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Danby Cottage

(Ref. 920738)

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


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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68 Customer Reviews

  • "The most homely and comfortable cottage we’ve ever stayed."

    Absolutely delightful.

    Reviewed by Annabel5.0Mar 2024

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Danby cottage."

    Lovely, quiet location with everything we needed. Nice cottage feel with cute patio garden. Even saw deer on the track. We’ll be back!

    Reviewed by Anna4.7Feb 2024

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely setting."

    Perfect for a cosy Christmas which is just what we wanted.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Dec 2023

  • "Very nice in a good location, would definitely return"

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Nov 2023

  • "It was perfect for myself and my husband we found it very homely and comfortable."

    The bed was comfortable. The shower is great and the bath fills up really quickly. Gas fire worked really well, just had to be patient for the pilot light to work but that's because we're not used to gas. Central heating worked well. Great idea for the tray for our muddy boots and hooks for our coats on the back of the door. Plenty of crockery to fill the dishwasher up which was fab. The walk up to the cottage is steep but it was fine for us plus we saw a couple of Roe deer and a Barn owl while walking up to the cottage. The walk into Whitby was great, as soon as you get into Ruswarp village you can walk along the footpath next to the railway track, it's a flat path, and from the house it's a 2 mile walk, you'll need a torch if it's dark... We also caught the train from Ruswarp to Grosmont there's a 2 mile climb out of there onto the moor, and walked through the woods to Little Beck then along the River Esk. Also caught the train to Great Ayton and did a circular walk to the Captain Cooks Memorial and Roseberry Topping, beautiful views. The cottage is ideally situated for us, there's a regular bus the 95 that passes through every hour to Whitby. You can catch the train. There's plenty of taxis in Whitby, which is a great town lots to do and see, plenty of places to eat and drink. And lot's of lovely walks. I must also mention The Bridge Inn in Ruswarp was cosy, good home cooked pub grub, good portion sizes but they also do smaller portions too. All in all we had a fantastic holiday, the hosts were really friendly and helpful too. Thank you

    Thank you for your review Emma. Really pleased you had such a good time!!!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Nov 2023

  • "Excellent as usual this was our 6 time staying here and we will keep coming back as it has every thing we need ."

    Well done

    Thank you very much. It’s so lovely to have such positive feedback!!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Sep 2023

  • "Steep hill up to property has potholes that need repairing."

    Cottage kitchen had no spare cupboard space for provisions, though is well equipped. Dusty in places with cobwebs. Bedside lamp faulty in single bedroom. Found a pair of men's boxer shorts in bedroom drawers when looking for hair dryer in front double room. Wardrobe door knob needs repairing in back double room.

    Reviewed by Emma3.1Jul 2023

  • "We have stayed in numerous holiday homes over the years."

    This was was the best yet. It was immaculate with everything you could possibly need. We loved it here. It was so peaceful and with a good view.

    Reviewed by Tanya5.0Jul 2023

  • "Well presented a joy to stay."

    Would stay again if in the area. Only comment about listing, access wasn’t as hard as it sounded. Steep??

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Jun 2023

  • "The holiday cottage was lovely and equipped with everything we could possibly need during our week's holiday."

    The booking process and getting all the information we needed to start our stay was very efficient and timely. It was great to have the more private back garden for the family as well as the communal grassed area where the children could safely run around and play football.

    Thank you for your lovely review Julie. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay!!!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2023

  • "Third time staying at this lovely cottage."

    It has everything you need and is in close proximity for visiting many of the attractions. Also it is very quiet and peaceful. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Christine3.8Apr 2023

  • "Lovely stay."

    Fabulous cottage . Very comfortable with great facilities. Great location and lovely views.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Dec 2022

  • "It was a nice house, the only thing that was not so pleasant, was the fact that you only had limited view."

    Reviewed by Mario De5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, very cosy and well equipped."

    Only a short drive into Whitby and there is a great butchers in Ruswarp itself! Would have no hesitation staying here again when we next come to Whitby.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2022

  • "The cottage was in a good location."

    My ten year old granddaughter found her new ability - rowing on the river! The cottage was clean and spacious and everything was provided. The owners replaced our towels and bedding at the end of our first week. The only downside is that it is situated at the top of a steep lane, which however is quite short.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very nice stay good location for a base if you have a car."

    Only few miles out from centre of Whitby and easy to get to the moors. All facilities worked well and nice outside area to sit. I would definitely stay again if I was ever coming back to area.

    Reviewed by Keith4.4Jul 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage on a hillside with whitby Abbey in the distance."

