17 Best Family Friendly Places To Stay In Yorkshire

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7 Family-friendly Cottages in Yorkshire

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Apres Ski

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 1 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Garden | Hot tub

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Apres Ski is located on the banks of the river Wharfe just a short walk from the Dales village of Addingham. Made in Britain from sustainable woodland these five unique cabins have been individually styled and furnished to provide holiday accommodation of the very highest standard.

Option for big families:

For big families of up to 20 people, you may opt to book adjacent cottages such as Bear’s Den, The Farmhouse, Keeper’s Cabin, The Lookout.

Things to do:

This area provides many walks and perhaps a daily swim in the river. For the more energetic family members, bike riding and jogging opportunities to be found in the surrounding area are excellent. Nearby towns are famous for its lively markets, pubs and tea rooms. 

Damson Barn

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets No | WiFi | Hot Tub | Garden | Open fire

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Damson Barn is simply a beautiful barn conversion in a stunning countryside location, just outside the popular town of Kirkby Lonsdale and set within a working farm. The barn boasts an open grassy garden and patio with a hot tub in a secluded corner. It’s the perfect place to relax after a day exploring all that the local area has to offer.

Things to do:

Guests can enjoy the day to day farming life, there is also plenty to do locally. The town of Kirkby Lonsdale is only three miles down the road, guaranteed to keep you busy with local shops and sights to uncover. Have a quiet walk down to the river past the beautiful church of St Mary’s, pausing to take in ‘Ruskin’s View’ and then potter back along the river to Devils Bridge.


Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets No | WiFi | Hot Tub | Garden | Open fire

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Westholme is a delightful detached stone cottage that can be found resting in the village of Mickleton near Middleton-in-Teesdale, an area of outstanding natural beauty.This characterful cottage makes a great base for families or groups of four of which to explore the beautiful county of Durham.

Things to do:

Take the evening outside to the garden to find a tranquil hot tub, where you and your family can indulge in a relaxing dip. Retreat to the summer house where you can enjoy a game of dominoes or head into the warmth of the conservatory and enjoy drinks. Start your day off right with a refreshing stroll along the Tees Valley Railway Walk, before venturing into Middleton-In-Teesdale to see the magnificent High Force Waterfalls..

Snave Cottage

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot Tub | Garden | Open fire

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Snave cottage sits on area overlooking breathtaking Grimwith Reservoir, Discover a beautifully appointed master bedroom, decorated with happy yellow hues and pretty rustic furnishings. There is a roomy king-size bed in each room and the benefit of a private en-suite bathroom.

Option for big families:

For big families of up to 12, you may opt to book also the cottage next door, Skyfell, which sleeps 7.

Things to do:

Relax in the hot tub and do stargazing by night. Necessities can be located a short drive away in the small village of Threshfield. The nearby reservoir is a prime location to enjoy a serene walk and take in the incredible views of the Yorkshire Dales. Watch as sailboats glide around the water.

Skipbridge Farm Glamping – Shepherds Hut Garden View

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 1 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | Wifi | Hot tub | Farm Stay

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Set in Green Hammerton in the North Yorkshire region, Skipbridge Farm Glamping – Shepherds Hut Garden View offers accommodation with free private parking. There is a garden with a barbecue at this property and guests can go hiking and golfing nearby. Shepherds Hut Garden View is among the huts that have its own private hot tub. Kids will love Skipbridge Farm because they’ll have close encounters with all kinds of wonderful creatures living here like Alpacas, Llamas, Ponies and Donkeys. 

Option for big families:

Skipbridge Farm Glamping Tent sleeps 4 but for big families, you may opt to book other tents and pods in the Skipbridge Farm Glamping Area which includes Glamping Tent (Sleeps 4 adults, 1 kid), Tent (Sleeps 2 adults, 1 kid), Railway Goods Wagon – Double Room (Sleeps 2 adults, 1 kid), Large Glamping Pod (Sleeps 2 adults, 1 kid).

Things to do:

Families can enjoy the private hot tub. 

York is 13 km from the farm stay, while Leeds is 44 km from the property. Skipbridge Farm is close to York and Harrogate. There are also great local pubs and a really good farm shop and coffee shop just up the road. Other nearby attractions include Allerton Castle, Wetherby Services A1, York Cold War Bunker, National Railway Museum, York Train Station, York Railway station, and Bar Convent Museum.

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14 Waterside Lodges

Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot Tub | Garden | Open Fire

Outstanding lodge with fantastic views across the lake and the pretty Calder and Hebble Navigation canal.

