This unique 18th century fisherman's cottage in unspoilt Staithes is a stone's throw from the pretty harbour, tucked away up one of the many narrow ginnels. The wood burning stove ensures a cosy stay - perfect after a bracing cliff top walk!
Originally a fisherman's house built in the 1750's, Hillside is chock full of original features and character; rafters, beams and of course wonky walls. The wooden staircases wind through the building and up to the huge attic room - a great place to watch the telly, play games (old and new!) and generally relax.
The well-equipped kitchen was hand-built by a local craftsman and it's a great space to not just cook; the wood stove is in here so it's a really toasty place to have breakfast in the winter (and I actually prefer to work in here - there are infinite distractions, chatting over the stable door being one of them ..)
Disponible para huéspedes
You have run of the entire house and the space outside for sitting with a glass of something chilled on a good day - of which there are many in Staithes, blessed as it is with a micro-climate. It can be blowing a gale at the top of the bank, but down in the village chances are you'll be bathed in sunshine.
Atención a los huéspedes
I won't be there at the same time as you, but I'm always on the end of the phone, and my caretaker will pop down if there's an emergency.
Otros aspectos destacables
This is our home for some of the time, so it's full of personal things - it's not minimalist by any means, so if you're looking for a sleek, hotel-like place, it's probably not for you! We really appreciate it if you'd look after it like it was your home too (albeit for a short time!)
It's fine to let your canine chum sleep in your bedroom, but try to keep him off the beds please! I don't expect you to clean the house when you leave, but if you could tidy and wash up, that would be great. I've got lovely neighbours - please don't make too much noise late at night!
I'm a freelance journalist with a deep love of the sea, despite living about as far from it as is possible! I write mainly about food, places to eat and stay for regional and national newspapers so I know a thing or two about what makes somewhere good to lay your head, stretch your legs and fill your belly. I've got a bit of a 'vintage' obsession; the Festival of Britain is a time I wish I'd lived through, with the explosion of colour and design after the war. So you won't be surprised that there's rather a lot of it in the house - crockery, furniture, bits and bobs here and there. So it's not chock full of artfully painted driftwood - but you will find original Hornsea, Sylvac and Poole - my favourite mid-century moderns. One or two Scandi pieces too - all functional, designed to be used. My favourite day would involve walking the dog along the foreshore, fossil hunting, then wandering back on the cliff top, dropping back down to the cottage, lighting the fire and kicking back with a good book. Maybe fish & chips in the local pub later, with a glass of red! Music-wise, my taste is catholic, so you'll find a wide selection, from dance to rock via ambient. And Ella Fitzgerald. Oh and Joni Mitchell, of course. Not so many shanties, though the Men of Staithes choir rehearse regularly by the Lifeboat Station, so fill your boots.