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The Old Cottage

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Staithes, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "A beautiful little cottage, a stones throw from all the amenities of Staithes - ideal base for a walking holiday or just relaxing."

    Very peaceful, very clean and with everything you could wish for a seaside break.

    Reviewed by Peter4.1Dec 2023

  • "The property was not easy to find as Suggs Passage is not named."

    Easier to suggest looking for the passageway opposite Lion@Staithes which is next to Betty & Bo. Apart from that we had a wonderful holiday the cottage is very clean and had everything we needed for the week. The village itself was lovely, everyone was so friendly. We would love to return.

    Reviewed by Carol4.4Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely - I was a little surprised there wasn’t a pint of milk."

    It’s not far to walk to the coop but it’s nice to be able to make a drink when you arrive after a long drive. Everything was really comfortable, and what it lacks in views it gains in its central location and the fact that very few people walk past the property.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful, we’ll equipped, compact yet comfortable cottage."

    In the middle of the village yet no noise at all- except seagulls. Already booked to go back next year.

    Reviewed by Leigh5.0Jul 2023

  • "Loved our stay at the old cottage."

    Beautiful surroundings and will definitely go again

    Reviewed by Jackie4.4Jul 2023

  • "We had a beautiful stay in this lovely cottage."

    The living area was good but if you want to lay out and relax the chairs are a bit uncomfortable. Maybe a comfy sofa would be helpful for the future. Also if you have pets,there is no restriction to keep them in the kitchen at night.we had to take our own safety gate. No complaints at all.we had a brilliant stay ans have highly recommended too family and friends. We would drefinately stay again. Thank you

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. It’s so good to know you enjoyed your stay in our lovely little cottage. The chairs are new and need ‘wearing in’. We also have foot stools so that you can put your feet up. We had a fantastic stair gate but unfortunately it went missing and we haven’t been able to find a suitable one since, but we’re still looking. So glad this didn’t spoil your stay. Thanks again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage - plenty big enough for myself, husband and our bouncy border collie, Meg!"

    !!!! Had a lovely stay and loved the uniqueness and charm of the cottage

    Thank you so much for your kind words. We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay in our little ‘hideaway’ in such a beautiful village. Your comments are very much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely well equipt and clean space"

    Reviewed by Dawn4.7Dec 2022

  • "This was a lovely central based property in the heart of the village ."

    Highly recommend pre booking parking as advertised. We did and this worked out very well as the council car park gets very busy at peak times . We did find the cottage a little difficult to find even with the instructions. Even the locals hadn’t heard of the passage the cottage is located in and there was no signpost? but after eventually finding it , we were very pleased with our choice of accommodation. The cottage is very quirky , clean and well equipped and everything we needed for a great stay . We would happily recommend this property to family and friends. Lots to do locally too . We found fossils , went sea fishing, cycled the cinder trail from Whitby to robin hoods bay , walked to runswick bay , and visited Saltburn on sea and sands end . We love this part of Yorkshire and never fails to deliver .

    Reviewed by Michelle4.4Jul 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage in a beautiful village."

    It is a great location for the local shops/cafes and pubs, with plenty of lovely walks nearby. It was a little hard to find at first but a great, quiet location up a small alleyway. The local contact was very close by and really helpful and friendly. The cottage is very small but cosy and comfy; in fact the only thing missing was a couple of footstools to get your feet up after a day out. Three levels and two flights of stairs might not suit everyone, or the fact that you have to leave vehicles in the pay car park at the top of the village after unloading your luggage - we used the council one as it was cheaper despite what it says on the signpost to the private one! We took a weekday break in June for a much-needed short holiday and had a great relaxing time and hope to be back!

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage everything you needed, if you can cope without Internet and phone signal, hard first day but the silence was golden."

    I would recommend it highly.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2022

  • "Great little cottage, very cozy."

    Lovely touches in the decor. It had everything we needed. Would definitely stay, again highly recommended. Thank you for a wonderful relaxing stay. xx

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Apr 2022

  • "What a beautiful cottage, really well maintained and equipped with absolutely everything you could possibly need during your stay."

    It's easy to see that the owners have put a lot of love and consideration for the comfort of their guests into the decor and furnishings. A wonderful place that I hope to revisit many times.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Mar 2022

  • "A lovely little cottage everything you could wish for a little difficult to find as up a little gulley off the high street."

    Very central a lovely little place would recommend a stay.

    Reviewed by Melanie4.7Feb 2022

  • "This is our 2nd visit to The Old Cottage in less than a year and we absolutely love it."

