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Kittiwake Cottage

Whitby, North York Moors & Coast (Ref. 938411)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was comfortable and cosy, and in a great location for exploring Whitby and the surrounding area."

    However, the start of our stay was sub-par. When we arrived, a car was parked in the reserved parking. It took us 15 minutes of waiting around in the cold to finally get through on the phone to the owner, who could only move their car some 1-1.5 hours later. When we got into the property there was no toilet roll at all (after a long journey with 3 kids this was a real pain!); after we called Sykes some toilet rolls did appear some time later but only after we'd had to shop for some. The house was also freezing cold with no obvious instructions for the central heating. The next day there was another parking issue when a different car was blocking the reserved bay so we couldn't park...again another 15 mins waiting in the cold until a neighbour saw our predicament and directed us to the owner. There were a few small issues within the property that would be easy to fix - no lampshade on the upstairs bedroom lamp, bath drain was too slow to drain (shower water just accumulated), no obvious dish washer tablets, unsightly mould around windows and places in the bathoom, and the instructions for the bins referred to blue bags for recycling which didnt exist. The cottage should be a lovely place to stay - it's a cute, cosy and comfortable property - but it is let down by too many niggly issues. Unless there are improvements on this front we wont be staying again or recommending to friends.

    Reviewed by NickNov 2021

  • "Nicely presented cottage, parking space outside the property a huge bonus."

    Comfortable bed and living areas. There were however a few not so good points. The central heating had been turned off and only hot water was available as the boiler was locked away in the master bedroom, obviously to keep costs to a minimum as this was evident elsewhere in the property so not great on cold wet days/night's in a coastal town. Lot's of light's not working (stairwell, master bedroom). Steam build up in the bathroom as extraction fan not working, also light pull switch very temperamental (not great at 3am in a strange property) and closing the bathroom door not easy as door catching on floor, only 1 toilet roll supplied for 4 nights stay. Not properly cleaned on arrival as packaging from a Zara garment, Next underwear left on the floor in master bedroom Plinth missing under kitchen sink and no teaspoons in kitchen All in all a property that could be so much more if cleaned and maintained to a better standard

    Reviewed by ShaunOct 2021

  • "Perfectly situated for the town centre."

    Parking a bonus too. Would absolutely recommend this location. All we needed was food, the cottage had everything you could need. If you are thinking of staying, the single room is a day bed so one to bare in mind if you have anyone tall in your party.

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2021

  • "We mislaid the cottage keys part way through our stay."

    I called Sykes up and they were extremely helpful and got a new set cut within an hour. Great customer service.

    Reviewed by MarkJun 2021

  • "The location of the cottage was perfect for exploring Whitby and we had a great sunny week."

    We found the living area very cramped for a family of 5 but the house had all the sundries needed for our stay. There were only 2 sets of towels on arrival but a call to Sykes and more clean towels arrived within minutes and were still warm, great service. The cleanliness unfortunately was below expectations. The oven, bath and coffee table were dirty on our arrival. There was a stain/spillage on the bathroom floor with the taps and shower screen seal in need of a good scrub or replacement. The single bed was actually a day bed which was not a full size single....not idea with a 6ft teenager. The double bed mattress had a topper and but became uncomfortable after the first night. There were someone else's clothes left in the twin room drawers and a dog ball under the TV cabinet (a bonus for our dog but a concern considering we have been in a pandemic for 18months). We are a family of 7 and by no means live in a show home but expect a home which we have paid a lot of money to stay in to be cleaned properly. However the service from Sykes was great and we will be booking with them again for future holidays.

    Reviewed by LindsayMay 2021

  • "The cottage was nice and in an excellent location for the town."

    Facilities within the cottage were adequate for our family of four. It was relatively clean and an attempt had been made to satisfy Covid requirements. However, the building work in the neighbouring properties was a huge problem. We were delayed getting into the property by over 2 hours due to the road being blocked by a tarmac delivery. The apparent parking space is used by the builders for their tools and materials, but they will move things to let you in and out. You need to give them at least half an hours notice though! Best not to put your car there if you are in a rush or worried about it getting dirty. The builders start work at 7.30 and twice in the week the bins were collected noisily at 6.30am! So no good if you are a light sleeper or need your beauty sleep....or looking for a rest during the day. Other neighbours left their property early because of these issues.... We were notified about the work a few days before and the owners offered a small amount of compensation, but seemed too little too late. Certainly not worth the money for the hassle and inconvenience.... I would wait until all building work is completed before booking...

