Waycot Cottage

What to Expect

A charming, terraced fisherman’s cottage tucked away in the historic village of Staithes. Quaint and cosy, this traditional cottage has been lovingly restored whilst retaining its original character, with beamed ceilings and quaint winding cottage stairs.

Offering a snug sitting room with multi-fuel stove and a kitchenette leading off, this comfortable little cottage makes a great retreat for a couple, family or a .

A five-minute walk down the cobbled streets brings you to the harbour and the beach, with pubs, tearooms and a bistro.

At A Glance

Fisherman’s terrace
Seaside village
Twin-bed option
Exposed beams
2 pets


Pub & shop 5min walk
Beach 5min walk
Parking permit
Multi-fuel burner
Freeview TV

About Waycot Cottage

A bijou bolthole in one of the prettiest fishing villages on the North Yorkshire coast, it sleeps four in its two cosy upstairs bedrooms. The second double has the option of being a twin and there is a bathroom on the same level.

The front door leads straight into the living area that is complemented by a multi-fuel log burner and a leaf-drop vintage table and chairs in the front window. Off the sitting room is a kitchenette with an electric stove, microwave and fridge.

Outside there is a bench where you can soak up the sun’s rays and down the hill there is permit parking provided by the cottage’s owner.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Staithes

The photographic fishing village of Staithes is reckoned by many to be the prettiest on the east coast. Within the shelter of the harbour and backed by the seafront is a small but perfectly formed sandy beach that is great for catching the sun, but not ideal for swimming. The harbourside Cod and Lobster is the perfect place to see the blue light over the bay when its full moon and the fishing boats bobbing out at sea. Locals will tell you that until recently customers had to wait for a wave to retreat before making a dash inside and the sign still says: “In rough weather please use the other door”.

The harbour and village is so quaint it featured in the CBBC series Old Jack’s Boat and you’ll spend hours browsing in its whimsical shops, stopping off for a refreshing cup of Yorkshire brew at one of the tearooms. Stock up on some quality bacon, pork pies, black pudding and cheese at The Butcher’s Shop in the harbour on High Street. If you are more partial to fish then stop off at Whitby Seafish on Whitegate Close which always has freshly caught crab, lobster, cod and kippers for your breakfast.

Due to its close proximity to the harbour the water quality on Staithes beach is nowhere near as brilliant as nearby Runswick Bay, a Blue Flag beach that was voted the best in the Britain by the Sunday Times newspaper in 2020. It is only 3.2 miles from Staithes and has a scenic way-marked route that along the spectacular clifftops towards Beacon hill and Port Mulgrave, renowned for its Jurassic strata cliffs and fossils such as ammonites.

Last Word

If you want to be in the thick of things but don’t want to be anywhere too touristy then Staithes is the place to be. Waycot Cottage has earned its stripes when it comes to being part of this idyllic harbour location because it dates back to when it was the hearth and home of a hardworking fisherman and his family. Its exposed beams and front door with its stained-glass portal window are reminders of the cottage’s past. It is set on a rise overlooking the village and within minutes you are down where it is all happening.

Staithes Maritime Museum has recreated a life-size street scene from Cook’s time here in 1745. Across two floors it is a fascinating step back in time and its free, making it an ideal choice on rainy days. You shouldn’t miss a refreshing cuppa at the bright pink Dotty’s Vintage Tearoom on the High Street either. It is super-dog friendly and Fido and Freckles can expect a bag of doggie treats to enjoy while you tuck into homemade cake.

Staithes is placed where the North York Moors National Park meets the sea and the towering, rugged cliffs are in keeping with this landscape. This stretch of coast is sometimes referred to as the Dinosaur Coast and the village might be small but it has it a big heart.
Waycot Cottage
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