Ash Cottage Staithes

Staithes has a special place in our hearts and this quaint little self-catering house on the High Street is the sort of retreat that explains why. Paul and Barbara have done an impressive restoration job, converting a run-down old fisherman’s cottage named after the William Ash, a Staithes fishing yawl, into a comfortable holiday home with sea views.

It’s been cleverly done. The cosy sitting room and diner is decorated in coastal hues of blue and white with just enough seaside-alia, to remind you where you are while still keeping it real. And when the waves are lashing the sea wall the little woodburning stove pumps out tons of heat making it a delightfully cosy bolt hole for winter weekends.

The owners are keen cooks so have packed everything you could possibly need into a galley kitchen including a mighty pan for tackling the local lobster or a microwave for that late night supper. Even peeling the spuds is no hardship because the view from the kitchen is so captivating with the comings and goings of the fishing boats, big ships out at sea, and lifeboat manouevres all but brought into the kitchen.

A narrow winding staircase leads to the master double bedroom with more sea views and a further staircase takes you to the twin attic room (with an extra single bed on the landing).

There’s no garden – Staithes isn’t that sort of place - but you can take your deck chairs out the back with a glass of wine and watch the gulls and kittiwakes swoop over the harbour for the perfect self-catering Yorkshire bolt-hole.

How Much? £490-£540 a week. Short breaks available

Kids Stuff? Twin beds in the attic and an additional single bed on the attic landing.

Well Placed? There’s no parking in the narrow streets of the old village making it safe for kids. Everyone parks at the top and Ash Cottage has a garage - you can park outside it for free. Fishing, fossilling, rock pooling, walking, take an art course at the Staithes Gallery or hang out in either of the two pubs. Lovely Runswick Bay is 3 miles away and Whitby 8 miles.

Good Grub? The Seadrift by the harbour is great for coffee and cakes. The Cleveland Corner Bistro does good value homely suppers. Our favourite the Fox and Hounds is in nearby Goldsborough or head for Greens or the Magpie in Whitby

Ash Cottage

High Street, Staithes, North Yorkshire TS13 5BH

Tel 0113 225 1218

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Type: Self-Catering

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Jill, 17 October 2011

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