Self-Catering on The Beach

Filey holiday cottages

Two Filey self-catering holiday cottages : Drifter and Silverline

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On the seafront next to Filey Beach

Award-winning sandy beach. Children love it. Only a few yards from our Filey Holiday cottages

Sea views over Filey Beach

Panoramic sea views of Filey Bay. Sit in your living room or on our front terrace.
Filey holiday cottages on the beach close up

Sleeping arrangements of the cottages


Drifter holiday cottage on the seafront sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom is ensuite.

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Silverline cottage sleeps 6 in three bedrooms. Two bedrooms are ensuite. It is the only one of our Filey holiday cottages to have a ground floor ensuite bedroom.

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Unique Position

You will enjoy the unique position of our holiday cottages. You could not find self-catering closer to Filey Beach. If you stay at Hope cottages you will find yourself in the middle of the seafront with easy access down onto the beach. No need to pack up a load of stuff in the car, drive to the coast, then find parking and then drag all your stuff to the beach.

You can just walk across the road and straight down the slipway and you are on Filey’s wonderful beach.

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The RNLI lifeguards watch this part of the beach.

Panoramic Views over Filey bay.

Both our Filey holiday cottages are in a raised position, looking straight out to sea. You can sit with your coffee on the front terrace, or of course in your living room, enjoying the view over Filey Bay.

You can also see the horizon when lying in bed with your head on the pillow in Drifter’s master bedroom


As we all expect today, the holiday cottages are equipped to modern standards including central heating, double glazing, real flame fire, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Wi-Fi   etc, etc.

Town centre close by

Self catering in our cottages is easy as we are so close to the town centre. The town centre is within easy walking distance so again no need to use the car all week if you don’t want to.

You can park your car on the seafront, and it can stay there all week for free. A short walk-up Cargate Hill takes you to you all the shops and eateries you might need.

There are also lots of cafes, takeaways restaurants and pubs serving food within walking distance if you do not want to cook.

The Beach

Filey is a wonderful traditional seaside town which has always been really popular with visitors over the ages. You will be able to spend time on Filey beach, which is Filey’s jewel in the crown. It stretches for miles and has won awards. It is safe and well sheltered by both Flamborough Head and Filey Brigg.

RNLI lifeguards look after the central part of the beach in front of Hope Cottages. This central part is washed daily by the tide. Peter’s daughter actually saw a pod of dolphins at the water’s edge in front of our cottages one day.

The Brigg

Most visitors take a walk along the Brigg, play in its rock pools and look at the wild life. You can walk from your front door of Hope Cottages. You should find all sorts of crabs and other creatures. Children love scrambling about looking for things.

The Brigg is also famous for its fishing, giving access to deep water. Cod can be caught at any time of the year if you have the right gear. Mackerel coalfish and pollack are often caught in the summer months. You can read more about the Brigg’s natural history at the Filey Bird Observatory & Group . You will also see a picture of a whale taken from the cliff top. It is in the wildlife mammals section.

There was even a report of a minke whale in the Bay one day. Even if you are not that lucky, you are almost certain to see a seal’s head bob up if you keep your eyes peeled.

Filey is not too developed

Visitors find Filey has not been developed to the same extent as the other Yorkshire coast resorts, and so retains an old world charm and tranquillity. There is only one amusement arcade on the seafront on the busy coble landing. Filey’s lifeboats are also on the coble landing as well as shops, cafes and a pub. There is a Filey museum and also Filey animal park which are both popular attractions.

Central for other resorts and attractions

Filey is also close to lots of attractions in Scarborough, Bridlington, Whitby, Flamborough and the North York Moors. The well televised Bempton RSPB reserve is very close by.

Bempton gannets kissing

You can easily see the towering white cliffs of Bempton cliffs from Filey seafront and Hope Cottages, although you will need to visit them and use a medium telephoto lens to catch a photo like this. You can get very close in places.

Compact town centre

Filey self-catering allows you the freedom of eating as and when you wish. You have a good choice of shops in Filey including butchers, greengrocers, bakers and supermarkets and of course Sterchis the famous chocolatiers. There is also a big choice of cafes restaurants and take aways including of course several excellent Filey fish and chip shops.

As Filey is not a large town many of the big chains have not arrived, allowing the friendly local businesses to thrive. You can find more information on the Filey and Yorkshire coast page as well as lots of photos.

These seafront holiday cottages have been in the Watkinson family for about 100 years, providing self-catering holiday accommodation. John and Peter Watkinson with their wives Cath and Sue have managed the holiday cottages since 2005.

Our grandfather Bob who bought the cottages was a fisherman. He had a herring drifter called Silverline with his brother, which was based in Scarborough. Hence, the names of the two cottages.

There are pictures of Silver Line the drifter. There is also a painting of our father’s small fishing boat, Samaki. 

Peter is still a fisherman. He fishes out of Bridlington harbour for crabs and lobsters sustainably.

Bridlington is one of Europe’s biggest shellfish ports and exports all over Europe. You can see the fishing boats unloading from a viewing platform above the landing berths of Bridlington harbour. This is usually in the late afternoon or early evening, depending on the tide.

You really should read the exciting story about the drifter Silver Line and a Heinkel III during the second world war at

I remember the gold ring well and treasure the presents that Rudolf Behnisch brought us all.

Filey self-catering has been carried on at Hope cottages for three generations of the Watkinson family. Some guests, now grandparents, have stayed at Hope Cottages since they themselves were children. We look after our regular guests and many keep coming back.

We take pride in providing clean, comfortable self-catering accommodation fitted out to a high standard. Furthermore, we invest heavily on upgrading and maintaining our standards. Our aim is to continue to invest in our holiday cottages and make this self-catering accommodation among the best in Filey.

Each cottage has everything you need for the perfect summer holiday or that essential winter break. The sea views are magnificent and the sandy beach so close.