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Lion Cottage

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Hinderwell near Runswick Bay, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a nice few days staying at Lion cottage, unfortunately we had to leave a day early as the weather deteriorated dramatically!"

    It’s a nice cottage although we found it quite chilly even in May. Families should be aware that there is no washing machine which could be an issue for some. Apart from that everything that you need is provided and the bottle of wine in the fridge was a nice touch and much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Sally3.1May 2024

  • "Had a wonderful time at lion cottage ,ideally situated for ourselves and for a small village it had two pubs,a butchers(highly recommend)and a fish and chip shop all a very short walk away."

    The cottage is small but Very comfortable and I would love to stay there again.

    Reviewed by Derek4.7Mar 2024

  • "A lovely little house,full of charm and character, well priced, warm and cosy perfect for a break, in the centre of friendly village with lots of lovely walks nearby, everything you could need, wifi was great no problems, we liked sitting in the window seats,and admiring the old cottage doors and my parents were so happy, my dad painted a thank you for the owners of lion cottage."

    Thank you lion cottage :) *the nearby village chip shop is a lovely bonus

    Reviewed by Alexander5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely property, nice comfortable bed."

    Second bedroom was ideal for our teenage daughter. Lots of extras there like USB chargers, ironing board, washing up liquid and tea towels. The only downside is the wall heaters don't give off much heat, thankfully there was plenty of blankets and a plug in heater that we could use.

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Apr 2023

  • "Nice, cosy cottage, comfortable bed, great bath and shower!"

    Information on how to manage the heating would have been useful as the evenings were cool but otherwise it was a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Linda4.4Sep 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay in Lion Cottage."

    It was beautifully presented and in a lovely village conveniently situated for exploring the coastal region. Because it is compact there isn't space for a dishwasher or washing machine. This was fine for us but a family of four might find it more difficult. We sat in the chairs as we found the sofa too low and not comfortable. A minor point but the dvd in the upper bedroom did not seem to be working. The stairs up here are very steep. However, the cottage is a great place to stay and we would come back again.

    Reviewed by Heather4.4Sep 2022

  • "We had an enjoyable stay in Lion Cottage with our young 2 children."

    It was very clean and well equipped and the kids loved the attic room. The top of the stairs is steep and quite open into the top room but my 4 and 7 year olds managed well with a night light and practice. Location was good for accessing the local coast line and moors. Only thing I would suggest is that there should be a couple of larger saucepans as the small pans meant we couldn’t cook meals from scratch for the 4 of us, they simply weren’t big enough. Overall though a lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Anna4.1Aug 2022

  • "A very clean and nicely decorated cottage down a narrow lane which meant parking had to be as close as you could get on the busy main road."

    I found the double bed very comfortable, but the lounge sofa very uncomfortable unless you raised the seat on cushions. The shower was adequate and a non slip mat is provided, but the toilet cistern needs attention. The kitchen is badly laid out with very little work space particularly if you will be cooking for four. Bring your own favourite can opener. There is a DVD player with the TV but bring your own to play on it. Also bring games etc. in case you get a rainy day and can't sit out in the pleasant front garden. There is a good bus service through the village - every half hour each way - which I found useful. With a few tweeks and additions this would be a nice little cottage.

    Reviewed by Mike3.8Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Was very clean and had everything we needed for a really comfortable stay. Blended old look with modern needs. Description accurate. Great location. Hinderwell great for walks to Runswick and Staithes. Enjoyed meals at the pub short walk nearby.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2022

  • "Really lovely cottage in a beautiful area."

    The place was spotless and comfortable, couldn’t fault it at all. I would definitely recommend this cottage to others.

    Reviewed by Lindsey5.0May 2022

  • "This was our second visit to Lion cottage."

    Comfortable cottage in a lovely setting with friendly neighbours. Ample parking on the road. Quiet location with plenty of walks in the area. Ideal for both the coast & Yorkshire moors. The nearest pub to the cottage, The Badger & Hounds, is very smart & has excellent service & meals.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage comfortable clean in lovely village."

