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The Hayshed

(Ref. 1009410)

Hawsker near Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Unique little place to stay in."

    Very rustic! Everything provided for a pleasant stay. Plenty of heating and hot water. Plenty of space for a dog to run around although not so much at the front as there's no gate at the entrance. Very pleasant owner of the property. Lovely sea views. Quite a distance to any shops.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2023

  • "I wanted to give 10 out if 10 but felt not quite able to do so."

    The stairs are very steep and the toilet is up there! The bed was amazing and sleep was sound. The shower was corner and catered for the slim but the shower head provided a pulsating shower. The main road was noisy and found ourselves unable to use the balcony. However other outstanding outside space was available for use. Views were outstanding. Owner helpful and pleasant but a couple of small jobs had not been done. Good base and information on bus service excellent as found this best way to get around. £2 a ride or £19 for 3 day on/of ticket.

    Reviewed by Terry4.1Sep 2023

  • "The place was very nice, road noise was abit of an issue but we new that when we booked, the field for our dog was very good but she could get under the gate if she wanted and then no main gate to stop from running into the road could be a problem for some owners."

    Quite a lot of cobwebs that have obviously been there awhile but apart from that the place was adequately equipped

    Reviewed by John4.1Aug 2023

  • "Carrie, the property owner, was very welcoming and we had an absolutely great time at the property that we have booked to go back in May 2024."

    The property is compact with everything you need. The bed is so comfortable we are going to buy the same mattress for our own home. Loved the location and l would give it a 10/10

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2023

  • "Quirky little place, loved the rustic feel."

    Lovely comfy bed and sofa. All the kitchen equipment we needed. Loved the summer house across the driveway, we used it a lot and the paddock area which our dog loved a run in. Scenery was lovely and we could see the sea from our balcony. A bit windy at times but we were high up and that's the British weather for you. Felt really settled here.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jul 2023

  • "We particularly liked the dog exercise area and garden but was smaller than expected."

    We had an enjoyable stay and the cottage was comfortable and clean. The cooker was a bit of a challenge and we would have preferred a proper basin in the bathroom. The cottage is ideally placed to explore the Cleveland coast although the footpath that we had intended to use to walk to Robin Hood's Bay was overgrown. The cottage is on a busy road but it did not bother us unduly and didn't disturb our sleep, however, personally I would have preferred a gate between the parking area in the yard and the road.

    Reviewed by Mary3.8Jul 2023

  • "Just great we had two weeks there this year and will be back next year thank you."

    Graeme mason Portsmouth

    Reviewed by Graeme5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage small but perfect for our stay,was lovely to relax at the end of a busy day out site seeing."

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely coompact cottage but unfortunately the volume and noise of passing traffic meant we were unable to sit directly outside."

    Of the Hayshed. I appreciate that when booking it mentioned the cottage was on the road but if we had realised just how busy it is I wouldn't have booked. There is seating further away from the cottage but feel the photos showing the patio area is slightly misleading as unable to use due to noise and traffic fumes. On plus side lovely dog friendly paddock with amazing views of Whitby.

    Reviewed by Ruth3.4Jun 2023

  • "I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here."

    There was everything I needed for a comfortable stay and having use of a paddock for the dog was a welcome bonus. Carrie couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful, which really made it feel like a home away from home. The bed was very comfortable and the blinds kept out a good amount of light. I didn't really use the cooking facilities as I got meals while out and about, there was however more than adequate facilities for what you need. This is a great location for exploring different towns and villages up and down the coast and further inland. Shops are a short car ride away to pick up groceries etc. Lots of lovely pubs and restaurants and cafes also not too far away. It was the peaceful getaway I had been hoping for and I am already looking at when I can return.

    Reviewed by Erica4.7May 2023

  • "Property position very good lovely views from paddock ."

    Property was clean , but was disappointing to us. It was described as quirky but I would describe it as rustic . Small lounge diner kitchen was dominated by too large a sofa which had an attached footrest limiting seating . The double socket in the kitchen had heating boiler permanently connected which left one socket for kettle and toaster ,which left youwaiting if you forgot to change plugs . despite these annoying problems we had a lovely holiday .

    Reviewed by Trevor3.8Apr 2023

  • "A lovely little cottage for two people and dog in a superb location."

    We really enjoyed our stay and were able to visit all of our favourite places (Whitby, Robin hoods Bay, Runswick Bay, Boggle hole and Saltwick Bay), all with a short drive from the door. Owners very friendly and the additional outdoor space (garden and two enclosed paddocks) made it ideal for a relaxing break with the dog.

    Reviewed by William4.1Apr 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay, the views are outstanding!"

    Enjoyed it so much that we've booked the Cow Shed for a week later in the year!!

