out of 10
We usually stay in lodges, so this was a departure from the norm for us, and also was about 60% more pricey than we'd usually spend on a week's break.
First impressions were that the road the cottage is in was extremely clogged with parked cars. However, upon reaching the Ropery itself, parking is clearly allocated and available by simply lifting the metal pole protecting the reserved space. Just a warning - make absolutely sure the pole is completely flat on the ground, as otherwise it my make a nasty sounding bang if it touches the underside of the car.
Upon carrying most of the luggage down, I was greeted by my son saying that we had a Christmas fridge. What he actually meant was that the freezer was absolutely frozen solid. And seeing as we wanted to store ice cubes and ice lollies, my first task was to defrost that - not exactly ideal. We also discovered that only one of the four spotlight bulbs in the kitchen were working, and therefore once I'd defrosted the freezer, we bought four new LED ones at Sainsburys whilst stocking up on supplies. As those bulbs cost £10, we decided we'd take them back home with us, replacing the blown ones, but we have let the caretaker know.
Once we'd unpacked shopping etc, we found a folder on a low shelf with details of the caretaker etc, and which mentioned spare bulbs. To be honest, it would have been good to know these details as soon as we arrived, but in any case, there were no spare bulbs.
To the cottage itself. To be honest, on our first day, finding the freezer in that condition, and having to replace bulbs, we felt a little negative - but in fairness, we were also shattered from a near six hour journey.
From the next day, we started to warm to the place. From first seeing the steam train come into the station across the harbour, to watching boats pass through the bridge (and the bridge open up), the view is quite simply to die for. The hot tub and balcony is lovely. As my uncle said when they visited us the second day - it's the smallest swimming pool he's ever seen! :)
For our party of three, there was enough seating in the lounge - but seeing as this cottage is for up to 6 people, then really there is not enough sofa space. As it's a corner sofa, you'd be lucky to fit four people onto it.
To the bedrooms - the loft room is cool, and affords some lovely views if you are short enough to be able to get into the space under the Velux windows. I'm 6'1", and to be honest struggled getting around that room and the main bathroom the other side of the top landing. The loft room is also noisy, with the mirror rattling with every footstep nearby.
The other two bedrooms are downstairs. The main bedroom is decorated beautifully, but there was a rather nasty whiff that just didn't seem to go. Maybe the drains need cleaning out? Also, the bed has storage space underneath, but if I sat down too quickly on one side, the other side of the bed came up in the air. Choose your side carefully for bedroom activities.
Our son's bedroom was a twin room, and it's fair to say he loved it. It does, however, have a huge window which either side opens or tilt opens. As he is only 6, I felt it safest to just lock this for our stay.
I used the sauna just once. It seems to work ok, but as I am not well acquainted with saunas, I cannot really say whether it is a good one or not.
One slight downside is the lack of convenient power points. I wanted to use my laptop most evenings, at the dining table. But the socket was the other side of the room. With our son running around the place, I did not want trailing cables. It was not possible to move the dining table, as there is a very low light just above it, which my wife decided to headbutt the one time that I did move the table.
The location is amazing though - and when you are wandering around Whitby, seeing your holiday cottage from every angle, you realise just what a great spot it is. The only drawback is the walk back up every time - prepare for achy calves!