“ Address: 5 Havelock Place / Whitby / North Yorkshire / Y021 3ER / Telephone: 01947 606361 „
Whitby is a small fishing town in the north east of England that has plenty to offer the visitor. If you want to explore this place properly then the chances are you will need to stay overnight and Whitby has numerous different B&B's and Guest Houses to choose from.
The Number Five is an example of one such Bed & Breakfast establishment and this is a place where I have stayed several times. It is located in the new part of the town on the opposite side of the water from the Abbey. It is however centrally located within the main part of the new town and it is only a few minutes walk from the shops and the bridge. If you take a stroll in the opposite direction towards the sea then within just a few minutes you will arrive at the Captain Cook Memorial and the Whale Bone Arch.
From the outside Number Five looks like any of the other three storey Georgian terraced houses on its street. Almost of these are now used as either Guest Houses or they have been converted into holiday flats, so the majority of these buildings have dormer attic roof windows, Number Five is no exception to this rule.
Outside the property there is a small, well kept garden that has wooden benches and chairs. This is a fairly recent addition in way of a compromise for somewhere for smokers to sit, as the property is strictly non smoking throughout. Although to be fair if it is raining it does not provide any shelter.
As you enter into the building via a short flight of steps the first thing that you notice are the steep stairs to the upper floors in front of you and various arrangements of potted plants placed strategically around. These include large bamboos and other tall evergreens. Elsewhere there are ornate plaster cherubs and angels in the corner of the walls and a wealth of other hidden gems to amuse yourself looking for. This ground floor however is largely out of bounds to the general public as this is the living quarters of the owners, so the majority of the doors along this floor are locked. The corridor areas are however packed full of bookcases with novels for the guests to read and there is a stand full of leaflets that contain useful tourist information about the local area. There is just one open door at the end of the corridor on this level which leads down to the basement where breakfast is served.
The accommodations are located on the upper three floors. There is no lift and due to the age of the building the stairs are steep. This Guest House would not therefore be suitable for people with disabilities. Should you wish a room on the first floor then this must be requested at the time of booking.
There are nine different rooms in total. These comprise of two single rooms, five double or twin rooms and two triple rooms. The majority of the rooms are en suite, but these only have a sink, toilet and shower, there is no bath. Each floor however has a large bathroom on it that includes a bath. The single rooms are not en suite but because the rest of the rooms are, the public bathrooms are seldom used by others.
During my most recent stay here I stayed in a twin room on the second floor. This room was en suite and had a large window that provided access onto the top of the room extension above the lower floor. There were two fold away chairs which we put out onto this roof as the weather was quite nice and the view from here is superb. To the left you can see the sea and to the right you overlook the town itself.
The room had a colour TV, although there were no satellite or cable channels available and a note in the information pack inside the room advised us that channel 5 was not available in the area. There was also a radio alarm clock, a hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Additional features included bathrobes and hot horlicks and drinking chocolate in addition to the standard tea and coffee.
Outside the room there was a fridge with mineral water and soft drinks and a money box to pay for anything that was used. A I litre bottle of mineral water was 95p and 330ml cans of soft drinks were 60p each.
The room was tastefully decorated in a rather neutral white colour with hints of pale green and there was a huge 1960's retro lamp on the ceiling. Also provided inside one of the bedside drawers were earplugs along with a note saying that these were in case "the seagulls were too noisy". The two twin beds were huge, in fact they were almost as large as double beds and they were made of wrought iron and were very sturdy, the mattresses were very deep and comfortable. There was no telephone in the room or modem point.
Breakfast at Number Five is without a doubt the main reason that I have continued to return here. It is served in the basement between 8am and 10.30am. It is possible to have local Whitby Kippers but these must be requested the day before. Otherwise breakfast consists of a traditional full English with fruit juices and toast.
A vegetarian full English breakfast is available but I opted for the standard version with everything included. Cereal, fruit juices and coffee are self service but tea is brought to the table in pots. There is a seemingly endless supply of both tea and toast. Pots of homemade marmalade are an extra bonus.
The main meal consists of bacon, sausage, egg, tomatoes, beans, mushrooms, fried bread and black pudding. The serving is huge and it is cooked to perfection.
There are of course other reasons why I have stayed at Number Five several times and these include the fact that I love Whitby but above all the hosts are superb. Mary and Jane, two fifty something year olds will make you feel incredibly welcome. Remembering your name from the moment that you arrive and they will even join you for a drink in the pub across the road.
I would certainly recommend this B & B to anyone but due to its popularity it is usually necessary to book well in advance. It is also worth noting that pets are allowed.
I paid £52 for a twin room (£26 per person).
Conveniently located near the West Cliff Conservation Area, ideal for access to the sea and the local amenities.