Herriot Country


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

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

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. 

Mouseman Visitor Centre

The Mouseman Visitor Centre is dedicated to the story of Robert Thompson, born in 1876 and who made his life’s work to the crafting of carving in English oak and producing some of the finest furniture styled on the designs of 17th century England.

The Mouseman Visitor Centre enables visitors to experience what life must have been like for Robert growing up in the late 19th century as part of a thriving village community. His original workshop was converted to create the centre that includes a café and gift shop.

“We as poor as church mice” is said to be the phrase used by one of his craftsmen when he was carving a church screen onto which Robert then carved a mouse and thus his trademark was created as a mark of quality and craftsmanship. It’s now the famous “Mousey Thompson’ symbol known around the world found on every item crafted by Robert Thompsons.

Moving through the visitor centre, guests see the amazing story and journey through rooms set in the 1930’s full of Robert Thompson’s personal furniture signed with early examples of the carved mouse symbol. It’s a story from humble beginnings to furniture legend. There’s an audio-visual display explainer and afterwards a visit to the gift shop will offer opportunities to purchase handcrafted items to take home including smaller items such as Cheeseboards, Bookends, Cow Stools and Coffee Tables.

After all that, the Mouseman ‘T’ Café and Tea rooms serve Yorkshire Tea, home baked cakes and other delicious treats served either on the terrace or inside seated on the ‘Mousey Thompson’ tables and chairs made right here.

Mouseman Visitor Centre, Kilburn, York, North Yorkshire YO61 4AH

Tel: +44(0)1347869100
Email: info@robertthompsons.co.uk

By Road
From Thirsk take the A170 Scarborough road, turn right after two miles and follow the road to Kilburn. Turn right at the T-junction in Kilburn village. The workshop, viewing gallery, showroom, toilets and car park are on your left. Whilst the Mouseman Visitor Centre, T Café and Gift Shop are on the right-hand side of the road, 30 metres from the T-junction.

By Train
Thirsk is our closest mainline station, situated seven miles from Kilburn Village. You will then need to take a 15 minute taxi ride to our premises situated in the centre or Kilburn Village.

By Plane
We have two airports both within a 40km radius of Kilburn:
Durham Tees Valley Airport
Leeds Bradford International Airport

Beacon Alpacas

Beacon Alpacas offers a close-up experience with these fascinating animals which you can walk and enjoy the stunning scenery of Herriot Country’s Hambleton Hills. Walks are held five afternoons per week in Spring and Summer plus Fridays and Mondays in Winter starting at 1.15 pm. The friendly halter trained soft and curious alpacas will walk with you through these lovely locations , it’s a lovely experience. Allow around two hours for your walk as you’ll meet others on your walk and you’ll have time for taking pictures. You’ll see the White Horse of Kilburn and other attractive views as you walk. You’ll learn about the alpacas as you walk, how they are farmed, how they are fed, about their fleece and where they are from.

You are walking in the countryside with uneven terrain and sometimes wet grass and sometimes muddy in wet weather so please wear suitable waterproof clothing and footwear with closed toes.  Walks are suitable for children aged seven to 17 but they must be accompanied by an adult. The walks are not recommended for people with walking disabilities. Walks are held in light rain but not  in heavier weather and sometimes the start is delayed to allow this to pass. If a walk is postponed due to bad weather, an alternative date will be offered. Farm visits are also available for guests unable to take the walks.

Walks are with a minimum of two alpacas and guests can walk with one each or two people per alpaca and up to a maximum of twelve alpacas. Two people per alpaca works well and you may be walking with other guests as a group. Special occasions can be a great way to enjoy alpaca walks such as hen parties, birthdays, anniversaries. Alpaca gifts or flowers, cakes or champagne can be included.

Alpaca Walk gift vouchers are perfect for a present for your animal mad family and friends and are valid for one year after purchase and you can also purchase an Adopt an Alpaca gift pack which includes a card and certificate and information sheet with gift will and regular posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on the adopted alpaca at Suncliffe Beacon Farm.

Beacon Alpacas, Suncliffe Beacon Farm, Malton Street, Husthwaite, York YO61 4PD

Tel: 01347 868879 | Mobile: 07716917315

Email:  jacki@beaconalpacas.co.uk

We are only able to provide walks that have been pre-booked by email or telephone or booked online. Gift vouchers will be sent by email and the walk can be booked using the voucher code and are valid for 1 year after purchase.

Payment is via our online shop, by bank transfer, PayPal or cheque in advance. We accept cash on the day for walks booked at short notice.

How to find us:

Sat Nav takes you to The Old Lodge which is 100 metres from us on the other side of the road heading out of Husthwaite. Our address is: Suncliffe Beacon Farm, Malton Street, Husthwaite, YO61 4PD. Park at the gate or drive up to the barn –  We look forward to meeting you soon.

Alpaca Products

Soft and warm alpaca socks and yarn spun from Beacon alpacas’ fleece available to buy.
Also raw fleece for hand spinning and felting always on offer Socks all £18.
Beacon Alpacas Yarn £12 per 100 grams (prices include Vat). ALL PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING. To order either buy online, email or call for prices and availability of other colours. For socks please add your preferred colour in the Additional information section on the checkout.


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