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August 17, 2016

Discover the ‘new’ Yorkshire Dales National Park

The extension this week of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – adding 161 square miles to its treasured landscape – is good news for tourism, says leading local holiday company Yorkshire Cottages.

“The landscape along the Yorkshire/Cumbria border is wildly beautiful yet under-appreciated,” says Yorkshire Cottages’ director Drew Dunn.

“The limestone plateau of Great Asby Scar, the lovely Howgill Fells and the valley of the River Lune are all well worth discovering, but have not drawn the holidaymakers they deserve because they have previously fallen between two famous National Parks,” explains Drew.

“We hope the new National Park status will encourage more holidaymakers to stay in these areas, not simply drive through them.  From fantastic fell walks to charming market towns, there is much to enjoy.”

Yorkshire Cottages properties that now fall within the ‘new’ National Park include the quirky and luxurious Waitby School.

Once a key building in a long-gone community, Waitby School now stands in glorious isolation on the fell between Kirkby Stephen and Smardale Gill. Original features include the school bell, double front doors, wood-panelled walls and even the (outside) boys’ lavatory with wooden seat!  (21st century sanitation provides a downstairs cloakroom, first-floor shower room and master en-suite.) The double-height living space – once the main schoolroom – has a wood-burning stove on the original hearth.

With two double bedrooms and three singles in a triple room, the cottage is family-friendly, with a cot and high chair available. Three-night breaks start at £501 for seven people.

28 per cent of the Yorkshire Dales National Park now falls within the county boundary of Cumbria and 1 per cent within the ‘rival’ red rose county of Lancashire.

Yorkshire Cottages (01228 406701,


July 6, 2016

Yorkshire Photo Competition Winner Chosen

4 July 2016

The best view of Yorkshire has been taken by a Lancashire visitor, and will feature in the 2017 calendar produced by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

Les Fitton, who lives in Bolton, was judged to have taken the image that sums up the area’s unique landscape and character.  He says “I took that photo on a claggy day on Ingleborough. I’m gobsmacked to hear that I’ve won!”

Mr Fitton wins a large hamper of Yorkshire food and drink, donated by leading local holiday cottage agency Yorkshire Cottages, which is a long-term supporter of the Trust, and organised the competition.

Over 500 entries were received from inside and outside the county, including overseas visitors.

The fund-raising calendar – with 12 superb images of the Yorkshire Dales in all seasons – will be on sale from August, helping YDMT to protect the area’s natural and built environment.  The Trust’s Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales.

Yorkshire Cottages has already donated £16,400 to the Trust’s work, and has facilitated the calendar photo competition for four years.

The calendar can be purchased – from next month – online at

June 24, 2016

Newly-available Yorkshire Cottages for Summer

A family-friendly house with a games room and hot tub; a village home on the edge of the Dales; and a romantic retreat with a galleried bedroom are among stylish properties just added to the website for new peak-season availability.

800 metres from Skipsea beach is Bumblebee Cottage – a ‘cottage’ sleeping up to nine – with superb facilities for kids and adults alike. Two king-sized double bedrooms (one ensuite) are perfect for grown-ups, with a twin and a room with three single beds offering flexibility.

Along with a super kitchen/diner, plus 22 feet-long living room, the house has a practical utility room and downstairs cloakroom. An external games room (with its own wc) has a DVD player, Wii console, air hockey, table tennis, board games and a retro arcade game. The furnished patio has a BBQ and hot tub to keep adults happy. WiFi and a travel cot and highchair are available, and Bumblee Cottage is also pet-friendly at no extra charge.

Enjoy sandy Skipsea beach or visit the traditional seaside resort of Bridlington up the coast. Just 15 minutes away are Hornsea Mere for boating and bird-watching, while Hornsea Freeport offers retail therapy. Seven nights in July start at £1628, rising to £2023 for a peak week – just a few pence over £32 per person per night for this five-star rated property.

On the opposite side of the county in Burton in Lonsdale, is Bluebell Cottage. Surrounded by wonderful walks (this is Three Peaks country), this terraced cottage is a good choice for couples or small family, with an ensuite double and a twin with a full bathroom. The cottage, with an oak-floored open-plan living space, is beautifully presented throughout. Seven nights’ rental this summer ranges from £508 to £565.

Overlooking the sleepy village of Ruston, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and within 15 minutes’ drive of Scarborough, is The Old Haybarn. Set within a Grade II listed farmstead, this is a romantic pad for two, with an antique French bed on a mezzanine gallery while the open-plan ground floor sets contemporary and vintage furniture against exposed stone walls and open trusses. The smart shower room boasts two washbasins. A furnished patio completes the property. A week this summer ranges from £607 to £712.

Yorkshire Cottages (01228 406701,

June 8, 2016

New ‘Get Away’ functionality from top holiday cottage agencies

Leading regional holiday cottage agencies Cumbrian Cottages and Yorkshire Cottages have introduced a new search facility on their websites, to make it easier for customers to find a last-minute bargain break in the Lake District or Yorkshire.

“Of course most of us have to plan holidays in advance, but the British weather is dynamic, to say the least!” says Drew Dunn, director at the sister companies.

“So when the sun comes out, like it has this week, it’s tempting to get away for a weekend – and it’s even better if you know you’ve got a bargain!

“That’s why our new Get Away This Week search facility is so helpful, because it makes it easy to see which cottages are available in the next few days, and at what discount,” says Dunn.

Typically, Cumbrian Cottages and Yorkshire Cottages discount last-minute three-night mid-week and weekend breaks by 15%.

The Get Away This Week button is easy to spot on the website’s Homepages.  One click returns all properties with special offers on last-minute breaks starting within the next seven days.

Between them, Cumbrian Cottages and Yorkshire Cottages offer almost 3,000 hand-picked properties across Britain’s most popular National Parks – the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

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April 27, 2016

Bank Holiday Sale! Book a 2016 Holiday Cottage for June and save over £50 on hundreds of breaks: must book by Monday night

How about an early summer week in the Lake District? How about the Yorkshire Dales or North York Moors? What about the dramatic Northumbrian Coast, Derbyshire’s Peak District, the Welsh Mountains or the Highlands and Islands of Scotland?

Hundreds of June breaks in these beautiful parts of Britain are discounted – by over £50 per week – if booked online or by phone before 10pm on Monday 2nd May 2016 thanks to flash sales at:


£50 discount is offered on seven night stays taken between 2nd and 29th June 2016.

Subject to availability. Booking Conditions apply: see website(s) for full details.





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