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The city of York, Yorkshire
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Self Catering Holiday Cottages in York

The northern city of York is famous for many things; the historic walls that still surround the bustling centre, the location’s pivotal role in the War of the Roses, and the incredible gothic cathedral that has stood amongst the streets since the 13th century. It’s the perfect holiday destination for fans of history, with plenty of different attractions including places like the York Dungeons, York Castle Museum and Jorvik Viking centre. Visitors can also explore the winding streets of quirky little shops, dine in a fantastic range of eateries that includes the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms, or walk the city walls to admire views of the whole city. Read more

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54.423159, -1.254778

A charming holiday cottage close to the village of Swainby with glorious views across lovely open countryside, providing the ideal place for a relaxing holiday in North Yorkshire. Sitting on the edge of the North York Moors, Lyke Wake Cottage is perfect for walkers and cyclists with many superb walks locally including the Cleveland Way and National Cycle Route 65 easily accessible.

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £620
Short breaks from £80 per night

5  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.481592, -0.976420

Just outside the village of Commondale in the picturesque North Yorkshire Moors, this welcoming holiday cottage provides exceptionally comfortable self-catering and an ideal base for exploring the areas many attractions including Whitby and the lovely bays of Runswick bay, Sleights with in a 20min drive and the beautiful city of York within easy driving distance.

Weekly guide price:
£395 to £675
Short breaks from £100 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

53.842602, -0.636258

A cosy welcoming cottage in the pretty village of Sancton in the Yorkshire Wolds within easy reach of the vibrant market town of Beverley. Beautiful countryside surrounds with excellent opportunities for those who enjoy wildlife, walking, exploring Yorkshire or simply relaxing! Within easy reach of the cities of Hull and York.

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £675
Short breaks from £95 per night

3  |   2  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.389221, -2.429981

A comfortable cosy holiday cottage in a lovely rural location within Cumbria & the Yorkshire Dales National Park near the unspoilt village of Ravenstonedale. Conveniently located for exploring the many attractions of both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, ideal for walkers and bird watching. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£399 to £760

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

54.175333, -2.611881

A delightful dog friendly holiday cottage with wonderful views perfectly placed near to the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale where the stunning Lake District meets the rolling Yorkshire Dales. Ideal for walkers or anyone wanting to discover the many attractions of Lancashire, Cumbria and North Yorkshire.

Weekly guide price:
£504 to £609
Short breaks from £72 per night

3  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.404754, -1.742806

Stable Cottage Vintage Holidays, nestled in historic Richmond, North Yorkshire, offers a charming retreat for up to four guests. Though Couples especially enjoy the romantic coziness. This Grade II listed cottage has two double bedrooms, (one boasting a Kingsize bed) welcoming children above 7 and up to two small non shedding dogs. Its central location allows easy access to Richmond's cobbled marketplace and iconic medieval Richmond Castle, and Georgian Theatre Royal. Nearby cafes, pubs, and shops offer dining options, while the cottage itself provides a quirky eclectic haven with luxurious touches like underfloor heating. Explore the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks for outdoor adventures, with fishing, golfing, and hiking opportunities aplenty. Whether for leisure or business, Stable Cottage promises a delightful stay.

Weekly guide price:
£420 to £600
Short breaks from £100 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.261422, -2.348803

Deeside House is an ex-shooting lodge, built in 1825 & has a brilliant location next to The River Dee in Dentdale in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park. Deeside House is ideally located so guests can enjoy the beauty the Dales has to offer, with Hawes, Askrigg Ribblehead, Dent & Sedbergh all within a 20 minute drive. Windermere & The Lakes are less than 40 miles away.  

Weekly guide price:
£2489 to £4400
Short breaks from £585 per night

25  |   7  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.020396, -0.501135

This spacious 5 Star two bedroom holiday cottage nestles in a tranquil position within the Yorkshire Wolds in the village of Garton on the Wolds. A great base for exploring the many attractions of East Riding of Yorkshire with Driffield, the market town of Beverley, the Yorkshire coast and York city within driving distance for day trips out. Within a few miles of the Yorkshire Wolds Way national walking trail, the area is also home to many nature reserves including RSPB Bempton Cliffs, England’s largest mainland seabird colony.  Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£665 to £950

4  |   2  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 5 Star

The Watermill

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 27th May 2024 for 4 nights, £500Save £60"Visit Appleby ahead of the annual Horse Fair, get a taste of this colourful event. Three nights also possible."
54.529580, -2.488251

Set in an exceptional position within its very own natural enclave at the foot of a waterfall, (the deep pool below offering on-site cold-water swimming!) this fabulous holiday cottage is located within the picturesque Eden Valley, within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, abutting the Lake District. A tranquil haven abundant with wildlife, The Watermill is just perfect for a relaxing self-catering holiday, close to Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and the area's many visitor attractions.

