COTTAGES BY THE SEA
Castle House, Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire
The almost impossibly pretty cottages of Runswick Bay, on the North Yorkshire coast between Staithes and Whitby, overlook a curl of beach and the wide-open ocean beyond. They huddle together, linked by alleys and walkways rather than streets (no cars are allowed). Once the homes of herring fishermen and their families, many are now holiday accommodation – Castle House, which sleeps 2–6, is one of these. Perched at the top of the village, it has the best view of the bay and offers the rare pleasure of waking up and watching the sun rise from the deep comfort of your bed.
With its wood-burning stove, heaps of throws and generously appointed kitchen and bathrooms, Castle House is a delightful spot to hole up in the chillier months. The window seat is the place to perch and watch the wind whip up the waves and seabirds wheel over the headland. When the sun comes out, the cottage also makes an ideal base to walk the Cleveland Way: a morning’s purposeful stride will take you around the headland to Robin Hood’s Bay. There is little in Runswick Bay, apart from a pub, the Royal Hotel (recently smartened up, serves simple, tasty food), and the sandy beach, but sometimes that, teamed with a comfortable place to stay, is all you actually need. romanticcottageholidays.co.uk