All this week I’ve had the holiday blues big style. I wanted to be back exploring the Algarve coast. So, at the very last minute we thought we’d try and have a night away in Whitby.
Accommodation in Whitby
OK, Algarve to Whitby isn’t going to satisfy my craving for sunshine, but it was something great to look forward to this Friday. Having tried the usual accommodation search websites, I was drawing a blank. So, I started to look off the beaten track at the local tourist websites which lead me to find Union Place. And what a place it was; such a hidden gem of Whitby. Owned by couple Richard and Jane Pottas, this elegant 18th century Grade II Listed Georgian Adam Town House certainly stimulated my interior senses. Everywhere you looked there was an architectural feature, sculpture, or interior accessory – I loved it!
The Bed & Breakfast facilities
The bedroom we stayed in had beautiful proportions, with a majestic south facing bay window. On a clear day you can enjoy sweeping views towards the moors; I wouldn’t know due to the fog which had been lingering in Whitby for nine days! The bedroom also had its own very grand, marble, Regency style fire fireplace. Host Richard is a watercolour artist, and many of his painting dotted the walls of the house along with his collection of other artists work.
Included in the £75 per night (prices may vary) was a beautiful breakfast cooked by Richard in his stunning breakfast kitchen. You could tell the sausages and bacon were locally sourced, and it was a great way to start the day.
Sadly the weather wasn’t on our side but this didn’t dampen our spirits. Coincidentally, Friday was national fish and chip day so we headed to The Fisherman’s Wife restaurant which boasts beautiful views of Whitby beach. On Saturday we explored the old town. After making it up to the top of the 199 steps to see Whitby Abbey, we made our way back down in search of the famous Fortune’s Kippers. For those of you who don’t know where it is, the smokehouse is nestled beneath the ancient cliffs along the cobbled street known as Henrietta Street, just beyond the steps. Here the Fortune family have been smoking kippers the exact same way for over 139 years. The aroma coming from the smokehouse was amazing; I can still smell it now.
Anyway, I wasn’t going to write about my trip to Whitby, but after finding Union Place and visiting Fortune Kippers, I just had to tell you about them. I’d highly recommend staying with Richard and Jane, and I can’t wait to return to see the view from the bay window. If you’d like to stay at Union Place, you can contact Richard on 01947 605501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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