Fossil Cottage

Whitby, North York Moors & Coast(Ref. 1015799)

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A delightful Grade II Listed former fisherman's cottage in a great location, just yards from the famous 199 Steps, beach and near the iconic Whitby Abbey This really cosy beamed cottage, with lovely décor and furnishings, is a wonderful choice for family and friends wishing to be in the heart of Whitby.

We were delighted with Fossil Cottage, it definitely loved up to expectations (which were high)

It was perfect for the two of us.



Ground Floor
On the ground floor is a spacious sitting room with pine timber flooring, beamed ceilings, a beautiful brickwork fireplace with a wood burning stove - so cosy to snuggle up in front of in the cooler evenings! - and Flat screen TV/DVD player.

The fully fitted and well-equipped kitchen has integrated appliances plus there's a useful pantry.

The dining area has a table and chairs to seat four people so you can enjoy meals together.

First Floor
Upstairs there is a smart double bedroom with a comfortable bed and hanging space, feature cast iron fireplaces and views of the famous cobbled Henrietta Street. There's also a twin bedroom with full size 3' single beds.

The shower room has a good size shower, WC and hand wash basin.





Fossil Cottage is located in Henrietta Street which is approached via Church Street in the Old town of Whitby. The road turns to the right leading up towards the 199 Steps and then proceeds into the cobbled area towards Henrietta Street.

What's on nearby?



There’s many great exhibits that show the vast history Whitby really has.


Situated on the top of Whitby’s East Cliff, it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the seaside town.


Climb the famous 199 steps for glorious views of the harbour and the town of Whitby.


A wide range of art exhibitions on a regular basis or enjoy a tour of being informed on Captain Cook’s voyages of discovery.


Brave the Dracula Experience tour where you’ll hear the story of Dracula and the connections to Whitby.


The beaches are sandy and golden and the a pretty harbour – with its famous swing bridge – is edged with stylish wine bars and award-winning restaurants.


Catch Whitby crabs from the harbour or simply watch the sun go down over the old town.


Why not come during the two Goth Festivals, during Folk Week or the wonderful Regatta? All of which are incredibly popular extravaganzas that take place annually.

Other Info

Recently renovated and decorated to a high standard with great charm and character.

Notes to guests
Access Statement
Guest Comments

Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi included.

Utilities: All utilities, bed linen & towels included.

Pets: One well-behaved pet welcome at a cost of £30.

Parking: Vehicular access can be gained outside the cottage for unloading luggage, and a car parking space is available in the Abbey car park at a separate cost. Alternatively on-street parking and a Pay & Display is available on Church Street, approximately 800 yards away.

Please note: Unfortunately the inner door was damaged during the season. This has been fully fixed.


Fossil Cottage is a period property situated near the bottom of the 199 steps and within 50M of the beach. Arrival and Car Parking Luggage can be unloaded at the property and parking is available in either the Abbey car park at the top of the 199 steps or Church Street car park which is 0.3 miles away.

Entrance and Ground Floor: The wooden front door is 70cm wide and opens into the property with a 15cm step up into the inner hallway. The lever handle is at 85cm from floor level and the key code lock is at 145cm. The hallway has a tiled floor, measures around 1M by 3M and provides useful storage space and an area for hanging coats and wet beach gear.

Hallway has access on the left to the lounge through a wooden door, which is 75 cm wide and has a 5cm step up into the room. The door knob is at 80cm and the lock at 125cm. The lounge is 3.6M by 5M and has wooden floorboards and exposed beams to the ceiling. There are 2 armchairs and a two seat sofa in this room, along with a TV unit. The room also has a side unit, a wall mounted bookcase and a central coffee table on a loose rug. The room contains a multi fuel stove that sits on a tiled hearth and brick surround. There is a storage cupboard under the stairs.

The lounge leads on to the kitchen via an open arch. The kitchen has a tiled floor and measures 2.8M by 3.1M. There is a small 1cm step down into the kitchen. There are built in cupboards and a laminated worktop at 92cm from floor level. There is a built in electric fan oven, with electric 4 ring hob and an extractor above. The kitchen also has a built under fridge and a free standing dresser for storage. The kitchen contains a table and 4 chairs with a clear space of 80cm at the widest point. At the far end of the kitchen is a door that leads to a storage cupboard that houses a freezer, microwave and the combi boiler.

