Herriot Country


Carr House Farm B&B

Carr House Farm located in beautiful countryside between Ampleforth and Wass is a wonderful Herriot Country home where owners Anna and Jack welcome visitors from around the world.

A 16th century farmhouse set in the wonderful countryside that James Herriot loved so much, Carr House Farm is a B&B that provides a unique insight into life on the farm and with high quality chintzy rooms and a hearty breakfast filled with local ingredients many of which are from the farm itself. The postman says he likes to deliver to Carr House Farm as when he opens the door, he can smell the warm bread !

Rooms are designed in a country style and are on the ground floor with your own front door and with modern private bathroom, TV and tea and coffee making facilities.

A place of peace and tranquillity and with stunning views and set in an acre of garden, with bluebell woods and fruit orchards Carr House Farm is tucked away in the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park and the Howardian Hills, an Area of Natural Beauty. Close to the market town of Helmsley, it’s an historic place and there is a comforting sense of continuity, and yet only a half-hour drive to the ancient City of York.

There is a lot to do here including the chance to take one of Jack and Anna’s dogs on a walk in the countryside, there are woodlands walks, it is great for mushroom searching and close to many attractions such as the World of James Herriot at Thirsk, Castle Howard, both just a 20 minute drive, Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at Pickering takes you to the coast at Whitby which is only an hour away by car.

If dining out is your favourite activity you are spoiled for choice, two examples are Andrew Pern’s famous Star Inn at Harome near Helmsley and recently voted ‘Best Restaurant in the World’, Tommy Banks’ the Black Swan Inn, Oldstead, plus many other local restaurants and good pubs with food in the area.

For many guests at Carr House farm it is simply a place to enjoy mindfulness by walking through the woodland, just sitting listening to the birds or by the stream under the trees and so reducing blood pressure and boosting the immune system. The Japanese call it Shinrin-Yoko and there are plenty of opportunities to practice it at Carr House Farm. Sounds like the perfect alternative that a busy vet like James Herriot would have enjoyed.

Carr House Farm Bed and Breakfast, Ampleforth, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 4ED

Phone: 01347 868526


How to Find Us: From the A1, turn off for Thirsk. Take the A19 for 2-3 miles towards York. Turn left to Coxwold. At the crossroads turn left to Byland Abbey. Then on to Wass. Take the Ampleforth road for 1 mile. We are on the left. Signposted Carr House Farm with a pheasant logo on which has bed and breakfast written on it .There is no separate B&B sign . Please note that if you are using a Sat-Nav that it may direct you to the house across the road which has electric gates. If this happens you need to continue on the road for another 50 yards or so and we are on the opposite side of the road.

Parking at Carr House Farm-  As you come up our drive and approach the house you will see a dry stone wall and the house beyond.  Please park with the nose of your car facing the dry stone wall either on the tarmac or on the grass.

Camp Hill Estate

Camp Hill Estate is near Bedale in the heart of Herriot Country and offers an eclectic mix of outdoor activities, accommodation and events throughout the year. It’s a place for families, a place for couples and a place for corporate events.

A beautiful country setting with 170 acres of varied woodland, 85 acres of parkland grass and three miles of hard roads and tracks, woodland walks, small lakes and woodland walks. Indoors there’s Orangery  seating 200 people, Rustic Barn for up to 150 people and Safari Tent  for 100 people

Built in 1738 the Estate has been a family home, a sporting residence, to the Serjeantson's, Leyland's, Reynard's and since 1945, an agricultural estate and the Ropner family took the helm in 1993, opening its gates to the public in 1996. Over one million members of the public have visited over the past two decades, Camp Hill Estate has built a reputation for delivering fun in a thrilling, creative and inventive way for all its audiences.

Camp Hill’s small but dynamic team of event experts specialise in school, education and youth groups outdoor learning days and residential visits plus bespoke corporate events as well as glamping for families, private parties, festivals, shows, weddings and large-scale events.

