Herriot Country


West Leas Farm

West Leas Farm offers six self-catering cottages and a caravan site that is well placed for discovering Herriot Country near Ripon, the oldest city in Britain. All of the cottages are designed in a farmhouse style and are a warm and comfortable home for holidays and short breaks.

The choice of cottages includes Granary with a large double bedroom with room for a z-bed or cot; Archway which has two bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) with exposed beams, unique floor windows are the arch of the old barn doors; The Byre has two bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) with exposed beams and stone features; The Old Milk House has one twin bedroom with stone features; The Stable has one twin bedroom; Top Cottage has a two seater settee, reclining chair and fixed single bed located under the open plan staircase, ideal for those less mobile and King sized bedroom and tv lounge upstairs. Bedding, towels and welcome pack provided. Heating and electricity is included in the rent and each has a well-equipped kitchen with kettle, electric oven, microwave and toaster. Large lounge /dining room, LCD TV with Freeview and DVD, radio / CD / cassette, wireless enabled. There’s a private patio and garden at rear, garden gate leading to open fields and views over valley. Guests with mobility issues can park outside their cottage and other parking is available the main parking area.

The caravan site is a pretty, well-tended area that is ideal for mobile caravans and is a Certified Location site approx. 100 yards from the farmhouse and cottages. It is a slightly sloping well-drained site that includes 10amp electricity hook-up points, free wi-fi, chemical emptying point and rubbish bins provided.

With wonderful views over open fields it is a peaceful spot. Well behaved dogs are welcome and there are plenty of walks nearby both on and off the farm.

West Leas Farm is surrounded by rolling green fields and there’s choice of attractive market towns to visit nearby such as Ripon, (and its ancient Cathedral) Thirsk, (home of James Herriot) Masham, (famous for Black Sheep and Theakston’s Ales) Bedale, Richmond and others. With the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks both close by, the countryside experience is never far away. James Herriot visited farms like West Leas in his day and you’ll discover why he loved the area so much when you come to stay.

West Leas Farm, Warren Lane, Galphay, Ripon North Yorkshire HG4 3PB

T: 01765 658416 M: 07525 612 911

Email: westleas@btinternet.com

Pets are welcome at £2 per pet per day, no pets upstairs or on furniture please, Stair gates Fold out bed and Cot are available.

West Leas Farm is situated about 6 miles out of Ripon, between the villages of Galphay (pronounced 'Garfy') and Kirkby Malzeard. Getting to Ripon from the A1 Northbound Take the Ripon / Boroughbridge exit A1(M) - Junction 48. At the top of the slip road turn right across the motorway and then left at the next roundabout. The road runs parallel to the A1(M) for a couple of miles across the next roundabout and then left at the next roundabout back over the motorway. Follow signs for Ripon - there are several brown 'tourist attraction' signs to help you signed "Fountains Abbey". Follow the road past a windmill, over the river, past Ripon Racecourse on your left. At the next roundabout choose the centre of the three lanes and proceed across the roundabout with the canal to the left. Follow this road for a mile skirting the city until a mini roundabout. Getting to Ripon from the A1 Southbound Leave the A1 at Junction 50 - A61 to Ripon. Follow the brown tourist signs to Fountains Abbey. Getting to us from Ripon Continue out of Ripon and continue following the signs for Fountains Abbey (B6265). You will soon pass Tate's garden centre on the right. Turn right immediately - signposted Kirkby Malzeard and Galphay. Continue for 4 miles into Galphay village, past The Galphay Inn and bear left for 1/4 mile, until you reach a triangular junction with a post box and a large Give Way sign. Turn right, West Leas Farm is 500 yards on the right. There is a public right of way sign at the lane end along with Visit Britain and Farm Stay signs. You will be approaching from the right hand side of the map past Plover Hill Farm (148) if you have a sat nav system - it will probably stop you outside Warren Lane Farm - we all share the same postcode, you are nearly there we are 300 yards further on - on a sweeping corner and if you have come from Galphay we are on the right hand side, tarmac lane and the only farm up that lane.

