Austen House



(93 Reviews)

8 guests

4 bedrooms

6 beds

3 bathrooms

Property Overview

Austen House is a bright and stylish holiday home located in the coastal town of Whitby. Sleeping up to 8 guests, it’s the perfect place for families to enjoy a getaway by the sea. You’ll have full access to the house during your stay which includes a welcoming living room, fully equipped kitchen diner, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and patio space with outdoor furniture. If you’re looking for a family staycation in the heart of Whitby, Austen House will tick all of the right boxes!


Property Details

The Space
Spread across three floors, Austen House is homely and welcoming. Ideal for the whole family.

The living room has comfortable sofas and a flat screen TV making it the ideal place to relax together after a busy day. There is also a brand new wood burning stove for guests to enjoy in the living room.

The kitchen diner has everything you could need to make the most of your self-catering stay. Traditional in style, the space includes an exposed brick hearth and a large wooden dining table.

The house boasts four spacious bedrooms. On the first floor, you’ll find a king bedroom, twin room and a shower room. Take the stairs up to the second floor and there is another king room, twin room plus a bathroom with a traditional freestanding bathtub.

Outside you’ll find an enclosed courtyard garden with outdoor furniture. This space includes a table with eight chairs so it’s perfect for al fresco dining and enjoying quality time with your loved ones outside. A rarity in Whitby - this outside space is a real bonus!

A third shower room is located in the basement.

Host & Stay are committed to our owners that their homes are protected during guest bookings. For this reason, we require all our guests to transfer a Damage Deposit (refundable, subject to an administration charge) or, to purchase an Accidental Damage Waiver which will cover you for up to £500.00 of accidental damage during your stay.

Set on the West side of Whitby, Austen House is just a short 5 minute walk into the centre of town. Head to Pier Road and you’ll find cosy pubs, fun arcades and plenty of fish restaurants. Continue along the lively road until you reach the beautiful, blue flag West Cliff Beach which is lined with idyllic beach huts. At the other end of Pier Road, you’ll notice the swing bridge which sits over the River Esk.

Over the bridge, you’ll find yourself on the East bank which is full of narrow medieval streets dotted with boutiques, pubs and even more fish restaurants. Climb the famous 199 steps up to the Church of Saint Mary. You can also discover the renowned ruined Whitby Abbey, which was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic novel ‘Dracula’.

Step outside of Whitby and you’ll uncover a haven of woodland and moorland. Whitby forms part of the North York Moors National Park so it’s the perfect place for long walks.

Getting Around
The centre of Whitby is a 5 minute walk from Austen House.

Whitby train station is just a ten minute walk away so villages and towns along the North Yorkshire coast can easily be reached via rail. There’s also a taxi rank in close proximity to the train station.

There are plenty of bus routes throughout Whitby. Hop on the X4 and you can visit beautiful coastal villages like Sandsend, Runswick Bay and Staithes. The X93 travels along the coast to Scarborough. The 95 route features plenty of quaint villages, such as Grosmont and Lealholm.

  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Family/kid friendly
  • First aid kit
  • Path to entrance lit at night
  • Bathtub
  • Bed linens
  • Children’s books and toys
  • Children’s dinnerware
  • Coffee maker
  • Cookware
  • Dishes and silverware
  • Dishwasher
  • Heating
  • TV
  • Extra pillows and blankets
  • Refrigerator
  • Garden or backyard
  • Hangers
  • Hair dryer
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Patio or balcony
  • Private entrance
  • Toaster
  • Towels provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washer
  • Internet
  • High chair
  • Free parking on street
  • Pets allowed
  • Suitable for children (2-12 years)
  • Suitable for infants (under 2 years)
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Iron

Guests have access to the full house. The keys to the property are accessed via a secure key safe and full details will be provided shortly before your arrival date.

We provide a parking scratch card for your stay which gives you free parking in the W zones in Whitby. Additional free parking can be found nearby, and full details will be sent to you before check in.

Austen House benefits from an enclosed rear courtyard with seating for up to 8 guests.

