Places To Eat In Yorkshire

Places To Eat In Yorkshire

This fondant fancy from Bothams of Whitby tastes gorgeous whereever you choose to eat it. In this case, a takeaway to eat back at Spring Cottage.

Fondant fancies take me back to my childhood and the rest of the family think I'm mad to opt for one on these when this local bakery has so many other treas on offer. They prefer a coconut slice or a flapjack from Bothams. Not me!

The nearest Bothams to Spring Cottage is at Pickering, with their head office being at Whitby. At Pickering you can take away or eat in. Both equally pleasurable.

I wonder which treat you'll choose? Do let me know.

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Pickering War Weekend

Pickering War Weekend

Yes it's that time of year again when the streets of Pickering turn the clock back 75 years

This annual event sees costumes galore and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is central to the weekend. Stations along the steam railway's tracks will transport you to different parts of the second world war – even to Nazi occupied Germany!

Not to be missed. Find out more here:
http://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/14796321.Pickering_turns_back_the_clock_for_Wartime_Weekend/

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Afternoon Tea in Pickering

Afternoon Tea in Pickering

I recently enjoyed afternoon tea in Bothams in Pickering. It's a traditional tea room where all the waitresses dress as if in the 1940s. The tea menu was vast and the afternoon tea delicious.

Bothams have their headquarters in Whitby but the Pickering branch is closest to Spring Cottage. It's situated just opposite the North Yorkshire Moors Railway station, so it's the perfect stop-off after your train journey across the moors.
If you haven't got time to sit, there's a take-away at the front of the store, so select your favourite treat and take back to Spring Cottage to enjoy there.

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Places to Visit in North Yorkshire – Whitby

Places to Visit in North Yorkshire – Whitby

Whitby is always a popular destination for a day out for guests at Spring Cottage.

They either take the steam train from Pickering across the North York Moors or drive across the moors, which is a very scenic route, past the Hole of Holcum. You can even play count the sheep!

As you approach Whitby, the view down onto the town with it’s hilltop abbey is spectacular.

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Places to visit in North Yorkshire Whitby

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Step back in time and take a steam train across the stunning North Yorks Moors with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Start your journey in Pickering and finish in Whitby on the coast.

If you wish, break your journey with a tea stop (or a pint) at the villages en route such of Lewisham or Goathland.

Here’s a video to whet your appetite:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEv6S6Iga5E

Or visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway website for timetables, events and special trains http://www.nymr.co.uk/

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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Places to Visit in North Yorkshire Pickering

Places to Visit in North Yorkshire Pickering

Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Impressive from the outside, but inside be prepared to be amazed. In this ancient church, which dates back to the Normans, you’ll find one of the most complete sets of medieval wall paintings to still exist in this country. Despite being hidden away for 500 years, the detail on the paintings and the scenes depicted will delight. Unique and not to be missed.

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Places to visit in North Yorkshire Pickering church

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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.

Karen

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

The North York Moors – A Place of Timelessness and Beauty

The North York Moors – A Place of Timelessness and Beauty

luxury holiday cottage near the North York Moors

The North York Moors takes its name from the spectacular moorland plateau at its heart – the largest area of uninterrupted heather moorland in England, internationally recognised for its important habitats and the moorland bird population it supports. However, this part of North Yorkshire is about so much more than the moors! Stay, discover and explore for yourself!

Discover North York Moors Villages

Each market town and thriving village has its own character and personality, with independent shops, pubs and restaurants and historic buildings.

Helmsley

This popular market town is known for its galleries, boutique shops, luxury hotels, coffee shops and restaurants. Friday is market day. Children will love to explore the impressive ruins of Helmsley Castle, enjoy the Walled Garden or jump right into the outdoor swimming pool (seasonal for obvious reasons!)

luxury Yorkshire holiday cottage close to Helmsley Castle

Kirkbymoorside

This small town has a broad, cobble-lined main street and fine Georgian buildings, with a market on Wednesday. A great playground is tucked away down Howe End, just off the Market Place.  Walks starting in Kirkbymoorside take you straight onto the North York Moors.

Pickering

Pickering is one of the area’s oldest towns, founded in 270 BC. It has a castle, an eclectic museum called the Beck Isle Museum and a wide variety of shops, cafés and pubs including The White Swan Inn. Pickering is also famous for being the starting point of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway which runs steam trains across the moors to Whitby.

Hutton-le-Hole

This picture-postcard village nestles beside one of the many streams flowing south towards the River Rye. Sheep roam at will, ignoring the distinctive white fencing as they enjoy the gently undulating grassy areas beside the babbling beck. Children bring your wellies and you too can paddle in the beck while Mum and Dad take a rest outside The Crown Pub!

luxury holiday cottage close to North York Moors villages

Get Active on the North York Moors

Travelling by steam? Steam engines, rural stations and uniformed staff make a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway feel like a step back in time. Travel from Pickering to Whitby under steam power.  There are many picturesque villages to stop at along the way such as Grosmont, Goathland and Levisham. Various events and special trains run throughout the year such as the popular Friday Summer Story Trains.

North York Moors steam railway close to our luxury Yorkshire holiday cottage

Walking the Moors – Depending on your family, walks for all ages and ability are available to download from the North York Moors National Park website. Click here and select the North York Moors walk you’d like to do.

Cycling the Moors – experience the miles of country roads, bridleways, forest tracks and disused railways lines. Bikes can be hired (including children’s trailers) from the visitor centres at Sutton Bank and Dalby Forest. Cycle some of the Moor to Sea Cycle Network, and you can download the brochure here.

North York Moors Landscapes to Explore

Farndale – children and adults alike will enjoy the magnificent wild daffodil walk which comes into bloom March to April. There’s a cafe en route and pub at the end, so something for all the family. A charming walk at any time of the year; walking alongside the River Dove and returning through farm land.

North York Moors Hole of Holcum close to our luxury Yorkshire cottage

Hole of Horcum, R Baines

The Hole of Horcum – one of the most spectacular features in the National Park – a huge natural amphitheatre 400 feet deep and more than half a mile across.  There’s a roadside carpark on the A169 Pickering to Whitby road to visit the Hole of Horcum.  On the North York Moors National Park website they explain “legends hang easily upon a place known as the ‘Devil’s Punchbowl’ – the best-known says that it was formed when Wade the Giant scooped up a handful of earth to throw at his wife during an argument.”

Traditional Places to Eat

The White Swan Inn, Pickering

Elizabeth Botham’s Tea Rooms, Pickering

The Black Swan, Helmsley

Luxury Places to Stay

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Spring Cottage

If you are ready to come and discover this beautiful place, then why not rest your head at the beautiful Spring Cottage after your days of exploring. With a luxury roll-top bath and log burner, it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy all the North York Moors area has to offer.

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 Karen

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