Our current Yorkshire favourites
From national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty to historic cities, dramatic coastline, and pretty villages, there’s a lot crammed into the culinary and cultural honeypot that is Yorkshire. As we celebrate our continued expansion into England’s largest county, these are our Yorkshire-flavoured top tips.
First recommended to us by the editor of Yorkshire Life (and she’s particularly up-to-speed on what’s hot in the county!), Salts Mill is the sparkling gem at the heart of a UNESCO world heritage site. Once the largest industrial building in the world, the walls are adorned by David Hockney’s works - loaned by the man himself - and there’s a huge floor of books with lots of first editions for sale, an uber cool furniture store, craft spaces, eating places, art galleries and exhibitions. Truly, what’s not to love.
Explore the Salts Mill website.
Yorkshire’s Food Capital
Set on the edge of the Dales, the Georgian town of Malton has become infamous as place of makers, markets, independent shops and artisan produce. Not only are the shops and streets picture-perfect, there’s a real sense of community here and the produce is genuinely worth the trip. From tempting treats made by the UK’s pastry champion (try the macaroons), to a vegan deli, local fishmonger, proper butcher and excellent health food shop, the only worry is having enough time to sample them all.
Explore the Visit Malton website.
Used as a grand filming location for varied projects – everything from cinematic Brideshead Revisited to an Arctic Monkeys music video – we find that all generations look forward to a visit to Castle Howard. With over 1,000 acres of distinct gardens and grounds dominated by waterways and dotted with statues, temples and follies, there’s also an adventure playground, a jolly good farm shop and variety of cafés – and that’s before you set foot inside the spectacular house. Look out for the annual Christmas festivities, a visit during December will ensure magical long-lasting holiday memories.
Explore the Castle Howard website.
A literary history
Is there anything better than cosying up next to the fire and getting lost in a good book? Perhaps! With Yorkshire’s ample literary heritage it's time to bring your favourite novels to life with tours covering the places the authors lived and the landscapes that inspired them. Some of our team’s favourite novels set in Yorkshire include: Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Edith Nesbit’s The Railway Children, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, and James Heriot’s charming vet memoirs that inspired the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small.
The Little Red Berry Co.
Small and mighty, this female-led spirits company was flagged to us when we asked about your favourite independent Yorkshire brands over on social media. Award-winning and accidentally vegan with a tempting mix of hand foraged berries, traditional methods and a hand bottling process, we were hooked on the story of Little Red Berry Co. before we’d taken a sip! The Blackberry Whisky Liqueur is their bestseller and the Elderflower & Cucumber flavoured gin is refreshing on English summer days.
Explore the Little Red Berry Co. website.
From atmospheric cottages in the Dales to contemporary beach pads and townhouses in historic York, we’re establishing a sought-after collection of Yorkshire’s very best homes and are scouring the county’s rolling Dales, rugged Moors, dramatic coastline and historic cities and villages for exceptional houses. Browse our current collection of Yorkshire holiday cottages.
Whether your home is a wisteria-bestrewn cottage, grand manor house or stylishly converted cowshed, it could be a Crabtree & Crabtree property if it stands out from the crowd for its stunning location, unusual architecture, remarkable history, or beautiful interiors. Check out the details over on our New owners – Yorkshire section for more.