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Fauna's Corner

Captain Cooks Haven in Whitby, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 1001107)


(25 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely idyllic setting, right next to the river, and the viaduct."

    play parks for children and a swimming pool to use, which needs a 10 pound returnable deposit for the key to get in. Walk over the viaduct into Whitby takes around 20 minutes, and is nice and peaceful. The property is well looked after, and has everything needed for all your needs, no shop on site, but aldi, sainsburys, b and m, and a large Iceland are all situated together about a mile away. Dog friendly property, and lots of places in Whitby are dog friendly, lots of pubs and shops are too. We look forward to visiting again.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Fauna's Corner, it's a lovely holiday home, so well looked after and every home comfort you need."

    The most comfortable bed I've ever slept in! The onsite pool and space to play right at the back door we're very welcome for our 7 year old. The upstairs got quite hot due to us not being able to access the heater in the hallway to switch it off. I made an enquiry with Sykes over this but it didn't get resolved during our stay. Other than that the only minor niggle we had was 2 evenings at about 11pm there was a small group of drunk teenage girls that appeared and were messing about on the playground and being quite loud. I'm not sure that they were resident on the park as we didn't see them during the day.

    Reviewed by NicolaJun 2022

  • "Lovely and homely cottage in the most beautiful of locations"

    Reviewed by LauraMay 2022

  • "So accurate, the photos are genuinely as you see, so no misleading photos and nothing missing from the description."

    Very clean and tidy, modern furniture, kitchen items plentiful. Ideal location for Whitby and surrounding areas lots of parking compared to Whitby town a short walk (20 mins) to the town along the old railway track, The other way to Robins Hood Bay (6miles) nice walk along the coastal path. Probably the best house on the complex for kids and a dog to play, right in front. Didn’t use the swimming pool but looked ok ! Would definitely recommend and stay again if in that area again .

    Reviewed by SteveMay 2022

  • "Lovely quiet site , home from home and brilliant location"

    Reviewed by AmandaApr 2022

  • "Lovely stay at Fauna’s but just a few things were were disappointed in."

    When we arrived all the heaters had been turned off at the wall, the cottage was very very cold and we had a 1 year old we were very worried about putting to bed in a room that was only 14 degrees! A number of dog treats were found near the sofas and under the radiator covers with both my 1 year old and dog attempted to eat. There was also a tablet of some kind on the floor which could have been very dangerous. The fridge was quite dirty with bits all on the shelf’s and the milk holder was broken. Despite this the cottage was homely, facilitating and in a beautiful spot and would still definitely like to visit again.

    Reviewed by EmmaNov 2021

  • "Fauna’s Corner felt like home from home the moment we stepped through the door ."

    So cosy and tastefully decorated with everything we needed for our week here. You can really see that a lot of love, care and attention has gone into this home . There was even a bottle of wine and biscuits waiting for us . We came as a couple , but would be great for a family with small children as there was a little play-area very close by . Spotlessly clean , cosy bed , compact bathroom ( you might struggle in the shower if you’re tall ) , kitchen had everything we needed… even a slow cooker . It’s position was perfect … peaceful …. near to the River , and the railway ( where the steam train regularly chugged by ) . A short walk ( 20 mins) along the Cinder Track took us into Whitby. I was unable to get a signal for my mobile phone at the cottage (I’m on ee) , but my husband did ( he’s on 02) so I just used his hotspot . It was quite nice to just switch off for a few days

    Reviewed by LyndaOct 2021

  • "We had peaceful and relaxing stay here Whitby is always a favourite."

    Fauna's cottage was ideal for us in perfect location .Cottage was very comfortable well decorated we were very pleased with our choice .Thankyou to Sykes and to the owners .

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2021

  • "Lovely property in a beautiful setting with easy access to Whitby by foot."

    Cottage was small but contained everything you needed. My only criticism would be the site could do with improved recycling as there was only facility to recycle glass which meant putting all plastic and cardboard in the general waste bin.

    Reviewed by HaideeJul 2021

  • "Overall the cottage was lovely very peaceful and relaxing and very clean."

    It was ideal for a week away, my eldest boy loved the train going past daily and the walk into Whitby was great and very pram friendly however none of the radiator covers were fixed in place and could easily be pulled over and neither was the fire which with an inquisitive toddler I was constantly on pins and i felt it was very dangerous

    Reviewed by RachelJun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely location - everything you could want - double bed very comfortable - the singles not so good."

    Maybe ok for children who are lighter but my adult daughter stayed 2 nights and wouldn’t have liked to have slept in it longer then that. WiFi very intermittent and as others have said virtually non existent although we were aware of this. Had a problem with the kettle - it stopped working - dealt with speedily with a replacement delivered almost straight away - Best recommendation - we would stay here again

    Reviewed by SandraApr 2021

  • "This is a lovely property - great location especially for families, well equipped and comfortable."

