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6 of the best places to stay in Yorkshire

Hot tub lodges, holiday cottages, stylish spa hotels and the best spots for glamping Yorkshire has to offer.

Written by High Life North
Published 31.03.2023



Sleeps: up to 4

Where: Ripon

Price: from £130.00 per night

Dog-friendly: Yes

Love the idea of sleeping under the stars, but fancy a little luxury too? Glamping in Yorkshire sounds perfect for you.

And we know just the spot.

With refined glamping pods set on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, at Yurtshire you can enjoy the ultimate serenity of wildflower meadows, rolling hills, peaceful lakes and woodland – allowing you to simply relax and unwind as you immerse yourself in nature.

Whether you choose to be nestled among the trees or spread out across the meadows, your private yurt is completely self-contained with its own kitchenette, ensuite bathroom, terrace area and, of course, offers glamping with hot tub perks.

And if that isn’t quite enough relaxation for you, pop along to the onsite wellness studio, Spa Treatment Yurt and outdoor sauna, all of which radiate natural bliss. Soak away your stresses under a canopy of woodland and choose from a variety of treatments that all promise to banish any lingering tension for good.

And for the more adventurous, Yurtshire has started offering access to onsite ice baths and cold-water swimming sessions in the nearby Eavestone Lake, to help you refresh mind and body whilst reconnecting with nature.



The Grand

Sleeps: up to 4 (per room)

Where: York

Price: from £167 per night

Dog-friendly: No

As one of the UK’s top hotels – and one of the only 5 star hotels in Yorkshire – The Grand promises a luxurious getaway you’ll never forget.

From its indulgent spa to its array of hospitality hotspots, guests at The Grand are guaranteed to experience the epitome of elegance during their stay.

The rooms here exude grandeur and comfort, promising couples, families, groups or solo travellers a relaxing and refined staycation.

A jewel in The Grand’s crown is its award-winning cookery school, which offers holidaymakers the chance to become culinary connoisseurs for the day – promising something different from your normal breakaway.

And with the city of York on your doorstep, every form of metropolitan entertainment is at your fingertips. That’s if you can bear to tear yourself away from the hotel itself, where the drinking and dining options are sublime; from the AA-Rosette The Rise Restaurant to the intimate 1906 bar, you’ll be hard-pressed to find hospitality quite like The Grand.

One of the finest spa hotels Yorkshire lays claim to, The Grand’s spa is housed within the atmospheric former vaults, with a pool, aromatic steam room, Nordic dry sauna and relaxation lounge complementing the range of luxury treatments available.



Waingates Farm Huts

Sleeps: 2

Where: Roecliffe

Price: from £390.00 for two nights

Dog-friendly: Yes

Nothing’s more romantic than escaping the everyday for a few days of tranquillity amidst the open countryside, soaking in your private hot tub with a glass of fizz under the stars…

It really is what dreams are made of – and Waingates Farm Huts are making the dream a reality.

Waingates Farm Huts offer luxury outdoor retreats for two that promise all the comfort and style of a boutique hotel stay, but with the natural surroundings you’ll only find on an off-grid getaway.

We’re talking about the best of both worlds here. All five shepherd’s huts are surprisingly spacious, with underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove to keep the chill at bay, and each has a secluded garden with outdoor seating, a fire pit and a BBQ alongside a wood-burning hot tub, so you and your partner can relax in the great outdoors.

Better still, you’re perfectly positioned to explore. Nearby towns Boroughbridge, Harrogate and Ripon provide plenty of opportunity for a spot of retail therapy, National Trust Yorkshire sites Fountains Abbey and Newby Hall are a short drive away, and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is only half an hour by car.



Shire Stays

Sleeps: between 4 – 6

Where: Sinnington

Price: £585 for three nights

Dog-friendly: Yes

It’s not every staycation you get the chance to unwind in a unique, underground home.

But that’s the unforgettable experience that family-friendly holiday site, Shire Stays, promises.

Enter through the large, circular door of these snug underground pods and feel yourself relax as you look out over the rolling countryside on your doorstep.

Located just outside of Pickering (home to the beloved North Yorkshire Moors Railway), each of the two lodges with hot tubs has its own private lawned area, so you can spend your days spotting wildlife and stretching your legs, and your nights watching sunsets and stargazing as you soak all your cares away.

Pheasant’s Roost is ideal for a friends’ getaway or a larger family gathering. Sleeping up to six, the underground pod has ample open-plan space for entertaining and some of the best views Yorkshire has to offer.

Nestled into the grassy hillside nearby sits Hare’s View: a cosy underground lodge better suited to couples and smaller families, which comes complete with a glass dome overhead that enables romantic, late-night stargazing while you’re all tucked up in bed.



Raven House

Sleeps: up to 12

Where: Robin Hood’s Bay

Price: £1,166 for three nights

Dog-friendly: Yes

There are few staycations more memorable than when you and your gang take over a home from home and make it your own.

Raven House is an ideal candidate for your next one.

Among the most stylish of Yorkshire cottages, Raven House is nestled within the attractive fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay, with bracing coastal walks, beach trips, restaurants and boutique shopping trips just waiting to be enjoyed.

Expertly designed for group gatherings by holiday home connoisseurs Host & Stay, this Yorkshire cottage boasts six bedrooms, four bathrooms, private outdoor space and incredible sea views – meaning everyone in your party can carve out a little privacy, as well as sharing the unforgettable moments of your break away.

Modern appliances ensure your comforts are taken care of, whilst traditional features create that homely feel only a staycation spot can conjure. And breakfast alfresco or open-air dining promises to create precious memories to last a lifetime.

With easy access to both Whitby and Scarborough, as well as the North York Moors National Park, you’ll never be at a loss for what to do with your days. Although we have a feeling you might struggle to leave this relaxing beachside bolthole…



Hollow Gill Huts

Sleeps: up to 4

Where: Settle

Price: from £120 per night

Dog-friendly: Yes

Tucked away among the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, Hollow Gill Huts promises a wholesome family retreat in the countryside that kids of all ages will love.

Enjoy sprawling views over the valleys and hills as you feel yourself unwinding in this peaceful retreat, with the Dales, the Forest of Bowland and Gisburn Forest on your doorstep just waiting to be explored.

For a family of four, the Wensleydale Hut is a luxury, oak-clad shepherd’s hut that includes a double bed and two single bunk beds, a fully-equipped kitchenette and ensuite shower rooms, so all your home comforts are taken care of.

Every hut at Hollow Gill Huts benefits from a smart TV, as well as excellent WiFi and phone signal, although you may be tempted to enjoy at least a partial digital detox and immerse yourself in the natural beauty all around you in this special staycation spot.

Outside, we’re sure you and your family will make good use of your private patio area. Enjoy breakfast alfresco with a fresh coffee and soak up the sound of birdsong to start your day off right, or toast marshmallows over the firepit and watch the sunset turn into starlight overhead.

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