Yorkshire has been inspiring visitors, authors, poets, artists and lucky locals for centuries. From its rolling hills to its atmospheric moors, patchwork quilts of fields and charming, historic towns and villages, there really is something for everyone. It even has a wonderful coastline to visit; wild and windy in the winter and surprisingly sunny come summer, Yorkshire’s coastline is something of a hidden gem in this great treasure trove of a county.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay along Yorkshire’s coast, then you’re in luck, because we have some splendid options when it comes to cottages by the sea in Yorkshire. Some of them even have their own sea view, while others boast enclosed gardens, and still more feature open fires – perfect for cosying up after a blustery day on the beach in autumn or winter. We have traditional stone cottages in Whitby, a former stable that dates back to the 1600s in Scarborough, an ancient folly in Filey, and charming red brick cottages in Bridlington. So, whatever it is you’re after, whether you’re travelling with the whole family or looking for a romantic getaway just for two, we’re sure to have the perfect coastal cottages just for you.
Yorkshire’s landscape is incredibly varied, and while there’s plenty to see away from the seaside in areas such as York, the Dales, Malham, Harrogate and Haworth, there’s just as much to be treasured on the coast. In fact, Yorkshire bears some of the country’s most dramatic seaside vistas, and the brooding, atmospheric quality that defines the county’s inland areas, such as those famous moors, is just as present down on the coast. Whitby, for example, is as famous for its connection to Dracula as it is to anything else, and while it is a traditional, typically British seaside resort, it’s overlooked by the ominous abbey that fuelled Bram Stoker’s imagination enough to create the infamous vampire and set part of the creepy tale there.
If you’re more into long walks and gorgeous views than you are of seaside arcades and tales of vampires, then you might be more interested in a stay in Flamborough. This rugged stretch of coastline is an outdoor lover’s paradise, perfect for walking, hiking and even bird watching. If you prefer your sports to be on the water rather than on the cliffs, you could try your hand at canoeing around this beauty spot. Meanwhile, Robin Hood’s Bay manages to combine atmosphere and wild, windswept beauty with stunning, rugged good looks and a long history of smugglers and the black market, which has led to many a legend being recounted over stiff drinks in the local pub.