Thirsk

Accommodation

Low Osgoodby Grange

Established in 2018, Low Osgoodby Grange is one of Herriot Country’s newer offerings set in a Georgian farmhouse situated 5 miles out of Thirsk, set in the sensational rural heart of North Yorkshire at the foot of the Hambleton Hills. It might once have been one of James Herriot’s farm customers.

The Four Star Rated Silver Award family run Bed and Breakfast accommodation includes three farmhouse rooms, each of which are en-suite with showers, tea and coffee making facilities, tv, hairdryer and complimentary mineral water. Plus, there are various sleeping options such as Yurts, Tipis, Glamping Pods, and even Japanese Styled sleeping pods! 

Low Osgoodby Grange has over 200 acres of private grounds so it caters for a wide variety of activities, is very flexible and means that everyone’s needs can be met.

As a venue for events there are facilities for wedding receptions, corporate events, or parties it is very flexible and there are tailored packages to suit every event. With panoramic views of the stunning Herriot Country landscape, it is a very attractive venue for all occasions.

Situated between the rural villages of Bagby and Kilburn, about 5 miles from Thirsk (home to James Herriot), in North Yorkshire, with easy access to the A19 and A1 and A1(M), Low Osgoodby Grange is ideal as a base for the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Coast. Many cycling and walking routes are nearby including the Cleveland Way, Wainwrights’ Coast-to-Coast Walk and the Wiggle Aye Up! Yorkshire Cycle route.

 

 

Osgoodby, Thirsk, NorthYorkshire, YO7 2AL

Tel: 07703299233

Email: weddinglowosgoodbygrange@gmail.com

Fern Cottage Thirsk

Alf Wight OBE (James Herriot) lived two doors down from Fern Cottage at Skeldale Veterinary Surgery. Little did he know then, when he joined the practice, that years later his prowess as an author with his stories of life as a vet would bring him worldwide acclaim.

Fern Cottage is still two doors down to what is now the World of James Herriot based in that original home and veterinary surgery. A member of the Herriot Country Tourism Group, Fern Cottage offers a very comfortable Four Star Gold Award self-catering holiday cottage for two people. Set in the garden of a late Victorian townhouse it has been updated and furnished to a high standard and is a cosy haven close to the centre of Thirsk that includes many personal touches that help to make your holiday special.

Perfect for your visit to see the home of James Herriot and to experience the locations and attractions that are featured in the original BBC and new Channel 5 All Creatures Great and Small TV series which are all within easy reach in and around Thirsk in Hambleton, Richmondshire and the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. Thirsk has a regular market and a great choice of restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops to explore.

After your travels discovering Herriot Country you’ll return to your peaceful haven at Fern Cottage to relax and enjoy the peaceful garden in spring and summer or in winter snuggle up in front of the real warming fire.

Your Herriot neighbours on Kirkgate continue to welcome people from around the world and you’ll be right in the heart of the All Creatures Great and Small action.

27 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1PL

Tel: 01845 527056

Mobile: 07915607911

Email: bookings@ferncottagethirsk.co.uk

 

Kirkgate House Hotel Thirsk

Only a few yards from the World of James Herriot, Kirkgate House Hotel is one of Skeldale Surgery’s nearest neighbours and continues to welcome James Herriot fans from around the world.

A three-storey Georgian townhouse, Kirkgate House Hotel offers a range of en suite accommodation all with high ceilings, wooden furnishings, tea and coffee making facilities, flatscreen TV and free Wi-Fi. Local ingredients are part of the menu options for the hearty English Breakfast served each day which also includes continental and vegetarian options. As guests travelling by car discover, Kirkgate House Hotel has its own car park, there is an attractive patioed garden area and the hotel bedrooms are accessible by stairs, which may not be suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

Thirsk is the real town (Darrowby in the stories) where Alf Wight and Siegfried Farnon ran their veterinary practice on the same street as Kirkgate House. It’s a perfect base for visitors to the World of James Herriot, close to the North York Moors National Park, the White Horse of Kilburn and the stunning views from Sutton Bank, James Herriot’s favourite view. There’s a weekly market in Thirsk and regular meetings at Thirsk Racecourse which is only a ten-minute walk from Kirkgate House Hotel.

There’s a wealth of attractions in Herriot Country and by taking an All Creatures Great and Small circular tour from Kirkgate House Hotel you can visit the locations in the books, films and TV series. Start at the World of James Herriot of course…

If Alf Wight OBE (James Herriot) hadn’t lived so close, he would surely have stayed at Kirkgate House Hotel!