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Mar 2023

  • "Perfect location, well maintained loved the decor."

    The owner was extremely pleasant and helpful. The paddock facility for our special member of the family (the dog) was an excellent added bonus. We would be more than happy to stay again, it made our holiday even more special.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 2023

  • "What a beautiful property."

    The thought & attention to detail is outstanding. The owner has covered everything including a lovely paddock for dogs to have a run safely, and with a dog bin provided. We’ll definitely return here and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it. Thanks for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Dec 2022

  • "Just great"

    Reviewed by Graeme5.0Aug 2022

  • "Good comfortable place too stay."

    Great base for all touring. Host very nice and friendly. We had no complaints the posting given was spot on. Thank you nice break.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great little property in an amazing location Very quirky accomadation with lots of unusual old and retro artifacts which is unique compared to other accommodation we have stayed in."

    Owners couldn't be more helpful and informative and was very impressed. Hopefully we will be back to stay again. Loved the area.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jun 2022

  • "The Hay shed cottage is a charming and quirky place to stay, it made us smile as soon as we walked in."

    We were greeted by the owner, she was friendly and helpful, and made us welcome, nothing would have been too much trouble. The cottage is up on the hill, this gives the most fantastic views over the coast and Whitby itself complete with views of the Abbey. There are lots of places to visit from this ideal base, some new places we never knew about. We shall return again to this cottage, we shall also look at staying in the owners other property The Cowshed . Thank you for a great relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jun 2022

  • "The young owners made themselves known to us on arrival, and then stayed in the background until an emergency occurred at which time they stopped what they were doing and rushed back to assist us."

    They were extremely helpful giving us advise and suggestions when asked and nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them. The property was quaint which we absolutely loved, perfect for the two of us and our 2 dogs. The building was extremely cosy and the views fantastic. A perfect base in which to plan your days out. Thank you

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, everything we req'd and more, great facilities for the dog."

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Enough space for 2. Had a lovely day to Whitby and robin hoods bay. Cottage has everything you need. Lovely paddock and field for the dog. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Oct 2021

  • "Some charming finishing touches to the cottage."

    Reviewed by Pete5.0Sep 2021

  • "The only problem we had was the busy main road noise."

    As my husband is a light sleeper and the traffic noise disturbed his sleep!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had an enjoyable stay at the Hayshed - the property is very well located for visiting the surrounding areas."

    The quirky property had everything you need for your stay and the owners were lovely. We took our dogs on holiday and the owners were so nice about them being there - clearly dog people themselves. This did put my mind at ease when they barked at the resident chickens! The only downside was the traffic noise (which we were aware of from the listing) - this was at times too loud to have the windows open and still hear the TV. Whilst the property does have a lovely little balcony area to sit out - we couldn’t do this safely as we have a small dog which could fit through the bars. There is also a little garden area, which is beautifully maintained with sun loungers and a summer house. This isn’t secure though, so accessing it with dogs next to a busy road meant you would need to have them on a lead. There is a field to walk your dogs - which is handy, however not being able to just let the dogs out for a quick toilet break directly from the property, did mean we had to walk them to the field every time.

    Reviewed by Kirsty4.1Aug 2021

  • "The owners were friendly and obliging."

    The grounds were kept pristine and nothing was to much trouble for Carey and Jamie.

    Reviewed by Carol4.4Jul 2021

  • "The Hay Shed is a beautiful little cottage."

    Wonderful location as so near to Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay and Scarborough. The cottage is set in beautiful grounds with amazing views over Whitby. We had a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a lovely relaxing stay."

    The cottage was beautifully clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Jul 2021

  • "Fabulous little bolthole for visiting a stunning region."

    The accommodation is small but has everything you need and if you just want somewhere to lay your head, this is great. Dog-friendly and friendly home owner who gave us fresh eggs. Comfortable bed, lovely shower. If you like quirky rustic, you’ll love the decor. Very different from our style at home so we enjoyed having something a little bit different - and it’s so cleverly done. If you live somewhere very quiet normally, you might notice the traffic passing. Or the cocks growing. We noticed but they didn’t detract from our stay. Lovely to have an area for walking dogs and fields beyond that. We’d definitely like to come back as soon as we can.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0May 2021

  • "Hosts excellent and friendly."

    Only fault was the road noise and the boiler noise throughout the cottage. Everything else was fine and we had a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Keith4.7May 2021

  • "Fab, quirky, cosy little place, few miles outside Whitby."

    Everything you could need to cook. Lots of storage. Perfect for a weekend away, private veranda plus a pretty garden to sit in and secure field to walk fur babies. Cottage attaches to owners home but don’t hear anything and although they are friendly and around if needed they leave you to yourself. Will definitely return if/when there is any availability and would take last minute cancellation if I was available as is such a nice, peaceful place to retreat to. It is on a main road but not that much traffic and no passing footfall

    Reviewed by Amanda4.7Apr 2021

  • "The property was as described, in a good location and mostly comfortable."

