Tucked away in a labyrinth of pathways and streets tumbling down towards the sea, Lilly's Cottage is a gorgeous 3-storey seaside cottage in Robin Hood's Bay. Dating back to the 17th Century, the cottage has been brought back to life with a contemporary but classic make-over.
Subject to a recent refurbishment, this stylish cheerful cottage is a delight at any time of year. Think crisp white and blue accents, white painted floorboards, exposed beams, tongue and groove panelling and latched doors. This New England clapboard theme lends a real sense of light and space, with lots of seaside trinkets, paintings and French antique furniture dotted around to help you feel at home.
Downstairs you'll find an open plan sitting room, kitchen and dining area, all set to the seaside theme. It's a comfortable space to retreat back to after a day on the beach or exploring the rock pools down in the Bay. There is a living flame fire to give a cosy feel to the room and a SMART LCD TV & DVD player available too. Wi-Fi and a BOSE docking station provide further entertainment.
The handsome open place kitchen includes a dishwasher, fridge with ice box and microwave as well as the usual small appliances. Settle down to dine at the pretty round table under the stairs, just the place for a cosy candlelit meal.
Please note that due to the age and character of the property there isn't a washing machine, however we can advise of a local launderette if required
There are three generous bedrooms in the cottage, the first of which is the master bedroom set on the first floor. This beautiful room boasts an original cast iron fireplace, king size bed and views out over the village. It also enjoys an en suite shower room.
Bedroom 2 and 3 are on the second floor, another generous king-size room and a charming twin moor. Set in the eaves of the house you can enjoy waking up each morning to the sound of the sea and the seagulls calling high overhead. The second and third bedrooms share the large family bathroom on the first floor, which comes complete with roll top bath and original stone fireplace.
Please note this is an old fisherman's cottage with steep stairs, as such it is unsuitable for those with reduced mobility. Small children should be supervised.
As is the case with most cottages in Robin Hoods Bay, there isn't a garden. However a bistro table and chairs are provided so you can sit out on Chapel Street and enjoy the sun over your morning coffee. And the beach is just minutes away!
The cottage location is fantastic. Perched on one of the most popular streets in Robin Hood's Bay, you are just a few minutes' walk from the beach, and a stone's throw from the Bays many cafes and shops.
Robin Hood's Bay is a much-loved gravity-defying picture-postcard village just a few miles from Whitby. Once home to the busiest smuggling trade on the Yorkshire coast, said to involve fisherman, clergy and gentry alike, today the village has adopted a much more sedate pace of life. Walkers can delight in the fact that Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast walk starts (or finishes depending which way you look at it) just a few yards from the door.
For dinner head down to the very romantic Bramblewick Bistro, or the nautically themed Smugglers Inn opposite. Both have a lovely atmosphere particularly at night when you can bunker down for a candlelit dinner over a bottle of wine or two. There are also several good pubs in the village with pub grub. If you want to dine in take advantage of the well-stocked local stores there, including an excellent fish mongers selling the freshest locally caught crab. The kids will love the traditional sweet shops and there are several really lovely little boutiques selling all manner of delightful things.
As hard as it will be to drag yourself away from Robin Hoods Bay, you really ought to explore the rest of the coast. Much like its Cornish counterpart, the Yorkshire coastline is 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 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. Providing the backdrop for some of Lewis Carroll's work, it was also famously the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. For a real sense of the town's atmospheric ambience, climb the 199 Abbey steps at dusk and wander around St. Mary's churchyard on the headland... You can further indulge a desire for the macabre on one of the regular ghost walks from Whale Bone Arch on West Cliff. For confirmation of dates and times check www.whitbywalks.com
Although you could happily spend the weekend mooching about the independent shops, bars and cafes along Whitby's bustling medieval streets, it's well worth striking out to sample some of the other less known coastal villages nearby. Sandsend, Staithes and Runswick Bay are all within easy driving distance, and each have their own unique charm.