We’re chuffed to bits! 
And it’s all thanks to our lovely guests who take the time and trouble to write a review about their stay with us. 
On Trip Advisor, we’re now #15 out of #155 accommodation providers here in Whitby. 
Which means, if our maths is correct, we’re in the top 10%! 
As you know, we welcome people into our lovely home and we work our socks off with regards to our family business. 
So when we get great news like this, we’re totally delighted. 
OK, so although we were desperate for a sunshine holiday, Zed & I had put off going abroad with our 4 year old (Zak) and our 1 year old (Aniya). We thought we would rather be covered with honey and hung beneath a bee hive before enduring being in a 5ft x 2ft enclosure for hours upon end with our little ‘angels’. 
A couple of months ago, we decided to throw caution to the wind and booked to go to the Cape Verde Islands (a 6 hour flight), which we returned from last week. 
Looking for a Getaway at a Great Price? 
We all see the flashy advertising for OTAs - that’s online travel agents to you and me! 
People are very Internet savvy nowadays and are always looking for ‘the cheapest deal’ and tend to think the ‘grass is greener’ on portal websites that list millions of hotels or guesthouses. 
Yet perhaps what folks don’t realise is that you will ALWAYS get a cheaper rate direct with the Riviera.  
This is because it cuts out the ‘middle men’ who take a slice of the proceeds too. 
With two young children and an elegant guesthouse to run in a beautiful Yorkshire Coastal town, we like to think we have one of the best jobs in the world. 
Every morning, when we draw back the curtains, we see the sparkling sea, hear the cry of the seagulls and see the fishing boats leaving or returning to the safety of the harbour. 
Yet running a guesthouse and running it well isn’t without its challenges … From replacing a broken cup, to a mix-up with the laundry, to investigating the reason for water coming through the ceiling, these little bumps along the way can be a daily occurrence. When the alarm wakes us up to when our heads hit the pillow as the evening pulls in, we are on the go...! Well actually, lets be honest we haven't set an alarm clock in nearly 4 years (could it be a coincidence that our eldest is nearly 4!). 
If you enjoy your morning kippers, then you are partaking of a very historic tradition here in Whitby! In times past, fishermen and women went through a great deal to help bring this iconic food to the table ... 
So … What Are The ‘Silver Darlings’? 
Kippers are the smoked version of the herring, an oily, silvery fish that once shoaled in vast numbers along our North Sea coastline. 
The silver darlings, as the herring were often referred to, swam along our coasts in the late summer and into autumn, with the Scottish (and some English) fishing boats in their wake. 
Herring Girls 
And it wasn’t only fishing vessels that followed the fish. The herring girls, as they were known, followed the menfolk from their homes, travelling right down the East Coast by rail and on foot. In the time of photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe and through to the Edwardian era, this pelagic fish was plentiful. 
The RNLI Whitby fundraising weekend is at close quarters to all of us here at Riviera Guest House! 
It’s a case of batten down the hatches at this popular event that raises funds for RNLI Whitby on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017. No doubt Whitby will be chock-a-block during the two-day event. 
Ahoy me hearties - 'sea' if you can spot 12 nautical phrases in the rest of this maritime-themed blog ... answers at the bottom, shipmates ... no cheating! 
Our lovely town is famous for its association with the precious black gemstone, known as Whitby jet. 
Beautiful and distinctive, we love seeing jet jewellery in Whitby’s shops, but then we started to wonder where it came from … 
Did you know that jet is actually fossilised wood, created from the Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria tree, for lovers of Latin)? 
That we’ve had some beautiful winter sunshine?  
Maybe … yet we think it’s because the much-anticipated inaugural Steampunk Weekend is nearly here. 
If you are wondering what Steampunk means (but were afraid to ask), we’ve gone all Sherlock Holmes and investigated this fascinating genre that includes fashion, lifestyle, art and music. 
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were in Whitby this month filming their new Amazon Prime series The Grand Tour. 
This brought Jimmy Carr to Whitby and he was seen whizzing around on a Jetski in the mouth of Whitby Harbour. 
Carr's performance in Whitby harbour was straight out of a James Bond film, culminating in a dramatic crash into the side of a boat – although the comedian was replaced by a stunt-double for the actual impact. 
Zed, Emma and big brother Zak are incredibly proud to announce the birth of ANIYA RASHIDA KHAN 
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