Union Place

Whitby, Yorkshire
Bed & Breakfast

Expect exquisite rooms, a cultured host, a superb breakfast. Stroll to cliff-top views and Whitby harbour; stomp the North York Moors


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


A listed Adam Georgian townhouse – elegance epitomised. Lofty well-proportioned rooms with polished floors and cornices and fireplaces intact are delightfully dotted with sophisticated, quirky objets: bead-and-embroidery lampshades and chandeliers, bone china, a small mirrored Indian ceramic child’s dress – and your urbane host Richard’s accomplished paintings. Bedrooms, one painted duck egg blue, one green with floral wallpaper, are beautiful, with lots of lace and fine linen; the claw-foot roll top in the shared bathroom cuts a dash. Breakfast is unbeatable… then it’s off to explore the North Yorkshire Moors. Superb.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 12pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
Pubs/restaurants within walking distance.


Nightly price
from £80
2 Doubles
From £80


In August we stayed two nights with friends, Richard a wonderful host and breakfast cook, making us very welcome and sharing their splendid home with us. It was so imaginatively decorated and furnished, so much better than a run of the mill B&B Bedrooms comfortable and spacious, the guests sitting room a bonus.Garden and studio interesting and delightful with Jane happy to show us the hens. It will be difficult to find a better place to stay. Hope to go back.


Beautiful period house with large bedroom, bathroom and lounge. Interesting features everywhere, open views across to the Yorkshire Moors and a short stroll to either the town centre or West Cliff. Very enjoyable stay with welcoming hosts.

Ian, Birmingham

More than fulfilled expectations. The weather was atrocious but despite this, the warmth of our welcome, the glamour, comfort and central location of this impossibly beautiful Georgian house complete with gorgeous garden, homegrown produce and freshly laid eggs from incumbent hens made for a wonderful stay. We enjoyed a very large beautifully appointed bedroom, our own sitting room and a bathroom, complete with huge freestanding claw bath to die for. It was a wrench to leave our very urbane hosts for home. It even has parking! It does have four flights of stairs, so good knees necessary.

Carolyn, Harrogate

This is a fabulous find! Beautiful house and Wonderful hosts! Immaculate decor, so light and airy and obviously a much loved house. We were made to feel very welcome. We thought we were the only guests as we never heard a peep from anyone else, so don't worry at all about the shared bathroom, which is huge and luxurious! Everything was spotless and fresh, the breakfast was perfect. We took our little dog who was welcomed with hugs and kisses..as were we!! One to keep to hand ready for our next trip! X

Julie, Sheffield

This beautiful Georgian house with it`s superbly artistic and elegant design and furnishing exceeded our every expectations. We were made to feel warmly welcome by the owner, Richard, who also ensured a great stay with his advice as to what we should visit in Whitby as well as providing us with a superb breakfast after a perfect night`s sleep in such a wonderfully romantic bedroom. Absolutely the very best stay in our 14 day tour aound England and Scotland !

Nick, Veere

Union Place is a wonderful Georgian house. It is tastefully furnished and the many interesting artefacts and original art create a very relaxing and comfortable space to return to at the end of the day. Richard is a welcoming and attentive host, he and Jane have created a lovely home in which it is a pleasure to stay.

Anne, Newcastle on tyne

Delightful mixture of Georgian and modern which works! Lovely accommodation and breakfast and a visit to the owner's studio is a must. 10 minutes walk to town centre and, for the elderly, 30 minutes back!

John, Evesham

We had two luxurious nights in this beautiful house. A welcoming host who also cooks a great breakfast. Will definitely return when next in Whitby.

Ann, Weston super mare

Loved the house. Huge, airy room. We filled the double ended bath as soon as we arrived and the two of us languished in it for an hour. Very clean, very beautiful. Host very happy to advise on local area. Would gladly return. Maybe fresh milk in the bedroom, Richard? That's my only, tiny teeny gripe.

Chris, Utley

Stayed at several Sawday's, but this is the winner, charming host and a superb ambiance about the property,Richard loves Whitby and this is evident when you ask him for places to eat and what to do. Chill out zone definitely.

