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Ten of the Best Self-Catering Properties in Yorkshire

by Abigail Flanagan

England’s largest county and, depending on who you listen to, apparently God’s own county, too; Yorkshire’s blessed with some of the UK’s finest countryside, and boasts no less than three National Parks (North York Moors; Yorkshire Dales and parts of the Peak District). Fortunately, accommodation here has taken a leap forward in recent years and is fast becoming as eye-catching as the surrounding landscape. From award-winning barn conversions to fairytale cottages, read on for my top ten self-catering places to stay.

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Noelle's Cottages

Middleton Hall, Pickering

Noelle's Cottages, Middleton Hall, Pickering, North Yorkshire

A homemade cream tea; locally sourced breakfast hamper; chocolates AND vino? Yes, you’re on the edge of the North York Moors, but the welcome here is warmer than summer in Dubai. Since moving to Middleton Hall in 1996, Noelle and Tim Thornton have toiled fervently to transform its dilapidated outbuildings; and, in doing so, they’ve created three, very special retreats. Traditionalists will adore the farmhouse feel of both The Coach House and Applestore Cottage, where original features such as stable partitioning and a converted earth closet meet underfloor heating and an uber-luxe bathroom on stilts. Meanwhile The Barn, with its double-height ceiling, revealed stonewalls, original roof trusses and top quality, modernist fittings, provides a striking, contemporary contrast. Each property has its own private garden (The Barn has two), and there are the Hall’s exquisite grounds to explore, also. Don’t be surprised if you’ve company: owls, woodpeckers, hedgehogs, bats and badgers love it here, too. (The Coach House sleeps 4. Applestore Cottage sleeps 4. The Barn sleeps 5.)

The Old Vicarage

Old Vicarage Farm, Marrick, Richmond

The Old Vicarage, Old Vicarage Farm, Richmond, North Yorkshire

Totally secluded, with breathtaking views over the Swale Valley and River Swale, The Old Vicarage’s location alone is worthy of 5 stars, but step inside and the delights continue. Clearly a labour of love, this light and spacious five-bedroom farmhouse-style home has been beautifully refurbished throughout. Original wooden floors, vast sash windows and antique furniture pay homage to the building’s past; while contemporary touches – squishy sofas to sink into at the end of the day; Sky tv, and a snug with wi-fi – ensure your every comfort. Brilliantly placed for walking and cycling; guests can also make use of nearby private fishing rights, and, best of all, the owners’ leisure complex that includes a truly stunning 15-metre indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, tennis court and more. Private catering, supermarket deliveries, and massage and beauty treatments can all be arranged, but if you fancy something completely different, you can help groom and feed the owners’ Highland Cattle! (Sleeps nine/ten)

Skipwith Station Holidays

Skipwith Station, North Duffield, Selby

Skipwith Station Holidays, Skipwith Station, Selby, North Yorkshire

50 years ago Skipwith was a bustling station on the Derwent Valley line to nearby York, but in 1964 the last train chugged through and nature reclaimed the rusting rails as her own. And that’s how Skipwith’s journey would have ended, but for Lizanne and David Southworth’s unique vision. Not content with transforming the old ticket office into their own home, they bought and installed three rundown rail coaches (as you do). One mother of all makeovers later, and the unloved rolling stock was reborn as the Derwent Flyer; Derwent Mail and Lady Deramore: three superb en-suite apartments, sleeping four, four and six respectively. Super-sleek Swedish-style interiors feature wooden flooring; streamlined modern kitchens, spacious bedrooms and nifty bunkrooms. All have air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, outdoor living space and incredible views of the surrounding countryside. New for 2013 is Blackberry Halt: previously the old loading bay but now a high-spec studio for two adults, complete with courtyard garden and hot tub. Commute-tastic.

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