    Reviewed by JasonAug 2020

  • "The cottage was really lovely, and was in a great spot."

    We chose to go ahead with our holiday after being offered the chance to cancel, due to ongoing building work directly behind the cottage. We were in turn given a reduction in our final balance, which was appreciated. What was not made clear was the difficulties we would experience as regards the parking situation which at best was dire. At least 3 vans blocked our entrance or exit every day, that’s if they weren’t already using the allocated parking space. We were forced to park a 15 minute walk away, up a very steep hill. I did email tSykes and got a prompt reply apologising for our issues. I feel that it should have been made very clear that the parking space is basically non existent while the building work is ongoing.The final straw came when, on the morning of our departure, a skip was delivered that almost blocked our exit, then the usual 3 vans also parked across our path again. We had to wait while one of the workmen came back from getting his breakfast in the town centre to move their vehicles. I had to manoeuvre and reverse my car out, whilst trying not to hit the skip. I am genuinely not a person who whinges, and it didn’t ruin our holiday, but I would have appreciated a warning, and I feel future guests should be told about the current situation. I would definitely stay in the cottage again,because again, there are absolutely no issues with the actual cottage, but not until the builders and their numerous vans, cars and skips have gone for good.

    Reviewed by MichelleFeb 2020

  • "Great location for walking into town centre and harbour buses and trains in ..."

    Great location for walking into town centre and harbour buses and trains in town the cottage itself was comfortable and great to come back to after our days out

    Reviewed by TrevorJan 2020

  • "Had a really lovely week at Kittiwake Cottage, the location is spot-on, with the car parking space being a real bonus."

    The only slight issue was the overall cleanliness of property, being just a little below expectation, the cleaners could be more thorough and spend a little more time making this place perfect.

    Reviewed by MatthewSep 2019

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The property

Kittiwake Cottage rests opposite Pannett Park and near Whitby Museum, in a fascinating part of Yorkshire.

With its cosy interior and close proximity to all the main attractions of the area, this traditional fisherman's cottage offers the perfect escape for families and friends.

Return from an adventure on the moors and spend your down time relaxing among the quality furnishings in the open-plan living room.

Cook up a delicious meal in the well-appointed kitchen and get everyone together around the dining table, which is set for six.

Catch up on the day you've had over a glass of wine and tune into the Smart TV, or play one of the DVDs as you unwind into your evening.

When the night draws in, climb the stairs to find the family bathroom and the master bedroom, while the single and twin room rest on the second floor with views over towards the park.

You even have an off-road parking space for one car outside, something that is very much sough-after in Whitby.

Pannett Park is one of many attractions in Whitby, hosting a family-friendly environment with a playground for children, well-maintained gardens and wooded areas for everyone to enjoy.

There are regular events and activities held here throughout the year, you can pay a visit to Whitby Museum, which hosts many artefacts from around the world and the art gallery features a series of permanent collections.

Head to the town centre for shops, pubs, the bustling harbour and imposing abbey ruins, reached by climbing the iconic 199 steps.

There is the Dracula Experience for Bram Stoker fans and the Captain Cook Memorial Museum on the River Esk, while Robin Hood's Bay and Scarborough are also a must.

Choose this former fisherman's residence for your next holiday retreat in a lovely part of the country.


  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x second floor twin, 1 x second floor single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, Smart TV with Freeview, DVD player, CD player, radio, WiFi, selection of DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.4 miles, beach 0.8 miles
  • Note: Please note this property has discounted by 20% from 15/10/2019 to 01/04/2020 in recognition that there might be some disruption to parking while the neighbouring construction site is operating

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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.

Note: Please note this property has discounted by 20% from 15/10/2019 to 01/04/2020 in recognition that there might be some disruption to parking while the neighbouring construction site is operating.

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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