Just returned from a 2 night break (during which we experienced some lovely weather on a bank holiday for once) at the lovely Shepherd's Purse staying in Room 5.
The rooms are situated off a busy cobbled shopping street in the heart of the old town, surrounded by small shops and cafes very close to the harbour and abbey. The rooms were set far enough back for us not to experience any street noise.
The room itself was quite but perfectly adequate for a short stay for two with a very comfy four poster bed, small private balcony and lovely bathroom with corner hydro bath. I was really impressed by the little touches such as a vase of real flowers, a HUGE selection of different teas + coffee and fairy lights around the bed and balcony area. The quality of the products supplied in the rooms (eg. handwash/lotion etc) is above and beyond normal hotel fayre.
The staff we met in the shop, including the girl who showed us to our room were very sweet and friendly and asked us about our stay, and I enjoyed reading about the history of the shop & hotel in the guest information provided in the room. The shop itself is well worth a browse, selling excellent quality food, beauty and clothing products - the Turkish delight is delicious.
The only downside really was the overall cramped-ness of layout - all rooms looked out into a courtyard which could be used but guests and was very nice, but as a consequence we felt a bit overlooked sometimes and guessed others did too - we just closed the curtains so this didn't bother us much. We also heard a fair bit of bumping around on the stairs due to the proximity to other guest and facilities and the guests in the room above on our second night seemed to have no concept of volume (I think it may have been the 'family room').
No breakfast is included, but the adjoining Sander's Yard has a lovely little café/restaurant with a cosy lounge that does a great breakfast. Whitby itself is lovely and the hotel is perfectly situated for browsing shops and walking with some wonderful views to be seen. There are loads of places to eat and many boat trips operate from as little as £2.50 each so you won't spend a fortune. The area was very busy but not loud or brash generally full of families & couples. I've read a fair bit about seagulls in reviews for the area - yes there are lots of seagulls and they are noisy and they will cr*p on people sometimes, that is the great British seaside for you! Personally getting a 7am alarm call from seagulls just reminds me I'm not at home and about to go to work :)
There is no parking at the hotel and car parks were full when we got there mid-afternoon, so I would advise getting there early doors otherwise you'll be looking for a spot a good mile away! Parking for 24hrs at West Cliff car park is £5. We paid £75 per night for the hotel room so all in all very reasonable price-wise, especially over bank holiday w/e.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Accommodation in the heart of the Old Town, situated on Whitby's popular East side. Nestled below the roof tops of Church Street is our hidden garden, with galleried court yard accommodation and pretty bedrooms decorated with stripped pine furniture and lacy curtains, four posters and brass bed steads. Private balconies and china cups. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shepherd`s Purse Hotel Whitby
- Shepherds Purse Hotel Whitby