With the iconic Dales and much-fabled Moors as its neighbours to the west and north respectively, The Yorkshire Wolds are often overlooked by visitors to 'God's Own Country'. But more's the pity for them, for what beckons is one of England's great landscapes – an alluring blend of picture-postcard villages, undulating pastures, untamed moorlands and the charming seaside towns of the East coast. Just ask David Hockney – this romantic setting the muse for the Bridlington-based painter's latest artistic renaissance. Smack bang between Hockney's East Riding residence and the Edwardian coastal resort of Filey (some 5 minutes from the stunning beach at Hunmanby Gap) lies the lovely Dale Farm.
When Liz Halliday and family acquired Dale Farm a little over a year ago, they wasted no time in restoring the 200 year old farmhouse to its former glory. With true Yorkshire grit, hard-graft, and a keen attention to detail, Liz and husband Paul created the three gorgeous glamping cabins that nestle amongst the farm's woodland, to augment the main B&B. They may look pretty ordinary from the outside, but these charming, timber-beamed lodges, perched atop a spacious deck, make for a perfect romantic retreat. Though fully-insulated and double-glazed, the cabins are bright and airy. Kitted out with cute interior touches and everything you could need for your stay, the wood-burning stove transforms these into a cosy cabin of loveliness – we'd love to stay here under a blanket of snow.
A new addition to Dale Farm for 2015 is the über-luxurious new Summerhouse. Ingeniously converted from an old cowshed by Paul, The Summerhouse comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious shower room, a comfy double bed (plus twin camping cots), and spacious open plan living room. Ok, so it's pretty light on the 'amping' but this glam offering is ideal for those less enamoured with a night under canvas. Plus with a wood-burning stove, BBQ and direct access to Dale Farm's lovely gardens, you can still experience the simple pleasures of staying in the Great Outdoors.
The grounds are lovely, with a pond, meadow, courtyard and gardens (including a kitchen garden for all your veg and herbs) which guests are positively encouraged to explore. Fires aren't allowed but there are chimineas and braziers dotted around, as well as a massive communal firepit. At night the lack of light pollution makes for unspoilt star-studded skies, soundtracked by the hooting owls in the copse canopy. Stake your claim to hammock to soak up this tranquil twilight scene.