Capstan Cottage ref: UK2335

Whitby, Whitby & Area

4 Stars



Local area

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  • Barbecue 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Swimming Pool 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Parking - On Site 


A quirky ‘upside-down’ house with designated parking on a small, tranquil holiday development just outside Whitby. It is the perfect base for couples and families wanting to explore the North York Moors and the pretty seaside villages of the Yorkshire coast. Capstan Cottage has three bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor, whilst the upstairs living area has a small balcony which affords great views of the impressive viaduct built to carry the old railway line over the Esk. Sit with the balcony doors open and listen to the birds sing, and catch glimpses of the North York Moors steam train through the trees as it wends its way along the river bank on its way to Pickering through spectacular moorland scenery. Take a trip on the train and enjoy the market town of Pickering with its motte and bailey castle, or stop off in Goathland, better known by many as Aidensfield - the fictional village of the TV series ‘Heartbeat’ and familiar to many as ‘Hogsmeade’ station in the early Harry Potter films.

Guests of the cottage have free use of the small indoor swimming pool, and within the well-kept grounds there is plenty of green space, two small playgrounds and picnic tables with gas barbecues provided during the summer months. Walking down through the complex towards the riverbank, you may be lucky enough to catch sight of heron fishing for salmon or even a cheeky seal. The cottage is some 200 yards from the ‘Cinder Track’, the old railway line running 20 miles between Whitby and Scarborough, which is used extensively by walkers and cyclists. A 20-minute walk across the viaduct with its views down the river will take you to the centre of Whitby, a charming fishing port at the mouth of the river Esk. Wander along its cobbled streets lined with welcoming tea rooms and a host of restaurants and quirky shops - or just enjoy the simple pleasure of eating fish and chips on the pier! Throughout the year Whitby plays host to many festivals, welcoming Goths and Steampunks, as well as hosting its own regatta; it even welcomes musicians from around the world to the fabulous Musicport Festival. Walk in the steps of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, as you climb up the 199 steps to the iconic ruin that is Whitby Abbey, and enjoy spectacular views across the town towards the moors and out to sea. The sandy beach to the west of the town, with its seafront promenade and colourful beach huts, stretches 2 miles to the pretty village of Sandsend. About 6 miles away is the thriving village of Robin Hoods Bay with its narrow streets full of smugglers’ tales and a beach perfect for rock pooling. Beach ¾ mile. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Although these properties are approximately 25 yards apart, Capstan Cottage (ref UK2335) can be booked together with Keel Cottage (ref CC243095) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Step to entrance.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

First floor

Open plan living space.
Living area: With 26" Freesat TV, DVD player and French doors leading to balcony.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge and freezer.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Electric storage heaters, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot and highchair available on request. Laundry room with washing machines and tumble dryers (shared with other properties, £3 per load).


Small balcony. Grounds with picnic tables, garden, 2 BBQ areas and 2 children’s playgrounds (shared). Indoor heated swimming pool (shared with other properties, depth 1.1m-2m, open Mon-Fri 9am-6.30pm, Sat 3pm-6.30pm, times vary in winter) with changing and shower facilities, £5 deposit. Private parking for 1 car; additional on road parking nearby. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced river in the shared grounds, 220 yards away.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    0.5 miles
  • Distance
    0.75 miles
  • Restaurant
    1 mile
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    1 mile
  • Railway station distance
    1.0 mile
  • Lake
    2 miles (beach)

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About the local area

Found on North Yorkshire's east coast, Whitby is a picturesque seaside town brimming with maritime history and rich cultural heritage. Surrounded by the North York Moors National Park and beautiful coastline, the town and its nearby areas are brimming with attractions.

Nestled in valley at the mouth of the Esk River, Whitby is a great place to visit, with steep winding streets and little boutique shops selling local delicacies and handicrafts. Built on both river banks, it is unified by its landmark swing bridge that spans the water.

Visit the port where Captain Cook first took to the seas, the harbour framed by Grade II listed piers, each with its own lighthouse. Explore the Whitby Abbey ruins, home to the ancient poet Caedmon and St Mary's Church, which dominate the east bank; climb the 199 'Church Steps' to reach the graveyard on the cliff top.

The coastline is a part of the 'Jurassic Coast', renowned for its fossils. In Whitby, fossilised dinosaur footprints are found imprinted on the beach. To see a larger selection of local fossils, visit the Rotunda Museum in nearby Scarborough.

Whitby is small but culturally rich. There are museums, art galleries and also the Pavilion Theatre that hosts a range of events in the summer and the Bram Stoker Film Festival every October. A place of literary traditions it was, amongst other things, used as the setting for 'Dracula'.

There is a yearly regatta every August and numerous sea and land activities for adventurers, from the Cleveland Way to windsurfing and diving off the shore.

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A small picturesque beach situated on Yorkshire's heritage coastline. It is a popular haunt with fossil collectors and fishing enthusiasts.

North Yorkshire Off Road Centre

The idyllic setting of Robin Hood's Bay provides the perfect backdrop for a day that you'll never forget. The centre has its own private hillside and quarry site which has a super selection of terrain providing courses which are perfect for beginners and excellent for the experienced and daring 4x4 drivers.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

One of the country's most popular steam railways, covering 18 miles between the market town of Pickering and the village of Grosmont, travelling through the heart of the North York Moors National Park.

Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Situated in the house by the harbour side where James Cook came to serve his apprenticeship in 1746. With period rooms as Cook knew them, original paintings, manuscripts, models and artefacts from his voyages.

Robin Hoods Bay

When visiting Whitby and the surrounding area Robin Hood's Bay, one of the most charming and popular villages in the North York Moors National Park should be one of the first places you visit.

Runswick Bay
Runswick Bay

Runswick shelters at the northern end of a beautiful sandy bay. Narrow paths wind between the attractive cottages and houses with their small colourful gardens.

Staithes Beach

The sheltered harbour at staithes has a small beach and lots of rock pools to explore when the tide goes out.

Farsyde Stud and Riding Centre

Farsyde Stud located in Robin Hoods Bay caters for riders of all abilities in a beautiful location.

Whitby Beach

Whitby beach is a sandy and rocky beach backed up by the cliffs that dominate the area.

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