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Water's Edge

(Ref. 5190)

Ruswarp near Whitby, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "The holiday cottage was spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable for our extended family of 7."

    It was equipped with everything we needed and had wonderful views of the river where we enjoyed watching the seal each day at high tide along with bird life including a kingfisher. The lounge and conservatory were both great places for relaxing, the bedrooms were very comfortable and we were easily able to make large meals and even party food in the well designed and equipped kitchen. We enjoyed the walk and quick train journey into Whitby and visiting the local area. Many thanks for a memorable holiday.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Nov 2023

  • "We try and come here twice a year , it’s a perfect get away ."

    Though the weather wasn’t very good this time we enjoy relaxing watching the river .

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Nov 2023

  • "It's an excellent property."

    Well maintained and in a fantastic location. This was a return visit. Would certainly recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Oct 2023

  • "The Most perfect House in the Most relaxed location."

    Also wonderful views of the NYMR Steam Trains passing by . Short walk or drive to whitby. Great for exploring the Notth Yorkshire coast and Moors.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Sep 2023

  • "We basically lived downstairs."

    The conservatory and kitchen were the hub of the house where we all spent time together. Our children and partners commented that they had trouble sleeping in top bedrooms because it was too hot. But overall this is an excellent location and layout for a grown up family. Enjoyed the flat walk into Whitby

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Sep 2023

  • "Excellent location very nice property only one problem the dining area is a little small for 8 people but that is the only complaint."

    It is good that you can walk into Whitby as parking your car costs 6 to7 pounds a day.

    Reviewed by Doreen4.7Jul 2023

  • "Lovely Outlook, well equipped but Only one bath towel in the double bedroom for two of us ."

    N ot suitable for anyone not good on steps and stairs. Needs handrail to access the decked area. I would recommend but only to Young legs!

    Reviewed by Margaret3.8Jun 2023

  • "Fabulous stay at waters edge with friends."

    Upon arrival we were blown away by the spacious townhouse. The outside space and conservatory area were amazing and is where we spent most of our time, as the North Yorkshire weather was exceptionally kind to us during our stay. When we did sit inside late evening, the lounge area was amazing also, such a spacious room, the entire 1st floor space, so plenty of room for all to sit and relax. Ruswarp is a pretty little village and so close to Whitby, which is an easy walk away. If feeling energetic and fancy a longer walk, then Robin hood’s bay is also walkable along the cinder path, amazing views for most of the walk on the coast. A trip to the Riverside cafe just a short walk from Water’s Edge is also recommended. The accommodation was spotlessly clean and furnished to a very high standard and really well equipped. Communication with the owners prior to arrival was excellent, and should we ever visit the area again, would definitely return here.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0May 2023

  • "Excellent accommodation in a perfect setting."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Joan5.0May 2023

  • "Our second stay in this lovely house in a beautiful place."

    A real home from home. Excellent facilities and very well equipped. Perfect. Highly recommend this house.

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Feb 2023

  • "The house was very spacious set over 3 floors."

    The view from the conservatory overlooking the river was stunning. Excellent location. Ruswarp train station and busses into Whitby were a short stroll away from the accommodation. There was also a lovely canal path walk into Whitby town centre which was around a 30min walk. Would definitely recommend to stay here.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Dec 2022

  • "Love it here."

    The house is great. We didn’t use the sitting room at all,we spent all the time in the conservatory. I have already booked for early next year.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Nov 2022

  • "An excellent property in a superb location."

    Would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Oct 2022

  • "The most relaxing perfect location Relax and unwind in a wonderful house."

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a wonderful seven days stay in this well-equipped, well decorated property."

    We particularly enjoyed the conservatory, outside space, the lounge area and kitchen. It was a great base to walk into Whitby via the riverside and also the Monks Trod which only took 30 mins. We would like to stay here again in the future.

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Sep 2022

  • "Superb house for a very relaxing stay."

