DUNSLEY in Staithes, sleeps 2
About the home
Dunsley is a romantic retreat in the pretty fishing port of Staithes. It is available year-round for short breaks, weeks or longer, and is very popular for wedding anniversaries and special occasions including honeymoons! It is the perfect base for walkers, photographers, fishing, biking and exploring the Jurassic Coast.
Like many houses in the harbour-side village, Dunsley is a traditional fisherman's cottage. Where it differs, is the detail. While it retains all the original character - open fire, wooden floors, ship's mast beams - it has been beautifully renovated to include bespoke antique furniture, unique artwork and free broadband. It is light, bright and spacious - and loved by all who stay there. Dunsley is its owners' pride and joy; they love it, and hope you will too.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedroom|
|Will consider:||Short breaks|
|Family friendly?||Not suitable for children|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 3|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace|
Further details indoors:
Dunsley was fully renovated in Spring-Summer 2011,so everything from paintwork and artwork to linen and kitchen appliances, is bright and new.
The kitchen is equipped with a full-size oven, new fitted kitchen and quality equipment for cooking cosy meals 'a deux'. In winter, the open fire is a real treat. The scrubbed pine table has a monk's bench plus two pine chairs and recessed spotlights overhead for reading. The leather armchair has been replaced by a sofa, which can be pulled up to the fire or positioned by the large window, to enjoy the outside from the inside. We also have an audio system including a CD player (bring your own CDs!) and iPod/iPhone dock (so you can listen to radio through the Wifi; Staithes has poor FM and no DAB radio reception).
The bedroom is the largest room in Dunsley and features a beautiful brass and cast iron bed with a firm mattress and luxurious mattress topper, plus a selection of pillows (luxury down and synthetic) and a choice of duvet weights. There's also a dual-control electric blanket in winter. A Victorian chaise longue has pride of place by the high sash windows. At night, Staithes has no church bells, and no traffic noise on our pedestrian-only street - although the seagulls can be early risers in summer!
The bathroom is fantastic. Most cottages in Staithes have slow-running baths, but Dunsley has a large, powerful shower with constant hot water and invigorating pressure. The hand-basin sits on a pretty Victorian pine washstand with a tiled back, and there's artwork from New Zealand on the freshly-painted walls.
A cosy room next to the bathroom on the top floor, the sitting room has a squishy sofa and flat-screen TV and DVD for lazy days. Scrabble, playing cards and Pass the Pigs live in the TV table. An armchair is planted by a well-stocked bookshelf with lots of local literature. The exposed beams include a 17th century ship's mast. The WiFi broadband reaches up here, and there's a wireless phone handset with an intercom option, so you can 'speak' to the kitchen without leaving the sofa.
While Dunsley doesn't have a sea view, it is just 20m from the river (you can see it from the yard) and 60 seconds' walk from the harbour. The big advantage of being away from the water is shelter: if it's breezy on 'the front', it's likely to be calm and quiet at Dunsley.
Further details outdoors:
Dunsley has a private front yard with table and chairs for al fresco dining in summer, and a comfy wooden bench in winter. This is a rarity in Staithes: most cottages front on to the streets and provide very little privacy but here, as inside, Dunsley is proud to be different!
Because Dunsley is on a pedestrian street, parking is a short walk away, up a hill. It is possible to park very close to the cottage (just 30m) to unload your baggage (40 minute limit). There are free and paid for parking options; please contact the owners for details, via www.dunsleyinstaithes.co.uk
Week holidays are Friday-Friday or Monday-Monday
Short breaks are Friday-Monday (3 nights), and Monday-Friday (4 nights), details at www.dunsleyinstaithes.co.uk.
Dunsley has steep internal staircases. While these add to its character, they make the cottage unsuitable for people who are movement-impaired. For safety reasons we can't accommodate children.
No smoking or pets.
Deposit of £100 on booking, full payment due six weeks before the start of the holiday. More details at www.dunsleyinstaithes.co.uk
The Northern England / Yorkshire/Yorkshire Dales region
Loved for its traffic-free streets, pretty harbour and sandy beach, Staithes is one of Yorkshire’s best-kept secrets. Home to the young Captain James Cook, and once famed as both a smuggler’s paradise and one of the largest fishing ports in England, Staithes now attracts artists, walkers, and families keen to enjoy the peace, panoramas and coastal life.
Tucked into a deep cleft of North Yorkshire’s Jurassic Coast, Staithes provides a snapshot of a life unchanged for centuries. Cars stay on the cliff tops, while you wander the narrow cobbled streets and footpaths, on your way to the harbour and sandy beach.
Sunlight bounces off pastel-painted houses in summer, and in winter the sea mist creates a gloriously Dickensian atmosphere. While the village changes mood with the seasons, it retains a generous Yorkshire welcome, all year round.
The Staithes area
While Dunsley provides a perfect base for relaxing, you’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to getting active. Our website is packed with ideas on walking, bird watching, fishing, kayaking. You can take boat trips along the coast or enjoy a day’s fishing with a local fisherman. Walkers love the famous Cleveland Way, one of Britain’s best long-distance paths that runs right through Staithes. A regular bus service along the coast allows linear walks - along the coast to Runswick Bay, for example, with a bus-ride home.
For the less active, Staithes offers gentle past-times like art courses, or even just lounging on the beach, soaking up the Yorkshire sunshine.
Whitby, with its abbey, steam train and Dracula, plus busy harbour and fascinating old town, is a short ride south. Saltburn, with its surfing and Victorian Cliff Lift, is just to the north. Inland, the North York Moors national park offers endless potential for walking, exploring and relaxing.
How to get there
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Staithes is easily accessible by bus (national services to Whitby, local services to Staithes) and rail (rail to Whitby, bus to Staithes). It is less than two hours' drive from Hull and Newcastle ferry ports. Nearest airports are Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle and Manchester.
Activities near Staithes
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
12 Mar 2013
Had a lovely comfortable mid week break at the cottage, enjoyed walking to nearby Runswick Bay along the Cleveland way and fossil hunting in Sands End.
The cottage is furnished to a high... more
Consider the tea cosy bought! We are hunting for a suitably tasteful version and will have it installed on the teapot as soon as possible...
12 Mar 2013
I loved this cottage: it is so beautiful and cosy I wish I was there now. It has been decorated to a high standard but not so you feel like you can't touch anything. We had a very warm welcome... more
We are so glad you love Dunsley! And we're very sorry, we can't magic the fire to the living room! But there is a very efficient digital radiator up there, and a cosy fleece blanket for... more
12 Mar 2013
Really was as lovely as it looks in the photos! We were not disappointed in anything - all kitted out very well with all that you need to do as little or as much as you want to do. It is great to use... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Xmas/New Year||21 Dec 12||4 Jan 13||£ 450||-||-||5 Nights|
|Winter||4 Jan 13||29 Mar 13||£ 280||-||-||3 Nights|
|Easter||29 Mar 13||5 Apr 13||£ 400||-||-||3 Nights|
|Late Easter||5 Apr 13||12 Apr 13||£ 350||-||-||3 Nights|
|Spring||12 Apr 13||3 May 13||£ 330||-||-||3 Nights|
|Spring||3 May 13||24 May 13||£ 375||-||-||3 Nights|
|Early summer||24 May 13||28 Jun 13||£ 400||-||-||3 Nights|
|Mid summer||28 Jun 13||19 Jul 13||£ 425||-||-||3 Nights|
|Peak summer||19 Jul 13||30 Aug 13||£ 475||-||-||3 Nights|
|Late summer||30 Aug 13||27 Sep 13||£ 350||-||-||3 Nights|
|Autumn||27 Sep 13||25 Oct 13||£ 320||-||-||3 Nights|
|Autumn half term||25 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||£ 350||-||-||3 Nights|
|Winter||1 Nov 13||20 Dec 13||£ 285||-||-||3 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
For full details of rates please contact us, www.dunsleyinstaithes.co.uk
Short breaks from £200
Weeks off-season from £285
Weeks high-season from £350-£475Enquire now
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