Herriot Country

accommodation

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

Cedar Retreats West Tanfield

Herriot Country is blessed with gorgeous countryside and is perfect for an escape and that’s where Cedar Retreats comes in.  Set in six acres of beautiful countryside 10 minutes from the A1(M) and six miles from the cathedral city of Ripon and only 11 miles to the World of James Herriot in Thirsk.

Cedar Retreats offers contemporary, beautifully furnished, fully equipped, high quality accommodation with a lake at its centre. Each Retreat has either two or three bedrooms, a master bedroom with en-suite shower room and a further double bedrooms with shared family bathroom, open plan living area with French doors onto decking and private hot tub. It is ideal for a romantic break, family get-together or a getaway with your best friends.  

Five minutes to the lovely village of West Tanfield, there are riverside walks, it has an abundance of amenities nearby including local shops and pubs. Within half an hour are larger supermarkets and small towns to explore. It is perfect for a tranquil break in outdoor living and close to local attractions and heritage sites including the World of James Herriot, Thirsk, Newby Hall near Ripon, Fountains Abbey, Lightwater Valley, Forbidden Corner, Aerial Extreme, plus fishing, horse riding, golf or one of the many walks that Herriot Country’s Yorkshire Dales has to offer.

James Herriot had many farming customers in the area and Cedar Retreats makes a perfect starting point for an All Creatures Great and Small tour of Herriot Country .

Cedar Retreats, West Tanfield, North Yorkshire HG4 5LH

T: 01677 470284
E: sales@cedarretreats.co.uk
E: enquiries@cedarretreats.co.uk

Directions from the A1 North

From the A1 southbound take the A61 towards Ripon. Take the A6108 towards Masham / Thirsk and onto West Tanfield.

Directions from the A1 South

From the A1 northbound take the A61 towards Ripon. Take the A6108 towards Masham / Thirsk and onto West Tanfield.

Directions from the M6

From the M6 leave at junction 4A and join the M42 motorway. At junction 11 continue forward onto the A42. Then join the M1 motorway. Leave the M1 at junction 32 to join the M18. Leave the M18 at junction 2, then join the A1(M) motorway. Continue forward onto the A1. Take the A61 towards Ripon and then the A6108 onto West Tanfield

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

The Wensleydale Hotel Middleham

Developing a new continental-style hotel in the heart of Herriot Country is a journey of passion for the Merchie family. Fiona, Charles, Monty and Hugo are working on that journey applying their wealth of international knowledge and experience to this rural hotel.

Rebranding has been the start of the journey and in the first year all of the bedrooms have been upgraded, with further improvements ongoing. The public areas have also become more comfortable with redecoration schemes inside and out.
The restaurant rebrand to ‘The Tack Room’ with a racing theme design in keeping with Middleham’s racehorse training pedigree. It’s a local meeting place for a casual coffee to a gastro-extravaganza where you can sit and watch the racehorses trot by on their daily exercise. Growing up in France, Chef-Patron Charles is passionate about food and hospitality. He worked in some impressive hotels in France, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong and Malaysia as well as the UK. A Private Dining Room in addition to the restaurant caters for up to 18 on one table. Dogs are welcome in the Bar, on the terrace or in the Private Dining Room. Accommodation at the Wensleydale Hotel is comfortable with some new beds and mattresses, 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen, luxury fluffy towels, new pillows, duvets and valances. All rooms have Temple Spa toiletries, tea tray with a selection of teas, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits and 32-inch flat-screen TV.

The Wensleydale Hotel and Tack Room Terrace Middleham is a 'cert' for rooms and dining in Herriot Country and Seigfried Farnon, James Herriot's senior partner would love it...

Market Place, Middleham, North Yorkshire, DL8 4PE,

Howgill Lodge

Back to nature is easy in Herriot Country and Howgill Lodge offers the perfect getaway. Located between Bolton Abbey and Burnsall in the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales, Howgill Lodge offers an idyllic setting in the heart of Wharfedale on the Duke of Devonshire’s Chatsworth Estate. It’s a hidden gem close to the River Wharfe.

