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Excellent 5/5 14 reviews

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

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

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

Wake up to this view, relax and put your feet up, 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 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 at 5.40pm.

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 (signal on both can be patchy) and DVD/CD player and there's a smallish kitchen equipped with everything you need to heat up a ready meal, make a hearty soup, or full roast dinner with Yorkshire puddings. Although the plumbing is antiquated. Full bedlinen and towels are included in the price - and most importantly for Staithes - parking for one car directly outside. Not suitable for anyone over six feet as the beams in the sitting toom are quite low.

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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 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
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.

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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Review 1-10 of 14

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 (:

25 Mar 2013


"Superb In Every Way"

Vacation = Holiday/Break/Trip/Rest/Retreat/Leave/Escape. Our stay/s in The Fishermen's Cottages over the last 30 years has always been all of the above. Rain or shine we leave the cottages feel… More

8 Feb 2013


"Wonderful <3"

No 5 Fishermans cottage is the most beautiful place, in a wonderful Village on the coast of Yorkshire, Staithes.
The cottage is comfy, clean and cosy, with everything you need for a long weekend or a week away, the fire was all made up for our arrival, and you can buy extra coal and wood from the village shop or the garage at the top of the village, or you can take your own as we did. The views from the cottage are spectacular, and the seat at the front is ideal to sit and relax with acup of tea or a glass of wine :)
The village is picturesque and full of character, with 2 pubs which serve very good food, the Cod and Lobster being our favourite :)
There is lots to explore around the village and surrounding area, lots of walking and beachcombing.
For a lovely relaxing break, you cant beat No 5!
And to top it all there is parking :)

6 Feb 2013


"Fab location, so quaint, a proper little comfy cottage"

We had a lovely time here. It's such a cosy little place, perfect setting for our wedding anniversary and our dog came too. It's really nicely decorated and it's a beautiful view from out the front door. We were lucky with the weather so were having a bbq outside and the little terrace area and watching the world go by. If you want somewhere quiet and chilled out to go then this is the place for you. Take a good book, your favourite music and enjoy some quiet time. Lovely walks close by, watching the sunrise by the cliffs is a must.

5 Feb 2013


"Lovely scenic location with friendly atmosphere"

This is a very comfortable family house, with amazing view and friendly neighbours in a very special place. It is well serviced and clean, with everything you expect to find in a holiday cottage. The house has the advantage of WiFi and a parking space outside, both a bonus in Staithes.
Staithes is a lovely place where children can roam freely, play on the beach and explore the rock pools. Every year my daughter has made new friends and we have met up with old ones!
There are lots of walks and places to visit nearby, but relaxing and enjoying the scenery from the patio is one of my favourite activities on holiday.

3 Feb 2013


"A hidden gem on the North Yoks Coast"

We have returned to the Fishermen's Cottages several times now due to their superb location in a hidden gem on the North Yorks Coast. Number 5 is quickly becoming a home from home as we relax on … More

Review 1-10 of 14

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