Staithes is a lovely little village tucked away in a cove along the North Yorkshire moors coastline. The Lad and I visited a couple of years ago and loved it so for this years annual weekend away for my Ma's birthday we chose to get a cottage and stay there.
We stayed right down in the bottom of Staithes in a little house called Fishermans Cottage - the facilities were great, it was warm and cosy, there were welcome chocolates and wine and, most importantly, an absolute ton of DVD's and board games to keep us occupied when it inevitably got dark at 4pm.
Having said that though, the cottage was situated directly behind The Royal George pub (the only access to the cottage is down a super narrow snicketway) and only a two minute walk away from the Cod and Lobster pub so there was always somewhere to go if cabin fever struck. Both were lovely, with the Royal George allowing us to take our pints back to the cottage to drink with our dinners!
If you look at the sixth photo (above) you can see the cottage we stayed in on the left hand side. We had a lovely balcony with a stunning view out over the harbour and sea. It was great to wake up and take my cuppa out there on a morning.
As for Staithes itself, there was plenty to do. We had a wander over the rocks whilst the tide was out and made the mega uphill hike along the Cleveland Way to Boulby Cliff (the highest cliff along the East Coast). Of course, there were the two pubs I've already mentioned, but there were plenty other eateries including Dotty's Tearoom and the Cleveland Corner that we could have a little snack and a cup of tea at.
It was a superb weekend finished off with a trip to Robin Hoods Bay on the way home. We ate at The Bay Hotel which was delicious and rockpooled until we couldn't feel our fingers and toes for the cold.
I would totally recommend a visit and I'm definately going to stay at that cottage again!