Access to the first floor is via the lounge. There are 12 carpeted steps that vary in height from 15cm to 23cm. The stairs turn as they go up and there are some shaped stairs at the top and bottom of the staircase. The stairs have a clear width of 60cm.

First floor: The first floor landing is carpeted and is 1.3M by 1.4M. The 3 first floor rooms are off this hallway and are as follows: The front master double bedroom is entered through a 64cm doorway with a door knob at 85cm. This room is carpeted, measures 3.2M by 3.7M and has exposed beams to the ceiling. The double bed has a mattress height of 60cm. The spaces around the bed are 80cm on the left, 60cm to the right and 1M at the bottom. The room contains 2 bedside tables, a dresser with stool and a built in wardrobe. The room also contains an original but non-working fireplace with tiled hearth and wooden surround.

The rear twin bedroom has a 58cm wide door with a Suffolk latch at 105cm. There is a 20cm step down into the room. The room is carpeted and measures 2.9M by 3.9M. The two single beds have a mattress height of 60cm. The spaces around the bed are 60cm to the left, 50 cm between the beds and 70cm at the bottom. The room contains a wardrobe, a chest of drawers and a bedside table. The ceiling in this room reduces to 1.7M by the window.

The bathroom has a door with a clear opening width of 60cm and a Suffolk latch at 117cm. The room has a tiled floor and measures 1.5M by 2.2M. The room contains a WC, a washbasin and a shower enclosure. The shower door has an opening width of 45cm and a 25cm step up onto the shower tray.

