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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 19 reviews

Traditional Fisherman's Cottage with stunning view

from £43 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 19 reviews

Very Good 4.5/5 

from £43 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Estimated nightly price based on a weekly stay. Excludes fees (if applicable). Enter your dates to see the total cost.

Can you resist this view? Spend your holiday relaxing here with morning coffee, afternoon tea or G&a

Cottage / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 2

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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, enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon tea sitting outside our traditional 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 5 Cowbar Bank is quaint and cosy, and ideal for a romantic getaway or walking holiday. The cottage is at the top end of the three Fishermen's Cottages, with blue windows and a front terrace with a seat.

It has recently been used by the BBC as the home of the main character (played by Bernard Cribbins) in their new children's series Old Jack's Boat currently running on CBeebies.

The cottage sleeps 2 in a double bedroom on the first floor with a small shower room. The comfortable beamed sitting room has an open fire, wi-fi, Freeview TV and DVD/CD player. Freeview can sometimes be patchy and lose the occasional channel but we have a thoughtfully-stocked bookshelf with guides and novels to keep you entertained.

The kitchen is equipped with everything you need to cook a full roast dinner with Yorkshire puddings, whizz up a hearty soup, or simply throw together a salad after a long day's walk. Like the cottage, the plumbing is a period piece but full of character! Full bedlinen and towels are included in the price - and most importantly for Staithes - parking for one car directly outside, which is a saving of £35 a week on the public car park. Not suitable for anyone over six feet as the beams in the sitting toom are quite low.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 3, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Access Parking
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.

About this location

The Yorkshire 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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11 Jan 2015


"Inspiring views"

My pooch and I spent the best part of a post-Christmas week at this stunning seaside retreat. Despite being a last minute booking, Jackie was quick to respond to my inquiry and was very welcoming. T… More

10 Nov 2014



The cottage was very nice and the view from the seat outside was to die for so good we have booked it two more times this year the only small thing was the bathroom sink was a bit small other than tha… More

31 Aug 2014


"Perfect view"

We stayed at here for a week and very much enjoyed the location of the cottage, the weather was beautiful for the whole 7 days and the seating area outside the cottage is an absolute sun trap all day.… More

19 Jul 2014


"a little piece of paradise"

Just got back after a weeks stay. Initially was a little disappointed as it does seem a little shabby. The disappointment didn't last long however as we soon relaxed into this cosy little cottage… More

13 Jul 2014


"Delightful small cottage with a stunning view"

The ability to park outside is a real plus in Staithes, otherwise there is quite a lot of walking up and down hills. The cottage is well equipped, and has many well chosen maritime features. Wi-Fi is … More

29 Jun 2014


"Tiny but very cute"

Cottage was in the perfect location with stunning views. Well equipt but as I am a bit of a tidy freak I found it a bit cluttered and had to put some of the trinkets away before I could relax but once… More

13 Apr 2014


"Little Gem in Staithes !"

Linda and I stayed April 7th 2014 for 3 nights. This place is a little gem! Jackie , the owner was very helpful right from the first enquiry about booking. She even arranged for the fire to be laid re… More

5 Apr 2014


"great spot"

We had a wonderful short break in No5.. the view from the bench at the front door is great- sitting chatting to the locals and sipping wine..i really could have stayed longer! It does have the best v… More

7 Jan 2014


"A little gem, anytime of year!"

My partner and I recently spent a week at this cottage and although we have been to the Fishermen's Cottages before this is the first time out of season. Frankly we were wondering how it would wo… More

1 May 2013


"the cottage was like wearing your mosst comfortable sweater"

5 fishermans cottage ---- from when we first went it it felt like you had been there all of your life comfortable cosy everthing you could possibly need pots pans crockery warm there are spectacular views from the cottage and up on the cliff tops of the higgildy pigidly houses all stacked this way and that way amazing!! beachcombing we found whitby jet and some fossils. we really didnt want to leave the village has a shop for all of your bits and bobs a butchers petrol station not too far from the village maureen the housekeeper prepares the cottage for your arrival with the open fire want to light it which we did as we dont have one at home and it just added to the ambiance!!!! loved it will be returning (:

Review 1-10 of 19

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      • 2 Years listed

      95% Response rate

      Calendar last updated:23 Apr 2015

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