The first of our holidays this year was a trip to North Yorkshire. I have visited family in the area many times in the past, especially as a child, so it was great to be back drinking more cups of tea than ever, catching up and exploring a little further afield than usual
I thought it would be helpful to summarise the trip by offering my recommendation on places to stay, visit and most importantly....eat
First things first, a little map so that you can get your bearings
Low Burn Cottage, Leavening
We stayed at Low Burn Cottage, in a little village called Leavening. It was very well equipped, with four bedrooms and, wait for it....a wood fired hot tub! An added bonus for us is that dogs are welcome
Low Burn Cottage
Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington
I have always wanted to visit a lavender farm and although there is one just down the road, I am yet to find the time to go. So, using the excuse of being on holiday we popped along to Yorkshire Lavender. We were a little concerned after reading some of the recent reviews commenting on the newly introduced £3 entrance fee during the summer months, but it did not disappoint.
The gardens were beautifully landscaped, and the smell was so calming. They had a large variety of lavender for sale, which I couldn't resist, and on our way out we purchased some locally made lavender ice cream....yum!
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Ripon
Words cannot describe how truly amazing the, National Trust owned, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden are. I have very fond memories of playing pooh sticks here as a child and eating the delicious Yorkshire Dales Farmhouse Ice Cream served at Studley Tearoom
Chapter One Bistro, Malton
Malton is known as Yorkshire's food capital and Chapter One Bistro certainly lived up to the name. We sat in the cutest little courtyard, the service was second to none, the food....great tasting, fresh, locally sourced and homemade and they were dog friendly....what more could you want
The Crown and Cushion, Welburn
Catching up with family, we had a very enjoyable Sunday roast at The Crown and Cushion, the perfect country pub set in a beautiful little village, also ticking the dog friendly box
If I am honest, I was a little disappointed by Whitby as a traditional seaside town. It has been notably overtaken with tourists (ourselves included). That said, as per its reputation, we did have some great fish and chips from Quayside, possibly the best I have ever tasted
Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms, Harrogate
It is a bit of a family tradition for us to visit Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms in Harrogate when we are in the area so it would have been rude for us not to this time. I can highly recommend the traditional afternoon tea
Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms
The Golden Fleece Hotel, Thirsk
We popped into the market town of Thirsk for a little look around and were surprised to come across The Golden Fleece Hotel where we tucked in to some stone baked pizzas and a cheeky glass of wine. Although not overly advertised, they are dog friendly
I hope this helps to give you a few ideas if you are ever in the area....happy holidaying!