Duck Down Cottage has plenty of history within its walls. Originally built in 1690 reportedly from stone from a demolished castle, this cosy, dog friendly cottage in Whitby provides a unique stay on the coast. Nestled in the centre of Whitby, Duck Down Cottage is a cosy one-bedroom bolthole that has everything you need for a perfect seaside getaway.
Typical to properties of this era, the cottage is called Duck Down Cottage due to areas of the property having low ceilings. In some areas if you are over 5′ 8″, you will have to ‘duck’ but it all adds to the charm!
You’ll be welcomed into the open plan kitchen, living and dining area to begin with. This cosy space has been utilised to its full potential and features a beamed ceiling and statement fireplace.
The living area boasts a stylish, leather sofa and flat screen TV. Perfect for snuggling up with your loved one, you can enjoy a peaceful night in following a day of exploring the seaside.
In keeping with the rest of the interiors, the kitchen is modern yet elegant. It is fully equipped with a fridge, oven, hob, kettle, toaster and coffee machine. To kick start your self-catering stay, the cottage will have tea, coffee and milk ready for your arrival.
The dining area sits perfectly behind the living area. The wooden table is framed with two leather dining chairs. Whether you’re ordering in a takeout or you’ve cooked up a storm in the kitchen, it’s lovely place to relax.
Open the sliding door to reveal the bedroom. Although cosy in size, this sophisticated space boasts a comfy double bed and ample drawer space. You can expect plush bedding and luxury bed linens so you can get a restful night’s sleep during your stay.
The modern bathroom is ultra clean and boasts a large walk in shower.
Explore the local area
Duck Down Cottage is located within Whitby town centre and very close to the harbour. There is a fantastic selection of bars, restaurants and shop’s only a short walk away.
Whitby itself is situated on the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast and is the perfect place to discover quaint fishing villages such as Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay clinging to the steep cliffs to the north and south.
Now popular with visitors all year round, Whitby is well-known for its sandy beach and fantastic seafood, all of which can be enjoyed no matter what the weather! Whether you’re visiting for a romantic retreat, seaside fun, walks along the coast, or dining in quality restaurants, you’ll find that Whitby has it all.
As you make your way inland either on foot or by car, you’ll be greeted by the breathtaking moorland vistas surrounding upland villages such as Goathland, Danby and Castleton.
Duck Down Cottage is located in the centre of Whitby so the town can easily be explored on foot.
Whitby train station is just a short 10-minute walk away so villages and towns along the North Yorkshire coast can easily be reached via rail. There’s also a taxi rank in close proximity to the train station.
There are plenty of bus routes throughout Whitby. Hop on the X4 and you can visit beautiful coastal villages like Sandsend, Runswick Bay and Staithes. The X93 travels along the coast to Scarborough. The 95 route features plenty of quaint villages, such as Grosmont and Lealholm.
Dog friendly beaches
The popular seaside town of Whitby is really dog friendly! The smaller Harbour (Tate Hill) beach allows dogs all year on the lead. Just before the end of the colourful beach huts, there are a set of steps from the promenade to the beach – to the left is dog friendly and there are signs displaying this.
Part of the beach on the other side of the West Pier (West Cliff Beach) is off limits to dogs during the period May 1st until September 30th. Luckily the beach is so big though that there’s still a huge area for your walk. One important note is that at high tide, this part of the beach is under water so we recommend checking the tides and going 2 hour 30 minutes after high tide until 2 hour 30 minutes before the next high tide. You’ll be able to walk all the way to Sandsend at low tide but please watch out as the tide does come in quickly.
Beaches further afield:
Dog friendly walks
Step outside of Whitby and you’ll uncover a haven of woodland and moorland. Whitby forms part of the North York Moors National Park so it’s the perfect place for long walks.
Whitby Brewery started as a microbrewery back in 2013 with the aim of bringing local, craft ale back to Whitby. They certainly did just that! You’ll see their ales throughout Whitby as well as neighbouring towns and villages on the coast. Keep an eye out for them – they include the Abbey Blonde, Whitby Whaler, Jet Black, Saltwick Nab, IPA and Smugger’s Gold.
Today Whitby Brewery is a converted barn in the shadow of Whitby Abbey on the East Cliff. You can enjoy a drink at the brewery and they even offer 45 minute tours where you can find out more about the brewing process, the ingredients and sample 3 of the ales at the bar afterwards. Unfortunately the tours aren’t running at the moment due to Covid-19 but they hope to return for 2022.
The Black Horse is a traditional pub serving cask ales, craft beers, gin, rum and wine. Ultra cosy and traditional, the pub dates back to the 1800s so it has stood as a prominent figure throughout Whitby’s history.
