We're just back from Robin Hood's bay after a lovely 3 night stay in the bolts. The cottage is cosy and well equipped with comfy beds and luxurious bedding. It is dog friendly too so double win.
We slept like logs as it is so peaceful with no passing traffic. There is a great kitchen annexe as well as a kitchenette inside the house with kettle sink and microwave. We had two great meals out at the smugglers and the best Sunday dinner at the Bay hotel. We couldn't have had a nicer time and will definitely be booking again.
Good place to stay in a fantastic location with friendly people. We'd never visited the North Yorkshire Moors before and we fell in love with the place. You drive through rolling hills smothered in purple heather, then there's a steep descent and the sparkling sea is laid out in front of you (what more can you ask for!). Absolutely beautiful.
Robin Hood's Bay is a very small village and the cottage is well placed in terms of walking down to the beach. There are lots of interesting little shops and some nice places to eat, a brilliant little Dinosaur Museum and nice little bookshop (though the latter was expensive). Car parking is tricky, particularly if you're not very fit; you have to fight for spaces in two car parks at the top of an incredibly steep hill and we were unprepared for this and found unloading our car a bit difficult - the village is narrow and you can't park just outside the cottage.
However, part of this village's charm is the fact that it is much more pedestrian-friendly and less tolerant of vehicles - it made wandering round the village more pleasant - and after making enquiries we were able to park a little way up the hill for a short time on our departure, which made loading up the car a little easier.
Re the cottage: very comfortable, very well equipped and very clean. Stairs are a bit steep so that's a consideration (it's a very old cottage) but we soon got used to them and our 6 year old had no trouble running up and down them. There's a well stocked kitchen in an outhouse outside the cottage but I soon got used to moving between the two, the beds are extremely comfortable and the shower was lovely with a plentiful supply of hot water. The cottage has wi-fi too (which was a huge bonus) and lots of books (we love browsing the books in holiday cottages).
Recommended places to visit: Whitby is just a short drive away and is a lovely place, York is a couple of hours' drive away but worth it in terms of all the attractions it has to offer - we visited the National Railway Museum, which is free to get into and a great experience if your child loves trains). We also took a steam train from Whitby to Goathland and got to see some more spectacular scenery. The weather was good so we got to spend time on both beaches at Whitby and because the tide goes out in the early morning and evening at Robin Hood's Bay our son had a great time paddling in the pools that were left. Beaches were very clean.
All in all we had a lovely time and definitely want to go back.
On arrival, the cottage was clean, and just what the pictures tell you. The little lane has residents, as well as rented accommodation, and all were very friendly and helpful. Be prepared for many holidaymakers mistaking the little lane as a walk through to other parts of the bay.. it actually is a dead end so great for little ones to be outside near the separate kitchen. The owner, Julian was very quick on communication if we had any questions. Very close to the beach, only 2 minutes walk. The beds are so comfy, and the bathroom was spotless. Many thanks to all who made our time away a delight. The bottom of the patio has metal railings and mesh, so toddlers need to be watched in this area. Not a negative comment, just a heads up . I loved every minute there.
I use to live in this cottage with my children and we loved being in the bay their aunty and cousin lived just down the road and nana and grandad at the top of bay bank we use to keep very fit walking up to school every morning pushing my youngest in her pushchair have very fond memories of our time at holmedale fully recommend it x
Me and my 2 adult sons stayed for 3 days in Holmedale cottage in Robin Hood's Bay and had a lovely short break. We were blessed with glorious weather abd thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage was very well equipped and comfortable. The outside seating are overlooks Kings Beck which is very picturesque.
Also, great value for money.
We arrived back home this weekend from a weeks stay at holmedale, the cottage is very pretty with a nice outside patio area, upstairs are 3 lovely bedrooms with comfortable beds and a nice bathroom with good overhead shower. We were however after reading the good reviews to be quite disappointed to find the living room did not meet our expectations, it appeared tidy but not very clean, on further inspection we found an empty peanut packet behind the pouffe which was up against the window, sunglasses, sweet wrappers and earphones under the sofa cushions, the skirting and panels also appeared dusty and dirty. I'm not a snob by any means and I don't spend hours inspecting holiday rentals but I did feel the need to spend the next hour cleaning the room until I was happy that it was acceptable for my 18 month old grand daughter to play on the floor and touch the surfaces. We had a couple of issues with a couple of kids who live at a house further down the bolts who continually stuck their faces to the window staring in until I told them it was rude to stare & also their little black dog who uses the bolts path as a toilet, not nice when you are manoeuvring a pushchair. The small kitchenette was ok and useful but lacked storage as every cupboard was full of anything apart from cups, plates and cutlery which would have been useful given that it was there for convenience rather than going across to the kitchen outside just to make a snack or cuppa. This cottage is lovely, it's comfortable but lacks organisation, a good clear out of cupboards and a few basic crockery/cutlery items in the kitchenette wouldn't go a miss, maybe a cafe net at the front window and a good clean and clear out downstairs. I'm sorry if this review upsets Julian the owner, but I speak as I find and would have no hesitation in recommending this property if the issues were addressed