    Very comfortable and well - equipped. Lounge in particular was huge with lively relaxing furniture and a big TV! The riverside location did not disappoint, and early morning coffee on the patio watching for the kingfisher flashing past was a highlight. Ideal location just a short walk along the railway into Whitby if you enjoy walking! Fantastic little butchers in Ruswarp with possibly the best pork pies (with Stilton) I've tasted. Had no problems all week, but very friendly guy a couple of doors down who would help if needed. Highly recommend, hope to stay there again in the future

    Reviewed by Oliver5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    The house description is spot on and ideal for a family get together. The location is perfect, not too far to walk in to Whitby, but far enough away from all the crowds. Ruswarp is a lovely village, we all enjoyed boating on the river and a ride on the little train. We would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Jun 2022

  • "Reluctant to put this on as everyone will want to go there, but this is a wonderful house in a perfect position."

    We loved every minute . We sat in the conservatory nearly all the time watching the river and the steam trains. We were there only one day and I’ve rebooked it again for the end of the year.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely property in a great location with all the facilities you would wish."

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fabulous location, lovely property - perfect for our needs."

    The owner was helpful and knowledgeable - all of her recommendations about walks, pub and shops were spot on. We were extremely lucky with the weather, but even on rainy days there would be plenty to do and the property is perfect for family games days if it’s not fit to go outside. We will be back!

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Feb 2022

  • "Had a fantastic holiday with a group of friends great space , location , nice pub and walk into Whitby Goodtimes"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jan 2022

  • "The house was amazing ."

    Everything you needed for a relaxing holiday. We loved every minute of it .The walk into Whitby took 40mins. All very enjoyable

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Oct 2021

  • "The most perfect cottage in superb location."

    wonderful views including the Steam trains.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Sep 2021

  • "An extremely well-equipped property in a beautiful riverside location."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2021

  • "The house is superbly well equipped and decorated with a lovely location."

    Steam trains regularly passing by was an added bonus!

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2021

  • "This was our second stay in this excellent property."

    Well equipped & great location just a short walk to Whitby. We love it here.

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0Jul 2021

  • "Terrific location and lovely house."

    A couple of different easy walks into Whitby from Ruswarp meant that the car wasn't needed much. The house was great, everything we wanted. We all loved the decking, just watching the ducks and waving to the trains, a proper treat!

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jun 2021

  • "Good sized accommodation, in a very peaceful location overlooking the river."

    There is an excellent riverside cafe a short walk along the road, which we frequented often. Whitby is only a short drive away.

    Reviewed by George F5.0May 2021

  • "Excellent holiday property."

    Very well equiped kitchen. Comfortable beds with quality bed linen. Ruswarp is a short walk or drive to Whitby and many other lovely places. The Bridge pub is well worth a visit. The food and drinks top notch. The house is on the river which has an abundance of wildlife including seals, cormorants, swans and ducks. Perfect week.

    Reviewed by Terrie5.0Oct 2020

  • "Property has a broken window lock in the conservatory."

    Draft when the wind was blowing. 5th year of using this property. Great location, despite Covid restrictions.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "The Best most relaxing Accommodation in the Whitby Area Will be Returning again in 2021"

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Sep 2020

  • "This house is a dream come true, the cleanliness and decor in the house is outstanding, the situation backing onto the river far exceeded anything we expected; kingfishers, heron, jumping fish, crabs, and SEALS!"

    !! Waving to the steam train was a treat and the proximity to row boats and the mini steam train was fab. Unreserved recommend for a family holiday.

    Reviewed by Matti5.0Aug 2020

  • "The accommodation was perfect in every way."

    Extremely clean, comfortable and well equipped. The location was great for us to be able to access Whitby easily along the various paths and find quiet routes in without taking the car. Overlooking the water was very calming. Kids loved the house and garden with the river to feed the ducks and see the trains going past, it was particularly nice to wave to the steam trains. The butchers in the village is excellent, also great to have the village shop and pub. We’re were kept busy in Whitby - the beach, park and museum but would love to come back and use this as a base to explore a bit further a field and to hire boats / canoes on the river - this looks very cool!

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0Aug 2020

  • "The most relaxing holiday Perfect Location Perfect Accommodation"

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Dec 2019

  • "Great location."

    .the river views with the wildlife (seals) herons,kingfishers and the like made even the rainy days a treat

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2019

  • "The perfect location for a relaxing holiday."

