This elegant, 18th-century coaching inn starred as the fictional Drover's Arms, vet James…
“Excellent hospitality in a unique large period property situated in a peaceful rural location.” - VisitEngland Assessor
Thornton Rust, North Yorkshire
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Hosted by Vanessa, guests can expect 'country house wow' on a visit to Thornton Lodge. Located in a peaceful setting with free range hens, homemade preserves and plenty of chatter about how she’s getting on with her bees. The rooms are large, bright and comfortable with lovely ensuite bathrooms and fab views. It's an ideal base for walking and exploring quaint villages by car, and Vanessa’s happy to suggest ways to get the most from your stay in Wensleydale. You'll also get a great Yorkshire breakfast.
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Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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