- A truly lovely cottage.
Published on: 20 October 2018
Welcome to Spyglass 1708, an historic Grade II listed Sea Captain's house nestling down one of Whitby's famous yards which has been transformed into a boutique 2-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 stylish coastal holiday where you can leave the car behind.
Spyglass is the new kid on the block in Whitby. 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 roof tops, 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 large LCD 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 ambiance. 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 monsoon shower head and his & her sinks.
The second bedroom is a very sweet twin room. Set in the eaves of the building on the top floor, it has bags of character with its sumptuous purple walls and quirky furniture. There's also a small en suite WC up here too.
Spyglass is set within Whitby's conservation precinct. There isn't any outside space however the beach is just a few minutes' 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!
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 Spyglass 1708 tucked away down one such authentic and historic Whitby Yard.
Be prepared as you Walk under the arched alleyway into the Rose & Crown Yard to gain a real sense of the authentic maritime history of this old 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. Spyglass 1708 has that essential gorgeous "wow" factor to make your holiday a delight. And it is just a stone's throw 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 few minutes' walk away.
Probably the most visited and much-loved of Yorkshire's seaside resorts, Whitby is an idyllic location for a holiday. With its wonderful 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 tea rooms sitting alongside up-market restaurants and champagne bars.
Nearby Robin Hood's Bay 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 also just a few 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 within easy driving distance, 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.