Rumah Home Coxwold

Rumah Homes at Coxwold is a tea rooms, bed & breakfast, holiday cottage and a home furnishing experience all rolled into one. A warm welcome awaits from your host Liz Atwooll whose keen eye for design detail in all things home and comfort shines through.

Originally a trad-style B&B but Liz has transformed it into a designer piece that expresses comfort, colours and the courtesy of good design to make a breakaway or a cottage stay make you feel right at home. . .   

Rumah Home is a low-ceilinged, charming property with nooks and crannies, flagged floors and serious fireplaces. Formerly the village headmaster’s house, there are three letting bedrooms, two doubles and one twin.  You’ll sleep on Egyptian cotton bedding and enjoy complimentary toiletries, whilst surrounded by a quintessentially English garden freely available to guests. 

. . .and if you are feeling flush you can buy and take home some of the furnishings, fixtures and beautiful things for you and your home from her Rumah Home retail shop with gifts, accessories, soft furnishings and more. Also featuring fine local arts and crafts. It’s a unique offering that brings a whole new approach to holidays in Herriot Country.

Situated in Coxwold which is a delightful rural village  that includes a Perpendicular style 15th century church, with an unusual octagonal tower, the interior of the church is more Georgian than medieval in feel, with a flat oak ceiling and box pews. The village has an art group, a local history society which shares its 1000+ years of recorded history and every June hosts open gardens for locals and visitors. There’s Yoga in the Village Hall every week.

Rumah Home Tearooms and B&B, Coxwold, North Yorkshire YO61 4AD
Tel: +44(0)1347 868138 | Email:  rumahhome.tearooms.bandb@gmail.com

The Coxwold Tea Rooms serve teas, coffee, delicious homemade cakes and freshly baked scones.

Large parties: Parties of eight or more people should call ahead, please, to ensure we can accommodate you.

Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11.am - 4.30pm

The Coxwold B & B: Two comfortable double bedrooms and a twin room.

Holiday Cottage: A self-contained cottage with sitting room, double bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, with a three-night minimum stay.

Bank Villa Masham

Bank Villa Masham is a gorgeous Grade II listed Georgian Guest House that includes a delicious home cooked 'Yorkshire breakfast' when you stay in one of the five individually furnished and decorated bedrooms.

Masham (pronounced as Mass’em) is a lovely market town that is a perfect base for discovering this charming part of Herriot Country and is home to two of Yorkshire’s famous breweries, Theakston and Black Sheep with their unbeatable beers. Discover the creative side of Masham when you visit no less than five galleries, great cafes, traditional fish and chips, fine dining and pub grub. Masham has annual highlight events that keep everyone entertained including Usually the third full weekend of July, Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally which has been taking place for over 50 years; The White Bear Midsummer Beer Festival (usually mid-June) and Black Swan, Fearby’s Yorkshire Festival of Ales (usually end of July); also in July, The Burn Valley Run is a one of the most scenic and demanding half marathons in England and at the end of September, Masham Sheep Fair weekend celebrates Masham’s sheep trading heritage.

Bank Villa’s unique accommodation is, clean, homely and welcoming with comfortable beds dressed with quality linen and self-adjustable heating so you can set your own comfort levels. There’s also a hot drinks station which is cleaned and refreshed after breakfast or on request as is fresh milk flask when required. Quality bathroom toiletries are accompanied by soft towels, bath sheets and dressing gowns plus a hairdryer.

Three types of room are available at Bank Villa. The first floor newly renovated (March 2019) Morris suite has been decorated in homage to William Morris, pioneer of the arts and crafts movement. This features a superking width bed which can be separated into a twin and there’s a walk-in wardrobe, seating area and ensuite dual head shower.

The second floor Superking room has a large comfortable bed can be super-king double or a twin bed arrangement, a dressing table and ensuite shower room.

The premier double ensuite room has a Standard double bed with an additional day bed.
The additional single cabin bed means that this room can be set as a double room or twin room for a couple, a twin room for sharing adults, or as triple room for a family or three sharing adults. It has a walk-in shower.