The estate is home to Camp Katur Glamping Village which is an ‘Off the Grid” glamping experience that includes Safari Tents, Tipi, Bell Tents, Hobbit Pods, Geodomes, Unidomes, and a cosy upcycled cosy cabin called Bears Lodge. This is all to be found in meadow and woodland within Camp Hill Estate which is a mix of relaxation, tranquillity and adventure. Especially a favourite with families, groups of friends and couples as a back to basics way of living and for spending quality time in a natural outdoor environment.

Camp Kestrel Village is a new and exciting addition to Camp Hill Estate that is set in a spacious self-contained area and with a community feel that has a fire pit, fully lit festooned lighting and bell tents that are an awesome way to sleep with nature. Located next to the large sports field, there’s also a Safari dining room, multi-use space and  brand-new toilets and shower facilities. There’s also a 40-capacity woodland lodge group cabins.

In addition to this, a wide range of events is held on the site including Camp Hill Sausage & Beer Festival, Dubs int Dales VW Campervan Festival, North Yorkshire County Show and Bear Souls Yoga Dome so there’s a whole package of adventure on this 300-acre estate.

At Camp Hill, there’s a strong corporate social responsibility ethos. Helping to protect our wonderful estate and everything in it including our environment, our customers and our employees. Year on year we plan on reducing our Carbon Footprint by seeking recyclable materials, environmental schemes, work experience volunteering, charity events, local fundraising and the list continues…

Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire DL8 2LS

Tel: 01845 567788

Email: enquiries@camphill.co.uk

How To Find Camp Hill

Just 5 minutes off the A1(M) we are only 50 minutes by car from Leeds and York and 30 minutes from Harrogate. Local coach companies provide easy return transport to major cities and the World of James Herriot in Thirsk is only 15 minutes away and where there is also the mainline train station.

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

Askrigg Holiday Cottages

Askrigg Holiday Cottages offer two very distinct cottages in the Yorkshire Dales where owners Sue and Ken Williamson have created a high standard and beautiful self-catering accommodation. Their ethos of a hands on, family run holiday business that meets their own exacting standards of comfort, design and equipment so that guests can feel at home and enjoy their visit to Herriot Country in style.

Minnies Cottage is a Grade II listed cottage built in 1834 with fabulous inglenook fireplace that has stunning views of Wensleydale and is located next to the ancient church at Askrigg. It is quaint and quirky and has beamed ceilings, original plank doors and snecks (the local name for door latches), deep set windows and stone shelves. It has a king-sized bedroom with separate dressing room and with its special atmosphere is perfect for a romantic break for two.

Urlay Nook has a south facing garden and is the only VisitBritain five-star award cottage in Askrigg. It sleeps four in space and comfort with two bathrooms. Filled with light, Urlay Nook has 20 windows and four outside doors!  The interior is full of unique features including a bread oven, window seats, beams and has thick stone walls. Decoration is with Farrow and Ball and the Lite Greene Paint Company and there is a neat and interesting mix of new an antique furniture.

Askrigg Holiday Cottages are well known locally and with the many happy guests who often return for the emphasis a real home atmosphere and comfort, on quality and on the personal and friendly service from the locally based owners Sue and Ken Williamson who care about the small details and are always on hand.

Located in the north western part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park between Aysgarth and Hawes, Askrigg makes a lovely spot for a Herriot Country holiday and is only an hour from the World of James Herriot in Thirsk.

Ken & Sue Williamson, Askrigg Cottage Holidays, Thwaite House, Moor Road, Askrigg, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3HH

Telephone: +44 (0)1969 650022

Email: stay@askrigg.com

We will happily help you with recommendations for your holiday-the Yorkshire Dales has so much to offer. We have fantastic scenery, a rich heritage and thriving towns and villages where you can soak up the atmosphere. Not to forget the food here-most of it is locally sourced and home cooked, with menus and venues to suit all ages and wallets. If you love the outdoors then there is nowhere better with a fantastic choice of outdoor activities to choose from, whatever your ability and walks from the door aplenty. Or you can simply chill and enjoy the village with its 3 pubs/restaurants, micro-brewery, village shop, tea shop and deli, all within a couple of minutes walk of both cottages.

