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Yorkshire Holiday Cottages
These cottage companies all provide a sizeable range of Yorkshire self catering cottages and accommodation. They've been arranged in ascending order based on the amount of Yorkshire properties on offers. Please note that these numbers are subject to change according to availability and site changes.
Cottages 4 You
- Over 500 Yorkshire holiday cottages
available from Cottages 4 You - nearly all are graded three stars and above. There's a virtual tour facility allowing visitors to explore some of the properties online and detailed information is provided for each cottage.
- More than 370 cottages in Yorkshire
from Holiday Lettings situated in picturesque towns such as Haworth, Whitby and Helmsley. Most of their cottages are traditional, in style and can sleep up to 11 in certain cases. Booking prices start at around £200 for a week.
- More than 300 Yorkshire cottage properties and accommodation ranging from modern apartments to traditional stone-built farm conversions. Many have reviewed by previous occupiers and detailed info is offered for each self catering property.
- A wide range of Yorkshire cottages from £220. A good number of their cottages can accommodate pets and families although smoking is not permitted for any. Star ratings are given for a large proportion of their holiday properties, which are all individually inspected.
Yorkshire is the largest county in the United Kingdom and is located in Northern England
. Within its natural boundaries lie the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the North York Moors and the Peak District National Park - large swathes of its countryside are designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Yorkshire's varied, heritage coastline is punctuated by resorts such as Scarborough
and small, hidden fishing villages like Whitby. The northern coast backs on to the picturesque North York Moors, which consists of heather moorland and deep valleys. The villages of Pickering
remain, like the windswept moors and heathlands that surround them, largely unspoilt. Other picturesque towns like Slaithwaite, Marsden and Holmfirth make the rugged beauty of the Pennine Way more accessible to visitors.
The county, like many others in Britain has a diverse and varied history. This is evident through well preserved castles like those at Bowes, Pickering and York. Many of these fortifications date back to Norman times and are protected by the National Heritage. Yorkshire also has a rich cultural heritage, exemplified by famous authors like the Bronte
sisters and Bram Stoker.
Yorkshire's industrial past
is still evident in the old centres of Leeds and Hull. However heavy industry has now been replaced - places like Leeds have experienced extensive redevelopment and now feature new shopping precincts, restaurants and bars - the city was voted 'Favourite British City of the Year 2003'.
Yorkshire visitor attractions
We've included details of the most notable visitor attractions and outdoor activities in Yorkshire, as well as information regarding fine restaurants, pubs and clubs.
The award-winning Go-Ape Forest Park
, in Dalby Forest is one of the best activity centres in the county and features a tree-top adventure course, consisting of rope bridges and zip slides - bookings can be made on the website
. The Dalesbridge Centre, in the Forest of Bowland, is also worth visiting and includes supervised abseiling, canoeing, rock climbing and cycling. Airbourne pastimes are also popular in Yorkshire, with a number of centres offering a range of activities such as hot air ballooning
, gliding and Parascending. For alternatives visit the Yorkshire Dales Guides in Settle for guided caving and pot-holing excursions.
Food and drink
The Dining Room Restaurant in Boroughbridge is one of the finest in Yorkshire. This spacious eatery specialises in British and French food at affordable prices - courses from its a la carte menu start at just £13.95. Other good restaurants include the Crab and Lobster
in Asenby and the Old Vicarage, which is situated in Ridgeway. This award-winning restaurant, which is part of a 19th century country house, serves British cuisine using only fresh, local ingredients. Specialties include lobster torellini and roasted wild sea bass. There's also a good selection of country pubs in Yorkshire such as the Fox and Hound
(Carthorpe), the Golden Lion (Osmotherley) and the Blue Lion (East Witton).
History and Culture
Yorkshire's literary heritage is vividly exhibited in Haworth. The Bronte Parsonage Museum, their well-preserved house, contains many of their original possessions. The county also features a wide collection of superbly preserved castles and keeps - some of the best include Skipton, Ripley and Consibrough Castle
. These medieval structures are among the finest in all of Britain. Admission prices tend to be cheap and allow almost unlimited access to both the castles and grounds.