    Well appointed except couldn't fathom out how to work tv. Instructions didn't seem to relate to tv so didn't use. Saying that we personally didn't miss it. Also no washing machine. We wouldn't have used it by those who are younger and have children may have needed one. All in all would recommend.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Very clean and comfortable. Had everything we needed. Steep stairs to the second bedroom and narrow beds, but for our 8 year old daughter this wasn’t a problem, she absolutely loved the loft room, she didn’t want to leave it! Tv in loft room, and smart tv downstairs. Perfect little base for our adventures.

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Feb 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation and location"

    Reviewed by Barry4.4Oct 2021

  • "Steep spiral stairwell to second bedroom, should be highlighted and not good for people with mobility issues."

    No wifi!

    Reviewed by Christine4.1Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, and the garden is a real selling point, it's a beautiful place to sit of an evening."

    The one down side to this cottage is we won't be able to visit again, because of the no pets policy. It's one of the rare times in my life I haven't got a dog, and I'm hoping to change that soon, so I will need to go back to booking pet friendly cottages.

    Reviewed by Mahoney4.7Aug 2021

  • "Cute and characterful little cottage for our family of 4."

    Friendly locals and a great place to explore the Yorkshire coast from.

    Reviewed by Sofi3.4Jul 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage in a beautiful area."

    We were lucking enough to get a last minute booking for a few days and this cottage just suited. However as we were only staying for three nights it was fine but, the single beds are very narrow and it does lack certain facilities for longer stays i.e no washer, dishwasher. The bathroom could do with a hook for robes and maybe a grabrail in the bath area. We did enjoy the garden though as we had absolutely glorious weather so it was great to sit out there after a long day away. Had a lovely meal at the Badger across the road and the guys that own it were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Ann4.1Jul 2021

  • "Lovely little hideaway for two of us (not sure how it would be for 4)."

    Perfect location in the village and no problems parking on the main road. It was nice to have the garden for those warmer days/evenings. All in all, a comfortable, sweet little cottage - I even found the bed comfortable, which is strange for me!! If you prize having super modern interiors in a very old building, this probably isn’t the place for you. But if, like us, you like a place to have a bit of quirky character then Lion Cottage is lovely and very reasonably priced.

    Reviewed by Karen4.1Jun 2021

  • "I rated the stay 4 stars because the location and the local residents were actually 5 stars but your feedback did not ask that."

    The cottage was very small certainly too small for 4 people I feel and I would have rated it 3 stars. The lack of internet was a problem as finding local info online would have been useful. Mobile phone coverage was poor so this made internet access more important. It was a great spot if you like walking as many walks can be undertaken without using the car.

    Reviewed by Rosemary2.8Jun 2021

  • "The property has a damp problem in the lounge."

    Storage radiators and an immersion heater are not ideal in a holiday let. The toilet cistern was a bit antiquated and tricky to flush (tug too hard and water splashed over the top onto you). Kitchen door, through to the back door, door handle came off in my hand - needs repair. The garden furniture was very much past its best and needs replacing. Generally, the house was cramped and layout of furniture very poor. Very difficult to use the microwave as it opened against you (door on wrong side). There was no holiday leaflet information about the locality and no guest book (Covid?). This was not a welcoming property.

    Reviewed by Sylvia2.8Jun 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage with all a couple needs for a week."

    Set well away from the road so no issues with road noise and parking was easy. Ideally placed bench and table for eating outside which catches the sun at various times of the day. There are other cottages around, but you don’t feel too visible. The neighbours were very friendly. Hinderwell is a great location for both the coast and the moors and we would happily return

    Reviewed by Kath5.0Apr 2021

  • "Cottage was lovely and cosy and just what we needed for our stay as we were out and about during the day and was a good base to come back to at the end of the day."

    Good that is was set back from the main road so no traffic noise. My daughter loved the attic bedroom. There's no WiFi however and the coat stand at the back entrance door was broken so and there was no where else to hang coats in the cottage so would benefit from a new stand and hooks on the backs of doors throughout. The toilet requires a lid on the tank as it tends to splash a bit when flushing.

    Reviewed by Rachael3.8Apr 2021

  • "Think that Wi-Fi strongly recommended especially in light of current covid restrictions."

    None of our phones had internet capabilities and many pubs/restaurants/places of interest required pre-booking online. Otherwise the cottage was very cosy and well enough equipped for us. The kitchen would benefit from a rethink regarding layout as currently very little worktop space especially if preparing good etc. Perhaps a run of units along 'cooker ' wall?

