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 Whitby's gothic fishing port and scenic villages such as Staithes, Robin Hood’s Bay and Flamborough.
This charming countryside holiday home near Bedale sleeps 4 on a farm for retired racehorses, with lovely views of the Hambleton Hills. Millstone Cottage lies in the pretty village of Thornton Watlass, in North Yorkshire, near Fountains Abbey and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Dogs welcome.
Craven House is a large and dog friendly Victorian House with Wi-Fi offering spacious self-catering accommodation for up to 14 guests in Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales. Perfect for walking and touring holidays in North Yorkshire.
The Harber Scar is a traditional 3-bedroom family cottage in the Pennine village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale near Settle, best known as the location of the Three Peaks hills of the Yorkshire Dales. The cottage embraces the charm and character of its rural setting both inside and outside. Pets welcome.
Eastburn Cottage is a magnificent 17th-century farmhouse with an open fire, original beams and sleeps 7. This cosy Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage sits in the heart of the traditional village of Newbiggin, a stroll from a charming pub and 3 miles from the North Yorkshire market town of Leyburn.
A romantic cottage in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Lottie’s Loft is a lovely studio apartment, once a blacksmith’s workshop in Grassington, North Yorkshire that’s been carefully restored and furnished to provide superb accommodation for couples on holiday in beautiful Wharfedale. Pets welcome.
Owl is a two bedroom apartment on the ground floor beneath Granary. The apartment has two bedrooms, a double and a twin and an open plan living area with a fitted kitchen, lounge and dining area.The apartment also has a shared indoor heated pool, spa, and sauna. Well-behaved dogs welcome.
For a quirky getaway to the popular North York Moors, The Old Blacksmith’s Workshop offers a truly unique experience. Sitting on the edge of the historic fishing port of Whitby, this single storey property has been tastefully converted as a charming two-bedroom coastal cottage.
Mallard Cottage is one of 4 pet friendly holiday properties in the pretty North York Moors village of Newton-on-Rawcliffe. The property has 3 bedrooms on 2 floors. The first floor, comprising sitting room, kitchen/dining room, twin bedroom and wet room, is suitable for full-time wheelchair users.
A fun-filled holiday awaits at the five-bedroom, pet-friendly property near the rural village of Embsay in the Yorkshire Dales. Laurel Bank Cottage sits among mature gardens. This charming and modern large holiday cottage is finished with dashes of bold colour and country style.
Your home away from home, Thornlea welcomes families and groups to a homely two-bedroom detached bungalow with a delightful garden, in the market town of Richmond. Vibrant colours and modern amenities feature throughout the pet-free cottage which is ideally situated in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
Exposed beams and original features abound in Malham, a rural holiday cottage near Settle set within 150 acres of countryside in the Yorkshire Dales. Malham welcomes families and pets to enjoy modern comforts, an on-site restaurant, a games room and heated swimming pool.
East Lodge is a large farm cottage near the historic market town of Bedale, North Yorkshire, that offers families and groups on holiday in Hambleton lovely rural accommodation in a single-storey barn conversion with underfloor heating and whirlpool bath situated on 30-acres of grass and woodland.
Daffodil Cottage offers couples on holiday in North Yorkshire spectacular rural views and cosy accommodation in the remote hamlet of Houlsyke, near Danby. This romantic cottage for couples exudes warmth and character, a perfect rural retreat for weekends and walking holidays on the North York Moors.
Cowstonegill is a magnificent, detached, listed farmhouse with panoramic views over seventeen acres of private land. It offers four spacious bedrooms and large gardens near West Burton in the Yorkshire Dales. The property boasts authentic features an open fire, and even includes a games room.
The quaint Grade II listed Croft Head Cottage boasts exposed beamed ceilings, flagged floors and a wood-burning stove in a converted coaching inn close to the village of Wrelton, in the North York Moors. The pet-free property welcomes families with two bedrooms and cast-iron furnishings.
Carrholme is a Grade II listed Yorkshire Dales Holiday Cottage, brimming with rural charm and modern conveniences as well as generous gardens and views over Settle and the Yorkshire Dales. The charming cottage once housed Prince Charles and promises regal comfort for groups and welcomes pets.
Situated in the picturesque village of Robin Hood’s Bay, Sterling House is the perfect place to bring your family for a holiday. With four bedrooms and two baths, you will be well at home in this large holiday cottage just minutes from the North Yorkshire coast.
Explore the North York Moors National Park and the Yorkshire coastline from Barn Cottage above Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. This romantic holiday cottage has been charmingly restored as a rural retreat for couples to take in the majestic scenery of the coast and North York Moors.
With stunning rural views and a hilltop position, what is there not to like about this large, luxury Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage? The elegant and dog friendly Burnhope Shooting Lodge sleeps 16 in 9 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms with walks from the front door and a fishing lake.
Abbey’s View is a pet-friendly Whitby holiday cottage, spacious enough for six. One of the best waterside cottages available in the charming North Yorkshire fishing resort of Whitby. Enjoy days on the beach or exploring the gorgeous scenery of the Yorkshire coast and North York Moors.
Bill's Place is a beautifully appointed two bedroom Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage in the village of Bainbridge near Hawes. This 2-bedroom country cottage is filled with original features and is able to sleep up to three guests.
6 Abbey Terrace is a large Whitby holiday cottage that sleeps 18 in 9 bedrooms on the North Yorkshire coast. The house contains lots of period features which have been stylishly restored to provide a warm and comfortable Whitby holiday home set over 5 floors just 2 mins walk to the beach.
The Hayloft successfully combines old-world charm with vibrant colours in a charming stone-built detached conversion in the village of Lastingham. The 18th-century romantic cottage boasts a stylish open-plan living area with character and an open fire and is well situated in the North York Moors.
An attractive modern build based in the historic port of Whitby, Herons Reach is a welcoming terraced cottage, perfect for a family holiday on the Yorkshire coast and moors. Boasting all the mod cons of contemporary living, pet-friendly property provides everyday essentials for a memorable holiday.
in North Yorkshire
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 the many restored 19th-century textile mills and watermills. 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. The latter is where you will also capture the ambience of the 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. Alternatively, pay a visit to Hairy Bob's Cave beneath Scarborough Castle, 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 beautiful 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.