What’s Hidden Gem like?
This former fisherman’s cottage has been transformed into a stylish bolthole that is so cosy, you won’t want to leave. The property, which sleeps two, is right in the heart of Whitby but tucked away down a quiet lane. All of the town’s main attractions – and best dog-friendly pubs and cafes – are within easy walking distance.
How dog-friendly is Hidden Gem?
Excellent. Dogs will find a welcome pack waiting at the cottage, consisting of a bed, some bowls and a pack of treats. There is no extra charge for dogs, and up to two can stay at a time. There’s no outside space, unfortunately – but that is pretty standard for accommodation in central Whitby.
Tell me more about Hidden Gem
This cosy one-bedroom cottage, set over three floors, has recently been renovated. It is a real treat for guests because pretty much everything is brand new! There’s an on-trend grey and white colour scheme throughout, flatscreen TVs on every floor and lots of lovely little touches, such as arty prints of Whitby and locally-made products. You’ll also find fresh roses and a crown – in a nod to the name of Hidden Gem’s location, in Rose and Crown Yard.
Guests enter the cottage via the amazingly well-equipped kitchen and dining area, which takes up the whole of the ground floor. A steep, winding staircase leads up to the stylish lounge and bathroom which, while compact, have everything you need. The lounge has funky matching light fittings, feature mirrors and a lovely electric fire, which is great for cosying up in front of. And in case of rainy days, there are a couple of sets of card games and some books inspired by Whitby, such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Robin Jarvis’ Whitby Witches.
The bathroom, with its huge shower cubicle and complimentary toiletries, is also fantastic and a door on the landing leads up to the bedroom on the top floor. This is a gorgeous space, with matching wooden furniture and glimpses of Whitby Abbey from the windows. There are even soft, fluffy robes to snuggle into, with the words ‘Hidden Gem’ embroidered on them.
Guests will be given a parking permit to cover one car, which is like gold dust in Whitby. Be aware that this won’t be right outside the cottage – it will be for a certain zone approximately a 10-minute walk away. Don’t panic if you have lots of luggage though because a separate permit will give you an hour outside to pick up and drop off.
What’s the food like at Hidden Gem?
Hidden Gem is a self-catering cottage, but it did have one of the best welcome packs we have ever received. As well as all the basics, such as tea, coffee, butter and milk, we had a bottle of fizz waiting for us in the fridge, as well as two toffee cheesecakes from a nearby cafe, fresh bread, jam, biscuits and a fruit basket. We were also treated to some plum bread, Yorkshire Brack – a cross between a teacake and a rich fruit cake – and two sticks of Whitby rock. There was even a box of Milk Tray in the bedroom, so it was quite the welcome!
If you don’t fancy cooking though, some of Whitby’s best dog-friendly pubs and cafes are right on the doorstep. Sherlocks is practically outside the front door (the entrance to Rose and Crown Yard is next to the cafe) and the delights of Skinner Street are just a short walk away. Here, you’ll find the likes of Beckett’s Coffee Shop and Arch & Abbey. Rusty Shears on Silver Street is also worth a visit for its cute courtyard alone, and all the harbourside haunts are within easy reach.
Are there resident dogs at Hidden Gem?
No, but you certainly won’t go short of dogs in Whitby. If you’re not a pet owner, you’re in the minority here!
Where are the best dog walks near Hidden Gem?
Head for the beach. There are two in Whitby – the lovely, sandy West Cliff and Tate Hill, which is a smaller, sheltered cove. Dogs are allowed on the latter all year round but seasonal restrictions apply on the part of West Cliff beach closest to town. There’s a lovely coastal walk you can do along The Cleveland Way from Whitby to Sandsend. It’s approximately three miles each way and there are plenty of dog-friendly places where you can refuel en-route.
It’s also easy to spend hours wandering the maze of streets and lanes in Whitby itself. But dog owners shouldn’t miss a stroll along The Cinder Track, which follows the old railway line from Whitby to Scarborough. The traffic-free route passes through the North York Moors National Park and is popular with walkers, pet owners and cyclists alike.
What Ernie and Stan loved about Hidden Gem
The doggy welcome pack, the room to spread out, having Whitby on their doorstep
What I loved about Hidden Gem
The amazing yet quiet location, the stylish decor, all the thoughtful little touches
How to book Hidden Gem
Week-long stays start from £335. Shorter breaks are also available. For more information or to book, visit the Yorkshire Cottages website.