Good location & by and large all was as published and enjoyable. Didn’t expect to have to clean some pretty dirty cooking trays & pots. The very restricted access could have been flagged more clearly - witnesssed car rage on more than one occasion!
Mr Brangwyn
A lovely homely, well equipped cottage in a great location for visiting Whitby and surrounding seaside towns. Will definitely recommend to family and friends.
Miss Smith
The location of Fossil Cottage was excellent, a stones throw from the beach which we managed to get entirely to ourselves one evening. The cottage was fresh and beachy yet cosy, just the atmosphere we were looking for. We were pleased to find it beautifully clean. Thank you for a lovely stay.
Miss Appleyard
The cottage was extremely clean and beautifully decorated with seaside themed art/cushions/ decorative features. It was small, but cosy & comfortable. The stairs were fun for us, but would prove difficult for elderly or infirm visitors. The position in Henrietta Street was fabulous - very quiet but very close to Whitby town centre. There was no outside space, but a few steps along to the end of the (dead end) road was a grassy area with several benches overlooking the harbour - a perfect place to catch the sunset. Whitby is a lovely seaside town with excellent shops, a picturesque harbour, a safe beach and atmospheric ruined abbey. Nearby we enjoyed walks at Robin Hoods Bay, Staithes, the Falling Foss tea gardens (woodland walks and waterfall) and the waterfalls between Grosmont and Goathland.
Ms Duncumb
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, we got in a bit earlier as the weather wasn’t good. The front door was a little tricky and at 1 point I thought I couldn’t unlock it to get out, and as it’s the only door I did panic a little. But that aside we had a lovely stay.
Ms Hodgson
Beautiful cottage excellent location
Mrs Hunter
This is the second time we have stayed here and its a fantastic cottage in a great location. Small point of maintenance, front door locks need to be oiled as they both kept sticking. Inner door lock now missing and the door appears to have been kicked in as its cracked. I don't know when this happened but it doesn't give a good impression.
Mr Fields
A delightful little cottage. Loved the wood burning fireplace but it would have been nice to have had one bag of wood already there. Loved the unexpected bag of groceries - thank you for that. We enjoyed our two week stay even though it had to be cut short by two days because of the virus travel restrictions. Tips for future older visitors - Easy chair and couch in sitting room are very low and feather seat cushions need a good plumping each day. Stairs very steep and narrow treads in places.
Mrs Baczynski
This is a lovely, very cosy cottage and Whitby out of season was great. However, given its location we expected it to be very quiet. Actually there is quite a lot of early morning traffic, delivery vans in particular driving past to turn round at the end of the lane. Access with a car, even to drop off and pick up is a nightmare and when we stayed works in the car park restricted the parking spaces, 20 minutes minimum to find somewhere else to park. The cottage is well equipped but lots of the owners stuff there, not enough space for our own food and granddaughters (7 months) things in the kitchen. Finally, a few soggy logs, no fire lighters and hardly any kindling meant a trip to the Coop for supplies even on the first evening. Worth noting staircase is very steep, not suitable for elderly or infirm. I’d love to recommend this cottage but we wouldn’t stay there again.
Mr Williamson
Would definitely come back! We love Whitby. Whitby Brewery is fab, dog friendly and great view of The Abbey. Loved Humble Pie and Mash.
Horsfall Party
All aspects highly satisfactory. The dog enjoyed the treats in the hamper very much!
McCarthy Party
We were delighted with Fossil Cottage, it definitely loved up to expectations (which were high). It was perfect for the two of us.
Sayer Party
Had a good stay. Parking at the nearby farm worked out very well. Thank you for the welcome hamper - lovely coffee! Coastal Walk at Robin Hoods Bay is lovely. Abbey Wharf Restaurant prepares lovely fresh meals. Eden Camp War Museum is about 50 mins drive but well worth the visit.
Beautiful Cottage.
Garrett Party
Loved the cottage and furnishings are lovely. Location good - would definitely return and recommend it. (The welcome bag was a lovely touch - thank you!) 100% satisfied with everything - oh, and very comfy beds too!
The Birchall Family
The cottage was perfectly equipped - even down to the detail of providing a sewing kit. In every aspect, it exceeded our expectations.
Mr and Mrs Kearsey
Thank you for letting us stay in your fabulous cottage, the location was perfect and the standard of furnishings was excellent. We arrived to a very clean cottage and a lovely welcome hamper, we will certainly book with Yorkshire Coastal Cottages again.
The Goldwaters - December 2017
Fabulous cottage, beautifully clean, excellent Wi-Fi connection, thank you for a great holiday.
Mr & Mrs Trainor - October 2017
What a lovely cottage, we enjoyed being in the "Old town" of Whitby with all of it's quaint shops and cobbled streets, we would recommend to everybody and have booked again.
The Bell family - Tunbridge Wells - August 2017
A beautiful cottage in a superb location, very clean and tidy, thank you we will return.
Tony & Linda Smales - Edinburgh March 2017
Toilet rolls. Perhaps not the usual way to begin a review of a rented property, but in the case of Fossil Cottage in Whitby, very pertinent. I’m sure everybody has struggled with a new toilet roll, trying to tear that first sheet free and ending up with six feet of half-freed, torn sheets while the other half stays resolutely gummed. At Fossil Cottage, someone had thoughtfully done the hard work for us, and tucked the first sheet into the cardboard centre tube. This is just one small example of the care and consideration that had gone into preparing the cottage for us. The place was spotlessly clean and blissfully warm as we arrived on a cold, late November day. The Welcome Pack contained everything we needed for a snack, cup of tea, round of toast or glass of wine. I can’t overstate how cosy this little place is; particularly the kitchen. And the lounge with its easy-to-light wood burning stove (everything, down to the matches, was provided). It’s quiet too, in November anyway. Just 2 minute’s walk from bustling Church Street, few pedestrians and even fewer cars pass by to disturb your tranquillity. OK, it doesn’t have a sea view – if it did you would be paying considerably more. BUT, pop outside and, within 20 feet, you are at the top of steps leading down to the beach, and have a lovely aspect of the harbour. To end, Fossil Cottage is a little gem, and many thanks to Yorkshire Coastal Cottages for recommending that it would meet the needs of four adults and a well behaved dog. In fact, it far exceeded our expectations.
Tim Gill, near Harrogate; November 2016


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