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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)

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.

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

anna@carrhousefarm.co.uk

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.

Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

The Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum in Great Ayton tells the story of the early life of one of Herriot Country and Britain’s most famous explorers Captain James Cook whose discoveries around world are renowned. Born in Marton near Middlesbrough in 1728, Cook’s family moved to Great Ayton in 1736 where he attended the local school and which is now the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum. He later moved to Staithes and then Whitby before starting is illustrious career as an explorer when he embarked on his first round the world voyage in 1768-71 in the ship Endeavour.

James Cook father worked for Thomas Skottowe, the lord of the manor, and lived at Aireyholme Farm on the side of Roseberry Topping. Thomas Skottowe paid James Cook’s fees at the Postgate School. It was here, between 1736 and 1740, that Captain James Cook received his early education.

The focal point of the Museum is the re-creation of the eighteenth-century schoolroom. In contrast to modern schools, there’s a display showing James Cook’s teacher sleeping in the loft above the classroom! The museum focuses on the education that Cook benefited from and how we remember him and there is an interactive area in the museum that brings this to life.

In addition to explaining his time at the school, Cooks career is also covered in the museum, as is the history of Great Ayton where the displays has sections on key individuals and on the importance of extractive industries to the growth of the village.

In the village itself, there is a statue of Cook as a boy, created by sculptor Nicholas Dimbleby. The site of a cottage built by Cook’s father is marked by an obelisk in the village, the cottage was transferred and rebuilt in Melbourne Australia in 1933.

James Herriot had calls to farms around Great Ayton which is dominated by the 330-metre-high Roseberry Topping.  This hill, and the adjacent whinstone outcrop, are of geological importance. It’s another reason to visit Herriot Country.

A visit to the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum is a very worthy Herriot Country visitor attraction about another important James whose travels were of such great importance to British history.

High St, Great Ayton North Yorkshire TS9 6NB

Tel: 01642 724296

Email: contact@captaincookschoolroommuseum.co.uk

 

Getting there

Bus: The No. 29 bus travels from Middlesbrough Bus Station (via Linthorpe Rd, Grove Hill, James Cook Hospital, Easterside, Marton Manor, Marton) The No.81 bus travels from Redcar.  From Stokesley you can get either the No.29 or No.81. Ask the driver for High St, Great Ayton.

Timetable available here

Train: Trains run from either Middlesbrough Railway Station or from Whitby along the beautiful Esk Valley.

Campbells of Leyburn

Campbells of Leyburn is a country store that is the envy of national supermarket chains for both choice and value and has been serving its local community and visitors to Herriot Country since 1868 when it began as R Campbell and Son in the same location as today.

Its wide range includes many local foods, national and international food brands, local meat in the butchery section, regional artisan products and an international wines selection.

Set in the beautiful rural town of Leyburn, Campbells is a long-established family business that has a loyal and tightly knit team that takes pride and understanding of all of the products on sale and who are ever ready to help customers with their choices.     

An innovative business, Campbells of Leyburn seeks out new suppliers to continually improve the range of products available to customers plus improvements such as aisle-widening to reduce trolley congestion and always looking for ways to create a better stress-free shopping environment.

Campbells also provides for special occasions with gift packs, hampers and memorable gifts plus gift vouchers which can select the contents for yourself and can include special wines, smoked salmon, artisan cheeses, luxury chocolates or rare breed’s meat.

Campbells even has its own tourist guide which you can download from its website and is just a few minutes walk from the start of “The Shawl’ in Leyburn, a renowned walk with stunning views and romantic (if mythical) links to tragic Mary Queen of Scots. Leyburn is a perfect place from which to explore Wensleydale and attracts cyclists, campers, walkers and is perfect for anyone who appreciates a beautiful combination of the Yorkshire Dales’ rugged landscape, waterfalls, rivers and with idyllic walks and historic visitor attractions.,   

Alf Wight (James Herriot) would probably have visited Campbells on his many visits to Leyburn and it’s well worth a trip on your visit to Herriot Country.

Campbell's of Leyburn, 4 Commercial Square, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 5BP

Telephone Shop: 01969 622169 | Wines & Spirits Dept: 01969 624391 | Butchery: 01969 625600

Email - richard@campbellsofleyburn.co.uk

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.

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