At the heart of Wensleydale lies the vibrant market town of Leyburn, the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. This cobbled market town with a great mix of quaint and quirky shops and places to eat is also surrounded by some of Yorkshire’s most picturesque countryside with plenty of opportunities to get away from the everyday ordinary and enjoy some much-needed peace and solitude. Set amid some of England’s finest walking and cycling country, spending a weekend in Leyburn is the perfect base for exploring, hiking, cycling and sight-seeing before retiring at any of our nearby luxury holiday homes in Leyburn.

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Only a short drive from Sun Hill Farm, where you will find a trio of charming holiday homes, set amongst the grounds of Sun Hill Stables, nationally famed for its training of racehorses. Enjoy relaxing and reconnecting with nature whilst watching the horses frolic in the paddocks next door. Sun Hill Farmhouse has 5 bedrooms and is perfect for any special occasion, complete with a games room with a bar area as well as a private hot tub to enjoy with a larger group. Next door is Sun Hill Cottage with 3 bedrooms, a cosy log burning stove and an outdoor hot tub to relax with the family and The Palins is perfect for a romantic one-bedroom retreat for a couple looking for an idyllic escape to the countryside or a weekend in Leyburn.

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Find out from us locals, what we would recommend to do and see whilst staying with Holiday at Home for a luxury weekend in Leyburn…


On route to your luxury holiday home in Leyburn, head to the award-winning Campbells of Leyburn to stock up with everything you could need for your Yorkshire weekend away, including a stash of wine and local meats for the BBQ which awaits you. Step inside your holiday property and wow at all of the gorgeous interiors and unique features before retiring in front of the big cosy fire with a glass of red. The kids will enjoy discovering what their holiday home has to offer from the outdoor hot tubs, games rooms and the picturesque countryside outside every window to go and explore.


On Saturday make sure you wake up early so you have time to fit everything in, if you can tear yourself away from the large sumptuous beds in each of our luxury holiday properties. Enjoy breakfast together at the large dining space and get wrapped up warm for today’s adventures.

If you have kids (or big kids) today is the best day to explore the award-winning Forbidden Corner, a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises (make sure you’re wearing your waterproofs), created in 4 acres of countryside, for a day out with a difference for any brave adventurers and those young at heart. After exploring, head next door for more weird and wonderful at the Saddle Room restaurant. Once a racehorse stables, you can sit by a cosy fire or feel like you are at the races, whilst enjoying the fabulous menu of local food and ales.

After lunch, walk off the desert you just had whilst exploring Middleham Castle, once the childhood home of Richard III, you can relive the castle’s illustrious history and unlock the deeds of its great owners. Although roofless, extensive remains of the fortified palace still survive, making Middleham a fascinating castle to explore.

Make sure you drive by Cauldron Falls on your way home, one of Yorkshire’s finest waterfalls with a great viewing spot to take the perfect Insta pic too. Now everybody is tired out, on your way home after a day exploring pop in for dinner with the whole family at The Blue Lion or treat yourself to some romantic fine dining at The Wensleydale Heifer and enjoy their delicious award-winning seafood menu before coming home to relax in your own bubbling hot tub.


Head to Leyburn’s market square for breakfast at Serendipity’s friendly tearoom and interior shop, whilst planning your walking route for the day. Leyburn is an ideal base for exploring, hiking, cycling and sight-seeing for all ages. Find some varied walking routes and maps here…

If you want to give your legs a rest and travel in style then why not hop on a train on the Wensleydale Railway, which is a heritage line using diesel locomotives with the occasional steam train running. Take the scenic route to Redmire, where you will find Bolton Castle, which makes for a memorable day out. One of the country’s best preserved 14th century medieval castles, with over 600 years of fascinating history to explore. Look out for the sword fighting demonstrations and falconry displays before heading back to Leyburn.

If you like sourcing a bargain, Tennants Auctioneers is the largest auction house outside of London, holding over 100 auctions of fine art, antiques and specialist collectables each year across three salesrooms, a viewing area and a mezzanine gallery for specialist sales. The Garden Rooms, a multi-purpose visitor centre and events venue, which offers an array of food and drink in their popular café and elegant bistro is also a must visit. Auction viewings and live sales, free galleries showcasing rare treasures awaiting auction, free visiting exhibitions and a diverse programme of live music, lectures and events mean there is always something to see at Tennants.

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