Yorkshire Holiday Cottages
Yorkshire was once only a part of a larger region known as Yorkshire and Humberside, which made up the North East of England. Although still occasionally used to describe this large area, Yorkshire has now not only become a region in its own right, it is also one of the largest counties in the UK. Stretching from the vast moorlands and fells of the Yorkshire Dales to the stunning coastlines of East Yorkshire, and from the top of the Peak District in the South to the dramatic North Yorkshire Moors the region really does have it all.
With nature being generous to the area, it has a total of three National Parks and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; it is hardly surprising that it is known by many as ‘God’s own country’. The magnificent landscapes, assorted with limestone geology, vast heather moorlands, English rural communities, sea fronts, and cliff edges, have captured the imagination of people coming here and encouraged them to return year after year.
Much of the rural landscape can be found within the North Yorkshire moors and the Yorkshire Dales and is encompassed by the National Park. The landscape is considered to be one of the most breathe taking in the country, and many ramblers travel from all corners of the country to experience it. The rustic moorland drops down and heads toward the sea where some of the most popular coastline in the country can be found, with seaside towns such as Staithes and Whitby being home to world class angling.
With such varied landscape and scenery it is no wonder that the area is home to a vast array of wildlife, making it a bird watchers dream. On a holiday in Yorkshire it is possible to see and hear the lap wing, the curlew and the skylark as well as many other bird species.
The area is characterised by its landscape of patchwork fields, natural stone walls, fells and moorland. The influence of the Victorian era can still quite clearly be seen by visitors in the architecture with distinctive red tiled roofs of many communities. The area was also greatly shaped by the Industrial Revolution, with many relics of the time still visible today.
Dotted throughout the region you will find holiday rentals from the Yorkshire coast through to North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, and the Dales in plenty of towns and hamlets. With a mild climate averaging around 21°C in summer there really is something for anyone. We have cottages available for large groups, small groups, adults and families. So with an extraordinary area to explore why not browse the cottages that we have to offer, you’re bound to find something that will catch your eye.
Whether you have decided to go for a short weekend break or a longer stay there is plenty to keep you entertained in Yorkshire.
Why not make the most of the beautiful scenery and explore a landscape which was made famous through television programmes such as Heart Beat and Brideshead or books such as Wuthering Heights travelling through the hills and moorland. This can be enjoyed through a variety of ways whether it is walking, cycling, horse riding or even quad biking. There are plenty of paths and passes to enjoy for all levels of ability. The landscape also offers other ways to enjoy it such as paintballing, abseiling, golf, orienteering, and archery.
For those who enjoy the outdoors it will come as no surprise that Yorkshire is the home of trails such as the Three Peaks where you can enjoy a cup of tea at the Pen-y-Ghent cafe and also underground walks such as through Ingleton Caves and White Scar. For a more leisurely break, take a stroll through some of the picture postcard towns such a Settle, Ingleton and Bentham or a walk through the RSPB parks in the Bempton Cliffs where you can see a wide variety of wild life. What a great way to spend an afternoon!
You can also enjoy the scenery in a more relaxing way by enjoying a trip on one of the steam trains, such as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. In fact, the large railway history of the region has made it an extremely popular location for train spotters. You’ll be able to find out more about the history of the area’s railways at York’s National Railway Museum.
If the rural landscape is not for you then the large and energetic cities of Leeds, Sheffield and York offer something else entirely. With a mixture of old and new the cities give the chance to enjoy contemporary entertainment in old surroundings.
If it is history that you are interested in whilst in Yorkshire you’ll have plenty to see, with medieval citadels and atmospheric palaces you really are in for a treat. York city itself is host to a number of historical sites, including the Gothic cathedral of York Minster and the Jorvik Viking Centre where you can step back in time and meet the Vikings. York is one of the most visited cities in the UK and is a medieval attraction in itself with its city walls and castle
Another of the large cities of Yorkshire which offers historical days out is Leeds where you can visit the Royal Armouries and watch a joust or see how you would measure up against the suit of armour once owned by King Henry VIII.
Other places to visit to enjoy a splendid day of history include the ruins of Fountains Abbey, The home of Brideshead revisited which is Castle Howard, one of the UK’s very best stately homes and also Haworth Parsonage Library and Museum. Barnard Castle and Bowes offer medieval citadels and stately homes; Georgian country house Eggleston Hall and Gardens, Rokeby Hall and Park and Raby Castle being only three such examples. A visit to Ripon must include a trip to the cathedral whilst Bradford Mill Village, Leeds Victorian Quarter and the Victorian Turkish Baths in Harrogate are some of the most popular historical sites in Yorkshire.
Once you have enjoyed the history why not try out the modern day? With picture-perfect towns such as Hawes, Leyburn and Middleham on offer you can see what the local communities are like now. Alternatively, sample the delights of regional ale from Pickering and Malton’s micro breweries. Horse racing is a popular sport in the area with a racecourse in Beverley which is worth a visit.
For those of you who would prefer to be beside the seaside there is a huge choice of places to go and things to do, such as enjoying the sandy beaches and magnificent waterfronts.
Why not try the hugely popular harbour town of Whitby and watch the fish being caught whilst discovering the town’s Dracula connections. Or sample the Fish and Chips that are enjoyed by many who travel there. You could also try out Blacktoft Sands, go rock-pooling in Robin Hood’s Bay, learn about the Captain Cook connection to the town of Staithes or head to the excellent shores of Filey.
With such popular seaside towns angling is huge in the area, with keen fishermen able to get advice on where is best to go in many of the towns.
One of the largest seaside towns is Scarborough with its vast array of marine life and is home to the Scarborough Sea Life Centre, which houses animals such as turtles, sharks and seals.
If you are looking for more things to do for the kids then look no further than the two theme parks that the region has to offer. Flamingo Land has thrilling rides and a zoo, and the well liked Lightwater Valley. Also on offer for the kids are the award-winning National Children’s Museum Eureka and the National Media Museum, which is home to a five storey IMAX screen. The family experience can also continue on to the Sewerby Zoo, the fun fair at Bridlington, a nature reserve around Flamborough Head and Goathland, which was used as Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter films.
With so much to see and do it’s no wonder that Yorkshire is one of the most popular holiday rental destinations in the country.
The variety of location within Yorkshire gives us the opportunity to offer you a cottage in a location that will suit you. Whether it is a cottage in isolation surrounded by the scenery, at the heart of the quaint English communities, or overlooking the sea we have something for you. Here is a selection of locations to choose from.
Hebden Bridge with River Calder running through and its rustic homes on the edge of Holmfirth, which is well known for the TV series Last of the Summer Wine, will give you the opportunity to stay within the local community the same as a stay in Haworth would allow for.
Alternatively one of the smaller hamlets allows for you to get away from it all and enjoy the scenery. Saltaire, Burnsall, Grassington, Grosmont and Kettlewell are the places for this.
For a Seaside destination a number of popular resorts include Scarborough, Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay, Staithes and Bridlington.
For a larger, livelier break why not try York, Sheffield, Leeds or a smaller town such as Pickering. Take a look at cottages in York.
Yorkshire is made up of different dales, each of which has its own characteristics. These include Airedale with lots of larger cities, rural Malhamdale, Arkengarthdale and Swaledale which are the most northern, Dentdale which borders Cumbria, Nidderdale and Teesdale on the East, Wharfedale with its historic communities and Wensleydale at the heart famous for its cheese.
Travel to Yorkshire couldn’t be easier with a number of airports in the vicinity. The Leeds Bradford Airport hosts an abundance of national flights whilst also having great train and transport links.
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