Check-in: 16:00

Checkout: 10:00

Guest Reviews


(93 Reviews)



A fantastic house, just a very short walk away from the shops, bars and restaurants of Whitby. Situated on a very quiet side road with parking right outside the front door it was a great place all round. The house itself is across 4 floors so be mindful of that with very young children or those with mobility issues. House well equipped and beds comfortable. Great that dogs are welcome too. Highly recommend.



Well presented and decorated property. Location good and well equipped.<br/><br/>Too many stairs for older people. Disappointing outside area, not clean. Socket not working in top bedroom. Clean enough but paper under bed and roll top bath. Keysafe was hidden by basement shutters open and could not lock it when leaving.



Amazing location in Whitby and the house was beautiful. Located close to parking and very tidy, would 100% recommend



Had a lovely stay. Didn’t expect to have to pay a waiver the week before in order to get check in details tho.



Austen House was a great place to stay. There were two families with 4 kids in total and it never felt cramped thanks to the abundance of space. Kitchen was excellent, living areas were a restful break, bedrooms were great sizes and the location was perfect for exploring all that Whitby has to offer.



The location was excellent , few minutes walk to the harbour. <br/>House was spotless, beautifully decorated with very comfortable beds<br/><br/>Nothing at all






The house and location was fantastic.<br/><br/>Nothing



Thank you for a lovely stay. We really enjoyed the location of the property everything was in walking distance.



A beautiful house within walking distance to all Whitby has to offer. It was super clean, with everything you would need for a few days away from home. Spacious rooms/kitchen, comfortable beds, three bathrooms, well equipped kitchen. A welcomed touch was the wine, milk and cookies on arrival. The parking permits were great as we literally parked outside the door. I would definitely recommend this place, although you need to be fairly fit as there are lots of stairs!



Excellent property, clean and comfortable beds, great view of the harbour from the top floor. Everything we needed was there, would absolutely book again. Thank you.





The house was lovely, just what I expected from the images. Fantastic location, the scratch cards for parking locally were much appreciated. Overall a great stay and we will definitely stay again when next in Whitby!



We loved the house, it was very tastefully decorated and extremely clean throughout. The living room is slightly different to the image in the photos, it has been redecorated since and looks great and even better than the photos. Each room was really well kept and the beds were very comfortable too. The bath in the top floor bathroom was really spacious and great for a relaxing bath. The kitchen was also really spacious, and we loved the big family table. We loved the location, it was only a couple of minutes walk to the shops and into the centre. A really lovely property, one of the nicest holiday rentals I have stayed in. It felt like a home with every detail thought out. The complimentary wine and biscuits were also really appreciated.. The company host and stay were also really responsive to any questions and I had and provided lots of information beforehand, with a link to a website with everything you need to know about the property, which I have never had before and it made it less stressful when locating the house. The free parking passes are also a great addition and again another great personal touch.<br/><br/>My only slight negative was the shower on the middle floor wasn't the most powerful, but it was fine for the duration of our stay. The house has lots of stairs which we were fine with, but just a note for people who may struggle with stairs. The house is an old three story property with a basement, which is typical in the centre of Whitby.



Great place to stay. Had a fab weekend. <br/>The kitchen area is a great space for communal entertainment. The living room similarly is set up really well and 8 people can comfortably hang out together. <br/>Few issues including a door that was coming away from its hinges and a towel that had some strange burn marks on it. But overall very high standard of quality and cleanliness. <br/>Would stay here again.



Absolutely fantastic in every way.

Joe L


This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever stayed at, I’ve been all around the world. Everything was clean as a whistle and beds were so comfy, I never wanted to get out of them. Same as the showers, perfect water pressure never wanted to leave. Location is bang in the middle of Whitby, right by where all the action is. I stayed here for my 30th birthday and all my friends said the same thing. To top it all off, the hosts were very generous by giving us a welcome hamper with all kind of goodies in it, even a bottle of wine! And what a bottle it was. Couldn’t recommend enough



Good location , easy parking , clean house , very enjoyable



Property was just as described. Excellent.<br/><br/>All was grrat.



