What county needs anything more to attract visitors to its self-catering holiday accommodation than the 1600 square miles of the Yorkshire Dales or the North Yorkshire Moors National Parks? Both offer a healthy choice of pretty holiday cottages. You will find endless opportunities for the best kind of exercise (cycling, walking and horse-riding) up and down valleys, crags, peaks and moorlands. If you really want to leave the car alone, then travel North Yorkshire by Dalesbus. Indulge in a luxurious tea in Betty’s Tea Rooms in Harrogate and then work off the calories by renting a rowing boat on the River Nidd.
Spend a day exploring historic Richmond Castle in Swaledale or walk under the 29m high Hardraw Force in Wensleydale, England’s largest single drop waterfall without getting wet, or enjoy the views from the top of Roseberry Topping. North Yorkshire also offers plenty of self-catering accommodation in the many seaside towns and villages strung out along its picturesque and rugged coastline. From the Victorian spa resorts of Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington, to the gothic fishing port of Whitby and scenic villages such as Staithes, Robin Hood’s Bay and Flamborough.
For holidaymakers who like to inject some fun into their getaways, the unique experience of the Converted Railway Carriage is an ideal choice. The reappointed carriage based in the North York Moors boasts three bedrooms and beautiful views, making it a perfect escape to the country.
Exploring Yorkshire Dales National Park and the attractive village of Ingleton, North Yorkshire, is made simple with a holiday at Warth Barn, a large four-storey rural cottage that offers first-class accommodation, stone-paved terrace with barbecue, and access to an indoor leisure centre.
Gateside is a lovely stone-built barn conversion that overlooks the village green of Newton-on-Rawcliffe, North Yorkshire, a child-friendly cottage that offers upside-down accommodation in the Ryedale district with a well-equipped kitchen, spacious sitting room and three bedrooms.
Located on a working farm on the edge of Whitby, Broadings Cottage is a charming single-storey barn conversion ideal for small families. Maintaining much of its original character, the pet-friendly cottage makes for a perfect getaway in the North York Moors, for seaside and countryside holidays.
In the heart of the North York Moors National Park, come to stay at Lanes Barn, a countryside cottage in the remote village of Glaisdale, new Whitby, North Yorkshire that comfortably sleeps four and provides the perfect home base to explore all that the region has to offer.
The Old Cart House is a luxury barn conversion, situated on a hill farm in Farndale near Helmsley, within the North York Moors. A truly stunning renovation from top to bottom, the residence boasts top of the range decor throughout and contemporary finishes, perfect for group and family holidays.
From the delightful village of Brompton-by-Sawdon, North Yorkshire, a stay at The Wood offers families and groups of up to six comfortable accommodation from which to explore the region, a countryside cottage that features an attractive brick fireplace, exposed beams, and slate flooring.
This semi-detached, sandstone coastal cottage is in the countryside hamlet of Dalehouse on the edge of Staithes on the North Yorkshire coast and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.
Stone walls, red pantile roof and brick arches give Thistle Close authentic rural cottage charm. The converted cart shed lies on a working farm near Cleatlam in the Yorkshire Dales and provides two bedrooms, one bathroom, contemporary finishes and ample space for children and pets to roam.
Able to sleep four people in style and comfort, Grange Cottage is a two-bedroom Wharfedale countryside cottage in the remote hamlet of Hubberholme close to the Yorkshire Dales villages of Buckden, Kettlewell and Grassington.
Located in the remote Swaledale countryside, Margaret's Cottage is a rural paradise. The small house is dog-friendly, child-friendly, and sleeps four. Enjoy picturesque views from the cosy sitting room of this secluded Yorkshire Dales Holiday Cottage in Low Row village.
Cricket Cottage sits on the banks of the River Esk, near the historic fishing town of Whitby. This airy riverside cottage sleeps five guests in three bedrooms. Surrounded by some of North Yorkshire’s most idyllic countryside, it has a private patio and wonderful views towards a dramatic viaduct.
Castle Mill is an impressive, pet friendly conversion of a North Yorkshire stone mill offering self-catering holidays in an elevated position amidst beautiful countryside, on the outskirts of the pretty village of Ravensworth, near the historic market towns of Richmond and Barnard Castle.
For a stunning retreat that pulls out all the stops, The Station House is a large North Yorkshire holiday home full of charm. The Grade II listed Victorian property is ideal for large family groups, offering exquisite accommodation from which to explore the North York Moors and the Whitby coast.
Heather Croft is a delightfully restored three-bedroom seaside cottage with an open and airy ambience plus a balcony with sweeping views of the ocean. The red-brick cottage overlooks Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire Coast and sleeps seven people with family-friendly amenities.
A large immaculate dormer bungalow on the North Yorkshire coast in Scarborough, Pet friendly Seacrest Lodge is just an easy walk to the beach. It sleeps 20 in 8 bedrooms with rural and sea views and is nicely located for seaside, walking, cycling and golfing holidays for big families or groups.
