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The Anchorage

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Staithes, near Whitby, Yorkshire
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On the quayside with views over the harbour, this stone cottage is ideal for exploring North Yorkshire Moor and coast.

View of harbour

The Anchorage is a picturesque fisherman’s cottage, in an enviable, south-facing position right on the quayside in the pretty fishing village of Staithes. This holiday cottage boasts the most wonderful views across the harbour and into the bay, the perfect place to sit and relax. The property is tucked snugly underneath the cliffs which rise to the rear. This well-equipped and cosy property is furnished to a very good standard, retaining much character with many delightful features and charming paintings of Staithes.

There is vehicular access and parking for 2 cars outside the property (for which permits are provided), a rare commodity in Staithes.

Staithes is tucked into a cleft of rock which forms a natural harbour in this rugged path of coastline north of Whitby. This is an excellent base from which to explore the North Yorkshire Moors and the coast, and is renowned amongst walkers. The famous Cleveland Way on the cliff side is very close by, from which beautiful walks and views can be enjoyed.

The beach, renowned for its fossil hunting, is on your doorstep, and the village, with its cobbled streets, restaurants/tea shops and art gallery, is an enchanting place to discover.

Staithes has historical, seafaring connections, and Captain James Cook, discoverer of Australia, lived in Staithes between 1745-46 working as a grocer’s apprentice, and this is where he first gained his passion for the sea.

The town has a long association with artists, who have flocked here since the 1900s, whereupon a group formed, known as the ‘Staithes group of artists’, including Laura Knight and George Wetherill (the ’Turner’ of the north). Countless artists have and still do visit Staithes regularly and find inspiration among the huddled cottages, winding paths, towering cliffs and wild seas. This association with art is still strong, with painting breaks and tuition held in the village. To celebrate this history, each September residents open up their houses displaying local artists work for the public to see.

The children’s CBEEBIES programme ‘Old Jack’s Boat’, featuring Bernard Cribbins and his dog Salty, is set and filmed in Staithes - a very exciting prospect for the younger visitors to the town! Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

This property has electric heaters and comprises:
Ground Floor:
Lounge/dining room: With electric fire, Freeview TV and DVD player.
Kitchen: Gallery style with electric oven and hob, fridge and microwave.
Open-tread staircase to:
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed and additional single (for alternative sleeping).
Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

All electric and bed linen included. Please bring your own towels. Travel cot and highchair on request. Outdoor folding seats provided. Parking for two cars (permits provided). Please note: The property is on the quayside, young children must be supervised.

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  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Sea View
    Sea View
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/09/2017
    We loved it

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/09/2017
    Another excellent stay. Superb location for a really good holiday with the children.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 12/08/2017
    The cottage was in a lovely location and had a comfy atmosphere . However, it was not very clean when we arrived - some things had clearly not been moved to clean behind them. The kitchen cupboards were also grubby. The kitchen was rather strangely equipped with plates and dishes which were fine but a strange assortment of glasses which were insufficient. The price was pretty high for a property which did not provide towels - my daughter rented the property next door which was the same price which had towels included in the price. Given how expensive the property was, we would have expected towels to be included.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you for your comments. We are pleased you found the cottage to be comfortable and the location lovely. The previous week we had had an issue with the glasses where some had been broken - these were replaced as soon as we were made aware. The cleanliness of the cottage is of extreme importance to us and your comments have been fed back to our housekeeper who will ensure everything is checked. Regarding your comments about the price of the cottage and how this compares to others - we cannot comment on this because we do not decide the price - cottages.com do. We do advertise the details of the cottage with regard to what is included in the rental cost very clearly on the cottages.com website. When your booking for the Anchorage was confirmed you will have been given the mobile numbers of our housekeeper and ourselves in order to be able to contact us if you have any issues or questions during your stay at the cottage. Our housekeeper is very local and will come down immediately to help if this is required. Please in future contact us whilst you are at the cottage so that your holiday is not affected in any way. We want everyone to enjoy their stay and that is why we give out our contact numbers.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 01/07/2017
    Very comfortable cottage,carpets,curtains,sofa armchairs and beds very good.Kitchen and bathroom a bit dated. In our opinion the owner is being shortchanged by the cleaner- no need for the light fitting by the kitchen door being festooned with cobwebs for instance ( despite being old cottage) Parking good.On a small point we have stayed in dozens of cottages and this is the first time there has not been a welcome pack e.g. Pint of milk,tea and coffee bottle of wine biscuits etc ,

