Harrogate District

North Yorkshire & Harrogate District Accommodation

This area covers the glorious countryside which surrounds Harrogate, encompassing the villages and hamlets of Killinghall, Ripley, Beckwithshaw, Follifoot and Plompton Rocks. Take a look at this area if you would like to stay somewhere will a more rural feel but within easy access of all of Harrogate’s attractions.

A flavour of the holiday rentals available in this area

Dukes’ Place is a collection of newly refurbished holiday cottages located to the North of Harrogate, each cottage sleeps 4 people and our particular favourite is Drover’s Cottage with its dual aspect and log burning stove. Alongside these refurbished cottages is The Farmhouse, a grand Georgian building with stunning gardens, sleeping 8-10 people – simply perfect for family gatherings.

The villages of Killinghall and Beckwithshaw are superbly located villages just 5 minutes drive from Harrogate town, yet still with a rural feel. Martha’s Cottage is a super three bedroom child friendly cottage along and for those interested in a farm stay there is always a warm welcome at Cowslip & Humblebee Cottages.

The ancient hamlet of Plompton was recently used as a film location for the Swallows & Amazon film, stay at this picturesque film location as a couple at The Smithy or a family at Braham.

Things to do around North Yorkshire

All the properties are within easy reach of Harrogate, but they are also a super base to make the most that North Yorkshire has to offer. Our guests often enjoy a day trip to York, which is easy to get there by car, utilising the Park and Ride at Poppleton Bar or via the train from Harrogate or Knaresborough. For those guests who wish to visit the seaside, Whitby is a popular day trip from Harrogate around 70 miles away or the quieter fishing villages of Runswick Bay or Robin’s Hood Bay.

We are all a bit cycle mad in Yorkshire since we hosted the Grand Depart Tour de France, so you’ll find a whole host of cycle trails around the area, a particularly good family cycle route is The Greenway cycle route – which is 4 miles from the centre of Harrogate to Ripley. If you can’t fit your bikes in the car then hire them when you get here from The Big Red Bike located near the start of the Greenway cycle route or for more technical mountain bikes through our friend Vern Overton who can deliver bikes to your holiday cottage and even guide you to the very best trails.

Great places to eat

There are lots of fantastic places to eat in the area, we really enjoy a trip Fodder – it is an excellent food hall and café, located at The Great Yorkshire Showground, home of the Great Yorkshire Show, it showcases some of the best Yorkshire produce and gifts. It’s also a nice place to park up and take a dog walk. Ripley Castle located very close to Killinghall has beautiful grounds, a coffee shop and the historic Boar’s Head pub for traditional food.

Why choose a holiday in North Yorkshire?

We think that we are in the very best location to make the most of the beautiful county of North Yorkshire. The holiday cottages in this area offer a countryside or village location yet are within and easy drive of Harrogate – we think that this offers the very best of both worlds. If you need any more information about this area we are always happy to answer your questions, simply email us on bookings@harrogateholidays.co.uk or call us on 01423 523333


Local Attractions in Harrogate District

Harrogate District

Whether you are young or old try to include a visit to Harlow Carr RHS Gardens in your intinerary.  The gardens are stunning and constantly changing. A fantastic learning centre with a horticultural library houses exhibits of gardens through the ages and activities and exhibitions are held all year round.

In the warmer months there is a Betty's teahouse in the garden selling drinks and sandwiches and of course the main Betty's Cafe located at the entrance. The gift shop is a delight, a comprehensive book selection, gardening paraphernalia and stunning gift selection.

Visit here fore more details.

Photo courtesy of Lee Beel.

Harrogate District

Harrogate and its surrounding area is situated within rich and varied walking country. 

There is a wide network of walks in and around the area, including the Ringway - a 20 mile walk which completely circumnavigates the town and can be walked in its entirety or short sections. Nidderdale is close at hand providing gentle undulating countryside in its lower stretches or more challenging moorland walking at its upper reaches.

Venture a little further to experience Wharfedale with its wonderful limestone scenery, charming villages and well established walking routes.

Photo courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire.

Harrogate District

There is a wealth of charming and characterful rural pubs to choose from in and around the Harrogate area, many of which offer delicious food to the hungry visitor!

Our particular favourites include the General Tarleton in Ferrensby, the Wellington in Darley, the Malt Shovel at Brearton,  the Square & Compass at North Rigton, the Guy Fawkes in Scotton, and the Half Moon in Knaresborough.


Harrogate District

Ripley Castle, Gardens and Deer Park has been occupied by the Ingilby family for 700 years and is steeped in local history.  Open all year round with a full calendar of events for all ages. 

Visit here for details.

Photo courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire.

Harrogate District

Plumpton Rocks is a Grade 2* listed man-made lake and surrounding pleasure gardens against a backdrop of towering rocks eroded by the wind.

The large picturesque garden was formed in the 1760s by creating a lake at the foot of an extensive range of weathered and contorted gritstone outcrops. This garden has now been restored and a grand reopening is planned for late July 2016.

The 30 acre park provides seemingly endless opportunities to explore, with tranquil lakeside walks, dramatic Millstone Grit rock formations with names including Lion's Den, Lover's Leap and Needle's Eye, romantic woodland walks winding through bluebells and rhododendrons. With potential for private events (please see Plumpton Rock's website for details).

Visit here for details.

Photo courtesy of Plumpton Rocks/Pinapple Events

Harrogate District

Fodder champions the very best food and drink from Yorkshire at the Great Yorkshire Showground.  Shop for great quality locally sourced products or enjoy delicious freshly prepared meals at their cafe/restaurant (they even sell Yorkshire wines!).

Visit here for details.

Harrogate District

Are you looking for Adventure?  Live For Today offer outdoor activities including High Ropes, Bushcraft, Body Zorbing, kayaking and orienteering - perfect for stag/hen parties, kids activities and corporate bonding days. 

Visit here for more details.


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