The property is in a great location. It is well equipped and spacious.<br/><br/>It is spread across 4 floors. The living and dining areas are on separate floors. It could do with a good spring clean.



We have stayed in and around Whitby at this time of year for the last few years, love the Christmas feel and it’s not too busy. This is the perfect location!!!! The house was cosy and had everything we needed for a fabulous stay. In fact this is the best equipped house we have stayed in. Would absolutely recommend, hopefully we will be back soon.



Great location. Kept to a high standard. Well equipped<br/><br/>Upstairs loo didn’t flush well!



A great house in Whitby, perfect for two families of four and it was great that our dog could stay too. No issues at all, we’d definitely book here again.



This house was a brilliant find for seven of us in a great location. The house was spotlessly clean, a welcome basket was in the kitchen on arrival. The decoration is very tastefully done and I could definitely live there. <br/> <br/>If we come to Whitby again, I would have no qualms about booking. <br/> <br/>Thank you.



Really great place to stay, home from home. Had everything we needed. Will definitely be back.





We had a great stay in Austen House - the location is excellent, so central and lots of parking options nearby too. We had a great time on the beach, eating delicious brunch at Lush Cafe down the road, enjoying the views of the Abbey and making the most of the spacious kitchen/dining area and living room. Everything was comfortable, spacious and ideal for a long weekend with a group of friends.

Louise C


We love quirky but don't like dirty!! Beautiful house, but we had to clean and maintain whilst we were here. There were custard creams, jaffa cakes and Wotsits under chairs and tables in the living room, the downstairs toilet hadn't been cleaned, grill pans were disgusting and greasy, microwave was dirty, the dishwasher did not clean so we had to clean out the filters which were full of foodstuffs and the washing machine was dirty inside so we had to wipe out before use. Really didn't want to start the holiday cleaning!! We also found someone's underwear in the bedside cabinet of the top double bedroom!! The house is really lovely and in a perfect place to explore Whitby. We took the dogs with us and got a friendly welcome in all cafes. Dinner out at the Magpie Cafe was lovely, but glad we booked a couple of weeks in advance as queues were huge! We did experience problems parking and I think this should be emphasised as we didn't know it would be such a challenge. We had to park in the pay and display down the road on a couple of occasions as there was no parking available. Overall we had a lovely week, but really disappointed with the cleanliness as we paid a lot of money for the property!



The close proximity to the centre of whitby.<br/><br/>The late check-in time, then the early checkout.



We had a fantastic stay and the location is perfect for walking into central Whitby.



The property is beautiful clean and comfortable and very spacious.<br/><br/>One of our guests were bare feet in the kitchen and stood on broken glass, we had only just arrived so it must not have been cleaned properly. Also a few cobwebs in the basement toilet with spiders in.



Good house in a good location. <br/>If you have problems with stairs this house would not be suitable.



The size and homeleness<br/><br/>A lot of stairs, but was expected



The property was very close to the centre of Whitby. The rooms were clean and tidy, with areas to relax. DVDs were provided and we relaxed later watching some vintage Fawlty Towers. The kitchen was also very nice, with plenty of space.<br/><br/>Parking wasn't easy and someone hit my car, whilst it was parked. Also, you have to pay a £250 deposit, which they hang on to for a month, which doesn't seem fair. Given they have your credit card number, they are able to take money for any damages. I suspect this simply makes their bank balance look good.



Very clean and spacious and prime location <br/>Would definitely book again



The house was beautiful, clean and comfortable.<br/><br/>Parking was difficult, permits were not left, one car got ticket and pranged, one car had to pay parking charges. Took alot of our weekend up trying sort.



Lovely house to stay in, the rooms were really spacious and the kids loved that it was spread across 4 floors. Great views from the top floor! We felt right at home.





velmi velký, pohodlný a komfortní d?m, výborn? vybavený<br/><br/>extra náklady na pojišt?ní proti poni?ení vnit?ku (setkal jsem se s tím poprvé v život? - proto p?ece platím drahé nájemné, je to riziko podnikání...)