    It is clean, quirky and cosy. An ideal base for exploring this beautiful part of the world. The cottage has everything you need for your stay and has local amenities close by. The Cod & Lobster, Royal George and Dottys are a must when staying in Staithes.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.4Jan 2022

  • "It was a lovely little cottage and felt like home from home."

    Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Nov 2021

  • "Everything went very smoothly all the details provided were correct."

    The cottage was well equipped and very clean enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Gillian4.1Sep 2021

  • "The Old Cottage was small but beautifully decorated and very clean."

    Best possible use made of a small amount of space. It had everything required for that could be required to make a comfortable holiday. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would happily go again.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jun 2021

  • "Cottage was cold on arrival."

    The toothbrush mug had secondhand toothpaste round the rim and some water inside.Two of the egg cups had egg yoke down their sides. In the current climate that is utterly unacceptable. The toaster had not been cleaned. There were crumbs on top, inside and underneath.One or two of the utensils were grubby and the cooker top had not been polished clean. The passage outside would benefit from an occasional sweep and bleach. Dog's muck and bird's mess.

    So sorry you had a few issues at the cottage. This is most unusual. We rely on our lovely guests to wash everything they use thoroughly, ready for new guests arriving, as housekeepers cannot possibly check every single item in the cottage as well as do a thorough clean, linen change and sanitise (due to Covid 19) in the time between guests leaving and new guests arriving on the same day. There are 4 egg cups for two guests so a clean one could have been used instead. The mark on the toothbrush holder was cream cleaner that just hadn't rinsed away. The alleyway is regularly cleaned and I'm afraid we have no control over dog walkers and birds after it has been swept. The Old Cottage can sometimes seem a bit chilly on arrival. Heating is free and it soon warms up if you turn the radiators on. Everyone is doing their best in these unprecedented times. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian2.2Jun 2021

  • "It’s the second year running we have stayed in this cottage and we will definitely be back."

    Cant fault it, lovely cottage in a lovely location

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Apr 2021

  • "We loved the cottage and location."

    Particularly liked the nautical decor. Lots of thoughtful touches like torches in the bedside drawers. WiFi would have been good but we managed without it!

    Reviewed by Carole4.7Sep 2020

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage in the middle of the quant fishing village of Staithes."

    Right on the Cleveland Way and handy for the beach too. Highly recommend for couples.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was very clean and very comfortable."

    The alleyway from the high street to the cottage however was dirty and could do with being swept. There were several wheelie bins outside the door to the cottage but only one belonging to the Old Cottage. Although not a problem for me many renters will find that the steepness of the incline to the top of the village will be an issue particularly for the elderly or the "unfit". The maximum parking in the car park was for 24 hours and therefore a trip to the car park was having to be made to feed the machine each morning during our stay. IWe enjoyed the short break but did find that Staithes could do with a clean up and most of the properties could do with having their exteriors painted.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you found the property clean and comfortable. In regards to the parking we are sorry you found this an issue at the property, Parking passes are available from the local council if purchased in advance and this is stated within the properties description. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.1Aug 2020

  • "The cottage, in itself, was everything we expected."

    Very comfortable and ideally situated. We had a few problems with parking - which would have been handy if explained beforehand. Your information seemed to indicate that we could park opposite the sweet shop - which we did, there being no other place to park. As Staithes was extremely busy, we failed to notice that this extension of the 40 mins parking zone was actually a loading only bay. The signage on the road was very faint and the sign further down on the wall minute. Consequently we managed to get landed with a parking fine. We were advised by the parking attendant that a parking disc should be available in our cottage to enable us to park as a 'virtual' resident in the public carpark up the hill. This was not so and we subsequently ended up in the visitor car park which was £10 per day - £70 on top of the holiday cost which we had previously also paid £30 to re-book for July, June not being available to us due to lockdown. It would have been helpful if parking information had been available to us prior to arriving in Staithes. We regularily book cottages through Sykes but feel a bit let down with this one and would welcome your comments.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are happy you enjoyed your stay at The Old Cottage. The website states all the information guests need when it comes to parking. You will find this under the summary section. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John Bernard4.7Jul 2020

  • "The Old Cottage at Staithes is a lovely Quaint place."

    Has everything you would need. The cottage is over three floors, the lounge is small but cosy and big enough for two. Not much natural light, however plenty lamps to make it cosy in an evening. The owners/ caretakers were on hand if needed, as they are situated in the village. Staithes is a lovely village and we have been three times now, it’s a lovely relaxing place. The old cottage is a lovely snug for two. Janet & Carl

    Reviewed by Janet3.8Feb 2020

  • "With us booking late we thought we would be left with a low end cottage."