Your breakfast choice is full of local goodness as you select from the cereal, yoghurt, mixed fruit, preserves and a true Yorkshire cooked breakfast options that includes dry cured bacon and home-made black pudding (all from award-winning Beavers' butchers in Masham), eggs (from Wensleydale Eggs free range hens), Cumberland sausage, Heinz baked beans and a hash brown plus roast tomatoes and mushrooms most of which has travelled less than 5 miles from field to plate. Vegetarian options include vegetarian sausages and/or patties made at Beavers butchers and other items plus our coffee is Coffee Care’s award-winning Three Peaks blend from nearby Skipton and naturally, Yorkshire Tea!  

Truly cycle friendly accommodation, Bank Villa has six lockable storage units available for cycles, cleaning facilities and custom (be-spoke) on request breakfasts. As we are on the route for the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart, 2019 UCI Championships and annual Tour de Yorkshire routes, you will be riding in the wind of those professionals that have passed by in the past and will no doubt be back in future.

Bank Villa, The Avenue, Masham HG4 4DB

Tel: 01765 689605 | ​Mobile: 07427 064497

Email: stay@bankvilla.com

Nearest Railway Stations are Northallerton and Thirsk 13 miles. If arriving by train, you might need to book a taxi - it is best to do this in advance.
Nearest airport is Leeds/Bradford 33 miles. We are also only about an hour from Tees Valley Airport and one and a half hours from Newcastle Airport.
The 159 bus from Ripon/Richmond stops in Masham.

If you would like to discuss your room requirements or have any questions about any of our facilities, please do give Natalie a call on 07427 064497 or email on stay@bankvilla.com.

The Jonas Centre

The Jonas Centre, deep in Herriot Country’s Wensleydale at Redmire near Leyburn, is a haven for escapees from the fast pace of modern life and where families of all ages, groups and individuals can enjoy the tranquil beauty of the Yorkshire Dales.

First opened in 1996, the Jonas Centre is in a stunning location and provides accommodation in twelve Scandinavian styled self-catering log cabins that include a refrigerator, full sized electric cooker, toaster, kettle, microwave oven and ample crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils. Storage heating plus small electric heaters keep you warm on cooler evenings and there’s a colour TV and wi-fi in each cabin plus wi-fi around the site. Bathrooms in standard and classic cabins include bath and shower and Premier cabins have shower only.

The Granary Barn provides a central meeting and dining area for up to 80 people and is ideally suited for group gatherings and as a focus for special interest groups, anniversary celebrations, family gatherings, reunion weekends, team-building breaks, walking weekends and business events. The main meeting area is an open plan multi-purpose meeting room, measuring 36ft x 18ft. In suitable weather conditions this can also provide access to a hard-standing reception area and enclosed lawn ideal for picnics and barbecues.

The Granary Barn has a fully equipped catering kitchen and on the upper floor there are two separate lounges, often used as additional meeting rooms in a more relaxed and informal environment. Each is equipped with TV & DVD and each lounge can accommodate around 15 people. Here you will also find reception and shop.

James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small might have been designed for The Jonas Centre as there have always been animals on the site and has been home to donkeys, alpacas and a turkey called Gerry! Currently there is Sally the Shetland Pony, (born in 1982); Billie the pygmy goat, (born in 2008); Martini & Cinzano the geese, Prudence the Kune Kune Pig, born in 2009, and various ducks and chickens. Educational sessions are held about the animals and there are opportunities to help the staff to feed the ducks and chickens their breakfast.

The Jonas Centre, Redmire, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4EW

Tel: 01969 624900 | Email: stay@jonascentre.org

“The Jonas Centre is operated by The Jonas Trust, a Christian charity registered as 1049167 with the Charity Commission.”

Guests: We see people as the priority and desire to treat our guests with friendliness, respect and courtesy. 
We endeavour to outline clearly in literature and on websites the standards and services that guests can expect to find. 
We aim to show transparent honesty and openness in our dealings with guests that includes:
- a clear pricing structure that highlights any "extras" or cancellation charges
- a booking process that has reasonable terms and conditions and is administered efficiently. We strive towards high standards of hygiene, safety, maintenance and access in accordance with current legal requirements. 
We aim to deal speedily and responsibly with any concerns or complaints that arise. 