    Everything you need for the perfect family break. Easy access to whitby and beyond.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Sep 2019

  • "What a fantastic property!"

    The position is superb overlooking the river. We loved being able to spend time in the conservatory and in the garden watching the ducks and trains passing. It was like being at home - there was ample pots and pans to enable cooking and it was great to have a washing machine and dishwasher. My husband and I had the ground floor bedroom and our grownup children and their partners the top floor bedrooms - this was great as my husband is less mobile but this did not stop us enjoying time in the large 1st floor lounge which had a superb interactive TV. The butchers in the village is great and we sampled the sausages and the pies. We walked into Whitby twice and returned once on the bus which cost £1.80 each and also in a taxi which cost £6. The position is great for exploring the area but it was great to return to Waters Edge as it was like returning home. The only negative we found were the beds as we found them too soft as we are used to more firm mattresses and the bed on the ground floor creaks. We have had a great holiday in a great property and fantastic weather. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Sep 2019

  • "Perfect for Family holiday of 3 generations."

    Superb location. Great property and local amenities. Just what we have come to expect from Sykes. Many thanks to Owners for sharing your Property with us.

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Jul 2019

  • "Water's Edge, what a little gem."

    The accommodation had everything as you would at home. Loved the conservatory overlooking the River, a real nature's paradise even adding the excitement of seeing a seal in the river. Enjoyed seeing the NYMR steam/diesel trains each day and waving to the passengers. The lounge was excellent and the seating so comfy you didn't want to move. Overall we would definitely book again as it was located perfectly for us and the pub, butchers and local cafes are a must. Enjoy as much as we did.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jun 2019

  • "2nd family break at Waters Edge."

    Fabulous property. Woeful weather!

    Reviewed by A5.0May 2019

  • "We loved this accommodation, right near the station in a lovely quiet spot on the river."

    Great facilities and the owner was v responsive when we had a query. Whitby is beautiful, well worth a visit - overall we thoroughly recommend the cottage and it was excellent value. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0May 2019

  • "The house is well equipped and very comfortable but I didn't consider it quiet as it's not far from a busy t-junction and I found the road noisy when in bed."

    Also there is a church clock which rings every hour and the diesel trains are noisy with their loud horns. However, you do get used to it as the week progresses. The beds are very comfortable and the house felt very homely. But the steps! The stairs I found to be very steep and I'm sure we gave the neighbours a laugh as we hung onto the railings as we left and returned to the house, as each step to the front door is very high. I would recommend it to someone probably younger and fitter but it wasn't the right fit for us.

    Reviewed by Timothy4.7Apr 2019

  • "We were very impressed with the amenities, cleanliness, decor and position of water's edge."

    It accommodated our family of eight easily and we enjoyed the use of the terrace in the back garden which overlooked the river and the Esk Valley railway.

    Reviewed by Regina5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was in a fantastic place, well equipped and spotlessly clean."

    Reviewed by David4.7Apr 2019

  • "We booked Water's Edge for Christmas last minute as our new kitchen wasn't finished."

    It was in a lovely, peaceful location and we enjoyed sitting in the conservatory overlooking the river. The house was big enough to accommodate 6 adults and 2 children. There was plenty of crockery (although some were chipped), cutlery, glasses and pans for us. The kitchen cupboards had lots of half used jars of jam, ketchup, coffee, some out date, and there was salt in the sugar caddy! The freezer and microwave were behind the kitchen door which was awkward when someone wanted to be in or out of the kitchen. The dishwasher didn't always work first time but we always managed eventually. It was a bit of a squash seating 8 round the table. Upstairs the lounge was enormous, plenty of room for all of us, we even did one of the jigsaws in the cupboard, and we all wanted to sit on the chaise longue! The beds on the top floor were comfy, although the downstairs bed was very creaky. The property was clean but there were a few stains on the bedroom carpets. We had a meal at the Stables which was lovely and we can recommend the pies from the butchers in the village.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Dec 2018

  • "A lovely house in a perfect spot between Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay."

    We would definitely go again to the same property. The owner was very helpful.