Weekly price:
£980 all year
Short breaks from £140 per night

2+2  |   2  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

53.826521, -0.465417

A collection of six award winning holiday cottages (rated Five star Gold) with views across the Yorkshire Wolds just two miles from the vibrant market town of Beverley. PRICES RELATE TO A 2 BEDROOM COTTAGE. Cosy cottages to sleep two or four and larger barn conversions that sleep up to twelve, all have a private garden and free WIFI. An ideal self-catering base for visiting the areas many attractions and wildlife reserves – there are walks from the door with pubs and restaurants close by. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£620 to £1150
Short breaks from £200 per night

5  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 5 Star Gold

54.355417, -2.481042

If you want a self-catering holiday cottage in the Yorkshire Dales where you can step outside and see nothing but fells and mountains, then you will love Bluecaster Side. The period property has been carefully restored and converted into a very comfortable holiday cottage that can sleep up to eight people in four bedrooms, with every room enjoying stunning views of this dramatic landscape. The cottage is private and feels secluded, yet is only a short drive from Sedburgh's excellent amenities. It is perfect for families and friends at any time of the year.

Weekly guide price:
£979 to £1769
Short breaks from £280 per night

8  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.491496, -2.336813

Surrounded by breathtaking views and gorgeous countryside, this charming 17th century farmhouse is a true gem. Perfectly combining character with modern day comforts, the owners of Hill House have created a cosy and welcoming holiday cottage in the beautiful Upper Eden valley. Hill House is located in the small village of Winton, just a 30 minute walk to the traditional market town of Kirkby Stephen. Explore a new footpath each day or enjoy meandering around the picturesque towns and villages. With the North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales on your doorstep, and the Lake District just a stone's throw away, there are endless opportunities for exploring this stunning part of the world.  

Weekly guide price:
£520 to £1099
Short breaks from £120 per night

5  |   3  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.162332, -0.854019

Stay in this purpose-built holiday lodge in the Howardian Hills. Comfortably furnished to a high standard and well-equipped for cooking, holiday bookings are available all year round. Victory Greenland is on the 15-acre Malton Grange Lodge Park with a leafy outlook, spacious living accommodation and a large deck with an outdoor hot tub. It's ideal for couples or families planning a self-catering holiday full of walking, cycling, sightseeing and eating. Castle Howard and Flamingo Land are less than 10 minutes away, and you're within easy reach of York, Whitby and the Yorkshire Heritage Coast. 

Weekly guide price:
£1050 to £1250
Short breaks from £190 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.996147, -1.545987

Whether you're visiting Harrogate for a holiday, staying for work, or in town for an event or conference, Swan View Apartment is the perfect holiday home. The elegant ground floor apartment is in the desirable neighbourhood of Low Harrogate, with fantastic original Victorian features like high ceilings and a bay window overlooking the The Old Swan Hotel. It's only a short walk to chic boutiques and famous Harrogate attractions. The spectacular Nidderdale Valley, Howardian Hills, and Yorkshire Dales National Park provide miles of breathtaking scenery outside of town. York is under an hour's drive for a day trip, while Castle Howard (aka Downton Abbey) only a little further. Swan View Apartment sleeps up to four people in one bedroom with a sofabed in the living room. It's great for couples, individuals, small families and friends, and is dog-friendly.

Weekly guide price:
£819 to £1050
Short breaks from £130 per night

2+2  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.264436, -0.823774

Escape to the country! This pretty stone cottage is set in the heart of the quaint North Yorkshire village of Wrelton, which was mentioned in the Domesday book in 1086. Positioned a short drive from the picturesque market town of Pickering and only 7 miles from Rosedale and 30 minutes from the east coast. Sleeping four guests across two luxurious bedrooms, one king and 2 singles. All set out with the comfiest beds and the addition of a beautifully appointed bathroom. All rooms come with wonderful views of the tranquil village and expansive North Yorkshire countryside, with Sue & Paul the Owners lovingly transforming Broomfield Cottage into the perfect escape for a combination for rest and relaxation.  

