The Riddle

Whitby, North York Moors & Coast(Ref. 1015851)

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Beautifully decorated and equipped to a high standard, ground floor apartment is conveniently located in a quiet street, yet close to all amenities, the beach and harbour - perfect for a romantic getaway! The Riddle is located in a beautiful Georgian building in the heart of Whitby and has been lovingly furnished, with lots of thoughtful extras, to provide an ideal holiday property for a couple wanting something special. A small paved courtyard area to the front, with table and chairs, provides a superb spot to enjoy al fresco meals, the first cuppa of the day or to relax over pre-dinner drinks.

We loved the apartment everything had been thought of and more

The welcome pack was a great thought. We would go back again if we go to Whitby, we had a lovely holiday even though the weather was mixed.



Ground Floor
There is a spacious living area with comfortable sofa and a large Smart television and Internet access plus a Bluetooth docking station for iPads/iPods and smartphones.

The charming property has been thoughtfully equipped including a small book library and even a picnic hamper - pack up some sandwiches and spend the day on Whitby's glorious sandy beaches!

The smart fully-equipped kitchen has an electric oven and gas hob, fridge/freezer and microwave, etc; a small utility room houses a washing machine. The dining area is perfect for breakfast or dinner a deux - take time to relax over meals, isn't that what holidays are all about?

The bedroom is lovely; decorated in seaside hues of blues and pale greys, it has a comfortable king size bed with crisp white bed linens, bedside tables plus hanging space, a chest of drawers and a rattan chair.

There is also a fabulous large shower room with a double-size, walk-in shower cubicle, WC and hand wash basin.

One infant welcome, however guests should bring their own cot and high chair
With a small paved courtyard area to the front with table and chairs, you can enjoy drinks or meals outside in the sunshine!




Located near the West Cliff area and the famous "whale bones", this lovely property is in a quiet residential area yet close to shops, bars and restaurants, with the beach and harbour a c. five minute walk.

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

A lovely, ground floor apartment with superb décor and well-equipped, located in a beautiful Georgian building in the heart of Whitby.

Notes to guests
Guest Comments

Notes: One infant welcome, however guests should bring their own cot and highchair. For anyone who has allergies, all the soft furnishings and bedding are hypo-allergic. This property is suitable for those with mobility issues.

