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A hamlet, a village, a town or a city? holiday cottages

A hamlet, a village, a town or a city?

Do you know your hamlets from your villages? How about what differentiates a city from a town? Fear not – we have put together this handy little guide to help you!

A hamlet

In the pretty village you have a charming ice-cream parlour and the local pub is just a short walk away.

At the littlest end of the spectrum, a hamlet is a small settlement that has no central place of worship and no meeting point, for example, a village hall.

Fancy staying in a hamlet? Try Bluebell of Lofthouse. It’s in the heart of gorgeous Nidderdale and Lofthouse is just a short walk from Pateley Bridge.

A village

Explore the idyllic village of Great Ayton with its cafes, river, village green and pubs.

The next level up from a hamlet is a village. To be classified as a village a settlement must have both a place of worship and a central meeting point.

Fancy staying in a village? Try River View in Great Ayton. This village in the North York Moors has a village green, pub, cafes and one of the best ice cream parlours in Yorkshire!

A town

The cosmopolitan town of Harrogate is just half an hour away and a must visit on any trip to Nidderdale.

To be classed as a town, the location must have multiple places of worship as well as central meeting points. Traditionally in England and Wales a town was a settlement with a charter to hold a market or fair.

Fancy staying in a town? Try The Penthouse in Harrogate. You won’t be short of things to do in Harrogate – we particularly recommend afternoon tea at Betty’s and a trip to the Turkish Baths.

A city

Gorgeous York is just 20 minutes drive from Acorn Barn - so much to see and do for all ages including lots of lovely shops, cafes and restaurants to discover.

A city will typically be larger than a town and also have multiple places of worship and several meeting points. Traditionally in England and Wales city status was given to settlements with diocesan cathedrals, though this is no longer a requirement. City status is granted by the reigning monarch, usually to commemorate special occasions.

Fancy staying in a city? Try Pear Tree House in York. You really can’t beat the fantastic history of this city – take a walk along the ancient city walls the visit the very impressive York Minster.

Gorgeous Cottages has a range of self-catering holiday accommodation in hamlets, villages, towns and cities throughout Yorkshire. If you need any help planning your next luxury short break or Yorkshire holiday, give the team a call on 01642 263 249.

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