Ashfield House Grassington

Ashfield House Grassington is a 17th century home with seven en-suite bedrooms, including the Garden Suite with its own entrance, that offers a home-from-home in Herriot Country. Originally a row of lead miners cottages dating back to 1604, this quaint limestone Grade II listed house is a walled garden sanctuary found on quiet a private lane off the centre of Grassington, the location where filming for Channel 5 TV’s remake of All Creatures Great and Small has taken place.

Accommodation with luxurious Egyptian cotton linen and towels, Free Wi-Fi, complimentary refreshments and an honesty bar all make a stay at Ashfield House a relaxing and enjoyable experience. All rooms are en-suite with bathrooms and showers that have fine quality fixtures and fittings. Cosy wood-burning fires, tasteful décor and the comfort of excellent quality furnishings add to the benefits of a short break or longer stay at Ashfield House.

Award winning meals are served at breakfast and dinner at Ashfield House and there’s an honesty bar where guests can enjoy a range of wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks. Environmentally conscious owners provide the warm and friendly welcome and have sourced many local products and ingredients to ensure guests get real taste and feel of Grassington and Herriot Country. There’s even a guide of ‘100 Things to See in Grassington’ written by Ian Goldthorpe proceeds of which go to local charities.

‘The Dales Way’, an 80-mile trek to the Lake District through the Yorkshire Dales passes through Grassington which is set on the River Wharfe and is excellent for walking, fishing, cycling and fishing. With Skipton nearby and only an hour to the World of James Herriot at Thirsk, Ashfield House is lovely choice to be based to see the western rural areas of Herriot Country including beautiful views of the North Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Summers Fold, Grassington, Near Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 5AE

Telephone 01756 75 25 84

Email: sales@ashfieldhouse.co.uk

Life in Grassington revolves around the cobbled-stone village square, just 40 metres down our private driveway. A magnet for visitors and local town folk alike. Natural limestone picture-perfect buildings frame narrow streets, just bursting with Yorkshire charm.

You can:

  • Stroll round the old-world shops
  • Soak up the lively atmosphere in the square
  • Enjoy a spot of lunch in one of the cosy tea rooms or restaurants.
  • Potter about in the art galleries and craft shops
  • Amble along the River Wharfe at your leisure

Finding Ashfield House B&B in Grassington is easy.  When you first arrive in the village from either the B6160 or B6265:

  • Head for the village square on Main Street
  • Drive 150 meters to the top of the square, where you will see 'The Devonshire' pub hotel on your left
  • Turn left off Main Street into Summers Fold (Ashfield)
  • Ashfield House is facing you - with our private car parks on the left and at the rear

Visit Herriot Country and stay in one of Grassington's finest B&B guest houses. 

Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth Abbey and College, established in 1802 is set in 2000 acres of woodland and farmland at the foot of the North York Moors. Ampleforth Abbey is a residential college and also home to a community of monks who live according to the Gospel and the Rule of St Benedict.

It is open to day visitors, can be booked for retreats, overnights stays, family gatherings, business events and there is a fully equipped sports centre with newly refurbished 25m swimming pool, a multi-purpose sports hall, three squash courts and a fully equipped, air-conditioned fitness suite. There is also golf located in the nearby village of Gilling East and cricket ground on site.

