This small two-room gem is perfect for getting away from it all. It is just like staying in someone’s private home, and the furnishings are exquisite. Our bedroom (with the Portuguese bed) was spacious, and the bathroom was as large as some small hotel rooms. Breakfast is served in a glorious small dining room, and the eggs come from the owner’s chickens! Sitting on a couch in the lounge (in the States we say the living room) in front of the fireplace, surrounded by books and beautiful antiques made us want to stay home and not bother to go exploring.
But one can’t come here and not explore, because there is so much to see within a few miles, starting with the bird sanctuary at the Bempton Cliffs. The seabirds are below the viewer and the sights and sounds are thrilling. Farther up the coast are small towns, with Filey nearest, but don’t miss Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby. Two still-lived-in grand houses, Burton Agnes Hall and Castle Howard, are just minutes away. For those interested in naval history, the battle where John Paul Jones, US Navy, supposedly said “I have not yet begun to fight” took place just off Flamborough Head in 1779, and that site is in easy walking distance.