    The sofa in the living area is in my opinion too small to relax on for 2 adults. All other facilities were good and the property was very clean. We only met the owner by default on the second day of our stay which was heavily disrupted by building work going on outside the main window of the cottage. This involved a mini digger and workmen excavating for several hours. It was noisy and inconvenient and we had to move our car twice to accommodate this. The owner ( who had not introduced herself to us) had made little effort to warn us of this and it was inconvenient for us. Sadly we cannot recommend the property for this reason.

    Reviewed by Vicki3.8Oct 2020

  • "An excellent little cottage."

    Well maintained and equipped. The owners live on site and couldn't be more friendly and helpful. They have lots of plans for the future and we would definitely like to visit again in the future to see how these have developed. An earlier guest considered the cooking facilities were inadequate for self catering. We are of a different opinion and consider a 2 ring hob, an oven and a microwave perfectly adequate for 2 people. There is a good sized fridge freezer and plenty of utensils. Additionally the bed was very comfortable and the shower was excellent, combine that with two flat screen TV's and and a SMEG flame effect fire plus central heating and you have a comfortable yet quirky place to stay. Outside the grounds are beautiful and well maintained, with probably the best sea views in the area. Whitby Abbey can be seen on the horizon. The Hare and Hounds pub in Hawsker is excellent and the staff are very Covid aware. They do great meals and also takeaways and the service is first class. You need to phone them to book a table but it is well worth the effort. One thing to be aware of and that is there is no DVD player in the lounge. However if you want to watch DVDs in the lounge it is simple matter to plug in your own DVD player by the HDMI connection. The TV in the bedroom does have a DVD player incorporated. Many thanks to the owners Carrie and James for a comfortable, pleasant and relaxing stay. Liz and Rod.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely little hideaway."

    Clean, original and quirky and to top it all off the views over Whitby were beautiful!

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2020

  • "Nice place Great location Superb views Very enjoyable short break"

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a great time lovely quirky cottage for two & dog enjoyed the peace & quiet beautiful surroundings, very nice friendly family who owns this property."

    Reviewed by Gary4.4Aug 2020

  • "We had a great stay here the place was lovely modern and clean."

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Jul 2020

  • "The Hayshed was a very cosy getaway and Carrie James and Xavia very ..."

    The Hayshed was a very cosy getaway and Carrie James and Xavia very welcoming We enjoyed the peace within sight of the Abbey Our dog had a wonderful time too Must have given 11 out of 10 The Maycocks

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2020

  • "We did not feel The Hayshed was really adequate for a weeks' self catering holiday."

    We had to wash and clean all the pots, pans and cutlery before we could use them as they were either dirty or dusty. The wooden main door straight into the living room was warped and didn't fit properly either so a force nine gale came through it the whole time we were there despite the floor length curtains covering it. The 2 ring cooker was quite efficient but if you had more than a couple of items to cook you were looking at over 2 hours to cook a meal. There was a convection microwave but there was no microwaveable dishes to put anything in as there was only two of everything. Luckily the bed was really comfy which was a saving grace. We discovered the owners had changed and the photographs on the website did differ from when we had booked it as there was only the 1 settee. It was quite claustrophobic after a time which was unfortunate rather than feeling comfy and cosy. The bonus for us as we went for a walking break was that it was close to The Cinder Track and the coastal path.

    Reviewed by Alison Kara1.6Feb 2020

  • "Very friendly and helpful owner."

    Lovely and quaint. Really comfortable bed, very important. Would definitely come back again.

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Nov 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, had a very much enjoyable stay with dog."

    Perfect location.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Nov 2019

  • "Great accommodation, small but ideal for 2."

    Fab views of the countryside and coast. Comfortable, warm and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Oct 2019

  • "The Hayshed was compact and cosy in beautiful peaceful surroundings with lots of walks close by."

    Great location.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.4Oct 2019

  • "Fantastic quirky cottage."

    From the time we arrived we had a warm welcoming. Perfect location for walks. After a long day walking with the dog it was great knowing we was coming back to an amazing shower and comfy bed. Couldn't of asked for anything more. Thanks Sasha and Neil

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2019

  • "The Hayshed was very quirky."

    The bed and pillows were so comfortable. The property was very central to places of interest. We ate every night in the Hare and Hounds which was 5 minutes drive away, very friendly place and the food was good. Carrie, James and Xavier were very nice people and we want to wish them all the best for the future.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Oct 2019

  • "Great place to stay for our short break ideally placed for Whitby and Scarborough, the accommodation was spot on with good views to the sea, although on the main Whitby to Scarborough road traffic noise wasn’t an issue , plenty of footpaths to navigate and discover!"

