Guest information

Enjoy your stay

PLEASE NOTE: the extra precautions we need to take because of Covid-19 mean we’re doing some things differently. Even if you have stayed with us before, please read the section on ‘Number 6 and Covid-19’.

We are an adult only B&B, welcoming guests aged 18 and over and operate a minimum booking policy of two nights.

We are completely non-smoking and non-vaping in both house and garden.  We own one very friendly cat – Bella – who roams around the public areas of the house, but is never allowed in guest bedrooms.  However, if you have a cat allergy then Number 6 may not be suitable for you.

We regret that we do not accept any pets at all – however small or well behaved.  

Check-in and check-out

Check-in is between 4pm and 7pm. You are welcome to drop your bags off earlier (please call first to make sure we are in) but we cannot guarantee to have your room ready until 4pm. Check-out is at 11am on the day of your departure. The front door is the guest entrance, please use it at all times.

Number 6 and Covid-19

As per government guidelines, please do not travel to us if you or any of your party has Covid-19  symptoms or if you’ve been told to self-isolate.

If this is the case you will need to cancel your booking with us – please let us know ASAP.

We’ll be delighted to move your stay to another date up to 31 December 2021.

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms while you’re staying at Number 6, please let us know immediately.

As per government guidelines, you will be required to leave the B&B and return home immediately.  We’ll either refund the remainder of your stay, minus any expenses already incurred for food, cleaning etc, or, if you prefer, we’ll take the value of the refunded balance as a deposit on a future stay.

If you have to self-isolate within 14 days of leaving the B&B, please let us know immediately.

If we have a case of Covid-19 at the property we’ll shut the affected room(s) for 72 hours.

If we have to cancel your booking because we have to self-isolate or because there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 at the B&B, we’ll let you know immediately, refund your deposit and try to find you suitable alternative accommodation locally.

Service changes

We want you to have a great break at Number 6 and enjoy all that we, and our lovely coastal town, offer, but Covid-19 means we’ve had to make some changes to our ‘old normal’ service.  We know you’ll understand why, and hope that you bear with us as we, like you, adjust.

Please read our Covid-19 secure policy for full information on what we are doing and the changes made to our service delivery.
But, in a nutshell, we are:

  • reducing the chances of the virus entering the property by requiring anyone who exhibits any symptoms (check out the NHS website for full information) within 14 days of their booked stay at Number 6 to cancel their booking and re-schedule free of charge
  • implementing procedures that respect social distancing without being anti-social
  • keeping a 2 metre distance from guests where possible and we’ll wear a mask when serving breakfast
  • asking guests from separate households/bubbles to maintain a 2 metre distance from each other at all times
  • staggering check-ins to allow for social distancing and only accepting electronic payments
  • still serving great breakfasts! Tables will be suitably distanced and, to ensure social distancing, time slots may operate. The full menu is still available and all tables will have individual buffets
  • enhancing our cleaning regime in line with government guidelines.
  • leaving rooms vacant for at least 24 hours between guests
  • not entering your bedroom for the duration of your stay – unfortunately this means we won’t be able to do your daily room tidy during your stay but we will empty your bins and keep you supplied with clean crockery and fresh supplies as required. If you are staying with us for more than two nights we will refresh your room on the third day and every second day thereafter.
  • providing hand sanitiser in public areas.

Parking in Whitby

Number 6 is located in the centre of Whitby, and parking can be tricky, especially during peak holiday times. There is on-street parking available across Whitby, including on St Hilda’s Terrace and the nearby streets. Most of this is permit-controlled (check the signs!) and we can provide you with an on-street parking permit for the duration of your stay with us. There are two pay and display car parks within easy walking distance of Number 6 – Back St Hilda’s Terrace and West Cliff; free parking is available at the West Cliff car park from 1 November to 31 March. See more information on all Whitby car parks.


Number 6 has a flight of seven steps leading to the front door. All guest rooms are on the first or second floors. We have handrails adjacent to all flights of stairs but, regrettably, the house is not really suitable for those with mobility issues. And, of course, Whitby itself is very hilly …


Number 6 has Wi-Fi throughout the house.

A little bit about the house

Number 6 is a Grade 2* listed Georgian town house over four floors. Records indicate that it was ‘coming out of the ground’ c1788-1789 and completed by 1790. St Hilda’s Terrace itself is a long terrace of 25 houses. Dr Young in his History of Whitby (1817) described it as the finest street in Whitby, adding that ‘it forms but one row of houses; but all of them are beautiful and some magnificent.’ More here. The first occupants of Number 6 were Henry Stonehouse (1737-1802), his wife Ann (1733-1821), and possibly their daughter Catherine – who married Richard Kneeshaw in 1792, but we can perhaps assume that she was living at home with her parents until her marriage. We have named our Stonehouse room after Henry. He was a Master Mariner and (we think) is from a long line of Henry Stonehouse’s from Whitby. In the library of Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society there are records of ships his father was master of, and it is likely that the library also holds information of the ships our Henry Stonehouse was master of too. The library is located in Whitby Museum, which is in Pannett Park, just across the road from Number 6.The land at the back of the house was not sold until 1797, so, when the house was first built, we can assume a clear view across the fields to the coast. The withdrawing room, which is now Rooftops, would have been the ‘best’ room in the house with a fabulous view of the sea. With many thanks to Mrs Janet Kukk, who provided us with the detailed information on the early history of Number 6.