    Lovely fresh towels and bedding and changed every week. Has every you need in the cottage. Definitely visit again too.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Jun 2022

  • "Our second stay at this lovely cottage."

    It’s cosy, very high standard of cleanliness, extremely well equipped , beautiful views and very quiet and peaceful. Close to Whitby and other coastal attractions. An absolute gem and we’ll certainly be back.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was cosy and warm once I had worked out how to operate the heating."

    Some places were dusty in the kitchen which would benefit from high level dusting. Towels were a generous size. Double beds comfortable. The single room is cold as no radiator. Front door was an issue for opening and closing. This would be a health and safety issue for a more elderly guest or child as one had to push and lean against the door with considerable force. May have expanded due to weather however needs resolving ASAP to avoid potential injury. Great location and parking. Would be helpful to have a security light in the car park and some low level lighting installed for the dark winding path leading to the cottage. Would be a beautiful location in summer

    Reviewed by Maria3.8Nov 2021

  • "NoTelevision loose wires everywhere the TV was modern but was not connected up correctly ,We wanted to watch the England match but it was a waste of time."

    Coming down the stairs there is no hand rail on the left hand side I am 83 and able, but I found it hard to get up and down these stairs.. no light in the small bed room, more lightly a bulb out,I had to use the side lamp run off the power socket. The building itself was good and modern looking,But a bit tired. with cob webs on the wall lights my daughter dusted them down herself. this property was priced way above what it should have been. other than the faults I mentioned we enjoyed our holiday there.

    Reviewed by Brian3.8Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely and had everything we needed."

    A great location, very peaceful but very close to all the attractions at Whitby. We would book this property again.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.7Jul 2021

  • "Very comfortable and well stocked cottage."

    Lovely location with counrtyside viwes across to the Abbey at Whitby. Good village location with train to Whiby costing only £2.00 return, you can park the car at the cottage and not need it again. Lovely train ride up to Middlesborough with lots of beautiful villages and walks along the line. You can also walk in to Whitby from Ruswarp along the river. Great holiday.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2021

  • "Summer quilts would be nice as it was very hot in bed."

    Reviewed by Dennis4.4Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    We would highly recommend Danby cottage to anyone who is looking to stay in the Whitby area.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2021

  • "Great cottage."

    Would happily return

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Sep 2020

  • "My daughter & I stayed at Danby Cottage , Ruswarp ."

    The cottage was very clean & comfortable. The owner has provided tea towels , cleaning products , soap etc , so no need to bring these items with you. Also we were left an annual pass for Whitby museum which was very thoughtful. You can walk into Whitby from Ruswarp in about 30mins , the path is at the level crossing between the railway line & river . It's quite a pleasant walk .

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2020

  • "Excellent t cottage ,,well equipped and very comfortable"

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Sep 2020

  • "Excellent as always"

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Sep 2020

  • "This is an excellent cottage and suited us (couple with two young sons) perfectly."

    On the very edges of town but extremely peaceful. Could easily walk into the village for minature steam train/boats/little shops and a pub as well as buses and trains. Well proportioned and spacious accommodation for an average family or small group of friends. Well equipped, only comment really is that the microwave is on its last legs and beeps randomly. Everything else worked great. Disappointing that games/DVD have been removed but I blame the pandemic for this. We were also with the owner's agreement able to charge our EV through the window which was enormously appreciated.

    Reviewed by Elin5.0Aug 2020

  • "A lovely little cottage in a great location with wonderful views towards Whitby Abbey and the North Yorkshire Moors."

    Kitchen facilities were great and rooms very clean and comfortable. Ideally located for trips inland or to the coast, and lots of nice walks nearby. Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Aug 2020

  • "A lovely well equipped cottage in a great location."

    Very clean and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2020

  • "Amazing cottage, really clean , welcoming and cosy ."

    10 mins to beach.cottage had everything you needed and more. Love it will defo book again .

    Reviewed by H5.0Feb 2020

  • "There was a small issue with the Booker when we arrived."

    Spoke to the owner and a plumber was there within half an hour. The problem was solved so fast. Excellent service and would definitely come back.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Dec 2019

  • "Wasn't sure what to expect as first time we have used your site but very ..."

    Wasn't sure what to expect as first time we have used your site but very impressed when we arrived, the cottage was fantastic and we had a very enjoyable stay, thank you

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2019

  • "Absolutely loved this cottage beautiful location and surroundings."

    The cottage had everything we needed and more kitchen facilities are superb. Very clean and cosy would 100% recommend.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2019

  • "We all really enjoyed our stay at Danby Cottage."

