Holiday cottages on the Yorkshire coast

Self-catering coastal cottages in Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Coast

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The Yorkshire Coast varies from interesting to spectacular, and aside from the numerous fishing villages dotted along it, there are perhaps some of the most famous resorts in the UK, the best known of which are Scarborough, Bridlington, Whitby and Filey.

In particular, Whitby is perhaps best known for its association with both Captain Cook and Bram Stoker, who brought the world his popular and often fearsome character Dracula. Here you can climb up the steps from the harbour to St. Mary's Church and Whitby Abbey which both feature in the original novel. The town also hosts a twice-yearly Gothic-themed weekend in honour of the writer.

The great thing about visiting the coast is the varied selection of self-catering accommodation available, from the most basic, yet comfortable, to the most exquisite lodges and houses. You’ll also find plenty of apartments and flats to choose from, and even boutique ‘aparthotels’ are now becoming increasingly popular, where self-catering is combined with the support of full-servicing.

You’ll find accommodation located in the centre or beside some of the most popular attractions, while you’ll find other accommodation located a little off the beaten track, where your hideaway retreat will truly become your castle, and you’ll awake in the morning to be greeted by the local wildlife preparing for the day.

Whether you want a quiet romantic off-season weekend, or a fun-filled summer holiday, you’ll be able to enjoy all the home-from-home comforts in your own time and at your own pace. Seafood lovers will be able to purchase freshly caught fish and seafood from many of the waterside fishmongers in most of the coastal towns. Or you may prefer to abandon the kitchen range and eat in one of the many speciality fish restaurants dotted throughout the area, all serving fresh and locally-sourced produce. And nearly every town features a restaurant of note where the ten-minute queue to be seated is well worth the wait!

The Yorkshire Coast has some excellent attractions for both young and old alike. Those seeking a quieter holiday may want to explore the Yorkshire Coast’s ancient heritage through the many impressive Abbeys, Castles, stately homes and country houses dotted throughout the region, many with magnificent gardens open to viewing. Or maybe you have a young family and want to keep them full-entertained at many of the pleasure parks, leisure beaches, adventure playgrounds and simple, safe wide open spaces.

The more active can always get in a round of golf, take to horseback, get on their bikes or just simply pull on a pair of hiking boots and head off for a full day’s walking. There are many trails to follow, all supported by facilities for comfort and refreshment along the way.

Robin Hood's Bay and Staithes, are well worth a visit, as are the Bempton Cliffs on Flamborough Head. A little inland you’ll find the village of Goathland, famous as the fictional "Aidensfield", setting for the long-running TV series “Heartbeat” (which also regularly featured Whitby), and of course Scarborough, setting for Heartbeat’s sister hospital drama “The Royal”. You’ll also be within easy reach of the North York Moors Railway, Beck Hole Mallyan Spout and the valley of Wheeldale.

Holiday cottages in East Yorkshire, self-catering near Hull

Hull is the largest port in Yorkshire and has a long history of fishing and trade, with the town retaining a rather rough exterior, although this has been softened in recent years. The historical link with the fishing industry is retained with various chunks of whalebone dotted about the town, and the huge and very impressive aquarium, The Deep. In addition to a vast tank, containing over half a million gallons of water, with an internal lift, there are computer-generated and interactive displays that run you through the creation of the seas. The council runs most of the other museums in the town and they are all free, and run displays from art galleries to fishing in the Arctic. One of the most unusual is the rare Art Nouveau Gents toilet, perhaps the place to finish up after you have done the Hull Ale Trail.

To the north of Hull is thoroughly unspoilt Beverley, a perfect place from which to explore the area, which is relatively flat, and ideal for a cycling holiday in Yorkshire. There is the fantastic minster in the centre of town, and its architecture and features would not look out of place in a cathedral. To go with the amazing stone carvings, there is a rebuilt treadwheel crane, where medieval labourers would trudge along like human hamsters. Beverley has lots of other interesting buildings, from Georgian to Victorian, including an elegant coaching inn, and a restored Dominican Friary, which is mentioned in the Canterbury Tales.

On the east coast of Yorkshire are miles and miles of unspoilt beaches, holiday towns, like Hornsea and Filey, and the picturesque Bridlington, very popular with the Victorians. Out of town is a lovely country house, Sewerby Hall and gardens, and the short walk back to Bridlington along the coast is a delight.