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  • Posted on May 17, 2021


    To our valued Customers

    As hospitality businesses re-open their doors we look forward to welcoming even more of you back to beautiful Harrogate.  

    All our accommodation is completely self-contained, so a very safe option. Not only does it provide the freedom to do as you please, but if you feel safer in the current climate by not seeing / socialising with others, this is the perfect solution. 

    Cleaning and government guidelines  

    Our staff and cleaning teams have completed a COVID cleaning training course, so they all fully understand current government guidelines. This includes how to clean an apt, ensuring areas are correctly sanitised and disinfected, using virucidal spray. They will be using the appropriate protective clothing, and minimising cross contamination risks. 

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  • Posted on May 17, 2021

    What's on over Half term and beyond in Harrogate

    Lockdown is easing further and it is great news that both indoor and outdoor attractions are open to visit once again. 

    Please check COVID-secure measures set out by the venue before you travel and note any changes to opening times.

    Spring time in Yorkshire is the perfect time to visit, and this year is no exception with so much going on, lots to do for all the family. 

    We've picked out a few favourites in and around the Harrogate area, and with our beautiful self catering properties, why not stay a few days and make the most of it !

    Mother Shipton's Cave

    Go wild in the Adventure Playground, or have your own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with artisanal coffee, cakes, sandwiches and ice cream available to purchase from our vintage style coffee van. There are plenty of picnic benches with scenic views of the River Nidd and Ancient Royal Forest.

    RHS Harlow Carr, A garden not to be missed, and with Betty's tea rooms on site, you can't go wrong ! Don't miss RHS Garden Harlow Carr Summer Garden Show, a must for garden lovers.  The Summer Garden Show features specialist growers, expert advice and fabulous plants, all in the lush surroundings of RHS Garden Harlow Carr - 24-27 June.

    Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. 

    Seeing bluebells scattered along a grassy verge or carpeting a woodland floor has to be a highlight of any spring walk. These delicate blooms can be found across Western Europe, but about half of the world’s population is right here in the UK. This spring at Fountains they're putting on quite a show.   Don't miss the adventure playground too!

    Studfold Adventure Trail

    Want to get out with the kids for fresh air and fun? Studfold Adventure Trail in the magical Yorkshire Dales is a play and discover experience for toddlers and children of all primary school ages, girls and boys, to explore nature and run wild. Did you know fairies live here? Mischief and surprises await you in our secret woodland and meadows. But first you’ll have to work out how to unlock the gate and make your way to the Village of Two Stone Wishes.

    Bolton Abbey 

    Prepare for lots of fun and mud on the Bolton Abbey Welly Walk 2021! The woodland adventure trail leads you from the stepping stones to the Cavendish Pavilion. We would advise pre-booking a Bolton Abbey Car Park ticket for this activity.

    Let your little ones put their balance skills to the test, scramble up nets, navigate the pole-to-pole and try their hardest to keep clean as they come down the slides! With many more obstacles in-between – it’s fun from start to finish!

    Harrogate Food & Drink Festival 

    Harrogate Food & Drink Festival (June 26th-27th on The Stray), is a family friendly celebration of International Influence and Local Talent, expressed through International Food, Independent Drink, Live Music, Arts and Charity. All of this is underpinned by our core philosophy to showcase and expose talent based in the locality.  


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  • Posted on May 17, 2021

    The Yorkshire Dales - Why You Should Visit

    Home to great castles, abbeys, picturesque landscape, and a kind of atmosphere that’s good for your soul, the Yorkshire Dales is the jewel in the crown of Northern England.

    Boasting two historically-rich protected areas - Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Yorkshire Dales National Park - the Yorkshire Dales is best-known for jaw-dropping beauty and tranquil surroundings. Spanning 2,178 square kilometres, “the Dales” (to use their universally recognised moniker) has more than 20,000 residents.

    With picture-postcard scenery that includes undulating hills, patchwork fields and hay meadows - the Dales are visited by thousands of hikers and cyclists who come from all around the world to tackle the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks. For the less serious rambler or cyclist there are quirky taverns, speciality breweries and cheese-making centres. This is Wallace and Gromit country after all!