    Reviewed by Paul3.8Sep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    Think it could do would some modernising such as WiFi and somewhere to dry wet towels for instance. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Christopher3.1Aug 2020

  • "A lovely cozy cottage in a perfect location to explore the North Yorkshire coast."

    The cottage was very clean and well equipped with everything needed for a self catering break. The bedrooms are very spacious with a fantastic view from the top floor. We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be looking to book again.

    Reviewed by Celine4.4Aug 2020

  • "Overall the cottage was what we expected for the money."

    It was clean, the owners were helpful and Hinderwell is a nice village with a twenty minute walk to the beach at Runswick Bay. Lion cottage is quite small and dark inside but it had everything you needed for a week’s stay. It was value for money considering we were there at the peak of the summer in August. The biggest negative is the parking on the busy main road.

    Reviewed by Steve4.1Aug 2020

  • "Lovely house very comfortable and cosy had a very relaxing stay thank you"

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Dec 2019

  • "It was fab."

    Lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Derick5.0Nov 2019

  • "Everything was nice, A extra cooking pan ( for 4 persons) in the kitchen would have been welcome"

    Reviewed by Rogier3.8Oct 2019

  • "I was surprised that the details on your site gave the impression that the field of camping and beautiful view [picture was at the end of the garden which it was not."

    We could only see this view standing on tiptoe or on the bed in the 2nd floor bedroom and craning our necks to see out of the tiny high window. I think this picture should be removed as it is misleading. All else was good except the noise of the busy road at the end of our garden. We had to take pot luck parking on this road as there was no other available parking.

    Reviewed by Jayne4.1May 2019

  • "Lovely comfortable and clean cottage in perfect setting."

    Convenient for pubs, walks, moors and coast. Very friendly owner. Quiet area with friendly neighbours. On road parking was never a problem as plenty of spaces. One of our best holidays!

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage was welcoming and comfy."

    It’s an excellent base to explore the surrounding countryside and coastal areas. The proximity of the cafe, shop and pubs meant everything you needed was close to hand. We found the lack of WiFi a benefit as it gave us valuable family time. Would recommend to small families and couples. We all had a great time. Thanks

    Reviewed by Nicole4.7Apr 2019

  • "A minor point to make is it would be ideal if there was a washing machine available."

    Everything else was fantastic.

    Reviewed by John4.7Apr 2019

  • "Nice clean cottage ,friendly neighbors,felt homely"

    Reviewed by John4.4Dec 2018

  • "We enjoyed our short break in Hinderwell."

    One big advantage of the cottage is that because it is set back from the High Road, it is very peaceful and there's no traffic noise. The Runcible Spoon cafe a few doors down the High St is a great place for a coffee, lunch or an evening meal. The butcher's also has basics like milk, cheese, pasta etc - everything you need for a meal

    Reviewed by Anna4.7Oct 2018

  • "We had a lovely stay in Lion Cottage, Hinderwell."

    The cottage was very comfortable for the 2 of us (might have been a bit cramped for 4) cosy to come back to after a day out and very well equipped. I think it was very good value for money. The cottage does not have WiFi, and we frequently had no phone signal because of the thick walls of the cottage. This was not a problem for us - until we needed to contact the 111service for some advice in the middle of the night. I couldn't use the on-line service and when I phoned the phone kept cutting out. It was just unlucky that I was unwell while we were there (fortunately nothing serious that was sorted with antibiotics) but when we are more and more reliant on online services these days I feel WiFi would be an added benefit to the cottage. Other than that we had a lovely stay and would recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Oct 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely, clean and cosy."

    In quiet location and great for walks straight from the door. The bottle of wine and biscuits a lovely surprise on arrival. No issues with the road side parking.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lion cottage was wonderful."

    It had everything we needed for our break.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Aug 2018

  • "Everything was really spot on could not fault the cottage."

    Reviewed by Maurice5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage was damp, felt this in bedsheets and damp smell in cottage."

    Other than this, with a little heat from the fire the place was comfortable and we'll equipped. Nicely situated and quiet area with good local amenities.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Jun 2018

  • "Good position for coastal walks and visiting places, nice and quiet, there is no ..."

