Holiday in a beautiful Cottage near whitby

Maybeck Cottage

Sleeps 2 Guests
(plus double sofabed)
Couple's retreat
Stay in a Beautiful COttage minutes from the East coast

Visit our Home Away From Home in the breathtaking North Yorkshire moors.

Beautiful Maybeck Cottage offers guests a tranquil countryside escape, in a fabulous location for exploring the nearby town of Whitby & its beaches, or the  surrounding North Yorkshire Moors National Park.

Located in the picturesque riverside village of Ruswarp, you will find all you could possibly need & more, right on your doorstep….

A quaint local pub, family butchers & local shop, for all your essentials & needs. A beautiful riverside cafe, where you can watch the boats pass by, and easy access to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway or bus routes.

If you’re keen to embrace the country life, hire a rowing boat or kayak and meander down the River Esk. Catch some fish for tea, or explore the many beautiful walking routes, all from the cottage doorstep.

The famous coastal town & fishing port of Whitby is just 2.5 miles away, and easy to access on foot, by car, bus or train.

With a luxurious, cosy cottage to return to after a day of exploring. Feet up, fire on, glass of wine in hand.

What more could you possibly want?

Maybeck Cottage is set on a hilltop, accessed along a little country road. The cottage itself is a converted barn, set in a large green area with picnic benches.  Looking out over the valley, with breathtaking views, all the way to Sleights and across to Whitby, with the Abbey in the distance. A peaceful location, where you can unwind and relax, spending the days exploring at your leisure.

A perfect choice for couples looking for a romantic break in the countryside, with all the luxuries of a 5 star hotel, set in a rural cottage escape. Equally, if the kids are in tow, there is the option of a pull out sofa bed or travel cot and more than enough to occupy their excited minds. With a soft play area & minature railway, two minutes from the doorstep.

Maybeck cottage is in a fabulous location, cosy and welcoming, beautifully furnished throughout, with thoughtful personal touches to ensure this is a holiday you will never forget.

Your accommodation

1 x Double Bedroom

A beautifully spacious bedroom, with a large king size bed & luxury matress. Fur throws, hot water bottles, hair dryer & gowns are also included, to make your stay as cosy & relaxing as possible.

Open-plan Lounge

Comfortable & relaxing, open plan lounge with double sofa bed, dining table and seating for 2/4, Large 32″ TV with netflix & Disney +, electric fire, Sony sound system & stunning countryside views. 


Fully equipped kitchen with kettle, toaster, fridge/freezer & microwave. Complimentary Tea, Coffee & Sugar, and (in the summer) fresh eggs, from our rare breed hens.


Private bathroom with shower over bath, wash basin and toilet. Super soft bath sheets &  luxury soap, hand cream  & hair & body wash.


At the front of the cottage is a small courtyard area, with plants and benches to relax and unwind.


From the picnic area you can enjoy breath taking views. Overlooking the valley, all the way to Sleights and across to Whitby, with the Abbey in the distance.

A Welcome note from your hosts

Welcome to Maybeck Cottage,

We are delighted to have you to stay in our beautiful cottage.  We hope you find that you have everything that you need, please do contact us if you feel there is something missing. Please enjoy the complimentary Yorkshire Tea & Coffee, for your convenience along with luxury Soap, hand creams & body wash, robes and hot water bottles for use during your stay. We have endeavoured to make your holiday  relaxing, cosy & stress free.

Please take the opportunity to enjoy exploring the beautiful surrounding area with local walks, local eateries and relaxing drinks before returning to your little luxury hamlet at Maybeck Cottage.

Please do help yourself to the welcome drinks provided on arrival.  You will find all the information you may require over the next few pages.

We take great pride in providing you with a memorable stay; we wish you a fabulous holiday & we hope to welcome you back again soon.

Warmest wishes

Complimentary Hamper for all reservations made through our website

When you reserve your holiday through our website, you will not only receive a bottle of bubbly on the house, but you will also receive a complimentary hamper full of local goodies!

See what our lovely guests say


We stayed here for our anniversary and it was so special. We love Whitby and this was the first time we have stayed in Ruswarp, we couldn’t believe we hadn’t found this place sooner, we will be back!

Dominic Simpson

An amazing little find that we will return to for sure. Ruswarp is just lovely, and so convenient for getting into Whitby without having to move the car! Big bonus points there! Thanks for a great holiday.

Den Thorton

Arrived stressed and run down & literally floated home! Thank you so much!

Brandy Simpson

We had two very active children with us & the location was great! Minature railway was loved by us all, Mini Monsterz was a god send on a rainy day, and only a walk away! Then the fabulous beaches and boats! Just perfect, although the cottage was so special we may need to sneak a weekend in alone next time!

Janet Brown

Your Home away from home

Amenities & Services

Full gas heating & Fire
Electric oven & gas hob
Fridge & Microwave
Bluetooth Speaker
Netflix/ Disney Plus
Sofa Bed
Fresh bed Linen
Fresh Towels
DVD Player
Travel Cot
32" Television
Off road parking
Shared courtyard & lawn
Key Safe
Bubbles On Arrival
Luxury Toiletries

Getting To Maybeck Cottage

Maybeck Cottage
Lambert Hill Farm
The Carrs
YO21 1RL


Please note Do not use the post code from the above address in your SAT NAV as it will not be helpful.

Instead, type in ‘Miniature Railway, Ruswarp’. This will guide you to very near the cottage, the sign for Heron Holiday cottages is just past the miniature railway, on the opposite side.

You can download full directions here….

getting to know your surroundings

The stunning local area of Ruswarp

Where is the nearest....

Where is the nearest………


Ruswarp village is a ten minute walk from the cottage or a two minute drive. If you turn left at the bottom of the cottage track, you will find Ruswarp just down the road.


The nearest cash point is on the outskirts of Whitby around a five minute drive or a 35 minute walk. If you turn left in Ruswarp and head up the bank. At the roundabout on the left is a Petrol station. This has a cash point, Spar shop and a Costa.


The nearest petrol station is in Ruswarp. If you turn right once you have entered the village and go over the train track and bridge, following the road round to the right. The petrol station is on your left.


The nearest shop is in Ruswarp. If you turn left as you enter the village the shop is on the right. There is a free carpark if you turn right down a small road just after the shop & just before the butchers. The shop is open 9-1 and 2-6 during the week,    9-11 & 2-6 on a Thursday and closed on a Sunday.


There is a butchers in Ruswarp. If you turn left as you enter the village, it is on your right hand side. There is a carpark behind the butchers, which you access from the small road on the right, just before the butchers.


The main bus shelter is in the Village, on the left, in front of the church. There are stops between the cottage and the main bus shelter. If you are travelling to Whitby you need to be on the cottage side of the road. If you are travelling towards Sleights you need to be on the river side. Timetables are included in this file.


The nearest train station is in Ruswarp. If you turn right in the village, the station is opposite the Board Inn pub. You can catch the diesel train from here, either into Whitby or along the route, through the villages. The steam train does not stop at Ruswarp station, so to catch the steam train you would have to change at Whitby. Timetables are included in this file.


Taxi ranks are not available in the village. To contact a taxi please go to the useful numbers section.


The nearest pub is in Ruswarp, on the right hand side as you enter the village. The Board Inn serves food and local ales.


The nearest café is a minutes’ walk from the cottage. If you turn left when you exit the track to the cottage and walk past the miniature railway. The Chain bridge riverside Café is on the right hand side.


The nearest Supermarket is Lidl, which is just as you enter Whitby, around a five minute drive. If you turn left in Ruswarp and head up the bank. If you go straight across at the first roundabout. Then take a right at the end of that road, Lidl is on your right hand side. Other supermarkets in Whitby are the CO-OP, Sainsburys and ALDI. Although these are a little further afield.

Within walking distance...

Within walking distance….

 At the bottom of the cottage track – Directly opposite you will find the miniature railway, which is great for children & adults alike. Just to the left of here (down a gated entrance to your right) is the Chain bridge riverside café, serving lovely lunches in a fabulous riverside setting.

A little further along the road towards Ruswarp, on your left hand side is Mini Monsterz indoor play centre, great for the kids on a rainy day.

Opposite here you will stumble across Ruswarp Pleasure Boats, where you can hire a rowing boat or canoe to take a trip down the picturesque river Esk.

Keep walking along this road, with the boats on your right, and you will enter the village of Ruswarp.

To the left you will see Ruswarp church and the bus shelter, where you can pick up the bus to Whitby.

If you keep heading left along this road you will pass a small shop and the local butchers.

As you enter the village, if you choose to head right, you will stumble upon The Board Inn pub, which serves welcoming food and local ales. Opposite the pub you will find the train station, where you can catch the diesel train either into Whitby or for a meander through the other villages on the route.


If however, you choose to walk right when at the bottom of the cottage track, you will wander along the Carrs towards Sleights (around 2 miles).


Sleights village has the lovely River Gardens Tea rooms and Garden centre. Great for a spot of lunch by the river, a game of croquet or a visit to the garden centre. Across the river and up the bank in Sleights you will also find two pubs, a shop, a butchers and a branch of the famous Bothams Bakery.

Getting Around/ public transport...


Parking in Whitby

Parking in Whitby can sometimes prove difficult, to say the least. To park in town you can either use the pay & display facilities or if they are busy you can park in the disc zones, where you will need to display a disc, which we have provided for you. You can only use this in the disc park areas in town for the time stated on the signs. Set your disc to the time you leave your vehicle and leave on display. Traffic wardens are very keen in Whitby, so please be careful.

