Dracula meets Alice

Publication: The Lady

Whitby has daunting defences.  On the one hand, the North Sea; on the other, the North York Moors.  Even the banks of the Esk estuary - up which the town scrambles on either side - are steep.  Perhaps that is why this little harbour town has such charm, with its narrow cobbled streets, steps and passageways.

Whitby's diverse history dates back to the foundation of its abbey in the seventh century.  The town's sheltered anchorage made it ideal for fishing and also shipbuilding, trades which continue even today.  Endeavour, Captain James Cook's ship, was constructed here.

Illustrious visitors have included Bram Stoker, who drew inspiration for Dracula from the abbey ruins, and Lewis Carroll, who wrote much of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland here.  Artists are attracted to the town for those same inspirational qualities.

Shoreline Cottages offers a delightful selection of 20 holiday homes in and around the historic port.  A mixture of period houses and contemporary apartments, all are sleekly decorated and lavishly equipped in a modern style which is both chic and comfortable.  A good size range results in properties for as few as two people and as many as nine.