    All straightforward with Sykes and the app was helpful.

    Reviewed by GloriaOct 2020

  • "The details specified WiFi."

    On arrival, the guest book stated that WiFi was poor due to location. It very rarely connected and constantly dropped. I needed WiFi to do my job. I went to the office who connected me and then said I could work in the office if I wanted. We didn’t go away for me to sit in the site office. It was so bad we had to cut short our holiday by 2 days. This should be specified in the description, if it had we would not have booked.

    Reviewed by SharonSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage very homely."

    Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by AmandaAug 2020

  • "A beautifully appointed cottage in a stunning location, only a 20 minute walk from Whitby."

    The house was decorated to a really high standard, was homely and very clean with excellent facilities. The house was set in lovely grounds on the Captains Cooke Development, with beautiful views of the viaduct and river.

    Reviewed by LauraAug 2020

  • "The cottage is beautiful, clean and comfortable."

    It's location was perfect for us with two small children; it overlooked the little park where our boys spent hours playing on the swings and running around the open space, meeting new friends. The location of the cottage is stunning and peaceful, we've all arrived home relaxed and refreshed! Whitby is a great place to spend a family holiday with plenty of things to do to entertain the children. I would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by NicolaJul 2020

  • "I am very grateful to Syke's for allowing us to amend our holiday date by a week despite the booking being officially no refund for cancellation (we had an unforeseen valid reason to have to change the date)."

    Great place as a base for exploring Whitby and area, comfortable, very good value, lovely clean warm pool on site, would recommend!

    Reviewed by FayMar 2020

  • "The tranquillity of area, chance for good family time, liked watching birds ..."

    The tranquillity of area, chance for good family time, liked watching birds reawaking love of Yorkshire Coast after years exploring Northumberland

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2020

  • "The best cottage we’ve ever stayed in."

    The owners really look after the place. Very cosy and inviting. Nice walk to Whitby.

    Reviewed by KirstyNov 2019

  • "What a fantastic stay we had."

    The Cottage was a real treat, beautifully situated and wonderfully comfortable. We lacked for nothing, and the beds were the most comfortable we have ever slept in. Keep up the good work, we'll be back soon.

    Reviewed by JoanneOct 2019

  • "Had a fantastic holiday what a beautiful place to visit lots off lovely walks ..."

    Had a fantastic holiday what a beautiful place to visit lots off lovely walks and things to see, cottage was the best we have stayed in clean modern and lovely comfortable beds and so peaceful, the pool was a added bonus my little girl spent hours in it will definitely be booking again for the future

    Reviewed by JadeOct 2019

  • "We had problems with the flush toilet - it was reported but not really satisfactorily resolved before we left."

    To be fair reception told us that a new bathroom was to be fitted today.

    Reviewed by NickJun 2019

  • "We had a fabulous stay here."

    The cottage was idilic. It was beautifully presented. It was clean, tidy, comfortable and decorated to high spec. The cottage was well equipped with all the mode cons a real home from home. When we arrived we had been left some lovely welcome gifts ( a nice touch.) In addition basic things were provided, including tea, coffee, sugar, washing up liquid, a tea towel and loo rolls etc, This cottage had a beautiful outlook and surrounding area. The parks and onsite swimming pool were a real hit with our little girl, I would highly recommend this cottage and we are defiantly returning in the not so distant future.

    Reviewed by HelenApr 2019

  • "I so wanted to write a fantastic review as upon arrival we were delighted with the cottage."

    The area is outstanding, the cottage is in a lovely position and initially we really found the cottage comfortable, bright and welcoming. There were 4 adults and one baby and there was space and comfort for all . However as the first day unfolded we found we had to wash the kitchen equipment, the light switches were sticky with dirt , the bathroom sink was cracked , you could not shower properly as the ceiling sloped down , there were not enough glasses for water or cider etc , the grill tray for the grill pan did not fit , really annoying. We had paid £900 for our 3 nights , I understand we payed more than usual as it was a special event weekend in Whitby, however I would have thought this afforded us the luxury of more than one toilet roll for 4 people !! The surprising thing was the owners very generously left us a superb bottle of gin , tonic waters and chocolates, but I wish they’d have spent the money on toiletries and glasses . I’m sorry to write this as we had a fabulous time and if these issues were addressed we would go back again .

    Thankyou for your feedback. We can only apologise that you had to rewash your kitchen equipment but unfortunatly we do rely on guests that wash dishes and put them away to have washed them properly. We have since added a guest book page that kindly asked guests to take care washing up and to be considerate of the next guests. We can only apologise that there wasnt enough glasses, we put in 8 new glasses in february so can only presume they have been broken. We have now replaced these with 2 new sets. We were unaware the grill tray did not fit properly, we have now replaced it with a brand new grill pan and tray. With regards to the bathroom we have since been in touch with a plumber who has come up with a solution to provide extra head space in the shower, the new bathroom will be fitted in june this year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JamesApr 2019

  • "We had a great time at Fauna’s Corner, it is situated in Captains Cooks Haven, which is quiet and peaceful and within easy walking distance to the centre of Whitby."

