With stunning countryside, tranquil hamlets, bustling cities and an amazing coastline to boot, Yorkshire really does have it all. There’s also a fantastic selection of luxury breaks to be had in its historic spa towns, and other top destinations tucked away in the Dales – in fact, as the recent Local Choice Map by Rent My Cottage demonstrates, many of Yorkshire’s savvy residents make a living by renting out their properties to discerning holidaymakers.
Below are some of the finest destinations for a luxury break in Yorkshire:
Known for its spa waters, beautiful gardens and historic buildings, Harrogate has everything you need to pamper yourself, including upmarket boutiques and Turkish baths. Once you’ve exhausted the shops of the Montpellier Quarter, venture a little further afield to go boating on the river in Knaresborough, or head out for a long walk around the amazing Bolton Abbey near Skipton.
While officially a city, Ripon feels much more like a sprawling village thanks to the woods and meadows that break up the houses and a charming market square. However, it also boasts a magnificent cathedral to explore, as well as the World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Water Garden. If you fancy a flutter, pay a visit to the famous Ripon Racecourse for a day at the races.
One of the most beautiful destinations on the Yorkshire coast, Whitby is known for its towering abbey and countercultural vibe. There’s also a strong literary connection in the town: as well as its famous associations with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Whitby Abbey was home to Caedmon, the first Anglo-Saxon poet, and was beloved by Charles Dickens – making it the perfect place to catch up on your reading during a relaxing seaside break.
Another of Yorkshire’s famous spa towns, Ilkley makes a fantastic destination for those seeking luxury: its tea rooms, manor houses and independent shops are captivating in themselves, and for dedicated shoppers it offers easy access to the upmarket retail centres of Leeds and Skipton. There are also great opportunities to indulge in horse riding and fly fishing nearby.