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Whitby is one of those destinations that holds a special place in people’s hearts. It’s incredible how many speak fondly of childhood memories there, even those who live far away from this picturesque fishing town.
And this enduring love shows no sign of abating, with Whitby’s cobbled medieval streets home to thousands of tourists and day-trippers every week.
I had the pleasure of staying here recently at Spyglass 1708, a gorgeous two-bedroom holiday home set within an 18th century former sea captain’s house.
Here’s why we loved this Yorkshire coast cottage and its location so much…
Five things to love about Spyglass 1708, Whitby
1. A sense of place
From the nautical trinkets and the gorgeous 3D globe to the stunning views of Whitby Abbey across the rooftops, Spyglass 1708 gives you a fantastic sense of where you are. As the seagulls call overhead you are immersed in the sights and sounds of the seaside.
The apartment is also set down one of Whitby’s famous ‘yards’, a unique feature of the town Whitby’s narrow twisting yards evolved over a thousand years ago to provide protection from Viking raiders and to help Whitby’s smugglers evade the government revenue men and tax collectors.
2. Heaven for kids
Whitby appeals to all ages and is particularly adored by children. The girls took full advantage of a warm September day by running in and out of the sea most of the morning.
Following that up with a donkey ride, an ice cream on the pier and a stick of rock to take home means guaranteed 100% satisfaction – and not an iPad in sight. It’s heart-warming to see so many of the old traditions being kept alive in Whitby.
3. Elegant interiors
With interiors by acclaimed Yorkshire designer Rachel McLane, we were not surprised to find the apartment a statement in stylish elegance. A contemporary palette of neutral browns and creams, the lighting in particular was perfectly pitched and the stunning en-suite shower room a real joy to use.
4. Foodie (and drinkie) delights
Whitby has seen something of a renaissance in the last decade in terms of food. Don’t worry, there are still plenty of old school fish 'n' chip restaurants including the excellent Magpie Cafe, but alongside the chippies you’ll find some excellent fine dining options. Greens of Whitby is an excellent award-winning seafood restaurant in the heart of town and The Marine Hotel also offers a good bistro-style menu.
And there are lots of gorgeous little cafes to scoff cake in too, including the divine Marie Antoinettes near Whitby Steps…
5. The little things
Set over three floors, the accommodation in Spyglass has been well thought through. The upstairs bedroom comes complete with an en-suite WC and a TV with integrated DVD Player. Settling the girls down to Frozen while you enjoy a glass of red with hubby downstairs is an understated pleasure! The open-plan kitchen/dining area was also a pleasure; the view across the rooftops as you settled down to breakfast each morning was heavenly.
Spyglass 1708 – Tell Me More
Spyglass 1708 is a two-bedroom luxury holiday apartment set in the heart of Whitby. Sleeping up to four people comfortably, there is a king-size bedroom and a further bedroom in the eaves of the house which can be set up as a twin or king-size as preferred.
The location is hard to beat, with all of Whitby’s attractions on your doorstep. Disc parking is available for an hour just outside and further long-stay car-parks are available within easy walking distance.
Find out more and book the wonderful Spyglass 1708.