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Kirkby House

(Ref. 933418)

Whitby, North York Moors & Coast Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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73 Customer Reviews

  • "We were very pleased with the property."

    Everything was excellent and the facilities exceed what you can reasonably expect. Tea, coffee, shower gel, shampoo, all the kitchen equipment - amazing. Great location. We actually liked all the steps. My only constructive comment would be to improve the directions from the car parking to the property. There is also a shorter, easier route. Thanks very much. Will also post on trip advisor

    Thank you for your lovely review. Very pleased that you had a positive stay at Kirkby House and that you found everything that your needed for your stay. We are aware that the property can be tricky to find as it is half way down the east slope. We have given a very detailed description on how to find it, incl. "What3words", and it is important to bring that description along and follow it to the letter. Sadly we can't add images to the description, which would have been helpful. The property is also "named" on Google maps when you search the postcode. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Apr 2024

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at Kirkby House."

    It is very well located for everything you would like to do in Whitby. The parking is a bonus and not too far to walk to (even when recuperating like me!). Our son-in-law and grand-daughter joined us for our last night and our grand-daughter loved the small bedroom. The kitchen has everything you need and the living room is comfortable. The new decking area is absolutely great and we even managed to sit out on it a couple of times - even though it is March. It will be lovely for people in summer. (We did put the rubbish bags out for the bin people mid week, but we weren't sure which bin they were emptying - turned out to be recycling - so apologies as we should not have put out the blue bag.)

    Thank you so much for you very positive feed back and for highlighting: - The allocated parking - The well equipped kitchen - The comfortable living room. - And last but not least our NEW DECKING AREA. As you have been before you could really appreciate how it has improved in size and overall appearance. I am glad you managed to sit out there a couple of times. It is always lovely to hear that guests have had a great time. Hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Mar 2024

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at Kirkby House, everything we needed for our stay."

    This is one of our favourite places we have stayed in, in Whitby, it's so handy for everything, we dont like using the car too much on our holidays and like walking, this place was made for that. the parking space provided is only a short walk away and the gentleman who owns the front drive we parked on was very helpful and he kept an eye on our car. Great dog friendly pub down the road and our dog loved the cottage as it was so warm & cosy. We will definately be back!

    Thank you for your lovely words. It is always nice when guests have enjoyed their holiday and we will look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Nov 2023

  • "Kirkby House is set in a great position."

    On the hill just a 10minute walk up to the Abbey and a 5minute walk down into town. Not easy on the knees.... but it's worth it, views over the harbour are great. The house is very well equipped but the sofa isn't comfortable and is torn and patched up. We had an issue with the cleanliness but addressed it directly to the owner and the cleaner. Sadly she has to clean 3 houses in 5 hours- not an easy task. In need of a deep clean and painting. That said, we had a great time and would return to the position and the off road parking.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sad to read that our cottage didn't live up to your expectations, but at the same time happy that you still would consider returning. I can assure you that we have already addressed some of the issues mentioned. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue3.4Oct 2023

  • "Wonderful property and location."

    Only a short walk in to Whitby. Lovely views from sitting on the outside terrace. The location can be a problem if you have mobility issues.

    Thank you for your positive review. Glad you enjoyed your holiday Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2023

  • "Very spacious house we didn't use the lower ground just been the 2 of us."

    Central location within walking distance of shops beaches station ect. Outside patio was used a lot sheltered with views of harbor and beyond. The free parking was a bonus thank you and within comfortable walking distance to property no problems at all. We enjoyed our stay and loved walking exploring the walk to Sandsend along the beach was amazing. The little dog friendly beach down tate hill was rich with sea glass if you collect it. Overall had lovely stay thank you.

    Thank you for your lovely review. It is always appreciated when guests take the time to give us feedback. Really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and made the most of the outside area with the lovely views. I agree the house is in a lovely location - it is very quiet and peaceful, yet so close to the heart of Whitby, the beaches, The Abbey...... And yes, we are very lucky to have secured a parking space with a lovely couple on The Ropery, because parking in Whitby can be a nightmare. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fab holiday, lovely cottage had everything we needed we would book again."

    Thank you for your 5 star review. Pleased to hear that the cottage worked well for you and that it had everything you needed. Hope to see you again in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joe5.0Aug 2023

  • "Really good location."

    Great views. Although need to be reasonably fit and definitely no issues with mobility as there are lots of stairs and access is via steep paths/steps. Well equipt kitchen. Comfortable lounge. Main bed we did not find to be overly comfortably (probably personal preference). Good shower! We will stay again!

