Union Place Whitby

Regular visitors to Whitby will doubtless have driven out of town towards Sandsend past a row of distinctive tall houses with long, elegant windows on the left hand side: one’s white and another’s painted dark purple – this is the extraordinary Union Place. It’s an 18th century Grade 11 listed Georgian Adam Town House (to give it its full stripes) run by artist Richard Pottas and his wife, Anne, a Phycologist (the study of seaweed to you).

Walk through the (huge, original) door into – well – another world really. On a sunny day, chances are the double doors at the far side of the harlequin tiled hall will be thrown open to reveal not just a wonderful view (you’re surprisingly high up here) but also a broad terraced garden that seems to go on for miles. In fact Richard’s studio is at the bottom of it, and it’s quite a walk. 

Two elegant, luxurious bedrooms on the first floor share a spectacular bathroom (this is why it’s so cheap) complete with claw foot freestanding bath, but honestly if you know how to whistle and operate a bolt you’re sorted. 

The ‘Blue Room is full of light, with duck egg blue walls and white furniture. The bed is vintage French with an upholstered curved base – lovely. Curtains are white linen as are the throws over the chairs in the room – in fact there’s a lot of snowy white in here, including vintage lace cloths – it’s very fresh and chic. There’s a huge gothic wall standing mirror and a central chandelier, whilst the green room is pretty as a picture with sprigged wallpaper and an incredibly comfy sleigh bed. 

The house is packed with fabulous original features, including fireplaces, plasterwork on doorframes and cornices; the elegant wide staircase with shallow treads with mahogany rail on carved spindles. The guest’s sitting room is dominated by the stunning fire surround, decorated with ornate plasterwork. 

The most illustrious person alleged to have stayed in the house is Lord Byron - until you rock up, of course! 

How Much:      From 65 pounds per room per night 

Kid's Stuff:      It's geared more towards adults

Well Placed:    The fleshpots of Whitby are a short stroll, and you're in the North York Moors National Park with all its delights; headland walks, deep forests, rolling moorland and wild beaches. 

Good Grub:      You're not short of places to eat and drink in and around Whitby! Our fave fish & chip restaurant, the Magpie Cafe is a 15 minute walk. Head for Greens if you want something a bit more sophisticated. In Sandsend, Woodlands is a great cafe, and if you want one of the best dinners you'll have had in a while, the Fox & Hounds isn't in our Top Ten for nothing.  

Union Place

9 Upgang Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO31 3DT

Tel 01947 605501

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Type: B&B

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Mandy, 1 September 2013

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