There’s a great choice of stays including owner tents, caravans and motorhomes with electric and non-electric pitches and luxurious holiday caravans that are equipped to the highest standards and perfect for a stress-free break.

Hot showers, a covered washing area, coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer are all provided in the central amenity block and other showers and toilets in smaller units around the site cater for everyone on site.

There’s plenty of space for children’s play and exploration for hours, a large woodland area and separate field for dog walking. There are amazing views all around the site and the completely rural setting has many attractions nearby.

With beautiful walking and cycle routes, you are surrounded by beautiful scenery, a short walk will take you to the Craven Arms and a brief drive takes you to the famous Devonshire Arms.

Nearby, the market towns of Burnsall, Grassington (where Channel 5’s new All Creatures Great and Small series was filmed) and Skipton offer good opportunities for shopping, eating and drinking and if you want to make your trip extra special, the Brownie Barn, Barden is a delightful café and shop right next door to our campsite.

There’s no doubt that the stunning scenery and warm Yorkshire welcome will make your visit to Herriot Country richer when you stay at Howgill Lodge.

Howgill Lodge, Barden, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6DJ

Telephone:  01756 720655

Email: info@howgill-lodge.co.uk

Directions

Satnav users beware! Your satnav may direct you along a very narrow road, please do not turn off the A59 until the roundabout at Bolton Abbey - see directions below.

From the A59 at Bolton Abbey Roundabout, take the B6160, signposted Burnsall. Continue through Bolton Abbey under the arch and about three miles on, you will reach Barden. Barden Tower, an old ruin is on your right. Turn right now signposted Appletreewick, down over the bridge and one mile on, just on the bend by the phone box, turn right onto Howgill Lane then carry on past the farm and we are next.

Newton House Knaresborough

A 300-year old, charming and historic townhouse, Newton House is the only Four Gold Star, AA guesthouse in Knaresborough and with all the amenities you would expect of a quality accommodation that includes traditional values and friendly hospitality. Owner Denise Carter provides a personal welcome and daily attention. Her experience includes many years at The English Tourist Board and operating a previous guest house in Harrogate. Denise's love of all things natural including regular foraging trips, a pets welcome policy and fresh local ingredients in all her cooking makes a refreshing change from the 'branded' world of accommodation.
There are 12 roomy rooms providing everything you could need for a comfortable night’s stay. Each has its own bathroom with complimentary Arran Aromatics toiletries.  In addition to the traditional hospitality tray, flat screen TV with Freeview, and mini bar there’s a DAB radio and FREE Wireless Internet access.
The award-winning breakfasts are full of goodness and healthy ingredients, most of which are sourced locally or homemade on the premises by Denise including jams, sourdough bread and other favourites such as championship-winning black pudding and locally cured bacon and free-range eggs.
Newton House is the winner of the 2019 Yorkshire Post and Deliciouslyorkshire Taste Awards for the ‘Best Yorkshire Breakfast’, has the AA Best Breakfast Award and specialises in ‘Slow’ breakfasts. Denise is passionate about serving food of the highest quality to her guests, and consistently supports a range of local producers. She is also passionate about animal welfare and non-intensive farming, as well as the importance of taste and texture, serving food that satisfies the senses. 
As winner of the Channel 4’s ‘Four in a Bed’ TV show, Denise demonstrated her passion for all things natural and seeking to protect the environment. Newton House has declared itself a Palm Oil Free Zone that aims to support international initiatives to reduce the use of palm oil in everyday activities.  The initiative is all part of the award-winning bed and breakfast’s overall eco-friendly policy to find better ways to deliver sustainable products as part of its service.
In Dog Friendly Knaresborough, Newton House has a range of services for dogs and their owners that includes:
• A ‘Pet Portrait Gallery’ of canine customers and their recommendations for places to visit
• A pets welcome pack, which includes homemade biscuits, toys and towels.
• Dog friendly places to eat
• Dog sitting and dog walking by arrangement
Owner Denise Carter says: “We have been dog friendly for a long time and enjoy welcoming many family dogs as guests.”
Looking after business travellers also comes naturally at Newton House and it is in a perfect location for exploring Herriot Country, Harrogate, Ripon, York and the Yorkshire Dales.

