“ Address: 27 Esk Terrace / Whitby / YO21 1PA / England / Tel: 01947 606309 „
I recently booked this bed and breakfast accommodation from the internet, making a quick decision to break the long journey from Newcastle to the south. I searched the whitbyonlilne website, and sent of a number of on spec forms for one night availability.
The owner, Susie Sykes, emailed an answer to my enquiry almost immediately. The tone of the email was very friendly, and she told me that she had one room to which she could add a folding bed for my son. I checked out the website that she indicated at the bottom of her email, and I was impressed by the clear colour photographs of the front of the house, the bedroom, the en suite and the views from the bedroom window.
I immediately emailed acceptance, and followed it with a cheque for £20 to act as a deposit.
We arrived late, but Susie had given me her mobile number just in case we had difficulty in finding the house and was in contact during our drive down from Newcastle. Following multimap directions, the house was very easy to recognise from the photos. It is a lovely, solid Edwardian three storey house, high up on the cliff and looking out towards the River Esk and Whitby Abbey. In front of the house is a series of terraced gardens, with steep steps up to the front door.
We parked in the designated parking area directly outside the house, and were welcomed by Susie and her friendly spaniel. The house is beautifully furnished, with many antiques and solid old furniture. Our room was on the first floor, and extremely spacious. The modern iron double bed was very comfortable, and a very solid folding bed had been set up for my son. The en suite was huge - more of a bathroom in its own right than an en suite, and both bedroom and bathroom were separated from the rest of the house by a third door, making it more of an apartment than a single room in a house. A small hallway outside the bedroom door leads to the bathroom, and the third door means that you have complete privacy in that hallway. There is a large window in the bathroom, which also looks out over the river. The bathroom has a large shower and a big sink, and is beautifully decorated.
The bed linen was very good quality - no expense had been spared. There was plenty of room for both a double bed and a folding bed. The room was very well and thoughtfully equipped. There was a kettle with tea and coffee, some cereal bars. The room had another sink, as well as a mini fridge with a small jug of fresh milk for the tea. There was a small TV and binoculars were provided so that we could look across the river to the sea and to the Abbey up on the cliff.
In the morning we were greeted by Susie and seated at the large table in the kitchen. A radio played softly in the background, as Susie cooked our delicious breakfast to order. We chose from the usual full English breakfast options, after selecting our cereals from the selection on the table. As we ate, Susie busied herself around the kitchen, chatting to us about the local area and the way life was lived in Whitby.
The one thing that made our stay special was the exceptionally warm welcome provided by Susie. She is very easy to chat to, and a natural hostess. She made us feel like welcome houseguests rather than paying customers. The information that she gave us about the local area, places to walk, restaurants and local politics was an added bonus. She only has one bed and breakfast room in the house, and this added to the sense that we were houseguests. I definitely got the impression that she was involved in bed and breakfast because she enjoyed meeting people rather than to earn some extra money.
The location of the B&B is ideal - it is a short and pleasant downhill walk to the centre of town. Susie allowed us to keep the car in the parking space after we had checked out, so that we did not have to pay for central parking charges.
I would recommend number 27 to anybody who wants a comfortable stay and a warm welcome in Whitby, but anybody with mobility difficulties would have problems getting up the steps to the front door.
We paid £70 for all three of us, including breakfast.