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Runswick Bay, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 985968)

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  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
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  • Icon/Feature/Pub Near a pub < 1 mile


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17 Customer Review(s)

  • Sheelagh

    “Lovely cottage, lovely location.”

    We had a brilliant week, lucky with weather. The pub in village serves lovely food. Cafe was welcoming after a long walk on beach.

    We had a brilliant week, lucky with weather. The pub in village serves lovely food. Cafe was welcoming after a long walk on beach.

    - Sheelagh, October 2019

The property

Runswick Bay is essentially a village of two halves: the upper half dating from 1900 onwards sits at the top of the cliff, whilst the lower half dating from the 1700s comprises the original fishing village of 90 or so tightly clustered cottages nestles in a sheltered southeast-facing position at the foot of the cliff.

This detached cottage occupies an elevated position in the original fishing village and enjoys truly spectacular panoramic sea views looking out over the bay.

Approached via 60m of winding footpath from the end of the public road and privately positioned away from the hustle and bustle of the road that runs most of the way into the village, the cottage is tastefully decorated and furnished throughout affording the perfect cosy but classy setting for a group of friends or a family of 4 from which to explore the North Yorkshire Heritage coast and North York Moors National Park countryside.

With traditional wood-burning stove and boarded wood ceilings, the first floor lounge also features a 3m wide picture window providing magnificent views of the dramatic coastline with its sandy beach and cliffs.

The kitchen with dining area is well-appointed with modern appliances and also provides captivating sea views.

Also situated on the first floor is a decent-sized cloakroom providing ideal storage space for luggage, coats and boots etc.

The ground floor provides a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a house bathroom.

Both bedrooms are tastefully coordinated with stylish detailing with the double boasting a king size bed, an en-suite shower room and a ‘smart hub’ TV.

Benefiting from more outside space than most of the cottages in the village, Hillcrest provides a patio area fringed by garden tubs and a rear garden with deck both of which provide seating for 4 from which to drink in the coastal vistas.

The coastline between Staithes and Whitby is a beachcombers’ paradise world-renowned for its 175 million year-old Jurassic era fossils including an abundance of ammonites and belemnites.

Indeed, Runswick Bay itself has over the years received numerous accolades as being one of the best locations for beach-combing in the UK.

The close-by villages of Hinderwell and Staithes offer good local amenities including a co-op, butcher, several pubs and a petrol station.

A little further away 9 miles down the coast sits the historic fishing town of Whitby with its world-famous abbey and wide variety of shops, cafes and restaurants.

All in all, a private detached cottage with truly spectacular sea views providing an ideal base from which to explore both coast and countryside.


  • 'Upside-down’ accommodation comprising: Ground floor: 1 double bedroom with king size bed and en-suite (with shower, basin and WC), 1 twin bedroom and a house bathroom (with bath, shower over, basin and WC)
  • First floor: lounge, kitchen with dining area and cloakroom.
  • Electric central heating and wood-burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Wi-Fi, 2 ‘smart hub’ TVs (Freesat & Internet in the lounge and Internet only in the double bedroom)
  • Power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Patio area and upper garden deck both with seating
  • Please note: steep garden steps to upper garden deck
  • Local pub 2 mins walk & local Co-op 2 miles
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Note: Owing to the steep steps around the cottage children under 8 years not allowed
  • Private parking with designated pass for one car is available in the ‘residents only’ car park situated on the right just after the mini-roundabout at the bottom of the village
  • Note: initial off-loading and re-loading upon arrival and departure (but no parking otherwise) can be undertaken some 60m from the cottage at the turning head accessed by turning left at the aforementioned mini-roundabout
  • Note; No Hens/stag or similar.

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About the location


Staithes 2 miles; Whitby 9 miles; Saltburn-by-the-Sea 10 miles.

The historic fishing village of Runswick Bay is without doubt one of the true gems of the Yorkshire Coast, if not the whole of the UK. This picturesque SE-facing village situated 9 miles from Whitby sits in a beautiful sheltered sandy-beached bay backed by spectacular cliffs and moorland scenery. Relatively un-commercialised and with vehicular traffic restricted, the village provides the perfect setting in which to relax and unwind. Relish in taking long walks on either the sandy beach or along the Cleveland Way on the clifftop above. There is much to do in the local area, whether it's visiting Whitby with its famous Abbey, Staithes with its pretty shops, cafes and superb art gallery, or touring the dramatic North York Moors. The lower village houses a local inn serving food along with a spectacularly situated cafe, whilst nearby Hinderwell provides 2 inns, a fish and chip shop, a local butchers and a garage/petrol station. A Co-op is situated at Staithes 2 miles away.

Note: Owing to the steep steps around the cottage children under 8 years not allowed.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas