Not recommended in its present state
Staithes is a charming fishing village with many attractive cottages. Unfortunately Safe Harbour isn?t one of them.
We knew we had made a mistake in booking this cottage as soon as we arrived and saw the small strip of concrete adjoining the main road in front of it (misleadingly advertised as one of the ?patios?) filled with dirt, dead shrubs, a bucket of dead plants, the end of a broken drainpipe, three old chairs and a table, all rusty, and a dustbin. ?Dismay? is one of the words that comes to mind, as it certainly looks nothing like the photo.
Things did not improve inside the cottage. The front door opens directly onto the one-room living/dining and kitchen, which is cluttered and gloomy and smelled stale and damp. A lot of the paintwork is scuffed and dirty. There is a small spare room off this room, full of a massive locked ?cleaner?s cupboard? and piled high with what looks like the owners? discarded belongings. A staircase leads off the main room to the upper floor where there are three bedrooms and a bathroom.
In the living area the furniture is too big for the space (even then it would be difficult to seat 6 people in comfort), a coffee table has been placed behind the sofa and is therefore useless, there is a games machine wedged under the staircase with an out-of-date PAT test certificate, and a large sideboard full of rubbish. The dining table seats 6 although again it would be difficult for 6 people to get around it, and the kitchen, although adequate in size, is stocked with an assortment of old pots and pans, worn utensils and cutlery (there was only one teaspoon!), has no freezer (which could easily be accommodated in the spare room if it was cleared out), one of the ceiling lights was flashing and one had been taped over.
Upstairs, the main bedroom is a decent size and pleasantly decorated, with a super-king-sized bed. Unfortunately there is only a tiny chest of drawers and two small bedside cabinets - but only one lamp. The wardrobe contains soiled old pillows and bedding which had to be cleared out before it could be used, and there are only 5 poor quality coat hangers from clothes stores. The second bedroom contains a double bed up against one wall and a very small chest of drawers but is too small for a wardrobe, and the third contains two bunk beds and a large chest of drawers, and a carpet that is very dirty and stained.
Outside on the landing there are more of the owners? belongings and another wardrobe, but this cannot be used at all as it is crammed full of old duvets and bedding.
The bathroom is dingy, dated and dirty with dust and black mould. The plaster in the window reveal is flaking off and the walls are part-covered in sticky-backed plastic which is peeling in places. The bath is large and comfortable which is more than can be said for the shower cubicle which is very small. The shower stopped working towards the end of our stay and would not heat the water.
Outside the bathroom is the door to the second misnamed ?patio? - in reality part of the public pathway up to the car park, on which has been placed another rusty chair and several dustbins and is full of weeds.
I took photographs of the worst aspects of this cottage, which show that it is in dire need of basic maintenance, better cleaning and more care taken to provide decent equipment and facilities. We cannot recommend it in its present state, and if this is what Sykes Cottages consider to be ?carefully chosen accommodation?, we certainly will not be using them again.
Like home from home
What a fantastic gem of a cottage, the owners have really made sure that you have everything you need to make your stay as pleasant as possible, we found this cottage very homely.... the front door is only 6 steps away from the local pub and just a few mins walk to a very beautiful harbour that looks like it's off a postcard, we stayed for a week and it has to be said the big bed in the main bedroom is so comfy it's like sleeping in the clouds I've never had such a good nights sleep since I was 14 years old !! This cottage really is a credit to you and we will certainly be booking again many thanks xx
Quaint clean & cosy cottage, Picturesque village, friendly locals, very dog friendly, would love to stay again!
We stayed at Safe Harbour cottage from 5th to 12th May 2017 as an opportunity for a "chill out" together in advance of Mums 77th birthday and we loved it!
Myself, my Husband, my Mum & our large dog where very comfortable in this quaint cottage decorated with a beech hut feel and it had everything we needed. Other reviews had mentioned concerns about electrics/safety which was a worry, but we had no issues. The bathroom heater is simply on a safety timer that you press on for the desired time and the storage heaters just had advisory notes to warn that they get hot (Obviously) and not to cover - As an ex fire safety advisor I had no concerns and we were nice and cosy.
The Super King Sized bed was a real treat and we loved the fact that the bathroom had separate shower and bath which was great for getting ready in a hurry!
Mum slept like a log in the second double room, not only 'cos it was comfy but also because of all the fresh air & exercise and the great local pub food.
The Village itself is wonderful, so very pretty and traditional and the locals where really friendly - everyone says good morning which is sweet and advises you where to go and see and there are a couple of sweet tea rooms and vintage shops etc and the welcome pack provided at the cottage is really helpful too.
The nearest pub "The George" is literally 10 paces across the road (or 8 if you really fancy a pint) which was fatal as my Hubby loves his real ale and Mum & I really enjoyed the large portions of traditional pub grub. The Cod & Lobster just a wee stroll near at the Harbour was my fav' as I adored their seafood options presented to a very high standard.
We had mixed weather during our stay but that did not take the shine of Staithes which looks beautiful in the glorious sunshine and dramatic in blustery weather - Loads of photos taken!!! So, we had a cosy day in on the Monday with a roaring fire, old movies and jigsaw puzzles - "Old School". We felt like we where staying at a friends house!
It's so well located we had day trips out to Bridlington, Scarbourough, Whitby and the not to be missed delightful Robin Hoods Bay.
The whole area is very hilly indeed and is wonderful for robust walks and despite awaiting a knee replacement Mum managed very well generally and just took it bit at a time - every pause for breath is a photo opportunity anyway!
We were able to take good advantage of the free parking (permit provided) at the top of the hill and could just nip down in the car and collect her if she was struggling as there's 20 mins loading/parking just opposite - I mention this as people with mobility restrictions can be accommodated if planned around!
Out of all of us though I think our dog Hector had the absolute best time - He walked so much that I think his legs are about an inch shorter. Staithes is Doggy Heaven - we saw everything from Jack Russells to Mastiffs and all got along famously. Everywhere is dog friendly with water bowls provided by almost all venues. I'm a sucker for the beech and it was my delight to run with "my Boy" at half past nine at night on the sand and thru the waves as the sun was setting - it just felt so free!
We packed so much into the week we felt we'd been away for a fortnight - Would we go again? ABSOLUTELY!
Cosy Friendly Cottage
Lovely cozy, welcoming and well appointed cottage. Ideal for the beautiful old fishing village and quaint harbour. Comfortable beds and friendly atmosphere. Lovely food across the road at the Royal George - huge helpings and Theakstons Old Peculiar on tap. Heaven!
Only 2 grumbles (neither of which the owners can do anything about):-
(1) Shower is very cramped and would be no use for "larger" folk.
(2) Seagulls set up a dreadful din on nearby roof-tops from about 3.30am onwards. Ugghh! If I lived locally I would need to consider measures to "move" them on!
Cosy cottage, full of character and dog friendly
Had a week away here with the dog, and didn't want to leave. Beautiful cottage, full of character in keeping with the stunning village. The pictures do not do the cottage justice-we were pleasantly surprised with the amount of room! Cosy, warm and fully equipped, plus some nice modern touches such as a smart TV and great wifi.
Ideally placed to make the most of Staithes-the picturesque bridge to Cowbar Nab one minute to the left, and the beach two mins to the right. Perfect base for trips to Whitby, Saltburn, Robin Hood's Bay etc, plus easy access to fantastic walking on the Cleveland Way. We will be back!