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a feedback. Glad you found the kitchen well equipped, the lounge comfortable and the shower good. But, sorry to hear that the bed wasn't perfect for you, but I sadly don't think there is a firmness that fits all. I am always surprised when guests mention the stairs and access, because it is well described on the listing that the property is over 4 floors and accessed via slopes and steps, so I hope it didn't come as a surprise. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine4.4Aug 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our week here, great views quirky old cottage , lots of calories burnt with all the steps lol…… would definitely recommend…."

    . and if you have an extra car ask the guy who owns the parking and he might rent you another space like us.

    Thank you for your lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed our quirky up-side-down cottage, which gives you the best of both worlds. Warmth and great views from the living room and cooler bedrooms Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2023

  • "Fantastic holiday yet again at Kirkby Cottage."

    Brilliant accommodation on the right side of the river for watching the steam engine steam out. Owners are very accommodating and any queries answer immediately. Thank you and see you again next year for our yearly pilgrimage x

    Thank you for your returning visit. It is always a pleasure to welcome guests back. I still haven't been on the steam train across the moors. One day I will. We also like to watch them pull out from the platform on the other side of the Esk. Choo, choo x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Jun 2023

  • "The house was very nice and comfortable good equipment handy having a dishwasher, but the TV picture freezing happend quite a lot shame really, we washed the garden table and chairs as covered in tree sap and bird pope."

    Small grips as it was a very lovely holiday and we enjoyed the week. Thank you very much.

    Thank you for the positive feedback. We are pleased that you found the property nice, comfortable and well equipped. As for the points you raised: The TV. I wish you had spoken to us during your stay and we could have looked into it for you. I have however been in contact with the guests staying last week and they have had no problems, so can only assume it was caused by the strong winds. Will keep an eye on it. Patio table. I have been told it was cleaned during change-over, but there is sadly a lot of sap coming off the nearby tree this time of year. As for bird droppings........ can't really help that - sorry. I am glad you still enjoyed your week. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Jun 2023

  • "The property was ideally situated for exploring Whitby."

    Stunning views of the harbour and the steam trains. Everything you could need for your stay was supplied. The neighbours were lovely and very helpful with recommendations for places to visit and eat. Practically everything within walking distance. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Just to note, due to the stairs within this property, and access to it, it wouldn't be suitable for people with mobility issues.

    Thank you . It is always appreciated when people take the time to write a review. Pleased to hear that the neighbours were "lovely and very helpful with recommendations", but I hope you also found the long list of "things to do and see" in the information folder. I hope the stairs in the property didn't come as a surprise to you, because it is well described on the listing that we are over 4 floors. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark3.8May 2023

  • "This is an absolute gem of a cottage."

    there was everything we needed, so clean comfortable and homely. will definitely be booking again.

    Thank you for your lovely review here and in our guest book where you wrote: "We have been coming to Whitby for over 20 years and we can honestly say that Kirkby House has been by far the nicest cottage we have ever stayed in" That means a lot, so thank you. We look forward to welcoming you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham5.0May 2023

  • "We had a great stay in Kirby House, lovely house, with nice little touches."

    There are a lot of stairs over the 4 floors so anyone with small children or not so good on their feet should consider this before you book. Also although the duvet cover was clean it had stains on it which was very disappointing, apart from that the house was very comfortable and we would recommend Kirby House.

    Glad to see that you found the house "lovely" and "with nice little touches". I hope the stairs didn't come as a surprise to you as it is well described in the listing that it is over 4 floors Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brenda4.7May 2023

  • "Was quiet, the views from the breakfast bar and lounge were fantastic."

    The parking space on a dive at the top of the entry was great, the couple who own the house were very friendly, as were all of he another residents we met going to and from the cottage. Location is good as on the quieter side of bridge but still close to walk to the shops and cafes. The two larger beaches and the abbey were great walks and Robin hoods bay is well worth a visit. Only real improvement that could be made to the cottage would be another key there is only one and when one person wants to go out on their own to the other person must be available to let them back in. The lounge is in the top floor so we struggled having a little one we couldn’t leave to have to all go and lock the person out and let them back in, also my husband like to night fish and I like to walk the dog early which wasn’t possible as you can’t leave taking the key because there’s only one exit from he cottage and this would be dangerous to lock people in. We did mention to the owners so hoped they will look at this for future stays.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a detailed feedback, much appreciated. I am pleased that you found the property comfortable and with everything you needed. Also glad that you found it was quiet and very private despite being in an residential area (as most rental properties in Whitby are). Parking is often an issue in Whitby, so we are so lucky to have an allocated parking space near by. We have described that the lounge is on the top floor, which is great for the views. Also, there are stairgates at the top of all stairs if people do bring young children. As for a second key, we do take your point. We had a new door fitted only 6 weeks ago, so the set up is different to what it use to be, so we will get a second key cut. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4Apr 2023

  • "Thank you for such a lovely break."

