Crab & Lobster Cottage Runswick Bay

Regular readers will know our affection for the Yorkshire coast, and Runswick Bay is no exception. Mandy lived here for a couple of years and loved it.  I never get over the thrill of cresting the hill that reveals the glorious sweep of bay, a curve of sand nearly a mile long backed by trees and cliffs with views all the way to Kettleness.

Take the precipitous hill into one of the prettiest villages on the Yorkshire coast, a jumble of cottages of honeyed stone, topped with  red pantiles. There are no cars, just narrow stone footpaths  winding between the cottage gardens spilling with valerian and hollyhocks.

One of them is Helen Massey's Crab and Lobster Cottage a cute little bolthole ideal for a seaside getaway. It's a bit like a lighthouse with just one room on each floor and views across the bay. Downstairs is a well equipped kitchen and dining room with wood burning stove and a sturdy pine table for cosy winter suppers.  Up a floor is the double bedroom and a smart little bathroom and  on  the top floor a comfy sitting room and more heart stopping views. With walks along the sandy bay, rock pools and rollers, careening gulls and the Royal just a few yards from the cottage, you can't go wrong.

How much? £270 for 3 nights/£470-£510 per week

Kids Stuff? There's just one bedroom. Babies under 12 months welcome with their own cot.

Well Placed? Absolutely, in the heart of the old village, a few yards from the Royal pub and a couple of minutes from the beach. Clifftop walks to Staithes, Sandsend and Whitby and great rambles across the North York Moors.

Good Grub? Pub grub at the Royal but go for broke at our favourite Fox & Hounds at Goldsborough, you can almost see it on the clifftop. Then there's the delightful Wheatsheaf at Egton


Crab & Lobster Cottage

Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HU

Tel 07970 300068

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Type: Self-Catering

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Jill, 29 October 2015

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