Greystones is a three storey double fronted house built of beautiful hand cut sandstone – probably built in the late 17th Century. It was once a local inn called the Golden Lion and the old pub sign can just be made out above the front door.
Inside, the house is cosy yet spacious and is decorated and furnished in a relaxing but fresh style. There are some special points of interest such as the huge old ship’s timber built into the exposed stone wall in the dining area, an old range in the snug and intriguing arrangement of staircases going to different parts of the house. The pretty open fire in the lounge adds a touch of romance too.
Greystones can sleep 9 in comfort in 5 bedrooms with three bathrooms shared between them. There is a cosy lounge, the snug and a good sized, well equipped dining kitchen where everyone can eat together. The whole house is well equipped to be comfortable and practical with extras such as a high quality dishwasher, washing machine and tumble drier, sound systems, TVs, DVDs, a full Sky+ package and internet access. Special effort has gone into ensuring each guest has a good night’s sleep so you will find the bedrooms have large beds, pocket sprung mattresses and superior quality pillows and duvets.
Greystones is a non-smoking house.
Tour of the house
Step off the street into the Entrance Hall leading to the lounge, the snug, the coat and boot cupboard and toilet. Stairs to the first floor and half stairs to the rear hallway, the coal store and then the kitchen-dining room.
This has sofas and chairs for approximately eight (9 if you are friendly!), a TV with Sky+ and DVD, sound system, games for you to play and a collection of local information. The focal point is the lovely fireplace where you can burn logs or coal.
The main feature in this lovely little room is the huge old range – no longer working but very interesting to look at and think of the action it’s seen at family mealtimes in the past. This room has a sofa, a small table with chairs and a Freeview TV with DVD player. Ideal for retreating to read the paper over morning coffee or for children to draw and make things sitting up at the table.
This room is accessed from the rear hall one way, via a half flight of stairs from the main hall and from another way down a half flight of stairs from the first floor landing. This will be confusing at first but after you have got lost on the way back to the lounge several times you will get the hang of it!
The dining area has a large table that can be extended even further if necessary and is framed by the old ship’s timber set into the exposed sandstone wall.
The kitchen has ample cupboard and worktop space and catering facilities include an electric hob and fan assisted oven, a full sized fridge and freezer, sink, large microwave, large toaster, kettle and a wide selection of cooking utensils, pots and pans as well as high quality tableware.
The en-suite room
Reached by a small flight of stairs off the main landing this is a very spacious room in a secluded part of the house with windows at each end and a kingsize bed. The ensuite shower room has a basin, toilet and large shower cubicle with drench shower.
Further along the landing, this room is at the front of the house and is light and airy. It is generous in size with a kingsize bed.
This is also on the front of the house and has two full sized single beds which are set at opposite ends of the room. There is also a small Freeview TV with inbuilt DVD.
Shower room and separate toilet
The shower room is between the double room and the twin room and has a large shower cubicle with drench shower, toilet and wash basin. The separate toilet is situated just across the landing.
Stairs lead from the first floor landing to the second floor – there is a low beam on the way up to the second floor landing so you must watch your head…
This is a delightful little room with a steeply sloping ceiling and the beautiful old roof beams exposed. There is a traditional Yorkshire sash window at floor level and Velux window in the roof. This room has one full sized single bed and is cosy for one – especially as there is limited full height standing room due to the sloping ceiling.
This is the largest room in the house and again has exposed beams and sloping ceilings making it very short at one end and very tall at the other! There are windows in two directions, including two traditional Yorkshire sash windows at floor level. There is a kingsized bed.
Off the landing a short flight of stairs, ducking under a low doorway, leads to the bathroom with a bath, basin, toilet and shower cubicle with drench shower.
This is equipped with a new, high quality washing machine and a tumbler drier.
Other information about the house
Electricity: this is included in the price of your let.
There are modern electric storage heaters located in every room. Depending on how cold the weather is you simply set the level of input for during the night when the power comes on and then also the level of output you require during the day, they will be set appropriately before you arrive. These keep the house warm in all weathers.
There is an open fire in the lounge that uses logs (which you can buy in the local area) or coal, which is provided.
Hot water: This is provided via a large tank and cylinder heated by an immersion heater. This will be on constantly throughout your stay ensuring there is plenty of hot water for a party coming back from a long hike.
Car parking: There is no long term public car parking in the lower part of Staithes but there are two car parks which are only 200m up the Bank from Greystones. For arrival and departure there is short term (40 minutes) public parking on the road outside the house. The private car park, Glen Vale, is slightly nearer to the house and cheaper at £5.00 a day. It also has the advantage that you are given a traffic cone with a Greystones label on it which you use to reserve your space when you go out. At busy holiday times it is essential to book space in this car park (01947 840590). The main public car park is situated at the top of the Bank on the right of the mini roundabout as you drive down into the village. The charge for this is £5 per 24 hours payable at the pay & display meter but in Winter (usually November to February) it is free. It was refurbished a few years ago and had plenty of space and good lighting. The advantage of using this car park is that the 24 hour tickets are valid in any long stay car parks run by Scarborough Borough Council (e.g. at Whitby, Sandsend, Robin Hood’s Bay) which can save you a lot of money if you travel around.