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The Riddle

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Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • whitby (16)
  • parking (15)
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  • well (14)
  • great (12)

43 Customer Reviews

  • "We really loved The Riddle."

    Very comfortable, beautifully decorated and well equipped. Really felt like a home from home.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Jun 2024

  • "We always book with Sykes holidays and have never had course to complain."

    We arrived at the property had to park on yellow lines to unload the car.we drove round for hours looking for somewhere to park.there was know where.ended up paying £9 in a car park 15 minutes away wasn't sure whether to go home or not.we stayed 1 night as there are people living above and you can hear talking and dogs barking then the boiler started to make a noise.i have written this before and not heard anything from Sykes we are very disappointed as we have always been good customers.we would appreciate some sort of comment

    Thank you for your feedback. We have arranged for an engineer to take a look at the boiler, on first inspection no noise was heard however we have noted your comment and have actioned it. Unfortunately we are unable to provide a parking space, many properties in the centre of Whitby are faced with the same problem. We do provide scratch cards for on street parking and a map for guidance. Shared properties can often experience some noise ingress especially when they are on the ground floor. We are sorry that your stay was not as enjoyable as you had hoped. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin Ronald2.5Aug 2023

  • "Just needs parking spaces."

    & a better explanation of how to get to the cottage as we spent about 20mins to find it in the rain. The welcome pack was excellent & was much needed after a long journey. Well equipped throughout a lot of thought was there about everything needed.

    Reviewed by Jayesh5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fabulous accommodation."

    Modern, very well equipped, clean, spacious and a home-from-home feel by the sea. One of the best accommodations we’ve stayed in and we will revisit !

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jun 2023

  • "3 out of my 6 night stay was extremely noisy directly above my bedroom sometimes 3."

    30ish in the morning, is the apartment above rented? Or is it permanent tenants, also , just a small fridge with no freezer section , orther than that the apartment is lovely.

    Reviewed by Mark4.1Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely 6 night stay at The Riddle."

    Everything in the appartment is superb quality and you can see there has been a lot of thought gone into the colours and decor. Spotlessly clean throughout. The bed and bedding was top notch and we woke up feeling well rested. Its in a great location - central to everything. We highly reccomend booking it for your stay, and when we come back to Whitby it will be our 1st choice.

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay in a quiet street but near the town centre."

    It was a nice touch to have a great selection of items that we may have forgotten to bring along. No problems with parking as we came by train!

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2022

  • "The flat is in a very convenient location and I had no trouble finding parking a couple of streets away."

    The photos are warmer and more colourful than the reality and the hard floors would benefit from a rug or two. Even in full sunlight the rooms are rather dark. The kitchen is thoughtfully equipped but be warned - the microwave is wall mounted and if you are small (like me) you will be handling piping hot dishes above head height. There was a leak from upstairs via a light fitting into the bathroom which was dealt with promptly by the management.

    Reviewed by Stella B4.1Aug 2022

  • "A fabulous week Very comfortable accommodation Strange to hear noises from adjoining accommodations The noise from the seagulls around the property was extremely annoying from 1st light, around 4am to late into the evening, around 9/10pm ."

    Whitby has many charming & independent brewery pubs AND The Chapel on the Hill is a superb “ find “

    Reviewed by Gino5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely accommodation and well equipped."

    Was very disappointed that after a long journey there wasn’t any milk in the fridge for a hot drink!!! Otherwise everything was good. The parking was a nightmare and it seemed to be a general problem when talking to one of the regular residents.

    Reviewed by Lynne3.8Aug 2022

  • "Very nice and clean apartment in convenient location."

    And lovely touch by leaving the hamper thank you. We will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Salvatore5.0Jul 2022

  • "We stayed here as a last minute booking and chose this over others as it stated parking."

