Runswick Bay Cottages was founded by Helen Massey in 2003.
I was fortunate enough to have grown up in Runswick Bay and know every corner of the village which is heaven for children to explore. Here I am aged about 5 (on the left) sitting on the wall infront of Castle House with my cousin with Runswick Bay beach in the background.
My parents bought the former restaurant "Square Rig" in its dilapidated state in the early 80's and that was my childhood home for many years.
I bought my first holiday cottage in Robin Hood's Bay in 2003 and renovated it from top to bottom. It seemed a shame to have it sitting there empty when we weren't using it and I wanted others to be able to explore the magic of the area.
I was thoroughly disappointed by the impersonal service given by the large holiday letting agencies. A lot of the cottages I stayed in were tired and run down, poorly managed and I was determined that my little cottage wouldn't be in the same category so I set up my own business - Romantic Cottage Holidays.
When a friend suggested I look after one of their contacts property in Runswick I jumped at the chance. As a Chartered Surveyor, understanding each property and what they needed to make a successful holiday let was easy for me as I was already doing it for myself. I happened to still enjoy coming back to Runswick with my family, making memories with my own children and helping others with theirs and so my business grew.
16 years on, I run the company single handedly and the cottage owners are personal friends. Most have known me since I was little. We sold the cottage in Robin Hood's Bay and so looking after cottages solely in Runswick Bay, I decided to change my business name to "Runswick Bay Cottages".
As a cottage owner myself, I would be delighted to help you get the best from your holiday home if you're in Runswick Bay and thinking of renting.
For my guests, I am passionate about ensuring that you discover the magic of Runswick Bay - whether you want to stay for 3 nights or 3 weeks!
There are no hidden charges when you book with Runswick Bay Cottages. I'm a Yorkshire girl who likes to talk so if you have a query or question about your stay - just call, email or Whatsapp..... I'd be happy to have a chat!
My office hours are
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday
9am to 12 Noon Saturdays
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
T: 07970 300068