    Walked from our digs to Robin Hood bay well worth the effort and the dog loved it in the sea, it was just the walk back nearly all up hill! Weather was good so a relaxing , enjoyable break was had by both of us and the dog!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2019

  • "We had a great time at the hayshed."

    Our hosts James and Carrie we amazing so welcoming ,Very down to earth and nothing too much trouble . The hayshed had everything you could want and need. The views of the sea and the abbey were fantastic and the sunsets were to die for. We will definately go back for another week. A couple of minutes in the car and your in Whitby. 10 mins on your push bike. Great place to explore robin hoods bay, staithes, Runswick bay, boggle hole and all the North Yorkshire moors. Go to Pickering and get on the moors steam railway ! fantastic ! All in all a great week. Missing it already.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jul 2019

  • "The Hayshed is a lovely, cosy, quirky cottage, perfect for two people (plus our dog) great facilities with a fab shower, just perfect for when you get back from walking or cycling the breathtaking scenery the cottage also enjoys."

    Special mention has to go to the recently new owners, Carrie and James, they couldn't have been more helpful and obliging, nothing was too much trouble and were always available if needed, we have done many similar holidays but found them the best. Lastly the Hare and Hounds in the village we highly recommend, the food is outstanding. Paul, Tina (and Lola the dog) ,Worksop July 2019.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2019

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  • One double bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric stove.
  • Oil central heating with electric stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave with combination oven, fridge/freezer
  • TV with Freeview, CD/radio, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Bed linen rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Glass door leading to patio with chairs and garden across from the property with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Beach 3 miles
  • Note: This property is on the A171 and there may be some associated road noise
  • Note: There are steep stairs up to the bedroom
  • This property has won an award for Best Accommodation in North Yorkshire! Note: WiFi may be intermittent
  • Guests must bring their own bath towels, only hand towels will be provided.

The property

Hawsker 1 mile.

This endearing compact stone cottage, an annexe to the owner's home, is close to the small village of Hawsker and just three miles from both Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay.

With glorious garden views towards the sea and Abbey, this delightful property is perfect for couples wanting to explore the spectacular scenery of the North York Moors and the dramatic heritage coastline.

Imaginatively converted, The Hayshed provides rustic and quirky accommodation, with the use of reclaimed timber and exposed stone work.

Full of charm and character, there is an open plan living area, with stripped wooden floors and a bespoke hand-crafted kitchen with retro appliances.

The large picture window throws in plenty of sunlight and houses the glass dining table, where guests can sit and enjoy a meal whilst admiring the views.

In the comfortable sitting area, there is a cosy electric stove creating a warm and homely feel for a romantic night in.

With superb attention to detail, the bespoke timber staircase leads up to the double bedroom and an en-suite shower room.

Across the drive, guests have private use of an enclosed meadow garden; a lovely spot to sit with a glass of bubbly and watch the sun go down over the sea!

A few minutes’ drive brings you to the ancient fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, with its steep, winding cobbled streets lined with quaint cottages tumbling towards the sea.

Explore the hidden coves, stroll along the beach, or take an invigorating cliff top walk along the long distance Coast to Coast trail.

The popular seaside town of Whitby has long, sandy beaches, a beautiful historic harbour and its famous 199 steps leading up to the Abbey, perched high on the cliffs.

Partake in afternoon tea in one of the cafes, sample the restaurants, including the very best of fish and chips, or enjoy a cocktail in one of the trendy bars.

The cobbled market place and narrow ginnels are a joy to meander around, with lots of independent shops and a wealth of local inns.

With both the countryside and the coast on the doorstep, this gem of a property is one not to be missed!

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About the location


Whitby 2.5 miles; Robin Hood's Bay 2.5 miles; Scarborough 17 miles.

The pretty village of Hawsker is situated half way between Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay, just two and a half miles from each, making it an ideal base from which to explore the area. Cottages and farms complete this pleasant village, with a local pub serving food, a tea room, a village hall, primary school and children's playground. Set on the National Cycle Network and the Whitby/Scarborough Railtrail (Cinder Trail), Hawsker provides a great base for walkers, cyclists and lovers of the outdoors. The superb coastline in this beautiful part of Yorkshire, and the spectacular North York Moors are well worth exploring, as is the fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay and the ancient port of Whitby. With its winding streets and hidden alleys, Whitby is a charming atmospheric town with a picturesque harbour, long, sandy beaches and the famous Abbey, reached by the 199 steps! Taste the freshly caught fish and chips, take a trip on a local boat or browse a great selection of unique and independent shops.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas