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Old Coastguard Station

Robin Hood, Yorkshire

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The Old Coastguard Station 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.

Television/Signal: There is no television reception, but a television and DVD player are provided for visitors wishing to bring DVDs.

Cottage details
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  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • 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 & North East England
Visitors walking to Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland © Arnhel de Serra

In England's spectacular North East, Yorkshire and Northumberland are both counties that offer something for everyone. Yorkshire is world renowned for the beauty of its countryside and its scenery, reaching from the Dales in the west to the Moors in the east. There are also historic towns and cities, a spectacular coastline, much of which is in the care of the Trust, and some of the most magnificent historic houses in the country. The cathedral city of York, where the Trust has two holiday apartments, has a huge variety on offer to visitors - from magnificent York Minster to the medieval Shambles, an area steeped in history and now rich in gift and antique shops alongside fashionable boutiques. Northumberland too abounds in magnificent scenery with wide open stretches of moorland and a long and dramatic coastline. Steeped in history, protecting the border with Scotland since the days when Hadrian's army built the famous Wall, the county also has a wonderful collection of historic houses and castles including Cragside, Wallington and Lindisfarne, all of which are in the care of the Trust. The Trust now has cottages close to Hadrian's Wall itself and in many other spectacular locations including Alnwick and Fountains Abbey, a World Heritage Site.

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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  • 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
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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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Tim Huddleston
    • February 2015
    • Oxfordshire
    Made special:

    By the sea. Tanya made it very clean with milk in the fridge and fresh flowers

  • 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

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
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    Wonderful location

    The location is absolutely wonderful. Living in London, we appreciated that the only sound was the sea!

  • Lynn & Dave Baker
    • November 2007
    This has got to be one of the best locations in which to relax and unwind

    This was our first visit to a National Trust cottage and we were not disappointed! This has got to be one of the best locations in which to relax and unwind. The cottage was all we could have hoped for. We spent most evenings sitting with the window open, listening to the waves lapping the side of the building. The bay itself was great, with good pubs. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we have just booked a cottage in Cornwall which looks as though it could give Old Coastguards a run for its money! Lynn Baker

  • Julian Turner
    Flowers and card on arrival and tea tray nice touch on arrival.

    Spent a fantastic May Bank Holiday weekend at the Station for 3 nights. Brilliant location, sea view from the lounge window. Can hear the waves crashing against the end of the building at high tide. Great for a romantic break, good quality furnishings and interior. Do try the Wayfarer Bistro at the top of the hill near the car park. Post office sells 3 day permit for £10, cheaper than single day tickets and you can use it at Whitby carparks as well. Flowers and card on arrival and tea tray nice touch on arrival.

  • Cliff and Ella Woodthorpe
    It is a most magical and romantic venue

    It is difficult to enthuse about this lovely cottage. If it gets too popular we won't be able to book it! It is a most magical and romantic venue, the views are spectacular and the accommodation second to none - not to mention the three great pubs in the village. We have never found a better place to get away from it all.

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