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North Yorkshire

What county needs anything more to attract visitors to its self-catering holiday accommodation than the 1600 square miles of the Yorkshire Dales or the North Yorkshire Moors National Parks? Both offer a healthy choice of pretty holiday cottages. You will find endless opportunities for the best kind of exercise (cycling, walking and horse-riding) up and down valleys, crags, peaks and moorlands. If you really want to leave the car alone, then travel North Yorkshire by Dalesbus. Indulge in a luxurious tea in Betty’s Tea Rooms in Harrogate and then work off the calories by renting a rowing boat on the River Nidd.

Spend a day exploring historic Richmond Castle in Swaledale or walk under the 29m high Hardraw Force in Wensleydale, England’s largest single drop waterfall without getting wet, or enjoy the views from the top of Roseberry Topping. North Yorkshire also offers plenty of self-catering accommodation in the many seaside towns and villages strung out along its picturesque and rugged coastline. From the Victorian spa resorts of Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington, to Whitby's gothic fishing port and scenic villages such as Staithes, Robin Hood’s Bay and Flamborough.

Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

A distinct coastal vibe permeates Fish and Ships, a contemporary coastal cottage in the heart of Whitby in North Yorkshire. Whitby’s harbour is a short walk from the apartment, which offers light and airy spaces with abundant natural light, as well as relaxed sophistication and open-plan design.

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Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4

Riverside Farm Cottage sits on 12 acres by the River Dove and offers guests a luxurious escape. The rural cottage in Kirby Mills sleeps 8 and boasts impressive views of the Yorkshire countryside plus a furnished garden and an interior with ample windows, contemporary styling & a wood-burning stove.

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Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

The Coach House offers sophisticated coast and country accommodation for four in the North Yorkshire village of Levisham. It boasts subtle elegance with a stone exterior and contemporary interior, plus a delightful garden and open-plan design, all in the heart of the North York Moors and Coast.

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Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

Lime Kiln Farmhouse is a beautiful stone-built rural cottage within Castel Howard Estate in Coneysthorpe, Yorkshire. The pet-friendly cottage promises seclusion and access to the Centenary Way, as well as generous grounds, a lovely furnished patio, tasteful antique furnishings and a cosy log fire.

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Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1

Applewood is a pretty one bedroom cottage situated in the village of Harome near Helmsley within walking distance of the Michelin starred Star Inn and nestled between the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and the Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3

Spectacular ocean views stretch to the horizon from Galatea, a coastal cottage within Whitby Lighthouse. The unique cottage offers elegant, light-filled accommodation and spacious furnished grounds, as well as a beautiful sea breeze, sophistication, seclusion and access to the Yorkshire coast.

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Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3

Loft Cottage is one of three pretty holiday cottages nestled in the peaceful village of Crakehall, North Yorkshire, a dog-friendly cottage with views of Bedale Beck amidst the splendour of the lower Yorkshire Dales, featuring a hot tub, exposed beams, stone frontage, and three first-floor bedrooms.

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Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
8

The Old Vicarage is an impressive detached property with lots of space, including four reception rooms. Set in a large, lawned garden, the property is in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors on the edge of the beautiful village of Rosedale Abbey.

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4
Bedrooms
2

Edmund’s Cottage in the quaint Yorkshire village of Crakehall is one of three holiday homes that combine original features with contemporary comforts, a dog-friendly cottage with a garden hot tub, exposed beams, Smart TVs in the lounge and first-floor master, and riverside views of Bedale Beck.

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From the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors to the seaside resorts scattered along its North Sea Coast, North Yorkshire can offer visitors a memorable holiday when choosing to stay in one of its many fine holiday cottages. The Dales' past industrial history is revealed in the 18th the many restored 19th-century textile mills and watermills. Find them among the little Dales towns, Grassington, Kettlewell and Reeth, tasting both famous local cheeses and ales along the way. Artists and potters are still creating their own local styles, and the many Farmers' Markets provide you with fresh local produce. In the summer, too, make sure you are there when the country folk congregate together to compete in displays in their local agricultural shows right across the area.

Only such a place as the City of York, with its overwhelmingly impressive 800-year old cathedral, its cobbled medieval streets with many pavement cafes, could draw you away from the natural beauty of the Dales. With a wealth of trendy independent shops, galleries and a regular programme of festivals and events, it would be easy to holiday for an entire week in this historic city.

That being said, North Yorkshire also offers visitors more than 100 miles of shoreline, where you will find fossils on the Dunsdown Coast, seaside fun and surfing at Scarborough, fish in the sea for your supper at Filey, or partake of the best fish and chips ever at Whitby. The latter is where you will also capture the ambience of the 18th and 19th centuries of Captain Cook, Count Dracula and Queen Victoria's favourite jet jewellery. Take the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Goatherd Station, a film-location in the Harry Potter films in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Moors. If the usual outdoor activities of walking and cycling lose their appeal, try your hand at Husky Trekking at the Pesky Husky Trekking Centre in Staintondale. Alternatively, pay a visit to Hairy Bob's Cave beneath Scarborough Castle, allegedly the most popular man-made cave in the UK.

After Scarborough Castle, add Pickering Castle to your North Yorkshire bucket list, located on the edge of the North York Moors, it's also the location for the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway that runs from Pickering to Whitby through the heart of TVs' Heartbeat Country.

The picturesque riverside town of Knaresborough offers much for the visitor, including Mother Shipton's Cave, a tourist attraction since 1630, the one time home of an old prophetess and soothsayer. Then head back into the town and sample the fare in one of its many fine tea rooms. For those with a seriously sweet tooth, follow in the footsteps of many a visiting celebrity and pay a visit to Nidderdale will take you to The Oldest Sweet Shop in England!

What more do you need to keep the whole family happy for days on end in this beautiful county? Whether booking a holiday cottage for a week or a weekend break, you'll find it easy to fill your day's sightseeing, bathing, exploring in the great outdoors or enjoying historic towns and cities or spending days on the beach.