Self-Catering Sanctuaries in Yorkshire for a Spring Getaway
The best self-catering properties for your next staycation
Town End Farm
In brief: A beautifully restored 18th century self-catering barn.
Our highlight: A second barn features a games room with table tennis, table football and an LCD projector for film nights.
Insider guide: Nestled in the medieval village of Appleton Le Moors, this Grade-II listed barn has been luxuriously restored with original stone walls and beams intact. Sleeping 14 in seven double ensuite bedrooms, every detail has been thought of, even down to the inclusion of a Sonos music system and wine fridges. Guests can hike direct from the door in the beautiful North York Moors National Park and the renowned local, the Moors Inn, is just a few minutes’ walk away so you can refuel on the way back. Plus, you can bring your four-legged friends to Town End Farm, with a welcome hamper including water bowls, towels and doggy treats provided on arrival.
Town End Farm, Appleton Le Moors YO62 6TF
In brief: An award-winning Victorian holiday home in a private garden in Richmond.
Our highlight: The cottage is minutes’ walk from historic Richmond’s Market Place and is a hop, skip and a jump from the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Insider guide: Dating back to the 1770s, bringing Garden Cottage up to date has been a labour of love, taking it from a barely liveable state with overgrown gardens, into the award-winning and charming space that it is today. Lovingly renovated and decorated, it now offers a unique stay for six guests, as well as welcoming up to two dogs at no extra charge. The bright, airy kitchen has everything you need for a fully self-catered stay, and with some wonderful local butchers, bakers and cheese shops just five minutes’ walk away you don’t need to bring much with you.
1 Cravengate, Richmond DL10 4RE
Waingates Farm Huts
In brief: Luxury self-catering shepherds’ huts within the peaceful Roecliffe Estate.
Our highlight: The picturesque and panoramic views from the huts and their private gardens.
Insider guide: The five beautiful Waingates Farm Huts have every luxury you’d expect from a boutique hotel, surrounded by the stunning Yorkshire landscape and abundant wildlife. All the huts come with a wood-fired hot tub, fire pit and gas barbecue, making them the perfect retreat for couples to get away from it all, whilst being in an ideal location to enjoy a unique holiday experience in North Yorkshire. Whether you’re admiring the nature around you or just enjoying each other’s company under the starlit skies, you and your other half will love this breakaway.
Waingate Farm, Roecliffe, York YO51 9NE
In brief: A pet-friendly property set in the coastal village of Grinkle.
Our highlight: The enclosed patio garden, perfect for lazy lunches or a sundowner in the late afternoon.
Insider guide: Whether you like to spot seagulls soaring above the cliffs or want to watch waves crash against the shore, you’ll be ideally positioned to explore the North Yorkshire coastline at The Forge. Sleeping four, this holiday cottage is ideal for families and couples seeking a little more space. Inside you’ll find cosy spaces split across two floors, which are contemporary in style, yet wholly in-keeping with the building’s heritage. Meanwhile outside, there’s a private patio, perfect to soak up the early spring sunshine, and it’s a short drive to Easington, where you’ll find plenty of places to eat and drink.
Staithes, North Yorkshire
In brief: A stunning three-storey holiday home overlooking the beach and bay in Whitby.
Our highlight: Located just below the stunning Whitby Abbey, the property is on the Donkey Trail which runs parallel to the iconic 199 steps.
Insider guide: Quintessentially Whitby, Mariner’s Watch really does live up to its name, with the best panoramic views in the area. Perfect for a family celebration or luxury group stay, this holiday home rests over three floors and sleeps up to 10 guests. Inside, beautifully-decorated living areas welcome you to relax and unwind after a day of exploring this iconic area, while when sleep calls, five superb bedrooms offer space to rest before another fun-filled day out. A show-stealing feature of this holiday home is the triple-aspect garden with sheltered hot tub area. Perfect for entertaining, catch the last of evening sun with a glass of wine before taking a soak in the hot tub.
3 Church Lane, Whitby
In brief: An original and authentic woodland camp.
Our highlight: The chance to escape the hustle and bustle in the 200 acres of woodland that surrounds this glamping site.
Insider guide: With only one small private access road, you’re well away from the fast pace of city life at Jollydays Glamping, which is open for guests all year round. Their woodland bothies with handpainted interiors and roll-top baths are great for those seeking a glamping experience with a difference, while each woodcutter hut features tweedy interiors and log-burning stove, making them the perfect cosy woodland retreat.
York YO41 1AP
Bay View Cottage
In brief: A charming stone cottage with stunning views stretching over Robin Hood’s Bay and beyond.
Our highlight: The decked terrace where you can sit and watch the waves roll in, catch a few rays, or stargaze beside the firepit snuggled under a heap of blankets.
Insider guide: If you’re looking for a coastal retreat in a romantic setting then this enchanting bolthole is hard to beat. Situated high on the cliffs, close to the seaside town of Whitby, with only seabirds and the sound of the sea to break the silence, this beautiful cottage is made for slow living, where you’ll appreciate the stillness, mesmerising sea views and, after nightfall, brilliant star-filled skies. For those looking to soak up the local sights, a stroll along the coastal path takes you to nearby villages where local shops and welcoming pubs await.
5 Precentors Court
In brief: A Grade-II listed property nestled in the shadow of the iconic York Minster.
Our highlight: The rear terrace with private patio which is perfect for al fresco drinks or dining.
Insider guide: Situated less than a mile from York Railway Station, 5 Precentors Court offers accommodation right in the heart of York. This holiday home by local family-run business Dalian Properties boasts accommodation for six, spread across four floors of contemporary design. Portraying a real home-from-home atmosphere, this is the place to be to experience all York has to offer. Inside there’s three bedrooms, a walk-in wardrobe, spacious family kitchen, a living room, bathroom with large soaking tub, a hideaway snug and a courtyard with Minster views.
5 Precentors Court, York YO1 7EJ