I had the pleasure of spending Good Friday at Robin Hood’s Bay and couldn’t resist a little visit to Millbrook while I was there. There’s so much to love about this unique village on the North York Moors coastline and Millbrook is ideally placed to explore it for yourself. Take a look at my top six things to love about Millbrook.
A delve into the past
The earliest deeds for the land where Millbrook is situated can be traced back to 1651 and it is thought that the cottage itself dates back to the late 17th or early 18th century. This traditional seaside cottage was probably once the home of a sailor or fisherman and was built to last with solid stone and lime mortar plaster.
I think the house may well have been used in the smuggling trade (after all, Robin Hood’s Bay was a haven for smuggling during the 18th century) – it is down a small alley and there was originally a doorway through to the cottage next door. It is said that contraband goods could get all the way from ships in the harbour to the top of the village without ever being seen outside! Learn about the history of Robin Hood's Bay at the museum. I think Millbrook really embodies the character of this pretty higgledy-piggledy village and was rightly Grade II-listed in the 1960s. You can see the original beams above the bed in this room. Today you can still see original features, such as Georgian sash windows and wooden beams in both bedrooms, that were most likely created from old ships.
Rooms with a view
I particularly love the fact that Millbrook is spread over three floors with a great attic bedroom at the top. You are rewarded for climbing the two flights of stairs (make sure you watch your head at the top) with an impressive view down to the beach below.
The views from the attic bedroom window go all the way down to the beach.
The room works well as either a den for kids or a peaceful escape for adults.
Look out over the village from the master bedroom.
The master bedroom is on the first floor and, along with the living room below, has a south-facing window that lets in lots of sunlight and has views over the village.
A private patio (that’s perfect for people-watching)
Private outside space can be a bit of a rarity in Robin Hood’s Bay so I think it is a real bonus that Millbrook has its own private patio. With a table and chairs that look out over one of the main streets (it’s the one with the chocolate shop on), you can crack open a bottle of the locally-brewed Bay Town Beer and settle down to an afternoon of people-watching!
Perfectly thought-out space
Millbrook has been perfectly planned-out to work for holidaymakers and I think all the space has been put to its best possible use.
The main living space is on the ground floor and has a real log fire (the wood is stored in an outside shed and you are free to use as much as you need) along with a selection of comfy chairs and dining area.
The bijou kitchen is just off the living room and has been specially-designed to perfectly fit the space, with everything you need to create meals on your holiday (including a small dishwasher so you don’t have to wash up afterwards).
Lots of built-in storage space throughout Millbrook means there is somewhere to keep everything tidied away (the owners have even managed to put a useful freezer in a downstairs cupboard) and you’ll find a washing machine in an outhouse that’s just a few steps away from the cottage.
These cupboards hold plenty of storage (and even a freezer)!
Both bedrooms are double rooms (the master bedroom has a king-sized bed) and the fact they are on separate floors (the attic bedroom has its own en-suite toilet) means you have a bit of space for yourself.
A love of Robin Hood’s Bay
Deborah Davitt (who owns Millbrook with husband Jeff) has been coming to Robin Hood’s Bay since she was a baby and has a real love for the place. “We visit Robin Hood’s Bay whenever we can and I don’t think that will ever change. There is something really special about the village and it has a lovely atmosphere.”
You’ll see black and white photos showing old family holidays throughout the cottage which I think are a lovely touch. You will also find old postcards, information on the history of Millbrook and a selection of articles on the village.
There is also plenty of information on things to do on your own holiday to Robin Hood’s Bay and previous guests are encouraged to leave their own recommendations and reviews on the best places to eat and drink in the visitor’s book.
If you would like to experience Millbrook (and Robin Hood’s Bay) for yourself it is available to book now through Gorgeous Cottages. For more information give us a call on 01642 263249 or e-mail [email protected]