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £650
Short breaks from £100 per night

2+2  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.999426, -0.873922

Nightingale Cottage is ideal for families or friends, sleeping six people in three ensuite bedrooms, two of which can be set up with two single or one super-kingsized bed. The cottage is in Yorkshire's beautiful East Riding region, two miles from Stamford Bridge, ten miles from York, and within easy reach of the Howardian Hills and the breathtaking Yorkshire coast. The welcoming holiday home is on a family-run arable farm and has a private deck with an outdoor hot tub for luxurious star gazing. It's available for holiday bookings all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£750 to £1100
Short breaks from £234 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.999426, -0.873922

A holiday in Yorkshire will be the highlight of your year, especially when you stay in the comfortable surroundings of Barn Owl Cottage. The welcoming holiday cottage sleeps four people in two ensuite bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor and ideal for guests who'd prefer to avoid stairs. It's one of three cottages on a 400-acre family-run arable farm two miles from Stamford Bridge and ten miles from York. You're within easy reach of the scenic Yorkshire coast and the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Families and couples love the property and the location. 

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £1000
Short breaks from £150 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.999426, -0.873922

Relax in the peaceful surroundings of Partridge Cottage. The romantic barn conversion is on a family-run 400-acre arable farm near the historic village of Stamford Bridge, ten miles from York, and within easy reach of the Yorkshire Coast and the Howardian Hills AONB. It comfortably sleeps two people in one large bedroom, boasting a four-poster bed and a deep rolltop bath. There's a modern shower room downstairs and a private outdoor hot tub. What more could you want from a self-catering cottage in Yorkshire?

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £800
Short breaks from £134 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

54.203457, -2.575862

Tucked away on a peaceful lane a short walk from the centre of High Casterton (with pub) and just 1.5 miles (20 minute walk) from cosmopolitan Kirkby Lonsdale with a great choice of pubs and shops, Norwood Cottage is a fantastic holiday home for couples or families who love spectacular scenery, great food and plenty of variety. There is good access to both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, with fantastic sights like Cragg Hill, Dentdale and Levens Hall all nearby. The flexible layout accommodates four people in two bedrooms, with the second bedroom being able to be configured as either a double or a twin, depending on your needs.

Weekly guide price:
£429 to £824

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.340706, -2.575858

A delightful holiday cottage providing a peaceful rural retreat for couples. Surrounded by the stunning scenery of the beautiful Howgills Fells, Bluebell Cottage is close to Sedbergh in the Yorkshire Dales but also close to the Lake District National Park so plenty of attractions within easy reach. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£795 to £895

2  |   1  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star Gold

For a historic city experience that you won’t find anywhere else in Britain, York is an outstanding destination for a holiday. Read on for top suggestions of what to see and do when you visit.

Where to Go in York

York is a destination that is absolutely heaving with different attractions, so there’s a huge range of choices when it comes to deciding where to go in the city.

If you’re a fan of museums then you’re in the right place, with options ranging from the National Railway Museum, York Castle Museum and York’s Chocolate Story, which is a deliciously interactive experience. A real highlight is the Jorvik Viking Centre, which tells the story of the city’s Viking history and has plenty of exciting exhibits and unexpected surprises.

Another top-rated place to visit is York Minster; a cathedral dating back to Medieval times with incredible examples of stained glass windows from the 14th and 15th centuries. If you want to continue the historic sightseeing, the 300-year-old Castle Howard is relatively close to York and is an excellent location for a day trip.

What to Do in York

If you want to see York from the best vantage point then walking the 13th-century city walls is one of the best things to do during your stay. The entire trail around the walls is about two miles long and is open from 8.00 am until dusk each day, offering brilliant insight into the city’s history and providing a great afternoon activity.

York is famous for its narrow cobbled streets, and wandering through these is top of many visitor’s lists when they come to the city. The Shambles is one of the most famous streets in York and is the best place to start exploring the little shops and cafes and admiring the medieval style of the tightly packed buildings.

One thing you’ll see a lot of in York is guided tours, and if you want to learn more about the city then this is one of the best ways to get entertaining and accurate insight. With everything from ghost walks to tours performed by actors impersonating famous figures from the city’s past, there’s a lot to choose from and a lot to learn as you walk.

Best Time to Visit York

The best time to visit York is between June and September when the weather in the UK is at its warmest over the summer months. August will be a particularly busy month in the city as it is the school holidays, so if you’re not a fan of crowds then it’s recommended that you come just before or after the peak season at the start of June or the end of September.