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.
Some of the best views in England can be savoured from Netherscar in Chapel-le-Dale near Ingleton. The detached, remote cottage lies among the rolling hills of lies in a haven of peace and tranquillity and offers three bedrooms and an open fire as well as ample space for pets and children to roam.
This large and pet friendly North Yorkshire coastal holiday cottagen near Saltburn-by-the-Sea just 800m from the beach, comes with a hot tub, sauna and BBQ. It has been created through a stylish upmarket conversion of a former Victorian powerhouse. The Powerhouse sleeps 17 in 6 bedrooms.
The compact and cosy Stable Cottage lies within the stone walls of a converted stable and offers a delightfully-appointed rural retreat on a working farm in Levisham. The pet-friendly holiday cottage near Pickering is ideally situated for a holiday enjoying both the moors and the coast.
Gaze upon fields blanketed in snow or greet the sun in the south-facing garden at Lavender Cottage, a romantic holiday cottage for couples in the Yorkshire Dales village of Askrigg. Enjoy the 1-bedroom, pet-friendly holiday cottage with its antique furnishing, cosy open fire and rural views.
Lodge Cottage in the village of Knapton is situated in a rural location just outside the historic walled city of York in North Yorkshire It’s a lovely rural retreat for couples (+cot), offering contemporary furnishings and spacious quality accommodation in a lovingly restored single-storey home.
A stone-built holiday cottage in Staintondale, Granary Cottage treats guests to blissful rural charm within the North York Moors National Park. The pet-friendly coastal cottage houses contemporary features, peace and tranquillity and stunning ocean views from its spacious gardens.
he Coach House offers sophisticated accommodation near the countryside and the coast. The rural cottage in Levisham boasts subtle elegance with a stone exterior and contemporary interior, plus a delightful garden and open-plan design, & places guests in the heart of the North York Moors and Coast.
Based on a working livestock farm, Wethercote Cottage is an authentic farmhouse build, adjoined to the owner’s home, in the heart of the North York Moors near Helmsley. This remote 2-bedroom rural retreat is ideal for walking or cycling holidays. Pets welcome.
Chapel House is a large holiday cottage in a small village (great pub and bistro) near Skipton - the 'Gateway to the Dales'. This beautifully renovated and spacious stone cottage with a large garden sleeps 12 guests in 6 bedrooms. It's a great location for walking and cycling holidays in the Dales.
Blacksmith Cottage is a luxuriously-appointed romantic cottage in the village of Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales. The pet-friendly cottage carries a subtle elegance throughout and is carefully furnished, and offers guests a lovely courtyard plus open-plan living areas and absolute convenience.
Fell Beck enjoys dual aspect views of the adjacent beck and lies on the edge of the lovely village of Burnsall. The stone-built rural cottage boasts true character and modern comforts and features a wood-burning stove as well as a sun-lit courtyard. Relax in style & explore the region of Yorkshire.
Modern, 1st floor, 2-bedroom and pet friendly coastal apartment sleeping 4 in Filey's Bay Holiday Village. Facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, tennis courts, fishing and bike hire. Green Gables lies within easy reach of the beach and the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds countryside.
This detached Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage sleeps 3, in the attractive village of Embsay, near the market town of Skipton. Wynville is set in wonderful gardens, with a modern kitchen, beautifully decorated lounge and dining room, and idyllic walks and cosy country pubs on its doorstep.
Rural character dominates this coastal cottage in Whitby. Exposed beams, a feature brick fireplace and a whalebone in the wall transport guests back to yesteryear. Four bedrooms and two bathrooms sit within the stone walls of the pet-friendly property with easy access to the North York Moors region.
Large and pet friendly Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage sleeping 12 in the Wensleydale countryside near Aysgarth. Pinehurst is perfectly located in secluded rural surroundings and is perfect for walking, cycling or sight-seeing holidays in the Dales with family and friends.
Abbey View Cottage is a charming stone-built barn conversion on a working coastal farm near Robin Hood’s Bay which offers couples the peace and seclusion of a romantic cottage. The pet-friendly holiday home offers beautiful views across farmland to Whitby Abbey and proximity to the North York Moors.
Standing in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales in West Burton, Flanders Hall is a large and impressive Grade II listed Georgian country house. This pet friendly holiday home in secluded rural surroundings is perfect for large family holidays or a get together with friends in the great outdoors.
Primrose Hill Farmhouse offers two bedrooms of cosy, welcoming charm in a family-friendly cottage overlooking Hutton-le-Hole, in the North York Moors. The mid-terrace cottage is ideally placed for active holidaymakers and those who appreciate the charm of traditional rural living.
This lovely countryside holiday cottage sits on a 10-acre farm just outside the pretty North Yorkshire village of Riccall, with accommodation for 6. Pound Cottage is beautifully furnished and perfectly located for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, York, the Yorkshire Moors and coast. Pets welcome.
Castle View is a tastefully furnished, large, family friendly village holiday cottage in Helmsley in the heart of the North York Moors National Park -and also within an easy drive of the coast. This dog friendly cottage sleeps 11 in 4 bedrooms.
The charming and modern Hayloft Cottage is a converted hayloft in Staintondale, with views of the ocean and the surrounding North York Moors. The two-bedroom, pet-friendly coastal cottage in North Yorkshire features exposed beams and a stone exterior as well as a sun-drenched garden.
With beautiful sea views, Beach Villa offers a wonderful ocean escape for families and pets in Filey, North Yorkshire. The coastal cottage offers multiple outdoor entertaining areas which capture the view, and the interior boasts contemporary coastal chic as well as a carefree and relaxing vibe.
Wheelhouse Cottage is a barn conversion with exposed beams, log fire, pretty courtyard and sleeps 6. Perfectly positioned for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and coast, this countryside holiday cottage in North Yorkshire is near the village of Sowerby, in the Vale of Mowbray.
The Old Forge is a characterful barn conversion with a spacious modern interior situated in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds. Ideal for extended families or groups of friends holidaying together it has a 4* Gold rating and is also suitable for those with limited mobility.
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 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.