Historic Houses of North York Moors
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Hills & moorland
Visit the Historic Houses of North Yorkshire on this interactive holiday. Bronze Age Settlers, Romans, Normans and Victorians have left their mark on North Yorkshire, from Helmsley Castle and the spectacular red brick Burton Agnes Hall to James Herriot’s home in Thirsk and the beautiful Ryedale Folk Museum.
- Rievaulx temple terrace
- Nunnington Hall
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
- Full programme of excursions and visits
- The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
- All transport on touring days on a comfortable, good-quality mini-coach
- All admissions to places of interest that form part of your holiday itinerary, except for National Trust or English Heritage properties
Whitby is truly unique. Venture into this tight and twisty town whilst exploring the local architecture. Larpool Hall provides excellent accommodation and spacious public rooms. A magnificent location situated above the harbour and perfect for our walking and leisure activity holidays.
Larpool Hall has 28 newly refurbished bedrooms in the main building. Rooms at the front of the house enjoy wonderful views across the Esk Valley.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
Only an extra £20 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including an evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Larpool Hall is accessible to wheelchair users
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
- Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff have received disability awareness training
- Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
- Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
Our Heritage Tours are your opportunity to immerse yourself in an area of history that interests you, at the same time as exploring the local area with a group of like-minded people. Each day our leaders will provide fascinating commentary on the places visited and share their knowledge with you. This holiday involves some walking, up to 3 miles (5km) per day around these fascinating estates.
All admissions are included, apart from entrance costs to English Heritage or National Trust properties - please do bring your membership cards if you're already a member of these organsiations.
This is the 2018 itinerary. For 2019 we're selecting the best highlights for you to visit on the 3-night holiday, and the final programme will be available shortly. Reservations can take your details and contact you when this programme is confirmed.
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2.30pm (1pm for better & best rooms). Please join us for afternoon tea.
Today we head south to Scarborough to see some surprising medieval structures on the seafront, including the remains of public lavatories! We then move on to the elegant South Cliff to look at the changing architectural styles as the resort developed from the elegance of the Regency period to early 20th century Arts & Crafts. Down the coast, our final stop is the magnificent Jacobean Burton Agnes Hall with its sumptuous original interiors.
Helmsley and around
Our first day looks at Helmsley and its surroundings. Here the mighty Norman Keep and medieval castle dominate this picturesque market town; the castle was later converted into a comfortable Tudor Mansion until supplanted by the nearby magnificent Baroque pile of Duncombe Park. Here we’ll visit the beautiful landscape gardens with their serene temples and terraces, before moving on to the Temple Terrace at Rievaulx, originally conceived to complement the gardens at Duncombe, and with spectacular views over the romantic ruins of Rievaulx Abbey.
Thirsk is our first destination of the day as we visit the World of James Herriot; the actual house inhabited by Alf Wright, the vet who wrote the famous books based on his real life experiences. We continue through beautiful countryside to Kilburn, where Mousey Thompson lived and produced his furniture with his mouse trademark before coming to our final destination of the day, the lovely 17th century Nunnington Hall.
Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.
Today we head to the historic city of York which has a wealth of architecture from every period from Roman to Viking, Medieval and the Age of Excellence. Our first visit is to Fairfax House, arguably the finest restored 18th century town house in the country. We continue to Barley Hall where we step back in time to a different era, visiting this amazing reconstruction of a medieval merchants town house. Finally we step back into the Roman period at the Yorkshire Museum.
Across the Moors
Today we visit the Ryedale Folk Museum at the idyllic village of Hutton le Hole. Here there are reconstructions of houses and agricultural buildings from every period from the Bronze age to the mid 20th century. For a wonderful end to the week we visit Sledmere with a great 18th century house set in an idyllic 19th century estate village surrounded by rolling Capability Brown parkland.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
Discover the North York Moors
During your stay at Larpool Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Whitby:
Whitby is a bustling harbour town and a popular tourist destination. From Larpool Hall it is a 1½ miles downhill walk, or a short drive to the town centre. The town has a full range of facilities including shops, banks, pubs and cafés. If you don’t mind the queue, the Magpie café on the waterfront is said to serve England’s best fish and chips!
