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

5 Bedroom Cottage, Sleeps 10. Free Parking. Free Wifi. Amex accepted

Holly Cottage is a townhouse located just under 10 minutes walk from the city walls. It offers a ground floor twin bedroom, a further twin bedroom and 3 double bedrooms. A house bathroom with bath, overhead shower, wash hand basin and w,c and a ...

6 Bedroom Townhouse in York Sleeps 12 Free Wifi, Parking for 3 Cars and Garden

The house offers 3 Double Bedrooms and 3 Twin Bedrooms, Ground Floor Shower Room and Bathroom on 1st and 2nd Floors. Free Wifi available, 1 Pet Welcome, Parking for 3 Cars, 2 Night weekend breaks from 4pm Friday with a later 4pm check out on Sunda...

5 Bedroom Town House in York sleeps 10, Free Wifi & Car Parking. Amex accepted.

This is an ideal holiday home for guests wanting to explore the city and all its attractions, museums, shops and nightlife. Everything is just a short walk away so a car is not necessary. The house sleeps 10 guests in 5 bedrooms and has a bathro...

Stonewall House sleeps 12

Stonewall House is a large, modern, detached house set over 3 floors. The charming house has been finished to an extremely high standard and enjoys stunning views. It is the perfect country retreat, offering the best of both worlds: lovely countr...

Holmes House sleeps 10

Welcome to Holmes House, a stunning cottage in the heart of Holmfirth, surrounded by a private enclosed garden. The beautiful local village was made famous by the TV series Last of the Summer Wine. The beautiful cottage sleeps 8 - 10 people in 4 ...
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