Dale Farm Holidays
With the iconic Dales and much-fabled Moors as its neighbours to the west and north respectively, The Yorkshire Wolds are often overlooked by visitors to 'God's Own Country'. But more's the pity for them, for what beckons is one of England's great landscapes – an alluring blend of picture-postcard villages, undulating pastures, untamed moorlands and the charming seaside towns of the East coast. Just ask David Hockney – this romantic setting the muse for the Bridlington-based painter's latest artistic renaissance. Smack bang between Hockney's East Riding residence and the Edwardian coastal resort of Filey (some 5 minutes from the stunning beach at Hunmanby Gap) lies the lovely Dale Farm.
When Liz Halliday and family acquired Dale Farm they wasted no time in restoring the 200-year-old farmhouse to its former glory. With true Yorkshire grit, hard-graft, and a keen attention to detail, Liz and husband Paul created the three gorgeous glamping cabins that nestle amongst the farm's woodland, to augment the main self-catering cottage and studios. These charming, timber-beamed lodges, perched atop a spacious deck, make for a perfect romantic retreat. Though fully-insulated and double-glazed, the cabins are bright and airy. Kitted out with cute interior touches and everything you could need for your stay, the wood-burning stove transforms these into a cosy cabin of loveliness – we'd love to stay here under a blanket of snow.
In addition is the über-luxurious Summerhouse. Ingeniously converted from an old cowshed by Paul, The Summerhouse comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious shower room, a comfy double bed (plus twin camping cots), and spacious open plan living room. Ok, so it's pretty light on the 'amping' but this glam offering is ideal for those less enamoured with a night under canvas. Plus with a wood-burning stove, BBQ and direct access to Dale Farm's lovely gardens, you can still experience the simple pleasures of staying in the Great Outdoors.
The most recent addition is a romantic 'treehouse' cabin for two in the trees, which features en-suite faciltiies and a quirky outdoor kitchen with deck, barbecue, sink and seating. The treehouse is fully insulated, double glazed and fitted with a log burning stove so you will be warm and cosy all year round. Enjoy a breakfast picnic on the balcony and chat to the woodpeckers.
The grounds are lovely, with a pond, meadow, courtyard and gardens (including a kitchen garden for all your veg and herbs) which guests are positively encouraged to explore. Fires aren't allowed but there are chimineas and braziers dotted around, as well as a massive communal firepit. At night the lack of light pollution makes for unspoilt star-studded skies, soundtracked by the hooting owls in the copse canopy. Stake your claim to hammock to soak up this tranquil twilight scene.
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Our favourite spotGlamping couples, dogs – yes. A group of 6 six could hire out the 3 cabins exclusively.
The local area
Dale Farm is a gateway to Whitby and the North Yorkshire Coast. Bridlington and the Yorkshire Wolds are synonymous with the town's most-famous resident, David Hockney. Hop on the Hockney trail to explore that landscapes that inspired some of the great man's work. If you're feeling particularly energetic, why not have a crack at the 79 mile Yorkshire Wolds Way? Twenty minute's drive away, Dalby Forest offers world-class mountain biking trails, plus a Go Ape! (0843 770 3911) high-wire course. The moorland nature reserve at nearby Staindale offers stunning views of the Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping (01723 870423). Further north, Filey is great for sailing and sea fishing at Filey Brigg. For twitchers, RSPB Bempton (01262 851179) is easily the best place in England to see seabirds. Further up the coast, Scarborough makes for a great day out with its castle, South Bay and famous Spa.
Best local places to eat and drink
Liz's delicious breakfast butties are made to order. A mile and a half away in Hunmanby village, you'll find a decent selection of shops, plus a couple of cracking little pubs in The Cottage Inn (01723 892475) and Horse Shoe Inn (01723 892439). Bridlington boasts a few little culinary gems including the Little Organic Bakery (07853303049) and Audrey's (01262 671920), Brid's best chippy.
Why stay with us?
3 fully-insulated/double-glazed cabins (each accommodating 2 people + 1 dog). Also big enough to fit 1 travel cot or 1 small camp bed/blow up mattress. Proper beds and bed linen provided. Tableware and candles included. 1 indoor shower room shared between the 3 cabins with shower, sink and toilet. Access to running water. Electric light, double socket, lamp and kettle. Deck with barbecue. Log burning stove (logs available to purchase on site). The Summerhouse has a fully-equipped kitchen, shower room, double bed (plus twin camping cots) and open plan living room. Also includes a wood-burning stove, BBQ and direct access to Dale Farm's gardens. The Treehouse has a separate living and sleeping area, en suite shower and downstairs a loo and outside kitchen. Towels and bed linen supplied. Chiminea and BBQ. Seating and dining deck. Free wi-fi on site. Parking.
Accommodation3 woodland cabins (sleeping 2 each), a treehouse, a vintage yellow caravan and a summerhouse.
From £70 per night.
Follow the A64 in an eastwards direction until you get to the roundabout at Staxton, then take the second exit (A1039). Turn right on to White Gate Hill. Turn right on to Hall Park Road (Hunmanby Hall is on your left) and continue across the crossroads on to Bartindale Road. Dale Farm is about a mile down this road on the right hand side in the dip. In summer there is a trough of red geraniums at the end of the drive.
Frequent trains from north and south on the east coast mainline to York. Then take the Transpennine Express to Seamer (this is also the direct route from Manchester). Liz can collect from the station if required. Alternatively, take another little train right in to Hunmanby.
For overseas visitors, Humberside (Hull) Airport 54 miles; Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport and Leeds Bradford International Airport are both approximately 70 miles. Ferry to Hull from Rotterdam or Zeebrugge.
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