We stayed in Sandsend last year at a hotel which was very nice but some way back from the sea. So we tried the "Porthole" this time around which we'd found on the Internet and booked after reading the other good reviews on this site. Website for this particular Sandsend cottage is http://www.sandsendcottages.co.uk/porthole/index.php.
The Porthole is self contained guest accomodation, sat on its own decking terrace, stepped down below the friendly host's lovely Victorian house. The position just can't be bettered - it's an elevated site with commanding views out to sea, and right along the beach to Whitby Abbey. The room/bathroom was spotless, very nicely decorated with a nautical theme. Bottle of wine in the fridge in the small kitchenette, and bowl of fruit was most welcome given it was roasting hot all weekend. Selection of DVDs and books was a nice touch too (also has satellite freeview). Great to breakfast out on the terrace on a morning (selection of cereals, yogurts etc. provided), and such a peaceful spot.
Worth noting that there are no cooking facilities though - the kichenette is just a fridge, toaster,kettle etc. for your continental breakfast. Good pub (The Hart) a few hundred yards away though, serving excellent grub.
Very relaxing and pleasant stay and would thoroughly recommend (we're booking again!).More