We originally wanted to book one of the three bed two and a half bath cottages, as there were 6 of us, and we all live in houses with at least 3 loos. You get used to being able to go to the loo when you need to, and not queueing up like it's the 1950's!
Only 2 of the cottages, I think no. 24 and 25 have 3 beds and 2 and a half baths, so be very careful when booking. We asked for one of those and we were told "those aren't available, but no. 28 is and it's a 3 bedroom just the same"! Well no it damn well isn't!
For a start it's on 2 storeys not 3 like no. 24 and 25! I burst into tears when we arrived, and I asked my mum where the rest of the rooms where, and she told me that was it!
3 bedrooms, 6 people, (grandma, granddad, mum, dad, and a 7 and a 2 yr old) - and only ONE miserable tiny dark dingy dirty little bathroom! A dreadful old Mira electric shower that takes about 5 minutes just to wet you properly, a small bath and no towels! I repeat - NO TOWELS!!!!
Beds were fine - we did at least sleep well.
Decor, very old and dated- knackered old sofa that probably looked OK in 1979, that has been repaired very obviously, many times. Pink carpet with dots all over it - keep your shoes on to keep your feet clean - it's absolutely filthy - my daughters white socks went brown underneath within the hour! Same goes for the bathroom floor - ew!
Kitchen is a miniscule kitchenette - poorly equipped indeed! If you are a good cook - bring a few of your favourite tools with you - like good knives, blenders etc - you will struggle to create much more than basic pasta/ sanwiches!
Here's what you DON'T get;
More than 6 spoons/knives/forks
Washing up liquid
More than 5 TV channels
Washing machine/dryer - there's a laundry but you'll need £3 for a wash, and 20p per 8 minutes for the dryer - and it has to be in 20ps! So you'll need to start collecting them before you go - you'll need at least 15 to do your drying each time - big pain! The washer is not such a nuisance, it's a big old American top loader, so get some Dylon colour catchers and shove the lot in! A Good work horse of a machine!
Room to swing a cat!
I would have turned and gone back, but we had just travelled 3 hours to get there from Cheshire, and the children were exhausted.
If you need a cot - bring your own - we had our daughter's travel cot with us luckily, as the cot provided was shorter than our daughter! It also had very nasty old metal at the bottom of it, and looked like a medieval torture device.
What was wonderful, was the daily steam trains passing at the bottom of the valley, the children loved it. Whitby is a great place for families, just as long as you don't expect to live in the 21st century. You are firmly in the 1970's for facilities, but you can still have a good time. There are beautiful walks, great beaches - recommend Sand's End, but get there by 9.30 am or you can forget parking. Scarborough is still great fun for a day out - but they REEEEEAAAAAAALLLLLLY don't want you to park your car - be prepared to get there at the crack of dawn, or park in the multistorey up town and pay £6.
We did make the best of it - but won't do it again, unless we can get one of the 3 storey cottages - which are aparently booked solid for 2011 - bummer!
- Also Known As:
- Captain Cook`s Haven Hotel Whitby
- Captain Cooks Haven Whitby