Self-catering Lodges and Cottages – Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal: a World Heritage Site, lakes, gardens and deer park (National Trust, although its actually owned by and is free for English Heritage members as well). Outdoor play area for children, Visitors centre with shop and restaurant.
Rievaulx Abbey: (English Heritage) Cistercian Abbey set in beautiful secluded valley.
Knaresborough Castle: Norman Castle badly damaged in the civil war. Its impressive ruins overlooking Nidd gorge are open to the public at certain times. Museum and gift shop.
Beningborough Hall: Large Georgian mansion near the village of Beningborough, north of York, and overlooks the River Ouse.
Ripley Castle: a working estate with lake, park and gardens. Home of Sir Thomas Ingleby – tour the Castle or explore the grounds and gardens.
Newby Hall: Gardens, children’s adventure playground and miniature railway.
Bolton Abbey and The Strid: lovely river and woodland walks and Augustinian Priory. Famous stepping stones across the river Wharf.
Castle Howard, near York: Think ‘Brideshead Revisited’ – beautiful setting.
Harewood House: 18th century house with art exhibitions, 100 acres of grounds, bird garden and adventure playground for children.