Super Stays Across Yorkshire
Marston Lodge Farm
Marston Lodge Farm, on the Hutton Wandesley Estate, is just seven miles from York, yet this pretty hamlet is a world away from the busy city. Surrounded by farmland, there are three newly renovated properties to rent on the farm: The Farmhouse (sleeping eight guests), The Granary (a stunning barn conversion sleeping 12) and Dovecote Barn (a barn conversion sleeping eight). Each property has retained much of the original building’s character, but all boast beautiful and spacious contemporary interiors, and are perfect for larger get-togethers. Each one has its own private garden with barbecue and hot tub, and The Granary also has use of the central landscaped courtyard. Available to rent individually, or together as a unique holiday destination for 28 guests in total, Marston Lodge Farm is ideally placed to explore the very best of Yorkshire’s coast, the Dales and the North York Moors, as well as all the major attractions of the nearby city of York.
Long Marston, York YO26 7NQ
With rooms ranging from small doubles to sea view suites perfect for a family staycation, there are loads of options to suit all budgets here. All rooms come with access to the Retreat with free hot drinks provided all day and cake in the afternoon, and free movies in the Film Club. A dog-friendly, activity-centred hotel, you’ll find dog grooming facilities on the ground floor next to a storage area for bikes, boots and surf gear, and a relaxed bar-cumrestaurant serving great food, craft ales and cocktails.
Cliff Bridge Terrace, Scarborough YO11 2HA
This contemporary converted chapel in Ruswarp, just two miles from the centre of Whitby, is full of quirky charm. It even has a generous indoor spa area, sauna, and Jacuzzi. The spacious accommodation sleeps eight guests in four bedrooms with two bathrooms. The living/dining area has a cosy log burner (and the original piped chapel organ), there’s a snug for some quiet time, and a well-equipped kitchen and boot room. From the kitchen there is an original arched chapel door which opens to reveal the spectacular spa. There is a Jacuzzi spa bath with coloured lights and numerous jets and sprays, and the sauna will happily seat up to eight. Outside, there’s a large enclosed garden perfect for dining al fresco, and an orchard
This dog-friendly Dales hotel in the village of Malham is an idyllic escape, surrounded by rolling hills and at the foot of the iconic Cove. After a day exploring, unwind in one of the 21 whimsical ensuite bedrooms, or enjoy a cold glass of something in the pretty hotel garden beside the bubbling beck before heading to the streamside restaurant, where the modern menu includes delicious locallysourced beef, fish and a great choice of Yorkshire tapas.
Cove Road, Malham BD23 4DJ
This friendly pub with rooms is a great stopover for anyone exploring North Yorkshire. All rooms are ensuite, including Skell Bank which is a family-sized room sleeping up to four which can be joined to other accommodation to make a unit sleeping six adults and two children, but it’s the restaurant here which will keep you coming back. With a menu combining classic British and European-style dishes, the food here is really good and just what you need after a day exploring the great outdoors.
Sawley, Fountains Abbey, Ripon HG4 3EQ
Close to Ilkley and Leeds, on a leafy lane overlooking the village of Ben Rhydding, this cosy, family-friendly inn has 12 rooms (including dog-friendly options), making it the ideal place for a stop-over. Find proper Yorkshire classics on the menu, all made using fresh local produce, and the Sunday roast here is legendary. The rooms come in several categories from Club to Grand – which have their own private terrace. Whether you have been out and about exploring on foot (the Dales Way starts in Ilkley) or on two wheels, enjoying some retail therapy, or 18 holes at nearby Ilkley Golf Club (the inn has a special deal with the club), back at the inn you can enjoy a quiet pint in the bar before supper and a peaceful night’s seep (kids permitting).
Wheatley Lane, Ben Rhydding, Ilkley LS29 8PP
Chestnut Farm Cottages
Part of the larger, family-run Chestnut Farm Holiday Park, these six characterful cottages, converted from former farm buildings, are all set around a private courtyard. From the cosy, one bedroom couples getaway to the family-friendly three bedroom properties, they are all beautifully furnished with open-plan kitchens and cosy log burners. Outdoors includes a private garden and barbecue area – ideal when the weather is warmer. The River Ouse runs through the pretty village, which is surrounded by open farmland yet is just 10 minutes from York.
Moor End, Acaster Malbis, York, YO23 2UQ