Staff and volunteers: Click here to meet The Jonas Centre team.
We commit ourselves to providing effective and appropriate training for our staff and volunteers that values them as a vital part of the organisation. 

We endeavour to ensure that all staff and volunteers understand and comply with current legislation that applies to all areas of their responsibility. 
We endeavour to provide opportunities for our staff and volunteers that will develop them and not simply equip them for the demands of their current role. 



Morndyke near Thirsk is one of Herriot Country’s long-standing family businesses owned by the Phillips family for over 100 years, Morndyke was originally a clay quarry that now offers luxury glamping, farmhouse self-catering, a farm experience and fabulous fishing lake three miles from the centre of Thirsk and the World of James Herriot.

When you just need some 'you time', away from the hustle and bustle and daily grind, Morndyke offers the perfect child-free retreat and the location is ideal for exploring Herriot Country.

Morndyke Shepherds Huts are fully equipped with a luxurious double bed and single bunk above, as well as a log burning stove, mini kitchen and comfy, sheepskin-lined chair. A host of extra luxury items provide the finishing touches, including Bronte by Moon blankets and cushions, Emma Bridgewater mugs, and Duck Island bathroom products. Outside there is a firepit, a table and a barbecue on the private patio where relaxation is assured and with a selection of books, films and games for any rainy days. Watch the sun set and barbecue for dinner as you enjoy a complementary glass of wine.

Morndyke farmhouse annexe includes a small kitchen with breakfast bar, kitted out with Emma Bridgewater crockery and kitchenware, a microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, fridge and cooker and a full range of utensils, cutlery and cookware. It has French windows opening onto a patio with a fire pit, a table and chairs and beyond is the old English garden that leads to the old brick garden shed where there’s a free-range hen run tucked away in the corner. It’s quality and luxury in a farmhouse setting.

The Hambleton Hills can be viewed over the farmland stretching for miles. You’ll see the occasional roe deer and buzzards soaring above you.

Morndayke Lake is a two-acre lake that is stocked with mirror & common carp, barbel, roach, green and golden tench and chub as well as eels and an array of water birds, has been beautifully maintained and run by the Phillips’ family since it was first opened. Morndyke Lake is aerated through the night in summer to oxygenate the water, the lake sustains a vast number of fish that range in size from 3lb roach to 28lb carp. There are 27 platforms (pegs) to fish from, all of which can be accessed easily from the path around the lake.


Morndyke House, Brickyard Farm, Busby Stoop, Thirsk, YO7 4EH

Tel: 01845 587544 Mobile: 07785 763738

Email: tricia-phillips@hotmail.com

Recently recognised by Visit England as providing ‘Service Excellence’, the site has been granted the once-in-a-lifetime ROSE award, alongside its long-standing Gold Award.

Morndyke is a child-free site, but dogs (or other pets within reason!) are more than welcome. The site is open all year round.

Bookings for the Morndyke Shepherds' Huts require a minimum stay of two nights and operate as adult only accommodation (age 18+). Morndyke Shepherds' Huts is a dog friendly glamping site so please bring your four-legged family member along.

Morndyke Shepherds' Huts have a strict no smoking policy.

Woodlands Farm

Woodlands Farm at Thimbleby near Northallerton is rated Five Star (Gold Award) by the AA and the AA Friendliest B&B of the Year 2019-2020 and has a Silver Award from Green Tourism. Woodlands Farm is run by Paul and Amy Callin (husband and wife team) with the help of their two young daughters, Chloe and Bella.

All rooms are furnished with locally crafted English oak furniture made by Beaver Furniture and Robert Thompson’s 'Mouseman' and all are en-suite, with their own private entrance. All rooms have fresh milk in the fridge/mini bar and as Woodhouse Farm is fully licensed a selection of wines is also included.

