Bellebeck is a two storey cottage on Beckside at Staithes, a village on the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast and in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park about 10 miles north of Whitby. Bellebeck is one of three separate dwellings created from a recent professional conversion of the original Grade 2 listed Bethel Chapel, it is one of two 'under-dwellings' facing onto Beckside. The converted chapel above is not a holiday let, it is the owners own home.
The National Park harbourside village of Staithes has a unique charm with it's historic cottages huddling between towering cliffs. It's colourful maritime heritage includes an early chapter in the life of explorer James Cook. It is still home to an RNLI lifeboat station and a small fleet of cobles (fishing boats) landing fish, crab and lobster with boat trips for bird watching, fishing and even whale watching available from a licensed local operator. It is also the location of the popular BBC children's TV series OLD JACK'S BOAT starring Bernard Cribbins.
Staithes has a strong attraction for artists with an annual art and heritage festival, galleries and artist's studios. It was once the home of the 'Staithes Group' of painters and has art courses and workshops regularly on offer. There's a free 'Illusion Trail' which guides visitors around the network of 'ginnels' or alleyways. Trail guide available free locally.
Walkers take the Cleveland Way through the village and along the cliffs while fossil hunters, geologists, rockpool enthusiasts and expert surfers are also frequent visitors to what has become known as 'The Dinosaur Coast'.
Staithes is the perfect base from which to explore all this or simply to enjoy the unique, photogenic atmosphere of England's 'most painted village'.