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Enjoy a coastal town with a rich heritage with Whitby holiday cottages

Whitby is a seaside town and port on the East Coast of England and is part of North Yorkshire. It sits on the River Esk and has a rich heritage of mining, fishing and architecture which is still enjoyed to this day. Whitby has been recognised as a tourist destination since the Georgian period and the arrival of the Great North Yorkshire Railway only went to cement this. Whitby is often best known as the setting for the novel Dracula and as such has become something of a haven to the gothic and literature community.

HomeAway has a number of holiday cottages in Whitby available to travelling groups of all sizes. Whilst smaller families are welcomed to homely cottages, larger parties are also provided for with chateaus and barns. Whitby is a diverse town and boasts a selection of new and more traditional holiday homes, all brimming with character. Large gardens and patio areas from which to enjoy sea views are common whilst parking is available throughout. Typical facilities include internet access, dishwashers, satellite television and DVD players. Many of the holiday cottages are also pet friendly, meaning many families can truly experience a home away from home.

Whilst Whitby continues to be a must do experience for those with an interest in heritage and literature, visitors to the UK have a wealth of other popular destinations at their fingertips. Holiday cottages in Sheffield are the ideal base from which to explore Southern Yorkshire and the many galleries and museums which the city is home to. Alternatively, nature and exercise enthusiasts may want to consider a holiday cottage in Bowness and Windemere, where they can discover the beauty of the Lake District.

Things to do

Dracula: One of the main reasons for visiting Whitby holiday apartments is to discover the world of Bram Stoker and his nightmare creation. In addition to nightly ghost and Dracula walks which are run by local expert and renowned storyteller Harry Collett, there is the Dracula Experience attraction which is open daily to families and school groups alike.

Trains: Whitby is home to two train stations: The North Yorkshire Railway, from which a steam train takes passengers through the delightful North Yorkshire Moorlands, and The Esk Valley Railway, which offers a scenic tour on more modern carriages through a number of villages before finishing its run in Middlesbrough.

The Abbey: Since 657AD, the Whitby Abbey has guarded the coastline from atop the cliffs. It is the oldest and most iconic building in the town and was home to an order of monks until 1540. Since then it has become home to a colony of bats, which only add to the gothic appearance. The Abbey, along with the graveyard and the church, are open throughout the year and host a number of events.

The Beach and Harbour: Although many people come for the heritage, the beach near to Whitby holiday cottages is also hugely popular. A long, sandy expanse with restricted areas for dogs and a RNLI lifeguard in situ, there is much to do on Whitby Beach. It has been commended by the Quality Coast Association, and the Marine Conservation Society as having excellent water quality and has a Blue Flag Award. Meanwhile, just a short walk away is the famed Whitby Harbour where the local commercial boats still bring in the catch of the day.

Weather

Whitby holiday apartments enjoy a mild climate that can be quite changeable. Whilst the cliffs and higher buildings can experience some strong winds from the sea, the sea level buildings are largely sheltered. The summer months of July and August are the warmest with temperatures rising to 19⁰C whilst winter temperatures might drop as low as 0.2⁰C in January and February. Rain can be heavy at times and in an average month up to ten days rainfall is not uncommon.

Travel

Whitby is extremely accessible. To arrive by car simply follow the A614 from Leeds or the A64 from York. Alternatively, the A171 runs down the coast from Robin Hoods Bay. There are frequent bus services to and from the town whilst the train station has regular arrivals and departures, making it an ideal destination for drivers and non-drivers alike.

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                                                                                                    Amazing place

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                                                                                                    Just spent four nights there with my sons aged 21 and 17, we absolutely loved it. Tony the owner was very welcoming and friendly, with lots of ideas for places to go and things to do. Nestled in a fantastic secluded location and spotlessly clean, the cabin has everything you need for a comfortable cosy stay whatever the weather. The welcome basket full of goodies was a nice touch, as was the bottle in the fridge, which was greatly enjoyed by my 21 year old and his visiting friend. The box of Lego brought back fond memories for my 17 year old as he spent an hour building models ( you're never too old for Lego ) A short walk through the woods takes you to the Cinder Path, a disused rail line, which we followed to Whitby. In Ruswarp we spent an hour on the river in a rowing boat, and called at the riverside cafe for a drink. Robin Hoods Bay is a lovely place to visit but get there early as parking can be a problem. We spent our last day in Staithes which is smaller and quieter and has a lovely little beach area. We would highly recommend a stay in the cabin.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    Comfortable and cosy apartment in beautiful Whitby

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    The apartment had been renovated to a very high standard, making it cosy and comfortable. It wasn't an issue for ourselves, but, there are lots of stairs to navigate up to the top. this is more than made up for by the splendid view from the top floor. It was close to all the local amenities and only a short walk to the harbour. Parking was not an issue with off road parking behind the property and prepaid parking tickets to use if necessary. Everything that may have been needed had been thought about. The kitchen in particular had more than enough cutlery and crockery. It was a usable kitchen, not an afterthought. I would highly recommend this property and would definitely go again myself. Nothing was too much trouble and there were lots of little touches that impressed. Many thanks Hilary.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
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                                                                                                    Fantastic property in a brilliant location!

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                                                                                                    The house is wonderful, finished to a very high standard with great attention to detail. The rooms are all spacious and the layout of the house works well with a big party of individuals. There were 8 in our party, 4 adults and 4 children, and we didn't get in the way of each other. Different living spaces and 7 TVs (each bedroom has its own TV and there are two in living room/lounge spaces too) really helped us all relax together as well as separately at times. 4 bathrooms and a separate toilet is also rather handy! The owners have really thought about children and there is a good range of games, DVDs, booster seats, stair gates and appropriate cutlery, bowls and plates for much younger kids. Outside space is also lovely, with a BBQ area and picnic tables and other garden furniture. The location is excellent, very close to two beaches, Sandsend and Whitby beach, with the walk down to each of these located at the end of the road. Whitby town centre is around a 20 minute walk from the property. We walked everywhere and found it easy enough to do this with young children in tow and all of our beach paraphernalia. Robin Hood's bay is a 15 minute drive away and well worth a visit. A day on the North Yorkshire Moors railway is also a great experience for those enthusiastic about steam or for any Harry Potter/Heartbeat fans. We had a brilliant holiday and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Misty Cottage!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016