Should you choose to use it, we have a park and ride facility, this is situated on the outskirts of Whitby. Turn left out of the bottom of the cottage track. Turn left in Ruswarp village and head up the bank. At the main roundabout, take the first left, heading away from Whitby. The park and ride is situated on the next roundabout to the right. The buses run very regularly from here.

For more information check out

(This site is sometimes used for Covid testing so you may need to check it is running beforehand).



The bus to Whitby from Ruswarp picks up at the village bus shelter ( on the left in the village).

The bus is an Arriva Bus No 95. It is a 9 minute journey into Whitby.

There is a timetable overleaf.

To double check the times please contact 0344 800 4411


To get the train into Whitby from Ruswarp, you can pick up the train at Ruswarp station which is situated on the right as you enter the village.

The diesel trains run through this station at different times throughout the day. If you would like to ride on the steam train, you would have to change at Whitby Station, as the steam train does not stop at Ruswarp.

There is a timetable overleaf.

To double check times & fares please contact 0800 138 5560


To walk into Whitby from Ruswarp it is around a 40 minute walk. There are details of the routes in this file.

Walking into Whitby


There are two ways to walk into Whitby, both setting off from Ruswarp.

At the bottom of the drive turn left to the T junction in the village.

For the easier walk turn right to cross over the railway lines, then immediately turn left through a gate to take a footpath alongside the lines. This level path runs between the railway and fields, and later alongside the river. Passing under the viaduct and a high level bridge it ends at the marina, from which it is a short stroll to the town centre. This walk is approximately 2 miles.


The other way into town is a little more challenging. From the T junction in Ruswarp turn left and follow the High Street as far as Jackson’s Butchers. Look for a footpath sign on the right, which passes between a high hedge and a wall. Follow the stone paved path, an old monks’ trod, passing 2 kissing gates and a reed bed on the right, to climb stone steps. At the top take the path signed Whitby Marina, passing allotments on your left, descending and ascending more steps to reach the Cinder Track (some of which is now tarmacked.) Cross the track, across the school playing field, through the car park and onto the A171. Cross the road, with care as it can be busy, turn right and within a few metres look for a pathway on the left between hedges. This path leads steeply down to Waterstead Lane, where, after some new cottages, take the track down and over the railway line, into the marina carpark.



There are coastal paths in both directions from Whitby.

From the coastguard cottages near the abbey the path goes to Robin Hood’s Bay and beyond. (The X93 bus, half hourly in summer, hourly in winter, goes through Robin Hoods Bay for a return to Whitby)

From Sandsend the old cinder track, the bed of the disused railway line, can be accessed via a flight of steps in the car park at the bottom of Lythe Bank. After about a mile steep steps leads up onto the cliff top, from which the path leads to Kettleness, Runswick and Staithes. (The X4 runs through Staithes and Runswick, half hourly, for a return trip to Whitby)



The cinder track, leading from Whitby to Scarborough, a total distance of about 20 miles, can be accessed in several places, thus creating shorter walks. To get on to the track in Whitby, follow the A171 Scarborough road, to the corner of Pannett Park and a small roundabout. Take the small road, Southend Gardens, between houses, to a tunnel. (This can be seen from the roundabout) This is the Cinder Track, accessed either up steps before the tunnel, or a ramp on the other side of the tunnel.

The walk from here to Robin Hood’s Bay is about 6 miles and is fairly level, easier than the coast path which is very undulating. However for a shorter walk drive out of Whitby on the Scarborough road, A171, for approximately 3 miles, to Hawsker. Park in the layby opposite the Robin Hood’s Bay road, B1447, and walk back about 50 yards to a pelican crossing. Cross the road and you are now on the track, 3 miles to RHB.


There is a book on local walks in the cottage, if you would like some further ideas.

What to do in North Yorkshire

The best things to do in & around Whitby

Visit Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the seaside town and it’s something that the majority of visitors go out of their way to have a look at.

The Benedictine Abbey can be quite an impressive sight and it is yet another connection to Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Situated on top of Whitby’s East Cliff, Whitby Abbey is operated and maintained by Whitby Heritage. There are several events held at the Abbey throughout the
year, with the illuminated Abbey spectacle around Halloween a particular highlight.

The Abbey is open to visitors throughout the year.
Location: Whitby Abbey, Abbey Ln, Whitby, YO22 4JT

Ruswarp Miniature Railway

If you are in the Ruswarp area and you have taken a boat trip, then you should take the kids to the Miniature Railway as well. This is something the whole family can enjoy as you sit inside the small train carriages as it goes around the circuit in a delightful little tour of the surrounding area. The Carrs, Whitby, YO21 1RL

Captain Cook Memorial Museum

The Captain Cook Memorial Museum has a wide range of art exhibitions and shows on a regular basis so you’re bound to be visiting when something is on. Otherwise, there is the main museum exhibition, which you can easily lose a few hours enjoying. The Museum is located on Grape Lane and is based in the house where Captain Cook served his apprenticeship as a seaman. It is here where he learned his maritime skills which helped him on his voyages of discovery.

Prices are around £5.40 for adults and £3 for children. Group bookings are also possible.
Phone: +44 1947 601 900
Address: Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA

Ruswarp Pleasure Boats, Esk River

Lots of people enjoy having a nice slow sail down the River Esk. With Ruswarp Pleasure Boats, you are able to take your own boat trip through one of the more
secluded areas of the River Esk. You can enjoy the breath taking scenery in peace and quiet.

They cater for parties of all sizes in traditional rowing boats. They also have canoes for the more adventurous. School parties are also very welcome and inspection prior to visiting is not a problem.

Get there: The Carrs, Ruswarp, Whitby, YO21 1RL

Visit the many beaches

One of the most popular things to do in Whitby for young and old is visiting one of Whitby’s beautiful beaches.

Sandsend is considered by many to be one of the more popular beaches around the town and it makes for a great place to sit back and enjoy the sea air.

There are several beaches to enjoy, with the main beach been situated along the West Cliff. This beach stretches all the way to Sandsend and you can walk the whole way when the tide is out. Just ensure you have plenty of time to walk back before the tide comes in.

There are donkey rides available during summer months along with surfing opportunities. There is also a dog-friendly beach on the East Side of town which is very popular during the summer months.

Robin Hoods Bay

Robin Hoods Bay was once a major smuggling haven on the Yorkshire coast, today it has been transformed into a small tourist town which is a short drive from Whitby.

It should certainly be on your list of places to visit. Park at the top of the bay and walk down the winding path, through the forest of gift shops and cafe’s until you come to the beach at the bottom. There are plenty of places to stop for lunch or a quick refreshing drink.

There is plenty of history in this small village, you can imagine the smugglers hiding in the small cobbled streets. It’s certainly worth a visit.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

For a great day out hop on board the North York Moors Railway and enjoy a day out filled with amazing scenery and lots of vintage charm.
Travel across the North Yorkshire Moors National Park on steam or vintage diesel train and visit some charming station stops along the way, including the famous Goathland – this was the original Hogsmeade Station in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as well as Aidensfield in 90s drama Heartbeat.
NYMR run special events throughout the year including 60s Fest and Railway in Wartime as well as the popular Pullman Dining Train which allows you to take in the stunning scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors while tucking into delicious great food and drink on one of the luxury carriages.

The Seal Colony at Ravenscar

Yorkshire is home to some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. This also means it is also home to some wonderful wildlife – both inland on the moors and in the woodlands, as well as on the coast.

If you are prepared for a bit of a climb, the seal colony at Ravenscar is well worth visiting. It’s not advisable to get too close to the common and grey seals as they lounge around on the rocky beach, but you can get an excellent view of them from the foot of the cliff, below Ravenhall Hotel.

There are around 300 seals living at the foot of Ravenscar – the rocky headland which features in just about every postcard photograph of Robin Hood’s Bay. To get close to them you can park in Ravenscar village, there is plenty of on-street parking available, though it can get busy in the summer.

Head towards the National Trust shop (from the road) and just to its right you will see a rocky track heading down onto Ravenhall Golf Course. A couple of hundred meters down the track you will see a wooden signpost directing you down across the grass towards the cliff edge (not as dangerous as it sounds!). Just follow the path all the way down to the beach. The last section is a bit tricky, and can be slippy if there has been rain recently, so be careful.

This is not an advisable walk for those with mobility issues, or particularly young children (it is not pushchair friendly!). But if you are up for a bit of mud and the occasional scramble it’s definitely worth the effort. Make sure you always check the tide times too – you don’t want to get cut off!

For more information on local wildlife, check out this page on the National Park website:…

Climb the 199 Steps

Climbing the 199 Steps to St Mary’s Church is a must on your list of things to do in Whitby. These steps are well known for being mentioned in Bram Stokers Dracula, but they are also a great sight to see in their own right. You can climb up the steps and look out over Whitby as you climb higher.

Tradition says you have to count the steps though as you go higher and higher.
You access the steps by walking along Church Street on the East Side of town. St Marys Church can be found at the top of the 199 steps. The churchyard is full of old graves which date back as far as the 1700s. Look out for the old pirate’s tombstones!

You can access Whitby Abbey from the back of the graveyard.
How to get there: 199 Steps, Whitby, YO22 4DL

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