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Boatman's Loft formerly Old Coastguard Station


Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire

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Boatman's Loft stands right by the sea, at the bottom of this picturesque seventeenth-century fishing village. The Trust bought the building in 1998 and converted it for holidays in 2000, but prior to that it served as a marine life study centre. The ground and first floors house Trust interpretative displays and education rooms. The holiday home is completely separate on the second floor with stunning sea views.

The cottage's layout

Other floor
Second floor: sitting room with dining area and sea views and open plan kitchen, bedroom (1 double with 5' bed) and bathroom with shower over bath. All rooms have sloping ceilings.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating included.

Parking: cars only permitted to cottage for access, otherwise parking in council-run car park at top of hill for which council charges apply. Please note that there is a 365 metre steep slope between the cottage and the car park.

Cottage details
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  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

Yorkshire and the North East
Close view of the sunrise from Pule Hill, Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire © Joe Cornish

From the wild natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales in the west, the purple heather moorlands of the Yorkshire Moors in the east, the magnificent coastline (much of which we care for) and Northumberland National Park to the north a holiday with us will give you the chance to explore some or all of this fascinating area. As if that wasn’t enough, there are also historic towns and cities and stories after stories in the historic houses we care for.

North York Moors
Part of Robin Hood's Bay from Ravenscar Cliffs. This is Heritage Coast on part of the Cleveland Way long-distance footpath in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. © Joe Cornish

The North York Moors National Park is famous for its vast areas of heather moorland, interspersed by hidden valleys and bounded to the east by stunning coastline. The main activity in the area is traditional hill farming. Although tourism is increasingly important, taking advantage of magnificent countryside, heritage coastline, busy market towns, attractive villages and historic churches, abbeys and castles.

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place to visit
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  • Sea life centre
  • Scarborough
  • North York Moors steam railway
  • Goathland
  • Whitby
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
The Old Coastguard Station
Discover more about the landscape and people of the Yorkshire Coast
Yorkshire Coast
Yorkshire Coast Varied coastal area with natural history and industrial archaeology interest
Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping
Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping Moorland nature reserve with peculiar rock formations
Nunnington Hall
Nunnington Hall Picturesque Yorkshire manor house with organic garden and exciting programme of exhibitions
Roseberry Topping
Roseberry Topping Distinctive hill with fine views across North Yorkshire and the Tees valley
Rievaulx Terrace
Rievaulx Terrace One of Yorkshire's finest 18th-century landscape gardens, containing two temples


Comments from past visitors

  • Ross
    • February 2016
    • .....
    Made enjoyable...

    The property location was excellent and atmospheric. The welcoming flowers, milk and card were a lovely, thoughtful touch. The property felt very homely. Well done to the housekeeper for keeping the property so well.

  • Lewis
    • November 2015
    • ....
    Made enjoyable..

    The location matched our expectation. The level of comfort and furnishings were this time above your usual standard, in fact the fitted carpet was so good it was quite unnerving for fear of causing accidental damage, but it was very good and no damage took place. The parking of the car was not unexpected but the walk up to the car park each morning was a very energetic start to the day. The staff in the Centre underneath the cottage could not have been more helpful. We had a lovely holiday and were able to go back to Durham Cathedral to have a more relaxing visit. Last time it was with our four children when they were quite young and spent most of the time watching them and not the venue.

  • Gillian Milne
    • July 2015
    • Tyne and Wear
    Made special by....

    Being right next to the sea and watching the tides go in and out. Very well presented with a welcome tray and flowers. Loved the puffin tea set and clock.

  • Anonymous
    • May 2015
    • Unknown
    Made special:

    Unique location, property and furnished to style suited to the property. Always peaceful. Excellent service throughout, standard of cottage and all involved was perfect, as expected from the national trust. I am a life member of national trust of scotland.

  • Peter Goodhew
    • May 2015
    • Cheshire
    Good time

    Extremely comfortable, friendly staff downstairs, plenty of restaurants nearby, steep hill but we were well warned, X93 bus service is wonderful, we had a thoroughly good time. Location, location, location

  • Jennifer Hartshorn
    • February 2015
    • Lancashire
    Location, location, location!

    Delightful apartment, attractively presented Location, location, location The sea, the tides, the town And, beyond your control, we had fabulous weather

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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