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.
Exceptional attention to detail distinguishes this three-bedroom, family-friendly cottage in Grosmont. Character-laden Wychwood welcomes groups and pets to a property filled with contemporary fittings, traditional features and views of the North York Moors from its interior and the furnished patio.
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.
The Farmhouse lies in open countryside near Bedale and is nicely situated for holidays exploring the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. This pet friendly holidayproperty sleeps 10 guests in 4 bedrooms, and offers delightful rural views over Yorkshire countryside from its private garden.
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.
Amberleigh is a delightfully modern rural cottage comprising a main house and annexe. The spacious cottage is situated in Sutton-under-Whitestonecliff in Yorkshire and it boasts an Italian-style garden with lovely views as well as the interior with exposed beams and contemporary comforts.
Cintra House is a sophisticated modern coastal cottage in the sought-after location of Whitby in Yorkshire. The spacious property places guests close to the attractions and beaches of this seaside town and boasts light and airy spaces, ample gardens and multiple spaces in which to catch the breeze.
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.
Nestling in the North Yorkshire Countryside on a stud farm, The Trainer's House offers pet friendly self-catering holidays with a heated indoor swimming pool for up to 14 guests in a rural location 3 miles outside Malton. This large. luxury holiday cottage will friends? and families of all ages.
A pet and family-friendly converted stable with panoramic rural views, the well-furnished Tower Cottage near Whitby offers a relaxing coastal getaway in North Yorkshire for 2-7 guests. Public footpaths wind through the area, making it easy to enjoy a walk at almost any time during your stay.
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.
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.
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
Maplebeck sits along the banks of the River Esk near historic Whitby, North Yorkshire, a delightful red brick coastal cottage by the famous old railway viaduct that is furnished and decorated to a very high standard, boasting private patio and first-floor balcony overlooking the river.
The Lake House is a luxurious rural cottage set on Raithwaite Estate near Whitby in Yorkshire. The pet-friendly cottage offers gorgeous views of the surrounding woodland and a deluxe interior featuring spacious rooms and traditional charm. A pool, butler and other services can complete your holiday.
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.
Housing a four-poster bed, beamed ceilings and traditional fireplace, Wheelhouse Cottage is an authentic Yorkshire cottage near Pickering. The award-winning property at Keld Head Cottages boasts a stone façade, beautiful views, extensive gardens, indoor and outdoor play areas for children.
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.
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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 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.