the bedroom down the steps stopped working. 5. It would have been nice to have had a welcome pack for our arrival - other companies provide a booklet with up to date information about the property and the local area ( the leaflets in the basket in the entrance were all old). We did find a laminated sheet after a couple of days in the magazine rack but this was out of date as it described a fridge/freezer in the entrance way which no longer existed. A nice touch at Christmas and provided in other properties is a small hamper - even a local packet of biscuits and a welcome note is a nice touch. It was nice to have a basket of logs and firelighters. 6. We would have liked access to a hoover and an ironing board - there was an iron but no board. 7. Bin/rubbish - we managed to sort this out but instructions would have been helpful. 8. Car parking - better directions about the parking would have been helpful especially as we arrived in the dark. The description of the parking outside the cottage was not accurate and was actually at the side - we guessed this was OK and a lady who helps look after the cottage reassured our son the next day that it was. Sykes were good with communication and booking etc but the property was disappointing especially for the cost.

    Reviewed by Louise2.5Dec 2019

  • "This is a beautiful cottage, situated in a quiet part of the city of Loftus."

    The furnishings are gorgeous & displayed just as they are on the website. The beds are extremely comfortable, as are the sofas in the TV room. The TV & wifi work well & are extremely easy to use. The kitchen was well stocked, with all the crockery, cutlery, pots and pans & even extras like electric grills. The co-op is nearby within 2 mins walking distance & is very well stocked. We travelled by rail & had no car, but bus services to Whitby, Saltburn & Middlesborough depart regularly from nearby. Overall, a beautiful cottage retreat away from the hustle bustle of large cities.

    Reviewed by Shehryar Tajammal4.4Jul 2019

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  • Three bedrooms; 1 x double with an en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x double
  • Ground-floor bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Woodburning stove
  • Oven, hob, microwave, TV and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent and log starter pack for winter months
  • Off-road parking for one car, public parking close by
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Two pets welcome
  • Pub and shop within 0.1 miles
  • Note: there are 2 staircases in the property
  • One staircase takes you to two bedrooms and the 2nd staircase takes you to the 3rd bedroom
  • Please note: this property does not have a garden, there are plenty of walking opportunities close by and also a park around the corner to the property

The property

Resting within striking distance of the Yorkshire coast and the majestic North York Moors, is the idyllic Old Stables Cottage.

This heart-warming retreat is perfect for a family seeking a traditional getaway to an area steeped in natural beauty and a vast array of attraction and activities to suit a group of all ages and tastes.

Be greeted by the character features of the property with its exposed beams and the quaint inglenook fireplace which houses a warming woodburning stove.

Look forward to relaxing into your evening within the open-plan living room, which is spacious enough for the whole family to gather and houses everything you could possibly need during a week-long stay.

Rustle up an evening meal within the amply-equipped kitchen before sinking into the plush seating arrangement which rests in front of the TV and the woodburning stove, gently filling the room with warmth during the winter months.

The characterful charm continues within the bedrooms, which comprises of a double bedroom with its own en-suite and two additional double bedrooms to choose from.

A stone’s throw away from the cottage is a superb selection of pubs and restaurants which are certain to satisfy all tastes, as well as a number of shops for picking up the essentials.

Only a few minutes drive is the beautiful sandy beach at Skinningrove, which is dog-friendly throughout the year.

Also in Skinningrove is the Mining Museum and the KasKane cafe.

To keep you busy whilst staying here, venture to the coastal towns of Runswick Bay and Staithes with further amenities to explore, or venture to the sandy beach of Saltburn-by-the-Sea, offering opportunities for a range of watersports and to ride on the famous cliff tramway.

Further afield, is the historical town of Whitby with its long stretch of sand, famous fish and chips, and the 199 steps up to the ruins of Whitby Abbey.

Old Stables Cottage is a superb retreat for an adventure filled holiday with your loved ones.

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About the location


Saltburn-by-the-Sea 4 miles; Hinderwell 6 miles; Whitby 14 miles.

The village of Loftus lies 14 miles north of Whitby on the east coast of Yorkshire. Originally an old alum mining village, it comprises terraced houses, old stone cottages and a few grand stone dwellings. The long and lively main street hosts a variety of shops, eateries, pubs, banks and an impressive town hall. Lying behind the main street is a leisure centre with an excellent swimming pool. Loftus is well placed for discovering the small coastal villages of Runswick Bay and Staithes, the latter being a popular choice for artists. Four miles to the north is the elegant spa town of Saltburn with its golf club and long pier stretching over the wide sands. The stunning North Yorkshire Moors countryside is on the doorstep and the Jurassic fossil coast lies to the south.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas