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Spyglass 1708

Whitby, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Towels included
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At a glance

  • A stylish apartment situated in one of Yorkshire's most beloved seaside resorts
  • Perfect for exploring the beach, cliff-tops and heritage of Whitby
  • Ideally located to enjoy a wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants
  • Visit charming coastal villages including Robin Hood's Bay
  • Within a couple of miles of the North York Moors
  • An ideal holiday base for a couple or a small family
Property code: G0130

Set in the centre of the thriving seaside town of Whitby, this historic Grade II listed former sea captain's house has been lovingly transformed into a charming boutique apartment with stunning views.

Nestling down one of Whitby's famous yards, this historic Grade II listed Sea Captain's house has been transformed into a boutique two-bedroom luxury apartment. With a stunning view of Whitby Abbey and a central location, this is one of the most unique and stylish holiday homes on the Yorkshire coast. Just perfect for couples escaping to the seaside for the weekend, or small families looking for a relaxing coastal holiday where you can leave the car behind.

Set over three floors, the elegant interiors are the work of acclaimed Yorkshire-based interior designer Rachel Mclane. Expect soft classic colours, a country-chic style and great use of space throughout. The apartment has been designed to maximise that amazing view of St Hilda's Abbey across the Whitby rooftops, so the main living area is on the second floor. This charming open-plan space features a comfortable lounge area with two Georgian windows looking out across Whitby. When you can draw your eyes away from the view, there's a TV to keep you entertained. The lounge leads on to the cosy cottage-style kitchen. It's compact but functional with an oven, hob, fridge/freezer and dishwasher available. There is also a Nespresso coffee maker in here.

The master bedroom of this luxury apartment in Whitby is on the floor below; a beautiful double room with a real country hotel ambience. Soft tartan on the carpets and on the bed throws, combined with classical elegant furniture give the room a peaceful and contemporary vibe. It's the perfect place to retreat to with a good book after a busy morning exploring Whitby's many shops and cafes. This bedroom sits right next door to the family bathroom which boasts a large walk-in shower with a monsoon shower head and his and her sinks.

The second bedroom is a cosy twin room. Set in the eaves of the building on the top floor, it has bags of character with its sumptuous and quirky furnishings. There's also a small en-suite WC up here too.

The apartment is set within Whitby's conservation precinct. There isn't any outside space, however, the beach is under a 5-minute walk, as are Whitby's famous cobbled streets packed with bars, cafes and restaurants. If you love having everything on your doorstep, this stylish apartment is just the spot.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin
  • 1 shower room with walk-in shower and WC
  • 1 en-suite WC
  • Oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, coffee maker
  • TV, DVD, MP3 dock
  • Regret no pets
  • Parking available in nearby car parks (charges apply)
  • Pubs and shops just metres away


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. They're a unique and much-loved urban design to this part of the world. You'll find the apartment tucked away down one such authentic and historic Whitby Yard.

Be prepared as you walk under the arched alleyway into the Rose and Crown Yard to gain a real sense of the authentic maritime history of this ancient sea town. It is one of the oldest, narrowest and twisting of Whitby's gothic yards, a total contrast to the bright, contemporary accommodation inside. The apartment has that essential ""wow"" factor to make your holiday a delight. And it is just a short stroll from the centre of town. It's a fantastic location for those of us who love having everything within easy reach - shopping, pubs, restaurants, the beach, Abbey and harbour are all just a 5-minute walk away.

Probably the most visited and much-loved of Yorkshire's seaside resorts, Whitby is an idyllic location for a holiday. With its seaside heritage, excellent restaurants, independent shops and host of bars and cafes along its medieval streets, it has so much to offer the discerning holidaymaker. 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. Providing the backdrop for some of Lewis Carroll's work, it was also famously the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Whitby is set on the beautiful 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, you can indulge in a classic English seaside holiday. That's not to say it's stuck in the past, in fact, the Yorkshire Coast's villages and towns combine the traditional with the contemporary effortlessly, with trinket shops and tearooms sitting alongside up-market restaurants and champagne bars.

