We visit 'Bats and Broomsticks' a gorgeously Gothic, Whitby bed and breakfast, for a 'spooktacular' stay...
It's not just for Goths! Find out what we thought....
As a birthday treat (for me!) we spent a lovely night away in our favourite Yorkshire coast holiday spot - Whitby!
The weather wasn't kind to us, but we had a great time anyway!
We'd left it rather late to book, and did struggle to find a nice bed and breakfast in Whitby:
We were searching online for hotels in Whitby, guest houses and bed and breakfast in Whitby - it took us a while, but as soon as the Bats and Broomsticks Bed and Breakfast in Whitby popped up on the screen, I knew it was the one!
When we arrived, we managed to squeeze the car in, right in front of the bed and breakfast (off street parking)...
There are 4 spaces for parking, using the house frontage, plus the frontage of the house next door.
You will immediately spot that you are arriving somewhere a little out of the ordinary! A gothic figurine stands outside, as if beckoning you in...
Faint of heart... Beware!
This is a Gothic-themed bed and breakfast in Whitby - but it's definitely not just for Goths!
If you have a keen interest in all things Goth you will absolutely adore this Whitby bed and breakfast...
On ringing the bell, we weren't sure at all what we'd find inside - but we were given a lovely warm Yorkshire welcome from owner, Kev.
He showed us up to our room, and explained the bathrooms, the keys, the TV, parking arrangements and breakfast times, as well as showing us exactly where to find the extremely large collection of DVDs, videos and books.
There is even a whole load of DVDs especially for kids, too - I bet kids would love a visit here! (Too scary for under 8's!)
Kev checked we were parked OK, and offered to help us with our bags - bonus point! He was also a gold-mine of useful local information, such as the best places to park in town, the route into town, and how to avoid the steepest route back(!)...
...as well as offering the hint to eat before 9pm, as everywhere closed - this was true!
Our room was stunning! AND we had a wonderful view of the Abbey!
Other rooms are at the Bats and Broomsticks bed and breakfast in Whitby are:
The Green Man is a pre-Christian symbol, associated with humankind's relationship with trees, woods and the cycle of rebirth, renewal, nature and life-force. It was a popular emblem in Gothic carvings.
The centre-piece of the room has got to be the gorgeous Gothic 4-poster bed in a dramatic cobweb design, and bedecked with greenery, fairy lights, and luxurious satin and sequinned bedding...
Very atmospheric! ...and yes, gorgeous!
There are several cunning and quirky Gothic touches in the room, including an amusing, but somewhat disconcerting box, with wooden stakes, a mallet and garlic, with a note stating 'In Case of Emergency' secreted in the wardrobe!
If you took away the quirky Gothic touches (not that you'd want to!) this would still be a lovely, Victorian hotel in Whitby...
The room had a lovely warm, welcoming and friendly feel - spectacularly spooky but not creepy!
Each room has its own private bathroom, but these are separate from the room itself - bring a dressing gown, as you will need it to trip down the corridor to use the bathroom at night.
The bathroom itself was tastefully done out - in a strikingly unusual, (but gorgeous!) snakeskin wallpaper.
The bed was incredibly comfortable and we both slept really well - watched over by a roosting bat! (Nice thickly lined curtains, so it was good and dark - quite rare we find!)....
Nice to wake up gradually to the sounds of seagulls - and know you're by the sea, in a comfortable bed and breakfast in Whitby!
Breakfast was a 'spooktacular' surprise! The breakfast room is in the basement, and is gloriously gothic...
A brilliant birthday breakfast - what more can you ask for? A gorgeous and grand breakfast by candlelight - 'fangtastic'!
The service and attention was excellent throughout breakfast, too, and the breakfast itself was perfectly cooked.
We would recommend a stay here to anyone...
....and, although we'll need to stay at some different bed and breakfasts and Whitby hotels, so that we can review them for you, on this website, I'd certainly jump at the chance to stay at this Gothic-themed bed and breakfast in Whitby again...
...perhaps we'll get to try a different room next time! - and I do hope we will get to stay here again sometime!
Where to Find the Bats and Broomsticks Bed and Breakfast, Whitby
Find the Bats and Broomsticks Bed and Breakfast, Whitby, on Prospect Hill, just on the outskirts of the main centre of Whitby town, close to Pannett Park.
It took us less than 10 minutes to gently walk right into the centre of Whitby (swing-bridge) - slightly longer to walk back (it's uphill, although not too steep, so we went more slowly!)
This map is interactive.
Tel: 01947 605659
Visit the official Bats and Broomsticks website here... (Don't be put off by the scary website!)
Also visit their page on LateRooms.com for online booking and more info and reviews.
Dogs are allowed (well behaved dogs, on request)
A static caravan at Saltwick Bay is available for hire (phone Bats and Broomsticks for info)
Payment is on arrival and is by cash or cheque only (debit and credit card payments are not available).
A stay here is fun, friendly, something a bit different and definitely a trip away you'll remember - I hope you'll enjoy your stay!
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