    How wrong we were. We've been going to staithes for many years, and the cottages we usually have were all booked up so this one was new to us . The cottage was in a great location , both harbor and pubs being a stroll away .Extremely clean , well equipped and cosy for us. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Debra4.7Nov 2019

  • "We had a relaxing stay in a cosy cottage."

    I appreciated the lack of Wi-Fi as it allowed me to relax properly and enjoy the delights of Staithes.The cottage was situated in a quiet alley off the main road, but close to the sea front and pubs which we thoroughly enjoyed!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2019

  • "Such a clean, cosy pretty cottage in the heart of beautiful old Staithes, it was great for our restful break booked at the last minute."

    Extremely well equipped. We booked parking at Glen Vale which was stress free and nearer to Staithes compared to the main council car park, recommended. Lots of great walking, we were sad to leave. Just one point - there are rules about your dog which should sleep in the kitchen, only go in living area with you and never go into the bedroom. Unfortunately our lovely gentle Lab tends to just follow us wherever and we struggled to contain him as the staircases are open plan. Perhaps a baby gate or similar might help guests comply here.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage is very well positioned right in the centre of Staithes, which is a delightful village."

    The kitchen is well equipped and the place was spotless. Recommended. We did have difficulty finding it though so a brief description of where it is would be helpful!

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Oct 2019

  • "This was our second stay at the old cottage and the reasons for that are simple."

    Beautiful cottage with everything you could wish for in facilities, excellent all round, perfect location in the centre of staithes and a place we would highly recommend to anyone. From booking with Sykes on a very easy to use app to talking to the owner when he rang me on our return was amn absolute pleasure! He rang by the way because my partner had left her full set of heart and cancer tablets in the cottage when we left and obviously these are very important, the owner has gratefully posted them to us first class at his own cost, received with joy this morning! Thanks for everything Adrian, very very kind of you! I'm sure we will be using Sykes and returning again!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2019

  • "If you fancy this cottage Do it."

    The photos Do Not do it justice. Idilic hide away. It is beyond clean and comfortable with tasteful decor and well equipped. When we return to Staithes we will look no further than this cottage.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2019

  • "Lovely little cottage in the heart of the village"

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Sep 2019

  • "Great cosy cottage."

    Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2019

  • "The Old Cottage is perfect for a solo traveller or a couple looking for a great hideaway."

    It was spotlessly clean and has everything you need for a relaxing break. It’s tucked away from the main street so it’s nice and peaceful. I would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2019

  • "The holiday cottage was lovely, it was situated in the heart of Staithes, down a little alley and was really cute and clean."

    If anything, the cleaning products to clean the place were too pungent when we arrived, so a little lighter on the cleaning products for me. But the place is beautifully presented, really cozy with lots of nice lamps and pictures and the kitchen was really well equipped. Me and my daughter and dog had a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Aug 2019

  • "Great holiday as always, but weather let us down!"

    Our fourth stay in this lovely little "home from home" cottage and it's a fantastic place to stay. A few issues with some maintenance and cleaning this year, but nothing to stress over. The owners were brilliant about things and provided great communication. We highly recommend this Cottage.

    Reviewed by Danny4.1Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage lovely week"

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Jul 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful village."

    Was everything we wanted and more.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely ,homely ,comfy and clean cottage with everything you need in a beautiful area of staithes"

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Apr 2019

  • "The Old Cottage was the cleanest we've ever stayed in absolutely mint !"

    Well done to the owners keep up with these standards and you will have no problems

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Apr 2019

  • "My husband and I love staithes, and have friends that live there, the cottage was very clean and comfortable but we found it was very dark due to lack of windows and surrounded by taller cottages so no views from anywhere in the cottage , we also had to have the heating on most of the time whilst we were there as the house felt very cold and damp due to lack of daylight coming through the windows."

    Also we didn't like having 8 rubbish bins directly outside the property it was an eyesore and possible health hazard during the summer months, most of the bins belonged to other properties and also the sweet shop on the other side of the road !!!!!

    Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear your comments. The property layout & windows are very typical of cottages in Staithes. Most properties do have smaller windows. The cottage does boast lovely views from the bedroom. The property has no damp and we do provide heating and lighting within the cost of the rental for our guests to use as little or often as they wish The rubbish bins belong to the local shop. They are mostly recycling material but can assure you that these are emptied weekly by the local council and therefore do not pose a potential health hazard. We appreciate your comments & for taking the time to complete the feedback survey. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melody4.1Mar 2019

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at The Old Cottage in the friendly village of Staithes."

    The only concern we had was the kitchen smelt like it needed a good clean. As we weren't eating in the cottage we didn't made a deal out of it. Local pubs serve very good value meals throughout the day.

    Reviewed by Philip3.4Feb 2019

  • "Beautiful village in a wonderful area."

    The cottage was charming, cosy and just right for two!

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Oct 2018

  • "Lovely cottage - cosy, clean, well-equipped."

    Staithes was beautiful with friendly people. Good meal at the Cod and Lobster.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2018

  • "What an absolutely fantastic holiday!"

    ! The olde cottage was beyond expectations really, beautifully furnished, equipped to the teeth and situated in the heart of the village!! In fact it was that good we stayed on an extra night! Wonderful dealing with all the people concerned and Sykes app and booking etc very simple and easy to use, myself, Linda and Dennis the greyhound will definitely be back!!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2018

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  • Over three floors
  • One bedroom: 1 x double
  • Bathroom with walk in shower
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric stove
  • Electric heating with electric stove in the lounge
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, under counter fridge/freezer, TV with Freesat in lounge and TV with Freeview in the kitchen, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mins walk
  • Note: Please note that off-road parking is available towards the top of the village with a council car park and a private car park in Glenvale (booking is essential before arrival), there is also 40 minutes free parking in the high street near to the cottage suitable for drop off and pick ups

The property

Homely cottage built during the mid-19th century and situated in the village of Staithes in Yorkshire.

Located in the village centre, and with its warm pine furnishings located throughout, the one bedroom property is perfect for couples looking for a relaxing weekend around the North York Moors National Park.

The entrance to the cottage is via an alleyway off the High Street, and guests will find that they won’t have to go far into the property to prepare a meal or take a break with a cup of tea, as the first room you see is the kitchen/diner.

On the next floor is the sitting room, where holidaymakers can relax in one of the comfortable armchairs and watch TV or a DVD.

Alternatively, there are plenty of good books to choose from.

Also on the first floor is the shower room, which features a walk-in shower and heated towel rail.

The property’s sole bedroom is located on the second floor, and guests are guaranteed a good night’s sleep in the double bed, with views over Cowbar Nabb.

Guests are advised that a well-behaved dog is welcome.

The Old Cottage is perfectly positioned within the local area, with a short walk to the busy village centre’s pubs, shops and restaurants.

While guests only have to walk a few steps to take in the view of the bridge and Roxby Beck.

The picturesque harbour and beach are also a short distance away.

Fans of the countryside won’t have to go far to experience beautiful scenery and the many fabulous activities as the property is within the North York Moors National Park.

The area has so much worth exploring, and many myths and legends that have helped shape what it is today.

Why not take a walk with giants in East Barnby, or why not visit Beggars Bridge in Glaisdale?

Both of which have fascinating stories behind them.

Alternatively, why not bask in the stunning surroundings by climbing on board the train along the Esk River or North Yorkshire Moors Railway?

The Old Cottage combines comfortable living and a gateway to adventure, making it a great spot to enjoy a break in Staithes.

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About the location


Whitby 10 miles.

The charming and sleepy seaside village of Staithes, with its cobbled streets and back alleys, is something of an artist’s dream. Its pretty houses and cottages are clustered around the old harbour and surrounded by high craggy cliffs on three sides, with a sheltered sandy beach set amongst the rocky coastline. The village can claim connections with Captain Cook who was apprenticed to a draper near the harbour. Nowadays, Staithes is a must for anyone visiting the Yorkshire Coast and has a good selection of pubs, shops and tea rooms. Staithes is still home to an RNLI lifeboat station and a small fleet of cobles (fishing boats) landing fish, crab and lobster, with boat trips for birdwatching, fishing and even whale watching available. It’s also the location of the popular BBC children’s TV series, Old Jack’s Boat. Staithes has a strong attraction for artists, with an annual Art and Heritage Festival, galleries and artists studios with art courses and workshops regularly on offer. There’s a free Illusion Trail, which guides visitors around the network of ginnels (alleyways), with trail guides available locally. The best views of the town can be enjoyed from the Cleveland Way which runs down the cliff to the sea’s edge. Altogether a superb base for exploring the Yorkshire Coast, visiting the larger resorts of Whitby or Scarborough and enjoying the moorland villages of the North York Moors National Park.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas