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Allerthorpe Country Park is located just a few miles to the east of York and is the ideal base to explore the heart of Yorkshire.
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Located in Burniston, Applegrove Country Park is a tranquil rural retreat that offers stunning views of the UK countryside and is just a short drive from the bustling resort town of Scarborough.
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Barmston Beach Holiday Park offers a delightful coastal retreat with a wealth of amenities tailored to ensure a memorable holiday for families and guests of all ages.
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Brickyard Lakes Country Park is located in a woodland, semi-rural location, however just a short distance from the bustling market town of Malton with its superb collection of shops, restaurants and bars.
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Tucked away on a quiet country lane just two miles from Bridlington, this small park offers a peaceful and relaxing setting.
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Cawood Country Park in North Yorkshire is a country park set in 12 acres with its own lake just 10 miles south of York and close to the banks of the river Wharf.
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Cayton Holiday Park is lodged along the picturesque shores of Cayton Bay near Scarborough.
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Dacre Lakeside Park is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, an exquisite oasis of peace and tranquillity set around a picturesque 6-acre lake in a delightful corner of much-loved East Yorkshire.
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Flaxton Meadows Luxury Lodges is a part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection in a beautiful park comprising of a bespoke and luxury accommodation coupled with private hot tubs boasting wonderful views over the scenic countryside.
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Great Wood Lodges is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Set amongst 20 acres of deciduous woodland these eco-friendly lodges are beautifully set offering views across the coarse fishing lake.
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Tucked away in the heart of mature woodland on Sandburn Hall estate, just 8 miles from York and offering a haven of peace and tranquillity to visitors and wildlife alike, Griffon Forest is the perfect hideaway.
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Holly Tree Lodges

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Holly Tree Lodges is a new addition to our exclusive Autograph collection. All the lodges are built to a traditional timber style and nestled around the edge of a small lake.
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Nestling in a secluded peaceful setting, these stunning lodges are surrounded by the beautiful open countryside of the Vale of York.
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Home Farm

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Peacefully located overlooking river meadows or nestling in tranquil parkland, these Scandinavian lodges enjoy a delightful setting on a family run working farm, just 6 miles from historic York.
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Jamie’s Cragg Holiday Park located on the A64, the main York to Scarborough road, is nestled amidst pleasant meadows and woodlands offering a perfect mix between enchanting landscapes and some of the most amazing coastline in the country.
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Vale of York Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to the Vale of York, a treasure trove of scenic beauty and vibrant culture. Here, you can savour the region's hearty fare, from farm-fresh produce to traditional Yorkshire puddings that'll make your mouth water. Get your adrenaline pumping with activities like hot-air ballooning or unwind with tranquil walks through historic market towns. The Vale is also home to the iconic York Minster, Northern Europe's largest medieval cathedral. Seeking a romantic escape, a family outing, or a fun trip with friends? Opting for a lodge or cabin stay truly elevates the experience, offering both comfort and a touch of adventure.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Vale Of York?

If you're after a change of scenery, the Vale of York offers a refreshing retreat with its mix of rolling countryside and vibrant towns. It's a place where history isn't just in textbooks; it's etched into the very landscape, from the ancient city walls of York to the battlefields of the War of the Roses. In 2024, the area is buzzing with new energy, thanks to the opening of several luxury lodges that offer a more intimate, nature-immersed experience compared to your standard hotel stay. What's unique here? Well, it's the blend of tranquility and activity. You've got festivals like the York Food & Drink Festival that celebrate local produce and the Ebor Festival at York Racecourse for thrill-seekers. Choosing a lodge means waking up to birdsong, having the freedom to self-cater, and enjoying space that hotels can't match – all within this historically rich tapestry.

If you're visiting Vale Of York with kids

Absolutely, the Vale of York is a winner for families. There's heaps for the little ones to get excited about. Think about the JORVIK Viking Centre, where history comes alive, or the National Railway Museum for train enthusiasts of all ages. Lodges provide that home-from-home feel, with separate bedrooms and living spaces, so everyone's got room to breathe. Plus, many have on-site facilities like swimming pools and play areas – a godsend for keeping kids entertained.

When packing for a lodge break with kids, remember these essentials:

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Rain gear – because UK weather can be unpredictable
  3. Swimwear for lodge pools or nearby beaches
  4. Outdoor toys like frisbees or footballs
  5. Portable night light for unfamiliar bedrooms
  6. First-aid kit – for those little scrapes and bumps
  7. Snacks for day trips
  8. Chargers for devices (for the inevitable downtime)
  9. Binoculars for wildlife spotting
  10. Board games for family nights in

Pet Friendly Vale Of York Adventures

The Vale of York is a haven for pets, with wide-open spaces and plenty of trails to explore. For a pint or a bite in a pet-friendly setting, check out The Black Bull in Escrick or The Fauconberg in Coxwold – they welcome four-legged friends with open arms. When booking your lodge, look for those with enclosed gardens; it gives you peace of mind and your dog a safe spot to play. Also, consider staying on the outskirts of towns for easy access to countryside walks.

Other tips? Bring a doggy water bottle for long walks, and check local farmers' markets – they often have stalls with homemade dog treats. And don't forget to keep an eye out for dog-friendly events in the area, like fun dog shows or charity walks.

Dog walking ideas in Vale Of York

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Strensall Common 3.5 Heathland YO32 5XF
Rowntree Park 2 Parkland/River YO23 1JQ
Howardian Hills Varies AONB Countryside YO60 7DA
Sutton Bank 3 - 8 Cliffside Views YO7 2EH
Newburgh Priory Estate 2 - 5 Lakeside/Woodland YO61 4AS

These spots offer a mix of terrains and distances, perfect for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike with your furry companion. Always check ahead for any restrictions, especially during nesting seasons or in areas with livestock.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to fan the flames of love, the Vale of York offers an array of romantic lodge breaks. Picture this: you and your significant other, cocooned in a cosy lodge, perhaps with a pamper pack that includes champagne and chocolates waiting upon arrival. Many lodges in the area cater to couples seeking a bit of pampering, with options for in-lodge spa treatments or nearby facilities where you can indulge in a couple's massage.

For dining, consider a lodge that boasts an on-site restaurant, offering intimate meals without the need to travel. And let's not forget the allure of a private hot tub under the stars – it's the quintessential romantic lodge feature and a must for any couple looking to unwind and connect.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Yorkshire's hearty fare is a highlight for any foodie. Traditional dishes like Yorkshire pudding and parkin are a must-try. For a memorable meal, check out The Star Inn at Harome, a Michelin-starred experience that's perfect for couples. Families might prefer the welcoming atmosphere of The Durham Ox in Crayke, known for its locally-sourced ingredients and family-friendly menu. Both offer an authentic taste of the region and are highly regarded for their culinary offerings.

For a good night out

The Vale of York is not short on options for a good night out. For a lively atmosphere and a range of craft ales, The Maltings near the riverside in York is a local favourite. If you're after live music, Fibbers is a legendary venue that hosts a variety of bands and acts. For a more relaxed vibe, the quaint pubs in the surrounding villages offer a more intimate setting, perfect for a nightcap after a day of exploring.

Fishing

Anglers will find the Vale of York a delightful spot for fishing, with several well-stocked lakes and rivers. Here's a quick list of some prime fishing spots:

  • Redwood Park Fishing Lakes - YO61 1JE
  • Raker Lakes - YO19 6BW
  • Tollerton Ponds - YO61 1RB
  • Brickyard Farm Lakes - YO61 1NG
  • Pool Bridge Farm Coarse Fishery - YO19 4SQ

Outdoor Adventures

For those who love the great outdoors, the Vale of York won't disappoint. Allerthorpe Lakeland Park offers a variety of watersports, from kayaking to paddleboarding, with prices starting around £15 for equipment hire. They're typically open from spring through to autumn, making the most of the warmer months. Yorkshire Outdoors provides thrilling 4x4 off-road experiences and quad biking adventures, with prices varying depending on the activity and group size.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Monk's Cross Shopping Park Shopping Centre High-street brands, dining YO32 9GX
York Designer Outlet Designer Brands Discounted designer goods YO19 4TA
The Shambles Historic Street Boutiques, crafts, souvenirs YO1 7LZ
Stonegate Shopping Street High-end shops, jewellery YO1 8AW
Coppergate Shopping Centre Shopping Centre Fashion, gifts, cafes YO1 9NT

Whether you're after a romantic getaway or an action-packed adventure, the Vale of York has something special for everyone. With its charming lodges, delicious local cuisine, vibrant nightlife, abundant fishing spots, outdoor activities, and shopping opportunities, it's a destination that promises a memorable experience.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Vale Of York

Holly Tree Lodges, Vale of York

Driving Distance: About 11 minutes (3.25 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Holly Tree Lodges offer a serene escape in a traditional timber style, surrounded by a picturesque lake. Guests can indulge in comfort with private hot tubs, a local pub serving home-cooked meals nearby, and a short journey to the historic city of York.

Who will love these lodges? Holly Tree Lodges cater to families and couples seeking a tranquil retreat with a touch of luxury. The lodges' proximity to York makes it a fantastic base for history buffs and those looking to explore the city's vibrant atmosphere and attractions.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can unwind in their private hot tub or visit the local pub just a short walk away. The lodges are also within easy reach of York's museums, cafes, and the iconic Shambles for dining and entertainment.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the Jorvik Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum, with entry prices varying. The East Coast's seaside towns and fishing villages are a short drive away, perfect for day trips.

Accommodation options: Holly Tree Lodges offer a selection of two-bedroom lodges, including options with saunas and accessible features. While not pet friendly, these lodges are ideal for families or couples looking for a peaceful getaway.


York Marina, Vale of York

Driving Distance: About 13 minutes (4.71 miles) | Sleeps: 2 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: York Marina offers a unique adult-only floating lodge experience, moored in a tranquil marina setting. It's a novel retreat for couples, combining the comforts of a lodge with the charm of water-based living.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for couples seeking a romantic and distinctive getaway, York Marina provides an intimate setting with the gentle sounds of water and a picturesque marina backdrop.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The floating lodge itself is the main attraction, with bi-fold doors opening to waterside views. While there's no hot tub, the unique experience of staying on water compensates for it.

What's nearby? The historic city of York is just a short drive away, offering a wealth of shopping, dining, and cultural experiences.

Accommodation options: The marina features a single, spacious floating lodge, perfect for couples. It's an adult-only property, ensuring a peaceful stay, but it's not suitable for pets.


Home Farm, Vale of York

Driving Distance: About 16 minutes (6.86 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Set on a family-run working farm, Home Farm's Scandinavian lodges offer a peaceful retreat with views of river meadows and parkland. Guests can enjoy a rustic experience with the option of fishing nearby.

Who will love these lodges? Home Farm is perfect for families and couples who appreciate the countryside and are interested in experiencing farm life. It's also a great spot for anglers looking to cast a line.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Besides the tranquility of the farm, guests can engage in fishing. The lodges provide a cosy base to return to after exploring the local area.

What's nearby? York's historic sites are a short drive away, and the surrounding region offers access to the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, and coastal towns like Scarborough and Whitby.

Accommodation options: Home Farm offers a range of lodges, including options with hot tubs. The property is pet friendly, welcoming up to two pets, making it an ideal choice for pet owners.


Vale of York Country Park, Vale of York

Driving Distance: About 18 minutes (7.45 miles) | Sleeps: 2-3 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Vale of York Country Park offers a selection of high-standard cottages and cabins, complete with private hot tubs. Located near the village of Strensall, it's a stone's throw from both rural escapades and urban exploration.

Who will love these lodges? This park is suited for couples and small families looking for a comfortable and quiet base to explore the area or to simply relax in a hot tub amidst nature.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite fishing is available for enthusiasts, and the reception can provide helpful information for guests. The village of Strensall offers dining options and shops for essentials.

What's nearby? The historic city of York is nearby, along with the stunning East Yorkshire coastline. Guests can also visit local attractions such as Castle Howard and the scenic North York Moors.

Accommodation options: The park offers cosy cottages and cabins, suitable for couples or small families. With pet-friendly options and private hot tubs, it's a great choice for a relaxing break.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Vale Of York

Jorvik Viking Centre

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £12.50, Children £8.50
  • Postcode: YO1 9WT
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Castle Car Park

The Jorvik Viking Centre is a must-visit for anyone fascinated by the Viking heritage of York. It's an immersive experience where you can see, hear, and even smell what life was like over 1,000 years ago. The centre has recently updated its galleries with new interactive displays. It's perfect for families and history enthusiasts. To beat the crowds, try visiting early in the morning or booking your tickets online in advance. And don't miss the annual Viking Festival if you're around in February!

Phone number: 01904 615505 | Web: jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk


Yorkshire Air Museum

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £12.00, Children £5.00
  • Postcode: YO41 4AU
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite parking available

Aviation geeks, this one's for you. The Yorkshire Air Museum is home to an impressive collection of aircraft, including a Halifax Bomber and a Spitfire. They've got a new exhibition on the role of women in aviation that's pretty cool. It's an educational day out that's great for all ages. Try to catch one of the "Thunder Days" to see some of the aircraft in action. Oh, and the NAAFI style café is spot on for a mid-visit brew.

Phone number: 01904 608595 | Web: yorkshireairmuseum.org


Castle Howard

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 16:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £19.95, Children £11.00
  • Postcode: YO60 7DA
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite parking available

Castle Howard isn't just a stunner of a historic house; it's a full-on experience. The gardens are breathtaking, and there's always something new, like their recent art installations. It's a hit with both art lovers and families looking for a classy day out. The best time to visit is spring or summer when the gardens are in full bloom. Pro tip: Check out the boat trips on the Great Lake – they're a unique way to see the estate.

Phone number: 01653 648333 | Web: castlehoward.co.uk


York Chocolate Story

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £13.50, Children £11.50
  • Postcode: YO1 7LD
  • Est. time required: 1.5-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Shambles Car Park

Got a sweet tooth? The York Chocolate Story is a delicious dive into the city's chocolate-making history. They've recently introduced a new interactive workshop where you can make your own choccies. It's a treat for families or couples looking for something a bit different. To get the most out of your visit, book a guided tour – the guides are full of fun facts and, of course, free samples.

Phone number: 01904 527765 | Web: yorkschocolatestory.com


Yorkshire Lavender

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 daily (Mar-Oct)
  • Prices: Free Entry
  • Postcode: YO62 4ZP
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite parking available

Yorkshire Lavender is a serene escape with stunning purple fields and a unique sensory garden. They've got a new sculpture park that's definitely worth a wander. It's perfect for photographers, couples, or anyone looking to chill out. The best time to visit is, obviously, when the lavender is in bloom – usually July and August. Don't forget to pop into the gift shop for some lavender-infused goodies to take home.

Phone number: 01653 648008 | Web: yorkshirelavender.com


The Web Adventure Park

  • Opening Times: 09:30 - 19:00 daily
  • Prices: Various depending on activity
  • Postcode: YO32 9ST
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite parking available

If you're travelling with kids, The Web Adventure Park will be a hit. It's got indoor and outdoor play areas, including a water play zone that's new this year. It's ideal for burning off some energy, whatever the weather. The park is also home to a mini zoo, where kids can get up close with animals. To save a bit, book your tickets online. And if you're after a quieter visit, weekdays during term time are your best bet.

Phone number: 01904 692221 | Web: webadventurepark.co.uk


And there you have it, folks – six cracking days out in the Vale of York. Whether you're staying in one of the cosy lodges in Vale of York or just passing through, these attractions are sure to make your visit memorable. Enjoy!

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, often with added luxuries like a hot tub or a deck with stunning views. Lodges in Vale of York offer a tranquil base for exploring the countryside or simply unwinding. Many have spacious living areas, modern kitchens, and are set within beautiful, natural surroundings.

What should I pack when visiting Vale Of York?

Pack for comfort and the outdoors. Bring layers for changeable weather, walking boots for exploring, and swimwear for hot tubs or local pools. Don't forget chargers for your devices, and maybe some board games or books for cosy evenings in your lodge.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Vale of York have adjacent parking, making it super convenient to unload your car upon arrival. Some may offer a central parking area with a short walk to your lodge, ensuring the grounds stay peaceful and car-free.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rainy days are a chance to explore local attractions like the Jorvik Viking Centre or the National Railway Museum in York. Your lodge is also a perfect rainy-day sanctuary, so consider it an opportunity to relax indoors with a good book or a film.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, many local eateries and supermarkets offer delivery services to lodges. Check with your lodge provider for recommended options, or use food delivery apps to see what's available. Some lodges might even have on-site restaurants or cafes.

Is Vale Of York a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely, the off-season can be a great time to enjoy the Vale of York without the crowds. Crisp autumn walks, cosy winter evenings, and the first blooms of spring are all charming in their own right. Plus, you'll often find better deals on lodges during these times.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Hot tubs are usually drained, cleaned, and refilled before each new guest arrives. Check with your lodge provider for their specific cleaning protocols to ensure peace of mind.

Are there any family-friendly activities nearby?

The Vale of York is fantastic for families. Visit the York Maze for outdoor fun or the Yorkshire Air Museum for a bit of education. Animal lovers shouldn't miss the Yorkshire Wildlife Park for an unforgettable day out.

How accessible are the lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges offer ground-floor living and bedrooms, with some specifically designed for accessibility, featuring ramps and wide doorways. Always check with the lodge provider beforehand to ensure your needs can be accommodated.

Is there Wi-Fi in the lodges?

Most lodges come with Wi-Fi these days, so you can stay connected. However, the rural setting might mean the connection isn't as fast as you're used to in the city. It's perfect for browsing and emails, but streaming might be slower.

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