DUNSLEY is our hideaway. We have made it comfortable, cosy and easy to live in because, when you aren’t staying, it’s likely that we are. We love walking, sea kayaking, photography and relaxing, so Dunsley is the perfect base. We hope you’ll think so too.
Dunsley has an eclectic mix of antiques, artwork and modernity. There is a Yorkshire settle in the kitchen, and a unique ‘bonnetiere’ kitchen cupboard. Modern touches are dictated by modern times: we have superfast broadband, which reaches all over the cottage.
We work hard to ensure Dunsley is as comfortable as it can possibly be... latest additions are a small TV by the kitchen fireplace, and fluffy bathrobes for guests' use.
Dunsley has a stable door, with a custom-made stained glass panel. It was created by Val Green of The Stained Glass Centre at Cayton, about 45 minutes’ drive from Dunsley. The birds are dunlins.
OUTSIDE: Dunsley is unusual in Staithes, in having an enclosed, private front yard. Few cottages have space to sit outside, but Dunsley offers you the perfect place to enjoy an evening glass of wine, an al fresco meal, or reading a book in the sunshine. As Chapel Yard is a pedestrian street, this little nook is calm, day and night.
KITCHEN - DINING AREA:
The kitchen is equipped with a full-size oven, modern fitted kitchen and quality cooking equipment. The scrubbed pine table has a monk’s bench and two pine chairs, with recessed spotlights overhead for reading. In winter, the open fire is a real treat. A leather sofa can be pulled up to the fire or positioned by the large window, to enjoy the outside from the inside. We also have an audio system including a CD player (bring your own CDs) plus another TV so you can enjoy your viewing, or relax with the radio, from the fireside
BEDROOM: The largest room in Dunsley, this features a beautiful brass and cast iron bed with a firm mattress and luxurious mattress topper, plus a selection of pillows (luxury down and synthetic) and a choice of duvet weights. A Victorian chaise longue has pride of place by the high sash windows. At night, Staithes has no church bells, and no traffic noise on our pedestrian-only street - although the seagulls can be early risers in summer! The guestbook is full of comments about the comfy bed; in fact it's so good, we bought an identical mattress for our own home.
BATHROOM: We love this room - and our guests do too. Many cottages in Staithes have slow-running baths, but Dunsley has a large, powerful shower with constant hot water and invigorating pressure. The hand-basin sits on a pretty Victorian pine washstand with a tiled back, another special touch for a special cottage...
THE SNUG: A cosy room next to the bathroom on the top floor, this has a squishy sofa and flat-screen TV for lazy days. An armchair is planted by a well-stocked bookshelf. The exposed beams include an 18th century ship’s mast. The WiFi broadband reaches up here, and there’s a wireless phone handset with an intercom option, so you can ‘speak’ to the kitchen without leaving the sofa.
HEATING: Dunsley has high-tech, digitally-controlled electric radiators in every room, for warmth on demand. These give off both radiant and convective heat, which is less ‘drying’ and more comfortable than conventional radiators. There’s also the open fire in the kitchen, and big windows for solar gain in the bedroom.
The white cross near the right side of this picture marks Dunsley’s roof. While Dunsley doesn’t have a sea view, it is just 20m from the river (you can see it from the yard) and 60 seconds’ walk from the harbour. The big advantage of being away from the water is shelter: if it’s breezy on ‘the front’, it’s likely to be calm and quiet at Dunsley.