Old Yorkshire Pub

Old Yorkshire Pub

I was lucky enough to passing here – The Royal Oak in Old Malton and in need of a glass of wine!
In the warmer months their pretty beer garden is perfect for al fresco eating and drinking.
This pub is situated in Old Malton, on the edge of Malton, just off the A64 and not surprising there are lots of old houses, cottages and buidlings here.

I would recommend a stop off for sure, if you’re passing.

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5 Reasons to Treat Yourself to an Autumn Break in Yorkshire

5 Reasons to Treat Yourself to an Autumn Break in Yorkshire

As autumn starts to kick in and the days become shorter, the air crisper and a scarf soon becomes part of your daily attire (yes really!), it’s easy to think that the holiday season is behind you. But I ask you to embrace the splendid early autumn.

An autumnal break at Spring Cottage is a delight and here are our top 5 reasons why you should treat yourself to an autumn break in Yorkshire.

  1. Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles!

There is no better feeling than getting in a hot bubble bath after a refreshing walk through the exquisite North York Moors. That is why Spring Cottage offers luxurious bathrobes and fluffy white towels to hand. The free-standing roll top bath is perfect for two!  Ease-away your troubles and take a long soak, using our complimentary Wolds Way Lavender goodies.  Light the candle, lie back and star gaze through the rooftop window. enjoy your autumn break in this luxury bathroom

  1. Toasty log burner

After a day out crunching autumn leaves under your feet and exploring all North Yorkshire has to offer, unwind next to our toasty log burner. Let the warmth sink into your skin as you listen to the crackling wood and pinecones. The log burner sits opposite our squishy sofa, perfect for a cosy night in with a big bowl of marshmallows. And just to keep you extra snug, the cottage also has a full oil central heating system so you can set the temperature that’s right for you. luxury cottage with wood burning stove

  1. Local countryside walks

What’s better than an autumn walk through the forest admiring nature’s colour scheme. Do you prefer a 10 mile hike or a 3 mile stroll? Do you want to do a walk with a pub, tea room or art gallery en-route?  We can recommend to you the most beautiful autumn walks to suit you.  Dalby is a particular delight this time of year but we also know of some hidden treasures and are happy to share them with you. Dalby Forest North Yorkshire

  1. Your choice of Yorkshire eateries

Autumn is a delight for foodies.  Unlike spring or summer, autumn is the time of year to unashamedly appreciate the comfort gained from a hearty meal in a Yorkshire eatery, preferably one with a roaring open fire. Whether you prefer a traditional Yorkshire village pub (The Grapes Inn in Great Habton) or a restaurant (The New Malton, in Malton) or a Michelin star dining experience (The Star at Harome), their autumn menus will not disappoint. Or if you’re doing the cooking, help yourself to herbs from our garden and if you’re lucky some autumn raspberries or apples from Spring Cottage’s cottage garden.

Autumn break in Yorkshire and pick apples

  1. Peace and quiet

We don’t just mean the peace and quiet surrounding you in Spring Cottage.  We mean quieter roads, restaurants, tea rooms and market towns such as Malton, Pickering and Helmsley (except on market days!)  Also historic houses such as Castle Howard and Nunnington Hall are still open, until the beginning of November. Just avoid October half term! You won’t exactly have the place to yourself but you’ll be able to enjoy the delights of Yorkshire at a much more relaxed pace.

Escape to the country and visit Castle Howard
Spectacular Castle Howard

So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to an autumn break with us in Yorkshire.

Spring Cottage is available from Friday 25 September from as little as £540 for 4 nights of autumn luxury. 

For other availability please click and check the website or email [email protected] and I’d be delighted to help you plan your autumn break to Spring Cottage.


Do you want more ideas and inspiration on where to visit and what to do while on holiday in Yorkshire? Then click here and download a copy of my guide to North Yorkshire’s hidden gems, to help you get the most out of your time here:

Guide To Yorkshire

Putting the Great into Great Habton

Putting the Great into Great Habton

If judged by its size “Great” is not the first word that springs to mind when you arrive in Great Habton, a small North Yorkshire village.   But the name “Little” Habton has already been taken by a cluster of farm houses a mile down the road. So what’s a village to do!

I think this village is “great” and not just because of its name. Let me tell you why.

Putting the great into great habton

Great Village Pub

The Grapes Inn  has served the village and the surrounding inhabitants for many years.  It serves restaurant quality, home cooked food using fresh, local ingredients – what more could you want?

Whether you’re there to dine from the mid-week evening special menu or just popping in for a glass of rioja, the small bar area will be buzzing and the welcome friendly. It’s a locals pub whose regulars pop in for a pint and a chat and sit alongside visiting holiday makers.  It’s always wise to book a table to avoid disappointment: telephone: 01653 669166.

Great Location

Great Habton is tucked away off the A169 between Malton and Pickering and a short drive for holiday makers visiting the North York Moors or Dalby Forest.  The only traffic through the village is local traffic making it a safe and peaceful place to be. It’s also only 2 miles from Flamingo Land Theme park, although it feels like a million miles. York and it’s stunning York Minster is only 22 miles away and majestic Castle Howard only 5 miles. So whether you’re in North Yorkshire to explore its natural beauty or to visit its great houses, market towns or capital city; it’s all easily accessible from Great Habton.


York Minster Holiday Cottage near Castle Howard
York Minster                                                              Castle Howard

Great Locals

Great Habton is surrounded by farmland and it’s part of the farming community.  The villagers run a successful village cricket team too. Nothing like spending an idle summer’s afternoon watching the cricket.  Also a successful race horse trainer, Tim Easterby, has his training stables on the edge of the village.  If you’re out and about very early in the morning, you can see the horses being excercised (and who knows, maybe pick up a top tip or two!).

Great Holiday Accommodation

And finally of course we know of a Great place to stay in Great Habton. You may have heard of it?

Spring Cottage it tucked away down a quiet lane in this quiet village, backing onto open fields.  It dates back to late 1700s (just look at the original ceiling beams and the thickness of the walls in the lounge) and you can see evidence of this. Plus is full of stylish, luxurious, modern day comforts. The gorgeous cottage garden is a sun trap and the patio’s the perfect place to enjoy an early evening g&t before a stroll to The Grapes Inn for supper.

Escape to Spring Cottage in Great Habton  luxury Spring Cottage's rose arch in Great Habton luxury cottage in Yorkshire

The Grapes Inn is listed in my A-Z guide of North Yorkshire’s Hidden Gems.  Download my FREE A-Z guide here: An A-Z guide of North Yorkshire’s Hidden Gems and get the most of your “Great” time in Yorkshire!


Do you want more ideas and inspiration on where to visit and what to do while on holiday in Yorkshire? Then click here and download a copy of my guide to North Yorkshire’s hidden gems, to help you get the most out of your time here:

Guide To Yorkshire