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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.

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.

The Shallery

The Shallery can be found in in Richmond, one of Herriot Country’s gorgeous Georgian market towns. The main shop is in the Market Place and there are also two permanent stalls in the town’s historic Victorian indoor market that is also in the cobbled square in the shadow of its famous Norman Castle keep.

Collector’s items, special gifts, art, jewellery and curiosities, are the speciality of The Shallery, which seeks to provide high quality items that will catch the eye of people from all age groups. Gifts for your best friends and relatives, art for the home, clocks or a piece of jewellery for a special occasion can all be found in the three locations.

The choice is stunning and changes regularly so there’s always something different and special each time you make your visit, so, if there’s something you spot the first time, snap it up there and then as it may be gone next time…   

The range includes, art, bath and body gifts, biking gifts, candles, children’s gifts, chocolate, clocks, desk accessories, festive décor, jewellery, models and busts, magic gifts, oriental gifts, quirky gifts, sterling silver, watches and wedding gifts to name just a few.

See especially the range of Alice in Wonderland gifts which pay homage to Lewis Carroll (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898) who at the age of twelve was sent to Richmond Grammar School in Richmond.

Logon to our website too as you can check the range from the comfort of your own home and place your order online for delivery or reserve it for collection.

The Shallery, 34, Market Place, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4QG and The Victorian Indoor Market, Market Place, Richmond.

Tel: 07572 433323 | Email theshallery@aol.com

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