North Yorkshire Gardens

If you’re planning a stay in one of our Yorkshire cottages, you won’t be stuck for things to do, with an abundance of outdoor activities on our doorsteps, from walking and rambling to rock climbing and canoeing.

For those looking to explore at a slower pace, the surrounding North Yorkshire Moors and Coast are also home to many wonderful private and public gardens.

Here’s a few of our favourites, which are are just a short hop from Thirley Cotes Farm in Harwood Dale.

Castle Howard, York

York is the second most popular city in the UK, after London and it’s little wonder, when it’s home to such stunning spots at the Castle Howard estate.

Whilst there, be sure to explore the gardens and grounds – used extensively as the backdrop for TV mini-series Brideshead Revisited and the site showcases 1000 acres of surrounding wood- and parkland. In the Boar Garden alone, 2.5 tonnes of daffodils and 10,000 spring bulbs are planted every year, providing an early blaze of spring colour.

Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield

Just over an hour’s drive from Whitby, is the quaint market town of Driffield and following the A614 will direct you to the beautiful Elizabethan Hall of Burton Agnes.

Highlights of its 10 acres of parkland and 7 acres of manicured gardens include a fish pond, traditional fountains and tranquil waterfalls. Plus, with over 3000x different plants, herbs and vegetables, a maze and ‘jungle’ to explore, there is something for every type of green fingered guest.

Scampston Walled Garden, Malton

Malton is just a 45 minute drive through the moors from Whitby, where, set in the grounds of the impressive Scampston Hall, sits Scampston Walled Garden(s). Offering something for the entire family, especially those with green fingers, the site was designed by Capability Brown and features 4 acres of gardens, 80 acres of parks and woodland, a restaurant and and beautiful plants and gifts.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Beckwithshaw

The picturesque village of Beckwithshaw sits a couple of miles outside of Harrogate and is around a 90-minute drive from Whitby. RHS Harlow Carr is owned and operated by the Royal Horticultural Society and showcases an impressive 58 acres of gardens, as well as 15 acres of park and woodland.

From heather strewn spaces to workshops, guided walks and seasonal trails, there’s plenty for all the family to enjoy.

Dale Head Farm Tea Garden, Pickering

Though not an extensive, foliage-filled garden, if you’re staying in one of our North Yorkshire cottages, a trip to Dale Head Farm is recommended.

Nestled away in Rosedale East near Pickering, soak in stunning views over the valley and wash it down with a traditional afternoon tea – canine companions welcome.

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