My husband and I fancied a short break in a B & B for a couple of days so after trawling the internet I found this treasure in Staithes,North Yorkshire. Strictly speaking it sits on the border between Yorkshire and Teeside - even the locals have Geordie accents ( I thought they would be Yorkshire ones ! ).
This beautifully restored Victorian house set high above Staithes with parking at the back of the house ( something of a luxury in the village ) is run by a lovely couple , Sandra and Stuart who have owned the property since January this year and been open to guests since March. They have done a wonderful job in refurbishing this lovely house,retaining many original features.We arrived earlier than Sandra had expected but this was not a problem,Stuart showed us to our room and asked us if we would like tea or coffee with our home-made cake ! After unpacking we went down to the dining room where a large (still warm) victoria sponge and a fresh pot of coffee awaited us. We stayed in Room 1 on the first floor with it's lovely comfy four poster bed and HUGE bathroom complete with walk in shower big enough for three never mind two people and the most gorgeous roll-top bath again big enough for two. Complimentary toiletries are provided as are big soft white bath towels. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in your room and fresh milk can be provided rather than the powdered or long life varieties because it "tastes much nicer" according to Stuart.
The views from the bedroom windows are extensive looking over towards Cowbar across the beck and right towards the main village. Straight ahead of you are cliff views which are slightly marred by the massive potash mine at Boulby - don't let this put you off though.
Breakfast is served in the dining room and there is a good choice of breakfast - the full English is excellent with locally sourced bacon,sausage etc. Scrummy home-made bread is also on the bill of fayre and we had the choice of white,brown or granary ( order put in the night before ! ). We were the only ones at the house this particular weekend so maybe the choice wouln't be given if the place was full. Local history is provided by Stuart and there are several books available in the dining room including ordnance survey maps for those visitors who like walking. There are lovely walks to be had around Staithes itself ( the Cleveland Way runs along the cliff tops ) and places like Whitby,Robin Hoods Bay and Runswick Bay are within half an hours travel.
Staithes village itself is at the bottom of a very steep hill and motor access is denied for the most part so it's not that good if you're infirm. There are several pubs in the village and a couple of good eateries, we had dinner at the Cleveland Corner Bistro one night,a tiny place but the food was excellent - all home cooked and with local specialities on the menu. Obviously being a fishing village, fish features heavily on the menu but there is steak available. I can recommend the fish pie and the garlic mushroom starters were very good too. Price wise it's not that expensive, we both had starters and mains with a bottle of wine and drinks before our meal and the bill came to £36. I don't consider that expensive when you think that in a tiny place there is a certain monopoly.
The only thing I would've ( and did when asked to ) commented on was the lack of mini fridge in the room. Granted our stay was at the beginning of May so the great British weather was not THAT warm but when you've been on a yomp across the cliffs you might like a cool drink when you get back - even more so in the height of summer !!!
All in all though we had a delightful stay at the Roraima and would'nt hesitate to recommend it to friends and family. We wish Sandra and Stuart continued success and thank them sincerely for their warm hospitality.
I didn't take any pictures of the inside of the house as these can be found on its own website but I've included some shots of the local sights and scenery.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imposing Victorian Sea Captains house. Extensive, recent, sympathetic refurbishment creating a beautiful home & B&B. Full of period features, stained glass windows, antiques & our collection of art work. King-size, four-poster, huge en-suite with shower & roll-top bath. Double en-suite room and top floor 'family suite' with double & twin, kitchen/diner/lounge & bathroom. Fresh home made cake served in the afternoon. Sandra & Stuart look forward to welcoming you to Roraima House. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Roraima House Staithes, Yorkshire