The Black Horse also has it’s own ‘Yapas Menu’ (that’s Yorkshire Tapas to you and me) so you can have a bite to eat during your visit. We’d recommend their Yorkshire Cheese Board with a bottle of wine or Barnard’s of Fylingthorpe pork pies with homemade chutney.
Abbey Wharf is a stylish restaurant overlooking the harbour and out towards Whitby’s East and West Piers. There is a balcony where you can sit outside and an upstairs mezzanine level which hosts private parties and functions.
There are lots of delicious options on the menu at Abbey Wharf! From seafood dishes to steaks, vegetarian options to gluten free meals – there is something for everyone. If you like seafood, we’d recommend the Whitby crab or the mussel pot. They also have a takeaway which is open from 12pm every day so if you’d like food to go, you can pop by for collection.
Abbey Wharf also has a bar serving a wide selection of drinks so if you don’t fancy having a meal, you can enjoy a sociable beverage instead. Their bar is stocked with traditional beers, wines, spirits and champagne. You can also enjoy a freshly ground coffee, hot chocolate or cup of tea if you’d prefer.
The Star Inn The Harbour is a beautiful restaurant on the West Cliff close to the swing bridge over the River Esk. Opened in June 2017, the restaurant celebrated its first birthday with its first industry award – an AA Rosette. It serves catch of the day fish and meat specials as well as a seasonal all day menu.
If you’re looking for a real treat, we’d go for The Star Inn The Harbour Shellfish Platter which includes dressed white crab, shetland mussels, peeled prawns, crevettes, oysters, oak-smoked salmon, whitebait goujons served with Marie Rose sauce, shallot vinegar, lemon, bread and butter… The perfect celebration meal or date night for two!
Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the tables within the allocated wooden floored area.
One of our favourite spots in Whitby is The Whitby Deli on Flowergate. Serving the best coffee, freshly baked goods and locally sourced produce, this small family-run business is a firm favourite amongst both locals and visitors.
We love their deli counter which is packed with cheeses, fresh meats, chutneys, pies, pastries and jams. They also stock pre-packed olives, peppers, capers and antipasti products so if you fancy a night in with lots of nibbles, you must stop by The Whitby Deli and stock up on goodies!
Rusty Shears is a real hidden gem in Whitby and one of our favourites! This vintage style cafe serves speciality teas and coffees along with home made food and cakes. Serving breakfast and lunch, we’d definitely recommend a visit during your stay.
Choose something from their specials board and you won’t be disappointed! We like their flatbreads and sarnies best for a light lunch. If you fancy a tipple, their menu has over 150 gins plus wines and craft beer too.
Java on Flowergate is a cosy cafe serving coffees, homemade cakes and tasty light lunches.
When the sun is shining, we love their mezze platter. For coffee lovers, we’d recommend trying one of their iced lattes.
On colder days, nothing beats tucking into their Indian curry bowl or their mac and cheese.
Guests have access to the full cottage. The keys to the property are accessed via a secure key safe, details will be sent to you shortly before your arrival date.
Free on street parking is located nearby and there are also a number of pay and display car parks within a short walk of the cottage. Further details on parking will be provided before your stay.
25% deposit upon booking and the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to arrival.
If you make your booking within 60 days of arrival, full payment will be take upon booking.
If you cancel more than 60 days prior to arrival, any funds taken will be refunded in full.
Should you cancel between 60 days and 30 days of your arrival date, you will be liable for 50% of the full booking value.
Cancellations inside 30 days are non-refundable.
No security deposit taken however when your booking is confirmed, you will be asked to verify using the accommodation providers verification partner called ‘Superhog’. This is a free service and covers owners for any accidental damage. You will receive a link to Superhog within your booking confirmation email and the lead guest simply verifies using ID.
A £25 management fee and a cleaning fee is in addition to the accommodation rate. This will be sent to you with your holiday quote.
1 well behaved dog allowed and will usually accept 2 dogs if a guest requests it. For larger properties and small breeds of dogs, 3 dogs may be allowed on request dependent on the property / size of dogs.
Dogs stay FREE
No restrictions on dog sizes
Dogs are not permitted to be left unattended in the property
Guests should pick up after their dog and not leave any mess in any of the property or surrounding public areas. Muddy / sandy paws should be wiped before entering the building
Welcome to Duck Down Cottage
This cosy space has been utilised to its full potential and features a beamed ceiling and statement fireplace
The dining area sits perfectly behind the living area
Open the sliding door to reveal the bedroom
This sophisticated space boasts a comfy double bed and ample drawer space
You can expect plush bedding and luxury bed linens so you can get a restful night’s sleep
The modern bathroom is ultra clean and boasts a large walk in shower
Duck Down Cottage is located in the centre of Whitby so the town can easily be explored on foot.
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