3 (all year)
28 Esk Terrace is a welcoming Victorian terrace within walking distance of Whitby's shops, cafes, pubs and harbour. The house comfortably sleeps up to 12 people in five spacious bedrooms, with accommodation spread over four floors to provide different spaces to socialise and relax in privacy, so it is perfect for big families and groups of friends. Esk Terrace is a desirable spot to live, and this lovely house is no exception, boasting fantastic views over Whitby town and the marina.
Whitby is such an excellent choice for a holiday in any season. It is a particular favourite of anglers who make the most of unique opportunities for fishing from the pier, on a fishing boat tour, or along the River Esk where salmon and sea trout thrive in the clean water. Whitby is also ideal for people who enjoy walking and cycling, with many waymarked routes leading to stunning vistas. The walk to Sandsend is beautiful in every season, as is the circular route leading around Whitby Abbey, the lighthouse and Saltland Bay. Other paths to consider include those to Falling Foss, the three-mile walk to Goathland (where the heritage train station played the role of Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter films), and through bluebell-filled woodland in the spring to Beck Hole. Those who have a head for heights will fall in love with the spectacular coastal views from the stretch of Cleveland Way near Ravenscar, which towers 600ft above the sea.
There is no shortage of fun activities to enjoy during your self-catering cottage holiday in Whitby. This charming town has a long history and visitors can find out more about its past on a guided tour around town. The site of Whitby Abbey has been a place of worship for 1,500 years with the towering ruins carefully protected by English Heritage and open daily between February and October and on weekends during the rest of the year. The explorer, Captain Cook, came from Whitby and the Captain Cook Memorial Museum is in the same building where Cook started his apprenticeship in 1746. Whitby has an excellent variety of independent shops, including several jewellers selling Whitby jet which was popularised by the Victorians.
Day trips from Whitby can include sightseeing at Staithes and Robin Hood's Bay, a ride on the North York Moors Railway, and visits to Eden Camp Museum and Flamingo Land. Just over an hour's drive from the cottage, the ancient city of York has more than enough to keep everyone happily distracted for hours, with lots of museums, shops and restaurants.
Whitby is said to have been the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, but there is nothing spooky about this beautiful harbour town. 28 Esk Terrace gives you a comfortable home-away-from-home so that you can enjoy it with ease.
Michael joined Independent Cottages in May 2020
The mid-terrace house is a period property with accommodation over four levels. It has been updated and modernised to provide a high standard of accommodation.
Outside: The house has a small terrace garden and off-street parking for one car.
Additional information: Prices include utilities, bed linen and towels. Up to two well-behaved dogs most welcome. Sorry, no all-male parties and no hen parties. Short breaks available all year round.