Frequently Asked Questions
How can we connect to wi-fi broadband?
Free wifi is available in all cottages. To connect, see welcome notes in the cottages (and it is also written on the bottom of the routers).
Do the cottages have parking?
Yes... free parking right outside!
Unlike many cottages in Staithes, we have space to park one car neatly directly outside each of our cottages (just like one of our neighbours has done outside their cottage - the white car in the photo). As you can see, you should pull well-in to avoid sticking out too far into the road. If you have a particularly big car you may prefer to park down on the staith past the lifeboat shed (the group of cars at the end of the street, near the sea). We provide visitors with one parking permit that allows either of these options.
If you have a second car there's a free car park (basic) at the top of Cowbar Bank or a paying car park (with CCTV monitoring) which costs £40 per week at the top of the hill on the other side of the village; We ask guests who park directly outside our cottages to park carefully, to display the permit provided in your windscreen and to take care not to park in front of the neighbours' steps.
Do you offer short breaks?
Yes. During the summer and peak periods we prefer weekly bookings (Saturday to Saturday), but at other times of the year we offer short breaks.
Note that couples may book short breaks at the larger cottage (Cottage no.3) at the same rate the smaller cottages (Cottage no.4 and Cottage no.5). This is something new that we are trying for 2019 as we noticed that families mainly take holidays when schools are out, but couples take short breaks all year round.
See our prices/bookings
page for details.
How are the cottages at Staithes heated?
Cottage No.3 has an Aga wood-burning stove in the sitting room (maximum log length 25cm), as well as a night storage heater and a wall heater. There is an electric heater and a night storage heater in the main bedroom, wall heaters in the bathroom and on the top floor staircase.
Cottages Nos.4 and 5 have an open fires in the sitting room plus storage heaters in each room and electric heaters.
Electricity is included in the price for all cottages. We do not supply logs or coal, but the Co-op at the top of Staithes (open to 10pm) and Hinderwell Garage (a petrol station 2 miles south) sell cheap and easily-portable bags of both, plus firelighters and kindling. There is also a 24-hour log sales facility at the sawmill in Lythe village (8 miles south).
Are there any extra costs?
We do not charge for bedlinen, towels, parking, wi-fi, electricity or dogs. (Dogs are welcome at cottage nos. 4 and 5, but not at no.3).
Cottage no.3 features a wood-burning stove so you may like to bring logs and kindling.
Cottages no. 4 and 5 feature open fireplaces, so you may like to bring coal or logs and kindling.
Are there any pubs within walking distance?
There are three in the village - The George and The Cod & Lobster are just over the footbridge, and the Captain Cook at the top of Staithes is renowned for its fine ales. A little bit further afield (but still within walking distance) is the Fox and Hounds at Dalehouse, which is well-worth a visit.
Where can I eat locally?
Most of the year village pubs serve evening meals and there is one cafe open during the day, a bistro open lunchtime to 9pm, and a restaurant in Staithes. There are plenty of good pubs and restaurants serving food in villages nearby and we try to keep pretty up to date with what's going on - always happy to recommend our favourites.
Where are the nearest supermarkets?
There is a Co-op general store at the top of Staithes village open til 10pm. Staithes also has an excellent butcher open mornings until 12. Large supermarkets can be found in Whitby - a large Co-op by the railway station and a Sainsburys Superstore on south side road out of Whitby (postcode YO22 4NL - 13 miles). There is also a large Asda at Skelton (postcode TS12 2ZL - 8 miles).
How do we get to the Fishermen's Cottages by Car?
The addresses are 3, 4 and 5 Cowbar Bank, Staithes, TS13 5BZ. The easiest way is to enter the postcode into your GPS. Turn off the A174 onto Cowbar Lane, and just follow the road to the end and go down the hill. You will find Fishermen's Cottages on your left, before you reach the bottom of the hill.
Can we go there without a car?
Nearest mainline station is Saltburn, change from Darlington - and get a taxi. There are buses running along the coast from Middlesbrough to Whitby every hour (X56), from where you can catch a connection to Scarborough. There are enough food outlets to be self-sufficient in Staithes.
Are the cottages non-smoking?
Yes. No smoking indoors. There are benches right outside the door of each cottage where you may smoke - a great excuse to enjoy the view.
When is bin day?
Friday mornings. Please make sure your car is parked well in to allow room for the vehicle to get past. The bin at No. 3 is emptied weekly, and Nos. 4 and 5 are emptied every two weeks.
Do you allow pets?
Cottage no.4 and cottage no.5 welcome quiet, clean, well-behaved pets.
Cottage no.3 has a strict no pets policy.
What time should we arrive and when should we leave?
Cottages will be ready by 3pm and we ask people to leave by 10.30am. We have had many compliments on the cleanliness at the cottages and our housekeepers can only maintain that standard if they have enough time.
What do we need to bring?
If you would like to use the wood-burning stove at no.3, bring logs (max. 25 cm - which is the standard size in the local shops) and kindling. If you would like to use the open fireplace at no.4 or no.5, bring coal or logs, and kindling. Everything else you may need (bed linen, crockery, cutlery, towels etc) is provided.
What is there to do and see in the area?
Each holiday cottage has a file 'what's on' information for North Yorkshire.
Heading south along the coast for two miles, you reach Port Mulgrave, the site of an old iron works and fossil heaven. Another two miles south is the beautifully curving Runswick Bay - great for swimming and walks. The sandy beach of Sandsend stretches three miles along the coast to the Victorian market town of Whitby, most famous for being the place where Captain Cook learned his seafaring skills and for its jet industry. Further south is Scarborough and Robin Hood's Bay. Ask and we'll share our favourite walk ideas with you
Heading north up the coast from Staithes, you reach Boulby Cliff and the old mining village of Skinningrove with an interesting look back into the early days of the pits at the Tom Leonard Mining Museum. The Victorian seaside town of Saltburn is a few miles further on.
Staithes is a great base from which to explore the North York Moors - amazing scenery, fabulous walks and the village of Goathland, otherwise known as Aidensfield from the ITV drama Heartbeat. Running from Grosmont on the moors to the market town of Pickering (where Francis Hodgson Burnett set his children's book The Secret Garden) is the NYM steam railway which boasts olde worlde stations, lovingly restored locomotives, theme days and a dining train.