Find out everything you need about Bulmers Cottage in Staithes, North York Moors and whether this holiday rental is right for you.
Tucked away in away in a quiety corner of the picturesque harbour village of Staithes this stone end terrace former miner’s cottage is on the edge of the North York Moors National park.
It’s homely sitting room with a multi-fuel stove retains much of its original features such as the inglenook fireplace, beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls, and the second bedroom is under the eaves.
You are surrounded by the highest cliff in England that rises 660ft above the hamlet. Walks within the Cleveland Way begin just beyond the doorstep and here you will see the remnants of the old alum mines dotting the cliff faces.
This quaint miner’s cottage has been refurbished to a high standard and sleeps four, with each double bedroom having a floor of its own. The bathroom has a shower over the tub.
The open plan living area with kitchen and fold-up dining table has comfy seating in front of a multi-burner set in the original inglenook fireplace. There is a handy washing machine in the newly refurbished kitchen. The original exposed stone walls, its beamed ceilings and quarried stone floors have been retained.
Outside the front door there is a bench great for early morning coffees and there is private and public car parks a 10-minute walk from the cottage.
Staithes itself is ideal for exploring and it is hard not to fall in love with this fishing harbour. Sheltered between two domineering cliffs that rise up to 660ft, there are pastel-painted cottages, whimsical shops, arts and crafts’ galleries and cosy cafes, standing shoulder-to-shoulder in this traditional North Yorkshire seaside town. It was once one of the largest fishing ports on the north east coast. The tradition lives on and you will see boats heading out to sea to catch crab, lobster and cod. The colourful lobster pots that dot the harbour are still used to this day.
Take a few hours out to follow the winding cobbled streets to discover hideaway homes in the ginnels and alleys with charming names such as Shangri-la, Kindly Light, Post Box Cottage, The Nook, Gull’s Haven, and not forgetting the village’s famous son, Captain Cook’s Cottage. The Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre is a step back in time with recreated scenes that date back to the explorer’s time here when he was a grocers’ apprentice.
If you are a foodie then you are in luck because the Cod and Lobster, right on the harbour, and the Royal George pubs take full advantage of the fishermen’s daily catches. The Cod and Lobster is famous for its seafood platter and the Royal George serves a mean fresh crab sandwich. An Aladdin’s cave of trinkets, treasures as well as homemade tea, cake and giant scones is Dotty’s Vintage Tearoom on the High Street. If you plan to do a bit of home cooking then Betsy and Bo, also on the High Street, is a treasure trove for foodies. Old fashioned jars of traditional sweets share centre stage with homemade chocolates and local gins. In the back room this delightful deli has Mediterranean goodies, artisan breads, local jams and a section full of cheeses.
Staithes is an achingly pretty little harbour village that is an ideal location for a stayaction like no other right on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Spend your time away taking leisurely strolls along its cobbled streets, popping into the pubs to sample traditional local ales or really ramp it up with outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, fishing, swimming or even surfing.
Staithes’ small beach is not designed for swimming, but a 2.8-mile coastal walk will bring you to Runswick Bay, voted the Sunday Times’ Best Beach in Britain 2020. Behind the beach is Runswick village that rivals Staithes in the charming stakes and a lunch at The Catch, a seafood restaurant should be on your to-do list. Its locally smoked haddock, grilled lemon sole and monkfish medallions have customers coming back time and again.