Accommodation at Ampleforth is available is several locations on site. The Archway, which has comfortable rooms and is situated close to the Abbey Church and with four en-suite rooms with tea and coffee making facilities. The Grange, retreat accommodation offers twin and single rooms and a spacious ground floor double room that also has wheelchair access. Some are en-suite and some rooms overlook the peaceful and beautiful monastery grounds. Two conference rooms in the Grange are where retreat talks are given and there is also a library and a chapel for the use of guests.  Hot drinks can be made in the large well-equipped kitchen. Occasionally a bar will be opened in the evening after Compline. There are three single rooms and six twin rooms in The Guesthouse, plus a cosy lounge and small kitchenette

Meeting and Conference Spaces at Ampleforth include a variety of options which are fully equipped with high quality AV equipment. Businesses can book these at competitive rates for day meetings, and a range of catering options including finger buffets, hot meals and tea and coffee throughout the day.  An events co-ordinator is assigned to each event to assist throughout the day.  

The Ampleforth Abbey Shop offers a range of gifts, books, greetings cards and memorabilia, many of which that are supplied by local producers. Ampleforth produce is also available as we have been growing apples for over 200 years and the Ampleforth Abbey Orchard now has over 2,500 trees in over 10 acres and is one of the largest commercial orchards in the North of England. With over 50 varieties of apple, Ampleforth’s Cider Mill presses a blend of dessert and culinary apples. Regular tours throughout the summer months are available and bespoke tours for larger groups can be arranged. 

A wonderful team of volunteers run the Visitor Centre and they have a vast amount of knowledge about Ampleforth and tell the day-to-day life of the monastic community and the vows they take, the history of Ampleforth Abbey and College and the orchard and cider production, as well as a video compiled by the Community.  Children can enjoy completing the "Mouse Hunt" and arranging the clues to obtain the password to the Abbey!

The Tea Room, uses locally produced products, homemade cakes and scones, light meals, salads and snacks and is furnished with the famous Robert ‘Mousey' Thompson tables, is situated in the centre of the Ampleforth campus and provides a welcome respite and nourishing refreshments. Enjoy a glass of Ampleforth Abbey Cider, a beer or glass of wine or Yorkshire Tea and freshly ground coffees.

Ampleforth Abbey, York, YO62 4EN

Tel: +44 1439 766710
Fax: +44 1439 788132
E-mail: webmonk@ampleforth.org.uk


Located in the foothills of the North Yorkshire Moors and covering over 2,000 acres of North Yorkshire valley, farmland and woodland, Ampleforth appears remote and hidden away.  However, main road links from Thirsk, Harrogate, York, Pickering and Northallerton make us surprisingly accessible. We are just a 45-minute drive from the centre of York, 50 minutes from Harrogate and 25 minutes from Thirsk by car.  If you are planning to arrive by coach, please contact us before arrival.  Please note, we have a 10mph speed limit on site and we ask that drivers adhere to the speed restriction to ensure the safety to all pedestrians on site.  All cars should be parked in designated parking areas.  We are a non-smoking site.

The Wensleydale Experience

The Wensleydale Experience is a farm experience with accommodation in luxury Yurts and a  Temple Folly. There’s also Fairhurst’s at Berry’s Café and Farm Shop where local ingredients and produce make the cut for low food miles, taste and quality, plus, The Healing Collective where relaxing Indian Head Massage or Reiki and Sound Healing with Gill McGready add to the relaxation options that this close to nature experience provides and that James Herriot could only dream of when he was treating the animals on the farms in this part of Herriot Country.

It is a clever farm diversification in the heart of Wensleydale, close to Bolton Castle, famous for imprisoning Mary Queen of Scots in 1568 - which dazzles in lights at night,

Aysgarth Falls and the villages of Aysgarth and West Witton with Askrigg, Hawes and Leyburn within a brief drive and there are many All Creatures Great and Small film locations in the area.

Herriot Country has many country self-catering options but few have an 18th Century Grade II listed folly that is also a compact accommodation unit with two bedrooms with balcony. The Temple is a grand structure with fabulous views of Wensleydale.

