After our short stay in Co Durham we set off on the next stage of our trip – a week in Yorkshire. Son was going to a summer camp for a week, we had to drop off and pick up near Harrogate so figured we might as well squeeze a holiday in between – the first time in fourteen years without him. All a bit last minute, I fancied somewhere near Whitby and after some serious internet browsing and searching stumbled upon a little cottage in the village of Staithes. Neither of us had ever been there or heard of it, it looked quaint and the cottage seemed like it would suit us so after discovering the price was very reasonable I snapped it up.
We dropped Son without a backward glance (from him) and drove to Staithes. The owner of our cottage – Cinder Cottage – had been great and very responsive, we had all the directions and information to find it. We stocked up on some provisions en route at a supermarket, sensible in hindsight as Staithes is a tiny village, and soon we were there.
The directions were good, the cottage was easy to find and we parked our car on the main street and unloaded. Parking is limited in Staithes, we had 40 minutes to unload and move the car to a car park at the top of the village. Our rental included a parking pass for the week here.
First impressions of Staithes were excellent. It is gorgeous with higgedly piggedly houses, a steep cobbled road into the village and the sea at the bottom of the main street. Not for the lesser mobile though – cobbles, steps everywhere and a hike up that hill to get to your car everyday is just for starters. We didn’t mind, although we were puffing a bit on the first day up the hill, by the end of the week we were positively racing up.
Our cottage was just off the main street, up about thirty steps and was bijou and cute. A little dark downstairs but that was a minor point, we had found a gem.
Downstairs had a small kitchen with cooker, fridge, microwave and small dining area.
Two bedrooms at the back downstairs, there was a single where we stored our luggage and coats and then another small double bedroom kitted out in a shabby chic style and very comfortable.
Upstairs we had a living room with dormer windows, plenty of comfy and squishy seats and a modern bathroom. Everything was spotlessly clean and the location was perfect.
If you opened the windows and peeked out you could see the sea.
One of the things I loved about this cottage was the explosion of artwork. Every wall in every room was covered with pictures, many of them were views of Staithes and the local area.
We couldn’t wait to have a stroll around Staithes, so unpacking left for later we headed out.
First impressions were correct and the more we strolled around, the more we fell in love with Staithes.
The cobbled main street led to a lovely harbour with a great looking pub – the Cod and Lobster and views out to sea.
Some impressive cliffs – or nabs as they say here – and the most glorious sunset was the perfect welcome to Staithes. We both agreed we were going to like it here.