Newton House 5-7 York Place, Knaresborough , North Yorkshire HG5 0AD

Tel: 01423 863539
Email: info@newtonhouseyorkshire.com

The A1(M) J47 is just 5 minutes away, and one of the largest exhibition and conference centres in the North, Harrogate International Centre, on the doorstep in Harrogate just 3 miles away (buses run every 7 mins from the bus station just across the road; and trains twice an hour from Knaresborough Train Station, just 8 mins walk).  The Yorkshire Events Centre and Great Yorkshire Showground are

Catgill Farm Bolton Abbey

Catgill Farm Bolton Abbey offers a camping holiday experience close to Bolton Abbey in Herriot Country with a choice of accommodation that includes a traditional under canvas campsite, glamping bell tents and glamping timber pods.

Originally a dairy farm, Catgill Farm has been in the same family for 60 years and is set on the Duke of Devonshire's Chatsworth Estate in an idyllic location with spectacular views across the Wharfe valley. You can still see the cows on the farm today but it now offers a unique overnight experience with high-quality facilities for campers and glampers and is one of the top five sites in the country.

Whichever type of accommodation you choose, there are spectacular views all around the site and it is a peaceful haven, a family friendly site and perfect for walkers and nature lovers  

Beautifully manicured and spacious, the campsite has both electric and non-electric pitches suitable for tents and small campervans. When choosing your spot, you’ll have natural features such as hills and trees, streams and woodland and there are high quality, well maintained and cleaned toilet and showers nearby in the large timber clad amenity block which provides newly refurbished, modern 5-star facilities.

Bell tents at Catgill Farm give you all the experience of being under canvas but with a luxury hotel experience inside. Each bell tent is equipped with all the comforts of a hotel room with unique accessories and furnishings to provide a super cosy stay. Each bell tent has a private washroom with shower, (the separate toilet and shower cabin is shared with one other bell tent) wood-burning stove, electric heaters, hot tub with private patio, electric sockets, fire pit with pizza oven, bedding and towels provided, Wi-Fi and good 4G signal. Sleeps 4 Double bed & 2 futons. The setting amongst the abundant wildlife is unbeatable and it’s the great outdoors with a real touch of glam!

If its ultimate camping luxury that you seek, then the most recently added Glamping Pods are for you. Designed with a unique woodland themed décor and fine bespoke furnishings, there’s everything you need for a luxury stay and each pod can sleep up to six people in double, bunk & sofa beds. There’s an ensuite bathroom with shower, a fully equipped kitchen, a hot tub with private patio, electric and USB sockets, fire pit with pizza oven, bedding and towels provided, Wi-Fi and good 4G signal. The settings for the glamping pods have the special views of this wonderful part of North Yorkshire and provide the kind of luxury holiday where you can forget all your cares whilst enjoying the luxury lifestyle.

There's also a very popular morning coffee shop selling barista coffee and freshly baked pastries onsite and also the many attractions and activities nearby. It’s a far cry from the dairy farm of James Herriot’s visits in his day but with the breath-taking setting and the fabulous facilities he would doubtless approve of the Catgill Farm of today!

Catgill Farm, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire, BD23 6HA

Tel: 01756 710247

Email: hello@catgillfarm.co.uk

Parking:  We do not allow cars to park on the camping fields. A separate car park is provided within 30-60 metres from the camping field. We allow cars to enter the field to load and unload. Car parking for the glamping accommodation is within the farmyard and located approximately 50 metres from the pods and bell tents.
Public Transport: There is a bus service that is operated by Dales Bus that stops at Bolton Abbey. It runs from Ilkley to Grassington. The bus stop is around 10 minutes walk from our farm. The nearest train stations are Ilkley and Skipton which are both around 15 minutes drive.
Taxis: The two nearest taxi companies are Skipton Taxi's (01756 794 444) and Ilkley Taxi's (01943 601 110)
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