Finding a Cheap Yorkshire Dales Hotel

Yorkshire Dales hotelSometimes the sheer amount of hotels available in the Yorkshire Dales region can be intimidating, especially if you’re not sure what you’re looking for and you don’t know the region particularly well. It’s only easy if you know how, so here’s a quick guide to finding a cheap Yorkshire Dales hotel.

First of all, find a good price comparison website that gives full details of the hotels available and links to the hotel’s own website, if it has one. Good options are laterooms.com and lastminute.com. Even though their advertising seems to suggest that they are for people who are looking to find a room quickly or a cheap last minute deal, in fact these websites allow you to compare hotel prices well in advance too.

Next, you need to consider what you’re looking for in a Yorkshire Dales hotel. If you’re going to be enjoying a lot of outdoor pursuits such as walking and cycling, you should look at hotels that are located out in the countryside for easy access to great walks and cycle tracks in the Pennines or Howgill Fells, for example. If you choose a hotel in town you’ll need to bear in mind that you may have to walk for several miles each day just to get into the actual countryside, so this probably wouldn’t make much sense.

If you’re mainly going to be relaxing, you should perhaps consider a spa hotel. There are loads of spas in the Yorkshire Dales area, but most of the hotels that have spas attached are in the luxury rather than budget range. However, the Fountains Court Holistic Health Hotel is perhaps the best spa hotel Yorkshire has to offer and boasts a wide range of spa treatments, a patio hot tub, Zen garden and infra-red sauna, all for the very reasonable price of under £40 per night. You are unlikely to find this anywhere else, but luckily your hotel itself doesn’t need to actually have a spa. You could simply choose a hotel that you know is located next to one of the good spas in the area.

If you want to investigate the history of the region, you could perhaps choose one of the area’s many historic market towns. Ripon has a cathedral, and a great amount of ancient architecture, as well as some great places to dine out. Leyburn is another quaint market town that you might like to visit, while Pontefract has a fascinating history. Richmond has some very interesting boutique shops and a flourishing market.

If you’re looking to eat and dine out well, it’s probably better that you choose a hotel that is located in one of the tourist towns of the region, as that is where most of the best restaurants are located. Again, while many of the region’s best hotels come with their own restaurants, many of which are featured in the Michelin Guide, most of the cheaper hotels lack these facilities. What they lack in haute cuisine, however, they make up for in wholesome, fresh and tasty home-cooked food that comes with the personal touch most high-end restaurants lack.

Cheap Yorkshire Dales Hotels

Yorkshire Dales hotelsThe Yorkshire Dales are a perfect getaway for anyone who enjoys peace and quiet, traditional fare and romantic scenery. Every year, hundreds of nature lovers, walkers, cyclists and honeymooners all descend on the area to enjoy the atmosphere of tranquillity, staying in one of the many hundred hotels, B&Bs and guest houses in the area. Many of these hotels are high end luxury hotels with facilities such as indoor swimming pools and spas, but if you look carefully it is possible to find cheap Yorkshire Dales hotels, even in summer time.

If you’re willing to venture out from the main towns of the area and stay in one of the surrounding villages and hamlets, you can be rewarded with some very cheap, high quality accommodation. For example, in the tiny village of Austwick you’ll find the Wood View Guest House, a Grade 2 listed building that was built around 1700. Inside the original features of the building have been well preserved, with original wooden beams and log fires remaining. Each of the en-ensuite bedrooms has been beautifully decorated in traditional style, and the guest house provides great access to one of the most scenic areas of the dales, for anyone who wants to enjoy walking or cycling. There’s a pub nearby in the village, and you can enjoy some romantic nights sitting next to the log fire with a glass of wine too.

If outdoor pursuits are your thing, you may also enjoy staying at Pickersgill Manor Farm B&B on Silsden Moor which makes a great base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales. This is still a working sheep farm, so if you have young children and come during lambing season they can enjoy watching the new born lambs bounce around the fields. The farming family own and run the B&B, which creates a really welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, and some of the food they serve is grown on the farm itself. You don’t get much fresher than that! There are only two rooms at Pickersgill Manor Farm, which contributes to the homely atmosphere.

Westfields Farm at Leyburn also offers bed & breakfast facilities. The farm is actually located outside of Leyburn, so you don’t have to worry about being bothered by the bustle of a busy market town. The breakfast here is so delicious it has won not one but two awards, from Deliciouslyyorkshire as well as Enjoy England. They also offer a four-poster bed, open fire, and the choice of being based in their main building for a more bed & breakfast like experience, or in the next door converted barn, for a little more privacy and the use of your own cooking facilities. Leyburn itself offers some great restaurants and interesting little shops, so you’ll never run out of things to do even if you tire of outdoor activities.

All of these are available for the very reasonable price of less than £40 per night, and this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cheap Yorkshire Dales hotels. As you can see, if you’re willing to look, you’re sure to find something within your budget range.