Margaret, Wooler

Another superb Sawday find. The house is amazing. The attention to detail/artwork/objets d'art/decoration/breakfast all take your breath away as you move around from one find to another. Host Richard was so helpful recommending places to eat in Whitby and cooked a truly superb breakfast. His artwork was fascinating. I could not recommend this place enough and will certainly be visiting again soon and recommending friends and family to do so too.

Pauline, Keighley

In early May visited this beautiful Georgian house in great location only 10 minutes walk from the harbour. Richard was perfect host with lots of suggestions for walks and places to eat. He also cooked a great breakfast to set you up for the day. We had a lovely room overlooking the garden and moors. Also loved the garden and seeing his artist studio - great pictures.


A wonderful welcome, superb building. Ideal location which enables you explore Whitby. We felt relaxed and Richard's breakfasts are to be recommended. We will definitely return! The weather was an added bonus.


A wonderful 2 night stay over the Easter weekend. A stunning house full of character and charm, just like the hosts. Richard and Jane welcomed us into their lovely home and really added to what was a great weekend. The house is presented so well with period features throughout and Richards beautiful artwork really adding a warm feel to the house. The large bedroom was perfect with a lovely view. The shared bathroom is no problem whatsoever. Please don't let this put you off. We really do recommend this place, it made our weekend in Whitby truly wonderful!


My partner and I had a wonderful stay here. Both rooms are delightful, we were in the blue room with a huge bay window overlooking the well tendered garden and views of the moors. The adjacent bathroom is huge with a great claw bath and large walk-in shower. Richard is a good host, who served up a hearty breakfast and was very knowledgable on the local area. Lots of interesting artwork in a beautiful house. Will recommend to others.


Beautifully restored Georgian house, a pretty garden, with an enviable artist's studio. Our bedrooms were both attractively fitted out, and the Blue Room had particularity stunning views towards the moorland. The delicious, cooked breakfast, served downstairs in the kitchen, set us up for the day. Richard was a charming and knowledgeable host, full of ideas as to where we could visit whatever the weather. The house is very close to all Whitby’s main attractions, and there are some fantastic restaurants for dinner. We would definitely come back, and would thoroughly recommend it.


A very pleasant stay. A home with interesting architectural features, lovely garden and studio to visit too!


A pearl amongst Whitby's jet! I still can't quite believe we were lucky enough to find this place! This is a beautiful, peaceful, restful and elegant house, with gorgeous bedrooms, a bathroom to die for and a scrumptious breakfast served by our very friendly and thoroughly helpful host Richard. An absolute delight to stay here, superb value for money, with wonderful rooms and luxurious decor to make our weekend truly special. Utterly, completely, thoroughly recommended, and we will be back - I think we've found a new favourite place!


An excellent stay overall. Richard was a lovely, warm, friendly (and v cultured) host who made us feel very welcome the second we arrived. The house is beautiful, absolutely spotless and breakfast was delicious. Lovely assortment of organic tea and fairtrade coffee in the bedroom to choose from and the fresh flowers in the bedroom were delightful. Having one bathroom to share with the other room was not a problem - there is also easy access to another toilet on the same floor. Attention to detail is second to none at this lovely establishment. We shall return!


Fantastic.The house is beautiful and the owners have a great eye for detail. The owners create a convivial atmosphere. Breakfast is as good as anything we have had.Then there is the price which is absurdly low.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Richard & Jane Pottas

  • Union Place is an Adam Style Georgian town house, built in 1790. The current owners have been at pains to preserve the integrity of the property, whilst acknowledging that we are now in the 21st century.
  • Very elegant, you are immediately aware of the houses past when entering the splendid hall with its ornate covings, and panelled doors, flanked by grandfather clocks, and plaster casts depicting figures from antiquity.
  • Union Place was built at the height of the towns prosperity for a local banker. ln 1790 the house stood in splendid isolation, facing north south. The south facing gardens are still in the original terraces as when first laid out
  • Only five minutes walk from the cliff top, and ten minutes from the centre of town and the harbour, Union Place is ideally situated, almost appearing aloof from the hustle and bustle of the town below. Both roadside and garage parking available.
  • Whitby is a town of immense historical significance, and enables visitors to experience all aspects of the coast and surrounding moors. Blessed with a range of fine dining options to suite all pockets and palettes, within walking distance of Union Place.
  • Union Place is now the proud owner of its own chickens, you can go and pick your own eggs for breakfast if you so wish !