The iconic ruined abbey commands a wonderful position above the harbour and can be reached by climbing the famous 199 steps. About 10 minutes' drive or a 1½ mile walk. www.english-heritage.org.uk//whitby-abbey
The pretty fishing village of Staithes is a pleasant spot to visit. Young children may well recognise the village as the setting for Old Jacks Boat on CBeebies. Around 25 minutes' drive from Whitby.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates steam trains over its 18 mile line between Grosmont and Pickering and in the summer some trains continue over the British Rail branch line to Whitby. This is a highly scenic route: one reason why the line has become Britain’s most visited steam railway. The well-kept and historic stations are worth seeing for their own sake and you may well recognise Goathland which has doubled as ‘Adensfield’ on the Heartbeat TV series, and as ‘Hogsmeade’ in the Harry Potter films. Either join the train at Whitby, or at Grosmont, about 20 minutes' drive away. www.nymr.co.uk
Scarborough & Stephen Joseph Theatre
Scarborough is a quintessential Victorian seaside resort with plenty of attractions for both young and old. The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is home to Alan Ayckbourn, the renowned playwright. It has two theatres - the round and the McCarthy which doubles as a cinema, plus a restaurant and shop. www.sjt.uk.com
Whitby to Scarborough Cycle Trail
This superb trail uses the route of disused railway line and offers miles of traffic-free cycling, often with outstanding sea views. The trail passes right next to Larpool Hall and heads south to Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar, or if you are feeling keen to Scarborough. Bikes can be hired at nearby Hawsker. www.trailways.info
Rydale Folk Museum
This museum is located at Hutton-Le-Hole, about 50 minutes' drive from Whitby. This pretty village west of Pickering that has a feel of a Cotswold village, being built of mellow stone and with a stream though the middle. The museum houses exhaustive displays of rural life and crafts in buildings spread over several acres. www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk
Located near Malton about an hour's drive from Whitby, Castle Howard is one of Britain’s grandest stately homes. It is well known as the location for the TV series Brideshead Revisited. Today the house is still owned by the Howard family and the building hosts many exhibitions & events throughout the year. Also of interest are the extensive gardens that contain a formal rose garden and elegant ponds and fountains. www.castlehoward.co.uk
One of Britain’s most attractive historic cities, York is about a 1 hour 20 minutes drive from Larpool Hall. Attractions include the city walls, Minster, National Railway Museum, and Yorvik Viking Centre. www.yorkminster.org www.nrm.org.uk or www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk
Travel to Whitby
Our address is: Larpool Hall, Larpool Drive, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ND
The nearest railway station to Larpool Hall is at Whitby, However, you may find that travelling to Scarborough station is more convenient. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
The 2 mile journey from Whitby station takes approximately 10 minutes, with a cost of around £6 per 4 seat taxi. The 21 mile journey from Scarborough rail station takes approximately 40 minutes, with a cost of around £30 per 4 seat taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Larpool Hall Manager.
The 93 bus runs regularly between Scarborough station and Whitby. As you approach Whitby, alight by the Larpool Industrial Estate. From here it is an 800 metre walk to Larpool Hall. See www.traveline.info for bus times.
Most guests approach Whitby via the A171 from Teesside or the A169 from Pickering and Malton; these roads converge at a roundabout about 2 miles outside Whitby. After this roundabout and as you approach Whitby, cross another roundabout then turn right at the traffic lights signposted to Scarborough. Cross the large bridge over the River Esk, then immediately turn right into Larpool Lane. Towards the top of the hill take the narrowing road of Larpool Drive. Larpool Hall is directly ahead at the end of this road. A free car park is available in the grounds.
Travelling from overseas
Manchester Airport is served by a range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Scarborough with one change at Manchester Piccadilly. Allow 2hrs 50 minutes to Scarborough - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 4½ hours to reach Scarborough. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Scarborough (1 change at York) - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Scarborough you can complete the journey to Whitby by bus or taxi (see above).
Heather has a background in heritage conservation from both a professional and personal perspective. She has a passion for historic places and likes to find the unusual and extraordinary facts that will help to bring a visit alive. She enjoys sharing her love of historic places and her respect for contemporary architecture and always tries to cater for everyone by including a variety of places, spaces and building types to enrich the experience. She has a good knowledge of architecture and social history and a great enthusiasm for the setting of buildings.
A very pleasant person who was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and really made the holiday for us