We loved the apartment everything had been thought of and more. The welcome pack was a great thought. We would go back again if we go to Whitby, we had a lovely holiday even though the weather was mixed.
Mrs Rix
Lovely clean property everything you need for a lovely break & close to all amenities
Mrs Baker
We had a lovely holiday staying at The Riddle. Only quibble would be to have a floor rug in the lounge and in bedroom as it felt cold underfoot. Also we were ‘very aware’ of people and dogs in the accommodation on the floor above which couldn’t be helped. Otherwise a lovely cottage thank you.
Mrs Kelly
Great property. Nice touch with the hamper. Maybe a small carton of milk would be a fantastic extra touch so that you can have that first drink after a long drive to the property. Also a foot stool in the lounge would be nice to rest your feet after a long day walking. Parking permit great but parking can be a little difficult. All in all a great staycation.
Mr Elliott
Lovely place and in a good location, quiet but in "The thick of it, very clean and had all we needed for a great stay in Whitby. fresh/modern and a lovely welcome pack too from Botham`s of Whitby. managed the parking. back yard could do with a revamp and new seating but apart from that would certainly use the Riddle again. Brendan from Warrington.
Mr Keir
On arrival I turned the oven on to cook some dinner , to be smoked out by the oven that had a dirty tray left in it. Also the wall between the bedroom and bathroom was extremely mouldy and damp which isn’t good for someone with breathing problems.
Mrs Phillip
We hope to stay at the Riddle the next time we come to Whitby. It was perfect for us. The hamper for when we arrived was a lovely extra .
Mr Shieber
We were so delighted with our Sykes accommodation earlier this year in Ilfracombe, that we booked with Sykes again for Whitby. We can not agree with the high rating awarded to The Riddle. We have holidayed at Whitby 4 times now, but this was the first time in Whitby itself. The standard of cleanliness was very good internally, as was the quality of mattress - very much appreciated. Bathroom and bedroom were good although sole wardrobe hanging space being in a boiler cupboard was well below expectation and needed venting to avoid tainting clothing. The lounge was disappointing, lacking a cosy feel and feeling more like an impersonal waiting room. Flooring is worn in lounge. Good sitting out area at front which we enjoyed once we had swept it. The rear courtyard could have been so much more pleasurable with a little tlc and at modest cost. The difficulty of parking would prevent us from staying in Whitby itself again (at least during peak season).
Mr Hale
Thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Riddle, amazing location, very clean and tidy, comfortable stay and lots of extras that we weren't expecting. You do need to get some milk tho, that's not included in the welcome pack but everything else in there was very much appreciated. Only thing I'd say the flat needs is a slip mat in the shower as this is very slippy when wet. We did have to scrub the chairs outside tho as they was caked in bird poo, must of been like that for ages as they was well stuck but thankfully lots of cleaning gear in the flat. We will deffo be back to stay, totally loved it there!
Miss Wilkinson
Well equipped apartment in excellent location for Whitby Town Centre. Great for our week long stay. Only issue, as often reported, is the difficulty in finding parking space. Pass was limited to W zone. H zone is equally close and frequently had spaces available
Mr Kennedy
The accommodation was excellent and perfect for a couple. It was extremely well appointed with everything you needed. The welcome hamper was a nice touch. Only criticism would be parking arrangements which is more to do with the council than the property. It was fairly busy by the number of cars around but heaven knows what it will be like in the height of the season. Would definitely return if we were in the area again.
Mr Lydall
We found the Tv difficult to work even with instructions just not used to using Smart Tv. Whilst we had a parking permit it wasn’t explained very well about how difficult it is to park round the area where the cottage is. Outside the property neon impossible parking especially with a bigger car which we had. We were lucky there was no one above us whilst we were there. I think it would be quite noisy if people had been staying up there. That said really loved the cottage and decor. Very competitively priced and we had a lovely time. Thank you.
Mrs King
Very comfortable and conveniently placed property. On street parking is limited locally but finding a space within a reasonable distance of the Riddle wasn't too difficult. Plenty of good eating and drinking places in Whitby and good social distancing arrangements wherever we went.
Mr Pettipher
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at' the Riddle', the location is good, within a short walk of the harbour, close to shops, bars and restaurants but in a quiet place. The apartment was clean and comfortable, with everything we required for eating in, if we wished. Thank you for the lovely welcome pack, the goodies were much appreciated with a cuppa, when we returned from some lovely walks in the area. The parking voucher and disc are a welcome addition as parking is at a premium in Whitby. We would have no hesitation in staying again in the future and recommending the Riddle. Thank you .
Mrs Baxter
This is a wonderful apartment, ideally located to see all of Whitby. The apartment is well appointed and immaculate throughout. The welcome pack was a lovely touch - thank you
Mrs Schofield
We had a great holiday, the flat was lovely and comfortable with everything we could have needed. Instructions were easy to follow and we especially loved the welcome hamper! Thank you!
Mr Mclauchlan
The Riddle was well equipped with all the comforts of home. Lovely decor throughout. The welcome pack was a lovely surprise. The only problem was parking but that is endemic in Whitby so not anyones fault. Would highly recommend the Riddle for a staycation in a beautiful part of North Yorkshire.
Mrs Mcguire
This property is ideal as a bolthole for Whitby centre. Loved the welcome pack, thank you!
Lewis Party
We found the apartment really nice. Lovely bedroom and bathroom, living room and kitchen together. Thank you, we had a lovely 4 day break. Weather could have been better but we made the most of it and enjoyed ourselves.
Rutter Party
Rated the cottage and the service from Yorkshire Coastal Cottages the top ranking of 'Highly satisfactory!' The cottage is in a great spot close to the harbour and shops. Had a lovely alk to Sandsend and on return had fish and chips at the Magpie - highly recommend. We would return again.
The Blackford Party
Whoever kitted out the apartment did a really good job. They thought of everything. I was please to find a hairdryer as I had forgotten mine and it saved me from buying one. Thank you.
Peebles Party
We have booked The Riddle twice before and have had a great holiday each time. Yorkshire Coastal Cottages are easy to contact and speak with.
Ward Party
The Riddle is warm charming and has everything you need for a home from home holiday. Perfectly central to everything...literally ! We would certainly recommend it
A lovely weekend in a beautiful apartment in Whitby! We will be back. Thank you.
Tim and Liz Rose
A lovely apartment, very convenient for access to the town; it's lovely to be able to walk everywhere!
Shelia Smith
Lovely apartment in a very convenient location. Really appreciated the thoughtful 'emergency' toiletries after a forgotten toothbrush! Thank you for the goodies in the welcome hamper, we will return for future Whitby adventures!
Helen and Peter Kay
The Riddle is lovely. Everything inside is high quality and new. I have only praise for the venue!
Mr K Ranner
A beautiful property, well thought out little touches. Lovely comfortable bed, perfect shower and great towels! Like home from home, amazing!
Helen and James


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