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7th June 2017

Gardens to Explore North Yorkshire Moors

If you’re planning a getaway from it all break in one of our North Yorkshire cottages, you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do. With outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, trekking, hiking and rock climbing a plenty on our doorsteps.

But for those looking to squeeze in time to explore at a slower pace, the surrounding North Yorkshire Moors and Coast is also home to some of the most breath-taking private and public gardens you’ll find anywhere in England.

Here’s a few of our favourites that are just a short jaunt from our properties in Whitby, Staithes and Scarborough.

Scampston Walled Garden, Malton

Malton is just a 45 minute drive through the moors from Whitby. Where, set in the grounds of the impressive Scampston Hall, sits Scampston Walled Garden. Offering something for all the family (especially those with green fingers), the site was designed by Capability Brown and showcases four acres of gardens, 80 acres of park and woodland, a pretty plant shop, restaurant and gift shop.

Castle Howard, York

York is the second most popular city in the UK after London and it’s little wonder, when it’s home to such stunning spots at the Castle Howard estate. While there, be sure to explore the gardens and grounds, which were used extensively as the backdrop for TV mini-series Brideshead Revisited. The site showcases 1000 acres of wood and parkland and in the Boar Garden alone, 2.5 tonnes of daffodils and 10,000 spring bulbs are planted every year. Providing an early blaze of spring colour.

Castle Howard

Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield

Just over an hour’s drive from Whitby is the quaint market town of Driffield and following the A614 will direct you to the beautiful Elizabethan Hall of Burton Agnes. Highlights of its 10 acres of parkland and seven acres of manicured gardens include a fish filled pond, traditional fountains and tranquil waterfalls and with over 3000 different plants, herbs and vegetables, a maze and jungle area, there is something for every type of green fingered guest.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Beckwithshaw

Kitchen Garden

The picturesque village of Beckwithshaw sits a couple of miles outside Harrogate and around a 90-minute drive from Whitby and is home to Harlow Carr. Owned and operated by the Royal Horticultural Society, the site showcases an impressive 58 acres of gardens and 15 acres of park and woodland. From heather strewn spaces to lectures, workshops, guided walks and quiz trails, you will think you’re in outdoor heaven.

Dale Head Farm Tea Garden, Pickering


Perhaps not an extensive, foliage-filled garden. But if you’re staying in one of our cottages on the North Yorkshire Coast and Moors, a visit to Dale Head Farm is an absolute must. Nestled away in Rosedale East near Pickering, soak in stunning views over the valley and wash it all down with a traditional cream tea. All to be enjoyed in the cottage garden alongside the whole family – four legged friends included. 

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