This is a Grade II listed end terrace for up to four guest in a quiet location that overlooks the colourful ancient harbour of Staithes.
A former fisherman’s cottage it sleeps four with the option of a lower ground apartment sleeping two that can be booked for a larger group of up to six.
This seaside village has a working harbour and a small beach and three miles down the coast there is the award-winning Runswick Beach with its sheltered bay and pristine waters. Above and beyond Staithes there are stunning countryside and cliff walks along the Cleveland Way taking in the stunning scenery of the North York Moors National Park.
A former fisherman’s cottage it retains many of its original features including a built-in corner unit and exposed beams. The bathroom with a tub and overhead shower is on the ground floor and upstairs there are two bedrooms, the main being a double and the second a twin in the eaves.
The eat-in kitchen comes well equipped with a dishwasher and washer/dryer and the sitting room with its deep-set windows has a cosy log burning stove.
Included is a parking permit in the Pay ‘n Display above the village and there is an off-loading and loading zone just 100 yards from the cottage. To the back is an enclosed well-lit area that is equipped for alfresco dining at any time of the day.
Staithes will whisk you back in time and is a haven for history lovers. This is where explorer Captain James Cook started his career as an apprentice in the local grocers A must-see is the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre to really get a feel of the village’s fishing and smuggling past as well as see a recreation of the aforementioned grocers. The name Staithes is a Viking word meaning “landing place” and although you won’t be using this destination as a raiding base, pubs like the quayside Cod and Lobster and the Dotty’s Vintage Tearoom will immediately lay claim to your heart.
For those who would rather prefer to be mostly outside more than in, then the coastline is going to be a good starting point for an energetic break. Runswick Bay is just three miles along the shoreline and here you can surf, paddleboard, kayak and windsurf. Back in Staithes why not charter the Three Sisters a 26ft boat for up to seven passengers that comes complete with skipper. There is a large deck area and a toilet onboard. In August and September there are whale watching trips and at certain times of the year the charter offers twilight tours to Runswick.
Another highlight of your stay could be the Real Staithes Day Tour. Fondly called the “ Local fisherman and conservationist Sean will be your guide of this magical walk around this Jurassic coastline. Starting early on the foreshore in Staithes, the walk takes you to Port Mulgrave where you can look for remains of an era when the land was covered by a tropical sea. There’s dinosaur bones and fossils from ammonites and pointed belemnites to the devil’s toenail. The walk covers a range of topics from foraging and edible plants on the foreshore, to the sea life in and around rockpools. At Sean’s fisherman’s hut you will be met by his wife Tricia where an alfresco lobster lunch around a roaring fire awaits you.
From clifftop hikes to cruises at sunset this is a destination that will delight even the most discerning holidaymaker. Staithes is steeped in history that dates back to when the Vikings raided in 865AD and although a lot has evolved since then this harbour haven still retains its original charm. From the colourful fisherman’s cottages (Grimes Cottage being one) to its quirky independent butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers it is jam-packed with enchantments on every turn.
Grimes Cottage not only offers comfortable accommodation for up to four guests, there is increasing your group to six if you book the Nook on the lower ground level. There is everything you need here from an eat-in kitchen that has all the white goods’ appliances to the conveniently situated bathroom on the ground floor.
It is just a short walk down into the harbour where it is all happening and as the sun sets the alfresco dining area for a least six lights up to provide that extra special touch to your stay.