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Our Top 5 for October and November…

The evenings are drawing in and the leaves are turning a crisp golden colour. We know that the weather is changing but when there is somewhere warm and cosy with amazing interiors to retreat to, we don’t mind that the colder seasons are on the way.

With the crowds thinning out it is a lovely time to go exploring the famous and interesting sites nearby. This Autumn, escape the news and take a walking holiday in Yorkshire, plan a family get-together for a special occasion, or impress your other half with a romantic weekend away for just the two of you.

Here are our Top 5 to-do’s a few of our favourites if you’re looking to get away in October and November…

1. Get Foodie

We’ve got Michelin starred pubs and market towns galore. Friends and family who don’t live nearby are always jealous of our long list of good country pubs. Some offer fine dining like The Wensleydale Heifer, others are lower key but delicious like The Heifer at Scorton, and for a refuel in front of the fire after exploring and good pub grub the White Bear in Masham.

Summer is over, so don’t worry about the holiday body. Head to Malton Food Festival which is a foodie haven and where we also love the artisan Bluebird bakery, or to the popular Helmsley where we love a pork belly and harissa sandwich at Mannions & Co bistro kitchen.

2. Get Cultured

We love Barnard Castle market town, and the view of Egglestone Abbey, Barnard Castle School and Bowes Museum as you drive in are impressive. At Bowes Museum the photo montage of Hockney exhibition is on for another month, and there’s a fun child friendly Lego expo.

For National Trust members, we recommend the captivating Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal near Ripon, North Yorkshire. This World Heritage Site has trails and footpaths, workshops, and a deer park (they’re coming into season so watch out).

Harewood House, Helmsley and York are also great spots for a day out.

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3. Get Outdoors

We have some of the best walking in the UK, and with the number of picturesque spots in North Yorkshire greater than you can count, it’s a lovely time of year for a morning stroll or a brisk more challenging day out.

Aysgarth Falls is a popular spot in the Dales, and without the throngs of Summer visitors it’s a peaceful. It has even been said that salmon have been spotted there this time of year. We’ve also got tried and tested mountain and road biking routes in the North York Moors.

For a crisp walk along the sweeping beaches, we can highly recommend Fish & chips by the coast at Saltburn by the Sea. Or if you prefer to enjoy the crisp leaves turning orange and golden hues then we recommend Thorp Perrow Arboretum near Bedale, North Yorkshire. There is stunning woodland and children love the exotic birds and animals.

4. Get Beer & Wine Tasting

For a rainy day, or on a group trip away when you’re looking for a good activity, head to Masham. The Black Sheep Brewery is a fantastic place to eat, drink and learn about brewing our favourite nationally popular cask ale. After a brewery tour enjoy a meal in the old malt chamber at the Baa…r & Kitchen, or at the White Bear in the town centre.

We’ve got a tried and tested Ale Trail around Richmond, and loved the micro bar Number 29 which serves local gins & ales with mouth-watering tapas or charcuterie sharing boards for groups. For a big group, the tasting room at Bon Coeur in Melsonby is only a short walk from two of our perfect bigger luxury holiday homes.

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5. Light the fire or fire up the hot tub

If you just want to stay in and revel in ultimate comfortable cottage, then nothing beats a cold Autumnal day when you are cosy indoors. Get the wood burner going and throw another log on the fire. Add in a glass of red wine and a book or magazine then you’ve got a winning combination.

Otherwise, for romance or fun with the gang, fire up the hot tub and enjoy a glass of bubbly as you watch the sun set. With so many Yorkshire cottages with hot tubs to choose from, it’s sure to be a fun night in!

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