Beautiful house in a great location





Perfect place to stay. We were in Whitby for a wedding. <br/>Check out is pretty early (10am) which seems unusual. <br/>House was lovely.



A lovely house with lots of character. There was plenty of room for two families over the four floors. We loved the location, close to the town and beach, but quiet and with great views of the abbey.



lovely place in a good location.<br/>plenty of space and comfortable beds,<br/>everything provided.



Perfect location



It's more than 700 yards like it said in the app.on tops of a big that wasn't mentioned. But a lovely place to stay



Lovely house in a central location with great views. Just be aware there's a lot of stairs. Lovely comfortable living room, massive kitchen with everything you could ask for. Only problem we has was the parking permit was downstairs in the kitchen where the coffee and tea were, would have been much better to leave it on the hall table. And I hope the dirty socks have been removed from the chest of drawers in the bedroom!! But would still stay there again.



had everything we needed and in excellent location,beautiful house<br/><br/>everything was perfect



A beautiful house great for small groups. The house is conveniently located near the Town Centre, shops, seafront and pubs/restaurants.



place is exactly like it looks on the pictures, excellent



An absolutely beautiful house in a great location. We stayed as a family and the layout of the bedrooms suited our needs perfectly. It is a well set out comfortable house.<br/><br/>Nothing





Staying at Austen House was lovely. The house was exactly as described and the location absolutely perfect. We visited during a particularly busy weekend so parking was a bit hard to find but still worth it.





Great location - a short walk from town.



Wonderfully spacious property in a superb location!<br/><br/>Shower in top floor bathroom



Great location good facilities<br/><br/>Everything was satisfactory



We enjoyed our stay. Great location, good size house for two families.





The property was wonderful. The location was fantastic and this was one of the best properties we have ever stayed in when visiting Whitby. The house was beautifully decorated, with high levels of detail across all areas of the property. There are two pieces of advice that I wish I was aware of before we arrived: firstly if you are visiting in the peak of summer - parking is a nightmare. We had two cars (the house capacity is 8people, so this is not unusual) and we could not find any parking near the property and had to pay in a car park for the first 2 days. There is a public car park close by, however there was also no space in there. We requested a second parking permit, but had to pay additional for this. The other thing to mention is that this property is not completely ‘child-friendly’ there are a number of stairs which is very difficult with toddlers. My son is two and was obsessed with going up and down which made it stressful - this could be eliminated easily with stair-gates which I would definitely recommend. <br/><br/>However, apart from the parking and stair-gates - this was a perfect property and we will definitely stay again (when the children are a little older).



We had a great time in the Austen house. It was clean, beds were super comfy, the upstairs shower was lovely and communication with the host was good. Totally recommend it will definitely go back again. Thank you ?



Very good

Shani P.


If you want to stay in the heart of Whitby, close to the beach, then this is a great property. The beds are very comfortable.

Anne D.


Loved our short stay in Whitby, the location was great. Parking a little tricky but permits were left in the property which was great. The house was very clean and well equipped. We had 3 generation of family stay and it was a great getaway!



Only problem was difficult parking arrangements



This house is wonderful for the larger group. The rooms are a great size. The proximity to the beach and esplanade is wonderful. It's only a few minutes walk to most shops and pubs/bars/restaurants. It is uphill on the way back home from the water though so bear that in mind. Our group of 4 adults and 3 teenagers loved it.<br/><br/>Communication with the hosts was easy and promptly answered and the amenities and little touches in the house make you feel welcome, cared for and comfortable.



Perfect location, within walking distance of the centre of town - but far enough away to not be disturbed. Spotlessly clean and everything you needed to stay for one night or 3 weeks. The beds were sooooo comfortable and the towels were soft and still looked brand new. All the furniture was high quality and the added extras like the dishwasher, TVs in all the bedrooms, sound system just made it even better. Communication with hosts was excellent - responses were within minutes of any queries/questions we had. Would definitely recommended staying here when in Whitby<br/><br/>Only one set of keys, there were 8 of us staying and we all wanted to go out at different times and come back at different times, we used the key lock, but its difficult to see at night, good job we had phones with torches. <br/>No glasses in the bedrooms - it was a long walk down to the kitchen from the top floor in the middle of the night for a glass, however these are just suggestions - NOT complaints



the location was good<br/><br/>the walk-in shower wasn’t very good on the second floor



Great location - short walk to all the main attractions, plus some great nearby places to eat and drink including those recommended by the hosts. Super house for a group/family to share with lots of space and light. Highly recommend.



