The family and I loved our two week stay in ‘Greta’s seaside cottage’. We loved the ‘upside down’ layout of the house - with bedrooms downstairs (quiter during the south east wind) and the open-plan living area upstairs (with a lovely view).
It was clean, lovely crisp linen and excellent location (10 min walk to the beach).
An outside shower would make it perfect!
We stayed in the beach house for a week over Christmas , and wished it could have been longer! The house is a gorgeous (even better than the photos look!) three large bedrooms, and huge up stairs living/dining/kitchen space, which opens up onto the upper deck where you get to watch the sunset into the ocean every evening. Heaven!
We are a family of 4 and had everything we needed. Beach towels were also included which was super thoughtful and seems to be quite rare. We ended up donating a beach umbrella, which in summer is pretty necessary on the beach (but could be easily picked up at the local mall)
There is a large set of stairs, so families with very young children may need to ask about stair gates, but the balcony upstairs had a really tall balastrade so pretty much no chance of them climbing over there.
The two bathrooms were lovely and clean, the shower room with its lovely wooden shower, and the main bathroom with a full sized tub and over bath shower, perfect for the kids.
All the beds were very comfortable, and the day bed in the living room was a full single with trundle bed underneath, so two extra beds if necessary - although there was no way to block the sunlight out in the morning, so best for early risers!
There is no air conditioning or fans, but even on the hotest days, the breeze through the house was enough to keep things pleasant.
The town itself is lovely, small but with some great places to visit - the cafe set back from the road (next to the real estate agent) had delicious freshly made cafe style food - salads, burgers, soups, cake all really tasty and there is a small play area for the kids also. They also stock some basic (although all very good quality) supplies for breakfast and light lunches.
The restaurant on the main road, with the balcony tables was also great eating (although their burger is topless, which was slightly annoying for those who might call that an open sandwich!) but definitely book for dinner, as it was often completely full.
The little store underneath is wonderful, a small and carefully stocked version of Wholefoods. There is also a pizza bar, which we ran out of time to try, but was always busy.
All the restaurants we visited seemed well equipped to handle little children.
The beach was 2 mins drive, or an easy 10mins walk (slow kid walking pace) along the open wetlands and though the sand dunes. The water is of course very cold on this side, but on a hot day a lovely respite to the sun. The kids spent hours ankle deep jumping waves. There is also pretty good surfing, although I'm not a surfer so don't quote me! There also seemed to be loads of paddle boarders and kayaks off the beach each day, and windsurfers and kite surfers at a beach 5 minute drive away. We were even lucky enough to see a seal surfing his way up and down the beach, which was quite magical.
We found the locals to be very friendly and welcoming, and the town has a great relaxed beachy vibe.
We found the drive to the local sun valley shopping mall was an easy 20mins, where you can pick up anything and everything you need. Right next to the mall was also a virgin active, for those keen on holiday gym sessions.
We loved our time in Scarborough, and can't wait for our next visit, hopefully back in this lovely house.
Also, Greta the owner was very easy and pleasant to deal with, and provided all the necessary info to make our arrival and departure easy.