The Abbey, the harbour and vampires are probably most people's perceptions of Whitby, a historic seside town and fishing port on the beautiful North Yorkshire coast. Whitby's holiday cottages come in all shapes and sizes, from converted fisermen's cottages to swanky sea-view apartments. Whitby's skyline is dominated by the striking hill-top 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, 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.
Rural character dominates this coastal cottage in Whitby. Exposed beams, a feature brick fireplace and a whalebone in the wall transport guests back to yesteryear. Four bedrooms and two bathrooms sit within the stone walls of the pet-friendly property with easy access to the North York Moors region.
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 as a charming two-bedroom coastal cottage.
Daffodil Cottage offers couples on holiday 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.
Abbey’s View is a pet-friendly Whitby holiday cottage, spacious enough for six. One of the best waterside cottages available in the charming North Yorkshire fishing resort of Whitby. Enjoy days on the beach or exploring the gorgeous scenery of the Yorkshire coast and North York Moors.
6 Abbey Terrace is a large Whitby holiday cottage that sleeps 18 in 9 bedrooms on the North Yorkshire coast. The house contains lots of period features which have been stylishly restored to provide a warm and comfortable Whitby holiday home set over 5 floors just 2 mins walk to the beach.
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, pet-friendly property provides everyday essentials for a memorable holiday.
Exceptional attention to detail distinguishes this three-bedroom, family-friendly cottage in Grosmont. Character-laden Wychwood welcomes groups and pets to a property filled with contemporary fittings, traditional features and views of the North York Moors from its interior and the furnished patio.
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 cottage that retains much of its original character and sits near the Yorkshire coast and in North York Moors National Park.
RedRoofs, with its stunning views over the Esk Valley and situated 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. Within easy access of the village pub, and Whitby only a short drive away.
The Ticket Office is a unique, quirky romantic cottage in the heart of Ruswarp in the North York Moors. The Grade II listed former ticket office features a cast iron fireplace and mullion windows, encased in stone walls. The pet-friendly property is ideal for couples seeking something different.
Located on a working farm on the edge of Whitby, Broadings Cottage is a charming single-storey barn conversion ideal for small families. Maintaining much of its original character, the pet-friendly cottage makes for a perfect getaway in the North York Moors, for seaside and countryside holidays.
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.
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.
For a stunning retreat that pulls out all the stops, The Station House is a large North Yorkshire holiday home full of charm. The Grade II listed Victorian property is ideal for large family groups, offering exquisite accommodation from which to explore the North York Moors and the Whitby coast.
Heather Croft is a delightfully restored three-bedroom seaside cottage with an open and airy ambience plus a balcony with sweeping views of the ocean. The red-brick cottage overlooks Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire Coast and sleeps seven people with family-friendly amenities.
Although whaling from Whitby ended in 1837, you can still see some of the leviathins 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. Not only do they hold works of art but architectural masterpieces, also and a collection of Victorian toys and dolls. On track with the Victorian theme, visit the English Heritage building that is Whitby Abbey, which seems to overlook the whole town, and see for yourself the stunning ruins that enchant whoever has the pleasure to experience them.
There is also a golden Blue Flag beach across the front of the town, framed by the unusual whalebone archway pointing to the maritime heritage and history of Whitby as a whaling port. Within the town are 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 Halders Farm steak ensures 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 enjoy a stroll along the pier (it's the last one still surviving on the North East Coast). Pick up some fresh fish or organic meats for supper at the Real Meals delicatessen. Foodies should book a holiday cotttage for the end of July purely to spend time at the Saltburn Food Festival!
As well as the connection to the sea and oceanic activities you can also find yourself on 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 really does have something for everyone – it holds the beautiful landscape of countryside and ocean views alongside the beautifully intricate history of legend and Victorian life - and has some very welcoming and cosy seaside holiday cottages. What more could you want for a self catering holiday in North Yorkshire?