    It wasn't until we received the booking details through Sykes did we realise it was on street parking but that is the nature of Whitby We didn't arrive until 9 o'clock so there were no parking spaces available which was a bit stressful, so we quickly dropped off bags and ended up parking in the overnight facility at the leisure centre. The property itself was lovely, clean and very comfortable. I would say that it would be better with black out blinds or curtains in the bedroom as we were woken early by the sun. The shower was really powerful and the basket of cake/biscuits were a nice touch. The property is fairly central but not too close to the busy areas. I would go back and it would be less stressful as we know what the parking situation is. A lovely weekend stay x

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2022

  • "Living area could be more comfy, stool/pouffe would help."

    Back yard needs sprucing up, at the moment it is not inviting to sit in

    Reviewed by Christine3.8Jun 2022

  • "The stay was great for all other guest please make sure you put your car reg and the riddle on the parking permit as we forgot with the second one a got a parking ticket so please take care to do this."

    A great week though and the rilld is so handy for some local restaurants and bars and is just a short walk away fom the main areas of whitby.

    Reviewed by Michael3.8May 2022

  • "We loved the apartment everything had been thought of and more."

    The welcome pack was a great thought. We would go back again if we go to Whitby, we had a lovely holiday even though the weather was mixed.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely clean property everything you need for a lovely break & close to all amenities"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday staying at The Riddle."

    Only quibble would be to have a floor rug in the lounge and in bedroom as it felt cold underfoot. Also we were ‘very aware’ of people and dogs in the accommodation on the floor above which couldn’t be helped. Otherwise a lovely cottage thank you.

    Reviewed by Kerry4.1Dec 2021

  • "Great property."

    Nice touch with the hamper. Maybe a small carton of milk would be a fantastic extra touch so that you can have that first drink after a long drive to the property. Also a foot stool in the lounge would be nice to rest your feet after a long day walking. Parking permit great but parking can be a little difficult. All in all a great staycation.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely place and in a good location, quiet but in "The thick of it, very clean and had all we needed for a great stay in Whitby."

    fresh/modern and a lovely welcome pack too from Botham`s of Whitby. managed the parking. back yard could do with a revamp and new seating but apart from that would certainly use the Riddle again. Brendan from Warrington.

    Reviewed by Brendan5.0Sep 2021

  • "On arrival I turned the oven on to cook some dinner , to be smoked out by the oven that had a dirty tray left in it."

    Also the wall between the bedroom and bathroom was extremely mouldy and damp which isn’t good for someone with breathing problems.

    Reviewed by Claire4.1Aug 2021

  • "We hope to stay at the Riddle the next time we come to Whitby."

    It was perfect for us. The hamper for when we arrived was a lovely extra .

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Jul 2021

  • "We were so delighted with our Sykes accommodation earlier this year in Ilfracombe, that we booked with Sykes again for Whitby."

    We can not agree with the high rating awarded to The Riddle. We have holidayed at Whitby 4 times now, but this was the first time in Whitby itself. The standard of cleanliness was very good internally, as was the quality of mattress - very much appreciated. Bathroom and bedroom were good although sole wardrobe hanging space being in a boiler cupboard was well below expectation and needed venting to avoid tainting clothing. The lounge was disappointing, lacking a cosy feel and feeling more like an impersonal waiting room. Flooring is worn in lounge. Good sitting out area at front which we enjoyed once we had swept it. The rear courtyard could have been so much more pleasurable with a little tlc and at modest cost. The difficulty of parking would prevent us from staying in Whitby itself again (at least during peak season).

    Reviewed by Kenneth3.4Jul 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Riddle, amazing location, very clean and tidy, comfortable stay and lots of extras that we weren't expecting."

    You do need to get some milk tho, that's not included in the welcome pack but everything else in there was very much appreciated. Only thing I'd say the flat needs is a slip mat in the shower as this is very slippy when wet. We did have to scrub the chairs outside tho as they was caked in bird poo, must of been like that for ages as they was well stuck but thankfully lots of cleaning gear in the flat. We will deffo be back to stay, totally loved it there!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2021

  • "Well equipped apartment in excellent location for Whitby Town Centre."

