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Sea Holly Cottage

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Sea Holly is a pretty, old fisherman’s cottage dating from the mid 18th century, set in the heart of Robin Hood’s Bay, an idyllic old world village on the North Yorkshire Coast.  Lovingly restored by owners Mark and Kathy this three storey cottage has a lovely cosy feel with a log burner and open plan living space. On the first floor there is a spacious twin bedroom and a stylish shower room, on the second floor is a fabulous master suite with views out to sea from the dormer windows.

The location of Sea Holly Cottage couldn’t be better, just steps from the spectacular beach and all the hustle and bustle of this quaint village which is almost untouched by time yet has everything you need including pubs, restaurants and independent shops. The perfect base for exploring all that the wonderful Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors have to offer. Whitby, famous boyhood home of Captain Cook, is just a short drive along the coast.

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Living Space

From the moment you step into Sea Holly Cottage you will begin to feel at home. Owners Mark and Kathy have gone to great lengths to create a warm, welcoming vibe. There is a comfy corner sofa, a log burner to keep you warm on chilly days and a Smart TV. It is perfect for hunkering down and watching your favourite movies. On warmer days take a seat on the terrace and breathe in the wonderful sea air.


Open to the living space, the kitchen has been thoughtfully equipped with everything you need to enjoy your stay, including an oven, hob, fridge and microwave plus an Illy coffee machine for brewing up on lazy mornings while you plan your day at the seaside.

Holly Suite

Climb up the winding stairs to the first floor and you will discover the pretty Holly suite, with twin beds, furnished with soft colours complementing the old stone wall which is a real feautre of this charming room.

House Shower Room

Set on the first floor, the shower room has recently been refurbished and includes a shower, basin and W.C.

Sea Peep Suite

Located on the second floor is Sea Peep Suite, as the name suggests, you can catch views out from the dormer windows across the bay to the sea. Luxury and comfort abound in this spacious suite, filled with light and with a super king bed at it’s centre, it can’t fail to impress. It has a dressing area, plenty of storage and a T.V too, the perfect place to retreat to for some quiet rest and relaxation at the end of a busy day exploring.


Accessed from the first floor, there is a raised, grass seating area running along the back of the cottages, at the rear of Sea Holly Cottage, you will find a table and chairs for relaxing and taking in the views, it is the perfect spot for enjoying summer suppers outside or morning coffee.


Robin Hood’s Bay:

  • Village general store
  • Post Office
  • Children’s play park
  • Pubs
  • Bistros and cafes
  • Fish ‘n’ chip shops
  • Shops
  • RNLI visitor centre
  • Beach cafe – not all year
  • Robin Hood’s Bay is a magnet for rock poolers with expansive pools at low tide

Exploring the North York Moors National Park:

  • Whitby 5.5 miles
  • Scarborough 16 miles
  • Runswick Bay 14 miles
  • Sandsend 17 miles
  • Staithes 16 miles
  • North York Moors Visitor Centre – Danby 22 miles
  • Yorkshire Cycle Hub 18 miles

Further afield:

  • RSPB Bempton Cliff’s – 31 miles
  • City of York 45 miles
  • Castle Howard 39  miles
  • Howardian Hills AONB 37
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park miles 80 miles
Good to know




Sea Holly Cottage is at the bottom of a steep hill winding down into the old village, access for vehicles is limited to loading and unloading.

Parking is in the public car parks at the top of the bank (cars are not permitted in the lower Bay village except for unloading)

All linens included

Winding stairs, may not be suitable for those less mobile

A few minute’s walk to the beach

There is a steep hill from the top of the village down to the Bay which may not be suitable for those less mobile

Sainsbury’s deliver

Village stores

Pubs and cafes, and restaurants in the village

No dishwasher


First floor

Twin beds

Second floor

Super king bed

Shower room




One of the most famous walks in the UK, Wainwright’s Coast-to-Coast walk finishes in Robin Hood’s Bay and the village also lies on the Cleveland Way footpath as well as many local circular walks, the village lends itself as the perfect village bolthole for a walking holiday exploring some of the best walks in the country.

Robin Hood’s Bay is just 5 miles from Whitby and is a much-loved gravity-defying picture-postcard village. Once home to the smuggling trade on the Yorkshire coast, said to involve fisherman, clergy and gentry alike, today the village has adopted a much more sedate pace of life.

There are also several pubs in the village with great pub grub. If you want to dine in, take advantage of the well-stocked local stores there, including a fishmongers selling  locally caught fish. There are independent shops and cafes dotted around the village and not forgetting the dinosaur museum!

As hard as it will be to steal yourself away from Robin Hood’s Bay, you really ought to explore the rest of the coast. The Yorkshire coastline is a mix of rugged cliff tops, with RSPB Bempton Cliffs just 30 miles along the coast, visit in May/June to see the Puffins. With so many peaceful bays and pretty fishing villages, long sandy beaches and all the traditional seaside attractions of yesteryear, this is proper bucket ‘n spade territory.

Exploring the North York Moors National Park

  • Whitby 5.5 miles
  • Scarborough 16 miles
  • Runswick Bay 14 miles
  • Sandsend 17 miles
  • Staithes 16 miles
  • North York Moors Visitor Centre – Danby 22 miles
  • Yorkshire Cycle Hub 18 miles

Further afield

  • City of York 45 miles
  • Castle Howard 39  miles
  • Howardian Hills AONB 37
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park miles 80 miles
  • York mainline station, 50 miles, London 2 hours
  • Whitby station 12 miles
  • Durham Tees Valley Airport 48 miles
  • Leeds Bradford Airport 80 miles