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The Abbey, the harbour and vampires are probably most people’s perceptions of Whitby, a historic seaside town and fishing port on the beautiful North Yorkshire coast. Whitby holiday cottages come in all shapes and sizes, from converted fishermen’s cottages to swanky sea-view apartments. Whitby’s skyline is dominated by the striking hilltop ruins of St. Hilda’s Abbey, which overlooks the bustling harbour around which clusters the old town of Whitby. The town is a maze of alleyways and tiny streets made famous by the images of the photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe. The picturesque fishing harbour is home to a wide range of sea-going craft, from traditional fishing cobles and yachts to North Sea trawlers and cargo vessels. The writer Bram Stoker was inspired by the churchyard of St Mary’s, the parish church, to write Dracula, forever associating this town with gothic tales.

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An attractive modern build based in the historic port of Whitby, Herons Reach is a welcoming terraced cottage, perfect for a family holiday on the Yorkshire coast and moors. Boasting all the mod cons of contemporary living, the pet-friendly property provides everyday essentials for a memorable holiday.

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Entrance to a single storey seaside barn conversion in front of which is a wooden picnic table.
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2
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1

Couples on holiday in the north of England enjoy cosy accommodation at The Goat Shed, a barn conversion in the rural hamlet of High Normanby, North Yorkshire, a pet-friendly holiday cottage that retains much of its original character and sits near the Yorkshire coast and in North York Moors National Park.

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A single-storey North Yorkshire barn conversion with small lawn and drive.
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4
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2

Broadings Cottage is a charming single-storey barn conversion ideal for small families located on a working farm on the edge of Whitby. Maintaining much of its original character, the pet-friendly cottage is a perfect getaway in the North York Moors for seaside and countryside holidays.

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L-shaped exterior of a stone-built cottage surrounded by lawns and a secure hedge.
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8
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4

RedRoofs, with stunning views over the Esk Valley within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, is a spacious home ideally suited for family holidays or a weekend getaway for a group of friends. It lies within easy reach of the village pub, while Whitby is only a short drive away.

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A cosy stone-built cottage in Danby on a sunny day with a garden bench and patio.
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2
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1

Daffodil Cottage offers couples on self-catering holidays in North Yorkshire spectacular rural views and cosy accommodation in the remote hamlet of Houlsyke, near Danby. This romantic cottage for couples exudes warmth and character, a perfect rural retreat for weekends and walking holidays on the North York Moors.

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4
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2

In the heart of the North York Moors National Park, come to stay at Lanes Barn, a countryside cottage in the remote village of Glaisdale, new Whitby, North Yorkshire, that comfortably sleeps four and provides the perfect home base to explore all that the region has to offer.

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5
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3

Heather Croft is a delightfully restored three-bedroom seaside cottage with an open, airy ambience and a balcony with sweeping ocean views. The red-brick cottage overlooks Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire Coast and sleeps seven people with family-friendly amenities.

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2

For a quirky getaway to the popular North York Moors, The Old Blacksmith’s Workshop offers a truly unique experience. Sitting on the edge of the historic fishing port of Whitby, this single-storey property has been tastefully converted into a charming two-bedroom coastal cottage.

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Cricket Cottage sits on the banks of the River Esk, near the historic fishing town of Whitby. This airy riverside cottage sleeps five guests in three bedrooms. Surrounded by some of North Yorkshire’s most idyllic countryside, it has a private patio and wonderful views towards a dramatic viaduct.

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Although whaling from Whitby ended in 1837, you can still see some of the leviathans by taking a whale-watching boat trip from the Harbour. A replica of Endeavour, the ship Captained by James Cook, a son of Whitby, welcomes visitors on board while on-shore are plenty of other museums and galleries to lose yourself in as you delve into the arts and culture of Whitby. Again, on track with the Victorian theme, visit the English Heritage building Whitby Abbey, which seems to overlook the whole town, and see the stunning ruins that enchant whoever has the pleasure to experience them. They hold works of art, architectural masterpieces, and a collection of Victorian toys and dolls.

There is also a golden Blue Flag beach across the front of the town, framed by the unusual whalebone archway pointing to Whitby's maritime heritage and history as a whaling port. Within the town is a range of eating places ranging from award-winning seafood restaurants to gnarled old sea-shanty inns, all serving delicious locally sourced food. Local shops selling local produce such as Whitby cod, mussels, seafood ravioli and Halder's Farm steak ensure mouth-watering aromas will issue forth from your Whitby holiday cottage's kitchen every evening.

Travel a little further along the coast to explore Saltburn-by-the-Sea, a picture-perfect elegant little clifftop town. Take the water-powered cliff railway down to sea level and stroll along the pier (the last one still surviving on the North East Coast). Pick up fresh fish or organic meats for supper at the Real Meals delicatessen. Foodies should book a holiday home in Whitby for the end of July to spend time at the Saltburn Food Festival!

As well as the connection to the sea and oceanic activities, you can find yourself in the sprawling North York Moors National Park, trekking or cycling across the stunning countryside that hugs the North Sea coastline. Whitby is also within easy reach of other Yorkshire resorts, such as Scarborough and Bridlington, while a day trip to York is highly recommended. Whitby has something for everyone – it holds the beautiful countryside and ocean views alongside the beautifully detailed history of legend and Victorian life - and has some very welcoming and cosy seaside holiday homes. What more could you want for self-catering holidays in North Yorkshire than a quaint and beautifully restored fisherman's cottage in Whitby?