    The house was warm and welcoming. Everywhere was clean and thoughtfully decorated and extremely well and generously equipped . The views were just lovely and the location perfect to explore the area. The car parking space was easy to find and much appreciated. We would absolutely recommend staying here and the owner couldn’t have been more helpful.

    Thank you for you lovely positive feedback. It always pleases us when guests have had a wonderfull stay at Kirkby House. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage!"

    Cannot fault it!

    Sometimes a few words says it all - Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kay4.4Feb 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful cottage, and it was an excellent base to explore North Yorkshire."

    The cottage was clean, well equipped and it was wonderful looking out over the views of Whitby, we'd love to stay again.

    We are so pleased to hear that you had a fantastic holiday in Kirkby House and that you found the cottage clean and well equipped. Thank you for your lovely words in our guest book too. We will look forward to welcome you back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Nov 2022

  • "A beautiful little property, we couldnt fault it and are hoping to stay again next year."

    You cant really get much closer to the centre so if you want to take in everything whitby has to offer then ild definatly reccomend staying here

    Thank you for your 100% positive feedback, it means a lot. Glad you enjoyed your stay. It is always great to read things like "hoping to stay again next year" and "I will definitely recommend". That means we are doing things right. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage ideally situated overlooking the harbour and in short walking distance of everything within Whitby."

    Nicely furnished and equipped with everything you need. Little extras provided such as washing up liquid, dish washer tabs, coffee, tea and sugar along with a bottle of milk in the fridge on arrival to name a few which was a nice surprise. Very quirky set over 4 floors so be aware there are lots of steps along with a steep descent and climb to and from the main road to the cottage. Not a problem to us but worth noting. The parking space allocated over the road was very welcome and essential as The Ropery was usually full with parked cars all day. Would definitely recommend and would book again if and when we return to Whitby.

    Thank you Emma for your lovely review. Really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that you found the property comfortable and well equipped. You are absolutely right, there are stairs and slopes to deal with and we have mentioned in the description more than ones that the property is over 4 floors and accessed via a slope and steps. Whitby is full of steps and slopes too, which makes it so special. I think most people come back fitter than they went Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely time at Whitby and the property was very nice and well equipped ,although all of the stairs were a bit of a workout!"

    but a good way to work off all those fish and chips lol Regards Simon

    Thank you for your lovely review. I am pleased that you had a nice stay and that you found the property well equipped. Whitby is a beautiful place with lots of steps and slopes - in fact it is famous for the "199 steps" up to the Abbey, so I think most people are fitter after a stay there. :) (I hope the stairs in the house didn't come as a surprise, as the layout is well described on our listing ) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jul 2022

  • "Thank you Grethe and Ove for a wonderful stay at Kirby House."

    The house was perfectly situated, fully stocked and set up for a holiday with a wee one and a dog.

    Thank you Karin for your lovely review. I am pleased that Kirkby House didn't disappoint and provided you with a perfect base for your holiday in Whitby. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karin5.0Jun 2022

  • "The property is in need of a deep clean and some tender love and care we came ..."

    The property is in need of a deep clean and some tender love and care we came home 2 days early after spending the time cleaning and messaging very upsetting as this is the 3rd time holidaying with Sykes

    Thank you for your feedback which is very important to us. We try hard to make sure the property is clean, well equipped and all amenities are in perfect working order, as per our previous feedbacks. We want all our customers to enjoy their holiday and to get an experience that lives up to expectations of a property with a 3 “tick” rating on Sykes. We are very lucky to work with a good cleaning company who share our high standards, but unfortunately on this occasion, a few things had been missed. We would like to thank you for bringing this to our attention and sending us the photos, as they helped us understand the problems. Problems that could easily have been rectified on Saturday when you arrived, if you had called us. The issues raised were all related to cleaning - dust on the lampshade, crumbs at the back of the kitchen chairs, a shoe left by a previous guest. They have now been dealt with by the cleaning company. You have not given us any further information with regards to accuracy of listing, comfort & facilities, so we sadly can comment. We are sorry that you felt dissatisfied with the overall “package” and that your holiday was cut short by some of these areas, which could have been easily and quickly rectified given the chance. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan1.3Jun 2022