    Great for our week long stay. Only issue, as often reported, is the difficulty in finding parking space. Pass was limited to W zone. H zone is equally close and frequently had spaces available

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2021

  • "The accommodation was excellent and perfect for a couple."

    It was extremely well appointed with everything you needed. The welcome hamper was a nice touch. Only criticism would be parking arrangements which is more to do with the council than the property. It was fairly busy by the number of cars around but heaven knows what it will be like in the height of the season. Would definitely return if we were in the area again.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7May 2021

  • "We found the Tv difficult to work even with instructions just not used to using Smart Tv."

    Whilst we had a parking permit it wasn’t explained very well about how difficult it is to park round the area where the cottage is. Outside the property neon impossible parking especially with a bigger car which we had. We were lucky there was no one above us whilst we were there. I think it would be quite noisy if people had been staying up there. That said really loved the cottage and decor. Very competitively priced and we had a lovely time. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Oct 2020

  • "Very comfortable and conveniently placed property."

    On street parking is limited locally but finding a space within a reasonable distance of the Riddle wasn't too difficult. Plenty of good eating and drinking places in Whitby and good social distancing arrangements wherever we went.

    Reviewed by Edwin5.0Oct 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at' the Riddle', the location is good, within a short walk of the harbour, close to shops, bars and restaurants but in a quiet place."

    The apartment was clean and comfortable, with everything we required for eating in, if we wished. Thank you for the lovely welcome pack, the goodies were much appreciated with a cuppa, when we returned from some lovely walks in the area. The parking voucher and disc are a welcome addition as parking is at a premium in Whitby. We would have no hesitation in staying again in the future and recommending the Riddle. Thank you .

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Sep 2020

  • "This is a wonderful apartment, ideally located to see all of Whitby."

    The apartment is well appointed and immaculate throughout. The welcome pack was a lovely touch - thank you

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a great holiday, the flat was lovely and comfortable with everything we could have needed."

    Instructions were easy to follow and we especially loved the welcome hamper! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Amber4.7Aug 2020

  • "The Riddle was well equipped with all the comforts of home."

    Lovely decor throughout. The welcome pack was a lovely surprise. The only problem was parking but that is endemic in Whitby so not anyones fault. Would highly recommend the Riddle for a staycation in a beautiful part of North Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by Jacquie5.0Aug 2020

  • "Really lovely well equipped cottage."

    Another comfy chair would be welcome in the lounge. Great attention to detail re fixtures and fittings. We stayed during Regatta week, so the town was exceptionally busy. Some gorgeous walks nearby.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Aug 2019

  • "This property is ideal as a bolthole for Whitby centre."

    Loved the welcome pack, thank you!

    Lewis PartyApr 2019

  • "We found the apartment really nice."

    Lovely bedroom and bathroom, living room and kitchen together. Thank you, we had a lovely 4 day break. Weather could have been better but we made the most of it and enjoyed ourselves.

    Rutter PartyApr 2019

  • "Rated the cottage and the service from Yorkshire Coastal Cottages the top ranking of 'Highly satisfactory!"

    ' The cottage is in a great spot close to the harbour and shops. Had a lovely alk to Sandsend and on return had fish and chips at the Magpie - highly recommend. We would return again.

    The Blackford PartyMar 2019

  • "Whoever kitted out the apartment did a really good job."

    They thought of everything. I was please to find a hairdryer as I had forgotten mine and it saved me from buying one. Thank you.

    Peebles PartyNov 2018

  • "We have booked The Riddle twice before and have had a great holiday each time."

    Yorkshire Coastal Cottages are easy to contact and speak with.

    Ward PartyJul 2018

  • "The Riddle is warm charming and has everything you need for a home from home holiday."

    Perfectly central to everything...literally ! We would certainly recommend it

    AvrilSep 2017

  • "A lovely weekend in a beautiful apartment in Whitby!"

    We will be back. Thank you.

