When you travel, do you look for something very different to home or something very similar?
At the end of the school holidays we found ourselves back in a favourite place we first went to several years ago. Returning this year, we felt so at home in the gloriously green, rolling landscapes on a working farm in the English Countryside and could relax straightaway, being away from our everyday commitments.
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Fancy escaping the everyway with a late getaway this September?
Late availability in our holiday cottages on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park includes:
Hulber Cottage - 2 bedrooms - sleeps 4 - pet free
7 nights from Friday 18th September/Saturday 19th September - £475
7 nights from Friday 25th September/Saturday 26th September - £400
Nuttleber Cottage - 3 bedrooms - sleeps 6 - first floor apartment - pet free
7 nights from Saturday 19th September - £562
7 nights from Saturday 26th September - £488
Turnbers Cottage - 2 bedrooms - sleeps 4 (including 1 ground floor bedroom/shower room) - pet free
6 nights from Saturday 26th September - £375
Please click Book Online to book or please call us on 01756 74810.
We all need some encouragement from time to time.
It is such a joy when guests tell us that they have enjoyed our stay.
Here is a review from one of our recent guests who stayed here in August 2020.
Thank you so much!
We love discovering the waterfalls of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There is just something about being in nature and watching water cascading over waterfalls that transports your mind to another place and brings joy. Or is that just me?
Here are three North Yorkshire locations where our family has enjoyed discovering the beauty of waterfalls over the past year. So very often the setting of these waterfalls is accompanied by woodland, which I find brings a real sense of adventure, beauty and even story-telling amongst our little people as their imagination is ignited...are fairies real or not?
I hope we shall continue our discoveries of waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales - there are certainly many more gems to discover.
And if it's every been raining aplenty, we are in the north of England after all, well - the WONDERFUL news is that waterfalls often look their best after a good downpour. Just remember sturdy footwear, full waterproofs and to check the weather forecast before you set out.
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Our holiday cottages have been Visit England assessed every year since 2016 (that's Mickleber, Nuttleber, Turnbers, Hulber and Newton) and every year have returned a strong 4 star grading - something that we're really pleased to have achieved.
The assessments are independent and the Assessor considers everything from the quality of the exterior through to cleanliness, management and efficiency, public areas, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and additional facilities.
What are we most proud of?
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Delighted that we are officially recognised as "Good to go" By Visit England.
This means that we have followed Government Guidance in preparing to re-open and manage our holiday cottage business in a Covid-19 secure way.
You can read more about what measures we have put in place in our Coronavirus Statement here.
I wrote a poem today that I'd love to share with you.
There's a buzz about Bank Newton
I can feel it in the air
Our fields they wanted to share
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There's something compelling about seeing the area you live and work in on screen. You see it every day and yet when you hear 'it's going to be on TV', an excitement bubbles within.
But why is this? Does it look better on screen than in real life?
I don't think so. Real life is nearly always surpassed by even the greatest photograph or video clip. So perhaps it's that we're all secretly proud of our neighbourhoods and want others to see them too. Or perhaps we are so intimately connected to the landscape that we live in that a storyline resonates all the more.
Yet today I don't think 'TV' has quite the same total captivation that it did 25 years ago. Back then, there was no Catch-up TV, very little total reliance on the internet. Mobile telephones certainly didn't have screens and were used to ring people first and text them second - if you could work out the keys, that is. You watched a TV series when it happened or carefully recorded it on video tape. TV was a great source of family entertainment that you sat down together for.
The rise of home-grown video clips and social media means that any of us, at any time, may see ourselves 'on screen' - provided we have the know-how and an appetite to put our story out there. On that, I'm still learning...
But what excited me most of all when a film crew descended on our farm in Bank Newton last September was -
1. That someone was interested to learn about my father's story. That they wanted to chat with him and find out about the restoration of Newton Grange Farm alongside the Leeds Liverpool Canal - of sheep farming today and rural diversification in to our holiday cottages and farm tourism - and of continuity and change in the landscape.
2. That for a few hours over two days, the otherwise familiar pattern of life on the farm and the holiday cottages here, was interrupted - and welcomingly so. It made you stop and think - and for such home-based, home-grown enterprises as our own - that there's not only a much bigger picture out there but many of those in major metropolitan cities live a very different life to us, and are genuinely intrigued/amazed by the differences to our own lives. Things that we take for granted and see as ordinary, to others had great interest. They had something to learn and so did we.
3. That faces I'd seen on screen over the years or related to vivid memories I held (like buying the first ever record I owned - Kylie Minogue 'I should be so lucky') were now here on the farm, standing in our car park and fields. Pete Waterman and Bill Oddie were filming on our farm with my Dad for a Channel 5 series based on the canal network. Wow!
Whether or not the footage makes the final cut, it means something that they were here in the first place. And when I see that record (the one produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, that is ) I shall be reminded of the day the filmmakers came to Newton Grange Farm in September 2019.
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