The Anchorage

What to Expect

This original three-storey cottage in the historic heart of Whitby is a superb place to stay and an excellent base for a family or group of friends to explore the North Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors.

Its central position high on the headland gives superb views of Whitby Harbour and the Esk estuary, and there’s a private, quiet courtyard for people and dog/s to enjoy some quiet time.

Visit gothic Whitby Abbey, inspiration for Dracula, explore the narrow cobbled streets of the old town, try some whale watching at sea, follow the Cleveland Way up and down the coast, take in the Moors or have some wilder times in Scarborough.

At A Glance

Seaside location
3 storey cottage
Central Whitby
Private courtyard
Outdoor sitting x2
Exposed beam work


Broadband + wifi
Gas central heating
Ground floor WC
On-street parking
Shop and pub 0.1 mile

About The Anchorage

Sleeping six in four bedrooms, two first floor doubles and two, second-floor singles, first-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, wash hand basin and WC, plus handy ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC for when you get home after a day out with the dogs.

Two comfy leather sofas and armchairs in the living room around the wrought iron fireplace, a six-seater wooden dining suite in the dining room with its original fireplace, and state of the art fitted kitchen. There’s also a quiet, original courtyard with outdoor seating for two.

Two well-behaved dogs are welcome, and there is ample on-street parking thanks to the local authority, although charges may be incurred at some times.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Whitby

The cottage sits on the west side of Whitby, whose harbour lies at the bottom of the dramatic gorge of the River Esk. A short walk from your front door takes you to the Whalebone Arch, the two mighty whale tusks a reminder of the town’s whaling history. Take a walk with the dogs up the west pier to historic Whitby Lighthouse, then up the coast to Sandsend or back into the town, where you’ll find the superb Pannett Park right in the town centre. Head down into the harbour, enjoy some fabulous fish and chips, then maybe brave the 199 steps up the east cliff to Whitby Abbey, which inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula.

Enjoy the Whitby Museum, or try the Whitby Storyteller Guided Walks for an excellent, enjoyable romp through Whitby’s history. Book a trip on the Whitby Whale Watching boat, which often gives the chance to see passing dolphin and whale pods. Back on land, follow the Esk inland, on foot (and paw) or by bike, and enjoy the well mapped and signposted trails along the river valley up into the North York Moors National Park.

For a coastal experience, follow the Cleveland Way up the coast towards Teesside or southwards to Filey, Bridlington and the Yorkshire Wolds. Alternatively, take the short drive south to Scarborough for a great day out. Here you can enjoy all the traditional British seaside attractions, and some much newer ones like the Alpamare water park, with its four slides, wave pool and spa.

Last Word

This characterful town centre cottage will inspire young and old alike, including four-legged companions who’ll be spoilt for choice of places to explore and things to sniff out. With its original beam work and wood panelling, this has a homely feeling which many modern holiday lets lack. From the first step outside, this feeling carries on into Whitby, a seaside town that is both untouched but thriving. With miles of beaches and clifftop walks to enjoy, people and dogs alike will feel energized and ready for more.

From the gothic splendour of Whitby Abbey to the walks and trails up the Esk Valley, culture lovers and those looking for fresh air and exercise are sure to be more than satisfied. With the Cleveland Way and the North York Moors to explore, this part of North Yorkshire really will leave you spoilt for choice, with its mixture of days gone by and challenging walks, rides and waterways to get to grips with.

With possibly the world’s best fish and chips to keep you going, and lots of great local hostelries, eateries and shopping, there’s no danger of lacking anything you could want along the way. Back home after a busy day, relax in the quiet courtyard and then head inside for some well-earned rest.
The Anchorage
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