  • "Had a lovely time at whitby, lovely place to stay, everything you needed at Kirkby house, the owners have thought of everything for a hassle free stay."

    we loved our walks and robins hood bay was beautiful Highly recommend this place, but make sure your fit, lots of steps to get to your property especially when you have a lot of luggage to carry. Definitely would book again A few niggles because I believe true feedback is very important, Some kind of outside cover( when it’s rains especially when your eating outside) but the sun still out

    Thank you Diane for your positive feedback. I am glad you had a lovely time and that you enjoyed Kirkby House and it's facilities. Only sorry that we are not set up for outside dining in the rain :) . Whitby is generally a place for fit people because of all the steps and slopes Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane4.4May 2022

  • "Fabulous spacious cottage across 4 floors Great location ."

    Very clean, well Equipped and very comfortable. Whitby out of season is lovely! We will be back

    Thank your for your 100% positive feedback, much appreciated. I agree, Whitby out of sason is lovely and fairly quiet. Nothing better than a walk on the beach when the waves are crashing in. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Kirkby House and we look forward to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay in Kirkby House Whitby."

    The place is charming and in such a great position. We got used to the steps both around and in the house. We come from Hull which is flat,Very handy having the parking space as parking elsewhere could have been quite expensive. If and when we decide to have another stay in Whitby we will be looking for this place again. We will definitely tell family and friends about it.

    Thank you for your positive feedback. Yes, Whitby is very hilly with lots of steps, slopes and little paths - like a rabbit warren - but that is what makes Whitby so charming. Plus the beautiful coastline. We would love to welcome you or your family / friends back to Kirkby House in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Feb 2022

  • "We had a great stay at Kirkby House!"

    We have visited Whitby a few times and this has been our favourite cottage so far. The views are really special and the location is ideal for visiting Whitby. We had no problem with the parking and the directions were fine to find Kirkby House. We went in early January and the house was lovely and warm. It was too cold to sit out, but we hope to visit in the future and enjoy the patio and BBQ outside. As other reviews have said, there are a lot of stairs given that it has 4 floors and the hill up to the cottage is steep, but without this you wouldn't get the amazing views. It was great for our 3 year old and 9 month old - the cot was ideal (including the additional mattress to help make it more comfortable), high chair and stair gates. We hope to visit again soon!

    Thank you Rebecca for your lovely review - much appreciated. I am really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jan 2022

  • "This was our second visit to Kirkby House and we have already booked again."

    It is a fabulous place, in a fabulous place! And the addition of the designated parking spot close by makes it even better. Yes, it is in a challenging spot but just take your time and take it all in, and the views from the top floor and the kitchen more than compensate!

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. It is always nice when guests are returning again and again - that says more than words. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Nov 2021

  • "The directions to the cottage are “challenging."

    ” We walked around for 45 minutes trying to find it and failed; the chap who rents out his car parking space saved the day; it was not a great start to the weekend. The cottage is on 3 levels; many stairs; and a lot of hassle fetching luggage etc from the car to it. We would not stay here again because of that; I have to say though, that I’m probably fitter now than prior to staying; so many stairs .

    Thank you for your review and thank you very much for giving us full score for cleanliness, facilities and comfort that means a lot to us. As for the points you have raised in your review… We are sorry you struggled to find the property, and only wish you had phoned us. That would have saved you a lot of time and frustration. Your review has made us revisit the “directions” and we still think they are right, BUT it is obviously important to go down the correct path from the Ropery otherwise nothing will make sense. As described, the path is near no. 53. It is described in our listing that “This property is accessed by a cobbled slope and 15 steps down from The Ropery or 48 steps up from Church Street”. It is also mentioned more than once in the listing that the property is over 4 floors, so a little surprised why that seems to have come as a shock to you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Nov 2021

  • "Absolutely Fantastic holiday, Everything Was Amazing."

