3-Night North York Moors Discovery Tour
A short guided tour to enjoy some of North Yorkshire’s many attractions. The trip includes visits to Castle Howard – a fine stately home with extensive grounds - and Yorkshire Lavender – a family-run lavender farm. You’ll explore the charming village of Goathland – familiar to viewers of the TV series Heartbeat – and spend time in Staithes and Whitby – both of which would have been very familiar to Captain Cook.
• Wander through the picturesque town of Staithes
• Explore Goathland - also known as Heartbeat country
• Discover Castle Howard, one of Britain's finest stately homes
• Breathe in the floral scent at Yorkshire Lavender
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
- Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach
- Admission cost for the North York Moors railway from Pickering to Grosmont
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
This morning we explore the charming village of Goathland, which for many years doubled as the fictional 'Aidensfield' in the TV series Heartbeat. After lunch, we'll discover the quaint fishing village of Staithes - the former home of Captain Cook. Our journey through Whitby will provide a panoramic view of the busy harbour and abbey.
The magnificent 18th-century Castle Howard was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and is widely regarded as one of England's finest historic houses. We will have plenty of time to explore both the house and extensive grounds before travelling to Yorkshire Lavender - a family-run lavender farm. We can explore the beautiful and award-winning lavender gardens with their sweeping views over the Vale of York and enjoy a range of goodies including lavender scones, lavender cake and lavender ice-cream in the farm's tea room.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
Escape to Whitby, whose handsome harbour and medieval streets are famously the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and home to the world’s best fish and chips, for a stay in Larpool Hall. This imposing Grade II listed Georgian mansion has been part of the town for hundreds of years and has evolved to offer an updated take on traditional hospitality. The Hall retains its original grandeur and styling, while offering guests the perfect mix of contemporary comforts to deliver a large amount of atmosphere and character. Sweep up the magnificent staircase, marvel at the impressive fireplaces, watch through the large picture windows and feel yourself transported. With 29 rooms, 14 acres of attractive grounds and views over the Esk Valley, you couldn’t be better placed. Step out to explore the coast, Captain Cook country or walk on the Cleveland Way. Discover Robin Hood’s Bay and hunt for fossils or head deep into the North York Moors for a contrasting landscape carpeted in sweetly scented heather.
At the house
- Excellent boot and drying rooms
- Lounge with a central dance floor
- One additional lounge
- Outside terrace
- Dining room
- Range of board games and books
- Free WiFi available in public rooms
- Extension views from the front of the house across the esk Valley
- Gardens include a putting green and croquet lawn
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.
- Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
- A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses
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.
- 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
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms, where contemporary design touches complement the original architecture and features. With 29 bedrooms, Larpool Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Choose the very spacious Room 15 on the ground floor for its lemon and grey styling, super-comfy sofa in front of a large fireplace and views across the Esk Valley. Climb to Room 2 on the first floor for similarly expansive vistas from the front of the house, or settle in under the eaves and exposed beams of beautiful Room 30 on the second floor of the house.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, multi-purpose activity room, three lounges, library and board games to borrow
After a day exploring the tight and twisty streets of Whitby or the windswept headlands and smugglers’ haunts of the Yorkshire coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax outside in the pretty courtyard or stroll the 14 acres of grounds and gardens with their manicured lawns and mature trees. Grab a well-thumbed copy of Dracula and hole up in the lounge, or join fellow guests in the large ballroom with its comfy seating and central dance floor to discuss your own adventures. The small, sociable bar provides another great space in which to relax.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Larpool Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local flavours.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.
All of our Discovery tours involve active sightseeing and you should, therefore, be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing. You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, a camera, sun protection, and drinks (at least 2 litres) during the day.
Admission costs are not included within the price of this holiday. Please bring cash to cover admissions - approximately £10 per day. Your Leader will advise you of the daily admission costs throughout the holiday.
David Smith is a secondary school history teacher in London who has thoroughly enjoyed leading innumerable groups for HF Holidays for over 20 years and the great company he has always enjoyed with guests, along with the copious amounts of laughter shared, keeps him coming back for more. Having led holidays all over Britain, he derives great pleasure from introducing guests to the various delights of the locations visited, both well-known and hidden. Art, architecture, natural beauty, culinary delights- the differences evident in the various parts of our wonderful country make each location an exciting prospect.
Lizzie Kerkhof - May
I have spent most of my life working in the travel industry, being a travel consultant, tour operator, hostess, Representative, a tour manager and a guide.
This has enabled me to travel extensively and see so many places, which is my passion.
I have lived in the UK, Portugal, Belgium, Greece, The Netherlands, Italy and New Zealand and have been lucky enough to travel further afield and to many other countries.
My late husband was Dutch and we lived in Groningen, in the North of the Netherlands and my daughter was born there. I have a Dutch Fine Art Degree. We emigrated to live in Auckland, which was a very exciting time and my son was born there. I have also been lucky enough to be a co-owner of a villa in Greece which led to many happy holidays.
I enjoy dancing Ceroc (modern jive), photography, the arts in general, archaeology, architecture, visiting places of interest and finding out about other cultures and languages.
I love tour leading as I get to meet so many wonderful people, see so many fascinating places and try out many new things. Every day is different, interesting and often amusing too.
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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