Kirkgate House, 35 Kirkgate, Thirsk, YO7 1PL,
T: 01845 525015 Email: info@kirkgatehousehotel.co.uk

Timothy Barber’s Real Yorkshire Travel and Tours

Timothy Barber’s Real Yorkshire Travel and Tours puts ‘Gods own country’ into your itinerary with a real Blue Badge guide’s insight into the county. His Herriot Country tour will take you to the real places that James Herriot made famous with his multi-million-selling books about life as a vet in rural North Yorkshire.

You’ll enjoy the in-depth knowledge that the tours provide and the opportunity for memorable visits to some of the most attractive parts of the country. Meet real local people who will offer the renowned Yorkshire welcome and friendliness known world-wide.

The tours include locations that appeared in the long-running BBC TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ including the watersplash scene from the opening credits of the TV series. You’ll see the Wensley Church where James’s wedding was filmed before stopping at Askrigg where the Kings Arms Pub featured as Darrowby’s Drovers Arms in the TV series and Skeldale House played Herriot's practice.

There also visits to attractions in Herriot Country including the Wensleydale Creamery and its award-winning cheese plus the stunning views on route in Swaledale and Wensleydale which are second to none. The Yorkshire Dales is home to so many high-quality food and drink producers, tea rooms, coffee shops, pubs and restaurants, you are sure to enjoy the Flavours of Herriot Country on your tour. The World of James Herriot is available as part of your Herriot Country tour.

Real Yorkshire Travel and Tours also offer tours to many Yorkshire destinations including Bempton birds and wildlife, the Bronte Experience, Calendar Girls, Captain Cook Country, Hull, Leeds, the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Coast, Historic York and has special Sign Tours for the hard of hearing.

Tim and his team bring these delights with bespoke private driver guided tours for one to four guests in a luxury 4x4 vehicle plus other tours including walking tours for larger groups, experiences and exciting family adventures.

 

Please give us a call on 01943 590009/ 07970 105562 to let us know when you plan to be in the region and which trips you may be interested in. If there is no-one in please leave a message with your telephone number and we’ll ring you back within 48 hours. You’ll understand if we are guiding it would be unfair to take calls. Alternatively, email us at tim@realyorkshiretours.co.uk detailing your requirements, and again we’ll email you back or call you within 48 hours.

Black Lion Bar and Bistro Thirsk

The Black Lion Bar and Bistro in the centre of Thirsk is a recently refurbished business that provides a good value food and drink offering in smart and contemporary surroundings.

Working with its suppliers to develop its menus and these include meats sourced locally from Marleys butcher Ripon, Yorkshire Dale Meat Company Bedale. All seafood products are supplied from Hodgson’s fish. All fruit and vegetables are locally sourced from the greengrocer and Carl’s Veg, Thirsk.

The Black Lion Bar and Bistro uses the locally sourced ingredients from them to ensure that dishes are created with quality built-in and to include vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free friendly options. All dishes are prepared to order and we strive to ensure that all allergy and dietary requirements are provided.

There’s an eclectic choice of drinks available from regional beers, wines, gin and cocktails.

If you find yourself in the centre of Thirsk perhaps before or after your visit to the World of James Herriot, the Black Lion Bar and Bistro is only a two-minute walk away.

Black Lion Bar and Bistro, 8 Market Place, Thirsk YO7 1LB

Tel: 01845 522651

Beaver Furniture

Beaver Furniture at Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe was established by Colin Almack in 1960, ten years ahead of the publication of Alf Wight’s first James Herriot book, and is widely known throughout Herriot Country for its range of quality fitted and free-standing hardwood furniture that has a stylish and elegant look. Colin's carved “beaver” trademark can be found on every piece of furniture. He was an exceptionally talented craftsman and took great pleasure in passing on his skills and knowledge to numerous apprentices over the years. One such apprentice, David Glegg, Colin’s son-in law has been carrying on this tradition for the last twenty years. Colin and David were both presented to HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip, in 1989, for their outstanding work on the New Chapter House at Southwark Cathedral.

A past winner of the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire “White Rose Awards”, Beaver Furniture work mainly in English Oak and obtains supplies from sustainable sources including sustainable managed woodlands on local Estates or from accredited timber merchants. The range includes sideboards, tables, chairs, dressers, kitchen and dining tables plus grandfather clocks, corner cabinets, bookcases, and small gifts plus custom-made free-standing and fitted furniture.

Visitors are always welcome to come and watch the craftsmen at work and see the furniture on display in the showroom at Beaver Lodge. Beaver Furniture is an excellent example of the many local crafts to be found in Herriot Country and is perfect for a combined visit to the World of James Herriot just a seven-minute drive away in Thirsk.

Beaver Lodge, Sutton-under-Whitestone-cliffe, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 2PR

Tel: 01845 597420

Email: info@beaverfurniture.co.uk

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