People from Yorkshire like to call it 'God's own county', and with a Yorkshire holiday cottage, you'll see why. As the biggest county in England, Yorkshire's got a bit of everything, from buzzing cities like York and Leeds to the glorious moors and dales of its sprawling national parks. As for the beaches, Yorkshire's 'dinosaur coast' has charismatic seaside resorts to delight both young and old, with masses of holiday rentals to suit all budgets.
Whatever your budget, there's a Yorkshire cottage for you
With holiday homes in Yorkshire, there's something for everyone. There are loads of holiday lettings suitable for couples and families alike, and in many cases the cottages will be dog-friendly, too. If you're looking for holiday rentals on a budget, you'll find loads of options, from characterful former fishermen's houses to old railway cottages. And if you're in the market for a bit more luxury, there are Yorkshire holiday cottages for you, too. The more upmarket holiday homes are often set in converted farm buildings, and can feature plush farmhouse kitchens, hot tubs, and even your own pool.
Where in Yorkshire should you rent a holiday cottage?
People have been immortalising the beautiful Yorkshire countryside for hundreds of years, from the windswept moors of Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights' to the idyllic dales of James Herriot's 'All Creatures Great and Small'. Depending on where you choose to rent your Yorkshire cottage, you might find yourself surrounded by rolling farmland, quaint market towns, rugged moorland, or some of the most popular seaside holiday destinations in the UK. And don't forget to pay a visit to York itself while you're there.
Buckets and spades at the ready for the Yorkshire Coast
Hands-down one of the most popular places to get a Yorkshire holiday cottage is the east coast, where people have been flocking to spend their leisure time since Queen Victoria was on the throne. Resorts like Scarborough, Bridlington and Filey boast the classic British seaside experience, while quaint little villages like Staithes and Robin Hood's Bay are barnacled into the cliffs like something out of a Famous Five novel. Among the most popular holiday destinations in Yorkshire is the town of Whitby, famous for its imposing ruined abbey and its connections to Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'.
Soak up the limestone landscapes in the Yorkshire Dales
Visitors come from all over the world to get a taste of 'Herriot country', but there's a whole lot more to Yorkshire Dales holiday cottages than the writings of a celebrity vet. Famous for its dramatic limestone scenery, the Dales is home to spectacular waterfalls, vast cave networks, and natural beauty spots like Malham Cove. It's also got some astonishing man-made sights like the Ribblehead Viaduct or the majestic Fountains Abbey, and holiday rentals in the Dales are a great way to discover pretty little market towns like Leyburn and Hawes, with their olde-worlde pubs and independent shops.
Get literary in the South Pennines and Bronte Country
You'll find some of the most dramatic landscapes in the south western bit of Yorkshire. Pick a holiday cottage down on the South Pennines and you'll be on the borders of the Peak District National Park – hugely popular with cyclists, climbers and hikers. Find a holiday rental further up towards Calderdale, and you're right at the heart of Bronte country. Explore the Brontes' home village of Haworth, wander the independent boutiques of nearby Hebden Bridge, or take a hike up to the ruined farmhouse of Top Withens, rumoured to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.
Lace up your walking boots in the Yorkshire Wolds
An insider tip is to rent a country cottage among the rolling chalk hills of the Yorkshire Wolds. Less well known than the Moors or the Dales, this part of the county is criss-crossed with fantastic walking routes, including the 79-mile Wolds Way – one of our quietest national trails. Many local routes follow the trackbeds of former railway lines – making them suitable for all abilities – and East Yorkshire's got more than its fair share of cute little market towns, like Beverley and Market Weighton. If you're into stately homes, you'll want to take a trip up to the Howardian Hills, home to the opulent Castle Howard and its sprawling gardens.