Views and nature are two absolutes at The Wensleydale Experience and guests staying in the luxurious Yurts onsite get both in copious amounts as they enjoy the natural environment with mod-cons. Each yurt is fully equipped with comfy beds, private hot tub, shower, loo and BBQ. Imagine showering and watching the sunset or seeing the rolling Yorkshire Dales from your bed or, if it’s early and you fancy pitching in, join the farmer’s rounds and meet the llamas, goats, cows, pigs and sheep that call the farm home

Farm Tours are an education experience for all ages and bring understanding that in order for there to be stone walls and stock in the fields the produce must be sold at a realistic price. Great for families where children can learn about sustainable farming life and touch and feed the caws, calves, goats, lambs, pigs, pony’s and rabbits. James Herriot would be in his element!

The Wensleydale Experience, Swinithwaite, Leyburn, DL8 4UH

T: 01969 622322 | Email: enquiry@wensleydale-experience.com

An array of amazing local walks. Visit our website to download maps of our walks or ask any of our friendly staff for our top tips on where to explore!

The Fox & Hounds Pub nearby is a friendly and welcoming family-run pub situated on the main A684 road through Wensleydale, in the shadow of Penhill. Dogs and children are welcome.

White Rose Cottage Constable Burton

White Rose Cottage is a four-star gold rated self-catering cottage created from a converted barn that has been tastefully remodelled and is located in Herriot Country near Leyburn at Constable Burton in Lower Wensleydale.

The cottage is decorated to a very high standard and has artwork by local artist Lucy Pittaway alongside the comfortable furniture, good quality soft furnishings many form local suppliers and blinds by Sophie Allport.

It also features a flat screen smart TV (Netflix included) with built in DVD player. A wood burning stove is ideal for cooler seasons and the bookshelf has a n interesting selection alongside, games and DVD's. Music and radio is via Sonos speakers.

The contemporary kitchen has an electric fan oven, grill, 4 ring induction hob, microwave, 70/30 fridge freezer, full size dishwasher, washing machine, toaster, Kettle, Iron, ironing board and a Tassimo coffee machine.

Accommodation at White Rose Cottage includes a huge super king bed that can also be set up as twin beds with striking grey headboards and a wall mounted flat screen TV (including Netflix) and DVD. The bathroom is on the ground floor and is smartly fitted out with a contemporary feel and large walk-in shower.

Outside there is an enclosed gravel courtyard with a gas BBQ and a modern set of rattan furniture. A lawned area with well-established borders at the front of the cottage is an attractive alternative to the courtyard for summers day reading your favourite book on one of the rattan sun loungers.

With so much to explore in Herriot Country, White Rose Cottage is certainly a home-from-home that Alf Wight (James Herriot) would have approved and being close to so many attractions of North Yorkshire it is a good base to visit them whilst enjoying this attractive part of the county. World of James Herriot is just 30 minutes by car, Wensleydale Railway, the Herriot Country Line runs virtually parallel to the A684 with the nearest station at Finghall just five minutes from the cottage.

White Rose Cottage, Constable Burton, DL8 5RG

T: 07989 445 669

Email: bookings@whiteroseholidaycottage.co.uk

There is ample off-road parking available at the cottage, with two dedicated spaces and more available on request.

An EO Electric Vehicle Charging Point is available for guests to use, all you will need is your own charging lead. (EVCP - 7.2KW, Type 2 Socket, Fast Charger)

The cottage is owner maintained to a high standard, and everyday essentials are provided to save you having to bring them with you; sugar, salt & pepper, washing up liquid, dishcloth, pan scrub, tea towels, oven gloves, kitchen roll, cling film, tin foil, baking paper & hand wash. The oil-fired central heating keeps the cottage lovely and warm when needed. A wood burner is supplied in the lounge for those colder evenings. Electricity & Wi Fi & Netflix are included. A high chair & travel cot can be provided (free of charge) for those travelling with a small child.

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