Luxury cottages in Yorkshire

Breathtaking countryside, spectacular coastline, historic cities and towns, there’s so much to see and do whilst staying at one of our luxury cottages in Yorkshire. Here’s our guide to the Best Places To Visit and the Top Ten Things To Do in Yorkshire.

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The Best Places To Visit

Read on to discover some of the sights you can enjoy while staying at one of our luxury cottages in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire offers wonderfully diverse scenery, stretching from the high fells of the Dales in the west to the low-lying, fenland coast of Holderness. The Pennine ‘backbone of England’ rises in the Peak District away to the south of the region, while at its northern extremity the North York Moors fall dramatically to the sea on a ragged coastline dotted with charming fishing villages. Perhaps it is no surprise that many visitors return, time after time, to explore this fascinating region.

Bunsall, Wharfedale

Bunsall, Wharfedale

The Yorkshire Dales boast some of the best landscapes and walking country in Britain; these interlinked valleys are characterised by their patchwork of green fields divided by dry-stone walls, grazed largely by sheep and dotted with traditional Yorkshire cottages and barns. Above this scene, lapwings, curlews and skylarks sing on the towering fells. This is limestone country, a landscape like no other.

Between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, the Vale of York possesses its own distinct character, as well as one of the finest medieval cities anywhere. Many visitors drive onto the North York Moors up the steep hill where Kilburn’s famous White Horse is carved into the chalk escarpment rising from the Vale. Up here they find a landscape of bleakly beautiful moors and lush green valleys, in the North York Moors National Park which caters for walkers of all levels.

Staithes

Staithes

The moors plunge to the sea along a ragged coastline dotted with charming fishing villages such as Staithes and Robin Hoods Bay.

The Top Ten Things To Do in Yorkshire

Here’s Top Ten Things To Do when staying at one of our luxury cottages in Yorkshire.

1. Enjoy afternoon tea at Betty’s Tea Room

Betty’s Tea Room has been serving afternoon tea in Harrogate since 1919. Little has changed since then with a genteel ambience redolent of a more relaxed age. Everything is beautifully presented. The afternoon tea is quite simply a work of art delivered on a three tier silver platter, laden with dainty sandwiches, freshly baked miniature scones and exquisite handmade cakes.

2. Discover Yorkshire’s most idiosyncratic attraction

The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four-acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues – at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid. In the two decades since its inception, the place has become one of the county’s top attractions.

3. Climb the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey

Whitby has been a port for more than 1,000 years and is still a seafarers’ town today. With its quaint cobbled streets and picturesque houses clinging to the steep slopes of the River Esk, the town is dominated by its cliff-top Abbey. The narrow streets and alleys winding down to the quayside still bustle as they have done for centuries. From these centuries-old streets, 199 steps (it’s a tradition to count them) lead up to the parish church of St Mary, whose churchyard inspired Bram Stoker to write his world-famous novel, Dracula. A little further on are the ruins of Whitby Abbey. Here high on the cliff top, there are superb views down over the old town’s maze of narrow streets and busy quayside as well as across the valley to the famous Whale Jawbone commemorating the whaling history of the town.

4. Descend into Britain’s most famous cave

Gaping Gill is perhaps Britain’s most famous cave. From the moor on the flanks of Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales, Fell Beck plunges 105 metres into the main chamber and is Britain’s highest unbroken waterfall. Going down Gaping Gill is an opportunity normally reserved for experienced cavers.  However twice a year there is a chance for anyone to see this truly awe-inspiring underground scene – the chamber is large enough to contain York Minster – when two local potholing clubs set up a winch to lower the public down to see it for themselves.

5. Take a boat trip to Flamborough Head

Bridlington has been a popular seaside resort for generations thanks to its two long, sandy beaches, a historic harbour and family attractions. For many visitors it is traditional to take a boat trip aboard the Yorshire Belle out to Flamborough, the spectacular chalk headland that shelters the town. Along the promontory there are coves where fishermen in their traditional cobble boats still put to sea to catch the local delicacy of crab. However Flamborough is probably best known for one of the largest sites of nesting sea birds in England.