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Sleeps 7 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot Tub | Garden | Open fire

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A stunning remote location found in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Surrounded by a breath-taking panoramic view of Grimwith Reservoir is this lavish stone cottage, set within a secluded location. The sitting room and bedrooms are carpeted for that luxurious feel while the rest of the place has well-polished wooden floorboards to give a rustic and homey appeal. The comfortable beds and sofas, the mixture of modern & rustic design, exposed beams, high ceilings, and creative lighting fixtures boost the aesthetic overall appeal of this property.

Option for big families:

For big families of about 10-12, you may opt to book also the cottage next door, Snave Cottage, which sleeps 4.

Things to do:

Enjoy a serene walk and take in the incredible views of the Yorkshire Dales. Visit Skipton is a marvelous market town with a host of beautiful natural attractions for all the family to enjoy, including Parcevall Hall Gardens, The Strid Ancient Woodland, Threshfield Quarry, and Kilnsey Park. The Yorkshire Dales National Park is home to the Harry Potter filming location. Have a short drive away in the small village of Threshfield and explore several pubs and convenience stores. 

10 Family-friendly Hotels in Yorkshire

Swinton Park (Masham)

Luxury castle hotel set in 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens. There are family rooms and interconnecting rooms, plus extra beds available for kids. Try a range of country pursuits onsite including pony- trekking and bird of prey centre. There is also a spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Kids can enjoy the games room and garden trail. Free parking.

The Bay Filey (Filey)

A holiday village with modern holiday homes and direct access to a sandy beach. The holiday homes vary in size. Some have 4 bedrooms so great for large families. TVs, DVD players and board games come in all cottages. There’s an indoor swimming pool, plenty of parkland, woodland and beach to explore. There is an onsite restaurant serving family meals. Free parking.

Crown Spa Hotel (Scarborough)

Hotel with views of South Bay. There is a luxury leisure centre with swimming pool, spa and gym. There are family rooms with separate sleeping area for kids and their own flatscreen TV. There is family swim times at the pool. The restaurant has a children’s menu. Just metres from the sandy South Beach. Free Wifi and free parking.

Middletons (York)

Hotel set in a Grade-II listed building situated around a secluded courtyard garden in the heart of York city centre. There are family rooms available with TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. A fresh breakfast is available and there is a family friendly restaurant. The famous Grand Opera House and York Dungeons are just a short stroll away. Parking available and free Wifi.

The White Swan Inn (Pickering)

16th century coaching inn which is now a luxurious hotel and restaurant. Pull-out sofa beds or interconnecting rooms available for families. Flat-screen TVs and DVD players available in rooms. Early suppers available for young families. Hotel set on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, just 30 minutes’ drive from Scarborough and the sea. Free parking and free Wifi.

Oulton Hall (Leeds)

Hotel set in an 18th-century mansion with a spa and a 27-hole championship golf complex in its grounds. For families there are foldaway beds, cots, high chairs, booster seats, and interconnecting rooms. From outdoor activities for all the family, to cosy nights in front of the TV with milk and cookies, this hotel offers great family breaks. Activity packs available and splash times in the indoor swimming pool. Children’s afternoon tea is pre-bookable. Free parking and free Wifi.

The Sands (Scarborough)

Luxury holiday apartments set on the beach of Scarborough’s North Bay with sea views and Scarborough Castle view. 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments available. Breakfast is served at the Bar & Kitchen located at The Sands Complex. Free parking and free Wifi. The SeaLife Centre is just at the other end of the Bay. The North Bay Railway and Peasholm Park are both nearby.

Tickton Grange Hotel (Beverley)

Luxury hotel set in a Georgian country house surrounded by 16 acres of english gardens, fields and woodland. There are family rooms available or a separate red brick cottage in the grounds with four contemporary cottage bedrooms and a private garden. The restaurant offers children’s meals. Free parking and free Wifi.

Rockliffe Hall Hotel Golf & Spa (Darlington)

Luxury stately home hotel which is family-friendly facilities and has a unique outdoor cabins called Mischmasch – Rockliffe Hall’s wonderland of curiosities inspired by Lewis Carroll. Small robes and slippers for younger guests plus children’s toiletries.
Family swim times available at swimming pool. There’s a children’s menu in The Clubhouse and Brasserie restaurants plus a special children’s breakfast menu including toasties, pancakes and beans on toast. Babysitting services, free parking and free Wifi.

Black Horse Inn (Northallerton)

Set in a pretty village in the North Yorkshire countryside. Features a bar, garden and restaurant. Family rooms feature an en-suite bathroom both double & twin bedrooms, flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator & complimentary toiletries. Lightwater Valley Theme Park is 11 miles away. Free parking and free Wifi.

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Dominic Sawyer

Dominic has been writing on the web since 2000. He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Biological Sciences from Nottingham University and his research thesis has been published in journals. With a foundation in painstaking research he found his passion for travel and has worked in the sector for 20 years. He has written a book about travel and has extended his expertise to consumer research across the travel and leisure sector.