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Crag Cottage

Whitby, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Superb three-storey cottage sleeping eight people
  • Four bedrooms and two bathrooms providing ample space and privacy
  • Jaw-dropping interiors blending rustic features with modern touches
  • Thoughtful welcome hamper upon arrival
  • Lots of luxurious additions, including a toasty wood burner
  • Incredible views all around
Property code: G0040

A stunning country haven parcelled between the North York Moors and the dramatic North Sea, providing a divine retreat for big families and groups of friends.

A very attractive three-storey traditional sandstone cottage set in rolling green countryside set just a few miles outside Whitby. With four gorgeous bedrooms sleeping up to eight guests comfortably, it's the perfect option for families or groups of friends looking for an elegant and stylish retreat on the Yorkshire Coast.


The charming period exterior of the holiday home gives way to a gorgeous contemporary interior with bags of space for the whole family. Step inside to discover a generous open plan kitchen and dining area, dominated by a wow-factor double sided wood burner which also heats the living room next door. Downstairs boasts solid oak flooring throughout which feels warm and welcoming underfoot. The immaculate modern kitchen has solid wooden worktops, a range-style cooker and sleek brick-style tiles giving it a clean and fresh look. There's a dishwasher and microwave for your convenience and a washing machine is provided in the utility just outside. The fabulous dining table seats all guests very comfortably and set beside a large window it's a lovely spot for those noisy family breakfasts. And when the kids have gone to bed, fire up the wood burner and settle down to a grown-up dinner by the fire.


Next door you'll find the spacious living room, again with that stunning wood burner at its heart. Another large window here lets in lots of light and comfy leather sofas provide the ideal backdrop to a chilled family room. There's a TV in here with subscription channels, a DVD player and Wi-Fi is also provided. Games and books are provided for some offline entertainment too. Enjoy looking out at a sea of Rhododendrons outside at certain times of the year. All of the bedrooms are set up stairs. On the first floor you'll find the handsome master bedroom which enjoys lovely private outlook to the surrounding lush green countryside. This generous room has a king-size cast iron bed dressed in crisp white cotton bed linen and a large en-suite shower room too. This floor is home to the second bedroom, another spacious and elegant room with a double bed and soft neutral colours.


The remaining two bedrooms are on the second floor. A very sweet twin just perfect for little ones. The last bedroom is a bright and fun room which kids will adore - they even have their own table football to play! There are two single beds in this room. There is also a large LCD TV & DVD player with a selection of DVD's to choose from- so it's the perfect escape for kids and adults alike.


Outside you have an elevated garden which is ideal for sitting outside in the warmer months. There's a gorgeous large enclosed patio complete with rattan furniture and solar lighting for those balmy evenings. Take in the sights and sounds of the countryside all around you, without any noise pollution from cars – heavenly. The garden is set on different levels with a further patio area and garden furniture at the top.There is ample off-road parking for two cars next to the cottage for your convenience too.


Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 4 bedrooms: 1 king-size, 1 double and 2 twin rooms
  • 2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite shower room, 1 family bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in shower and WC
  • 2 dogs welcome (to be kept downstairs - a stair gate can be made available on request)
  • Outside utility room with washing machine
  • Welcome hamper
  • Wood burner
  • Wi-Fi included
  • TV with Netflix
  • DVD Player
  • Books and games provided
  • Table football
  • Garden with enclosed patio area
  • BBQ
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Shop within 2 miles

The location for this cottage is extra special, set down a quiet country lane on the outskirts of Ruswarp and a few miles from the gorgeous Yorkshire Coast. You have the best of both worlds here, peace and quiet (and parking right outside!) but with the delights of Whitby (2 miles) just a few minutes' drive away.

Ruswarp itself is a peaceful little place with a scattering of charming attractions and places to eat. Set on the River Esk you can hire rowing boats in the village and make your way peacefully along the water. Kids will love the miniature railway on the banks of the river here too. There's also a lovely waterside cafe which is perfect for an indulgent cream tea. A few miles north from the cottage takes you to the stunning North Yorkshire coastline, a heady mix of rugged cliff tops, peaceful bays and pretty fishing villages. With long sandy beaches and all the traditional seaside trimmings of yesteryear, this is proper bucket 'n spade territory. That's not to say it's stuck in the past, in fact the coast's villages and towns combine the traditional with the contemporary effortlessly, with trinket shops and tea rooms sitting alongside upmarket champagne and oyster bars. This part of the region is best known for the gorgeously gothic town of Whitby. Playing host at one time to Romans, Saxons, Celts and Danes amongst others, the town's rich heritage is immediately obvious. Straddling the river Esk and dominated by the 13th century ruins of St Hilda's Abbey on the East Cliff, Whitby's crooked cobbled streets and picturesque harbour have been a magnet for artists and tourists alike for centuries.

Head inland from the cottage and you can be in the heart of the North York Moors within minutes. Take a tour of the impossibly pretty towns and villages in the area, Egton, Danby, Castleton, Rosedale. Or head up on the high moorland of Castleton Rigg, we guarantee on a clear day it will take your breath away.

This property is personally managed by Marion.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 29 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Jackie 6th September 2019

We had a lovely time, we are a family with 3 adult sons and 2 wives and baby. The cottage was comfortable, well equipped, the welcome pack was a very pleasant surprise. We would definitely stay there again

Reviewed by Marion 2nd August 2019

Gorgeously renovated cottage to 'magazine ' standards. Very well equipped; they seem to have thought of almost everything. Great location for walkers, but we had to go everywhere in the car which is a bit awkward due to narrow lanes etc.

Reviewed by Janet 26th July 2019

This cottage in a rural setting has everything you need. Improvements in the garden area are ongoing and will only enhance what is a delightful fully equipped cottage.

Reviewed by Sarah 15th July 2019

Beautiful cottage, tastefully decorated with ample space and all the mod cons. Great outside space although be careful with young ones in the outside step area. Brilliant location to Whitby and a nice sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the seaside. Owner incredibly helpful and accommodating. We loved it and will be back!

Reviewed by Stephen 5th July 2019

A very well equipped and finished property with good space for 8 people.

Reviewed by Lorraine 24th May 2019

We had a fabulous family holiday at Cragg Cottage. A great deal of thought put in to make it a home from home. A lovely peaceful and relaxing location but near also to lots of places to see and go to for activities or lazy beach days .

Reviewed by Sue 2nd March 2019

We booked this cottage purely by the reviews and we were not disappointed,when we entered the cottage it smelt delightful and it was immaculately clean there was fresh flowers and a lovely welcome pack and treats for our dog,little things make a huge difference.The cottage is situated in a lovely quiet position with lovely walks in the woods and alRead moreong the cinder track. Hide

Reviewed by Sandra 27th February 2019

Beautiful well equipped cottage with really comfortable beds. Lovely log burner. Great games room for the children. Fantastic bathrooms. Only down side is the garden isnt dog proof!

Reviewed by Jeannette 24th February 2019

Lovely cottage, plenty of room, great for walks, very cosy and comfortable. Had a really enjoyable holiday there, would highly recommend this cottage.

Reviewed by gretton 15th January 2019

Excellent cottage Well furnished and well equipped with up to date technology.The only wood burning cottage we have been in with plenty of wood!

Reviewed by Andrea 2nd January 2019

Lovely cottage well appointed and thought out. Cottage is remote but a short journey to shops and pubs if required, but we were looking for peace and quiet and we got just that. My dad had an accident on Christmas Eve and the neighbours were really great, if I hadnt of met them, I would never have known the history surrounding the house. It would bRead moree lovely if there could be a write up on this in the cottage, as it will eventually be lost and that would be a shame. All in all a great visit and Christmas. Hide

Reviewed by julie 13th November 2018

everything was great. we loved the log burner and the spacious rooms. we had our dogs with us the garden was enough for them before and after we were out all day walking on the beaches. The night sky was awesome as there were no street lighting to spoil it. We were all sad to leave.

Reviewed by Karen 7th November 2018

Stayed at the cottage with a few friends. We had a very relaxing weekend. Plenty of space. Gorgeous big kitchen. Wood burner, lovely feature. My favourite place, was the attic. Watching a film. Very cosy. It was my first time to Whitby. I was not disappointed. Great location. Plenty of lovely restaurants, shops. Something for everyone. ?

Reviewed by Patricia 25th September 2018

We celebrated two birthdays last week and Crag Cottage was a beautiful place to stay due to it's beauty both inside and out. Considering our family gathering consisted of ages between six and 80 years there was plenty to occupy all.

Reviewed by Fiona 22nd September 2018

The cottage has a wonderfully welcoming feel. It is tucked away off the beaten track but is really well-placed for beaches, moors and towns. The standard of finish is high and well thought through. The train is ideal for walking somewhere then riding back. We had a fabulous visit and recommend both the cottage and area for a holiday.

Reviewed by Ellen 17th September 2018

We had a brilliant time. Was a great base to explore North Yorkshire and felt like Home as soon as we arrived. Beds were very comfy, and it was so peaceful surrounding the cottage! We managed to find the path linking to the cinder path to Whitby and enjoyed lots of lovely walks in the sunshine. Thank you very much for a lovely holiday!

Reviewed by Linda 2nd September 2018

We booked Crag cottage as we wanted to visit family in Whitby so was a good base we didn't use local amenities tried to book locally for a meal but could not be fitted in so took that as a plus as to how good it was and we had heard so anyway. Cottage lovely of the beaten track just what us townies long for Peace and quiet, it was well equipped wiRead moreth a log fire which was beautiful and was by far the cleanest holiday cottage we had been in we had a lovely holiday, Many thanks to everyone concerned :) Hide

Reviewed by Nicola 25th August 2018

The cottage was spacious and had all you need for a comfortable holiday, however the soundproofing was a big problem for us esp at night. Also there werent enough towels provided for our party. We had some fab days out esp in Whitby and Goathland. Park & ride into Whitby is a great service.Walks from the cottage were disappointing, not particularlyRead more child friendly and the farm dogs were very aggressive if you walked past.Overall an ok holiday but sadly it an area we will not return to. Hide

