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.
Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HUTel 07970 300068
Part of Stay North Yorkshire
Review by Jill, 29 October 2015blog comments powered by Disqus