Yorkshire staycation spot so popular you have to book years in advance

A staycation spot just a few miles from Filey has become so popular you often have to book years in advance.

The “magnificent” landmark has views to die for that you can book for a luxurious getaway, Yorkshire Live reports.

Filey Whitehouse was once owned by holiday camp founder Billy Butlin, and now decades later has people from across the country flocking to the accomodation.

Said to be a “unique” holiday, the Filey spot has become so popular that getting on the waiting list is a difficult task. Customers must book years in advance if they want to stay there over summer.

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Customers have to book years in advance for a holiday at the spot
Customers have to book years in advance for a holiday at the spot

One of the property’s owners, Mark Hunter, said: “The first comment anybody makes when they arrive at the Whitehouse is about the views.

“They are just world-class, second-to-none. I love the Whitehouse because it’s such an iconic landmark, everybody knows it, it’s a building you can see for miles.”

There are a number of reasons why the holiday house is so popular with guests.

Many love the seclusion, the proximity to the beach and the fact that they can bring their dogs.

“It’s on restricted beach access so dogs don’t need to go on a lead either, that’s really attractive for a lot of our customers,” said Mr Hunter, 52.

“90 per cent of our bookings have dogs with them, that seems to be a massive part of our business.”

Mr Hunter, his brother David, 58, and their friend Gary Mason, 56 – all from Filey – bought the Whitehouse in 2009 after it had been empty for several years.

“I remember seeing it as a kid but never once did I think I’d own it,” said Mr Hunter.

“When we bought it 11 years ago, it was really run down and in real need of some love, affection and repair.”


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The trio sympathetically restored the property over nine months and turned it into two luxury apartments.

Each apartment sleeps eight people but the house can also be booked as a whole as there is a connecting door between both floors.

The top floor also features a roof terrace ideal for romantic candle-lit dinners or a fun family barbecue.

Each apartment has two double rooms with en-suites, two twin bedrooms, a lounge with a large-screen TV, a kitchen with an American fridge/freezer, hardwood flooring and magnificent sea views.



The accomodation has been branded 'iconic' by guests
The accomodation has been branded ‘iconic’ by guests

The only thing separating Filey Whitehouse from the six-miles long beach are 32 steps.

The self-catering holiday accommodation attracts people from all walks of life and many have become loyal customers.

Like for many other businesses, the lockdown period has been hard for the owners of the Whitehouse.

“Lockdown has been very difficult but all our customers have been really good and understanding,” said Mr Hunter.

“They’ve been superb and really supportive. I tried to accommodate them as best as I can.”

He said the moment the government announced lockdown restrictions would ease, people were eager to book a holiday at the Whitehouse.

“I was getting bombarded with emails and I noticed traffic on our website more than doubled,” said Mr Hunter.

Some businesses across the UK decided to increase their prices to make up for financial losses from the past few months.

The owners of the Whitehouse however, decided against it.

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“We’ve got so much repeat business, I don’t want to alienate them by saying it’s twice as much as when you booked last year,” said Mr Hunter.

“I don’t think that’s fair. This pandemic isn’t about us, it’s about everybody and everybody is in the same boat.”

If you want to stay at the Whitehouse in summer, you’ll have to wait until 2023 now, as all of 2021 as well as summer 2022 are fully booked.

Prices depend on the season and length of your stay.

There are also four separate cabins in the ground of the Whitehouse that sleep four people each.

The Whitehouse is certainly a unique addition to Filey’s landscape and some guests love it so much, they dream about buying it.

“It’s certainly a property that we’d never want to sell. A lot of people have said to me ‘If I win the lottery, I’ll, come back and buy the Whitehouse’,” laughed Mr Hunter.

“But we would never sell it. It’s just a pleasure owning the building.”