Millbrook is a beautiful traditional holiday cottage tucked away in the heart of Lower Robin Hoods Bay. Set over 3 floors with a handsome sandstone exterior and warm welcoming rooms, this period property is perfect for one or two couples who enjoy having everything on their doorstep. (Including the beach just a stone's throw away!)
Nestling in a corner on popular Chapel Street overlooking a quiet private courtyard, Millbrook is a delightful holiday home with a cosy and comfortable feel. Step inside to find a small entrance lobby leading to a bright and charming sitting room, with light streaming in from two large period sash windows. White wood panelling and a roaring open fire complete the warm and pleasant ambiance in here.
For your entertainment, a Flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player and a USB port is included. There's also an iPod docking station, CD Player and a good selection of books and games for some offline fun. Some CDs and DVDs are provided for you too. The perfect excuse to light the fire and settle down to a cosy evening in front of a movie. Wi-Fi is provided too via the Bay Broadband Cooperative.
The cottage kitchen leads off this room. As with many properties in Robin Hoods Bay, the kitchen is small, but is very well equipped and features bespoke units and solid oak work-tops. You'll find a full oven, induction hob, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, toaster, cafetiere and plenty of crockery, pots and pans. Everything you need to rustle up something yummy. The dining table is set in the main living space and seats up to 4 people. If you need washing facilities, the property has an outhouse which has been converted into a utility housing a washer/dryer.
Both bedrooms are set upstairs in Millbrook. From the sitting room open a door to discover winding stairs leading you up to the first floor. Please note due to the nature of these old cottages, the stairs are not suitable for those with reduced mobility.
The first bedroom is set on the first floor, a charming room with a king-size cast iron bed taking pride of place. Again you have the luxury of two large south-facing sash windows throwing in lots of light. You also have lovely views across the roof tops to the cliff top and beyond. Original built in cupboards and a period fireplace add to the elegance of the room.
The house bathroom is across the landing from this room. Decorated with handmade tiles, you'll find a bath with a shower overhead. Indulge in a long hot soak after a bracing walk along the coast.
A door from the landing leads you up to the top floor via a second set of winding stairs. Here you'll find the second bedroom set in the attic of the house. Lots of character in here with low beams and stunning views to the beach, moors and village. This room has a double bed dressed in the finest Egyptian cotton bed linen. It also has a very handy en suite WC.
One of the loveliest things about Millbrook is the fact it has its own private out door space, something of a rarity in Robin Hoods Bay. This quiet and sheltered patio is South-facing and offers lovely views down into the village. Patio furniture is provided for you so you can settle down to a peaceful al fresco lunch. Typical of the higgledy piggledy nature of the village, the patio (along with several outhouses belonging to the cottage) is located 10m from the front door along a private path.
Millbrook also has the luxury of a parking permit for the private car-park in the lower bay. Another huge plus for a property in the village, particularly in the busy summer months.
Please note this property is unable to accept children under 5 years old.
Millbrook's location is fantastic. Set in the heart of Robin Hoods Bay, all of the village's tea-rooms and shops and pubs are just a stone's throw away, and you can be walking on the beach with sand between your toes within minutes from the front door. Robin Hoods 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 Bistro opposite. Both have a lovely atmosphere particularly at night when you can hunker 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 a day or two 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.