York

Accommodation

Sandburn Hall Hotel York

Sandburn Hall Hotel is due to open in Spring 2021.  The hotel will boast 40 beautifully designed, light and spacious rooms and suites with magnificent views across the lakes and woodland, or access out to the courtyard garden.   On arrival, guests will be greeted by the stunning open plan reception and café -bar, boasting a traditional oak beam ceiling.   The hotel concept continues the principle of quality workmanship and styling that Sandburn Hall is built on, creating an elegant country feel whilst staying true to our Yorkshire roots and heritage.  Sandburn Hall is ideally situated in the beautiful countryside, just outside of York. 

The perfect base from which to explore ‘God’s own Country’ - Herriot Country.

Sandburn Hall, Flaxton, York, YO60 7RB  

Telephone: 01904 469922

Email: info@sandburnhall.co.uk

Castle Howard

Castle Howard near York has been the home to eight generations of the Howard family who are descended from Lord William Howard the youngest son of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk.

The 1st Earl of Carlisle, Charles Howard (1629-1685) was the great grandson of Lord William Howard and the site of Castle Howard today began as Henderskelfe in Yorkshire. The 3rd Earl of Carlisle, Charles' grandson, Charles Howard (1679-1738) was the creator of Castle Howard when he enlisted the help of his dramatist friend, John Vanbrugh. Vanbrugh had never built anything before so he recruited Nicholas Hawksmoor to assist with the design and construction. It began in 1699 and the design evolved in 1702 but the house was not completed until 1811 after several additions and three Earls.  

Castle Howard today offers visitors to Herriot Country an unrivalled country house experience that includes the house itself, fabulous gardens, temples and monuments woodland, wildlife, lakes and waterways.

Home to art collections of international importance displayed in Castle Howard’s state rooms the collection was developed over three generations by the 3rd, 4th and 5th Earls who toured Europe and made wise choices especially in Italy. There is a fine collection of paintings by Pannini, Zuccarelli and, most importantly Canaletto plus tapestries and sculpture.  The 5th Earl purchased Italian Old Masters extensively, including paintings by Bassano, Bedoli, Bellini, Carracci, Domenichino, Gentileschi and Titian. He patronised English artists too: Sir Joshua Reynolds, Johann Zoffany, and Thomas Gainsborough. In 1805 he published the first printed catalogue of the collection at Castle Howard, listing 111 paintings. By the fourth edition in 1845 this had grown to 274.

The 9th Earl and Countess, commissioned William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and Walter Crane, to decorate their homes. As a painter himself, the 9th Earl moved in Pre-Raphaelite circles, and knew many eminent British artists of the day, including Frederic, Lord Leighton, and G.F. Watts. Art works have been bought and sold over the years but the collection still retains many outstanding works.

Correspondence, diaries, papers, notebooks and bills are contained in the Castle Howard archive which is a rich resource of material about the extraordinary history and life of the family through the centuries. Various exhibitions are held within the house, which are organised by the curatorial team who are also involved in research projects and in providing group lectures covering various periods of the house and the family.

The interior of Castle Howard is a wonderful collection of state rooms that visitors return to again and again to experience the atmosphere and learn about the lifestyles of the family throughout the centuries. The Chapel in the west wing was originally intended as a dining room but was modified in the 1870’s and re-decorated in a pre-Raphaelite style with impressive William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones designs.  

Tours and talks of the house are arranged most days where a knowledgeable team share with private groups the history and stories of the house and family.  

The landscape at Castle Howard is stunning whatever the weather and with 1000 acres it is a haven of peace and tranquillity in which to explore. Views are stunning and take in the Howardian Hills a designated Area of Natural Beauty and within the grounds there are daily half hour outdoor tours between March and October.

The gardens at Castle Howard are many and varied. The Walled Garden has manicured borders an ornamental vegetable patch and is a tranquil place to view pretty summer blooms. A Woodland Garden, Ray Wood is where you can explore an impressive botanical collection as you meander along serpentine paths and which is looked after by the Castle Howard Arboretum Trust. The Rose Gardens include Lady Cecilia's Garden, the Sundial Garden and the Venus Garden.

Temples and monuments are a special feature of Castle Howard’s treasures in the grounds commanding stunning views across the hills. The Mausoleum, Pyramid and New River Bridge draw the eye across the rolling Howardian Hills, while the Temple of the Four Winds, designed by Vanbrugh, provides breathtaking views across the impressive landscape.

Castle Howard has been a film and TV location since the 1960’s and the 1981 Brideshead Revisited catapulted Castle Howard into the public eye and today, for many the House remains synonymous with Evelyn Waugh's iconic novel.

Add to all of this the lakes and wildlife around the estate and you’ll understand why it was one of James Herriot’s favourite country houses to visit only half an hour’s drive from his home and surgery in Thirsk which is now the World of James Herriot.

Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA.

Tel: 01653 648333 option 1

Email: house@castlehoward.co.uk

How to Find Us

Castle Howard is just 15 miles North East of York and is easily accessible from the A64 which connects Leeds, York and the Yorkshire Coast.

Important information for coaches and wide vehicles

Coaches and wide vehicles travelling to Castle Howard from York will need to take alternative routes to avoid the narrow gateways measuring 2.6m x 3.43m (8’ 6” wide x 11’ 3” high).

A64 Eastbound: Go past the brown Castle Howard sign and continue into Malton. As you approach the town centre, just before the Talbot Hotel, take a sharp left into Castle Howard Road, signed Castle Howard and Coneysthorpe.

A64 Westbound: Exit the A64 at the Malton/Pickering roundabout. Take the left turn into Malton/Old Malton (ignore the brown sign directing you back onto the A64), and continue into the town centre. At the traffic lights go straight over, and after the Talbot Hotel turn right into Castle Howard Road, signed Castle Howard and Coneysthorpe.

Burn Hall Hotel York

Burn Hall Hotel York is one of the larger hotels on the outskirts of York in Herriot Country that has 94 bedrooms with a choice of accommodation from value rooms to executive rooms, standard rooms to family rooms so there’s the right one for everyone.

This Herriot Country hotel provides great Yorkshire value with home-cooked meals and as well as free Wi-Fi there is also free parking and extensive grounds where guests can relax and there’s a super fitness centre on the ground floor offering treadmills, cross trainers, bikes, rower and punchbag.

The restaurant offers excellent selection of home cooked dishes made with local sourced ingredients served in the restaurant or bar. Daily specials are also available. The restaurant takes food orders until 9pm and the bar until 10pm . The bar is open for drinks until closing

A favourite haunt for Sunday lunches, Burn Hall Hotel is not to be missed as the traditional carvery is rumoured to be to one of the best in Yorkshire and there’s an excellent choice of wines and local beers to accompany your meal.

The hotel also has a private suite, The Garden Room, for special occasions and celebrations such as a christening, naming ceremonies, baby showers and special birthdays. The Garden Room has views of the grounds and has a front door leading out the terrace and gardens.

Free Wi-fi, complimentary parking and just 20 minutes from the World of James Herriot, it makes a good base from which to explore Herriot Country and is also only 20 minutes from the historic City of York.

Burn Hall Hotel, Tollerton Road, Huby, York YO61 1JB

Tel: 01347 825400

Email: info@burnhall.com

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall near York was built in 1716, is surrounded by parkland and its Italian-inspired architecture is probably due to owner at the time John Bourchier’s influence when he instructed the architect, said to have been William Thornton, who worked with Nicholas Hawksmoor on nearby Castle Howard. Bourchier’s Grand Tour of 1704-06 probably gave him the ideas for the red-brick, 11-bay house which features elaborate stone carvings over the entrance and garden front doors. The interiors feature outstanding baroque woodcarvings and ironwork attributed to Robert Blakewell. There are woodland and riverside walks and that have been enjoyed for over 300 years by the many families that have lived at Beningbrough Hall.  

Once used as an RAF billet the Hall is a showcase for the best of 18th century design with hints of Victoriana and the 20th century and has art collections installed from locations around the country presenting an insight into Georgian society. There are portraits of the Royal family, painters, politicians, actors from the National Gallery and Oriental ceramics from the Ashmoleum Museum. The Saloon Galleries interiors are light-filled, ideal for art displays.

Beningbrough Hall gardens are something special too with recent work by award-winning designer Andy Sturgeon enhancing the walled and American Gardens and the herbaceous borders. From snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils to dahlias, pumpkins and apples the gardens are alive with colour throughout the year and with new planting schemes, garden rooms and a new Mediterranean garden in progress there is a lot to enjoy.

Families will enjoy the grounds especially in the wilderness area and there is a programme of family and adult activities planned each year. The Walled Garden Restaurant offers sandwiches, snacks and hot lunch using local seasonal produce including the day's harvest. There is also a shop and plant centre which sells many local products, water and ice creams.

One of many National Trust and Yorkshire’s Great Houses, Castles and Gardens in Herriot Country, Beningbrough Hall offers an interesting insight into a Georgian household, beautiful cared for gardens and some fascinating art collections.

Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire YO30 1DD

Tel: 01904 472027

Email: beningbrough@nationaltrust.org.uk