Amy is a professionally trained chef (at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London and Bettys Cookery School as a Chef/Tutor for nine years (part of the Bettys Cafe Tearoom business) prepares award-winning breakfasts and uses good quality locally-sourced ingredients. ‘My Kitchen’ opened in September 2019 and is open to resident and non-residential guests in the Farmhouse Kitchen. Specialising in local cuisine using hands-on techniques the Cookery Experiences run during Autumn to Spring and includes the provenance of the food and support for local businesses. The Cookery Experiences also include talks and tastings by local producers and for guests are an interesting culinary experience, which, dovetail neatly with visiting Herriot Country and the many locations of these producers who in previous generations would have been James Herriot’s clients.

Since opening Woodlands Farm in 2014, there have been some fantastic reviews from guests about breakfast following feedback from guests the food offering has been gradually grown so that you can now pre-order packed lunches, whether it’s to take with you on a walk along The Cleveland Way or the Coast to Coast or to enjoy in your room.  Yorkshire Platters and Yorkshire Cheeseboards (pre-ordered), are a great accompaniment to a bottle of wine from  wine list! 

On Woodlands Farm, electric car owners will be pleased to note that there are electric car chargers (Tesla and Universal) and guests will meet the resident ponies in the Stable Yard whilst during check-in enjoy homemade cake and Yorkshire tea with a warm Yorkshire welcome from the husband and wife team.

Woodlands Farm, Thimbleby, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 3PY

Tel: 01609 883524
Email: info@woodlandsfarmthimbleby.com

Woodlands Farm operates a strict non-smoking policy in all rooms and in certain outdoor areas such as the Stable Yard.  We are sorry but we no longer accept pets except assistance dogs in The Ainsty Suite.

Check-in is between 4pm-6pm and check-out is by 10:30am.  We can be flexible with timings if agreed in advance (preferably on booking).  A late check-in/check-out fee may be charged at our discretion.

The Burgoyne Hotel and 1783 Restaurant & Bar

Standing majestically on the green at Reeth, the Burgoyne Hotel and 1783 Restaurant & Bar is a graceful country house that has been upgraded and restyled to a traditional and luxury design. It has tasteful individually decorated bedrooms and there are exceptional views across Swaledale. The 1783 Bar and Restaurant brings together fresh, locally sourced ingredients in menus that combine with the chef’s vision to create a dining experience with the rich history of North Yorkshire.

The hotel is dog-friendly and what better location to bring your best friend for walks in this rural location. So easy to relax and unwind it is the perfect place to stay in Herriot County’s Reeth as your base for exploration of beautiful Swaledale with some of the most beautiful scenery in England, whether it is the winter months with the snow-peaked valleys of the Yorkshire Dales or soaking up the glorious sunshine, the beauty outweighs the weather. Steeped in history there are farmsteads, shooting lodges, small hamlets, villages, sheep grazed pastures and stone cottages that are farmed by generations of families shaped by communities of the past managed by gamekeepers and looked after by those who live and work within the dale today.

The River Swale is majestic from its source above Keld to Richmond and beyond. Waterfalls suddenly surprise from the hidden jewels of Kisdon and Catrake in Upper Swaledale, Hardraw and Aysgarth in Wensleydale, and High Force in Teesdale. Reeth lies approx. midway on the Coast to Coast footpath, Upper Swaledale is on the Pennine Way.

On The Green, Reeth,
Richmond, Swaledale, North Yorkshire,
DL11 6SN

Lovesome Hill Farm B&B

Welcome to our home – offering you bed and breakfast

You can enjoy the delights of staying in the peaceful Yorkshire countryside overlooking the Hambleton Hills. We are not far from the thriving bustling town of Northallerton with its popular market and quality shops, attracting people from miles around.

In the heart of Yorkshire we are skirted either side by the Yorkshire Dales and Moors National Parks, both areas of outstanding natural beauty.

We will endeavour to make your stay enjoyable offering local information on great places to visit, including attractions and historical sites, and also the best places to eat and drink.

World of James Herriot Ltd, 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire,YO7 1PL
Tel: 01845 524234
Email: mail@worldofjamesherriot.com

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