    History of the Dales

    In 1954, an area of the historic County of Yorkshire was designated as the new National Park of Northern England. A major part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park also comprises the neighbouring counties of Cumbria, and Lancashire.

    In 2016, the park was extended westward bringing the M6 Motorway within its boundaries. The total area of the park increased by almost 24% in this time and brought some parts of another historic county, Westmorland, in too.

    On Weekend Breaks

    If you are planning a weekend trip to the Dales then you’re options are plentiful. From historically-enriched destinations such as the Forbidden Corner near Leyburn, to the volcanic-age phenomenon  Brimham Rocks near Harrogate, to the Henry VII-abolished Fountains Abbey near Ripon.

    If you have children, they’ll love the blissful Hesketh Farm Park at Bolton Abbey and the chances are, you will too. Other adventurous places include Aerial Extreme near Bedale and paddle walking at Bolton Abbey in Skipton.

    Other places well worth a visit if you can find the time include the Underground Walk at White Scar Cave in Ingleton, Aysgarth Falls at Wensleydale, and Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens near Harrogate. A ride on the Embassy Railway in Skipton is also excellent fun for all the family.

    A Tourist’s Paradise

    Who doesn’t want a peaceful atmosphere in today’s manic world ? The Yorkshire Dales has a special place in the hearts of travellers, not only because it is peaceful to unwind, but also because it has breathtakingly beautiful scenery along with historical remains in the form of great castles and abbeys.

    While the Northern areas are trimmed and full of drystone walls and barns, the Southern areas are wild, yet peaceful. A summer break in a rambling riverside cottage or winter weekend around the open fire or in a country pub are just couple of of Yorkshire Dales possibilities.

    Where to Walk

    When in the park, don’t suppress the urge to go off and ramble, you won’t be disappointed by the lush green fields and gardens blossoming with flowers and fresh grass round the year.

    • The Pennine Way starts from Edale, passes through the Yorkshire Dales, and ends at Kirk Yetholm, just as it enters Scotland. Running through the Pennine Hills, which are also known as the “backbone of England”, the Pennine Way is the most beautiful, yet the toughest route for walking and jogging.
    • At a not-inconsiderable 84-miles in length, the Dales Way follows the River Wharfe, Bowness on Windermere, and Ilkley are the largest settlements on the Way.
    • If you want to experience true country life, Malham Tarn upland farm walk is the place. It boasts a variety of domestic birds residing in its ancient limestone pastures and upland hill farms. The walkway is seven miles long.
    • At 2 miles, Langstorthdale is rich in hay flower and springs. The lime kilns and stone circles make unwinding away from urban life easy.
    • The James Herriot Way covers 52 miles in distance. It is a go-to place for rural photographers and videographers, as the beautiful circular trek surrounds the valley bottoms and enchants the glorious skyline.
    • The 52-miles long Horsehead Moor is a beautiful, yet rugged place for a wild walk. Always hazed by thick clouds, it is rich in oystercatcher, kingfisher, and dippers.

    The Highest Point: The Yorkshire Three Peaks:

    The highest point in Yorkshire is a collection of three hills known at the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Pen-y-ghent (2,277 feet), Ingleborough (2,372 feet), and Whernside (2,415 feet) are nestled collectively in the Pennine Range. Rich in history, the area has remains of Settle-Carlisle Railway and Iron Age Hill Fort. It also crosses Ribblehead Viaduct. Throughout the year, charity walks and challenge walks are organised these include yearly organisations such as, The Yorkshire Three Peaks Ultra, The Three Peaks Race, World Long Distance Mountain Range Challenge, and The Three Peaks Cyclo Cross.

    Popular Viewpoints

    Yorkshire is rich in beautiful vantage points, so don’t forget to bring your camera along. Among the many viewpoints, the popular ones include:

    • The Janet’s Foss (Malham), Runswick Bay,

    • Tatham Fells (near Bentham),

    • Ingleborough, Stump Cross Caverns (Nidderdale),

    • Whernside,

    • Malham Cove,

    • White Scar Cave.

    Like what you’ve read? Then what’s stopping you from a trip to Yorkshire’s most famous National Park? Given its unwavering popularity, the Dales is not short on beautiful accommodation and it’s a holiday suitable for lone travellers, couples, large families and even pets.

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