Reviewed by Pauline 19th August 2018

We really enjoyed the stay at Crag Cottage. The enclosed patio area is great for a family with dogs and the seating ideal for eating outside in the evening. Everything we had forgotten to bring with us was provided either in the kitchen or in the shed. The setting is brilliant, the neighbours friendly and nice walks along the road from the cottage.Read more It is near to so many places to visit. We went to open air theatre in Whitby Abbey, to the Railway at Grosmont, Scarborough, Filey and Flamborough Head. Thanks for all the maps and info leaflets.The furnishings were very nice and we loved the showers (so often a disappointment in holiday accommodation) Hide

Reviewed by George 11th August 2018

We had a very enjoyable stay at Crag Cottage. The cottage was very clean and well equipped and in a quiet, peaceful location. The owners have been very thoughtful in providing little extras for visits to the beach and the welcome pack was a very nice touch.We were lucky enough to enjoy good weather and ate outside on the lovely patio area every eveRead morening. The downside was the fact that every sound made in the cottage travelled throughout the cottage and we felt it could benefit from some sort of soundproofing. We appreciate the cottage is old which is part of its charm but this issue needs to be addressed. In all other areas we would be happy to return as it really is a delightful cottage. Hide

Reviewed by Cheryl 1st July 2018

Beautiful cottage in a lovely location , the cottage is set on the neighbours land , a lovely elderly lady that walks past the front windows everyday and would stop a gaze in at you , found this to be quite uncomfortable , the dog didnt like this also, the property is dog friendly but the garden is not enclosed and you do need to keep an eye on theRead morem . Families with young children may struggle with the tiered patio as there is only a rope fence before a drop onto the path below , the cottage itself is beautifully decorated and has everything you would need , the welcome pack was very appreciated. Hide

Reviewed by Christopher 24th June 2018

A very lovely cottage for a group of friends to share. Great location, only minutes away from Whitby by car. Nicely furnished and comfortable sitting room. The lack of sound proofing was problematic at times as was the lack of some basic kitchen items. As a group of friends who love to cook it would have been nice to have had some better non-sticRead morek frying pans , a whisk and a cheese grater. Admittedly not everyone staying here will want to do a great deal of cooking but for those who do it would certainly enhance their experience. Hide

Reviewed by Gillian 2nd June 2018

We invited our family to join us for our birthday celebrations and had a fabulous stay.The cottage was perfect; comfortable, cosy and near to the Whitby for the seaside and great for cycling up onto the Yorkshire Moors. We had plenty to keep us busy!

Reviewed by Alexandra 19th May 2018

Comfy cottage but does let itself down on a few maintenance issues, like a constant dripping shower, some lights not working, floors & oven needed cleaning, we expected more.

Reviewed by Kaye 26th April 2018

Nice location, however there is not enough seating in the lounge area to accommodate everyone. Two of the dining chairs were broken and could not be used. Also we did not seem to have much hot water and the sound proofing was terrible.

Response from Gorgeous Cottages:

Hi Kaye, Thank you for reviewing Crag Cottage and your constructive feedback which is much appreciated. The owners were very disappointed and are reviewing all the various points you made which resulted in the relatively low feedback rating and score. The sound proofing is something that the owners are going to revisit and they plan to put soundproofing between the floorboards and renew them. Its an old cottage and this would be beneficial.Yorkshire has so much to offer so pleases come back soon.Take CareMarion

Reviewed by Philip 25th April 2018

The cottage was excellent, set in the country and at the end of a country lane. It was quiet and secluded.The cottage itself had all the facilities and equipment one would expect and need.The only issue we had was not with the cottage, but the nearest local public house wasn't supplying food, as apparently their chef had recently left. Wasn't a maRead morejor issue as we just took a taxi into Whitby. Hide

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With a varied landscape of windswept dales, heather-clad moors and dramatic coast, interspersed with picturesque towns and villages, vibrant cities and a rich historical heritage, Yorkshire is rightly considered one of Britain's premier holiday destinations. Known as 'God's Own County', Yorkshire has nearly one-third of England's National Parkland, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three sections of coastline designated as Heritage Coast.

Offering infinite opportunities for lovers of the great outdoors, the wild expanse of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in North and West Yorkshire is a glorious mix of awe-inspiring scenery, imposing castles, characterful Dales' villages and drystone walls. While to the east, the North York Moors National Park offers atmospheric moorland, fragrant pine forests and charming towns tucked away within steep-sloped valleys. Extending all the way to the Yorkshire Coast, you can even experience a traditional day at the seaside at popular resorts including Whitby, Flamborough and Scarborough. It's a beautiful terrain to explore.

A visit to the historical city of York is a must. Renowned for its medieval architecture, the magnificent York Minster and a myriad of museums, independent shops and exceptional eateries, you will not be disappointed. Then there's the chalk landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds, known to have inspired David Hockney. And with a packed calendar of events and festivals each year, including the Malton Food Festival, the Tour de Yorkshire and the Great Yorkshire Show, there's always something exciting to enjoy.

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