6. Cycle along the stunning Yorkshire coastline

Take in the most spectacular stretch of the Yorkshire coastline on an 18-mile cycle track between the seaside resort of Scarborough and the historic port of Whitby. The route passes through Robin Hoods Bay, one of the most charming and popular villages on the coast featuring pretty coloured cottages with red pantile roofs huddled around a slipway at the foot of a steep ravine, and Ravenscar – the Edwardian resort-that-never-was.

7. Walk in the finest scenery the Dales has to offer

The village of Malham competes for title of most dramatic location in the Yorkshire Dales. It nestles below the towering limestone cliff, Malham Cove. Atop are impressive limestone pavements and dry valleys leading to Malham Tarn, the highest lake in England and home to a wide variety of birds. Also in the neighbourhood is Gordale Scar, a gorge formed when a limestone cave fell in, and Janet’s Foss, a lovely waterfall, both of which can be visited on a relatively easy walk from the village.

8. Visit one of the grandest stately homes in Britain

Set in an elevated position against the Howardian Hills with a magnificent facade that is visible for miles around, Castle Howard is one of the grandest stately homes in Britain. It is the largest house in Yorkshire and has been the home of the Howard family since the 17th-century and was the location for Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel of love and the British class system. It is situated in breathtaking parkland, dotted with temples, lakes, statues and fountains as well as formal gardens.

9. Immerse yourself in Hockney landscapes

In the last few years David Hockney has produced a series of landscape paintings of the Yorkshire Wolds, bearing testament to his love for this undiscovered part of the county. The Wolds are a series of gently rolling chalk hills and dry valleys, giving rise to scenery which is highly reminiscent of the Downs of southern England, although much emptier and less frequented by tourists. Open roads pass through countless villages with characterful inns, ponds and fine churches to charming and unspoilt market towns. Hockney has spoken of the, ‘hot, living’ quality of this ‘very beautiful Yorkshire landscape, a very preserved corner of England that has hardly changed in 50 years … The ground is extremely fertile, so one does not find anything for tourists – no teashops, just beautiful, undulating hills.’ While there are a few tea shops, as well as some excellent pubs, the beauty and authenticity of the place remains.

10. Head to England’s oldest visitor attraction

Knaresborough occupies a dramatic location – where the River Nidd cuts through a gorge with a large railway bridge across it. A collection of colourful characters associated with Knaresborough lend individuality to the town including Mother Shipton, a renowned 15th-century soothsayer. The Cave, her legendary birthplace, is near to the famous, unique, geological phenomenon – The Petrifying Well, which has such a high natural mineral content in its water that objects hanging underneath it will gradually turn to stone. It is reputed to be England’s oldest visitor attraction, first opening its gates in 1630!

So, why not browse our selection of luxury cottages in Yorkshire and see what catches your eye?

Bank Top Cottage, luxury cottage in Pickering, Yorkshire Check availability Bank Top Cottage, Cropton, North York Moors
Sleeps 2 * 1 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £315622 per week * Ref: GCG5077
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 4

Bank Top Cottage is a very spacious property situated on the fringes of the pretty village of Cropton five miles from Pickering, gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors....
Amberleigh, luxury cottage in Thirsk, Yorkshire Check availability Amberleigh, Thirsk, Yorkshire
Sleeps 8 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 3 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £494903 per week * Ref: GCG5078
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 4

Set in the heart of a pretty village lying between the North York Moors and the Dales, this beautifully furnished single storey barn conversion makes a superb holiday base. This luxury cottage boasts a hot tub in its private, Italian style garden with lawned area, country views and is just a short s...
Ellerburn Lodge, luxury cottage in York, Yorkshire Check availability Ellerburn Lodge, York
Sleeps 8 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 3 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £8492069 per week * Ref: GCG5075
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: Not rated

Set on the fringes of York, this comfortable property boasts an acre of private landscaped gardens and its own heated indoor swimming pool. With its very well appointed interior and safely enclosed grounds, it makes a superb base for enjoying York’s myriad attractions....