    Our Stay At Kirkby House Whitby, Was Fantastic. What A Beautiful House To Relax. And Enjoy Your Holiday Stay. The Price At Kirkby House Was Reasonable, With Plenty To See And Do. We Also Took A Drive Down To Filey. Another Beautiful Place. Would Definately Recommend The Stay At Kirkby House. Thank You, To Sykes Holidays, Mick & Marina,

    Thank you very much for your very positive feedback. Hope to welcome you to Kirkby House again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2021

  • "Kirkby House was a real home from home loved our stay there and will certainly return."

    Glad you enjoyed your stay at Kirkby House. Looking forward to welcoming you back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kim4.7Jul 2021

  • "A very comfortable house with lots of space and how lovely to stay somewhere with enough seating so that were not all squashed up together and very comfortable it was to, it makes a nice change to saggy sofas."

    The property was beautifully decorated too. The view was amazing and we loved enjoying it from the two verandas. Perfectly positioned for walks to the church/abbey for more gorgeous views

    Reviewed by Sarah4.1Jun 2021

  • "Excellent cottage with fantastic harbour views close to Whitby town centre."

    I was able to walk with the dog and grandchildren to the Abbey and beach on footpaths without encountering any roads, absolutely fantastic location.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0May 2021

  • "We have been coming to Whitby for six years."

    Five of these are at Kirkby House. The house has everything we need and more. The lounge on the top floor allows us an unbelievable view of the boats on the river and the steam engine leaving the railway station. It’s a very relaxing dog friendly town which means its not just us who enjoy the holiday but our west highland terrier, Tessi is spoiled too. Every year there is something new found and this year even in this Covid nightmare we visited the new microbrewery’The Waiting Room’ at Whitby Station which has an large array of real ales and ciders. Found a small Korean take away alongside all the other restaurants serving exceptional food - Thai, Italian, traditionally British i.e. Humble Pie, Fish and Chips to name just a few. We also visitedt ‘Alberts’ a jewel of a restaurant hidden in the Jet Museum which was another nostalgic step back in time and worth a visit , as the menu was fantastic. There is just so much to do and see that we will be back again for our seventh year In 2021.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Oct 2020

  • "Comfy warm house with everything you could need parking difficult be aware that ..."

    Comfy warm house with everything you could need parking difficult be aware that you can usually park but have a way to walk to your car plus the steps

    Reviewed by Fiona3.8Oct 2020

  • "Home from home."

    Everything was provided to make your stay a good one. Couldn't fault it.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2020

  • "Amazing accommodation very well equipped."

    Very comfortable beds. Great location .

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fabulous 4 storey upside down cottage."

    Finished to an excellent specification, with sea views of Whitby Marina & the surrounding areas.

    Reviewed by Theresa5.0Sep 2020

  • "Good week, good location although parking is an issue but this was highlighted prior to booking, had to carry all our things down the street and then down many steps."

    We did feel cleanliness was an issue in areas, cooker, crockery chewing gum a d some foodstuffs left on some of the plates. We did email the owner who said she would pass it onto the cleaner. A bit lame we thought. But Whitby was good.

    Reviewed by Debbie3.8Feb 2020

  • "Another great break at Kirkby House, everything was spot on again with the bonus of the living room having new furniture including comfy leather corner sofa with recliners."

    Recommended with thanks.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2019

  • "Third stay at the wonderful Kirkby House."

    Everything was spot on as always. Few changes since we were last there including a new corner settee which was lovely.Already planning when to return !

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Nov 2019

  • "We had a fabulous time in Whitby and staying at this beautiful home."

    It was perfect. Just the weather wasn’t what we expected but no-one can do anything about that. This was our first time through Sykes cottages and we loved it.

    Reviewed by Hazel4.7Jun 2019

  • "Love Whitby!"

    Cottage was gorgeous and had all you need.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jun 2019

  • "Well situated house with all amenities and very clean appearance."

    Also had a 'homely' feel which was an important touch. Enjoyed our break in Whitby and would consider booking the same cottage in the future due to close proximity to shops and the abbey. Shame about the weather though!

    Reviewed by Jack5.0May 2019

  • "We all enjoyed the patio area with the fabulous views of the harbour."

    All the beds were very comfortable. Everywhere was spotless and clean. The rooms were light and airy with lots of windows with great views from the top two floors. Loved the decor and the lighting in all rooms, plenty of space for 5 people .Thankyou Kirkby House for a lovely Eadter weekend stay

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Apr 2019

  • "Quality accommodation with great views and worth the extra money compared to a bed and breakfast."

