Rural retreats in Yorkshire

Escape the city with a retreat in historic Yorkshire


Rural retreats in Yorkshire The largest of England’s historic counties, Yorkshire offers endless possibilities when it comes to rural retreats. From its important historic towns to its blissful countryside, there are dozens of destinations to choose from. You could spend a week in Bronte country enjoying the landscapes and literary heritage, or enjoy a refreshing break on the coastline with its crashing waves, dramatic cliffs and walking trails. There are also the National Parks to consider, including the Dales, Moors and part of the Peak District, and a huge number of outdoor activities to choose from.

Whatever you like to do while away, consider booking private accommodation with HomeAway Holiday Rentals. We have hundreds of private Yorkshire retreats, offering the space, privacy and value for money so essential when booking a break away. With your perfect home from home in your ideal destination, you can truly escape those everyday stresses. From secluded farmhouses in the countryside to cottages in market towns, you’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated in no time. So why wait? Simply read on for a rundown of our favourite areas in Yorkshire, and start planning your break away today.


Top 5 rural retreats in Yorkshire


East Yorkshire Rural retreats in Yorkshire, retreats to East Yorkshire

East Yorkshire’s a fantastic choice when you want to enjoy the coast and countryside in equal measure. It’s particularly popular with those looking to go horse-riding, hiking and cycling, as well as those keen on fishing trips: with Beverley’s Risby Lakes offering well-stocked ponds, as well as villages like Bridlington offering sea-fishing trips, you can enjoy the best of both salt and fresh water. Of course, there are also a number of historic sites and towns in the area, including stately homes like Sewerby Hall and its landscaped gardens, as well as a number of excellent museums and galleries.


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Yorkshire Dales Rural retreats in Yorkshire, retreats to  Yorkshire Dales

Famed for its picturesque landscapes, a mixture of woodland, moorland, gentle valleys and rolling hills, the Yorkshire Dales is a beautiful area in which to enjoy a rural retreat. Stay in one of the area’s little market towns, like Skipton, Settle or Richmond, and you’ll be able to explore everything the district has to offer. There’s Ingleborough, one of the area’s highest peaks, to climb, and Bolton Abbey, a beautiful structure nestled in the foothills, to visit. Don’t forget to explore Aysgarth Falls, a unique set of waterfalls, and Malham Cove, an unusual rock formation with limestone paths.


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South Yorkshire Rural retreats in Yorkshire, retreats to  South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire’s a great spot when you want to divide your time between the countryside and the city. There are seemingly endless trails for walkers and cyclists, which lead you past the area’s waterways and forests, and through a number of quaint villages and towns. For a family-friendly day out, why not take the children to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, home to a number of exotic animals including lions, camels and meercats? Of course, there are also South Yorkshire’s cities to consider, including the industrial centres of Sheffield and Rotherham, and towns like Barnsley and Canklow.


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Yorkshire Moors Rural retreats in Yorkshire, retreats to  Yorkshire Moors

The treasure of North Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Moors have long been regarded as one of the UK’s best spots for rural retreats. The seemingly endless expanses of heather are amongst the greatest in Europe, but if you’re a little worried about navigating them on your own, there are lots of tours available. You could go cycling or horse-riding, or even kayaking along the River Dove. For lovers of history, the area’s no less disappointing: dozens of prehistoric sites are scattered across the moors, including the remains of forts and burial chambers, as well as 3,000 year old standing stones.


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West Yorkshire Rural retreats in Yorkshire, retreats to  West Yorkshire

If you’re looking to enjoy outdoor activities, then West Yorkshire’s a great choice as a rural retreat. With scuba diving, sailing, paragliding, paint-balling, horse-riding, canoeing, kayaking and cycling just a few of the options on offer, you’ll certainly be kept busy when on holiday in West Yorkshire! Those in search of history and literary heritage will also love exploring the area, with sites like Red House Museum in Cleckheaton on offer: a beautiful, red brick house which dates back to the mid-17th century, it was owned by a family who enjoyed a close relationship with the famed Bronte sisters.

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Yorkshire Rural Cottages

Character stone cottage, sleeps 4+, close to shops, resturants and river walks

Skye Cottage is a charming 19th Century stone cottage, stylishly furnished to a high standard, with the comforts of home, that can sleep 4 to 6 guests. David and Anne Watts pride themselves on attention to detail, so you can expect a well-equippe...

Spacious period 5 bed family-friendly luxury house for 8 + cot, beach/shops near

Awarded 4 star gold by English Tourist Board in March 2014 -the house was completely refurbished in 2013. You will find an elegant, spacious and comfortable house offering high quality accommodation - delivering excellent value for money. The ho...

Semi Rural Village Near Harrogate. Double En-Suite And Twin Available Paddock

A superb 5-bedroom detached house in an award winning village with easy commuting to Harrogate and surrounding areas. Free parking, Buses from the village to Harrogate, Leeds and York. Great local pub and convenience shop. Luxury double en-suite ...

The Old Chapel, Buckden, The Yorkshire Dales. Pets welcome. Garage and garden.

Tucked away in a very quiet part of the village of Buckden, The Old Chapel was a former Wesleyan Chapel built in 1891 and has been converted to a luxury holiday cottage. The cottage sleeps 4 people and a travel cot for babies. Pets welcome (charge...

Exquisitely designed, furnished and presented cottage in the midst of a working farm - incredible indoor pool and superb tennis court if you tire of the fabulous views and walks.

Set in the midst of the farmyard, The Old Pump House is every bit as good as it looks. The beautiful vaulted ceilings create a fabulous living space, furnished with great style and with a true eye for design. Everything oozes quality and reflects...
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