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Fancy a staycation in Saltburn? Say no more…

Discover the beautiful boltholes, quirky cottages and bangin’ beach houses Host & Stay have in this neck of the… coast

Written by High Life North
Published 29.05.2021

In Partnership with Host & Stay


Emerald Hideaway has got your back, every time. The perfect pitstop to put your feet up after a long day at the beach, this super-sleek bolthole makes sure your solo stay is as stylish as possible.

Retreat to the living room where, under traditional beams and a homely, arched ceiling, you can unwind on the comfy sofa and turn on the flatscreen TV for a little downtime – or simply admire the large prints around you which showcase Saltburn’s heritage.

There’s everything you need to enjoy home-cooked comforts in the open-plan kitchen and dining area, including your own coffee machine so you can bring the barista experience into your holiday home. Sun shining? Open the door out onto the balcony and let the warm air drift in as you get your caffeine fix. You may even forget you’re in the UK!

When it’s time to turn in, you can still snuggle up in style. The bedroom here has a real tranquil feel, with its dark feature wall, sloped ceiling and traditional beams and, as you sink into the plush king-sized bed, you can look out the large window into impressive sea views. Bliss.

An explorer’s paradise as much as it is a relaxer’s retreat, the apartment is right in the heart of all that Saltburn has to offer, as well as being within just a short drive of Staithes, Whitby, Middlesbrough and the North York Moors.

Visit Emerald Hideaway


If you’re looking for a romantic retreat by the coast, look no further than Riftswood @ Ruby.

This gorgeous ground-floor apartment is super-accessible and has a cosy living room, complete with its very own log-burner – making it ideal for snuggling up in front after a long day at the beach.

Determined to impress your partner with your culinary wizardry? Riftswood’s kitchen will help. Ultra-stylish and fully equipped with every modern appliance you could wish for – including a range cooker tucked within the stone feature alcove, and your own coffee machine – date-night dining should be a breeze. Fancy your romantic meal alfresco? Simply open up the double patio doors and you’ll find your own enclosed, very private yard space with outdoor seating.

Head to the bedroom to see where the magic happens… with a king-size bed bedecked with plush bedding and premium linens in rich colours of teal and fuchsia, your stay here will feel so rich, luxurious and comfortable you’re probably not going to want to move very far at all. And listen, it’s your holiday – you don’t have to.

Visit Riftswood @ Ruby.



In the immortal words of Shania Twain… Let’s go, girls. Because with holiday homes like the Emerald Residence, Saltburn can be as wild as San Antonio Bay.

Sleeping up to 10 across 5 bedrooms, the Emerald Residence is traditional in style but peppered with quirky art prints and furnishings throughout – aka, an Instagrammer’s dream.

High ceilings and original wood floors give the home a light and spacious feel – which is saying something, when there are 10 of you bustling about in it. On the ground floor, a homely living room has squishy sofas and a flat-screen TV, making it the perfect hangout spot. Wander through to the dining room and kitchen and you’ll find everything you could possibly need to cook up a storm – or serve up a takeaway in style. And if the weather’s kind, your group can spill out into the backyard, which is fully enclosed so you can still enjoy your privacy.

Now we know what you’re going to say – what’s the bathroom situation? Because, with 10 women all getting ready to go out at the same time, you’re expecting nothing short of carnage. Never fear, say we – there are two family bathrooms here (complete with corner bathtub and shower), plus the ensuite adjoined to the ‘master bedroom’. And speaking of bedrooms, your party can expect to be split across three king bedrooms on the first floor and one king room plus a twin room up on the second. So you’ve got plenty of space to kick back.

Visit The Emerald Residence



Staycate in style at Burnsyde Beach House. With (ample) room to sleep up to six, as well as welcoming well-behaved dogs, Burnsyde is an exclusive property offering unrivalled views of the sandy shores just on your doorstep.

Less than 100 yards from the beach, you can enjoy a morning surf or an evening stroll with ease from this cosy bolthole. Don’t believe us? Just head to your very own sunroom or patio and check it out for yourself – this holiday home has got views for daaaaays.

Style is the name of the game here. All the bedrooms are gorgeously-furnished, with luxurious bedding, Scandi décor and skylights which open out to reveal yet another stunning view over Huntcliff. And two bedrooms and a family bathroom are all on the ground floor, making the property still super accessible.

Your living space is huuuuge and most of it is open-plan, meaning you can each have your own pocket of space while maintaining that feeling of being on a proper family holiday. But when it is time for a little bit of me-time, you’ll always be onto a winner with a long, hot soak in the free-standing bathtub.

Sun’s shining and fancy a barbie? No problem – you’ve got your own. Late nights got you needing an expert caffeine hit? Don’t sweat it – you’ve got your own coffee machine. Anything and everything you could possibly dream of? It’s very probably at your fingertips here.

Visit Burnsyde Beach House



Go shopping! There are loads of quirky boutiques, independent cafés and bistros in this neck of the woods, so make sure you make the most of them. All that shopping sounds like thirsty work though, so make sure to pop into one of the many pubs and bars here too – hydration is important, guys. Fancy a bite? There are loads of restaurants in Saltburn to choose from, but The Seaview Restaurant is our pick of the bunch – although they won’t be reopening until the start of July, as they’re currently undergoing a very exciting new refurbishment.


We’d be neglectful in our duty if we didn’t tell you about the oldest-functioning cliff lift in the whole of the UK (it’s a trip), which you can take down to the promenade and walk along the 208–metre pier stretching out into the North Sea. The long, sandy shores next to it are overlooked by colourful boutique beach huts, set against the backdrop of the high cliffs tower in the distance. While you’re there, why not pick up a new skill and learn to surf? Saltburn Surf School offer beginner lessons for all ages.

Saltburn is basically at the centre of a web of beautiful walks (we mean that in the least creepy way possible). The Valley Gardens are a maze of paths and tracks, all winding through the flowers and woodlands of North Yorkshire, while Saltburn Gill Nature Reserve is a woodland rich in wildlife, set in a gorgeously-secluded valley leading up to the coast. If you’re keen to explore a little further afield, The Cleveland Way National Trail is more than 100 miles long – and Saltburn is a key stop along it. Our recommended route? Start at Saltburn and wind your way down to Sandsend, a popular seaside destination in its own right thanks to its fine sand, rock pools and beach cafés. It’s 17.5 miles but, if you can hack it, it’s the best way to explore the North Yorkshire coastline – and the views won’t let you down.





Host & Stay are the local business transforming the world of staycations – one holiday home at a time.

Born from a passion for property and a desire to lead the change in the holiday home industry, Host & Stay’s aim is simple: to help make the UK one of the most popular, guest-centric holiday destinations in the world. But not at the expense of holiday homeowners.


With a wealth of professional experience behind them, brother and sister duo Dale and Emily Smith are dedicated to helping more holiday homeowners unlock the potential in their properties by creating better guest experiences through advanced technology and lightning-fast response rates.

Fancy finding out more? So did we – that’s why we caught up with Dale earlier – read his interview here.

If you need any more info, inspo or just your daily dose of wanderlust, visit Host & Stay’s website, Facebook page or Instagram


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