The Coastal Townhouse – Whitby, North Yorkshire
Think bracing walks, fish and chips (try the Magpie Café) and a warm Yorkshire welcome. A stay at this super-cool four-bedroom house, overlooking the bustling harbour in Whitby, offers the best of both worlds. Just a ten-minute walk from the charming narrow, medieval streets of this fabled fishing port – don’t forgo booking Andrew Pern’s newly opened The Star Inn The Harbour, an energetic climb up the 199 steps to the Church of Saint Mary or a peek at the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey, which was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. You should also absolutely hop in the car and take a breathtaking tour of North Yorkshire’s stunning coastline and its epic beaches (oft overlooked), including Filey (26 miles south), which offers a seemingly endless unspoilt sandy beach. Head inland, and the North York Moors National Park is your mighty bucolic playground. After a day’s outdoor activities, return to your pin-clean cosseting home from home to clink your Slingsby gin glasses on the balcony as the sun comes down over the bobbing boats.
From £135 per night
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