This large and family-friendly seaside holiday home in Scarborough sleeps 12 in 5 bedrooms. Mayville House offers spacious, pet friendly self-catering holidays on the North Yorkshire Coast for large families or groups of friends just a mile from the beach.
Gaze upon gorgeous coastal views or stunning moorlands during your stay at Honey Bee Cottage, a child-friendly cottage near Scarborough in Staintondale. Converted from a former farm building this charming rural holiday home with exposed timbers, sleeps 4. Pets welcome.
'Granary' is a first floor, pet friendly countryside apartment with access to a indoor heated pool, hot tub, and sauna in Newton-on-Rawcliffe, Pickering. This cosy apartment has been attractively adapted, having an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner, with views to the Vale of Pickering and beyond.
Farn House is a large holiday cottage in the Yorkshire Dales village of Kettlewell - Wharfedale. This pet friendly property in a picturesque Dales Village with award winning pubs, superb views and walks from the doorstep sleeps 12 in 7 bedrooms, perfect for family and group friendly accommodation.
This traditional, stone-built Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage sleeps 5, on the outskirts of the charming village of Ingleton. Nicely located for exploring the Dales’ spectacular Three Peaks area, Bytheway Cottage has a snug sitting room with patio doors and almost next door to an excellent pub.
Swift Cottage is a charming 3-bedroom ground floor cottage sleeping 5 with use of an outdoor heated pool. The cottage has an easy access wet-room with rails and mobility chair, so accessible for guests with disabilities. Swift is in the North York Moors National Park. Pets welcome.
A property steeped in tradition, Woodlands Cottage is an authentic countryside residence based in the rolling hills of Snainton on the North Yorkshire coast near Scarborough. The semi-detached stone-built cottage is a spacious home away from home, perfect for couples or small families. Pets welcome.
Take tea overlooking the old mill pond at the stone-built Locks Cottage and enjoy the idyllic setting of this two-bedroom, rural holiday cottage in Langcliffe near Settle. Gaze upon the green hills of the Yorkshire Dales and unwind by the open fire in a cosy peaceful cottage near the River Ribble.
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- Harwood Dale
- Robin Hood's Bay
- Thornton Rust
- West Burton
From the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors to the seaside resorts scattered along its North Sea Coast, North Yorkshire can offer visitors a memorable holiday when choosing to stay in one of its many fine holiday cottages. The Dales' past industrial history is revealed in the 18th and 19th-century textile mills and watermills, which have been restored. Find them among the little Dales towns, Grassington, Kettlewell and Reeth, tasting both famous local cheeses and ales along the way. Artists and potters are still creating their own local styles, and the many Farmers' Markets provide you with fresh local produce. In the summer, too, make sure you are there when the country folk congregate together to compete in displays in their local agricultural shows right across the area.
Only such a place as the City of York, with its overwhelmingly impressive 800-year old cathedral, its cobbled medieval streets with many pavement cafes, could draw you away from the natural beauty of the Dales. With a wealth of trendy independent shops, galleries and a regular programme of festivals and events, it would be easy to holiday for an entire week in this historic city.
That being said, North Yorkshire also offers visitors more than 100 miles of shoreline, where you will find fossils on the Dunsdown Coast, seaside fun and surfing at Scarborough, fish in the sea for your supper at Filey, or partake of the best fish and chips ever at Whitby. This is where you will also capture the ambience of the earlier 18th and 19th centuries of Captain Cook, Count Dracula and Queen Victoria's favourite jet jewellery. Take the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Goatherd Station, a film-location in the Harry Potter films in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Moors. If the usual outdoor activities of walking and cycling lose their appeal, try your hand at Husky Trekking at the Pesky Husky Trekking Centre in Staintondale or pay a visit to Hairy Bob's Cave beneath Scarborough Castle which is, allegedly, the most popular man-made cave in the UK.
After Scarborough Castle, add Pickering Castle to your North Yorkshire bucket list, located on the edge of the North York Moors, it's also the location for the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway that runs from Pickering to Whitby through the heart of TVs 'Heartbeat Country.
The picturesque riverside town of Knaresborough offers much for the visitor including Mother Shipton's Cave, a tourist attraction since 1630, the one time home of an old prophetess and soothsayer. Then head back into the town and sample the fare in one of its many fine tea rooms. For those with a seriously sweet tooth, follow in the footsteps of many a visiting celebrity and pay a visit to Nidderdale will take you to The Oldest Sweet Shop in England!
What more do you need to keep the whole family happy for days on end in this very attractive county? Whether booking a holiday cottage for a week or a weekend break, you'll find it easy to fill your days sight-seeing, bathing, exploring in the great outdoors or enjoying historic towns and cities or spending days on the beach.