We enjoyed our stay at the beautiful property right in the middle of Whitby. Property was clean and ready for our arrival and was well equipped.



Beautiful house and great location!



Property is pretty and large, in good position 5 mins from beach and town<br/>Everything clean and plenty of equipment in kitchens Beds and lounge all comfy<br/><br/>Small issues <br/>- no handle on grill pan ( no oven glove) so had to use tea towel ( only one supplied so got messy very quickly) so also burn fingers!!<br/>- Also a jcloth to clean surfaces useful <br/>- Only other thing - electric shower on middle floor only a dribble comes out <br/><br/>Overall tho we all loved the place and had a great stay<br/>Staff very helpful and answered questions very quickly <br/>Thank you



very spacious to accommodate a large family <br/>and central to all access to the views



Excellent property. Very well located, ideal to walk to shops and restaurants into the old town. Well prepared to receive guests. We had a great weekend !



Great place



Great central town location. Large, nicely decorated and furnished house.<br/><br/>Steep steps to access the front door but we used the back door once we were settled in.



Perfect location in the middle of Whitby. The house was spotlessly clean , lovely and warm and the beds were so comfy. They are also dog friendly which was a bonus for us. They though of everything in the kitchen and was great for a group of friends.





Very comfortable and characterful house, just minutes on foot to the shops, harbour and West cliff and beach.



Great house to stay in. Comfortable, warm and well equipped. Good location



Rented a house so bought own food to cook, but plenty of cafes and restaurants in the local area<br/><br/>Nothing, perfect



Great house, deceptively spacious and well located.



Lots of communication, everything about the house was made very clear and the house was beautiful



We were given the opportunity to stay in this lovely Period property for a week whilst we refurbished the beautiful sliding sash windows for the current owner Glenda, We had a very comfortable classy worm clean house to stay in whilst working, I would personally recommend staying here it is in a fantastic location to enjoy all Whitby has to offer, Glenda made us very welcome and was a pleasure to work for. We will be back soon as a family to enjoy this Lovely property 5 star plus all the way. Brean Davies YTR Property Services Ltd



Good accommodation great location



Comfortable and well equipped house in very central location.

Julie B


This property was very comfortable and was conveniently situated being near the centre of town and with lovely views of the harbour only a few minutes walk away. Parking was tricky as we had 4 cars but managed to park free of charge about half a mile away. I would recommend this house to anyone.





Beautiful house, great hosts and a perfect location. Everything you could ever need provided and all the lovely sights of Whitby within walking distance. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you.



Plenty of space for 8 people. Excellent facilities. Great location for Whitby centre & sights



Really lovely house in a great location. Everything to do in Whitby in walking distance. Hard to park 2 cars near the house but permits left for us to use around the area is very helpful.<br/>We took dogs that like many only like to do their business on grass. The house only has a small concrete yard so had to take them to a grassy area first and last thing on a night which was only a few metres from the house.<br/>Perfect house for families!

Chris J


I stayed here with friends for a short break and the house was perfect! Everything was clean and tidy upon arrival with everything you could need was either supplied or available within a couple of minutes walk. The house is only a short distance from local shops, restaurants and the beach so it’s really easy to get the best out of Whitby even during a short break - I’ll definitely be returning in the future!



Had an absolutely wonderful stay in Austen House - what a beautiful home! Everything was very clean, well-maintained and located right in the heart of Whitby. Great spot to explore the town and surrounding area, and only a couple of minutes scroll to the beach. We couldn't have asked for a better stay. Looking forward to visiting again soon ?

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