Discover North Yorkshire
Riveaux Abbey is one of England’s most complete abbey ruins. It was founded by St . Bernard of Clairvaux in 1132 and became one of the wealthiest monasteries until it was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538. Its long history is explained in the interactive museum there; ‘The Work of God and Man’ exhibition describes the monks’ mixed religion and how they developed a very successful business. Run by English Heritage there is also an indoor museum and café serving lots of locally sourced food and dogs are allowed in all areas too.
Robin Hood’s Bay
Robin Hood’s Bay is a picturesque old fishing village on the Heritage Coast of the North York Moors. It is a fantastic place for adults and children alike with a beautiful sandy beach, as well as rock pools to explore and ancient fossils to discover.
Previously a home to sailors, fishermen, smugglers and press gangs that walked these streets hundreds of years ago. Now it is a vibrant village, with a wide range of cafes, pubs, restaurants, shops and places to explore.
Malton – Food Capital of Yorkshire!
Malton is a pretty Yorkshire market town, located on the north of the River Derwent. The town is known as a top foodie destination with its famous food festival, monthly food market, Malton Cookery School, traditional food shops and ‘Made in Malton’ artisan producers. It was Antonio Carluccio who first called the town, “Yorkshire’s Food Capital!”. It also has a large number of excellent independent shops. Malton is extremely dog friendly with most of the cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops allowing four legged friends. There is also a very good independent pet shop with lots of tasty treats to tempt them in!
Castle Howard is a beautiful stately home, located 16 miles from the cottage. It is a private residence, but both the house and grounds are open to the public and has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years. Castle Howard is not a fortified structure, but the term “castle” is sometimes used in the name of an English country house that was built on the site of a former castle.
The house is familiar to television and film audiences as the fictional “Brideshead”, both in Granada Television’s 1981 adaption of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and in a two-hour 2008 remake for cinema. Today, it is part of the Treasure Houses of England group of heritage houses.
Nunnington Hall is a country house now conserved and managed by The National Trust. It is located in the picturesque village of Nunnington 13 miles from the cottage and is separated by a stone bridge over the River Rye from the rest of the village.
Over the past 450 years the house and estate has been altered to suit a succession of owners and tenants. What is seen today is a fascinating combination of renovation and re-purpose, creating the atmospheric and comfortable home.
Throughout the year there are high profile art or photography exhibitions held in the attic gallery and the Hall. These celebrate the best of national works and local artists. The garden and wildflower meadow are great to explore and you can also enjoy relaxing by the river in the cafe garden with the odd peacock for company.