Longhouse Staithes

Ah, Staithes. Cobbled streets, bobbing boats, wheeling seagulls and fisherman’s pantiled roofed, whitewashed cottages clinging to the hillside.

The Longhouse is exactly this, a cod’s whisker from the front with the added attraction of that rare Staithes commodity, a space to sit out – in this case, a cute gravelled patio complete with shabby chic furniture.

Inside, Jane Cooper has made a very good job indeed of refurbing, leaving the panelled walls and ceilings intact, but bringing the important bits (kitchen, bathrooms) bang up to date. It’s as warm as toast as you go in – Jane thoughtfully sets a timer to kick in to coincide with your arrival – but just in case there’s a wood burning stove with plenty of fuel. Through the smart be-gadgeted Shaker kitchen there’s a big double room with a similar size bathroom next to it and an ensuite twin in the basement down a pretty steep set of stairs.

Trot down the lane to the beach, walk along the headland, hunt for fossils; there’s everything you need for an old skool seaside holiday, including rain and fog – some of the time. MW

How much? £500 – £600 a week, 3 weekend nights from £250

Well placed? There’s a garage for a small car, otherwise park at the top and walk down, like everyone else.

Good Grub? Fish & chips at the Cod & Lobster, great coffee and cakes at the Seadrift caff on the sea front (check out the yummy coble cake); for a very special treat, book at the Fox and Hounds, Goldsborough, just up the road.


Beckside, Staithes, North Yorkshire TS13 5BU 

Tel 01943 608020

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Type: Self-Catering

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Mandy, 13 December 2011

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