Things to do from Little Lodge and Garden Lodge
On The Door Step
Within Half An Hour
Walks & Cycling Routes
Places To Eat
Staveley Nature Reserve
Just 100 paces from our cottages is Staveley Nature Reserve, an absolute haven of tranquillity and peace- beautiful at any time of the day. Look out for otters and deer in the early morning, listen to the mad cackling of hundreds of geese by day and the hooting of owls in the evening. Beautiful!
Newby Hall & Gardens
Only 10 minutes away, between 31 March and 1 October you can visit Newby Hall an eighteenth-century, Grade 1 country house situated on the banks of the River Ure. The house contains a collection of furniture, paintings and precious artefacts. The River Ure runs along the south side of the grounds, which have extensive and breathtakingly beautiful herbaceous borders and woodland walks.
Even closer is the charming small town of Boroughbridge with its little high street full of quirky and interesting shops. Just up the road you will find fascinating roman remains in Aldborough. We recommend that our guests purchase their provisions from Yolk, a really special farm shop and cafe in Minskip, between Boroughbridge and Staveley.
In the other direction it is only 10 minutes drive to the beautiful historic market town of Knaresborough, famous for its unique surprise view from the medieval castle over the River Nidd and across the Nidd Gorge. In the summer you can hire a pretty rowing boat to take in the sights. Try and visit on a Wednesday when the bustling ancient weekly market brings the town to life.
Rich in ancient history, romantic ambience and fun activities, York is renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets, iconic York Minster and wealth of visitor attractions. Delve into the city’s vibrant café culture, take time out to enjoy some of the country’s most talented street entertainers or simply watch the world go by while sipping a drink by the river. Don’t miss Evensong at York Minster at 4pm each afternoon!
The beautiful and historic spa town of Harrogate is 20 minutes’ drive away from Lodge Cottage, famous for its beautiful architecture, individual shops, charming gardens including RHS Harlow Carr and delightful Turkish Baths. Don’t miss afternoon tea at famous Bettys Cafe Team Rooms!
A beautiful market town, founded over 1300 years ago, Ripon is a famous old Cathedral City where monasteries have stood since the 7th Century. The old city of Ripon is filled with shops, cafes, restaurants, and pubs, and also boasts many historical buildings and museums, including Ripon Cathedral, the Wakeman’s House, Studley Royal, Fountains Abbey and Ripon Spa Gardens where a Victorian bandstand is set. Don’t miss world Heritage Site Fountains Abbey- breath-taking at any time of the year!
Fountains Abbey is one of the most visited properties of the National Trust. The view of the Abbey ruins in the river valley as you approach is unrivalled. The abbey church survives almost to full height, with the nave and many windows almost to full height. One of the most impressive features of the Abbey is the magnificent vaulted cellarium, over 300 ft long, which forms part of the west range.
Harlow Carr Gardens
Be inspired by contemporary planting in the Main Borders; pick up growing techniques in the Kitchen Garden and saunter along the Streamside Garden, the largest of its kind in the country. The extensive RHS Shop and Plant Centre is home to a huge array of books, home wares and gifts, as well as a large plant selection.
Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe, Bolton Abbey is Yorkshire’s best day out. Its landscape is the “jewel in the crown” of Yorkshire’s many landscapes. 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside boast over 80 miles of footpaths to walk and explore, providing something for all ages.