Nearby Robin Hood's Bay (5.5 miles) is one of the most popular coastal locations in Yorkshire or the UK for that matter. The village is a maze of cobbled streets and higgledy-piggledy houses which seem to tumble down towards the sea. Sandsend is 3 miles away, a gorgeous little seaside village well worth a visit during your stay. With its handsome promenade, long stretch of beach, several excellent eating options and world-class day spa, you could happily spend your whole holiday here. Staithes and Runswick Bay are also all under 10 miles away, each with their own unique charm.

Head inland from Whitby 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 15 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Phil 30th August 2019

Excellent cottage choice, beautifully furnished,spotlessly clean, the location was in the centre of town but peaceful at night an absolute little gem.

Reviewed by Sandra 21st June 2019

A thoughtfully decorated and tasteful apartment. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Close to great shops, cafes and bars. The housekeeper, Gary was very helpful, accommodating and friendly. The wine was a lovely touch.

Reviewed by Gillian 12th May 2019

great location, lovely clean and quirky apartment with views over the roofs of Whitby. Parking not as complicated as some reviews make out!

Reviewed by Gillian 29th April 2019

The position is great, right in the center of town, close to restaurants and shops. Easy walk from the station and bus stops. Lovely view of the abbey from the attic.

Reviewed by Kim 25th February 2019

Really enjoyed stay. So many positives, a charming, clean and cosy place to stay in a great location for shops and access to amenities. Thanks!

Reviewed by Rachael 24th February 2019

Spyglass 1708 was perfect in every way. Its was stylish and comfortable. The location was perfect will definitely be booking again and will recommend to others

Reviewed by Tom 19th February 2019

We really enjoyed our stay in Whitby at Spyglass. The cottage is well situated for easy access to all Whitby has to offer, but the downside to this is being woken early around 7.30-8.00 by delivery men delivering goods to local shops. The cottage is well decorated and this provides the luxury touch, although there are minor issues that need addressRead moreing, repainting here and there, window frames need a good clean, etc. we would also say that the sofa bed in the living room could be replaced by a normal sofa, one which would be much comfier to sink in to after a day out, the sofa bed seams to want to push you forward. The rooms are all good, master bedroom very nice, just needs a mirror, the shower room is good and a good powerful shower, the living room/kitchen diner works well, and the kids enjoyed the attic room with their own wc. Overall we liked the cottage and if the few tweaks could be made then we would have given an overall rating of 9 or maybe 10. The only other negative is no WiFi. Wed stop here again but would be looking for a sharper degree of luxury. Hide

Reviewed by Chris 20th October 2018

A truly lovely cottage.

Reviewed by Carol 19th October 2018

Brilliant place but not enough crockery or cutlery for 4 people staying

Response from Gorgeous Cottages:

Hi Carol,Thank you for your constructive feedback which is much appreciated. We have passed your comments to the owner so he can address the points raised. We hope to welcome you back to Yorkshire in the not to distant future. Take Care Louise

Reviewed by Chris 4th August 2018

Great location , lovely and clean

Reviewed by Angharad 29th July 2018

We have just returned from a fantastic week at Spyglass. It was a lovely, cosy space to return to after a busy day of exploring the area. A great central location and parking wasn't a problem. Would definitely return!

Reviewed by Mark 4th June 2018

As mentioned by others, the lack of WiFi is an oversight. Additionally, the spec suggests a DVD player is provided, though this is in a small screen tv in the twin bedroom in the eves, and not in conjunction with the main tv in the lounge. A relatively minor inconvenience but something to bear in mind in view of the lack of WiFi. Otherwise, spyglasRead mores is a very nice compact cottage. Hide

Reviewed by Peter 25th April 2018

Lovely stylish apartment right in the centre.Facilities in the apartment were very good. The one oversight is WiFi. Very clean and comfortable..

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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.

Our holiday cottages in Yorkshire are handpicked to ensure a luxurious and uniquely memorable experience. From dog-friendly cottages in the country to large family houses by the sea and romantic retreats in the city, we have a holiday in Yorkshire to suit everyone.

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