"A hidden gem."
My partner and I had a lovely couple of nights. Upon arriving the cottage was spotless- everything we needed was to hand. The area itself was fun to be out and explore. I cannot wait to come back in the summer next year.
"We had a lovely week in Grimes Cottage."
It's a great base to explore the area from - we walked on the coastal path both north and south from Staithes. We enjoyed playing on the beach and exploring the rock pools and watching the sunsets from the end of the breakwaters. We left our car at the top of the hill and didn't use it all week - parking is a bit frustrating as you have to renew it every day online and there is no signal in the house, but we managed. The house is everything it is says it is and the kitchen is well equipped although we ate out a lot - recommend the Cod & Lobster and also the takeaway pizza from Cobbles.
"The cottage is in desperate need of repair."
Very dirty throughout. A nest of ants were present in the corner of the twin room below a hole in the roof which had been leaking and needed fixing. Overall the cottage needs some repair work and a thorough cleaning.
"The whole house felt dirty."
We had to remove slugs from the wall in the childrens bedroom, rubble was in the corner of the room. Window sill, shelves not clean. Frying pan was filthy, very disappointed with the cleanliness of the house, spent half the day cleaning up.
"Enjoyed the quaint style of the cottage."
Everything was comfortable and quite well appointed. The patio area round the back was useful. However, it was a little scruffy. I think it could have been cleaned up and made more of. In general,a great place to holiday.
"Staithes is quite a singular place and the cottage on High Barrass is as authentic a flavour as you could get: views, pokey stairs."
The back yard space was a bonus; the lit burner cosy on the wildest day. Single beds quite comfy- don't know what the fuss is about. Booked car park space at Glen Vale- they were very helpful. In fact parked there and carried bags down the footpath in two trips- did n't want to face the hill. Sainsbury's driver did though...Loved it. Will come back.
"A lovely cottage in an ideal location just set back from the High Street away from the any noise but close enough for a short walk to the harbour, shops and pubs!"
Views of the harbour from both the living room and bedrooms, with pretty much everything you need for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
Would we return, most definitely however there are a few snags that must be rectified, in particular the mattresses on the single beds in the twin room. These were awful and almost ruined the holiday as even the kids aged 14 and 9 complained about how uncomfortable they were.
Other minor snags were mentioned to the lovely couple that manage the property so we hope they are rectified, such as:
Leaking Roof in twin room - By the eaves it slowly dripped water
Wheelie Bins - Haven't been emptied for some time, more than the 2 weeks as they smelled pretty bad and were getting maggots
Bath plug - Need a knife or long nails to prise it out
Shower lead - Needs replacing
Toilet Roll holder - Hanging off
Garden / Yard - Needs to be cleaned with something like Jeyes fluid as you could smell pet waste
Windows - Only a few opened and it felt a bit stuffy and damp, in need of air. It states open the windows where you can but they've been glossed over
Finally, whilst it advertises as no parking or wifi, it would really benefit from having a parking space at Bank Top or somewhere up there, I wouldn't have minded paying the extra as it cost me £6 per day anyway, but was a pain sat around waiting for a free space.
I loved the fact there was no internet, but with no phone signal as well, during Covid-19 this makes it terribly difficult to plan and book into locations as it meant we had to travel to the pub to steal their wifi to book into places or telephone.
It sounds more negative than positive, trust me it wasn't it was a lovely, memorable break away with the family. All that is needed to elevate it is some minor attention, I'm sure you would be able to charge more as well for the privilege.
"Great response from the owner when we reported losing hot water."
"You need to read the feed back and act upon it."
Most of the cottage was covered in thick dust. One main light bulb was broken and one in the bedroom missing completely. (Should have been checked )
The beds in the second bedroom are still really bad as previously mentioned by a number of previous guests. We first stayed in this cottage 7 years ago but not again. It is a very tired holiday cottage.
The chest of draws in the main bedroom has broken draws in the second bedroom they were dirtier on the inside than on the outside.
You might want to check on the slug living in the second bedroom.
The kitchen had a note asking us to water the plants- what plants every plant pot was growing weeds and stinging nettles. I did cut these down as we wanted to sit outside.
You expect bird mess with so many seagulls around but this was the only cottage with bins and the front door caked in it.
None of the windows in the lounge would open nor the main one in the kitchen, we had lovely weather but the only way to get air into the lounge was to sit with the front and back doors open.
The crockery is a miss match from the local jumble.
We managed to find four dinner plates but one was chipped. We bought 4 mugs and donated them at the end of the week. As far as extra cleaning regarding covid 19 I think someone needs to learn the basics of what a duster can do.
In 7 years the walls have been painted and the wall art changed but the cottage is no longer presents as your pictures on line show. It is tired, run down and in desperate need of some TLC.
"The accommodation was cosy, however the twin beds were extremely uncomfortable and the mattresses need changing."
One of the beds was falling apart. Unacceptable.
"The family that we were going with were told by Sykes a couple of weeks before that their cottage had been sold!"
! They ended up having to stay in Whitby which caused alot of travelling for us all and cost in petrol not to mention inconvenience!! We met the new owners of the cottage who said they moved in a month ago!! We booked this on Jan 19 to ensure we weren't disappointed! Sykes let us down on a previous holiday in Cornwall in a similar way so we will not be using them again!
The picture on the listing has red arrow pointing to the wrong property too.
The cottage is lovely. Needs a good clean. Smells of dogs. Carpets need a professional clean. Dog hairs all over in upstairs bedroom. Kitchen well stocked with pots etc.