    This is the first place we'll look to book when we return. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Mar 2019

  • "We have just completed our 2nd stay at the property & are booked in again in November."

    The house is fabulous & new carpets & appliances have been added since our last stay. The sofas need some attention- they need it 2 years ago but now they are in dire need. Otherwise the property is fantastic

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Mar 2019

  • "It was perfect!"

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Feb 2019

  • "Great views from the cottage!"

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Feb 2019

  • "Absolutely loved this house and did not want to leave."

    The bedding was lovely and everything was clean. Most of all loved the views and the quirkiness of this cottage. Had such a homely feel. Need to be fit though especially bringing luggage from the car, but hey this is Whitby and the character of the place. Loved it!

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Jan 2019

  • "The house was as described-comfortable, clean and well equipped- wouldn’t be suitable for people with mobility problems and parking difficult, but we were aware of this."

    Very happy and would stay there again.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Nov 2018

  • "A lovely holiday home in the perfect place would definitely recommend"

    Reviewed by Kerry4.7Nov 2018

  • "Had a great week staying at Kirkby house."

    Lovely place to stay. Near everything. Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2018

  • "It is clear in the description of the property there will be a lot of steps to climb (this is true both for access to the property and over the 4 floors within the property) so may not be suitable for those with mobility issues (e."

    G. very young or elderly). For those who have no such issues though property is excellent. Ideal location right in the heart of Whitby with views over the harbour to the front and less than 10 minutes walk to both the centre of town or the Abbey. Parking in Whitby can be a challenge but car use is only required if you want to visit other places (you can park in Abbey car park 24 hours a day £9 if you want the easiest option and it is only 10 minutes walk from there to the property) Excellent walks on Cleveland way - We did Sandsend and back (coastal footpath going and beach on return) and on another day in the opposite direction to Robin Hoods Bay (6.5M) and then took bus back to Whitby Scarborough 30 minutes drive or take bus (well worth a days visit) and Steam train and boat trips available in Whitby also recommended. Family also enjoyed Dr Cranks Ghost tour (walk and stories around Whitby)

    Reviewed by Michael3.8Aug 2018

  • "Well planned and well equipped cottage with superb views from the lounge at the top of the property."

    The outside seating area is beneficial and again excellent views. You soon get used to the steps in and out of the property. Relaxing holiday base, and good value for money. Andrew D.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jul 2018

  • "Kirkby house is a fantastic property."

    It is located in very close to the centre of Whitby. It’s is situated over three floors with the sitting room on the top floor. The views from this room are very relaxing and whilst watching steam engines and boats of all descriptions you can read a wonderful novel. The ability to just switch off from modern day is amazing with loads of doggy friendly places and auld world shops. The only issue is all the surrounding steps but if you can cope with them you will love it as much as we do. See you next year for our 4th year

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Jul 2018

  • "Lovely cottage for fit mobile people as lots of steps up to and in the cottage."

    Set in a quiet location with lovely views and well equipped. Also has a patio and bbq area which is a sun trap in the evenings . Great walks from the cottage along the Cleveland Way in both directions, Esk Valley Way And the Cinder Track. Didn’t use the car once. Finding a parking space was difficult when we got here but worth it for the enjoyable holiday

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0May 2018

  • "Very nice place and well equipped."

    Reviewed by Jean-francois4.7Mar 2018

  • "A very well equipped clean Cottage, fantastic views."

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Mar 2018

  • "Good, clean property with ample facilities and great views over the harbour - particularly at night."

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Mar 2018

  • "Nice cottage the listing needs to point out the access to cottage is not easy and in adverse weather it is difficult to negotiate out of the cottage."

    The easiest access is Boultby Bank but this is not mentioned.

    Reviewed by Sarah2.2Feb 2018

  • "Just returned from a lovely break at Kirby house, a great location very central to the town and very clean."

    However there are one or two things that should be pointed out, Firstly, while not an issue for ourselves the access is very steep and can be very slippy so if your elderly or infirm in anyway i would not recommend this cottage. Secondly, the parking is a nightmare and can prove problematic ( even in January ) so it would be worse in the summer months. Thirdly, we have stayed in numerous cottages and a simple welcome pack is always a very nice touch, some tea bags, milk and even a packet of biscuits is always appreciated after a long journey. Lastly while the cottage is in a fantastic state of repair and very clean the sofa is in need of replacement as you now feel as your sitting on the floor !!!! Barry Pearson

    Reviewed by Barry4.2Jan 2018

  • "Amazing cottage in a beautiful location."

