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Sailing By

Whitby, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 981087)

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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Rating 

  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

  • View on map


  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Reviews

    “We had a lovely holiday in sailing by cottage , it had old world charm with modern comfortable facilities, was well equipped and we loved it , booking was easy , had no problems we would book again.”

The property

‘Sailing By’ is a delightful Grade 2 listed Cottage situated in the very heart of old Whitby on the East side of the town, crowned by the ruins of the 13th Century Abbey and St Mary’s Church.

It has 2 bedrooms, a double and a single suitable for 3 people.

The cottage is just off the cobbled street of Church Street in an area steeped in history.

Hidden in a narrow ginnel (or passageway) called Borough Place, it is opposite the original marketplace that houses the Clock Tower.

On entering the ginnel, away from the hustle and bustle of Church Street, it is a haven of tranquility as you are transported back in time to the Middle Ages.

Dating from the late 1700’s, ‘Sailing By’ is reached up 2 small flights of steps.

Outside to the front of the cottage is a small patio area with a wrought iron bench, ideal for relaxing after the day’s exertions, or simply chilling out with a glass of wine.

The cottage possesses a quirky olde world charm with many original features, including cast iron fire grates (no longer in use), wood panelled doors and floorboards and a curved wooden staircase.

It is beautifully presented throughout over 3 floors.

You enter the cottage into the kitchen/diner which is flooded with daylight, the shaker style kitchen has all modern amenities and is well equipped for your stay.

Of course, there is a varied choice of restaurants, cafes and Inns on Church Street and beyond if you enjoy eating out.

The quarry tiled floor is a nice feature and dog friendly from the perspective of keeping it clean.

On the first floor, the lounge is at the front of the cottage and benefits from plenty of light through the sash window.

There is a sofa/single bed and two tub chairs.

The option is available for a person to sleep on this bed if they prefer being on the 1st floor.

There is a selection of books, CD’s, DVD’s together with a CD and DVD player.

The stylish bathroom contains a roll top bath and is to the left of the living room.

At the top of the house is the double bedroom overlooking the front and bathed in natural light through the sash window.

The fitted wardrobe has plenty of space for an extended stay and it also contains a travel cot.

A single bedroom to the left of the double has a pleasing aspect with a dormer window overlooking the rearm the trunk contains various games.

Wander into enchanting Whitby to experience or struggle up the 199 Church steps (at the end of Church Street) to the Abbey.

Or try the Donkey Road which is easier.

The history of this fishing Port with the Captain Cook Memorial Museum is palpable.

There is always something or someone to watch in the town!

For most of the year the town hosts varied festivals and events.

For some, the Goth weekends or Steam Punk are not to be missed, but Dracula always draws blood.

Others prefer the 60’s weekends, Blues festival, Soul weekender or folk, if music is your passion.

There are some fabulous walks or cycle rides along the coast, the North Yorkshire Moors or following the cinder trail (the old railway line) to Scarborough.

We welcome well behaved dogs (and owners), though ask that your pampered pet remains on the ground floor.

Please note that the layout of our quirky cottage is not suited to those with mobility issues or very young children.

The nearest public car park is on Church Street (crossing over Bridge Street) overlooking the river.


  • Over three floors
  • Two second floor bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with a roll-top bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • First floor sitting room.
  • Heating
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge and TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 minute walk
  • Please note that the layout of our quirky cottage is not suited to those with mobility issues or very young children
  • The nearest public car park is on Church Street (crossing over Bridge Street) overlooking the river
  • Note: The patio is to the front of the property.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Robin Hood's Bay 6 miles; Scarborough 19 miles; Pickering 20 miles; Guisborough 22 miles.

The ancient fishing port of Whitby lies at the mouth of the River Esk and is ideally situated for exploring this beautiful part of Yorkshire, with its superb coastline and close proximity to the spectacular North York Moors. Whitby is a charming and atmospheric town of winding streets and hidden alleys, with a picturesque harbour, safe sandy beaches and of course the Abbey, reached by the famous 199 steps.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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