    It was so cosy and very well equipped. We spent lots of time chilling out and enjoying the facilities the cottage had to offer. The cottage was in a beautiful location and was really peaceful and private. It was really convenient and easy to get to Whitby and lots of other lovely locations. It was also good for trains and buses. We would definately stay here again. It was really reasonably priced and great value.

    Reviewed by Laraine5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was very clean and was an easy walk in to whitby and we found a pub that was very good the food was excelent and very welcoming at the bottom of the road."

    The views were out of this world and we would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Sep 2019


    Reviewed by Alan4.4Sep 2019

  • "We just loved the private and safe location."

    . space for my children to play safely... accommodation was good smart bedrooms .. hot shower

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2019

  • "Could do with a new boiler and there was a lot of cobwebs but it is a lovely cottage."

    Reviewed by Sonia4.7Aug 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in a very pleasant setting."

    It was well equipped and comfortable. We felt the directions were a little vague as it said the entrance to the cottage road was opposite the miniature steam railway but by the time you could see the steam railway you had gone past the entrance. The garden was pleasant to sit in but would be improved by there being a more solid separation between Goathland cottage and Danby Cottage giving more privacy. Perhaps some climbing plants up the trellis? It would be nice to have had a spare toilet roll as 4 of us quickly got through the one that was there and a dishwasher tablet for every day of our stay would have been good. However we had a good holiday in Danby Cottage and would happily stay there again.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage , a bit dated on the steep hill, great views."

    We had a great time and we were very lucky with the weather. I would like just to say that sign with direction to the cottage should be more visible and the road to the cottage is narrow and a bit steep .

    Reviewed by Eva5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very cosy."

    The kitchen is very well equipped with everything that you may need. The boiler is situated in a wardrobe in the single bedroom, it is unfortunately very noisy!! In the bedroom st the back of the cottage the radiator pipes seem to be very near to the floorboards and so squeak/creak loudly when you are walking past the radiator, this could in time crack the pipes? Overall a lovely holiday cottage in a beautiful setting.

    Reviewed by Christine3.8Dec 2018

  • "We arrived in the evening when it was dark but after we had opened the door and turned the light on we where pleasent surprised how comfortable it looked and with tasteful Christmas decorations we felt immediately at Home."

    We had a small problem with the heating but Jenny our host was very helpful and got this rectified quickly,so this didn't detract from our experience. We loved our stay at Danby cottage and it felt like home. We want to thank the owner for her care and consideration, we couldn't find the visitors book to express our feelings but left a card. A little reminder change the batteries on the remote. Overall it was wonderful time and would recommend to our friends.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Dec 2018

  • "I enjoyed my stay at Danby cottage and would recommend it."

    Reviewed by David4.7Nov 2018

  • "My second stay at this beautiful cottage."

    It’s perfect for a relaxing get away. Unfortunately can’t see me returning as the price for the same week next year has risen by more than 60%. Such a shame !!

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Oct 2018

  • "Danby cottage was very clean, comfortable and cosy."

    Kitchen was well equipped and the cottage was well situated in a peaceful location close to the Moor and the coast.

    Reviewed by Kathy5.0Sep 2018

  • "We had a great time there it was very homely and very clean."

    We highly recomend it

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely rural setting albeit up a steep hill but this gives fab views."

    Danby is among a group of what looks like old farm buildings made in to several smaller cottages. It is tastefully decorated and very clean with modern facilities such as wifi, washing machine, dishwasher etc. (The TV isn't going to last much longer.) I would've liked to see a visitor book with suggestions of where people have visited, restaurants etc. A nice little base for visiting the North Yorkshire coast and moors.

    Reviewed by Marie4.1Sep 2018

  • "We had a lovely holiday in Danby cottage."

    It is set in peaceful & beautiful surroundings, perfect for a relaxing break. We were surprised but excited to see a wild deer cross our path on the drive up to the cottages. Danby cottage was cosy & welcoming with everything you might need. It was very clean and well-cared for with comfy sofas and beds. It is only a short drive from Whitby town centre and there is also a countryside walk of about a mile from Ruswarp into town if you fancy stretching your legs. We had a very enjoyable trip.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Sep 2018

  • "Perfect location and a real home from home."

    We had everything we needed. Would certainly recommend this holiday cottage - beautiful.

    Reviewed by Sheena5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage set in a rural area but close enough to all u need."

    Reviewed by Sarah4.1Aug 2018

  • "The hill up to the cottage was more than a slight incline it was very steep not ..."

    The hill up to the cottage was more than a slight incline it was very steep not for the fainthearted to walk up,I only did it once had to use the car,and park it near the boating lake then either walk by the railway line which took us 35mins or catch the bus which ran every half hour,enjoyed our stay cottage was everything you could wish for

    Reviewed by Pamela4.1Jul 2018

  • "This is a lovely cottage, very quiet and great for families."

