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.
The honeypot location of Grassington lies but a pleasant stroll from the grounds of 1 Bridge End, a delightfully restored large holiday cottage in the Yorkshire Dales boasting wooden floors, five bedrooms, riverside views from the pet-friendly garden and guaranteed comfort beside the open fire.
Boundcliffe is a large holiday cottage in a rural location on the North Yorkshire Moors. Sleeping ten people in four bedrooms in the village of Allerston near Pickering, Boundcliffe is spacious, traditional Farmhouse making a marvellous base for families or friends. Pets welcome.
Located within the Pennine market town of Settle on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Bridle Cottage is a picturesque townhouse set over three storeys. Ideal for families or friends that want a rural getaway, Bridle Cottage has been renovated to a high standard, Pete welcome. Sleeps 4.
Harvest Cottage welcomes couples to a pretty stone and pantiled farm cottage near Pickering in the heart of picturesque Levisham. The pet-friendly, one-bedroom barn conversion offers ample gardens and peace and quiet. It is an ideal base for exploring the North York Moors and coast.
French doors open onto a private patio and lawn with stunning rural views of the surrounding countryside at this Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage for couples. Located in the peaceful village of Long Preston, near Skipton, Carn Cottage sleeps 2 and is a short walk from a CAMRA award-winning pub.
A charming Grade II listed stone holiday cottage in Snainton near Scarborough on the North Yorkshire coast, this pet friendly holiday cottage sleeps 17 in 8 bedrooms and oozes warmth and charm. Relax in the hot tub, walk in the North York Moors or enjoy a day trip to the seaside.
The Old Coach House in the picturesque North York Moors village of Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire, affords families and small groups spacious and comfortable accommodation whilst on holiday. This popular countryside cottage boasts vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and superb open-plan living area.
Masongill Lodge is a Grade II listed rural cottage resting within the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the hamlet of Masongill. The Yorkshire longhouse dates back to 1709 and boasts a paddock and garden with sweeping views, plus exposed beams, an Aga, two log fires and walks from the front door.
Barn Cottage is a charming stone-built cottage with wonderful views of the Yorkshire countryside. The pet-friendly cottage sits in the village of Carlton in Coverdale close to its attractions & offers couples or young families’ tranquillity and a rustic interior with an open fire & modern comforts.
This 17th Century detached stone built farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales lies in the Wharfedale village of Buckden. A large and dog-friendly holiday cottage, Clifford House Farm sleeps 12 in f5 bedrooms.
One of nine countryside cottages that make up Keid Head Farm Cottages and nestled near the foot of rolling moorlands, Pigeon Cote near the market town of Pickering, North Yorkshire, retains much of its original charm and features, with open beamed ceilings and traditional stone fireplace.
Based on a quiet, traditional hill farm in Farndale near Kirkby-Moorside, The Arches is a stone-built barn conversion, offering luxury holidays in the North York Moors. Meticulously restored to modern living standards, the semi-detached cottage is ideal for families of all age ranges. Pets welcome.
Tucked in near the Great Fryup Dale in the heart of North York Moors National Park, The Byre in the civil parish of Danby, North Yorkshire, sits on a working organic farm, a two-storey countryside cottage featuring exposed beams, vaulted ceiling, and ground floor underfloor heating.
Sycamore Cottage enjoys expansive views of the Yorkshire Dales due to its upside-down design and promises couples serenity and seclusion. The stone-built end-terrace cottage boasts a generous garden which pets will love and lies in a secluded rural location near Hawes.
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.
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 day's sightseeing, bathing, exploring in the great outdoors or enjoying historic towns and cities or spending days on the beach.