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.
Couples on holiday in the north of England enjoy cosy accommodation at The Goat Shed, a barn conversion in the rural hamlet of High Normanby, North Yorkshire, a pet-friendly cottage that retains much of its original character and sits near the Yorkshire coast and in North York Moors National Park.
RedRoofs, with its stunning views over the Esk Valley and situated within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, is a spacious home ideally suited for family holidays or a weekend getaway for a group of friends. Within easy access of the village pub, and Whitby only a short drive away.
Large groups on holiday in the Yoorkshire Dales will find comfortable, charming accommodation at Street Head Farm, a rural holiday cottage near Skipton in North Yorkshire. This five-bedroom countryside cottage seamlessly blends many of its original features with modern amenities. Pets welcome.
The Ticket Office is a unique, quirky romantic cottage in the heart of Ruswarp in the North York Moors. The Grade II listed former ticket office features a cast iron fireplace and mullion windows, encased in stone walls. The pet-friendly property is ideal for couples seeking something different.
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.
In open countryside on the edge of Pickering and the York Moors a picturesque group of stone cottages with beamed ceilings, stone fireplaces. Furnished with emphasis on comfort and relaxation. Large gardens with garden house, play and barbecue. See website for Virtual Tour www.keldheadcottages.com
Loft Cottage is one of three pretty holiday cottages nestled in the peaceful village of Crakehall, North Yorkshire, a dog-friendly cottage with views of Bedale Beck amidst the splendour of the lower Yorkshire Dales, featuring a hot tub, exposed beams, stone frontage, and three first-floor 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.
Find warm accommodation for your Yorkshire holiday at The Stables at Keld Head Cottages, one of nine traditional cottages on the edge of the market town of Pickering, North Yorkshire, retaining much of the converted stone-built barn’s original features, with open beamed ceilings and stone fireplace.
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.
The Granary is a detached, Grade II listed rural cottage on Keld Head Cottages near Pickering in Yorkshire. The award-winning property treats guests to open fire, exposed beams, large gorgeous gardens and indoor and outdoor play areas, and boasts enviable views which guarantee relaxation for all.
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.
Edmund’s Cottage in the quaint Yorkshire village of Crakehall is one of three holiday homes that combine original features with contemporary comforts, a dog-friendly cottage with a garden hot tub, exposed beams, Smart TVs in the lounge and first-floor master, and riverside views of Bedale Beck.
Tempest and Triumph is a magnificent country house sitting on Broughton Hall Estate in the Yorkshire Dales near Skipton. The 17-bedroom luxury property boasts regal elegance as well as enormous, landscaped grounds ideal for special celebrations, plus a swimming pool, billiard room and log fires.
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.
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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 day's sightseeing, bathing, exploring in the great outdoors or enjoying historic towns and cities or spending days on the beach.