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your comments. We are pleased that you found the cottage very comfortable. We apologise about the cobwebs - the housekeeper will thoroughly check the cottage, cleanliness is of extreme importance to us.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 17/06/2017
    We were charmed by Staithes which we hadn't visited in over 20 years. The Cow Bar was a particularly location as it came with parking space and was less congested though provided direct access to te main vilage. the cottage had an ideal outlook over the harbour and was comfotably furnished.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 10/06/2017
    We had a car break down and there was no phone service, no wifi. Wifi really should be standard so at least calls can be made over the internet. No tv channels as really poor reception so at least a set top box should be installed. Kitchen and bathroom both dated but sufficient. Property needs bringing up to date in all areas.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your comments. We are surprised that you feel the cottage needs bringing up to date as in the last 18 months all the furniture (including the television) are new as are the carpets and all are of very good quality. Most of our other ratings as can be seen are very high so your comments and ratings are unusual. The style of the cottage to suit its location is characterful which most of our other guests appreciate and expect from a cottage in this area. The style can be seen clearly on the cottages.com website. Wifi is currently not available and therefore is not advertised. This can be found at a café a few minutes walk away. The phone signal in Staithes is bad generally but a clear phone signal can be obtained a few minutes walk away on the cliff. No one else has commented on the bad reception with regard to the television, this will be checked and any adjustments made.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/05/2017
    I have 2 negative comments 1st the carpets in the cottage could do with cleaning they were grubby 2 negative but nothing to do with the cottage phone signal none existent but a part from that we had a fantastic time

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments and for rating the Anchorage so highly. Regarding your comment about the carpets - the carpets were all new last year and are cleaned professionally regularly. There is a small stain near the front door that was caused when a drink was spilled that is proving difficult to remove. The professional carpet cleaners are there again today and will continue to return until the stain has gone. We apologise about this. The cleanliness of the carpets and cleanliness in general at the Anchorage is of extreme importance to us.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/05/2017
    Great cottage, location and views. Highly recommend

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 18/03/2017
    I am a regular visitor to the Anchorage. I have been staying for about 13 years. It is the best location in the world to me personally, being right by the North Sea. The cottage itself is the ideal size for two of us, and is nicely furnished. A few things could be better though. The shower head could do with replacing and the toilet seat needs replacing, being badly stained. Also, the feather cushions, which smell and are "leaking" feathers.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments. We appreciate your repeat custom. As you are regular visitors to the Anchorage you will have noticed that in the last 2 years we have made a significant number of improvements to the cottage (at considerable expense) in order to ensure all guests enjoy their stay as this is very important to us. We have replaced all the carpets throughout, all the furniture, beds and bedding are new and of very good quality. A new heating system has been installed to replace the electric storage heaters. We have also had some decorating done inside and out. A plumber was at the cottage just last weekend checking the shower and he said that it was absolutely fine. We are going to replace the whole shower later this year just as ongoing maintenance; we intended to do this anyway however we will replace the showerhead now. I did not notice last weekend when I was at the cottage that the toilet seat needed replacing but I will ask the plumber back to check this and this will be done. No-one else has commented that the cushions smell however the housekeeper will check them again this weekend and they will be replaced if necessary. The cottage is a fisherman's cottages - it is advertised as such. However, four people regularly stay and do not comment that it is unsuitable for that number. Again thank you for your comments, you did rate the cottage a 9 so I hope that these small issues you have raised didn't affect your stay. We want all our guests to enjoy their stay at the Anchorage.

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