    Reviewed by Cheryl4.7Oct 2018

  • "Good family accommodation Conservatory providing a relaxing area Local pub ..."

    Good family accommodation Conservatory providing a relaxing area Local pub welcoming and providing good food and service River boats and wildlife add interest and footpath to Whitby a bonus Would recommend this property

    Reviewed by Pauline4.4Aug 2018

  • "Fantastic property in great location overlooking the river Esk, will definitely return again."

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2018

  • "Excellent position for Whitby and vary comfortable and clean"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2018

  • "Lovely property which was well equipped"

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2018

  • "A lovely property sited in a great location."

    It was lovely to sit in the Conservatory to watch the Steam Trains and the birds; even saw a seal in the river. Great accommodation offering everything needed for a lovely break in a wonderful location

    Reviewed by Rosemarie5.0Mar 2018

  • "Lovely holiday hoe with great rear garden overlooking the river and railway bridge."

    Loved sitting in the sun room with a glass of wine watching the world go by.

    Reviewed by Brett4.4Mar 2018

  • "Had a great Christmas week at Waters Edge."

    Was so pleased that the house was exactly as the pictures with lovely furniture and extremely well kept. It was a lovely house with plenty of crockery and utensils for our party of eight. Great to sit in the conservatory watching the ducks on the river and plenty of room for us all to relax in the wonderful lounge. Local butcher in Ruswarp did amazing pork pies! Location was great - just around the corner from the great local pub where the locals made us feel very welcome, and an easy 20 minute walk into Whitby. Also visited Robins Hood Bay, a short 10 min drive which had fabulous views, and such a pretty village. Would definitely recommend the house, and would happily stay there again.

    Reviewed by Rachael4.6Dec 2017

  • "The quality of the property was excellent, all of the furnishings were very good quality."

    We enjoyed the view of the river and it was a bit like the railway children when the Steams trains came past and everyone was waving.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2017

  • "Excellent well equipped property in quiet but very convenient location."

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Mar 2017

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  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 2 x second floor doubles, 1 x second floor adult bunks, 1 x ground floor double with en-suite shower and basin
  • Second floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen with dining area
  • First floor sitting room
  • Conservatory.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, CD/radio/iPod dock, WiFi
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Travel cot
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Small, enclosed patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: The property has a riverside enclosed patio, with gated access to the river.

The property

A superb, modern terraced property, situated in an enviable position on the banks of the River Esk, in the bustling village of Ruswarp, two miles from the centre of Whitby.

Set in the grounds of a former mill, this spacious Ruswarp cottage has been beautifully furnished to provide first-class accommodation, with contemporary styling throughout.

This Ruswarp cottage boasts a bright and airy first floor sitting room, with lovely views over the river, whilst downstairs, the well-equipped kitchen leads into a sunny conservatory, a perfect room to sit and relax in and watch the abundance of wildlife on the river.

Offering four stylish bedrooms, this Ruswarp cottage provides a very comfortable holiday home for both families and friends.

Outside this Ruswarp cottage, a small enclosed patio has gated access to the river, a lovely spot to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the steam trains that regularly pass by in the summer months.

Ruswarp itself offers good amenities, including an excellent butcher's, local shop, village pub and boating on the river.

A nearby public footpath provides a pleasant walk into Whitby, with its narrow cobbled streets, long sandy beaches and famous abbey.

With the stunning countryside of the heather-clad moors close by, and a spectacular coastline, this Ruswarp cottage provides a good base to explore this beautiful area.

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About the location


  • Whitby 1.5 miles
  • Robin Hood's Bay 6 miles

Situated just 1.5 miles inland from Whitby, the small village of Ruswarp lies on the River Esk, with old stone cottages lining the main street. Ruswarp has excellent amenities, including a local pub with hand-pulled real ales, a village shop and a renowned local butcher. The Esk Valley Walk runs through the village, and it is an easy 25 minute walk to the centre of Whitby. Ruswarp has a regular bus service, and the single track railway has regular steam trains running through! Enjoy an hour’s boating on the river, take a ride on the miniature train, feed the local ducks, or enjoy a snack at the tea room. A perfect location for exploring the surrounding coastline and the dramatic North York Moors.