The small but perfectly formed City of York
The jewel in Yorkshire’s crown, we think York is one of the best holiday destinations in England. But don’t just take our word for it. Voted ‘Best UK City’ by the Telegraph’s travel section in 2008, York is a favourite amongst even the most seasoned of travellers. This ancient walled city has been the north’s spiritual capital for 2000 years, but that’s not say it is stuck in the past; York’s affluent young student population and its influx of tourist pounds has helped to create a cultural and commercial oasis. History seeps out of every cobbled street, but the crooked old buildings house a fantastic range of designer shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.
Prior to the tourist invasion in the summer months, historically York has played host to a variety of less welcome guests. The history of the city can be traced back to AD71, when the arrival of the Romans signalled the second phase of their invasion of Britain. For any Time Team enthusiasts out there- the foundations of some of the Roman’s original buildings can be still be viewed in York Minster’s crypt. Subsequent invasions by the Viking’s ‘Great Pagan Army’, the Norwegians, Swedes and Scots have all left their mark on the city. Reading through York’s timeline is like fast forwarding through every English period drama ever made. Take a stroll around some of the significant sites like Clifford’s Tower, the old city gates or the grandiose Treasurer’s House, and breathe in some of this historic atmosphere.
We have some of the best luxury cottages York has to offer, both in the city centre and within easy driving distance. And once you’re in town, everywhere in York is easily reachable by foot as most of its main attractions are within the 14th Century city walls, with a couple of significant attractions such as the Railway Museum just outside the walls. Middle age town planning means it can take quite some time to get your bearings, but finding your way around the labyrinth of warped streets is part of the fun. A word of warning to the girls; bring some flats for sight-seeing / shopping, the cobbles play hell with heels.
So you are now sold on York; but what about these luxury cottages. Well our number 1 choice for the centre of York would have to be Lendal Tower
If you want a view, something to talk about and be within the proverbiale 2 minutes of the centre then this cottage is perfect! A three-room holiday property, right on the River Ouse, with its own roof terrace, stone floors, mezzanine, spiral stairs and, to top it of; a 4-poster bed! If Greg Wallace visited, even he would have to exclaim “luxury cottages dont get better than this!”
If you’re here for a long weekend or a week, and fancy heading out of the city to see ‘God’s own Country’ you don’t have to go far. York is on the cusp of the dramatic North York Moors and charming Yorkshire Wolds, and you’re less an hour away from the stunning Yorkshire Dales. The countryside immediately surrounding York is not without its own charm – there are some pretty towns and villages within an accessible 20 mile radius of the city. If you’re short on time and want a quick rural fix, head north on the A19 towards Coxwold for a taste of North Yorkshire rural idyll. This beautiful village nestled amongst sleepy, rolling hills is the perfect choice for an afternoon pit stop. If you want a bite to eat you’re rather spoiled here too with several excellent Inns and pubs in the area.