With good reason, the Yorkshire Dales has recently been named the Best National Park in Europe! One visit and it is easy to understand how the Yorkshire Dales has beaten beauty spots in Iceland and Croatia to be named number one choice in the Tripadvisor awards. Visitors can find peace and tranquillity as well as thrilling adventure in the outstanding scenery.

The unspoiled picturesque wilderness of the Dales, and must-see sights including Hardraw Force, Gordale Scar and the Three Peaks are a paradise for artists, ramblers, and lovers of the great outdoors. Take the chance to explore picturesque towns, villages and beautiful countryside. If you are looking for more of a challenge from your family holiday or group getaway, join the exhilarating Coast to Coast Way or head to the rugged landscape of Malham Cove. Wherever you are there’s great food and drink nearby; from pub grub with unbeatable local beers, to fine dining restaurants and great coffee. Our Yorkshire Dales Holiday Cottages really are the perfect escape from everyday life.

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1. Swaledale, the Northern Dales

Expect peace, tranquillity and natural beauty. Famous for wildflower meadows, heather moors and beautiful tumbling waterfalls such as Richmond Falls, Kisdon Force and Catrake Force. Swaledale is the best destination for walkers and cyclists. There’s beautiful hills, mountains and moorland to explore, with an abundance of wildlife on offer.

After a long day out, The Copper Kettle in Reeth has a great afternoon tea with views over the Village Green. For a cosy country pub, the local grub is good in the sleepy village of Grinton or Gunnerside. Pop into The Bridge Grinton serving local fresh food, whilst you relax by the log-burning stove. We also enjoy the fine dining at the Burgoyne Hotel.

Get involved with the community at the Yorkshire Dales Swaledale festival, with events ranging from open mic poetry, live music and the popular Wensleydale Walk.

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2. Hawes, a thriving market town

Hawes is home to Wallace and Gromit’s favourite; the world-famous Wensleydale Cheese. Visit the Wensleydale Creamery to be inspired with delicious recipe ideas, or the Dales Countryside Museum to hear about Hawes’ heritage. Explore the market every Tuesday, with its carnival atmosphere as the whole community gets together. Visit the local Farmers’ Auction Mart and stock up with provisions at the indoor and outdoor markets.

The famous Hardraw Force falls is a must-see attraction; the highest single-drop waterfall in England at over 100 feet. A popular beauty spot, this location was used in the hit Hollywood blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves!

Be sure to plan around the annual brass band festival, fancy dress gala or the sheep show where you can see some vintage tractors, meet some friendly sheepdogs and buy local produce. Hawes is a day out for the whole family like no other.

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3. Leyburn, a Wensleydale market town

Leyburn is well known for independent shops. The Little Chocolate Shop is an excellent chocolatier. Campbell’s is a delicatessen and grocery store. Plus find quaint tea rooms and Tennants Auctioneers – the town’s antique auction house. A must visit is the Dales Haven Guest House for a local brew and a slice of carrot cake.

On your way back pass along Aysgarth Falls, renowned for its show of spring wildflowers and three beautiful waterfalls. For something a little different, The Forbidden Corner has been voted the best children’s attraction in Yorkshire – a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a 4-acre garden which will challenge and delight children of all ages.

With spectacular countryside views, unusual local shops and cafes, traditional pubs and a weekly market, it’s an ideal base for exploring on foot, sightseeing or just watching the world go by.

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4. Middleham, a jewel in the Wensleydale crown

Nestled between two rivers, Middleham is a great day out on a family holiday in the Yorkshire Dales. Expect cobbled market squares, Georgian and Victorian tearooms, galleries and a rich horse racing heritage. Perfect for walking, cycling or just sightseeing, and it’s a favourite haunt for many artists. Why not get up early to watch the racehorses training at the famous gallops. Follow it with lunch at The White Swan or The Blue Lion with its welcoming fire. Make sure, of course, you save some room for a Brymoor ice cream on your way home!

Pay a visit to Middleham Castle, once home to Richard III, which has the largest keep in the North of England. Its royal heritage once earned it the title of the ‘Windsor of the North’. Whilst visiting, pop into the Saddle Rooms for a unique dining experience too which will end your unforgettable day out perfectly!

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5. Masham, a market town with two top breweries

Located in lower Wensleydale, Masham has a lively and friendly community filled with artists, authors and craftsmen and established links to JW Turner and Lewis Carroll. Pop into The White Bear Hotel for a drink with the locals or have eat in the dining room whilst relaxing fireside.

If you enjoy your local ales, take a guided tour of the family run Black Sheep Brewery. Sample locally brewed ales and find out how they brew ‘God’s Own Beer’. After head to the legendary Theakston Brewery, have a tour and taste brews fresh from the cask and smell the hops in the air.