Great position and back yard area great for dogs too. Not great if you have mobility issues as Staithes is all hills and steps. Staithes is a beautiful place and would highly recommend this cottage as a place to stay.
"Another fantastic stay at Grimes - very clean and well equipped, best holiday cottage we've ever had."
"The Cottage was in a lovely location."
Clean and warm when the heating comes on. The Cottage is run down and in need of some TLC. The big patch of damp in the twin room under the eaves has some mold and put my son of sleeping in there! The Cottage could be lovely just needs some TLC. We enjoyed our stay.
"Cottage was extremely difficult to get to."
We had to walk down either very steep steps or a very steep hill. We had 3yr old child with us. The cottage is not suitable for very young children due to the difficult walk to get to it. We had to pay £5 per day to park the car as you can't park in the village. Which confused us as there is residents parking. Surely the cottage should have a spot. We had no hot water or heating the whole time we were there. We got round it by using dishwasher, electric shower and wood burner in lounge.
"My daughters didn't like all the spiders renamed it spider cottage other than that it was very comfortable"
"Lovely quaint cottage in a stunning village,
The cottage had everything we needed for our stay
It was clean and comfortable the caretaker was very friendly and helpful."
"We have had a real nice time staying in the cottage."
Everything perfect. Our dog Bella did not want to go home. The caretakers keith and Mandy were very efficient when we had a little problem and very friendly. Thank you Keith and Mandy for a very clean cottage. ✅
"Details of the cottage were accurate."
Had regular information and reminders on the run up to the holiday. Able to email the owner of the cottage directly and questions were answered almost immediately. The cottage was in Staithes, N.Yorkshire near Whitby. It was a stunning location. A quaint little harbour village. A single narrow cobbled street, with a couple of pubs and and shops. The cottage was a former fisherman's cottage full of original features. It was cosy and warm with a log burner.
"From booking to arriving at the property everything was so easy."
We had the most delightful week in a lovely property in a fabulous place and to make it perfect we could take our dog. Definitely use Sykes again. Thank you.
"Comfortable and well presented cottage in beautiful quiet village."
We had an excellent break there.
"We loved the cottage and all its character."
It's was so cosy and warm. We had views of the sea from different rooms which was really nice. The court yard was another good area to sit out with the owners providing outdoor table and chairs. We will be booking this cottage again.
"Would recomend booking parking ticket online as the visitor centre wasn't open when we got there."
We had to keep topping up the meter every day until it opened 4 days later!
Also the yard outside would have benefited from a sweep and a few pots with flowers.It looked a bit unloved and not at all like the pics shown.
"Great communication throughout and extremely happy with the cottage we stopped ..."
Great communication throughout and extremely happy with the cottage we stopped in, will be using Sykes cottages again in the future for sure 10/10
"We had a lovely time in Staithes so overall it was a good place to stay and cottage was perfectly adequate for the price and what we needed."
So please don’t take this as complaints but here are some suggestions from us:
-twin beds were pretty uncomfortable as spring in mattress was digging into our back. You would agree if you slept on the beds. I would suggest to put some mattress pad if you don’t want replace them
- no Wi-fi was fine if we get normal reception in the house. We had 3 different mb services between us and no one had any service. We can’t even make or receive a call unless we go to the pub to use their wifi.
- water pressure was very strange and had difficulty to run the bath even we left a tap half open.
-boiler didn’t work on Saturday and had no heating for a while.
-drains outside smells pretty bad
- please check all light bulbs are working
-understand you can unload at the bottom of the hill. But it wasn’t clear how far we have to park and steep hill and steps to carry all the luggage to the cottage.
"The cottage was very good."
Location superb for the village with easy access to the harbour, pubs and cliff walks. Dog friendly premises. We would definitely go back.
"Everything we needed in the cottage."
Caretakers extremely helpful and friendly. Good location and very clean. Will return.
"We love Staithe's so knew what to expect."
Property was cold and took some warming up. Sorry burnet all the logs
As with some of the other property's you have to watch your head when moving around
"Property was initially very cold and dissapointed that there wasn't any wood for fire on our arrival."
We raised problem with heating and it was dealt with and resolved very quickly. Whilst the property is old it could benefit from a bit of updating. The private courtyard was perfect for the dog, very safe and secure.
"Pretty cottage in Ideal location - 3 mins from harbour beach, great pub and little shops nearby."
"What a fantastic cottage, had everything we wanted
Will definitely be back"
"Lovely cottage in our favourite Staithes."
Sunny private courtyard and bonus. Tricky and exhausting logistics with unloading luggage but worth it!!
"This is our second visit to Grimes cottage and we will almost certainly revisit."
We did feel however that it was looking a little tired in places but nevertheless a little gem , we love it !
"Only downside is the car park being at the top of the hill due to the geography of Staithes, the hill climb and descent became tedious every day."
"Staithes is a great place and really dog friendly."
It's a fair trek from car drop off to front door so either travel light or someone needs to be fit, so possibly not ideal for older couples traveling on their own.
"Second visit to this cottage & once again we were very happy with our choice."
Charming & homely with the big advantage of a spacious back yard.
We would gladly recommend Grimes cottage & we will be returning.
"Locals very friendly and helpful."
Good location for walks short or long. Felt relaxed and at ease with the cottage.
Lovely welcome in pubs and tea room. Came home after long weekend feeling relaxed and stress free.
"Owners and caretakers were exemplary"
"Brilliant location and perfect cottage for a lovely relaxing family holiday."