Farsyde Farm Cottages

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Jun, 2011

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We booked one of the mews cottages (no 1, which is the smallest) so that we could walk along the spectacular North Yorkshire coastpath, hunt for fossils, explore the villages and also visit the North York Moors. The cottage was in a superb position for all of these. The cosy cottage (2 bedrooms) was ideal with the coast path about a one minute walk away. From there the path led to Robin Hood's Bay in about 10 minutes although a bit longer coming back because of the steep path! There were alternative ways to the village, along a lane or the old railway line. This latter path runs for miles (Scarborough to Whitby) and we found ourselves walking along it on other occasions. The welcome at the cottage was very friendly with milk and 6 huge eggs (we bought some from the owner when we left) , tea and coffee supplied. The farm is a riding stable and stud, so lessons and hacks can be booked. The chickens peck around outside the windows where there are picnic tables in a small orchard. Donkeys and horses in the fields could be seen from the window. Robin Hood's Bay is a maze of tiny twisted, very steep streets; fascinating history as well as fossil shops. It's also the start or end of the coast to coast long-distance footpath with a "shop" where certificates are issued to prove one's done the walk. We enjoyed visits to Staithes and Runswick Bay both of which tumble down the cliffs steeply. Whitby was nearby, with many more shops and plenty to fill in a day's visit including boat trips. The whole coastline is full of fossils, not so easy to find in some locations, but the hunt is exciting. The tide comes in fast and there are a limited number of places where it's possible to exit from the beaches up the steep cliffs. The North York Moors were an easy drive with very different scenery, a steam train with a very pretty route and chocolate box villages. All in all we would recommend this accommodation to anyone who wishes to be near the coast path and Robin Hood's Bay. At the farm there are alternative cottages too.


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