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THE SMITHY

BISHOP MONKTON • NORTH YORKSHIRE

THE ACCOMMODATION: The Smithy Cottage is a traditional Yorkshire stone farm cottage straight out of All Creatures Great & Small, complete with four-legged neighbors. The cottage is part of a farm complex forming a central courtyard and is connected to the main house.
        The two-bedroom cottage has been purpose-renovated for vacationers. It is nicely furnished with room for up to four persons, with a living room/dining area, fully equipped kitchen and one bathroom (tub/shower). Its stone walls and open beamed ceilings give the cottage a cozy and comfortable feel just perfect for a holiday in Yorkshire.

THE HOSTS: The farm owners, the Slater family, are friendly, helpful, and eager to see to the comfort of their guests. They willingly provide suggestions for activities, what to see and do in the region, and restaurants.

Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire. Photo © Home At First.
Bolton Abbey, in beautiful North Yorkshire:
an easy day excursion from The Smithy

THE SETTING: The Smithy Cottage is on a farm just outside the charming village of Bishop Monkton, in North Yorkshire. The village has a lively pub which offers good food, as well as a small village shop and a petrol station. Bishop Monkton village is a five-minute drive from the attractive small spa city of Harrogate (population 65,000) and is therefore very close to excellent shopping, dining, and other services.

 

THE LOCATION: From Bishop Monkton it’s easy to explore the Yorkshire Dales — rich in quaint villages, beautiful landscapes, castles, abbeys, walking paths, friendly residents, and excellent local products. Equally convenient is the medieval city of York, with one of Europe’s great, walled, medieval, inner cities, including what is often called Europe’s greatest gothic cathedral. Longer driving excursions permit visits to the English Lake District, the Midlands, and the far north of England. And, using the

York Minster, largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. Photo © Home At First.
Magnificent York Minster

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Dale Walkers sending post cards at Grassington. Photo © Home At First.

Harrogate), even London is within day trip reach.

ACTIVITIES: Horseback riding and walking are possible locally in Bishop Monkton. The village is an ideal touring center, located as it is between the historic city of York (45 minutes southeast) and the Yorkshire Dales, which extend west across northern England from Bishop Monkton.

HIGHLY RATED: The Smithy is perennially one of the highest-rated Yorkshire accommodations by HOME AT FIRST guest review.

AVAILABILITY: For current availability information, call HOME AT FIRST at (800) 523-5842, or contact us by e-mail at: info@homeatfirst.com

Walkers at Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales

 

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