    It had everything you needed and more! Perfect break! Will definitely be back again!!

    Reviewed by Brooke5.0Nov 2017

  • "Excellent holiday."

    The cottage was fabulous attic and in a brilliant location! Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to visit whitby

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Nov 2017

  • "The cottage was superb and the location stunning."

    We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Richard4.8Oct 2017

  • "As the house is four floors and both toilets are on the same floor it would help ..."

    As the house is four floors and both toilets are on the same floor it would help if there was another one on another floor if possible

    Reviewed by Eileen4.6Jun 2017

  • "It was perfect, lovely house, everything you needed was there."

    Great location with great views of the harbour. We had a lovely time and were blessed with beautiful weather. Absolutely nothing to complain about.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2017

  • "Lovely house, well placed in the town and with excellent views."

    Almost everything was perfect but we would have liked a rubber mat in the shower (especially for the 88 year old member of our party) and waste bins in the bedrooms.

    Reviewed by Brenda4.6May 2017

  • "Great cottage and good service all round!"

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Apr 2017

  • "We had a fantastic time locals are very friendly."

    Views are amazing soo much to do. We came home a lot fitter with all the stairs slopes and hillside walks.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Mar 2017

  • "The access to the property very unsuitable for any with limited movement, uneven steps, and very steep."

    The cottage was very nice had all you need.

    Reviewed by Maureen3.8Nov 2016

  • "Having visited Whitby every year for our anniversary since 2004, this is by far the best house we have stayed in."

    The welcome pack was extremely detailed and gave us all the information we needed. Having a picture of the owners was a really nice touch and made the booking and stay that much more personal. The house is stunning and was a real home from home. We couldn't have asked for more.

    Reviewed by Tania5.0Oct 2016

  • "Fabulous views from an excellent location."

    A really nice house to stay in.It was great to be able to walk to the Abbey without negotiating steps. parking on the top road was reasonably easy and meant that we could explore the coast without driving through Whitby's town areas. We had the added bonus of being able to watch some Olympics on a good TV. For people who can walk reasonably well, a pleasant holiday could be enjoyed without using a car.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2016

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  • Over four floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x lower ground floor double, 1 x lower ground floor narrow single, 1 x ground floor twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • First floor kitchen with dining area and breakfast bar
  • Second floor sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing/dryer, slimline dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, DAB radio, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgates on all sets of stairs
  • One free allocated parking space available nearby and additional parking on The Ropery and Church Street on a first served basis
  • Large decking area with furniture and BBQ to the side of the property (accessed from the outside)
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Beach 10 mins walk
  • Note: This property is accessed by a cobbled slope and 15 steps down from The Ropery or 48 steps up from Church Street
  • Note: The cottage is in a residential area
  • Please respect the neighbours if you are sitting out at night and keep the noise to a minimum after 10pm.

The property

Hidden away in an elevated position overlooking the harbour, this semi-detached cottage provides excellent accommodation with magnificent panoramic views.

Set over four floors, the property is perfectly placed for enjoying this popular historic seaside town and for exploring the surrounding countryside of the North York Moors National Park.

Offering modern furnishings with a contemporary feel, there is a bright and well-equipped kitchen, with a corner breakfast bar and picture windows to take in the views whilst relaxing over a leisurely breakfast!

The comfortable sitting room is on the top floor to take full advantage of views over the harbour activities, and features a 50" TV so that you can catch up on your favourite programmes.

From the property, steps lead down right into the hustle and bustle of this popular port, with its quaint, narrow cobbled streets, rich array of tea rooms, pubs and restaurants and long, sandy beaches.

Climb the 199 steps up to the famous Whitby Abbey, or take a bracing, exhilarating walk along the Cleveland Way clifftop trail.

The surrounding area offers a wealth of attractions including the steam railway at Grosmont, the Danby Moors Centre and pretty villages such as Robin Hood's Bay and Staithes.

With easy access to the market towns of Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley, this attractive cottage is a superb 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 array of activities 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 everyone. 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. Close to the Robin Hood's Bay, rich in heritage, wonders and scenic spots, and in easy 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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The cottage is in a residential area. Please respect the neighbours
if you are sitting out at night and keep the noise to a minimum after 10pm
One free allocated parking space available nearby and additional parking on the Ropery and Church street on a first served basis.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas