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The Fishermen's Cottages - No 4 (Old Jack's)


Excellent 5/5 Score from 7 reviews

Can you resist waking up to this view? Relax here with morning coffee, afternoon tea or G&T

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

Wake up to this view, relax and put your feet up, and enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon tea sitting outside our cottage gazing at the splendid view. No need to go anywhere. Regularly stayed in and painted by artists, this 18th Century former fisherman's cottage at 4 Cowbar Bank is quaint and cosy and ideal for a romantic getaway or walking holiday. The cottage is in the middle of the three Fishermen's Cottages, with blue windows and a front terrace with a seat.

Cottage No4 is becoming celebrated as the home of the main character (played by Bernard Cribbins) in the BBC's popular children's series Old Jack's Boat on CBeebies at 5.40pm. They are filming a new series this autumn.

The cottage sleeps 2 in a pretty double bedroom on the first floor with a shower room. The comfortable beamed sitting room has an open fire, wi-fi and Freeview TV (signal on both can be patchy) + DVD/CD player , and there's a small but perfectly equipped kitchen with combination hob/oven/grill and microwave. Full bedlinen and towels are included in the price - and most importantly for Staithes - parking for one car directly outside.

**Our cottage generally sleeps 2 but given the excitement generated by Old Jack's Boat and the wonder we see in the eyes of Old Jack's fans as they walk up the bank to see if he's in, we have changed our policy to allow one small child to stay too (the cottage is tiny) but you'll need to bring your own bed. Email to discuss.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 3, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Access Parking
Further details outdoors

The cottage has a front garden with a bench on which you can relax with a drink and simply gaze out to sea. The view is the classic Staithes view, and is painted regularly by artists.

Further details

We love people loving our cottage and we have many regulars who have been coming to stay for years whenever they can get away. We try to be as flexible as possible about whatever periods you'd like to book, obviously depending on what we have available. Always ask! Our friendly housekeepers live very close and are on hand to answer any questions you might have about the cottage, the village or what's best about North Yorkshire.

Northern England region

There was no such village on all the English shores - a place and a people apart' said Victorian artist dame Laura Knight who made her home in romantic and historic Staithes just before the turn of the century.

With her husband the painter Harold Knight, she set up studio in various cottages around the seaside village and attracted a colony of artists who became known as the Staithes Group. Their work featured land and sea scapes of North Yorkshire, but is mostly famed for portraying the hard lives of the fisherfolk living there - many original paintings can still be found for sale up and down the coast.


And the Knights were not the only famous people to settle in Staithes. In the mid 1740's the village was home to explorer Captain James Cook who, whilst working in a shop on the front at Staithes, first fell in love with the sea - 'There he worked all day in an atmosphere of haberdashery and groceries, slept under the counter at night, and in his scant free time listened to the tales of sailormen down by the tiny harbour, or outside the pub Cod and Lobster (Guy Pocock 1941).

Staithes today

These days, famous faces in the village are more likely to be in casts of the variety of films and television dramas which use Staithes as their setting. Recent programmes include the BBC's Coast and Holiday Programmes, telly chef Rick Stein's fish series and TV detective Hetty Wainthrop. And that's not to mention the odd actor or camera crew en route to the moors to shoot the latest Harry Potter film or until recently, ITV's Heartbeat. Oh - and cottage No4 is the location for a new BBC children's series starring Bernard Cribbins called Old Jack's Boat about a fisherman who tells tales...

So what's so great about a holiday in Staithes? It's a natural harbour where Roxby Beck meets the sea, surrounded by breathtaking coastal scenery - a couple of miles north and clearly visible, is England's highest cliff Boulby Cliff (666 feet) . It's on countryside trail the Cleveland Way with stunning walks either along the cliffs or inland. There's a sandy beach, a stony shore and piers for fishing. And it's within striking distance of Whitby (9m), Scarborough (30m), York (48m) and the beautiful North Yorks Moors National Park which boasts its own working steam railway

Staithes itself is picturesque - higgledy-piggledy cottages with red pantiled roofs grouped around tiny yards, up steps, down winding cobbled streets or through a maze of alleyways - and clearly steeped in history. There's not much that hasn't sprung from the sea and fishing - even the houses are named after boats - Blue Jacket House, Star of Hope Cottage, Mizpah Cottage, Confidence Cottage, Unity House and Wavelet. You can even hear the sea shanties of generations of fishermen still ringing round corners. And if you're really lucky, during your holiday you'll catch one of the Staithes Fishermen's Choir's spiritually uplifting concerts.

Today's visitor to Staithes is well catered for by two local pubs both within five minutes walk and serving food, including the famous Cod & Lobster which has been washed into the sea three times. There are two cafes and a restaurant. A great butcher is open six mornings a week, an Aladdin's cave of a gift shop stocks everything from gloves to flip flops to lightbulbs. There's also a large Co-op foodstore at the top of Staithes which is open 9am-10pm. And for anyone seeking examples of the artistic inspiration that first put Staithes on the travellers' map in the 1870s, Staithes Gallery features the work of today's local artists and their impressions of the village and North Yorkshire.

The old traditions persist - and visitors to our cottages still have the pleasure of sitting out front and watching working artists painting the view and listening to the chug chug of fishing boats in the beck.

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26 Sep 2014


"Average score for kitchen but great location"

I am sad to give this delightful cottage just an average score because potentially it could be excellent. The kitchen was tiny and just to make a cup of tea and toast felt like a juggling act. Also th… More

23 Apr 2014


"Fantastic place to stay"

This cottage was fantastic and so was Staithes, we loved it . The views were fantastic and everyone was so friendly . The cottage was exactly what we were looking for small and cosy but had everything… More

16 Apr 2014


"Cute comfy pet friendly cottage"

We to stayed in Staithes for 3 nights and needed somewhere to stay that was centrally situated and, as we also had our dog with us, somewhere that was also dog friendly so this 1 bedroom cottage fitte… More

11 Jan 2014


"Probably the best view in the village"

Perched on a hill just above the bridge, this cottage is in the most idyllic position for a relaxing holiday, just watching the world go by. And that's what we did. Morning coffee, afternoon tea,… More

4 Feb 2013


"Comfortable with very good views"

No 4 Fishermans Cottages is beautifully situiated with views across the beck and village. There is car parking directly outside. Has comfortable sittingroom,small functional kitchen and walk in larder. Stairs from the sittingroom lead to a very pleasant bedroom and a large bathroom with shower and toilet. There is a small garden at the front with pleasant seating.

2 Feb 2013



We stayed in no 4 for my husbands 60th birthday last year ( long weekend ) and fishermans cottage it really is. Built into the side of the cliff and very unspoilt. It is small but it's what we ex… More

30 Jan 2013


"Perfect escape for a quiet yet entertaining New Year"

Had a fantastic New Year in this cottage in Staithes. Cottage was ideal for two and neighbours incredibly helpful when we were unprepared for lighting a coal fire!Beautiful location, great pubs and lo… More

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