Hillside Staithes, North Yorkshire

Ah, Staithes. Possibly the most picturesque, unspoilt place in the country let alone Yorkshire. Fisherman's cottages clinging to the vertiginous hillside, narrow ginnels winding through, hidden corners and glorious vistas. We're very excited about this lovely old house as a place to stay, for two reasons. One, it's a cracker, two, it's ours! So forgive us if we're a bit partisan. But it really is a stunner. Tucked away in one of those ginnels, the atmospherically named Gun Gutter, it's a quiet spot, away from the fleshpots of the front but still just a two minute walk to the harbour. Originally a Sea Captain's House, it's chock full of original features; beams, wooden stairs and of course wonky walls. There's a whiff of vintage throughout - one of us (Mandy) is a borderline obsessive collector. To put it nicely. 

On the ground floor, a super hand built oak kitchen and wood burning stove (which keeps the whole house toasty warm) and a cosy sitting room. Upstairs, a couple of cosy double bedrooms and a spanking brand new bathroom with claw foot bath and underfloor heating. How grand it that?! Up another set of stairs you'll find the attic - beautifully spacious and light, and a great space to chuck the kids when you've had enough of them. 

Outside, a place to sit with a glass of something chilled at the end of a long day building sandcastles and/or walking along the wonderful headland to Runswick Bay. Just gorgeous.    

How Much:       From 350 per week, 3 night weekends from 250 and mid-week short stays from 200.

Kids' Stuff:    Plenty of space - not so great for toddlers (those wooden stairs) but older kids will have a ball, and you'll love the fact that it's a really safe backwater - just let them run wild. 

Well Placed:  You're in the North Yorks Moors National Park, so stunning walks are on your doorstep; strike out in any direction and you'll hit gold. Fisherman/Lifeboat person Sean Baxter runs Real Staithes and he'll take you on a fabulous adventure along the shoreline; his knowledge of geology, local history and marine life is second to none. A short drive will find you in Grosmont and the chance to ride the steam train to Pickering, taking in Goathland, which as all Harry Potter fans will tell you is forever linked to Hogwarts. We don't pretend to understand its importance. 

Good Grub:  You'll get a good fish & chip supper at the Cod & Lobster, a proper espresso at Sea Drift on the front and a bloody good Sunday lunch at The Endeavour; nearby, Woodlands is a cool cafe, serving dinner 3 nights a week. The Ship Inn at Port Mulgrave (no longer a pub) opens at the weekend for Jane's brilliant coffee and home made cake. The Fox Inn at Roxby is doing good wholesome grub. Our fave place to eat - and not just in North Yorkshire, but the entire county - is the Fox & Hounds - it's very special, a proper treat. A bit further but absolutely worth it is the Wheatsheaf at Egton - the perfect pub to fall into after a yomp on the moors. 


Hillside, Gun Gutter, Staithes, Saltburn-by-Sea, TS13 5DD

Tel 07771688973

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Type: Self-Catering

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Mandy, 28 March 2014

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