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Cairns Cottage

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Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "3rd Visit to Cairns Cottege owners very helpful when I lost the front door key ..."

    3rd Visit to Cairns Cottege owners very helpful when I lost the front door key sent someone to open up for me would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Nov 2023

  • "This is our third stay and we love it!"

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Oct 2023

  • "Really enjoyable stay at Cairns Cottage."

    Location absolutely perfect for us, 10 minute walk to the Abbey, steady incline rather than the 199 steps. Great views over the harbour. 5 minute walk to the main bridge in Whitby and a bit further for the beach. Pub at the bottom of the steps (please not for elderly or disabled the steps are very tricky with luggage and without so wouldn’t recommend). Property itself does need some maintenance, as per previous feedback, the towel holder in the top bathroom needs fixing as well as the toilet seat. The duvets aren’t the best and would recommend replacing them as they rolled up inside the duvet cover. Oven could maybe do with a deep clean but not too bad. Seating in the living room is ok but not that comfortable. Overall we would stay again and with the minor adjustments/improvements it would make it even better. Thanks.

    Thanks Ian for this feedback. We have actually just replaced the duvets for lighter summer ones so disappointing these are not up to scratch - will sort this week. We are also aware we need to replace the sofa in the living area - and it’s being actioned! We have booked an oven cleaner - thank you for bringing to our attention! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian2.5Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    The cottage had everything we needed, didn't want to go home at the end of the week.

    Thanks Alice - delighted you had a lovely stay and look forward to welcoming you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alice4.4Aug 2023

  • "What an amazing little piece of whitby."

    Located atop of some really old fashioned steps. (They aren't for the unfit). This 4 floor cottage is like something from a story book. It was clean and had everything needed for a weeks stay. Really loved it didn't want to leave. Only one thing the mattress is a lumpy back breaker. But the charm of the cottage over shadows this one flaw.

    Thanks for the feedback Martin - we now have new mattresses at the cottage ! Hope to welcome you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Jul 2023

  • "Comfortable stay but the amount of steps in and accessing became intolerable at the end of my stay."

    Two main points of complaint was broken toilet seat that we reported on arrival, but we’re not attended to and the oven did not work. To a lesser extent every bit of hardware around the house, from blinds to towel rails were hanging from the walls as whoever responsible for diy had used wrong type of fixings. Overall the cleanliness and comfort was ok and we enjoyed Whitby immensely

    Thank you for the feedback. The oven is working - the instructions are in the kitchen for operating it but it was checked after you left and we have had no problems. Note there is a contact number for any issues during your stay. We note your feedback re the loose fittings and are sorting this out! Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.1Jul 2023

  • "The cottage is in a good location but in need of some TLC."

    The furnishings are tired and the mattresses are very saggy The fire extinguisher in the kitchen is out of date and it looks as though the fire blanket has been removed and re stuffed into its container. The tabs are not in the right place for it to be used properly. No appliances have been PAT tested. The microwave is in a poor condition. It is rusty inside at the back and side. The interior paint is peeling off. The stair carpet from the back door up to the sitting room is dirty, worn and wrinkled on some steps. The carpet on the landing is very worn. The main bedroom has plastic tubs sticking out from underneath it which catch your feet as well as looking bad. The mattress is very sagging and lumpy The bed frame creaks and squeaks- the bolts need tightening. I stayed in this bed by myself. I would not liked to have shared it with anyone. The duvet was very heavy and dense. There was a stain on it when I took the cover off at the end of the stay as requested. The mattresses on the single beds are also due for replacement. We came to Whitby to attend a funeral. We needed to hang up our clothes. The only wardrobe was full of bedding and other stuff. - this and all the stuff under the bed could have be stored in the downstairs cupboard and locked away. The chairs in the sitting room are also past their used by date. The seat cushion foam is very thin and you can feel the hard frame when sitting. The pleather is wrinkled because the cushions are worn out. Outside the small yard at the back was dirty with some rubbish and an old cloth on the floor. Long Steps to the cottage were very dirty with litter, dog poo and water leaking from a pipe. I realise these don’t belong to you but you should contact the council/ neighbours about their condition. Over the years we have rented various properties around Whitby and sadly this one was a disappointment.

    Thank you for your feedback which is very helpful. We have since replaced all the mattresses and duvets at the cottage and we were not aware there was a problem with the fire blanket (had been used) but have redone the health and safety inspection and everything is now in order. The back yard is cleaned during every changeover - but, as you say, there appeared i be some issues with litter in the public area next to the yard during your stay which is regrettable. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rosalind1.6Jun 2023

  • "Microwave rusted inside, back yard very small and in a very poor state, whole place very worn and well used."

    . Coat hangers i think are the worse iv every seen, the throw away ones. also no hanging space just one small walldrobe in the whole place... You have to like stairs if you stay here....

    Thank you for your feedback. I can come form as a result of this we have replaced the microwave as we weren’t aware there was a problem with it. We have also put extra coat hangers in. There is a full wardrobe in the king bedroom and then hanging hooks in the twin room upstairs :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tyrone2.8May 2023

  • "It was a lovely stay at the cottage and we especially enjoyed the views and close proximity to the town."

    I stayed in the twin room and there were some minor maintenance things, such as the wall side shelf was loose so couldn't leave a cup on it securely and the bath/shower became stuck, so couldn't use the shower attachment. This was on the last morning, so not enough of an issue. Some of the mugs needed a good clean too. These minor adjustments and a more comfortable sofa, would have given my rating a five star.

    This is very helpful feedback and we have now sorted the twin room - thank you for bringing to our attention! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane4.4May 2023

  • "Loved this property!"

    Neat tidy and beautifully maintained. Thankfully only 3 of us went because the cottage wasn’t really suitable size wise for the 5 we originally talked about going. Was really impressed with the little yard as the dog could wander inside and out when we used the kitchen eating and playing games. Would use again Thank you

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage only downfall was that sofa not comfy."

    This wouldn't stop me booking again tho

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Dec 2021

  • "Sofa was extremely uncomfortable and lounge furniture generally was not appropriate for a family of four."

    Reviewed by Katherine3.4Aug 2021

  • "The Cottage was lovely, however it is situated between two roads on a steep hill so access from your car to the cottage is not easy resulting in multiple trips to unload/load your car on arrival/departure."

    There are number steps or a steep slope to overcome from either Church Street below the cottage or from the Ropery above the cottage, so anyone particularly unsteady on their feet may find it difficult. In addition, in the en-suite there seems to be a random issue with the plumbing in that the shower turns on when you either flush the toilet and/or then turn the sink tap on along with a high-pitched squealing sound. We also felt that the lounge suite was uncomfortable for us. That said, overall the cottage was ideal for us, close to the town centre and had great views of the harbour from the rooms. A well equipped kitchen which satisfied all our mealtime requirements and the cottage had excellent free Wi-Fi. We would recommend the accommodation and had a lovely holiday in Whitby.

    Reviewed by Gay3.8Jul 2021

  • "Parking was a nightmare and put us off from using the car because of limited parking, we managed to park at the ropery but was quite a way to the cottage with lots of luggage."

    I’m Not sure if you are aware but the downpipe coming into the yard spills water on the path, there was quite a lot of water on the back yard one morning.

    Reviewed by Carmela3.8Jul 2021

  • "It was a fabulous holiday and the cottage had everything we needed."

    Was more than what we expected.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage is in a great position and we really enjoyed our stay."

    Everything is provided for a great holiday and I would recommend Cairns cottage, with the proviso that it is only suitable for the fit traveller. There is a long and steep set of steps to get to the cottage and the cottage itself is on 4 levels, thus entailing more stairs. It does keep you fit though and is very appropriate for Whitby. We would certainly go again.

    Reviewed by David4.7May 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely, really cozy, comfortable and beautifully clean; it was slightly quirky but that only added to its charm."

    We received an information pack by email from Mrs Cairns prior to arrival and that told us everything we needed to know. The views from the upper floor windows were absolutely amazing, it was lovely watching the boats coming and going from the harbour and the steam trains arriving and departing from Whitby station.

    Reviewed by Jude5.0Sep 2020

  • "Whitby is a lovely place and well worth visiting."

    The fish restaurants are plentiful and spoilt for choice. The coastal walk to Robin Hoods Bay was challenging but enjoyable. The accommodation was great but not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. The only thing lacking was somewhere to sit outside with a drunj.

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.7Sep 2020

  • "Lovely scenic view from top 3 floors overlooking the harbour & Whitby fishing village."

    Everything we wanted is within walking distance of cottage. Friendly & cosy pubs & cafes, Sherlocks cafe a must for lovers of cream teas. Just a couple of negatives, built-in DVD player didn't work and the previously reported 2 spot lights in the top floor bathroom hadn't been fixed, sorry to moan but without these 2 little gripes, Cairns Cottage would have been given a 10 but alas 8 out of 10 is still good. Will definitely recommend Cairns Cottage & we hope to revisit again soon.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.4Dec 2019

  • "Lovely views and quirky cottage with lots of space."

    Everything we needed was there and more in the cottage. Would definitely stay again and recommend.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lovely few days in Whitby."

    Owner really helpful when we realised my daughter had left teddy behind in the cottage, arranged for teddy to be posted back to us asap.

    Reviewed by Cathy3.8Aug 2019

  • "The location of this beautiful property was just perfect easily accessible to the beauty that is Whitby."

    Those steps up the side of the house after a full day walking on the beach are a challenge my legs definitely feel it today now we are home! But doesn't take anything away from the property itself. Its fantastic would recommend to anyone. Lovely welcome bread and milk and biscuits too lovely touch! Thankyou !

    Reviewed by Steph5.0Jun 2019

  • "Good location nice quirky cottage we all enjoyed kids loved it"

    Reviewed by Liz5.0May 2019

  • "Great location but away from the busy town so lovely and quiet"

    Reviewed by Geraldine4.7May 2019

  • "Cairns Cottage is a wonderful cottage which is perfect for families that want to be close to the action yet in a quiet secluded spot!"

    We loved how close we were to the centre of Whitby and also the abbey being so close (and not having to go up the 199 steps! ;-) ). We also loved that on a lazy sunny morning we could sit in our king size bed and watch the steam train from the other side of the harbour. Having two teenagers meant that we could nip out in the evening to a local pub (less than 5 mins walks!) and leave the lads back at the cottage safely. Lovely holiday, lovely cottage, lovely location, would definately recommend!

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Apr 2019

  • "We had a fabulous time!"

    Cairns Cottage is warm and comforting after a chilly day at the beach. The welcome pack is such a lovely touch and really made us feel welcome! It’s in a great location, close to the centre of Whitby! We will definitely return! Thank you.

    Reviewed by Kylie5.0Nov 2018

  • "A supeeb property very clean and comfortable the food pack was very welcoming and a nice touch"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2018

  • "House was even more beautiful than we expected!"

    Location was perfect.

    Reviewed by Hollie5.0Aug 2018

  • "Situated in a quiet location but close enough to all top places to visit in Whitby"

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Apr 2018

  • "Highly recommended."

    Super cottage, very comfortable and welcoming with stunning harbour views.

    Reviewed by Richard4.8Feb 2018

  • "Great location , welcome pack was greatly appreciated , Although there are 69 ..."

    Great location , welcome pack was greatly appreciated , Although there are 69 steps up to the cottage (keeps you fit ) we will be back , Try The Endeavour for nice selection of beer and gin

    Reviewed by Sean4.6Jun 2017

  • "What a wonderful cottage and a great location."

    some really nice touches left by the owner. would defiantly stay here again.

    Reviewed by Kevin & Rosie5.0Sep 2016

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  • Over four floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x second floor king-size double, 1 x third floor twin with extra pull-out bed
  • Third floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Second floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor kitchen with dining area
  • First floor sitting room
  • First floor snug.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and booster seat
  • Roadside parking on first come, first served basis
  • Two well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Beach 5 mins walk
  • Note: This property is accessed by several steps down, or 40 steps up
  • Please note the changeover day for short breaks is a Friday or a Monday

The property

A charming semi-detached cottage, quietly tucked away in an elevated position, overlooking the harbour in Whitby.

With superb panoramic views, this Whitby cottage provides wonderful accommodation for people looking to stay in this beautiful, historic seaside town or explore the surrounding, spectacular scenery of the North York Moors National Park.

Set over four floors, this Whitby cottage has been furnished with a modern flair to offer a bright, well-equipped kitchen with dining area and a cosy, comfortable sitting room with a snug attached.

Both bedrooms in this Whitby cottage have been tastefully styled, boasting stunning views towards the boats that bob along the harbour and the hills in the distance.

With the shops and amenities close by, this Whitby cottage is ideally placed for exploring the quaint, cobbled streets and market place, and with numerous tea rooms, restaurants and pubs to sample, you will be spoilt for choice.

Enjoy a visit to the Captain Cook Museum, climb the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey or relax and unwind on the beautiful, long sandy beaches.

The surrounding area offers a wealth of attractions, whether you've planned a trip on the steam railway, exhilarating cliff-top walks, or day trips to the pretty fishing villages of Robin Hood's Bay, Staithes and Runswick Bay, there is something for everyone.

A lovely, contemporary cottage in Whitby, offering a wonderful base for a memorable holiday.

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About the location


Robin Hood's Bay 5.5 miles; Scarborough 19.3 miles; Pickering 23 miles; Guisborough 21.5 miles.

The seaside town and port of Whitby lies at the mouth of the River Esk in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire. Ideally situated for exploring this beautiful part of Yorkshire, the local area hosts an abundance of activity so you can be sure to get the best out of both the countryside and the coast. From the nearby North York Moors to its Blue Flag beaches, there's something here for every interest and time of year. Amongst its many attractions, Whitby holds a charming atmosphere, home to winding streets and hidden alleys, where you can find a wide selection of eateries and shops scattered amongst them. Take a trip to the picturesque harbour and lighthouse to watch the sun set, or get involved in some whale watching or a coastal cruise to watch the creatures up close. Climb the famous 199 steps to the Whitby Abbey to immerse yourself with history, or visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum presenting historical and ethnographic exhibition about Cook himself. Hosting an abundance of leisure facilities, opportunities to explore the natural lands, and plenty of coastal delights, Whitby offers something for everyone. Close to the Robin Hood's Bay full of heritage wonders and scenic spots, and in reach of the bustling towns of Scarborough and Middlesbrough, Whitby is a prime location for exploring all of the delights that Yorkshire has to offer.

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Please note the changeover day for short breaks is a Friday or a Monday

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas