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Large traditional house in the heart of old Staithes. Lovely outside deck

Staithes, North Yorkshire, UK
  • House
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights

Pelican in Staithes, North Yorkshire Moors, England - Quiet and convenient location. A few steps from pub & restaurants and two minutes walk to safe beach

Pelican is a beautifully refurbished quirky yet contemporary 3-storey village town house offering comfortable accommodation for larger groups and families. Situated in the cobbled heart of old Staithes - walk out of the back door and watch the ever changing tidal beck or stroll out from the front into the unspoilt high street with its traditional shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. The harbour, beach and rock pools are an easy few minutes walk away. For more adventurous walkers, Staithes is situated on the Cleveland Way with excellent walks both north and south from the village. Staithes also has a well established artist community, renowned art gallery and annual arts festival held in September.


Emma Wood

Member Since 2015
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Mar 11, 2018
About Emma Wood

I spent many childhood holidays in Staithes in the holiday home my family bought in the 1970s and fell in love with its unique charm then. Guy and I have visited as often as possible over the years and have been lucky enough to buy our own seaside home in the village. We live in Yorkshire so get to spend plenty of time in our favourite place with our three daughters, family and friends.

Emma Wood purchased this House in 2014

Why Emma Wood chose Staithes

Staithes is unique. It has all the traditional charm without the tourist hustle and bustle. Despite this unspoilt beauty, Staithes has plenty going on with a thriving diverse community of fisherman, artists, small businesses and restaurants.

What makes this House unique

Pelican is in the heart of the village and when we're there we really feel part of Staithes life. It's one of the few larger properties in old Staithes so plenty of room for our family and friends to stay. We love sipping a glass or two in our decked yard and wandering down to the bridge glass in hand to watch the sunset.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 baby crib
      • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - Large room with two windows looking on to the cobbled High St. King size bed. Bedroom 2 - twin beds & views across the beck. 2nd floor bedroom 3 - double room with king sized bed, two large windows. Bedroom 4 - twin or double and beck views. Cot available on request


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower
      • Shower room 1
      • First floor family bathroom with bath/shower over, WC and sink. Second floor shower room with WC, sink and spacious shower

      Location Type

        • Beach
        • Near The Ocean
        • Village


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Parking
                      Unloading space directly outside the house
                    • Fireplace
                    • Internet
                      High speed broadband
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      The lounge has a bay window with original stained glass and views on to the cobbled high street. Underfloor heating and a wood burning stove to keep you cosy whatever the season. Large flat screen TV with DVD player and Sky. Comfortable seating for 8.
                    • Heating
                      Easily controllable electric heaters in every room. Underfloor heating in lounge and dining room
                    • Telephone
                      Payphone across the road
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bring your own beach towels though
                    • Tumble Dryer
                    • Washing Machine
                      Large capacity washer/dryer
                    • Wood Stove
                      Lovely little wood burner for cozy evenings. Starter pack of logs provided


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Coffee grinder and percolator plus cafetiere and stove top coffee pot
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          Small freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          With windows to two sides the kitchen is light and airy and looks onto the private yard/deck. Full sized electric cooker with hob, grill & oven, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, larder fridge and small freezer, butcher's block. Plenty of cupboard space.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          All you need and more
                        • Oven
                          Full oven and top grill/oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Basics provided
                        • Refrigerator
                          Large larder fridge
                        • Stove
                          4 ring electric
                        • Toaster
                          4 slice toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Large dining table. Seating for 8+ on five chairs and bench Highchair available on request
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                  A few available
                                • DVD Player
                                  Bluray player
                                • Games
                                  Selection of board games
                                • Music Library
                                  Play your own music from your phone, tablet or laptop via the bluetooth system
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Sky+ with catch up and on demand Apple TV
                                • Stereo
                                  Bluetooth speaker system
                                • Television
                                  Large flat screen
                                • Toys
                                  Beach rounders set Skittles Building blocks
                                • Video Library
                                  plenty of DVDS


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Decked seating area with table chairs and bench
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • bay/sound
                                        • restaurants

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • beachcombing
                                            • bird watching
                                            • eco tourism
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • walking

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • groceries

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • fishing
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • pier fishing
                                                    • surfing
                                                    • swimming


                                                        • Notes on accommodation: We welcome well behaved dogs but have to charge an additional £20 fee to cover cleaning costs Outside: The outside wooden decked seating area provides a private haven where you can enjoy a morning coffee, or evening glass of wine. With bench seating, table and chairs there's space for your party to enjoy a barbecue. The pretty path from the deck leads through the gate to the beck and footbridge. This outside area also provides plenty of storage space for all of your beach and fishing gear, walking boots, wellies and surfboards. We've even provided a beach cart to help transport your stuff (and toddlers) back and forth! Utility Room: Accessed via the 1st floor bathroom the utility room contains a large capacity washer/dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels provided. Property cleaned weekly. Electricity included Other: Double glass doors open into the dining room. Left open into the lounge this creates a large open plan space. The dining room easily seats eight to ten at the large farmhouse table. This room has views onto the deck and down the path to the beck.

                                                          52 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Fabulous Pelican House in wonderful Staithes

                                                          Alicia T.

                                                          What can I say. The house was perfect. It was well equipped with lovely decor. We were a group of 6 adults, 2 children aged 10 and 4. Plus our mad terrier.

                                                          The house had a big pelican above the front bay window which made the property easy to find.

                                                          When we gained access there was a welcome gift for adults, children and even our dog. It was very thoughtful of the owners

                                                          The house had two bathrooms, which was great on a morning when we're all getting ready to head out. The house had everything that made it a perfect home from home.

                                                          The weather was not kind to us, but that did not stop us getting out and about. We had a lovely walk on the cliff tops to Runswick Bay, followed by a picnic on the beach. Both children and dog had a fab time.

                                                          The harbour wall in Staithes is perfect for crabbing. The most we caught in one go was 31. Not bad for first timers

                                                          We went to both pubs in the village and ate there. No complaints, they were both good.

                                                          If you have not been to Staithes I would highly recommend you go there and stay at Pelican House. It was a fabulous week.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          You're right - even the weather can't spoil a week in beautiful Staithes. Thanks for your informative review. Hurry back and catch a few more crabs!

                                                          Pelican cottage

                                                          Helen T.

                                                          Cosy,stylish,clean,well equipped,,convenient location.Very helpful owner

                                                          beautiful and tastefully appointed cottage that is also very well equipped

                                                          Kay brigg

                                                          we have just had a weekend break, perfect for the six of us that visited

                                                          Great place to stay in a fantastic location

                                                          Chris D.

                                                          We had a lovely weekend at the Pelican. Staithes is a beautiful place - absolutely tiny, but fantastically located. The local walking is great, ranging from sea cliffs to moors to little wooded valleys, which our kids loved. Whitby is 20 minutes away.

                                                          The house itself is perfect for this sort of trip away. It's well-equipped, thoughtfully designed, with the owners' artistic personalities shining through. We were four adults and two kids and the accommodation was just right. Hosts were great with communication and did their level best to fit with our particular needs; they also provided a very kind arrival pack, which we appreciated.

                                                          Only downside was it was all too short - look forward to coming again another time!


                                                          Tracy L.

                                                          It’s our 3rd visit to Pelican House, 4 adults, 4 kids & 1 dog. It’s like Home from home, Emma & Guy take great pride in their house & so they should. The location is perfect, though straight opposite a chocolate shop with children is hard going st times :-)

                                                          It is spacious, cosy & comfortable. Not forgetting the wine, chocolates, milk & eggs we were left.

                                                          It’s a great base to explore the local area but Staithes is by far our favourite seaside retreat. The cod & lobster is a must for a drink with s view & the food is great. Can’t wait to return already.

                                                          Beautiful, comfortable house in the centre of old Staithes

                                                          Annet N.

                                                          Pelican House is beautifully maintained and tastefully decorated. The kitchen is equipped with everything you might need. The house is spacious and sleeps 8 very comfortably. The owners had done everything to make our stay the best it could be, down to the chocolates and bottle of wine. We can't wait to come back.


                                                          Staithes, North Yorkshire, UK

                                                          Coast/Beach: Staithes harbour, beach and rock pools are a few minutes walk away. There is a small safe sandy beach within the harbour and other rock pools and swimming spots either side of the harbour walls. Runswick Bay with a larger beach can be accessed via the Cleveland Way (a beautiful 1 hour walk and the chance to get the bus back), or by car (15minutes). Slightly further south along the coast is the wide sandy beach of Sandsend and the beaches and harbour at Whitby (20 minutes drive) Travel: Nearest airports are Teesside/Durham (45minutes); Leeds/Bradford (90 minutes away) and Newcastle (90 minutes) Nearest stations are Whitby (20 minutes) and Saltburn (15 minutes) A car is recommended but not essential Distances: Within Staithes there are three pubs all providing lunch time and evening meals (two in the old village and one at 't'top'); a butchers (which also sells basics such as milk, eggs, bread); two restaurants and a cafe plus other souvenir/gift shops. These are all within a few minutes walk of the house. Further up the village there are other cafes, shops and a supermarket. These are only 10-15 minutes walk although the hill is quite steep. Most supermarkets (Asda and Sainsburys) will deliver. Further Details: Staithes , as well as being an ancient fishing village, is home to the popular Children's CBBC series 'Old Jacks Boat'. Indeed, both twin rooms have a view of Old Jack's house and younger children will have fun spotting the many other locations used in the programme. A variety of activities and courses are available in Staithes and the neighbouring areas. These include art classes, cookery, coastal foraging, fishing and surfing. Staithes is located within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and there are many places of interest within a short drive. A few miles North of Staithes is Saltburn-on-Sea with its beaches and impressive cliff railway (funicular) For steam train enthusiasts you can access the North Yorkshire Moors Railway within 20 minutes at Whitby or into the Moors at Goathland or Pickering. Whitby is a larger harbour town with many attractions including the ruined Abbey and the Dracula Experience plus seaside arcades and a funfair. Captain Cook has several connections with Staithes and the Captain Cook museum is a short walk from the house. Walking around the cliffs you might still find some of the fossils (trilobites) and jet that made the area famous. Have a go at fishing, catch a few crabs and if you don't catch anything you can buy freshly caught local seafood direct from the company located at the top of the village. Lobster and crab are the local speciality Staithes is the perfect base for seeing stunning scenery from the coastal cliff top walks along The Cleveland Way; exploring interesting geology; fossil hunting; rock pooling and crabbing off rocks in the calm waters of the harbour, or simply just taking time out to sit, relax and enjoy some traditional Yorkshire ale in the local pubs. Don't believe us! See what the Telegraph has to say about our lovely village "The county’s greatest hidden gem" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/11254920/The-best-English-villages.html

                                                          Rates & Availability

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                                                          Pet Fee
                                                          Damage Deposit

                                                          Changeover Day: Preferred changeover day is Friday although some flexibility possible Check in from 3pm and check out before 10am please. Notes on prices: Please ask for weekend (3 day) and mid week (4 day) short break prices and availability. Up to 25% reduction on weekly price in some weeks £20 each additional cleaning if bringing canine pals (max 2 dogs)

                                                          52 Reviews
                                                          Wonderful 4.9/5
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