My wife and I booked a two night stay at Riftswood, Whitby via another travel based website. The reviews we read were (with the odd exception) consistent, complimentary and contented, and the hotel features in the ‘Top Ten’ of places to stay in Whitby, so we thought we would give it a go; a good decision......
We telephoned prior to our arrival to confirm that our attendance would be fairly late on the Friday evening, but found it was no problem to hosts Peter and Paula who, despite getting ready for a night out, were happy to wait in to ensure we were properly settled; the offer of tea, coffee or wine and a smashing piece of fruitcake was too good for my wife to turn down although I did gratefully accept a mug of steaming tea after driving for almost three hours. After a short chat with the owners, we were shown up to room Number One which was to be ours for the weekend.
Riftswood has three guest bedrooms; the other two rooms are possibly a little larger than ours, but Number One was tastefully decorated in neutral colours, immaculately clean and very well presented with welcoming chocolates, hot drinks, milk and some excellent cookies! The bed was very comfortable and we had two nights of peaceful repose shrouded in clean, fresh bed linen. The en-suite consisted of a sink and shower, with the private toilet sited just two steps outside the room; all were clean and well replenished. The toilet beyond the confines of the room may be an issue for some, but the amount of guests catered for means that other occupants are rarely seen, however I would recommend that it would be wise to take a dressing gown. I didn’t, but luckily no-one witnessed my nightly wild eyed wanderings! The room does have a television, limited to the four main channels, but as Whitby has so much to offer, we didn’t watch much tv anyway, but if you are a Sky subscriber, it may come as a shock to the system. A thoughtfully provided hairdryer ensured I could take the wife out in daylight, a kettle guaranteed refreshment, large fluffy towels were great, and a wardrobe provided plenty of hanging space.
Breakfast was a truly tasty affair; the full English breakfast is ordered the night before to ensure you get what you want, and is cooked to perfection and then lavishly arranged on clean, white crockery. (A nice touch; the order form is pre-printed with guest names on, not exciting, but appreciated.) The sausages, the bacon and the black pudding (yum!) are proper, quality meats, not the usual cheaper cuts or offerings found in many other establishments and the eggs (fried or scrambled) are free range and taste like eggs should. All condiments are clean (no need to wipe old HP off the top) and plentiful, homemade preserves compliment hot toast and butter. Tea, coffee and juices are available as are cereals......eat it all and you may not need to eat again until much later in the day, or you may need to retire to your room for a short nap!
Riftswood is ideally situated to take in the shoreline and town walks; just one street from the front and beach walks , it is tucked away with ample parking but within easy wandering distance of the ‘Whalebones’ and town.
So that is Riftswood, but what makes it so special?? Owners Peter and Paula really made an effort to find out something about us, the reason for our visit and whether everything was to our satisfaction. They really are ‘people’ people and nothing was too much trouble. If we needed to find anything in Whitby, they could help to the point of offering a lift to guests or supplying a map if you preferred to walk the short distance into the heart of town. I must end by mentioning a canine ‘star’ who made our stay extra special; Denzil is a beautiful black ‘goldendoodle’ dog who welcomes each visitor as a new friend but is exceptionally well behaved and unless you ask, will rarely be seen; I would certainly recommend that you meet him, and I would certainly recommend a stay with Peter and Paula, we will be returning, so maybe see you there??
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