    Our first impressions were of a well presented cottage, the kitchen is small but has all the appliances that you need, the fridge is old and rusty at the bottom of the door and needed defrosting. There were most things that we needed to cook a meal but we had to go buy a coffee maker as there wasn’t one provided also there wasn’t a colander for draining vegetables, pasta etc. The lounge and bedrooms were comfortable and well presented although surfaces were dusty. The bathroom was the room that let the whole place down, the hand basin is cracked and is set really low down. The shower is over the bath, but is very low as the roof slopes over the bath, I could only just stand up in the bath with my head touching the ceiling, at its highest setting the water from the shower head reached the middle of my shoulder blades, in order to get washed successfully the shower head has to be removed from the holder and hand held, washing my hair was a nightmare. I am 5’ 7” but my husband is 6’ 2” so he had more problems when showering, in fact he called it his daily limbo dance! We could have had a bath but that is very small too. The owners have tried very hard to make the cottage stylish and comfortable but for me I think fewer pictures and trimmings with the money spent on updating the bathroom would improve things greatly.

    Thankyou for your feedback, we are new, and take feedback very seriously. We were unaware that the freezer had caused the fridge to rust so we have now replaced it with a brand new one. You also mention there was no strainer for the vegatables, we can only imagine this was damaged or taken by previous guests as there was a brand new one put in, in february along with the brand new kitchen. This has now been replaced. You also mentioned you were disapointed there was no coffee machine, we haven't stated in the amenities that we have a one. We do however provide tea coffee and sugar. After your suggestion we have now put in a brand new coffee machine. Your main complaint on your review was about the bathroom, unfortunatly as with all the Endeavour cottages, due to the size of the bathroom and the sloping roof we are unable to put in a shower to give full head height. It is stated in the discription that there is a hight restriction which is also clearly visable from the photo. Again we are trying to improve this as we have recently had it looked at by a local plumber and we are having a new bathroom suit fitted to provide more space for future guests. This will be complete in june this year. This is our first year with the property and we have fully renovated it with no expense spared, we are only allocated 5 weeks throughout january into february to complete works as this is the time for all renovations on site to be complete as to not disturb paying guests. The bathroom is the last room to be done. We want to make the cottage feel like a home rather than a holiday let hence the reason we have put alot of personal home accessories in. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenMar 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with electric fire.
  • Electric heating
  • Oven, hob, fridge
  • Smart TV, Wifi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Shared garden at rear with picnic bench, BBQ area and shared kid's playground
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool
  • One well behaved pet allowed
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 1.2 miles
  • Note: The shared indoor swimming pool is closed for cleaning for a few hours on a Saturday
  • Note: There is a height restriction in the bath tub in the bathroom
  • Note: steep hill on complex
  • Note: Due to proximity of water, children need to be accompanied by adults

The property

This wonderfully appointed end-terrace cottage rests on the Captain Cook's Development on the River Esk, which meanders down to the harbour town of Whitby.

Engulfed by the stunning, heather-clad North York Moors, with walks from the doorstep and plenty of amenities to keep the whole family entertained, enjoy a quality break away-from-it-all.

This accommodation offers a lovely contemporary feel inside, with a living room boasting an open-plan layout.

Wrap around the electric fire on a chilly evening and unwind with a spot of TV and a hot drink warming your hands.

Then gather around the dining table for a tasty meal cooked up in the compact yet amply equipped kitchen next door.

Upstairs, the bedrooms are tastefully presented with ample storage space and a TV in the master double room.

Wake up to a refreshing shower each morning in the family bathroom.

Sit out on a sunny afternoon with your glass of wine and watch on as the kids play on the adventure park opposite, framed by the famous Esk Valley viaduct, which has 13 brick-built archways constructed to carry the Scarborough and Whitby Railway.

There is also a shared heated swimming pool on site for all the family to enjoy all year round.

The River Esk tidal beach is close by, where kids can paddle or enjoy kayaking.

On the other side of the river is the North York Moors Railway, with steam trains trundling along to Whitby or Pickering, experiencing 24 miles of picturesque Yorkshire scenery.

Alternatively, you can join a path and walk down the river to the harbour and famous 199 steps up to Whitby abbey.

There are some fantastic walks from the doorstep, including a 6-mile trail to Robin Hood's Bay, an old fishing village on the Heritage Coast.

The coastline then takes you all the way down to Scarborough with off-road walking, cycling trails and many more outdoor activities.

A coastal break with fun for all the family.

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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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