    There were lots of extras to make the stay provided by the owners easy I.e kitchen roll, dishwasher tablets, dvds. We would be more than happy to stay again. The cottage is in a great location to explore however you need to be aware that the car is really needed as there isn’t much to do within walking distance of the cottage.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jul 2018

  • "Had a lovely time there hope to go again the scenery was lovely and nice and quiet great views"

    Reviewed by Allan5.0May 2018

  • "Everything provided including lovely large white fluffy towels!"

    Comfortable seating and a lovely outside space, excellent.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2018

  • "Lovely cottage with excellent facilities and plenty of kitchen crockery etc."

    Great location for travelling to local places.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Apr 2018

  • "We really enjoyed our stay."

    The cottage is lovely.

    Reviewed by Lucy4.7Apr 2018

  • "ALL GOOD."

    Reviewed by Olga5.0Apr 2018

  • "Such a lovely cottage with everything we needed to make our 5 night stay with two young children comfortable and extremely enjoyable."

    One suggestion which would have exceeded expectations would be the option to have a stair gate put in. Our 18 mth old is very quick so we had to watch him like a hawk. However we got around this but putting dining chairs at the top and bottom of stairs. Other than that the cottage and location was fantastic. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Tessa5.0Mar 2018

  • "A very comfortable cottage with everything we needed for a brilliant week away."

    Well equipped, lovely and warm with plenty of hot water. Excellent location and very quiet, I imagine in the warmer months it would be lovely to sit outside in the evening. Cannot fault this cottage and would certainly return - hopefully soon.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Feb 2018

  • "A fantastic cottage."

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Nov 2017

  • "A comfy and well equipped cottage."

    Location great for us as we like to be a little off the’beaten track ‘. Short drive to Whitby. Had a perfect week. Would definitely visit this cottage again if it remains in our price range .

    Reviewed by Tracey4.8Oct 2017

  • "I couldn't t find a hair drier which was available on a previous holiday."

    I had to buy one during my stay.

    Reviewed by Dorothy4.8Sep 2017

  • "The cottage was lovely, clean and beautifully decorated."

    It had a lovely homely feel to it The outside space was fantastic for our 5 year old Very peaceful we felt like we were the only ones there

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jul 2017

  • "Location was ideal for us."

    Fantastic cottage and would highly recommend this to anyone

    Reviewed by Jean4.6Jul 2017

  • "Lovely long weekend stay, very comfortable and homely, close to amenities and still feels like your out in the countryside."

    Reviewed by Ruth4.8May 2017

  • "We have been before and it was just as good as we remembered thankyou very much and we will definitely be back"

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Apr 2017

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with gas woodburner-effect stove.
  • Gas central heating with gas stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD Player
  • CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot,highchair and stairgate (can only be used at top of the stairs due to lay out )
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Shared use of patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: Road to cottage approx
  • 600 yards is quite steep, take care
  • Note: This property has a £200 Good Housekeeping bond

The property

Ruswarp 0.5 miles.

An attractive stone terraced cottage, in an elevated position, above Ruswarp village near Whitby.

One of eight, in a small development of converted barns, the cottage is ideal for families wanting to enjoy the peaceful location, but be within five minute’s drive to the centre of Whitby seaside town.

There is a spacious open plan living area, comfortably furnished, with character beams and a stone feature fireplace that houses a gas woodburner-effect stove, creating a lovely, cosy feel.

There is a modern, well-equipped kitchen and separate dining area, whilst stairs lead up to the three bedrooms, all boasting views to the distant hills.

A stable door opens onto a gravelled patio, which takes in superb views over the countryside, with sheep in the neighbouring field, this is a lovely spot to sit and relax with a glass of wine and watch the sun go down.

A short walk brings you into this popular village, with excellent facilities, including a renowned butcher and a local inn serving real ale and food and a village shop.

Enjoy boating on the River Esk, or partake in coffee and cake in the river front tea room!

Children will enjoy feeding the ducks on the river, a ride on the miniature steam railway, or a fun afternoon at Mini Monsterz soft play centre, perfect for a rainy day.

Whitby offers many attractions, with its long, sandy beaches, historic harbour and famous abbey.

Explore the cobbled market square and narrow ginnels, climb the 199 steps up to the abbey or enjoy an atmospheric 'ghost' walk in the evening.

Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the North York Moors and pretty market towns, including Pickering and Helmsley, this cottage provides a wonderful base.

Note: This cottage is next to Ref. 921346, together they sleep 10.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas