The cottage has a stunning location right by the lighthouse at the top of Flamborough Head. The property faces east out to sea so you can enjoy watching the sun rising each morning. The Lighthouse offers seasonal tours, and it's well worth climbing the steps to the top. There's a great cafe within half a mile which offers delicious all-day breakfasts. There's also a cafe/bistro under the lighthouse - both have incredible sea-views.
The coastal path runs past the lighthouse offering breathtaking walks along the cliffs. Just a hundred yards away from the cottage you'll find a cliff path that takes you down to a fantastic beach surrounded by white cliffs with amazing rock pools waiting to be explored.
Flamborough village is just a few miles away. It's a charming little place with white-washed cottages, a Grade II listed Norman Church and a castle to explore. The village has a Viking heritage - the Flamborough Fire Festival is a Viking themed parade, held on New Year's Eve. It starts in the centre of the village and features the Flamborough Fireballs, Torches, Battle of Flamborough led by King Canute and Viking Longship which is pulled through the village streets by Viking warriors. The parade finishes with a Fireworks Spectacular held at midnight to celebrate the New Year. Like the Obby Oss tradition in Cornwall, it is an ancient and local spectacular not to be missed in the dark days of winter.
Part of the Yorkshire Heritage Coast, Flamborough Head is best known for its towering cliffs which are home to the largest colony of seabirds in the UK, and one of the largest in the whole of Europe. People come from all over the world to birdwatch here, with eider ducks, oystercatchers, gulls and cormorants among the many breeds on show. Nearby Bempton Cliffs are teeming with birds and are one of the best places in the UK to watch puffins.
This area of the Yorkshire coast is also home to an abundance of sea life and it’s possible to spot seals basking on the shorelines and whales swimming off-shore. How about a spot of sea kayaking or a boat trip around the headland to get up-close? If you're a wildlife enthusiast, it's pure heaven! The Living Seas Visitor Centre (run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust) is at South Landing, under 5 miles from the cottage. They organise nature trips for adults and children which are great fun for the whole family.
There are also several very family-friendly sandy beaches within easy reach. The idyllic beaches of North and South Landing are perfect for little ones to splash around in the sea and discover mini beasts lurking in the rockpools. The beaches here are also great for a spot of fossil hunting too. And if all that sounds a little too energetic, how about just throwing down a blanket for an afternoon picnic?
There are lots of great seaside resorts to visit nearby, including world-famous Scarborough (17 miles). Make your way up through the historic streets to explore Scarborough Castle, or pop into St Mary's churchyard to visit Ann Bronte's grave. Enjoy a stroll around the South Cliff area taking in the famous Spa and Italian Gardens. Catch the cliff lift down to the beach and walk around to the peaceful North Bay, visit the renowned Sea Life Centre or explore the beautiful Peasholm Park with its boating lake, woodland walks and oriental influences.
The cottage’s position means you are also perfectly placed to take in the best of the Wolds and North York Moors. This dramatic landscape of heather and open moorland is just a short drive away. And with lots of attractions like Sewerby Hall and Gardens (3 miles) and Burton Agnes (6 miles) within easy reach, there are lots of choices for day trips.