If ale isn’t your thing don’t worry, head from the town to the annual sheep fair, visit the traction engine fair with vintage vehicles, steam engines and motorcycle display teams, or simply enjoy the all year round beauty of the Dales. A must see is the Jervaulx Abbey; with its dramatic yet tranquil ambience it has won the heart of many visitors. Definitely worth a visit!

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6. Malham Cove

The 70-metre-high white limestone cliff is a marvel that has attracted visitors for centuries. A natural wonder formed by millions of years of erosion by water and ice,  the rockface gently curves like an amphitheater. Malham Cove is also home to a pair of Peregrine Falcons during the summer months to look out for.

Arguably one of the best walks in the Yorkshire Dales, a five-mile circular walk starts from the small village of Malham. It takes in Goredale Scar, Janet’s Foss waterfall, and Malham Cove. According to legend Janet, or Jennet in old English, was the Queen of the local fairies and lived in a cave behind the waterfall.

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Skipton, Yorkshire Dales

Wesleyan Chapel

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Escape the every day and go ‘off-grid’ for a while at Wesleyan Chapel, our latest luxury homestay for eight guests. Combine stylish interiors, stunning views and a bubbling hot tub with a perfect location for exploring the Bolton Abbey Estate and the Yorkshire Dales beyond.

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Wharfe View Cottage

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For friends and family looking for a peaceful escape and an excellent location for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and nearby Ilkley, Skipton and Harrogate, settle in at Wharfe View Cottage on the Bolton Abbey Estate for days exploring, spotting wildlife, and relaxing into the sound of nature.

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Stank House Farm

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Set along a sweeping drive and boasting some of the most picturesque views across the far-reaching Yorkshire countryside, find Stank House Farm. This fabulous farmhouse with a hot tub is set within the breathtaking Bolton Abbey Estate and is well located near Skipton and Ilkley.

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Horse and Carriage

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Standing majestically in extensive grounds, this hot tub hideaway on the outskirts of Ripon, North Yorkshire offers a tranquil escape. One half of the Unbridled package, the impressive design-led features and modern home comforts balance perfectly, and the open plan living is ideal for social gatherings.

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Bearskin Cottage

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Nestled in stunning countryside with far-reaching views is this one-bedroom romantic hideaway with an alfresco hot tub and cosy log burner. Ideally located close to Leyburn and for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, this bolthole for you and your special someone is a perfect year-round destination homestay.

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Hollins Farmhouse

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The perfect rural escape awaits at Hollins Farmhouse, a large holiday home ideal for multi-generational families or a group of friends. High-quality craftsmanship features throughout, and spectacular views from the garden look over the rolling Coverdale hills, Middleham Castle, and the Yorkshire Dales beyond.

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Riding Boots

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At this boutique retreat in Ripon, North Yorkshire, experience the perfect blend of idyllic country living and city life. Riding Boots balances contemporary design and traditional features in a beautiful setting. Book for 4 guests, or book both neighbouring properties at Unbridled for up to 10 guests.

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Unbridled

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Whether celebrating a special occasion or simply escaping the everyday ordinary, experience the perfect blend of idyllic country living and city life. From your very own luxury holiday home with a hot tub on the fringes of Ripon, North Yorkshire, Unbridled warmly welcomes 10 guests across two interconnecting hideaways.

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Sun Hill Palins

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A cosy cottage made for the two of you, close to Leyburn and the Yorkshire Dales. The perfect add-on for guests staying at Sun Hill Farm or for couples looking for a romantic retreat in this country bolthole where you can venture into Wensleydale and immerse yourselves in the area, before returning to a roaring fire and watching the racehorses train in the fields.

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Sun Hill Cottage

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A gorgeous country cottage on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Sun Hill Cottage is a stylish home with plenty of features including a hot tub and dining table that doubles as a pool table, for a fun-filled family getaway.

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Leyburn, Yorkshire Dales

Sun Hill Cottage

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The Coach House

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This is a idyllic bolthole for couples looking to stay in the beautiful area in style. The Coach House is a large boutique retreat with...

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Stank House Farm

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Bearskin Cottage

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Unbridled

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Sun Hill Farmhouse

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West Grange

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Nestled in stunning Yorkshire countryside close to Leyburn and with far-reaching views, West Grange is perfect for gatherings of all shapes and sizes. Big and...

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Wesleyan Chapel

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Masham, Yorkshire Dales

Feathered Nest

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This utterly charming one-bedroom cottage has been designed with exquisite attention to detail and is in a perfect location for exploring Ripon, Masham and beyond....

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Horse and Carriage

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Valley View

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Wharfe View Cottage

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Sun Hill Palins

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Hollins Farmhouse

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The perfect rural escape awaits at Hollins Farmhouse, a large holiday home ideal for multi-generational families or a group of friends. High-quality craftsmanship features throughout,...

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