    Good position for coastal walks and visiting places, nice and quiet, there is no parking at the cottage but plenty of roadside parking which is not a problem,cosy comfortable cottage which is well equipped, telly is abit on the small side, good powerfull shower, key collection exactly as descirbed, we had 3 excellent meals at the brown cow across the road, good bus service,

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Jun 2018

  • "Great holiday."

    Lion Cottage was delightful. Ample room for 2. Everything you could want in the cottage. Hinderwell is quiet but there's plenty of places to walk to from the cottage. Lots of walking and things to see in the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2018

  • "We enjoyed our week in Lion Cottage, it is well equipped and comfortable."

    Hinderwell is very well positioned for walks both coastal and inland routes. Although Wi-fi is not available in the cottage we did manage to log on in the local pub called the Brown Cow which did good meals at very reasonable prices too.

    Reviewed by Kathleen4.7Apr 2018

  • "Wonderful cottage, wifi would be a bonus, but otherwise great."

    Perfect for a young family or a couple looking for something nice. Staithes is an easy walk, everywhere else is a short drive. Nicely furnished and equipped.

    Reviewed by Dean4.7Mar 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in good location for visiting places such as Whitby, Scarborough etc but especially good for walking parts of the Cleveland Way."

    The lack of signal for our phones and no WIFI a bit of a pain as we took hikes and struggled to download any cycle roots. Also, there was nowhere to store our bikes. If we had known this we would have left the bikes at home. A few visits to Dotties Tea Room in Staithes was our WIFI saviour. The cottage was warm, cozy and comfortable for the two of us. The dim lighting in the kitchen made cooking a bit more difficult but it didn't stop us. I would definitely stay in this cottage again as the coastal views and walks from Runswick Bay were just down the road and highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Christina3.8Oct 2016

  • "The cottage was very cosy and in a good location The owners were very friendly ..."

    The cottage was very cosy and in a good location The owners were very friendly We were welcomed with cookies and wine

    Reviewed by S5.0Aug 2016

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  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x second floor twin (2'6" beds)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Sitting room with electric fire and dining area
  • Boot room.
  • Night storage heaters with electric fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, digital TV, DVD, Smart TV and WI-FI Inc
  • CD/radio
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Roadside parking 30 yards away (no restrictions)
  • Lawned garden to front with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Note: The twin bedroom is accessed by steep, cottage stairs.

The property

This attractive, stone, terraced cottage is situated just off the High Street in the popular village of Hinderwell, in the North York Moors National Park.

Well suited for families wanting to enjoy the dramatic, heritage east coast, this Hinderwell cottage is close to the bustling seaside town of Whitby and the elegant, Victorian spa resort of Saltburn, both just a few minutes' drive.

Traditionally furnished and decorated, this cottage in Hinderwell offers a cosy and comfortable sitting room and a colourful kitchen with a small boot room.

Upstairs in this Hindwell cottage, is a spacious double bedroom and on the second floor, a twin room with sloping ceilings, exposed timbers and views over distant hills.

Outside, this Hinderwell cottage benefits from a pretty front garden, accessed via a communal path.

This is a pleasant spot in which to sit and relax in or perhaps enjoy alfresco dining.

The village itself offers excellent amenities, with several pubs, local shops and a bistro, whilst the beach is just a mile away.

Explore the quaint coastal villages of Staithes and Runswick Bay with their narrow alleyways and cottages tumbling towards the sea, or take a bracing cliff top walk on the Cleveland Way long distance footpath.

With the beautiful moors to explore and the numerous seaside delights of Whitby to enjoy, this Hinderwell cottage has something for everyone.

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About the location


Whitby 9 miles.

Hinderwell is a small but bustling rural village with shops and pubs close to the picturesque fishing villages of Staithes and Runswick Bay, whilst being just 9 miles from the charming harbour town of Whitby. Hinderwell is ideally located for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside, ranging from the dramatic cliffs and smugglers’ coves of the coastline, to the deep secluded dales of the North York Moors National Park. Walking, cycling, gliding, riding and fishing are all well catered for in the area, making this the perfect location for a relaxing break.

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