- Beautiful place, perfect for a weekend if R&R, real little Bolthole
Published on: 19 February 2019
Just minutes from the beach, Little Pearl is a gorgeous little seaside bolthole tucked away in the picture-postcard village of Robin Hood's Bay. This beautiful sandstone cottage is perfect for couples looking for a romantic escape to the coast, with all of the bays attractions on your doorstep.
Subject to a recent refurbishment, the immaculate interiors in Little Pearl are fitting for the handsome exterior. Step through the cream stable door to discover an elegant and stylish cottage with a cosy, comfortable vibe.
Inside you'll find an open plan living area home to the living room, kitchen and dining area. At the heart of this space is a cosy wood-burning stove, such a pleasure to return to a real fire every evening after a bracing walk along the coast. For your entertainment there's a HD SMART TV with Freeview provided and Wi-Fi is also available. There's a large comfy sofa to curl up on and a charming French chaise which comes all the way from Paris.
At the opposite side of this space sits the kitchen and breakfast bar. Picture yourself settling down to a glass of bubbly here before heading down to the local bistro for dinner. The charming kitchen features stone grey units and a chunky wooden work-top, with cupboards stocked with all the equipment you'll need to rustle up something yummy. How about some fresh Whitby crab from the fishmonger in the bay. There's a Nespresso coffee machine, a dishwasher and a fridge with an ice-box compartment.
The bedroom in Little Pearl is set up the winding staircase on the first floor of the cottage. This peaceful and sophisticated room boasts a sumptuous king-size bed and a soft luxurious carpet underfoot. Some fabulous views from the dormer window too. The bathroom sits right next door. It feels like a 5 Star hotel in here with beautiful floor to ceiling tiles throughout. There's a bath with a monsoon rain shower overhead, so you can enjoy a refreshing shower in the morning and a long hot soak each evening... Heaven!
The exterior of this pretty coastal cottage could be on the cover of a postcard with its honey coloured stone and elegant sash windows. The small garden offers the luxury of your own private terrace (something of a rarity in Robin Hoods Bay) set in an elevated position above the cottage. A lovely spot for lunch al fresco in the summer months, with the seagulls calling far overhead. Patio furniture and a chimenea are provided.
Please note babes-in-arms are welcome but due to the nature of the stairs it is not suitable for toddlers.
Little Pearl's location is perfect! Set down a charming little street which leads down to the sea in Robin Hood's Bay, you are just a few minutes' walk from the beach and the Bay's many cafes and shops.
Robin Hood's Bay is one of the most popular coastal locations in Yorkshire, or the UK for that matter. 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. The village is a maze of cobbled streets and higgledy piggledy houses which seem to tumble down towards the sea. 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. And the Bay itself is just one of the charming locations on the coast.
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.
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.