Gorgeous treehouse and glamping cabins near the North Yorkshire coast in the grounds of a 200-year-old farmhouse
With the iconic Dales and much-fabled Moors as its neighbours to the west and north respectively, The Yorkshire Wolds are often overlooked by visitors to 'God's Own Country'. But more's the pity for them, for what beckons is one of England's great landscapes – an alluring blend of picture-postcard villages, undulating pastures, untamed moorlands and the charming seaside towns of the East coast. Just ask David Hockney – this romantic setting the muse for the Bridlington-based painter's latest artistic renaissance. Smack bang between Hockney's East Riding residence and the Edwardian coastal resort of Filey (some five minutes from the stunning beach at Hunmanby Gap) lies the lovely Dale Farm.
When Liz Halliday and family acquired Dale Farm they wasted no time in restoring the 200-year-old farmhouse to its former glory. With true Yorkshire grit, hard-graft, and a keen attention to detail, Liz and husband Paul created the three gorgeous glamping cabins that nestle amongst the farm's woodland, to augment the main self-catering cottage and studios. These charming, timber-beamed lodges, perched atop a spacious deck, make for a perfect romantic retreat. Though fully-insulated and double-glazed, the cabins are bright and airy. Kitted out with cute interior touches and everything you could need for your stay, the wood-burning stove transforms these into a cosy cabin of loveliness – we'd love to stay here under a blanket of snow.
In addition is the über-luxurious Summerhouse, ingeniously converted from an old cowshed by Paul, and a romantic 'treehouse' cabin for two in the trees (which features en-suite faciltiies and a quirky outdoor kitchen with deck, barbecue, sink and seating). The treehouse is fully insulated, double glazed and fitted with a log burning stove so you'll be warm and cosy all year round. Enjoy a breakfast picnic on the balcony and chat to the woodpeckers. Finally, the most recent addition to the clan is the aptly named 'Big Yellow Caravan', a German-built wagon from the 1970s. It has a thoroughly retro feel inside, while outside there's a pizza oven and a nice deck where you can sip your sundowner.
The grounds are lovely, with a pond, meadow, courtyard and gardens (including a kitchen garden for all your veg and herbs) which guests are positively encouraged to explore. Fires aren't allowed but there are chimineas and braziers dotted around, as well as a massive communal firepit. At night the lack of light pollution makes for unspoilt star-studded skies, soundtracked by the hooting owls in the copse canopy. Stake your claim to hammock to soak up this tranquil twilight scene.
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Hosted by Elizabeth H.Joined in September 2013
From the host
Dale Farm is a stunning 200 year old Yorkshire Wolds farmstead, close to wonderful Filey Bay, nestling in three leafy acres packed with wildlife, sculptures and curious collections. Walk deserted beaches, cycle quiet lanes or just soak up the rural bliss and enormous skies. Choose from an eclectic collection of snug glamping accommodation with cosy log burners and quirky touches everywhere. A pretty light filled cottage, an airy apartment and two bright fresh studios have also been lovingly converted from the original farm buildings.
Dale Farm is ideally situated for exploring the best of Yorkshire. The village of Hunmanby is known as the gateway to the Yorkshire Wolds beloved by David Hockney. Hop on the Hockney trail to explore the landscapes that inspired some of the great man's work. If you're feeling particularly energetic, why not have a crack at the 79 mile Yorkshire Wolds Way? The farm is a short drive from the magnificent Yorkshire Coastline and the 5 mile sweep of Filey Bay, voted best beach in Britain 2019. The little Edwardian seaside town of Filey is great for sailing and sea fishing. Just south of Filey you will find RSPB Bempton, easily the best place in England to see seabirds, Flamborough head with its famous lighthouse and Bridlington makes for a fun day trip. Further north up the coast you can visit Scarborough with its castle, amusements and famous spa, the smugglers' village of Robin Hoods Bay and, of course, stunning Whitby with its ruined abbey and tales of Dracula. The North York Moors National Park is practically on the doorstep; you can take a steam train through the park (yes the one where Harry Potter was filmed.) Also in the park, Dalby Forest offers world-class mountain biking trails, plus a Go Ape! (0843 770 3911) high-wire course. If you fancy a day in the city, ancient York is less than an hour away by car or scenic train journey and should not be missed.
Food and drink
All the accommodation is self-catering but you can order one of Paul's delicious breakfast butties delivered to your door. A mile away in Hunmanby village, you'll find a decent selection of shops, pubs and takeaways including a great fish and chip shop, the Captain's Table and the famous Piebald Inn where you can choose from over 50 varieties of pie! The beach cafe at Hunmanby Gap is a great place to stop for tea and cake after a long day on the beach. Filey has a great selection of restaurants and pubs including the tiny Cobblers' Arms, a real ale lovers paradise and firm favourite for the best Indian food, the Monsoon.