Friday, 8 July 2011

Living La Vida La Rosa - Part 2 - Whitby

Well we made it up the hill and left La Rosa - Campsite Extraordinaire behind (and below!) us and headed towards the clifftops of Whitby for the second part of our La Rosa trip. As check in wasn't until much later that afternoon we had plenty of time to savour the delights of Whitby
- and for the first time visitor there are many!

But wouldn't you know it, we had food on the brain. Purely accidentally, just as we were about to start chewing on our own arms for sustenance we came across the most delightful tearoom. Given the themed nature of the rest of our holiday (and the fact that the Other Half writes under the pseudonym of The Literary Critical Detective) it seemed entirely appropriate that this tearoom was called 'Sherlocks'

Not only was the name appropriate, the decor and atmosphere were evocative and purely by chance we ended up sitting in the incredibly comfy leather sofas. All of this, alongside a lovely cup of tea and a roasted vegetable pannini would usually be enough to soothe and revitalise. But we wanted more, and my goodness did they deliver! This has to be the best lemon drizzle cake I have ever tasted....

and yes that is three.... three scoops of ice cream accompanying the Other Half's chocolate fudge cake!

This gave us the energy to continue exploring Whitby until it was time to check in at La Rosa. Sitting in a prime location on East Terrace (the street that looks directly over the cliffs to the Abbey) our hotel was once used by Lewis Carrol when he visited the town. However I am sure that the place didn't look quite the same when he visited... Where the campsite is full of the kooky and the kitsch, the hotel has a more elegant feel -  but lovers of the weird and wonderful need not be disappointed, the hotel is still full to bursting with unusual ephemera!

Taken from the Abbey cliff, in this photo you can see 'La Rosa' hotel on the other side - it's the lemon coloured house on the cliff top a third of the way in!

Some of the nautical ephemera to be seen in the hotel

On checking in we were informed that we had been lucky enough to be upgraded from 'Little Red', to the best room in the house - also called La Rosa! Described as fit for a swan princess, this room was romantic, elegant and beautiful, had floor to ceiling windows with an Abbey view, a roll top bath and a balcony where we could eat of breakfast hamper. Absolute heaven...

The next day wasn't quite as sunny as all of the previous days, and at times was very blustery. The rain threatened with some incredible clouds - but it never came to anything and we stayed dry with the opportunity to take some very atmospheric photos!

I really would recommend visiting Whitby and both La Rosa campsite and hotel - all three are totally amazing!


  1. Looks like you had a wonderful break, Whitby is fab, loving that hotel and the campsite, wish I'd known about them pre-children!x

  2. Read the Other Half's account of this little trip: the cake seems to feature heavily. Otherwise I'd struggle to believe you'd been on the same holiday!


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