    Tim And Liz RoseNov -0001

  • "A lovely apartment, very convenient for access to the town; it's lovely to be able to walk everywhere!"

    Shelia SmithNov -0001

  • "Lovely apartment in a very convenient location."

    Really appreciated the thoughtful 'emergency' toiletries after a forgotten toothbrush! Thank you for the goodies in the welcome hamper, we will return for future Whitby adventures!

    Helen And Peter KayNov -0001

  • "The Riddle is lovely."

    Everything inside is high quality and new. I have only praise for the venue!

    Mr K RannerNov -0001

  • "A beautiful property, well thought out little touches."

    Lovely comfortable bed, perfect shower and great towels! Like home from home, amazing!

    Helen And JamesNov -0001

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  • All ground floor. 1 x king-size double bedroom. Bathroom with double shower cubicle, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area. Utility.
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machines, TV, iPod dock, Bluetooth, WiFi, selection of books. Bedding and towels inc. in rent. Parking scratch cards for 24/7 on-street parking supplied. Small enclosed front garden with furniture. Shops, restaurants and harbour 5 mins’ walk.

The property

Stylish, Georgian apartment, perfectly situated on the ground floor of an elegant building in a quiet residential area, close to Whitby’s picturesque harbour, beach and superb restaurants. Lovingly furnished, with lots of thoughtful extras, ‘The Riddle’ is a delightful bolt-hole – perfect for solo adventurers or couples who love having everything on their doorstep. Located near the West Cliff area and the famous ‘whale bones’, guests are spoilt for choice of what to see first in beautiful Whitby, be prepared to fall in love with Yorkshire’s most charming coastal town. On entering the apartment, discover a spacious open plan living area where you can cook, dine and relax in comfort – welcome to Whitby!

Your coastal getaway starts here. There’s everything you’ll need to rustle up dinner in the smart, fully-equipped kitchen with electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer – plus there’s a small utility with handy washing machine.

Enjoy breakfast at the cute dining table for two as you plan the day’s adventure or simply enjoy a lazy start – that’s what holidays are all about! You’ll find a comfortable sofa, small book library, Smart TV/DVD, plus Bluetooth docking station and free WiFi.

After all that fresh sea air and adventure, what could be nicer than relaxing together on an evening over a movie, with a bottle of something chilled and having a good catch up? When it’s time for bed, the comfortable king-size bed with crisp white bed linens is sure to please.

The décor is a restful blend of pale greys and coastal blues.

There are bedside tables with lamps, plus hanging space, a chest of drawers and a rattan chair. There is also a fabulous large shower room with a double-size, walk-in shower cubicle, basin and WC.

A small paved courtyard area to the front, with table and chairs, provides a superb spot to enjoy a fresh coffee and a croissant before heading out for the day. When exploring Whitby, leave the car behind and strike out on foot.

No visit is complete without a day at the beach – borrow the picnic hamper provided.

Whitby is one of the few seaside locations where the sun rises and sets over the same bay, very romantic!

The food here is great, whether it’s a plate of Whitby’s finest fish and chips, luxury seafood or a pub meal.

Spend time quayside, in one of the bustling wine bars – perfect for people watching.

Or take a boat trip from the harbour for a different perspective. When you’re ready, explore more of the heritage coast – pretty fishing villages, such as Staithes or Robin Hood’s Bay – are within easy reach.

There are some stunning coastal walks along the cliff tops around these villages.

Or head inland to see the spectacular North York Moors – a ride on the steam train from Whitby is a fantastic experience. The Riddle is a perfect boutique residence for that coastal getaway you’ve been dreaming of.

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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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Notes: One infant welcome, however guests should bring their own cot and highchair. For anyone who has allergies, all the soft furnishings and bedding are hypo-allergic. Parking is available on the street, a parking scratch card is provided for the W Zones only. This is on a first come basis. West Cliff or Silver Street car parks are the closest should parking be difficult to find.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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